Texas remains the most valuable which doesn't surprise me. I'm thrilled to see us ahead of the SEC despite their recent success.
Nice write-up by Chantel Jennings on Omameh's works at Mott. Turns out he's one hell of a tennis player.
I have to admit, this tweet made me laugh....
Boston Globe profile of new Boston College AD Brad Bates. Bates was a football walkon during the Bo Schembechler era in the late 1970s.
Given the way Dave Brandon has scheduled with other ADs with Michigan ties (Jeff Long-Arkansas, Bob De Carolis-Oregon St, Warde Manuel-UConn, & Derrick Gragg-EMU), I bet we will see Boston College on Michigan's football schedule soon.
Popular Science this month brings us a look at the current state of the Football Helmet, concussions, sub-concussive impacts and a possible future for the helmet.
I do have some problems with the article. It opens with a sort of cloak-and-dagger setup directed at helmet manufacturers, which I find unnecessary and ridiculous. If a given technology proves itself to be better at preventing concussions and impact related brain damage, then helmet manufacturers are going to embrace that. If they haven't thusfar, it's because their data leads them to believe it is honestly not the best way to protect players.
There is some credence to the idea that manufacturers would like to protect themselves by supporting the work they've done in the past, certianly, but they're not going to ignore relevant, reliable modern data that shows better, safer ways to go. That doesn't protect them. It shoots them in the foot and opens them to more problems later.
Once you get past the bizzare, attack laced opening, though, the rest of the article is a pretty good, pretty cool look at some new technology that might help win the battle for a better football helmet. I was aware that new research showed that twisting and rolling of the brain within the skull was much more damaging than it simply bouncing around inside, and that there had been some work on developing helmets that took advantage of this knowledge, such as giving them a stretchy "skin" that would reduce inter-crainial rotation.
I had not heard of this new technology, though, which strikes me as simple and highly effective. By placing the helmet on a somewhat independently articulated skull cap, of sorts, it can protect against heavy blows while still moving and sliding independently of the head, reducing twisting.
I'm really glad to see some innovative thinking coming to helmet design. I would like to see the NCAA and the NFHS (not to mention the NFL), do some studies on the effectiveness of this new technology. What do you think?
Michigan Football's Facebook Page posted a simple question:
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down.
I went through and tallied 665 of the comments. That's not all of them, but after a while the percentages stayed the same, so I'm saying this is a SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND representation of the FB page's population. It took far too long to go through 650+ so I decided not to keep going through the now 3000 comments. Like I said, the percentages started holding pretty strong around n=300, so should be representative. I ignored trolls and unrelated posts.
|Helmets: Yes! Uniforms: No!||154||23.1%|
|Helmets: No! Uniforms: Yes!||18||2.7%|
I had other categories as well, such as "Sarcasm" and "slappy." The former of which generally disliked the jerseys, the later of which said "anything Blue wears is good" so I did not include them in the "Like" category.
Representative "Like" Comment
SWAGG! Matt finish to the helmets!! And the jersey is to fly!
Representative "Dislike" Comment
Next thing we are going to do is make a dubstep knockoff of the Victors
Representative Pro-Helmet, Anti-Jersey Comment
Helmet ok. Jersey looks horrible. Go back to the traditional jersey.
Representative "Meh" Comment
Representative Anti-Helmet, Pro-Jersey Comment
helmet looks awful and the shirt looks a little better
BONUS: Sarcasm Comment
You want a good idea? Yellow Jersey and blue numbers
Kinda fun to laugh at. I wouldn't take this too seriously, except that the M Football FB page is usually full of slappies that will "Like" anything that is posted, so I thought this was a funny enough to share.