national champs baby
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Jobs||
I graduated in civil, and was not very active in school, so i can't speak to how much following an organization or trade group will help in that respect. However i am getting more interested now because of the amount of technical resources and educational opportunities that they offer. Finding a job through a group may be a possibility, but ultimately you should be looking for groups or organizations that will make you better at what you do, and the rest should follow suit. I would guess that an engineer who is excited about engineering will fare better than an engineer whom simply wants a job.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Old Story||
It is a fact that there has never been a good game called in the history of sports. It is also a fact that refs never favor the team that you root for. Complaining about the refs is as old as game.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Fan||
Not everyone is a diehard Michigan fan.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||More hype||
More hype to the overhyped.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Football||
I decommitted from Michigan Tech when I was offered a spot at Michigan. It may have been a legacy offer, but who really cares. I came to watch home games. The education was a bonus.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Porcupine Mts.||
I went backpacking there with my brother. The last day we were there we camped right at the end. I woke up in the morning and went to the overlook area and the lake had completely clouded over leaving only the morning sun reflecting off of the fog.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
I've heard that Miller Park is one of the better venues. It should be an exciting year.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Oh plans||
TODAY IS MY LAST DAY AT THIS JOB!!!!!!! I am packing my apartment because we are moving from Cleveland to Milwaukee. I've been looking for a new job on and off for a couple of years, but finally dug in and got it done.
From Michigan....followed wife to Ohio....leaving for a job in Wisconsin. From a fan perspective it may seem like a easy move (out of Ohio), but Cleveland surprised us and we will really miss being here.
I know nothing about Milwaukee.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Different||
How is that any different than Spartan Stadium?
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks||
I appreciate the info.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Your problem||
If you wanted to post an intellectual rebuttal to how the article ended then don't say "Urban's second year crap." That tells me that you are upset that an Ohio blog is posting pro-Ohio material. You could have elaborated what you would have preferred the author to say rather than saying crap. Don't be surprised if people misinterpret what you said.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Except||
Urban's second year seems pretty relevent. The author is comparing third year Michigan coaches and finding some unwelcome trends from his perspective. I would expect an OSU site to include their defense against this trend with a similar trend that works in their favor.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Ohio||
Weren't most of the guys from the big class from Ohio?
|14 weeks 15 hours ago||That is very different.||
There is a big difference between bringing a gun to a bank and wearing a gas mask and holding a picture of the very famous grumpy cat.
|14 weeks 15 hours ago||The cat||
Obviously not enough people have seen the grumpy cat. I thought it was serious until I saw the picture of the cat then it was clearly a joke.
|14 weeks 16 hours ago||David Brandon||
It was probably Dave Brandon warning folks of the risk of being catfished. There are a lot of singles out there that wish they had a date, so the time to catfish is now. Everyone better be on high alert. Love is in the air. Be prepared.
|14 weeks 19 hours ago||Motto||
Maybe he was a Boy Scout and thought that it would be appropriate to kindly remind people that being prepared is generally a good thing.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Rarely win anything?||
I agree with and wholeheartedly support your hatred for state, but they have won things. Izzo has been to the final four on multiple occasions in my memory. They have won a title and made it back to the title game. It is us that hasn't won anything except the share of the Big Ten last year.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Blocks||
A lot of Hardaway's drives are what appear to be lobs for a block. Many of the shots were going to get blocked even before the shot was released.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I hate to say this||
Byrd will probably have a huge game. These things have a way of happening.
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||Funny||
It's is actually pretty funny. Glad dantonio is starting to understand when not to say stupid stuff.
|15 weeks 21 hours ago||64-62||
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I am among the very few...||
I actually like Vitale. He seems like a guy who genuinely loves basketball and that is all he cares about. He gets excited about storylines, big plays, and doesn't appear to have any school biases. Analysts who try to sound smart are a dime a dozen and often are reciting typical talking points with mainstream biases. Vitale is different in that all he cares about is having fun. I completely understand why some people don't like him or find him annoying, but you can count me as one of the few who enjoy it when he calls games.
Every announcer sucks when Michigan is losing though.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Jordan Morgan||
I was thinking to myself the whole game that we were missing Morgan's defense. I think it has become pretty clear in the last two games that he really is that glue guy. There were too many breakdowns in the post.
|16 weeks 19 hours ago||Perhaps||
Perhaps more weight needs to be placed on the system that Beilein runs. If he is known for getting more out of less, then isn't it reasonable to expect that the dropoff won't be as great with a downgrade in talent? Basketball is a superstar dominated sport, but coaching a system cannot be overlooked.
We may have Dumars chemistry, but having a system coach makes me feel better about not losing it.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Stereotypes||
Oops Double Post
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Stereotypes||
Commentators like stereotypes. It makes their jobs easier as they don't have to have any real knowledge, just common knowledge no matter how far from reality it is.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||The last 3||
No offense to the last three players, but Vogrich, McLimans and Eso are not a witness to our depth.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Stauskas||
He's not just a shooter.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Trap Game||
This game cannot be overlooked. Northwestern is not Penn State. However, we should blow them out. I'm thinking 82-64
|16 weeks 1 day ago||72-68||
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Boring||
Wisconsin has solidified themselves as basketball enemy number 2 behind MSU. They play the most god awful, boring brand of basketball. It is painful to watch.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Let's lower expectations||
I think Beilein definitely exceeded expectations with the caveat that expectations were too high. I am retroactively lowering expectations, so now they are exceeded.
He is playing five freshmen on a regular basis. This is a reason why expecations too high to begin with.
All of the players know their role and play it. This is exceptional considering he has superstars and freshmen. Everyone is playing team basketball and that takes great coaching.
All of the players are showing observable improvement in the season. Freshmen are understanding their place better and letting the game come to them. I don't know if a player has had consecutive bad games all year. In season development at Beilein's level is probably pretty tricky for a coach.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Announcement||
Was watching the announcement and when they started to clap at the end my 14 month old looked up at me, smiled, and started clapping with a keen understanding of the significance of what just happened.
|17 weeks 11 hours ago||Stauskas is learning||
He's working and running a lot which is why I think his shot is suffering. Earlier he was just standing in the corner and shooting open shots. Once he gets the conditioning down, he should return to form.
|17 weeks 11 hours ago||Burke Defense||
Burke flipped a switch and is attacking that guy on defense. It looks like he doesn't respect the guy's handles.
|17 weeks 17 hours ago||I am not looking forward to the Wisconsin game||
Watching Wisconsin play basketball is painful as they play the most frustratingly boring offense known to man.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Whose fault is this||
This has to be Addidas' fault somehow as they, apparently, can't do anything right.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I would hope not||
I find it cool that there are teams that want to copy Michigan.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||True, but...||
I would imagine that it would take a big offer to pry him away from the college game. Merit may not have been the reason for the large contract.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||The moment||
However, there wasn't much time left. The rebound took quite a bit of time off the clock, so it was a net positive.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I have family||
I have three family members that were seriously injured in a message board related incident. There was a guy who was drinking and posting and wasn't paying any attention (or couldn't) and he ended up causing quite the scene. Fortunately everyone healed and are back to 100%.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||We are good||
That is all.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||White people||
Just made the wife and I some White Russians
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Bill Cowher||
Bill Cowher bought a house in Strongsville.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||# of times as an AA & grace periods||
I would like to see a list of All Americans by number of selections. I would be very hesitant to award legend status to those who only had one selection unless they won a major award. The only ones who I can think of that I would say should be definites are the Heisman winners and Carter. I would like to see a 30 year waiting period in which the number is in use as a regular number before legendizing it. This provides the time necessary to understand the legacy of the player rather than making a too quick emotional decision such as making Denard a legend. If the player wins the Heisman, I would reduce the waiting period to ten years to ensure they don't make a fool of themselves.
|22 weeks 14 hours ago||What is there to be lost?||
Do you like Oregon's uniforms? All of them? What have they lost? We are not at risk of losing traditions by rolling out 1-2 alternates each year. To think we are is ridiculous. Deal with the fact that not every fan gets exactly everything they want. In fact, fans don't really matter in relatively minor decisions like this.
|22 weeks 21 hours ago||Tradition and a short memory||
Definition of tradition: The way you think things have always been, or the way things were when Lloyd Carr was the coach.
It is kinda silly sometimes how much fans cite tradition to resist change, when there have been changes before.
The jersey's have changed over time.
The helmets have changed over time.
The field has had grass, astro turf, and field turf.
The endzones had different lettering.
Tyrone Butterfield wore #1.
Times change, and if you don't adapt then you get left behind. You need to be allowed to experiment. There will be failures, but there will also be success. If you can't deal with failure then you don't deserve success.
|22 weeks 21 hours ago||Rose Bowl||
I always liked the look at the Rose Bowl.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Human Experimenting||
This is pretty messed up. You don't do controlled experiments on people. If there is a helmet that has new technology, you offer it to all the players after explaining the technology. Only after they have freely chosen their helmet do you look into data. Take the experiment out of it.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Darn Scotch||
I blame the Scotch.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Not necessarily||
Volume is important, yes, but if you can't generate enough pressure then it will be like a hose without your thumb over it. You have to take into account the size of the reservoir, surcharge applied to the reservoir and energy losses throughout the cycle such as friction. Also, there is the angle and air resistance.
Before you make a simplistic statement about volume being the key, you should look through your fluid mechanics textbook.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I would like to take a survey.||
If you are ok with the idea of an alternate uniform (more than piping), then are you ok with these?
If you are ok with the idea of an alternative uniform, and do not like these, what would you think would work?
How many are not ok with an alternative uniform at all?
I would like to see the percentage of people that approve of potential changes vs those who disapprove of the facemask.
I would like to know the changes that are absolutely not ok vs. the major changes that are ok.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Three years||
We had three bad years.
Notre Dame has had a mediocre (bad) decade.
MSU had a few good years.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||NDs hat potential||
If they stuck with the brushed gold for 100% of the helmet then they would be pretty sweet. Alas, they have to showcase their made up Irish heritage.
Notre Dame = French
|22 weeks 2 days ago||ND & MSU were grasping||
The difference between ND and MSU is that their recent tradition has been lacking. ND hasn't had the winning to prevent the takeover of bad uniforms. MSU has never had it. If we start losing consistently then I expect the uniforms to start going downhill. Our winning is preventing that from happening.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Blue numbers.||
They would look much better with blue numbers.
I kinda like the helmets.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||If...||
I must have misunderstood your comment.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||How unprepared?||
We have five linemen committed. They are all highly ranked. How is that unprepared?
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Hardaway will struggle at the next level||
I just don't see Tim having much success in the NBA if he can't get the dribbling under pressure squared away. He's got the drive thing going, but quick, good hands defenders will eat him up. One more year!
|23 weeks 17 hours ago||I know Meyer is the hot name||
All biases aside, I think Tressell was a better coach than Meyer.
|23 weeks 17 hours ago||NE Ohio seems pretty tame||
I've lived in the Cleveland area for four and a half years now and I've had absolutely zero issues. I overheard one OSU fan in a bar talking that he would rather beat an undefeated UofM team. I am not 6'-2' and 250 and have no problem wearing my gear. Cleveland is a Browns city before and OSU one.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||It's a numbers game||
None of the legend jersey's sans Howard have been given based on position. In fact they aren't really based on skill either.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Badass||
This was a pretty good book about badasses.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe not a gold digger||
I am pessimistic about very wealthy people being sought after because of their wealth. It was reassuring to me to see that Henne was dating this girl since he was 14 which, I assume, was prior to his stardom.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I think he is referring to the Red Tide||
The Crimson Tide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_tide
|23 weeks 6 days ago||LSU||
LSU is the only one that doesn't have an A in the common reference to the school. I think we consider them out.
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||Not too long before we have...||
I'm seeing flag football in the near future.
|24 weeks 20 hours ago||I understand||
That is what I was trying to get at. Big name schools do tend to have a talent floor. Thus the baseline 3 star is not representative of scouting the player rather it is more representative of an understanding of the talent level at a certain school.
|24 weeks 21 hours ago||This happens a lot||
Often guys get 3 stars as a baseline if they are committed to a big name school and they haven't been scouted.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||They look black to me||
They look pretty normal to me. All black uniforms are pretty common with a lot of teams these days. I just don't see anything special about them.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||When does this happen?||
How often do any teams get hired away from other major conference teams? Lane Kiffin went for his dream job at USC. There are NFL rejects that land at good schools (Saban, Carroll, Spurrier, Lane Kiffin, and plenty more) but rarely is it the case that big name hires happen anywhere.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I'd take Colorado over Purdue||
Colorado is a bad team, yes, but I'm more enamored with the history there than with Purdue. Colorado is in Colorado, while Purdue is in Indiana. Where is the contest there? Turning around a Colorado team means being a national player. Turning around a Purdue team means going to the Outback Bowl on occasion.
If you are a coach that wants a challenge and potential reward, Colorado offers the greater challenge, but also the greater reward.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I'm as serious as manbearpig||
Also, I'd have to say my favorite player on the team now is Trey Hardaway III.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Stu Douglas||
Stu going for 20 against UCLA for our first big win was pretty huge. Couple that with him being our best perimeter defender, I'd say he has to be in the discussion as well.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I hope we blow them out||
If we blow them out, Belein can experiment with different lineups and plays that could be useful down the stretch. Close games should be the ones we win over competition that is supposed to beat us!
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Zack Douglas or Stu Novak||
One of those two has to be the most important recruit.
Without an adequate foundation, a building can collapse. If you are not planning on building a foundation for a building then you have to have a lot of money in for perpetual repair work.
I'm assuming that the vast majority of fans want a program that allows for teams rather than sporadically successful teams. To build that program you have to start with a foundation. I don't think that there is any question that Zach and Stu are the most important recruits because they represent the foundation.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||He could have won 2 as well||
RG3 was very good and could have been the second Griffin to win two.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||The duel threat||
Braxton Miller is what is wrong with modern Heisman thinking.
The duel threat QB is going to have a lot of yards and be a much larger percentage of the offense. By default, they will be in the conversation. We have two choices. We either evaluate the duel threat QB differently than a traditional pocket passer, or just give the award to the best duel threat QB every year.
In the end, the Heisman trophy is a popularity contest. That is fine. Rooting interest and award selection is a very subjective game.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with this||
Suh was a beast. Didn't he have about 12 sacks as a DT and threw McCoy around like a rag doll? I think he proved that there is a strong bias toward offensive stats.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||7 INTs||
Teo had 7ints as a LB. That number is absolutely insane. Also, to say that Woodson excelled in all three phases of the game is a bit odd. He returned only one kick for a TD and had some 200 yards receiving. That isn't much. CW won it based on his defensive performance, and there rest was icing on the cake, but doesn't really add anything.
I'm perfectly fine with Teo winning it, and if I had to choose another defensive player to stand with CW it would be Teo.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||I heard he can..||
I heard that he hits the punter in stride most ever time. He could use better pocket presence though.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Calming down.||
I apologize, for I must have misunderstood what you were getting at. It looked like one of the many "he hasn't made up his mind on my timeline so we should drop him" posts.
I'm calmer that you are dude. I'm just going to sit here and enjoy my coffee.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Credit given||
Consider credit given.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Our WR corps could have been legendary||
If we got both Treadwell and Stringfellow
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Are you sure about this||
I seem to remember OU having a great passing game. Two OU QBs won the Heisman recently.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, we shouldn't compete||
This is a great way of getting recruits. All we have to do is lead for them and expect other schools to pull the offers because we lead. Treadwell is talented and can choose whichever school he wants. If a recruit has that many offers, it can be expected that they will take their time and weigh their options. The longer things go on, the more information is available to the recruit. There is absolutely no point in giving up until signing day. To say that we should drop out of the race because he favors two other schools is just plain silly.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Umm||
I'm not quite sure what this has to do with anything.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Bad Argument||
EDIT: FORGOT HOW TO SPELL ARGUMENT
I hate that argument. If someone spends money on a luxury item then it speaks ill of the person who spent the money. If that is the case, we should just stop spending money on football. We should tear down the luxury boxes, Crisler expansion, or the other new facilities that were built for our teams. Why even bother bringing up this argument even if you do note jealousy?
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Conspiracy of the day||
Maybe this donor is a closet Alabama fan. He knows the students are going to buy low and sell high, so he is effectively putting more tickets on the market for Alabama fans.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Why so angry||
You seem pretty angry.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Washington||
I want to see UM vs UW. For whatever reason I've always liked Washington.
|25 weeks 12 hours ago||That is what I was getting at. Yes||
HS and College are two very different levels. A great athlete in HS could put up big numbers at RB simply because he can beat everyone to the edge, or otherwise rely on his athleticism to win the battles. That isn't the case in college when a more in depth knowledge of the position as well as intangibles such as vision or presence in the pocket. A better athlete won't necessarily win the battle because the guy on the other side is also a great athlete.
When it comes to recruiting, I'm assuming that the coaches look beyond athleticism and look for the intangibles when determining what type of position is right. In the case of Dymonte or Ross they put up great numbers at RB, but is that because of an athletic mismatch or because of them being great RBs? This is why I was wondering about the position switches. Obviously the coaches saw something in Dymonte and Ross that said DB and not RB. We don't really know how the coaches rated them as RBs. Maybe they aren't good RBs and just great athletes at that position. Thus, big numbers won't necessarily translate to the college game. Maybe Dymonte has great vision and all the other RB stuff, but chances are the coaches think that it is better to go after true RBs like Smith, Green or Isaac.
This is why I am skeptical that position switches will necessarily work, so I wondered about specific examples.
|25 weeks 16 hours ago||Even if that is true||
It must be assumed that the interior OL is rebuilt and much better than it is this year. It's a futile task to project positional deficiencies or strengths into the future. Rapid growth is commonplace in college football and so are productivity dropoffs due to graduation. Maybe in the future (hopefully this means next year) the dive will net 4-5 yards with regularity.
|25 weeks 20 hours ago||Was Woodson recruited as a RB||
Was CW recruited as a RB or CB? I'm wondering about those who were recruited as, say, a RB and switched to CB after enrolling and starred/were good. I don't think that Furman, for example, was ever recruited as a RB even though he was in HS.
|25 weeks 20 hours ago||Offense to defense or defense to offense||
Have there been any side changes at skill positions that have really worked out? I hear a lot about how we should try certain people like Dymonte or Furman at RB, but given what we see this year I don't know how that can be possible. There are, now obviously, a lot of intangibles that a RB has to possess. Maybe these guys have them, but I would just as soon chalk it up to them being amazing athletes vs high school competition. If there have been steller skill position side switches then I'm curious who they are.
|25 weeks 20 hours ago||CB||
I thought that I saw that he was projected as a CB. I think that he will have the best shot there as Dymonte and Wilson should be manning both safety positions for a few years. He will have the opportunity to step right into the CB position.
|25 weeks 20 hours ago||Wyatt is a very interesting recruit||
I'm very intrigued by him in the backfield. Maybe this is just me reading into stuff, but it seems that the average pure fullback recruit is a lowly 3 star who will learn to block and get about 5 touches per season. I don't really see that in Shallman. He's pretty highly ranked and, if he says that he wants to play FB, I'm assuming it isn't because he likes blocking more than he likes tackling. On offense he will get the ball with more frequency than the average FB which makes me wonder what is in store for this offense.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||This is an easy answer||
There are essentially two eastern conferences (Big Ten and the SEC) while there are two western conferences (Big 12 and the Pac 12).
Can conferences get too big to serve the purpose that was intended? If you have a 20 team conferences, is there any difference between that and having two 10 team conferences?
I'd imagine that the flagship schools, or the schools with means, will get sick of sharing their money with the deadbeat schools such as Rutgers, Maryland, and those others that are on financial life support and cut them off. Maybe there are too many teams to begin with, and large conferences will be able to expose the fat that are the poor schools as to eliminate those programs all together. This frees up the additional revenue for those left standing.
There is absolutely no integrity in the NCAA. They are allowing this to happen. Maybe we should just detach football from education and call it what it is which is a minor league.
Ramble ramble ramble.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||That is the hope||
He hasn't been granted his medical redshirt for his freshman year, so right now he is a true junior. Hopefully that changes and he gets his redshirt.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||If only the game were played by robots||
Gardner is a human. He isn't a robot. In fact, I don't think that the NCAA allows robots to play football.
At the beginning of the season we had Denard firmly entrenched as the starting QB. Say what you want about Devin being a better fit (I think this), but given the circumstances of a coaching transition and a need for continuity and leadership to help hold the team together Denard was the man. At the beginning of the year Devin is a junior. He was also a highly ranked recruit and probably knew that he was good. He was often called the second best athlete on the team. If I were him I would want to play. Holding a clipboard to protect your team against the odds that Denard gets seriously injured is probably no fun. I'm pretty sure that football players want to have fun. This worked out for him because he could play WR (a position of dire need), or to put it more direct, he could play football. Why not let the kid have fun playing the game he loves and is good at? How many top players can we land if we promise them that they can finally have a shot to start only after they hold clipboards and roam the sidelines for three years? I'd guess that we'd get the David Cone types. Devin is not Cone. Let him play.
Robots don't have emotions or a game that they love playing. They are interchangeable. Putting a robot on the sidelines for three years doesn't do anything to that robot. It doesn't care, cause it can't love the game. Football is played by humans who want to play. To hold them back because of a chance that they may be needed at some point in the season for a little while is not a nice thing to do especially if they can play somewhere else.
If Devin was good enough to play WR and start at that position, then the switch was a good thing. If he were a redshirt freshman or redshirt sophomore at the time then it would make more sense to hold him out knowing that he has at least two years to be a starter.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||What about the QB||
Should a QB only be able to win it with crappy WRs and a bad OL? Football is a team game. The Heisman, is often referred to by the winners as a team award.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Offensive stats||
Offensive stats should not be a requirement. A defensive player can take over a game without scoring. This just lends to the idea that games are won on the offensive side of the ball. That is simply not true.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Last year||
Last year is, and should be, irrelevant. If the award was based on previous years then we should just go ahead and give it to the top rated recruit each year. As soon as anyone makes a single mistake then they are out of contention never to be let back in.
All QBs must have perfect passer ratings and never throw an interception ever.
All RBs must never have a run for less than 4 yards and are not allowed to fumble ever.
All WRs must never have a drop in their career.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||CW is the best ever||
CW is probably the best defensive back ever to play the game in the future. It is a physical impossibility for any defensive player to ever be better than him. Teo should pay a fine for even being mentioned in the same sentence as him. It seems that the maize and blue glasses say that Strongarm Stonejaw QB, Fleetfoot Sackevader QB, Speedy Fasterson WR, or Shiftyeye Quickfoot RB are the only ones to be allowed to win the award. Oh, I forgot to mention Michigan players qualify by default regardless of position. If we take the glasses of we can see that, yes, sometimes our rivals have great players that deserve the award. That is not a knock on any of our award winners, and it is ok.
Seriously though, it is a legitimate question. Those that say that Teo must return a kick or play wide receiver are ridiculous. Playing multiple positions is not a prerequisite. Those who give credit to the DL for his success have a point, but wouldn't that invalidate the QBs who won it with great OLs and WRs as well as RBs with good OLs? Football is, and always will be, a team sport, so the Heisman will always have an element of team in it. I would like to hear the rational as to why only certain positions or certain stats or a certain build should qualify or disqualify someone for the Heisman?
To compare Teo to CW, though, is tough to do because they play different positions. I'd just as soon say that it is an impossible comparison and any attempt to do so will be nothing more than an opinion marinated in specifically filtered statistics.
Teo is a fantastic player and has 7 INTs from the linebacker position. The record for career INTs by a linebacker in the NFL is 37 over a 13 year period. 7 in one season is crazy good for a LB. I'd love to see him become the second defensive player to win the award.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||We have been duped||
If you want everyone to worship the SEC, it also includes the business model. Mega-conferences with conference title games will have this problem. Maybe we should petition to separate football from other sports when it comes to conference affiliation and limit the conference to ten member schools as to eliminate the championship game.
We have been duped into arguing about meaningless issues while the bigwigs fill their pockets with cash. The real debate was never about a playoff being better than the BCS or the old system. That debate was meant for the sole purpose of distracting the fans into arguing over a postseason while making it seem like a good idea and a necessity to expand the conferences. It has gotten so bad that we are even talking about TV markets ourselves. Pro sports have always been about the money. That's why they are PRO sports.
Saban, you are fighting the wrong fight. Your complaint is not with the BCS but with those who want to transform college football into a professional league who the only professionals are the TV execs and the building contractors.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I like the idea but...||
I think it is a unique situation with UCLA and USC in that their home colors offer a decent contrast. I don't think it will really work with a team that has a dark home color such as Michigan if the opposing team doesn't have an unusually light home color. For example UM-OSU I don't think will work, but UM-GT will work.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||NC & Duke||
They are the face of ACC basketball. I don't see them going anywhere. Virginia and VT would be good fits, although my preference would be VT because they actually have a decent football program these days.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||TV Markets vs whodyawant||
This is a fan site. All the talk about expansion here eventually leads to a comment about where our television market will expand to. Let's make that irrelevant for the sake of being fans for a moment and talk about who actually we want to be in the Big Ten.
Personally GT sounds great to me. They are a bit far away, but apparently that isn't an issue anymore. Maryland and Rutgers do absolutely nothing for me. There is no record of sustained success in their football programs in recent history. It would be purely for TV which, as a fan, I will refuse to say is a good reason.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Easy Answers||
1) Why should they be in a conference? They have the TV deal and have no problems scheduling decent opponents.
2) Conferences are much more important in basketball, so if the Big Ten is pushing them too hard to join, then it seems reasonable that they join a different basketball conference.
3) There are a lot of Michigan fans that wanted to ditch ND.
4) I don't know much about this one, but we have had warmups prior to ND too.
5) Don't tell me that Michigan fans don't. Heck, I went to Michigan for the football program. The degree was a bonus.
6) No team respects an opposing teams good coach. They only respect the coach of the team that they don't have to worry about losing to.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Bob Ufer||
If you want to listen to the homer then listen to the homer. If you don't then mute the TV and listen to a different broadcast. I wish that more broadcasters were openly bias like Bob Ufer. There is no shame in that.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Tough Pill to Swallow||
The most indoctrinated Michigan fans will have a really tough time admitting this, but I would surmise that much of the hatred is due to the fact that Notre Dame is like Michigan's twin brother. Out of any school in the country, Michigan and Notre Dame share the most similarities across the board. They have the two most rich traditions, have the two most wins, have the two best winning percentages, have stubborn and arrogant fans (I admit I am an arrogant Michigan fan), have good schools, are from the midwest, have iconic uniforms, and probably a whole lot more.
When they succeed we think it should have been us and I be they feel the same when we succeed. As a local rival, it is understandable to have either hate or respect and that is fine. That is part of what football, or sports in general, is all about. However, to say that ND is bad because of X is a bit hypocritical because, more often than not, the trait of X applies to Michigan as well.
As far as wishing ill on them, I do not. I do not think that a ND championship will hurt Michigan or our recruiting. We pull in good players, and we have a good coach. I don't know why the fear that there is another good team in the midwest.
ND is not our little brother, they are our brother. Root against them if you wish, but at least accept reality.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Will Call||
What if student tickets were will call? After the kickoff they are open for purchase without validation needed. You could pay a higher fee to avoid will call and it is refunded if you meet attendence requirements.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Simple Changes||
All unsuccessful players need to be replaced with successful players.
It is not a change that we should seek, but rather improvement.
I know this is a simplistic answer, but as mere observers of the game, detached from the ins and outs associated with coaching, all we can do is speculate as to who we may think is better based on the sixty minutes of game we see each week. Don't get me wrong, speculation is a fun part of the game, but unnecessary in the grand scheme of things.
That being said, I don't think that there is any change that can be made, because we don't have any adequate OL replacements. Fitz ran well last year with good blocking, and to assume that he will have a Hagrup 2011 dropoff in production due to mental or other regressive issues is possible but not probable. The RB position is probably a more instinctive position than the punter, so I doubt that a head issue can be the cause of such a dropoff. Without any injury of note to Fitz, all signs point to the OL.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||ND is a bigger rivalry off the field in a way||
Michigan leads the series against MSU 67-32-5. For you math majors we have played 104 games.
Michigan leads the series against ND 23-16-1. Again for the math majors it is 40 games.
I know there is a lot more that goes into a rivalry than just quantity of games played, but I don't think it is so clear who our number two rival is.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||I understand the sentiment||
An objective analysis will lead to rooting for OSU, but being a fan is not about being objective. If you really hate OSU the most then it is near impossible to root for them no matter the circumstance. I happen to hate MSU the most, but I understand where you come from.
If we win out, it is all irrelevant anyway.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||My adjusted expectations are much lower||
I started out the season thinking 14-0, and now I'm hovering at around 12-2.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Five Dollar||
Five Dollar footlong?
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Did you know?||
AJ Hawk is dating Brady Quinn's sister.
Tom Zibikowski is a boxer.
Jeff Samardzija plays baseball.
|35 weeks 7 min ago||The similarities||
ND is perhaps the only school that has a fanbase that can out arrogant Michigan fans in matters of adherence to tradition and academic prowess.
Notre Dame is French for Our Lady which is a reference to the Virgin Mary. While I have no qualms with the name itself, it is French and NOT Irish. It is not an Irish Catholic school. The only Irish reference is the nickname whose origins are unclear. Too much Irish embrace.
ND can get away with being independent. I wish Michigan could.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||I actually like this one||
I actually like this one. Sure he may be raw, but how do we know when someone is good enough to wear it? It is ultimately a matter of opinion. Gardner has stuck it out behind Denard, switched positions to help the team, and is good at his new position. He has also not gotten into any sort of trouble or drama.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Gardener?||
Does that mean we will revert back to natural grass from field turf for the year? Will Norfleet be caught picking dandelions off the lettering in the end zone? Will our guards know how to properly pull...weeds? Sorry, couldn't help myself.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Tom Brady never goes away||
What did Tom Brady do at Michigan that warrants legend status? Why is Rick Leach more legendary than Chad Henne?
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Leave Brittney Spears Alone||
Seriously, I don't see why any standout senior would want to switch. Denard made a name for himself as 16. Jordan has made a name for himself as 32. I like giving it to underclassmen to live up to or depth chart upperclassmen to go out on, but not on stars who have done a very good job of defining themselves.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||It's not the Big Ten||
The Big Ten can't improve its teams. Only the schools can.
I don't think that there is any risk of the league becoming irrelevent. Remember it is the SEC that is constantly promoting its dominance over the Big Ten. By my apartment there is a Porsche dealership across from a Cadillac one. That is because they compete. Porsche will not compete with Chevrolet because they are not on the same playing field nor for the same customer. Notice how the SEC doesn't really seem to care about the Big East. They are a lost cause and are not on that level playing field. The fact that they are harping on the Big Ten means that there is some notion of relevence to the conference. The Big Ten is still considered a quality conference. They just aren't better than the SEC.
Sit down and relax. UM and OSU will be back sooner rather than later. They will ultimately define the conference with Wisconsin, and the other second tier teams riding on the coattails of the anchors such as Arkansas, South Carolina, and Georgia have done in the SEC.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Rooting is personal||
Root for whomever you want to win the game. Enough of this crap about rooting according to a formula that will potentially get your favorite team an extra thousandth of a point in the BCS. If the result is not direct or certain then there is no point in fretting over it. I plan on rooting against MSU because they are my least favorite team.
Being a fan is about having fun rooting for your team. It is not a math exam.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I am a wave of destruction||
I find out today that the camp I worked at for four summers will no longer be providing summer camps. Couple that with Cliff Keen Arena, where I worked for four years in college as a student, being eliminated I don't know what to think. I've been working at my current job for four years...
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Abbott||
I can't believe I forgot him.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Tim Thomas||
He's a pretty good goalie.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Flint, MI||
Glen Rice, Mark Ingram, "The Flintstones", Claressa Shields, Chris Byrd...
|36 weeks 6 days ago||I can one up that.||
I aced the science portion while blindfolded.
|37 weeks 13 hours ago||College vs. Pros||
One great thing about college football is the abundance of undersized or awkward sized players that there are to root for. The pros weed out many of these athletes, but for four years we can root for them.
|37 weeks 21 hours ago||Zero to 60 in...||
Make that zero to Norfleet in 0.5 seconds.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I'm staying clean||
I don't subscribe to the idea of an objective analysis for rooting. Sorry Big Ten, but I will always root against MSU.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||It doesn't really matter||
Teams like UM and OSU are going to be around. Nebraska will be consistent, and Wisconsin is proving to be consistent. Too much is made of short term conference performance and it is getting quite silly to be honest.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Rountree and Norfleet||
I noticed that Norfleet doesn't accelerate, but rather he starts at top speed.
I don't understand why Rountree is not playing the slot position. If the coaches can justify playing Gallon on the outside then there is no reason why Rountree can't play on the inside.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Murderer's Row||
1. Top Ten from a major conference (Alabama)
2. Top 11-25 from a major conference (ND)
3. Below Average Team from a major conference (ASU, WSU, BC, CO)
4. Average team from a major conference. (Washington)
I would be completely happy abandoning all non major conference teams. We will win some and we will lose some, but the important part is that I will have a heluva time watching the games.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Heluva||
I meant to say heluva good time.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||SEC Myth||
The dominance of the SEC is really distorted by the fact that the best of the SEC is clearly better than the best of the rest. Sure, Auburn won a title recently, but they would not be in the top 2 of the Big Ten this year. Florida is the same too. Arkansas has never won anything that I can remember as being significant, nor has South Carolina. Georgia hasn't won anything either although their history makes me think they have been better than they have been recently.
If Alabama and LSU left and formed their own conference then they would be the ones chanting S-E-C and the former members of the conference would be relatively quiet.
We'll get there with Hoke focusing on the Big Ten first and formost. We need to become a consistent midwest power before we can expect to be title contenders year in and year out. We even have an advantage in the midwest as there are now only two teams that can legitimately vie for the top recruits enmasse. That is not the case in the south where there is FU, FSU, Miami, Ala, LSU, and Auburn to contend for the southeast recruits.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||ND looks pretty good||
These early season creampuff games, I don't really know what to take from them, but the ND offense looks pretty good.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||3rd and ten||
Throw an 8 yard out?
|37 weeks 6 days ago||I'm sorry||
Did I miss something? I don't quite understand your reply.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Kickoffs||
There has only been one touchback. If Alabama's kicker doesn't have the leg then...NORFLEET!
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Manufactured Rivalries||
This whole root for the conference really bugs me. There is no formula for who you should vote for. If you want a team to win, root for them. If you want a team to lose, root against them. I get the feeling that the Big Ten vs SEC is just a way to boost ratings.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||That was a good hit||
BSU should have had a pick 6 there.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||I live in Ohio||
I confess that I actually like it. I cope by telling myself that Cleveland is actually not part of Ohio.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||BSU needs an offensive line||
They're getting destroyed out there.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||I'll take a pass on a jersey ribbon.||
I know many will disagree, but I don't really like large institutional promotion of large charities. First, I don't think that there is any sort of morality associated with institutional giving, rather morality is only on the personal level. Second, I become very skeptical of any organization when it rises to a certain high level of notariety. With that skepticism I find that the instituional appeal to large charity is nothing more than either a means to promote the brand or a way to fast track the recovery process for some offense.
Putting a ribbon on a jersey, for whatever reason, is nothing more than self promotion, and it has nothing to do with how much an individual cares or has changed. This is my opinion.
|40 weeks 14 hours ago||Helmet||
I actually don't mind the gold portion of the helmet.
|42 weeks 18 hours ago||Too much. Too high.||
I understand LSU and Alabama, but why Arkansas, Georgia, and South Carolina are perpetually ranked high is a bit vexing. They are consistent at beating teams that are mediocre to good, but they seem to never be able to beat the elite teams. Why then are they in the top 10? Aren't those spots reserved for the elite teams?
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Wheel of Time is really long||
I read much of the series then gave up and donated the first 9 back to the library. I had an honest discussion with myself and decided that the reality of the situation was that I wasn't going to finish the series. Most of the books I read were good, but it got to the point where it seemed like it was long for long's sake.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||I made a stop at Jillians||
I was vacationing in Maine two summers ago and made it a point to make sure we made it to Albany to watch the UCONN game at Jillians. The people were all nice, but it seemed like the bar didn't know that we existed.
|45 weeks 14 hours ago||Would like to see Mike Hart||
Do you have anything on Mike Hart's first start? I have been looking for highlights of that game.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||The National Championship Game||
We'll be considered, far and away, the greatest team in the last century, so there may be a lot of pressure going into that game for us to look dominant. We should just stick to the gameplan and not press too much.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Clapton Unplugged||
Clapton Unplugged - Clapton
Long Walk to Freedom - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Graceland - Paul Simon
World Gone Wrong - Bob Dylan
Daily Bread - Corey Harris
|1 year 2 weeks ago||In other words||
He was obviously referring to two 1,000 yard rushers but didn't have a clue that he was therefore he heard what he wanted to hear and ignored reality and made a dumb statement. You'd think, though, that to make that accusation for any school would be outlandish, so even thinking that is a little concerning.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Popular solutions are doomed to fail.||
Like you said, regular market capital is not flowing anywhere. That is precisely because of the lack of savings. Market capital is savings, and if we want to get that flowing again then we need to be more frugal and bank our paychecks to rebuild our capital and urge liquidation and recovery.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||There cannot be a good objective ranking.||
I'm a UofM grad and really the only reason why I like the high rankings is the benefit to my resume. I think that we get too caught up in the prestige of a degree that we take it to mean education. The fact is a degree is a simply a degree. Education is what an individual makes of his or her opportunities. To say a school is prestigious means nothing about the individual graduating. Sure, there can be a good reputation associated with a presigious school, but in the end it's what the individual does that counts. Picking a college should not be about which one offers the highest ranking, but rather which one offers the best fit for the individual and can provide the best motivation to become a self starter.
An additional critique could be that peer review drives these rankings making it somewhat of an insider game rather than a more objective (impossible) analysis.
I apologize for my cynicism, but I don't like it when I hear bragging calling our education superior, when, in fact, it isn't our education that is superior but our reputation that is.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||How about letting Dorsey pick Michigan||
If he can gain admittance to Michigan, I'm sure he can win a spot on the team via student body tryouts. However, he will have to gain admittance first. With all the talk of Hoke giving him a chance, I don't see why he can't let him try out, but I think a scholarship is out of the question.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I'm going to sit here and enjoy my coffee||
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Alas my argument is futile||
This will be my final post on the matter. I am engaging in the impossible task of attempting to predict how the market will provide a product. What actually happens I can only speculate about, and with all the responses I can imagine that what I speculate is probably not accurate. I do know that when there is a product that is in high demand, individuals will find a way to produce that product and they will find a way to make money off of it.
Lastly, for clarity, I do not propose the immediate elimination of all copyright and patent laws as there is much built up around them. I was just noting, going back to my original two posts, that intellecutal property lacks scarcity and thus is not real property that can be owned by any one person.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Don't forget about contracts and fraud.||
Contracts still will exist and we are legally bound to contract. Fraud should still remain a crime, so stealing a script and reprinting it in someone else's name could be prevented through a contract and punishable due to a violation of contract and anti-fraud laws. Theft is still a crime, so an individual does not have the right to steal written formulas/code. Don't underestimate the ability of an individual to be creative with how they write contracts or when they are applied.
When it comes to video game producers, they wouldn't have to fold. If demand exists for new and exciting games then they will be produced. They could produce a game and distribute it once there are a certain number of registered buyers. They could sell advertisement in the game. There are a number of ways to get around not having royalty income.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||delete||
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|1 year 18 weeks ago||There is still incentive.||
Your incentive could be that you always wanted to write a book. Your incentive to write the book could be to make money by selling your script to a publisher. Your incentive could be notoriety making new books that you write easier to sell to publishers and getting them to compete for the material that you produce.
Things would still be invented. It is naïve to think that the only incentive to produce anything is for royalties. Necessity is the mother of all inventions.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Not a scarce resource||
Intellectual property is not a scarce resource, therefore it is not real property and shouldn't have a price. Copyrights and patents shouldn't exist. They are nothing more than protections for businesses, and they result in slowing the transfer of knowledge and the growth of wealth.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||IP is not real property||
Intellectual property is not real property to begin with so protecting the property rights of owners of fake property doesn't make sense to begin with.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Fantastic!||
Excellent post! We worry so much about what the system should be to produce X result, or what teams we should root for because it benefits our team because of Y. It is fun to be a fan. It is fun to root for your beloved team and against your least favorite. It is even fun to have some controversey. What's fun about being a fan is the freedom to root for, or against, whomever you want and not rooting based on some sort of equation.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||The Patriots||
The Patriots were not the best team in the stadium on that given day. That is all that can really be said for any game in a single elimination playoff.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||What's the purpose?||
What is the purpose of the college football postseason? The old system didn't provide for a definitive #1 team. The current BCS surely doesn't but it probably is a bit better than the old system in that regard. A playoff wouldn't either. If we really want to have a definitive #1 team we have to ask ourselves what system provides for that.
Does the NCAA basketball tournament produce a definitive #1 team in the country? I would argue that it doesn't. The winner of the tournament is just that, the winner of the tournament. It will be the same for CFB if there was a single elimination playoff. A lesser team could get lucky and win a game and all of a sudden the "best" team would be out. Can we really say that the 18-1 Patriots were not the best team in the NFL that year?
Does the BCS produce a definitive #1? It doesn't because it relies on force (to an extent) and a single game to prove everything. Working out a tie is an arbitrary process thus nothing can be definite.
Does the old bowl system produce a definitive #1? Absolutely not. It relies upon conference predetermined matchups that have no connection to national ranking. At least this system doesn't try to convince us of its #1 determining authority.
The best system used in sports is simply not possible for football, and that is a best of 7 series. Luck can only last so long, and the series eliminates, for the most part, luck determining the winner. There it is. The quest to create a perfect system for determining the #1 team in the country is impossible. The best we can do is be fair.
If we want to be fair we can revert to the old system and let it be completely a matter of opinion. If we want more high powered matchups the current system can be reformed. A playoff will not solve anything better than reforming the current system.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Refs are human too||
I'm sure we've all seen a call that we think should be one way and goes another. I'm sure we've seen a call that was called on the field and was not overturned even if our opinions differ. Was the Hemmingway catch against Iowa really a catch or not?
The bottom line is football is a game played with teams of humans against other teams of humans coached by humans and reffed by humans. We can expect there to be mistakes. Instant replay was implimented, not to eliminate all mistakes (an impossible task with humans), but to eliminate obvious ones. If the refs thought that there was enough evidence to overturn the catch than so be it. They are paid to make the best call they, most of the time, make the right call.
We can talk all we want about what should have been called or reversed or what not, but the fact of the matter is it was reversed. The replay official must have thought that there was enough evidence to review it. We can turn being a fan into a cat fight or man up and deal with the fact that not everything will turn out the way we want it to. Afterall, isn't a little controversy part of the fun?
I do have to give it to the field refs. I much prefer the questionable calls to be bias toward plays that were made. Call it complete. Call it an interception. Call it a fumble. It's more fun that way.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||That implies clean||
I like it. The Clorox Shiny Porcelein Bowl could have a dirty counterpart in the Columbus Sewer District Bowel Bowl.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Keep it unique||
College football is unique in that there is no playoff which stirs much controversey. Controversey should be embraced as it is the human aspect of the game.
#1 Take the two highest ranked conference champions and play them in the title game. This ensures no Alabama-LSU or UM-OSU.
#2 Final BCS rankings don't take into account the top 16 coaches rankings. Saban can vote OSU 4th but it would be meaningless.
#3 Autobids to remain, but have to be conditional. No team should be allowed into a BCS game with more than 2 losses. If a 9-3 team wins the Big East then they do not qualify.
#4 There is not much that you can do about .com bowl games. If a sponsor wants to host a game and pay a conference a bunch of money than so be it. It's pretty easy not to watch a 4-8 team play a 6-6 team. TVs have a bunch of channels.
#5 There will always be shortcomings, and that is entirely ok.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Redshirt||
I'm pretty sure that I saw #35 Greg Brown on a late kickoff.