that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
|2 hours 50 min ago||Already Posted...||
Hello Carter Dunaway?
It is on the second page of threads, having only moved off the first page yesterday. The search function is your friend when it comes to commitment news here, as it is one of the things you can almost guarantee was posted the moment it happened.
|5 hours 1 min ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that if it wasn't obvious before that - despite all the places he could have gone - that Ann Arbor was where Harbaugh really wanted to be, it probably should be now. Warmup catcher, motivational speaker....as someone said above, he tries to be where he can when he can and it is great to witness the seemingly boundless energy.
|5 hours 10 min ago||I'm Sold...||
I'll be watching definitely - just this scene alone, right down to his re-enactment of Leach's pre-snap routine, was fun to watch. It is nice to see shows like "Real Sports" also bringing recognition to the program and what is going on here through these interviews though. As we've discussed at length around these parts - Harbaugh being himself keeps Michigan in the spotlight.
|14 hours 18 min ago||At The End...||
But as Lonergan said, Beilein knows college basketball isn’t a one-year thing. He’ll get his guys back in the gym again next year, passing, dribbling and catching just like always. He’ll give his team a chance in the end.
That was a very interesting piece connecting Beilein's approach in the past to his present. Indeed, it shows you that very little about the basic philsophy around players and personnel has changed really, but that it has worked so well wherever he has been.
|19 hours 37 min ago||Later On...||
Only now switched to this after Tigers and dinner, but kept track on the phone :-(
I am trying to look at it like this - later on, I get to see if the Rangers continue their slow, steady beating of Sidney Crosby with various shoulders. No dog in the fight in that game, of course, but any time I can watch Crosby get his comeuppance, I figure.
|21 hours 51 min ago||Well, It's Something...||
The Tigers just got one back on a J.D. Martinez solo shot.
Still started into the Blue Moon over the that seven-run half-inning the White Sox just put up. Sometimes, it seems when Sanchez doesn't have it, he really doesn't have it.
|23 hours 22 min ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Part of me looks at Norfolk State vs. Rutgers and wants that to be "upset special" for all sorts of selfish emotional reasons. I am guessing offhand that Northwestern is not going to like Stanford very much after that game and Ohio State probably comes out when the bell rings and flattens the Hokies.
|23 hours 25 min ago||It Happens...||
I am pretty sure that - in 2005 - we got a small storm that dumper about 4 inches of snow in the Ann Arbor area during the last week of April or thereabouts, and growing up I can recall stray flurries on cold mornings in early May. Of course, I can remember a week in 2000 in March when it was pretty much in the mid-80s every day, and in 1997, winter was more like an extended fall complete with tulips accidentally blooming in the middle of January. This is a very odd weather state sometimes.
|1 day 5 hours ago||UniWatch...||
Per Paul Lukas at UniWatch, which is probably the best authority on these thing out there if that means anything, these have been vetted and this or something similar to it may very well happen. (LINK).
Behind the link, you can see the descriptions of the uniforms in all their brand management glory, with gems like :
"Using the colloquial LA will resonate in a profound way with the younger demographic".
|1 day 5 hours ago||Daredevil...||
My wife and I blew through all 13 episodes on Netflix last weekend (starting Friday night and finishing Sunday evening) and I will say that at no point will you be disappointed - it is a great series. Whether you can binge watch it or you have to space it out, do make some time to watch it.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Crazy Things...||
I was at the Tigers game where Steve Lyons decided to clean himself off at first base by taking his pants down for a few moments. That was the somewhat offbeat Lyons just being himself, of course, and yeah, if you've got dirt in your shirttail in baseball, it is inconvenient, but there was the problem of deciding to do that - however absent-mindedly - in from of about 25,000 people. It took him a few seconds to realize what he was doing, but by then Tiger Stadium was rolling on the floor laughing.
I also had the pleasure of being in attendance for the oh so wonderful (if you're a Wings fan) "Fight Night At The Joe". I think it was Shanahan, but that body block on Roy was and still is beautiful.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Quick Question...||
Is this perchance Craig Dunaway's son? I didn't exactly make the connection before, but then I remember Jack Dunaway walked on and I've heard mentions that their father player for Bo on various media. Very nice yet again to see legacy Wolverines, if indeed that's the case.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Hope He's Right...||
I hope he is right too. UMHoops threw this out there - LINK
If this is right, he's pretty close to graduating anyway:
LeVert said he’s factoring his health and his education — he’s “a couple more semesters” away from graduating. And, he admitted being part of the program next winter could be special.
With everyone back, I would think next season would be very interesting.
|1 day 15 hours ago||First Car...||
My first car was a 1991 Lumina that was manufactured during a moment in history when General Motors toyed with the idea of not using primer when when painting sheet metal. It was red with unfinished spots and looked like a bad imitation of a Twister board. That being said, apart from the fact that the A/C compressor suffered from a case of shitty bearings, it was an OK car.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I Get This, But...||
''First and foremost, requiring a year of readiness would make clear to prospects that they have a choice. On one hand, they would be free to pursue their sport as a vocation, where development in the sport is their primary - if not sole - objective. To the extent such avenues are limited in the sports of football and men's basketball, it is the responsibility of the professional leagues in those sports to provide such opportunities. It is not the responsibility of intercollegiate athletics to serve as professional minor leagues in any sport,'' - from Delany's letter
I understand what he is trying to say here, and fortunately this is not a proposal as he mentioned, but say in basketball for example, if the NCAA as whole really felt this way, I would have to think they'd try to work with the NBA (which would need to somehow amend its CBA) to go back to the old rules, if you will (they do not feel this way, of course). That wouldn't mean freshmen ineligibility, of course, but no one would go for it after over 40 years without it, especially with the way the very nature of collegiate athletics has changed.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Enjoying The Afternoon...||
Well, I managed to get home in time to enjoy some of the afternoon - pizza night, so we ordered that, and I went for a nice walk / run and now am sitting on my porch with the laptop and a Guinness, the first of many such beers tonight as it is Friday. I might catch up on Orphan Black in anticipation of the season premiere tomorrow too.
|1 day 21 hours ago||About This...||
NFL.com profile on Funchess here (LINK), for comparison
Their Bottom Line is what I tend to see when I think of Funchess and his NFL prospects:
Has mismatch-caliber size, but lack of vertical talent and below-average hands might negate the size to an extent. Funchess was used outside and inside at Michigan and had success from the slot. He has the feel of a hybrid player who can be a big guy at wide receiver or a mismatch nightmare as a move tight end with more weight on his rangy frame.
Thought the rough comparison to Gavin Escobar was interesting too.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Well Hello...||
So, I take that it is no longer "what do i write here" (it couldn't be because I did the block / ban myself that time), but now you have in fact discovered what you would like to write there, just not much else beyond this. Honestly, it only creates work for me - you're not even trying anymore, if indeed you are the repeater I believe you to be.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 days 5 hours ago||Starting Out Anyway...||
I have to spend at least the first half of my Friday crowded into a room with a cross-functional group of folks trying to solve a problem that I am not sure IT has the budget to solve at the moment. It's one of those things where if money were no object, we could have this hammered out - at least the theory - in about 15 minutes. Anyway, fortunately that last until 2 PM at the latest, at which time I find a workstation where I will be, tune into the Tigers game, answer some e-mails and probably go after that.
No real plans for the weekend. That's rare for me and I like it that way personally.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Yikes...||
At least this man worked for the side of good and good dentistry...
|2 days 14 hours ago||Notting Hill...||
If you're staying in Notting Hill (which is in Kensington And Chelsea), I think a typical room - pretty basic, that is - is probably a $250 / night proposition on average, or at least it was the last time I was there. Plenty of nice hotels in that area though and as other have alluded to, you'd have no trouble getting almost anywhere. Wembley is in Brent, I think, which isn't terribly far from Kensington (just north of there) so the haul to the stadium shouldn't be too bad.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Pretty Sure...||
I am beginning to believe that the interviews to be an official in most sports tend to look like this -
|2 days 18 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
All I can say is that I would attempt to model for $47 million in a year too, but aside from maybe my wife reassuring me that I do not look all the comical, there is no way at all it would ever happen. You're definitely doing something right when you can make that sort of money in an extremely competitive environment.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Nice...||
While I have these persistent reservations about how good this movie might be as a movie (and I could be completely wrong, of course), it looks visually superb just based on the preview. I would definitely go see it despite not being a huge Star Wars fan. That light saber was awesome - I will say that.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Apparently...||
A quick search - not comprehensive - for "Jim Beilein" in the search for the foundation of a snarky remark found only references to John Beilein, so if there ever was a Jim Beilein, he isn't of much note or there are some articles out there written by people quite new to the world of collegiate basketball (there was an obscure article calling him "Jim" and "John" - I only saw the summary though).
As for Max, I had thought there was an article saying he was leaning towards his hometown university of Bradley, but I admit that it would be nice to have him back as a walk-on, in my opinion.
|3 days 2 hours ago||My Two Cents...||
I think a coach that is engaged as Harbaugh is and makes results and progress as transparent as he does is someone who typically builds and sustains success wherever he goes, and indeed he has. What the transparency is doing is driving the accountability - for one's own results as well as well as the team's - and giving players a very real sense of how what they do affects team results. You have to be intense to enacy something like this, and I would say you can only be successful generally.
|3 days 5 hours ago||We Shall See...||
When I do the position / position by round version of this, I am hoping to find this out actually. Part of why I stopped short of present time in this diary was, as I said, to get averages that were as unmuddled as possible, but hopefully we get to see if part of the reason for this is buried in the NFL's draft behavior, if you will.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Entire Listing...||
This was taken from straight dumps by year from Pro-Football Reference, so everyone they had data on that was taken in any round is in this data set. There were probably only about 100 names over the course of 12 years of data that were name only and draft year but no other data on how long they were in the NFL.
|3 days 13 hours ago||My first interactions with a||
My first interactions with a computer go back to when I was probably 4 or 5 - we had an Apple II and a TI-82 in the house. Actually, the Texas Instruments computer came with a vast array of educational software and that's more or less how I spent at least some free time - the first version of Math Blaster, in fact, was on that machine.
My first interactions with what would become the Internet came probably in the 1989-1990 timeframe - I got a Prodigy account, although I got ne primarily because my father believed that this was "the way", if you will. I still remember chatting about this then new thing from ESPN called "Baseball Tonight" with another kid from out west. Amazing at the time.
I still use my AOL e-mail name - which I have had since 1994 - to this day.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Very Good News...||
Always nice to see fellow Hornets on the team up the road, but what a team indeed, eh? I know we're all excited about the national interest in Harbaugh, but it feels good to see kids from your old high school get noticed by Harbaugh and his staff.
Welcome to Michigan, Kevin Gross!
|3 days 14 hours ago||I Hope So...||
I would hope so, and only because this would be a perfect game to test out a little psychological warfare and set the cage next to the Rutgers bench. When they ask if it is safe, an assistant just shrugs and says, "I don't think there's a problem. Normally, it takes him a couple hours at least to get through the metal..." I think we get the advantage right there.
|3 days 15 hours ago||The First Recipient...||
Pomeranz was quick to say he’s not a Michigan fan, since he’s a proud Ole Miss alum. Asked if he’d worn it, Pomeranz said, ‘ “I wore it earlier. Not for the interviews.”
Well, no one's perfect and an appropriate award for an Ole Miss fan is not precisely something you want to keep large amounts of in a locker room necessarily. The helmet will have to do, but I don't get why you wouldn't want to wear the block "M" for interviews. Maybe this is my fandom talking.
|3 days 18 hours ago||The Browns Site...||
The Browns site has a photo gallery as well - LINK
If these photos are any indication, I don't know that I like the idea of having "Browns" down the leg. There's something about that and the fact that it is running down the leg that seems strange to the part of me that secretly enjoys middle school humor. That being said, that's probably my only major gripe with these.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Interesting Question...||
I suppose if I had to choose a moment of regrettable behavior, that for me would be my drinking binge after The Horror. While that in itself might have been understandable after that game, I also went on a drunken rant about the direction of football in the middle of the Brown Jug and then peed in an alley later behind what is now 1300 S. University. Very unbecoming for me to let myself go like that and I still am kind of ashamed at the loss of control.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Ugh....||
TexanGoBlueHiresHarbaugh is no more again....although he'll likely be back in 5 4 3 2....and cue troll.
As for the point threshhold on threads, that's above my pay grade, but truth be told, I agree it probably should be higher.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Thought About This...||
There are probably a couple things that could happen that would be much easier - either improve the old maintenance access between sections of South Campus (which cuts across the tracks at the east end of the Crisler lot, by the OSEH building) or build a new at-grade crossing. I think the proposed routing was posted here once, and either way, you have to deal with getting permits to work in the AARR (operated by Norfolk Southern, I think) right-of-way (just like we would to work on that 40 kV lead back there).
|3 days 22 hours ago||Malt Vinegar...||
I would probably go with malt vinegar. Being a sucker for fish and chips and honestly preferring it to ketchup (actually, I am not a fan of ketchup in general, though I can tolerate it - I know that makes me weird) when it comes to fries in general, that would work for me. I have also used it in marinades, so it wouldn't necessarily affect my love of grilled things either.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Yahoo! Sports...||
This reminded me - about two years ago, Yahoo! did an article on average scores - LINK
It is in slideshow format sadly, so apologies in advance for that, but some of the numbers quoted were interesting. For example, the average overall is 20, with only one player - Pat McInally - scoring a perfect 50. A few of the categories:
Offensive tackle - 26
Quarterback - 24
Tight End - 22
Safety - 19
Wide Receiver - 17
There are a couple who average even lower than a WR.
|4 days 37 min ago||In Michigan...||
I am pretty sure that, at least in the state of Michigan, the idea of premeditation basically is restricted to te idea that you planned the act - say, for example, poisoning someone, laying in wait for them or some means of murder that involves strategy of some sort. I could be wrong, but I believe that why you did it is not strictly relevant at least here.
|4 days 45 min ago||Coming Down...||
Topic Locking---Harbaugh Sniping
There's a lot that I could say but won't about the presence of this thread, but I will mention that objections to such locks or deletions should be posted here in the Sticky. Unless there is some egregious breach of reason, making board threads complaining about board moderation generally will not end well.
|4 days 5 hours ago||When It Is Scary...||
To be fair, it really only gets scary when someone reports real news in a really stupid yet amusing way. This story, for example, would have been an interesting one to earnestly research:
|4 days 16 hours ago||This Reminds Me...||
It is these sorts of polarizing, dogmatically rigid replies which force me to remind everyone to PLEASE tread lightly on topic such as these. They aren't strictly verboten, but they often seem to go downhill because of the lack of willingness to understand both sides of the debate more than anything else. This thread will be watched, and if it starts to spin out of control, it will be locked as many such threads are.
|4 days 17 hours ago||If I Had To Choose...||
If I had to choose, and although I have issues with the TNG films and the ensuing reboot, I would have to run with "Star Trek" as my favorite overall. Growing up watching the original series in syndication and TNG live and in person as well as the others, I don't know that there are many other series which have provided me with so many hours of enjoyment.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Mod Note...||
Although this is the second thread on the subject, this one had the background information regarding what precisely this was happening, so it will be the one to stay, in case anyone is wondering why the first one was removed. I thought I would make the notation in here rather than in the Mod Sticky this time around.
|4 days 19 hours ago||For The Board's Reference...||
For those wondering what this reply is about, an OSU troll was caved and blocked so some exchanges in this thread and a few others may not make much sense anymore. Sorry for the confusion, but the dude was being a bloody idiot....again....still. It's better this way, trust me.
|4 days 19 hours ago||The Other Bump...||
The other funny little bump - and perhaps I should have put this in the diary itself - is the median length of career for each round.
1st Round - 8 years
2nd Round - 4 years
3rd Round - 3 years
4th Round - 5 years
5th Round - 4 years
6th Round - 3 years
7th Round - 3 years
That small bump in the later rounds is something I hope is made more clear when I do the breakdown by position in a couple weeks.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Oh Come Now...||
You're not supposed to tell us who you once were. The fun with repeat trolls is to guess who they were at one time and then watch the new account build to inevitable flameout. Of course, the typing in all caps and gratuitous use of the word "fuck" might have been a dead giveaway in this particular instance. Still, you should have left this up to the board - slight breach of etiquette on your part.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Holy Crap...||
Some of the details can be found in this WKU report - LINK
Regarding the sexual assault aspect of the case, a description of some of the photos found in a raid of the home where the hazing supposedly happened:
Some of the photographs depicted intoxicated individuals that were nude or partially nude placing their buttocks on other individuals, according to the BGPD report. The photographs also showed individuals with a penis drawn on them, the words “insert dick here” with an arrow drawn to the mouth..."
There's more than that even - pretty sick indeed.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Spending Time...||
I'll probably spend my time looking for "There Are" posts and use them as guideposts through the weeks until the Countdown To Kickoff series returns, then I'll use those. In the meantime, that's a pretty damn long time to wait for football, as it means 20 weeks of modding OT season - OT season has it moments, but it is relatively slow and innocuous in its content save for big news when it breaks.
|4 days 23 hours ago||In The NBA...||
For an NBA worst anyway, I think you have to go with the Timberwolves. They've been around since 1989, have one division title and one coach with a winning record overall - Flip Saunders - who is of course in his second stint with the team. If you remove Saunders' tenure, the average tenure of a Timberwolves coach is just 2.2 years, with four stints where someone lasted only one season. If you took the names Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love off the individual awards wall, it would be a very sparse wall. For a now-established franchise, that's pretty bad.
|5 days 2 hours ago||My Garage...||
As I actually do have a garage at all, this is a dream in other ways as well, but anyway:
1) Commuting car - that 2015 Chevrolet SS is pretty cool. 6-speed manual, 415 HP, magnetic ride suspension. I could look almost respectable showing up at meetings in it.
2) Weekend Car - 1969 Pontiac GTO. Yes, all rise for "The Judge"
3) Cool car from a movie - 1961 Ferrari GT. He knows the mileage, Ferris.
4) Car that breaks traffic laws by virtue of its own mass - 1968 Lincoln Continental Mark III. Not a looker by any means, but if you want that feeling of having an actual tank, that's a good way to go about it.
|5 days 5 hours ago||The LA Times...||
The LA Times still has one of its commentaries on file from around the time Phillips was at Nebraska. LINK
As some undoubtedly remember, he dragged his ex-girlfriend by her hair down three flights of stairs in September 1995 after forcing his way into an apartment.
Tom Osborne was quoted, of course:
"I wouldn't call it a beating," Coach Osborne was quoted as protesting in the Lincoln papers that week.
|5 days 17 hours ago||The Second Article...||
The explanation in its entirety makes me think of something Bob Newhart said during a routine once - "I always had this strange theory of accountacy. I had always thought, you know, if you come within two or three bucks of it....Of course, this theory never caught on and as a result I held a number of different accounting jobs..."
|5 days 18 hours ago||The Statement...||
I will say that when I saw the title of the thread initially, I first thought "Making a coach appear taller is a very OSU thing indeed...", but engrossed in spring practice as he is at the moment, he communicated his feelings in an extremely boilerplate statement. From CBS:
"I am honored to serve as football coach at The Ohio State University and to represent this great university," said Meyer in a release. "It is a privilege to coach and mentor the young men in this program, and I want to thank President Drake and Mr. Smith for their support and their trust in me."
I am sure that President Drake is relieve that, by extension, his own job is safe for the time being.
|5 days 20 hours ago||About The Times...||
Purely for the board's reference, ESPN is usually pretty good about updating their team home pages once times are announced, as evidenced by the "BTN TBD" now next to the Maryland game (LINK).
I do agree about the Minnesota game though - that seems like it would be a 3:30 PM game, which is fine on Halloween. Actually, that's preferred because it means I won't have to be terribly late for Halloween festivities.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Embedded Reporting...||
Actually, one of the nice things about this blog having the reach that it does - both on campus and outside of it - is opportunities for what will have to pass for embedded reporting in the sports blog world. Thanks for the update, OP.
As someone mentioned above, we are actually better at this than the media, it seems.
|5 days 22 hours ago||There Is...||
The NBA Draft Combine is typically in the middle of May (12th to 17th this year), so his ability to participate in that definitely affects his decision, I would think. I hope Caris stays personally - it would be nice to have him and that roster back with all the experience they've managed to get this past season.
|6 days 6 hours ago||It Will Feel Odd...||
It will definitely feel odd not to tune in on Saturdays in the fall and not get at least a smattering of Holtz predicting that Notre Dame will go 10-2 when they get out to a 3-3 start or something along those lines, or indeed to watch Mark May attempt to comprehend Holtz at various points. It seems pretty sudden though - I would have been interested to know the details of the supposed "mutual agreement".
|6 days 16 hours ago||Locking This...||
As obviously unlikely as it would be (as in, "holy shit" unlikely, unbelievably minute odds, etc...), I am locking this one in just in case we are faced with a thread in September which may or may not test the limits of what is allowable in the way of making good on a bet. I would assume a few Tigers fans might feel the same way, of course.
|6 days 17 hours ago||In On This...||
I fully expect to do terribly, and I had to hold back a certain amont of Wings homerism, but I am in this league now. We shall see.
Thanks for the distraction, incidentally, OP. Hockey is admittedly a weaker sport for me when it comes to knowledge (just enough to be dangerous, I like to think), so I enjoy the exercise.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Tied For Sixth...||
Tiger is tied for sixth at the moment, if I remember the standings - which recently updated on my laptop - correctly. Considering recent struggles, that's a decent showing and perhaps a sign that he's finding something he hasn't had in a while. Time will tell, I suppose. The OP is right though - Masters Sunday is usually an entertaining watch.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Rather Interesting...||
It is a rather interesting way to get the fans involved - I actually hadn't heard of this being done before Rodriguez got to Arizona, but I believe he has done this before in his time out there. Of course, Bill Veeck let the fans manage once too, though I can't see this happening at a football game:
|1 week 4 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
Pro Kick has five punters Michigan's schedule this year from Utah (Hackett) to Oregon State (Nick Porebski), Rutgers (Tim Gleeson), Penn State (Daniel Pasquariello) and Ohio State (Cameron Johnston).
I didn't really realize it until now, but it seems like Australia could very well copyright the slogan "America's preferred source for punters" at this rate. The film and stats on this kid - even if it is only one season at Weber State - look very promising.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Over On Twitter...||
The response has been, of course, on point:
|1 week 16 hours ago||As Long As You Don't...||
OT: Clash of clans (blah blah blah, IDGAF)
Well, as long as you don't give a you-know-what, a thread which the OP started with "fuck the haters" is coming down. Also, the OP will not be starting threads for a while.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Within The Story...||
Here's the Google Docs spreadsheet that they are updating over at NBC Sports - (LINK)
According to this, we're second overall now, with a top five currently being rounded out with Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson. After that, the numbers for the games that they've listed at least tend to drop precipitously.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Shirt Auction...||
If it is the 49ers, they probably have a rather goodly supply of "Who's Just Been Dumped On And Set Ablaze?" shirts to auction still.
As for the chair, it definitely looks more cozy than the chair in my office now, and it probably will end up going for much less than the Herman-Miller contraption they make me sit in.
|1 week 1 day ago||To That Point...||
To that point, I am impressed that this one has held on this long without doing much obvious trolling despite being a troll account. As Willy Wonka said, "The suspense is terrible. I hope it lasts." This gets morbidly amusing from a mod standpoint after a while anyway.
|1 week 1 day ago||Guinness...||
Over here, as I am not going to be working a storm this weekend due to the lack of need (the wind wasn't nearly as bad as the forecast), I am able to sit here at home with a Guinness and the last couple innings of the Tigers game. Looking forward to a weekend of baseball honestly, as well as celebrating my 11th wedding anniversary (which is actually today, but the dinner is tomorrow)
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes, He Is...||
Yes, he is a terrible human being for doing such a thing, at least in my own opinion. I've always believed that the road between doing something this violent and inhumane to your pet and the propensity for doing similar things to people is probably a lot shorter than some folks would care to admit. Honestly, people who feel at ease to do things like this frighten me more than most others.
|1 week 1 day ago||Linc Darner...||
Linc Darner played on some of the same Purdue teams as Matt Painter and Cuonzo Martin, I believe, so in various ways (although Darner was never an assistant at Purdue, I believe), the Gene Keady coaching tree thrives in, well, various places. I might even be missing a few names, but I think those Purdue teams of the early 90s produced a fair number of coaches.
|1 week 1 day ago||Valuing The Ball...||
Fisch explained earlier in spring camp that his biggest goal was to get Michigan's quarterbacks to value the football and understand the importance of simply completing passes and moving the team down the field as a "point guard."
I think this is where the leadership and experience that Rudock brings definitely comes in handy, if this is how he has them looking at it. You're getting someone who has shown this in game scenarios - meaningful games too - so Fisch and Rudock hopefully impart that to everyone else.
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Nice...||
I really like the 2014 stats on this guy, up to and including a long punt of 74 yards. A very nice addition indeed, although of course now we have to wonder if the band wouldn't break into at least one rousing round of "Waltzing Matilda" when special teams came on the field. If so, would it be appropriate to sing along? Either way, liking this steady cadence of "Hello" posts.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Will Say...||
I have not followed Wisconsin hoops recruiting all that closely so I don't know precisely where this would leave them, but add Dekker to the losses and that's going to be a very, very differnt team next year, I think. I am sort of intrigued actually, although I have this suspicion that Bo Ryan magic is a weird magic and they still might be confounding to a point.
|1 week 2 days ago||Snow In April...||
I would laugh about snow in April down here under the bridge, but then I would be forgetting that some of the more interesting snow and ice events we've had over time have happened in the early April timeframe.
As for 24 years in the playoffs at some depth or capacity, it is pretty amazing and makes one appreciate how lucky we are to have a franchise like the Wings here in the area. I mean, 24 years ago, I was in eighth grade, which now at 36 seems like it was forever ago somehow.
|1 week 2 days ago||To Be Fair...||
This is Michigan, and we do take our hopscotch to another level -
|1 week 2 days ago||The Posbangs...||
I wish I worked the schedule others had sometimes so I could catch these threads when they are a little more fresh, but no matter, I am mostly content with what I do. Speaking of what I do, the wind has picked up rather nicely around metro Detroit and is going to gust 40-50 MPH at points, so it might very well be the case that I spend at least a portion of my weekend at work. I might need some pick-me-up banging later, although I might then be too tired to appreciate it.
|1 week 2 days ago||Happy Birthday...||
It is indeed hard to believe that he's 29 - even harder, in fact, for me to believe that I was 29 heading fast into 30 when that 2008 bowl game was played and the Hart era ended at Michigan. I'll be 37 soon enough and it seems like those days were indeed forever ago in Michigan football terms. Still, fond memories of Hart's play resonate into the present.
Happy birthday, Mike Hart!
|1 week 2 days ago||Embeds For The OP...|
|1 week 2 days ago||Very Nice Move...||
It was a nice crossover, and as for Harris, it is rare to be nearly blown out of your own shoes by something so smooth and well-executed that your body cannot tolerate whatever the specter might be, so he should be grateful he was able to experience something like that.
|1 week 2 days ago||How I Heard...||
The first tweet that I saw regarding this today was admittedly not from a serious source, but I did chuckle all the same:
|1 week 2 days ago||Recruiting...||
I haven't seen anything official, but I do like that the innovation and marketing coming from the program as well as the recruits themselves is continuing as it has over the past few year. It definitely isn't a stretch to think the class could approach 25 at this point, and the name given to it on social media certainly won't hurt it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Friendly Tip...||
One thing that helps is to first paste the data into Excel and remove all the hyperlinks before formatting the table. That will usually take care of about 90% of the issues created by copying anything directly from some sites, recruiting ones in particular. Also, it will help to check "Table Properties" (right click on the table in Rich Text Mode) and make sure it is around 400 pixels so it fits well in the frame.
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting Article...||
He had his ideas on what he was going to do. The fact you're a big donor doesn't give you the right to usurp them.
I remember that there were some conflicting reports of Ross' actual feelings on the matter, but it is interesting that he wanted Brandon to stay. I would imagine some donors who were focused more on the business end of the department might have felt that way, but kudos to Ross and those folks for not trying to stand in the way really too and having no real ill will about it. That being said, as someome alluded to above, I wonder how much of the department's balance sheet Ross might have seen.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good News Indeed...||
You know, I could get used to "Hello" post such as this coming along every few days / weeks or so, depending on the time of year.
That being said, definitely more good news and a welcome addition to the program indeed. Welcome to Michigan, Matt Falcon!
|1 week 3 days ago||If It Is Football...||
We'll wait and see, of course, but MGoFish has a decent list of potential football recruits - LINK
Of course, all of us could be wrong, but hopefully you get some guidance from the writeup in the meantime. There was this in the beginning regarding upcoming visits:
It’s known that Reese’s commitment will be a big factor in the other in-state target’s recruitment, including Donnie Corley and Khalid Kareem, and there are four more visitors from this weekend that are possible to drop in the not-so-distant future.
|1 week 3 days ago||My Two Cents...||
I think that by revenue they are in fact baseball and softball, and perhaps that corresponds to relative popularity as well. I could be incorrect there - the last complete income statement I saw was from 2013, but I seem to remember that being the case. So many of our varsity sports are doing well, however, so it is difficult to pick just two in a lot of ways.
|1 week 3 days ago||It Is More...||
There is that, of course, particularly the lame "Top X Players In Y" articles which come in a slideshow format that only the those truly stuck for browsing ideas would ever finish.
They've also lifted citations from diarists and writers on this site in the past and somehow forgot to give folks a proper mention, so that goes agains them as well. To be fair, there are narrow exceptions to the BR rule - they do have some decent writers and articles like this are pretty innocuous. Definitely not an auto-ban thing like ChatSports.
|1 week 3 days ago||In The Pre-Game...||
I happened to be off today and caught the pregame interview - Verlander said it was "trending in the right direction" and found ways to roundly say that it was minor, so I am not worried either, but I actually sort of asked myself this question too. I definitely hope it isn't the case - I hope there are still a few awesome years in the tank.
|1 week 3 days ago||Kentucky in not a darling.||
Kentucky in not a darling. Neither are Michigan State or Wisconsin. You can admire a ruthless killing machine for its efficacy but it's unwise to become enamored with one. It's better to save your affection for a deli sandwich that deserves it.
I guess this passage speaks for me in a way. I admire what these teams have been able to do through the years and moreover sustain through the years, but ask me to root for them openly or engage in conference pride of a serious nature? No.
|1 week 3 days ago||Strategy...||
While this is true, it also helps to have a strategy. My father's favorite back in the day - if we parked on the street - was to make the initial donation to the meter and then if he figured it would run longer, send us out with more change but have us walk the block first and then nonchalantly fill the meter so as not to arouse suspicion. Of course, one time I was having an argument with my father, so I gave the adjacent space an extra the extra 45 minutes.
|1 week 4 days ago||Front Page...||
Spike Hip Surgery Scenario
This is on the front page, so we'll run with that for now, but feel free to bring up the redshirt scenatio as a discussion within the thread already there.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'll Wait...||
I will admit that I never understood the need to push a preliminary bracketology out this soon after the tournament, but being a good sport, I have studied this and I will await Lunardi's 2018 bracket when it comes out in the middle of May or thereabouts as well. That one will be based on real data, right?
|1 week 4 days ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
After a certain point, I think you're paying for this experience - the MGoExperience - in this particular case, which probably makes the meal all the more worth it. That is definitely in the category of "Cool Story, Bro" and genuinely so.
|1 week 4 days ago||If I Had To Choose...||
In my ideal world, you can in fact have it both ways and LeVert would stay and Brown would come to Michigan. That being said, it is probably a safer bet - at least based on what I understand - that LeVert stays for another year than Brown coming to Michigan, so based on probabilities, I would take LeVert if I can only choose one. That, and as others have said, it's the difference between having data and having none too.
|1 week 4 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 5 days ago||I Could See It...||
A slew of injuries never gave Michigan a chance this season, but the Wolverines never got down, and wound up pulling off a handful of memorable upsets down the stretch. Unless Caris LeVert makes the surprising decision to go pro, John Beilein figures to have things rolling again in Ann Arbor next winter.
I won't take any rankings right now too seriously - obviously, no data - but preliminarily I would think that if LeVert returns, the doors are open for a nice little run. The depth - which had to play full-time due to injuries - now has a lot of experience and in a variety of situations, so all other things being equal we have that nice problem of having guys who could start (and have started, of course) sitting there, ready to be in the rotation.
|1 week 5 days ago||Just Checked....||
I actually was just checking the results.
Who's got it better than me?
*has to go to second page*
Fifty-three of you.
|1 week 5 days ago||Of The Papers...||
Of the papers in Detroit, I find myself gravitating towards the sports coverage in the News more than anything, and I enjoy Angelique's work, Wojo and a couple others as well. If this actually ends up occuring, it would feel weird for a very, very long time not to have two major newspapers in the Detroit area. As I recall, there was a point in the past where the Detroit News was the largest circulation evening paper in the nation, so there's quite a history that would go with it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 5 days ago||Probably True...||
"This is somebody who is taking a breathalyzer every morning and every night. He's got to be clean, 100 percent clean, not a drop of alcohol. And he'll either do it, or he won't. I believe in him, I believe he will. But we'll all know, there will be know secrets on that. Whether he does it or he doesn't, it'll be for public consumption."
Harbaugh's probably right, if this is what Glasgow has to go through every day just to stay compliant with the courts. That's probably humiliating / invasive enough without having to worry about anything a coach or a school could potentially do to you. Hopefully, Glasgow stays clear of trouble from here on out.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Question...||
If we're going to put a totally arbitrary O/U like that on it, then based on conference performance in the last 15 years or so, I'd feel pretty safe in taking the under on this one. Even though the last Big Ten champion was Michigan State in 2000 (will not count Maryland here, as they were in the ACC in 2002), the conference has been the runner-up on six separate occasions, which isn't too shabby at all really. We're right there, I would say. It seems like a hell of a hump to get over, but I think we can do it within five years if we keep sending a decent field to the tournament.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Worst Part Indeed...||
"The worst part is, I have to get (surgery on) both of them and (the procedures) can't be done at the same time," Albrecht said two weeks ago. "I'd have to get one and then get the other, so my timeframe would be pushed back."
Considering that hip pain like Albrecht has described in a few interviews probably isn't merely a basketball issue but a hauling oneself around every day issue, the only thing that makes sense is to have both of them done and then work your way through recovery. That being said, best of luck to him in his recovery from this and hope to see a 100% healthy Spike this coming season.
|1 week 5 days ago||Good Question...||
It probably is a minor breach of blog etiquette to not have a thread for this, but to be fair, it has been a rather engrossing game even if part of me would still like to see Lucas Oil Stadium scooped from the Earth and carried away. It definitely has been a fun game to watch despite the fact that it means watching two teams you may not be all that fond of.
|1 week 5 days ago||In My Case...||
In the three brackets I have that are still worth anything, there's two Dukes and one Wisconsin. My position varies from tied for 3rd to sole possession of 15th in the case of one of the Duke brackets. I know people talk about the integrity of the bracket, but I am a bit of a gambling man and I like my numbers.
In any case, the most convenient solution here is asteroid, but I will say that watching the Big Ten take the football and basketball championships for the first time in a very long time would be intriguing.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Dancing...||
At the Spring Game, maybe about 30 minutes before it began, Norfleet broke into a dance of sorts (he was out there to practice, so he couldn't commit fully dancing) when Parliament's "Give Up The Funk" came on. Even then, it was pretty cool.
It actually adds a fun little dimension to everything really.
|1 week 5 days ago||Quite Agree...||
Adding that he was here first, and he'd never even heard of Stauskas before this moment. We think the argument is unnecessary. The beauty of hot sauces is that there are many, and we could never live with just one.
The beauty in hot suace is in the variety to some extent, and there is plenty of room on the planet for Hot Sauce and our own Sauce Castillo. Not sure why anyone could be upset by this really.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Could Go For It...||
I could go for something like this -
|1 week 5 days ago||Very Cool...||
My kids - with the consent of my wife, whose phone they use - will sometimes send me texts at work (if they are home to do it, which isn't often), and true to the long line of irreverent people from which they come, my daughter sent me a text the other day which read "lol wtf". Now, the funny part is that it probably made sense in the long exchange she was having with her grandmother because I am sure my text to my mother-in-law stood out in the conversation, but being 8 years old....yeah, there was a discussion about that later.
I sometimes wish I got more texts like the one posted above.
|1 week 6 days ago||Per Rivals...||
Per Rivals, the primary recruiter was none other than Tyrone Wheatley, and among his other competing offers were Georgia Southern, Lousiville, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Alabama and a couple others.
Welcome to Michigan, Kingston Davis!
|1 week 6 days ago||Watching Remotely...||
We'll be grilling some hot dogs here and watching from the office - well, watching and working in some combination. It is unclear how much of one thing will specifically get done, but then after today I have the next two days off so I am not terribly inclined to do non-baseball things today. I will probably need to accomplish a few all the same.
|1 week 6 days ago||No Problem...||
No problem. Thanks to Don for bringing it to our attention.
I mean, with a name like "moosmanthesnappa", it sort screams "my MGoCareer on this blog is only going to be so promising", but add some gratuitous use of racial slurs and the answer to "how promising" is more or less a given at that point.
|1 week 6 days ago||Tomorrow...||
I won't be going to opening day this time around (I manage to do it most years, but this is also my kids' Spring Break), but we usually have it on at the office so people can wander in and out and watch. It will be very crowded at our particular location perhaps - a number of people who work downtown will likely be filling the cubicles at our office because some people simply don't want to deal with the added traffic (the game will be ending as the workday for most is ending).
I will likely catch some action after the kids go to sleep and I'll definitely watch what I can tomorrow.
|1 week 6 days ago||One Question Then....||
Just so we can roll with the ongoing joke, I would like to have "This plaque can be used as legal tender to settle all debts, public or private" on Calipari's plaque just to see what the reaction from Kentucky fans would be.
All the same, per CBS:
He'll become the seventh active college basketball coach to be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The others are Jim Boeheim, Larry Brown, Mike Krzyzewski, Chris Mullin (in Springfield for his playing exploits), Rick Pitino and Roy Williams
|1 week 6 days ago||The Other Candidates...||
According to a report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman, Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander is a candidate for the head coach's position at Wisconsin-Green Bay. He's joined on the short list by Green Bay assistant Brian Barone, Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Joe Wolf and Xavier assistant Travis Steele. - From MLive
I believe it was UW-Green Bay's coach that took the Bradley job, but all the same, it would be interesting to see a Beilein coaching tree really start to grow out from Ann Arbor. That being said, I found myself a bit partial to the "NO YOU CAN'T HAVE HIM" sentiment of Maize'n'Brew on Twitter too.
|1 week 6 days ago||Good News Indeed...||
This is good news to come back to the house and see. I am actually rather intrigued - just based on the footage I have seen - to see this kid in Beilein's offense. I rather agree with the person who said it reminded them a bit of Aaron White, and I would take that as well.
Wilkommen in Michigan, Moritz Wagner!
|1 week 6 days ago||Just Came Back...||
I just came back from my in-laws - we actually mixed it up a bit with pulled pork sandwiches, beans and potato salad, followed with a choice of cheesecake or homemade Watergate salad (yes, this is a real thing). We ate as the kids hunted for eggs, some of which we're pretty sure are still in their yard since even the people tasked with hiding them don't remember where they are. That's something for the edger or mower to discover in July, I suppose.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Free Throw Rate...||
Actually, you might want to look more at free throw rate if you're thinking about discovering a trend here. That being said, I think the trend - particularly of late - is more about a style choice in the conference and playing a game which doesn't result in a lot of trips to the line. This year, for example, most of the conference is in the bottom half of Division I for FTR, and this includes Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota, Indiana and others - Michigan being near the bottom of the list at 26.6% per TeamRankings. Conversely, much of the Big Ten is in the upper half Division I in turnover percentage (i.e., fewer turnovers), so there's that.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||The Object Lesson...||
So, unless I am missing something here, the object lesson seems to be that if you want to see an awkward, bumbling even offhandedly offensive presser in Division I basketball, you need to beat Kentucky and then talk to someone who was being a poor sport on the court during the game. If you just want awkward and bumbling, you need to hire the dude who was at Coastal Carolina (David Bennett?) who fascinated the sports world with the parable of the Cats In The House.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Similar Guess...||
I would have had a similar guess - 60,00ish.
It looked about as full as you would expect it to be about 30 minutes or so before a real game with people still filtering in even after the Spring Game began. I sat in the south end zone, where it was a little more sparse but between the 20s it was pretty full on both sides of the field, at least for the first 60-70 rows or so.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Drinking...||
It has been a kind day indeed - I enjoyed myself at the Spring Game, I watched Duke preserve remaining decent brackets and I am now sitting down with some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I found hiding in the back of the fridge. I am decent at sniffing out stray beer in fridges like that - it is one of the few practical talents I can claim.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||So, At Halftime...||
So, Michigan State has managed just 37.04% for an effective field goal percentage, which is perhaps a little problematic for them when compared to Duke's 50.00% on the same tempo-free metric. The seven turnovers probably loom large in Izzo's mind as well.
One thing I will ask the board - does anyone else have this need to see the Borg scoop Indianapolis (or at least Lucas Oil Stadium) from the face of the Earth and do the whole of Division I basketball a favor?
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||In My Opinion...||
I am going to just go ahead and say that - in my estimation - the dude in the chicken suit that apparently had capri-style bottoms was far and away the most talented person in the video. He said nothing, did little to add to this and owned sprawling out on a sofa. This very minimal, not strictly relevant contribution was the best contribution.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Reactions...||
Well, I just got back from there. A few observations:
- I like that it at least had game-like qualities. The virtual punting....I get it for a practice, although where I sat there were a lot of jokes made about it. I kept asking if we could complain about virtual special teams on a few spots.
- Morris will probably have some leeway if he does indeed start. There's a lot to work on, but you can see the elements of a good QB in him. Of course, it's a spring practice essentially, so we're not going on a lot of data.
- Someone near me talked about seeing Kaepernick-type things in Malzone. I could see that. He just got here, but he did well when he needed to at least try and hoof it.
- hard to speak intelligently about the offensive line because of the draft format. I have to think there are eventual starters on both sides. Still not very deep here, I think.
- WRs and TEs both doing good things at points out there, particularly Darboh and Butt.
- The defense looked good on both teams, which makes me believe we are pretty deep in general here, not to mention pretty good. Lots of opportunistic playmaking, which was nice to see. Henry, Wilson, Clark...several others stood out. Jabrill Peppers is going to be fun to watch no matter where he is in that defense.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||During Games...||
My wife and I will have exchanges that sound eerily like that scene in Ferris Bueller:
"What's the score?"
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If There Is Concern...||
If there is a concern, then that might be the advantage of the stadium not really being adjacent to Central Campus. As long as you steer clear of Central Campus in this case, you'll be fine and nowhere near Hash Bash (though to be fair, it is far better known for its smells than any trouble it causes, which is virtually none). You might miss out on Tommy Chong, who will supposedly be at the Bash, but this is certainly dwarfed by the presence of Harbaugh.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Very Interesting...||
"It's like being dipped in magic waters again," Harbaugh said of recruiting.
I am assuming this is a summary writeup of a much longer interview, as the article itself jumped around a bit, but still it manages to highlight some of why Jim Harbaugh is the right person in the right moment here, not to mention that he is full of entertaining quotes like the one above. I thought that one was pretty intriguing.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good News Indeed...||
Very good news indeed. We're not only building QB depth on the roster now but throughout time as well at this point. Hopefully, this is the first of many "Hello" posts we shall see in the near future here.
Welcome to Michigan, Brandon Peters.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Massey Predictions...||
Here's how Massey sizes these up:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For The Crossing...||
The Detroit Free Press marathon notes the requirements for events which cross borders here - LINK
Basically, passport or enhanced driver's license and you're more than likely good to go unless you've got a ton of stuff in tow.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||A Bit Offbeat...||
....but to this day my friends and I will participate in the nonsense no matter what:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Locker Room Photo...||
Having issues embedding from SnappyTV, but here's the locker room -
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Adidas...||
Adidas has said that they are shifting their strategy to individual endorsements in the case of the NBA, not teams or indeed the league per se, so there is that. They have expressed an interest in a renewed effort in the college football but also high school football too. Per a few business articles, this is all being done with the help of an "innovation team".
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Chosun Ilbo reported that||
The Chosun Ilbo reported that women who worked in Kim's palaces and summer homes as maids and cleaners received about half that amount. Both groups of women also reportedly received home appliances.
Man, it's like getting the other showcase on The Price Is Right, the one that also included the lounge suite and some sensible wickerware. People deserve more than that for this particular service really.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Great Idea...||
I remember watching the original show in syndication in the early-mid 80s and periodically ever since actually - very funny show indeed and intrigued to see a reboot actually. Fun fact about it - John Cleese enjoyed his appearance so much he offered to be a regular writer for "The Muppet Show".
Anyway, a bit low quality, but the semi-famous introduction with Mark Hamill and the droids -
|2 weeks 2 days ago||1973, I Think...||
The front end configuration makes me want to say 1973, possibly the 454 version if I am looking at this right. If so, a sweet ride that will do roughly Warp 5 in a pinch.
My father has a 1970 Olds 442 - also a sweet ride. Blue too, so it wouldn't look entirely out of place on South Campus. I should probably drive it to the Spring Game tomorrow.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Could Be Interesting...||
If the Longhorns wanted someone to breathe a bit of energy into that program, Smart is probably as good a fit as any. Granted, "Havoc" probably doesn't impress in the Big XII quite like it does in the A10, but I still can see a scenario where he might ratchet Texas to another level just with his ability to connect to recruits and players. Maybe that alone helps to a certain extent.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Going...||
I will be there as well, hopefully just in time for the gates to open, see the museum and hold up my "Will Mod A Blog For Beer" sign. I will probably wander off to watch the Final Four somewhere after that, though I do at some point have to pick up my kids from the in-laws. They enjoy hoops too, so it's all good though.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||One Day...||
So, basically if the trend continues unabated, I shall turn on my television one day around Christmas and see "The Clorox Bowl Presented By One Hour Martinizing", at which point I shall turn off the television and drink until New Year's Eve or so. I will be intrigued to see how many bowls actually occur before someone realizes that bowl season has jumped the shark.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No Work For Me...||
No work for me today - this actually happens to be a company holiday where I work. Like most holidays, of course, it was one where I was "coverage" in the event there was going to be a storm so I could have ended up at work, but nothing awful in the way of weather emerged overnight here. Maybe Memorial Day and The Fourth Of July (heck, throw Labor Day in the mix of days I usually end up working too) - I always seem to end up working those two because of storms.
Today, a lot of relaxing and doing nothing in particular - I will probably make a nice dinner tonight and then prep for the Spring Game tomorrow.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't Know This...||
The alumni flag football game that had been played before the final spring practice the last several years will not be held this year. But the former players will have dinner Friday night and during a "team meeting" they will discuss improving communications and information sharing among ex-Wolverines. This is part of Harbaugh's efforts to create an association for former players.
I had not heard about this particular effort, the one to create an association, but I think it is another connection that seemed like it had been lacking in previous years. Well, it seems like it had been ignored after having been there for previous years. Finding ways to reconnect and continue to celebrate the past while embracing the future is definitely another reason why having Harbaugh back in Ann Arbor at this particular moment is very timely and exciting.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If This Is Correct...||
According to Rivals, his last visit of any kind was an unofficial to Auburn in March, preceded by an unofficial to Georgia, visits to Junior Day at Florida State and Vanderbilt and Clemson. There are also visits to Penn State and North Carolina thrown in there too. If you go way back to last summer, he was visited by Hecklinski.
No visit to Ann Arbor is listed here though.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks Indeed...||
Thanks to this post, MacDonald Carey's voice speaking these very words will be in my head for the rest of the evening.
Then again, a spinning football with Doug Karsch using the same opening for "Countdown To Kickoff" could be interesting, to say the least.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Like Others...||
Like others, the one that sticks out to me if I look back through the last ten years or so is the late hit on Crable (as in, create a situation where he's not in a position to make such a hit) - to me, that completely changed the complexion of that game and at the worst possible moment really.
Going further back, maybe Webber's fateful TO, if only to see how that game may have turned out without it. This one is purely intellectual curiosity now, but when it happened, I still remember a room full of people shouting, "DAMNIT!"
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Another Country Heard From...||
I suppose that the one thing that causes irritation in the house when it comes to things I don't care about but my wife seems to care deeply about is the physical possession of the remote. Typically, I'll walk into the room, turn on a game or movie or whatever and set it down somewhere and watch. My wife has to hold the remote or otherwise have it within about a foot or two of her. Much of this has to do with volume, which she prefers at movie theater levels whereas I don't mind a subdued volume.
One thing that I do care about that apparently others do not - I get irritated whenever I walk to the coffee pot at work and it is empty, on and no one has bothered to make more for other people. This upsets me probably more than it should.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If I Am Not Mistaken...||
If I am not mistaken, Bradley is in Peoria, which happens to be the hometown of Max, of course, so that's actually kind of cool if he does end up there, to be able to play and finish out his eligibility basically right down the street from the house he grew up in. Wherever he ends up, good luck to him - he will definitely be missed here.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Actually, I will admit that I had a little trouble ranking a few of the position groups simply based on a lack of data on some players. I very much doubt we'll get anything Earth-shattering out of Saturday, but I think everyone's "gut reaction" to the roster might be interesting to get here, and then compare those results to the actual "depth chart" (which might not be the depth chart, of course) published a few days before the game. Come to think of it, can we do this again in mid-August to get a recheck on everyone's opinion? That could be interesting too.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||At This Point...||
At this point, it is probably safe to say that we know that we know nothing about what will happen next. I believe we're saddled with Adidas for another season, perhaps two (I forget precisely), but after that anything is definitely possible. As noted in other threads, there is a survey being given to the current population of student-athletes at Michigan, so I am very curious to know what their input is - there have been anecdotal stories here about complaints regarding Adidas gear, so I wonder if there's enough traction from that alone.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Money Line...||
The money line might be this subsection of the chapter on eligibility requirements from the NCAA Division I Handbook:
14.01.2.1 Good Academic Standing. To be eligible to represent an institution in intercollegiate athletics competition, a student-athlete shall be in good academic standing as determined by the academic authorities who determine the meaning of such phrases for all students of the institution, subject to controlling legislation of the conference(s) or similar association of which the institution is a member
If you fail to certify eligibility before allowing a student to participate, that's a violation, but what it means to be eligible - academically anyway - is largely left to the schools.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Very Interesting...||
First and foremost, not a bad action shot of Fred, and second, that is an impressive collection of pennants from all over the world of collegiate athletics. Was that Santa Clara in the background? Can't tell on the machine I am on at the moment. Whoever has amassed those - hats off to them indeed.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||On This Point...||
Hackett said the process of evaluating which brand of apparel Michigan’s teams will wear going forward is still in its early stages. The Athletic Department has sent out questionnaires to student-athletes, and Hackett has spent time calling athletic directors at other schools to gauge their thoughts, in addition to speaking with former Michigan football players now playing in the NFL.
There was a thread about this survey a couple weeks ago, and I will say that I would like to see a breakdown by sport as well as overall just to see if there are differing opinions on the subject of which direction Michigan should take on the matter. I was very pleased to see the AD getting consumer input on this one actually.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Down A Trillion...||
While the correspondence between the severity of the offense and the number of points deducted sometimes isn't exactly high, the stories behind the people who inhabit the last 2-3 pages of the list of "Users By MGoPoints" are rife with cautionary tales, flame wars that almost brought real flames and things which in other context (spoken to another human being right to their face) probably would lead to misdemeanor convictions at the very least. I'll put it like that.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
The link to the tweet no longer exists. Not sure if it was snuffed by Shaq later or if Twitter is having one of it moods.
The bit they did on GameDay for him a couple months ago was a great piece, but really the entire story - which is difficult to capture on GameDay - is incredibly moving and a tribute to the strength of man on so many levels. In this case, one man who has lost so much and been told that he may not be able to do the very thing he is now doing. It's hard to not see it as heroic really.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Shot Clock...||
Do this, of course, and you risk destroying the highly advance Theory Of The Possession Vortex as first postulated (then later perfected) by Bo Ryan, defined as an envelope from which none of the opposing team's possessions can ultimately escape. Actually, if this means Wisconsin has to go through a season or two of awkward transition to adjust, then it might very well be worth the effort to make the change.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Studied Rosters...||
I studied the rosters at dinner while I think I was supposed to be interacting with everyone, but yeah, I shall go with Maize just based on my opinion of starters by position. As for score, I would take a guess that the Maize team wins this one by a TD or so, but to be fair, there's a lot to like on the Blue team too, particular on defense.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||In Table Form...||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Just A Guess Here...||
Without anointing a start necessarily, I would agree with others that this definitely raises the floor on this season, at least in my opinion. My guess based on very little data right now is that the floor just moved to 8-4 with the addition of Rudock. Looking at the roster, the ceiling is a rather high ceiling - I'll put it like that - perhaps something like 10-2. I haven't even run numbers using Massey yet for the season, but it wouldn't mean much based on available data (which includes last year). Yesterday, I would have had the floor at 7-5, but I think we get a couple back having Rudock's experience there.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Happy Birthday To Bo...||
It was actually one of Bo's better known quotes that had kept me going in these last several somewhat trying years of being a very loyal Wolverine:
"In times of difficulty, those brave enough to stay the course will be victors in the end."
I would repeat that to myself quite a bit, especially this past fall. I like to think that we've begun that upward tick described in the end of the quote too.
Happy birthday, Coach Schembechler.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||All The QBs...||
Rudock would be a nice addition and it really is nice to see depth being constructed at this position after lacking it for quite some time. Part of me would like to see someone on the roster now still emerge as the primary QB because that would speak volumes as to where the position is headed now, but I still would like to have Rudock's experience and leadership among the names at that position. Very beneficial on the field and on the sideline, I think.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||National Weather Service...||
From the National Weather Service forecast for Friday and Saturday:
Friday: Rain and snow likely after 3pm. Mostly sunny, then becoming cloudy during the afternoon, with a high near 52. West wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Friday Night: Rain and snow likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
I guess it depends on the model you use. The expert forecast opinion at White Lake shows the possibility for it to get higher than 44. Actually, early April and sunny - we might get into the mid-50s at least.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Years Ago...||
I pulled one that I had to begin about a month before.
As it turns out, there are places where you can get word scrambles which have no solutions in the English language, so I actually put one on a announcement board in our lunch area and wrote under it "Find the hidden word and will a prize - correct answers eligible for prize drawing on April 1st", asking them to submit the answers to me. This was about three weeks before April Fool's Day, and I expected little participation - I managed to get about 100 replies in an office of about 170, including people a couple levels above me.
April 1st comes and I send an e-mail to the whole workgroup to meet in the lunch area at about 11:30 AM. I thought ahead - the prize was Easter candy and I bought enough for everyone because no one won and I knew it. Everyone gathers in and I begin to pass out candy to everyone, then I stand at the head of the room and thank everyone for their participation but I also mention that everyone who won now has their prize because, "....as you may have suspected by now, the puzzle has no solution in English."
People enjoyed the candy at least. To this day, I have not been asked to organize many events.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||As We Have Seen...||
As we have seen, death is not necessarily an obstacle to football. Effective play of said football, on the other hand...well...you can only keep trying.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Strange Rule...||
"I think the SEC coaches last year made it clear that we'd like it to be that way throughout the country," Malzahn said. "That was a stance after our last spring meetings and I still feel the same."
You know, it reminds me of being younger and walking past the house of a kid who was grounded and couldn't leave the yard. Did you feel bad for him missing out on the baseball game the rest of you were about to play? Yeah, a bit. Did you play the game in the park he could see from his backyard? Yeah, you did. Was it ultimately his issue? There's that too.
Sorry, Gus - this very strange rule of the SEC's is not anyone else's problem.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Comments...||
The comments on the ESPN piece are pretty much standard stuff for any article on that site - uninformed, uninsightftul, etc... - so there really isn't a reason to be upset much less care about it really. That, and, Chris Webber - member of the Fab Five and five-time NBA all-star - probably is looking at things that nearly all of the people currently engaged in a flame war with him are not and likely would not.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Same Question...||
I had a similar question actually - I don't get the tie-in that the poster is making here. It is known, I believe, that Adidas has shifted its marketing strategy to get individual endorsements (not team - Adidas has mentioned that they will be exiting the team-level endorsements) in the NBA in their 5-year plan which was recently discussed on the board. They want to double the number of individual agreements that they have by 2020, but that doesn't mean anything really at the collegiate level, of course, or at least I am missing the connection as well.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Indeed Yes...||
It is moments like these where I am reminded about how pissed I still am at NBC for moving "Quantum Leap" to the timeslot of death, thus leading to its eventual cancellation. We never got to see the episode where Sam was able to leap into Lloyd Carr and decide to call it a day in 2011, wherein the program is handed off to Jim Harbaugh, thus putting right the timeline, hence the current timeline.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Best Part...||
The best part about this is that it looks synced for the most part (even if it is just random clips), and that there is really no other muppet than Gonzo that this song would fit really. The two things things simply collide to create a rather awesome combination.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah....||
Yeah, if you could go ahead and not create apparent "I told you so" threads and then poll the board for their thoughts on said thread, that'd be great.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Quite True...||
“Do you ever think that sometimes the Michigan communications staff gives the media too much access?”
There are a few on the list that I swear I've seen spoken in earnest on this very site, but this one....yeah, I don't think anyone has complained about how the media runs rampant in the halls down on South Campus.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Very Last Thing...||
The very last thing Brandon launched at Domino's was one of the things that brought it out of the market share gutter - the "new" formula, moving away from that infamous carboard sort of quality of the crust and the "are you sure this is cheese?" quality of the cheese, so there was that. The performance overall was mostly flat overall from the IPO to his actual departure. I still remember the self-depreciating ads which gave you the impression that perhaps they were trying. For a long time, Domino's was dead last in its market in just about every category.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yikes...||
If the news will indeed be bad (we probably won't really know until there's been a full evaluation, which I haven't seen unless I missed something huge), hopefully there is something that can be done so that Harris can at least contribute on a limited basis if not more. It seems sad for someone who really wanted to play here to be sidelined in this manner, so we shall see.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting Quote...||
"There are guys out there right now that (some will look at and say) 'oh, that guy will never see the field,' and he'll be on that field (this season). There's a guy that you don't even know his name that's going to make a play this season, and I don't know his name either. - Coach Baxter
This is what I like about how they seem to be going about it in spring and then eventually into August camp. The manner in which they are coaching and the way they are creating the competition at positions makes me think that the first gameday roster we see will have a few names that make you think, "Where did THAT come from?" but yet it will work somehow.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
I was at this game and admittedly have only seen bits and pieces of the telecast through the years (even though I know the entire game has been posted here before), so this was actually pretty funny to watch. I especially liked how Jackson introduced that, "Well, I think it's time...", right after the Wheatley TD.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I Will Admit...||
...that I have always wanted to be The Dude in meetings.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Just Heard...||
I actually heard about this before I left work from someone who has participated in this in the past and was planning to do so this year - she was rather bummed. Reading the release, however, I do think I understand the decision. The focus on getting the program in shape seems like it has been the driving force from go in the Harbaugh era, so hopefully once this is achieved to their satisfaction, things like the WFA come back.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Sophomore Stats...||
Per MaxPreps, his sophomore stats - take them for what they are worth, of course - were 1,405 yards, 13 TDs to 9 INTs and a 59.8% completion percentage in ten games, which is still good for an equivalent NCAA rating of 144.3. If you assume that he threw at close to the same clip as a junior (on a per completion basis) and even account for the slight decrease in completion percentage, it would be in the 160 range in his junior year. Not really that bad on a rating basis - probably top quartile of Division I most weeks. Of course, whether that actually would translate to the college game is a totally different matter.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Good News....||
Nice to see these camps popping up in very important and strategic areas when it comes to football recruiting and talent as well, and probably a great way to market Michigan there too. Indeed, one day we might see the United Federation Of Planets, but for now it is the United Federation Of Harbaugh from the look of things. Perhaps the former will also be formed as a result of Harbaugh.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Salaries Way Up...||
I think that the year before the overtures from Texas A&M, Schembechler's base salary in 1981 was something like $60,000, the equivalent of a little more than twice that in today's terms. He managed to get a 40% raise to stay at Michigan too. By the mid-1990s, Moeller was making $130,000 or so and maybe 7 or 8 years after that, Carr broke the $1 million per year plateau at Michigan. The progression has been interesting to watch certainly.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Full Rundown...||
...courtesy of ESPN - LINK
Harbaugh received 115 votes for president in total, including 82 votes for “Jim Harbaugh,” another 18 simply for “Harbaugh” and four for the joint ticket of “Jim Harbaugh and Diag Squirrel.”
Other voters were more creative with their write-in submissions, with the tickets “Jim Harbaugh and Jabrill Peppers,” “Jim Harbaugh and His Khakis” and “Jim Harbaugh and Jesus Shuttlesworth” receiving one vote each.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Late Request...||
Peppers goes #1 overall, Malzone first QB drafted
It was brought to my attention that a couple things were shared in here that maybe shouldn't have been - they (the department) are trying to have as little out there regarding the teams apparently, so I was asked to remove this thread by others.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Then Again...||
Then again, April Fool's tends to be one of the more hilarious days around these parts, as we have had threads which sent the site into a temporary downward sprial as a result, forcing people to come clean before chaos erupted. On the flip side, we've also had obvious fabrications which serve as a cautionary tale to the OP on the standards expected for wit as well. Either way, no one trusts anyone around here for one glorious day.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Good Information....||
I am going to shoot ofr getting there as the gates open - being that I never have been much of a morning person even though work forces me to be one, it is probably the best I can manage anyway. I am curious to know if there are any specific blog-related MGoMeetups, but I seem to recall that they've been sporadic for the spring game so I won't hold out a lot of hope. I can definitely find things to do all the same before the game anyway.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nowhere To Hide...||
And, again, he posted the results. No one was given the luxury to hide, and over-achievers were singled out on every level -- until, eventually, his roster was filled with them.
Transparency creates competition and drives results. We've run with that at work through reporting monthly on task and field completions with personnel and it has created a great atmosphere of high achievement. Everyone knows precisely where they stand in relation to others and it has driven many to do better even if they were doing well to begin with.
If there is something that was missing in the last regime, it was precisely this - the full knowledge of where you stood in relation to your teammates and the knowledge that this might be a decent predictor of how often you saw the field. I can see this paying dividends even this season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Slow Times...||
Slow times for furniture that has reached the end of its useful life, but one couch fire was reported a few days ago after MSU beat Oklahoma by WLNS - LINK
Indeed, couches might be on edge, but the folks at the Art Van Clearance Center in Grand Ledge probably see "commission" when things like this happen and there is a shortage of freely available sofas.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Slap Shot...||
I like this list - "Slap Shot" definitely belongs on a list of classics too.
"This is a serious game! Not a freak show!"
|2 weeks 6 days ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, we did have a "Hello-ish" post for football just the other day (granted, it was more of a formality than an actual announcement), but yeah, it has definitely been a while for basketball, as I recall. A "Hello: Jaylen Brown" post, if there was ever a need to post such a thing, would definitely be welcome and probably be the cause of one of those famous protracted 502 / 503 periods on the blog.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Congratulations To Them...||
Congratulations to them, and if I am not mistaken, the UCLA-St. Mary's game is in progress right now. As you may know, one of those two will be Michigan's opponent on either Wednesday or Thursday if I remember the bracket correctly. On the other side of the WNIT bracket, West Virginia will face the winner of Middle Tennessee and Temple. The survivors (hopefully Michigan is one), will meet on Saturday in the WNIT championship.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Louisville....||
Louisville is playing like they just rolled out of bed and onto the court so far in the second half, simply not matching MSU's energy, getting handled easily in transition, things they should be able to deal with. If they win this game at this point, it is despite themselves on a lot of levels. Go ahead, Rick, pass out some 5-Hour Energy....something....
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Now I Am Intrigued...||
If nothing else, I have to hear the story that is behind the name Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn. They promised to tell it at some point.
It has only been 4 minutes, but the anticipated plodding start to this game definitely materialized.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Great Game...||
I still remember that one pretty clearly - excellent game indeed. Webber and Rose were about half of Michigan's points, as I recall (with Chris Webber garnering almost 30 by himself, as I recall). It was Dale Brown and Jamal Mashburn that came up big on offense for the Wildcats in that game, with some contributions from Travis Ford (that I can remember who played for Kentucky over 20 years ago is sad somehow).
Actually, the man who coached that Kentucky team shall be coaching the other majoy in-state team today.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||If I Remember...||
The last episode had some pretty funny exchanges too, like when Lana asked Archer if he grasped his own mortality and in what would seem to be a classic Archer reply, he said something like, "Lana, no one can."
The whole idea of being miniaturized and injected and needing to get into Dr. Kovacs' body to destroy the clot sort of gave me a flashback to Innerspace (except Innerspace worked on a vastly different premise, of course - the pod was injected into Jack Putter simply to get rid of it so that a rival scientist could not have the technology).
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Yes, But...||
Yes, but then you also didn't handle the situation terribly well yourself when people pointed out that there were better ways that the user could have handled his statements, up to and including taking some personal swipes at a couple users. I agree that the thread didn't need to exist (lack of good access to the Mod Sticky on mobile might be a gap that needs work, to be fair), but making the problem marginally worse by not handling the flack you received all that well didn't need to exist either.
By the way, your points are back - just try to remember that it is presentation, not content, that was the issue and presentation definitely matters. It is perfectly acceptable to expect some decorum.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Opinions...||
It isn't about particular opinions, but more about their presentation. It's fine to criticize the play of a given player, but getting personal and then being rude to others on the blog when they disagree with you, that's a deletion of the comment chain and in some cases Bolivia when it is caught. No one is asking people to not say anything, but merely to give a thought to how you say it and who you might say it about. Surely this is not too much to ask.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Boddington's...||
Some Boddington's and hoops....it's a nice, quiet evening....
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Rosters...||
Part of me wants to know the rosters that Durkin and Drevno put together in the draft, part of me wants to wait until next Saturday but either way, it will be interesting to see who ended up on which team. It is hard to put a lot of stock in something like this in terms of development and where players are right now, at least in my opinion, but you like to think there was a measure of confidence involved in the selections. It seemsl ike just another part of how the staff is driving competition, and by all accounts, the players were excited about this.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Wisconsin Fouls...||
I still chuckle at the look on the faces of Wisconsin players when a foul gets called on them. They tend to throw their hands up and glare as if to say, "That was NOT part of the arrangement, man!" Of course, that may simply be a jaded, slightly paranoid me, but the idea that they genuinely do not understand why this is happening is amusing all the same.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Very Funny...||
This meme will probably be in millions more threads yet, and as it should be. Well done with this particular Facebook post -
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||Last Few Games...||
Much of this might be attributable to the weirdness of tournament games in general, but in the last three games or so, Kentucky's defensive PPP has been somewhere in the neighborhood of 0.71 or so. The actual spreadsheet with my information is at work on that drive sadly, so I am working from memory, but on a statistical basis, it definitely dwarfs, say, Wisconsin or Ohio State, for example.