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Comment 23 Mar 2016

I think Deadspin is just trying to keep the story alive for clicks.  Nobody in the comments in that Deadspin post actually agrees that Harball looks like the bigger man here (let alone got a better "burn").  

That picture of Urban holding up the crystal football vs. Harball shirtless is priceless, however.

Comment 02 Mar 2016

Peppers seems to be a dynamic athlete from what I've seen, but his instincts need refining.  How many times in The Game did he make a bunch of lateral cuts, only to get tackled for a middling gain?  Running 40 yards to pick up 8 may demonstrate that you're a dynamic athlets, but does it help your team?  It's as though he believes he's the best athlete on the field and relies on that to try to beat you, vs. a player with athleticism and discipline to not fall for his jukes and flailing limbs.  I remember another former UM player who overinflated his confidence in his athleticism and ended up not doing so well -- Sam McGuffie.  Peppers is larger than McGuffie, though, so he will fare physically better.

Perhaps he will improve in this area as he gains more reps,.  However, if they are trying to use him as their Darren Lee, the biggest discrepancy is that Lee has tremendous instincts on top of his athleticism.  That's what makes Lee so dangerous -- his overall abilities make him a tremendous football player ,not just a tremendous athlete.

Comment 11 Dec 2015

Great find.   There's another little gem in there, after Schiano turned down the offer:

It was at this point the search careened wildly, with the internet (and myself) seizing upon any vaguely viable or terrifyingly DOA candidate: Jim Grobe. Brady Hoke. Mork and/or Mindy.

Sure, Hoke got a few more years of seasoning before he was later hired, but it's hard to go from a "DOA candidate" to "OK, we'll take you as head coach now" in 3 or so short years.

Comment 24 Sep 2015

Aw, you better not be disrespecting Bela Fleck and the Flecktones!

Comment 03 Sep 2015

Offensive line coach Ed Warinner thinks Dodson has the skills to serve as a coach or strength coach down the road. So he wants him nearby. And Dodson plans to be around the team this season. Warinner and other staffers still monitor Dodson like he's playing, checking on his class schedule and his housing situation.

"I'm not going to let him fall through the cracks," Warinner said.

Kyle Dodson's retirement from football due to injuries is heartbreaking.  His commitment announcement was memorable.  For me, it felt like it was ushering in a new era at Ohio State, showing that we could move on from Tatgate and look towards a brighter future with Urban at the helm.

I'm glad the medical staff is looking out for these young men's futures, even if it means delivering the news that they will need to close the door on one dream and find another.  I hope that Kyle is able to find peace and a new path for himself.

I'm also encouraged by the above quote in the article.  It shows me that the "family" that our coaches preach is not just talk -- and it affirms the saying, "Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye."

Comment 23 Mar 2015

Hey, same here -- also now in the SLC area, originally from Columbus!  I've spotted a bunch of OSU gear since I've been out here and have  had some folks stop to chat when I'm wearing mine.

Comment 03 Sep 2014

Everybody should text that there is an unruly, distracting, person who refuses to sit down during the game.  Moreover, he incessantly points his fingers, pumps his fist, and does push-ups throughout the entire game.  Truly disruptive.

Comment 28 Mar 2013

Well put.  There are even studies that show that the "momentum" phenomenon in basketball doesn't exist; or, it might even work exactly opposite than conventional wisdom:


Granted, "momentum" may be an impossible thing to quantify, and thus study, but there are implications beyond basketball and sports (the gambler's fallacy, for example, that "my luck's about to turn around").

Comment 28 Mar 2013

You've pointed out the fundamental flaw with the raw Plus/Minus stat: that it doesn't take the quality of players you're on the court with into account.  Basketball stat-heads have more recently taken to Adjusted Plus/Minus, which attempts to solve this problem.  Here's an overview article on it [ESPN].

As with any other advanced stat, you can find articles that go very deep into its analysis.  The ESPN article above links to some of these, if you wish to read more.