in town for free camps
|1 week 3 days ago||Another example -- Freddie||
Another example -- Freddie Mercury of Queen.
Very unique style ... but absent him, Queen is pretty much just another rock band.
|1 week 3 days ago||Edge||
I rather like Edge. His style is very minimalist, and he relies a *lot* on electronics to augment the sound. But he's anything but the flashy-for-the-sake-of-flash rock guitarist.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bono||
Bono can be a self-important prick at times ... but from a musical point of view he's a very good vocalist. Bono's voice is in many ways a fourth instrument to the band ... unlike a lot of bands where the vocalist is just a singer. Think of bands like The Doors, or Aerosmith, or The Who, or (some will not like this) Led Zeppelin where the vocalist provides a dimension to the music beyond merely being the singer.
I'm not all that much a U2 fan ... but I acknowledge talent where I see it.
|1 week 4 days ago||6'3" CB||
6'3" corner? That's fairly rare, isn't it?
I wonder if this is another case where Harbaugh is after the athlete ... the position to be played named later?
|1 week 5 days ago||Seriously ... at one point he||
Seriously ... at one point he does a backhand catch off the bounce, and he does it with ease.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||That's freakin'||
That's freakin' brilliant.
One -- it will help show a kid's natural athleticism, and
Two -- it will help show a kid's natural enthusiasm.
I can picture some QBs thinking, "WTF? This is stupid. I'll play along, but this is dumb." And their body language telegraphing their disinterest. Harbaugh sees it; their loss.
Other QBs thinking, "Sport ... competition ... I'll show what I can do!" And their body language telegraphing their being into it. Harbaught sees it; their gain.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||A QB spitting competitive||
A QB spitting competitive piss and vinegar ... music to Harbaugh's ears.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||HTTV on Kindle Fire||
This morning I purchased the digital version of HTTV and downloaded it to my Kindle Fire.
The digital version is just a PDF, full of photos, and displays beautifully on the Fire. So I'm not sure the benefit of getting a truly Kindle-ized copy when the PDF is perfectly usable.
I've worked my way to the section on the defensive ends. I'm looking forward to reading all the articles in it. What a perfect mid-June thing to have. In the doldrums of summer (expected temperature 110F here in Tucson today), I've got football related stuff to read and ponder on!
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||"Hungry Winners"||
So he's adopted a 2016 recruiting strategy of finding hungry winners irrespective of rating.
This is my sense as well. He's going after players with a chip on their shoulders and the character to channel the chip into competitive play.
Do we want 5-star studs? Of course. I think that day will come.
Do I trust Harbaugh? I have no reason not to. Harbaugh's track record speaks for itself. He didn't suddenly become stupid when he signed at Michigan. Harbaugh doesn't strike me as someone who scatter-shots things. He's executing against a plan he has in his mind. His plan is based on what's worked in the past.
I'd love Michigan to go 12-0 this season, but I don't expect that. What I hope for -- truly, truly hope for -- is a return to solid fundamental play ... few or no mistakes ... and the trend line is clearly pointing up.
I've been beat up on this blog before about that last comment. Some think "results trump trend," which is ultimately true, but not immediately true. The big-time recruits want first to see that the Michigan ship is righted and Harbaugh is once again working his mojo. If that happens, then the big-time recruits will want to be part of the renewed Michigan when it comes into full flower.
A 2015 where Michigan goes 11-1 through dumb luck -- winning despite themselves; a clown show that gets the lucky bounce -- impresses nobody. But a 2015 Michigan that goes, say, 9-3 by doing all the right things properly ... by convincingly beating those we should and playing hard and competitive against those who outmatch them ... will get people's attention.
Harbaugh is remaking the team in his image of hungry and competitive athletes. That's step one. Step two is to make 2015 be a season where it's clear the ship has turned. Then watch out ... the recruiting will be in line with the OSUs and Alabamas of the world.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That is epic! Love that last||
That is epic! Love that last cymbal crash. Well done. Well done.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||WJR for baseball and hockey,||
WJR for baseball and hockey, WPAG for Michigan football! :-)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Oh yeah? Bredeson and||
Bredeson and Swenson. :-)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||(No subject)||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Maximum Volume||
All of Jim Harbaugh's tweets can be looked at as Jim Harbaugh in a nutshell because that is what happens when you are constantly YOURSELF AT MAXIMUM VOLUME.
The image that popped into my mind when I read that was the classic Who poster:
If I were more creatively inclined, I might shamelessly steal the design and make a Harbaugh poster ... "Maximum Football."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ufer||
To this day -- and every day I breathe -- I will fondly recall crisp autumn days listening to Bob Ufer broadcast Michigan football.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||lots of overhead||
lots of overhead positions
Ding. Google for charts that map tuition costs against teaching position and administrative positions. Teaching = relatively flat; administrative = growing; tuition tracks with administrative. Institutional bureaucracies tend to bloat over time, given the money to do so.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's a little hard to read||
It's a little hard to read the date on that, but I think that's from August 1974.
I do remember those days ... but not that specific issue or cover story.
Treating heart disease has come a long way since then. My next door neighbor just had three stents put in arteries of his heart. Went in at 5:00am and was home that evening.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||This is in the ballpark of||
This is in the ballpark of what I was thinking ... competition within the players and positions, but obedience to the team goals as embodied by the coach.
In a non-football setting this can be an issue if there's not a good understanding of the common goal, and those who should be leaders have abdicated. I've seen this in my business career where feckless management has failed to express mission and objective, and that leaves the people working at cross-purposes. There's competition -- usually for the wrong goal (power or notice) -- and very little following except following oneself. That's a mess.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Football Instincts||
I get the impression that Harbaugh and his staff are looking for football players with skills
Agree ... my sense is they're tuned in to some X factor about football instincts, as you note.
I also think Harbaugh puts a premium on attitude. I don't mean brash or trash-talking ... I mean hungry.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting comparison||
Interesting comparison between two on the list:
3. Learn to follow.
On the surface the two might appear to conflict, but the more I think about it, the more I think they're compatible. But I've not yet figured out exactly how.
Something to noodle on tonight.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Dantonio - "He's the threat,||
Dantonio, to someone off camera: "He's the threat, right?
Harbaugh, thinking: "Like nothing you could imagine ..."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Little Gordy Bell||
I always liked Gordy Bell ...
He popped into my mind ... I found this picture ... I banged it in here!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting. Another||
Interesting. Another dual-threat QB in the mix.
I wonder what Harbaugh is thinking? If Luck 2.0 shows up, then grab him (obviously). But short of that, go for the best athlete at QB provided he can throw the ball?
It makes me wonder if the Colin Kaepernick experience at SF opened his eyes a bit at what a QB like that can do.
I can't wait for the fall.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Fond Memories ...||
Reading about Bill Freehan and the Tigers of that era brings back some very fond memories for me.
I just turned 9 years old when the Tigers won the world series in 1968.
That was a magical summer and autumn in the Detroit area (I lived in Redford at the time).
I always had an affinity for playing CF or RF because of Mickey Stanley and Al Kaline.
(Well, that and I could run really fast and chase down balls.)
Was there ever a better pinch hitter than "The Gator" Gates Brown?
Listening to Ernie Harwell on the little transitor radio on sultry summer nights.
(For you young-uns, back then most houses did *not* have A/C.)
The night the Tigers won the '68 series, I remember hearing the cars going up and down 7 Mile near where I lived, blaring their horns ... people screaming with joy.
"We're all behind our baseball team <insert trombone here> ... go get 'em, Tigers!"
|3 weeks 3 days ago||HARBAUGH!||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The Harbaugh era has already||
The Harbaugh era has already begun! :-)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||And the dude gets neg-banged||
And the dude gets neg-banged for making what was a joking comment. :-(
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Consider the broader context||
Consider the broader context ...
What we're seeing is the expected behavior of children when they realize they're not the center of the universe they thought they were.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Serious reply ...I am||
Serious reply ...
I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that reasoned, civil discourse on the internet is nearly impossible when anyone can participate**. The urge and ability to hide behind anonymous screen names and throw incendiary comments is too great.
The internet simply enables the behavior. The behavior itself is rooted in things far deeper.
This is where a discussion of civility and manners -- what constitutes agreed-to basic civility; how to instill that in young people; how to retrain people raised without it -- would be helpful. But again, we're on the internet and such a conversation would be nearly impossible.
For what it's worth, at my ripened age (55.5 years) I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that excursions into the fever swamps of the internet are simply not worth it. I am quite certain I will not, on my deathbed, look back on internet arguments with any sense of fulfillment.
In short -- there's more to life than winning an internet argument.
But that's silly ... of course that's true ... because there's Meeeechigan Football!!
** EDIT -- the opposite is a forum where membership is tightly controlled. But those tend to become meeting rooms for like-minded people where affirmation and reinforcment is the goal, rather than discussion and debate.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||From your post earlier re:||
From your post earlier re: Robinson -- "and he also doesn't throw the greatest ball"
The "elite passer who can run" thing I get ... that's kinda-sorta Colin Kaepernick ... sorta. But if the equation is flipped -- reasonable passer but great runner (another Robinson who wore #16), is that a Harbaugh choice?
As you cited earlier, Robinson is a sophomore, so there's that to take into account. There must be *something* Harbaugh sees.
*shrug* ... HARBAUGH! :-)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Serious question -- given||
Serious question -- given Harbaugh's offensive style preference, would he be interested in a dual-threat QB? Or is it a case of "get QB athleticism first, and we'll find a way to use it?"
|3 weeks 4 days ago||To this day I believe||
To this day I believe Secretariat's Belmont win was the single greatest sports event I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. I'm 55 years old ... I've seen a fair amount of things ... and yet time and again it's always Secretariat winning the Belmont that sits atop the list.
The race day atmosphere was electric. And when Secretariat pulled away in the last turn and just blew the field away, it was awesome. Still is just to think about it.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||There are few things as||
There are few things as elegant as a Thoroughbred in full gait. Congratulations to American Pharoah. Impressive race, impressive win.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||There was zero tactical||
There was zero tactical advantage of invading Russia at the time.
Oil. Germany needed it; Russia had it.
Barbarossa is viewed as a blunder only in retrospect. Late in 1941 many in the UK and the US thought it likely Russia would lose. The prospect of that -- remember, this would have been prior to US entry after Pearl Harbor -- would have been catastrophic to Britian.
Germany came very close to pulling it off. Very close.
But those are differences in opinion between you and me. We can't prove anything in the dim light of 74 years of history.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Logistics||
Logistics wins wars, and the Deuce and a Half was a primary instrument in the battle of logistics.
On land ... and on the sea the Liberty Ship. In the early years of the war the Germans were winning the battle of the Atlantic, sinking enormous amounts of merchant marine tonnage. US war material could never be transported in the Deuce and a Half without first being transported over the water.
I'm deep into William Manchester's epic "The Last Lion," a three-part biography of Winston Churchill. I'm in volume three right now, and it's June 1942 ... a year after the start of Operation Barbarossa ... and the beginning of the German spring offensives in the east.
Stalin was demanding a second front to take the pressure off the German offensives in the east. The Allies did not have the sea lift to successfully land sufficient troops in Europe at that time. They opted for a landing in west Africa to (a) establish a second front somewhere, and (b) put pressure on Rommel's rear, thus taking away the threat on the Suez and the oil fields of Iraq and Iran.
Those who think Operation Barbarossa was a clear strategic blunder from the very beginning are, I think, missing the larger picture. The invasion caught the Soviets completely off guard. The objective was never just Moscow. The objective was the agricultural capacity of the Ukraine and the oil fields of the Caucasus. Had Germany taken those objectives it could have starved the Russians of both food and oil.
Germany nearly achieved those objectives. In the early summer of 1942 it looked as if they would. Hence Stalin's increasingly strident calls for a second front.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Two questions --(1) Do you||
Two questions --
(1) Do you know this from personal experience? :-)
(2) Why? Does Tampa have a large military presence? (The two seem correlated. I know there was a bunch outside Fort Bragg in NC; similarly here in Tucson outside David Montham.)
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Detroit||
My father, who turned 18 in July of 1944, was in the army but never made it overseas.
Growing up in Detroit, he saw first-hand the tooling up of Detroit's war production.
He was fond of saying: "All a German spy had to do was stand on the street corner, count the tanks coming off the assembly line ... and defect."
Many have cited Detroit's 2.5 ton truck as what really won the war. That's an overstatement, of course ... but it is true an Army lives or dies based on its supply train. The US 2.5 ton truck was the workhorse for moving men and material.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The Longest Day||
For those interested in the topic, read The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan.
(The movie version is okay; the book version is simply outstanding.)
And for those really interested in the history of WWII, gird your loins and read William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It's long, it's dense, it has a billion footnotes ... but it is one of the best renderings of history from the perspective of someone who was there.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Delay||
Because the invasion of Russia will go down as quite possibly the the dumbest (lucky for us) decision in modern military history.
Germany had Russia on the ropes late in 1941. Germany might well have defeated Russia that fall and changed the eventual course of history. Many in the UK and the USA thought that was the likely outcome.
Germany's fatal mistake was delaying Operation Barbarossa until June 22nd. It was originally scheduled to launch in early May. Had Germany not delayed, they very likely would have achieved their military objectives before the onset of winter.
Blame the Italians, who had botched their invasion of Greece, which brought Britian into Greece (itself a mistake, for it divided Britian's already meager resources in Egypt and eastern Africa, allowing Rommel to make his advances and threaten the Suez), which triggered Hitler's decision to delay Barbarossa until he'd secured his southern flank.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||And "Teddy Chainsaw Bear" as||
And "Teddy Chainsaw Bear" as well! :-)
|4 weeks 3 days ago||It's the offseason and I'll||
It's the offseason and I'll read just about anything on football ...
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Leach||
With a name like "Leach" ... all we then need is a running back named "Huckleby" and a fullback named "Davis" ... :-)
He'll have to change his name to "Riiiiickey" ... ala Ufer: "Riiiiickey Leach under center."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Or perhaps a virtual||
Or perhaps a virtual punt-returner.
Oooo ... "Cloud" kick returners! :-)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||He's a no bullshit guy ...||
He's a no bullshit guy ... tells it like it is, and does so consistently. I think that goes a long way in rebuilding credibility and trust. Good for him.
I wonder if Magnus or Space Coyote was in the room? I think Magnus is a coach, but I'm not sure where. Not sure if SC is an active coach.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I think that's excessively||
I think that's excessively harsh. He had his flaws, but he was a remarkable field strategist and tactician. In the early years of WWII it was the United States' strategy to pursue "Europe First," and allocate relatively little to the Pacific theater. Macarthur achieved a great deal with relatively little, and sought to fight battles without sacrificing men unnecessarily.
Patton might just as easily be called the most overrated, but I would not myself say that either. Each notable WWII general -- MacArthur, Patton, Bradley, Eisenhower, Marshall -- served in different ways. (Eisenhower was never a field commander, but his adroit handling of the politics of the alliance was masterful.)
In his time George McClellan might well have been the most overrated in all of American history. History casts a more harsh shadow on him now, but initially he was thought to be the savior of the Union cause. He proved anything but.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I happen to be plowing||
I happen to be plowing through William Manchester's biography of MacArthur.
A very good book ... I highly recommend it.
In WWII, Macarthur had a strained relationship with the Navy, which is why it was largely (not exclusively) Macarthur and the Army that went up the island chains in the western Pacific while the Navy and Marines in the east. By all accounts he was a brilliant strategist ... making the most of what little resources the Pacific theater received from Marshall.
Like all great men of that caliber, he had his flaws. His hubris served him well in WWII. It did not serve him so well in Korea.
If anyone's interested in Churchill, William Manchester's three-volume "The Last Lion" is simply brilliant biography.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||How can he afford to do||
How can he afford to do this?
I wondered the same.
Follow the links and he claims 100% of the proceeds go to the STEP Foundation charity. I'll take him at his word ... and therefore, good for him.
100 days running across the country necessarily involves expense ... he likely has a shadow / support vehicle with him as well as at least one other person. Hotels, food, gas ... it adds up.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||Money donated is used to||
Money donated is used to leverage the existing organization's infrastructure. Sometimes they need arms and legs, but more often they need money to fund the operations.
(I have spoken to leaders of community outreach charities ... they would never turn away interested volunteers ... but often more energy is spent directing the volunteers than is spent serving the needy. If you've ever tried to coordinate a group of new volunteers, you'll know what I'm getting at there.)
However, if an organization states they need volunteers, then volunteering is a very good way to become personally involved. The multiplier effect there comes from more people speaking passionately about the cause ... which stirs others to get involved and/or contribute.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||I think that's a false||
I think that's a false equivalency -- one job vs. a more widespread donation campaign.
A more apt equivalency would be -- foster creation of many jobs vs. a widespread donation campaign.
I realize "Victor Valient" cited "one job" ... but it was qualified against the $10K goal. Your point suggested an equivalency between one job and potentially much more than $10K.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||It's a good day when we||
It's a good day when we reveal our secret lusts for 50's and 60's screen actresses.
I had a thing for Carolyn Jones (Morticia Addams). The slinky black dress killed me.
And if you'll permit me to go back to the 40's ... Donna Reed in "It's a Wonderful Life."
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Drevno||
Drevno I didnt expect fireworks from since he has been in CA for ages and is not known as an ace recruiter.
For whatever reason, I find video of Drevno the most compelling to watch. He has a certain quiet intensity. Definitely not the slick salesguy, but maybe he's the guy that gets the less flashy but talented offensive line guys in.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I'm guessing no ... the last||
I'm guessing no ... the last episode ended with Betty going to class, and she told Henry "It's what I always wanted to do." So I think that's it for her character ... we won't see any more of her, or her illness, or her passing.
My guess is we won't see Sally either ... we saw the last of her in the last episode where she read her mother's final letter to her.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I suspect we won't see Pete||
I suspect we won't see Pete or Trudy in this episode. Just like we won't see Joan. Those characters' stories are wrapped. Tonight we will see resolution of Roger, Peggy and Don.
I like your idea of Don giving up his assumed name and going back to Dick Whitman. That would be a meaningful redemption of his struggle all series long.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||A-10||
That would be the A-10 Thunderbolt II, or "Warthog", attack aircraft.
Based right here in Tucson ... at Davis Montham Air Force Base. They're described as a "plane built around a gun." We see them in the skies over Tucson quite frequently.
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||I once stood behind Mike||
I once stood behind Mike Wallace in a New Orleans taxi line. Tiny man.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Tucson, AZ||
(That is the classic view from on top "A Mountain." The U of A is in the background there.)
|9 weeks 3 days ago||So I'm down in Atlanta for||
So I'm down in Atlanta for work, and I'm talking to a 'Bama football fan here about college football in general.
He says, "Man, I worry about Harbaugh up at Michigan ... if he gets his recruiting going they could really make it hard for us down here."
Oh, and yeah ... looking forward to the HTTV!! :-)
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I remember Colin Cowherd --||
I remember Colin Cowherd -- yeah, I know -- going on and on about how Manziel would be good because he's the same size as Russell Wilson. I recall screaming at my car radio "The difference is Wilson is smart, and Manziel is an idiot!"
Heaven help Mariotta if he goes to Cleveland. Buy body armor.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||If the OP had a user account||
If the OP had a user account created four days ago and had 101 points, I'd be really suspicious of this. But the account was created in 2009.
My guess is he (or she) put up the OP, saw the pushback, and decided to sit the rest out.
I don't know what to make of this whole thing. I'm not inclined to give to requests I don't have some knowledge of or connection to.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||"Where's the threat?" Umm ...||
"Where's the threat?"
Umm ... in Ann Arbor, Mark ... in Ann Arbor.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Very interesting Friday ...||
Very interesting Friday ... can't wait to see how all this plays out.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||His signature line --||
His signature line -- "Sincerely yours in football" -- is a middle-finger salute to those who take exception to his comments about football being a last bastion of toughness for men.
There's an ocean of people who love football, love what it is and stands for, and agrees with Harbaugh about the role football can play in a young man's development.
This is Harbaugh telling the PC crowd: "I make my stand right here."
I love it.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Wrestling, boxing ... those||
Wrestling, boxing ... those are individual sports. Tough, yes; but the teamwork component is not there as much* as football.
Of all the mainline sports, hockey might approach football in terms of physicality and teamwork requirements.
Rowing is a sport that is *all* about coordinated teamwork. It requires a great deal of physical endurance. But to my knowledge they do not require protective gear. ;-)
* I understand wrestling is a team sport in terms of scoring.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||This reminds me of a debate I||
This reminds me of a debate I had with my cousin many years ago.
If mental toughness is the key attribute of competitive endeavor, does that mean chess players are athletes?
When compared to, say, football, the argument seems silly. But compare it to golf. Golf is in large measure (not exclusively) a mental game. Who's the better athlete, a championship chess player or a championship golfer?
Things get really interesting when one brings technology into the question. Computers can play chess better than most humans. I'd be willing to bet the technology is there to make a robot swing a golf club with more precision than a human. (Getting a robot into position in a tough bunker shot is another matter, though presumably if the robot is really good they wouldn't be in the bunker in the first place.)
Which is why I come back to football.
Football is gloriously rough, physical, yet almost poetic. NFL Films did the right thing by slowing down the action and putting classical music under the scene. It's just a beautiful thing to watch a well-executed football play.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Agree ... though to||
Agree ... though to pick-the-nit a little, anyone who was inclined to not like football would quit long before doing four years of it. So those who survive four years are those by definition who wanted to do it.
Nit thoroughly picked.
In a similar way, I've yet to meet a Marine who regretting choosing the Marines for their military service. Further, of the Marines I've met in the business world, all are outstanding at what they do. The lessons learned as a Marine carry over.
It's the same with football. I think football is unique among sports in that it's so thoroughly a team sport. One great talent on an otherwise poor football team won't carry the whole team like a great baseball pitcher can, or a great basketball player. A phenomenal QB requires a lot of supporting players to excel; the supporting players require a teamwork-oriented QB for their efforts to pay off. Layer on that the extreme physical nature of football, and it becomes a sport and an endeavor unique among sports.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||There's another thread about||
There's another thread about Maurice Hurst and his visit to a patient at Mott's. It's a wonderful story ... and it speaks volumes about Hurst's character.
I don't know for certain, but I'd guess football is a part of what shaped Hurst into the kind of young man he is. Football provides structure that allows young men to play out their natural aggressive and competitive natures. Properly run, it provides young men the opportunity to understand the role athletic aggression plays separate from young adult life off the field.
Not everyone has the talent and ability to play football at the college level. But being a fan of the game can provide other young men the opportunity to experience the focus on teamwork and camraderie by proxy.
Finally, football is an incredible game ... the closer one looks, the more one sees the intense individual competitions, which pair up with position teamwork, with matches up with overall teamwork. It is a game with moments of action with delays between ... and the potential for incredible drama as a competitive game unfolds and the clock ticks down.
I love college football. It is one of my few true passions in life.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Alison is within an inch of||
Alison is within an inch of becoming a meme here.
And that's a good thing. ;-)
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I laughed out loud at that||
I laughed out loud at that scene -- "It's a bingo! Is that how you say it, 'it's a bingo?"
"Ya just say 'bingo.'"
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Okay, I'll respond to the OP||
Okay, I'll respond to the OP ...
I don't know if there's any way to quantify what a "fan" is ... most likely not.
"Fans" fall on a spectrum of enthusiasm and commitment, from casual to ardent.
Some programs have a deep base of ardent fans. I'm thinking Nebraska here.
Other programs have a less deep base, and the attendance in the seats or enthusiasm is more a function of how the team is doing lately. I'm thinking Northwestern.
With respect to the AD's job being "sustaining the enterprise" ... that's a somewhat complex formula involving time, past success, recent failure, and competition for the fans' attention.
I would consider myself a fan of Michigan football at the above-average level of intensity. Still, my patience was sorely tested in 2014 as I saw Michigan not merely lose games, but lose games while appearing uncompetitive. I still followed every game -- TV, radio, or live-streaming -- but I was plumbing the bottom of my fan tank for some of those games.
Does this make me some "fractional fan?" Maybe. Truth is, it's not something I think about too much. I think about Michigan football and I hope for signs of a return to a team that plays every game smart and hard.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry ... I had to do it.||
Sorry ... I had to do it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I'd bet heavily on the eye||
I'd bet heavily on the eye roll.
That was my thought as well ... and I can fully appreciate Harbaugh's response to that.
If a young players is going to act like they know what's best, then they damn well better play like they are the best. One mistake and they deserve all the retribution that comes to them.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||"That Look"||
"I'm just telling you the right way to do it. If you want to look at me like with that look, then go (expletive) somewhere else."
Wow. I wonder what the "look" was -- angry look, or worse ... a dismissive eye-roll look?
Either way ... not smart.
Speculation starts now on what (expletive) was. :-)
|10 weeks 6 days ago||College football is the||
College football is the greatest sport of all ... and these figures show that fan enthusiasm knows no season. I can't wait for the fall!
|11 weeks 3 days ago||If true, then (a) a||
If true, then (a) a disappointment, and (b) I don't really understand the administration's thinking on this.
Re: (a) -- the UTL games have been great for Michigan's image. People still talk about the UTL where Michigan beat ND on that last play. Night games make for great TV, and the vast majority of the audience for college football is TV.
Re: (b) -- the stock answer is probably "safety concerns" but I'm not sure I buy that. Somewhere deep in their thinking is cost. It's always, ultimately, about cost.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||From what I understand, the||
From what I understand, the concussions are mostly from rapid deceleration of the head. The brain continues to move inside the skull. Brain meets bone.
Would soft padding on the outside of the helmets eliminate the rapid deceleration of the head and thus reduce the movement of the brain? Maybe? I think it depends on the padding. I would imagine someone has looked at this. I don't know the results.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||The theory is the extra||
The theory is the extra protection gives players a false perception of safety. Reduce the padding and armor and the athletes play with a degree less intensity and a degree more caution.
This only succeeds if there are corresponding rules changes. We can't just take helmets away and play the same game as today. Certainly not with the athletes we have today, who are so much bigger and faster than in the old days of no helmets or leather helmets. Certainly not with the incentives to win and get to the NFL we have today.
The rules will need to change to reduce or eliminate a great deal of the contact.
The end result will be something resembling touch or flag football. Some contact, but not the kind of contact we see today.
I'm not arguing against player safety. I'm simply saying if player safety is truly the objective, then do what's necessary to achieve that objective.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||It's called flag football.||
It's called flag football.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I'm happy he's coming to||
I'm happy he's coming to Michigan, but I feel kinda sorry for him ...
... you see, Michigan will not need to punt the ball once this entire season!
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Agree! I'd never heard that||
Agree! I'd never heard that before. I listened to it on YouTube. It's raw ... and very, very good.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||That was a great podcast.||
That was a great podcast. Thanks!
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Numbers||
I can imagine this conversation:
Player: "Coach, I think I've earned the right to wear #77."
Harbaugh: "What difference does a number make? Will it make you play better?"
Player: "Well, some great Michigan offensive linemen have worn #77."
Harbaugh: "Are you those players?"
Player: "Well, no."
Harbaugh: "I ask again ... what difference does a number make? Are you the kind of player that needs a certain number to play your own personal best?"
Harbaugh: "Is there anything else?"
Player: "No, coach. No.
My point -- I have a hard time believing Harbaugh gives a rat's ass about who wears what number. I doubt he cares one bit about the #1 or #2 or #77. The only thing he seems to care about is each player do their very best, and to be improving every day.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Microwaved tofu dogs ...||
Microwaved tofu dogs ...
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Participation rates||
My understanding -- I could be mistaken -- is the law has been interpreted as meaning the male/female participation rate must mirror the male/female ratio of the student population. Hence some schools with a higher percentage female population dropping some male sports as a way to align the participation rate with the population. Alternative is to encourage greater female participation, but if the interest doesn't materialize then dropping male participation makes the math work.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Seriously. I like steak, but||
Seriously. I like steak, but I can tuck into a plate of pasta and be very happy.
From my childhood (1960's) list of most-hated things: frozen asparagus (now love fresh grilled), glazed carrots, those awful pickled beets, and frozen okra.
If there's a difference between frozen okra and boogers, I can't see it.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||If we can have only one||
If we can have only one dominant position group, I'd pick the D-line.
But yeah, better to have more than just one ...
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Ball hawks ... preferably||
Ball hawks ... preferably while the ball is still in the backfield. :-)
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I met my wife in May of||
I met my wife in May of 1990.
I married her on April 3rd of 1992.
That was 23 years ago today, and she's still my wonderful girl.
(I watched Michigan play in the final four game the day after our wedding, and on Monday I watched Michigan play for the championship from the hotel room in Hawaii where we had our honeymoon. I have my priorities.)
|13 weeks 1 day ago||>> Interior DL I doubt the||
>> Interior DL
I doubt the Spring game will show us much, but this is what's on my mind.
I remember a day when Michigan's DL could be a disruptive force. But it's been a while.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I did treasure the quiet buzz||
I did treasure the quiet buzz of anticipation 45 minutes before the game ...
Ah ... I remember that well. It's been over two decades since I've been in the stadium, but I do recall getting there early, and feeling the energy build as kickoff approached.
I do not like loud piped in music. Diamondback Stadium in Phoenix has that for baseball and it was loud to the point of painful. That was four years ago and I've not been back since.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Drevno sure has the||
Drevno sure has the coach-speak down pat.
That said ... I love this guy. He strikes me as the perfect complement to Harbaugh. It would not surprise me to read that Harbaugh doesn't need to give much direction to Drevno at all ... Harbaugh thinks it and Drevno does it.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||September can't come soon||
September can't come soon enough ...
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Agree...||
... I checked around and the 'official' sites seem excessively high.
I was considering going to the game (from Tucson) ... but not for those prices.
Maybe as the date draws closer and some decent Southwest fares come up ... then maybe.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I love ice cream sandwiches!||
I love ice cream sandwiches!
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I think Villanova would like||
I think Villanova would like to be part of that conversation as well. ;-)
That Villanova v. Georgetown national championship game in 1985 was one of the most stunning things I'd ever seen. David vs. Goliath ... nobody expected Villanova to hang with Georgetown.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||My question in return: "How||
My question in return: "How much money does the top talent at ESPN make?"
One site I found lists Cowherd's annual salary at $2M.
Now I ask ... is that "too much?"
My answer: "No ... not if the numbers show that he brings in revenue to support that salary."
Ditto college football coaches.
Kirk Ferentz is the outlier here.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||From the article, making||
From the article, making reference to Harbaugh's first year at Stanford: "No one was given the luxury to hide, and over-achievers were singled out on every level -- until, eventually, his roster was filled with them"
"No one was given the luxury to hide ..."
That makes for a brutally transparent environment ... but I'm sure that's what it takes to win at this level of collegiate football. So good for Harbaugh.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Plus, 1969 was quite a||
Plus, 1969 was quite a different era from 2015 ... there was a prevailing sense of "Do your own thing, man ..." in the air. It was a time of of anti-establishment, anti-discipline ... and Bo's approach would have seemed out of place to some.
But ... those who stayed were champions.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||1-Holy||
|13 weeks 6 days ago||My Big 10 bones call me to||
My Big 10 bones call me to root for MSU.
Can't not like the Gonzaga story ... plus, they look pretty good ... not just lucky.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'm a minimalist ... a small||
I'm a minimalist ... a small maize circle, 3/8" or 1/2". Just a maize circle.
More than the design, what I'm curious about is the criteria for getting a sticker. I hope they are somewhat rare, and I hope anyone with enough stickers to really notice them is a true bad-ass.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'll take more of that 1950||
I'll take more of that 1950 Blue team, please!
|14 weeks 1 day ago||My introduction was Denny||
My introduction was Denny Franklin in 1973. Leach, Lytle and Bell cemented the deal. I've been a rabid Meeeeechigan fan since.
I can still recite the starting defense from 1976. :-)
|14 weeks 4 days ago||On the winners in a||
On the winners in a competition having to do the extra PT:
"And then we watched the defense run, and at the end when we broke we were like, 'That didn't feel good standing there watching,' " Darboh said. "You kind of feel guilty. You lost, and we're just standing there. The next practice we made sure we came out and won."
Harbaugh is like some mad scientist Dr. Phil out there ... he's using double top-secret reverse psychology ... and it works!
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Wow ... 9 replies deep and no||
Wow ... 9 replies deep and no mention of the fact B/R was part of this!
It's a new era. :-)
|14 weeks 4 days ago||How about yellow jackhammers!||
How about yellow jackhammers! :-)
On a more serious note ... I'd love to see a mock-up of small, plain maize footballs. No bigger than 1/2". Put about 30 to represent a standout player and see what that looks like.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||The Highlanders ...Somewhere||
The Highlanders ...
Somewhere in the deep recesses of my old and tired brain flashed a memory of my high-school days in Howell.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I love this photo!||
I love this photo!
|14 weeks 6 days ago||The NFL is to Michigan like||
The NFL is to Michigan like Mt. Brighton is to Mt. Everest.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||+1 for the classic Monty||
+1 for the classic Monty Python reference!!
Brought to you by: Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm. :-)
|15 weeks 1 day ago||In my case it would be Bennie||
In my case it would be Bennie Oosterbaan ... and no, I really don't have much of a sense for what he meant during his time as coach. I know about him. That's all.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||It's great that Harbaugh is||
It's great that Harbaugh is all in with Michgan athletics overall. That's great stuff.
I look at this picture and I think -- "Those student athletes weren't even born when Harbaugh played there (1984), and not even born when Bo last coached there (1989)."
To me -- a card-carrying old fart -- I remember those days. But to a younger person I wonder what goes through their mind. Yeah, "Harbaugh!" ... but I suspect Harbaugh's stature is more from the 49ers (at this point) than his 1980's playing days. And what about Bo? Do young people today** have a sense for the prominence of Bo during his tenure as coach? Or is he just a guy who has a building named after him?
** WD, you don't count ... you're a freak of nature when it comes to Michigan history.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Broke my collar bone falling||
Broke my collar bone falling off my bike in college.
Broke the same damn collar bone playing softball a few years later.
We were playing softball in a farm field full of ruts and furrows. I was playing CF ... running full speed to catch a fly ball ... dove for it ... landed on the ground and started to slide ... only to have my shoulder drop into a rut. I didn't slide any further. Snap.
Collar bone breaks are a bitch because (a) they hurt, (b) they can't be set very easily, and (c) it's impossible to reach down to tie the shoes. Impossible.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Yet another data point that||
Yet another data point that indicates Harbaugh isn't playing patty-cake here ... he's freakin' all in with respect to football, academics and the students' lives. What I read above is great ... Baxter sounds like a positive, enthusiastic man with a lot to teach young people.
Hell, I wish I had someone like him in my life back when I was 18 years old.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I'm surprised this isn't the||
I'm surprised this isn't the norm already.
Reading that article, I'm left wondering what the heck was going on last year on special teams. Baxter seems to imply he's having to throw away everything from before and rebuild from the ground up.
Thought exercise -- if you could wave a magic wand and have Michigan specials teams be good overall, but awesome in one phase ... what would that one awesome phase be?
(It's a question designed to get at what might be considered the most critical component of special teams play within the overall special teams.)
I'm thinking defending when Michigan kicks off or punts. But I'm torn ... because nothing is as demoralizing for another team as taking a punt or kickoff back for a TD ... so maybe blocking on Michigan returns.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, okay. My question is||
Yeah, okay. My question is kinda serious. I've seen that in various football practice videos over the years and I can't see what value it provides. It must have some coaching / training purpose. Just something to acclimate WR and RB to running into and through resistance?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Ah ... but the video also||
Ah ... but the video also showed Harbaugh coaching up Morris, but not Speight or Malzone. So if we operate on the inverse coaching formula, it's Speight/Malzone, then Morris! :-)
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Can someone tell me what that||
Can someone tell me what that contraption is at the 1:39 mark in the video? It's the plastic arm thingy that receivers and running backs run through. I'm not sure what the point of that thing is. Anyone know?
Edit: Section 12R embedded a picture of it above.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||+1 ... and if memory serves,||
+1 ... and if memory serves, he's wearing black socks and shorts.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Whose rule is it? The||
Whose rule is it? The NCAA's?
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I think it seems less foolish||
I think it seems less foolish when it's in the context of EMU getting to play some relatively equal competition in maybe their only chance to play in a tournament environment.
I understand that argument ... it's along the lines of what WD was suggesting about expanding NIT to include pretty much everyone not invited to the NCAA.
But more to the point ... if EMU (as an example) can't seem to ever do better than 10-20 for the season, then they're in a conference that's above their abilities. The division split idea you brought up comes into play.
What I can't align with -- and you're not saying this, but there's a thin implication of this bubbling around -- is the idea of every team, regardless of season outcome, playing in some tournament somewhere. That doesn't make any sense to me. The CBI as yet another tournament after NCAA and NIT seems to fall into that camp in my mind.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I think you can't decline||
I think you can't decline NCAA bids anymore.
I can see the argument that nobody in their right mind would decine an NCAA bid.
Are you saying teams are bound by conference agreements to go if they receive a bid? That I can see ... and it's related to being in a right mind category.
I had never heard of the CBI prior to some of the discussions on this board. NIT, yeah ... but not the CBI. Frankly, I think the idea of a tournament beyond NCAA and NIT to be foolish. But there's always someone who thinks they can make such a thing fly. More often than not, they don't.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||The CBI is -- what? -- third||
The CBI is -- what? -- third in order ... behind NCAA and NIT?
That's a long way from the spotlight.
Heck, the NIT is essentially a consolation tournament. Given the choice of NCAA or NIT, nobody chooses NIT. But if no NCAA, then teams settle for NIT.
CBI is a further step down. If the college senior is really good, then the CBI is an insult. If the college senior has no real chance of going to the pros, then going to the CBI is just a waste of time.
|16 weeks 23 hours ago||... never had enough players||
... never had enough players for a spring game.
I don't understand that thinking. They had enough players to field 22. My guess is either (a) they didn't have enough to do exactly the things they wanted to do, or (b) they didn't see value in a game, and used that as an excuse to do other things.
As for (b) ... I guess an argument could be made that continued work on fundamentals is more important that a "game." I'm not sure I agree with that.
|16 weeks 23 hours ago||To that I'd add Mason Cole||
To that I'd add Mason Cole ... just a hunch, but I think he keeps taking his game up and up.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Proudly so, sir ... proudly||
Proudly so, sir ... proudly so. :-)
|16 weeks 1 day ago||That is astonishing. I have||
That is astonishing.
I have Pi memorized out to 50 places, but for me to recite it I have clear my mind and just go without thinking too much about it. It's just a number pattern in my head.
But to do this ... wow.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Clinic||
a) This is cool ... inside stuff is great.
b) With a screen name like "Boom Goes the D" along with you being at a coaching clinic like this, may I conclude you are a high school coach of some sort?
c) What does "trust their landmarks" mean in football terms?
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Huge||
This is huge.
Everything so far has the look and feel of being all-in. It's as if this conversation took place:
Harbaugh: "If I become HC, I'm going to want to do this right."
Hacket: "Whatever you need."
Harbaugh: "No, really -- all in. Are you ready?"
Hacket: "Whatever you need."
Harbaugh: "Okay, let's do this."
And thus it is being done.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||This was my thinking ... the||
This was my thinking ... the programs that compete at the highest level must really push the envelope about maximizing practice time.
I always liked Hoke, but I suspect he was a product of the 1990's and his experience with Ball State. Times have changed, but he did not.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||He'll also earn a||
He'll also earn a certification in sales and marketing from Michigan's Ross School of Business.
If he's looking to do direct sales, and if he has the knack for sales, then he should do well.
Depending on the industry he sells to, ex-football players have a natural opening talking point for building relationship. Back in the late 1980's I knew a guy who played for CMU. Big guy -- 6'4", 240 lbs -- and he was a natural around the guys in the auto industry where we were working. Guys like buying things from guys who played football at a high level.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||It's not quite as pretty as||
It's not quite as pretty as Forcier's was—that thing was a work of art—but it's close. I like it.
Oh for a brain to match the motion. *sigh* ... what might have been.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||The feel of this is night and||
The feel of this is night and day from last spring.
I don't mean just how the players look in the film (though they do look good). I mean how the staff is approaching the management of the practices, the coaching and the team. It's all about clear expecations and accountability for results.
Having worked in corporate America for 31 years now, I can say that management systems that have unclear objectives and inconsistent accountability are a mess. Things get done, just not always very well.
I'm convinced football provides the perfect backdrop for analogies about life. Here's another example.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, but I'm not sure what||
Yeah, but I'm not sure what questions would be good. Wheatley seemed not to want to answer anything related to individual players or the backs as a group.
What kinds of questions do you think should be asked? (I'm not being a dick here ... I'm genuinely curious. Given Wheatley's reluctance to offer any substance, what do you ask him?)
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I thought the series started||
I thought the series started off well. The opening scenes with a very lonely, very despondent Saul working as a manager of a Cinnabon set the mood ... the ultimate fall; the lowest of lows.
All drama is ultimately about fall and redemption ... or in Saul's case, fall (early life as "Slipppin' Jimmy"), redemption (success as lawyer), then fall again (getting mixed up with Walter White). The first few episodes have established the foundation for his redemption story.
Great stuff. And I assert again that the lighting of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul is what sets the show apart visually. They do remarkable things using the contrast between light and shadows to set scenes. Breathtaking cinematography.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I recall wrestling in high||
I recall wrestling in high school gym class lo these many years ago. It was exhausting.
It makes me wonder what sport requires the most caloric expenditure per average minute of activity? Swimming must be high on the list, as must wrestling be as well. I'd heard boxing is really taxing as well, which is why boxers are in such incredible shape.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Because you're not only old||
Because you're not only old (55, like me) but a dirty old man to boot. +1 ... good for you!
|17 weeks 2 days ago||18 Antonio||
He's going to move to slot ninja Nose Tackle.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||This place sounds awesome. I||
This place sounds awesome. I love hole-in-the-wall bars with food.
Two pound burger? Holy smokes ... in my earlier days, maybe. Now? Ugh.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Could be ... I've been out of||
Could be ... I've been out of Michigan since 1994. I'm an old fart.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Miller's Bar in Dearborn has||
Miller's Bar in Dearborn has pretty darn good burgers.
The Arizona listing mentions "Monkey Burger" in Tucson, which I've never been to (yet). My wife, who loves burgers, tends to be a purist. I tend to agree ... basic toppings and make the meat speak for itself. For me: tomato, pickle, raw onion, mustard and ketchup. Cooked medium. Yummy.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||This is great ... I'm at a||
This is great ... I'm at a conference this week with some downtime in the middle, so this will give me something football-related to read. Thanks!
|18 weeks 19 hours ago||Sometimes the little things||
Sometimes the little things do add up -- the tempo, the attention to details, the tracking of competitive progress, the drumbeat for merit and against entitlement.
Yes, the real proof will be in the way the teams plays and wins this fall. A given.
But there's a difference with Harbaugh -- (1) his intensity appears to be genuine; (2) he surrounds himself with other hyper-achievers like himself; (3) the message seems consistent, which means it will work its way into every corner and crevice; and (4) they are taking a wrecking ball to the notion of seniority. Plus -- (5) Harbaugh has had true success at every level, so there's a method to his madness.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Nice! This is the kind of||
Nice! This is the kind of football nuts-and-bolts I love to read. Thanks!
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Go over to his site ... he||
Go over to his site ... he has 7 criteria he grades 1 to 7 ... so top score is really 49, but he throws in a 1-point kicker to round to 50.
I think a 49 point scale is kinda-sorta cool ... the 1-7 x 7 criteria model is eye-catching.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||In your criteria you include||
In your criteria you include "footwork". With respect to the offensive line, what are some examples of bad footwork, typical footwork, good footwork ... and what offensive lineman (playing anywhere -- HS, college, pros) has great footwork? And why?
I suspect that varies by O-Line position. I would guess tackles need really good lateral. Not sure if Centers require that as much as maintaining base.
Anyway ... I'm just curious what "footwork" translates to specifically.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Of all the coaches I'm||
Of all the coaches I'm digging Drevno the most right now. There's something about him -- some focused intensity thing.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||But if I'm that poor, I'm not||
But if I'm that poor, I'm not spending $120 on tickets.
If I'm really that poor -- and I was back when I was in college -- I don't buy football tickets. Instead, I work on Saturdays ... and Sundays, and any other day I can get hours.
|19 weeks 19 hours ago||human endeavors that go||
human endeavors that go beyond our ability to replicate or understand using binary code
Indeed. This is why, for example, IBM Watson does not operate on a if-then-else rules design, but more of a word/phrase/sentence tree mapping algorithm. It attempts to "understand" -- meaning: draw conclusions from -- what humans have put down in word format. It is, however, very reliant on humans having put down meaningful information in the first place. It doesn't "think" beyond the information given it.
There's some fascinating work going on in quantum computing where the computing is not merely 0's and 1's, but states between "on" and "off." I don't understand all that. I applaud those who do. But even still, I'm not sure that by itself will create true AI (I doubt it), or merely provide for more efficient -- and therefore, faster -- computation.
|19 weeks 20 hours ago||Pulling the topic back to||
Pulling the topic back to Michigan football for a moment ... we have very sophisticated simulators for many things, most notably flight. Is there any reason why the same technology could not be applied to training and practicing football?
The graphics are far enough along that a simulation could be used to give QBs a "game like" experience at least for reading the defenses.
But what about more fundamental things like blocking? Could computer simulation and robotics effectively be used to simulate a really good offensive lineman so D-lineman could practice getting around or through them?
|19 weeks 20 hours ago||There's something more to||
There's something more to human thought and consciousness than processing power, but I can't prove that or even define it. The boundary is, I think, at the point of creativity. A purely programmatic system can play chess, but it couldn't conceive of the game out of nothing. Similarly, it could replicate the Mona Lisa, but not create it ... or a well-crafted poem that appeals to the core emotions.
One could argue that the human mind is simply far enough advanced to make creation appear like something more than a programmatic response. I tend to think the human has something more than mere neurons and biochemicals. But that's a topic not allowed on this site. :-)
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||By the way, I spoke with one||
By the way, I spoke with one of the lead architects for the Watson "Jeopardy" system ... one of the sources for its information repository was Wikipedia arcticles. As a source of general knowledge required by the game "Jeopardy," it was good enough ... as evidenced by the fact the system won the competition.
For medical diagnostics it'll be all about correlating bits of information from an ocean of medical journals looking to tie together patterns related to symptoms and test results.
Re: Jeopardy ... apparently the algorithm designers for the early Watson prototypes did not anticipate how Jeopardy statements are sometimes stated in the negative, which requires the participant to seek the opposite. That was corrected, but it shows how the "thinking" was only as good as the algorithm controlling it. Watson performed fairly poorly in early testing before things were ironed out.
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||Boiled to its essence, this||
Boiled to its essence, this is the "I think, therefore I am" concept. That is not a wholly satisfying statement, though ... what does thinking really mean?
I don't know. But Harbaugh does! Harbaugh!
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||I am pessimistic by nature||
I am pessimistic by nature ... but I rank AI fairly low on the scale of things I'm pessimistic about. There's a bunch of things that will spell our doom before Computer Overlords take control.
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||Chess||
IBM's "Deep Blue" chess program that beat Kasparov was "brute force" -- it calculated out millions of potential moves into the future and assigned value weighting. It was, for its time, a leading example of massive parallel processing to calculate out the moves and weighting. Not "intelligence" per se, just a whole crap-ton of processing horsepower thrown at the problem.
|19 weeks 23 hours ago||There's no question computing||
There's no question computing devices are doing more and more amazing things. Quite often that is the result of brute-force processing done very quickly.
IBM's "Watson" technology is essentially a massive unstructured text processor -- it can be programmed to understand (and "learn") answers lying buried in oceans of unstructured text data. The Watson system that won "Jeopardy" did so because it could quickly process through all the pre-loaded reference text and derive a confidence measure for an answer. It did so more quickly than the human competitors.
Very good technology -- watch for it at a hospital near you (it will absolutely, definitely be used in medical diagnostics in the future) -- but it is a far cry from anything like a self-aware, self-activating sentience. I'm personally skeptical we'll ever see devices that take on a truly self-aware understanding. They may appear to be such, but my guess is even the most savvy of AI devices will be, compared to the human brain, still fairly limited.
|19 weeks 23 hours ago||This reflects my thinking ...||
This reflects my thinking ... this is not isolated to the NFL.
As others have commented, the NFL cares about the character issue only insofar as it affects their business bottom line. Individual NFL owners or executives might care more, but collectively the NFL self-interest is in their business success. Ditto Wall Street; ditto the movie industry; ditto practically everything.
Re: the OP comment about people needing to take responsibility ... agree, but in contemporary culture that message is at best obscured, and at worst contradicted. Sadly, there's a rather strong overall message of disconnecting consequences from actions.
Individuals (such as some football coaches) try to teach responsibility for actions, but they are fighting against a very, very strong headwind.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Tucson here ... trucks for||
Tucson here ... trucks for sure. I've seen my share of Dodge ... but also Ford, Chevy, Toyota and Nissan. But at the end of the day ... trucks.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||As well as crowded. Holy||
As well as crowded. Holy cow, there'll be -- what? -- five QBs lining up for reps?
(Morris, Speight, Malzone, Gentry and now Korn ... assuming Korn can practice but not play.)
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Secretariat winning the||
Secretariat winning the Belmont in 1973. His winning by 31 lengths was absolutely stunning.
|20 weeks 12 hours ago||Spring practice can't arrive||
Spring practice can't arrive quickly enough.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I like the combination of||
I like the combination of extra crunchy peanut butter and yellow mustard.
Seriously ... it's great.
Hate, hate, hate mushrooms.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I caught the first two||
I caught the first two episodes. I like it. But it's a lot like Breaking Bad in so many ways.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Citizen Kane suuuuuucks Agree||
Citizen Kane suuuuuucks
So many of the "great" movies are just awful -- Citizen Kate, On the Waterfront, From Here to Eternity, Giant. They are labeled great by people who remember an era and look fondly on it through their rear view mirror.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Whoa. You are missing out.||
Whoa. You are missing out. But to each their own.
I've never seen "The Wizard of Oz." Never.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||"Spaceballs" is the worst||
"Spaceballs" is the worst piece of crap movie of all time. Not. Funny. I walked out halfway through.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Karen Carpenter's is the best||
Karen Carpenter's is the best female voice I've ever heard.
Absolutely ... the no-talent hacks on "American Idol" can learn a thing or two by listening to Carpenter. Hint: vocal control is more important than hitting the big notes and trying to gospel-warble everything, damn it.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||It's just like the reaction||
It's just like the reaction to the late 70's Disco and Bubblegum ... Punk emerged (Sex Pistols, Clash).
By the late 80's the hair bands and the synthesized pop stuff was big ... and Grunge emerged (Nirvana, etc.)
New things are almost always in response to existing things.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||The Beatles were influential,||
The Beatles were influential, but that's not the same thing as good.
It's like the movie "Citizen Kane" ... on so many lists as the best movie of all time ... and the reasons they cite is how groundbreaking the cinematography was. Well, maybe ... but the movie itself is crap.
Stones/Who >> Zeppelin >>>> Beatles
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Also, the Eurythmics. Annie||
Also, the Eurythmics. Annie Lennox is amazing.
Re: The Pretenders ... Chrissie Hynde is one of the best female rock vocalists of all time.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I got to the "get off my||
I got to the "get off my lawn" stage of life pretty quickly
If you're 25 and already have that mindset, then you are well on your way to elite curmudgeon status. Dream the dream, young man.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I am not much of a fan of the||
I am not much of a fan of the Beatles.
I'm old enough to be a Beatles fan from when they first hit the scene ... I just never developed much of a taste for their music.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Pitbull and The||
Pitbull and The Carpenters.
That's about as extreme opposites as you can get. :-)
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Overall, I'd agree. But some||
Overall, I'd agree. But some of their stuff is great.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, you're going to go all||
Oh, you're going to go all base-16 on me, huh? :-)
I can't see hex and not think of my very early days in the IT industry ... reading 3270 datastreams for the old green screen terminals ... x'F5C3114040' ...
Back then it was all about preserving network, since that was an expensive resource. In today's world of "free" internet, few remember how much it used to cost to have a dedicated 56KB line from AT&T. In the thousands per month.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Which position group do you||
Which position group do you think will see the greatest relative improvement?
Pure speculation, I know ... but that's what February is for.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I have high hopes for Jake||
I have high hopes for Jake Butt ... I think he's going to be something special.
The big question mark in my mind is who steps up in the LB corp to fill the shoes of Ryan?
|20 weeks 5 days ago||The use of slow-motion film||
The use of slow-motion film backed by dramatic music to capture football action was genius.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||I swear ... there's more||
I swear ... there's more enthusiasm on this thread about beer than there is on football threads!
Good to know we have our priorities straight! :-)
I love a good hoppy beer. Gives me heartburn. But it's worth it.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Smith||
When I graduated college in 1984, I moved to Raleigh, NC for my first job.
Those were the days of Dean Smith, Jimmy Valvano and the early days of Mike Krzyzewski. Basketball was the religion, and UNC, NC State, Duke was the trinity of the ACC.
I remember in those days the name of Dean Smith spoken of reverentially by UNC fans, and respectfully by NC State and Duke fans. He was every bit the face of UNC as Schembechler was UM. A giant of a man in those parts.
|21 weeks 13 hours ago||Regret||
Moe Greene -- "I don't regret slapping Fredo around."
First ... +1 (and I did posbang you) ... I laughed out loud at your post.
Second ... I believe Michael Corleone introduced you to a little dose of regret.
Finally ... the baptism scene in "The Godfather" is one of the finest pieces of cinema of all time, if not the finest. Superb filmmaking there.
|21 weeks 22 hours ago||Acting in their own best||
Acting in their own best interest is a trait of any entrenched institutional bureaucracy, not just cartels. Cartels (or bureaucracies) exist up to the point where a need for change is acknowledged and a viable alternative presents itself.
The NCAA's days are numbered ... certainly in the realm of control over major college football. The Power 5 -- and more importantly, the powerful top-tier schools in the Power 5 -- will create their own organization. The NCAA is going to cling to other sports best they can.
However ... don't think for a minute the new boss will be all that much different from the old boss. They too will "act in their own best interest." History is littered with this same story, over and over again.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Because I laughed out loud at||
Because I laughed out loud at it.
The OP has a certain WTF? feel to it. That post I commented on expressed it perfectly.
Meyer's photo in context makes no sense. StoneRose's comment tying in Stalin makes no sense. (The uniform doesn't look Soviet, the moustache is not particularly Stalin-esque.) None of this makes any sense.
The confluence of senseless commentary merged ... I laughed ... I posted.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||+1000 ... you win the||
+1000 ... you win the internets for today. :-)
|21 weeks 1 day ago||My sentiments exactly. That||
My sentiments exactly. That was one of the finest pieces of writing I've seen in a long time. I can quibble with a point here or there, but I can't quibble with the piece as a whole. Absolutely top-notch writing. Top. Notch.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Excellent write-up, Seth ...||
Excellent write-up, Seth ... as always.
The recruits are finally starting to get wise.
Signing Day is a total boondoggle. Recruits who have any sort of leverage should never sign a LOI, and should never feel pressured to commit on Signing Day.
Agree, and it's one more log on the fire of my concern that we are witnessing the front-end of the eventual disintegration of college football as we know it. The playoff system is an accelerant for this.
College football is not going away. There's too much money in it for that to happen. But I believe it will very definitely split into a set of super-teams and a bunch of have-nots. Yes, that's already taking place ... it's going to pick up speed.
This is why the Harbaugh hire was so critical ... there's probably a five year window of time in which schools either commit to a strategy of competing in the super-team tier, or resign themselves to being in the next level down. By hiring Harbaugh, Michigan is signaling they are going for the former.
Ohio State is clearly in the super-team tier. Teams like Illinois and Purdue are going to slip back. Michigan State is doing well now, but the next five years are going to be very telling. The retirement of Dantonio will mark a transition where we'll see MSU's intent. We've seen one school drop football (UAB), we'll see more in the near future.
The top recruits will hold out as you say; teams undergoing coaching turmoil will fall further from favor in the eyes of recruits; the top teams will spend more and more to improve facilities and attract the best; those who can't keep up ... won't.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Stop that. I'm prone to||
Stop that. I'm prone to getting ear worms based on songs titles I recognize! :-)
Crap ... there it is ... "Do you know the way to San Jose? Doo, doo, do-do, do do do-do doo ..."
|21 weeks 2 days ago||The article says they'll work||
The article says they'll work him at nose tackle first. He'll be raw at first, and they more or less admit that:
"We normally require a two-gap player that can be big enough to handle both A gaps,” said coach Bronco Mendenhall. “He might be a three-gap player. Maybe we’ll just have him lay sideways off the snap and block the whole thing out"
This is this generation's "Refrigerator Perry".
|21 weeks 2 days ago||A letter of intent doesn't||
A letter of intent doesn't give the student athlete anything, though. It's only binding on the student athlete, not the school.
If memory serves, you're a lawyer of some kind, right? So your statement here is from a legal perspective.
Interesting ... I did not know this about letters of intent and who is bound by it.
So the school's obligation between signing day and financial paperwork delivery is really just moral / ethical? I say that because I can't recall a case where a student who had a signed LOI in was turned away. Perhaps the game is they don't during that period ... they wait until later and then play the tricks they do to clear headcount away from the scholarship limit.
What a tangled-up world we've created.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Why stop at the top 100?||
Why stop at the top 100?
|21 weeks 2 days ago||When I was younger, the||
When I was younger, the neighbors up the street had a last name of "Morgan."
They named their son "Morgan." His name was "Morgan Morgan."
Never did learn his middle name. They moved shortly after this.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I appreciate you taking the||
I appreciate you taking the time to compile and publish this.
That said, at this point my mind is telling me to get past the recruiting fireworks and focus now on spring practice, the spring game, and the prospects for the fall.
I can't wait to see how things unfold this fall. I can't wait to see how key elements of the team show improvement year over year.
I'm particularly geeked about the offensive line play ... I caught Tim Drevno on the streaming coverage yesterday, and was really struck by the guy's focus.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I love Harbaugh. The focus,||
I love Harbaugh. The focus, intensity, and sincerity of him during this press conference impressed the hell out of me.
Also, Tim Drevno is awesome. I saw him on the streaming coverage. Also impressive.
Wow. Just wow.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Live stream||
I'm watching the live stream.
If I had an ounce of good sense I'd stop trying to do real work and take a vacation day.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||If we've reached the point||
If we've reached the point where committed recruits have announcements to affirm their commitment ... well, then I don't know what to say.
But the more astonishing thing is why anyone would want to play at Iowa. Iowa football is like a hot dog with nothing on it ... yeah, it's okay, but just okay.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I swore I would take a||
I swore I would take a peaceful, zen attitude about this year's signing day.
I lied. I'm geeked. I'll get up tomorrow, brew a big-ass pot of coffee, and watch the fireworks.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||The 24 x 7 thing might be why||
The 24 x 7 thing might be why a lot of recruits say they can't wait for the process to be over. It's got to be a lot of pressure on them having so much focus on their decision.
Some really like the attention, obviously ... but for others it must be a grind.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||REALLY small samples Boldly||
REALLY small samples
Boldly go, Seth ... boldly go. :-)
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I'm going to guess||
I'm going to guess ...
I have nothing to go on in saying any of that ... just a hunch.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||This is good stuff, Seth ...||
This is good stuff, Seth ... thanks for crunching the numbers!
I wonder ... is there a position or a position group where stars seem to be more predictive of performance?
|21 weeks 5 days ago||The first step is sincerely||
The first step is sincerely realizing there's a problem. Let's hope he's sincere.
I recall when Manziel was entering the draft, and some were comparing him to Russell Wilson because of height and size. The big difference between the two is what's between the ears. Wilson is a smart*, hard-working young man; Manziel less so.
* Play to end the game yesterday notwithstanding.