spoiler alert: i linked this
How the NCAA Has Used the Term “Student-Athlete” to Avoid Paying Workers Comp Liabilities
So does paying players put workmans comp back on the table?
So I can't take this anymore. Since the hire of Borges and spring football, I have taken the route of nodding knowingly to myself everytime Denard's footwork is mentioned when passing from the pocket. I understand (or at least think I do) that this mystical "footwork" are the steps the quarterback takes after the ball is snapped to him so he can get set for the pass. That, in my non-quarterbacking simple football mind, makes sense.
But then I read over and over how his footwork is causing incompletions and even interceptions, and my mind goes 'splode. Here are my questions, someone please answer them:
What is wrong with Denard's footwork?
How can it be fixed?
What do his feet have to do with interceptions?
Yesterday the WWL loved him and today it's former WWL employee, who the internet helped free.
Bruce says that Denard is the #1 most exciting player in College Football. Gotta love the pub for the program
1-Denard Robinson, Michigan, QB: He was spectacular last year, shouldering a staggering amount of the Wolverines offense in 2010. The offense has been revamped with the coaching change in Ann Arbor, but Robinson he proved, once again, how spectacular he is when he sparked Michigan's dramatic comeback against Notre Dame last week. In that frenetic rally, Robinson accounted for a mind-boggling 226 of his team's 229 yards in the fourth quarter. As amazing as that was, we have come to expect the spectacular from him. And this is why he is 'Must-See' TV no matter who the Wolverines play.
Also click the link and give Bruce some love. ESPN treated him terribly, plus I hear that Craig James did some things to some women of questionable valor when he was at SMU
I'll do my best to fit in here amongst all the Saturday navel-gazing. For me, Saturday was an exercise in How to Go Nuts and not Wake Up a Sleeping Three Month Old. But on to this week in train wrecks. First, let's catch up on the first two weeks "action".
Week One brought some humdingers. Bowling Green versus Idaho featured punts of 71 and 81 yards. I'm not sure how you punt 81 yards, but the guy that booted one 71 has to feel pretty bad about it. Maryland versus Miami was as big of a mess as expected. Maryland kicked 4 field goals for most of their 24 points, then gave up a pick-6 in the last minute to blow it. That game should be in the UGotW Year in Review. Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does? Well, the crab cakes are good.
Week Two featured Iowa making a bold move by refusing the Cy-Hawk trophy by giving up a late TD to Iowa State to tie, then losing in triple OT. In a twist, TCU bombed Air Force 35-19. AF scored two 4th quarter TDs to make the score reasonable. Air Force then declared TCU a state sponsor of terrorism and left Predator drones circling the stadium. CSU/UNCO was attended by 25,000 students dressed as empty seats to watch CSU club the Bears 33-14. Three CSU picks kept this from getting really messy. CSU had 28 first downs to go with only 4-14 on third down. That means they didn't need third down very often.
This week is Mascot Week! First off is the UTEP Miners versus the New Mexico State Aggies. I'm a sucker for good ol' blue-collar mascots, preferably mascots wielding weapons. This one comes down to pick-ax versus pistols.
Next is one of my favorite categories: Non-Plural Mascot fights! The Alabama Crimson Tide play the North Texas Mean Green. North Texas's real mascot is some sort of eagle, but I don't think eagle wins against elephant, not even if it's one of the eagles from Lord of the Rings (nerd!). They've already lost to FIU and Houston, so we may have to watch North Texas for a possible 0-for-season.
Last is Creepy/Crazy Mascot matchup, featuring the Indiana State Sycamores versus the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. "Big Red" was created in 1979 and we can only assume there were drugs involved, and possibly a medical procedure. I guess calling your team the Fightin' Polyps was out of the question. Big Red in action:
If that's not nightmare-inducing enough for you, they are playing this:
Indiana State decided not to go the Stanford route and have a tree on the sidelines, and created Sycamore Sam instead. Why they didn't cartoonize Larry Bird into a mascot, a la UNLV I'll never know.
Did anybody else get the repeated verification blasts this morning like I did? At 5:39am they started innocently enough with a simple request to verify my tag. Then another came...then another and another they didn't stop until 6:39am at which time I had gotten over 150 such verification requests (and the email addresses of the other lucky 150 winners in the verification overload sweepstakes)
Now I get this email which is pretty funny given the circumstances:
If you were unfortunate enough to receive a number of duplicate authentication mails from the Michigan Fancam this morning, my sincere apologies for the irritation and inconvenience.
Due to the unprecedented popularity of the Michigan Fancam, a number of users did not receive their initial verification mails as the servers were simply overloaded.
In an effort to resend the affected mails, the program we use went into a loop and some users were sent a large number of duplications.
Although the problem has been solved and controls have been put in place to ensure it will not be repeated, it is a source of great embarrassment to me.
We're proud and privileged to have been asked to provide The University of Michigan with this unique way of capturing a truly memorable occasion and would not want any actions on our part to affect your memory and experience of the event.
If you have any questions at all, about the duplicate emails or anything else, please feel free to contact me.
Tinus le Roux
Founder and CEO
Trust me Tinus.....your emails did NOTHING to "affect my memory and experience of the event".
NDNation provides proof that we have indeed moved away from the reputation of being mostly silent. The night game was awesome, the stadium seem to pulsate - and ND fans agree that it was an intimidating environment. Nice!
attending an ND/Michigan game at Michigan Stadium is a heck of an experience. The place is intimidating. Michigan Stadium intimidates by its sheer size and the orchestrated enthusiasm of the UM fans. It’s like being in the midst of a vast, impressive army