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|1 day 18 hours ago||Earnest Shazor was only elite||
Earnest Shazor was only elite at one component of being a safety: Knocking the shit out of people/intimidation. Things like "being in the right place" and "knowing what coverage the rest of the team is running" were not his strong suits. At all. I'd take Jordan Kovacs in college over Shazor. I realize Shazor was named to an All-American team; it was as odd then as it is now.
|1 day 18 hours ago||The hand signal alone makes||
The hand signal alone makes it worth running. Loved that.
|1 day 18 hours ago||ESPN SportsScience||
ESPN SportsScience reached the same conclusions: deflation slows down the ball and slightly reduces its distance, even though the ball weighs only 1 gram less due to the reduction of 2 psi in air pressure. The segment aired on SportsCenter on Monday or Tuesday. Here's the video of the segment, (EDIT: which has apparently been pulled by ESPN for some unknown reason): http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12207314 I recall that the segment stated that there was around a 1 gram weight difference due to deflation, but between a 10 and 40g weight difference due to the ball being wet (10 g if slightly wet; 40g if soaked). Point being, it had a negligible effect and, if anything, makes the QB have to work harder to achieve the same velocity and distance.
Also, the Smithsonian has weighed in from a physics standpoint as well, though your explanation is far more thorough and intelligent: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-behind-deflated-footballs-180953983/?no-ist
Point being, any advantage was negligible at best and you can make just as strong an argument that the deflation was a disadvantage to the Pats.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Wow. Okay, that's ridiculous.||
Wow. Okay, that's ridiculous.
|3 days 20 hours ago||This type of thing--||
This type of thing-- fraternities damaging hotel rooms-- has been going on since at least the 1980's at Michigan, if not the 1950's; I "know" from witnessing such things firsthand in the 90's and hearing about them happening in the 80's. In other news, rock bands also damage hotel rooms often. Point being, it's not really anything new and doesn't really move the needle at all for me.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Completely random, but as an||
Completely random, but as an attorney who has defended property damage claims..."$50,000 in damage" to the Plaintiffs means (usually) more like $25,000 in actual damage, though you COULD be a moron and pay $50,000 to repair the same damage you could repair for half that, by paying the most expensive contractors you can find, etc. Point being, I don't put a lot of stock- at all- in this $50,000 number unless there are (at least) three repair contractors who submitted bids in that range.
|4 days 16 hours ago||I don't hold grudges||
I don't hold grudges normally. . . yet I'm holding this one still, and will, for as long as I have a brain that functions. Or perhaps until I get a heartfelt, teary-eyed apology to the Michigan community from Rosenberg. . . although, to be honest, so much time has passed that it would probably be too little, too late. If he was going to do that, he should've done it and issued a retraction sometime around when the NCAA came out with its findings, which make Rosenberg's story look like 95% pure fiction. Fuck that guy.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Oh yeah. I actually do wish||
Oh yeah. I actually do wish S1 were here on this topic, because I'm right there with him. I'm still mad, and will always be mad, about what Rosenberg did, which was disloyal, misguided, selfish, and misinformed.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Double Post||
But, seriously, fuck Michael Rosenberg as a writer and Michigan alumnus. This wasn't like he uncovered Watergate going on at U of M; quite the contrary. His reporting was almost entirely incorrect.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Couldn't disagree more||
Couldn't disagree more, Bando. Mr. Rosenberg, a fellow alum, did an absolute hack job on his alma mater for personal gain. That personal gain got him his gig at Sports Illustrated. Which, good for him. However, until such time as I have dementia and can no longer remember what Rosenberg did, I will never, ever do anything to support him or the Detroit Free Press (for publishing that garbage), though admittedly, my grudge against Rosenberg is more resolute. Rosenberg completely, utterly screwed up the facts of a story, got Michigan charged with NCAA violations as a result, never understood the term "countable hour," had a vendetta against RR from the get-go (see, e.g., "Three and Out" where it discusses it, and yes, I believe what is said in that book about Rosenberg; it makes way too much sense not to be true, especially given the contrast between what Rosenberg reported and what the NCAA investigation actually found), and should be ashamed of himself for that awful article. If Rosenberg showed contrition, I might be able to let it slide. . . someday. But, to my knowledge, he believes he was in the right. He wasn't. He was self-interested and shat on his alma mater. For that, he can fuck himself from here until the day he dies.
|1 week 19 hours ago||David Eckstein. Duh.||
David Eckstein. Duh.
|1 week 2 days ago||YES. It should also have||
YES. It should also have speakers- he can wear those; we can get an MGoEngineer to design some sort of body carriers for, say, 10" PA monitors- two of them- and a powered mixer in a backpack. Then people will also hear him coming. Think something like this, but made more mobile:
|1 week 3 days ago||Completely agree re Griese.||
Completely agree re Greise. He was fantastic.
|1 week 3 days ago||Cosigned||
I am with you 100% re Griese; I wish I could say I'd also been to Judgment Day.
|1 week 3 days ago||Joppru was incredible his||
Joppru was incredible his final year. He was always making catches on 3rd down.
|1 week 3 days ago||Same re the whippersnappers.||
Same re the whippersnappers. For me, it was Griese. I just thought he was solid, and I liked that he'd run from time to time and looked kind of like a badass compared to other QB's of the time.
|1 week 4 days ago||Serious Question||
Serious question: what about the weather? For example, I live in Chicago, and used to live in Ann Arbor, and the thought of going about 200 miles father north to live in TC/Mackinac area (and the accompanying change in weather patterns, including decrease in average temperature) seems like it would be a deal-breaker. Whereas A2 is on a latitude line with Chicago, NYC (approximately), etc., Traverse City is on a latitude line with . . . Minneapolis? Buffalo? Toronto?
Just curious, as no one's brought this up so far in the thread, but it would be something that (to me) would be important. I don't think I could do any colder than A2.
|1 week 5 days ago||Elliot reminds me of Mike||
Elliot reminds me of Mike Hart, but fast. Actually.
I can't believe it, either.
|1 week 5 days ago||The App State loss was. . . 8||
The App State loss was. . . 8 years ago. Coinciding with a period in your program's history for which you've forfeited games for rampant violations of the NCAA rulebook, the same rulebook we all agree to be bound by for competetive purposes. When a school --such as Ohio State-- flagrantly and repeatedly violates those rules, thereby benefiting from that violation via better recruiting and happier athletes (who are getting improper benefits; see, e.g., Terrelle Pryor's multiple 300+ mile "test drives" in cars owned by dealerships). Thus, by doing that, you devalue all accomplishments because you had to cheat to win, and for all anyone knows, it was that marginal increase in talent caused by the cheating that gave you the "edge" you needed to win certain games.
TL; DR: App State was many years ago; glass houses; STFU.
Also, nice use of punctuation (not really).
|1 week 5 days ago||38-31 OSU.||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It is allowed in NFL, one||
It is allowed in NFL, one player per team on field at time. Denoted by green sticker on back of player's helmet.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I've done it, to OMG||
I've done it, to OMG Shirtless, though there was nothing stealth about it- I told him I was going to do it and did so for a few months, which he richly deserved. (Cracking tasteless jokes about Declan Sullivan's death in the thread reporting said death).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Please provide a source for||
Please provide a source for your contention that "Hackett was working for the AD" before he was hired as AD. In what way? Formally? If so, this should be easily verifiable with a link of some sort. If by "working for the AD," you mean being a booster of UM athletics, generally, then that is completely different. But if, as your prose suggests, Hackett was in fact an AD employee--therefore DB's employee- before DB's departure, please provide it. Otherwise, please consider ceasing the spread of unverifiable conjecture as fact.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||SO TRUE. Perhaps "D.J.||
SO TRUE. Perhaps "D.J. Durkin" is really criminal badass carpetbagger Robert Quarles from Detroit. . . must've faked his death. (Sorry, "Justified" humor- great show).
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I agree completely.||
My ideal world, given the new structure of the B1G, is for MSU to be 10-2, OSU to be 11-1 and Michigan to be 12-0 at the end of the regular season, with MSU's two losses coming to Michigan and OSU, and OSU's lone loss coming at the hands of Michigan. I want to be the baddest dude on the baddest block in the country, so to speak.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Mt. Durkin, you are one heady||
Mt. Durkin, you are one heady bro. I also trust you, seeing as you've coached in Gainesville and are now coming to Ann Arbor. I'm sure you've researched it heavily.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'm with you. It also just||
I'm with you. It also just makes sense to me. I heard Tom Brady say in an interview sometime in 2014 (I think) that you want to get to a place as a quarterback where almost all of your decisions pre-snap are automatic, so that you can concentrate fully on those such decisions which aren't automatic before the snap. It's basically the concept of simplifying your thoughts through practice and repetition so that most things are automatic, thereby freeing up your mind to concentrate intently on the rest of the pre-snap variables in the compressed (play clock running) time frame you have. It makes complete sense, at least to me. It allows heightened focus.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Present and accounted for.||
Present and accounted for. Third search for me as well. I miss HaloScan!!
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Oral History||
It would be awesome if someone compiled the tweets and info into sort of an "oral history," or, barring that, a timeline with commentary would be great. I imagine the "oral history" idea wouldn't work too well and would require a ton of legwork to get fresh quotes from people and ex post facto commentary. Perhaps just a timeline with embedded tweets and quotes, along with BCook's commentary (or whomever the diarist) would be a good way to go?
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||I admit I've been following he and Brian's Twitter battle...||
I admit I've been following he and Brian's Twitter battle...