I think you're nuts if you don't take your officials. Haven't you guys seen "He Got Game"?!
Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
I think you're nuts if you don't take your officials. Haven't you guys seen "He Got Game"?!
Seen it? It was a true story based on my life.
I tried to get someone better looking to play me, but it turns out no movie stars are as handsome.
I have just the guy to play you....
Though the guy in your avatar might qualify too....
If those two people had a baby, that might be an approximation of how awesome I am in real life.
Then again, I can see why....
In Norse Mythology, the Nine Mothers of Heimdallr are nine sisters who gave birth to the god Heimdallr.
Nine mom's? No wonder you're so cranky.
(Yeah, what's my excuse...)
Twitter is an awful thing when it comes to crap like this.
Mattison. If these boys don't want to be coached by The best d- coordinator in the land it's their loss not ours. We will have no trouble getting top notch talent year in and year out so I'm just not that worried about it. These guys are great players and all, but I'm sure there are others out there that are just as good but have that attitude of say, Magnuson... Those are the boys I want. There is a long way to go til NSD and things will change. if these guys leave, there will be no shortage of great talent that want to be developed by GM... I truly believe that.
Uh, a little arrogant this morning arent we? These guys are top 100 talent, they are somebodies, these guys leave we are not replacing them this year.
I'm not claiming there aren't dumbass Michigan fans out there that will harrass recruits like this, of course there are. But what is preventing MSU or OSU fans from doing it to make recruits think the fan base is crazy? On that point, what is preventing us from doing it to other schools' recruits?
I have too much faith in humanity to think that this goes on.
I would have thought the same thing about pooping in coolers but.......
They aren't taking visits. They're attending camps at Oregon and Florida in July. RJS was the first of the big three in-staters (RJS, TRich, Ross) to commit and has been recruiting others to UM. He's going nowhere. Neither is Richardson.
Also it should be noted that _maizeandblue no longer exists on twitter.
Either he was shamed into deleting his account or...
Is it possible that it's a non-Michigan fan posing as a michigan fan to annoy our recruits?
(cue dramatic music)
Ok. I need to stop being so paranoid.
It is probably some dumbass Sparty fan trying to piss of Richardson and make it look like Michigan fans are assholes. If it isn't them, I hope whoever has been doing this grows the hell up because they are not helping at all.
Maybe some of the people messaging the Cass Tech guys are Alabama fans.
I see what your saying, I agree I don’t beleive that Hoke will have a problem replacing any position if needed. However I tend to beleive that a 4 star instater has more value to this team then a 4 star recurite from out of state. I learned that from the RR error. We need T Rich to remain a member of this class.
I don't have a twitter but maybe when someone gets all up in their business (especially T-Rich) we should send in an army of mgobloggers telling them to stfu and stop creeping high school kids. It might stop them from being repeat offenders. Plus T-Rich might notice and feel better about the fanbase as a whole
I don't think the Michigan fanbase is that much better than Ohio's when it comes to this sort of anxiety and attention. I wish it were otherwise - but we have aggiatated recruits in the past verbally and with tweets. A verbal commit is what it is at this point. There is nothing holding these guys to anything.
Fan sites would do well to take down the twitter account info in their roster listings. I think the players and recruits for that matter - are savvy but clearly there are personal boundaries that the lowest common denominator cannot appreciate.
For what it's worth - many of these guys solicit followers on twitter. They will have to manage that with their own boundaries. They are coming to terms with fame - it's just manifesting in Twitter. In 10 years (if Twitter stll exists) this is probably not so much an issue - though HS kids will still be facing fame when they are good at football. Hopefully the Michigan fanbase will be less infamous.
Let those who are not CFB obsessed throw the first stones. Nobody on this board can do that.
And I shall smoketh them.
I understand the free trip to a nicer destination and I would also take that trip as many of you would as well, however my opinion is that once you commit your done visiting. All of that is fine and dandy before you commit.
You don't date a girl and then start banging chics on the side to feel it out, you do all the banging prior and then once your sold on one your committed.
They aren't taking official visits. They're attending camps on their own dime.
I tell my wife that I can look at the menu, I just can't order anything.
Look, I read this blog on a daily basis, for along time - rarely post. Leave the talking to Tom. Otherwise, back the hell off the kids. If youre guilty of this you should be ashamed. Recruits have an amazing opportunity... if you are a stand up person, you wish them the best no matter where they go. Pull it together people.
For anyone with ESPNU, they're showing the Brock Mealer story on E:60 right now.
does this mean they'll be downgraded to strong verbals?
We're talking about 17 and 18 year old boys who will be flown to destinations they might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit. They get treated like kings, shown some impressive college campuses, meet some other people, and probably eat some fantastic meals.
Let them enjoy the experience. Is there a chance they could be swayed by these other coaches? Sure. But I bet Hoke & Co are quite confident in the commitments they've secured from these guys and aren't worried about these visits (if they, in fact, are "visits" in the official sense.)
people need to lay off of these kids. if all you do is sit around and bash 18 year old kids because of their tweets or if they are taking visits then you need a new hobby. go buy a goldfish or something. we all want Terry to suit up in the Maize and Blue as he is a hell of a player, but it is his decision and i can't blame the guy for wanting to go check out some other schools.
I get the frustration with fans like the guy tweeting TRich, but the OP just asked a question. OP didn't follow him home to make sure he had his 'Go Blue' pajamas on before bed, he asked if there was any concern about players already committed going on visits. His concern is real- we have a great class but theres still 8 months until signing day. He wasn't reaming the kids for taking visits, just seeing if he should be concerned. Y'all need to take a step back and chill.
EDIT: A dissenting opinion is not flamebait, as much as you may want it to be.
Most of the hostility was directed to the twitter knobjockeys. The OP didn't even get negged.
I guess most people didn't specify who they were ripping, I just took it as directed at OP. My apologies if I was defending someone who was not being attacked, it just seemed like people were giving him a hard time for a legitimate question.
It's kind of unclear and could be read either way, but I think a lot of the hostility was directed towards that _MaizeandBlue twitter dude.
Of course we as fan would rather this not happen, but it does. It is important for fans to not overreact and bad mouth young men for...acting like young men. Fans have a hand in recruiting - and that is is to present a positive atmosphere where young men feel they are wanted and will be able to form a lasting partnership. What we say about impressionable teenagers matters,especially in this age of Twitter and Facebook. We have to be mindful of that. None of us wants to be the reason a young man decides to pass over our beloved Wolverines - mostly because some spiteful pinhead idiot takes a well aim shot at a recruit or potential recruit. We have to be better than that if we are going to help this coaching staff build Michigan into a perennial super power once again. We, as the loyal Michigan fan base, must always remember we are trying to win the hearts and minds of young people who might not love all that is Michigan just yet - like we do.
I don't have a problem with visiting other schools and having a good time. They're only recruits once, so they might as well enjoy the process.
I believe that I read that they are going for some Nike event, not visiting those schools. Also, people who attack these kids on twitter make Michigan fans look bad.
Is just dumb on every front. The Internet is anonymous. Who's to say that this person draping themself in the maize and blue isn't just trying to unsettle commits on behalf of some other agenda? Everyone needs to broaden their optics, including the recruits.
People will rationalize this, but no, it's not a good thing. They are leaving open the door, at least a crack, for other schools.
then there's no reason whatsoever to think twice about it. Are they supposed to sequester themselves within the borders of the state of Michigan until Fall 2012?
If they really are interested in other schools and end up deciding Michigan isn't where they want to be, so be it. It would suck to lose them, but anybody who thinks there won't be a single defection between now and Signing Day next February is a bit unrealistic. If Michigan survived the Rodriguez era, then it can survive the loss of a recruit. I know I will.
... at the MI High School All Star Game. I'm not sure what to think.
I guess we have to worry that he's joining the Marines.
Calm down, Dick. The picture is relevant to the thread.
Even if you look around UM's campus you'll see plenty of people wearing hats and shirts from other schools. Often times it's just because they like the colors. One of my buddies wore a Syracuse hat for all 4 years because he liked blue and orange.
Why is dick capitalized? His name's Don, not Richard...
Shouldn't it be "Bomb-Ass Dick"?
...is this from the (or a?) Braylon-Edwards-loudly-talking-dirty-in-West-Quad episode? wasn't aware it was general MGoKnowledge.
David Terrell? I think you have your Bomb Ass Dicks confused....
Which is why I made the comment I did. I.E., a recruit wearing another team's apparel doesn't mean anything by itself.
Seriously, is anyone else watching what is happening in Columbus - besides us, of course, cause I doubt we're the problem. But the entire "buckeye nation" is all but packing young Kalis' bags for him, sending him to Michigan with a chip on his shoulder... How is that smart? Seriously, do they think he doesn't read their garbage and comments? It doesn't do any good, even if you think you're just "venting" -- dude, no one cares! Now, of course, this here is my vent, though it's okay, cause I'm pointing out how much of an idiot those are who do this, so that makes it okay ... it does, I asked my mom, and tweeted my uncle dave 15 times until I pissed him off enough to where he agreed with me in exchange of my no longer asking.
I can't belive I have to say this - if someone thinks they might want to go to another school, they should go visit another school. If they end up liking it more than Michigan, they should go there.
If you're genuinely mad at anybody for taking other visits you need your brain examined and you need to start taking Michigan football way, way less seriously.
They are not visiting other schools; they are participating in ESPN's Gridiron Kings which is being filmed in Florida and Oregon; that is why they are going to thsoe two states in July.
Let them make it however they need to, and enjoy this process. They've decided to be Wolverines as of now, and deserve 100% support.