i'm not saying he kicks puppies or anything. I'm saying the B1G has not improved its lot during his tenure relative to peers. (Although he looks better by comparison vs the PAC12 because of their own recent enthusiasm for shitting the bed in new and novel ways)
quite the opposite. delaney was adept at getting the conference money, at least in the short term.
the measurables for a successful commissioner are having quality on-field product, safe and protected student athletes, and the financial resources to expand your offerings. he was bad at the first, passable (but by no means unimpeachable) on the second, and fairly good at the third. as i said: his priorities were off.
Second fiddle is generous. Delaney's happy to be third or fourth fiddle so long as the ho down keeps going round.
His job was to navigate the swirling waters of the national television market and he decided to permanently sacrifice the quality of the product for the sake of a half dozen years of the New York and DC markets' television dollars. He read the situation exactly wrong because he spent his tenure pursuing unambitious, lazy priorities
you're not wrong, but it would be a huge mistake. Delaney was flat bad at his job. his protege would be too.
13 words. impressive, coach.
maybe. i think the enticement to teams getting silly for him though comes from fortifying his [unfairly] percieved weakness: football IQ. You see "one year starter" next to every draft evaluation of Haskins, implying that he needs much more seasoning and a higher-than-average amount of tutoring. You lose that stigma in the meeting rooms, not on the field
Not what I would do. That of course, doesn't make it wrong or ill-advised, of course. I'm wrong frequently.
probably not much to gain from the combine. maybe his wheels show better than his hesitant running early would imply, but no one with a QB on their list of needs is questioning arm strength or accuracy. i'm not sure he helps himself at all here.
I'm surprised by the seeming lack of interest in adopting baseball-like technology in football. put a small chip in the football, sync it up with video, and spot controversies are a thing of the past. add sensors to cleats and wires down the sidelines and we resolve 80% of in bounds/out of bounds issues. certainly requires (a lot of) R&D but I don't even hear about big tech companies trying.
how do you make inferrences on three-event sequences when the sequences are not necessarily bundled into groups of three? do 12 yard runs on 1st and 10 get counted?
that really was a superior athletic effort. tip of the cap to the athlete, of course
particularly when they're not getting beat. I dont really have an issue with a tackle isolated on an elite defensive end in a passing down trying for an early start. it happens. but the slobs were pushing them around most of the night. maybe it's focus. maybe it's haskins' counts. either way, it's just not good football.
I think Washington had the prescription to that particular scheme down: Rely on exceptional work from the interior line to clog the lanes, use the read-man to half-bite on the dive, and trust his athleticism to recover against a hesitant Haskins. Absent the personnel to make the read-man pay for being out of position, the scheme is pretty well useless.
missing: the OL on a hair-trigger. 5 (!!) false starts
when your comeback is predicated on iffy PI calls and winning 100% of jumpballs, it's not really a recipe for sustained success. That game should never have been as close as the score. The win's nice, but that 4th quarter left just a hint of salt in my mouth.
i'm like 80% sure that was herbie
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This run of Alabama dominance is starting to have real-world consequences.
Counter-counterpoint: bowl rooting interests are forward looking, and we're going to need the benefit of the doubt again sometime soon.
and hey, what did he get? he got a 2-loss non-champion over a 1-loss champion, setting all sorts of precedents for the next time he has to stump for his overhyped conference. "it's not unprecedented!" he'll be able to say with a straight face.
delaney just grabbed his ankles. aren't you sick of the SEC beating the shit out of us everywhere but on the field?
the more plausible threat is threatening either a) independence, or b) rolling up the other conference flagships like Texas, USC, Clemson, FSU, and some Big Ten brands like Michigan and Penn State into a sort of premier league. No one's going to buy Ohio State in the ACC
every time i see elliott's 85 yards, i'm just awed by how quickly he explodes vertically--and it mattered. half a step late and he doesn't break loose. good memories.
If the cats don't fold by halftime, this one's going to the wire. then again, they're not good, so Norhtwestern will probably pack up shop and start licking their wounds in the 2nd quarter.
This is the week that the SECONDARY starts wreaking some havoc..
Chicago is not a basketball town.
Chicago is a baseball town.
I support a variable playoff that gives wide discretion to the playoff committee to determine the field.
The field shall be set at the number of teams that can reasonably claim to be the best team in the country. [Assuming favorites win out,] this year, it would be a three team field with Clemson and ND needing a play-in to face Alabama.
In the same way that keeping a loaded rifle pointed at your pinky toe is dangerous
If you do something stupid, you could get hurt, but it'd take some spectacularly bad luck to die. S&P+ puts the wildcats half a point worse than the average FBS team, good for 78th place, behind Wyoming, Souther Miss, and yes, Maryland. They're coming off a game in which they had about a 33% chance of losing an Illinois team with little more menace than a heavy bag.
Even if the team that squeaked by Maryland shows up and gives up 2 turnovers worth of luck for offending the football gods, this game is still a toss-up.