the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
|9 min 24 sec ago||Is this fact or political rhetoric?||
I should have been more precise in my wording: head coaching opportunities for black coaches are few and far between, but I hardly need to do that since the point should be obvious anyhow. If you take the total number of head coaching positions that have been open and available over the last two decades, just to pick a date range, and then total the number of African Americans who have been hired, the only possible conclusion you can draw is that the number of opportunities are rare. It's especially remarkable given the huge percentage of players in the top two divisions who are black.
|8 hours 46 min ago||Can't imagine a tougher coaching job in the country than EMU||
from a recruiting standpoint. Permanently in the shadows of Michigan, with many off-campus/commuting students, a campus that's going to impress nobody in a town with a lot of rough edges, all on top of a football tradition that saw its last real success before any of today's HS kids were alive. I know that head coaching positions for African American coaches are few and far between, but I still wonder if RE would have been wiser to pass this opportunity up and instead work as an assistant at a major program or the NFL.
|10 hours 2 min ago||Benjamin worked there more recently than I did||
but they're a marketing communications/graphic design firm. They do a fair amount of web stuff, so they may need a developer/technical expert on staff.
|10 hours 6 min ago||Hamilton is clearly pulling that Peppers-to-Rutgers stuff||
straight out of his butt. It might be premature to consider Peppers a lock for Michigan, but if he chose Rutgers over of all his top suitors it would be the recruiting upset of the century. I'd be more concerned about Alabama or LSU or Stanford making a late push, but they'd have to get a visit out of him first.
|21 hours 5 min ago||Yup, my money's on some form of dementia||
I can 100% understand and sympathize with his reaction and his decision if that's what it was for Trickle. I've lost close family members to it, and IMHO there is no fate worse than dementia/Alzheimers/decaying brain diseases.
|1 day 3 hours ago||QLTD||
I've worked there as well... I can vouch that they're good folks.
|1 day 5 hours ago||The perfect game to bring out the chrome helmets is||
Appy State. That would be the crowning cherry of ridiculousness.
|1 day 6 hours ago||There's no revenge, what happened won't go away.||
If that's your criteria, then there is no such thing as revenge anywhere, any time, any situation. No act can alter what happened in the past.
|1 day 6 hours ago||A slew of possible UM jobs here||
I've also got two good friends who work at this interactive agency: http://www.enlighten.com/
Welcome to AA. I've got deep Missouri roots on both sides of my family, with a large number of relatives still in the St. Louis area.
The Northwood Apts out on North Campus are a great deal; when we first got hitched we had a three-bedroom townhouse in Northwood V with a full basement. Tons of little screaming kids around, but that might be better than tons of drunk screaming sophomores pissing on your porch.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Neutral site game for any SEC opponent||
means a game below the Mason-Dixon line. Neutral site my ass.
|1 day 7 hours ago||near impossible to find a marquee opponent 1 year in advance||
How about Brandon promises to pay for chrome helmets for our marquee opponent?
|1 day 7 hours ago||As someone mentioned yesterday||
It wasn't me, but I agree with all the points you made anyhow.
However, I would say that if the choice is between Appy St. or a MAC snacky-cake, there's probably more interest on the part of UM ticket-holders for Appy St. simply for the revenge factor. No one gives a damn about getting revenge on Toledo.
This is what you get when you schedule teams you have no business playing in the first place. I'm generally more favorably inclined to Bill Martin's tenure than many UM fans, but that decision was inexcusable.
|1 day 8 hours ago||"Stay tuned."||
We've got Appy State at home on August 30, 2014, and an open date in 2016 on Sept.10.
How about ditching Appy St. and filling those two dates with a home-and-away with a real opponent that we'd actually get credit for beating?
|1 day 8 hours ago||Brandon sez that OSU and MSU will be paired||
for the foreseeable future. Maybe I missed it, but I didn't hear any convincing rationale for pairing them the way they're going to do.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Let's just go back to a ten-team conference.||
I'd be happy to go back to the 12-team conference.
|1 day 9 hours ago||It's a great cause||
but I wish somebody would ask David Brandon why he refuses to rule out chrome helmets.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Eventually, the price point of Michigan season tix||
will bump up against craptastic home schedules, and the no-shows in the student section won't be the only thing Mr. Never Say Never to Chrome Helmets has to worry about.
|2 days 3 hours ago||But we'll have really cool chrome helmets||
so it's all good.
|2 days 5 hours ago||delapidated mansions in Gross Point where big 3 auto execs used||
I grew up in Grosse Pointe, and up until 2005 I made frequent trips back there. You have no fucking idea what in the hell you're talking about, much less how to spell it correctly.
|2 days 7 hours ago||"I would never say never."||
So what's more of an abomination— a chrome helmet, or a costumed mascot?
To me, it's not even a question. A chrome helmet would be far, far worse.
|2 days 8 hours ago||They just compared Brady's voice to Matt Foley||
there is an uncanny resemblance, voice-wise.
Hoke's comments about ND pretty much took the air out of any remaining controversy about the chicken thing. The Domers will have to work real hard to keep it as bulletin board material over the summer.
|3 days 4 hours ago||if those are actually UM fans||
C'mon, it's a guarantee that whenever a high-profile recruit chooses another school over UM that at least one jackass on MGoBlog flames the kid, and MLive is radioactive. A portion of every fanbase is subhuman; we just hope/assume that our subhuman portion is smaller than other schools. It's still there, though, lurking.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Just make sure that if you scratch your balls with your Hand||
you don't have Peppers on it.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Rutgers?||
Seeing Peppers end up at Alabama or LSU or Stanford would be disappointing enough, but if he chose Rutgers over Michigan the meltdown around here would be entertaining as hell, in a masochistic sort of way.
|3 days 5 hours ago||I cannot fathom what will happen if he chooses to go elsewhere||
Unfortunately there will be a certain portion of the Michigan fanbase that will abuse him on the twitters if that happens. Just look at the abuse that Wiggins has been subjected to after committing to Kansas.
|3 days 5 hours ago||No doubt that Saban and Miles||
will pull out all the stops to get him down south. Even though the signs seem to point to Michigan right now, nothing would surprise me. I've been watching recruiting too long to assume anything.
|3 days 20 hours ago||College ain't for everybody||
The problem is that he thinks he'll be able to make a living as a rapper. He'd be better off ditching that adolescent fantasy and learning a trade like plumbing or electrical, but that ain't glamorous.
|3 days 20 hours ago||UM will be back with Nike in 2 years.||
It's amazing that Adidas has managed to make Nike and all its dumbass uniforms look good.
|3 days 21 hours ago||We've got a summer of chest-beating & dick-measuring ahead of us||
on both sides. Should be really enlightening.
|3 days 21 hours ago||From Lapeer might describe themselves as being "from Detroit"||
I doubt whether you could find even ten people in Lapeer who would say that willingly.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Collective amnesia among some Michigan fans here||
or schizophrenia, or outright hypocrisy, take your pick.
A staple repeat discussion on MGoBlog concerns Michigan's home football schedule, with focus on MAC-ky cakes, UMass, and other unworthies that we've faced, and will face in the near future. When somebody like me says I want to schedule teams like Texas or Georgia or OK for home dates when we have ND on the road, inevitably there is a sizeable contingent of diehard Michigan fans who say that's crazy because it makes getting into a BCS game that much more difficult because our conference season is so difficult, what with the gauntlet of Illinois, MSU, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, PSU, and OSU. There's no heaping of scornful abuse on those with this view.
Yet when ND makes a scheduling decision for what appears to be the same exact reasoning—to make their schedule less difficult—all of a sudden they're chicken-hearted cowards. Their scheduling of Purdue and MSU is sneered at, even though those two teams have been part of our own allegedly tough conference scheduling forever. Rutgers and Maryland have been thoroughly derided here by everybody, yet the fact that they're now going to be yearly opponents of ours doesn't seem to enter into the one-sided view of how strong our schedule will be versus ND's, who will be facing Florida State, Va Tech, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Texas in upcoming seasons, in addition to their games with USC and Stanford.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I know that OL frequently look like big tubs of goo||
and no doubt Magnuson could rip me in two with his bare hands without breaking a sweat.
Regardless, that photo makes it look like he's never spent a minute in the weight room.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Nike had nothing to do with Leach's uni||
It didn't even become Nike until 1978, and even then only made shoes. Leach's unis were probably Champion or Russell or some other old-time manufacturer.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Those who stay aren't guaranteed a championship||
but they get a Michigan degree. Maybe he's sticking around and just not playing football any more...
|5 days 8 hours ago||"total fail on the part of the officials"||
I think that's the real explanation.
|5 days 9 hours ago||So you're wondering if a story about a prime UM recruit is OT||
yet you have posted no comment on the thread about the Nebraska OL transfer being arrested, which is clearly OT and should have been labeled as such, but wasn't.
|5 days 9 hours ago||This explanation makes no sense—watch the video||
Due to multiple light sources, Jabrill has two perceptible shadows, one ahead of him and one behind. However, the one ahead of him is far lighter than the one behind him, and it completely disappears by the time he gets close to the finish line, while the one behind him is still very evident. Unless the explanation has to do with finish line cameras that see things differently than is evident in the video, something's goofy here.
|5 days 17 hours ago||"We chased him out..."||
So you're asserting that the coaching staff told him to leave? What do you mean exactly?
|6 days 1 hour ago||Heard on local radio that there were some incidents at BSU||
but I haven't seen any confirming details anywhere.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Nothing says Mother's Day||
like Dad getting shitfaced
|6 days 8 hours ago||You're betraying your age||
none of these kids know what in hell we're talking about. Punks.
|1 week 8 hours ago||Bet this is much ado about nothing||
When kids start twittering, it's frequently a comedy of errors. When it comes to Peppers and Hand, I just hope it's all's well that ends well.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm going to cringe every time I see Fitz with the ball||
I have a hard time believing he's going to be healthy enough in the fall to get any real PT. Hope I'm wrong.
|1 week 1 day ago||loving baseball||
I like playing it more than watching it.
|1 week 1 day ago||for no known reason?||
They either found out their daddy took their credit cards, or they're pregnant.
|1 week 1 day ago||There should be enough degrees of separation there for you.||
Yep, there is for sure. Things happen in college football.
|1 week 1 day ago||I am so geeked about this defense on paper, esp. the DL||
Hope reality matches paper.
|1 week 1 day ago||Soccer should never be used as a format for anything||
having to do with college football. Mixing the two is like drinking good single-malt Scotch with a Diet Mountain Dew chaser, and soccer ain't the Scotch.
|1 week 1 day ago||watch some youtube clips and you will have the same validity||
Uhhh, no, I wouldn't. Nor would a lot of fans.
I don't regard Magnus's opinions as the sole gospel about any player, any more than I'd regard Sam Webb as the only arbiter of truth, but both guys know a lot more about various aspects of football and recruiting than I do. On occasion I disagree with some of Magnus's conclusions, but so what? Without differences of opinion, MGoBlog would have no reason to exist, nor would most of the internet.
|1 week 1 day ago||Another UM-UCLA game that would be fun to watch||
1972 in Los Angeles... #12 Michigan throttles #6 UCLA 26-9.
The Bruins quarterback was Mark Harmon.
|1 week 1 day ago||My thoughts exactly||
He's obviously tremendously talented, but the whole "I want to be better than Woodson" stuff leaves me cold. The kid might have trouble fitting his head into a Michigan helmet after another year of people telling him how great he is.
|1 week 2 days ago||Wheatley Sr. was quite open to other options||
That may be, but I'd still be pretty surprised and a bit disappointed if Tyrone Jr. went to Bama (or wherever) instead of Michigan.
|1 week 2 days ago||I will be 61||
Easy there pal... I'm 60 now and still kicking. Just more slowly.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't believe that CW will ever truly apologize for taking $$||
Doing so would be tantamount to admitting that his own parents share part of the blame, and I bet that Webber isn't going to do that.
|1 week 2 days ago||Not only that, but Canham retired in 1988||
probably at the end of the academic year, so Bo wasn't even AD for the entire year of 1988. Then, in early March 1989, Bo fires Frieder, who was coach when Martin first gained access to the Michigan program. It was well-known at the time that Bo had no use for Frieder, so firing him must have been a satisfying decision for Schembechler. Bo was hardly in a good position to fire Fisher after Michigan won the NC in 1989, and then Bo leaves in early 1990 to join the Tigers. So in other words Bo probably didn't have even two full years on the job as AD. I don't think blame should be laid at his feet for this clusterfuck.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm surprised there's any eagerness to embrace Bullock||
IMHO what he did was more reprehensible than anything Webber did. Ed Martin had known Webber since he was in middle school and built his relationships with Webber's parents as much as with Chris, whereas Bullock did not know Martin prior to coming to UM. The fateful SUV rollover involving Cleaves was in February 1996, yet Bullock was taking money from Martin after that, even though there was no question it was illegal. Bullock couldn't blame it on being "just a kid in middle school."
|1 week 3 days ago||If he ended up choosing Penn State||
over Michigan, LSU, Ohio State, Stanford, Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, it would be the biggest recruiting upset in a long, long time.
|1 week 3 days ago||Uh oh||
prepare for some angry tweeting by David Shaw if this is true. If he can get a certain NFL head coach to slam Michigan's academic integrity again, that might change JP's mind.
|1 week 3 days ago||Unless he gets help, there are two things staring at him||
He'll be serving time in prison by the time he's 35, and he won't live beyond 60. The trajectory he's currently on is labeled "crash and burn."
|1 week 3 days ago||The "academic services director" makes $285K per year?||
What the hell does the "academic services director" do that's worth that kind of money?
|1 week 3 days ago||decided to play and act low class||
Just out of curiosity, what exactly are you referring to? Long shorts? Black socks? Trash talking? They were hardly the first basketball players in history to engage in trash-talking. Larry Bird was one of the all-time greats at talking shit on the court:
|1 week 3 days ago||Prediction||
If Webber actually follows through with writing a book, he will castigate UM, whine about his "mistreatment," will refuse to take responsibility for anything, and will blame everybody else.
If he does the opposite I will totally shocked.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yet the Dolphins are threatening to leave Miami||
since the Florida legislature refused their request for taxpayer assistance to build a new stadium. Maybe Ross should use more of his billions down there. He obviously won't see his lifestyle affected much.
|1 week 4 days ago||So much wasted potential, so many big opportunities missed||
He's already missed the OSU game in 2010, the ND UTL game in 2011, and the OSU game in 2012. Add to that missing ND and OSU again in 2013. It's almost criminal negligence on his part.
For his sake (and his parents) I hope he gets his stuff together and stays that way, regardless of whether he ever plays here again. Get that degree and you can salvage something.
|1 week 4 days ago||three?||
I've been on MGoBlog numerous times over the last 4 hours and have only seen this one.
|1 week 4 days ago||First rule of humor: be funny||
So you don't think it's funny that Domer icon/saint Rudy was convicted of securities fraud?
|1 week 4 days ago||Bo would probably like night games if he realized the advantages||
Uh, no. It's not like night games were never played in college football during his career; he just believed that they should start at noon on Saturdays and was adamant about that.
|1 week 4 days ago||not to mention that Fitz gives a girlish little wiggle||
before he jumps in the air. Dufus.
|1 week 5 days ago||"Your poor grasp of the language is unfortunate."||
Yeah, fucking up the language in a comment is so much more pathetic than killing a defenseless animal for fun. That guy's a loser. Ha ha.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nothing says you're a badass Michigan Man||
like beating a small animal to death solely for entertainment purposes.
|1 week 5 days ago||Any GM in that draft would be taking darko #2 overall||
Yep, no doubt— every other GM In the NBA would have picked Darko before Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade.
|1 week 5 days ago||With tattoos, it's an all out assault.||
Maybe that has to to with the seemingly limitless number of completely idiotic and/or horribly- executed tattoos. Your own might be smart and well-done, but you get lumped in with the bad ones.
No need to worry, though—I'm sure that a generation from now newborn babies will be getting tribal tats showing flaming daggers, jagged bloody claw marks, and misspelled inspirational sayings.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think we know now why he fell in the draft||
Figures that numbskull Rex Ryan would draft him. I doubt that even the Lions would be that stupid.
|1 week 6 days ago||On one hand, star University of Michigan players graduating||
On the other:
"Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS"
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||I (being faithful blue)||
What year did you graduate from UM?
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||One of the best ever broken field guys||
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Give me Jim Brown||
and I've got both.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||using all stats from the past 5 yrs to predict upcoming success||
LOL. If that's truly the case, then their predictions for Michigan are worthless.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||a pretty good track record at predicting...||
...assuming that there hasn't been a head coaching change in the last five years that's completely turned the program around from recruiting to assistant coaches to the teaching of fundamentals.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Predicting 10-2 is "flamebait?"||
I don't know what's more ridiculous—some MGoBlog commenters or this idiot commenting system.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Sure, we can easily go 5-7||
If Devin and Taylor go down with season-ending injuries in fall camp. If they stay healthy, 7-5 is the worst case scenario. And I'm the pessimist around here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||He called out the Michigan education||
Continuing the tradition of one Jim Harbaugh, it appears.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Texas isn't going anywhere it won't be king of the hill||
UT thinks its natural place is to be the dominant player in whatever conference it's in, which means it ain't going to the SEC or the B1G or PAC12. That attitude is a big part of why Nebraska, TA&M, and Missouri all left. If Texas leaves the Big 12, it will be to a new conference with the Longhorns as the big shit on the block and in control of most of the money.
The B1G needs Texas like it needs a cancerous tumor.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||seems like an arbitrary reason to not consider a school||
It may seem arbitrary to you, but it's not to the conference presidents, who are the ultimate decision makers on expansion. Nebraska only got booted after they joined the conference, and then only because a pissed-off Texas orchestrated Nebraska's ejection from the AAU. The only non-AAU school that has a ghost of a chance of joining the B1G is Notre Dame, and their admission would be tied to ramping up their research expenditures so that they could apply for admission to the AAU. Anybody who spends five seconds thinking about other non-AAU members joining the conference is wasting his time, but I guess that doesn't deter people from fantasizing about programs like Cincy joining.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ooooo I like this feature||
"Enticements could include "impact seats," which vibrate on a large hit..."
All the fans in these seats should be fitted with helmets that translate the force of the "large hit" directly to their cranium. That way they can really suffer right along with their gridiron heroes.
The next iteration will be full-body suits that transfer the sensation to the wearer of his favorite WR scoring with the slutty cheerleader after the game.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Dick Trickle||
My all-time favorite NASCAR driver name. Who doesn't want their name to sound like a male urological condition?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I think shoddy quality is enough to dump Adidas||
but I'm not convinced that Nike or UnderArmour are really going to be completely free of labor issues in their overseas factories themselves. It's really endemic to the apparel and shoe industry in general.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Dinardo want to divide a conference||
with a pronounced east-west geographic axis into a north-south arrangement.
I don't mind Dinardo as an analyst (I don't have high expectations), but that's just stupid.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||not a higher risk of injury.||
You're probably too young to know this, but the game of football at both the collegiate and professional level is a very different game from what it was 50 years ago, if you look at the nature of the contact, especially in tackling technique. If you watch this youtube of an old NFL championship game, you'll see a virtual absence of leading with the head, or attempted kill shots. Instead, it's stodgy-looking form tackling. When you couple the dramatic increase in size and strength over the last three decades with the far more violent nature of the contact, it would be unreasonable to assume that there has been no increase in head injuries.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I want to know what the incidence of brain injuries are in rugby||
No helmets and not much padding elsewhere.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I type my posts||
and then I open up a second-floor window and declaim them Shakespeare-style in a loud stentorian voice.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'm as filthy-minded as any guy||
but I just don't get the vagina in this logo. I keep trying, but I just can't see it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Who is getting paid to "name" and "design" this shit?||
Some marketing/branding/PR firm that's getting a big box of money for doing so.
To me it looks like a couple of parentheses enclosing some nonsensical bit of punctuation.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||hate Dave Brandon just because Brian hates Dave Brandon||
C'mon, you've got to get the lingo straight: Those of us who aren't big Dave Brandon fans are just Brian Cook fanbois.
Personally, I don't make a move without considering carefully what Brian would do. The main trouble I have is with David Foster Wallace, who Brian thinks is awesome. I've just read a little of Wallace, and I thought it was pretentious self-absorbed crap. There must be something wrong with me.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||So cut the regular season back to 11 games||
Supporting a 12-game schedule, conference expansion, and a conference playoff, and then complaining about the playoff's impact on the players seems a bit hypocritical to me.
Nobody in Brandon's position ever seems to explain how the football players at every level below D1A manage to play a more extensive playoff system than we're going to get now, and have for many years.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Getting Hand and Peppers would be amazing||
but I wouldn't bet the mortgage on it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||In the legal arena||
petulance is never your friend.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Wookies love to eat mud hens||
Particularly if they're still alive.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You gave up on them longer than I've been alive.||
There've been plenty of other NFL franchises who've been as crappy as the Lions at various times in their existence, but none of them have gone as long as the Lions have without even sniffing a league title. My annual skepticism about them isn't based on thin air.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||last 50 years, but that has nothing really to do with the future||
In 1988, plenty of Lions fans said, "Yes, they have been disappointing over the last 25 years, but that has nothing really to do with the future."
There's nothing wrong with being optimistic; the Steelers were a perennial sad-sack franchise under the Rooney family's ownership, but then Art Rooney Sr. took the advice of Don Shula and hired Chuck Noll (Shula's DC) to be head coach starting in 1969. Jim Schwartz has yet to show that he's of that caliber, but it took Noll six seasons to get the Steelers in their first Super Bowl so it's not a foregone conclusion that Schwartz can't get it done.
I stopped really caring about the Lions about 30 years ago not because it's a way to protect my psyche, but because consistent ineptitude isn't entertaining to me. Would you purchase expensive tickets to see a musician if his performances were consistently full of missing notes, playing off-key, and showing up drunk?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||15 years on futility and incompetent ownership?||
Try 50 years of futility and incompetent ownership. Ford assumed total control of the franchise prior to the 1964 season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Wilson and Ford: study in contrasts||
Both men were born into successful families, but the path they took couldn't have been more different. In the early 1960s, WCF was basically eased out of significant participation in FoMoCo's day-to-day operations by his brother (and Chairman of the Board for Ford) Henry Ford II, who understood that his alcoholic* brother should be kept as far away as possible from the true levers of power in the company. I read many years ago in one of the Detroit dailies that Henry essentially freed up the family dough to enable WCF to buy out all the other partners to assume sole ownership as a sop to Willie in exchange for pushing him out of meaningful power in Ford. I think WCF had the official title of Chairman of the Finance Committee or some such, but make no mistake: Henry Ford II ran that company, and there was no doubt who was making all of the important decisions.
Wilson, by contrast, took over his father's successful insurance company, but then expanded the business reach greatly, eventually going into manufacturing. While he certainly had an assist being born on second base, he then added to what his father had done. To a very real extent, he's a self-made man in a way that WCF would never be in a million years.
*One of the reasons that Ford kept incompetent Russ Thomas as the GM for so long was out of personal gratitude to Thomas, who helped Ford quit drinking.
Oddly, both WCF and Wilson have been lifelong residents of Grosse Pointe Shores.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||If the Lions had badly wanted Denard||
they had the opportunity to draft him at #132, and then gamble that Devin Taylor would be available five slots later at #137. Their decision to take Taylor at the earlier pick is an indication of what their priorities were.
Not being a Lions fan I don't regret at all that the Lions pass on drafting any Wolverine, but it's unfortunate for Denard that he ended up with one of the few franchises in the league that are actually worse than the Lions.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That could just means their team is probably gutted.||
But it still means that NFL teams thought it was worth gutting, so to speak. That's what I'm amazed by. And Illinois ties Penn State for second most with 4.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah I missed the post above—great for Kenny||
Nice to have an opportunity with one of the more competitive franchises at the moment.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||We'll be in the division with the strongest program||
Getting 7 guys drafted shows that Rutgers is the class of the conference.
/s but really, what the hell?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Really hope Demens at least gets a look from some team||
even if it's the Lions. As one of the 2008 recruits he endured some pretty dark days yet stayed the course.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think that GA is going to solve the situation||
and may make some things worse from a logistical standpoint. The only action that will cut down on the no-shows is to reduce the student section by at least 25%. It's obvious that supply is outstripping demand by a significant amount. It's bizarre to me that so many students would purchase tickets and then not attend, but then I'd bet the large majority of the no-shows aren't actually buying the tix—Mom & Dad are.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||I can't get over how unenthusiastic Denard looks||
He actually looks like "WTF the Jags."
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||I'll be a bit surprised if BWC or Demens aren't taken||
but I wouldn't be shocked, either. Not too many people thought that Geno Smith or Barkley would take as long to get chosen, so it's a crap shoot.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Denard certainly looked less than enthusiastic||
or his ears were really itchy.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||They stole Denard||
If the Lions seriously wanted Denard, they had the chance—there was only 5 picks difference between their 4th and 5th round picks. They wanted Devin Taylor more.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Lions going to draft Denard and had a plan and everything||
So the Lions had #132 and #137 and allegedly wanted Denard. They didn't want him bad enough, which is fine with me.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||This is smart for the Lions||
They can pick two more defensive linemen. You can never have too many, just like WRs.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Going to a crappy team but||
As bad as J'ville has been perhaps he'll get a real chance to see what he can do.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||some shitty team I hate like Atlanta||
Lions fans can only dream that Detroit would be as shitty as a team that just went 13-3.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||I wonder when was the last time||
that James Madison, William & Mary, and Valdosta State had players selected before Michigan did.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Either that or the Stillers or Patriots or Denver||
Any of those would be fantastic for Denard. I just don't want to see him (or any Wolverine) end up at some sad-sack franchise like the Lions or Jacksonville. Although I guess the advantage with the latter is that Denard's family could watch him play more easily.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Yep, you nailed me on Cherlius and BYU||
Cherlius signed with the Colts in March, which means taking Fluker would have been a strong move.
As for BYU, their independent schedule is a mix of teams like lesser programs like Weber St., Idaho, San Jose St., New Mexico St., Hawaii, and Utah St. mixed in with a handful of quality teams like ND, Oregon St, and Boise. It's hardly the kind of opposition that a program in the PAC 12 or the SEC faces.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||should have realized WAY sooner that he would never be an NFL QB||
I think it's understandable that a dream like playing QB is very hard to give up. Eric Crouch comes to mind. I doubt Denard will be picked until late in the draft, and it wouldn't surprise me at all to see him go undrafted.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||"not frail unlike his ex-teammate, Johnathan Banks."||
That "frail" teammate won the Jim Thorpe Award as that nation's best DB for the 2012 season.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||And like Polian said in that clip||
"who knows if he'll ever reach those heights..."
Ansah had very limited experience playing in a second-tier conference, and picking a guy like that at #5 is the classic Boom or Bust selection. To assert that it's not a huge gamble is silly.
As for Warford, he sounds like a decent prospect, but it'll be interesting to see how he turns out in comparison to DJ Fluker, who the Lions could have taken instead of Ansah. I know that Warford's a guard and Fluker's a tackle, but it's not like Gosder Cherlius has been a perennial All-Pro.
And I don't know why anybody who's followed the Lions wouldn't be skeptical of anything that front office does until it's proven capable of putting together a truly competitive team.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Blue cheese olives||
with an Absolut Peppar martini. Skol.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Lets stop the dog discrimination in America||
As any experienced dog owner can tell you, it's not the Huskies or the pit bulls or the Rotties you should be concerned about.
Stay the fuck away from Akitas.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Let's make a distinction here||
I have a wife, a daughter, a sister, and numerous female cousins who I love very much. I have a number of female friends and/or colleagues who I have a great amount of affection and respect for.
For that reason alone, my attitudes about rape boil down to this: castrate the motherfucker. Without painkillers. Yes, I know we don't do that, but that's my impulse. That's what laws and Constitutions are in place to protect against.
To equate the mere adoption of an athletic logo with active or tacit support of a rape culture is simply stupid and juvenile, and indicates a thoroughgoing misunderstanding of our cultural nuances. That's what you get with 20-something college students. I was an undergraduate in the early '70s, so I have a deep familiarity with earnest but comically naive jeremiads against popular culture.
But, subjecting her to mocking threats of rape and other kinds of abuse is equally stupid, and to the extent possible under the law, the idiots making those threats should be prosecuted.
Moral of this story: the internet is flypaper for morons.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||This woman is an idiot.||
You, sir, have boiled this kerfuffle down to its essential vapors.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I have never worked with anyone that works harder than Butch||
Are you a coach, or did you work with him in some other capacity?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Deja vu all over again for the Lions||
The Lions "brain trust" were wowed by their workouts with Ziggy at the Senior Bowl (or whatever it was) and that sealed the deal.
This excerpt is from "The Great Book of Detroit Sports Lists" by Mike Stone and Art Regner:
"3. Andre Ware, 1990, first round, seventh overall. Wayne Fontes was so wowed by this Heisman Trophy winner's pre-draft workout that he used his top pick in the draft to get him, even though the Lions already had a QB in Rodney Peete."
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||DL is the new WR for the Lions||
I feel sorry for Ansah.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Rich Rod did offer Hankins. Before OSU actually.||
Nope, you have it exactly wrong. Hankins performance at the camps revealed really terrible conditioning, and RR held off offering him until after OSU did. Eventually we did, but by then it was too late.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||This is the Vince Edwards I'm familiar with||
And I doubt he was an Aerosmith fan either:
|3 weeks 2 days ago||pothead of a wide receiver do the Lions fancy this year?||
I think there's a good chance that the big lumbering pothead they pick up will be another defensive lineman. DLs are the new WRs for the Lions.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"baby won't you do me like you done before."||
thanks, Wolv. Since I was born during the Eisenhower administration, I need occasional translation assistance.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I've wanted Mizzou in the conference for a long time||
I'm biased since both my parents and my sister went to Mizzou and my grandfather was for many years a physics professor there. I know Missouri isn't highly regarded academically, but they've been an AAU member since 1908, and geographically they're a more logical member of the Big Ten than they are the SEC.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"Just show me like you've been showing me."||
What in the freaking Hell does that mean.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I want that one back.||
MGrow, if we ever get the chance to meet, I'll buy you all the beer you can drink in exchange for off-the-record recruiting tales. Maybe that will make up for the .02.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Fanfare, this is exactly why I thought all the talk about Texas||
being a great choice to join the Big Ten was delusionally misguided. Bringing that wealthy and good-looking but ridiculously high-maintenance and nut-kickingly obnoxious sorority girl into the conference would be a decision that everybody would soon regret. It's too bad that Nebraska got screwed, but it just points out how cutthroat high academia can be.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It's more complicated than just getting your shit together||
Nebraska was at a disadvantage because it doesn't have an on-campus medical school; the University of Nebraska Medical Center is in Omaha. One of the prime criteria for AAU membership is the amount of research dollars an institution brings in, and it's a fact that university medical schools are major recipients of research dollars.
In addition, the AAU's policies meant that it refused to count Nebraska research that is funded by the US Dept. of Agriculture, which is a significant source of Nebraska's overall research funding. Why the AAU would dismiss funding from the USDA while allowing billions of dollars from the Department of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, and a whole host of other federal agencies is bizarre to me. I think Nebraska got screwed.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The combination of chicken and peaches||
I'd have to see some recipes.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||From the academic standpoint, a critical factor that||
so many people seem to completely dismiss in expansion, Kansas and Vanderbilt are at least plausible because both are members of the Association of American Universities. OK is not. Yes, Nebraska is not now a member, but they were when they were admitted, and their departure from the AAU stemmed from a dispute how research dollars were counted.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Booo||
I thought this was going to be about some new Carnival cruise ship sinking off the coast of Germany.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The attendance figures at Stanford are eye-opening||
Stanford Stadium is listed as having a capacity of only 50,000, yet in 7 home games in 2012—a season in which they went 12-2 with a Rose Bowl victory—they had exactly one capacity crowd, against USC. In the PAC-12 title game against UCLA, they drew 31K. Granted, they had just played UCLA the previous week, but still that's a pretty pathetic attendance for a title game.
In Stanford's defense, the student population is only 15K, whereas UM's undergrad student population is a bit under 28K.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||but is that impressive enough for you, Don?||
You people crack me up. Look at what I wrote—I used the term "consistently."
I've said on MGoBlog before more than once that Nik is going to have a really nice career here, but the hype he's gotten for what he's actually done in games is a little over the top. He's had some really good games like Florida, but he's also had a number of other games in which he was an absolute non-factor offensively. In the first loss at OSU, he had zero points 23 minutes. In the two losses to Wisconsin, he had 9 points total, going 1-9 from the three. In the two Final Four games he was 1-7 from the field in 37 minutes for a grand total of 3 points. Against Syracuse he was a big fat 0-5; luckily we had just enough from the rest of the team to make up for that.
None of this means he's a bad player, especially for being a true freshman, but neither does it prove—yet—that he's the second coming of Glen Rice.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It's hard for me to imagine anything more irrelevant||
than some kid shooting uncontested baskets in his driveway. Do it in a real game with bona fide athletes defending you, and do it consistently game in and game out, and I'll be impressed. This is a little bit sad.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||when you get older.||
If I get much older, I'll be dead since I'm 60.
I got news for you—it doesn't matter what you do when you're my age—young people either look right through you as if you aren't there, or they smile at you like you're their senile uncle.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||How nice that was.||
I wonder if the demographic changes in the student body have contributed to the problem of attendance, given the larger percentage of undergrads not only from out of state, but out of country. It would be an interesting thing to survey, although getting ahold of relevant data might be impossible.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||all the old people who don't make any noise.||
Personally, I think all fans should be fitted with shock collars that are calibrated to the amount of noise the wearer is making. 30 seconds of silence = a jolt to the neck. If the decrepit old bastards can't take it, give their tickets to people who are vocal.
One entertaining half-time activity would be to take an old geezer out of the stands and force him to try field goals. If he doesn't make it, an iPhone app lets the crowd give him a zap.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"just be grateful that most of them still go"||
Based on that view, I say reduce the student allotment by half, and require the lucky students who do get tickets to clean up the stadium after the game.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Going to GA may be a good practice in its own right||
but Brandon's fooling himself if he thinks that alone it will cure the no-show problem. The only thing that will cure the problem is to cut back the student section by 5,000 seats and make those available to non-students. Not only that, if student demand exceeds supply, I would make past attendance a prime criteria for receiving tickets. And any student whose ticket didn't scan by the time of kickoff to Michigan State or Ohio State will not get the chance to purchase tickets at student prices the following year.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm OK with it, but I just want to know||
how much the marketing/consulting firm was paid to come up with it. I hope it was in the millions.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Cold Day in Hell indeed||
You hit nail on head.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Brandon might have the necessary administrative chops||
and a flair for fundraising, but he has zero chance of ever being President of UM because he doesn't come from an academic background. The same goes for any other supposed non-academic candidate, including Lloyd Carr. It would be very surprising if the eventual choice doesn't have a PhD in some academic category.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Making them sit in row 98 is a victory for America||
+ eleventy thousand.
Not to mention it's also a valuable exercise in concentration and foot-eye coordination to try to climb 98 stairs while shitfaced.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting blog about space radiation and manned exploration||
I'm not remotely an expert in radiation or its effects on health so I have no clue whether the writer is accurate, but he seems to be sourcing his article on actual data and research.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The fact that these harebrained schemes are being touted at all||
is testament to the depressing truth that the prospect of man truly extending his permanent presence beyond earth is far more remote than many of us imagined in our youth. I grew up reading science fiction, and it's always been an article of faith within the genre that man would inevitably colonize the rest of the Solar System, and that as-yet-undiscovered technologies would enable us to become a truly interstellar species. Much of the stuff I read when I was a kid was premised on timelines of solar system colonization happening by the end of the 20th century, and "2001: A Space Odyssey" is a perfect movie presentation of this optimism.
Given where we're at in terms of solving the huge engineering and technological hurdles that Space Coyote and others here have mentioned, I think we're at least a century away from achieving what Kubrick and Arthur Clarke envisioned.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Sure, lists like these are just stupid click bait||
but immersing myself in them gives the fleeting impression that football isn't that far off.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Why in creation would any major institution grant a conference||
rights to their media presence if they leave that conference? That's nuts.
That's like signing a legal agreement with your wife that if you divorce her, she still gets half your income.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"And why is he sending me money in birthday cards?"||
"Shhhhh, Seventh, be quiet and give me the cash. And then send him a text that your price has gone up. Momma needs a new car and a vacation cruise."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The pressure on him to get paid as soon as possible||
will be enormous, and the parasites who'd like to get attached to him are undoubtedly already licking their chops and counting their money.
Deadspin hit it right on the head, referring to "his eventual one-year Kentucky career."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Personality-wise,||
Les is the anti-Hoke. Or to put it in old-school comic book terms, Miles is Bizarro Hoke.
The UM blue-blood establishment is wayyyy too full of itself to put up with Les Miles unchained, since he doesn't give a shit about projecting the aura of unrelenting pastor-like moral rectitude that's expected of any Michigan coach.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I follow Michigan players primarily||
which means I don't want any of them to end up with the Lions, or with any of the other sad-sack franchises. It would be just like the Lions to draft head cases like Mathieu or Teo.
|4 weeks 33 min ago||They might look sharp when viewed on your laptop||
but the graphic is too complex with details that are way too small to have much impact when seen from up in the stands. The plastic holders with the "UCONN" right in front also interfere with the graphic.
Another Arena League-inspired effort. The previous "C" logo wasn't exciting, but this ain't an improvement.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||both Hand and Peppers seem to be very serious about academics||
Whether we're talking about hockey, football, or basketball, most talk about academics is eyewash. I've heard that assertion plenty over the last decade, and most often the kid ends up at a school that isn't even in the same universe as UM from an overall academic perspective. Remember Myron Rolle? He put UM recruiting geeks into a state of euphoria with his stated desire to go to medical school; after all, how could any kid who wants to become a doctor turn down UM? Lots of people thought he was a slam dunk to be a Wolverine.
He went to Florida State and ended up a Rhodes Scholar.
I'm not disputing that Hand and Peppers have said academics are important to them, but saying that doesn't necessarily lead to choosing Michigan. Unless they are extremely unusual kids, their primary goal is to play in the NFL first, and they'll base their choice on which school they think will best help them reach that goal.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||said something suggesting Hand likes anyone but Michigan.||
That's hardly a new phenomenon around here. At any given time there's a healthy percentage of MGoBloggers who will instantly downvote any comment that doesn't say Michigan is the bestest most awesomest and purtiest school in the history of college athletics and that all elite players have UM as their first choice. It's like being in middle school, but unless Brian & Co. make some fundamental changes to this ridiculous comment rating system, nothing will change.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Indiana, Maryland and Rutgers. Yay?||
Michigan fans who are going to religiously genuflect in front of the statue of St. Bo need to keep in mind that the Big Ten during his first glorious decade was completely craptastic. Ever hear of the "Big 2 and Little 8?" If you criticize the quality of opposition, keep in mind that you're criticizing the thing that helped make Bo a legend.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||"Obviously we got some acceptance [with Legends and Leaders],"||
Sure, just like some weirdos get a perverse enjoyment out of hemorrhoids.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||This is why I love MGoBlog||
Somebody posts a random OT about something interesting, and like clockwork one after another regular chimes in with informed, authoritative commentary about something I didn't know anything about before. I pick up a bit about naval engineering and Norway's dangerous coastline, in addition to information about zone blocking and the difference between 3-tech and 5-tech. I should figure out a way to make this tax--deductible as an educational expense.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.||
I think it's damn great.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Beware of fakes||
I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a real Russian-language site and a fake one. My Cyrillic-reading skills are a little rusty, as in non-existent.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Appears this guy has completely confused FBI and Boston PD.||
I think it appears you've been watching too many "24" reruns or Superman movies. Catching criminals isn't instantaneous in the real world.
Besides, once the idiots were ID'd in the surveillance videos and the photos were distributed by the LE authorities, they caught up with them pretty damn quickly. Unfortunately, they seem to have been determined to take as many people out as possible with them.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||As a sign of the times, the at-large guy has a FB page||
Any MGoBloggers know Russian/Cyrillic?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Whoever is chosen to replace her||
his or her #1 job—unofficially—is raising gigantic boatloads of cash. MSC was very good at that, and she's leaving behind some expensive Pradas to fill.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||BUT almost every apartment has 6-7 bedrooms?||
Well, how else are you going to have all the group sex and wild orgies that grad students at UM are renowned for?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||If you look at photos of the kids and young men during WWII||
it's startling how few of them are in what we would today regard as top-level physical condition. Very few of them look like they've ever lifted weights, their upper bodies and arms are pretty slender, and few of them look like they'd be ready to compete for high school football teams of today. Crisler's regimen seems to fit that era perfectly.
Having said that, they were plenty fit enough to fight and win a world war fought all over the globe against two fanatical and well-armed adversaries.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Ha ha Fritz what a dope||
Everybody knows that alcohol isn't a stimulant.
I love the part about diving headlong with your arms stretched out taking the full brunt of the impact on your chest, and then being advised to find some grass or sand first. That would suck on pavement.
And how in God's name does a cold shower after situps improve your conditioning?
Seriously, this stuff seems really quaint now, especially for a coach who was regarded as a true innovator.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||A study in contrasts||
Taylor Lewan: "The team, the team, the team."
Trouba, Merrill, Burke, Hardaway: "The money, the money, the money."
|4 weeks 4 days ago||"spring" has not been conducive to getting out and exercising.||
Yep, today's the first really nice day all spring. C'mon, Brian, time for a jog.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe it's just the hockey jersey||
but it looks to me like Brian's put on some weight. Married life must be good to him.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||"If Hollywood makes this movie, I'm getting a cut."||
If you include a scene involving tampons, you're golden.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||C'mon this has to be from The Onion||
I can't believe that Ol' Bug Eyes is coaching so soon.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||American Coney Island is the favorite||
of rheumy-eyed perverts, ne'er-do-wells, scoundrels, mountebanks, scalawags, cross-dressers, scrofulous catamites, and tubercular dogs. Lafayette is where real Americans and true Detroiters eat.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||"wind up with Peppers, Hand, McDowell, Harris, and Helm..."||
you'll become a mulleted clown-faced freak who will eventually kill himself in a steroidal rage? That seems like an extreme reaction to me.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||"Ohio fans forgive him for getting them all excited for nothing"||
The medical term for that condition is "Recruitus Interruptus."
|4 weeks 6 days ago||"he spent most games aside from the Spring Game in the bathroom"||
Translation: He masturbates to a photo of Jim Tressel during Ohio State football games.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||they would've played at Ford Field.||
Considering everything that I read here about how that 2008 spring game went, I think it's fortunate that so few people saw it. Unfortunately, it definitely presaged how that season was going to go.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The decision to have the game in Cinci||
Is Ohio Stadium under renovation?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I was wondering why you negged the spring game||
damn tiny phones with their tiny buttons.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Meh||
I think they missed an obvious thing by not putting the Maple Leafs and Wings logos on it. I know that it's a given, but having the advertiser's logo on it still sucks.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||This is like waiting for an incumbent President's announcement||
that he's running for re-election and pretending it's some sort of momentous statement. Who cares when Trey announces, and what he says? It's a done deal regardless.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||pretending there's a chance he might be back.||
I've got some bad news about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy too.
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||Godwin's Law is going to get a stern test||
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||Must be frustrating||
to write for The Onion these days.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||"I care about you guys a little bit, unlike Dave."||
Which is just one reason I love David Molk.
And Jack Miller is wayyyyy wise beyond his years. He will go far, whatever he does.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Post-gym workout martini||
Absolute Peppar with blue cheese olives.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||This would be a much bigger deal to me||
if he hadn't bolted to the NHL.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Winters was funny as hell on his own||
I've watched "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" a couple times and it's never gotten a single laugh out of me. "The Russians Are Coming" is hilarious, though.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Hell, they should just have Underground Printing supply 'em||
They'll be vastly cheaper, so if one rips it's no big deal.
Plus it would be great to see Devin in an orange no contact jersey with "Worst State Ever" on the front.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||have Taylor Lewan walk you home.||
It would be great entertainment (not to mention viral Youtube sensation) to see some fool try to mess with a female student that Taylor was escorting home.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Are you by any chance a Ref?||
Hardly; what I don't know about rules specifics in football would fill an encylopedia.
But this I do know: if that situation was exactly reversed and it was a Nebraska OL with a fistful of Frank Clark's jersey, the vast majority of Michigan fans would all be screaming—loudly—for a flag.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||That video is amazing||
Let's hope he can be as effective with 270 lb men bearing down on him with evil intent.