|7 hours 53 min ago||Everything gonna be alright - in the long run||
A few thoughts: This offense was never going to come together overnight. And the defense is very good but not a lights-out unit - few are. And it's very hard to fly across the country and beat a quality team in their place at night. Let's not forget that Utah was 9-4 last season.
My only fear heading into the game was that the team would be inexplicably disorganized like they often were last year. That was not the case. Rudock looked tight, and he wasn't on the same page as Perry or some of the other receivers at times. And, sure, the OL struggled to run the ball. But the offense, defense, and special teams all looked coherently designed, and the players all pulled in the same direction, so to speak, until the clock hit zero.
The buildings blocks of major success are being put in place. Michigan's rise is going to take time - just like Saban, Carroll, Stoops, and others all needed time - but that's okay in my book as long as the Wolverines are on the right track. And nothing that happened last night shook my faith that they are.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I can't remember||
Is this quote from Henry III or Henry V?
|1 day 23 hours ago||Hopefully this is a one-time thing||
That sounds hellish.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Commit a petty theft in Naypyidaw on the day of the game||
The jail you'll end up in has a surprisingly good cable connection. You will also be tortured, but there is a trade off to everything.
Edit: I just saw that you'll be in Yangon. You're out of luck there. You need to take a train to Naypyidaw.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Oh yeah?||
Well, I think Utah is a very respectable but not elite program. And I have no opinion at all about Utah as an academic institution. How do you like that, Kyle Whittingham?!
|2 days 11 hours ago||I can't give you the year, but....||
...it was scheduled during the Hoke regime.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Utah 17 - Michigan 13||
This is a tough first game.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Jim Tressel has done a lot of good things for a lot of people...||
...regardless of what happened with tattoos and benefits at YSU, etc. He's probably my favorite non-Michigan coach, which I realize is not a popular opinion in these parts.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Harbaugh =/= a fan||
He has to hold himself and the team to a very different standard than we do. He can help the team succeed by holding them to a high standard. We as fans are much more likely to create negativity and pressure with our high expectations. And fans make themselves miserable, which spills over onto other fans.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Auburn||
That team was only two years removed from a national championship. And anyway, the bigger point is that guys like Saban, Carroll, Stoops, etc. didn't turn things around overnight. If someone is going to be unhappy because Harbaugh doesn't outperform those guys, then that's on them.
|5 days 7 hours ago||This season is going to be the first step in a...||
...difficult process. Nobody takes a 5-7 team and turns them into contenders in one year. Look at Saban's first year at Alabama, Carroll's first year at USC, etc.
This team could make a lot of progress and still finish with only seven wins. Luck - in terms of injuries, the bounces of fumbles, etc. - will have a big effect on the Michigan's record.
What I want to see is a program headed in the right direction.
|5 days 8 hours ago||But still No. 1 in our hearts, right?||
|1 week 25 min ago||It wasn't long ago that Harbaugh was a jerk...||
...because he didn't let guys play cards.
|1 week 1 day ago||Chance to look stupid:||
Drake Johnson will lead the team in rushing for the season with roughly 800 yards.
|1 week 1 day ago||Rudock and sacks||
Rudock took 14 sacks in 2013 and 18 last year. DG took 34 (!) in 2013 and 24 last year.
Iowa surrendered a total of 22 sacks last year (1.69 per game - 37th best in the country). Michigan surrendered a total of 26 sacks last year (2.17 per game - 76th best in the country).
|1 week 1 day ago||1-5 with 5 being the highest||
Or maybe it's 0-5, but I don't remember seeing a 0.
|1 week 3 days ago||We owe Brian a great debt for wading through this||
You are a mensch, Brian.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is like...||
...a presidential candidate annoucing that he/she is not always very fond of babies and veterans. It's almost incredible.
|1 week 3 days ago||photo:||
|1 week 3 days ago||Great work||
Thanks for doing this.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||oh - don't worry||
Propriety and class will be the watchwords during its creation.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||How did I miss this survey?!||
I would have told you that I like having you on the blog because you make me laugh and that, after you die from natural causes, I intend to wear you as a hat.
Also, and I don't mean to cause a rift, but isn't RGard an ape and not a monkey?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||...said a drunk person.||
I really hope people can enjoy a 7-6 season if that's what happens. This program is on the right track. But it might take a few years to get to where we want to be.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Some people deal with these painful matters with...||
...irreverance. It doesn't mean they fail to appreciate the gravity of the issues.
FWIW, I use gallows humor to help deal with particularly difficult situations on a fairly regular basis.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||In his defense...||
...he needs to practice his puns. You don't want your sense of humor to Aussify.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Weber State||
He was at Weber State before transferring to Michigan.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||My sense is that Australian football players could...||
...take every punting job in American football. Kids in the U.S. don't grow up having to hone an Aussie football level of skill with respect to kicking.
I think O'Neill will likely be a extremely valuable this year given Michigan's likely struggles on offense.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yep||
A quirk of Michigan history is that Desmond may not have won the Heisman if Alexander hadn't been hurt that year, because Alexander likely would have been targeted quite a bit if he'd been able to play.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Exeter||
I suppose Exeter is fine for the jocular type, but I've always felt that the serious-minded boy must attend Eton. This is especially true if he is a hemophiliac.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I remember the last time Michigan won 7.7 games||
It was 1991.4. People were pretty disappointed, though that team was in a very different situation than Michigan is in now.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||I like them||
They remind me of the basketball team's Cazzie Russell-era uniforms.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||I hear you||
I suppose my own discounting of him is that I don't care at all what he says in an interview. His relevance to Michigan football was totally eclipsed in my mind the moment Harbaugh arrived in AA.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Do we really need to point out Hoke's flaws at this point?||
He's gone. He tried his best, was a good guy, and did some good things for the program. Let's wish him well.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||well played||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||OP||
Go for a run or play basketball or something. You'll feel better.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Link? Source?||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||That is absolutely terrible, and I like it||
A truly awful joke requires a certain cleverness.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Peruball sounds awesome||
I want to play Peruball right now!
Also, I wonder what Moss thinks of rugby, because it sounds like Peruball is no rougher than that sport.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Can we stop and get ice cream if I get on the bus?||
Tell me we can get some black raspberry ice cream - or even just chocolate - and I'm there.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not very familiar with the Youngstown stuff, but...||
...Clarett has a very close relationship with Tressel. Pryor does too. Those guys don't feel sold out by him at all.
I'll double down and say this: I don't think you can hold it against Tressel that he didn't report the tattoo stuff given that it was tied into an active FBI investigation regarding a murderious drug dealer. I wouldn't want the NCAA bumbling into that when my players were involved either. I don't think one can simultaneously think the NCAA is highly incompetent, as many of us do, and think it would be a good idea to invite them into such a situation.
But, yes, I'll hide under my desk now.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'll duck after saying this, but....||
...I respect Jim Tressel as a man - at least based on what I know of him - and would let my hypothetical son play for him in a heartbeat. He's done a lot of good for a lot of people and he cares about his former players, staying in their lives as a mentor. I know that doesn't fit with our image of him as a cutthroat cheater, but it's true nonetheless.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with your last paragraph||
We can pretty safely guess on Ruddock being solid, so it would be good news if Morris jumps ahead of him. Whether Morris has done so is another story.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||He was before he picked Arizona||
He supposedly had a good rapport with the staff.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||This guy:||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The temporary self-destruction of OSU's program was...||
...another part of the Hoke saga. OSU's lack of Terrelle Pryor in 2011 must have made that game easier for Michigan to win, and as Brian notes, they almost lost in the end anyway. And guys like Kyle Kalis and Tom Strobel picked Michigan because of the chaos in Columbus, helping to get the ball rolling for Coach Hoke on the recruiting trail.
Michigan's success in 2011 seems to me to have been born of a bit of Lloyd Carr's recruiting (RVB, Hemingway, Molk), RR's eye for offensive talent, Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison's defensive coaching, a lot of luck (the ND game and Va Tech games), and the fact that Ohio State shot itself in the foot prior to the season. It seems four years later like a recipe that was very unlikely to be repeated by Coach Hoke alone, especially once Fickel was replaced by Meyer, who righted OSU's recruiting ship very quickly.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Indeed||
There should be a permanent link to that post on the front page of the blog.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed||
It may also be that - after Michigan told Langford they didn't have room for him - a current player gave the coaching staff reason to believe he won't be back next year.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Reading this...||
...I am filled with great relief that this is all over with. Last year was the most painful year of Michigan fandom I've experienced in more than 25 years of following the school's teams.
I'm perfectly content at the thought of an 8 win - or even 7 win - season this year in which Michigan struggles on the field but not off it and in which the future is bright. Hooray for 2015!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Baxter||
Special teams is where I'm most confident we'll see improvement. Baxter's record is almost incredibly strong, and there are plenty of good athletes on the roster for him to work with.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||8-5||
My guess is the defense and special teams will be pretty good and the offense will be mediocre at best.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Kauffman Stadium in KC (Royals)||
It's not terrible so much as very empty and boring - or at least it was when the Royals were bad.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ace||
Any sense of which five star kid will eventually commit to MSU because of this?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Well, that's just great.||
You hear that, Ed? Bears. Now you're putting the whole station in jeopardy.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||Nice job||
Thanks for posting this.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan football and MBB are No. 1||
2. ) any other Michigan sport
3.) test cricket
4.) limited overs cricket
5.) The Thomas Cup (international badminton)
6.) Jai alai
8.) Gaelic football
9.) bonobo rugby (not rugby played by common chimpanzees, which is too violent)
10.) Major League Baseball
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Everything is fine||
Harbaugh doing this is fine, and Heitzman saying what he did is fine too. No animals were harmed during the making of his film.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||We need to learn from history||
First they said chewing tobacco causes oral cancer, and I didn't say anything because I didn't chew tobacco.
Then they arrested all the communists, and I didn't say anything because I wasn't a communist.
Then they sheared all the sheep, and I didn't say anything because I wasn't a sheep.
And, anyway, I'm sure you can see where this is going...
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I appreciate you posting that, but...||
...I also wish I didn't know. I liked the idea that Battle's commitment cost Michigan Langford only in theory.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||There's nothing inherently wrong with it||
My only point was that teams aren't having $300 million gifts dumped on their doorsteps without twisting some arms.
Where I would and do take exception is when business and business leaders cry about keeping government out of their way but then milk federal, state, and local government for as much as they can get. I don't know enough about any given pro football owner to say whether he is or isn't guilty of that.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I haven't seen this episode yet....||
...so I may not be speaking to what Oliver says. But have there been any situations in which teams have been offered new stadiums without first threatening - implicity or explicitly - to leave town?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Yep||
I don't know what you do differently here. It would have been crazy to turn Battle down because you thought might still land Langford.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||This sucks for so many reasons||
I hate college basketball recruiting - and to some extent I hate college basketball generally.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||FFCB05 is the objectively correct answer||
Anyone who doesn't agree is probably going blind from syphilis.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I've been listening to that too||
They bring back '80s-ish rock in a better way than I thought possible.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Fair point!||
I forgot about the Dee Brown shoes.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I think this is maize, which is darker than Iowa's yellow||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I feel the same way about the brand issue||
It reminds me of being a little kid and having friends who thought they would run faster or jump higher because they got new shoes.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I'll take it||
I like the Kings' owner, but I very much question if he knows what he's doing.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||That all makes sense||
I appreciate your thoughts here - you helped me clarify what I was saying. And apologies for my jerkishness earlier. I have a bad habit of sometimes letting work stress affect my posts on the blog, which isn't an excuse. It's just a (bad) reason.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||no,please feel free to respomd||
I apparently don't know where to respond to you either either (though I try a bit below), and it would be nice to know where to start.
As for your desire to talk about real-world examles rather than hypotheticals, you my want to Google "Jamel Deam Ohio State." The fact that you haven't heard of him doesn't make his situation any less illustrative of one of the quandaries this issue presents.
I will say this: I should have framed the question as "When, if ever, should a program pressure a player into a medical redshirt?" The above is written from the point of view of the school.
As for the notion that it's unethical to even consider ramifications of a medical hardship other than those directly relating to the player, that seems almost willfully myopic (it's also nothing but a conclusory statement and a value judgment, which is fine but not convincing). A great many people benefit quite a lot when Michigan has a winning football team. A program would be derelict to not at least consider the effect a medical hardship might have on a program. So, yes, I did consider that. And then, in four out of five situations, I said I at least lean toward believing the school should not press a medical hardship on a kid.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||"morally bankrupt"||
That's a perfectly valid viewpoint. But you may well not be in the majority here, so saying "this is morally bankrupt" and walking away doesn't accomplish much of anything.
As for Michigan not being Alabama's competitor, they are competing with them for recruits right now. And they played them a couple of years ago. There's a pretty good case to be made that they are competitors.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Isn't it obvious that I'm talking at least in part...||
...about cutting players to make room for other players? Why else would we be talking about this? No one is arguing that Michigan's doctors (or Pipkins' outside doctors) are wrong in a medical sense (because we have no idea).
As for this:
But what seemed to be a focus of your OP was what the player could do for the team, how many receptions and yards the team can expect from the player (and these are probably WAGs), and that what the team could expect from the player would affect their decision to medical hardship him. That is your ethical problem - that particular factor should not effect the decision to medical hardship the player.
I argued after each example that the player should not be forced to take a medical hardship except in the case of the player facing a debilitating injury. Yes, I considered other factors, but then I said they were trumped by SU's duty to the player. Your self-righteous lecture is based on nothing but me thinking things through out loud.
While I take your point that every player faces a debilitating injury to some extent, some players (like Steve Young at the end of his NFL career) are much more prone to suffering such injuries b/c of preexisting conditions. Here, I addressed possible risks to players and how increased risks should change a school's approach to a medical hardship, and you are brushing this off as if the risk to a guy who's had five concussions is the same as the risk to a guy who's had none because, hey, everyone can get hurt.
Either the player can be cleared medically or not; what he can deliver on the field is ethically (for the coaching staff's decision) completely irrelevant.
This dodges the issue. Jamel Dean was not cleared by OSU's doctors, but he was medically cleared by Dr. James Andrews. The same thing seems to have happened with Pipkins. What do you do in those situations?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Does one say "retire" when a vampire...||
...begins a long sleep in its coffin?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||What's the feeling that's...||
...somewhere between melancholy and congested?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||No||
Rigid as in not letting Eron Harris bring his friends on a visit.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I don't mind this post||
I think Brown may have committed to Michigan at one point (BA's tweet and one or two other things suggested this). And we know Battle loved Michigan recently. And as much as I love Coach Beilein, I sometimes get the sense he's overly rigid when it comes to recruiting (he wouldn't let Eron Harris bring his friends on his Michgian visit, for example). It may not just be bad luck that Michigan missed on Brown like they did and that they now face the potential loss of Battle.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||That's not what I said||
I said the consideration that dwarfs all others is whether the risk to the player's health is worth what *he* might gain from playing. What the team might gain is a very small issue compared to that.
As for taking potential production into account, I do argue that it is easier to justify pushing out a guy with little potential (this is undeniable from a utilitarian perspective). But I also say that, despite this, I don't want teams to cut guys unless they're facing the risk of debilitating injury (I argued that teams are only free to force a medical on the player in Situation No.5). I say above that the teams's ethical duty to the player - as far as his scholarship goes - trumps all other considerations.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||"Nick Saban thinking"||
Isn't asking whether someone is healthy enough to contribute a form of asking about his ability to produce? What's the difference between contribution and production?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||yes||
I meant medical hardship.
As for the medical staff, they're going to tell you if a guy can play and maybe even give you a sense of how well he can play. But that doesn't tell you what you should do.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||yeah - good point||
I think someone in Coach Harbaugh's position ulltimately has to trust his judgment and the judgment of team doctors. But it's easy to imagine hard feelings in these situations. Even badly hurt boxers usually don't ask to stop a fight. Their corner has to throw in the towel.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Hmmm...||
That sounds like the sort of thing a Hitler-loving communist Muslim fanatic would say, so I don't know if I can agree.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||No apology necessary!||
This may be the most valuable post in the thread.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||Ah - gotcha||
I didn't follow at first. That strikes me as a plausible explanation, although I have to question whether Harbaugh would essentially cut a version of Pipkins who's, say, 60% of his former self so that a walk-on could attend camp. Does Michigan really need a 14th receiver (or whatever the number is) that badly?
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||I said this above, but....||
...I wonder if the "not being fair to your teammates" line was about Michigan not having a scholarship for Kerridge or one of the Glasgows if Pipkins didn't take a medical.
And I think it's fall camp when you have to be at 85 scholarships. I think you can have more than 85 prior to fall camp during a certain window of time.
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||I wouldn't look down on the points||
My understanding is that Brian gives you a new car if you hit 20,000. At least I hope that's true, because I've budgeted as if it is.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||right||
Pipkins never could have made room for Williams by himself, because Williams is going to be at his new school for at least two years in all likelihood. Pipkins's scholarship + an unused scholarship in '16 could have made room for Williams.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||This is a very fair, reasonable, and honest post||
I'm bothering to say this because I assume you'll be negged just for being an OSU fan.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||good point||
That could even explain why Michigan thought it might be worth it to recruit Williams at one point.
EDIT: Having thought more about it, I don't believe that does explain anything. Michigan told Williams they didn't have room this week and told Pipkins this week he was cleared to transfer to a given set of schools. Pipkins alone couldn't have been the reason there wasn't room for Williams, because Pipkins is already leaving.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||back-dating||
I think that's only relevant to bringing on more than 25 guys in a given class. I don't think it helps with the 85 scholarship limit. I do not think you are absolutely prohibited from having 85 guys at all times - I believe you have some time between February and fall camp to sort that out.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||"not fair to your teammates"||
I wonder if Kerridge or one of the Glasgows wouldn't have a scholarship without Pipkins taking a medical There seems to be some debate (see above) over the scholarship count.
|10 weeks 8 hours ago||I wondered about the concussions||
Michigan isn't going to be able to release the medical info they have re: Pipkins, so we don't know what their doctors said about it. I'm not saying Pipkins is lying about it, but we may not have the full story.
|10 weeks 8 hours ago||I'd be inclined to assume the worst if Jhonny Williams...||
...hadn't just been told there's no room at the inn. Given that he was told that, I don't know what to think. As Brian says, why push a guy out so that you have an unused scholarship?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Alabama can take guys from Michigan||
But they can't beat the Wolverines for New Jersey guys!
|10 weeks 1 day ago||This reinforces my hope that...||
...Peppers can get the ball a couple of times a game. I realize that's not as easy as it sounds, but who else is going to scare a defense?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I think it dates back to...||
...breaking that arm in the middle of the 1984 season, but I suppose I don't know that he didn't injure it another time too.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah||
Michigan has seemingly been dangerous at WR since at least the early '90s - and maybe that dates all the way back to AC. But it's hard to imagine that being the case this year. I think the best we can realistically hope for this year is 17-14 games, because I don't see the Michigan offense scoring 28 points on many decent teams.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||He can also presumably...||
...afford to go back to Michigan and get his degree if he wants to.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||The coaching staff can't make guys taller or...||
...significantly quicker. They did take the 93rd player in the country per 247 - Burke - and turn him into the Big Ten player of the year. I don't know what more a reasonable observer could ask for, though I also realize some people think John Calapari is a great developer of talent b/c he has a lot of McDonald's All-Americans drafted.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Your edit||
A non-expert theory of mine is that a player's comfort (or lack of it) with physical violence (on the field) is an overlooked and important part of what makes a player who he is. I understand why coaches want great athletes, but not every young man who would do well in a decathlon wants to smash his upper body into a 240 pound running back or a 330 pound defensive tackle.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||As Sam Webb said yesterday||
A verbal commitment isn't binding. And a slient commitment just means "you're my leader."
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan hasn't...||
...competed for a national championship since this kid was about nine years old. He's grown up watching Alabama do it every year. We don't need to infer that he's been paid to choose the Tide to imagine why he'd pick them.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Come back, Tyus Battle!||
We want to love you! And those other schools are for jerkfaces.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Sacrebleu!||
|10 weeks 3 days ago||In my mind, Brady is already guilty....||
...of being a handsome devil and a loveable rascal.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Hayden Fox?||
There are high expectations at Minnesota State, you know.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Great work, Ace||
Hopefully the lost phone numbers and surprise grey shirts don't happen here.
Re: Harris Williams, this SB Nation piece claims Stanford pulled his offer after he suffered a foot injury at a camp.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||They didn't love you||
They pitied you because you were abandoned in that exotic animal strip club.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I regret the day they brought you back...||
...from Australia. The last thing our family needed was an alcoholic koala.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||EDIT:||
"Choose" not "chose."
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I'm just glad the family is back together||
I don't want to have to chose between mom and dad ever again.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||This reminds me that...||
...it's being very optimistic, IMO, to think the offense will be above average this year. The OL can become solid. No RB on the roster has had a big season before. The WRs seem pedestrian. TE is really just Butt. And while I like Rudock, he's not going to carry anyone.
I don't say any of this to be a downer. I think the team can get to eight wins with defense and special teams.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||We don't know that it's over||
That's one of the major bits of information we got from what Mr. Battle said.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||It was in the MLive article||
And Sam Webb said the same thing this morning. It's also something that many people can read about without attacking Battle.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Fair enough||
I think the new title conveys the uncertaintly in Mr. Battle's statement.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||This is the wisest thing anyone has said all day.||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||It's possible||
I think coaches in these circumstances sometimes say, "You've burned us once, and we can't risk it happening again."
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Since you asked||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||He didn't say there was nothing to worry about this morning||
He was more optimistic on Friday, yes. But he's talked to the Battles before and likely will again.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't worry about it||
People are just in bad moods about this particularly crappy situation.
I'm in a bad mood about it too - don't get me wrong.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
Me saying something absurd out of obvious frustration will make it all come true. Austin Davis will become a Gregorian monk if I don't retract my statement. I have that kind of power over time, space, and the minds of others.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Just eyeballing Langford...||
...I'm not convinced he's 6'6". But he does look like a future NBA player.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Could college basketball recruiting...||
...possibly punch us in the gut any more? John Beilein would have no luck at all if he didn't have bad luck.
I think we now have to assume the following:
Cassius Winston will commit to Michigan but switch to MSU at the very end of the 2016 recruiting period.
Teske will switch to OSU at the very end of the 2016 recruiting period.
Davis will decide he wants to be a Gregorian monk at the very end of the 2016 recruiting period and give up basketball.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||What?||
Sam didn't say there's nothing to worry about this morning. He didn't say that at all.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Probably not||
Langford is more of a two guard.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Where did you see that?||
I'm not doubting you. I just haven't seen it.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Well...||
...it will be fine if he stays with Michigan, but otherwise, yeah.
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||right||
I understand that you're just relaying it.
If Battle goes to Syracuse and also cost Michigan a chance at Langford, then...
|11 weeks 6 hours ago||Ah||
This isn't at all a shot at you, but isn't he generally pretty full of it?
|11 weeks 6 hours ago||wow||
Well, it is close to home for Battle. And who could resist Jim Boeheim?!
|11 weeks 7 hours ago||Maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel better, but...||
There is a lot to be said for pointing out that Langford or Battle could only be around for one year and not even be that great during that one year. Kelly Oubre is a great example of that kind of player - Kansas really didn't get much out of him.
|11 weeks 7 hours ago||Ah - then I agree||
Langford, frankly, became a guy who it was time to move on from once Billy Donovan left for Florida and Langford still wouldn't commit to Michigan despite Michigan and Florida supposedly being his two top at that moment.
|11 weeks 7 hours ago||yeah...||
Langford had a long time to pull the trigger on Michigan before they accepted Battle's commitment.
Dudeness - where are you getting that?
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||I disagree with you about going after 5 star guys||
I think you have to do it sometimes even though it's generally one gut punch after another. There's a big cost, yes, but the benefit is having a guy like McGary help take you to the Final Four.
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||Craig!||
1. I enjoy listening to you on the Mgoblog roundtable.
2. I know this is a little presumptuous, but can I come live with you in Hawai'i?
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||Funny||
Believe it or not, I didn't read your "paper over" comment until after I posted what's above. I guess it's just a phrase that brilliant people use.
I don't disagree with you very much - if at all. The only place I think we might disagree is with the assessment of what Luck was in high school. In retrospect, he was a tremendous talent. But that wasn't obvious to everyone at the time. As I said, Stoops, Brown, and Miles all apparently passed on him (despite the fact that he's from Houston), and Carroll apparently did too. So it did take some discernment to see that he was worth pursuing, though Harbaugh obviously wasn't unique in seeing this. My point, then, is that Harbaugh didn't just have a great player fall in his lap - he had to see Luck's potential for greatness.
I absolutely believe that Stanford wouldn't have been 12-1 in 2010 without Luck. He was a fantastic player, and there's no getting around that. Stanford wasn't a one man band, because a number of Cardinal players were at least honorable mention all-conference (as I posted above), but Luck was without a doubt the most important guy on the team by a wide margin.
I also wouldn't say Harbaugh can win with anyone. Something I didn't post above is that Stanford's leading passer (Luck), leading rusher (Taylor), and leading tackler (Skov) were all four-stars. I do believe, however, that we should trust what Harbaugh has done so far in AA. He's already recruited more four-star guys per 247's rankings at Michigan (in '15 and '16) than he did at Stanford ( in '07-'10), and a healthy number of those two and three-star guys are likely to be good players given what he did with the Cardinal.
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||And while people shouldn't blast any recruit...||
...Battle seems like a good kid with a good family. I'd be surprised if there was anything underhanded going on here, and I'm pretty cynical about recruiting (especially basketball recruiting).
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||I think Syracuse is in play because...||
...they're the closest elite program to his home. Sam Webb has also said that they've told him they see him as a PG, so maybe that has some appeal.
But I agree with you generally re: the current situation at Syracuse - and Battle may yet agree too.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||yes||
He seems to come from a very solid family. I think his parents just want him to be sure in what he chooses.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||They didn't flip him, though||
He hasn't committed to Syracuse.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||I have to think Michigan still has a good chance here.||
The kid obviously really likes Coach Beilein and Michigan. If he needs to visit other schools to make his family happy, so be it. But the odds are still in Michigan's favor, IMO. My impression when Battle announced Michigan as his choice was that his family thought the decision was abrupt but not that they thought it was a bad decision.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||He generally knows what he's talking about||
This is likely real.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||Seems like a fine line, but...||
I can imagine feeling very confident about, say, buying a car but still thinking, "Meh, I might as well go look at another car on the off chance I love it."
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||I had two motivations||
I wanted this news to be posted in the proper, non-fear-inspiring context.
And I wanted to re-post the picture. That raccoon is the Jim Harbaugh of raccoons.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah||
I'd have no problem with saying that someone appeared to be of Asian descent, but I think "olive complexion" is more helpful. It casts a wider net and removes the potential of confusion over what race the person is. I can't always, for example, tell you in the blink of an eye whether someone is Asian or Latino.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||In defense of this movie||
It's not like it's Leni Riefenstahl's Triump of the Will. Also...nope, that's all I've got.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know, but...||
...I'm orange with anger over it.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I do remember fun!||
And I love Jim Harbaugh for brining it back to Michigan football. I'm generally a cynic by default, but the man's love for the game and for competition of any sort is impossible to deny. I now think about Harbaugh before I work out in order to get myself motivated.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||hmmm...||
Do you think the "diploma insurance" I've been paying $300/mo for is a waste? I've thought not, because what if it were somehow destroyed?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||A further exerpt:||
Supplier shall, from time to time, require the University to furnish its Teams with Alternate Adidas Products ("Alternate Products"), to be supplied by Adidas, with said Alternate Products differing from said Teams' traditional Adidas Products and said Alternate Products being at times Total Crap (as defined above in Paragraph XXI(b)(7)). Said Teams shall, at the discretion of Adidas, wear and use said Alternate Products for one contest or one tournament or until such time as a given Team has been pointed at and laughed at by no less than 10,000 attendees of a sporting event. The University shall make said Alternate Products available for purchase at all University-owned venues that distribute like merchandise so that said Alternate Products can be purchased by children, rubes, and/or people who use the word "swag."
|11 weeks 3 days ago||It's the power of random reinforcement||
Like a fashionable restaurant you can't always get reservations for, you can't always log onto Mgoblog. This makes the blog seem all the more valuable.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||It was key, no doubt||
You have think very carefully about where you don't do these things.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I just saw that||
The problem with the idea of him being gone is that there's no well-known character left to follow at the Wall, but who knows?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||the contract is the key||
They aren't going to pay Kit Harrington major dollars to hang out for two years. Jon Snow will be back one way or another.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||He inherited a 1-11 team||
And those two and three-star guys were freshman and sophmores during the two losing seasons. By the time they left Stanford, four of them had become All-Americans and twelve of them were at least honorable mention all-conference (and Owen Marecic was at least honorable mention all-conference at two positions).
EDIT: I'll add to what I said: Harbaugh recruited 27 two and three-star players in 2007 and 2008 if you don't count the recruits he inherited in 2007 from the prior staff. So 44.4% (12/27) of his two and three-star recruits during those years became at least honorable mention all-conference. And Marecic was, as I said, honorable mention or better at two positions.
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||At the risk of being redundant...||
...let me introduce you to 2006 Stanford: They were 1-11. They rushed for 65.1 yards per game and 2.1 yards per carry. They gave up 210.5 rushing yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry. And they weren't winning in the air, because they passed for 10.2 fewer yards per game than their opponents. They were terrible.
Michigan was bad last year, but they were significantly better than 2006 Stanford.
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||How do you think he fits with what Durkin wants to do?||
His ability to play press coverage seems to make him at least partially a good fit.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||FWIW||
It sounds like you've handled it well so far. And none of it sounds remotely out of the ordinary or particularly problematic. But I am not a parent or any sort of expert on teenagers.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||It's in downtown Africa...||
...right next to Mali, which is next to the Home Depot.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Robert Mugabe's leadership is a...||
...plane crashing into a train that then somehow crashes into a boat that then crashes into a submarine that then sinks to the bottom of the Indian Ocean.
Cool story, bro: I was in Ghana (much better run than Zimbabwe) about ten years ago and at one point had more than 1,000,000 Cedis (the Ghanaian currency) in my pocket. It was a very odd feeling despite the fact that, to me, it was a couple hundred dollars.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||A good question||
I suppose we can't know the answer to that until announcers have told us that he's not just a shooter roughly 100,000 times.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not saying this is good or bad, but...||
...part of that is the result of the fact that we spend $15 billion per year more on defense than China, Russia, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, India, S. Korea, and Saudi Arabia combined. So we do get something for our taxes - the world's most powerful military.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||That's too bad||
It's not as bad as the person I was just talking to who is about to be homeless has it, but it's really close.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||IIRC||
Some schools recruited him as a DE. I think USC was one of them.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||It would be great to get him, obviously, but it would...||
...be particularly great to get him as a 2015 recruit so Michigan could use it's currently unused scholarship on him. It looks very plausible that he'd be gone by 2016, leaving Michigan in no more of a crunch in 2016 than they already are.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||He's much more of a shooter||
Winston is an old-fashioned floor general.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||If it makes you feel any better...||
...Americans pay less in income tax than the average person/married couple in an OECD country - and signficantly less than Germans, Danes, Belgians, etc.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I credited a player with being an all-American...||
...as long as at least one of the entities that names all-Americans did so. The only unanimous first-team all-American was DeCastro.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Is it really called "Operation Swag"?||
Please tell me that's not true.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not convinced these guys are serious||
How could you be an Alabama fan and think you have any place to talk about skirting NCAA rules?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think you taunt rape victims||
My point is that it's just basic politeness to consider whether something you say or do might upset someone. You obviously can't go too far with that, because you otherwise could never leave your house. But that doesn't mean it's a bad idea generally. If you agree, then good.
As for the Gen X., Gen Y, etc. not understanding suffering, many of us lead lives of material comfort that previous generations didn't. But people who have been raped and/or routinely abused by parents or partners, for example, have suffered pretty damn much. I would rather take my chances in a war than be raped. And I would rather be as poor as my grandparents once were (pretty poor) than be raped.
It's also worth remembering that suffering is mostly subjective. Unlike most animals, people suffer because they perceive themselves as lacking something they should have (or perceive themselves as suffering something they shouldn't have to suffer). It's human nature to feel poor, for example, if you are on the lower end of the economic spectrum in your country even when your country is a very wealthy one and you are, by the standards of the entire world, not poor at all.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Just something to consider:||
My grandfather and my grandmother's brother both served in WWII, saw friends die, probably killed people (I never asked), etc. Would you really not consider what it would mean to people like that if you brought up the hardships of the war? I'll bet you would and that you wouldn't just blurt out something like "Hey grandpa, what was it like when the hospital roof fell on your friend during a bombing and no one ever found his body?"
If you would extend that courtesy to WWII vets, why not extend it to survivors of rape (or whomever)?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||yeah, people of color are really walking all over us white folks||
|12 weeks 3 days ago||This is correct||
There are many people in the US - mostly but not all female when if we're talking about heterosexual relationships - who endure again and again a cycle that invoves some combination of fear, intimidation, emotional abuse, physical abuse, and contrition from their partners. Solo may have committed a bad act that should have been punished more, but she was not behaving as a domestic batterer in the above incident (I don't know what's happened with her boyfriend).
|12 weeks 3 days ago||If the SEC stands for anything...||
...it's not letting recruiting turn into a circus.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||It's a pretty good measurement...||
...of how good a player turned out to be 3-5 years after he left high school. It's not a perfect measurement, but there isn't one. Stats can be misleading, and awards' votes are sometimes misguided.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I know we coud say similar things about RR, but...||
...it's worth noting that Harbaugh's first 1 1/2 recruiting classes ('07 and '08) at Stanford included the following guys:
Coby Fleener, three-star recruit, eventually the 34th pick in the draft;
Owen Marecic, two-star recruit, a two-way starter at Stanford;
David DeCastro, three-star recruit, eventually the 24th pick in the draft;
Jonathan Martin, three-star recruit, eventually the 42 pick in the draft;
Chase Thomas, three-star recruit, a Sporting News All American his junior year.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||"What happens with Sansa if Stannis is successful?"||
I think we have to assume Melisandre will demand at some point that she be burned at the stake.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||This is not a rhetorical question:||
When has Cersei been this dumb before? She's certainly endured worse than Marjorie taunting her without being rash, but maybe I'm missing something.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Having had a night to sleep on it||
Stannis killing Shireen stills seems far too abrupt of a change in him - especially since, for all he knows, Jon Snow, the Night's Watch, and a bunch of wildlings might show up to fight for him in the near future. We can add it to Cersei's newfound stupidity as far as major mistakes in character development this season.
I've loved this show, but this has been a pretty mediocre season. Ramsey is a sadist, and we see that ad nauseum. Dorne and the Sand Snakes are uninteresting and/or too Xena-like. Arya's training has been pretty dull. Brienne is apparently just hanging out. The Sparrows have inexplicably taken police control of King's Landing. Too many things don't work.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
We saw the camp burn, so we understood that Stannis was in trouble, but we didn't see any evolution in him to make us think he'd do this. Instead we got Shireen's interaction with Davos, which told the audience something bad was coming but which didn't make the act any more in character for Stannis.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||yeah||
They need to do some more explaining of when you do and don't get greyscale. Shireen got it from a toy, IIRC.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I would love to be done with Ramsey||
But I'm not counting on it.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||good news||
Magnus is the cold-eyed realist of Michigan recruiting, so I'm happy when a kid impresses him.
|13 weeks 9 hours ago||Yeah||
There a number of reasons to be involved in football, and they're all perfectly valid. But I have to believe it rubs off on a team and coaching staff to have a guy in charge who loves football itself so much. He makes me want to organize a pick-up game.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||Well said re: the middle class||
I should have said that the current difference in compensation between CEOs and everyone else helps/has helped to gut the middle class. As you note, it has not by any means been the only problem.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I grew up with someone who was under that kind of...||
...pressure (my father held an executive position at a large organization). I don't think very many people question the idea of paying executives more than the average employee. The question is whether they should earn, say, 331 times more than the average employee.
A very big downside to a country in which CEOs make 331 times^1 more than the average worker is that the arrangement guts the middle class, which means fewer consumers with disposable income. And because money is speech, it concentrates power (which comes from political speech) in the hands of a relative few, which is bad for democracy - or at least the "one man - one vote" version of democracy in which we are all more-or-less equal actors.
It's worth remembering too that CEOs are not generally entrepreneurs. They gamble with other people's money. And in the worst cases they put short-term gain above the long-term health of their companies and then make off with huge golden pararchutes while the shortsighted decisions they made come back to bite their now-former company.
1 - I get this number from Forbes (which referred to 2014). http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathryndill/2014/04/15/report-ceos-earn-331-times-as-much-as-average-workers-774-times-as-much-as-minimum-wage-earners/
|13 weeks 1 day ago||And when you fail...||
...you get to write a book and go around telling everyone "how the economy really works."
|13 weeks 1 day ago||EDIT:||
Someone made the same joke in the original thread.
Here is a bear on a unicycle:
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Oh yeah?||
Well, then I'm going to read about other high school offensive linemen on the internet!
|13 weeks 2 days ago||The bear is more of a concern than the toys||
You can't have a mascot with a pestilence-bringing tongue walking around in public. Medieval London's disastrous experience with Barnaby the Rat should always be remembered.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not surprised||
I've heard a number of stories about him going out of his way to help people. The idea that he's one of college football's villans has always been absurd in my eyes.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I think it's almost certainly Shaquille O'Neal||
I've been wrong before, though.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed||
He didn't know enough about softball to be an expert but also didn't do a very good job of standing in the shoes of the audience member who is new to softball (a role often played by Olympic announcers for various sports). Instead we got a guy who didn't understand (what I take to be) basic strategy but who also felt informed enough to second guess how the pitches were relayed in.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I'm glad Schilling is there to 2nd guess the way the...||
...pitches are sent in. I wonder what he thinks about US involvement in Syria.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||ooh - that error||
Michigan looks tight so far.
Also, why is Curt Schilling doing this game? Was Dick Vitale busy?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I love Michigan's expressions and body language||
They look like they expect to win.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I present this without comment:|
|14 weeks 1 day ago||The Sun Belt refs||
Kirk Herbstreit criticized their calls throughout the broadcast and said they simply hadn't adjusted to the speed they were seeing. It got so bad that, by the end of the game, he was laughing out loud at the refs' various mistakes and not bothering to comment, because there was no need to tell the audience how botched things were.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Wunderbar!||
I'm excited to see what he can do. There will at least be competition for the four spot this year.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I'll quote Bruce Springsteen to express my...||
...feelings about Rudock:
You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright