I guess we really have a type of player we're looking for when recruiting the TE position. A very specific type.
I mean, on some level, you don't know what you don't know. I bet you that on some level Harbaugh thinks he IS recruiting well, is developing players well. That's not to say that he doesn't know he's behind Ohio State, but it's easy enough to rationalize it, to fail to see what he and his coaches are doing or not doing that makes the difference.
I mean, imagine Harbaugh reads Urban Meyer's book on leadership. He probably thinks "yeah, that's basically what we're doing." Because he knows what an above-average program looks like in the day to day, but he doesn't know what an elite program looks like in all its aspects. You don't know what you don't know.
I was thinking the same thing, about the success we had as a conference a few years ago, and how it didn't change the narrative. Only thing is, we've seen FOX going all-in on the B1G this year, and I could see them using a good showing this year to talk up the conference in a way that no one seemed motivated to do a couple years ago.
Sorry all, I just put on my lucky socks. We're good now.
Is this like, some kind of handicap, that Wisconsin is allowed hold our players?
10-10. A reminder that Oklahoma is perfectly capable of pulling defeat from the jaws of victory.
I managed to score free tickets to the 2014 Sugar Bowl, just had to get there and get a place to stay. Ended up being cheaper to rent a car and stay in Baton Rouge, but it took us forever to get out of the parking garage, never mind driving to BR. But we were so high from the win, it didn't really matter, I wasn't sleeping any time soon.
I suspected that was intentional. You can read "Ohio State" just fine, but that other word isn't showing up, is barely relevant to the scene...
For anyone who doesn't believe that the threat level is and should always be severe this time of year, stop using your head and listen to your heart. Because your heart should know at some deep level that football is a crazy damned sport where weird things can happen, where the #1 team in the country can lose to an unranked opponent.
But if your head still needs convincing, please remember that this was just three years ago:
And north-central Ohio is like the border between the Toledo area and its abundance of people on the wrong side of history and the rest of Ohio. That's where I grew up in the 80s and 90s, with enough blue-clad bozos to feel exactly what Johnny is saying.
Bedheadjc: I've got one to add to your list. I actually saw a HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER use this in an email: "It is of the upmost importance..."
Not a pretty game, esp the first half, but I think that's to be expected with a young team. Loved the gritty way Young played, fighting for rebound and keeping us in it. And loved the way Holtman adjusted at the half and the way the players were able to roll with that. There's going to be growing pains this year, but this feels like a team that should be more growth than pain.
I thought the same thing. Just like I wouldn't make the long flight out to Las Vegas for a professional conference unless I thought there was going to be some really valuable content for my career...
Well, it's true, isn't it? There can be no doubt that he is one of the punters in the nation.
Wait wait wait. Does this mean that Georgia might not actually be that good? ::gasp::
Maybe... just maybe... they were overrated because they're in the SEC?
I'm shaken. I'm shook. What if... what if...
What if ALL the SEC teams are overrated??
Well, Streetsboro is there in the shadow of Kent State... he may not have realized until now that there are any other public universities in the state...
I'm not disagreeing, but the thought I had listening today was that FOX is all in on the B1G (i.e. Ohio State) in the way that they are talking up our team and players, talking up the talent of Wisconsin as we were smacking them down, in a similar way that the SEC gets from the likes of Danielson and ESPN. I'd like to think that it's just the unvarnished truth, but I can't help but think that FOX benefits from the bigger hype for B1G teams, considering they broadcast 'em. I guess we'll have to see what they say when we're actually not f***ing amazing, should that day ever come.
I mean, I thought ND was overrated, but I didn't realize they were that overrated. Anyone who can make that team up north look this good must be pretty bad. Even taking into account home field advantage there.
I'm not even sure that "frail" should be the only knock against Tua. He puts up big numbers against inferior competition, but even before the injury in last year's Georgia game, I thought he was looking pretty overrated.
I haven't seen anything from that team up north to think they will beat ND. I don't think the Irish are great, but I think they'll get it done.
Much like team rankings in the polls, they're seems to be a certain amount of carryover in outlook across the season. Guys who are favored at the beginning have an advantage over guys who aren't, and while you can drop from there, and you can even get into the conversation, I think it's really hard to overcome preconceived notions, especially when those ideas get backed up by the kind of stats Hurts and Tua have (say what you will about how those stats are complied).
I doubt Justin can do much more than stay in the conversation, but that should position him as a frontrunner next season.
You'd like to think so, but I certainly don't blame any teacher for not doing so. Teachers aren't trained or selected for their instinctual responses to sudden violence. Military and police are. And, in a way, so are football players.
And, for what it's worth, the situation matters a lot. I mean, he's basically right next to the kid at the door, makes a split-second decision to attack. Best decision he could have made. But imagine if he'd been across the room, with desks and students between him and the kid with the gun.... He really was right where he was supposed to be.
I coached a much different sport (tennis) at a much different level (high school), but I've experienced how tough it can be to get kids to stay focused against "lesser" opponents, and to learn and grow from opponents who aren't as skilled as you (I've also had teams that weren't as skilled as our opponents, but that's a different story). And I think we all know that as good as Meyer and Tressel each were, they weren't always successful at meeting this challenge. Much much much respect to Day and his staff for the way they've kept the Buckeyes focused and growing throughout the season. If they keep it up, the sky's the limit.
I don't know if I'd call it sleepwalking, but I wouldn't be surprised if the coaches were looking past Ill and prepping more for us, leading the players to execute a gameplan that wasn't tailored to the opponent, and wasn't effective, obviously. Maybe giving themselves too much credit and Illinois not enough.