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The Decision II: Open Thread
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I've got it. They wasted the first five minutes on James Winston.
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I get to see him play against Northwood, Timby Nation!!!!! ya we lost to Slippery Rock and I'm proud"
He has blonde hair. That can only mean hes picking the good guys
Maize hair, dammit!
Now they are going over the history of players Rivals has ranked #1 plus regular fluff everyone who is watching already knows about Hand.
In case people missed this, it looks like it's not happening until 12:40.
I was just going to place the over/under at 12:26.
He's taking his appetite and his talents to Tuscaloosa, home of the 100th ranked engineering school in the country.
waiting for the first major leaks by a reporter on this one
As a hooker in church...
But, can he play center?
Is she pronouncing it correctly? I didn't know it was DAY'Shawn
just links to Rivals? Anyone have a good link?
channel 206 on comcast
Weak that it's still 24 mins to start though
Rivals is only showing it if you are a paying member?
Hand to Jason Tuck. Yeah, I'll take that.
It's HAND-A-WATCH 2013!
....I'll see myself out
All the +1s to you, good sir.
According to Mike, a school "in the mix" thinks it's the good guys.
I'm assuming Farrell. But, this is the internet, and you could be referring to your buddy Mike.
Yes, Mike Farrell. His twitter feed is one of my permanent tabs today.
My buddy Mike thinks the same thing. He knows nothing about football, so I wouldn't get too excited, but it's better than nothing.
What's his Crystal Ball rank? And the fact that he doesn't know anything about football doesn't mean he is inferior to the actual "experts".
My buddy Mike said the same thing.
My name is Mike.
I haven't been this hooked on a recruits decision since Demar Dorsey...
Hope it works out better than Demar Dorsey....
At this moment of seeming implosion of our offense, please do not be bringing up Demar Dorsey or any of the hubris of that era.
If the reason the decision is taking so long because everyone is submitting their last silent bid to the hand family
Kate Upton .gif's are coming!
Are you in the know?
NBCSN for not fixing technical difficulties
This is ridiculous! But I have a good positive vibe about this.
That's what she said?
(Sorry, couldn't resist)
This is Michigan, Fergodsakes.
I just hope it comes to fruition.
I am abusing it!!
I hate recruiting.
If he does indeed go to UMich, does this 2013 season even matter anymore?
Yes, we still have a chance to ruin OSU's season!
We could still win 10 games.
Yes it does. We only have 12 games a year and every spring and summer i cant wait for michigan football so win or lose im gonna appreciate me some um football
This link appears to be working: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/11/14/dashawn-hand-will-he-choose-alabama-florida-or-michigan/
If Hand selects Michigan, what's the Over/Under on the number of coments we're going to hear from Sparty fans about how this doesn't matter because Michigan always gets big name recruits.
-1 who cares
A million. And it's true until we prove we can develop players.
This staff has me more than a little terrified that that is a true assertion.
But it may not matter. I don't think you start making absurd comments about how Alabama education = Michigan education unless you are Alabama bound.
i wonder what they are doing right now... like waiting for another 10 minutes for no reason?
That's the problem when you hand over control of an announcement to TV.
It's to keep people like us waiting on purpose because they know we want to know.
Ace Williams just leaked that Hand's going to just hang out the next 3 years and go to the NFL.
What happened to the blue suit he dreamt he'd be wearing???
OMG what color suit is he wearing?
Not a speck of red on him at least...
Watching with my wife who is a Bama Alum. Her comment, "Meh, who cares? We don't really need him."
Sadly, she's right...
Just hurry the hell up and do this...
I will hit him with a "laser"!
Dashawn Hand will commit to MIT
Dashawn Hand will commit to MIT
he just said the best part of his michigan visit was about professor "needs a raise" rosentraub
Da'Shawn's Michigan highlight was a professor, the other two highlights were just objects.
and let him choose, ugh!!!
we have any simulators?
If Michigan lands Hand...
Professor-Needs-A-Raise ACTUALLY needs that raise.
So the best thing about Bama and Florida are a couple of toys?
DaShawn has a bowtie on. Dhani Jones wears bowties. Coincedence?
He keeps referring to academics as "his thing." Clearly he is choosing Alabama.
Few minutes away guys!
Yahoo says announcement at 1p, coverage starts at 1240p. Watch Live: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/da-shawn-hand-announcement-watch-live-rivals-com-155534748.html
rivals site is seriously blowing this.
but phone says 3:30?
The waiting music on the rivals thread is not helping my nervousness at all.
ugh commercial break
I thought it was noon? Then I found out it was 12:30, then 12:40, then 12:50, and now apparently 1pm?
I think it's a time zone thing.
I've actually tried to stay away from his committment to keep my sanity. I like this kid. I want him to be a Wolverine and then a Detroit Lion.
Dungy's dad went to U-M, so there you go, follow him young De'Shawn Skywalker!!!
Man i hope he chooses Michigan after just watching him talking to coach Dungy...Very unasuming young man...Kinda refreashing after watching only a few of these over the years...
Almost every Michigan recruit seems convinced hes blue. Esp Speight!
If he picks Bama, at least Melanie Collins is gorgeous.
Countdown clock is done and it's live stream now
Melanie Collins can we recruit her
This is fun!!!!
Charles Robinson says his family is wearing Bama gear.
who is that?
Yahoo sports reporter
UGH it's bama.
Here is a youtube link as well.
They're playing better, they blew him away (like Michigan) academically, the weather, the girls...
here we go, back from commercial and I sit here putting my life on hold
Looking for something to smile about in the football program, I've had a scowl on my face since October 19th (the Indiana game, while exciting, was atrocious).
I keep staring at the report on my desk and saying, 'TALK TO THE HAND!". Work, hahaha.
not sure why I am nervous...kinda ridiculous.
Is anyone else finding the stream on the Washington Post to be absolute shit? Continues to freeze after ~15 seconds and I have to refresh the whole page. Then I sit through a 30 second advertisement every time.
NBC still sucks
Announcement to come at 12:48 ET
You're probably right
Well, you gotta hand it to NBC, as they pulled a brilliant move. They said the decision is at noon, then 12:40, then 12:48. That is a great way to keep eyes on their stupid programming.
saying Bama when we don't know yet?
Cause they are being dicks
Everything has pointed to Bama over the past 2 months. Everyone except the homers know that. It's just a matter if they've caught and passed Michigan or not.
I think they have. If we were a 0 or 1 loss team and getting hype...I would feel differently.
You're the dick, dick.
Everything? Didn't even the Bama insiders predict Michigan?
The family is wearing red. He's going Bama.
I see the woman in front wearing pink, the old lady in the back wearing red, and the other old lady in the back wearing blue...
Well let's see. Bama wins national and conference titles and Michigan doesn't win any of those.
because his family is wearing Bama gear according to somebody in the room with the family
Adds to the tension and suspense, that's all.
sucks that it looks like Bama but either way I like the kid and lets keep it classy people.
Believe it or not, I am pulling for UM on this one.
I think I'd rather be watching a Nebraska softball game than NBCSN's Talk Show
On Maize and Brew saying we got him.
Man my guy feeling days it's bama
I hope I'm wrong but i don't see him committing to us
Good luck wherever u go kid
I really can't blame the kid if he chooses Alabama.....but that won't stop me from uttering bad thoughts under my breathe towards Coach Satan.
What a smackdown, that...
Wait, so is he announcing today, or is the actual announcement gonna be sometime next week?
Just picturing Hand and Jabrill on our team next year gets me all giddy!. Go blue!
Dashawn seems like an upstanding gentleman so he will probably be successful wherever he goes in life. It's not going to be fun playing against him in the national championship in 2016, but hopefully we'll have the athletes to be ready for him.
Pfftttt hahahahahahahahhaaha whatever you're smoking, pass it this way.
FUCK IT'S BAMA
Alabama. Good luck to the kid! He'll be a good one.
well good luck to him
good luck to him...sad kitten
what a bunch of BS
Exactly. You know, when a kid says how important academics are, it usually means they're picking a poor academic school. If they were picking a good school, they wouldn't need to tell everyone how important academics are.
to study engineering and thinks he can do that and football at Bama but not at Michigan.
Not sure why that matters. He'll probably be a communications major in 3 semesters max anyway.
(This is not a football, Alabama, or racial comment. This is just how college kids work. Everyone comes in pre-med, pre-law, engin or business. They don't all stay that way).
Bama. . . it's all about the earthquake simulators.
The sadness continues 'round these parts...
Wow, what a dragged out bunch of bull shit. Fucking ridiculous as fuck. I'm boycotting this fucking channel...I'm sure our 6-3 season and looking like shit really helped us out.
This season just gets better and better.
Have fun at Bama. Good Luck
Good luck Da'Shawn! damn....
Fuck fuck fuck, please make this horrid streak end
I knew it. Good luck to the future Rhodes Scholar.
The f bombs are running rampant. This really sucks...I'm sure our winning record had something to do with his decision. uggghhhh
the team's poor play blew another one...
Why would he come here? We have proven we aren't elite. And it looks like players are not progressing...
does this change if Saban goes to Texas?
Then he'll probably following Saban there.
This sucks! I blame this on 2 things:
1. Our team playing so shitty this season
2. Essentially forcing Hand to choose between sports management here, or engineering at Bama. Even though Bama's engineering program is a JOKE compared to Michigan's, Da'Shawn apparently cares a lot about studying engineering. We shouldn't be telling top recruits that they aren't smart enough/have enough time, to study engineering at Michigan.
So let them actually enroll in engineering classes where the vast majority will discover they are in way over their head and flunk out? Honesty is probably better than blowing smoke up their butts.
.......we say that we have heard that Hand is fat, lazy, takes plays off, is not a true "Michigan Man" etc., etc.???
actually, good luck to him
Actually, I don't wish ill will on Hand. He's just a kid.
Instead, this is the part where we say, "Poor Hand, he shouldn't have gone and done that. No program lasts at that level forever. He just signed up for a program that's on a wave about to crest & crash. Saban to Texas, major NCAA violations & sancations, etc. Alabama will not be nearly the same program in 2015-2017 as it is today, and Hand will regret chasing a trend rather than helping to make one."
Slightly different approaches to the same thing: rationalizing a recruiting blow to our program, and telling ourselves things that will make us more comfortable in our warm beds at night.
After many dollars and and my degree, Rich Rod years and the collapse of team 134, countless recruiting whiffs I just believed Michigan would land Hand and Peppers and this ship would be righted. Again I was wrong I will continue to support our university but this cuts deep for me for some reason,maybe because I live in Ohio now and I dislike Urbz and Ohio with a passion I Dream of the day when that winged helmet strikes fear in the opposition again!!!
To what degree does this impact Malik McDowell's decision?
On one hand, I could see it being a big boost--one less D-lineman in the class to compete with for playing time. On the other hand, he's that less likely to belong to a totally dominant D-line a few years hence without the addition of Hand.
Also, how does Mattison play this final recruitment of McDowell now? It seems like for the longest time, McDowell was seen as the second fiddle to Hand, at least in terms of buzz & gossip. Of course Mattison's would never try to telegraph that to McDowell, lest they insult him. McDowell is a fantastic athlete and we would obviously LOVE to have him. But McDowell isn't stupid--he's gotta see his relative scores in the rating systems compared to Hand. Now that Hand is an impossibility, Michigan now turns it's sights exclusively on McDowell as a remaining D-line prospect and perhaps intesnsifies it's wooing of him. On one hand, that's a flattering--to suddenly be "THE GUY" that Michigan is after. On the other hand, if he perceives a sudden uptick in interest from Michigan, simply because Hand is no longer available, does that come across as insulting to him? In a sense, "Oh, NOW you're all about me, now that Hand isn't an option....."? Kind of like the girl who gets asked out by the popular guy in town, but deep down knows it's because his top other options didn't pan out?
Meanwhile, this entire time, MSU has been into McDowell and was not in the hunt for Hand. Hand's selection of Alabama makes zero impact on MSU's footing regarding McDowell, at least in isolation. MSU is the Steady Eddie--interested before, and interested after all the dramatics regarding Hand at Michigan. Is there a perception out there that this is the case? If so, does McDowell see any of this and decide that the edge should go the school that wanted him the same for the entire ride, rather than a Michigan who *might* have allowed their interest to flag a big when they thought that Hand was an option?