"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
|1 week 5 days ago||Don't look now, but this is||
Don't look now, but this is an already young team. Cabrera, Victor, Kinsler, Verlander and Sanchez are the only guys over 30 next year, and the hitters don't look like they're slowing down much . Pitchers are weird, who knows what JV will do, but his recent starts are encouraging. The majority of the everyday players are 28 and under: JDM, Castellanos, Iglesias, McCann, and Gose. The only hole is LF, which I expect to be filled through FA. For pitching next year we have Norris, Boyd, Lobstein, and Greene to fill two spots. I'm assuming we'll sign someone, there are many good FA SP on the market this year.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||28-27 Michigan||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I was just wondering the||
I was just wondering the other day what it's like on the sidelines during games. How does a decision get made and a play called within the 15 to 30 seconds between plays? How much do the position coaches help the coordinator and head coach? How many people are on the headset conversation? This was an interesting article but didn't really get into the inside baseball I was looking for.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||With all due respect, WD,||
With all due respect, WD, you're crazy. Michigan is as far as I know the only school that exerted enough pressure on Nike (and later, adidas) to shrink the manufacturer's logo and put it at the base of the collar instead of on the front of the shoulder pad. It's where it should be. This is Michigan, not the University of Nike or U of Jumpman. The logo is a necessary evil, but it should be minimized as much as possible. Compare Henne/Hart era Michigan uniforms to OSU and MSU then and now. The big honking swoosh is a distraction.
Brandon gets derided for his branding obsession, but he had a point. For all of his misguided uniformz, at least our school logos, colors, and trademarks were at the center of them all, and he used our power over adidas, instead of them using us. In fact, now that I think of it, since he's been gone our basketball uniforms have been crap - we wore the stupid adidas template in the BTT last year and just came out with the goofy tire treads on the pants.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Better than non-Brian Cook||
Better than non-Brian Cook TWIS, IMO
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Guys, let's be nice to our||
Guys, let's be nice to our current athletic department employees. Just because Brandon brought them in doesn't mean they are not smart, dedicated, and competent. In fact, JUB pointed out Brandon went out of his way to find the best people he could, and I am confident most are in fact great at their jobs. A little bit of outside perspective might have been what the dept needed at the time they were hired. And now they have been around the AD and university for a year or more, they have probably learned a lot about the culture of the University, especially in the time since Brandon himself left. The ones most loyal to DB probably left already anyway (see Lochdogg).
Bacon makes it pretty clear that Brandon himself was the problem in the yes-man culture he created. I have to believe that Hackett, Schlissel, and many other nameless AD employees have worked hard to turn it around.
Calling "Dave's boys" "empty suits" is akin to casting aspersions on 90% of the current football roster because they were recruited and played for Brady Hoke. Leadership matters, and people are adaptable and generally good.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No problem, I was on my way||
No problem, I was on my way to post it.
The most interesting thing I found from the article was that his contract was guaranteed through 2019, so Texas is on the hook (pun intended) for the remainder.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||There is at least 3 years of||
There is at least 3 years of accumulated apathy. It will take a while for the students to get in the habit of showing up on time and staying the whole game. In BLL Bacon notes the fans, particularly students, stuck with the team from 08-13, and it was really just Brandon and the GA policy that caused student attendance to fall in the last couple years. It will be almost as long to recover that goodwill with the students. HARBAUGH will go a long way to speed that up, and winning, especially against MSU and OSU, will do even more.
P.S. to the AD, if you're listening--if the students want to jump on the field after a win over Ohio State this year, let them go. Being on the field in 2011 and 2012 as a student is somethig I won't forget. It's an experience that cannot be replicated at home. That's the way to build loyal fans.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Informative||
Informative article: http://www.hookem.com/story/breaking-steve-patterson-expected-out-as-texas-athletic-director/
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Mitch Albom served me water||
Mitch Albom served me water ice at his new place downtown last night. That's all. #CSB
|5 weeks 2 days ago||20-17 Michigan||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not a fan of TV numbers||
I'm not a fan of TV numbers since now a days nobody wears actual sleeves. If you must have them put them on the shoulders. I don't mind the lack of maize, since there is enough on the pants, but if we are actually going to wear white pants for a game, that's gonna be a pretty boring uniform compared to what we normally wear. But I'll wait until I see players wearing them on the field to actually judge them.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Of all the cities in LOTR,||
Of all the cities in LOTR, why Minas Tirith? I feel like Rivendell would be much cooler.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||Funny you mention JCS. I had||
Funny you mention JCS. I had seen it as a kid but didn't really get into it, then I started listening to all the cast albums on Spotify and I'm hooked. For a few weeks I would listen to the Australian cast nonstop while I was at work.
|8 weeks 13 hours ago||241 posts in and no one is||
241 posts in and no one is (or is man enough to admit) a geek about musical theater. I'll say, I like the Broadway shows more than any straight man I know. I like the big shows from the 80s like Les Miz and Phantom, plus the old Rogers and Hammerstein shows, and a lot of new ones as well. Before I see them, I'll listen to the cast album until I nearly memorize it. I'll go to see many every chance I get, whether professional or amateur, even high school. I learn about the actors and what other parts they have played. And my YouTube history is full of audience recorded scenes from big shows with the big stars.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||If you could make a one of||
If you could make a one of those time-lapse videos of your work on these I bet lots of people would watch.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Better idea, just transplant||
Better idea, just transplant Morris's left arm and leave Rudock's right. Switch throwing QB!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Here's another vote for||
Here's another vote for Liverpool. They are basically the Michigan of the EPL, long, proud, successful history, but little recent success. They are owned by Americans, the same owners as the Boston Red Sox.
|10 weeks 3 hours ago||Yeah but did he get his CDs back? I was half||
Yeah but did he get his CDs back? I was half expecting Lloyd to buy them off the ticket guy and give them to Bennie at the end of the season.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||Doesn't really work without a blue to match and compare||
Doesn't really work without a blue to match and compare
|14 weeks 1 day ago||$6M AAV is higher than||
$6M AAV is higher than everyone but Datsyuk & Zetterberg. Green is 29--I like the 3 year term, gives us a solid player without getting stuck with a terrible contract years down the road.
Who knows what Blash will do, but here's a wild guess at D pairings:
Quincey-Smith (just resigned for 2.75M so he's obviously still in the plans)
The rest: Kindl, Ouelette, Marchenko - I hope we can dump Kindl somehow and possibly trade XO or Alexey for an upgrade elsewhere. It would not serve to have them both stuck in GR all year behind the top 6.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||$44.44||
|31 weeks 2 days ago||http://www.tylervigen.com/ Fo||
For more correlations
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Proposal - adopt football||
Proposal - adopt football divisions for basketball. Yes it would be imbalanced, but it would keep rivalries intense. The East would be stacked, Wisco would have an easy schedule. I'm willing to play the West only once per year if it means guaranteed H/H with MSU, OSU, IU (and PSU, Maryland and Rutgers I guess).
Here's what I think should happen:
20 game schedule, home and home vs other 6 teams in your division (12 games) plus one game vs. each team in opposite division (7 more games). The last game can be (A) a protected crossover rivalry (IU and Purdue would probably want this); (B) a strict rotation (14 year cycle, and you play each crossover 8 times at home over the 14 years; or (C) a matchup determined by previous year ranking in the division (1v1, 2v2, etc.) for competitive balance.
You could even design the BTT so that teams play at least the first game against the opposite division.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||"Sweep or Die" is rather||
"Sweep or Die" is rather dramatic. Let's not forget that we still have the B1G tournament to get us into the NCAA tourney. Obviously you can never count on single elimination hockey, but you cannot completely discount it either. We'll be the best team in the Joe and it will basically be home ice (I understand Minnesota has crazy good hockey fans, but I can't imagine too many will make the 12 hour drive). How many Wisco, OSU or MSU fans will be there with crappy teams to cheer for and their basketball teams in March Madness? They would all root against Michigan out of spite.
What I'm saying is obviously would be better to win than lose. But a loss in the next few games is not the end of the season.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Will it have turf, or natural||
Will it have turf, or natural grass?
|34 weeks 13 hours ago||Two words:||
|34 weeks 1 day ago||You got the "Varsity" lyrics||
You got the "Varsity" lyrics wrong. I always sing it: "Varsity, varsity, varsity, oh varsity, varsity, varsity, oh var-si-ty"
|34 weeks 2 days ago||It's been a lot of games and||
It's been a lot of games and fans are understandably weary of outdoor games (playing in Madison, Ann Arbor, Cleveland and Detroit over the last few years), but what's Michigan going to do when they ask, say no? Okay, they could and should have said no to this one. On the other hand, if Penn State calls to have M play in Happy Valley in the next couple of years, you can bet we will be willing to play the bad guy. As we should.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, it is the referees'||
Yes, it is the referees' jobs. Nobody is mad at the Cowboys guy (I don't even remember his name) who interfered with Pettigrew on that play in the WC game. I didn't hear anyone calling him or the Cowboys "cheaters." The players and coaches are not paid to make sure the game is fair, the officials are. Football isn't a sport with a tradition of "gentemanly play," unlike golf, sailing, tennis and others. There have always been and always will be teams that push the rules, and that's okay, as long as the officials are good there is no issue.
|38 weeks 12 hours ago||Serious request: I need this||
Serious request: I need this as a desktop or phone background. If any of our resident photoshop experts can make this pretty, I would really appreciate it.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Getting the three-legged cut is tough though||
|40 weeks 3 days ago||I'll probably masturbate a lot||
I'll probably masturbate a lot
|41 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)|
|42 weeks 7 hours ago||Tons of acapella groups.||
Tons of acapella groups. Amaizin' Blue is the top one, I think.
|42 weeks 7 hours ago||Good for all of them. It||
Good for all of them. It always sucks to lose a couple of the top players for the GLI to the world juniors. Anyone know which ones have a realistic shot of being selected for the team?
|42 weeks 1 day ago||2 counters: I think you're||
I think you're missing (in the coming to Michigan paragraph) the fact that Harbaugh wants to finish the season no matter what. He is a professional, and will not quit on his team and players, even though he is out of the playoffs and effectively done. Two games isn't going to make much of a difference either way.
Also, you left out the third possibility, which I think is most likely--he doesn't know what he wants to do, and he has not ruled anything out. He is and always has been planning to wait until the end of the season. He has not made a choice either way. So again, everyone has to wait until the end of the NFL season.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||That's probably it. I'll look||
That's probably it. I'll look out for that in the future. Have an upvote
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks for replying, but||
Thanks for replying, but that's exactly what I did, and it didn't work. I thought I have seen embedded tweets before, so I dunno what's different.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||It's a Funchess tweet. I was||
It's a Funchess tweet. I was editing, but I no longer can since you replied...Sorry for the lack of context.
Does anybody know how to embed tweets on the board? I tried above, and it just blockquoted and stripped the link back.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Might mean nothing, might mean something:||
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe I'm wrong about this,||
Maybe I'm wrong about this, but I don't think Brian actually reported anything. He is simply summarizing and analyzing what he hears from other sources on the internet and radio. Maybe Fox Sports should go to his actual sources and put them on the spot.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||"O Haaaarbaugh, O||
"O Haaaarbaugh, O Haaaarbaugh, how lovely are your khakis"
"Joy to the World, the Coach has come"
"I left my team in San Francisco"
|42 weeks 2 days ago||If you like it, you can go||
If you like it, you can go back for a Michigan hockey "home" game in the winter!
|44 weeks 2 days ago||So he's not coaching the bowl||
So he's not coaching the bowl game? That seems odd. A fired coach usually gets to finish out the season, unless he doesn't want to, right?
|44 weeks 4 days ago||For everyone saying that||
For everyone saying that Michigan should wait before firing Hoke, you're implying that Michigan's athletic department, with an interim director with no experience, knows more about how to do this than the directors at Nebraska and Florida. I don't know much about either, and they could very well be incompetent nicompoops as well, but I kind of doubt it.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||TMI||
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Original embed, for those who had to look it up (like me)|
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting to note the||
Interesting to note the difference in attitude among fans between how Beilein handles Midnight Madness, and the football coaches's treatment of the Spring Game. If you're winning, you can do what you want. If you're not, fans jump all over you and your disdain for fan-friendly events.
|51 weeks 11 hours ago||Incomplete until you tell us||
Incomplete until you tell us more about Denise Illitch's pad level.
|51 weeks 3 days ago||Monochrome in football is||
Monochrome in football is always a bad look. Especially all blue, with no pants stripes. It's like they were wearing jumpers. We have worn maize pants for nearly every game for most of our lifetimes--why stop now?
|1 year 1 day ago||I disagree with everyone||
I disagree with everyone saying that the email should not be reported. It's more information, and information is good. I would rather reporters write about things and let me, the reader, decide whether to believe it. Caveat: the reporter does need to properly contextualize the information so I know how much to believe. I'm not sure the reporter does in this case. Then again, it's from the yardbarker network, which is about as much information as I need to know whether to believe it.
|1 year 1 week ago||Hoke's going to end going||
Hoke's going to end going 4-4, 3-5, and whatever we end up this year in the worst Big Ten ever. Other than MSU and OSU, we really should be beating everyone else on our schedules right now. Instead, we can't beat Iowa, blow a game last year against shorthanded Penn State, and lose the Brown Jug to that Minnesota team.
|1 year 1 week ago||Brian Kelly--Cincy was||
Brian Kelly--Cincy was becoming a dominant program in a weakening Big East. At the time, however, they still had WVU,Syracuse, Pitt, etc. It wasn't the mess it has been, as a conference, in the 5 years since.
|1 year 1 week ago||Would we be in a better||
Would we be in a better position today if Rodriguez were not fired after 2010? I can't imagine any way in which we would be. Sugar Bowl win notwithstanding, we haven't even gotten to a B1G championship game under Hoke, and therefore not really close to his stated, and IMO lowly, goals.
|1 year 1 week ago||To back up your point on JH||
To back up your point on JH being the "voice of reason:"
|1 year 1 week ago||FYI: This is on yahoo.com,||
FYI: This is on yahoo.com, yes, but it's an sbnation.com article from Michigan's blog there, maizenbrew. I don't know the exact relationship between sbnation and yahoo, but it seems that yahoo is now picking up some blogposts to post nationally. So it was written by a Michigan blogger, not a national reporter picking up the story. It doesn't change the message at all, but I think the fact that it's on yahoo.com changes the context a bit.
|1 year 1 week ago||Assuming this is true, how||
Assuming this is true, how much does Gardner play, if at all? I assume that if Morris starts the coaches will go all in on him, and give him a long leash. But, is there any chance Gardner gets a drive or two, if things don't go really, really well with Morris? Could they try a (very poor man's) Leak/Tebow thing? His struggles notwithstanding, Gardner is a great athlete and can do things with his legs, and I think it would be hard to keep him off the field completely.
|1 year 1 week ago||Maybe he was talking about at||
Maybe he was talking about at Michigan Stadium?
|1 year 1 week ago||The feeling I get is that||
The feeling I get is that John Harbaugh was the good guy in the episode, and it was the GM/owner who kept Rice around, when Harbaugh wanted to get rid of him. That's just what I remember from half-paying attention to some of the articles, so I could be way off.
As for the impact on Michigan, it's possible that Harbaugh would leave the Ravens because he doesn't want to be involved with that situation anymore. Obviously he, like Jim, would be the hottest NFL coaching candidates around, but since John has already won a Super Bowl, and his family apparently lives in Michigan...I can see why people think it's plausible. But even less likely than Jim coming here, I would say.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||That doesn't mean it's||
That doesn't mean it's correct, and we like precision on this blog. Nowhere is the school officially called "Miami of Ohio." If you asked 100 people where Michigan University is, 90 would probably say Ann Arbor. That doesn't mean it's correct.
Miami University == Ohio
University of Miami == Florida
|1 year 4 weeks ago||They're gonna get killed,||
They're gonna get killed, Colombia just made it to the Quarterfinals at the World Cup!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||It's interesting that the||
It's interesting that the most legendary of Michigan numbers is not an official "Legends" jersey. As a whole it probably deserves the patch, but not just for one player (I think AC would be the closest).
I am glad somebody is wearing it so we can put all the stupid "does he deserve it" discussion to rest.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Unless I'm misreading your||
Unless I'm misreading your post, it's almost as if you are longing for Pelini to come to coach Michigan. Which, if it were, like, a good coach, I would be okay with, but they way things are now I interpret as a shot at our current coaches.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||How do you get ESPN3 without||
How do you get ESPN3 without cable? I thought you had to have a cable account to access it. Unless I missed it when ESPN decided you could get ESPN3 a la carte.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Michigan athletes named||
Michigan athletes named Robinson? Especially D. Robinson? Yeah, I'll take them.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I agree with your sentiment||
I agree with your sentiment of liking the days when college athletes were really just students like everyone else. But I have to be realistic, and I don't think there is any way of putting that cat back in the bag. Players are celebrities, nationally, coaches are paid millions, TV contracts are worth billions. I don't think there is any way to reconcile that with the amateur "student-athlete" concept. We are trying right now, and the pressure on both sides is causing issues like the O'Bannon suit, the Northwestern NLRB situation, bagmen, and other school scandals. Something's gotta give somewhere, it's just a matter of where, and how far it goes.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I don't want to speak for the||
I don't want to speak for the post to which you replied, but total deregulation was (I think) obviously a bit of hyperbole. With total deregulation we're not all watching football anymore, just whatever game the two teams who show up decide to play that day. To me deregulation is cutting back on the rules in a couple major ways:
-restrictions on likeness rights/booster payments to players/payments from schools. You can't really eliminate one without dropping the others. Allow a school, or its boosters, to pay the players as much as they want. Allow the players or school to sell their pictures and jerseys.
-recruiting: let schools host and offer as many recruits as they want. One thing I will say is that there should be some common-sense restrictions to prevent the high school athletes, who are usually too young to protect themselves.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I am glad you are arguing||
I am glad you are arguing your side of Title IX, because it does often get ignored or trashed when discussing its effect on college football. It's a good thing to discuss that rarely gets the attention it deserves.
However, I still think you are mostly wrong. The law came about in a time when sexism was far more accepted than it was today. High school and college athletic directiors and administrators were nearly all male, and straight out denied women the same opportunities in athletics as they did the men. Not offering equivalent teams, providing better equipment and facilities for the men, etc. I think the law was necessary and useful in that era.
Now, though, some of the implementation of Title IX seems mostly like an obstacle, which, ironically, restricts access to athletics and education for males. You don't think M would have varsity men-s crew, plus maybe volleyball, if they could? Why did it take so long for the successful men's lacrosse team to go varsity?
I think there is a fix that can help everybody, as a sort of middle ground. I'll quote Letsgoblue2004 from above:
-Title IX receiving a legislative "fix" to no longer apply to football or men's basketball (it should only apply to the money wasters; if you want to flush money down the men's fencing toilet, you should have to flush the same amount down the women's fencing toilet).
with my caveat being that it should only apply to schools where the football/basketball programs actually are self-supporting. I.e. Middle Tenn State cannot take general fund dollars that now go to women to funnel it all to the football team.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||"wins a title in||
"wins a title in Cleveland"
does not compute
|1 year 14 weeks ago||So every group winner has won||
So every group winner has won the R16 game. Let's end that streak.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Best comment from the Oilers||
Best comment from the Oilers article on Nagelvoort: "I though we drafted Voldemort."
Congrats to Zach, to get drafted after what his career arc had been to this point, is pretty impressive. One of the scouts even said he had a chance to be a #1 NHL goalie.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||God Save the Queen is just a||
God Save the Queen is just a ripoff of 'My country 'tis of thee'
|1 year 14 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Is there another lost twin||
Is there another lost twin (triplet I guess)?
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Who would have started the||
Who would have started the first two months of the season while Fister was injured, and with Smyly in the bullpen? And who would have started when Sanchez was on the DL and they had Robbie Ray to call up?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Before the thread gets into||
Before the thread gets into spoiler territory: I have a question for the people who read the books as well as watch the show.
I started reading last summer, and get through Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings. I just started A Storm of Swords. I started watching the first season after finishing the first book, but I decided I would rather continue reading the story than watch what I had just read. Now I'm getting a little bit bored with reading (I love the books, it's just a lot to get through). Also I've read and heard the quality of books 4-5 isn't quite up to the standard of the first three. Should I force myself to finish reading all the books before starting to watch the series, or can I start watching seasons 1-3 after reading books 1-3?
Obviously, please avoid major spoilers. I know some things that it was unavoidable to miss, but there is still enough of a mystery that reading is enjoyable. Thanks!
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Correction: it was Amy||
Correction: it was Amy Schumer, no Poehler, who said every woman had been a little raped. If you google her name and "rape" you can see the full context of the comment. I'm glad you brought it up, because her view is much more nuanced and realistic than the polarizing, black-and-white words we see in the media and on this here message board on the subject.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||#6 is the big issue I have||
#6 is the big issue I have with Michigan at the moment. It used to be a great experience at football games, distinct from other live sporting events--no advertising, the band as the only source of music, etc. Currently, the experience is moving toward minor-league hockey, at professional football prices.
It would be one thing if the experience sucked but was dirt cheap, especially for students. That includes concessions. It would also be somewhat tolerable, at least to me, if it were pricey to get in, but there were no video board ads, and the gameday experience felt like "pure" college football. The problem is that it costs a ton, and isn't really that much fun to go. The "wow" experience has become mostly just "wow this sucks." And if the team/opponent were good it might be bearable, but they are both so poor it really can't make up for it.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||There have been whispers||
There have been whispers around it for years. Today from St. James. Last summer it was Darren Dreger tweeting about it. Before that it seemed crazy, but there's too much smoke to dismiss the fire completely.
He's nearly 60, has done nearly everything there is to do in hockey--gold medals, Stanley Cup. He's been with this team almost 10 years, maybe he doesn't want the stress of coaching at that level anymore. He has shown an affinitly toward Michigan in the past, and I believe his daughter is/was a student.
People don't always do things for money and career prestige, sometimes they do things for personal reasons that don't make sense to an outsider. This could be it.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||If Babcock comes, Michigan||
If Babcock comes, Michigan will not have an Adams award winner behind the bench.
I know you were talking about Berenson, but I just wanted to take the opportunity to bitch about the fact that Babcock has never won coach of the year, despite being pretty clearly the best coach in the world right now. It's super frustrating that douchbag Patrick Roy is likely to win this year.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||"I sometimes put the gloss on||
"I sometimes put the gloss on it that he's from the very poor streets of Montevideo and has learned to play football with the passion of someone whose had to kick and scrap for everything's he's ever received. And, by all accounts, he's a very quiet, low-key figure off the pitch who's devoted to his family. He's also arguably the best player in the league right now"
Swap Montevideo for some town in Venezuela, and football for baseball, and you basically just described Miguel Cabrera. I don't know why, but your paragraph just brought Miggy to mind, and the similarities between them. I had never thought about it before, but they're close. Both Latin American players playing across the world, receiving riches they never could have dreamed. Suarez has had his problems on the field, and Cabrera off (the domestic violence incident, drunk driving in FL, @DrunkMiggy), but we can all agree they are the top of their sports right now.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Don't forget about Andy||
Don't forget about Andy Dirks. He's hurt right now, and won't ever be an all-star, but he's another home-grown talent.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I had to look up soupcon, so||
I had to look up soupcon, so well done. That's my vocab lesson for the day.
I think I'm going to add a soupcon of the word to my speech. I hope it makes me sound more like a Michigan graduate.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||No love for Ace?||
No love for Ace?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||The ending was good, and what||
The ending was good, and what the writers wanted to do all along. I read last night that they had the last 10 minutes scripted since the first or second season. I do not blame them for sticking to the plan.
The problem is that the show went on too long in between. I think the audience invested too much time and emotion into the mother's legend, and it overrode what the show really should have been about, which is Ted, Robin, and the other characters we actually saw. Also going 9 seasons, I think, kind of forced the Barney-Robin wedding to happen, which obviously made the divorce have to happen.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Does the B1G-ACC challenge||
Does the B1G-ACC challenge match the teams in order of finish in league, the previous season, meaning we are all but guaranteed to play Virginia?
Or is there a provision to avoid recent matchups--we played UVa two or three years ago. Either way, I really hope we get a (good) home game.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Care less about what other||
Care less about what other people, especially Sparties, think of you and you're teams. It will help your health.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Seriously, were you (to the||
Seriously, were you (to the OP) just waiting for the moment they lost to declare our season better? And you had to post all that the minute their game was over?
We laugh when they obsess over Michigan teams and wish them ill in every game. Can we not fall to that level?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||College sports started||
College sports started without athletics scholarships. I'm not a historian (and unfortunately never got to take Bacon's class) but from what I remember, the first sports teams were clubs that got together with others to compete. As it got more popular and organized, they hired coaches, athletic directors became a thing, then the Big Ten and NCAA were formed to regulate it all. Still, the athletes were still true "student-athletes," as in students who happened to be athletes at their school. Athletic scholarships started as academic scholarships schools offered to get better players, which started recruiting. Given how important recruiting is, and how competitive schools are for the top players, I don't see how we can go back to the days of all walk-ons.
This is all based on my recollection of the limited reading I've done on the subject. If anyone has more details or correction, feel free to leave them for me.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||To be fair, the money||
To be fair, the money argument drowns out a lot of other important stuff, which the OP correctly identifies as worth discussing. To use your analogy, if you put aside the burgers vs. hot dogs argument (I know what side you're on), maybe you can discuss and find common ground on sides, drinks, seating arrangement, etc. Yes you still have an elephant in the room, but at least you accomplished something.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||The BPI is ESPN's proprietary, secret rating||
The BPI is ESPN's proprietary, secret rating system. It's analogous to their QBR rating. Since they own it, nobody else can use it. It's better than RPI, probably not quite as predictive as kenpom.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Because he'll definitely be||
Because he'll definitely be as effective in his 40th minute as compared to his 5th. On the second day of a back to back.
Not to mention the game tomorrow.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Tip: don't read the mgoblog||
Tip: don't read the mgoblog open threads. The only people who post are the ones who are upset enough at the way things are going to expend their frustrated energy here. The overly-optimistic posters get shouted down by the negativity.
And the even keel, reasonable people who might say "hey, it's basketball, a lot of it comes down to luck, we're halfway through a 40 minute game it should all even out in the end, and if it doesn't, it's just a game and not the end of my life" don't even bother.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||http://www.cbssports.com/vide||
CBS sports stream of the game
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Uh, successful as Izzo||
Uh, successful as Izzo assistant, Final Four coach at Marquette, took Indiana from disaster to Big Ten champions...he's not a bad coach.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Not that I don't appreciate||
Not that I don't appreciate the effort, but isn't that all a fancy way of saying, "the good (4 of the top 5 seeds) in the BTT are good, so they are likely to win? Of course you are likely to see Michigan or Ohio play Wisconsin or Michigan State, they all did well during the season and are better than the teams they are playing.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Probably the first time||
Probably the first time anyone has beaten 11 B1G teams in one season, no? Last year I think Indiana beat everyone but Wisconsin. Maybe OSU or MSU in 2012, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Interesting that they have so||
Interesting that they have so many close wins this season, given this kenpom article from last season which talks about how they were 0-6 in close games last season, and "predicts" that they will lose a close game in the tournament. Of course they did lose, but it was gloriously not close.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||It's probably selfish and||
It's probably selfish and short-sighted to think of our team as the most interesting, because every team has good stories when you study them deeply enough, but I have to believe the last few years of M basketball have been some of the best. The cast-off/underdog stories, the quirks each of the guys have, the famous relatives, nearly everyone has something interesting about them.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Not only is Notre Dame not a||
Not only is Notre Dame not a tournament team, they also just dumped adidas to go to Under Armor, IIRC. Maybe adidas has a contractual obligation to include them in the special uniform programs until their contract runs out, but I don't think adidas would be inclined to go out of their way to promote ND.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Has Kenpom ever applied his stats to the NBA? You||
Has Kenpom ever applied his stats to the NBA? You would think with more games and fewer teams it would be much more effective (I'm not sure accurate is the right word).
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Brian writes his best by||
Brian writes his best by thinking of what makes him sad, or at least putting things in perspective. He being happy usually just ends up sounding like the Michigan Tube guys.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||I wonder how much it helps||
I wonder how much it helps though. How many olympic sports really benefit from the college training athletes receive? Right now I can't think of many, especially in the winter olympics--hockey to an extent, maybe skiing? In the summer there's track, swimming, gymnastics, crew, wrestling, maybe a few others? I feel like most olympic level athletes in the U.S. skip college to concentrate on the sport full-time. Michael Phelps, remember, never swam competitively for Michigan. So while our college system probably helps in a few cases, overall I don't think it has a very significant effect.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Not until we beat them again||
Not until we beat them again in the B1G tourney.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Babcock is the best hockey||
Babcock is the best hockey coach in the world right now (even though he has criminally never won a Jack Adams). He's 50 and been with the Wings nearly 10 years. They seem to be going down rather than up right now, and it's plausible that in a couple years they might "want to go in a different direction." If Babcock decides he has nothing left to prove in the NHL (a Stanley Cup, two other trips to the finals, plus whatever he does between now and then), maybe he'll want to go to the relatively low-key college job, where you have 30 games a year instead of 82 plus playoffs.
I don't think the pro to college jump is as big a deal as people are making it. Hockey is hockey, the only new issue is recruiting, and keeping guys from going to the OHL. I think he can handle it.
I know the whole Babcock-to-Michigan thing is kind of a pipe dream, but there is enough smoke around it that I want to believe. If it happens it would be awesome, but I'm not really counting on it.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||No, IIRC Belichick resigned||
No, IIRC Belichick resigned on a handwritten note the day of his press conference introducing him as coach of the Jets, and took off to coach NE. I'm not gonna look it up either, but there is a good story about it out there somewhere.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||When they resume the series,||
When they resume the series, they'll make a big, surprising announcement:
"FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE TATE FORCIER'S FINEST HOUR, MICHIGAN AND NOTRE DAME WILL PLAY IN MICHIGAN STADIUM DURING THE DAY, ALLOWING ALL FANS TO ENJOY SUNLIGHT AND TRADITIONAL MICHIGAN FOOTBALL"
|1 year 33 weeks ago||appropriate||
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I hate how like half the||
I hate how like half the countries in the world have red white and blue in their flags too. Get your own colors, world.
Sweden has the best colors, obviously.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I kind of understand what the||
I kind of understand what the author is saying, though I totally disagree with the attitude and arrogance she uses. Ice Dancing, as compared to singles and pairs skating, never had that wow element for me. It always seemed like "yeah, I could probably do that if I tried" (in the same way I think I could drive a bobsled down the track without killing myself, so no I can't really do that). It doesn't have the brute strength/skill element that the other figure skating disciplines have. In some ways it's like comparing curling to hockey: both take special skills and deceptive strength, but one just looks more difficult to do. That being said, I respect the hell out of all olympic athletes, they are truly the best of the best.
One thing that I think ice dancing has working against it: it's not obvious when someone fails. Unlike skating, gymnastics, the extreme snow sports, there are no spectacular falls. To the uneducated viewer, it basically all looks the same, so we can't appreciate how hard it is.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Eh, it's part of the game.||
Eh, it's part of the game. Speedskating is roughly the equivalent of track or swimming in the summer games, and they have a similar number of medals awarded for various distances.
Yes, it's not exactly fair that some sports have more chances to win than others, but it's really not that big a deal.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Can anybody explain to me||
Can anybody explain to me what NBC is doing with their Olympics coverage, specifically online? I have been watching their streaming of every event online, which has been wonderful. Thank you Comcast for allowing this.
However, I just realized something that I probably should have picked up on earlier. The online content is slightly different than on TV. The Sweden-Swiss hockey game this morning had Doc Emerick and Pierre MacGuire calling it on TV, I think, but the stream at work was being called by a single British guy. And the curling online often doesn't have play-by-play announcers at all. Is there some kind of broadcast rights issue that prevents NBC from mirroring their TV content online, or are they just being dicks because they don't sell/show commercials online, so they are not streaming the full experience.
Has anybody else noticed this?
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Explain to me how a sport can||
Explain to me how a sport can be revenue negative?
|1 year 34 weeks ago||The British women's curling||
The British women's curling team somehow just scored 7 on the US women.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||7-4 Norway in End 9. Shuster||
7-4 Norway in End 9. Shuster & Co. need to steal at least 3 in the last two ends.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||PSA:||
I know not every reader is in the Detroit area, and even fewer have Comcast, but I just discovered that I get CBC in HD on channel 999. Previously I believe I only got SD on channel 99, so if I wanted to watch the Olympics or Hockey Night in Canada it would be relatively crappy quality. Now there are even more options to watch the Olympics non-stop all day, as I did yesterday!
EDIT: Can we add a link to the NBC streaming coverage in the daily OP? It's not easy to find on the NBC website, especially if you want to watch replays without getting spoilers.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Whoever makes the daily open||
Whoever makes the daily open threads for the duration of the Olympics should copy and paste, or at least link, to this post, so everybody knows the law.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I'm not saying that either||
I'm not saying that either one deserves to lose their multi-million dollar careers over what seems like "normal" banter between friends (note, I didn't read them all), but this basically proves the front page lesson. You should try to avoid doing things that would reflect poorly upon you if put on the front page of the New York Times, or internet, or whatever. They both put themselves in a position to look like dicks, whether it's in or out of context. Kind of like Riley Cooper at the Chesney concert last summer.
Now, I do plenty of bad stuff when I'm in the safety and privacy of my friends, so I don't want to sound preachy. But if something I did like this did come out, I would have no one to blame but myself.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The ultimate annoying guy who||
The ultimate annoying guy who totally had the Final Four correct in his bracket and won't stop talking about it.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||False||
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Why no "big game maize" uniforms? I can't remember||
Why no "big game maize" uniforms? I can't remember not wearing them against Indiana recently. I was also surprised we wore blue against MSU last week.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I missed most of the game,||
I missed most of the game, and I just saw the replays going into overtime. Can someone explain why the near-goal where the Wisco player batted the puck out of the crease with his hand, behind the goalie? I thought the rule was hand on the puck in the crease = penalty shot. Is that not the case in college, missed call, or what?
Also, how is that not a penalty? He elbowed Nagelvoort into the back of the net?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The Syracuse top is awesome,||
The Syracuse top is awesome, but contrasting-color basketball shorts don't work for me.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Is Nike getting their uniform||
Is Nike getting their uniform names from Buzzfeed headlines? "Hyper Elite Dominance," really?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I hope some people who||
I hope some people who applied more recently than I (fall of 2007, was it really that long ago?), and the others commenting, would reply. From what I have heard, it has gotten significantly harder to get in in recent years. To the OP, several years ago you would be golden, now I'm not so sure.
Apply early, of course, but everyone should know that the university is no longer on rolling admissions. Since the switch to the Common App, everyone (who applied before about Halloween) finds out at the same time, right after Christmas this year.
Also, because of the Common App, applications have skyrocketed in the last four years. I don't know how much it would help, but you should demonstrate that you are more likely than the average applicant to actually attend. They get a ton of applications from people who end up at other schools because it's relatively easy to apply with the common app, only an extra couple essays, not a whole new process.
I can't speak to out-of-state or scholarships, unfortunately. Good luck OP!
|1 year 36 weeks ago||This actually brings up a||
This actually brings up a good point--could schools count football practice and games as a class, and offer a major in football, to make the scholarship related to education?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||As I always ask, where is this "incredible budget||
As I always ask, where is this "incredible budget surplus" you speak of? I've seen recent financials of the AD, though not this past year's, and although we are definitely not losing money (as we were in the 90s), the surplus is not huge. If I remember correctly, almost all of it goes back into their capital commitments for building the boxes at the Stadium, and the Yost and Crisler improvements, plus the other projects going on now and in the future.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Well, okay then. You know||
Well, okay then. You know that they fired that guy and next year we'll have a new OC, right?
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I wonder if Schofield's draft||
I wonder if Schofield's draft position would be any different if Lewan had gone pro last year and he was the starter at LT. He would have gotten more attention, but some might have been negative as he was the leader on an otherwise terrible OL.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Both Championship games are in the West this year.||
Both Championship games are in the West this year. If one had to start at 1:00 EST, it would be 11 a.m. local in Denver. 3 and 6:30 are the perfect times to start the games that allow everyone to enjoy a Sunday before they start.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Thank you. I totally agree.||
Thank you. I totally agree. They are a NFL team, and are not predestined to lose forever. It's not like they were terrible this year either, they won 7 games, including 4 in the division. They have talent and were extremely fun to watch this year despite the finish (does everyone forget the end of the Cowboys game?).
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I know this is joke, but||
I know this is joke, but let's not all forget that Al Borges is not a bad OC. He has a track record of success everywhere he has been, including most of 2011. Yes, it didn't work out this year, but I think it was more a matter of talent and fit than Borges being purely incompetent.
Actually, Borges for the Lions might actually work. Think about what he could do with Stafford, Megatron, Bush & Bell, plus an OL that seemed to figure it out and play well this year.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I don't have time to find||
I don't have time to find them, but there have been studies done that show that there is very little correlation between fumble recovery rate from one year to the next. If recovery were truly a skill, there shouldn't be much change in a team's rate from year to year. That's the main support for the argument that recovery is basically random. Also, as you say, location and bounce are such huge factors, it really makes it hard to show that recovery is something other than mostly luck.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I'm assuming you mean||
I'm assuming you mean Lombardi trophy--unless there's an important Lambeau trophy somewhere I've never heard of...
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Didn't he have that||
Didn't he have that last-possession play to tie against Florida State earlier this year?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I don't think there's any one reason, it's just||
I don't think there's any one reason, it's just that Rovell is annoying. Personally, I feel he could fill an interesting place in sports reporting, instead he just tweets pointless twitter polls, player salaries, and pictures of empty seats before games. He doesn't understand the passion and irrationality of college football fans.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||My Theory: Walton has the||
My Theory: Walton has the higher ceiling, and Spike isn't a guy the coaches can see leading a team to a Sweet 16 and beyond. So while yes, Spike is probably better for winning games right now, the coaches will continue to play Walton as much as possible to get him the minutes he needs to be significantly improved by the end of the season. Work out the lumps, get the chemistry with the other guys, all that now, in non-conference games which don't matter as much as Big Ten and tournament games.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||If you are looking at one||
If you are looking at one calendar year, I agree this was by far the worst. A combination of falling short of expectations, hopes for greatness dashed, and "general WTFness"--I stole that from Seth's tweet Monday after the Lions game.
In the angry aftermath of the Death to Backboards game against Wisconsin (2011 I think) I drafted a diary that traced Michigan (the state) sports from the moment Bo died in November 2006. From then, there is an almost neverending trail of pain. On top of what has been mentioned here:
Tigers lose World Series twice, plus the ALCS this year that they should have won.
Wings lose Game 7 of SCF in 09
Michigan Hockey: Air Force game in 2009, the Shawn Hunwick show ending 3 straight years 3-2 in overtime (lowlights including the Miami whistle game and NCG).
And probably more.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||It's the first time Ohio is||
It's the first time Ohio is playing Clemson since the Woody Hayes "incident." Drinking game suggestion:
Drink every time they mention Woody Hayes or Charlie Bauman.
If they show the video, punch a dude in the face.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||This game shows what great athletes these guys||
This game shows what great athletes these guys are. Running through six inches of snow, making cuts, and throwing. They are making something almost impossible look only difficult.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I think Castellanos could go back, he was playing||
I think Castellanos could go back, he was playing there up until only a year ago, and now he'll have a whole offseason to practice again. Then there's still a hole at LF, but I think that's a bit easier to solve. Other alternatives: free agents (Peralta and Infante could both play 3B or SS, and put Iglesias at third), I can't think of any others off the top of my head. Other crazy ideas that probably won't happen: Don Kelly, starter (especially with Leyland gone), keep Cabrera there and find a first baseman/DH.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Check the schedule again. No Nebraska, but||
Check the schedule again. No Nebraska, but Northwestern in Evanston again.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||HTTV cover curse--Denard got||
HTTV cover curse--Denard got hurt last year, and now McGary.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Your first paragraph should||
Your first paragraph should be posted to the front page, top of every thread, and emailed to every reader. If everybody understood your point there, this board would be a much better place.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||"but you never want to give||
"but you never want to give up points if you don't need to. "
100% false. You do what it takes to give you the best chance to win. A few years ago New England did an intentional safety because they were down inside their own 10, and then IIRC did a successful onside kick and eventually won. Just yesterday the Lions declined a holding call that would have taken Dallas out of field goal range to save time, which they needed to come back and win. Sometimes giving up the points is clearly the right thing to do.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||OP, can you clarify what you||
OP, can you clarify what you mean by "later game"? I'm assuming you mean afternoon (3:30) start.
Also, did you mean to say "in November" in the first part of your post? It's kind of implied, but out of context "This is the first later game at Michigan Stadium since Minnesota in 1988" is clearly false.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||You can't call two timeouts||
You can't call two timeouts in a row, right? I think it's a delay of game penalty. So if it was right after a timeout, maybe everyone noticed but thought burning a down and possibly losing a couple yards was better than the alternative--calling another time out AND getting a penalty. Still a very bad, very obvious mistake, but at least it's an excuse for why no one called TO.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||State became what they are as||
State became what they are as a result of joining the Big Ten. Without admittance, they would be like Cincinnati, or maybe Iowa State or Pitt.
I still think it's unfair that Michigan is the only school in the Big Ten that has to deal with another large state school in the conference. Minnesota, Wisco, Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio all absolutely dominate their state. It's a significant disadvantage to M.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I've been using day.to for||
I've been using day.to for Tigers games. The feed cuts out every once in a while, but refreshing brings it right back. Looks like it has all the football games today. Quality is good and no ads if you use adblocker with Chrome.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||True, it's in Dallas. Which||
True, it's in Dallas. Which is still in Texas. I don't know about the geography (except that I know Texas if freaking huge, and Dallas and Austin aren't that close) but it still seems like the crowd would always favor Texas, even if it's just slightly.
I never understood the neutral-site rivalry games. Why would either team, especially the out of state team? give up the home game? It's the same with Florida-Georgia. It would be kinda like Michigan deciding to play someone in Detroit or Chicago every year.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Trey Burke was sooo||
Trey Burke was sooo close...:(
|2 years 6 days ago||It wouldn't be mgoblog without everyone||
It wouldn't be mgoblog without everyone complaining about Ken Holland, the best GM in pro sports. Of course Samuelson would score the first goal tonight.
|2 years 1 week ago||Instead, 3 of the bottom 4||
Instead, 3 of the bottom 4 teams in ESPN's power rankings--Tampa, Florida, Buffalo.
I would take the over, but I wouldn't put too much on it. Some other ESPN computer prediction machine said they would have 88 points, IIRC, in an article I read yesterday. That seems really low.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Even without the fine print,||
Even without the fine print, the offered refund should give them an out. By not taking the refund, you implicitly accept the terms of the new contract. At least that's what I think the proper legal explanation would be.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I would argue that your last||
I would argue that your last paragraph is not only true, but a legitimate aim of the athletic department. Everybody wins when the stadium is full--it looks better on TV and feels more fun in person, which attracts recruits. Also, a full, fun student section is a more fun atmosphere for the students, which encourages better attendance. It's no fun to be a small group all alone for a Wednesday night game against East Nowhere State.
The point everybody seems to be missing is that the policy lets more students attend games! If they could only fit 3,000, in the student section, the adopted policy lets all 1,500 "extra" students a chance to go to probably as many as they can.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Michigan wins 30-12||
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Can you explain that again? I don't follow at all.||
Can you explain that again? I don't follow at all. How did we jump from not having enough seats for students who want to go to transferring tickets to non students?
|2 years 2 weeks ago||If it's anything like the EDSBS charity drive,||
If it's anything like the EDSBS charity drive, Michigan fans will take losing personally and crush them.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I do listen to the students, also when they boo||
I do listen to the students, also when they boo the announcer who says the drinking age is 21, when they chant you suck toward the Air Force Academy, after being begged not to. I listen to what happens in Yost after Red told them not to swear so much, and who still didn't show up at games on time or at all even after Denard, Devin, or Brady asked them to. Pardon me for not really respecting the mob opinion of that group.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||You didn't answer the question though. Is flat out||
You didn't answer the question though. Is flat out denying 1500 students better than giving everyone who wants one a chance to go to the games?
Also, they do admit to breaking the contract, which is why they are offering an out. If anyone doesn't like it, they can get their money back. If they accept the new terms, then they accept them, end of story.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Android||
So you think that turning away 1500 potential customers (now and in the future) from all games is better than turning away a far smaller number from a selected few games? Let's be real, I bet there will only be over 3,000 tickets claimed and used for a handful of the total number on the schedule. I'm honestly curious if you think that's better.
Remember, the goal isn't only to make money. They athletic department is trying to encourage student attendance and enthusiasm. Obviously just selling tickets isn't enough, as evidenced by the 46% attendance rate last year.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||https://csg.umich.edu/executi||
What the president of CSG (Central Student Government) wrote about the policy: basically, he's in favor, as he sees it as a reasonable option given the issues and alternatives I happen to agree with him completely.
To everyone who is complaining, what is your solution to 4500 tickets being sold for only 3000 spots?
The only thing that really sucks about the whole thing is the way they sprung it on everyone, in the middle of September, only about a month before the season starts. It should have been communicated ahead of time, and it probably will be going forward. Then, they didn't know there was going to be any issue in April (five years ago they were selling 450 student season tickets, not 4500).
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Do you think that everyone in||
Do you think that everyone in the athletic department is so dumb they don't realize this? Are you so smart that you know more than they do?
Brandon does not seem like a seat-of-his-pants, do it because it feels right kind of guy. If anything, I get the impression he's extremely calculating and exhaustive in his analysis. I'm sure he focus-grouped and financial-modeled the heck out of every ticket price decision, and has pages of data that show that whatever level it's at will maximize whatever metrics they need to in both the short and long term.
Also, could you tell me where the "humongous surplus" and "gigantic mountain of profit" is? Also, you should probably copy the department, because I just read the AD's financials (surprisingly hard to find) for the last two years, and they had net decreases in fund balances every year. Yes, they're operating surplus is great, but they also spend all of that and more on capital expenditures.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||This is probably the correct||
This is probably the correct answer. The relative inexperience of almost all the offensive players is what is keeping Borges from going no-huddle.
The last two years have probably been too much about figuring out how to use Denard and dealing with the various O-line issues to really get a solid no-huddle package installed. Now, with talent and depth at OL, RB, TE, they should have time to get everyone plenty of reps and experience, and slowly build the playbook to go toward no-huddle.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Not a QB, but there was a||
Not a QB, but there was a pitcher in the Yankees system who was ambidextrous a little while ago. IIRC, he was trained by his parents to throw with both hands since he was a kid.
I imagine that anyone with the skill of being ambidextrous would naturally go toward baseball, where it is much easier to use the skill. And, it's hard enough for players to throw properly while practicing with only one arm, can you imagine if they had to split their time between both arms? I don't think it could work.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||That's not the point. Of||
That's not the point. Of course there are inherent advantages that you can't account for and correct--tradition, history, facilities, academics, location, weather, etc. The level playing field was referring to the fact that Michigan, Alabama, Toledo, CMU, and Indiana all follow the same rules--85 scholarship limit, no extra benefits, and on. Within the established system, the rules keep the competition somewhat fair.
Did Alabama beat us because they have more money to pay their players? Nope, pretty sure they beat us because they have a) better coaching and b) better players. We could have recruited some of those players, but we didn't, because (a) and also the other advantages Alabama has (close to home for SE players, recent success, better conference, history, fun school, good fanbase). I can accept that. I bet we would hate to lose to Ohio, Alabama, or anyone else even more than we have recently because their boosters can write bigger checks than ours can.
If the exploitation was so bad, why do 3,000 kids sign up to join it every year? They are free to do anything else with their lives, yet they choose to be a student-athlete, knowing the pros and cons that come with it. Kids are lining up to be a part, that doesn't sound like exploitation to me.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||An open market for players||
An open market for players ruins the "level playing field" that is pretty much necessary for parity, fair competition, and enjoyable sports.
In professional leagues, there is no "open market." The league and players conspire to limit the market through the salary cap, the draft, etc. The NCAA does the same thing through the amateurism rules. A player won't get any more or less cash (you could argue the relative values of the scholarships) by choosing between Michigan, Northwestern, Akron, or Alabama. It's what makes the competition compelling year-in, year-out in college football. Of course it's highly flawed, but it's the system we have, and which has largely worked for a hundred years.
The people looking for a change might not know what they're wishing for. Yeah, a more open market to funnel money that goes to the coaches, administrators, facilities, etc. would have some positive outcomes, such as more properly compensating the players who earn it, but the potential negatives are not considered. If you're okay with a system where the rich literally get richer, there there is an even more elite level of wealthy programs (probably only the top 2-4 in each big conference) getting all the best players due to their $$ advantage, then fine. Personally, I think there are major problems with that, and could potentially lead down a road toward the end of college football, as the smaller programs decide they can't keep up and shut down.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I think you're correct on the||
I think you're correct on the larger point, so I'm going to nitpick. Smyly isn't the designated long guy any more, Leyland said he's pitched well enough to be the 8th inning set-up man.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Braun got caught, maintained||
Braun got caught, maintained his innocence and went hard after the people who accused him/were involved in the positive tests. He got his original suspension revoked, signed a huge new deal with a small-market team, and then got caught again. So not only did he cheat, but he lied about and profited off of it, all while handicapping his team. Peralta, as far as we know, did none of that except the original transgression. I think the cases are quite different.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||I'm glad this thread got||
I'm glad this thread got made--track the race here (thanks to Bell's Beer):
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Haven't ordered yet,||
probably won't until fall when the price drops a bit and I actually have time to play.
Did anyone really expect the playoff to be in this game? Not only would it be a completely new thing to be added relatively late in the development of this game, but I'm sure EA has some contract language with the BCS that forces them to use the BCS in perpetuity as long as it's valid in the current year. They might have told EA they won't license the name/bowl games/everything else if they only had it in the game for one year in dynasty mode.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I'm a Tigers fan, but my fantasy team is riding||
I'm a Tigers fan, but my fantasy team is riding Masterson and Ubaldo, so I hope they can keep their pace up for the rest of the season.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Should have put your wife in||
Should have put your wife in the picture with Tressel
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Seriously, of all teams to||
Seriously, of all teams to play consistently in London, the NFL sends the Jags? They are probably the worst possible team to go there and represent American football. However, given that they are near the bottom in home attendance in the league, the NFL probably has the least to lose by taking their home games.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I was there five years ago,||
I was there five years ago, and most of the cross streets had big letters painted onto the street, "LOOK RIGHT"
It was idiot American/European proof.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Blame Hoke||
Since you are encouraged to donate in an amount related to the score of a significant game, the low per-capita donations must be a result of lower scoring Michigan games recently. If you're an optimist, you can say Mattison's defense has been awesome keeping the other team from scoring. If you are naturally angry, you can blame Borges for the offense not scoring as much as maybe they could have.
12.10 was too low for me, but I didn't want to go too much higher, so I went with 24.12, a good old standby.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I know it sucks to lose a game like that, but I||
I know it sucks to lose a game like that, but I disagree that we need to get D this summer. We got DeKeyser, he looks great, just got hurt, Lashoff is only 22 and is playing in his second playoff game, give him a year to mature and improve, and basically the same with Smith. After Kronwall-Ericsson, pretty much everyone is young. They have the chance to get better.
Quincy--ok I can't defend (no pun intended) him. He should be good at this point in his career, or he should be gone.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Is it possible that the B1G||
Is it possible that the B1G basketball schedule is worked into a combined weekend like the Thanksgiving/OSU hockey/The Game? I think many more people would be inclined to travel if they could attend a hockey and basketball game on Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.
Who makes the B1G basketball schedule and does anyone think they are taking this into account?
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Relevant|
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Mets||
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Probably not. I just read a||
Probably not. I just read a tweet that said that you will see every team in the opposite division at least once in 4 years. That can't be done with 2 year rotations, you only get 6 in four years.
I'm not sure how it will work out exactly, especially with the IU-PU protected crossover, but I imagine for Michigan it will be some thing like:
Year 1: Minnesota (H), Nebraska, Wisco (A)
Year 2: Minnesota (A), Iowa, Northwestern (H)
Year 3: Illinois (H), Iowa, Northwestern (A)
Year 4: Illinois (A), Purdue, Wisco (H)
Year 5: Nebraska (H), Purdue, Wisco (A)
Year 6: Nebraska (A), Minnesota, Northwestern (H), etc.
That set-up kind of staggers home/away to achieve the desired effect. Of course I don't know how that system would work across 14 teams, and gets the right home-away, competitiveness-fairness balance. But I think it works.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||If we can't beat Ohio, we||
If we can't beat Ohio, we don't deserve to be in the playoffs. I prefer this to the potential awkwardness of playing them twice in a row, which is looking pretty likely this year.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||So in 2016, our schedule will||
So in 2016, our schedule will look like this (obviously not in this order) assuming they keep as many home/road alternating series as possible:
5 HOME GAMES
4 AWAY GAMES
Also, in 2016 M has open dates in Week 2 (9/10--vacated by ND) and in the middle of B1G season. Unless they move the Ball State game in Week 4 to Week 2, or schedule a B1G game early in the season, they will have to play 11 straight weeks.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||I'm tired of all the||
I'm tired of all the negativity on this board about the Lions. They are an NFL team. There are only 32, and due to parity in the league, there is no reason they cannot be successful. Yes, they have been disappointing over the last 50 years, but that has nothing really to do with the future. They have a roster with talent, experienced coaches, and young players who are now maturing and learning how to play in the NFL. I expect success in the near future.
And really, how many teams in the league are really that "better" than the Lions, in terms of sustained success in the recent past and into the future? I can list only a few who are clearly the class of the league: New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, San Francisco (and they were a mess until Harbaugh), maybe the NY Giants. How about this list? Buffalo, Jacksonville, NY Jets, Miami, Arizona, Cincinnati, Oakland. We get to see the Lions firsthand, but it's not like that list looks much better. Point is, lots of teams struggle for a time period with hiring and firing coaches, GMs, and missing the playoffs. A streak of good luck and consistency of coaches and system should help them get back to the playoffs.
I guess I get it. Everyone wants to loudly profess how much they hate watching the team, how they will never win, etc. They are just lowering expectations as a defense mechanism, so if the team does do well they can be happy, but if they lose, they just shrug it off and can say "yeah, I expected that." People did the same thing during this basketball season. If I had a dollar for every board post here during the MSU/Wisco/PSU/Indiana games that said "this team won't make it out of the first round of the tournamet" I would be rich. If that works for you as a fan, that's good, I guess. Personally though, I prefer to be a little more optimistic. I'm realistic, but it's no fun as a fan if I'm expecting the worst at all times.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||A shorter regular season will||
A shorter regular season will never happen. Assuming teams are profitable (most are), each game means everybody gets paid more--the owners, the players, the arena operators, even the bars and restaurants around the arenas that rely on hockey (and baseball, basketball, and football too, obviously). They all want to maximize the number of games, until the point that it's too much wear on the players and/or the fans check out because it costs too much.
I too liked the short season and high frequency of games. I think I did watch more than usual because I got into the habit of checking the schedule and knowing there was about a 50/50 chance a game was going to be on. I think ratings go up after lockouts is because the fans who are any more than casual have built up demand and want to show the world that they still care about the sport.
Now, whatever happened in the shorter regular season doesn't matter. The playoffs aren't any shorter, it still takes 16 wins to get the Cup.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||At first I thought Brady would be better than||
At first I thought Brady would be better than Braylon for B, but then I saw you had Tom, so it's all good.
Then I thought that Biakabtuka (??) would be better. Teaching a toddler to read and pronounce that name would be hilarious and awesome.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Um, Chad Henne? He's still in||
Um, Chad Henne? He's still in the League, as far as I know. And Denard will make a roster, even if he's not playing QB. So next season there should be 4 former Michigan QBs in the NFL.
This comment prompted me to look, and every Michigan starting quarterback from Elvis Grbac through Chad Henne/Ryan Mallett at least made an NFL roster. That's 1989-2007, and three head coaches (Bo, Mo, and Lloyd). It's a pretty remarkable streak, one that I don't think any other school even comes close to replicating.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||It's 9 inchesno, I'm not gonna make the joke.||
It's 9 inches
no, I'm not gonna make the joke. even though I should.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||I had to check my cover of NCAA, but yeah, it's||
I had to check my cover of NCAA, but yeah, it's Barry and RGIII.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||The false dichotomys,||
The false dichotomys, generalization, fights and general grumpiness of everyone throughout this whole discussion (going back to the fall when people complained about the students coming late) is ridiculous. Pretty much everyone looks bad. So of course I'm going to add my opinion.
I like General Admission. If I want a good seat, I can choose to wait in line, as long as it takes, and I'll get a seat generally where I want. If my priorities lie elsewhere, such as drinking, studying, hooking up, or whatever, I can do that instead, but then I'll have to live with the consequences. Like most everything else in life, there is a trade off. Nearly everyone complaining about not being able to pregame and get into the seats they feel entitled to are just trying to have their cake and eat it too.
All the conversation about this is way overblown, IMO. It will work itself out, just like at every other school that has GA student sections. It might take a year or two of adjusting, but eventually people will figure out how to time their entrance into the stadium for their desired balance of morning partying and seat. The biggest difficulty will be getting large groups (I'm thinking 5-8 housemates, plus friends, out of towners, significant others, and other hangers-on) to all enter at once so to sit together. Groups will likely be smaller as getting a large group of drunk college students to all decide to walk to the game together is like herding cats.
Finally, it will be interesting to see what the student ticket scalping market is like. As time goes by in the morning, a student ticket is literally worth less and less. People will no longer rely on grabbing a ticket for cheap from some freshman girl puking next to a house on Hoover on her way to the game, just to get in.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||What happened to Woods 1-6?||
What happened to Woods 1-6?
|2 years 24 weeks ago||I dunno man, Ohio Stadium and||
I dunno man, Ohio Stadium and Spartan Stadium don't look very safe in this video:
|2 years 24 weeks ago||It's very possible that with||
It's very possible that with Hoke's "Fort Schembechler" mentality, he did not want the ESPN circus to be a distraction to his spring practice. So he told ESPN to wait until now.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||The Ewing Theory applies to||
The Ewing Theory applies to superstars, the kind of players who when they leave you say "well now they are going to suck." Like Ewing himself at Georgetown and with the Knicks. Hardaway isn't at that level, I don't think. Good, but not great player this year.
It does not really apply as well in college because everyone loses players every year.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Dwyer is a walk-on and a||
Dwyer is a walk-on and a senior next year, he may decide that continuing to work with the team is not worth it if there is not much room in the goalie section of the locker room
AFAIK Janecyk is a walk-on as well, and might make a similar decision. If neither decide to do so, great, always good to have senior for leadership and depth.
Rutledge would be the only one to potentially see the writing on the wall and look for an opportunity elsewhere. He's was slightly higher rated than Racine coming into freshman year, however, so I hope Red can convince him to stick around to see if he develops, and can put last year behind him.
Nagelvoort seems like just a lottery ticket, hoping we find another Shawn Hunwick.
At least, that's my outsider's guess on the situation. You probably know much more than I do.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Great pickup. I'm still not||
Great pickup. I'm still not sure if Racine figured it out at the end of the season and is going to play that well the rest of his career, or if he just got hot and his true performance is closer to what we saw in the rest of the season. Obviously, I hope it's the former, but it's good to have some insurance so we don't have to go through the first 5 months of last season again next year.
Also, Nagelvoort sounds like an awesome name to taunt from the student section. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little sad the students will miss out on that. Obviouly, happier he's here to play for Michigan.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Step 1: Get a tattoo (if you||
Step 1: Get a tattoo (if you don't already have one) in an innocuous place
Step 2: Ask if he wants to see your tattoo
Step 3: Show him your new tattoo
(This thread had far too much seriousness, and not as much snark as I expected)
EDIT: And now I want to add, he's a man who coaches football, not just a football coach. I'm sure everyone talks to him about his thoughts on football all the time. He might appreciate it if you tried to explore other topics completely unrelated to football--his previous career, books he's read recently, movies, anything you would normally talk about with someone you just met. I'm sure he's used to it by now, but if I were him I would appreciate not being bombarded with football questions.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||You missed the point. Do you||
You missed the point. Do you have a pathological hatred for Michigan because you didn't get in? No, and good on you for that. The post you responded to was clearly a joke. You might be the one who needs to get over yourself if you get so defensive.