|8 hours 54 min ago||Thought About This...||
This Book is for the Fans
I thought about this for a while, but the edit of the previous thread and the lack of traction here in comparison to the other HTTV thread makes me think that the conversation might be better served with just the one thread for now. No offense to the OP here, of course.
|10 hours 31 min ago||New Perhaps, But...||
Just as a matter of note here, although the rule is enshrined in the CBA, it is not a secret that the NBA and the NBPA are generally in favor of changing it to a situation where a player must be two years removed from high school. There have been some misgivings not so much about technical acumen on the court, if you will, but on-court leadership - the proprosed remedy has been mandating the extra year for staying in college or going to Europe perhaps or even the D-League but not the NBA right away.
|10 hours 59 min ago||The Tiered System...||
I do like the tiered system actually, mainly because Florida being more or less the Big Ten's destination of choice outside of the Rose Bowl for quite a long time was becoming a bit mundane, in my opinion. To have teams that could rotate through several places over the course of years - something not really possible in the straight ranking, especially if you consistently finished in or near certain spots - seems like it could be a bit more entertaining.
|13 hours 23 min ago||Don't Mind At All...||
One of the people that I supervise brought in a lovely carrot cake for a belated birthday treat this morning, so that was a pleasant surprise and I will have to repay everyone with subs or pizza in the near future. Not a big deal when you can reconcile the expense under "teambuilding activity", right? Anyway, that made an otherwise stressful day for me.
To help, I've come home and am now on the second pint of Guinness Extra Stout and currently trying to convince my daughter that there are other shows that aren't "Victorious" or "Sam & Cat".
|15 hours 49 min ago||Other Candidates...||
Looking at the list, I wouldn't mind the Tilted Kilt Cactus Bowl or the Jobing.com Cactus Bowl if only to do a salute to the time not so long ago when bowls and the tech bubble were virtually one in the same. If we wanted to think out of the box perhaps, we could use one of the NLJ law firms as well - the Snell &Wilmer Cactus Bowl has an interesting ring to it.
|15 hours 54 min ago||Indeed Yes...||
Not surprisingly in today's world, I was actually alerted to the fact that the e-mail was going out thanks to Twitter, so I have already sent in my information based on my donation level. I actually am curious as to how quickly we'll get the electronic copy as that will come in handy for meetings and the like.
|17 hours 26 min ago||Well, Since There's A Thread...||
As there is a thread on it, I managed to find Tomahawk Nation's take on the whole thing, which you can read here - LINK
Long story short, in the arrest report, it is noted that the scooter, valued at $1,000, had nearly that much in damage due to an accident in which Jesus Wilson had been. WIlson at first claimed to have borrowed the scooter from a student named "Drew" (real owner is one Sebastian Bellini). He initially reported having no contact information for this "Drew", but promised to get it the next time he saw "Drew". Only yesterday did Wilson admit finally to taking the scooter, but he made it clear that he had not intended to have it for long.
So, I guess "Drew" is going to be pissed when he finds out about the scooter, eh?
|18 hours 3 min ago||We Might Get There...||
Assuming no repeats (which there are, but let's run with this for a moment), there are 453 players among all the released lists to date. If we pretended for a second that all 126 FBS teams carried a 125-man roster (just a nice round figure - specific teams will vary, of course), then that's 15,750 players theoretically on Division I rosters. We then have 453 out of 15,750, or 2.876%, so about half after all the lists are released, I agree.
|20 hours 16 min ago||Embedding...||
I don't know if there has been any resolution to this since the last time I checked, but there is some quirk with the site coding, so far as I know, that makes using the old embed code from YouTube (which would start with <object...>) a little less troublesome in the original thread post - not sure if that's a Drupal thing or not. It doesn't matter which code gets used for replies, in my experience.
|21 hours 56 min ago||Other Topics...||
Mark Emmert was grilled on a few topics beyond this actually, in the even that people weren't following this hearing, including a report released by Sen. McCaskill of Missouri that about 20% of the largest public institutions and 15% of the largest private ones apparently allow their own athletic department to investigate cases of misconduct (the examples given were sexual assault cases)by their own athletes.
The full article from the Washington Post is here - LINK
When it comes to scholarships, McCaskill also dropped this one on Emmert:
McCaskill released NCAA records showing that a majority of member schools sought to keep the one-year scholarship limit in place in a membership vote in 2012 that fell just short of the 62.5 percent majority needed.
|22 hours 39 min ago||"Max Impact"...||
I think we would need to know how this person to whom they spoke defined "max impact" to evaluate this statement a little more accurately. Our offensive line is indeed composed of highly rated talent, but many of them save for the ones who just arrived are experiencing their second coordinator and a new offense as well, so there has been some reset on the learning curve. How steep the curve and how fast the learning? We shall see. The best hope - and other sources make it seem hopeful - is that a simpler scheme and an actual foundation from which to build leads to improvement. I don't know that we need to expect a complete 180 here in the first year with Nussmeier, just a turn in the right direction might do the offense wonders as a whole.
|23 hours 12 min ago||Regarding This...||
I believe that Malzone plays various position in the infield for Brother Rice, and if you watch the video posted in yesterday's update again, his arm mechanics sort of have some "3B / SS" qualities to them, at least in my opinion. That being said, even if there's some adjustment required - and Malzone himself has said that there definitely is - the evidence seems to point to him having a strong, accurate arm all the same.
|1 day 8 hours ago||My Two Cents...||
I am sort of with others here - I've been on a few such trips as well over the years and the best experiences that I've had overall are Wisconsin and Penn State. Both of these are on very cool campuses and have excellent pregame and crazy in-game atmospheres. I would also back up the people that have had only ho-hum experiences in West Lafayette - Purdue fans were very kind, but Ross-Ade is just a sad atmosphere for a game on many levels.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Thanks To All...||
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes both here and on other platforms today.
It does mean quite a bit to me to be part of this community, and to know that people appreciate the efforts to keep it at least semi-respectable. This is a special group indeed, and like I've told a few people, it is something I wouldn't do if I didn't care about you guys. Thanks for being part of one of the better fan sites yet conceived certainly :-)
|1 day 11 hours ago||Happy Birthday To Me...||
I happen to have an excellent reason to drink as I turn 36 today, so I am enjoying a Guinness and some of the funfetti cake that my kids helped make for me. My daughter even said, "We couldn't find 36 candles, but you can blow out these three...", which made me feel old for a moment, but she has the family sense of humor, to be sure.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Amusing Wager...||
Did anyone else see the wager on Reddit that someone placed on yesterday's game, out of curiousity? $20 on the score and a Khedira goal, and well...
|1 day 17 hours ago||Here's One...||
Well, if you run the last set of Sagarin numbers, which is admittedly of somewhat limited usefulness as it is last year's data on teams and superimposing this year's schedule, you would still max out at 9-3 if you assumed - for the sake of the hypothetical - that all positive margins in the arithmetic meant a "win". Not all wins are equally likely, of course, but let's just go with this for a second.
That being said, we don't even need to talk about wholly brilliant things on offense - just visibly better will do if the offense as a whole isn't nearly as discombobulated as a whole this year. If the transition is going as well as folks seem to say it is, then we can manage this and 9-3 is probably reasonably achieveable. Further, with players on both sides of the ball maturing another year and a staff shakeup that we hope optimizes talent (which we have in abundance), then 9-3 is something I could definitely live with given the organizational / schematic shift.
To the OP's question about expecting 10 or more wins, I think the internal shakeups and schematic shifts probably make 10 wins something towards the upper limit of the average prediction for me anyway (for this year), a scenario which plays out perhaps if the learning - particularly on offense - is going better than anyone really imagined, which would be awesome if shown to be true.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 day 19 hours ago||Well, The Numbers Work...||
It seems like the numbers work out for Cleveland, if indeed the intent is to bring LeBron James back to the Cavaliers. Per ESPN's story here - LINK:
According to ESPN's Tom Penn, the trade of Jack sheds $9.5 million in salary (Jack, $6.3 million; Zeller, $1.7 million; Karasev, $1.5 million), giving the Cavaliers $21.7 million in cap space.
I could be wrong, but I think the cap hold on James is something in the neighborhood of $20 million, so they may very well have cleared sufficient space just by making that move with the Nets.
|1 day 20 hours ago||The Ann Arbor News Piece...||
The Ann Arbor News (or MLive d/b/a The Ann Arbor News, if you prefer) did their own writeup on Malzone's performance at the Elite 11, if anyone is interested - LINK
Their review is quite positive, as you may expect, but the piece does have a few quotes from Malzone himself which people might find intriguing enough, including one which expresses relief that he has resolved the question of where is going and can more easily concentrate on improving his game. I will say though that the clips that OP posted do look rather good - very nice, accurate throws highlighted there.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
It is an interesting list, to say the least Austin's incredibly unlikely and very moving story of unimaginable loss and pressing on all the same somehow...it just tells you so much about Hatch and his strength of character.
One thing I will say about this list, however, is that #1 has a pretty good case for being #1 within the bounds of what is being discussed here, but yeah, I am a little surprised that Hatch is not at least higher on the list.
|1 day 22 hours ago||The Rookie Scale...||
The rookie scale for the 8th overall pick comes out to a decent amount of money indeed, if you look at Basketball.RealGM.com. According to them, the 8th pick on this coming season's scale would except to get:
1st year - $2,288,200
2nd year - $2,391,200
3rd year (option) - $2,494,200
I am not sure what it might be subject to, but it sounds like a nice start monetarily in the NBA.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Creating A Role...||
One of the fascinating features of Beilein's offensive philosophy, as it has matured in these past few years, is the ability of players to assume at least a portion of the role of a departing player and, rather than miss a step, actually grow in the role. I see Irvin assuming at least a portion of Stauskas' role on this team and, if the numbers from last year are any indication, doing quite well in the process too. I have to think that Irvin will get some of the looks and plays that Nik did, and if he handles it well, he'll be a dangerous and productive player out there.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Double To A Dollar...||
Even if it were to double to $1.00, we're still talking about a lot of Boone's Farm (or something along those lines) to make the conference schedule for Purdue a little more tolerable, which if things continue to go as they have down there seems like a totally acceptable way to cope.
In all seriousness though, it actually will probably enhance the look and atmosphere of Ross-Ade immensely, so it should work out well enough for Purdue.
|2 days 15 hours ago||It Does Stand Out...||
I was almost more taken aback by the early commitment from one kid to East Carolina. That's another thing that you generally don't see everyday, or at least you don't see it on many national lists like this. I am not knocking the decision, of course, as these kids are simply following their dreams and going where they wish to go, but I just can't recall seeing too many commitments to mid-major schools made this early. It might happen more than I realize, of course, so I can't say too much, I imagine.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Those Who Remain...||
Here's how it looks now on FiveThirtyEight for those who remain:
|2 days 18 hours ago||Also This....||
“Number one, I’ll meet with Doug three times a week when we talk about the offense,” Hoke said. “I’ll sit in meetings with the offense. I’ll know what’s going on.”
This was something I found refreshing to read as well. I know that Hoke himself has lamented about perhaps not being hands-on enough, or rather not being as involved as he believes he should have been in retrospect. Not sure how often he had such meetings before, but it is nice to see this continuing especially with the new scheme.It seems even more important now that these continue (if not increase in frequency) with new schemes and a revamped staff really.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Very Sad To Hear...||
Very sorry to hear about your loss, Seth. Deepest condolences in this time for you and your family.
As others have said, don't worry one bit about us or this corner of the Internet - I can try to help with certain things, if anything comes up. Take care of your family. I am all too happy to make a donation as well.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Regarding The Embed...||
Sadly, you generally can't embed the NBA.com licensed video directly (at least in my experience, you have to be a licensed provider like Yahoo! anyway), which is a bit of a shame in this case as this was a great assist - I am sure it will appear on YouTube in relatively short order, however. It underscores the fact that McGary will definitely be worth following as he makes a career for himself in the pros, in my opinion. He will definitely be missed this year here in Ann Arbor, that's for sure.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Program Culture...||
I would agree that something like "Program Culture", if you will, is worthy of consideration here as it permeates some of the other things that the OP mentions. At least on this point, I would probably give Michigan an edge when it comes to the day-to-day operations of the program and how things are organized, just based on what I know of the structures of both. There seems to be a stronger atmosphere of personal responsibility and accountability in Ann Arbor, at least overall. Further, I think there is something to be said for the family atmosphere that Hoke has tried to create and I believe it has resulted in a net plus for us on the recruiting front and perhaps to a certain extent in the area of staff as well.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Not Even Seasons...||
Within the context of one season, you would be right. When we talk about some of the work that has been done on this blog and others and taking that data back 5-10 years, the correlations between the stats I mentioned and overall success are pretty well-documented. I guess I never understood how a game which typically occurs only a few games into the season could reliably be used as some sort of harbinger of success by itself. Maybe that's just me.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Very Much In Agreement...||
I definitely agree with the OP - the outcome of one game in isolation really says nothing meaningful about the season, and truth be told, I am never sure why anyone has believed this to be the case. Hopefully, we don't see too much of this sort of "analysis" this year, eh?
As we have noted at some length on the blog, there are several other things which correspond much better to overall success in games as well as in the season, such as third down differentials and yards per play differentials and even average points per red zone trip.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Here's Some Background...||
Here's a reprint of the story about Jerry Murrell that appeared in the Fall 2011 edition of Alumnus:
More than just a Michigan alum, he is an Alpena native. With regards to his campus experience, he said:
"I only applied to one school," he says. For a kid who had never been out of Michigan, university life-and the shocking array of on-campus brainpower-delivered a life-changing, soul-motivating lesson. "With all these scholars around me, I thought I was out of my league. It woke me up to the competition I was going to face in life and made me humble," Murrell says.
There is also some interesting tidbits about the founding of the business and his background in the article.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Sprinkle's Future...||
Eleven Warriors actually had a nice little writeup on how, in the end, Sprinkle is really the only one that will end up suffering as a result of this. When you let your scholarship to a major Division I institution evaporate into space because you had to have it out with someone (and then some) at a place called The Grown & Sexy Lounge (per the police report), you probably don't have much of a future in football at the college level for the foreseeable future anyway - regardless of how good you are. Hopefully, Sprinkle can get it together once all this is behind him and perhaps even regain his footing and play somewhere.
EDITED AS A REPLY TO BELOW - That he wouldn't be any good or never have a future in the sport is not what I meant to imply, hence "foreseeable future". If he can get himself together and make a second go at football, then that's definitely one way to turn it around. Sorry if it was worded poorly before.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Other Lists...||
The story also provides links to the Hornung and Maxwell Award watch lists as well, and at least for the Maxwell Award, which is given to the top offensive player, Michigan does make an appearance. For that award, Devin Funchess and Devin Gardner are on their preseason list of possibilities. The Hornung Award, which is given to the most versatile player, has several Big Ten players (Venric Mark, Shilique Calhoun and Stefon Diggs to name a few) but no entry from Michigan that I could see.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Good Find...||
Watching some of those clips sort of made me think about how much he'll be missed, but it was indeed a nice compilation and really, they do serve to provide evidence of how much fun I think Stauskas will continue to be in the NBA. That first offering in particular, the highlight video from this past season, brought back a lot of smiles indeed.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Great Article...||
This is one of those stories where you always want updates because it is just that compelling, and indeed, it would be great to see a program that was designed just for Brock Mealer at the time become something that helps others with similar injuries regain as much of their mobility as possible. I still remember how great that moment was in 2010 when he made his way onto the field - I don't think there was a dry eye in my section - and it has been great to hear about all the progress since that moment.
That was a great read. Thanks for sharing that.
|3 days 22 hours ago||If I Had To Choose...||
Regardless of the era, at least to me, beating OSU has typically been the crowning achievement in a season, or at least in those seasons where it has happened, so I would place that on top. Back in the day, I probably would have said ND was next because it used to seem like this game was much more a thing than even the game against MSU, but with the emergence of a stable and upward trending MSU over the last several years, I would rank the Spartans second here. Actually, I suppose you could make an argument that any game with conference implications are merely shades of the #1 ranking, but for emotional value, MSU sits at #2 for me given the OP's criteria.
As for Notre Dame, they'll be off the radar for the foreseeable future after this season and really, it makes so much sense actually that South Bend, while geographically in the heart of the Big Ten, should sever its remaining ties with that conference and yearn to be on the Atlantic seaboard. That, and as the game has no conference implications, losing it would still potentially leave us in an OK position.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Nice Find...||
The first glimpse I caught was about a minute or so into the piece, but it was nice to see the shoes as they should be again. We always knew, after all, that there is no pair of ordinary athletic shoes that can completely contain Dilithium. Now that he has a definite role in the offense in Jacksonville, I might find myself again seeking out some Jaguars games this year.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Great Article...||
"Bo Burlingham featured Zingerman’s in a book called “Small Giants,” which is about companies that “choose to be great rather than big.” And the owners and employees of more than 1,000 companies have attended ZingTrain seminars to learn more about the Zingerman’s model."
If you've never read "Small Giants", it is a fascinating book and Zingerman's probably is one of the better examples of values-focused entreprenuership out there, focusing on a culture that drives engagement and strives to be the best in its class, but not at the expense of its people. There's something to be said for that, and it is one of the major reasons I will eat at Zingerman's whenever I am able. I've actually met some of the people who do the ZingTrain workshops, and although I have not yet been to one, the description makes me believe that even large corporations like the one for which I work need to hear at least some of this message.
|4 days 18 hours ago||A Great Match Indeed...||
This was somewhat reminiscent of Federer / Nadal in 2008 when it comes to the scale of the epicness, if you will. Simply an amazing match and like someone said, it is a shame that someone had to lose this one. Congratulations to Novak Djokovic.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Reaching For Content Perhaps...||
I would tend to agree that this seems like a reach for content by ESPN in a typically down period for college football news, but something did stand out to me.
Was I the only person that got an unexpected chuckle out of the fact that the photo of Michigan State's scoreboard was announcing an extreme weather event whereas every other photo seems to at least be running through typical game-type displays?
|4 days 23 hours ago||It's Bad When...||
We're eerily close, it seems, to a point in the development of this particular era of the Michigan stadium experience, where one of us will see someone dart past us in the stands and then the announcement will state: "This emergency run for additional sliced jalepenos to go with the stadium nachos is brought to you by your Metro Detroit Fifth Third branches and BP with Invigorate"
|5 days 9 hours ago||Here We Go....||
Something of an eccentric evening here for me. I watched the Tigers game, then some "Fawlty Towers" for kicks and all of this while switching between Guinness Extra Stout and some Boddington's that I picked up earler today. For the moment, I am content spacing out a bit to some Yellow Magic Orchestra as the album "Solid State Survivor" as a nice twilight / evening feel to it:
|5 days 11 hours ago||Regarding Hudl...||
I don't think you can embed anything on Hudl, and I couldn't find much of anything to quite compare to this on YouTube - it is quite impressive though, I will agree. As for his top five, I thought the list on Yahoo! was rather eclectic - including Michigan, there was BYU, Lousiana-Monroe, Southern Methodist and Nebraska, but he also had offers from about a fifth of Division I as well.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Ha! Nice...||
This shall likely be filed under:
"Offense, Doing It Right"
...and cross referenced under:
"Getting The Rebound, Doing It Wrong"
|5 days 14 hours ago||Nice To See...||
I will say, this one made me smirk just a bit. Nice to see the confidence coming out at every occasion...
|5 days 16 hours ago||Rookie Scale...||
The standard values for NBA rookie contracts are here - (LINK)
According to this, the 21st pick, which is where I believe Mitch went gets the following:
1st year - $1,166,700
2nd year - $1,219,200
3rd year option - $1,271,700
It also gives the percentage increases for a 4th year option and a qualifying offer.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Very Cool News...||
The Deseret, UT paper had a nice spread on this actually, and one of the more intriguing comments regarding wolverine sightings in Utah happened to be:
"I saw one riding my 4 wheeler on the Skyline drive by Fairview last Summer."
The Michigan difference indeed. Obviously, this wolverine spent a bit of time on North Campus, right?
|6 days 20 hours ago||Over At FiveThirtyEight...||
The full estimate for the surviving teams:
|6 days 23 hours ago||Have A Happy Fourth...||
Have a most excellent Fourth Of July, everyone!
|1 week 44 min ago||Yikes Indeed...||
Someone mentioned this above and I tend to agree - the white pullover is probably the only thing in this sampling that even approaches wearable, in my opinion, leaving the other stuff in a category of things where I would probably just cringe and walk away - especially the hats....good lord. My only guess is that Adidas really is not aiming for the MGoBlog end of the market, if you will, but even at that, I really do not understand what is so difficult about creating something that does not look overdone or overdesigned.
|1 week 8 hours ago||Some Interesting Stuff...||
Yeah, the non-analysis of Hoke and hot seat talk definitely inspired an eye roll, but the larger point of the East being the more interesting division regardless probably stands.
As for how interesting things are in the West Division, the author probably could have marked this as the most telling statement regarding that:
Iowa? The biggest news from the “319” this offseason was Kirk Ferentz’s recruiting coordinator resigning so he could open a Culver’s. He’s spending the summer at ButterBurger University. (Not a joke. It’s a 16-week training course in Madison, Wisconsin.)
We knew that, of course, being a resourceful blog, but I do agree - when you have a division where few people know exactly who coaches the Badgers and Iowa has a coordinator who thought Culver's was a greener pasture, an outsider would definitely get the impression that it isn't terribly interesting because, well, it isn't.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Some Quick Numbers...||
Some of you might occasionally use StatSheet and hopefully you find some of the current numbers interesting. The Tigers summary is here - LINK
They do a quick comparison of various stats against the MLB average, and as of end of business yesterday, the Tigers are:
- #2 in batting average (.276)
- #3 in hits (789)
- #6 in runs (378)
- #8 in home runs (87)
- #5 in RBIs (370)
- #9 in stolen bases (56)
That last one is a stat I really find refreshing for this team.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Oh, If Only....||
If he had only been there to tip this one...
|1 week 15 hours ago||BBC Preview...||
The stage-by-stage preview from the BBC is here - LINK
The English stages sound like some pretty awesome rides actually. In order:
- Leeds-Harrogate (190.5 km)
- York-Sheffield (201 km)
- Cambridge-London (155 km)
|1 week 17 hours ago||For The Sake Of Comparison...||
Although I am not entirely familair with their metrics, CoachesHotSeat.com makes out the top five in the Big Ten to be - in order - Darrell Hazell (he just got to Purdue - I don't get this entirely), Tim Beckman, Bo Pelini, Brady Hoke and then Randy Edsall (we can include him officially now). All five of them are fit that site's definition of "hot seat" territory, with Hoke being #21 nationally in their opinion. On the cusp, if you will, or "edge of hot seat" as they term it, would be Kyle Flood and then Kirk Ferentz among the Big Ten coaches. Not necessarily agreeing with the order, of course, but it makes for an interesting comparison.
|1 week 19 hours ago||Then Again...||
Then again, of course, when you are West Virginia and you're looking for your fourth defensive coordinator in as many year, you might very quickly work down to the level of asking someone like Tony Gibson if he would like the job, even if you were horrified when he said that he would like it. Just think, however, that this is their chance to have a "never forget" sort of moment in the backfield.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Nice Weekend Indeed...||
At least this morning, I have to fill the time. The best part about this "Friday" for me is as follows:
A) I am leaving at noon or so.
B) The retirement reception (we have a lot of these around this time of the year) had Bob Evans catering, so I have eggs, sausage and biscuits at my desk right now.
C) The storm is more or less done.
I even get to spend the Fourth by myself - my wife works and my kids will be spending the night with my in-laws.
|1 week 1 day ago||Per The Lansing State Journal||
"The suspects - a 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman - were being held in the Ingham County Jail and could face formal charges on Thursday, Michigan State University police Sgt. Paul Kuckek said."
I would hope that they face punishment. It doesn't matter who or where, things like there are NEVER EVER even the slightest bit humorous, if that is what they were going after.
|1 week 1 day ago||Some Cleanup...||
No More Soccer/Celebrate America Posbang Thread
I really don't think minimalizing the interest in soccer and thereby insulting its audience on this board is really the best premise for a posbang thread, even if you try to mask it with football and patriotic sentiments. Certainly, you can do better than this.
Hoke hot seat
I struggled with this one, but I think it is probably better for the board if this goes as it is bringing out some unnecessary sniping and a lot of very tired arguments regarding something that may very will get discussed often enough during the season, I am sure. Also, it's a holiday week, folks.
|1 week 1 day ago||Possibilities...||
If he did indeed transfer ultimately, then it should be noted perhaps that his other offers included the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Iowa State, South Florida and CIncinnati. According to the Elkhart Truth, he visited Syracuse in December before deciding to go to Notre Dame, although that perhaps means nothing without first hearing the actual reason he is leaving the team and what his definition of a "better fit" might be. If nothing else, it is a curious thing to leave a team within weeks of arriving.
|1 week 1 day ago||See, I Disagree...||
I think what you might be forgetting here is that you do have to consider the individual recent histories of programs in order to wager a guess at these sorts of things.
Granted, a slideshow is an awful format to present these arguments, so this article probably shouldn't be held in any sort of meaningful esteem, but Pelini is on this list, in my opinion, because the recent history of Nebraska football does not include the same sort of instability that Michigan's has.
Pelini has done well by the record, but I think the popular perception is that Nebraska football is entering stagnation under his watch and I would theorize that this is why he would be on such a list. This year might be somewhat telling for Hoke perhaps, but in college football, I don't think there could be uniform criteria for determining who is or is not on the "hot seat".
|1 week 1 day ago||The Switch To Over...||
I think that the more I read, the more the switch to the 4-3 Over makes sense to me, so when Don above made a remark about Mattison not saying they would be more aggressive, it reminded me that they are sort of saying that very thing with this switch if I am interpreting things correctly. I could be wrong, but I think the switch to the Over mitigates the spacing issues that I think existed a bit last year and the flip of LBs actually resolves some matchup problems potentially. I am just thinking of theoretical alignments right now as we will not know much for another 5-6 weeks, but the scheme adjustment is perhaps speaking louder than the coaches in some respects.
|1 week 1 day ago||Here's The Video...||
Here is the video poriton of it anyway...
|1 week 1 day ago||That Last Point...||
I thought the last thing that the article brought up was rather interesting, regarding the timing of Appalachian State's official entrance into FBS play versus the conference into which they have gone. It seems like they should be good enough to do OK in the Sun Belt, but you wonder if their recent slide and the performance hit that some teams take from the shock of entering FBS play (or even just changing conferences sometimes) will affect them significantly.
They are right, if you look at their stats from a few years ago versus the stats of the better teams in the Sun Belt, Appalachian State might have even been in the discussion to win that conference possibly (admittedly, my Sagarin calculations are chicken scratch on a circuit map right now).
|1 week 2 days ago||For Some Background...||
The Sooners official site provides a little more insight into the reasoning behind the uniforms, at least as they describe it. The full piece is here - LINK
With regards to the white version of the helmet, the article reads:
Nike’s white helmet design pays tribute to Wilkinson’s squads that captured national championships in 1950, 1955 and 1956. Those Oklahoma teams wore white headgear with a signature crimson stripe from crown to base.
|1 week 2 days ago||If I May...||
Let me pull what I believe to be one of the most compelling things in this article:
That goals above average stat was interesting too. He takes fewer shots than Ronaldo, but his typical shot is also an average of about six yards closer to the goal. I admit to not being as in tune with soccer stats as I am with those in other sports, so this relationship was interesting to me.
Very cool analysis actually. Thanks for sharing this.
|1 week 2 days ago||Noticing This...||
The fact that we now seem to be out of the running to get Matt Niskanen seems to lend much credence to the notion that the brand equity of the Red Wings is not what it has been recently. The Wingin' It In Motown blog had an article Sunday about how they would pursue Christian Ehrhoff as well, but it seems like the list of good defensemen is a bit short when it comes to UFAs this year. I could be wrong about that though.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Tidbit -||
Survivors by group as of now:
Group A - Brazil
Group B - The Netherlands
Group C - Colombia
Group D - Costa Rica
Group E - France
Group F - Argentina
Group G - Germany, USA
Group H - Belgium
|1 week 2 days ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
Especially because I am in a room by myself, processing crews and nervously waiting for the game at 4 PM, thanks for sharing this very good interview.
Hearing him speak confidently about what he believes is possible is pretty reassuring actually, but from the sound of what the players have said, the scheme is being installed in about as smooth a manner as can be managed.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Tracker...||
Here's the NBA's official free agency tracker, if you are interested in close to real-time updates for everyone available - (LINK)
Some of the more interesting tidbits so far - Ray Allen is reportedly mulling retirement, Shane Battier reportedly is retiring, Billups' contract is not being renewed and Tim Duncan did exercis his option.
|1 week 2 days ago||Checking The Numbers...||
I've got a little downtime in the midst of storm duty here, so I was looking at the numbers - Silver is giving Argentina a predicted 77% win probability against Switzerland, and Belgium is getting 59% in our game, so a bit closer. I know that it will definitely be the only thing anyone is allowed to watch in the conference room all day here, because if I am stuck with storm, you're watching soccer.
|1 week 2 days ago||Have An Excellent Day...||
To our friends to the north (or indeed to the south if you happen to be in Detroit), have a most excellent 147th anniversary of the Constitution Act (as it has been known in more recent times), which I believe joined the colonies into their current federal dominion and basically set the structure for the government. Momentous act in Canadian history indeed.
|1 week 2 days ago||Why Not Indeed...|
|1 week 3 days ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
It's hard to imagine a more dramatic fashion to honor the 1984 team than a walkoff grand slam, so that was rather awesome on several levels. Well, there's also this clip of Gibson's homerun in 1984 with some on-field audio too....
|1 week 3 days ago||Of Minor Note...||
One thing that happened a few days ago that I found very intriguing was that the charges against the professor who had been charged with fraud initially might now get those charges dropped. The reason that the prosecutor's office gave - per a Bloomberg article - was that Nyang'oro has been very cooperative in the continuing investigation into academic fraud, so this development might be worth watching.
|1 week 3 days ago||Some Interesting Stuff...||
It would be nice to see what Doug Karsch and Greg Mattison were talking about translate as they hope it will, and not just the on-the-field performance but the leadership aspect as well. I think the defense - less affected by changes - probably started out on more solid footing in both regards. I know we speculate much about how the offensive and the switch to inside zone is going, but I am equally curious about the move to a 4-3 Over.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not Necessarily....||
You likely wouldn't have a lot of luck at that level in Ann Arbor, but there are a few houses around me that rent out for about that and I live in a reasonable part of the downriver suburbs of Detroit (southern end of Romulus), so they do exist, although they mainly exist in areas with persistently depressed values, it seems.
|1 week 3 days ago||Great Game...||
It's still fascinating to me that, at the point of this game, I was engaged by not yet married and had neither kids nor a house, and by the time Michigan would beat Ohio State again, I would be married and have two kids and a house. A lot happened in those intervening years indeed.
In any case, this was a wonderful game - I think Braylon and Chris Perry had the brunt of the offensive yards in this one and accounted together for four of the five TDs as well.
|1 week 3 days ago||Heavy Favorites...||
Massey and Nate Silver are pretty close in their estimates on today's games - Germany has a predicted 83% win probability and France is almost as comfortable at 76%, so it seems like they are indeed the safe bets statistically. I am sure most of us thought that anyway, of course. What is interesting now is that we're looking at about an 80% chance that either Brazil (the favorite, of course), Argentina, The Netherlands or Germany win it all. Everyone else is sitting at an estimate under 10% - well under in most cases.
|1 week 3 days ago||Already Posted....||
2014 Director's Cup Final results
This made it to the board on Friday, as I recall, and should still be in the first couple pages of threads.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well, Well...||
Well, congratulations to our Most Glorious Emperor!
Hopefully, they enjoy many years of imperial happiness and may those who would offend the Emperor quake in fear lest they be punted from existence.
Thanks for sharing this bit of news.
|1 week 4 days ago||If Anyone Is Curious....||
As others have mentioned, we probably have nothing to worry about here in the sense that we're likely to bat 0-for-3 with these particular recruits, but at least with Jashon Cornell, the choices are supposedly between Iowa, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State. Miles Boykin will be choosing between Michigan State, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri and Notre Dame. I believe - and I can't find the article I read before - it was Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa and Notre Dame for Hilliard.
|1 week 4 days ago||To Be Fair...||
I don't mind it too much really. Indeed, I think these guys would be awesome if they were allowed to do some Thursday Night MACtion in the fall too. The PBP guy would probably create some epic calls as players break for TDs during the obligatory defensive lapses throughout the game.
|1 week 4 days ago||Quick Numbers...||
Some interesting updates down at FiveThirtyEight today - the Netherlands is getting a 72% estimated win probability against Mexico, and Costa Rica is getting 57% as an estimated win probability agains Wisconsin....errr.....Greece. Only seven nations are currently estimated to have a better than 2% shot at winning it all, with Brazil, Argentina, Germany and The Netherlands being the favorites.
|1 week 5 days ago||Quiet Evening Here...||
I've got some Angry Orchard Crisp Apple here and I've begun to sit down with the Tigers stats to date. Of course, if I am drinking while I do this, I typically don't get very deep into the numbers, but I do try. My wife and I may actually sit down with some movies later - it is just me, my wife and my son and he's since gone to bed after we watched "The Lego Movie" for the millionth time. My daughter is with my mother-in-law on a mini-vacation on the western side of the state.
|1 week 5 days ago||Simmer Down...||
I've had to at least attempt to reason with someone who had trouble presenting their disagreements in a constructive manner already this week, so we shall try it here. Nobody is putting down your dissent so much as the way you're doing it. Calling people "fanboy" dismissively and refusing to constructively participate in any discussion can and will lead to your blogging life here being tragically cut short, so I encourage you to be just a little more thoughtful in your replies. Consider yourself warned.
|1 week 5 days ago||Well, Obviously...||
It's the goggles, right? Do they give it away?
|1 week 5 days ago||Indeed Yes...||
I believe they even have a parade or something named after this flower and that there is some sort of traditionally important game which is played some time after this parade, a game in which Michigan has been known to participate.
In all seriousness, of course, that was a pretty cool animation and nicely overlaid with the ABC call of the game (I believe that was ABC anyway). Well done, OP.
|1 week 5 days ago||Wagering A Guess...||
If I were going to make a guess based on momentum and just the level at which the program is operating right now, then I would probably guess basketball just for that reason with football perhaps not as far behind as some might guess - if we do well enough this season and then can maintain that, we could probably creep into one of those discussions - perhaps POY before the NC just because of how the playoffs seem to work. As for hockey, I could be wrong, but I think Red is about to enter the last year of that extension and I have a vague feeling (which could also be wrong) that we might see a coaching change due to retirement in hockey in the relatively near future.
|1 week 5 days ago||Very Sad...||
According to this - (LINK) - he collapsed during a workout at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston and could not be revived, from the sound of this statement below:
Steven King, sports and family manager for the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, collapsed while working-out at the Y Friday and died despite emergency aid by YMCA staff, paramedics and hospital staff.
McGaw Y Communications Director Cherita Ellens says King had a tremendous impact on the youth and families with whom he worked in the Sebring-Lewis Center and all who knew him at the YMCA.
|1 week 5 days ago||Quick Note...||
For those who weren't keeping track already, Nate Silver did update his site to estimate projected win probabilities in the knockout stage now. Today, for example, you have Brazil being given 82% agains Chile and Colombia getting 69% against Uruguay. Brazil is still his favorite to win at 41%, with the Argentina and Germany coming in at 18% and 11% respectively.
|1 week 6 days ago||Here's One...||
Some of us called Rob Deer "Feast Or Famine" when he was with Detroit, because there were only two ways that most at-bats would end, and only one of them did not involve a big, terrifying whiff at a curveball.
Among some of my favorites from baseball's slightly more distant past is Dick Stuart's "Dr. Strangeglove" appellation. His stats confirm that his relationship with meaningful defense at first base was....complex.
|1 week 6 days ago||Man, all the MGoPossibilities||
Man, all the MGoPossibilities here...
"Swift As Wheatley"
"Do The Pose"
"The Timmy Show"
"The Return Of Charles"
|1 week 6 days ago||If You Do Frankenmuth...||
If you go to Frankenmuth, I almost feel like a trip to the Frankenmuth Brewery is more essential than the chicken at Zehnder's, but that's just me (I'll be honest, I get the sauerbraten there). In any case, the brwery has a great selection of beers and family-friendly pub food plus a decent pizza and a few other goodies, so it is a win-win if everyone wants to enjoy themselves. Also, at this time of the year, if you can get a table right on the Cass River, it's great scenery too.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Remember That Game...||
I always enjoyed the call of one of the TD runs in this game in particular if only because we had the chance to hear iterations of it so many times when Wheatley was in Ann Arbor:
"Wheatley....Wheatley explodes....they won't catch him!", but then the added, "Put it on the scoreboard!" made that moment for those of us watching on TV somehow, or at least it did for me.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Windfall...||
I don't have the precise numbers in front of me right now, but when Rutgers and Maryland first announced that they were joining the Big Ten, there was a great article out on how even if they managed to get subscriber fees from only half the available homes in the DC and NYC markets, it would easily come out to about $100 million in extra revenue for the Big Ten Network, so yeah, what did Calloway sing about again? Ah yes, "I want money....lots and lots of money...."
|1 week 6 days ago||I Thought We Talked....||
I had thought that, in a previous thread from last week, I had explained to you that it is not the idea of dissent so much but that it must presented in a constructive manner and without, as you use above, blanket characterizations of the people here. If your intent is to simply assume these things of people and then behave as you did before and pretend to have cornered the market on "truth", as you term it, then you essentially have nothing to discuss here and your blogging life could be tragically cut short on this site. Consider this a second warning.
|1 week 6 days ago||To Your First Point...||
To your first point, even if you account for the fact that Ray Jackson never played in the NBA, the average length of service in the NBA for the remaining four players comes out to about 14 years, if I did the figuring right. It will be interesting to follow the careers of the Wolverines who have come out of these last two drafts to see what sort of longevity they have in this era of the NBA.
|1 week 6 days ago||Good To Hear...||
We know he wanted an opportunity to begin to build a path into the pros, and here it is. This is excellent news, of course, and hopefully he gets the opportunity to not only play with a Michigan teammate but do so in the regular season if the Wolves happened to pick him up (it's summer league, so nothing is in writing, I think). He's already set up well for success after basketball through his education, but it will be fun to see how long he can do what he has said he would do - stay in basketball as long as possible.
|1 week 6 days ago||About Two Weeks...||
I actually started mine in a cup on a window sill, the eggplant, and even before transplant - which has been quite successful - we were still looking about a shade over two weeks before we saw anything. The package from Burpee said 10-21 days, and indeed, we had another one which took nearly three weeks. I guess they weren't just trying to rattle people with those timeframes.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
Part of me wants to say that this was the day that they reported last year, or more specifically, that the freshmen reported, but then again given the alignment of days this year it works out all the same almost. If it is similar to last year and the freshmen report 28 days before the first game, then it would be projected at August 2nd. If the same schedule held for this year, then the rest of the team would be due on the 3rd, with the first practice being Monday the 4th and the first practice in pads coming later that week. Of course, nothing official has been posted, so it's just a projection.
|1 week 6 days ago||Coasting Through...||
This week has been a relatively quiet one at work, so that has helped me focus on finishing up some projects here as well as at home. The big one at home has been the first harvest of peas, known affectionately in my house as "The Pea Test". So far, we've got about a pound of them and it looks like we will have more in the coming days, a week on the outside. These should be followed soon enough by the first haul of beans and tomatoes. Squash, zucchini and eggplant - which we started from seed - are really taking off as well.
I am still sort of nervously awaiting word on this internal position for which I applied and interviewed last week. It's something they need to fill relatively soon because it involves long-term scheduling of line crews and organizing project construction and things like that, but so far, no word. Of course, I forget that "fast track" in a large corporation means a 2-3 week minimum turnaround, so there's that as well.
|2 weeks 26 min ago||Here's The Embed...||
..in the event it did not show up in the OP for anyone:
Very few people associated with Michigan basketball nowadays aside from Beilein and a few others can say they witnessed a transformation of an entire program, and indeed, helped lead the program through it to great success. Jordan Morgan is indeed one of those few.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Disagree...||
One of the great transformations we've seen under Beilein is the development of a system where there is a certain degree of plug-and-play with some guys, allowing them to fill any one of a couple roles well enough depending on who drafts them - I think GRIII has that sort of potential even if there are things he might need this summer to work on.
That being said, having three players go in this draft, two last year and four from a national championship runner-up team most definitely does NOT hurt recruiting, as other have said.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Congratulations To Him...||
Hopefully, the "WIn The Game" sign makes an appearance in an NBA game as well, because that really was a grea team moment.
As others have mentioned, this is a pretty good spot for Mitch and it is nice to see all of the work of these players and the Michigan basketball staff paying off in draft successes. You really do have to like where we're at right now.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Congratulations To Him...||
From what I have read, Sacramento is getting something they definitely need in Nik Stauskas, so he has a good shot to make some noise in this coming season, I would think. Even more importantly for us, seeing guys go at #8 and hearing "University Of Michigan" does give me a nice feeling about the program to which I am beginning to grow accustomed.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Refreshing Indeed...||
I simply found it refreshing that Silver was greeted with cheers for the most part and that fans have found a more targeted approach to expressing their displeasure with specific aspects of the NBA. That is to say, the fact that Cleveland won the lottery and had the #1 pick was greeted with a nice non-verbal way to tell the lottery to go to hell.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Quarters Coverage...||
"I don't think there's a team in the country that does what we do," Narduzzi said. "We're more cutting edge [with] zone pressure. We're cutting edge with how we play our quarters [Cover 4] coverage. It's adapted to if you play Stanford, a two-back, two-tight end team, or an empty team. We do a lot of things people don't do and to be honest, people are trying to copycat it all over the country.
As I understand it, MSU borrows a little from the old Jimmy Johnson 4-3 Over concepts, but the quarters coverage in Narduzzi's world essentially seems like it starts with redefining the vertical game for the offense to a shade less than ten yards, leaving the safeties in man coverage to get receivers on deeper passes (which aren't deep compared to other schemes). The LBs have the leverage, making anything short in nature - run or pass - something that basically has to go right into the center of the defense. Everyone is basically close enough that assignments can be traded almost at will, so if you go, say, three wide, somebody has you regardless.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Great To Hear...||
This is excellent news, of course, and indeed the rewards are well-deserved for a staff that has been essential in getting Michigan basketball back into a position where it is send players to the NBA regularly and bringing in excellent talent behind them, all the while competing at the highest of levels in Division I. Congratulations to them and many thanks for their continued hard work. As someone mentioned, the stability definitely doesn't hurt either.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||You know, my mother was||
You know, my mother was cheering on Germany, being German herself, and now she won't answer her cell phone AND she owes me $20 because we're out of the Group. To this, I say, "Pick up, mom...the trolling will not take long."
Other than that, very nice to see us going to the knockout round again. If I am not mistaken, we will play our as yet unknown opponent on Tuesday at 4 PM, which works MUCH better around this employment deal.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||That Collision...||
Through the varied quality of the video (and I am sure I saw it after everyone else as a result of this) on the WatchESPN App right now, that collision still looked pretty damn painful. Hopefully, both players are alright.
Otherwise, I've tried in good conscience to do some significant work for the last 80 minutes or thereabouts, but I can't look away but for more than a few moments at a time here.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||First, Let Me Say...||
First, let me say that it will feel strange to not have the ceremonial Booing Of David Stern or his customary trolling of the audience for the first few seconds, but as for Michigan-centric predictions, the round distribution will be as follows:
- Stauskas and McGry go in the first round in that order.
- GRIII goes in the second round.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Not Too Bad, I Thought...||
I will admit that that I rather like the futuristic look of the place, although for some reason the top view makes me think that people will fly over and see a giant sphincter in the middle of Atlanta, not to mention the way that might play with light and shadow on television for some distracting viewing. Overall, however, I kind of like the side and interior views - it looked like one rendering showed the area just outside the bowls having yard markers corresponding to your apprxoimate location on the field, which I am sure could be useful as a feature.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Let's Do This, Folks...||
To quote Dan Rowan from "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (from 1968, so pardon the dated reference):
"In 1917, we fought the Germans and we won. In 1941, we fought the Germans and we won. What I don't understand is why we are messing around in Vietnam when we can fight the Germans and win again."
A rather similar logic must apply to our match today, right?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Thought About It...||
Detroit News Bans Use of 'Redskins' In Football Coverage
I thought about strtegies to salvage this, but I couldn't do it without creating situations where people would simply restate disagreements in a most unfortunate manner. I am going to share an opinion here, but all of it seemed to provide to evidence that we're simply not ready to have this sort of sociocultural discourse when it comes to sports without some ugly thoughts appearing.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||From The SB Tribune...||
The series likely will affect Notre Dame's four-game scheduled series with Texas. The Irish are scheduled to host the Longhorns in 2015 and 2020 with games in Austin in 2016 and 2019. With a commitment to play five games each season against ACC teams, along with annual series with USC, Stanford and Navy and the annual off-site Shamrock Series game, bringing Georgia into the window where the Irish are scheduled to play Texas is a tight fit.
It definitely gives ND a chance to revisit the same part of the country that gave them players like Stephon Tuitt and Darisu Walker, of course, and as I recall, the first game in the series would be only the second time that these teams have met. Indeed, it would be the first since some dude named Herschel Walker ran all over them in 1981.
That being said, reading the quote above, I have to wonder if you'll see a lot of schedule juggling in the hope that SOS becomes a significant thing with the selection committee for the playoffs.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Amusing Part...||
The amusing aspect to this game is that Lincecum himself went 2-for-3 at the plate, so by himself he was on base more than the Padres. Great final line though - 6 Ks, 1 BB, 113 pitches to complete it out, 73 of which were strikes. Congratulations to him on a fantastic afternoon.
Supposedly, he immediately changed into a USA soccer uniform for photos, so many kudos for that as well.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Probably A Good Move...||
Reached by phone last week, Brunson declined to comment on the job but said “it’s always been a dream to work at Temple.” He expressed a desire to coach the Owls in 2006 after John Chaney’s retirement.
To be fair, of course (and in the hope that the OP is not implying that this is some random hire), Rick Brunson not only played nine seasons in the pros, but I believe he was also an assistant in Denver and Chicago as well as a director of operations at Virginia for a couple years, so he definitely comes into this with a nice enough resume, if you will.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Would Agree...||
I see where they seem to be drawing the analogy - a team like Iowa, being "recruiting disadvantaged", if you will, at least with respect to other schools, has to find some different ways to fill slots and stay competitive.
There was this:
Johnson said playing quarterback in high school requires football intelligence that few other positions need, and that IQ can often be easily translated to other positions. The Hawkeyes also believe that playing quarterback at a smaller school shows you're the best athlete on the field.
This I can see a bit, I think. Playing QB requires some understanding of what everyone on that offense does as well as how they do it, so theoretically you have just enough knowledge from which to build the foundations of switching positions (with the help of tons of practice and coaching).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Massey Predictions...||
If anyone is interested, here's how Massey predicts these games:
- Switzerland (48%), Honduras (17%)
- Ecuador (31%), France (33%)
- Nigeria (13%), Argentina (59%)
- Bosnia-Herzegovina (42%), Iran (25%)
I believe that the difference (e.g., 35% in the case of Switzerland-Honduras) is the projected tie probability for each game.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Could Be Wrong...||
I could be wrong, but it seems like the only instances of lifetime bans handed out by FIFA - at least in recent memory - were to players / people involved in bribery, corruption and other things which were mechanically designed to undermine the integrity of the game, if you will. Offhand, and someone feel free to correct me because my pool of examples is definitely finite, assault hs usually been a temporary ban of up to a few years.
Although, like someone said above, a mask might be nice in the case of Suarez - something along the lines of Rip Hamilton, but meant for the protection of others and something made of a thicker material (maybe Plexiglass if Suarez is worried about field vision) that ensures that, in future, the greatest risk is to his own face.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
I don't think the previous thread really touched on anything in this level of detail, at least when it came to the bckground of the story, so this can definitely stay as a supplemental thread. Also, when Jake Long shows up at the door, you listen, right? In all seriousness though, to read about this kid's battle with ALL and about everything that took place so he could run through the tunnel was very heartwarming and an uplifting way for me to start the day.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not About Eligibility...||
It really shouldn't be about the eligibility though, to your point about players leaving before theirs runs out. I believe USC actively encourages players who go pro before they complete their degrees to return at their leisure and complete them, even offering them the chance to do so tuition-free. The idea being, of course, that not only did you follow a dream, but you can build on it with a USC degree. I would imagine that this would be an attractive offer at most schools even to players whose prospects of going pro in football or basketball (where the majority of this would happen) were excellent. I could see it being a recruiting tool in a way too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Duplicate Thread...||
ESPN and UM Football Make a Wish Come True
Slow on the mod draw today, man. This was covered in the thread entitled "Hello: Stephen Loszewski".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||In Kiosk Territory...||
OT: Window replacement question?
This one wandered into "kiosk" territory, which makes its presence on the board temporary in lieu of sufficient guidance. The OP did get what he needed and gave the go-ahead to remove the thread.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||A Point Of Moderation...||
Although you are correct and this would be considered a "kiosk" thread that will eventually come down, the unofficial tradition has typically been - at least in the OT season - to allow at least a little time for the OP to get some suggestions / recommendations.
As a note to the OP, this is a bit too OT even for the time of year and I will likely take it down in a little while, so hopefully you get the advice you were hoping for.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Great Moment...||
This is simply awesome. I don't know if there is another word.
I really do like that the program goes out of its way to be part of the community in this way and that, once again, players past nd present come together to make the day of someone like this. He will probably never forget this day, and as for the commitment, it is definitely great to see folks commit to the good guys. I will eagerly await the special as well.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed, But...||
I will agree here that GRIII is likely not destined to go in the first round, but that being said, even having Stauskas and McGary go in the first round should hopefully say something to kids considering Michigan. Really, having three players go in the draft overall in what seems like a very wide field says much about the program and hopefully means that the trend of sending multiple players each year continues.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Still Shot Of The Bite...||
Still photo via Twitter....
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Very Amusing...||
"Manchester United. uper rich, everybody either loves them or hates them."
"Liverpool. Used to be really good, haven't won a title in a really long time"
"Also Dallas Cowboys"
Apologies to Cowboys fans on the blog, but I did laugh out loud there.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Like This...||
I really do think more schools should get on this particular bandwagon because you're not only helping the program but you are giving kids who are more interested in the degree than an NFL career a chance to have some stability and still do something they enjoy and to excel at it.
I know USC encourages athletes that leave for the pros to return to get their degree, even offering them a chance to do it tuition free, so this is really a great offshoot of that policy in a way, basically guaranteeing a recruit / player a chance to graduate with a degree from a well-respected school and/or - possibly - a chance at a pro career if that's what they want to attempt first.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting Piece...||
I think there five Canadians among the early entrants this year, three of whom (Stuaskas among them) actually were invited to the Green Room this year, which is a superb showing indeed for our neighbors to the north (south, if you're actually in Detroit). I want to say that there were two last year and three Canadian-born players in 2012 that went in the draft, so there is definitely a presence.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Over At FiveThirtyEight...||
Looking over some of Nate Silver's data for today's games:
England / Costa Rica - he gives England a 42% estimated probability for a win
Italy / Uruguay - he estimates a 41% win probability for Uruguay
Both games have roughly a 30% chance of a tie, per his numbers.
Over in Group C, he is estimating a 65% chance of Colombia beating Japan and a 49% win probability for the Ivory Coast.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So Far Anyway...||
The funniest bit of speculation so far was stirred by the appearance of a tweet from James' wife which was a picture of the state of Ohio with Akron noted on it and some verbiage like "the countdown is real" and a vague hint about coming home. Obviously, there's nothing to show definitely that James would ever set foot in Cleveland again, but clearly it is a sign that LeBron will play tight end for the Zips this coming fall, right?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Something You Said...||
Something you said here reminded me of a study I remember reading years ago, and I actually found here - (LINK)
Hopefully, that link works.
Anyway, what they did at the University Of Nottingham was attempt to combine several different social, cultural and even climatological variables and compare them to the FIFA standings at the time this was done (early 2000s, so take it for what it is worth - it would be intriguing to run now though).
In one dynamic, it turned out that the relationship between median income and and soccer standing was quadratic, or rather, there was an optimal range where the highest performing nations sat. When it came to climate, the finding was that nations that had Mediterranean or similar climates tend to do better because of the optimal outdoor playing conditions. There are several factors they looked at, but it was a fascinating read then.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||A Reprint, I Think...||
I actually think this is a reprint of Bacon's blog entry from earlier in the month, but we can leave it here for those that might not have read it before.
The one thing that sort of struck home for me is the talk about how it seems like the athletic department now is trying to create the very atmosphere that many of us through the years would go to Michigan games to explicitly avoid. One of the things that made the experience at Michigan Stadium unique was that it was football-centric because there was not much else to distract, and now, it has definitely changed.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Just So You Know...||
BIll Cosby did see this thread, and...well...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||At Those Prices...||
I actually did renew this year knowing I would sell at least couple of the tickets anyway due to known conflicts, but it looks like that if I needed to get extra, I might do what I've done for concerts and other events and hit up StubHub the week of the game to find the people whose plans changed and are willing to take a bath on tickets (there are typically a few) or just get some outside before the actual game.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||My Own Hope...||
As mentioned, the estimate is mid-July, and I think there have been some process improvements - so I have heard - to make that a pretty good estimate since there were some hiccups in the past. In any case, it would be cool to see if there actually have the kickoff party like they did for the 2012 edition where there was a signing and an afterparty down on South University. I believe Brian bought the first round at the Brown Jug even, as I recall.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Still A Bit Bummed...||
To me, the timing of that tying goal is the real bummer in a way, but I am over the initial reaction that I had certainly. There are still plenty of scenarios in which we would have a decent shot of advancing anyway, so I don't see this so much as a harbinger of doom but more about how we really need to play a really good 90 minutes against Germany on Thursday. We shall see, eh?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This Series...||
Yeah, I'll go with this one - my wife and I have spent the last couple weeks getting caught up with "Orphan Black", and it is a pretty cool show. Tatiana Maslany - I think that's who it is - is an incredibly gifted actress to be able to do what she does in this series. I would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to invest time in some good science fiction.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Just To Be Clear...||
Just to be clear, it isn't the sharing of opinions or the diversity of the opinions that troubles anyone, but more that you admit to your opinion being underinformed if not completely uninformed and yet persist in trying to troll the blog with these opinions in a rather snide manner. I can guarantee you that such behavior, if you continue it is A) not going to be accepted and B) will likely get you removed from the blog. Consider yourself warned.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Self-Importance...||
The self-importance and arrogance of this comment basically makes me think I should just remove you from the blog because there is no evidence that you would be able to handle or are indeed interested in constructive disagreement or interesting in actually responding to the opinions of others with any coherent, rational demeanor.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Advancement Scenarios...||
Someone put together a handy table of advancement scenarios which, looking at the stats so fr, seems pretty accurate, so I thought I might share it for the discussion here:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||OK, I Have To Ask...||
So, you admit to not being very knowledgeable about something - soccer, in this case - and yet we have this post - HERE - in a soccer thread where you are supposedly attempting to explain to someone what will and will not happen. You make no projections, but instead simply try to tell someone the "truth" (your word) about something about which you claim here to have limited knowledge. You claim that you are not trying to influence thoughts, but in the mentioned post you are clearly making an attempt to lower expectations. I might seem forward, but that reeks of inconsistency to me. Care to explain it?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||If I May...||
If I may say so, I do like your daughter's attitude towards this game and the prospect of moving on in the World Cup. Rather reminds me of my own daughter's never-say-die thoughts on the game, and she is only seven (eight in a mere three weeks, as she likes to remind us). Of course, my mother being German, I did get the question - "Can we still visit grandma if we beat Germany?"
|2 weeks 4 days ago||And We're Tied....||
Did anyone else watching ESPN coverage get a nice chuckle out of the dude dressed up as Teddy Roosevelt? I could see him cheering quite uproariously there too, from what I understand about the man.
Also, we need another one like that - left the goalie paralyzed, it seemed. Very beautiful goal indeed.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Took A Look At It...||
Yeah, that thread has become a regular marketplace, hasn't it? My first choice - and it would require some Seth / Brian action perhaps - would be to just ditch that thread and create a new version as things have changed, but I will work on cleaning that up little by little throughout the week as it is going to take some time. Thanks for the alert.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Very Funny...||
I laughed at that as well, I will admit, and then it very quickly dawned on me that I was alive when Wangler-to-Carter happened. Granted, I was a toddler at the time, but I was already around. By extension, it sort of makes me closer to 100 years old than I might care to be, right?
In all seriousness though, it is nice to see some of these guys starting to arrive in Ann Arbor for what will hopefully be a highly successful career both academically and on the field.
As a general note, I did find Peppers' comment about how he will focus on football, at least to start, rather interesting. I know we've seen video of his prowess in track on this site as well, so it would be interesting to see that at the NCAA level too.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||About The Cut-And-Paste...||
Typical blog etiquette is difficult to manage on a phone, so no big deal and thanks for the information. We can let it stand as is this time, I would think (also, I am watching the Tigers game and not inclined to make edits that would be required).
As for Austin, that has to be crushing - never like to see stories of people who dream was ended before it even had a chance to begin. However, he did have something very hopeful to say all the same, from the Baylor official feed:
Good luck to him in everything that he pursues.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That Free Kick...||
This is the French coverage of the free kick described towards the end of the article. The curve on this thing is absolutely ridiculous, which makes it awesome from a soccer standpoint.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nothing Fancy...||
I don't have anything fancy tonight - I have been enjoying a generous helping of Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Cider since about the middle of the Nigeria-Bosnia match and now with the Tigers game. Until a few moments ago, I was actually doing all this while sitting on the porch on what has been a very nice evening as well, the first day without rain in a while.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Like Others...||
I only know of Chance The Rapper because of a few passing references on this blog and the Daily article mentioned above, but I will say that he has some excellent taste in T-shirts. Indeed, I am tempted to get one of these and I am only just now starting to listen to the YouTube video posted also posted above. Nice find indeed.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Have Fun...||
Have fun tonight! Go Tigers!
I actually took the kids to their first game at Comerica last June, wishing I could have taken then to the old park at Michigan & Trumbull but having fun all the same. I actually think my son ate more hot dogs than I did, but then I remember my dad and I would have that contest on occasion at Tiger Stadium. Since then, they've been to two Mud Hens games too. It meant more to me to do that than I thought it would actually, and even if my kids don't turn out to be the baseball fan that I am, they are still special moments to me and hopefully them.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Trying To Help...||
I thought I might help out since I was around and make it look like I hope you had intended. Let me know if that makes it more clear - I think it should.
As for the program, thanks for the heads up. I will definitely fire up the DVR for this one.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Historically Speaking...||
One of the more interesting things I have found too is that, if you take this back to the beginning of Rivals and extend it through the first 12 covered cycles (2002-2013), Michigan's cumulative haul for both four and five-star players per their system is impressive in comparison to the rest of the conference. You might expect that, of course, and you would have similar expectations for Ohio State's cumulative haul as well. The two are fairly comparable.
More specifically, in that timeframe, Michigan took 13 of the 50 five-star players that went to Big Ten schools, or 26.00%. By itself, Michigan amased 125 of the 599 four-star players per Rivals, or 20.89%. What is sort of interesting about 2010, which we often point out (rightly) as a bit of a disaster in terms of retention among other things, it was the class with the lowest average Rivals ranking (3.19) in those 12 cycles as well.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that when a great majority of your team's pitching stats sit considerably above MLB mean, you have to wonder if indeed that video is not exactly what is happening to the staff as a whole sometimes.
That being said, Kinsler just showed us a bit of the spunk that keeps the Tigers' offensive stats in relatively good shape despite the appearance of the last few weeks, so we do have that. This would be a nice confidence boost, I believe, if they can silence Cleveland here.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Numerous Tweets...||
His testimony was being live-tweeted all day, and here's the one where I think Emmert probably crapped himself because it definitely doesn't help the NCAA out here:
|2 weeks 6 days ago||To Add A Little...||
Mind you, this is all based on previous data, so take it for what it is worth, but here is Massey's rough initial estimate of Iowa's projected win probability and score for each game. It is a little more optimistic than our initial estimates would look, as you might guess.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Perhaps Weird...||
It does seem a bit odd because it doesn't seem like tight ends get numbers in the 90s all that often, but according to the rulebook, any "end" on offense can have a number 80-99, or in the NCAA's words, it is "strongly recommended" that they have numbers in this range. Obviously, with the Legends jerseys, we have seen spot disregard of this recommendation, but it doesn't really seem to ultimately matter.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Reason...||
So people who arrive later in this thread know the context of the question, a GIF file which probably was not the best choice to post in a thread regarding these particular allegations against Stonum was removed (along with its replies). I imagine they meant it as a joke - I sincerely hope they did - but it probably was not the most tasteful one to make here in this thread. To keep the discussion on track, it is now gone.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||As You Wish...||
Ode To deWeaver
I will be honest and say I was about to do this because I came back after cleaning up some storm-related items to see the over-the-top implications people were throwing out there and thought I would do it on those grounds.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Going Back A Cycle...||
I couldn't find the FY 2014 actuals, but the originally proposed numbers from the now past budget cycle - which I assume are close in most cases - are in this document presented last June to the Board of Regents (LINK).
- proposed expenditure for "Salaries, Wages And Benefits" - $48.834 million, or 10.4% over the 2012-13 cycle
- proposed expenditure for "Financial Aid To Students" - $19.690 million, or 7.3% over the 2012-13 cycle
- proposed expenditure for "Team And Game Expenses" - $22.033 million, 0r 14.0% over the 2012-13 cycle
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Very Good Interview...||
Very nice interview. Thanks for sharing.
Arguably two of Nik's best trash-talk moments - if you can all them that - didn't even involve actual speech, which is rather clever in a way. There was the shot against Illinois and, of course, blowing a kiss to Spartan fans. The play speaks for itself though, and in both cases - especially the Illinois game - the stunned looks of the crowd said more than enough.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||On It...||
Thanks for the information on Twitter.
They are trying to free up a crew on an adjacent circuit right now. Hopefully, they get to where you specified soon. Not sure exactly how far they are into fixing the issue which they've got now, but hopefully they are close to done and can head in your direction.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Another Friday Comes...||
Since Wednesday morning, I have essentially been nailed to a seat in a conference room in Belleville dispatching teams doing circuit evaluation for three areas inside our service territory. Indeed, we are still dealing with smaller outages this morning, not at all enthused by the prospect of rain later in the day. The only consolation I get here, other than helping customers, is that my paycheck for the next period will be a bit heftier.
As a personal note, I did interview earlier this week for an internal opportunity that will allow me to do things a little more in my wheelhouse, and as a minor bonus, it pays a little more than what I do now, so there is always that. We shall see what happens on that. No, there won't be a "Hello" post for this if I do get it.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||One Little Thing...||
One of the things that always makes me feel proud of this fanbase - whether they attended Michigan or not - is the sense of connectedness and the sense of family that seems to run through everyone that cheers on Michigan. With the heritage of the program, the passion we have for it, and the knowledgeable nature of most folks, I think we're able to converse and share in a way that perhaps not many fanbases can.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||I Will Say This...||
"Why not make it like a parking lot? We said we would play on one, that's who we are," Creighton said. "We want to reinforce that identity, and that work ethic. Lets make it like a factory like the blue collar area Ypsilanti is."
I will say this - in reference to the renovation, if you will, of a football team's image, I don't think I've ever heard the suggestion the field be turned into something resembling a parking lot. Still, it's definitely an interesting direction to go, to say the least.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Mod Ruling...||
Everyone else here is correct, of course - Denard is, without question, one of the least OT topics in the ever-lengthening history of MGoBlog.
As for the article, I think the hope was that giving Robinson a specific role in the offense as an RB would be huge because it provides some focus, so it is great to see that this seems to be working out for both him and the Jaguars. I think that now that he's not merely a "weapon", but one with a specific role and purpose, he should be that much more effective.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Here's One...||
It will sound like an odd confession, but I have taken to using Hoke's rather signature "Well..." as a nervous comedic device in meetings when I am asked a question whose real answer probably contains information which I am not at liberty to reveal or which the people in the room would not appreciate too much.
Mod confession - although I have not typed those thoughts here, there were several people during last football season who were the inspiration for some R-rated rants "off the blog", if you will.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Put It On The Scoreboard...||
Very cool video, and full of memories indeed.
Tyrone Wheatley was always "exploding" and it was beautiful because, no, they wouldn't catch him. That Rose Bowl call was awesome, as indeed they all were. It was a pleasure to watch him beat, well, everybody.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That Was Fast...||
Well, that did not take long at all, did it? The previous thread about the offer went up, say, four hours or so ago? In any case, the Hudl footage looked really good - strong and accurate throws, and not that high school stats mean much at the college level, but he's already a rather productive QB as it is.
Also, by the appearance of a second thread (now gone), he might have committed twice, so you do have to like the enthusiasm behind it as well.
Welcome to Michigan, Messiah deWeaver!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||DeWeaver's Hudl Highlights...||
DeWeaver's Hudl highlights are - HERE - if anyone is interested.
From the highlights they use, he looks rather good - DeWeaver can definitely go for distance, if you will, when the time calls for a long throw and he looks pretty accurate to boot.
As a word of warning, the highlight reel is on the long side, so unless you can leave it running while you do other things like I can here, it might be better home viewing.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Holding Out Hope...||
This still gives me hope that, before my days on the Earth are over, there will be a One Hour Martinizing Bowl and it will be for the top-seeded 4-8 teams in the MAC and Sun Belt or something along those lines. If nothing else, they would have the cleanest uniforms in the pantheon of bowl games, and they would have them clean for the second half before halftime was over.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting Statement...||
"In his vision Rutgers and Maryland will soon develop into big-time football programs in large part because big-time football is now coming to them. Season-ticket sales are up 25% at each school mainly because Rutgers is now hosting Penn State and Michigan instead of Cincinnati and South Florida, while Maryland's last ACC home game was against Boston College but its first Big Ten visitor will be Ohio State."
I know that Maryland was honest that the move was financially motivated and I am sure Rutgers probably thought it might not hurt either, but it does seem like there is still going to be an initial performance dip for both programs before they get on the trend that Delany proposes. How long probably depends on the athletic departments at each school, but I dare say Maryland looks like it is much closer to being at least in decent shape with football than Rutgers.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The Post Summary...||
The Washington Post had a nice summary here - LINK. This seems to sum it up well enough:
"The ruling does not mean that the Redskins have to change the name of the team. It does affect whether the team and the NFL can make money from merchandising because it limits the team’s legal options when others use the logos and the name on T shirts, sweatshirts, beer glasses and license plate holders."
It also makes the distinction that this is indeed at the federal level, which as the OP mentions, does not prevent the team from seeking alternate protection.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Our Number...||
The opinion in the article since it is based on cumulative pedigree in the recent past, among other things. The reason they gave for the rating on USC is an interesting but compelling one within the framework of their argument - all but two multi-game starters for USC in the last 25 years have been drafted. We can talk about the let-downs a few of those guys were in the league, but that's a phenomenal hit rate when compared to other programs really.
As for Michigan, while it isn't at the sheer volume of USC, we've put some rather productive QBs in the NFL and I would think that might be a good case for being on the list. There's not really a reason that it must be one school, after all.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Indeed Yes...||
I remember that, and I chuckled a bit myself, but to be fair, Woodson has said in a couple interviews - as the comparisons have been mentioned to him - that he really likes Peppers' bravado and would love to see him do the sorts of things he did at Michigan. To me, that means Jabrill comes to us Charles-approved, which is awesome somehow.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||My Own Thought...||
From what I saw in the trailer, it sort of made me think of "Tanked", which tries to balance the actual fish tank with which they've been tasked in a given episode with the less business-like interactions of the people who work at the place. Those sorts of things can definitely be entertaining if done right, I think, so I will definitely give this show a look when it comes around in July.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Some Quick Numbers...||
Looking at Fangraphs, you see some troubling stuff certainly:
Ks per 9 innings - it has fallen 28.93% so far from last year from 8.95 to 6.36 per 9 ninnings.
BBs per 9 innings - this is up 18.25% over last year so far, 3.09 to 3.78 BBs per 9 innings
BA against - this is now at .282, up from .251 last year, which in turn is up from .215 in 2012
WHIP - this is up to 1.56 from 1.31 last year, at least with the most current data
K/BB ratio - it was 2.89 last year, but it has fallen to 1.68 as of this morning.
The full stats are here - (LINK)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||On The Deletion Thing...||
Eh, we can leave it for general discussion or to see if in fact an offer comes in the very near future here. If you would like it deleted, I can always do that - in such instances, unless it is some egregious rumor, I don't see harm in leaving it here to talk about the advantages / disadvantages of a player. Let me know what you would like to have done with it, Raoul.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I Wonder About This...||
I wonder about this because I think you might be right - I don't know that, at this point in his career, Calipari would have to do much if at all, at least until the day Kentucky starts to really tank for an extended period. For better or worse, he's developed a system - it seems - where he doesn't need to keep kids in school one minute longer than they need to be and his reputation alone seems to grab him abnormal concentrations of elite or near-elite talent and Calipari doesn't usually flinch when entire teams go in the draft now - it only helps him and it means more such kids are coming. He's a shady man, but now his "system" is reaching a point where it almost sustains itself for the moment. If you can do all this, do you care what others say or do or do you feel compelled to slam others? I bet it is not foremost in Calipari's mind typically.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Just Saw That...||
I actually just saw that on the morning news a few moments ago, and it did catch me a little offguard onnly because I assumed that in the absence of the offer actively being pulled, he was likely MSU bound - it seems reasonable to me that MSU may have stopped reciprocating the interest in all that happened though.That being said, you know what they say about making assumptions and it seems like Campbell is trying to make a clean break with the recent past and change the pace of his life, if the interview is any indication Probably not a bad move for him if he wants to have a fresh start.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Love It...||
Even Google got in on this one....
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Other Offers Included...||
Some of the offers that he held in addition to UConn were Illinois, Georgia, LSU, Miami (YTM), Nebraska, Providence, Rhode Island, South Florida, Central Florida, VCU, Vanderbilt, Washington and West Virginia, so an interesting mix if nothing else according to 247Sports. As mentioned by the OP, we are on that list as well as UCLA.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||There's Also That...||
In May, the Big 12 announced a record $221 million in revenue last season, $23 million more than the previous season. And with there being only 10 teams in the conference now, that meant more money for each school.
From most of the articles I have seen that have numbers, BYU's athletic department makes a modest profit of $5 to $6 million or thereabouts lately, so I am sure they would not have scoffed at the money either.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||If That Is How It Will Be...||
According to documents provided by Austintown police, police were called to a scene in which they discovered a “highly-intoxicated” Mahone head-butting and punching cars and attempting to fight several individuals.
Yeah, as Don mentioned, if this is how it is going to be when you're plastered, perhaps being plastered is simply not for you, especially if your tirade continues all the way to the hospital. I would hope that he gets some help before he manages to something worse.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Now I Remember...||
I didn't think about it until I was reminded by the article, but yeah, this is the second time in a short span that the winner of Miss Michigan has been from Dundee. I'll have to ask my brother-in-law, who lives down that way, what the secret to Dundee's success might be when it comes to this sort of thing.
Congratulations to Maviglia as well as Morgan!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Very Sad News...||
Certainly, he was one of the best natural hitters - as well as one of the most intelligent - ever to don a baseball uniform. In 20 years, he struck out only a shade over 400 times, I believe, or only around 20 Ks per year. That's increible. Equally as incredible was that he hit .350 or better seven times in he career - that alone put him in rarified air. Off the field, as others have mentioned here and on Twitter, he was genuinely likeable and could talk baseball for hours and mesmerize people. Very sad, and so young.
RIP Tony Gwynn.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"Didn't Play Like A Family"...||
"Didn't play like a family" is actually precisely what Frank Clark said back in the closing days of 2013, I believe, which would suggest that the comeraderie was definitely not where they would have liked it to be if that is indeed true. In the full interview, Clark put some of the blame on the players for what he termed as a "loss of will" to play as a team in essence. I know that Hoke has also said that he perhaps delegated things he shouldn't have to the team leadership in retrospect and would re-examine his own approach as well.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Obligatory Highlight...||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It May Come Down Yet...||
This one may come down yet - no, it likely will eventually - but I am rather interested in how long it will be before the OP comes back to tell us if Guatemalan Insanity Peppers were in the chili that he was eating and whether or not at any point this story involves wandering naked across a golf course. Also, did anyone in the dream sound like Johnny Cash?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||If There Is Interest...||
Crawford did talk to the Plain Dealer about his commitment to Notre Dame - the short writeup is HERE. A portion of the quote:
"I feel Notre Dame will make me the best person and player possible. Notre Dame is a prestigious university that my athleticism has gotten me in to. However, I will rely on my intelligence and hard work in the class room to succeed at Notre Dame."
To be fair, of course, a lot of kids have chosen Michigan through the years for reasons which could be worded similarly, so we shouldn't fault Crawford for his decision really. Best of luck to him.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||On this Father's Day,||
On this Father's Day, Remember to take dad on a special outing...
In all seriousness, hopefully all the MGoDads here have an excellent Father's Day.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Photo Embed...||
Further proof of our global reach indeed. In the coming days, if someone down there holds up the Brian photobomb, that might be difficult to top.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Very Sad...||
Chuck Noll definitely left a mark on the NFL. As I recall, 12 postseason trips including 4 Super Bowl wins and nine first place finishes in the AFC Central. He was the architect of the "Steel Curtain", of course, and probably one of the better teachers the game ever had if you listen to the words of those who played under him. The New York Times ran a quote from Tony Dungy which I thought was rather awesome:
“I can remember the first meeting I was ever in as a rookie player, and after 20 minutes feeling like I know what it takes to win a Super Bowl."
That's leaving an impression, I would think. RIP Chuck Noll.