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|16 hours 1 min ago||I think leadership matters...||
In sports, in corporations, in small startups, you need leaders who have vision, inspire others, motivate others, hold others accountable. You need this throughout the organization at every level.
Chemistry -- people liking each other -- is a separate thing. I do not believe people need to like one another to be successful, so long as they are aligned on the vision and are motivated to achieve that vision. It helps, but isn't necessary, and is often a byproduct of success in making progress towards that shared vision.
People often conflate the two terms. I believe leadership absolutely impacts performance. To not believe it is to be ignorant of history. Can you succeed without strong leadership? In the short term, yes. Everybody gets lucky. In the long term, absolutely not. Can you fail with strong leaders? In the short term, yes. Everybody gets unlucky. In the long term, it is much less likely.
|16 hours 54 min ago||Hmmm...||
... if any of the allegations against him were true in the Gibbons case, I wish he left and we never heard of him again. He (allegedly) threatened a sexual assault victim to keep her mouth shut. If you believe that, how could you possibly like him simply because he made the team you root for better?
|18 hours 38 min ago||No offense...||
... but I'm not taking legal advice from a clerk at a Ritz Discount store.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I really recommend...||
... using this wiki (http://awoiaf.westeros.org) as a reference guide as you read the next two books. It does a good job of trying to keep spoilers out by giving you descriptions of characters by book. For example, http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Samwell_Tarly .
There are also great chapter summaries, family trees, geographies, etc... There is always a risk you'll run into spoilers and if you don't have the will power to avoid clicking on book four and five content, I'd avoid it, but overall it's a great resource I used along the way and after reading the books.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I like the plug...||
... by Hoke for Ginn. Building that bond.
Regarding the article -- great story, terribly written. It's okay to have more than one sentence paragraphs.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Yeah...||
... sorry if that came off as preachy. I was on my phone, where I have fewer internal filters.
Basically, to me all that matters (or should matter) is content. Sure Rivals is somewhat antiquated, but I still remember the first time I found that website, I felt like I hit a jackpot. We all still heavily rely on it and similar services to learn about prospects and even this site's editorial team relies heavily upon the paid services in many of their recruiting updates. I guess I'm saying the truth is more nuanced, and if neither of them said anything different than what most of us know, it shouldn't matter too much the style in which they delivered it.
Anyway, I do appreciate the update and think it's awesome Brian and Balas did this, and that 50 people showed up to be a part of it. The Michigan community thrives, and that's a great part of being a member of that community.
|2 days 6 hours ago||i feel..||
Your summary suffers from the narrative fallacy. There is no need to paint balas as a stiff and Brian as anti establishment. I would have much prefered a more specific summary of the content. I think its great that both of them attended and shared their opinions about the state of the football team.
|2 days 11 hours ago||its odd...||
... I've never seen a defense for second hand smoke caused by the joint you were smoking when u got you in trouble the first time. That's gutsy.
|3 days 4 hours ago||1. Do you feel...||
... an added sense of responsibility to remain level headed knowing how influential your blog is with a vocal minority of the Michigan fanbase? You're an emotional guy when it comes to Michigan football, which is a good thing, but are there any times you wish you could take back a post/posts on a specific topic?
|3 days 10 hours ago||Whoa...||
... That guy looks like a white walker with those eyes.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Hmm...||
... need to get on our marketing department to create a wolverine emoticon.
|3 days 15 hours ago||I'd be curious...||
If we ran a poll where we asked people how much they would weigh different variables of the Michigan football total experience, how it would shake out.
For example, if I had to distribute 100 points across these four variables (and there are probably more than just four), this is how I would do it.
1) Winning: 30%
2) Graduating good human beings who represent the Michigan brand well in all their endeavors: 35%
3) Not cheating in the process: 20%
4) In game experience (music, cheers, halftime shows, uniforms, etc...) 10%
5) Others? Left over 5%
Like I said, I'm probably way low compared to most people on this blog for "in-game experience".
|3 days 17 hours ago||Ha...||
... my bad on the Yost thing.
The experience part is something we just disagree on. If Michigan had a dominant program, you're not like all the rest. You are the best. There is something special about that, and being the best helps a ton in making the place, the uniforms, the chants more special.
I guess it's all about weights. I weigh winning and integrity much higher than most people on this board compared to the other elements that make up what Michigan means to me. Not to say other's don't value those, they just weigh them relatively less than me, and want other elements as well.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Give me a program...||
... that wins and wins right any day over a program that doesn't change uniforms. Easiest decision ever. Sure, some people want both. I, personally, am not one of them. A tradition of excellence is much, much harder to maintain, and therefore much more meaningful to me.
|3 days 18 hours ago||yost was great.||
Because he won 6 national championships. The rest is a footnote if he lost at football.
to me the only traditions that matter are in order
1. Don't cheat.
without that, Michigan football is hollow regardless of the uniforms, fireworks, and music played at the stadium.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Oh no!||
He looks a good 6 inches shorter... and that's WITH shoes!
|1 week 10 hours ago||This link...||
... predates the link from Mlive, so maybe Mlive is going off new info. Not sure either way, but worth noting.
|1 week 10 hours ago||hmm...||
... i've noticed an interesting phenomenon during the world cup and since. There are a group of individuals on this blog who go out of their way to neg any soccer related threads and any comment in those soccer-related threads. This passive-aggressive signal of disapproval is really bizarre to me. It does not cause change, offers little to improve the blog as a whole, and has no real negative impact on those individuals who post about soccer.
The only value, I gather, is the moment of satisfaction one would get by voicing anonymous distaste of topics others (including the majority of the world) enjoy. I find this form of self-gratification to be curious from a psychological perspective. I do not understand such spiteful and petty predilections.
|1 week 13 hours ago||yeah...||
... usually the stars play 60 minutes or so unless injured, and they are very careful with even the slightest injuries.
So, this should also be a signal that Ronaldo is pretty healthy, which is great for football in general.
While I am a Barcelona supporter, I want to see Ronaldo and Messi at their best. We live in a special time to have two such players competing at the same time on historically bitter rivals. Imagine Bird Vs. Magic on steroids with a historical and political backstory that involves war, secession campaigns, and general acrimony.
|1 week 15 hours ago||What's HHH?||
Other than a professional wrestler, that is?
|1 week 15 hours ago||Green...||
... is too skinny now. He needs to bulk up.
|1 week 16 hours ago||I actually have nothing against Man U||
... I respect any organization that can dominate that long. I'm an Arsenal fan and prefer they win, but seeing Man U struggle this year wasn't enjoyable for me. I'm not a scheudenfreude (sp) kinda guy. I want my teams to win, I don't care what happens to the other guys 95% of the time.
I look at Fair Play like a government saying you can't invest capital today to reap some benefit in the future. It's like taking away the ability of companies to get credit from a bank. At the end of the day, they need to pay their bills, whether it's paying back a bank or some rich oligarch. I'm okay with that. Building a team, a loyal fanbase, and merchandising agreements takes time. If they have the liquidity or the financiers who are willing to tolerate the risk, why not allow it?
|1 week 16 hours ago||Surfing...||
... down the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Favorite spots were:
Domincal (a little more advanced than I could handle).
There are tons of great spots, some more crowded than others. The three above had great, consistent breaks without the crowds. I'm not good enough that I can navigate the heavy traffic.
Santa Teresa is a small slice of heaven.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Any chance...||
... you remember the name of that hike? Sounds fun.
|1 week 1 day ago||I have no problem...||
... with rich owners injecting money into traditionally mediocre teams. The premier clubs have the advantage of tradition and money that is difficult to combat without an infusion of cash. If you develop great players, they end up signing with the traditionally great clubs. At least now, there is some change and more options. And, in my opinion, Fair Play is doublespeak to reverting back to the "good old days" when only 3-4 teams in each country had a chance to consistently win.
All that being said, go with Arsenal in England, Dortmund in Germany, and I would have said Barcelona in Spain, but the leadership since Laporta has been a disaster. All success from 2010-2013 was set up by the team and business he built.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Good point...||
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Disagree...||
... they can learn about creating a great atmosphere that engenders loyalty regardless of the quality of the output on the field. like Brian said above, these teams go out of there way to create loyal fan groups that bring an element to the experience that is organic, dynamic, and unique. Have you been to a high level football game in Europe? It's just different, even for mid-tier teams.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||I was at the game this past Sunday...||
... and it is without question the best sports atmosphere I've witnessed live in the US. It ranks up there with visits to Camp Nou and Highbury. I've never been to Westfalenstadion, though, which is on the bucket list.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||replace "what"||
With "who" and you would have taken the words right out of my mouth.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah...||
... we use ours without speakers, right next to the crib, at nearly top volume on an older samsung phone. Seems to help. Most "experts" recommend as loud as 50 decibles.