XtraMelanin gave us the pregame spread/drinking thread, so this'll be the in-game thread.
Five minutes into the NFC championship game and both QBs have already thrown a pick.
OT or Not - Michigan has inspired my drinking on a Sunday.
What are you drinking?
I got a bottle of Clown Shoes Ride the Lion that I'm about to go in on... What are you guys using to pretend this Hoke situation/coaching tenure never happened?
To preface - I am a Rivals guy. That is to say I get my crootin' info from Rivals.
I got to thinking how the meme on Hoke aside from the actual play on the football field has been "well at least he is killing it on the recruiting trail." I took a quick look at the class rankings...
RR hired 2007
RR responsible for classes 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
2008 2009 2010 2011
UM 10 8 20 21
OSU 4 3 25 11
Hoke hired 2011
Hoke responsible for classes 2012, 2013 and 2014
2012 2013 2014
UM 7 5 27
OSU 4 2 2
It is 2014 and all, but sorry we aren't really doing that well on the recruiting trail : (
What is the formula?
Rivals Rating points + Rivals250 Bonus Points = Total Points
Rivals Rating (RR) Scale (Top 20 rated commitments)
(Rivals Rating = Points)
6.1 = 150 points
6.0 = 135 points
5.9 = 120 points
5.8 = 105 points
5.7 = 90 points
5.6 = 75 points
5.5 = 60 points
5.4 = 45 points
5.3 = 30 points
5.2 = 15 points
*Prospects without an assigned rating will count for no points. All FBS committed prospects will have a rating once evaluated and rankings are updated.
COMMENT MODERATION IS BACK.
It's pretty awesome.
I had a request for Brian/whoever does the programming site. We currently have two options for comment sortins "newest first" and "oldest first". Could we add another sorting option for sorting the highest rated comments first? Now that there isn't a cap for the rating of a comment, it would actually mean something to have the highest rated comments at the top.
IThere would obviously be some drawbacks of the sorting method:newer comments would have a lower chance of being seen, but then again, with the standard "oldest first" method, they usually do.
If you don't want to mess with this now that's definitely understandable, as there have been some issues with the programming of moderation system before, but I think it'd be a good option to have.
I read this morning on the Rivals Board from Balas that Hand went to Bama for academic reasons and chose engineering. Hand came to his Michigan official visit wanting to be an engineering student. Our engineering program is far more reknown than Alabama. It doesn't make sense at first glance, but when you get into the story further it kind of makes a lot of sense.
Now this may or may not have happened, but reading between the lines about what the result of Hands recruitment was I assume Michigan said to him "Son, we have seen some kids try to do it and it doesn't work out well. Why not take a look at this wonderful sports management program we have."
Alabama on the other hand said to him "Son, it is difficult, but we have kids doing it right now and they can mentor you and we have processes in place to help you out. It is going ot be mighty difficult, but if you want to give it a shot then that's up to you."
Obviously this is all my assumption. Also, credit the sports managment prof for making a hell of an impression and nearly changing the course of Hands future.
The things we do know are Hand was "steered" toward sports management on his official.
He chose Alabama over us even though we have the superior engineering program (by a long shot).
My question is why did (do) we do this? Why not give the kid a shot if he wants to try engineering? Why do exactly what Harbaugh said we do (and got crushed for saying so)? Why take away one of our major advantages over other schools?
Also do you think my assumptions are off in the first place?
Sorry for bringing this up, but it has been bothering me.
This article mentions that it probably wasn't even his best play of the season because he was unblocked. It also marvels a bit at how it follows Clowney around now.
I don't think it was the best play of the year, but hey, it's the ESPYs. And it looked big. At least Vincent could laugh it off (and shake it off without injury) afterwards.