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  •  MI-Sen (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm 99% positive that the former Red Wing is Brian Rafalski.  Formidable, but he's no Steve Yzerman.

    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.

    by Ickey shuffle on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 09:09:47 AM PDT

    •  He was in the US (2+ / 0-)
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      The article said the Red Wing was a Canadian-born U.S. citizen.  I'm not sure I would consider a hockey player "formidable."  

      •  correction (2+ / 0-)
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        Title should be "He was born in the US."

        •  And GOP sports-related candidates don't always do (1+ / 0-)
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          well. Joe paterno's son lost a few years ago in Pa., as did
          Lynn Swann in 2006 (gov.). Losing streak of two for the Nittant Lions.

          •  Rats. Make that Nittany Lions. Although Penn State (1+ / 0-)
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            and Michigan will probably benefit from the Ohio State mess.

            •  Michigan is into deep a hole... (0+ / 0-)

              ...to take advantage.  Rodriguez pretty decimated that program, and I'm not sure it will ever be able to recover.  MSU, Penn State, and Wisconsin have a chance to be the new force in the Big 10, but I suspect that it will be the newbie, Nebraska, that has the most to gain.  They have a chance to be the dominant program right out of the gate.

              GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

              by LordMike on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 02:04:56 PM PDT

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              •  "in too" not into... (0+ / 0-)

                Damn autocomplete!

                GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

                by LordMike on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 02:08:10 PM PDT

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              •  I'm a Spartan (0+ / 0-)

                But, I would not underestimate what Brady Hoke will be able to do.  Michigan State was way worse off before Dantonio got here than how Michigan is now.  As bad off as Rodriguez left that program, it still has a sellable name, legacy, and history.  I wouldn't be too worried about UofM, at all, as much as I hate to say that.

              •  Go Blue (0+ / 0-)

                Michigan is putting together a very strong recruiting class this year, completely owning the state even after MSU went 11-2 last year and stealing a boatload of guys from Ohio. Rodriguez left the program pretty well stocked with players, but the defense (especially the secondary) was too young and poorly led to be effective last year. As soon as this year, you'll see the difference between a defense run by Greg Mattison and Rodriguez forcing his DCs to run schemes they don't understand.

                That said I think Penn State and Wisconsin benefit most, because they are in the same division as OSU.  

                SSP poster. 41, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

                by sacman701 on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 08:34:44 PM PDT

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                •  That's very optimistic... (0+ / 0-)

                  The gutting of talent at Michigan under Rich Rod was deep and severe.  Brady Hoke's last ditch attempt to salvage recruiting for this year won't be enough to make up for the years of ineptitude (who is that stupid to run a 3-3-5 defense in the Big 10?  What did the AD's ever see in Rich Rodriguez?).  If they can't turn it around soon, there is a very good chance that Michigan becomes like Notre Dame.  A "national" program that struggles to remain relevant.

                  MSU only needs to solidify their gains.  They have the toughest road ahead of them, but they best chance at taking advantage of OSU's troubles since Dantonio was Tressel's assistant and has strong Ohio connections.  

                  GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

                  by LordMike on Sun Jun 19, 2011 at 11:13:05 PM PDT

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                  •  2011 v 2012 (0+ / 0-)

                    I was referring to the class that will enter in the fall of 2012. So far UM is also pulling much more talent out of Ohio than MSU is.

                    I admit that the 2011 class is nothing to write home about, as M's best recruits all lost interest while Rodriguez was in limbo and Hoke was hired too late to do much of anything.

                    The 3-3-5 might have worked if RR had brought Jeff Casteel over to run it. As is, he should have recognized that he isn't a defensive expert and just let Scott Shafer run his defense.    

                    SSP poster. 41, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

                    by sacman701 on Mon Jun 20, 2011 at 08:22:28 AM PDT

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