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Mark Hasty


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Comment 19 Oct 2017

My guess is as long as they're improving and/or winning at least eight games a season, it'll be cool. The last time Purdue looked this good at the halfway point of the season (and remember, they're 3-3), Kyle Orton was their QB.

Comment 12 Oct 2017

Understood, but this is exactly the sort of game that smashes those kind of expectation. Indiana is incapable of playing a standard football game, ever. And Michigan's circumstances are unique at the moment.

Comment 15 Sep 2017

As a displaced Iowan living in that tiny part of Illinois that is within a 7-hour drive of Atlanta, I understand completely. My kids don't go out for recess if it's under about 40°. One day last "winter" school was called off because snow was forecast. (It never fell.)

I do agree that WaHo is a blessed place. Double order. Scattered, smothered, covered, diced, and peppered.

Comment 14 Sep 2017

Alcohol and tobacco (even dip) are totally forbidden on BYU's campus. Observant Mormons do not consume caffeine but BYU's tailgating rules don't forbid coffee, tea, or soda containing caffeine. There are indeed BYU tailgaters. I don't know how strictly the rules are enforced but somehow Jim McMahon made it through BYU.

Comment 08 Sep 2017

Early 1970s mobile homes, with a concrete exoskeleton to keep them from sliding around too much. I never lived in them, but I heard (a) they were filled with cockroaches, and (b) a 30 mph wind made the whole structure boogie.

Comment 07 Sep 2017

Don't confuse "sober resignation to harsh realities" for cheering. 

As for Nebraska, I lived there in the late 1990s as everything was starting to turn to goo for that program. I've dealt with Husker Fan online since about that same time. The extent to which they fail to realize their success was entirely due to Devaney and Osborne is astonishing. I'll grant that most Nebraska fans are not Husker Fan, who thinks every big game will be the 1996 Orange Bowl. Give them time. In another decade the Nebraska football experience will be more about jello shots before the game and "where are we eating?" after than it will be about the actual football. 

Comment 06 Sep 2017

Iowa State needs this game a lot more than Iowa does, partly for the biannual guaranteed sellout and partly for the way it puts their team on the national radar for one weekend a year. The two teams have occasionally been decent at the same time, during the early 2000s (that may be the only time) and I'll admit it's too early to know if Matt Campbell is a good coach or Tim Beckman 2.0. But as has been pointed out before, there's nothing for Iowa to win in this game and plenty to lose, even if the Hawks win the game. 

That said, once ISU is no longer a Power 5 school (that is, in a few more years), this game needs to be dumped like week-old potato salad. If there are 15,000 Cy-borgs in offices throughout Polk County who want to act like it's because Iowa is scared or snobby, let 'em. Competition creates competitors. A Group of Five ISU team just isn't enough competition, even if the team is occasionally good. I'd rather see an ACC or SEC team take their place on Iowa's schedule.

Comment 01 Sep 2017

I've struggled for years with this question, even before we knew how prominent CTE was among football players. I don't know what the answer is. I only know that I've stopping following, caring about, or even watching the NFL because I've come to the conclusion that it's a fundamentally immoral organization that doesn't care about (a) its players or (b) doing the right thing by anyone unless and until it affects the bottom line.

But I won't give up on college football. Not just because I like it. It really does help a lot of players improve their lives, even at (maybe especially at) the lower divisions. We all laughed at the NCAA's "going pro in something other than sports" tagline but it's true.