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Comment 08 Nov 2016

Bama D Line does scare me, I gotta admit.  Jonathan Allen against either one of our young tackles could be ugly.  We would definitely have to add TE help in many passing situations which would mean fewer receivers in the pattern and tighter windows.  Not that JT wouldn't be up to it but Im just saying'.     

Alabama is definitely a different animal on offense with Hurts at QB as well.  

Last time we played them, they blitzed very infrequently. This time...... I think they would come from everywhere and dare JT to beat them deep. We would have to develop a variety of screens and draws to keep them form pinning their ears back I think, which is something we dont see much of from Urbans offense. Its kind of out of character.

I hope we get to see that game and NOT in the semifinal.

Comment 06 Nov 2016

Yes, I left Jalin out of my mention.  He certainly gave us breath holding moments, as well as breath taking!

Comment 06 Nov 2016

Since I first saw McCall I pegged him as "kick returner". He has great hips and can break tackles too.

Comment 06 Nov 2016

Agreed that its not JUST the Texas aspect, but do you think being an out of state 5* recruit has any bearing?  I suspect that it might.  I know here at UGA some have talked about how Georgia kids get treated a little differently than some OOS recruits (differently as in worse according to some)  IDK any specific stories  Ive just heard some Ga fans through the years make comments suggesting an in state vs OOS standard.

I can actually understand it to a degree.   Its not unlike when I coached my son in little league, I was harder on him so as NOT to be perceived as giving special treatment.  I told him that was going to happen too.  Just part of our human social makeup I think.

Comment 02 Nov 2016

"Despite the Cavs win can't help but have that old CLE sports feeling of here we go again as the proverbial other shoe drops or at least that is definitely how last nights game felt"

Same here!   But if the Tribe loses I wont see it as a choke.  The Cubs won 100+ games for a reason and our starters are being held together with bailing wire (outside Kluber).  The Cubs are clearly better top to bottom. If we played them 100 times they would win 60+

The Indians have played way over their heads I think and Im happy with their season already.  Certainly will sting to see them lose but they have showed them selves well.     

A healthy Danny Salazar................?

Comment 02 Nov 2016

I feel the exact same way Brutus.  No way will I watch game 7.   

The Cubs are better first off.  They won 100+ games for a reason.  It was just a matter of time before they got things rolling.  BTW, Im not writing off Kluber, he's been nails, but third time seeing him..... on 3 days rest.   It will be a monumental performance if Kluber pulls this off.

 I will never refer to this as a choke either.  The Indians were totally game this series.  Played their hearts out.  The Cubs are just better (even if they lose a game 7).... they are young, powerful and have a deep pitching staff.

Ill wake up and watch some of the replay if I discover that they won and will shed a small tear if they lose.  They represented well regardless of outcome

Comment 01 Nov 2016

I really think we are sweating the deep passing game waaaaay too much.   We need to be  more effective taking what we are given by the defense which means running better routes and making a few more good throws but to try and force deep passes is just a waste.  

The 2006 Florida team that cleaned our clock was not a deep passing team. They got a consistent 6-8 yards at will and were deadly in the red zone.  There is certainly work to be done but some of these calls for vertical passes are misguided I think.  

I think we need a wider repertoire of plays to attack the 3 deep teams have decided to play against us.   The 3 deep is this years "Bear Front"

Comment 09 Oct 2016

Seems to me that JT struggles with wind.  I know all QBs struggle some but I think he struggles a little more.  My sense is that if he cant throw a couple of good deep balls early he gets thrown off his rhythm and he often misses early with wind.  His first deep ball was badly underthrown and it didn't seem like he held on too long (IU got away with PI on it as well) so I think the wind affected it.   For all his assets, I see the one liability of JT is that he doesn't have the type of arm that can deliver a ball on windy days.  He's also the type of guy that will find another way to win, which is why I love him.

Comment 15 Sep 2016

This is a hard one to pick.  I feel like this team may not be ready for this stage yet.  No doubt our recruiting the last five years has surpassed OUs and every OU fan would switch rosters with us (prob coaches too!) but the Sooners are no slouch talent wise and they are loaded with Jrs and Srs.  That can make a difference in a game like this.

   I kinda see this playing out a little like the 2014 PSU game where we really need JT step up and carry us in the end.  I see him getting way more carries than most OSU fans will like to see simply because we struggle a little early throwing the ball and Meyer takes us in a shell somewhat. Im gonna say we win what most people will see as a game that where were outplayed (we get less than 300 yds total offense)   but JT just refused to lose. I'll say  23-21 but we fall in the polls.

I wont be surprised if JT has to leave the game for a while due to us over relying on him.

Comment 26 Aug 2016

I married a Bulldog too.  Gonna be harder pulling for them with Kirby Smart though

Comment 26 Aug 2016

Yeah its quite sad that the Buffs have become a laughingstock the last 12 years.  They had a great thing going with McCartney, Neuheisel and Barnett.  I think they are just the right coach away form being good again (maybe the current guy is the right guy... it took McCartney a few years). Its easy to like Boulder. A lot of kids want to go there if they are good.  

Ralph is THE best mascot for sure.  Only the Bengal Tiger compares....... but the Buffalo is American, Tigers aint even from around here!!

Comment 25 Aug 2016

Colorado Buffs since Im an alum.  The only time I would pull for CU to beat the Bucks is if they were playing in the CFP title game and OSU had already won three in a row. I'd love to see the Buffs get back to their mid 90's to early 2000s vintage.

Comment 24 Jan 2016

I hear ya,  but there is a difference between Hubbard and Hankins or Nick Fairly or that monster LSU had a couple years back.  

I thought we were looking for DTs who could eat up the middle?

Comment 23 Jan 2016

"Maybe go after a few more lacrosse players and turn them in D-linemen."

I don't think that would work well to be honest.  I think the best DL are the kids who have been big all along and have become athletic because they played sports/competed while growing up.  The kids you have to add a bunch of weight to are more likely to get injuries and have problems in my view.  Get naturally big kids who are good athletes and have motors that like to run.  

So why are there so few in the midwest vs the south?  I think its cultural to a large degree.  Those big kids in the south come form poor families often and they don't have much in the way of opportunities early on other than city/county rec league sports so they all play in everything..... even the unathletic looking big kids.  Playing DT is doing the "dirty work" so to speak and a lot of kids aren't conditioned to do "dirty work".  Kids in many southern towns grew up doing dirty work their whole lives. Its the only kind of work they can get

Comment 07 Dec 2015

Good points regarding pulling for the Sooners.  

For me mostly its "anyone but 'Bama".   I think Sweeney seems like a good guy, yes he is a little overboard in some ways but he is mostly likable......... to me.     Dantonio winning it all would sting a little but it would just be a resurfacing of the sting from us not making it when we really SHOULD have.   That sting will resurface for the rest of my life............... but thoughts of 2014 immediately surface to act as a salve!!

A Sparty/whoever final is all Im pulling for.  Whoever takes it from there is not a strong feeling.....yet.   Sometimes I don't know who Im pulling for until a game starts and something happens.

Comment 06 Dec 2015

While Ive always had a bit of an affinity for fellow B1G teams, going all the way back to the 70s, it has increased much more over the last decade as the SEC homers pushed all their " 7th place SEC team would win the B1G" sh!t.  I really just want to shut them up.

I can even agree that the SEC has been the most impressive top to bottom for quite a while and they do play a great brand of football but the difference is neither as big nor should it mean as much in the rankings as it seems to.

To see the mighty perennial SEC champ Alabama get beat by two different B1G teams in the playoffs in consecutive years would be soooo sweet!

Comment 06 Dec 2015

About that MSU game I agree.  It hurts even more now and is the most inexplicable loss in my lifetime.

I know the Beck hatred is high around here but we need to put the blame in two places IMO 2)  JT..... he had his worst game as a Buckeye with missed reads and vision downfield under pressure.  There were opportunities to make plays and he just missed em.  Hey it happens, I can live with that.  1) Urban Meyer...  He knew Zeke was gonna be less than 100%... sounds like way less so instead of just going  away from your usual offensive sets and completely changing things how about give Dunn the ball and see what he does?  You've been raving about his progress all offseason and he has looked good in his spot duty so GIVE HIM THE DAMN BALL!!  Virtually every other top team out there has a second or third back that gets meaningful carries from their typical sets but we only seem to get Brax or Samuel carries on jet sweeps or wildcat stuff.  Its baffling to me.  Going away from what you typically do is not usually a recipe for success and Meyer should get full blame here. Im sure he gets last say on all personnel decisions.   

Honestly I can live with a player having a bad game more than a  head coach who doesn't trust his players in a tough environment.  Im not suggesting that this should put Meyer on thin ice in any way, shape or form but I think it does show what his frailties are as a coach.  His circle of trust needs to be expanded and he shouldn't go into a shell when the environment gets a little scary and unfamiliar.  We played scared that night and it was because he coached scared.  He didn't have Zeke at flu strength, JT was off and he didn't have any other trustworthy (in his mind) options.  He either is remiss in not developing a player he can trust in that situation or he was unable to see that there was another guy he could trust.  

I love Meyer and don't want him to go anywhere but his own insecurities cost us that game.

Comment 06 Dec 2015

Well Ive always kinda pulled for B1G teams in games against other schools but I would have NEVER engaged in stadium wide  "BEE ONE GEE, BEE ONE GEE,....." type chants as is common amongst the SEC folks.  While I will pull for MSU, mainly because of Dantonio,  I won't take some sort of "conference superiority"  away from it.    The main reason I pull for B1G schools usually is I have followed them and know more of their players..... and there are usually OSU connections somewhere on coaching staffs as well. 

I hope like hell that Dantonio stomps Saban, he owes him one from a few years back.  Its gonna be a tall order for sure but I think they have the goods to do it.  I think they can keep Henry from running crazy on them and make Coker make a couple plays

Comment 29 Nov 2015

"  I hooked up with Jennifer Lawrence and Krysten Ritter last night. "

Thats pretty funny cuz I actually was with Jennifer last night.

Comment 29 Nov 2015

Thinking the same thing here.    I bet McElwain gets a call this week reminding him how important it is for the conference to get a team in the playoff.  Im sure a couple million to the school is all it would take for Florida not to play TOO hard.  Don't want Henry injured or anything y'know.

Comment 29 Nov 2015

Cmon man, if we had played Bamas schedule we'd be beating our chests about the number of bowl teams we'd beaten.  Give credit where its due.  Is Bama clearly the best team right now?  I don't think so but they ARE in the discussion.  Would they want to play us right now?  I doubt it.    

Does the SEC get too much credit conference wise? I think so but that doesn't mean they aren't a tough conference.  Its all a matter of degree.

I have conceded for years that the SEC , top to bottom, is the toughest.... but not by nearly the margin they like to think.  They have 6-10 programs that put the type of financial support to football that only OSU/Mich and maybe PSU/Neb do in the B1G.  MSU lags behind us in the type of financial commitments to football but they get huge returns on their investments.  In the SEC you have Bama, Auburn, LSU, UGA, Fla, Tenn, S Car, A&M, Arky and Ole Miss that throw tons of money at coaching staffs, recruiting pipelines etc.  Obviously many get a poor return on their investments but they put a better than average product on the field most of the time.  

Personally I agree with the approach of the NW, Wisc, Minn and Iowa programs(Wisc is actually a tweener); get a solid coach, find players that buy in and are tough and go play sound football.  Will they beat the A&Ms/Arkansas/Ole Miss/South Car most of the time?  Maybe not but they will beat them enough of the time and rarely get embarrassed. 

I think the SEC schools are stupid to be honest. They end up having 3 or 4 that pay mega millions for a 4or 5 loss team and then they have to pay more to upgrade their coach to meet the fans ridiculous expectations.