I don't know whats going on
Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
I don't know whats going on
Kinda, yeah. I'm not saying aneurysms are cool, stress-induced or otherwise, but this is a thread topic, and for the better part, a blog that emphasizes recruiting. Brian makes a good part of his living because people are very interested in recruiting. The big moments in recruiting are commitments and decommitments, and since the latter happen less frequently, they often garner a lot of attention and emotion.
Should someone be jumping off a cliff right now? No, but that doesn't mean this issue isn't worth getting worried about. And if you're someone who doesn't think this is worth getting worked up over - then don't, but don't go on the thread where people are discussing what they're worked up over and then tell people not to get worked up.
but Smitdog has been posting one comment after another all afternoon about how terrible this and how we should all get on board with his freakout.
Personally, I think he may have used this Dawson situation as a platform to skyrocket his point total over 100 so he can start a thread about a Chicken McNugget he got today in the shape of Lloyd Carr's head.
I get that, and it can be annoying. But there are always the people who will overreact about this stuff. The people who say "who cares, it's just ____" don't really help the situation either, because clearly people care.
We all care to some degree or we wouldn't be on here at 4 pm on a Friday when we should be working or at Happy Hour.
If he needs someone to start a Lloyd Carr is a chicken nugget photo thread, I will post it for him
I'm impressed with your ability to completely separate your Michigan fandom from your personal life. My fiancee would like to speak with you.
Does separate mean I shouldn't be on my iPad posting while I pretend I'm listening to mine right now?
All I'm saying is that if Smitdog owns a dog, it's getting kicked right now.
Dude has been making non-stop Chicken Little posts about this topic and begging for people to listen to him. He's cracking.
Yea I agree his overly emo posts jump off the page at me. It would really surprise me if he was over 16, so I will leave him alone.
Obligatory no offense to 16 year olds. I know there are plenty on this board who have a better grasp on things and don't need to overreact.
You'd like to know why we shouldn't be worried?
1) He goes to Cass Tech. If you think Wilcher will let him jump ship like this, you're out of your mind.
2) He's constantly surrounded by and connected to fellow Michigan commits.
3) He was just recruiting Rodgers to Michigan 2 weeks ago. Would you recruit someone to go somewhere that you're not?
4) His recently passed father wanted him to go to Michigan. I imagine that's a pretty big factor.
5) Do you think Hole and Co. are just going to let him go? They know what they're doing.
So why don't you calm down, shut up, and take your whining and panic-mongering somewhere else.
Whoa - where can I take my panic mongering if not here?
It's entirely up to you. My post was directed at smitdog(?). His end-of-the-world diatribe was starting to get annoying.
I agree on Smitdog and Wolvin's pantys seem to be in a bunch as well since he jumped in the middle of my fun with Smit. Maybe those two can hang out and listen to some Dashboard Confessional tonight while drying each others tears over the inevitable decommitment that in their minds is looming.
And now you're ripping on Dashboard. You and I are for sure not friends. (Swiss Army Romances playing in the background on Spotify)
Oh I'm not ripping on them. I too enjoy their gentle melodies when I has the sads.
How many of you have lost your father (or mother). The death of a parent, no matter your age, is, to put it mildly, an incredibly disruptive event. The impact is far greater when you are seventeen or eighteen. It forever alters your life. It causes you to rethink many aspects of your life in ways you never anticipated. He lost his father without warning, in a particularly tragic way, that allowed for no preparation.
I was married and forty years old when my father died of a long illness. It was a body blow and, at least in my case, it made me profoundly sad for quite a while and I wasn't much fun to be around. If Mr. Dawson has been responding a bit oddly about things lately, he has a pretty d*mn good excuse.
We are talking about a young man who's lost one of his life's major anchors, probably his largest anchor. Whatever he decides and however this turns out I think we should cut him some slack. Under the circumstances, we should be prepared to cut Hoke some slack if he decides that Dawson gets some leaway with the no visit policy too.
+1000. These kids are making decisions for their own lives and futures. If the kid wants to explore or thinks Michigan isn't the right place for him, so be it.
If Dawson does decommit, how likely is it that we see an offer go out to Rodgers or start recruiting someone like Pocic who had interest in Michigan but was told his position had been filled?
The coaches want five offensive linemen. I think it's pretty certain that they'll go after someone else (whether he's uncommitted or committed elsewhere) if a decommitment from Dawson happens.
With Dawson being projected as a guard, would the coaches even pursue Pocic (who is a tackle)? Would they most likely be looking for someone to fill that guard "spot" or simply the next best overall OL they can find?
That being said, (without any kind of inside info) I have always had a good feeling re: Pocic. To me it seemed like he was genuinely interested in coming to Michigan, but was not yet ready to make a decision when the numbers became a factor. I could be totally off base, just my two cents . . .
If Dawson does decommit, let's all take a deep breath, and wish him the best. Remember that there is still a long time before signing day, and this is a bridge (and a recruiting pipeline) that we don't want to burn... much like Ohio did with Anzalone.
swallow the maize and blue pill, and everything will be revealed.
I automatically assume that any girl I hook up with has herpes...
I don't need to tell them about my herpes.
Already bought ticket? If true, I don't think "better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission" is the best way to go with the coaches. It's what you do when you know it's wrong but don't care.
Official visits are a different animal than camps. Official visits can't occur until the player has started classes for his senior year, and the university picks up the tab for travel, food, and lodging, so there's a built in quid pro quo where the university pays for the trip, and in return, the student athlete acknowledges a serious consideration for the school. It would be dishonest for a player to accept an official visit to one school with the intention of enrolling at another. So when a player makes a verbal committment to one school and accepts an official visit to another, he is lying to somebody about his intentions. Visiting a camp there is not that quid pro quo arrangement and the player is not being dishonest to anyone .
Those who stay will be champions.
Those who camp might be goers.
You have six points, of course you don't care if you get downvoted ya Troll-ass bitch
Hold on, let me take the 1.3 seconds it will take to (pretend to, because I don't care) peruse your prior post history...k, I'm back. Sorry, it was stll trolling.
Your comment was bad, and you should feel bad.
Both of you, play nice. Please be careful with the "kids like that" stuff, as well as the "troll-ass bitch stuff"
Thank goodness my movements weren't followed this closely when I was 17. You think this is immature...
Bosch said that Dawson has been thinking about decommiting also.
Give the kid some slack. He's been through a lot this year. Decommiting is not a crime. Hopefully he will take some time, think things over and realize Michigan and Hoke are both pretty special.
In our defense, I don't think anyone has attacked Dawson at all - just a lot of people bummed if he ends up leaving. If anything, he should take that as a compliment.
Shane tweets Dawson is staying commited to Michigan..
That's good to hear. But then again, I heard he wore a Florida bracelet. So those kind of cancel out, no?
IMO, the bracelet out ways everything.
Shane is my co-pilot.
Listen to the senator. He's sailing this recruiting ship.
Now I know that there are crazy fans and blogs at every major school, but this is pretty ridiculous. He is going to Florida for Friday Night Lights. Deal with it. As of now, he is still committed. Other than Bosch, all of the other recruits are currently saying all of the right things about his committment, so I will go with that info until he says he is decommitting. I just think that this could be a big turnoff for recruits to see a bunch of grown ups (at least for the most part) all freaking out when internet rumors are running wild in regards to where they are going to school, or what visit they are planning to take. Everyone just needs to calm down before some stupid shit ends up being said and convinces him that UM really may not be the place for him. Hopefully the fans of this University don't help him make the decision that he should go somewhere else.
I've noticed in the last 2 years or so that a larger number of the freakout type fan has migrated over to this blog from whatever site they previously frequented (mlive, scout, etc.). It is sad really that this thread will get above 200 replies. I guess it makes sense with mgoblog becoming mainstream but it is still unfortunate. The haloscan days were nice. What is the most sad though, is that Dawson's weekend is undoubtedly ruined. He is a 17 year old kid who was probably really excited about taking a trip to Oregon and competing in this camp. Now he has to spend his time there debunking all of these fabricated "rumors" and I'm sure his phone has been blowing up with people asking him if he is going to decommit.
I think as this site has grown it has also attracted trolls from rival schools posing as Michigan fans as well which makes threads like this tougher to deal with.