|2 days 8 hours ago||But isn't FIFA governed by||
But isn't FIFA governed by all kinds of laws? As we speak the IRS is shaking down CONCACAF for not adhering to US tax law. I'd also say that FIFA is subject to market laws. By which I mean, for example, that if FIFA puts out a bad enough product, people will walk.
I agree that a large improvement in FIFA in the short term is unlikely. But it's quite possible and reasonably likely in the long term. MLB underwent a significant ethical improvement over the course of the mid-20th century. So did the Big Ten. So did many other businesses and sporting leagues.
As the world goes through something like the process that the current First World went through in the 20th century, I think it's reasonable to expect that the developing world will experience the same results: more entertainment choices, better education, increased ability to coordinate and cooperate, increased opportunity for mobility - and the world's major league will follow ours, I think, in moral and ethical development to maintain its fanbase.
|2 days 8 hours ago||MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS are||
MLB, NBA, NHL, and MLS are all multinational leagues. There are many, many examples of multnational sporting leagues and businesses that are better managed than FIFA.
IOC and FIFA are far more different than IOC and the leagues I mentioned. The only thing the IOC has in common with FIFA is its level of corruption. Does the IOC oversee all its participating professional franchises? Hell, most of the players in Olympic soccer are overseen by FIFA at the club level, fergodsakes. I'd love to see IOC try to horn in on FIFA or the NBA. IOC would be slapped back to Samaranch's basement and only come out with Harry Reid glasses after a week.
|2 days 9 hours ago||"Best basketball program in the country"||
I mean, earlier in his recruitment Jaylen said that Kentucky has the best basketball program in the country. If he thinks that - and I believe he does - then it seems likely he's going there.
My consolation, such as it is, is that I don't think we had a shot at Williams anyway because he wanted to stay close to home. So it's not like the time spent on Jaylen cost us another excellent player. So... yay?
|2 days 14 hours ago||Pshaw. That's way too||
That's way too fatalistic, man. You don't think FIFA can be improved? The NBA, MLB, NHL, and NFL are all light years better than FIFA. I'm just going to say it: the NCAA is better than FIFA. That's how bad FIFA is. If you don't think FIFA can improve then sheesh you must have a pretty miserable outlook on life.
Of course there will be some order. But it doesn't have to be FIFA. The world doesn't have to suck, man, and it often doesn't. Have a good weekend!
|2 days 15 hours ago||Much as I hate FIFA, I've got||
Much as I hate FIFA, I've got to say the World Cup. Imagine how good it would be without FIFA. It brings the whole world together. The jubilation, the skill, the crowds, the color, the noise, the way an entire nation can be hanging on edge at the same time, it gets me.
|2 days 15 hours ago||NCAA||
To each his own, but for me, I hate the NCAA way more than Kentucky. The NCAA has set up this system that they refuse to meaningfully enforce because of incompetence and embarrassment. Schools are forced to choose between being honest or being elite.
To some degree all schools are bending what are supposed to be the rules, but the schools who at least try not to bend the rules - as opposed to trying not to get caught - are at a severe disadvantage. It's very, very hard to be elite year-in and year-out without paying the players.
Also note that this is not a knock on Jaylen Brown, or even UK. My problem is with the NCAA setting up a system where it's wrongbadevil for a player to get paid.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Nah, those lacrosse players||
Nah, those lacrosse players at Duke turned out just... oh, wait.
|4 days 9 hours ago||He ain't come there to play||
He ain't come there to play camp.
|4 days 9 hours ago||Exactly. It's all about the||
Exactly. It's all about the time frame.
I will give the Lions credit for improving over the last five years. But there is also a strong argument to be made that they should have done better with the personnel they've had during that stretch.
On time scales stretching over all but the youngest fans' lifetimes, it's hard to argue any franchise has been worse than the Lions. The youngest fans who can really follow a team are probably 7, give or take a couple years. And, once you start looking at the LIons on a time scale that goes 7 years or more back from now, well, then your eyeballs start melting and you run mewling into a corner praying for swift, merciful death. I mean, I'd rather have Greg Howard write a column about me than be a Lions fan. But, sadly, I am a Lions fan.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Mostly because they're||
Mostly because they're incompetent, I think.
Also because they're not really interested in stopping it, just in protecting their image so that they can preserve their cash-hoovering selves.
Also maybe because they wanted Richard Grieco and Johnny Depp for what they were calling Operation 21 Bagman Street, but those guys turned them down, and now they're out of ideas.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Seems generous||
I would not have been surprised to see us bigger dogs. I hope it motivates the team. I've thought this game would be a toss-up for a long time (I also remember the day, even longer ago, when I looked at 2015's schedule and thought it looked like a road to an NC... sigh).
|6 days 9 hours ago||Not sure Caris is cut out for full-time or starting PG duty||
Walton, Levert, Irvin, Brown, Doyle. Best 5 on the floor.
|6 days 9 hours ago||It was, but that one got||
It was, but that one got injured.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Yep. Logged in to say this.||
Yep. Logged in to say what you said. Saban, Les, et al called up Slive like a bunch of 14 year-olds and said, "The cool kids are having this party, but I'm scared. Can you please tell me I can't go?"
|1 week 5 hours ago||There was sarcasm? I mean, I||
There was sarcasm?
I mean, I don't think esports will replace real sports, but they will be - already are - another viable option on the viewing/fan menu. The grognards here who don't think esports are big business are quite obviously wrong.
As for whether or not they're enjoyable, to each his own. Not everybody needs to be a fan. I'd rather watch my cat sleep than watch a WNBA game, but somehow that stuff's been on for years.
|1 week 1 day ago||Kali-ma!||
Nailed it. ToD is over the top and larger than life. I loved it. But then I also love Jim Steinman, Walter Hill, Sam Raimi, and Baz Luhrman. Stylized, in-your-face Art with a capital A is my favorite artistic mode.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll watch soccer, college||
I'll watch soccer, college basketball, and football, especially college but also NFL, regardless of who's playing. That's really about it. Sometimes the NBA but rarely.
|1 week 1 day ago||Great guy||
I grew up in Petoskey the same time as Sufjan. My sister was friends with his sister and him. The point of my cool story bro is that he's a great guy, and his family are super nice people. Can definitely feel good about being a fan.
|1 week 2 days ago||Nice. I still think the NCAA||
Nice. I still think the NCAA is going to torpedo satellite camps, but this is a good Michigan-like thing to do.
|1 week 4 days ago||Best of luck to you, Messiah.||
Best of luck to you, Messiah.
|1 week 4 days ago||Gone to plaid||
Recruiting game isn't just getting ridiculous, it passed ridiculous about fifteen years ago.
NCAA needs fundamental restructuring, and it should address the biggest issue first: paying players. Then it can sort out the details like satellite camps.
|1 week 5 days ago||If Brown comes, as others||
If Brown comes, as others have noted, that would give us an insane amount of subs.
In fact, I'd have to say, we'd have so many subs that it would be... crazy.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||International Harvester||
International Harvester Scout. It was awesome. 78 or so?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||You are what your record says||
You are what your record says you are. Doesn't matter what JK is doing with the program if it doesn't translate to success in the WC.
What's absurd is contending that the best thing for US soccer is something other than overall performance at the WC. That's like saying wins are just a statistic.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||So if it's caused by||
So if it's caused by less-than-elite coaching and development and not a lack of innate ability, wouldn't that be a skill gap, not a talent gap?
At any rate, I think that the gap comes from diluted competition, maybe even more so than lack of coaching. At the top end, we've got world class coaches. But the competition is not always elite, especially for kids coming through college, and playing in that diluted environment hurts, I think.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||He's good. I'll take him, no||
He's good. I'll take him, no doubt. But in the end, you are what your record says you are, as Parcells always said, and JK only equalled Bradley and was surpassed by 02 Arena in terms of WC advancement. Granted, the group that JK navigated us out of last summer was probably tougher than anything his predecessors faced, and we really could have killed it except for that late equalizer by Ronaldo. Just saying that I think JK has work still to do if he really wants to be considered beyond doubt the best USMNT coach we've had.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Always liked Juan. Dos a||
Always liked Juan.
Dos a Cero!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Poor defending right now.||
Poor defending right now. Another late fade in the works?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That was a semi-decent cross||
That was a semi-decent cross from Corona but yeah, he'd be a sub at halftime for me.
Thing about putting Yedlin at midfield is we desperately need outside defenders. After a playmaker (I'm losing faith in Bradley), I'd say capable defensemen who are also dangerous on the wings are our biggest need. Not that Yedlin necessarily fills that need, because yeah, he's inconsistent to say the least. But maybe JK just wants to give him some time there and hope he develops into that role? /shrug Who knows.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, it's embarrassing.||
Yeah, it's embarrassing. Pitch is horrendous.
Some nice speed out of the younger guys, but a sloppy game so far.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Appreciate the info. Will||
Appreciate the info. Will keep in mind.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Should be everyone's||
Should be everyone's POG award.
Thanks for the info, OP.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Why?||
Honest question: what makes it cool? I'm not trying to be snarky, just wondering. I've never been to Iowa (unless you count the times I've been to Kansas*).
*ok that part was snark, but really, I am interested in hearing about the good points of Iowa City
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Yeah, no||
I mean, all of that sucks, but it's nowhere near insurmountable. He had his chance.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Cazzie 2nd||
As I said in the original thread, I'd take Cazzie 2nd after Webber. People forget how special Webber was. He averaged a double-double in the league over a fourteen year career, fergodsakes (well, 9.8 rpg, but close enough). Yes, Beilein does great things with shooters. But he would do great things with Webber, too, just as he did with McGary (in the brief time available). And there's no doubt that Webber fills more of a position of need next year.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Schlissel||
Between this and another recent decision that I won't mention because of the no-politics rule, I'm liking Schlissel more and more. Mary Sue let a lot of things slide, but Schlissel seems to be fixing them as quickly and efficiently as I could have hoped. At least, it seems to be working so far - it'll take a bit to see how things turn out, of course.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I love it||
He can be the first RB to score a 20-yd TD run in under 20 yards!
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Webber. Position of need,||
Webber. Position of need, dominant player, great passer, could hit the boards, could play d. Definitely Webber.
But we've been fortunate enough to have a lot of great players pass through. Cazzie Russell would probably be my next choice.
And if you're talking about any player anywhere in college ball... I dunno man. Duncan, maybe? Robinson? Magic? Bird? Way too many great choices.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not speaking for Ziff, but I||
Not speaking for Ziff, but I think the larger point is that the "defense collapsing in exhaustion at the end of games" idea is invalid.
Maybe the idea is that the defense collapsed earlier because of a lot of plays run in quick succession, but if so, then that's just bad defense. Get a stop and get off. If you're giving up a lot of plays, you're not a good defense.
I think our 2014 defense was average. Mediocre. I think it will need to improve mightily if it wants to be good in 2015.
Sadly, the offense is even worse. I hope Harbaugh can turn things around sooner rather than later.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Dude, it's rude to assume||
Dude, it's rude to assume that I don't know what I'm talking about. Please consider the following:
a) I know exactly what I'm talking about. My wife is a physician and I've been with her every step of the way. So is my father (UM med school, in fact). So are some of my former students.
b) If you re-read my post, you'll see that I do advise kids to pursue the career if they have an undeniable passion for it.
c) I constantly tell kids to get all the facts and not to listen to me, any other teacher, any person, or any source of any kind exclusively.
I'm glad you're enjoying your medical career. I'm sure that we can agree that we all want our kids to grow up happy.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||There are countless ways||
There are countless ways around hour limits. Much of it depends on the program and the program director. Some are great; some are not.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||There have been more recent ones, but...||
Erik Wynalda @ 1:00.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||In my opinion, SoCal sucks.||
In my opinion, SoCal sucks. Snow is awesome. But to each his own. Glad you enjoy LA. You and Anthony Kiedis should sing a duet or something.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
I tell my students that all the time: unless you are ready to endure a potentially nightmarish half-decade as slave labor in a location that you may hate, stay away from becoming a physician. But if you do have an undeniable passion for it, then go for it.
It is not a good process for many reasons, imo.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with the Strongest||
I agree with the Strongest Man in the World. Thanks for posting, OP, and keep on contributing!
|7 weeks 4 days ago||You know, that's a fantastic||
You know, that's a fantastic point. I've never thought about it before.
I'm not an engineer, but off the top of my head, I can think of people that I've worked with who have STEM degrees from Michigan, Cornell, OSU, Princeton, Clarkson, all sorts of SUNY schools, PSU, MSU, ND... but never a single Illini. Huh. Maybe they all just turn west?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Sadly, I agree with||
Sadly, I agree with you.
/listless p-chem high five
Sigh. Hope we are wrong, though.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Yep. Randall's comic strip up||
Yep. Randall's comic strip up there is aimed at whiners on internet forums who claim they have a right to post and be listened to on what are clearly private entities (the forums).
And the 1st amendment doesn't even talk about being arrested. It forbids any law that abridges your speech, among other things.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Just thirding this very||
Just thirding this very important point. What they said was repugnant, but a government entity cannot - and should not be able to - act against a person based on what he said.
Voltaire gets credit for saying (though he probably wasn't the one who said it, at least not originally), "I disagree with what you're saying, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."
That's a very important point, I think. We have a long and glorious history in this country of protecting the minority- and that protection extends even to, especially to, minorities with whom we disagree (like these SAE disgusting racists).
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Ditto||
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Me too.||
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Very cool, thanks! Also,||
Very cool, thanks!
Also, standard public service announcement in these threads: if anyone is ever in Watertown, NY, at the Thompson Park Zoo there, they have two wolverines that you can see very close up.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Your guess is wrong||
This site would be better if people were kinder. I participate in many online forums. I've never participated in one with as many jerks, to put it politely, as this one. Not saying you're a jerk, blue^3. But your snark was unwarranted. Guy was just expressing his opinion on a man playing football after having a stroke.
Your response was uncalled for. A lot of people take pride in this board being better than RCMB et al. Part of that pride should be supporting what a true university has alwas stood for: diversity, tolerance, and understanding.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Preach on||
So true. If OL is the strength of this team... either that is a sign of stunning improvement or we're in for a very long and depressing season. I mean - he said the team, not the offense. If the OL is a better unit than the secondary, the LBs, the DL - ouch.
But I've also seen practice reports that say the defense is dominating over the offense, which makes more sense. I mean, I would love it if our OL suddenly became vintage Wiscy. But I don't know how likely that is. Drevno magic? Maybe. Hope so. But... "OL is the strength of this team" scares me.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I disagree with the notion||
I disagree with the notion that a) RR couldn't have done better with the personnel he had, and b) it's ok to just give up on a season.
Would it have been a great season if he had somehow kept Mallet, utilized the talent on defense, played a system the offense was built for (to the extent that it was built), and coached with more skill and a greater focus on the present over the future? Probably not. But it probably would have been better than it was.
IMO the idea that RR could not have done better in 2008 is just not true.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Most go to public schools||
The public school population in NY dwarfs the private school population, and it's the same everywhere, as far as I know.
And yes, $10k is nowhere near the $45k that one old school I used to teach at is charging. It still might be fancy though. Catholic schools in particular get subsidized by the church and can be a comparative bargain.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Clyde's||
Clyde's Big C is the best burger in the state of Michigan! Worth the drive to St. Ignace or the Soo. And by worth the drive, I mean worth the drive from New York.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Honorable mention All-Big Ten||
Honorable mention All-Big Ten 2011 and 2012 after... not doing that under RR.
Not a star by any means, but I just meant it as an example of a big turn around.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||QB, DE, O/U||
Biggest concerns at QB and DE. The most important positions, along with DT, on the field, imo. Doesn't bode well.
Still, I have to think that the improved coaching will make a difference. What's the over/under on breakout players who underachieved when Hoke was the coach but will flourish with Harbaugh? Call it the JT Floyd Award. I'm going with 2. I'd put the number higher but 2 is still almost ten percent, and flourish, meaning borderline stardom, is a high bar. The two I'd pick are LTT and Green.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for the feedback. That||
Thanks for the feedback. That rate seems about right. I will go back and check to make sure that we're not getting screwed by fees etc.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sure some did||
I'm sure some pointed it out because I was one of them - and there were others. I was hesitant because I'd never been to a Hoke practice. But watching on film - I always assumed those "Michigan Man" drills and other things were staged for the camera. Then as the lack of development became obvious - last year, I think - I began to get a sickening feeling that those two-people-moving-at-at-time practices weren't staged, that that was actually how Hoke ran a practice.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Hm||
What was your rate of return? I've invested in a Northwestern Mutual Insurance policy as a long-term, lower-risk part of my strategy and I'm pretty happy with it as that. I think it's doing pretty well and seems on schedule to give a pretty good rate over the next couple of decades. Especially around 20010-2012, it was feeling pretty nice. Since I'm one of those guys who put at least a 10% probability that the 2008 collapse could return permanently (at least, permanently enough to matter), I like the permanent life insurance option.
That said - I do wonder about it, and I'm always looking for better options.
I also have a maxed out IRA and a separate 403b in mutual funds, and I'm about to put some money into real estate (other than the house we live in, which still has a mortgage but at a lower rate than what we can get investing elsewhere, barring craziness).
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Ain't nothin||
Isiah Thomas 16 points in 90 seconds.
Actually, yeah, 30 in 4:38 in college is impressive. But I'll never forget Isiah in that game.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I know. As a Dutch-American||
I know. As a Dutch-American male, I've long thought that those applications should totally come with trigger warnings.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'd say that while these||
I'd say that while these things may be offensive, they absolutely are disagreeing on policy and, therefore, arer in the (often distasteful) realm of politics. And therefore shouldn't be included here.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Shame||
I'm an atheist, but I would never say that a theist's opinion doesn't deserve to be respected. Who are you to judge what's "a legitimate political opinion" or not? Leave the politics off the board - both Deace's and yours.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Talk||
Hoke always talked about a meritocracy too ("the best playes will play..."). I just think he wasn't as good as Harbaugh has been/will be at actually finding out who had merit (and increasing that merit).
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Dude. WTF man.||
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Sigh.||
Yep. Thinking the same thing. Hope it's not Green 2.0.
No wonder they wanted Weber so badly.
Higdon uber alles?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Excellent article. Thanks for||
Excellent article. Thanks for that.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||For me, in no particular||
For me, in no particular order after the first one:
1. I was at the UM-ND game featuring the Catch. So that one, for sure. Also was there for the Heisman pose later that year, but that isn't nearly as memorable.
2. Miracle on Ice, USA 4 USSR 3. I'm old. But I will never forget it.
2. Landon Donovan scoring vs Algeria in the 2010 World Cup.
2. People going crazy on South U after the 89 basketball championship.
2. Pistons winning it all in 1989. I'm not gonna lie, if I could stand to write it out, I'd put down 1987 Eastern Conference finals when Isiah inboun-- nah, not going there.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Fair point, but even that||
Fair point, but even that would have to be combined with a rare and unfortunately vulnerable psyche to explain some of his mental errors on the court. At the beginning of the year, I thought he was doing somewhat well defensively, but even that has disappeared in a miasma of confusion, timidity, and hesitation.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Gotta side with Don here. I||
Gotta side with Don here.
I was with Brian up until the POS line. Great article up until then. Reading that fatal line as hyperbole or symbolism, I can get it. But I wouldn't have gone to that characterization myself, and I don't think it sets a good tone for the site as a whole.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Chatman||
The Chatman thing just mystifies me. I really thought he looked good on film and in Italy. I guess I'm in good company since Beilein saw him play a lot more than I did, and obviously JB thought highly of him - as did enough scouts to make him a top 30 recruit.
But to have him be THIS bad - I just don't get it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Well done||
That was hilarious. Loved the text of Ray Farmer's middle finger.
Yeah, as a Lions fan, I feel your pain. As a Detroit fan, I can't even imagine what it's like to not have the Wings/Pistons/Tigers there to ease the football pain. Cavs/Indians... sigh.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Stop trying to make fetch||
Stop trying to make fetch happen.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||"Kind of like music and||
"Kind of like music and culture in general."
Fixed it for you. :)
|11 weeks 2 days ago||We're just going to have to||
We're just going to have to agree to disagree. I won't neg you, either. :)
But I have watched plenty of international friendlies, thanks. And you know what the thing about them is? They're _friendlies._ Neither coaches nor players approach them the same way that they approach a regular game. That's why the rules are different, after all.
Unlimited substitutions would mean fresher legs, better ability to respond tactically to any situation, and higher quality soccer on the field.
The common, played-out argument that the game would be 'disrupted' was also used in old FA cup ball pre-1960? 65? against the idea of going to three subs instead of one or zero or whatever they had. And... turns out the game hasn't been disrupted at all.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I think soccer should adopt||
I think soccer should adopt unlimited substitutions. Not rolling like hockey, necessarily, but timed at the ref's discretion as now, only as many as you want. And you could go back into the game once you came out of it.
There would be more goals, teams would have more than one guy over thirty on their roster, you'd have more players to be fans of, etc.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Mine is the huge advantage||
Mine is the huge advantage that warm weather bowl games give to teams that play in warm weather, often near the bowl stadiums.
Tied with this is the national media, who, when they take note of the phenomenon, act like it "might" be an advantage or it "may" work against a team. Of course it's a huge advantage, of course it's unfair, just admit it already.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Who I want to step up that I also think will step up||
OP said the players that you want to step up and think will step up - ok, for me that eliminates Pipkins. I really, really want to see him step up and have a Mike Martin-type senior year. But if I'm being honest, I don't see it happening.
1. Butt. Talent, experience, still young enough to expect growth from, going into a new scheme that spotlights his position.
2. Peppers. Talent, young, a position coach who has actually coached the position before, did I mention talent?
3. Cole. Honestly, if he was doing what he did last year under Funk as a true freshman, I'm thinking that w/Drevno et al. and another year of S&C, he's going to be an absolute monster this year.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Over my career I've averaged||
Over my career I've averaged about one or two sick days every few years. I would have taken one a couple of weeks ago but it coincided with midterms and an academic competition I was involved with, so I didn't.
Instead, I came in and curled up on a mattress in the stairwell and refused an IV. /BrianWilliams
|11 weeks 4 days ago||As someone who has been||
As someone who has been critical of the less than kind tone that many posters on this board have, I will say that I'm 100% behind Brian on this one.
Adam Weiss isn't a kid. He stepped into the public arena intentionally. Nothing wrong with treating him as you would any other public figure with whom you disagree.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I'm pretty sure it varies by||
I'm pretty sure it varies by state. Again, I'm not a college counselor, but I write a lot of letters of recommendation, teach the SAT prep course, etc. with the guidance office, so I've talked to them a lot. Could be wrong, but this is what I remember hearing.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
As Lancer said above, the $$$ that out of state/country kids bring in are a big determining factor. If anything, it's getting harder for in-state kids to get in - though this is going to vary year by year, as others have pointed out, due to political concerns of the moment.
Several of the college counselors I have worked with over the years have told families openly that if you don't mind pushing the rules to the limit, then the best way to get into college is a) find a Native American in your family tree, using the Elizabeth Warren method if necessary, and b) rent an apartment in Wyoming and use that as your address because geographical diversity counts, and no one lives in Wyoming. Then if you're worried about tuition, establish residency in the state whose school you're attending after you get in. There are a bunch of services that now help you with this (for a fee, of course).
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Something needs to be done||
Something needs to be done indeed, WD. I'd say the two biggest things are not signing an LOI if you have the desirability to do that, and then finish the O'Bannon case process and completely rebuild the CBAA. I mean, NCAA.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Um||
A) It wasn't a health collapse. Do you really believe that? He also said it was to spend time with his family. Do you believe that, too? I guess his family is only worth twelve months to him.
B) You're wrong when you say that the play on the field will always determine recruiting power. Look at Michigan State (in basketball or football). Look at Ole Miss in the other direction a couple of years ago. Look at Hoke for two or three years. Total fallacy to say that play on field determines recruiting power.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||You're right||
Yeah, you're right. Even the most generous realistic assessment of his tenure is pretty heinous, no matter how you look at it. I do think DB made it even worse, though. But you're right. Thinking about it, I have to say it's vanishingly unlikely that Al was anywhere close to mediocre, let alone passable.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Huh||
A) I wish SJSU and Tennessee were playing each other next year.
B) After this season brought to light (at least to some extent) how DB meddled in the football program, I think it's hard to tell how terrible or just-not-good Borges was. I mean, maybe, and I shudder to think about this because of the lost opportunity, but maybe if DB hadn't been iron fisting things, and perhaps Hoke too, maybe Al would have actually, you know, thought to run an offense suited for Denard and Devin post-Sugar Bowl. Maybe. Just saying that maybe Al wasn't totally to blame. PPG dropped precipitously after he left, after all.
C) I still wouldn't hire Al.
D) I also would never hire GERG.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Different||
Yeah, you're right, what the OP did is absolutely not what all coaches do. Karan was lucky to have a coach (asst. coach) like that.
Good job, OP. You should be proud.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Bless You, Dave||
Thanks for posting the 13-pitch at bat video. I will never forget that.
That summer. Probably - well, definitely - as close as I'll ever come to living the Sandlot.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Rutgers?||
The thing is, the Rutgers AD is a prime candidate for George Costanza's "opposite" theory right now. I mean, their track record - especially with regard to decision making by execs in the AD - is at Brandon levels.. So if Rutgers passed on him, I'm thinking that we should be like George, and whatever Rutgers does, just do the exact opposite.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
You can press up on ball screens. To me it's more effective when the big man is more a threat than the guard. You're really messing with the big's rhythm, timing, and spacing (if your guy is good at pressing up) when you do this. But you're giving the guard a free pass into space, and by sending your guard underneath, you're giving their guard a shot if he likes.
If the guard isn't that big a threat, I generally prefer to tell both players to sag. Bigs who can pick and pop you can usually close out on fast enough, and if the guard is more a driving threat and not a shooting threat to speak of, then just let them dick around out there on the perimeter. Sag off and start defending them when they come into a range where they can hurt you.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Intangibles||
<insert cat .jpg>
Seriously, intangibles are huge. A lot of people like to discount them around here, but Tiger's a perfect example of how important they are.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Unkind||
I can think of two coaches who bear far more responsibility for that loss than Bellomy does.
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||Where in VT? I'm in Lake||
Where in VT? I'm in NNY and I don't see us getting a snow day out of this. Wouldn't argue if we did, though!
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Meme police||
"All your Florida recruit are belong to us."
Didn't someone in another thread just go over this a couple of days ago?
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Never post that again.||
Never post that again.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||That's what I think of||
Every time I hear his name.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||When the going gets weird,||
When the going gets weird, the weird beat Rutgers.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Atomic (Snoop) Dogg||
Would Clinton let Snoop pilot the mothership?
I would fly back to Ann Arbor for a halftime show with the MMB and Snoop - and what the hell, George too - doing Atomic Dog, with Norfleet running/dancing out from the locker room.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Chelsea||
Home of Jeff Daniels, how could you go wrong?
In my opinion, Ann Arbor is not the best place to raise a family - but my criteria would be vastly different from the OP's.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Asinine||
It is asinine to suggest that US News rankings do not matter.
|16 weeks 7 hours ago||Agree||
I agree, Magnus. I don't claim to be an expert football talent evaluator, but to my eye, Kearns looks worthy of study and strong consideration, at the least. Especially given our current QB/recruiting situation.
|16 weeks 7 hours ago||No.||
In 2002, we were #22 in US News undergrad rankings overall.
Now, we are #29.
That's a 30% decline.
Sure, there are other metrics. But I don't get the MSC love. I really don't. She was pretty bad.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Would love to see Montgomery||
Would love to see Montgomery back. Although if Durkin is going to take over the DL, that could make things tough. Maybe we bring Montgomery back if Marrow doesn't come.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||There are only 10 kinds of||
There are only 10 kinds of people in the world...
|17 weeks 5 days ago||At the beginning of the year||
At the beginning of the year I sure wouldn't have expected a Spike/Doyle/Irvin/Dawkins/Levert lineup to be our crunchtime guys. Loved seeing Spike playing down low in the 2-3, but you've gotta expect that will get massively exploited now that teams have seen it be effective.
This team is still a headscratcher to me. Chatman looked super to me on the (admittedly very limited) film I saw. But obviously he's not the answer, at least so far. Levert can't find himself - although maybe the pick-and-roll with Doyle will now be his identity. Walton has been passed by Spike. Irvin hasn't progressed as much offensively as I assumed/hoped he would. Donnal looks clueless. Max is Max, yet still getting playing time.
But hey, signs of life today. Good win.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||No kabaddi? F it, I'm not listening.||
Seriously, well played.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||At home with the (too young||
At home with the (too young to understand) kids. Gonna be a good day.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||True||
True, but that's not because of any good reason. It's just because people don't know about it.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||META||
I'm sorry to be doing this and trying to do this as tactfully as possible. Mods, please enlighten me if there's a protocol for this that I'm unaware of.
So. The no politics rule.
OP, thanks for the info, but your avatar is the symbol of a regime that committed the Holodomor and, beyond that, intentionally starved millions of its own citizens to death. It's every bit as bad as - the numbers are larger than - the Holocaust.
Are we really ok with allowing the hammer and sickle symbol here? We wouldn't allow the swastika, I am sure.
Sorry to be a downer on this day, but (obviously) I find that symbol repugnant.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||The thing is, Borges has a||
The thing is, Borges has a horrifically bad record with recruiting QBs and identifying talent. I'm not going to find the link, sorry, but Brian mentioned this in a column (probably UV) this year. Brian even tweeted about Borges's record after Brian noticed it; Brian was shocked at how bad it was.
So yeah, Nuss didn't get them to do any better by coaching to their strengths - but maybe they don't have strengths to begin with. Borges takes more of the blame here, I think.
That said, I stil think that Morris has a shot. And Malzone... maybe it's a good thing that Michigan took so long to pull the trigger on him.
Finally, I just can't help but mention that Borges was the guy who thought Russ Bellomy was ready to take over for Denard in 2012. I mean, _that_ is the type of QB talent identification we're talking about when we talk about Borges.
So... yeah. I'm hoping for a grad transfer, although I do have small hope for Morris to be good next year and significant hope for Malzone to be good eventually.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Answered your own question||
Yeah, I was a huge Laimbeer fan. Pretty sure I would not ever be a Bielema fan. If he were M's coach (please never let this happen), I think the best I could do would be to tolerate him and try not to be ashamed of him.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks Mr Smith!||
Thanks for all the great football and entertainment. Wish I were close by for the trampolines. And good luck with the chess.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||If only he had a time||
If only he had a time machine.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Positional good||
It's a positional good. That said, I agree with you.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||Duff's||
Not to mention, Duff's is better anyway.
Anchor Bar is fine, though.
The real "local legend" place to avoid in Buffalo is Chef's. Supposedly it's an amazing Italian restaurant with the best sauce west of Italia herself. Truth is it sucks. Total head scratcher.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe not, but maybe. I don't||
Maybe not, but maybe. I don't know you, but if you haven't looked at the SAT recently and you're as old as I am, you'll probably be surprised how easy it is now. Still not too easy to get a perfect score, but easier than it was, and WAY WAY easier to get in the 700s on each section.
Same thing with GPAs. If you're looking at M's admission stat of something like 50% (or whatever it is now; it's huge) of acceptances have 4.0+ GPAs, and you're comparing that to when you went to high school pre-1990/1980, then you're not getting an accurate picture. SO MANY kids have ridiculously inflated GPAs these days.
So who knows - but I didn't want you to beat yourself up over nothing, if you didn't know this. :)
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Logged in to upvote OP.||
Logged in to upvote OP. Brilliant.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I'd tend to agree||
Normally, I would agree.
But it's been a really bad sports year so I'm going to happily wear my maize-and-blue glasses and look at the positive side. Maybe this wasn't a leak. Maybe he _has_ given private word. Maybe his wife already put down an offer on a house the size of Angell Hall.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Nebraska||
Nebraska were fools not to hire Herman. I look at him, his offense, his Texas connections - seems like a slam dunk. I wonder if there's something we don't know about Herman.
That said, yeah. I might put Mullen ahead of Herman, although I don't know about cultural pieces in Mullen's case. My list looks very similar to Brian's, probably with Mullen tied for 3rd with Herman. Next on my list had been Narduzzi into October - but not now. I suppose Miles is next on my list, although I really don't like the age, lack of offense, etc.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly.||
Exactly. Made me laugh that the first commenter posted that question - "Why doesn't she just go to Michigan?" apparently ignorant of the honest answer. Sometimes the jokes write themselves.
I also loved it that she felt the need to explain parenthetically to her OSU audience where the .02 percent figure came from. Also thought it was great that she said, "Let's start" halfway through the piece, after the boring intro that should have been mostly tossed.
Also, I'm actually annoyed and worried that we're only 25 spots better than OSU according to US News. Hope Schlissel can turn things around.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Going gets weird, right? Or||
Going gets weird, right?
Or maybe I'm missing a /s or something.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||What if we had to choose||
What if we had to choose between Muschamp and Schiano?
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Yep. And MSU had the ball||
Yep. And MSU had the ball with a timeout down 3 with 40 seconds to go. Gotta take the timeout there when your team can't get a good look. Very bad clock management.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Completely agree that he||
Completely agree that he needs to improve his shot.
Just saying. Almost a double-double.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Of course it impacts her||
Of course it impacts her record. It is her record.
The question is, how bad is her record? My opinion is fair to poor. I don't think she did a very good job as POTUM.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I know this is the Spike||
I know this is the Spike thread and all, but Kam Chatman was 1 rebound away from a double-double too.
If Caris wants to be the alpha dog, he better start alpha-ing. On the other hand, Stauskas didn't really emerge as undisputed alpha until later than this last year, so... we'll see.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Pitino looks like Paul||
Pitino looks like Paul Bearer.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||NBAlbrecht||
|21 weeks 5 days ago||#TeamSpike||
Looks like a baker.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Disagree||
I think his problems are more mental. I don't see a lack of quickness. Not physical quickness. Just indecisiveness and poor decisions - like where he was stuffed just now.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I'm just gonna say it. Spike||
I'm just gonna say it.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Hm||
Maybe you've never lived in New York. 10 PM in the city is like 7 pm a lot of other places. Also, people order breakfast delivered to their apartments.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||No excuses necessary. I'm a||
No excuses necessary. I'm a teacher. No school on Wednesday.
If I had an appropriate Ha-Ha nelson.gif handy I'd post it.
On the other hand my 10 month old son wouldn't let me sleep either late at night or early in the morning anyway, so...
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I see what you're trying to||
I see what you're trying to do, and I empathize to a point, but Spike's the third or fourth best player on this team right now. That may be changing as the youngsters round into form, but certainly for now, I think giving Spike only 15 minutes a night would be a mistake.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
I was scrolling through this thread just to see the gif of this play. I suppose a pic is good enough!
Yeah, this play was truly stunning. Just WTF stunning. One of the top athletic moments I've seen.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||All right||
All right. So having lived in Petoskey, Buffalo, and the Tug Hill Plateau in NY - yes, I love snow - I feel compelled to comment here.
Tug Hill wins the battle for most consistent, heavy, WTF lake effect. It's nuts there. My school looked like a castle in the winter because the parking lot snow was plowed out to the edges of the parking lot and left there. By February it was towering in gigantic curtain walls. You couldn't see inside; the entrance looked like it should have a drawbridge. Very cool.
Tug Hill loses to Petoskey in picturesqueness, though. If that's a word. The snow in Petoskey can get real heavy - I grew up there and haven't lived there in a long time, but I know they had a killer winter last year, and my friends' pictures were incredible. So, although the Tug Hill gets more deep stuff consistently day-in day-out, Petoskey's prettier.
Buffalo gets crazy snow, too, but much more intermittently, and with weird lightning. They had pink lightning in two different storms while I was there. But the town is less attractive than Petoskey, and they get less consistent lake effect than the Tug Hill.
All of this is just my recollection and impression, of course. I'm not bothering to look up stats. So, kind of a cool story bro. Carry on.
|25 weeks 8 hours ago||Logged in to upvote.||
Logged in to upvote.
Also, I don't think Denard would kick a ballboy, even if the ballboy were delaying.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Not in 2008||
I don't understand how Brian can say that Rodriguez forcing his system in 2008 was the right move. Sure, divorced from reality, that is, without considering the psychological effects on and pressure from fans, recruits, and the team itself, maybe taking a year off to play your system and ease into things made sense. But it was absolutely a stupid move on Rodriguez's part in reality. He couldn't afford a 3-9 season; that result hurt his chances here. He thought he had a grace year, and he didn't, and it was a big failing on his part to think that he did. It's disappointing to see our hero Brian still subscribing to that failed theory so seven years later.
(And for the record, I do think he got a raw deal here, and should have been given better treatment. But he didn't help himself in all the ways that he could have.)
|25 weeks 5 days ago||What was the other?||
What was the other?
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Scripted||
No way is Desmond this out of touch. No one is this out of touch.
Most people don't realize how scripted shows like this are. Gotta be scripted.
(please be scripted)
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Agree. Happy! What? Football||
What? Football game tomorrow?
La la la Can't hear you tomorrow la la la
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
DB is gone. The future is in flux because of this disruption in the temporal continuum.
Let the soaring begin.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||It's like you have ESPN!||
It's like you have ESPN!
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Tell me more of this||
Tell me more of this "chatter."
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Agree for all guards||
Totally agree. If you're a guard, you'd have to have a compelling reason to _not_ play for Beilein right now. Family concerns, geography, something like that - because as far as basketball is concerned, there's no way you could find a program better able to develop your talent.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Wow||
Somehow I was unaware that the made-up classes extended to non-athletes. That's horrific.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Actually I've heard it argued||
Actually I've heard it argued that being on the threatened/endangered list can be a big threat to a species. If you're a developer and you find a species on your land that, if its presence were known, would prevent you from developing the land, there's a huge incentive for you to dispose of the offending critter quickly and quietly, whereas otherwise you might at least attempt to protect it - or even keep it around and market it as an attraction or added value.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Saw one this weekend||
Saw one this weekend at the Watertown, NY zoo. If you ever want to see one up close, go there. You can stand about two feet away from them if they come over to the fence at the edge of their (large) enclosure, which they often do. I'm always amazed that the zoo can get away with it. If you wanted, you could easily lean in and try to pet one.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Good HS coaches, yes.||
Good HS coaches, yes. Absolutely. But there are plenty of bad HS coaches out there. The majority, really, aren't what I would call "good," at least not at basketball in terms of college-level "good" (most are, in my opinion, good at helping young men grow up, caring about their students and athletes, etc. - not trying to call anyone out here).
And the point isn't about mapping things out to the minute. The point is that everyone should be involved in every drill, moving and repping and _practicing_ for every minute, as much as possible. NOT standing around watching other players practice, not standing around listening to the coach talk, not standing around period.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||One thing||
Here's one thing. When I see the videos in August of us doing the "Michigan" drill or whatever you want to call it - I mean the drill with one offensive player, usually a linemen or tight end (sometimes WR), blocking one defensive player, usually a lineman or LB (sometimes DB), while a ball carrier tries to zoom past - I see Hoke walking from one station to the next. He has a whistle. When he gets to the next group, he blows the whistle, and they spring into action and go.
Now, I had always assumed that this was staged for the cameras. But now I'm thinking maybe it's not. I had assumed it's staged because that's a TERRIBLE way to run practice. WAY too many guys just standing around for too much of the time. If they're just standing there, waiting for Hoke to walk up to them before they go, that's ridiculous. That's a waste of a huge chunk of practice time.
So that might be one factor hindering our development.
Caveats: 1) I still think it might just be staged that way for the cameras. I hope so. 2) I'm not a football coach. Maybe football's different. But I've been to Duke, Michigan, Syracuse and other high-level basketball practices, and one thing that separates those practices from HS practices is that the coaches know how to use the time. The players are almost never standing around. They're always doing something. Always, you know, practicing.
Just my thought.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Fully approve||
I approve of, fully approve of, the new text. I also hope it changes come b-ball season.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||One point of disagreement||
I mainly agree with what you're saying, and I think Glasgow was being punished for something. Wish we knew what, but hey, fort.
I disagree with the idea that even a really bad coach knows who his best players are. Some players will be obviously better than others at their positions. But I think it's pretty common on a team to have a significant number of positions where it's not obvious who's the best. That's when a good coach is needed.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||See now, rather than Kosovo||
See now, rather than Kosovo vs Belgrade, _this_ is what we shouldn't be joking about.
(actually I was thinking the same thing... but still too soon! :) )
|28 weeks 4 days ago||2-team contest||
I think the B1G will be a two-team contest, between us and Wisky. No faith in Motta's ability to put the pieces together anymore in OSU. I have more faith in Izzo's ability to be competitive, but he doesn't have the talent to work with that OSU does. And as for Nebraska, I just can't give them that much preseason respect. Some, yes. A lot, even. But not enough to put them ahead of Michigan.
|29 weeks 8 hours ago||QB is most important, agreed||
Yep, we agree on that. I certainly don't think that getting another QB would have been easy, but I think it should have been made a much higher priority than it appears to have been, and I think it could have been done.
Actually, I think the best solution would just be to coach the QBs we have. I really don't think that Gardner, Morris, and Bellomy are as bad as we have seen. Or, maybe a better way to put it, I think that with better coaching they would all be better players right now. It's just that our coaches don't seem to be all that good at coaching. Or maybe they are, and it's just Hoke and/or DB interfering. I don't know. I don't hate Hoke - I think he's a good guy, and I know he tried very hard to win here. But I think it's time for him to move on.
|29 weeks 8 hours ago||Yeah, like others said, I don't want Bellomy cut||
Sure there's a cost. But as others said, picking up another QB can be done without cutting Bellomy. FWIW, I'm in favor of four-year full cost-of-living scholarships, guaranteed (and I'm in favor of a lot more player compensation than that, actually, but that's for a much different thread).
|29 weeks 19 hours ago||True||
True, but you can recognize Bellomy's complete lack of ability to compete at this level. Then you can do something about it in the two years since Bellomy proved his lack of ability. For example: JUCO transfer, grad transfer, recruit an extra QB one year, convert a player, pull in a preferred walk-on, not waste other QB's development time at WR, etc.
The Bellomy Situation is an indictment of Hoke as much as anything else. He's worse than Bauserman. At least Bauserman could put it in the stands. Bellomy can't throw past the d-line.
Also, doesn't he practice as the scout team QB? That can't be helping the team.
|29 weeks 19 hours ago||Thanks||
Thanks for the post. Any former player who talks trash to a current player, or his family, is an asshat.
Coaching changes happen. I have no doubt that a few former players who pushed hard for Hoke are now desperate to avoid being wrong and so blame the current players. That's poor form. It's clear that Brandon and Hoke need to go.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||The correct 'other choice' is||
The correct 'other choice' is one of: recruit better, develop better, or scheme to your talents better. Couldn't do any of them.
The coaches were completely exposed, again, when Bellomy went in. At least Bauserman could throw into the stands. Bellomy can't throw past the d-line. The idea that Bellomy was ready to be our back-up two years ago... what could they have been thinking? I really don't know. I can't fathom how they could have thought that he would be ready two years ago. He isn't even close to ready now! He'll never be ready. Sigh. Also, it disgusts me that the coaches were trying to make it sound like Shane could play, when really he couldn't, just so they could pretend that the Minnesota hit really wasn't that bad.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely true. Gets||
Absolutely true. Gets mentioned now and then, but really doesn't get the emphasis that it should. All in all, I'd take what we've had - excellent goalkeeping, not-so-excellent strikers - over the reverse.
(Pretty sure England would, too. Zing!)
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, but no, it's not. It's||
Yeah, but no, it's not.
It's really not important. I've never understood this site's obsession with "proper" thread titles, "improper" posts lacking content, etc. It's not the norm on the internet, it's unwelcoming, and it's petty.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Good OP||
I think Hoke absolutely got dumber, and I think he did it on purpose. Allow me to explain.
2011 - Hoke comes in. He sees what happened with RR. Sees that RR tanked 2008, and says "I have to WIN NOW" to avoid RR's fate. He does everything he can to WIN NOW. He uses Denard as Denard should be used (well, almost, anyway). He runs schemes on O and D that are suited to his team's actual strengths, not the MANBALL Hoke wants.
2012 - Hoke figures that now he has the grace period RR never got. After a Sugar Bowl victory, Hoke figures, well, now I'm the Bomb Diggity, I can do what I want. He moves away from spread concepts and tries to force schemes on his team that don't work. He neglects the WIN NOW strategy in favor of development and forcing the team to play 'his style.' The problem here was that he was terrible at player development outside of the DL, as evidenced by how he 'developed' Bellomy and DG this year.
2013 - Hoke assumes this year he finally has his guys and it will work. 5-0 only encourages him. All downhill from there.
I think the psychology of the situation was pretty huge.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||2 or 3 sentences||
My mother died yesterday. Or maybe today, I don't know.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||At least Sweet 16||
I think anything less than Sweet 16 will be a big disappointment this year.Guard play is generally more crucial to success than forward play, and we have the guards. The bigs should be adequate.
Also, I've been expecting big things from Robinson (next season, alas) for a while now. Very excited about Chatman too, for this year. That kid strikes me as big-time.
Also looking forward to the coaching. How awesome would it be if Beilein came out for the first game wearing a headset? I mean, actually not awesome, kinda mean. I don't really want him to do it. But it would be kinda funny.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Don't think so||
That use of "Michigan Man" by Bo is not the way it is used today - at least, I don't think so. I haven't really researched it or anything, but wasn't Bo saying that because Frieder had already signed with ASU, and that was the reason he couldn't stay and coach at Michigan for those fateful six games? That is, he was saying that what made Frieder a non-Michigan Man was because he had already signed with another program and was going to move on, not because he didn't have a history with University of Michigan.
That's what I thought, anyway. Am I seeing that or recalling that incorrectly?
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Graham = meh||
I mean, that 6-6 season at Pitt bothers me. That's his only stint as HC in the midwest, too.
The mercenary stuff bothes me a little bit because it's a waste of time and energy for a HC to be dogged by questions like this. Just another hurdle he has to overcome with recruits, parents, fans, etc. that he otherwise wouldn't have to. But it doesn't bother me a lot.
I'd certainly take him over a lot of other candidates. He's probably hovering just outside my top 5 (not including Harbaughs in the top 5 because pipe dream etc.).
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Most pessimistic||
This is the most pessimistic future THE_KNOWLEDGE has ever revealed to us.
Now the truth can be revealed. All of his previous claims of space-time continuum interruptions, his post-season prediction shifting, all his rosy predictions, now the reason for all of them is obvious. He was trying to protect us from the real future.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Erin Finn||
As I've said before, I'm a huge Erin Finn fan. Very impressive student athlete.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||1. Mullen 2. Herman 3. Narduzzi||
1. Mullen 2. Herman 3. Narduzzi
Except I don't know about #3. I mean, if we hired the Nard and it worked out, fine. But if he didn't work out, I'm not sure I could handle the ignominy.
0. Harbaughs of course.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
Hoke got very lucky to go 11-2 and win the Sugar Bowl, and we all (or most) acknowledged that luck at the time. Still, you are 100% correct, there has been a steep decline since then, and that's all on Hoke.
Before this season, we were all waiting to see if Borges really was the problem. That has proven to not be the case. Hoke sunk this ship, and he has to go down with it.
Now, did Brandon torpedo Hoke? Sure looks like it. But even though Brandon should go, Hoke has to take the blame as well.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
Agreed. As you point out, Twin Peaks was almost all style. Kind of like poetry on television in the sense that the relevant question wasn't "What does it mean?" but "How does it mean?"
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
That's my take on it too. Great Season One, rapidly declining Season Two, albeit with some visual highlights.
In some ways it's a precursor to Lost. It's surreal, the setting is isolated, the reality of the story is uncertain. Unlike Lost, it was honest enough to say, "It's f'ed up and there probably aren't any answers to what's going on here," almost right from the start (which may well have led to the ratings decline). Twin Peaks just explored what living without any answers was like. Until ABC started forcing the creative team to provide answers, and then the show *really* went downhill.
Still, looking forward to this. I'd rather see a continuation of My So-Called Life - hey now, don't laugh, Jared Leto won an Oscar and Claire Danes is Claire Danes so... yeah I got nothing but I'd still like to see it.
Or Nowhere Man, which no one but me and my roommate watched.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Best thing about this game.||
Best thing about this game.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Nah||
Hard drive crashed. Can't recover anything. Shredded. Can never determine if he sent it or not, sorry.
Oh, also six to ten other high ranking AD officials also had their machines crash beyond possibility of recovery at the same time. All shredded, sorry.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly.||
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Agreeing with Yeezus here. No||
Agreeing with Yeezus here. No further evidence is necessary.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Fox||
Made national Fox News morning show, too, right after Andrew Napolitano segment.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I'd donate||
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Me too||
Yeah, I wanted more good questions too. However, I have to say that since I started paying attention to these pressers, I haven't been impressed at all by the quality of the questions. I don't know the dynamics in the room, so maybe I'm missing something, but it sure seems like the questions are almost always ignorant and weak sauce.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||We happy few||
Right there with you, and with Brian, on this. Deploy the Henry V speeches! A band of brothers upon St. CRISPin's Day! Unfortunately I can't vote in the Regents election, but I certainly will participate in the #boycottmaryland movement.
|31 weeks 7 hours ago||I was wondering. The fact||
I was wondering. The fact that it's a parody, but I still had to wonder, just shows where my opinion of Brandon is, I suppose.
|31 weeks 8 hours ago||SMH||
On my Twitter feed, someone re-tweeted the @CoachDaveBrandonAD account, which said, "I assume this statement addresses all concerns and we can put this issue to rest," and then pasted in the statement from a smartphone screenshot.
So, I don't follow @CoachDaveBrandonAD. Assuming this is really Dave Brandon, a) what a tool to put Coach in his name, and b) holy stuffed crust that is one arrogant sentence to type in before your statement.
Also, this does indeed signify, to me at least, that there's no way Hoke is getting fired tomorrow. Sigh.
|31 weeks 8 hours ago||Between||
Between these two posts and the kitten, I almost felt my lips twitch in a vaguely smile-y direction for about half a picosecond.
|31 weeks 18 hours ago||Is there a PM function on here?||
Not sure if there is a PM function on here. Feel free to email me at this username at hotmail. Yes, I'm so old I use hotmail. :) One of the schools I used to coach at was a very high profile school in western NY.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Would hope you stay||
Hope you stay. You don't strike me as a RDT/WIAB guy. More like a guy who gets secondhand information from someone who's not a coach but is in the locker room. Which is exactly what you said you were.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Actually, didn't Whitlock end||
Actually, didn't Whitlock end that article by saying that he had no doubt Hoke would turn things around because Hoke was a smart, humble, hard-working guy who gets it?
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Actually, didn't Whitlock end||
Actually, didn't Whitlock end that article by saying that he had no doubt Hoke would turn things around because Hoke was a smart, humble, hard-working guy who gets it?
|31 weeks 1 day ago||That sounds like a huge||
That sounds like a huge problem to me. Is that common? Seems like oppressive micromanaging by Brandon. Extremely counterproductive.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Re: (b) No, sitting a star||
Re: (b) No, sitting a star player for a minor outburst like this isn't how you prevent players from taking over. It is the exact opposite: when you sit a star player for a minor outburst like this, that is precisely when you LOSE control of your program. See: player meeting tomorrow, Fire Hoke, etc.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Bad decision||
Just going off this - no other idea what else has happened, etc - but that's nowhere near enough in my practices to keep a kid out of a whole game.* I've never had discipline issues and frankly I doubt it would get to the point where a kid would say something like this in one of my practices, but if he did shout something like that in the heat of the moment, I'd talk with him about it after practice. Probably that would be it. Maybe have him apologize to the team or the coach in question. That would definitely be it if he were an otherwise good kid. If he had a history, maybe this gets him out a quarter or a drive or something - but no way does this get a kid out a whole game, unless he's a horrible kid and you're just looking for an excuse to make him sit.
Atrocious. Fire Hoke tonight.
*Full disclosure, not that I think it matters, but I coach basketball, not football.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||ESPN and me both. (That may||
ESPN and me both.
(That may be the first time I've ever said that.)
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Canned heat in his heels? Or||
Canned heat in his heels? Or canned lemons?
Who am I kidding, I'd vote for him. If I were in Michigan.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||?||
I don't know what to say. I didn't think anything could be dumber than the skywriting debacle. But this. This is stunning.
I mean, this wasn't just bad. This was so bad that people across the country thought it had to be a joke or a hoax.
I don't even.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||1 Credit, pass/fail||
1 Credit offered for attendance.
Double the Honors points if it rains and you stay (do they still have Honors points?).
|32 weeks 10 hours ago||Hard to make a case for Nuss||
Hard to make a case for Nuss as the head coach after the offense has failed to make it into the red zone in its only two tests this year.
|32 weeks 10 hours ago||Strategies from 1968 may be||
Strategies from 1968 may be outdated. In this case, I think that they are definitely not optimal.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke's got to go||
Hoke has to go. Mattison should be made interim HC. At least that will show that we're trying _something_. People say mid-season coaching changes don't work, but last year or two years ago when Wisconsin fired their OL/OC or whoever it was after two games, their offensive line turned right around.
Hell, even hire Fickell for a year until someone better turns up. Seriously, how about getting Jerry Montgomery back? As HC? Why not? Even if it's just for a year, I don't see recruiting being any worse that way. Doesn't matter if recruiting is hurt anyway because if you never change HC - Hoke is proving that good recruits are nothing without coaching. So hire someone, anyone, then snap up a bonafide grade-A talent after a year if one becomes available.