I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
This post is going to be as random as you like, so enjoy. While perusing ESPN.com under the NBA mainpage on this enjoyable Friday night, I happened upon a random Sports Nation poll. It poses the question: Who will be the bigger weapon for Team USA in the 2016 Olympics? Anthony Davis or Kyrie Irving? I clicked on Kyrie Irving, and surprisingly or unsurprisingly, Kyrie Irving was winning 77% to 23% on 26,865 national votes.
Next, I clicked on View Map, because that's how I do. The map, surprisingly or unsurprisingly, showed all states siding with Kyrie Irving--BUT ONE--which sided with Anthony Davis.
Now, my task for you is this: without looking at this poll--or after looking at this poll, I don't necessarily care--guess which state picked Anthony Davis and write why you guessed it.
I was just reading that incoming freshman were recently notified about their on-campus housing and roommate assignments. That got me to thinking about my move-in experience and wondering about my fellow MGoMembers' experiences. Here's a few of my memories from that day way back in 1993:
Driving up to the entrance to Markley and seeing all the kids and their family members carrying in their belongings and the sense of excitement I felt. Meeting my roommate (who would soon become my best friend) for the first time and the awkwardness that comes along with all that. Unloading our cars and lugging all of our sh-t up to the 5th floor (5115 Van Tyne), getting soaked in the process when a thunderstorm popped up out of nowhere. Picking out pre-cut carpeting in a parking lot by South Quad while some student builders put up lofts in our room. Watching my parents drive away that first night and feeling that my life has just changed forever. Hanging out in the hall of 5VT talking to neighbors into the wee hours of the night. Sleeping in until noon the next day. Good times!
What do your memories hold? I'm very interested, and it might make for a fun late-night thread . . .
No surprise here - most played Quarterback.
Followed by defensive backs.
Joe Paterno played both. No wonder he's still going....
Michigan players that are now FBS head coaches? 2. Les Miles and Jim Harbaugh.
(Just eight more days...)
I feel this ranking is pretty low also considering that Notre Dame, University of Chicago (since they have a Big Ten relation), and Northwestern are ranked higher at 33, 20, and 18, respectively.
Only three Ohio schools ranked higher than Michigan, being, Denison University at 77, Oberlin at 51, and Kenyon College at 32
Other Big Ten schools that were ranked were:
Illinois at 97, Penn State at 192,Wisconsin at 212, Indiana at 222, Ohio State at 246, Michigan State at 282, Iowa at 315, Purdue at 362, Minny at 418, and, finally, Nebraska (since they are now family) at 442
Here's the link for the full list:
This is probably hard to legitimately answer, but do people think that high school programs tailor their offenses/defenses to mirror those of traditional college powers in the state/region, if one exists? I was thinking about how most of the Big 12 runs some form of a spread offense, and how many of the best QBs for those systems tend to come from the Lone Star State. Similarly, OSU has always promoted great special teams and defense, and it seems like Ohio tends to produce quite a few Tressel-like prototypes on the defensive side of the ball.
The reason I ask is that with UM switching from a pro-style offense to a read-option, it seems like some of the local high school powers are adopting offenses that produce the type of players that are nice fits. This year, for example, two of the best read-option QBS in the country are from UM, and slot ninjas seem to be popping up as well. For example, Devin Gardner probably may have been moved to a different position at Inkster if Carr was still in place, since that would have maximized his chances of playing at UM and, in return, raising the profile of the program.
I would be interested to see what other people think. I may be way off base here, so I open up the discussion to the rest of the MGoCommunity.