I'm just left wondering this after the regular season has played out: is the conference very good or average? All the teams have won games they shouldn't have and lost games they should have won. How does this play out for the B1G in the NCAAs?
Am I wrong for thinking anyone other than Purdue or NW has a legitimate shot at winning this tournament?
Completing 77% of your passes is easier when there are a large percentage of screen passes. Defending the screen has been a glaring issue for the last few years. Hopefully, getting some input on how those offenses are run will translate into better preparation for the defense.
Creatine is one of the few supplements that has consistent data showing that it works. Make sure that the label indicates that it is "creatine monohydrate"- the other creatine compounds are no more effective (no matter what the labels say) and have a higher molecular weight, meaning less actual creatine per gram. If you're just getting back into it, I'd wait until you hit a plateau before starting creatine... while it does help beginners, the research that has been done shows the most gain from people who have already been training (purely the $$$ perspective) and physiologically, a "slower" approach at the start gives tendons/ligaments/supporting muscle groups a chance to adapt to heavier loads.
Coffee works well for endurance athletes (was a banned substance in large amounts for the Olympics until 2008)- the caffeine helps to improve endurance by making more energy available from glycogen/fat metabolism. I'm not sure of research on lifting/power sports, but I can't live without the stuff.
Protein: If you live near a dairy, they often have unadulterated whey protein (unflavored/unsweetened) for sale at about half the price of the cheapest brands (I get mine for $6.50/lb)
I live in WI now, and I can tell you there wasn't a lot of sadness to see Bert go (a lot of people here refer to him as "Meat"). It was a bit unexpected for certain: leaving a team that was getting decent talent and able to routinely compete for the B1G title and going to an SEC team going in the wrong direction... The prevailing feeling is that he just coasted on the success of Barry Alvarez, and then got lucky that Russell Wilson just fell into his lap. Gary Anderson is a far better coach and already has good fan support (I think he's the third best coach in the league after UFM and Dantonio)
Does anyone else think that Oklahoma is just screwing with the NCAA rules committee with the excessive pasta report? When I was in the navy, we'd report a bunch of minor infractions from self-inspections to make it look like we were actually on top of things, so no one came looking for more serious problems. Or, they just want the NCAA to look ridiculous so that the rules get changed.
One more thought: Is the appropriate pasta serving different for say, linemen and receivers?
I was hoping for Dantonio during the fallout year since Urban was on sabbatical. The offense wouldn't be as dynamic, but at least we would be able to defend a f*&^ing screen pass.
From a numbers perspective, having half of a class pan out is about what you need... you bring in ~22 players a year, which means you can have a starting lineup of juniors and seniors on both sides of the ball with mostly underclassmen in reserve and a few starters. Where it become a problem is when successive classes at a given position flame out (hello LBs) and the team ends up lacking depth/talent at those positions.