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Comment 14 hours ago

Yeah, that's what kinda bothers me still about either of these guys when I think about it all.  I understand, both of them are very deserving.  And I admit, there's really no real good time to lose key team personnel, but, jeesh, just before you're entering the playoffs, which, I'm presuming--maybe incorrectly, these days is the point of working so dmd hard in the first place.  And I think this team, this year, deserves a little more consideration. 

Comment 17 Dec 2014

He's obviously got the physical qualities and skills-set to play like another Shazier.  But, the instinct-aggressiveness thing has got to be even better, especially now at this point in his age/development.  For that, I'd credit his experience having played qb.  Lee's come a l-o-n-g way since the start of the season learning the discipline required for his position.  So much talk about Raekwon--deservedly so--but Lee really surprises with his speed, power, maturity, and sound tackling form.  The guy's got to be a riot to coach.  He's outstanding now, but he's going to be really really good, one day.

Comment 12 Dec 2014

I agree.  I do like awards for players and I think the coaches like seeing them awarded to their players, too, and take pride in it.  As for the B1G coy award, it would be rather embarrassing to receive it if it's been defined in effect by the criterion how-the-hc-has-done/measured-against-the-traditionally-dominant-program.  You wonder whether they've even realized they've ruined the award by doing so.  Btw, I grew up in a time when the conference was referred to by the media as the big two, little eight.

Comment 10 Dec 2014

No evidence, and just some ears as a witness.  And the abc affiliate's article really needs copy editing--rather embarrassing really.  I understand the urgent interest of the story, but such high stakes for those involved require commensurate care by the media, as well. 

Comment 09 Dec 2014

I worry about this one, but I worry more about the next one, too.  The playoff psychology has got to feel new to this level of football, although a lot of these guys have had the experience in high school.  But, this game, imo, in particular is just as dangerous won as it is fatal if lost. 

Comment 08 Dec 2014

ND was an early media favorite and they did win for a while before totally collapsing and almost did most everyone the favor we'd been asking for, so I can't blame them.  I don't think their staff and recent staffs have been good, obviously.  I had a graduate scholarship there and I can tell you the faculty think very well of the B1G, including Ohio State.  But, alums I've known tend to be similar to your experience.  In a lot of ways, they remind me of umich. 

Comment 07 Dec 2014

I watched the game again (and I'll be watching it yet again soon, too) and the defense really stands out.  In real time I was floored by the points and yardage within the first 20+ mins. But, this second time around, Johnston's punting and the defensive shutdowns of their offense were, to use Meyer's word, phenomenal. 

I wonder what Spielman said about them.  Just awesome--and I rarely use that word.

Comment 06 Dec 2014

This is excellent ... then I read this "since the turn of the century."  For me, that's a mortifying phrase.  No, really the chart is an excellent time study of the two averages and the actual outcomes.  And I suppose, if you focused on one outcome/average, say, passing, and let it be y, the x axis could be the the years as a series.  Do another graph for rushing, too.  You could then see how the teams' individual outcomes for each year changed over the entire span of years. 

Comment 05 Dec 2014

After this season, I'm almost serious saying it's now hard to imagine a Meyer offense utilizing just one type or style of QB during any one season.  But, I think, when it comes down to it, it should be a question of whether or not to play for Meyer and Ohio State.  That's what I think is built into Gibson and Burrows' decisions one way or another, and it really says something about both players' character--and they've obviously chosen well.

Comment 29 Nov 2014

I confess, after that THE game last season, I kinda liked Gardner.  I always measure wins against the quality of the adversity and the opponents.  To me, beating this team is always a quality win and players like Gardner contribute regardless of their individual statistics.  It's the big reason the B1G will always be the best conference, imo. 

Comment 23 Nov 2014

Eliminate those turnovers and the past two games would have different complexions--we might even be complacently overlooking the breakdowns that led to the big individual bursts from Coleman and Cobb.  It could've been fatal in one or more of the remaining games.