It sure does seem that starters play less and less every year in the preseason. Of course, ticket prices for these games are not "less and less."
The reason it's a news story is the "man bites dog" principle. I think it's safe to say Swinney handled this differently than most coaches would have. Even considering he left the team, Bryant did play more last season than dozens of Clemson players who will get rings.
Yeah, the Patriots never really recovered from the loss of Katzenmoyer.
We're not trying to trademark "The Big House," "Go Blue," etc, because we already own them.
The Redskins didn't have the option of drafting Murray or Jones, so that particular second-guess would be pretty stupid.
This is your reminder that last season after the Browns' first preseason game, the most popular topic on Browns' sites was whether it was already time to label Nick Chubb (15 carries, 11 yards) a bust.
He made some really nice throws. The first interception he had the right idea, but there was a combination of a slight underthrow and a terrific play by Wilson. The second INT was just a miss all around.
A lot of "what might have been" with these Colerain recruits. Kelly's departure was one of the factors behind the sudden free fall in 1999 (not as big a factor as not having a Big Ten-level quarterback, but still), Smith was a major recruit that Bollman never developed, and Clifford couldn't stay out of trouble.
I assume what it means is that, for example, the Buckeyes have been part of an AP ranking at least once every season in the last nine years, so they count as 9 different teams. A school like Minnesota which is occasionally but not often ranked might only show up once or twice in that span.
The Bucks beat Northwestern 70-6 in the home finale back in 1981, and if memory serves Tim O'Cain picked up most of his career stats, including his TD, in the fourth quarter of that game.
There's just no way we're more annoying than Notre Dame. And if Texas A&M ever gets to the point where they are frequently competing for national titles ... let's just say we may have a new solid contender for the top annoying spot.
As far as the denials of Nick Bosa being injury prone go: look, no one is calling him a bad person. It's not a moral failing to be injury prone. But it is what it is.
I can see both sides of it. He did quit the team, but unlike most players who do that he did contribute quite a bit to the team prior to that time.
It does strike me that Swinney can get away with this because Bryant wasn't very popular with the Clemson fanbase when he was playing, and became even less popular after he decided to transfer. As Buckeye fans well know, the folks down there are some petty SOBs.
The point about weather is a good one, since we've just been through several years where people openly lamented bad weather or the possibility of bad weather as detrimental to what the Buckeyes like to do on offense (not to mention those who used it as an outright excuse for the 2015 loss to Michigan State).
And calling on SEC teams to come north in November — we don't play nonconference games in November, so what's the point?
I agree; this season is probably his one and only chance. And he obviously has to win the conference. And only if Scott Frost doesn't go, say 10-2, or P.J. Fleck go 9-3.
I'm not one of the people here known for being paranoid about the media, but the almost total lack of interest in the Clemson-PED story is really amazing, as is the lack of skepticism as to how a program that was boringly consistent for years and years (they were basically the Iowa of the ACC) has suddenly become unbeatable.
There's some truth to that, but Wisconsin in the post-Ron Dayne years was just OK, and they returned to the Top Ten in Bielema's first season. We'll never know if Bert could have kept his early success going in the long run — and the fact that he bailed tells me he doubts if that's possible in Madison — but three straight conference titles (the last one obviously coming with a buttload of asterisks) is pretty impressive.
Tressel, Paterno, and Carr all won national titles (partial in the case of the latter two, but still), so they're easy picks.
While he conducts himself like a total clown, Bret Bielema's record at Wisconsin was superior to Alvarez's (Alvarez was just barely over .500 in the Big Ten).
And we'll finish up with Dantonio, who had a 6-year stretch where Sparty had zero or one conference loss 5 times. That's remarkable at a school that's not a true blueblood.
And pretty impressive participation. Judging from that picture, I would guess that close to half the junior and senior boys in the school play football.
Not sure you need it for non-revenue sports: there is by definition not any money in it, and those teams don't have large enough staffs where you can just waste jobs on people whose only qualification is who they're related to.
But schools like OSU and Bama have enormous coaching and support staffs for football. There's plenty of spare money to give out dubious jobs if need be.
My favorite "stat" is beating the three Heisman finalists in the final 3 games of 2014.
Caveat: their highest rated recruit was Nick Bosa, who missed most of the season.
Comes across as a blatant fudge to get LeBron in there, since you can't very well give him #23.
#8 and #21 are pretty loaded.
That surprises me, because he hasn't been any sort of running threat since then, and the Seminoles certainly never schemed around him being a runner or even being mobile.
Pick the sport, and they probably excel in it. They're definitely the new local powerhouse.
It's not that I disagree about the importance of having a good defense, but I think it's been proven that offense is what impresses the decision-makers (even though they will deny it). A team that wins all its games 56-38 (think Oklahoma) will always get more support than a team that wins its games 24-7.
One single key to making the playoff? Win the conference, (preferably) lose one game tops, good health. Can't pick just one.
I don't think being on a contender has meant much when it comes to Canton, as it's understood that football is a complex sport where individual excellence is simply less impactful than it is in many other sports. Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus (drafted by the same team in the same year) were mortal locks for the HoF, and like Thomas, neither ever appeared in a postseason game.
Gradishar ought to go in; he is certainly deserving. I noticed a few years ago that a lot of excellent linebackers from that general era had been ignored by the Hall, but Robert Brazile getting in a year ago might be a sign that's changing.