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  1. djake

    NCAA Football 2019

    Yes a rabid tOSU fan 🙂 Uffda did I bite into this one. Realize I am not a rabid PSU fan but I am an rabid Golden Gopher fan so here is my best off of the cuff response. The recruiting is in favor of tOSU but is nominal Both teams return a lot, PSU I believe was even a younger team then tOSU in 2019, I can look that up but will need time. tOSU is losing more on Defense then PSU tOSU should not have a drop in coaching - PSU is going up in coaching. See addition of Kirk Ciarrocca (KC) as their new Offensive Coordinator, he is amazing! PSU's offense will show dramatic improvement in 2020 PSU will run one of the best RPOs in country next year. Now the RPO is not always what announcers state it is when a game is ongoing. It is a very difficult offense to defend when it is run correctly. With (KC) at the helm and the talent that PSU ahs returning tOSU will have their hands full. Yes PSU is losing their #1 producing WR but they have a lot of returning talent with size and speed at WR so the drop may not even be felt. Yet players have to play Urban Meyer is gone, so it is up to Day to keep up beating PSU. I like Franklin over Day so far, Franklin was the young and up and coming coach going against Urban who was/is one of the best in the game. Now the tables have turned and the coaching favors PSU by an edge. The game is in Happy Valley and that cannot be taken lightly, that is as difficult of a place to into and win as Columbus is. So, yes it will be considered an upset but I am sticking with PSU over tOSU in one heck of a football game. The new O.C for PSU and Franklin's experience will make the difference. And oh by the way the best Offensive Line in the Nation next year will be in Minnesota - HANDS DOWN!!
  2. djake

    NCAA Football 2019

    Stars stars stars - so are you one of the "Star Chasers" for recruiting? Based on 24/7 Recruiting site and they are using a composite for the average with the composite being weighted between 24/7, Rivals & the pathetic ESPN rankings here are the findings they show. 2018 average composite score tOSU 94.29 & PSU 91.70 - both were clearly #1 & #2 in the B1G that year. 2019 average composite score tOSU 91.87 & PSU 91.01 - both were top 3 in the B1G 2020 way to early average composite score tOSU 91.82 & PSU 89.49 - mind you this is way to early but it shows that both are bringing in strong recruits again. Composite score to me is the best indicator because is shows the average of the class from top to bottom and takes away from total score which can be skewed due to one team pulling in the max 25 for the year vs another team pulling in 21. Star ratings really throw things off, the difference between a 5 Start and a high 4 Star can be virtually nothing when based on scoring but just looking at Stars it can look like they are so far apart. So based on just this quick look down both teams are recruiting at an Elite level with almost no indiscernible difference. Thus, the real question is which coaching staff will get the most out of their recruits. It is to early to see if Day and staff will keep doing what they were but based on past performance and since the bulk of the staff stayed in place I would not anticipate a drop down in coaching from tOSU. PSU just hired a new O.C and he is a dandy of a coach, one of the best in the Nation in fact and thus with the athletes on staff they have I would anticipate an uptick in offensive production from PSU in 2020 and beyond. Kirk Ciarrocca (KC) average roughly 35 points per game with the talent the Gophers had in 2019. PSU has more overall talent then the Gophers, KC will do amazing things with PSU. I would anticipate PSU running the RPO between 40 & 45% of all plays in 2020 under KC and it is a thing of beauty in his hands. tOSU defensively will be seriously challenge with this offense. Just ask PSU and Auburn about it when they faced the Gophers. The player quotes are there for the finding.. So, if you want we can beat down the recruiting really deep - but I believe the numbers show both of these teams are recruiting at an Elite level and have Elite talent. tOSU playing in Happy Valley next year will get beat by PSU. it will be a fantastic game played by two very well coached teams filled with a lot of talent.
  3. djake

    NCAA Football 2019

    PSU was a very young team this season and they recruit on a very high level with tOSU. The game is in Happy Valley as well in 2020. Not taking anything away from tOSU at all but I really feel PSU will beat them next season. No matter what it will be an excellent game most likely coming down to the last possession
  4. djake

    NCAA Football 2019

    I will have to add that while I am a die hard B1G fan I did enjoy seeing Bama beat Michigan. I do not care for Harbaugh at all. Plus I have a real hard time pulling for Bucky Badger - other then that. Doesn't the B1G play 9 conference games and the SEC play 8? If so I would prefer that all of the Power 5 conferences play 9 with 3 non conference games. As far as non conference play it would be nice to see all P5 teams play 1 non conference against another P5 and 2 against Mid Majors. Playing a game against the FCS has little value as there is such a wide discrepancy in that division. Now if a P5 team is dumb enough to schedule NDSU then yes you deserve to get beat. I really feel there is a lot of parity in the P5 conferences and that there is not that large of a difference between any of them. FYI @saevel25 look out for PSU next year, they will be the team to beat in the B1G East.
  5. djake

    NCAA Football 2019

    You probably thought the same thing about last year with Bama playing Clemson. Well you would have been right about the game not even being close, except as memory serves me it was Clemson pounding the crap out of Bama 1st time in years the SEC had a winning bowl record. But then again the Minnesota Golden Gophers pounded Auburn. Like physically beat the crap out of them.
  6. I am like you. I like to get to the course way before my tee time. I like to take my time unpacking, observe what's going on. Get to know the area. I also need to stretch and get my body ready due to the numerous injuries from life. On the course Iike to keep moving, keep pace. I don't see much correlation in this. I have a friend I barely golf with and he is unpacked on the tee in a breakneck pace. On the course is painfully slow
  7. It started with skin cancer with my dad. it progressed. Today I can no longer play golf with my Dad. Protect your skin What type of reflective umbrella? I have been looking at those and wondering how they work and if they are effective. Please share
  8. Yes I would play one of the courses or more if the opportunity arises. It's golf, I could care less about politics when it comes to golf. The courses look very nice and as such I do like to play nice courses - but - I also enjoy playing small town courses as well. Just give me a dimpled yellow ball (easier to find) some sticks, a beautiful day and nice golf course. Really does it get much better then that? The name on the course does not matter to me, I am not into that type of thing anyway.
  9. Ok, have you ever lived thru 1 Minnesota winter? It's what we dream about. Warmth in January and golfing. Hell, it was 3 flippin degrees this morning. AND IT'S ONLY NOVEMBER
  10. djake

    What to Say?

    Depends: If it is one of my regular golfing buddies then there is a vast number of responses that fly towards that person, with laughter ensuing. And usually later in the round at no specific moment commentary about the terrible shot comes up again. If it is someone I have just meet I say nothing. If this person is the type that slams clubs, tosses them and swears a lot I will not play golf with them again.
  11. djake

    What to Say?

    Q1) if it's one of my friends I usually give them a backhanded compliment like, dang you just missed that one, like a1/16th of inch off center. But still, nice shot. But I do like to give compliments to people on nice shots. Q2) No matter how I think I hit the shot, when i get a compliment i always say "Thank you". And i appreciate it. Regarding your final statement, yes we can tend to be to hard on ourselves. We remember the really nice shots and want those to be the bar and that is good. That's why when I get a compliment on a ok shot I appreciate it and use it to see that shot thru their eyes. It helps. And when I give a compliment to someone and they grumble about it not being as good as expected I will usually answer and say yump your right, sorry about that but it could have been a lot worse also. Like in the pond or OB or not passed the Ladies tee. Enjoy it wasn't your best but it still was a nice shot. If I just got paired up with someone and just meet them if they hit what looks like a nice shot I might say, hey that looks really nice. Is that a nice shot for you? Because if it isn't I can't wait to see what you can do. And I say that with a very sincere tone.
  12. Ummmm so far no one. But since you mention it my son almost hit my daughter while using that same club. And it was even more of a diagonal shot on the driving range. It has to be the shaft 😁
  13. 50 years of playing golf so I generally do not get to embarrassed over this game any longer……….. Yet Back in May I go out to play 9 holes of customer golf. I payed for the round as I really wanted to but hey he was my customer so it is expected. Well it is a slow moving day and a nice sunny day. We are laughing and enjoying the relaxing round of golf. We get to the 6th hole and it is a 200 yard Par 3, elevated tee box so I tell him to hit your normal 200 yard club that the elevation really has no affect on this hole for some unknown reason. He tees off and doesn't hit the best of shots so I am up. For some reason he takes off walking to the right at an angle into the junk, almost lateral from the tee box. I have no idea how what happens next happens. I grab my 7 wood and start my back swing and everything goes completely off, I can feel the universe is way wrong. I start my downswing and I catch a glimpse of the guy walking and I hit the ball almost laterally directly at him. He somehow dodges the white scud missile and it screams past him. He looks at me and says "What the hell was that!" I answer "Fore!" He "you almost hit me" Me "I hate this 7 wood, the shaft is all wrong, why do I even try to use it" I was pretty embarrassed and to this date I have not used that 7 Wood, I think I actually gave it away to my wife.
  14. I use ZeroFriction golf gloves. They are my go to glove as they are the best compression golf gloves that I have found on the market. If you have issues with your fingers/hands I highly suggest giving these gloves a try. I wear them on both hands and keep them on during the entire round. I normally wear size XL in leather golf gloves. I have had some wear issues with ZeroFriction from time to time I feel those instances make up for how my hands feel after a round using other gloves. I do not use the GPS glove. I like my Garmin G8.
  15. My father passed down to me showing me how to be very involved in my athletics while never ever pushing me into athletics and that includes golf. He was the greatest coach I have ever had in my life and many people that he worked with in golf would say the same. I was fortunate to have some amazing coaches in my life.
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