at least it's not just us?
|1 week 7 hours ago||Thank fuck, I can finally||
Thank fuck, I can finally start posting again. This place really went to shit for a while there.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll see you shitiots later.||
I'll see you shitiots later.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Rees has proven to be a||
Rees has proven to be a capable QB when he has time to throw but is mistake-prone when under pressure. I have to think Mattison's strategy is going to be very heavy on blitzing, no? I think if we can make Rees uncomfortable in the pocket then ND will have a hell of a time winning this game.
Conversely, Gardner is also prone to huge mistakes but is an elite scrambler. ND has an amazing d-line but Gardner is a stellar improsiver and is at his best when he's forced out of the pocket. In that regard, he is significantly better than Denard, who would drive you crazy by refusing to take off when he had the chance.
This is the most confident I've felt going into a ND game in a while. I just have a feeling that we're going to match up very well.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Is Da'Shawn Hand visiting for||
Is Da'Shawn Hand visiting for the ND game?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Whiskey and water.||
Whiskey and water.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Stars don't matter to MSU||
Stars don't matter to MSU until they land players who have them.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Happy Canada day. May your||
Happy Canada day. May your days be as sweet as only the sweetest of maple syrups.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Dude, he is a college||
Dude, he is a college basketball coach in charge of coaching student athletes. You can't throw a basketball at a player's head - not even once. That shit is unacceptable and when taken in the context of the rest of the footage paints a pretty shitty picture of what kind of coach and person he is.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||I agree for the most part,||
I agree for the most part, but RR did, in fact, go after high-end talent, he just didn't land it very often. If I recall correctly, had he stayed at Michigan, we were set to land Dee Hart, Sammy Watkins, and Kris Frost for 2011....all 5 star players. Have we ever landed three 5 stars on rivals in one class?
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Coach Brown,You need to up||
You need to up your professional demeaner if you want to be taken more seriously. As elaydin wrote above, your UM slant is too easily visible and it makes it very difficult to read your information sometimes.
You have done a good job of getting information and establishing relationships; just remember that such privilege comes with responsibility, and I think that is what is making some people on this site nervous.
Most of the time, your updates and writing style are far too presumptious. If you look at TomVH, although adequate, he isn't exactly Ernest Hemingway when it comes to writing ability. However, Tom very obviously has a professional code and he sticks to it. It's much of what makes him successful and a big reason why recruits trust him, year after year. If you want to avoid problems down the road and want to be taken more seriously, then you need to do the same.
I'm not trying to be a dick about it, but obviously you're trying to make a go at the recruiting business so hopefully you can take some of the criticism you receive from mgobloggers and use it to become better at it.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Gardner's ceiling is||
Gardner's ceiling is ridiculous. He is a gamer and if he makes even moderate progress over the next two years, will be an absolute terror for B1G defences. Outside of maybe landing Hand, this news is far bigger than any Hello post we could have gotten.
|45 weeks 15 hours ago||Stay away from that list.||
Stay away from that list. Trust me.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Very exciting to think about||
Very exciting to think about our level of recruiting right now, but some people are being overly optimistic about the time it will take for the 12 and 13 classes to have an impact. Sure, Derrick Green will probably contribute early, along with a few others, but the quality of your team is made up mostly of juniors and seniors i.e. your classes from 3, 4 and 5 years ago. When you look at it from that angle, it will still be a few seasons before our roster is actually comprised of the top-end talent we have become accustomed to bringing in the last two classes.
If you look at our 2010 class, it's pretty weak. It had six 4-stars, of which the highest rated two aren't even with the team (Christian, Dorsey). Now we got Ryan and Gardner as stars, but for a class signed four years ago, it's short on stars and even meaningful contributors.
So I love following this stuff, it's a lot of fun, and there is more than a good chance that the 12 and 13 classes will allow Michigan to pull away, along with OSU, from the rest of the big ten. I'm just saying, don't expect to happen any time soon.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||My girlfriend wanted to come||
My girlfriend wanted to come over and do dirty things this afternoon and I told her I was swamped with case studies and other non-existent tasks. Obviously, I wanted to be here at 4:00 to either celebrate wildly or emotionally implode with my internet friends upon hearing the decision of an 18 year old.
Sometimes I hate myself.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Great list, thanks for||
Great list, thanks for putting it together. Since I assume this is a primer for the Derrick Green announcment, I think it would be beneficial to narrow the focus to backs who were similarly ranked to Green. If you look at Rivals from 2003-2010 and check out the backs who were ranked in the top 10 overall players in the nation, as Green is, you will see that the odds are in favor of Green having a nice, if not excellent, career.
2003 - Reggie Bush
2004 - Adrian Peterson
2005 - Jonathon Stewart
2006 - Beanie Wells
2007 - Joe McKnight
2008 - Darrel Scott
2009 - Bryce Brown, Trent Richardson
2010 - Marcus Lattimore
How do you like them apples?
|48 weeks 11 hours ago||No way he can be a bad guy.||
No way he can be a bad guy. He reads the bible and says Jesus a lot in his interviews.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Happy New Years dudes. I quit||
Happy New Years dudes. I quit drinking lately but I'm looking forward to tomorrow's game. Here's to 2013.
|52 weeks 1 hour ago||.||
|1 year 7 hours ago||So he listed the #2 ranked||
So he listed the #2 ranked team in the country #2 on his list of serious contenders?
|1 year 3 days ago||Fuck it, let's have two||
Fuck it, let's have two threads.
|1 year 5 days ago||Are we still presumed to lead||
Are we still presumed to lead for McDowell?
|1 year 6 days ago||Haven't been there in a||
Haven't been there in a while, but I always thought Compuware arena was a shithole.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||That behavior is unacceptable||
That behavior is unacceptable coming from a professional who is being paid to do a job. He should have to return his pay for the week of that game for voiding the terms of his contract. Luckily, the lions don't even need him, as Broyles looks like the better player and better person going forward.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Our best chance to win is to||
Our best chance to win is to have Devin at QB and Denard sharing the backfield as an RB/Slot. If he is able to throw then it's an added bonus, maybe he can catch them by surprise a few times.
I hope he gets to throw a few passes but I find it verrrrrrry hard to argue against the fact that Gardner gives us the best chance to win at QB.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||So are leaving the board all||
So are leaving the board all together or just not going to mod anymore? Your well-timed wit would leave a large void.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||That gif is destined to be an||
That gif is destined to be an mgoblog classic.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Everytime these updated lists||
Everytime these updated lists come out and I see guys moving up or down 5 or 6 spots it reminds me how utterly fucking worthless following the lists can be. Here is how I look at it:
Top 20: Unbelievable Talent
Top 100: Sweet
Top 250/300: Still pretty sweet
Below top 250/300: Lower chance of success but who the hell knows?
Aside from that, I just can't get myself to care about who is ranked #35 and who is ranked #90.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I can't speak for every||
I can't speak for every sport, but almost every hockey player I know partakes in the green herb at least occasionally in the off-season, and several during the season (maybe twice a month give or take). Once you get down to the AHL and ECHL you have several guys who do it every day. It just isn't seen as a big deal.
While it is against the rules of the league, they don't test for it and when it shows up on a test, the worst that will happen is they'll give you a verbal warning. If they tested and enforced a ban on marijuana in the NHL, they wouldn't have any players left.
Just think about this...when was the last time you heard about a professional athlete in one of the 4 major team sports getting in trouble for testing positive for pot? Never, it doesn't happen. Pot related issues only arise when players are stupid enough to get busted with it in their cars or out in public, ala the Detroit Lions players.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Mgoblog: because sleeping is||
Mgoblog: because sleeping is for people with jobs.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Ah, I remember that dong||
Ah, I remember that dong punch now. Thanks.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I don't pay attention to the||
I don't pay attention to the individual O-linemen like the better football minds on this site, but has Christian Bryant received any playing time, and if so how has he looked? He is kind of important going into next year, no?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||"Defender removed, Gardner||
"Defender removed, Gardner got up like a glacier tired of gouging lakes out of mountains."
Excellent piece of prose right there.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Correct that -- pro women's||
Correct that -- pro women's teams would get throttled by really good high school men's teams. College wouldn't even be worth attempting.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Well considering the 4 most||
Well considering the 4 most prestigious players I have access too are all in Europe, it may take the lockout to end before I can take specific player requests, but I'll certainly do the best I can.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Also Blue in Yarmouth, I||
Also Blue in Yarmouth, I should have mentioned this before, but if the Dad or the kids are into hockey and would appreciate any autographs or hand written letters or anything of that nature from some players, then let me know and it will be very easy for me to help out in that regard.
I also refrained from making a lockout joke due to the nature of this thread, and it was hard.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||While health care in Canada||
While health care in Canada is universal, it differs from province to province so it all depends on system in this particular province. I'm not really familiar with it but I must say I'm very surprised they aren't receiving money and assistance from the government. As an Ontario native, I saw government money go to far less needy medical causes than this.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I hate everyone. Everyone in||
I hate everyone. Everyone in the whole world.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Not wealthy but I'll make a||
Not wealthy but I'll make a small donation. The video was tough to watch.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Last week I came on this site||
Last week I came on this site and read nothing but positives about how Michigan was back and MSU better prepare to go back to mediocrity because Hoke's recruiting will start to kick in (pretty much what Brian said), then I come on here yesterday and it's as if our entire program has been blown up and there is no hope for the future and it will take several years for our offense to be good again. Am I missing something, here? What has changed. Did we not realize that if we lost Denard we'd be absolutely fucked? We already knew this.
Bellomy is a redshirt freshman who was a generic 3-star recruit. Then he gets thrown in the game, cold, in one of the most important games of the year, on the road, in one of the most hostile environments in the country, against a team that isn't Illinois, running an offense designed around one of the most profilic dual-threat QBs in history. He turned in an absolute shit-sandwich of a performance, yes. He was awful, yes. But give the kid a break. That doesn't mean he has no chance to ever be good. He was probably so nervous he could barely breathe. If he comes into a game prepared to play, knowing he's the starter, with plays designed for his strengths/weaknesses, then he will have a chance to complete some easy passes, get his confidence up, and then we'll see what he can do.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Hey it's a nice idea, but||
Hey it's a nice idea, but sending letters won't do anything in Windsor...everyone knows Warren Rychel can't read.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||If asked publicly I blame the||
If asked publicly I blame the owners, but both sides can go to hell.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||One guy to watch for is Illya||
One guy to watch for is Ilya Kovalchuk, he may not come back. I know that he had told people if the lockout wasn't resolved by late October he was going to sign a long term deal and never come back.
He was offered a long term deal that would make him the highest paid hockey player in history on a per year basis.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I can tell you that KHL teams||
I can tell you that KHL teams have been very, very clear about not accepting NHL players unless they agreed to remain in the league for their full contracts (one year). However, I imagine exceptions have been made for the big names, like Kovy and Malkin, but who knows, The KHL is a league run by mobsters, you never know what to expect.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I would be very surprised if||
I would be very surprised if this didn't go through. This is good news.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Figured this thread was about||
Figured this thread was about PT Barnum for sure.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||....shit.||
|1 year 10 weeks ago||1 minute to go, the suspense||
1 minute to go, the suspense is killing me.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I spent last night||
I spent last night researching previous attempts and watching footage of the current record holder. It's pretty incredible for any record to last for 40 years, especially when it comes to stuff like this. I'm really looking forward to watching today's attempt.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||A coupla drinks!||
A coupla drinks!
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I see and understand your||
I see and understand your point. He did it because it's a tactic to put pressure on the players and cause anxiety within the union. This lockout hasn't meant jack-shit until now because the players don't actually start getting paid until October 18th. Now the players will definitely not receive their first few paychecks, which is going to cause players to start turning on each other because a lot of these guys live almost paycheck to paycheck, believe it or not.
Also, I really can't stand Bettman, but this is not his doing. He works for the owners. Period. He does what they tell him to do, and his job is to be a lightning rod and make sure that all the fans direct their negative attention towards him, and not their nearest owner or franchise, which is what they fear most.
If you want to send Bettman and the league a message, then start voicing your displeasure to Mike Illitch, or whoever owns your favorite team. Let them know that you're done putting up with this bullshit, and if the season is lost, his franchise will no longer be receiving your support.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||It's not that they know||
It's not that they know something the national analysts don't, it's that they specifically work within the confines of Michigan football, so they pay close attention to recruits that we care about. Thus, many times, they will take a closer look at certain prospects and provide a more thorough analysis than someone from Rivals who is responsible for opinions on a much larger number of players.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Two ACL tears means he needs||
Two ACL tears means he needs to seriously start thinking about a non-football future.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||MSU definitely has an elite||
MSU definitely has an elite D.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||It's just one of those things||
It's just one of those things I have to do every once in a while with clients. I'm not a club guy but I promised my client I'd take him and his friends out to XS in Vegas one night and that ended up costing me over $4000.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Vegas is definitely a money||
Vegas is definitely a money pit. It's hard to understand until you actually go. It's hard to do anything without spending a lot of money.
Was there this summer and dropped around 6 grand in three days, and I don't gamble.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||There's always an uncle.||
There's always an uncle.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Honestly, I wouldn't even||
Honestly, I wouldn't even know where to start.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I have many hockey recruiting||
I have many hockey recruiting stories.
In regards to Michigan, a prominent recruit told me he went on an official visit with coach Red and was getting the usual tour/recruiting pitch. Then Red said why don't we go to my office to discuss some things and when he opened the door, sitting in the room were Lloyd Carr and Bo. Bo looked him dead in the eye and said "Son, why wouldn't you want to go to Michigan?"
He said Bo was absolutely polarizing and intimidating but also very polite and engaging. He didn't end up going to Michigan but I thought that was always a cool story.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I agree and have been||
I agree and have been thinking the same thing for a while. If someone can put together a really good, insightful book about college football recruiting I will buy it immediately.
The problem, as I see it, is that you can only write recruiting stories after the fact. No high school player is going to let you follow him around and then write about how people threw money and girls at him because it would cause major problems.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Not to be a Debbie Downer,||
Not to be a Debbie Downer, but simply investing in stuff doesn't make anyone a financial all-star. In fact, most athletes go broke because they put their money into awful ventures under the impression that they're being smart and preparing for the future. Problem is, such ventures often involve simply writing cheques and letting others do all the actual work, which is not a good strategy. Furthermore, restaurants, car dealerships, and yes, clothing lines, are exactly the kinds of piece of shit investments that can destroy a player's financial situation, especially since they usually don't have time to manage and monitor cash flow, which any lawyer, accountant, or entrepreneur will tell you is a great way to fail.
Point is, I'm still in a terrible mood from this excruciatingly awful Detroit-area sports weekend.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Ottomans? What's this a whole||
Ottomans? What's this a whole empire based on putting your feet up?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||They get huge contracts, but||
They get huge contracts, but they only see about 40% of it, most of which is spent living lavishly, all of which stops when they hit their late 30's, if they're lucky. Players make lots of money, but they are nowhere near the level of owners. The difference is buying power. The owners (obviously) have lots, the players, even the richest, have very little.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Now you know what?||
Now you know what?
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Fowler, among others. But not||
Fowler, among others. But not Campbell.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||One thing I've been||
One thing I've been wondering: Will PSU still be filling their stadium over the next few seasons?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Anyone know where I can find||
Anyone know where I can find the sweater LTT is wearing online?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Not sure if it qualifies but||
Not sure if it qualifies but Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorites. I'm somewhat of a nerd myself so I think you will appreciate his writing. I especially enjoy Welcome to the Monkeyhouse, a series of short stories that's very fun to dip in and out of. For a novel, Slaughterhouse Five is always a good one.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||For parents, it depends. The||
For parents, it depends. The very first thing my boss told me was that the worst part of the job is dealing with bad parents. He was right. I've watched parents straight up ruin their kids' careers. Otherwise normal, rational, successful people can turn into complete savages around the arena. They refuse to listen to advice, which is what you pay agents for. These are the parents with kids who grow to hate hockey because they have had all the fun sucked out. I've known many of these kids and still know a few. They are living someone else's dream, and it's sad. On the other hand, there are some great parents who let their kids have a bit of freedom, but stay close enough to supervise the important stuff.
As for contacting the kids, it usually happens through the coaches. You scout games, and then maybe go introduce yourself to the coach, and parents, and then try to set up some kind of meeting or phone call. If you get any further, just like Hoke and Mattison would do, you go sit on their couch, make your pitch, and hope Don Meehan (Nick Saban of hockey) isn't pulling into the driveway as you leave.
You have to be careful who you talk to, for sure. Some kids want to keep their college options open and don't want to talk to agents. You have to respect that and thats why its important to talk to coaches or parents first so that you know what you're dealing with.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Sorry for the slow response,||
Sorry for the slow response, David. Very busy day. Anyways, the semi-pro route has everything to do with the difference. For football, everything revolves around school. That means that the changes in your football career coincide exactly with school. Hockey, however, operates totally independently from school for the most part. Even if a player goes the college route, most still play in leagues such as the USHL, or tier 2 junior A, junior B, etc.
I just mentioned the hockey thing because I find it interesting that we always say on this site that these are just kids and they are only 18, but in the hockey world, the kids go through all of this stuff two full years prior. Agents/coaches recruiting players happens the exact same way as it does in college football. You try and create a relationship with the kid, the parents, make your pitch, and hope that person picks you to help them navigate their careers and in many instances, large parts of their lives, especially financially.
As for age, the best players (think 5 stars or high 4 star types) will start getting calls in late grade 8 and early grade 9. But that is just the best of the best, the Stamkos, Couture, Hall, types of players. The rest start getting the calls in grade 10, which is the draft year.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||In hockey, agents start||
In hockey, agents start recruiting guys when they are 14-15, the very best ones at 13. They are drafted at 15 and playing in the CHL by 16. It's a bit ridiculous, but that's how it is.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Beady eyed bastards...||
Beady eyed bastards...
|1 year 23 weeks ago||This lawsuit isn't going||
This lawsuit isn't going anywhere, Kitchener knows this. They just want to make sure they make a big public stink so that people hear them cry about it. You guys have to understand that they get away with paying players $45 a week, which is horseshit. If they admitted to giving certain guys a lot of money, there would be an uprising.
When I played, we had several discussions about trying to start some sort of union and telling the league and coaches to stop exploiting us but guys were too scared that it would ruin their careers, which it would. Your hockey career depends so much on what your coaches tell NHL scouts and GMs.
Like I said, I have no problem telling you guys that I know for a fact that there have been several under the table payments to lure Americans and that this stuff has almost blown up on several occasions but is always kept quiet. No OHL team has ever paid a player 500k. But 200k is very close to the actual figures.
This causes a lot of interal fighting in the O. Loyal superstars who make their coaches and owners millions of dollars make $45 a week for 3-4 seasons and then they turn around and pay some American (usually) a huge sum of cash for what usually amounts to one season, two at the most.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||She's pretty much the only||
She's pretty much the only non-sports celebrity I know. We share a few friends but I only met her recently.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||They are seeing each other,||
They are seeing each other, not boyfriend/girlfriend or anything as of yet. He's a lucky bastard.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Met Tom Cruise years back. I||
Met Tom Cruise years back. I realize he's out there but he was a hell of a nice guy when I met him. Also met Kate Upton a few weeks ago and again last week in Detroit when she was here for a few tigers games. Also very nice.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||This is really fantastic||
This is really fantastic work, I enjoyed reading the entire thing. Great job and I definitely think it deserves the front page.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||That was a damn near perfect||
That was a damn near perfect answer. Michigan may end up battling the Q or W sometimes but they're primary competition is the OHL because they recruit the exact same regions. There are 3 OHL teams within 45 minutes of Yost.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Nah, it was the 500k thing||
Nah, it was the 500k thing they were pissed about because they really only gave him about 180.
Seriously tho, great news I was very happy to see this. Trouba is a special player, you guys are in for a treat.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||They let Cam Newton keep||
They let Cam Newton keep playing, didn't they?
|1 year 24 weeks ago||This pisses me off, if true.||
This pisses me off, if true. Even though there is no solid source, I believe this story to be true because this is how the OHL works. All the Americans now know that the CHL teams will pay you if you play hard to get, and they are all cashing in. I'll be the first to admit that there are some seriously shady dealings in the CHL, very similar to what most believe occurs in the SEC (although unlike the SEC, the OHL is a business and feeder league, they don't claim to be anything else).
Believe it or not, this pisses off current players as well. I remember when Cam Fowler went to Windsor for one season and was reportedly (see: definitely) given a large sum of money to flip. Well, current players were very pissed. Stars like Hall and Henrique who put asses in the seats since 15 years old and were loyal got $45 a week because their teams knew they weren't going to go anywhere while other people were being hugely compensated for being unloyal. Bullshit.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Windsor is a top notch||
Windsor is a top notch organization and they've put so many players in the NHL recently it's hard to compete/recruit against them. Having said that, every kid is different so I don't know what would be best for him. Staying at Michigan certainly won't have a negative effect on his development as a player, it's elite hockey. The difference is the lifestyle. The OHL is a mini-nhl type of league that gets players ready for the show right away because of the culture and the number of games they play.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I don't have any inside info||
I don't have any inside info on Parise except that we have a few of the same friends and none of them have any clue. His agent is Don Meehan, a guy known to get the highest contracts, and that involves a lot of smoke/mirrors and creating hype by misleading people. So I won't believe anything about Parise until he's actually signed somewhere.
As for Suter, all I've heard is that Detroit has an excellent chance of landing them with the offer they've given. He knows he has a chance to go to Detroit and be the guy.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||What I've heard this morning.||
- Philly is the frontrunner for Nash right now for 3 picks, 2 roster players, and 1 toss-in (an Eric Wellwood type of guy).
- Detroit is the frontrunner for Suter and that's looking pretty likely at this point.
- Nobody knows what Parise is going to do. He has several acceptable offers and at this point is just trying to pick a city and a team where he fits.
- Asked around about Trouba and Di Giuseppe. Everyone seems to think Trouba will stay with Michigan and has no reason to jump ship. On the other hand, Windsor thinks they're going to get Di Giuseppe and that its just a matter of time before he flips. I spoke directly to a Windsor coach so take that for what its worth. I also spoke to a good friend who is a very prominent young player in USA Hockey (a guy you would all know) and he said he's heard the same thing about Di Giuseppe.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Edit||
Edit. I'm going to revisit this in a few hours, I'm going to be talking to some people from the Spits tonight and see what they have to say.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I love how NCAA athletes||
I love how NCAA athletes being given educations and perks worth well into 6 figures are "amateurs" but OHL players getting $45 every two weeks are "professionals".
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I'm going to see what I can||
I'm going to see what I can find out about this and get back to the board later tonight hopefully.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I have a "cool story bro" for||
I have a "cool story bro" for you guys. Kinda met Kate Upton a few weeks ago. She was at MSG in New York for the Stanley Cup finals (I forget which game, I went to most of them) sitting behind the bench close to where I was sitting. Someone pointed her out but I didn't think much of it. After the game, I went out for dinner with my client and his family. One of my client's teammates walks in with his (smoking hot) girlfriend who is apparently really close friends with Kate Upton. Kate came in briefly and we went and talked to them. I was introduced to her and she kind of just did the wave-nod but that was as exciting as it got.
I don't know if that was a story worth telling or not but that's how it went.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||This whole time I've been||
This whole time I've been pretending to be a drunken idiot trailer park supervisor......but I'll be honest, the trailer park supervisor part is made up. I feel shame.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Maybe the most homerish post||
Maybe the most homerish post I've ever read.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Great contract by the Wings.||
Great contract by the Wings. I was expecting somewhere between 2.4-2.7 million per year, a bit less than what a guy like Steve Ott gets. Helm's value is underrated, you need guys like him to be successful.
As for Parise, I think he will stay with the Devils, but I'm not 100% sure. I doubt he ends up with the Wings, though, and I'll tell you why:
Parise has two options, stay or go. In order to maximize his money, he will have to leave the Devils. However, by giving up just a bit of money he can stay in Jersey where he's happy, likes his teammates, and owns a house (he's getting married this summer). Also, New Jersey has an excellent core of players right now with Kovalchuk, Parise, Henrique, Clarkson, so he knows he can be successful there, whereas switching teams is a crapshoot.
If he decides to leave, he will create a bidding war, thus maximizing his contract. Someone will overpay for him. IMO he's worth about 6 million a year as a player but will get more than that because he's a hard worker, his teammates love and respect him, and is a high character guy. So the devils will probably offer 7, and then someone will sign him for 8-8.5 because bidding wars always result in players being overvalued.
The reason I say the Wings won't get him is because the organization doesn't get involved in bidding wars for high profile players. They never have and never will, so it would shock me if they got him because they would have to overpay, something they rarely do.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Well, Lukey's boat's got||
Well, Lukey's boat's got high-topped sails,
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Crown Royal Black on ice||
Crown Royal Black on ice watching south park season 15.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I'm off the beautiful Newark,||
I'm off the beautiful Newark, New Jersey this evening so I can watch game 5 tomorrow night. Pretty exciting stuff.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||For topics like this, Mitch||
For topics like this, Mitch Albom is a good fit. I thought it was a good article.
Stevie Y is right, you have to watch closely in order to actually appreciate just how good Lidstrom is. I found Doug Weight's comments that he would have had more points had he not played against Lidstrom so much hilarious because it is absolutely true.
Also, that 2002 Wings squad was great, but I don't know about the most talent ever assembled!? The 87-88 Oilers is hard to argue with.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Cut him and then send a||
Cut him and then send a letter to every other GM in the league explaining that he's an immature, self-entitled waste of talent with no respect for anything or anyone. That would send a message.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Yeah, Goodell is hindering||
Yeah, Goodell is hindering Vilma's ability to make a living. This coming from a guy who ran a program whose sole intent was to hinder other people's ability to make a living by injuring them. Fucking hypocrite.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||There are a few guys in every||
There are a few guys in every beer league that ruin it for everyone else by taking it way too seriously. Just ignore it as best you can, throw out a few good insults like calling him a grocery stick and telling him they spelled asshole wrong on the back of his jersey.
I had an incident last summer where I was playing with my dad and his friends and some new guy out there, about 35, got pissed and jumped my 58 year old dad who clearly didn't want to fight and can barely skate, so I just took off the gloves and forced him to fight me instead. I'm guessing they're going to unwire his jaw any time now.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||I briefly considered writing||
I briefly considered writing a diary about the topic of visors and college hockey a while back, but I just got too busy and it slipped my mind. Short version: Switching to visors would make a big difference in the NCAA vs CHL battle IMO. Full cages make it look like amateur hour and take away from the "cool" factor. These are 16-17 year old kids making decisions, they want to look cool. If that sounds ridiculous, then you don't remember what it's like to be 17.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Happy birthday. I'm having a||
I'm having a few heinekens. Came to Florida a few days early to relax before I watch some ECHL action later this week featuring clients.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Wow, that Adam Henrique is a||
Wow, that Adam Henrique is a stud!
|1 year 34 weeks ago||DB is the master of corporate||
DB is the master of corporate bullshit...the art of speaking without actually saying anything.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Six Zero has created some of||
Six Zero has created some of the best content on mgoblog over the years. Things like wife day and mgoprofile are what make this site great. Witty, original content by the people, for the people.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Yes, definitely a valid||
Yes, definitely a valid alternative hypothesis. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||The coaches turned away||
The coaches turned away several highly regarded linebackers and yet kept Levenberry's offer on the table. I'd say there's a good chance the coaches knew what they were doing. Smart money is on Michigan.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Magnus, I really appreciate||
Magnus, I really appreciate your insights, honesty, and football knowledge. Having said that (Curb reference) you are the biggest goddamn buzzkill in the entire world. You would criticize the grammar on a suicide note.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Is it really that surprising||
Is it really that surprising that they're a different team with the 2011 NHL scoring champion back on the ice? Losing players that good creates a domino effect all the way down the roster. I don't know if they will win this series but i think they'll at least take one more game from LA.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Huh? Isn't "not noticing the||
Huh? Isn't "not noticing the pain" just as good?
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I realize everyone on this||
I realize everyone on this board despises Crosby, but if you like hockey then you have got to love watching him with the puck. His vision is absolutely second to none, almost gretzky-esque.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||What helped me post-surgery||
What helped me post-surgery was to take the meds (usually perks) for about 3-5 days when the pain is substantial but stop taking them as soon as you can reasonably tolerate the pain. Those meds destroy your stomach and make it very difficult to have a solid shitting schedule, something I hold very dear.
Then I spent the next 3-4 days smoking marijuana out of a vaporizer about twice a day and catching up on some good reading.
Also, Brian, don't slack or skip out on your rehab sessions. I made that mistake once. It's easy to skip them once you start a bit feel better but do everything your Doctor and therapist says to do exactly. Failing to do this will just result in having to get surgery again.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The Carkner one really||
The Carkner one really bothered me. I mean, seriously? Throwing multiple haymakers at a guy who made it clear he didn't want to fight? That isn't hockey, its a fucking disgrace and he should have been suspended for the remainder of the playoffs. I like fighting and believe it has its place, I fought pretty often in my playing days, but there is a code amongst players and when the league refuses to police bullshit like that it destroys the integrity of the system and proves people who call hockey barbaric correct.
You can choose to believe me or not, but I actually got to sit in on a meeting over a suspension appeal for one of my boss's clients, a huge star in the NHL. The bullshit these people spew to justify their reasoning is absolutely amazing. It's like corporate bullshit X100. Thats what you get when the guy in charge of the league can't even skate and comes from the NBA.
I really thought Shanahan would bring a player's perspective to the whole process but thus far he has failed miserably and IMO that last Pens/Flyers game was entirely his fault for failing to show any backbone. Shea Weber makes 7.5 million dollars a year, tried to injure a player blatantly, and gets fined $2500? $2500 to Shea Weber is like a pack of gum to the rest of us, it's a joke.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The memorial cup (Canadian||
The memorial cup (Canadian major junior A hockey national title) actually broke during the presentation ceremony after the game recently. The look on the captains face was pretty priceless. Hopefully someone can dig that one up.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The Devils have some serious||
The Devils have some serious talent. When they turn it on, they can play with anyone in the league. But for some reason they are incredibly inconsistent in games. You're right about Brodeur too. He may not be the best in the world anymore, but he is still pretty damn good and is an asset still.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Like all hip hop fans, I went||
Like all hip hop fans, I went through a big Tupac phase in my early teens. I personally found that kind of creepy so I can't imagine the feeling of seeing it live.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The refs let that get way out||
The refs let that get way out of control. That was terrible hockey. I hope Philly wins game 4 just so I don't have to watch that WWF bullshit anymore. Fights are fine but constant chirping and shoving after every whistle is just annoying.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Yeah, because the University||
Yeah, because the University of Michigan is a cesspool of hardship and poverty.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I knows it's cliché to say||
I knows it's cliché to say this, but your stuff is so funny because you poke fun at things that are absolutely true. Really nice job, Pat.
If you keep going, one day you're going to get paid to do stuff like this. Does your current work involve anything creative like this or is this something you do on the side for now?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Agreed. I've said many times||
Agreed. I've said many times that Wings fans underestimate his overall contribution to the utility of the Detroit Red Wings success. Teams need players like him to go all the way.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Excellent job, JeepinBen, and||
Excellent job, JeepinBen, and I appreciate the shoutout but I think you know more about this stuff than I do. I meant to post earlier but I've been busy with OHL draft stuff and trying not to fail out of school.
Anyways, you give a great breakdown and there isn't anything to correct so I'll just add a few thoughts I had.
- Generally, powerplays in Div 1 NCAA differ from those of the CHL because the quality of d-men is very comparable, but the quality of highly skilled forwards is not. There are no Taylor Halls, Steve Stamkos', Tyler Seguins, etc, running around the NCAA because forwards that good are usually in their rookie NHL season when most college players are freshmen. Which brings me to my next point...
- A powerplay's greatest asset is a sniper or a very skilled offensive defenseman. If you don't have one in the elite category, you're powerplay will likely have trouble. Drew Doughty, Shea Weber, Nick Lidstrom, fall into that category. They are quarterbacks. Stamkos, Crosby, Malkin, Datsyuk, Illya Kovalchuk and many others, are forwards in this category. These guys get paid the big bucks for a reason. Michigan's powerplay struggled, IMO, because they had a great team all around but lacked an elite goal scorer or elite mobile d-man. This is why the team spent so much time waiting for perfect shots and failing, because there are only a handful of guys who can pull that off consistently (this involves being skilled both with and without the puck). Which brings me to my next point...
- "Throwing pucks at the net" is not a good strategy when you get to the NHL level. The entire strategy of a penalty kill unit is to keep the offense on the outside and force them to take bad shots i.e. shots your goalie can just cover or easily save. Goalies in the NHL are too good for that shit and will welcome a team throwing pucks at the net. Too easy. If you perceived Michigan as just "throwing pucks at the net" this was probably due to their inability to execute Red's plan, not because he told them to. Which brings me to my next point...
- The entire point of an NHL level powerplay is to get 1 or 2 PREMIUM scoring opportunities. If you have adequate goal scorers on your team and you generate 1 or 2 PREMIUM scoring chances on every powerplay then you will have an excellent PP scoring percentage. Like I said, goalies are too good now, the idea behind a powerplay is to exploit the man advantage by getting your best players in space and letting them do what they do. D-men are taught to let it go from the point when A. The lane is open B. They are at least close to the top of the circles or closer. C. They can keep the shot low. Not adhering to those rules will often result in breakaways in the other direction, forfeiting puck possession (THE cardinal sin), hurting your teammates, or an easy save for the goalie.
- As for getting the puck in the zone, that is probably the hardest part. I'll save my comments on that for your diary on Penalty Kill since this post has been way too long.
- Finally, I think Trouba is going to help the PP for Michigan. He may not be Drew Doughty, but he's quick, smart, big, and has a killer shot. Those are all ingredients for a premier powerplay Quarterback. Also, Steve Stamkos was the most frustrating player I ever played against. If he got the puck on his stick anywhere within an 18 foot radius of the net he was just automatic. He has his corner picked out before he even gets the puck. Very hard to defend. Obviously, that trend continues with his NHL career.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Very good looking babies,||
Very good looking babies, congrats.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Another calming thought is||
Another calming thought is that Kalis should come in and lock down one of those backup jobs. Freshman, yes, but the highest ranked OL we've had in a long time and supposed to be as college ready as they come.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Fucking agents.||
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I'll be at the Joe on||
I'll be at the Joe on Thursday to watch Wings/Devils, haven't been to the arena in a while so I'm looking forward to it.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Are you wearing an Ed Hardy||
Are you wearing an Ed Hardy shirt right now?
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I'm getting drunk tonight,||
I'm getting drunk tonight, big time.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Or you can wait a season, get||
Or you can wait a season, get injured, and get no offer at all. With this deal he'll make $150,000 a year for the next three seasons even in the AHL.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||My college education is a||
My college education is a waste, I don't understand what's going on at all.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Hard to turn down. As a 2nd||
Hard to turn down. As a 2nd rounder this deal will have him making six figures for the next three years at least, even if he's in the AHL.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||And they just happen to be||
And they just happen to be our rivals? Weird.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||He can still finish school,||
He can still finish school, just no more athletic eligibility.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||For an ATO, you are right,||
For an ATO, you are right, the pay is about $200 a day. However, the claim has been that Hunwick will actually dress and be on the bench in uniform, in which case they would have to pay him based on the league minimum salary. Since NHL pay is based on a 180 day scale, Hunwick will be getting a few grand, at the very least, as long as he dresses.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Good day for Wolverine hockey||
Good day for Wolverine hockey players, I think. He has great size and a good chance to make the big club down the road.
5th round pick, solid career. My guess is that he gets something in the range of $685,000 per year for the big club (he only gets it he if plays) and $55,000 in the AHL. Signing bonus depends on a lot of things but I'm guessing somewhere between 65-90k which would get chopped into four equal payments over the two years of his deal. Pretty decent, eh!
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Haha, I would love nothing||
Haha, I would love nothing more. I'm guessing he already has someone, though. Also, as of right now if I were to sign a college player I would have to share him with the guy at my company who handles the NCAA guys, which would really piss me off. Once I graduate and get official certification....then I'll get him the Ovechkin deal.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Good for him, he will get||
Good for him, he will get himself a nice pay day as well, even if he's only up there a few days.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Sweet, now they can point to||
Sweet, now they can point to this next time they raise your tuition by four times the rate of inflation!
|1 year 38 weeks ago||To me, a USC offer is the||
To me, a USC offer is the stamp of approval. I know guys like seeing Bama offers but Saban offers tons of kids and SC is much more selective.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I think there is little to no||
I think there is little to no chance Trouba signs an NHL contract before he plays his first season at Michigan. There would be no point to that for either party involved.
Also, my gut feeling is that Merrill will not be back next year. I also believe he'll end up with an NHL team besides the Devils. But that's just speculation, what the hell do I know.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Drank a bottle of wine now||
Drank a bottle of wine now I'm on the Canadian Club, drinking on the driveway with my neighbors (all college students). Really gonna miss these times when I go out into the "real world".
|1 year 38 weeks ago||An old teammate plays for the||
An old teammate plays for the Bulldogs so I'll be cheering for them as well.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Steve French.||
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Typical unbelievably hideous||
Typical unbelievably hideous American McMansion.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Yes! Lloyd Brady rocking the||
Yes! Lloyd Brady rocking the gutzedo, love that guy.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||There's nothing taboo about||
There's nothing taboo about calling what it is...a stupid decision.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Calvin Johnson is one of the||
Calvin Johnson is one of the best football players on earth and I'm excited he'll be playing for my team for a long time. Furthermore, he is a standup individual. Nobody has to worry about him taking the money and dogging it, getting arrested, or making stupid comments to the media, or anything like that. He is the closest thing to a perfect superstar you will ever find.
Remember that mural in downtown Detroit with Barry Sanders? I think it should now be Calvin Johnson.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Word is that Mario is going||
Word is that Mario is going to North America's team.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Stafford > Cutler Megatron >||
Stafford > Cutler
...still a very good deal for the bears, though.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||As stupid as it sounds, its||
As stupid as it sounds, its actually enjoyable to be emotionally invested in something that doesn't have any real consequences on my life. If we lose a big one, I'm upset for a bit and then I move on. For a few hours I don't have to worry about school, the job market, my girl, politics, etc. It's an escape and to me that itself is worth the price of admission.
This is why it upsets me when people bring politics or religion into sports. Sports are for everyone to enjoy and I watch them to get away from all the world's bullshit. If that line is crossed it ruins it for me.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Probably an OSU offer, no?||
Probably an OSU offer, no?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||That is a massive gamble. I||
That is a massive gamble. I don't care how good Luck is, there is no such thing as a "sure thing". Moreover, Luck will be entering his career following one of the best players in history on a team that absolutely stinks. But that won't stop the fans from expecting instant success.
Isn't it funny to think that Matthew Stafford is only one year older than Andrew Luck? I'm not saying Luck is old, but Stafford is still so young.
Anyways, let the speculation about landing spots for Peyton begin...
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Me: This (recruiting) class||
Me: This (recruiting) class so cold!
Hoke: This old thang?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Thanks, Mathlete. Very||
Thanks, Mathlete. Very interesting. One of my favorite things to do is go way back to the old recruiting rankings and see where NFL stars were ranked as high schoolers. Granted, the systems probably weren't as accurate and well-organized back then, but still very interesting. A few of the best players at their positions in the NFL (from 2002 on):
Calvin Johnson: high 4 star, rivals 100 player.
Aaron Rodgers: generic 3 star
Adrian Peterson: #1 overall player in nation.
Derrelle Revis: generic 3 star
Mario Williams: low-end 4 star
These are just a few examples of how widely it varies. I don't know football compared to most people on this site, I just find it fun to go back and take a look. In my mind, the 2 players who are hands down the best at their positions in the league are Megatron and Revis, and neither of them were 5 stars, although Calvin was ranked pretty high.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Chicago is one of the most||
Chicago is one of the most competitive markets for the legal field. Also, given that this is probably a dream job for many people, getting it will not be easy. Having said that, it is worth a shot.
1. I would think longggggggggggg and hard about WHO you know and any connections you may have that could possibly get them to look at you. Now is the time to call in favors. Do you know anyone involved in MLB? Sports agents, scouts, players, anyone at all that can help. You would be surprised how much knowing even low-level people can help you.
2. Call them up and ask questions. Be polite, but be a bit of a shit. This may sound counterproductive, but it shows persistence and it will make them remember your name.
3. Try not to play the whole "I love the Cubs OMGG" card too much. Make it known, but thats it. Everyone is going to be using that angle and I can assure you that this will do nothing to separate you from the pack. They want the best man or woman for the job, not the biggest fan.
4. What can you offer that the others can't? Did you go to a top school or have any experience with the business side of sports? Why should they pick YOU?
That is my 0.2, hopefully it helps a bit. I wish you the best of luck and remember that fortune favors the bold.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Lizard, your life should be||
Lizard, your life should be deleted.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||He gets attention but if he||
He gets attention but if he played for a "traditional" market, as you correctly put it, he would be getting national endorsement campaigns almost as much as Sid does. The first thing companies want to know when you present them a player is what market he appeals to. Tampa just can't compare to TO, Chicago, etc, in that regard.
IMO he is one of the 3 best forwards in the NHL. I'm not saying he doesn't get attention, but he could be getting a lot more given how good he is.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Can't wait for the boys to||
Can't wait for the boys to bring home another gold medal. I think Stamkos will be our best player in 2014. If he played in a bigger market he would get a lot more attention.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Wait, is that justingoblue's||
Wait, is that justingoblue's old lady?
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Blue Label scotch, got it as||
Blue Label scotch, got it as a Christmas gift from my girlfriend's mom. Pretty good stuff but not my favorite scotch.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Worry about his personality?||
Worry about his personality? You mean the guy who stuck by his school and teammates during a massive shitstorm and is as responsible as anyone for Michigan's resurgence? You want him to say that those players are better than him? He won the Rimington Trophy fergodsakes.
A scrappy guy like Molk has to show confidence. You don't get anywhere by conceding inferiority to your competition.
Love this guy.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||No, I'm not advising you on||
No, I'm not advising you on hiding the booze... I'm telling you to mix in a water because it's 1:45am on a Tuesday and your obviously in that euphoric "I love everything, man" stage of drunkenness. Nothing good comes from surpassing that stage.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Mix in a water every once in||
Mix in a water every once in a while.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Really nice arena, you will||
Really nice arena, you will enjoy the game. Like others said, expect lots of wings fans.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Are we in on any highly||
Are we in on any highly ranked DTs?
|1 year 42 weeks ago||All due respect, that simply||
All due respect, that simply isn't true. Many great athletes are some of the most insecure people on earth. They need constant reassurance which is why they surround themselves with yes men. The top ones aren't used to criticism because they're surrounded by people telling them how great they are.
Being sensitive to criticism doesn't mean anyone is destined for failure, especially at age 16. That comment is over the top.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Ace, nice Illmatic reference||
Ace, nice Illmatic reference and great writeup.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Lloyd Brady is growing up to||
Lloyd Brady is growing up to be a lot more Tom Brady than he is Lloyd Christmas. Good for him.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Life, in general? Not that||
Life, in general? Not that anything you said was wrong, but it's 3:30 in the morning, I'm wasted outta my mind and I was thinking this was going to be an existential late night drunk thread. Oh well.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Dawson is not unranked he is||
Dawson is not unranked he is a 4-star, #199 overall to Rivals. He is our fourth rivals 250 commit in one day. Gotta be a record.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Wow, my sparty friend back||
Wow, my sparty friend back home was bragging about him being a lock for them. This is great news!
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I honestly believe that both||
I honestly believe that both Aquaman and Ace will combine to give us better coverage than even Tomvh, and that's no shot at Tom, he was and is great. But Aquaman has been stellar and Ace has exploded for the 2013 season with tons of great interviews with top prospects.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||There are guys I used to play||
There are guys I used to play with who are 89 birth years that play for a few of the teams listed in those standings. However, as Brian said, those teams are not considered elite recruiters like Michigan so they're going after different guys.
When good players fall through the cracks of the OHL draft they often go to a league they feel will give them a shot at a scholarship, like tier 2 Junior A in Toronto, top junior B leagues in Western Canada, or the excellent leagues in Michigan. So they end up late to the party as 20 year old freshmen who had to spend extra years proving their scholarship worth. That happens with a lot of Canadian kids. I've also known at least a dozen kids who destroyed their NCAA eligibility by playing in a few OHL games and continue to regret it because they had to settle for CIS (still great hockey) instead of a Div 1 scholarship in the US even though they were good enough.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Let's just say I would have||
Let's just say I would have sexual relations with her, if you catch my drift.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Before games I would listen||
Before games I would listen to a lot of pump up music a few hours or so before the game until about 20 minutes before the coach's speech and then I would switch to something more slow-paced to get me focused. Johnny Cash, Tchaikovsky, Frank Sinatra, stuff like that. I'm not someone who can go into a game yelling and pounding my chest like a gorilla, I like to be calm and focused.
At the gym its the same thing. I'd rather listen to Mozart than Metallica. Just a focus thing.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||To be honest with you, there||
To be honest with you, there are a lot of good posters that I like but I don't remember names, I usually identify people by their avatars.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Sorry about your friend's||
Sorry about your friend's son. Not sure if your friend is an NHL fan but I'd be happy to get you some personalized autographed player stuff, with some inspiring message or something along those lines. Let me know.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Perhaps Tremendous can secure||
Perhaps Tremendous can secure an interview with the oracle from Omaha so we can find out?
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Sweet, looks like Shane||
Sweet, looks like Shane Morris is an elite blue chipper all across the board. At #16, with a good senior season he'll likely get a 5th star. It's always nice to have at least 1 or 2 elite players in the class (Pipkins, Kalis) and its even nicer to have one like Shane this early in the process.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I'd upvote this, but it||
I'd upvote this, but it wouldn't affect your point total anyways.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||MSU's season rests on the||
MSU's season rests on the shoulders of Andrew Maxwell, an unknown variable. If he comes in and plays well, they will be one of the big ten's best teams. If he stinks or gets injured, they could very well hover around 7 wins or so.
He was a highly ranked recruit and has been sitting for a few seasons so expect him to be a decent quarterback, slightly less effective than Kirk.
Then again....I don't know shit.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||True, but I believe Nick||
True, but I believe Nick Fairley was as valuable in that National Championship game as Cam Newton was. He absolutely terrorized the o-line.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||If I was Devin Gardner I||
If I was Devin Gardner I would be so insulted sometimes by reading this site. Typical recruiting-mania attitude, as soon as one class ends we forget about them and focus on the current batch of new 18 year olds.
Gardner is a 5 star QB with amazing size and will have 3 years in the system. If Shane Morris starts week 1 in 2013 (unless due to Devin injury) I promise I will eat a lemon on video for mgoblog.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Problem is, nobody respects||
Problem is, nobody respects trashtalk from rookies/freshman. I love pipkins and realize he is our highest rated recruit in a long time, but do it on the field------then talk. Love the enthusiasm, though.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Complaining about a||
Complaining about a gentleman's agreement is the same as complaining about a team running up the score in a championship game. It's the last refuge of a loser.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||The Wings have incredibly||
The Wings have incredibly even-keeled management, so I highly doubt the results of those games will affect their trade plans unless of course someone gets injured. The Wings generally don't make blockbuster deals so I would be shocked if someone like Parise went there. Any predictions I have would just be guessing, but I think they will bring in at least a forward and a d-man. Next year they will be getting a lot of cap space so that is when I expect them to make a big move. They have all the pieces to make a cup run right now, no need to sacrifice anything long-term.
I know one player they were after last year and they might be after him again this season. I only know this through a personal connection so I'm not going to post his name but he's a young shutdown d-man that I think the Wings can get for cheap and develop into a top 4 guy down the road.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Yes, 8 million. But in||
Yes, 8 million. But in fairness, that was before this season started so perhaps he has had to curb his expectations a bit.
My opinion is that he won't accept any less than 7 million a year for a minimum of 5 seasons. I'm basing this on conversations I had in August with someone who is very close with him while he was in negotiations with Jersey. I have no recent information, unfortunately.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||So you only want him for the||
So you only want him for the rest of this year? And I'm 99% sure he isn't a "sign less to win" kind of guy. I'm not saying he is a bad guy or anything, just that there are very few players who will take less money than they're worth, especially a guy like Parise who is still young. Usually those deals are made when the player is at the end of his prime and doesn't have a ring i.e. Jarome Iginla. Parise has plenty of prime left.
BTW, I know Parise is looking for about 8 million a year. Will he get it? Depends on his performance the rest of the season, but thats what he wants.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I don't know if you guys will||
I don't know if you guys will want Parise when you find out how much money he and his agent are planning on asking for when he hits the open market.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Spartan fans are funny||
Spartan fans are funny because when someone says our class is better they say "recruiting rankings don't even matter" but they brag about getting the top ranked player in the state and how their average star ranking makes their class better than it is.
They want it both ways: recruiting rankings matter when it suits them. Dantonio can develop talent, lets give the man credit. But if Hoke and his staff can develop talent too, we will be superior to them for a long time because of the better talent we bring in.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||We have talent at certain||
We have talent at certain positions that can match up with theirs, the problem is that they have elite talent EVERYWHERE. It's going to be extremely hard to hang with them for 60 minutes.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||My current girlfriend is a||
My current girlfriend is a health nut and it really bothered her that I chewed so I quit, cold turkey. Having said that, I chew 3-4 times a week and enjoy Camel Snuss (mint) in the top shelf when I'm driving liquor into me and watching tv.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Meltdown after missing out on||
Meltdown after missing out on a 3 start tight end....what is this, RCMB?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I'm having Hopslam tonight||
I'm having Hopslam tonight based entirely on reviews from you guys on this board. My friend who plays in Kalamazoo got me two six packs to take back to school. I'm down 5 on the night and have a sweet buzz going so far. These things are delicious, and dangerous too.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I can see how you would come||
I can see how you would come up with that in theory, but it isn't actually the way it works. First of all, 18 years old is when guys get drafted, not signed. Very few players sign at 18. Usually they sign late in their 19th year or at age 20. Secondly, if a guy has had a few decent seasons in his early 20's but hasn't hit his peak, the agent will advise him to sign a short term deal for less money in order to prove himself. Thus, instead of signing say a 6 or 7 year deal worth 2 or 3 million a year, the agent will negotiate a 2 year deal with around 1.5-2.5 million knowing that if the player progresses as he should he will be able to sign a deal in the future worth 5-7 million per year. It's a bit of a gamble with injuries, but the players almost always agree that they want to prove themselves so that can get the bigger contract down the road.
You want your client to get his long term deal between the ages of 24-28 regardless of whether they played OHL or college. That is the "setup deal" meaning it is the deal that sets you up for life. Guys wait for this deal before they buy their permanent home, etc. After that, you go back to signing deals in 1 or 2 year increments until you are no longer a viable NHL player.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||No, an NHL team would never||
No, an NHL team would never try to manipulate a teenage kid into switching from college to the OHL. Coaches of OHL's teams will do it (obviously) and agents do it all the time. Agents and coaches say shit like "the big club would rather you play in Junior because it gives you a better chance to crack their lineup" which is a lie. The agents just want them in junior so they can sign their NHL contract sooner. The benefit of this is that they get out of their limited entry level deals sooner to make the big bucks.
It's the big-time agents who treat their guys like stocks when they should be treating them like family. Being a hockey agent is a lot like being a college recruiter. You sit in their living rooms and tell them and their parents that you are going to do everything in your power to help them turn into the players and men that they want to be. NHL teams don't care if you want to go to college unless you are in the top 1% of players like Taylor Hall or Stamkos, who are good enough to contribute as 18 year olds.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I don't understand. Why would||
I don't understand. Why would the OHL want a game at the big house...so everyone on tv can watch them fill 10% of the stadium?
In all seriousness, I've been doing some snooping and I'll have an update for you guys around lunch time.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I love how it is a foregone||
I love how it is a foregone conclusion that Andrew Luck is going to come in and be an elite Qb immediately. The colts are simply not that good of a team. No prospect, not even Luck, is a sure thing. He might end up stinking, who knows.
Let's see how it goes when he takes over an average, aging team with little young talent and has to live up to the expectations that come with replacing one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the league.
Meanwhile Manning will have gone to a good team in need of a good QB and will likely be in the hunt for superbowls during Luck's first few seasons. Things are going to get very interesting around that situation.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Does anyone know what hockey||
Does anyone know what hockey players he trains? Is it just former Michigan players?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||The OP is kind of deceiving.||
The OP is kind of deceiving. The analysts did not say that Jordan Diamond would commit or that Armani Reeves was a 50% shot. They showed predictions by two analysts per prospect. Both analysts picked Michigan for Diamond and one analyst picked Michigan and Ohio State each for Reeves.
Also, both analysts picked Stanford for Garnett but that doesn't mean he is 100% going to Stanford, that is just what they think at this point.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||A thread of actual||
A thread of actual importance....sweet.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I read it last week and it||
I read it last week and it was entertaining. I thought it was a good book, not a great book.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||This guy has serious||
This guy has serious self-esteem issues.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Urban Meyer is the type of||
Urban Meyer is the type of coach to go after the best talent regardless of anything else. He wants those Rivals100 guys. We do too, except Hoke cares about character and the types of kids we're bringing in. He wants them to represent the University on and off the field. Urban just wants the talent and that is proven by taking a quick glance at his former classes.
Thats why I root for Michigan. I would also like to add that while everyone is in a panic about how Meyer has been snatching up top recruits, he hasn't taken shit all from Michigan. The real losers out of all of this has been Sparty and PSU.