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Comment 30 Sep 2014

S & P 500 and Yum brands doubled in the time since Brandon was hired by UM.  Domino's saw a tenfold increase in value.

From the IPO in 2004 to when Brandon left, Domino's lost about half of its value, the S&P 500 was about even and YUM brands doubled in value during that same time period.

Comment 29 Sep 2014

The one was a short slant and blown coverage that was housed.  The other 2 were bombs.

That was a play that Ohio State needs to use.  Moore faked a block (while the QB pump faked and the other Cincinnati receiver prepared to catch a screen pass), and when the Ohio State defender fought through the block, Moore slipped past into wide open space.  Really well designed constraint play to go with the wide receiver screen.  The question is why was the safety biting so hard to the opposite side of the field.  (He must have had a key that told him he had to be there, I just don't know what it was).

The first long completion the OSU defender was in good position, he just didn't properly rip through the ball to break up the pass. 

The one right before the half hurt (less than a minute left, 1st and 10 deep in Cincinnati territory, Ash probably wishes he had two deep safeties in that situation) but if you want aggressive pass coverage (and I do) sometimes that kind of thing is going to happen.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Don't be too quick, Michigan fans are starting to be less picky.

Remember 2007 when Harbaugh called out Michigan for using Professor VonKeepThemEligible and the fanbase revoked his "Michigan Man" card.

Flash forward to this week

"Michigan's going to have more access than SMU if they need to make a coaching change at the end of the season, but Harbaugh Hail Marys aside the landscape isn't going to look too different than this list of eight candidates to replace June Jones after his sudden resignation. It's heavy on offensive coordinators, with those of Ohio State, Clemson, Baylor, and Oklahoma on the list along with some washed up dudes. (Butch Davis! Rick Neuheisel!) Michigan has a bunch of midlevel head coaches they can grab… it's just that there aren't any."

And Harbaugh is a messiah again.  If you lose a bunch of football games, anybody who you think will get you wins looks good, no matter what they have done in the past.  Michigan fans would be ecstatic to get Jim Tressel, and the internet would be flooded with 10,000+ word essays on how the culture at Michigan would rehabilitate poor ole Jim who was just a product of his environment at Ohio State.

Comment 09 Sep 2014

How many diving third down catches did the Hokies make?  Sometimes football is just about making plays when you have an opportunity.  Ohio State's wide receivers had plenty of opportunities, they just didn't make the plays that VT was able to.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Kickers and kick coverage were awful.  Cam shanks a punt, short field 7-0 VT.  Kick coverage gives up a 26 yard kick return, and tacks on a 15 yard personal foul.  short field 14-7 VT.  Cam out kicks his coverage, 35 yard punt return gives a net of just 28 yards.  short field 21-7 VT.  Ohio State ties the game (despite a dropped TD and two missed field goals) and the kicker kicks the ball out of bounds,  short field 28-21 VT.  The last TD was the pick six. 

So while every short field shouldn't automatically result in a TD given up, Ohio State sure put the "special" in special teams Saturday.

Comment 09 Aug 2014

Ross used 28% of possessions last season in B1G play and had an offensive rating of 114.6.  He was also one of the two best rebounders that Ohio State had.  It is an enormous hole.  Offensively you get a lot of addition by subtraction with Craft and Smith out. Trying to fill the offensive void left by those three players combined is certainly easier to accomplish than trying replace Ross with just one guy.  That still leaves his rebounding to make up though.

Comment 05 Jun 2014

2004 edition of the game doesn't get played enough (or ever).  The offense spent most of the season lost in the wilderness and then just lit it up for the final game of the year, which gave us a preview of the 2005 and 2006 seasons.  Coming out party for the Troy Smith to Anthony Gonzalez connection, the beginning of Troy Smith just owning Michigan and a Ted Ginn Jr punt return for a touchdown.

Comment 25 Apr 2014

The money to pay players is already there. Execs like Gene Smith, who earned an 18k bonus for an indoor tennis championship, would have to take a paycut.

Where is this idea coming from?  If Gene Smith is facing a cost problem what makes you think his first act will be to start the slashing at his own salary?  I understand that title IX will protect women's sports at the University, but I can think of 12 men's sports, including coaches and all support personnel that would get the axe before he would even consider taking one penny less.  The future of Division I men's athletics is football, basketball and intramurals.

To this point college athletic departments have been extraordinarily wasteful with regards to post season play in football (look at the revenue gained by the NCAA basketball tournament vs all the schools that lose money going to bowl games so that the bowl directors can take home huge salaries for putting on one football game a year).  This could be the catalyst for a much larger college football playoff (played in college stadiums) that would be enormously profitable for the universities.

Comment 22 Apr 2014

I think the guy from Oklahoma gets his right foot down for a second time and lowers his head toward contact.  Huge missed call by the officiating crew.  That is a fumble recovery, first down Baylor.  OU got a huge break on that call.  Lowering his head was a clear act to defend himself, hence he should have been fair game.

A receiver attempting to catch a pass, or one who has completed a catch and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a ball carrier.

Comment 30 Mar 2014

Watch Extract

Jason Bateman

Mila Kunis

Kristen Wiig

Written by Mike Judge.  I went into it with huge expectations and was not entertained.  Idiocracy on the other hand I thought was funny.

Comment 28 Mar 2014

The team this year accomplished far more than anybody could rightfully hope for given the number of players they had that could not possibly shoot a basketball.  They were "coachable" enough to be the best defense in the B1G and you can't do that without athletic ability combining with effort and the knowledge to get to the right spot on the court.  Ross had a fantastic year, and if this thread is any indication of the kind of  . . .

Just best of luck to you Q.

Comment 19 Mar 2014

I see your point about 8/9 seeds (in particular Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Pittsburgh), but New Mexico and Connecticut are interesting 7's, especially New Mexico with Kansas missing Embiid, possible sweet 16 run for them.

I can't get that early Duke/Michigan game out of my head though, Duke had no trouble with Stauskas and I think Parker could score every possession against the inside of that Michigan defense.

Comment 14 Mar 2014

ADV was big, Q was even bigger.  I refuse to believe the Ross is not one of the 5 best players in the B1G.

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