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  • Follett's is going out of business.

    Damn shame what's been happening to Uptown.
    Care to elaborate? Follett's had to leave their spot on High Street due to their lease not being renewed. Plus, said building has underground storage tanks that need to be removed when the building comes down, which will happen soon. Follett's is in competition with DuBois and Miami for spending $$$, so businesses will close... especially when they price Miami gear that isn't cheap and when they aren't reliant on college textbook dollars in this day and age. 

    I may be biased since I live in Oxford but Uptown is fine. The city certainly isn't freaking out over it judging from the weekly reports they put out as they are actively dealing with the owners of the old Follett's and the now shuttered 45 East/Attractions locations. I would prefer that there would be more sit-down type restaurants, but this is a college town in the middle of nowhere. I'll take what I can get. 
    Bash_Riprockgrumpy1NescacdadMowch
  • NIU and Rest of the Season

    This will be a blah year. It wasn’t supposed to be, though. On the drawing board we were supposed to have built on 2016, the Bowl year and move up to about 8-3 in 2017. But 2017 was FUBAR, starting with the Cincinnati debacle and continuing with the trip to touch the holy grail in South Bend and the blown 21 point lead at home vs Ohio. 5-7 didn’t get us anything but frustration.

    Even with the disappointment of 2017, 2018 was supposed to be the real year to showcase the complete rebuild - lots of talented, experienced seniors a chance to win against a rebuilding lower half B1G team with a familiar brand new coach, a 1-10 FCS cupcake, a game with Army, a team we have beaten several times, and a chance to atone for the unforgivable UC collapse. Well, we got the FCS win and finally beat Ohio but we needed a season-ending win at home over the Ball State Redbirds just to draw even at 6-6. And the then minor bowls weren’t buying our fan karma.

    The senior-laden year that was targeted for 8-3 or 9-2 never materialized. And Chuck Martin did not get a P5 job.

    So 2019, which was probably - on the chart anyway - supposed to be an over scheduled challenge for a brand new Miami head coach and a young and inexperienced team became just another blah Chuck Martin season.

    And that’s the way it is, October 14th, 2019.
    Bash_Riprockskin66grumpy1
  • 4 Questions

    Excluding the 2014 and 2015 seasons and all 30 point or more losses from 2016 to 2019 (n=2). Slow starts are more or less a thing of the past (the exception being 2018 at -32), Chuck figures things out in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, and then panics in the 4th quarter as the team runs out of gas.


    1Q:
    Miami 230
    Opponents: 210
    Total: +20

    2Q:
    Miami: 339
    Opponents: 281
    Total: +58

    3Q:
    Miami: 285
    Opponents: 213
    Total: +72

    4Q & OT:
    Miami: 181
    Opponents: 296
    Total: -115
    DICKredhawk11
  • NIU and Rest of the Season

    So our MAC rivals are occasionally beating P5 teams with worse recruits while we remove WKU from a pool of data because they were so much better than us.
    Bash_RiprockDICK
  • NIU and Rest of the Season

    Fellas,

    There are people on this board who were on cloud 9 last week when we beat Buffalo, and others making bowl game plans. Those same people are now resigning that this season is over and calling for Chucks head.

    Spanks even called this season was just ‘blah’ to begin with. I’ve never heard such ridiculousness.

    Relax. There is a LONG way to go.

    We lost on the road to Western Michigan... the team that has been the class of the conference for the last 5 years.

    There were two differences between Buffalo and WMU.

    1. Our DBs caught balls that were thrown to them

    2. We didn’t turn the ball over

    The game plan for both games was good, yet different. Coaches prepared well, we just didn’t make plays.

    This team is not going to outscore anyone yet... perhaps we will get there by November. We need to grind games out and win with special teams and D. We did that against Buffalo. We had our chances vs WMU.

    Go beat NIU and we are still in good position to win the MAC East.


    To be fair, this season was blah from the beginning. I did not expect to even go .500 with our schedule and how young we are. We lost our starting QB of many years, best WR, etc...last year was our largest recruiting class (number wise) in many years, so this is definitely a rebuilding year. Typically I take things really hard, but not this season...really don't care as I had very low expectations and thought anything more than 5 wins would be a success given the youth. Yes, our coaches have been around, but they lost majority of team last year it seems.
    If recruiting is actually as good as they say it is, we shouldn't have to worry about losing talent.  Year 6 in the worst division in college football. I'm tired of excuses.  
    skinsredhawk11AORedHawk33DICKJHVMUFBAlum
  • NIU and Rest of the Season

    Fellas,

    There are people on this board who were on cloud 9 last week when we beat Buffalo, and others making bowl game plans. Those same people are now resigning that this season is over and calling for Chucks head.

    Spanks even called this season was just ‘blah’ to begin with. I’ve never heard such ridiculousness.

    Relax. There is a LONG way to go.

    We lost on the road to Western Michigan... the team that has been the class of the conference for the last 5 years.

    There were two differences between Buffalo and WMU.

    1. Our DBs caught balls that were thrown to them

    2. We didn’t turn the ball over

    The game plan for both games was good, yet different. Coaches prepared well, we just didn’t make plays.

    This team is not going to outscore anyone yet... perhaps we will get there by November. We need to grind games out and win with special teams and D. We did that against Buffalo. We had our chances vs WMU.

    Go beat NIU and we are still in good position to win the MAC East.
    To be fair, this season was blah from the beginning. I did not expect to even go .500 with our schedule and how young we are. We lost our starting QB of many years, best WR, etc...last year was our largest recruiting class (number wise) in many years, so this is definitely a rebuilding year. Typically I take things really hard, but not this season...really don't care as I had very low expectations and thought anything more than 5 wins would be a success given the youth. Yes, our coaches have been around, but they lost majority of team last year it seems.
    Bash_Riprock
  • 4 Questions

    I think that's fair to remove the first two seasons when I think we can all agree the cupboard was bare. Here's how the same numbers look removing 2014 and 2015:

    1Q:
    Miami 242
    Opponents: 245
    Total: -3 (huge improvement...126 points better and it's due in large part to a -71 in 1Q 2015...-55 in 2014)

    2Q:
    Miami: 346
    Opponents: 340
    Total: +6 (+74 point difference)

    3Q:
    Miami: 288
    Opponents: 227
    Total: +61 (maybe they do make adjustments at halftime??)

    4Q & OT - close your eyes because here's where things get ugly:
    Miami: 181
    Opponents: 316
    Total: -135 (compared to a -140 when including 14 & 15)

    1H:
    Miami: 588
    Opponents: 583
    Total: +3

    2H:
    Miami: 469
    Opponents: 543
    Total: -74

    Grand Total point differential: -71 (-1.65 ppg)
    QuinoaburgerCMHskinsLove_and_Honor
  • GAMETHREAD: MIAMI V. WMU

    Gabbert has the chance  to be a special QB, but needs play makers around him .
    Geneskin66
  • James Gardner

    I think he had some outside influences telling him he would be drafted and to do it. Then it became too late..


    I think he knew this upcoming season was just blah, so he decided to leave
    I don't think that was the case to be honest. I think Gabbert would have given him some better deep balls than Ragland, so perhaps if he knew, he could have stayed...probably also scared with the current backups, and not knowing the true freshman.

    Anyone know what Gardner is up to now?
    Nescacdad
  • 4 Questions

    I had a little free time and was genuinely curious at the thought of us getting dominated in the second half and 4th quarters of games. So I went and charted scoring differential in the Chuck era. These are just the numbers - I'll let everyone else opine on the reasons of why they look the way they do. Looks like I should be betting more 1H overs and 2H unders...

    1Q:
    Miami 329
    Opponents: 458
    Total: -129

    2Q:
    Miami: 520
    Opponents: 588
    Total: -68

    3Q:
    Miami: 379
    Opponents: 396
    Total: -17

    4Q & OT:
    Miami: 312 (a whopping 26 4Q points in '17)
    Opponents: 452
    Total: -140

    1H:
    Miami: 849
    Opponents: 1,046
    Total: -197

    2H:
    Miami: 682
    Opponents: 838
    Total: -156

    Grand Total point differential: -353 (-5.27 ppg)
    redhawk11Bash_RiprockLove_and_Honor