Sam Webb seems to think so, and twitter is rumbling...QB (Malzone?) is the subject.
Should the fasten seatbelt sign be illuminated?
Let's bring in Alex Malzone ... It's time
He wants to be here, has a decent arm, and would probably have three years of development before realistically competing for the starting gig. Seems like a solid commitment.
When did the coaches offer him? Did I miss this news?
Speculation seems to be that they'll offer him while he's there and he'll commit then.
People should wear seat belts, they save lives. The only problem I have is when the light is on and the thing keeps dinging because my dog is in the front passenger seat. I understand he's not buckled, she is a dog with her head out the window, I don't need the 5 second reminder all the way to the dog park.
Oh, we're not talking literally here. I'll step away then.
I feel you should make the effort and buckle her.
Forgot to bring in documentation she had her rabies shot, which was fine, they just had to muzzle her. I roamed around Pet Smart for a half hour when my name came over the loud speaker to come back to the grooming part of the store. With the combination of craziness, squirreliness, and short snout, they could seem to muzzle her.
To put it succinctly, one does not simply buckle my dog. Plus I'm a huge softy and push over when it comes to her pretty much doing anything that doesn't tear up my yard, rug, or wall. But I guess that drywall deserved it for looking at her funny or something...
LOL, I think our dogs are probably related.
Just buckle the seatbelt. Your dog can sit on the buckled seatbelt just fine and it won't keep dinging.
EDIT: I just saw below that somebody beat me to this suggestion
A trainer once told me this is a great way to get your dog hurt - not necessarily driving around the neighborhood, but at higher speeds or on the highway. I see all these people let their dogs climb halfway out the window - if a rock hits them while at speed... well, you can figure the rest out
Faster than 35 and her head is back inside the window. I'm sure she'd love to have her head out on the freeway, but with how much garbage and stones there are scattered about those roads and how fast you're going, no reason to take that risk. Only cruising around town
Letting your dog hang it's head out the window while moving at any speed can help hasten the development of cataracts. The fine grit that is in the wind basically acts like a sandblaster on their cornea. That advice comes from multiple vets and people who board dogs.
But I don't think it's akin to say, overfeeding a dog (which I'm strongly against). I found my dog in a hard, cold, November rain, severly underweight, dirty, with two cherry eyes, and no home. She was a street dog (I say that because it ups my street cred). Someone dropped her off at my apartment complex, just off the freeway, because they didn't want to take care of her, and likely hoped that she - in her crazy ways - ran out onto the freeway and got hit.
My dog is lucky to be here. I'm lucky that my dog is here. My dog likely has 8-13 years to live, and while there are likely unfortunate consequences to her sticking her head out the window on the way to the dog park, she loves it and I think something like that is worth the drawbacks. I hope she doesn't have to have cataracts (I had a yellow lab as a kid that did, it isn't fun), but I think it's a worthy drawback in the meantime. Maybe that isn't the best approach to this, but it's the one I'm taking and likely won't change, good or bad I guess.
Hey Space, that was a PSA, instead of any form of condemnation.
I would see a ton of dogs in the beds of pick up trucks and with their head out of the window going 70+ mph on Texas highways and after I learned about this I realized how cruel that really was to do to the dog you love no matter how much they enjoy it.
Why don't you just clip the belt into the buckle behind the dog?
EDIT: Also, if you look in your manual or google, there's a series of actions you can do (usually involving locking and unlocking a certain number of times, then switching the key on and off) that disables the reminder.
THEN WHAT WOULD I COMPLAIN ABOUT!?
You could put her in the back seat.
I knew this day would come. Better now than after him getting a Stanford offer.
he will commit today
great arm. seems like he wants to be in Ann Arbor.
24/7 gave him a 4/10 on his arm strength. Do not want
so because 24/7 gave him that ranking makes it so? I've watched him and thought he had a pretty good arm....
My banner ad on the left side of the screen says "Click it or Ticket". So I should probably obey the law and you should too. BUCKLE THE FUCK UP.
I'm in an office chair with no seat belt. Is this bad? HELP!
I find that when I am in the office and these situations arise, I have to get the chair from the cubicle across the way that has the arms which fold inwards - this at least offers some degree of safety. Do you have such a chair available to you?
that if you have others in the office who are fans of other teams, i.e. ohio, ND, sparty, then this helps cushion the impact quite a bit. An airbag of sorts...
I originally read this as "Should the fasten seat belt sign be eliminated?" I thought we were about to have a decommit, or there was a change in traffic laws. Glad I'm wayyyy off.
Having completely forgot the "Buckle Up" meme, my first reaction to the title was, "Isn't this OT?"
I feel kind of like this:
I was beginning to think that the led that backlights the display was busted.
There's a rush on prediction flips:
That's probably not a bad sign. Unless you're Wake Forest.
About time. Might not be a star, but had been impressing people and I think that should count as much as raw numbers and measurable.
Been on the Malzone bandwagon for a while. It's about time he's offered.
I really hope it is Malzone. I think it's a great choice for Michigan.
I haven't watched any film of him, and I do trust the coaches. However, I feel like a big talking point will be this (and I'm guessing that if he commits these numbers will get a bump):
Some really nice throws in here.
He looks very accurate. Some of those passes are on point, but I guess you should expect that from a highlight clip. His tape is better than I anticipated.
And while he doesn't have an elite Shane Morris-esque arm, it is certainly not a 4/10. His delivery is just a touch long, and he... well, he ain't Denard in the mobility department... but he throws a nice accurate ball, he looks pretty technically sound for a high schooler, and he can "make all the throws" as they say.
I like the kid's game. But I'm a blogging golden retreiver.
I think that could lead to criminal charges.
But that's kind of the whole deal with the recruiting scene. Assuming the numbers breakdown as a bell curve, none of these recruits are "below average" on really anything. Even the 2 stars that get picked up. But if everyone is a 7 thru 10, well, then everyone looks closer than they really are.
So maybe on players that a 3+ star, Malzone is a 4/10 (I've personally been critical of Malzone's arm strength). But, as seen even in Brian's in-coming player summaries, everyone is always great at pretty much everything, because it's compared to their high school peers and from people that are required to have a relationship with these recruits and their coaches to some degree. So the whole thing is a bit flawed in that regard.
Also, this is the background on my work computer. It makes some laugh, and others a bit nervous. But it sometimes feels all too real. Nothing like a Golden Retriever doing human things. It's funny because it's true
I guess that's the problem with trying to put attach a number to everything, is that it all depends on the scale, which is usually where the whole thing breaks down. I especially love that people try to give a numeric value to "intangibles." I understand the impulse, but... yeah.
Bottom line is that I think his arm is strong enough. He seems to be able to throw the deep ball with some good touch, and it at least looks on highlight tapes like he can throw the out. but he definitely won't have that extra "I was slow on the read but I can get the ball there RIGHT NOW so it'll be okay" margin of error that Morris has.
He has an 8 on intangibles. That makes him very intangable.
But if he was a 10, would that make him tangible? And that would be bad, right?
McCarron didn't have the most elite "tangible" attributes as evidenced by his 5th round draft selection. I think we'd all agree he was a solid college QB. (Alabama surrounding talent caveat nothwithstanding)
with you head out the window on US 31 near South Bend this morning. Was that you?
Have your owner get you some goggles, you'd be the coolest dog on any freeway (and not get cataracts in the process).
I hope some of those scores reflect poor/incomplete scouting, but visually that's a really misleading graphic. Wouldn't you expect a "7" to have 70% of the bar shaded? It looks like about 45% of that bar is shaded (and the others are equally weird).
Time, I think, to sign up a QB. I appreciate the earlier work done on the west coast to try to land a 5* guy...but I believe a guy with a crisp accurate throw is going to get the job done just as well. As always, a guy who really wants to come and play and is dying for an offer I think is going to make up for some of that "star differential" by being close to home, and by really being invested.
Love that we have the Nussmeier QB guru to help develop him as well (if this pans out according to conventional wisdom). I hope that Nuss will stay with us a few years to help advance and develop these guys' skills.
I just had this positive pipe dream about Nuss, suppose in 4 (or so) years we could contend for the BCS playoff...that would be possibly the best resume in college football of any non-head-coach. Won 2 NC at Bama, then brought Michigan back from the brink of the abyss....dream on...its still free 8-)
As another poster mentioned, he would be a solid prospect and will have about 3 years to develop for his chance to compete for a starting position. I don't know if Morris and Speight are indicators of what the coaches are thinking in regards to the QB, but so far it seems that that is a postion thay they like to wrap up early in the recruiting cycle.
I would not be upset at all if we grabbed him early. I like what I've seen.
Early. Most of the top prospects are off the board or trending elsewhere. Malzone was clearly not their top choice but he's a nice option B or C
The QB for Michigan's last Big Ten championship team was the lightly-regarded (and much-abused) John Navarre.
Besides we already have our Navarre-like object in Speight. Here's to hoping Malzone mirrors Greise's success. Or maybe Krenzel is a better comparison as a lightly regarded in-state guy who found a lot of success.
"Fasten Seatbelt" is a sign of the Illuminati.
Since Malzone is from our own backyard, do we really have to buckle up? I'll admit it, I don't always buckle up when I run up to the corner store for milk or something.
most accidents happen within 5 miles of home.
On a serious note - One of the more important functions of of the restraints on an air-bag equipped vehicle is to keep you from accelerating into the air-bomb as it is being propelled toward you by a violent explosion. Buckle up, humans are not built to be ping-pong balls.
I've seen some bad shit as a result of airbags. Related note: see Neighbors for a good airbag laugh
I think the coaches are hesitant of breaking the streak of offering qbs who are currently committed elsewhere...
I originally didn't want to offer Malzone, but have changed my tune. I thought the only reason people were interested was because he was in our back yard. He may not be an elite prospect (5 star), but is a much better prospect than I realized. I would love to offer this kid. I think you will see him rise up the rankings most of his senior season.
who will go with you and dance with who brung ya!
If you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with?
When we get (hasn't happened yet, I know) a player with less than 4 stars, he's all of a sudden a "sleeper" or "under the radar"? How about, no one else wants to be at Michigan and were taking what we can get?
Nope. If Malzone commits, he was our first choice and is just an underrated recruit who is poised to blow up and/or out-play his rankings once he arrives.
But, I could see this being one of our worst classes in a while. We are striking out on quite a few priority targets. Another disasterful season and this class will turn into fifteen members, eleven of which being three star projects from the state of Michigan.
but I like your invention of "disasterful."
is not a popular opinion.
If we can beat ND and get on a 5-6 game streak to start the season, we could see a huge jump in recruiting. Our class so far is small but highly talented, IMO.
a number of times in the last 6 years and the season collapsed in the heart of B1G play and recruiting tailed off as a result. This season will be made or broken in late October and November and I wouldn't be surprised if recruits held off for that reason.
You are much more right than I am.
You should know better by now than to do things like complain about recruiting on mgoblog.
The correct thing to say here is "I don't care what any of the recruiting services think and I don't care that the kid's best competing offer is Pitt!! Our coach wants him and that means he is super underrated! Recruiting rankings don't matter!"
Just a couple of weeks ago Malzone had a workout with a bunch of coaches present, including Nuss, and supposedly put on a great display of accuracy, touch, delivery, etc etc etc. Nussmeier is making it a point to see potential QB offerees in person, and I would bet that he doesn't give two shits about numerical evaluations by outfits like 24/7, Scout, or Rivals. Or even one shit.
The rating services are evaluating QB prospects and from Nuss's point of view, not a single shit is given?
BUT Nussmeier also watched numerous other QB's throw and offered all of them before Malzone. I just don't think an offer was going to Malzone if ANY of the other offeree's would've shown even the least bit of interest in attending Michigan.
Like I said, I'm by no means hoping for a failure of a season or recruiting class ect. ect., I can just see the ship sinking with another 7-5 season - which seems very likely at the moment. We just lost a 2 X All-American, a 3rd round RT, and the program's most productive receiver in years. It just doesn't seem like the offense can get that much better especially after seeing the 'progress' or lack thereof in spring ball.
Or is that just our tray tables?
Speight will be a redshirt freshman next year and Alex will redshirt. This gives us depth, and a QB with the potential to develop into a good college quarterback, but doesn't scare away other top QB commits in the class after.
Plus the guy loves Michigan. I always feel like even if a player isn't that great, love and passion for a school at least translates into a few memorable plays over a career.
this year is such a make it or break it year. we have already seen our recruiting momentum slow from last years fast start and MSU is now starting to gain a little bit of recruiting bravado. This year we must perform on the field or risk being set back even further.
I think people go a little overboard with the importance of loving Michigan before these kids get here. Once they're at Michigan, yeah it's important, but I didn't love either my undergrad school or my grad school before I went. Now I love them both. I'm not sure there's any real difference between Denard and Shane in how their pre-Michigan love of Michigan affected / will affect their performances.
Haha. Amusing to me how this thread chronicles the timing of the commit. Let's just all move to the ill-titled latter thread.