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Comment 26 Mar 2014

How many times do you hear "they murdered the other team"? Why is rape the only heinous crime that can't be used as a metaphor?

Comment 21 Mar 2014

Agreed. Dude has incredible lateral quickness. He doesn't have huge ups, but so many of his steals are because everyone underestimates how fast he is.

He's not as athletic as Scott, but Scott has faster feet than pretty much anyone on the court most days.

Comment 17 Mar 2014

Evan Turner made National Player of the Year as a junior.

Do you even remember how much everyone hated Threebler his freshman year? How overrated everyone said he was?

David Lighty was no kind of offensive threat when he got here.

Swatterdale had some huge improvements from his freshman year - somewhat unfortunately, as we barely got to see him at his best as Sullinger took his spot.

Do you remember when Scott was a freshman? Dude couldn't hit an unopposed layup to save his life, let alone a 3-pointer.

I don't really see how it's possible for Craft and Smith's offensive games to have regressed as much as they have, but we've had plenty of players improve.

Comment 14 Mar 2014

I kind of wish we would play with the press more early in games, see how well it works, see how well the other team is coached up against it. I don't see it working well against teams that like to run (Michigan St) but if you've got a suspect point guard or haven't emphasized it in coaching it can be brutal.

Comment 13 Mar 2014

Oddly enough, KenPom's data seems to indicate that making them take the shot is the better choice, if only barely.



Comment 06 Mar 2014

I find it very odd how much people want to insulate college athletics from the capitalist society that is the rest of the world... the difference between student doctors, women's hockey team goalies, and Braxton Miller is the same difference between me and Michael Jordan -- one of these people is generating millions of dollars in t-shirt sales, and the other isn't. I don't get paid any money for not selling t-shirts, either.

It doesn't matter that it's just entertainment... it's a product, which people gladly buy.

Now, I do think there's an argument that even the non-star players are putting enough hours toward football that their scholarship would barely cover minimum wage, and they should get a stipend *as well*, but I feel like that's a separate issue from the level of profit that is being made off of kids' names, when they aren't even allowed to use those names themselves for anything remotely commercial.

If this really is about amateurism, then stop charging $75 a seat to get in to see the games and let me buy a jersey for $20 instead of $120. It's pure capitalism, pure profit... which I have nothing against, except for when the young men producing that profit aren't allowed the piece of of it that they would be in any other industry.

Comment 06 Mar 2014

Thanks for the reply and analysis, Andy.

Yeah, I almost didn't didn't say anything. I think DJ did an excellent job of giving full credit to his source, and of making clear when he was using quotations and when he wasn't. The inclusion of pretty much every graph from the original article was what got me, as that was the meat of the effort involved in the original post. I certainly don't think it was to the point where anyone would feel they have a right to force the article off of the site or anything, though.

I will bow out to your greater experience in the area.

Comment 05 Mar 2014

I don't mind pulling out Hyde's stats, but reproducing the entire tables, even with cites, seems like we're treading the line on journalistic integrity a little bit. Everyone make sure you click on the rotoworld link. Dude charted a *lot* of games for that info.

Comment 03 Mar 2014

And at the time, no one was surprised to miss out on that recruit, as we had a huge logjam at linebacker at the time. Grant and Bell were the heirs apparent, with Shazier, Klein, and a few others supposedly fighting for the scraps that were left in terms of playing time. It's amazing how much just a few recruiting misses can snowball.

Comment 03 Mar 2014

There was plenty of room for them to improve :P At least in the games I charted,  Perry was heavily involved in our complete failure to defend against the screen game early in the season. He didn't let himself get blocked out of every play like Armani Reeves did, but he was slow enough getting out to help that the play was past him before he could do anything about it on a consistent basis.

Comment 03 Mar 2014

 But not since the days of James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman has Ohio State possessed an entire unit of skilled linebackers. 

Rolle, Homan, and Sweat/Hines would like a word with you about that statement. They weren't high draft picks or award winners, but I'd argue that they anchored defenses that were even better than those produced by Little Animal and his group. I don't think our 2007 unit could have shut down Oregon.

Comment 24 Feb 2014

On someone who was on a full academic scholarship in engineering... the workload isn't even vaguely comparable to what scholar athletes have to deal with. And I could go work all summer making $15/hr in an internship to pay for the rest of my expenses.

Comment 23 Feb 2014

Actually - most drug users' first illegal drug is either cigarettes or alchohol when they're under 18.

Pot is common because it's the safest illegal drug out there, and the one with the least stigma. Half of the country has smoked it. It's so common that I'd be amazed if anyone who was on the track to trying heroin managed to try heroin before they tried. The gateway drug argument has no standing when the mechanisms of addiction are entirely different.

What makes the "gateway drug" argument seem compelling is the fact that you are stepping over a line in terms of legality and social acceptance. If you're willing to do it for one drug, why not another? It has zero to do with the chemical effects of pot.

Comment 21 Feb 2014

I'm not 100% sold on basketball either.

March madness is awesome, but when you read about how much money flows into the NCAA administration (ie, not the schools) for how little they actually do to put it on, it gets a bit ridiculous.

Comment 17 Feb 2014

Don't know what they're complaining about here. It's obviously possible to stop these hurry up offenses - it just takes different personnel, and a different style of defense.

And really, everyone *else* moving to stop the quick tempo spread should work in Bielema and Saban's favor as heavy pro teams. How much practice do other defenses get against that? How many teams have linebackers that can run with Oregon but also stand up a 260 pound fullback in the hole? How many guys have had to cover more than basic crossing patterns?

I've thought for a while that given the way spread games are going, Wisconsin's offense is the new ticket to success.


Comment 07 Feb 2014

It's tough to compare, because every one of those other greats had a great linebacker next to him, a Robin to his Batman. Hawk had Carpenter. Laurinaitis had Freeman. Rolle and Homan had each other. RDS had... a giant gaping hole where Curtis Grant's recruiting stars were supposed to be.

Comment 27 Jan 2014

I think that's the real difference.

Signing a guy because you expect a guy to be academically ineligible, but you don't know if he will - oversigning.

Signing a guy because you've talked with one of your players, and he wants to transfer, and you're arranging for him to transfer but it hasn't become public yet - not oversigning.