|1 day 19 hours ago||Exactly. The Smith signing||
Exactly. The Smith signing went down exactly like people said it would before the ink was dry: he couldn't play the four because Monroe and Drummond and he makes a horrible three so this is stupid. And lo, it was stupid. There wasn't a pundit or GM or scout anywhere who didn't absolutely drool over Darko. There's no debate about this. Drafting Darko wasn't even one of the top-five worst moves Dumars made.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Mateen Cleaves gives White a||
Mateen Cleaves gives White a run for the money. White, at least, was less of a reach and didn't smack of "crap, I haven't had much time to research this stuff, let's go with the hometown popular pick."
|2 days 19 hours ago||No, but you'd be surprised||
No, but you'd be surprised how well being a Beater translates to playing tight end.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Do you honestly think there's||
Do you honestly think there's a functional difference between pine tar and scuffing the ball? MLB doesn't seem to think so, because rule 8.02 lists a whole litany of things the pitcher can't do to the ball, scuffing and pine tar included, and they all result in ejection. You asked if scraping up a baseball should get you banned from the World Series. I told you it already does. Just because the example I gave is from 1988, what difference does that make? How the fuck is that being both sanctimonious and wrong? You're the one being pedantic and obnoxious - and yes, making a huge fuss over the difference between scuffing a ball and pine tarring it is extremely pedantic.
|2 days 20 hours ago||So Chris Clark goes to||
So Chris Clark goes to Hogwarts then?
|3 days 2 hours ago||I never said the Pats should||
I never said the Pats should be kicked out of the Super Bowl. Here's the question for you:
Since you think deflating footballs against the rules gives an advantage to the team doing it, does that mean you think teams should refrain from doing it? And do you think a small fine will stop the Patriots from doing it?
|3 days 2 hours ago||Pitchers who are caught||
Pitchers who are caught scuffing the baseball are chucked from the game and suspended - even if it's the World Series. Same goes for hockey. It's not like that's a radical thing. In 1988, a Dodgers pitcher was tossed from Game 4 of the NLCS and suspended for three days for pine tar on his glove.
IMO Belichick should be suspended from the game, simple as that. And the Pats should lose draft picks, more than they lost for spying on practices, because they don't seem to get the "don't cheat" message.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Not the same thing. As I||
Not the same thing. As I noted below, on every play there's a foul or a holding call, there's a penalty. The Patriots used a deflated ball on every play and got a penalty on none of them. If their center were found on tape to have blatantly ripped the facemask of his defender and it was never, ever called, wouldn't that be cause for outrage?
And this isn't just "rubbin' is racin'." There's a difference between something you do in the heat of the moment and something you plan to do to try and gain an advantage that you know is against the rules and you hope nobody notices. If you want the NASCAR analogy, you do realize they take away points in the standings, sometimes even wins, for cars that fail to meet the standards. This isn't at all analogous to a little rubbin', this is like to a team changing the car with parts that don't meet specifications. And NASCAR beats the shit out of you for it.
NASCAR came with fire and blood for a connecting rod that was too light. If they didn't, they'd have these problems all the time.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Holding happens on one play||
Holding happens on one play and you get a 10-yard penalty every time you do it. The Patriots used a deflated ball on every play of the first half, so by your logic, they should've gotten perhaps a 5-yard penalty on each and every play.
|3 days 4 hours ago||That's really not the point.||
That's really not the point. I'm not pissed off that they deflated some footballs. The Colts would've lost regardless. The actual infraction is on the level of a corked bat. It's the fact that Belicheck and the Patriots have been explicitly told to stop cheating and they keep trying to find ways to cheat. The practice-spying punishment was pretty severe and it didn't seem to faze them. Whether or not they would've won anyway is beside the point. They don't have a shred of ethics in them.
|3 days 14 hours ago||The News has quite a few more||
The News has quite a few more pictures as well:
|4 days 2 hours ago||IANAP (I Am Not A Physicist.)||
IANAP (I Am Not A Physicist.) However, 3 PSI difference in your car tires is roughly 10%, depending on what you're supposed to inflate to. A little less, if it's like mine, which are supposed to be about 33, I think. The same percentage applied to the 13 PSI that the NFL aims for is only about 1 PSI - which is why there's a range of acceptable pressure given of about that much.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I say potato, you say||
I say potato, you say potahto. This conspiracy stuff about how the NFL is manipulating its fan base by picking and choosing villains is a fancy way of saying woe is us. I'll bet you're just full of sympathy when a Lions fan claims the league is purposely rigging outcomes so the big-market teams play in the big-market playoff games.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Yes, it's an issue because||
Yes, it's an issue because it's the Patriots. Because the Patriots are known cheaters. And the "wah wah woe is us" stuff for supposed marquee teams doesn't fly. The Saints got hammered too, when they were caught in the bounty scandal, and nobody thinks the Saints are a marquee team. The Tigers caught tons of flak for Kenny Rogers's pine tar, and nobody thinks it was because the Tigers get sooo much attention.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Funny, then, if cold weather||
Funny, then, if cold weather causes this, how you never see this happen in Buffalo or Cleveland or Chicago.
|4 days 6 hours ago||The inspection consists of||
The inspection consists of actually weighing the ball. If it was easy to tell the ball was underinflated just from tossing it around and squeezing it, then they wouldn't need to weigh the ball, would they?
|5 days 4 hours ago||There's no way of knowing||
There's no way of knowing what kind of decision I'd make as a recruit without knowing the coaches. Especially their coaching styles and how they actually interact with their players on the practice field and off it. We might think we know that about Harbaugh, but we really don't. And I'd want to know how I fit in with the rest of the actual team.
It's just not a question that I think anyone here is equipped to answer, because anyone speaking truly objectively will know they don't have the right facts. It's easy to say "ya hellz ya i'd go to Michigan!! wooo Blue!!!" but then, to this day I still don't know whether I'd've picked U-M or Georgia Tech, had I not gotten into my first choice. Lot of considerations for school besides rooting for the football team.
Also, how is Harbaugh even in sniffing range of the top-ten winningest coaches ever in the NFL? Unless you mean winning percentage.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hard to blame them. TEs are||
Hard to blame them. TEs are always unpopular first-round picks, and ones that habitually dropped passes especially so.
|1 week 3 days ago||I shouldn't use "personal||
I shouldn't use "personal attacks" but you can speak damningly about the entire "disappointing" freshman class? C'mon. You just specifically said our freshmen aren't good enough to play at Michigan - I don't think that puts you in a position to lecture about personal attacks on the players. Instead of attacking the players personally we should just attack a whole class of them?
Besides, what I'm saying is backed up by numbers. According to hoop-math, every last one of our guards has a better shooting percentage on their threes than on their 2-point jumpers. All of them. That goes entirely against your premise that they should be taking those twos when threes aren't falling. And all our guards, except obviously the freshmen, are shooting more 2-point jumpers than they did last year, as a percentage of their shots.
Furthermore, in the cases of LeVert, Walton, and Spike, none of them are assisted on more than 16.7% of their midrange makes. Which means when they shoot them, they're doing it almost all on their own.
|1 week 3 days ago||Even having signed doesn't||
Even having signed doesn't guarantee you anything, as Les Miles forced one kid to find out when he got to campus in the fall. SEC gonna SEC, regardless.
The problem is that if you're a B+ prospect and you don't sign, coaches will take that as a sign you're looking around. They will be pressured to sign early to "show their commitment." Then the Roy Roundtrees of the world will be stuck at Purdue instead of getting the opportunity to impress a new Michigan coach when it's the Michigan offer they really want.
There are other, more creative and smarter ways to put a stop to all the recruiting literature without destroying the flexibility that's extremely important this time of year. How about an NCAA clearinghouse where you can register your "verbal" commitment, and forbid everyone from sending you messages but the team you committed to? And you could pull that registration at any time, no questions asked, up til signing day? An early signing period is like using a sledgehammer on a nail in your drywall.
|1 week 4 days ago||Theory on the basketball||
Theory on the basketball team: Levert and Walton saw all the early departures to the NBA, got a bit carried away in the hype, and started thinking like an NBAer. NBA guards create their own midrange jumper all the time. The best ones hit them pretty frequently. The midrange jumper is one thing that separates NBA guards from really good college guards. Driving for a layup is relatively easy for an athlete, especially once he masters the tuck-and-carry. Shooting threes - pretty common. The midrange jumper is hard, because you can never spot up and shoot it, you always get much less time to set it up, you're more likely to have to shoot it over someone really tall, and it's less commonly set up by screens and plays and such - it's usually you dribbling and creating the space for it.
But damn if our guards aren't trying like hell to prove they can shoot it. And I think it's because they've been trying to show the scouts they can do it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Word is Clemons decommitted||
Correct on Clemons. I got the impression he wasn't even going to qualify with a year of prep school. (Either that or he didn't want to, but the former seems closer to the truth.) He's almost definitely juco bound. I don't think he's going to be an option.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Your mom is like a huge fan||
Your mom is like a huge fan in that sticking your dick inside is inadvisable.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm a little amazed about the||
I'm a little amazed about the part where Stanford guys would participate in a drill if they felt like it. I never played organized football so maybe that's more widespread than I assume, but it's never occurred to me that anything at practice would be optional.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think the word you're||
I think the word you're looking for is "infamous."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What I like about those is||
What I like about those is that the stripes are closer together. They've migrated apart so that on some players the stripes almost touch the tips of the wings. It's not as sharp-looking. If I were king of the world I'd scoot them back inward an inch or two.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hawt avatars aren't really||
Hawt avatars aren't really that big a problem to me. The dumb thing is when someone goes "whoa, hawt avatar! upvoat!" like it's the first time they've seen hawtness on the tubes.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Did ShockFX get purged too?||
Did ShockFX get purged too? I feel like ShockFX got purged. Seemed like he'd post and I'd think, "yup, exactly" 90% of the time.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It was a Camaro. I remember||
It was a Camaro. I remember this because when you clicked over to his blog it was front and center with a caption that said IT'S MY BLOG SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT MY CAMARO. Don't know why but I always found it amusing.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||And this post is exactly why||
And this post is exactly why they should stop wearing black and silver.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||UNC can be in the||
UNC can be in the conversation when Fedora fields a defense. He's gotten worse every year in Carolina and his resume mainly boasts one big season at Southern Miss.
I'd be far more inclined to add Auburn to the list than UNC. Florida State, too, as I like what Leonard Hamilton's done down there.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||South Carolina deserves a||
South Carolina deserves a mention. Spurrier's credentials are well-known, and Frank Martin is a loss to Butler away from fitting into Brian's criteria of having a BCS-winning football coach and Final Four hoops coach. And that was the year Butler lost to Duke by two.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Dean Blandino (VP of||
Dean Blandino (VP of officiating) is going to "discuss" the play tomorrow on NFL Network. No sense going in front of someone who might ask him tricky questions. Prediction: The words "apology/apologize", "incorrect", "wrong", and "discipline" are never used. Blandino will field softballs, talk about "judgment calls," praise the "body of work" of that officiating crew, and the furthest he'll get to admitting anything is amiss is the word "unfortunate." If that.
There is an explanation of sorts from the referee, who said the back judge threw the flag and the head linesman was in "better position" to see the play and overruled it, and he wishes communication had been smoother. It's bullshit ten ways to Sunday but it's a lot more than we'll ever hear from Blandino, I'll bet.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Fuck the refs. Fuck Dean|
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||This team just isn't playing||
This team just isn't playing smart. I'm sure it's been mentioned fifteen dozen times, but jeez, long-range 2's. The offense can't be Caris or Walton dribbling around and shooting contested jumpers. And obviously, hit the damn layups.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Thanks for reminding me. I||
Thanks for reminding me. I almost thought I was in charge for a second there. Lucky for me this is an opinion forum and I'm allowed to state my opinion in direct response to a question that was asked.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||No stickers. There's nothing||
No stickers. There's nothing - NOTHING - more iconic about Michigan football than the winged helmet. No, I take it back: There's no single element of any uniform in all of college sports more iconic than the winged helmet. And pro sports is lacking any significant challengers other than possibly Yankee pinstripes. Why mess with that? There's no good reason to. None. There's other ways to motivate players.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Does this mean it's||
Does this mean it's happening?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Dantonio is an asshat, but||
Dantonio is an asshat, but this isn't why. I wouldn't want to be asked about that either if I were trying to prepare for a bowl game.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I think the Winovich tweets||
I think the Winovich tweets below drive home why he didn't. Anything Harbaugh might've said about the program being down recently would've been an implicit knock on the players he's about to take over.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Just dropped a "This Is||
Just dropped a "This Is Michigan." So the answer to the question of what stays and what goes is obviously "fergodsakes."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"How will you sell Michigan||
"How will you sell Michigan to recruits?" I guess it's not nice to say "I'm Jim muthafukkin Harbaugh, now come play for me."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Hackett - "In a year, *I*||
Hackett - "In a year, *I* will review the progress of the program." VERY INTERESTING?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||IT'S HAPPENING......||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Let's get this show on the||
Let's get this show on the road. I want cake now! I want it now!
|3 weeks 5 days ago||BTN: "The future is not as||
BTN: "The future is not as important as today." No, today is about the future. That kind of statement loses perspective in a major way.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yes. Chickens are for||
Yes. Chickens are for eating, not world peace.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I just want to wish everyone||
I just want to wish everyone a Happy Harbaugh Day and peace on earth except in East Lansing and Columbus. Or Harbaughliday.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Nothing ever looked better||
Nothing ever looked better than the Tom Brady-era road jerseys - numbers outlined in maize, block M on the shoulder, two-toned maize and blue collar. It all went downhill after that, and those disappeared about ten years ago now. But those '80s ones are also very sharp.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Selling USA jerseys in Mexico||
Selling USA jerseys in Mexico is a start.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He ain't come here to play||
He ain't come here to play school.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Frankly, get rid of uniformz||
Frankly, get rid of uniformz completely. No more. Michigan should look like Michigan, not Cal or West Virginia. If we lose a recruit or two because they wanted to wear uniformz, their priorities aren't in a great place and I suspect we wouldn't miss them.
But if we absolutely just have to wear them, put them on for some MAC team. I especially hate them for bowls and big games. That bumblebeez game against MSU looked hideous with neither team actually wearing their real uniforms. And I think it's stupid to turn on a bowl game, where your "brand" (yes, that word) is supposed to be on display to the whole world, and a team looks like they could be anyone at all. We've seen teams go full marshmallow, we've seen weird chrome helmetz - the idea of a bowl game is to have people remember who played, and the way to do that is to look like yourself, not Nike'z idea of badazz.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||There's a certain way to do||
There's a certain way to do the legends patches that would be very cool:
- Make them way smaller
- List only the last names of the people who made that number famous. Instead of saying M - DESMOND HOWARD - MICHIGAN LEGEND - 1988-1991 it should just say HOWARD in tiny lettering.
- Hand out every number via the same process as any other. Maybe let some of the bigger recruits - or better students in high school - get first crack at 21 or something, but once you have 21, it's yours for your career.
- If you're another Desmond Howard, you get your name added to the patch.
- Or, if you're the first bad-ass to wear a particular number, they create a patch for it.
Since they're unlikely to do it specifically my way, though, then I'd rather see them just get rid of the whole thing than the way they're doing it now.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||So did I. Was very happy to||
So did I. Was very happy to see them go. They took away from the look of the helmet.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Hopefully not. The helmets||
Hopefully not. The helmets look less and less like an iconic design and more like a yellow blob, the later the season goes.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Went to this game today on||
Went to this game today on account of winning free tickets. The crowd wasn't quite as small as in the picture.... but it was almost certainly no more than about 8,000. Definitely more locals with local gear on than actual fans of the game participants. And Rutgers fans probably outnumbered UNC fans 4-to-1. Way I figure it, people in North Carolina don't see Detroit as much of a vacation spot, but it's a great getaway if you're coming from New Jersey.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Your dumb.||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Grievance #1: Replacing||
Grievance #1: Replacing "faze" with "phase." "He's just going through a phase" - correct. "That doesn't phase me" - FUCKING NO. Get it right.
Grievance #2: "That kid's a stud." Fuck no, man. There's no definition of the word "stud" where "stud" means "someone who is good at football. What you're saying is you admire his virility and that he's being brought in for the purpose of breeding. As if the stalking of high school kids wasn't creepy enough.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I mean...not to necessarily||
I mean...not to necessarily take one side or the other in an argument here.... but the mafia, in case you've forgotten, is a violent murder outfit, not a mere "subset of a certain race." And as you have to actually be Italian to join, yeah, there's a little bit of a racist element to it as well. Why is it such a comparison fail - because the Mafia has been romanticized while the KKK has not?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||No, but because there's no||
No, but because there's no central organizing authority, it does require a chaotic system to spontaneously arrange itself into order and symmetry.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Landing at City Airport would||
Landing at City Airport would be a bit strange, though, if Harbaugh-related.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I have this totally random||
I have this totally random t-shirt from the movie Signs, which I was folding the other day. And I laughed while doing it because on the back it says....
|4 weeks 5 days ago||If the Memphis guy was that||
If the Memphis guy was that #25, he pretty much went charging in there on his own. The announcers were like "somebody better get that Memphis kid out of there, he's all by himself in there" and I thought, that's his own fault.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Good, that was ridiculous and||
Unlikely. Raiola's history is to follow up a douchey act with a defense of "they had it coming and anyway I didn't do anything wrong." The guy is a hotheaded clod and he's always been a hotheaded clod, not to mention a thoroughly ineffective run blocker. The sooner the Lions feel comfortable handing the job over to Travis Swanson, the better.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||It is a problem for hockey,||
It is a problem for hockey, in case you haven't noticed a renewed interest in getting fighting out of the game and a focus on blows to the head. Even then, the only people who are reporting brain issues are former enforcers. Most hockey players live to awfully ripe old ages.
As for MMA, it's brand-new, and yes, growing, but I wouldn't say by leaps and bounds; it's still not all that big. And MMA fighters don't alwayswin a match by literally knocking their opponent senseless the way boxers do. Frankly, MMA fighters spend a ton of their time not beating on each other.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||Forward down the field!||
Forward down the field!
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||I was really hoping that kind||
I was really hoping that kind of thing would be left to the Sparties.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||He would create informative||
He would create informative thread titles.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I have a brother, and||
I have a brother, and therefore uniquely qualified to talk like an expert on this topic. And the way I'd see it is: sure, I'll take your $8 million a year, which doubles my salary, and then I'll go be successful and ridiculously rich and famous at the job my brother turned down. Enjoy them apples at the Thanksgiving table.
In other words, highly competitive though brothers may be, I don't think that extends to that much pridefulness, I think it just means seeing another chance to beat him.
But then, I don't think we'd throw $8M at John Harbaugh, who hasn't coached in college since 1997. Jim is an attractive candidate in large part because of what he did at Stanford.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Because 32 teams against 128||
Because 32 teams against 128 is a fair comparison?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I was surprised as you, and||
I was surprised as you, and then I remembered that this is the same team that gave Jay Cutler 15.5 million, so why shouldn't they also make puzzling backup QB decisions?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I laughed because it's true.||
I laughed because it's true. Also, Dan Snyder.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The #1 rush defense in the||
The #1 rush defense in the league says go ahead and pound it with Forte.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I sort of want him to coach||
I sort of want him to coach the team in spring practice and recruit and stuff. I know it's asking a lot.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I feel like Bob Stitt is the||
I feel like Bob Stitt is the Naked Guy Banner of coaching candidates.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Are they? I'd be curious to||
Are they? I'd be curious to learn the mechanics of that. I'm sort of a mutt of Western European heritage, mainly Irish and French, some German and Polish, except that the Polish part is also French in a roundabout way. I don't know where any Jewishness would've had a chance to find its way in.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not even close to being||
I'm not even close to being Jewish..... but sour cream forever, applesauce never.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||B is impossible, as a win in||
B is impossible, as a win in Chicago clinches a playoff berth. If any 11-5 team misses the playoffs, Dallas seems the most likely.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I mean, after that, there was||
I mean, after that, there was nobody around to tell me to go to bed, so I forgot.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Corel WordPerfect.||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The playoff machine seems to||
The playoff machine seems to be under the impression that GB owns the tiebreaker even if they were to lose to TB.... but I don't think it's right. The oracle is apparently fallible. Unless I'm missing something.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Good thing we're all so good||
Good thing we're all so good at that.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Meh. I don't think they||
Meh. I don't think they exist.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||DD did flat out say the||
DD did flat out say the rotation is settled. It looks like they're letting Scherzer walk for sure. Presumably they made the qualifying offer necessary to get the draft pick when he signs elsewhere.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Every time Dombrowski tries||
Every time Dombrowski tries to land relief help it blows up on him. Krol didn't pan out too well and people complained that it wasn't enough for Fister anyway.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Top 5, heck, it sounds like||
Top 5, heck, it sounds like both are saying he'll be the highest-paid coach in the league. And deserving of every penny.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||"We had a great practice||
"We had a great practice today and we continue to work really hard."
|6 weeks 5 days ago||That Gruden thing is||
That Gruden thing is certainly a wonderful lesson in reading between the lines. "Initial contact between the parties" is a fun way of obscuring who dialed up whom.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I thought I read somewhere||
I thought I read somewhere that those can't actually be used anymore because of an NCAA rule that requires the numbers to be centered.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Nobody would pay money for a||
One would certainly think, except that Gene Keady used to spend $600 a week on hair extensions for his unbelievable bad combover. Anything is possible.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I get the impression that||
I get the impression that nobody ever delivers bad news to any member of the Davis family. That haircut and/or incredibly shitty toupee is proof of someone who long ago sent the message "criticize me and I will destroy you."
|6 weeks 6 days ago||#1, if a coach has been||
#1, if a coach has been coaching the same offense for 20 years, why would you expect it's easy for him to suddenly change that? #2, the point about "support" is totally off. It's not about Joe Schmo cheering from three-quarters of the way up the bleachers.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Ohio State fans were||
Ohio State fans were definitely this obsessed over getting Urbz, except that Urbz was conveniently unemployed when they needed a new coach and so there wasn't any need for speculation over his current job status. The moment Fickell was named interim coach they assumed he was just keeping the seat warm for Urbz.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Yes, it should expand to 8 to||
Yes, it should expand to 8 to protect the hurt feelings of those who got left out. Then it should expand to 16 to protect the hurt feelings of those who got left out. Then it should expand to 24 to protect the hurt feelings of those who got left out. Controversy is bad, and we should always try to avoid it by expanding the tournament.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I irrationally want to keep||
I irrationally want to keep Porcello for a very long time, which has everything to do with the fact that he started so young that if he sticks around for another 10 years (after which he'd be just 35) he'd be really high on all the Tigers' career lists.
Alas, it seems as if the possibility exists right now for a Porcello-for-Cespedes trade.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||So, out goes the centerpiece||
So, out goes the centerpiece of the Fister trade?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||You could have said the same||
And Phil Knight money is coming to Mississippi State any minute now.
Also, you just called Michigan a downgrade from Mississippi State. There's something deeply bizarre about that.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Roy Williams is more of an||
Roy Williams is more of an administrator than a coach. He can certainly assemble talent (not hard at UNC) but he doesn't do a great job of fitting the talent together or into his system. And his players don't develop a hell of a lot. What you see as a freshman is more or less what you get. I've heard it said, for example, that Nate Britt could be a bona fide star in the right system, but he's not the kind of player Roy is asking him to be, and James Michael McAdoo was going to be the next great Carolina star, but fizzled out pretty awfully.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||So I'm nowhere near as down||
So I'm nowhere near as down on the idea of Addazio as all that. Is he Plan A - hell no. Definitely not on that top tier of guys. But as a Plan B, if we swung and missed on the five or six reasonable options in Plan A (thinking Harbaugh, Miles, Mullen, Gundy, Stoops, and such) he'd be solid and very defensible - probably more so than McElwain. Addazio definitely isn't Brady Hoke - he's taken a Boston College team full of the two-star and low-three-star barrel scrapings of the northeast, which was last seen going 2-10 under Frank Spaziani, and gotten to bowl games. Beating USC in the process and putting a huge scare into FSU twice. His BC resume is much more impressive than Hoke's Ball State and SDSU work, frankly.
I'd be disappointed in getting Addazio because he's not Harbaugh, but if we swing and miss at the bigger guys, we could do much worse as a consolation prize.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||LOL. This should really help||
LOL. This should really help dispel the Nebraska players' fears that their AD is trying to hire all his Wisconsin buddies.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||It makes no danged sense to||
Whatever, I mean, the ACC/B1G Challenge is nice and all but it pales in comparison to the Washtenaw County Championship.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know that such||
I don't know that such absolute terms are the truth of it. Will Muschamp "stepped down." Jim Tressel "resigned." Quite a few coaches are told "resign or be fired."
But the main answer to the question is probably this: Most coaches have loyalty bonuses of some kind, and they usually get to keep them if they're fired. If he just leaves, he doesn't get the bonus. With a contract like that, "leave or we're firing you" provides every incentive in the world to say "fine then, fire me."
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, because BC has been so||
Yeah, because BC has been so shitty the past couple years.
Addazio took Frank Spaziani's 2-10 crew, comprised in large part of the two-star and low-three star scrapings of New England and the northeast, and took them bowling, beating USC in the process and putting two huge scares into FSU.
He's not Plan A but he'd be a hell of a Plan B.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||But then, you're assuming||
But then, you're assuming that the assistants will all be fired today too, which probably isn't happening. Chances are they all stay until the new coach is hired.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Terry Foster tweeted: I||
Terry Foster tweeted: I cannot officially tell you Brady Hoke is being fired. But I can tell you that Michigan's next coach will be wearing a headset
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I think there's more to this||
I think there's more to this than it seems. FBS football among schools very similar to UAB has absolutely exploded around the South in the past decade-plus. Georgia State, Appalachian State, South Alabama, South Florida, Central Florida, ODU, Charlotte - the list of schools who see football as an important visibility investment is extremely long. And UAB doesn't have the stomach for it and is going against the grain here? Fishy. Something stinks. It's a real shame.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||To me that's the #1||
To me that's the #1 dickishness. There's no reason for that.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I gotta disagree with some||
I gotta disagree with some qualifications. This isn't the best way to handle it, but if you've already made the decision, this is the social media age - shit gets out. It always does. Even if you think it's nice and secret, the walls tend to have ears when it comes to this kind of thing and you can usually count on someone, somewhere, to leak the information out. If the players are all going to head their separate ways after the game, well, an email may not be the best way to do it, and you could at least assign a staffer to put individual names on top or something, but if the choice is between an email and letting them all find out on Facebook and spend the vacation wondering whether it's true or not, the email is the choice every time.
Edit: And all the proof anyone needs is that U-M didn't ever announce the meeting between Hoke and Hackett, it just leaked. And the OP in the "Hoke meeting with Hackett at noon" thread even says, "I hope news leaks soon after." Leaks happen all the bloody time. Better to get out in front of them as best you can.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Depending on the kind of||
Depending on the kind of night you just spent, sunrise can be pretty fucking awesome.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'd happily watch the whole||
I'd happily watch the whole recruiting class walk out the door if it meant getting a winning head coach.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||He should go. Another year||
He should go. Another year of flipping a coin to see whether he'll catch the next pass isn't going to help his draft stock any.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||Miami thinks those Illinois||
Miami thinks those Illinois fans are just way too into this football thing.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||I have nothing. "Fire||
I have nothing. "Fire everyone" is a raindrop, not a snowflake. Time to go watch my other shitty football team with a dead man walking for a coach.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||I am sick and tired of||
I am sick and tired of fourth-and-shorts and third-and-shorts being the same damn play: drop back, quick out to Funchess, who habitually drops them. Can't wait to watch this whole sorry coaching staff sent their various ways.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Yay grad school alma mater.||
Yay grad school alma mater. But on my rock-solid principle of "who needs the win more" - there's no way in hell it's a good thing if Michigan loses to a Horizon League team.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||What if they told us this||
Then by ordinary non-Hoke Michigan standards, I would expect to be 7-3 right now.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I could give it a spin,||
I could give it a spin, although KenPom doesn't do individual D-ratings. I'd have to pull them from something like Basketball Reference. I'm not sure it'd be equally as meaningful as for offense, though. Have to give it a try first and then see where it leads, I guess.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'll never understand how||
I'll never understand how people willfully choose to live where it's disgustingly hot for eight months out of the year and you spend three months hoping your house doesn't get wiped out, but hey, to each their own.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'd sort of buy that, but San||
I'd sort of buy that, but San Antonio will be hosting two years after Houston does.
More likely it's just that it's still really hard to sell Detroit to fancy high-rolling people who make these decisions and/or influence the decisions with huge wads of advertising dollars.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Montana used to "fixate" on||
Montana used to "fixate" on Rice, too.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||What's wrong with the punt||
What's wrong with the punt return is precisely this: Had Ross not picked up the ball and run with it, Arizona would've been credited with downing it wherever the next guy after Bethel (the guy who "had" it at the 1) picked it up. Alternatively, had Bethel grabbed it and fallen into the end zone, it would've been a touchback. Boger interpreted "possession" in a way that no referee has ever done before.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||This was more egregious than||
This was more egregious than the punt return IMO. I guess maybe you could kinda sorta, in some twisted fashion, interpret "possession" the way they did, even though they never interpret it that way in any other context.
But I don't know how much more indisputable you need the evidence to be on the Ebron spot.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||1. Tigers 2. Lions 3. M||
3. M football
5. M basketball
I'm ignoring the within ten years thing. Just a list of how I view things.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||UNC should have its||
UNC should have its accreditation put on warning or probation indefinitely, until they can prove they have their shit together and controls in place, not suspended. You can't just yank the rug out. Actual loss of accreditation would probably cause the whole school to collapse.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||LCACs were a pain in the||
LCACs were a pain in the butt. The old Austin-class boats weren't made for them and had to be rigged with special fenders, and amphib ops took extra long. Fortunately we didn't carry them on deployment. One LCU (and the LCU guys were really good dudes) and a bunch of AAVs. Damn near got killed inside an AAV when it started blowing diesel exhaust inside while I was on a "let's put the JOs in the equipment" ride. I was literally turning tissues black by coughing into them for the next couple hours.
It was pretty cool, though, all things considered. If I'd stayed in for my department head tours I would've tried like hell for a First Lt. ride on an amphib.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Nah, I'd say there's someone||
Nah, I'd say there's someone here who's just downvoting everything because he hates the military, but won't downvote the OP so that people don't figure out who he is.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||My first ship was an amphib||
My first ship was an amphib too - LPD 15. I knew a guy who used to like to create his own "entertainment on the mess decks" by going through the Marine berthings (mainly the ones further down where all he had to do was stick his head down and they'd only hear his voice) and announce "ice cream social, mess decks!"
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I want.||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Jeez. Clark blew past no||
Jeez. Clark blew past no fewer than three blockers to fux up that play. That dude had himself a GAME.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||There's only a couple things||
There's only a couple things I can say with a straight face and actually believe them. One is that three OC's in three years will ruin our QBs. Well, Morris, mainly. He already looks lost out there. Two is that Mattison is pretty good, and I'd say pretty tough to replace given his resume, attaction to recruits, and overall ability.
I don't care about the great guy stuff or the good-at-recruiting stuff because it tends to imply that you can't find those in the next coach either. The only really worthwhile arguments for keeping a floundering coach involve clear negatives that come out of the transition and losing things you can't easily replace.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I second this. Just don't do||
I second this. Just don't do that. It comes across as tacky.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm'a be there anyway. I won||
I'm'a be there anyway. I won tickets at the Lions game a few weeks ago. I'd sure as hell rather see Michigan than Rutgers.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Said the guy who piled up||
Said the guy who piled up 26,000 points in about nine months.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I am showing support. You||
I am showing support. You have no idea how badly I want to beat Maryland. That's not mutually exclusive with my right to bitch and moan.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I get that not every team has||
I get that not every team has a classic, untouchable look, but every school has colors. When Oregon comes out looking like the Oakland Raiders, or Oklahoma State comes out looking like the Confederate army instead of Barry Sanders's team, or the "Scarlet Knights" decide to have a black-out, it's gotten stupid. Or when Syracuse decides to get in on the gray craze despite gray being one of the colors of their biggest rivals, it's really stupid.
Oregon wore some throwbacks a little while ago and it just looked natural. Seeing that game honestly felt a little like going from one room with a bunch of screaming attention-wanting toddlers banging on every noisemaker they can find, to another where Jimmy Buffett is playing. Even if green and gold isn't the best color combo in the world, it can still look good without resorting to attention-whoring.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I feel like the anti-hipster.||
I feel like the anti-hipster. I hated alt-unis before it was cool.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I am sick of it. Sometimes I||
I am so glad I'm not the only one who thinks that you ought to be able to know who's playing without being told, because that's pretty much the point of uniforms. Well, I never was the only one - the NFL gets it. But still.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||Negged for trying to break||
Negged for trying to break first rule of MGoPoints, which is don't talk about MGoPoints.
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||GET A ROOM||
GET A ROOM
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Anyway, Hermione and Harry||
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Inorite? "I don't care that||
Inorite? "I don't care that Mike Maroth is your ace pitcher. Win more."
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting. This sounds||
Interesting. This sounds remarkably like the position Steve Yzerman held with the Wings under Ken Holland. An apprenticeship.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||A more than fair point. He's||
A more than fair point. He's got every right to be even more disappointed in Brandon's ouster than most others. Just disappointed that he doesn't seem willing to accept the bad with the good when it comes to fan involvement. Which I think is a very common thread in the "annoyed former player" comments. They tend to come across as saying "just shut up, pay us our money, and cheer."
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Also, I am just incredibly||
Also, I am just incredibly sick of these former players acting like only they know anything. Mealer gets even less slack than most from me on this because of the incredible amount of support he got from the fans during his time.
I'm always haranguing on how easy it is to get college players fired up about having been disrespected, and how easy it is to foment an us-against-the-world mentality. IMO this happens to be the ugly side of that. I think they're starting to believe it a little too much.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Whatever and all that. All I||
Whatever and all that. All I know is that the Michigan I grew up with was a team that methodically ground the opponent into dust 2/3rds of the time and won about half the rest of its games, and did so in front of a packed house every time. Other than the crowd, it was nice to remember for one weekend what that was like. And against a real Big Ten team, too, not these East Coast pretenders. Maybe they can do it to Northwestern, too.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||He wasn't even goodAt all||
He wasn't even good
At all the MBA stuff
Like he thought he was
He will come back and
Work harder all of next week
Oh wait no he won't
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Despite the fact that nobody||
Despite the fact that nobody likes a self-tooter......Called it.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||FSU runs a scuzzy program,||
FSU runs a scuzzy program, but man, it was hard to root for Louisville last night given how much woofing their players were doing. The ref was awfully generous in not tossing a flag at the asshole who taunted the FSU kick returner who slipped and fell.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||When I showed Brian's big||
When I showed Brian's big report to my dad, he was incredulous - not that Brandon would be that condescending and dickish, but that he'd be that dumb.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Oh, don't get me wrong, I||
Oh, don't get me wrong, I agree that she shouldn't just run with it Olbermann style, and that (as noted above) she has editors to answer to and space issues and such. And honestly if "there's not 100% certainty" was the phrase she'd actually used, I don't think I'd complain.
I just think it would've been a great deal more accurate to write one extra sentence along the lines of "MGoBlog concluded that it wasn't possible to verify the authenticity of the emails with 100% accuracy, but to the extent it was possible to do so, appeared to provide evidence to that effect."
The way it is now doesn't really do justice to the extent of the work Brian did, is all.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I was a little disappointed||
I was a little disappointed in Angelique's characterization there. I get why she wrote it that way but she could've spent a little more time on it - the way she wrote it, it sounds like Brian just published stuff and found no evidence at all of its veracity. There's certainly a preponderance of evidence; admitting that you can't be 100% certain is not the same as 0% certain, which is how it came off in the article.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Titus, with Anthony Hopkins||
Titus, with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Angela Lansbury.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Obviously the president,||
Obviously the president, cold-hearted bureaucrat that he is, does not give a shit about the health of your liver, or whether or not you're getting enough sleep.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||You don't have to be a prick||
You don't have to be a prick about it. I had a perfectly respectful response and specifically stated that accreditation shouldn't just be yanked posthaste. Probation and prison are not the same criminal sentence, and neither is what I (or jmblue) said the same as pulling accreditation.
And you didn't answer my question, which is, what do you do about students who are closing in on an AFAM degree and don't have time to wait for you to "slowly work classes back into existence."
Actually read what people say before telling them to "sit this one out."
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I wouldn't call it||
I wouldn't call it "contrition" to the students. I'd call it Econ 101. And here's something that's probably not a coincidence:
20,000 * $175 = $3,500,000
12,000 * $295 = $3,540,000
Brandon made reference in his emails to dropping from 20,000 to 12,000 student tickets sold, so these are the facts he's using. Let's face it: He set the price to try and get back to 20,000, while breaking even on revenue. All he did was react to a shift in the demand curve, after having been beaten over the head with the proof of it.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||There is in fact one example||
There is in fact one example of a winning NFL coach leaving voluntarily for college: Al Groh. He coached the Jets to one 9-7 season before leaving for UVA.
Successful NFL coach? Up to the reader to decide. But there is your one example of a coach who had a winning NFL record one year and was in college the next.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||It could be worse. My first||
It could be worse. My first thought was to read it like DANTONIO (for) AD and I was like, ew.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||How do you prove a department||
How do you prove a department is clean if it doesn't exist?
Besides, wouldn't it also punish a number of students who are within a semester or two of receiving an AFAM degree?
No, like I said above, they shouldn't just yank accreditation, but the threat of it needs to loom a little bit.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Well, Nyang'oro probably||
Well, Nyang'oro probably could've been indicted on several counts if they'd felt like it, as it was based on just one instance of one class. But I doubt they'll bother, lest they send the message that cutting a deal to be completely honest is a sucker's bet.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Free your inner 12-year-old,||
Free your inner 12-year-old, man.
Anyway, I'm sure SACSCOC will harden up and penetrate to the bottom of this scandal.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Just wait til he's actually||
Just wait til he's actually fired. Most epic posbang ever.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Assuming you mean UNC's||
Assuming you mean UNC's professors and admin, not students with loans, yes? Truth is that Julius Nyang'oro was charged with a felony and Debby Crowder was threatened with one (and in Nyang'oro's case, it was "obtaining property by false pretenses" and they went so far as to indict him) but the charges were all dropped in exchange for their full cooperation with Wainstein's report.
Those two are the ones at the center of it all, so I doubt there's any more charges on the way.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||They absolutely were. One of||
They absolutely were. One of my favorite parts of the whole report was that once word got out to the "frat circuit", a ton of frat boys ended up with AFAM minors by accident.
The whole thing was really intended for athletes, but I think the problem was that in order to make these classes legit and capable of contributing to a GPA, they had to legitimately go into the system. And when they moved the system online, the classes were listed alongside all the other ones for easy viewing. So word got out after a year or so. There's an enormous spike in non-athlete enrollments starting about 10 years ago, right around when things would've been going online.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I think full removal or||
I think full removal or suspension of accreditation is overly harsh. The problem is that the school would lose half its enrollment thanks to loss of federal aid funds, and there's no easy transfer provision for those students the way the NCAA has when a program is cut. But the accrediting body (SACSCOC) should damn well be up in UNC's grill. A probation of several years should be in order and whatever annoying painful oversight they have in their power should be done.
Likewise, I'm not sure nuking the whole athletic department is the way to go either, although I have a harder time arguing against that than the accreditation thing. But maybe they should lose their ability to offer scholarships for a while.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||What a shame none of these||
What a shame none of these emails were written in the spring so Brandon could wish people Happy Easter.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||This will have zero impact on||
Yeah, it's not like Nick Baumgardner works for MLive or anything.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||And you keep being you. I'm||
And you keep being you. I'm probably gonna make fun of you for it sometimes, but all the same.
BTW, the lesson I'd take from this: Know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. Lot of people make the opposite mistake, being stubbornly inflexible. You folded a full house thinking the other guy had a straight flush.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||http://www.csnchicago.com/big||
Starting to trickle out right now. Give it a few more hours and I think it'll be hard to miss. I'm betting this evening it's on the websites of the local papers, ESPN, SI, etc. - but no later than tomorrow.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I find it far more likely||
Oh, well, by all means, that would be OK then. Who among us hasn't freely given out usage of our name to some flunky and never checked what they do with it?
And I know that if I decided to hack into Dave Brandon's email account, all I'd do is sit around waiting until someone sends it a complaining email and then respond snarkily. Nope, can't think of a better use of illicit email access than that.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I am positive this will gain||
I am positive this will gain traction in the MSM. It already has on Twitter. Rittenberg, Mandel, Staples, et. al. have all taken notice. They'll be furiously banging away at their typewriters, mark my words. This evening you'll see the stories.
Yes, I think this speeds up the timeframe considerably. From a matter of weeks or months to a matter of days.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I suspect we will all get our||
I suspect we will all get our wish - and shortly. I'm not one for out-there predictions when it comes to the inertia-riddled bureaucracy that we're dealing with, and even more so I try not to confuse what I want to happen with what will happen.
But this just screams the kind of PR disaster that people don't survive. He's gone - and very, very soon. Just count the number of mainstream media outlets this finds its way to. And no later than this evening.
I think he's gone by Friday. If I get home from work and he's already gone, I wouldn't bat an eyelid.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||He's used to the private||
He's used to the private sector. CEOs don't have their email addresses out there for everyone to bang out frustrated emails at. Anything they actually read is either handed to them by a secretary or goes through a very unlisted address.
Now he's got to deal with having an email address that can't be hidden, being as it's a public institution and all. So he's all surprised and offended that people actually bother him, and, well, I don't know why he thinks responding from the position he's got is a good idea. But I'm not surprised that he doesn't know how to deal with it properly.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Because LordGrantham was||
Because LordGrantham was banned.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I mean, it's pretty obvious||
I mean, it's pretty obvious Baloo was burning one just about every off-screen chance he got.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Back in high school - this||
Back in high school - this being 15+ years ago - a friend of mine figured Drew Sharp was good for one decent column a month.
You have to give Sharp credit for consistency, all these years.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||And furthermore the ability||
And furthermore the ability to FOIA any damn thing one pleases no matter how trivial or huge is entirely the point.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||It's not that I think Sparty||
It's not that I think Sparty should just get over it because it happened years ago. It's that, at every turn, Dantonio insists on continuing to act like a little brother. OK, the stake thing was childish. So St. Dantonio decided to be even more childish in return. Reminds me of the kid on the playground who everyone knows has buttons you can push, and everyone pushes them just to see the outburst.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Plus I'm not too comfortable||
Plus I'm not too comfortable with the idea of sending the message that everything up to this point is not fireable yet. We're past the point of no return here. I like the idea. I think the situation with the AD throws a monkey wrench into the works, and if we had a settled situation there, then it could be easily envisioned; now, not so much. But I like it.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I like the idea, although||
I like the idea, although you've got the coach wrong; Cooper was fired after a bowl game loss. Earle Bruce is who you're thinking of.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I know I'm so incredibly in||
I know I'm so incredibly in the minority on this but I really did not hate that halo.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||Nickel's worth of free||
Nickel's worth of free advice: Keep it really, really short. Don't kid yourself into thinking Schlissel will read some manifesto. Tell him the program is losing your support, fit all the reasons why onto one or two lines or at a maximum short bullet points, tell him what you want done, and above all else be succinct.
Schlissel's not going to read anyone's carefully crafted letter and think, "well, I've just been convinced." He's seen it all and knows it all by now. The more time it takes to read, the less likely he is to read it.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||Are you serious? The very||
Are you serious? The very existence of Lions fans disproves your point.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||I'm literally in tears from||
I'm literally in tears from laughing. I'm not even kidding. No other team knows how to do shit like this. Nobody else.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||Only this fucking team, man.||
Only this fucking team, man. Only this team.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||There's probably a court case||
There's probably a court case to be had over that, and the school would probably lose, but this isn't the issue for it.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Nope. Sooner or later||
Nope. Sooner or later there'd be a post about adidas jockstrapz (only $19.95 at the M Den!) and the jig would be up.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I don't see a connection.||
I don't see a connection. Asserting that Hoke is actively and purposely a mean-spirited asshole (the "bad person" implication) is not at all the same as calling him incompetent.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I would feel more angar||
I would feel more angar toward Hoke's responses to the media if their questions were actual questions with the goal of finding out information, rather than designed to generate quotes to fill in the blanks of a pre-conceived narrative. Like, they'll decide they're going to write a story about how the pressure is getting to the players, so they prod for quotes that support that.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||WD posted an email sent to||
WD posted an email sent to his aunt (or a friend of his aunt, or something) purportedly from DB saying "we will be fine without you. have a nice life." in response to .... something, presumably a threat to stop coming to games / sending money / etc. Authenticity was called into question and the original email sent to DB was missing. MGoBlog FOIA'ed the email chain to find out the rest of the story.
That said, I doubt this has anything to do with that, because I think Brian would be willing to take anything resulting from that at face value.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I think this is different.||
I think this is different. You'd have known if it was a real "any news?" thread because I would've already said something assholish.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||One of my favorite parts of||
One of my favorite parts of the report was that once word of this practice got around, frat boys ended up with AFAM minors without even realizing it.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Bud Foster, polished? Uh,||
Bud Foster, polished? Uh, no.
Granted, I'm speaking from a position of incredible bias here. But there are problems with Foster. He's interviewed at a number of places - UConn, Pitt, Clemson, Auburn perhaps - and come away empty every time. Given his track record (which should be more like an A than a B+) you'd think he should've been hired at some point.
Internetz rumorz abound as to why he hasn't. Absolutely terrible interviewer, goes one story. It's even possible to find a Hokie fan who presented this story: Frank Beamer keeps sabotaging him by bringing up a severe drinking problem every time he's called for a reference. God knows where that came from or whether it's anywhere from 1% to 100% true.
As far as I can tell, Foster does want his own program (but only a major one or else the Georgia States of the world would've been all over him - he's paid much better now than he would be in the Sun Belt anyway) and has tried to get it, only to fall short every time. Given the speed at which teams were willing to give guys like Will Muschamp a shot, there must be something to this. The general feeling is that Foster would be an HC somewhere already if he were hire-able.
And he's anything but polished. If you thought the snobby grumpity-grumps reacted badly to Rich Rod.....
P.S. Foster favors a 4-2-5 defense with the fifth defensive back being labeled a "whip linebacker." Foster's very, very picky about who he puts in that role and much of his defense hinges on having a really good player there. VT's defense has declined of late and it's directly correlated to not being able to find a fit at that position. I'm not sure we have one. Chase Winovich seems a possibility, athletically, but it also depends on his ability to read plays because the whip has to be everywhere on the field. When VT's defense is at its best, you get incredibly sick of hearing the whip's name. When they can't settle on someone, the defense suffers badly.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||And the next three go by even||
And the next three go by even faster.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Oh come ON. That's some||
Oh come ON. That's some high-quality kookery right there and I say this as someone who would probably agree with most of your political stances. Dave Brandon sucks at his job and is pissing people off - that is the impetus. Everything else is tinfoil-hat crap.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||It's not really required to||
It's not really required to criticize every post in order to criticize one. ypsi wasn't accusing anyone of bias, he was accusing someone of not practicing what was preached.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Eh, I don't think the||
Eh, I don't think the training really started with Obi-Wan. He got one rudimentary lesson with a lightsaber and the extent of the rest of his training was "use the Force, Luke." It's three years between then and the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back, during which Luke wasn't doing much of anything, and barely any time at all between that and Return of the Jedi. Yoda started him basically at the beginning.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Crisler was pretty much a||
Crisler was pretty much a rock star, actually.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||So, couple months?||
So, couple months?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||For the record, any buyout of||
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Come to think of it, I can't||
Come to think of it, I can't name Alabama's AD either. And yet somehow, some way, without the AD jumping into every spotlight he sees, the Alabama "brand" is as strong as ever.