here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Question about Rich Rod
is awesome in practice!
Actually the announcer said he was missing 30yd. kicks in warmups today.
I'm talking about practice...during the week, hence the term, "practice".
We are talking about practice? Practice??? Not a game, practice. We're talking about practice...
Iverson is one of the biggest douchebags in sports and that press conference wasn't even funny. It just shows his lack of vocabulary.
Bah. I'm for not referencing every time "practice" comes up but eff that, son, about Iverson being a "douchebag" and about the press conference not being funny. You don't know Allen Iverson, for one. Secondly, anti-Iverson rhetoric is almost always dogwhistle territory. Then calling him stupid on top of that is just regular-ass whistle territory. Iverson is one of the most important athletes of the this century so far and too bad that he had to go all the way to Turkey to get the ovation he deserves.
You need a mentor or something.
An All-Star, but not "one of the most important athletes of the this century so far," unless the list is pretty darn long. Like hundreds long.
He's the most important NBA player, to the extent that he, as a concept, forced those who follow the league to deal with its residual racial demons and to the (concomitant) extent that he changed our perception of what a star player's relationship to "the streets" (or to black culture, in general) can be. He's the first guy to bring the tattoos and cornrows; the first bona fide star who was directly and obviously hip hop influenced, without a — sorry but I can't find a better word — whitewashing for widespread palatability. I mean, yeah, Shaq had rap albums but they were Disney-fied, even if Shaq's passion was obviously strong but never ever ever had he done anything as raw as "40 bars."
The mere existence of Iverson changed the way that we evaluated and accepted every NBA player to come before him or since. That's no understatement. We remember him crossing Jordan as sort of a coup for the game's organic intellectuals over the astroturfed superstars, even though we know that's not exactly fair. That might be a bit of an overstatement, but there's no denying that, in light of AI, it's hard not to think of Jordan and his "Republicans buy shoes too" ethos as milquetoast. Again, AI was a bona fide star doing this. He wasn't just some guy. And poor Kobe (my favorite player, possibly ever) struggled for years before he got over, largely because he was too modeled, in the early days, on Jordan's everything-to-all-people paradigm that AI destroyed (handily).
Anyhow, every true
Scotsman NBA fan understands AI's impact. And the "most important" NBA player has to rank among the "most important athletes" of the 21st century. If I had to make a list of ten it would have to include Tiger, Barry Bonds, AI, and Federer. The footballers would be a tossup (Beckham? Never even won the Ballon d'Or. Ronaldinho? Ronaldo? Zidane?) and no American football players really rise to "important," to my mind, the way AI does. But does that reflect my pro-NBA/soccer bias or the faceless machinistic nature of American football? I dunno. I'm just saying that the AI designation not only makes sense but is pretty much accepted among most thinking NBA fans. Did you see the Hero's Welcome he received in Turkey?
What an arrogant douche you are.
Like cultural impact -- to a razor slim slice of American or world culture -- makes someone leapfrog the hundreds of athletes who made a much more significant impact where it counts: on the field of play.
There have been dozens of NBA players with a more significant athletic impact in the 21st century than Iverson.
Not to mention college hoops players, NFL and college football players, baseball players, hockey players, golfers, tennis players, Olympic sport athletes and more.
By "thinking" you mean by your way of thinking, which I'd wager is totally at odds with how most sports fans think. It's so obnoxious to claim that your opinion represents thinking fans. It doesn't.
I thought it was clear by invoking the "No True Scotsman" fallacy that the "thinking fans" thing was tongue-in-cheek. "But my uncle is a thinking fan and he disagrees." "Well he's no true thinking fan, then." So I agree with you, except that you didn't know that I agreed with you, with regard to "thinking fans." Sheesh.
Still, I dare you to make a case for "dozens of NBA players with a ore significant athletic impact" than Iverson. You're talking about a player who directly influenced so many players, who inspired rule changes, and who was, even if you don't include the off-court cultural impact, a singular talent in the league for a decade. I could see if you would state that there are a few players with more athletic impact (Duncan, Kobe, and a few others) but "dozens" would be a tall order. I don't believe you.
And anyway, I didn't say "best athlete," I said "one of the most important." Again, I think there's a case for him as the former but I didn't make it. "Important" clearly implies a significance outside of stats and W's and L's. Is Peyton Manning "important"? He's important to professional football, for sure, but is he culturally representative of anything in particular or responsible for any changes in the way we think about sports or, especially, the world outside of sports? No. But that's, like, my opinion. As a thinker
isn't much more than a PAT
Games?! Games?! Are we talkin bout Games?!?!
pays for yours, he is paying for mine too
You are an idiot.
We're resorting to name calling?
I agree. Seven wins definitely isn't more than five, and seven isn't more than three, either.
This program is going to Hell in a hand basket!
lose to a 7th ranked team? my goodness me, we need to shake up our program again so we can be good in a few years... of course after the coach gets settled, changes everything, and the transfers and underclassmen start to get behind us by a few years, and we get a new scheme, and new coaches, and a new stadium for extra measure... but next time we'll be patient and rational about the coach, guys, promise
Yeah, and even though it took a last minute drive against Indiana and three overtimes against Illinois to get those two extra wins, we've shown substantial progress when the most basic parameters are used to determine progress.
Are you being serious? If so, I want you to type "I think we were better in 2009 than in 2010." And then I want everyone to tell you how stupid that thing is that you just said.
...going from 3 to 5 to 7 wins is what is known in most circles as "progress". You might not like where the team is at, you are probably even correct to say so. But by definition, we are experiencing "progress".
I'm sure the University wouldn't mind covering that extra expense as well.
PATHETIC!!!!! I literally laughed when Gallon fumbled and just shook my head when the kicker missed an extra point style field goal and heard they have him seeing a sports psychologist!!! WTF REALLY!!!!
Yeah, Chris Spielman is with you. He thought that sports psychologist stuff is crap, and laughed it off on the air. Thing is, when Tom Brady came to Michigan he was seventh in the depth chart and considered transferring to Cal. He was having some issues so he went to a sports psychologist. Things worked out pretty well for him, didn't they? It's not a ridiculous idea.
Circa 2010 fall: "Hey, most of said 7-5, get over it, what did you expect, freshman, GERG, wait til 2012 when Denard is a sr! (and he's only missing open receivers by 5 yards, not 10 ELEVENTY!, freshman, but they're ranked, half time show rawked,
It's not that they're going to lose that irritates me, it's the fact they cannot do ANYTHING today. A loss I can live with, a blowout.....eh not so much.
That's why I'm giving ready answers for those in need. But, oh noes, the negging is really discouraging.
Denard to RB. I love how some got offended when Griese said, "Denard is a RB playing QB". What's not true about that? Tate to QB, Denard to RB, where his 4.3 speed is utilized and his lack of accuracy is not an issue.
Blaming this on Denard is just plain ignorant. They adjusted in the 2nd half and the Denard and Stonum / Roundtree Show was pretty much on fire.
Here's the thing about this team: in 2 years, Denard will be better than he is now, epsecially with regards to his decision making. Shit, they basically were in this game in the 3rd Q. I have zero concerns about the offense. The defense on the other hand... Hopefully it will be a combination of some of the current players gradually getting better starting next spring, and the recruits pan out.
...did you miss it when they compared Denard and Cam Newton's numbers and they were remarkably similar? Especially when Denard's receivers had about 5 drops in the first half alone.
I liked it better when you weren't on this blog. Now go play in traffic
BEST THREAD EVER!!!!
I still love RR but leaving 3 TOs and not at least trying(you never know) boggles my mind.
"Retarded" was the word that slipped off the end of my tongue.
And it begins. The fair weather fans coming to you in ALL CAPS1
understand the concept of fair-weather fans.
Fairweather fans only support the team when things are good. These people are supporting the team, but believe that the coach has to be fired because things are not working.
No you would be confusing fair weather with misinformed. 3 years into a developing an entirely knew style of play and at 7-3 you do not fire your coach. Boo all you want, break your TV, it really doesn't matter. You know jack shit about football or what it takes to turn around a program as you have probably never been part of one yourself. I am willing to bet team comes out swinging after half as they play their asses off for RR. If they lay down I will concede to you.
Wait are we turning a soccer team into a football team? No wonder it's taking so long. The rules haven't changed, and the basic truths of football haven't either, work hard, tackle, and block, and you've got a good football team.
I wish you were our coach.
It's not that thyere losing. i wasn't expecting to win anyways... It's the pathetic showing, the coaching, the D... I'm sick of these bubble screen calls on 3rd and 8. I'm sick of the CB's playing twelve yards off the ball and still getting beat. I've never heard the big house boo the team at halftime. Thats saying something.
You weren't at the Iowa game this year or the Wisky game of 2008. Lots of booing before half at those.
They booed at the half against Iowa.. Get use to it
Not sure where you have been the last few years. It's happened a few times.
I really would have just liked to have seen them do something with that turn over before half instead of nothing. Yeah we stopped them from making it 31 but with our offense we should have been able to have tried something with 3 timeouts in our pocket.
so. pay more attention?
Am I the only one that thinks we should hire Dan Mullen? All the guy has done is lead Florida to 2 National Titles as the OC, plus in his second year at Mississippi State he has them being competitive in the SEC. Plus runs same offensive scheme...only he runs it better.
Okay explain to me why...
Short-sighted idiocy. Michigan already has a glorified offensive coordinator at head coach who had greater success and a longer track record as a head coach at WVU than Mullen has at Miss. State.
I don't advocate replacing Rodriguez but if he is replaced, a top quality coach with a track record of success in a major conference is the minimum requirement.