“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|1 day 5 hours ago||chicken hoops||
|1 day 5 hours ago||ears||
OT (and no disrespect intended): I'm really tired of hearing "... pinning their ears back ..."
|1 day 5 hours ago||HR||
On the HR manager: That's odd. Last I knew, the average Sparty is comfortably above the average student at those other schools.
|4 days 3 hours ago||What?||
So, he's a Bobcat?
I really like Brady Hoke and some of his gimmicks, but would it trouble the OP to substitute OSU/Buckeyes/whatever for "Ohio?"
|1 week 3 days ago||Duke?||
I've never had much against the university or most of its students. Since the '90s, maybe, I haven't had much against its players (thinking of Laettner, "Wojo", et al.). I still want them to lose, though.
Why? Coach K.
He's obviously a hall-of-famer and a talented guy. What a huge ego, though! He comes off as very insecure and unlikeable. His (to date, anyway ... Collins looks promising) lame coaching tree speaks volumes. It seems to generally be all about him.
|1 week 6 days ago||etc.||
"This is the best Michigan's roster has been since Lloyd Carr was still recruiting."
So, you mean up to about 2004, right? :) (Sorry, Mario, Brandon, and a few others.)
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Aside, it really irritates me that OSU is very strong in a position area that has historically been Michigan's relative weakness.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||-2||
You put two partial myths on display.
1. I think Izzo is a drama queen with an inferiority complex, but he didn't get to six Final Fours by being a chump. I agree that the rollover "launched" him to a significant degree, but several of his key players (Zach Randolph, Shannon Brown, Alan Anderson in the past, Payne and Harris recently) were from outside Michigan. It's not like he fully locked down the state, either. UM managed to get Blanchard, Abram, and Harris, among others, during the dark era.
2. The Dantonio myth is even worse. He and his staff have had a few good seasons based on developing low- to medium-end Big Ten recruits. His 2009 class (which is before the point where you could really blame Rodriguez, by the way) is often cited as the "turning point," but there were at least a couple of highly ranked recruits from it that didn't pan out. If you'd really like to argue this point, cite five to ten instances of key heavily recruited players that chose MSU over UM and contributed to one of their ten-win seasons.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||sure||
I may as well start the process. :)
Food: I've never been disappointed in the product. It's often very good.
Prices: Way too high for a restaurant of that type in Ann Arbor's weight class. Their reputation (deserved) allows them to do that.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||RR||
If you had to guess, what percent of your posts contain a mention of Rich Rodriguez?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||McGary and Robinson, to save a click||
Mitch McGary, 6-10 forward, Michigan. "It's hard to draft a guy off four great weeks. He's a rugged inside scorer who can pass it, has decent feel. I'm concerned about his conditioning. Some of that is because he's had back issues. The people at Michigan adore this guy, and not just his teammates. The nerds in the chemistry lab think Mitch McGary is the coolest guy on campus. The back thing is more of a concern than the weed thing. The weed thing, that's three-quarters of the NBA right there. We've done some background checking on him, and it doesn't sound like there's an issue there. Just a stupid college kid at a party."
Glenn Robinson III, 6-7 forward, Michigan. "I wish he had gone back to school. He was so up and down for two years. People questioned his motor because he has a tendency to float. I was disappointed he wasn't a better rebounder, because they played him at the four. I'm not sure what he does that's special. The biggest thing with him is mental toughness. Sometimes he goes and hides."
Payne, for good measure:
Adreian Payne, 6-10 forward, Michigan State. "He's talented, but personally he makes me nervous. He's 23, so it's not like he's really old, but he is who he is. I think he thinks it's sexy to become an NBA stretch four. I don't know if he wants to commit to being a blue collar guy."
|5 weeks 5 days ago||ty||
Thank you. Michigan had more NFL talent than Nebraska that year (which means something IMO). Many people (possibly including the OP) were snowed by the pro-Nebraska PR, Scott Frost's whining, and Sean "Monotone" McDonough's Husker sales pitch on CBS.
Nebraska's recent success ('95 and '96) had a big impact on perceptions.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||something else||
I think he looks more like a weasel.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||fans||
"Sam Webb was saying much the same except with the requisite caution that comes along with being a daily recruiting reporter for a particular school where the fans hold grudges forever."
I like it.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||defensive line||
That was, unfortunately, part of the no-name era for the interior defensive line. (By no-name, I mean guys who were decent players but not obvious future pros.) That's mostly how it was (1997 being a notable exception) prior to the arrival of (yes) Gabe Watson.
It's also true that Minnesota was a very good running team during the Mason years.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||O-line||
Taylor's regrettable actions aside, I'm amused by how many people are engaging in wishful thinking about the offensive line last year, as in "Well, Taylor was probably a lousy leader and that's why they couldn't block anyone."
I haven't seen anything that obvious, but the feeling seems to be common.
Aside, here's Drew's sister on the WWW: http://gamedaygrits.wordpress.com/
|11 weeks 3 days ago||prior classes||
Now that Lonnie Ballentine (surely a Capricorn like Billy Ray) has finished the 7th round, we can look at the '09 class next to its predecessors.
There were five players drafted from the class. This is the most since the '04 class. Notice that the numbers for '03, '07, and '08 are inflated by guys who transferred elsewhere and prospered enough to get a draft-day phone call. (Trivia: '03 could include a guy, Clayton Richard, who made the pros in another sport.)
'03 : Burgess, Crable, Hall, Long, [Mundy], Woodley
|11 weeks 3 days ago||cold||
"He hadn't shown that his offense could work in poor/cold weather."
Wow ... you played the cold card. Exactly what about cold, rainy weather makes running the ball out of a spread formation difficult?
It's not that all your points were bad, but you made a really horrible one there.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||conclusions||
"... we'd be unanimous in our conclusion that our OL coaching was horrible."
Maybe, given that Lewan was on a pretty favorable trajectory before Hoke et al. arrived ...
More likely, though, at least some people would say "What do you expect? The upperclassmen weren't all that talented and the younger guys haven't hit their stride yet."
|11 weeks 3 days ago||13 years||
2001 was the last time UMich had two O-linemen drafted in the first three rounds. It was also the last time they had two O-linemen *drafted*.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||choice||
I'm going with toughness. Also, they didn't "stick together and play as a team."
|11 weeks 4 days ago||yes||
2004 was the last time you could point to a recruiting class and say "Lots of good players and future pros there."
|12 weeks 18 hours ago||shame||
Maybe you should be ashamed for putting so much focus on your moral superiority instead of the main topic.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||shoes||
No offense, MGoChippewa, but that "height in shoes" measurement is evidence of great stupidity in basketball, if not the USA. Are people too $%^#ing dumb to add 1.5" (or whatever the standard shoe adds) to the base height?
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Urb and negative recruiting||
Urban is probably smooth-as-can be when doing that. Something like this:
"I've known Brady Hoke for a long time and he is a good man. I'm sure he'll do everything he can to turn things around there, etc., etc."
Don't _say_ he's on the hot seat. Get the point across while praising him at the same time. Something like that ...
|12 weeks 6 days ago||memory||
Dating myself hugely here ...
Back in '82 (Uncle Rico voice) I saw a triple-header concert there: Eddie Money, The Clash, and The Who. Lousy sound but good times.
|14 weeks 20 hours ago||Coach K||
As the saying goes, you win the Internet today (and last night, and for the week at least). That was brilliant.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Whitlock||
Jason Whitlock has visibility for the same reason that WNBA games were once nationally televised. I'll say no more.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Simmons||
He (Simmons) is a little too full of himself. He's always been that way, but it seems more obvious now than it used to.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||agree as well||
With most others, I wasn't a big fan of "The Decision" (or whatever that circus was called), but LeBron looks like a low-maintenance, psychologically functional person when compared to Kobe and (especially) Jordan.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||east||
Imagine if ESPN had been as big in '85 as it is now. Schools from DC, Philly, and New York in the Final 4 at the same time, from a conference called the Big East? You would have heard about nothing else (not even the Red Sox and Yankees) for several days.
Even then, the noise from the East Coast media was deafening.