I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I figured this was board worthy because of his bounce back from Dallas.
Sporting News' Steve Greenberg ranked the coaches of the B1G and Hoke came in at 4th place. Somewhat of a shock considering last season he was coach of the year for the B1G and in the running for National Coach of the Year. Ahead of him are:
1. Urban Meyer
2. Bret Bielema
3. Mark Dantonio
While those are the 4 best coaches in the B1G, I think the order is interchangable and would have thought Hoke would have gotten more credit for turning a 7-6 team into an 11-2 BCS Champ with players that were recruited to run a spread. Think about that... even with all the talented Michigan teams we have had, we only had 1 BCS victory and Hoke matched that in his first season. Granted, most of our losses were against a talented USC team in their back yard.
The rest of the order for those interested is:
5. Kirk Ferentz
6. Bo Pelini
7. Pat Fitzgerald
8. Bill O'Brien
9. Jerry Kill
10. Tim Beckman
11. Danny Hope
12. Kevin Wilson
Of course, over at annarbor.com, Hoke leads with 70% of the votes, followed by Dantonio(15%), Meyer(8%), Bielema(5%), Other(2%). What are your thoughts and non-homerish picks?
He gets released on the FIRST DAY of rookie mini-camp?! Unless something was very wrong, that seems like an extremely classless and unfair move by the Redskins given that most other teams have already started their mini-camps so it will probably be too late for Shaw to get picked up elsewhere.
I really don't like coach oompa loompa, he invented getting super red on the sidelines before Brian Kelly made it cool.
Hopefully Shaw can find a team that hasn't started camp yet and still has an interest or need. If he does, he can BOUNCE on over. He's good at that.
I know that MgoBlog prides itself at being a high(er)brow message board. We try to keep content north of the intellectual Mason-Dixon line. I'm not sure how this will go, so if I get positive feedback, I'll start similar posts in the future. If not, I'll change the OP to some gif of Kate Upton or something. I think there are a lot of issues we could get into about college football and Michigan that could prompt some good debate.
Today I want to ask what your take is on the perception, and in turn reality, of the sport of football. Junior Seau has been the latest in a growing line of incidents that have created buzz about the safety of playing football. Being such a tidal society, this issue is being hammered quite a bit in the media. What are the concerns that this could either fundamentally change or even destroy the sport of American football?
If you missed the recent news, Kurt Warner has stated that he does not want his children to play football. Warner's statements are echoed by many parents today, but how prevelant a number? Prior to the last year or so, I think that number has been pretty low. Chronically cautious parents have always held their kids out of contact sports, but when does the average parent take notice of the medical information coming out linking football to depression and suicide. What has to happen before the average parent decides they would rather have their son play soccer or basketball, and forego high school football. Could this type of a movement sweep the legs from beneath the powers that are the NCAA and the NFL? Are there any other factors, such as class action suits, that could directly cripple those same powers?
So... is there such a thing as the NFL or NCAAF in 10 years? How about 50? If so, does it even resemble the game that we grew up knowing?
"The film speaks for itself," said Worthy, who left Michigan State after his junior year. "People criticize and say I may take a play off here or there; there's nobody in the NFL game today or college or all the way down to pee-wee who plays every play full speed, full-go without getting tired. It's impossible.
I think Mike Martin would not agree
Some of you might have heard Amani Toomer on Mike & Mike this morning, criticizing something Kurt Warner said yesterday on the Cowpile's radio show. I didn't realize Amani was working for NBC Sports, and like or dislike what he said, as a former player it struck me that he represents us well, like Jalen, Dhani and other Wolverines in the media.
Keep in mind, Amani and Warner probably played together with the Giants, and Amani said he is "great friends" with Warner, so this is a disagreement among friends.
Warner said, basically, he doesn't want his kids to grow up playing football even though they want to be in the NFL. He recognized football has done well for himself and his family (translated: BIG BUCKS), but the concussion situtation makes him fear for his kids.
Amani shot back, apparently in a tweet or something, that Warner should basically SHUT UP. Warner got famous and rich on football AND continues to do so, being a commentator on the NFL Network. Amani thought Warner shouldn't use his platform to "denegrate" football, pointing out that football does lots of good for people (e.g. college scholies -- unfortunately Amani didn't drop his alma mater's name when he said that). Amani had no problem with Warner's personal opinion, but Amani pointed out soccer and lacrosse have lots of concussions too yet football gets so much attention on the matter.
At first, from Greenie's teasers, it sounded like Amani was being set up to look like an idiot. But hearing him explain his position, I sort of agree with him. Easy for Warner to say now, with all his fortune, that football isn't a good thing for kids.