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Comment 4 hours ago

I don't know what happened next but what was weird is that I was obviously watching the game on TV because after the tackle I saw two or three replays! 

If that had been one of my dreams, by the third "replay," Brax would have been darting between naked women riding zebras and the end zone would have turned into the 18th green at St. Andrews golf course, or something to that effect. 

Comment 4 hours ago

It looks like Ohio State has the lowest turnover differential (-4) among the remaining P5 undefeated teams.

Other good teams with similar TO margins have already lost at least once: Miss St (-4), ND (-3), ASU (-3), Mich (-2), Duke (-2). 

Oklahoma is the only other P5 undefeated with a negative TO margin (-1) through the first five weeks.

Many of the other undefeated P5 teams have gaudy positive TO margins so far: MSU +9, Cal +8, (Houston is also +8 but not a P5), Utah +7, FSU +6, FLA +6, NW +4, Clemson +3, Baylor +3, Okla St +3, Iowa +3, TCU +2, Tex AM +2. 

For a lot of teams on both sides of the ledger, fortunes will change (turnovers are partly random). It's my opinion, for example, that MSU just isn't as good this year and maybe they would have lost already if they didn't have a whopping +9 TO margin. Whereas I am confident that Meyer and company will effectively address the turnover bug and that margin will start to move in a better direction. 

Comment 8 hours ago

Pop music was generally pretty bad in the 80s, but you had some great bands like The Clash, Beastie Boys, Black Flag, New Order/Joy Division, Talking Heads, Pixies, The Jam, Violent Femmes. The two best rap songs of all time were either made in the 80s ("Paid in Full," Eric B and Rakim) or were spiritually "of the 1980s" culture from my perpsective ("Mind Playing Tricks on Me," Geto Boys). 

Also, some of the pop stuff eventually grow on me years later: Tainted Love, Call Me, When Doves Cry, Major Tom, Total Eclipse of My Heart, Sweet Child of Mine, You Spin Me Round. For example one of my favorites:

Comment 05 Oct 2015

You're probably right about the Hemingways and Steinbecks, but I would suspect that the writers who go to, say, the Iowa Writers Workshop spent years taking feedback from their teachers, peers, etc. (maybe sometimes to their detriment?). And some of those literary giants were known to have produced some early works that readers/critics didn't get and, to avoid starving or having to take another career, changed their approaches, at least temporarily.  

Comment 05 Oct 2015

That's an excellent point, Earle. Many/most writers are compelled to write and would do so even if they expected that no one would ever read what they're writing. Part of why some of them are so gifted is that they just start writing ad keep writing, without so much care for what others think, until they find their own unique brand of style and talent.

On the other hand, a lot of great writers - while they're satisying that need to write - are very attuned to how readers might perceive, or judge, their work. If someone they respect criticizes their style, specific word choices, etc., they'll probably blow up at first - be defensive about it - but then later quietly take the criticism under advisement. Many of them study other writers carefully and spend lifetimes trying to craft their writings into something truly special and meaningful. Many of Them care deeply about their legacies.

That suggests that writing is a two- way street for them: they're not writing because they have readers, but they are writing to readers. 

Comment 05 Oct 2015

That's an excellent point from you and 904Buckeye. I should have said that an outside WR has to play big, not necessarily be big. In addition to having great lateral speed, Devin Smith was phenomenal at tracking balls in the air and was a great leaper. 

Last November, I was watching the SEC CG and I was impressed by how Jimmie Hunt seemed to "play big" on downfield throws - he seemingly out-muscled and out-leaped Bama's dbs on every long ball thrown his way. I was astonished, when I looked up his stats, to see that he is listed as 6'0, 208 lbs.   

Comment 05 Oct 2015

The irony here, though, is that I would not consider your comment here to be a rant, per se, and you arranged your argument in a nice, compelling, concise way - that's good writing. If all rants were so well considered, astute, . . . 

Comment 05 Oct 2015

I don't think anyone has a problem with such rants to the extent that we'd want them deleted by mods, or anything like that. But my question wasn't whether they should be allowed to do it; it was whether anyone enjoys reading it? 

We all agree that the team has been playing inconsistent and sloppy football. 

Comment 05 Oct 2015

Oh, I agree, it's not really a big deal when fans blow off steam in a forum post or blog thread, or when our buddies mutter strings of negative, bitchy comments during games. We still always going to come back to 11W - one of the best sports blogs, period - and we're still going to be friends with our buddies. There are a lot of worse things in this world to worry about.

But that's from the listener's/reader's perspective. I feel like the writer/talker should always be striving to be a better communicator, more fun host, etc., keeping in mind that we're all flawed and prone to our own outbursts. 

As a general rule (unfortunately, I enjoy theoretical arguments), I don't see ranting as good "policy."

Comment 05 Oct 2015

Haha. I love listening to my wife give me a detailed explanation of everything that happened at the office that day. 

Comment 05 Oct 2015

The dude is a boss in the run game. If he can he get his pass rush close to the same level as his outstanding, fundamentally-sound, relentless work in the run game, he could be a big time stud. 

(Actually, for all know, he's been asked to be more of a "contain guy" on likely passing situations and is excelling at that, too . . .).

Comment 05 Oct 2015

I agree. Dontre really hustled against Indiana, made a few plays on offense and special teams, and looks to be on the verge of a breakout.

But he is just 5-10 (if that), which probably limits his effectiveness in certain routes. He's not an "outside guy," which was the role that we'd hoped either Brown or C. Smith would excel at. I guess we'll have to wait to see if the staff tries to find another guy to fit that role or if they sort of plan around that possible deficiency.

Comment 04 Oct 2015

For example, in the "Holy Buckeye" 10-6 miracle win at Purdue in that 2002 season, the offense was abysmal in that game. They probably got like 250 total yards with, what, 30 of those coming on the Holy Buckeye play.

Comment 04 Oct 2015

Sure, if the Monday Morning QBs are content to simply say, "the play calling has seemed to be ineffective on the whole." I don't know if that's a fair conclusion, but it's at least within our realm of expertise (or lack thereof) to observe the results using our general impressions.

But, by definition, Monday Morning QBs aren't content to stay within their very limited knowledge zone. They're compelled to suggest that they know better than the coaching staff and make dumb play calling recommendations. 

Comment 03 Oct 2015

Maybe that's what's happening to MSU: the Walrus is starting to impose his will on the program. They can only allude the Walrus Effect for so long before gravity takes over.