Few offensive players got to speak to the press today, here are a few quotes that might interest you:
Wilton Speight says Harbaugh hasn't said when he's going to name a starter. 'Last year we knew when Jake ran onto the field.'— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 26, 2016
Speight: 'It's coach's decision and not many really know what goes on in coach Harbaugh's mind.'— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 26, 2016
O'Korn says his biggest improvement in camp has been protecting the football.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 26, 2016
O'Korn says he doesn't think any QB really thought this comp would last this long. It's been close.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 26, 2016
O'Korn on QB competition: "everything is being evaluated from the way we walk down the halls to the way we throw a pass on a certain route."— angelique (@chengelis) August 26, 2016
Wilton Speight: “I feel good about where I stand.”— angelique (@chengelis) August 26, 2016
OKorn says he and Speight and Morris getting 30 percent snaps. Magnuson 70%. Sooooo no one tipping hand— angelique (@chengelis) August 26, 2016
Most valuable info IMO
Grant Perry says the coaching staff doesn't plan to redshirt any receivers— Adam Schnepp (@aeschnepp) August 26, 2016
It would be pretty cool to catch a Raiders game while in Vegas, but I have my doubts on the sustainably of a team without a true hometown fanbase.
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If our new left tackle is frequently beaten or our new quarterback can"t sustain drives, that will bode very badly. If on the other hand, the offensive line looks dominating or our qb throws for 200 plus yards in the first half, that provides only limited assurance that they'll play well against the MSUs and OSUs of the world. With regards to starters, one area I think we can learn alot about is linebacer play. That is one area that I would be most reassured by a strong performance.
It is however key reserves who I think we may learn the most about. Does a fourt wide reciever look good? Who is the go to TE after Butt, who are the first offensive linemen in and how do they look.
My top ten is:
1. Who is our qb and do we at least get the assurance that he looked good against Hawaii
2. Ditto for LT
3. Any indications that the Chris Evans hype is legit
4. Do our linebackers look solid and is there any depth
5. Does Kalis look more consistent
6. Who are the first reseve linemen in and how do they look? Do we have depth beyond the starting 5?
7. Does a 4th or 5th reciever (beyond Perry) stand out?
8. Does a 2nd or 3rd TE stand out?
9. Does Smith pick up where he left off?
10. How does the second string secondary look?
In which of Freud’s Psychosexual stages of development does Harbaugh have this 2016 team?
Preface: not sure if this is Board or Diary material, and just in case this is a Mom-worthy offense I wanted to get this in today before OT season ends and there are consequences.
We've been jokingly thanking Jed York for a long time on this blog for being himself and firing Harbaugh, which delivered one of the best coaches in the game right into Michigan's lap. Someone on the board made a joke very early on about sending him - York - a gift basket, and I (and others) picked up on that. The last time I joked that Michigan fan should chip in to send Jed York a fruit basket and thank you note every year, there were a few people who responded that they'd be willing to donate their money to it, and that I should set up a Kickstarter (or something similar). That got me thinking about costs, effort, and how little I want to set up a crowd-funding request every year.
So instead, my thought was that we could set up a trust whose sole purpose would be to purchase a fruit basket for Jed York each year for the remainder of his life, and flowers for his grave each year after his death. Seriously. Well, half seriously.
I want to gauge interest, and see if an MGoAttorney could weigh in on whether this is possible, and maybe the yearly administrative costs. At the very least, this is a diary about what it takes to properly thank a man for 100 years for his decision to be a power-hungry jerk.
Long story short, for less than $30k, it's possible to buy a fruit basket and have it delivered to Jed York each year until he dies, after which the trust would buy flowers to be delivered to his grave once per year, until the money runs out 100 years from now.
The pension finance expert in me needs to share my actuarial assumptions, which are on the conservative side. I think we have a couple MGoActuaries here, and this is actually a pretty simple math problem, so any validation of these figures would be appreciated.
|Age at death||100|
|Years after death to deliver flowers||35|
|Cost of fruit basket today||$125|
|Fruit basket inflation||5%|
|Cost of fruit basket delivery toda||$15|
|Fruit basket delivery inflation||5%|
|Cost of flower delivery today||$80|
|Flower delivery inflation||5%|
|Cost of setting up a trust (is this accurate??)||$500|
|Yearly administratiive costs for a trust (is this accurate??)||$500|
|Administrative cost inflation||2%|
|Expected annual investment return net of fees||5%|
|Trust years of operation||100|
|Lump sum funding requirement||$25,195.04|
I wish I could attach my excel spreadsheet, because it gets hilarious in the later years.
What do you all think? I think it would hilarious to annually remind Mr. York, and his kids, and his grandkids, about an awful management decision he made in his early 30s. This trust would outlive Jed York and all of us, so by contributing to this, you'd make sure that part of your Michigan fandom - specifically, the ironic and vindictive side - carries on for a whole century. That's the Michigan difference. Go Blue.