"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
There was a thread 3 pages back now on who was your least favorite Big Ten coach. Naturally, a lot of people said Dantonio. However, after this post got bumped back to the third page, this MSU fan piped in with this gem of a post and I didn't want people to miss a chance to respond. Seeing as it was on the third page and done way after the thread was started, I figured people missed it. Please respond, and enjoy.
"As the token MSU fan here, I always feel the need to stand up for my alma mater when it's being unfairly maligned, so I think I'll respond to this (though I know it's sort of wishful thinking to hope most of you will be swayed)...
- Negative recruiter: This can be said about literally any college recruiter anywhere. It's such a "squishy" term that people can label many, many kinds of standard recruiting practices as negative if they want to. I also heard one DI coach say, "Don't want other guys to bad mouth your team? Don't screw up," which I think is largely true. Plus, considering the scrapbook of negative MSU newspaper clippings Carr liked to share with recruits and their parents, I'm not sure it's a good one for M fans to throw out there.
- Doesn't care about academics - graduation rates at Cincy and MSU lowest in recent history for both schools: OK, I'm calling 100% straight up BS on this. Provide a link to an honest-to-God journalistic source, or you're just another rival fan plain lying about the other team.
- "One you're fine, two you're out" policy encourages goonish behavior: Playing Devil's Advocate for a second, is that as opposed to UM's "One you're fine, two you're fine" policy (see Stonum, Darryl)? Look, Dantonio gets dinged by you guys for this, but really, what else is he supposed to do? Pre-emptively kick guys off the team because they might screw up? As a parent and an educator myself, I think what he does is exactly what you're supposed to do when a kid screws up: teach them how to do it right and give them another chance. If they screw up again, the consequences get more severe. How does that "encourage goonish behavior"?
- Threatens/bribes high school coaches in state: OK, another fabrication? Again - link, or you're just a liar.
- Thuggish behavior of his players is a disgrace to conference: I know you all have your opinions about Rather Hall, but the reality is a lot more complicated than you guys want it to be. First of all, the "brawl" wasn't even a brawl. I know, "Ski masks!" is a fun idea to throw around, but that's been pretty much entirely debunked (there's video of the entire event out there somewhere). Sure, two guys assaulted some fraternity brothers who had jumped one of them the night before (and who were properly shown the door), but there were no real injuries caused to anyone (I believe someone complained of "scratches" and another of a "sore neck") and the entire thing was over in somewhere around a minute. Were Division I football players brawling - being large, muscle-bound dudes prone to aggression - I'd venture to guess there would be some damage caused and it might be difficult to stop once started. Neither of those is true. Second, Stuart Dunnings, the DA, is a UM grad who routinely throws the stiffest possible punishments at MSU athletes. Third, the majority of the players were facing this aggressive DA who was threatening serious jailtime and thus decided to plead down to get things over with ASAP. I mean, BJ Cunningham pled to "assaulte" and "conspiracy to commit assault" because he held someone away from a teammate and tried but failed to kick someone else. Outside of Winston and Jenrette, the other guys have similar stories, which jibes with the whole "no injuries, over quickly" elements. So, while having five guys on your team who are guilty of misdemeanors isn't good (the others were either booted or transferred), the whole idea that MSU has more criminals than other college football teams is simply not true. In fact, I'd wager that UM has had a similar number of legal incidents in the past four years (though not as many guys convicted, which is another story all together).
- Sets a classless example for fans toward rivals, encouraging bad sportsmanship: Are you talking about his spat with Mike Hart? I know you guys have a different view than I do (naturally) but does Hart get any blame from you guys for being classless? I mean, I know he's one of the best backs you guys have ever had and all, but to borrow a phrase from my 3rd grader, "He started it!" Seriously though, while I didn't like everything Dantonio said in response, I think the sum of his comments was pretty much perfect, all things considered. UM's players and staff had been disrespectful toward MSU for years, culminating in Hart's comments, and he was calling them out for it and throwing down a gauntlet. I think if he were given the chance to go back in time and amend what he said, he'd probably cut the "What is he, this tall?" crack (which I agree was in poor taste), but probably nothing else. Or is there something else about it you guys have a problem with?
OK, that's probably more than most of you will read, and I probably didn't change anyone's mind, but I felt compelled to try, regardless. Enjoy!"
I haven't received any updated WTKA podcasts on iTunes since last Friday. Has WTKA stopped updating their podcasts this week, or is it (more likely) a problem on my end?
I just received an e-mail about Tony Dungy coming to the downtown Ann Arbor Borders on August 8th, 2010 at 4:00 pm to discuss his book The Mentor Leader. The details can be found here: http://www.borders.com/online/store/EventView?city=&state=&zipCode=&with...
I was having this debate with someone at work and I am curious what the consensus is. In any sport, but I'm assuming football and basketball with be the most relevant, who is your least favorite Big Ten coach?
I want to make an argument for Danny Hope. I hate that guy. I don't even know why I hate him so vehemently, but just seeing his stupid mustache makes me want to punch him in the mouth. The whole Moutan thing was just classless. I also think he just walks around with a chip on his shoulder like he is a badass and that Purdue football is the shiz and we all just need to accept it. Dude, Purdue sucks at football and the fact that you are the coach there shows that you suck at coaching. Hate him.
I know Dantonio will probably get a lot of votes as well, but I just hate Danny Hope more. Thoughts?
EDIT: I wrote this before reading IUandUofM's diary. I now hate Hope even more. He is the only coach not smiling in that picture, like he is some tough guy or something. And that general studies comment is BS. Every single school has an easy major that they guide athletes to. Idiot.
A Coronal Mass Ejection (a solar eruption) took place early Sunday and is heading toward earth. This "Solar Tsunami" as some are calling it could reach as far as Michigan, Maine, Seattle, and possibly Colorado (for all those MGoBloggers around the US). So late tonight or early tomorrow morning look into the northern sky and you might see something amazing
In other important space related news: August 12 after 11PM is the best time to see the Perseid meteor shower, which is the most prevelent meteor shower most years seen in the northern hemisphere
First things first: If this thread violates the no politics rule, I apologize. Feel free to remove.
This has gotten absolutely insane. I've been bombarded by robocalls in past elections, but nothing like this. Starting about two weeks ago and only getting worse by the day, these constant calls are out of control. After looking through my caller ID list, I see that I have had 17 of them since 9am Monday. Yesterday I had 7 partial messages on my answering machine. This is especially aggravating as I work a night shift and need to sleep during the day. Disconnecting the phones isn't an option as I have elderly relatives nearby and would be the first phone call were something to happen.
I understand the need to get every willing participant out to the polls, especially in a low turnout election like this one. I wouldn't even mind if there was a real person on the other end instead of some damn recording. This is perhaps the most ironic aspect of it all. Every one of these candidates who has bombarded me with robocalls is promising more jobs for the state, yet apparently can't even be bothered to pay a couple of college kids a few bucks to make phone calls for an afternoon.
Is anyone else getting absolutely hammered by these things? Anyone know of a way to make it stop? I really could use some sleep...
I'm almost tempted to write a letter to the State Attorney General about the harassment. Oh wait...