The only thing is that JT is actually the best short-yardage runner we have.
And the lack of a real starter as quarterback. As talented as Miller is, he was still a freshman. True freshman quarterbacks, even the ones who go on to be great, have *abysmal* records.
Right now, VT.
I feel like I will be more excited for MSU when that part of the season rolls around than I am now for VT. But right it's all about revenge.
How excited I am for Michigan will probably depend on the outcome of the other two games.
The biggest difference with the SEC isn't the top to bottom quality on a given year -- but that in a given year, any of 4-5 teams *could* be a national contender. They may have a losing season the NEXT year, but look at Auburn, LSU, Alabama, Florida until they collapsed under Muschamp. There's more rotation at the top.
In the B1G and Pac 12, you have the team that on a good year is a national title contender, and on a bad year is only good. And you have a few teams that are consistently good, and peak at a New Year's Day Bowl winner level. The overall number of really good teams in the conference is pretty similar to the SEC, but there isn't the churn.
I mean, look at the last few years in the Big 10. MSU was good last year, but not elite. The year before I'd say they were elite by the end of the year, and might have surprised people in the new format. But aside from that? Wisconsin was borderline elite in 2012... Penn State was borderline elite in 2008... everything other than that has been Ohio State going back and forth between elite, near-elite, and good... and then everybody else.
The Pac 12 has been the same. For a while it was USC and everybody else, now it's been Oregon and everybody else.
And the "everybody else" has been good -- but only the SEC has had different elite teams come out of that group.
And this is what we need -- change the culture to "you need to be honest and protect yourself and your players." No one would try to walk off a spine injury. I think any rules changes to the game itself will come about organically if coaches are getting sick of losing their top players to concussions.
Things that Gene Smith is good at:
Making the athletic department boatloads of money.
Things Gene Smith is not good at:
Making college sports feel different from pro sports.
The entire OSU offense should come out with the crop on the first play and just eat the penalty. Would love to see the slobs doing it.
Hell yes. We have the best damn band in the land, but we never let them play.
It's because the shoe is so damn tall, especially with the latest additions. Almost no light gets to the field now.
I agree about the draft deadline, by the way. I felt bad for Cardale that he had like three days to make his decision on that.
I am really sad that he didn't get that last sack during last postseason :( He was so damn close.
*interesting*. This was just 2 years ago at Ohio Ortho. Dr. Greg Bellisari (played for OSU under cooper) did my surgery. I was under the impression from my research that the hamstring autograft is relatively new.
Makes total sense. Not sure about menstruation, but pregnancy-related stuff does all kind of weird hormone changes to loosen your joints so a baby can fit out. My wife re-injures her write every time she gets pregnant just from holding a tablet wrong.
My surgeon said that for young people they still prefer to avoid cadavers. I got the hamstring graft. It and the patellar-tendon seems to have similar success rates, with slightly different strengths and weakness.
My ortho said that the cadaver grafts still have a higher chance of rejection and weaker overall strength, so they avoid them in younger patients.
This kind of movement training should honestly be a part of middle school gym class. I tore my ACL two years ago playing rec sports. The recovery process is brutal. I never expected to be walking with a cane on a my 30th birthday. Damn thing still aches, but at least I can play sports again.
But my therapy sessions taught me that I have been running, jumping, and stopping wrong every time I've tried to play sports in my life. I played a few varsity and JV sports -- they ran us through agility drills, but they never told us *how* we were supposed to be doing them. Would have completely changed my athletic life.
Maybe wouldn't have prevented my injury -- mine was actually during contact -- but it would have fixed a lot of other aches, pains, and general slowness!
Same. I think the playoff committee results in a de facto ban on multiple teams from the same conference getting in, even if it isn't in the bylaws. I think you don't see two teams from the same conference unless there are just no good contenders from other conferences at all.
Have to say, as happy as I am about that play, I'm even happier that Hack didn't have his knee destroyed on it. Looked scary as hell.
That is honestly what I love about football more than any other sport. At the same level of overall skill, there's something for the big slow guys, the small fast guys, and the in between guys to shine at.
Peter principle. He didn't get to be a coordinator in the first place by being a shitty coach overall.
He could be playing almost any skill position and take fewer hits than he was as Urban's quarterback. He was running the ball more then 15 times a game, in addition to the sacks and hits while throwing it.
I've just run youtube searches on "improving agility" or "agility drills."
The two things I learned were that when you stop, your weight should be over your feet. I was leaning back the wrong way. The other thing was that when you cut, you need to be pushing off with your inside foot.
They seem obvious in retrospect, but I never did it.
Until I started doing PT, I never realized that I was changing directions when I run *entirely* wrong. If someone had told me that in middle school I might have actually played varsity :/
I've lost 40 pounds of fat since I tore my ACL, and gained ten pounds of muscle.
It definitely puts a different perspective on things..
I was disappointed about the gold pants. Didn't care about the rest. If someone would give me cash for every academic award I'd ever won I'd do it in a heartbeat. After you get enough awards most of them don't mean much to you any more.
You know that the 350z was used with a ton of miles on it, right? As in, something entirely within the means of an upper classman student. It just looked nice.
I drive a similar sports coupe (also purchased with at on of miles) and everyone assumed it cost a lot more than it did.