"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
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|16 weeks 4 days ago||Gang affiliations||
I'm guessing the gang affiliations were enough to cut his trade value to near zero so they decided to just cut him outright. He had already been on the trading block for a while and the Eagles weren't able to trade him.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Sure, they can choose||
Sure, they can choose classes, but they don't have the TIME that all other students have to actually take on the workloads that many of these classes entail. They often spend 40-60 weeks dedicated to athletics. Especially football players - I'm sure you remember the chapter from Three and Out describing Denard's standard day. While I'm aware that some athletes can handle it, it's acknowledged that they are generally rare, which is why they are always lauded. Not everyone is capable of working 100 hours a week between football and school.
Regardless, the point is now student athletes will have more power. If the market and schools can afford to compensate these players more, they will be compensated more. If not, the status quo will remain. Unionization should allow the market to determine whether compensation for student athletes has been artifically depressed or not - time will tell.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||As I stated above, they get||
As I stated above, they get the same opportunities, and possibly more opportunities, in a lot of ways, but lack the key advantage of time. Dedicating 40+ hours a week to student athletes puts them at a big disadvantage vs. other students, who can spend that time actually studying and learning. Whether they actually do is besides the point - the point is that student athletes most definitely do give up opportunities because they lack time.
While some student athletes can make it work anyway, it still places them at a disadvantage, and I think anyone would here would be hard-pressed to say that the average education received by football players is as high-quality as education received by the average student. There are other reasons for this in addition to lack of time, namely being pushed towards certain "easier" majors, but lack of time is definitely the biggest disadvantage a student athlete faces.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Definitely true, student||
Definitely true, student athletes get benefits that regular students lack. The flip side is that they give up probably the most valuable resource - time - as they have to dedicate a huge majority of their time to their sport. I'm sure most people here read Three and Out and remember the chapter about Denard's day. Sure, not all regular students take advantage of the copious amounts of free time they have to actually learn, but not all regular students get much out of their education. When it comes to learning, time is one of the most, if not the most, valuable resource, and student athletes desperately lack that.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||This is an excellent point||
This is an excellent point that needs to be made more. Just look to the skyrocketing coaching salaries - coaching salaries have gone up pretty much in line with revenue increases. Student athelete compensation has remained the same, more or less.
The issue here is that players had no bargaining power, until now, so their compensation was being held artificially low. The reason players are allowed to unionize in pro sports is because pro sports leagues are monopolies, just like the NCAA. In order to prevent the monopoly from artifically holding down labor costs, (strong) unionization is required. That's what is finally being allowed to happen in college athletics.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||This analogy is pretty bad,||
This analogy is pretty bad, mainly because there's nowhere else for them to play football. The NCAA has a monopoly, which is a MAJOR difference between it and other industries. Sports leagues in America are in a totally unique situation, as monopolies are illegal in pretty much every other industry. So, not the same at all.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Correction on Tennessee-UVA Score||
Tennessee won by 35 not 25. I watched part of that game and it was horrifying.
|32 weeks 16 hours ago||Pretty sure gbdub was being||
Pretty sure gbdub was being sarcastic...
|32 weeks 2 days ago||I think one of the big||
I think one of the big problems is that many criticize Meyer for being lax on discipline relative to Michigan. I'm not sure if this is really hypocritical or just plain wrong though. For example, many on here wanted Lewan suspended, but he wasn't. Yet when Hall wasn't suspended earlier this week I saw many comments insinuating that it would have been handled differently at Michigan. Oh and then there's Hyde who was suspended 3 games for allegations. I don't recall Gibbons ever being suspended when rape was alleged. Obviously this is a Michigan board, and people are going to be homers, but this kind of stuff bothers me (and obviously others).
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Urbs suspended Hyde for three||
Urbs suspended Hyde for three games earlier this year and he was never even charged with anything. So there's another example of actually punishing a player.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||This. If Michigan's crappy||
This. If Michigan's crappy BTN games are on here, the average drops a ton. I wonder if someone can find the ratings for those BTN games and recalculate the average.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||This. Sure, it'd be great to||
This. Sure, it'd be great to win a great game. But it's much greater to win a championship. We play Ohio every year, who knows the next time we'll get to play for a basketball National Championship.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||This seems like a problem,||
This seems like a problem, though. It might be time to start respecting Sparty, at least in terms of how they play football. Under Dantonio, they've become a consistently good team, and much better than Michigan has been over the last 5 years.
Respecting their players and fans from a sportsmanship persepective is an entirely different thing, however.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Based on conversations I've||
Based on conversations I've had with my friends, who almost all live outside Big Ten country, I don't know that Ohio winning would really do much for the Big Ten's reputation. For one, they (likely) wouldn't have to beat an SEC team to win it. It's also going to take more than one national championship to sway people at this point - it's going to take several seasons of strong bowl wins vs. SEC teams to start changing people's minds.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Considering that Sparty is||
Considering that Sparty is probably in the Rose Bowl either way, I'll probably be rooting for Sparty. Not sure I understand the arguments of rooting for Ohio because it makes Michigan look better - look better to who? I doubt many people are even thinking about that, at this point. Besides, I'm not even sure if this makes sense, given that we got annihilated by Sparty. It was our only sound loss. If Sparty beats Ohio, I would think that loss becomes more justified.
|33 weeks 9 hours ago||Maddening/confusing disappointment||
My lasting impressions of The Game will probably always be maddening, confusing disappointment. We came up JUST short of pulling up an amazing upset. This will always be disappointing, and I'll always wonder how it would have felt to get those last two points and take down Ohio.
The Game probably makes the rest of the season even more maddening and frustrating. The offense, when clicking, was able to put up tons of yards and points. Yet somehow, we had multiple games with under 200 yards and games where we couldn't score TDs. I dont' think I'll ever fully understand why a team with the talent and ability to put it together so spectacularly in some games failed so spectacularly in others.
Hopefully the team grows from this season and my opinion of the season changes over time. I can foresee looking back on this season as either growing pains leading to something greater, or the beginning of the end for Hoke. Crossing my fingers it's the former.
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||+1. Also, Hoke didn't suspend||
Also, Hoke didn't suspend Lewan this year for his antics in the MSU game. I guess he must want to win at all costs too?
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||Oh come on, it was pretty||
Oh come on, it was pretty hilarious when it happened. Why does this actively make you sad? We watch football to be entertained, and it was entertaining at the time. It's over now though, and I agree with the people questioning why we still care about this. It seems kind of petty to still be discussing this and hoping that he is suspended so it hurts their title game chances.
In terms of hypocrisy, I see where the arguments come from. It's not that posters on mgoblog are hypocritical in terms of what kind of punishment they think players deserve; for example, most people thought Lewan should have been suspended after the MSU game. But it is definitely hypocritical/homerish to continue to bring up Urban not suspending hall when Hoke didn't suspend Lewan. It was brought up once the other day, everyone voiced their opinions, and that should have been the end of it. Rehashing it again isn't accomplishing anything.
|33 weeks 16 hours ago||Fister's BAA this year was||
Fister's BAA this year was also .332, over 30 points above his career average, which explains his increased WHIP. Then again, that could easily be attributed to the Tigers pretty terrible infield defense, and therefore wasn't going to change which is maybe why they wanted to trade him. As a groundball pitcher, he has much more value to a team like the Nats that have a pretty great defensive infield (although Zimmerman has been questionable lately). Porcello is a groundball pitcher too though, so I'm not sure that's any better for the Tigers (dumping Prince will help if they can bring in a good 3B and slide Miggy back to first).
And as a Nats fan, I can tell you that Lombardozzi is pretty much garbage. I watch him play a lot, and I view getting rid of him as a good bonus to this trade. FYI, he hit 270 his rookie year, then 260 last year. He has NO power, and his OBP regressed last year (to 278!). He doesn't work counts, which makes him kind of worthless as a pinch hitter. If the Tigers are planning on starting him, maybe he'll improve in an everyday role, but as a utility guy he is pretty bad. And he was supposed to have speed, but that hasn't materialized in the majors either. He could always turn it around though.
As I mentioned earlier, as a Nats fan I'm elated with this trade - so much so that I can't believe it's real. When I saw the headline, I assumed the Nats gave up someone like Rendon or Storen to land Fister. The only way this makes sense to me is if the Tigers know something about Fister that the Nats don't, and he's about to regress badly - crossing my fingers this isn't the case.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||As a Nats fan...||
I love this trade. I'm not even sure what the Tigers were thinking, honestly. Fister is a solid top 25 pitcher, if not better, and his move to the NL, plus a team with great fielding, will do wonders. Lombardozzi is a mediocre bench hitter, at best. The prospects are decent, not great, but the Nats are in win-now mode.
Here's some solid analysis of the trade: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/nationals-steal-doug-fister-from-tigers/
|33 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think that's how that||
I don't think that's how that logic works.
|34 weeks 5 hours ago||I don't think YOU realize how||
I don't think YOU realize how many people are on the waiting list. I would guess almost nobody. And I question the intelligence of anyone on a waitlist given the wide availability of tickets below face value for almost all games.
|34 weeks 11 hours ago||+1||
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure if /s was necessary||
Not sure if /s was necessary - is this really sarcasm?
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Dick Rod!!!!||
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Dick Rod!!!!||