I think you will get your wish.
|14 hours 56 min ago||Sometimes the jump takes a||
Sometimes the jump takes a few minutes to upload for some reason. I published directly to the page today instead of publishing a draft last night like I usually do.
|4 days 11 hours ago||I don't think it's my place,||
I don't think it's my place, either to speak for everyone, nor subject authors to readers' judgments based on their politics.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Among many interesting||
Among many interesting tidbits, one near the top caught me the hardest: even if they did start paying the players, this shit would go on, because they're so much better at it than any university is equipped to be.
We've been under the assumption that if you could pay players, say, a % of their jersey sales, Michigan wins because our fans can buy so many more jerseys. But these guys figured out a player's dad needed his tractor fixed, and got the tractor fixed. How the hell do you compete with that?
|5 days 16 hours ago||Thanks for the assist. I||
Thanks for the assist. I haven't coached or played the game so I've had to pick things up from lots of myriad coaches who, as SC pointed out below, call things all sorts of things. "Frontside" makes more sense for a passing play, is why I used it, since "Playside" suggests the direction the play went (which was to the backside). I've given up on ever having one set of lingo for things and just go with whatever will convey what I'm trying to communicate to lay people.
|6 days 2 hours ago||You guys don't have Devil's||
You guys don't have Devil's Night outside of Detroit?
|6 days 2 hours ago||Yeah, pretty much. I mean,||
Yeah, pretty much. I mean, people who come to a blog that's writing about Michigan's spring game sound pretty disingenuous when they complain something with obvious social ramifications isn't newsworthy.
On the other hand approval is basically code for "Horray I hope this leads to all gay athletes being accepted."
I don't find it objectionable that people on this site have opinions that a lot of people have. I find it more objectionable when people either a) suggest that having those opinions makes you a bad person, and b) people who respond to the hint of a suggestion that they're masking their true feelings with bouts of outrage and calls of slander.
If you're looking for bigotry I'm sure you can find it. If you're looking for someone who slandered you as a bigot you can find that too. My recommendation is to look for basically good people who are trying to get their opinions in amongst a testy, politically charged bed of weeds.
|6 days 3 hours ago||I bet you $1.35 they will||
I bet you $1.35 they will title it "10 Athletes With a Secret You Won't Believe"! And I'll bet another $1.35 I can find ten more articles that day which are less relevant or worth covering.
We're not there yet--we're so far from there in fact that your complaints at this juncture make me want to bet a buck-thirty-five that you're just trying to share your frustration with the fact of the societal shift, and not actually just upset over what went into the news today.
I imagine coverage of future outs will be less about firsts and more about how famous the guy is. Sports are a natural platform for proving equality, because they're the nearest thing we have to a pure meritocracy.
My perspective on it is hearing my grandpa talk about Hank Greenberg. A lot of Detroiters in the 30s didn't want to get dragged into "Europe's War" and they ragged about the "Jewish agenda" trying to goad them into it. Naturally a version of rather tame anti-semitism was quite strong in that place and time. People tried to make him feel awful about not celebrating Christmas and the like--I don't think he got beat up or anything. But that was why he loved Greenberg. Hank was neither the first nor only Jewish guy in sports, but to my grandpa every home run was an act of heroism because it further proved that you could be a Jew and All-American.
I don't think this news is about you. I do think it will keep coming up as more athletes come out, and that gay guys will be glad of every announcement because each one is further proof they're normal dudes even if they would rather play H.O.R.S.E. than style hair. And that people who want gays and lesbians to feel welcome to be such will be glad of the news too, and those who don't will keep cringing.
And again, that's all in the future. Today for the first time a guy who might be in your bracket is openly gay, and I bet you there's 135 more who breathed a sigh of relief that it wasn't them.
|6 days 11 hours ago||1. "The Media" is a pretty||
1. "The Media" is a pretty big place, and we don't really all talk to each other about how to portray things. Right or wrong, what's covered by "the media" is a reflection of peoples' interests, not some great collusion. Newsflash: people like to read about sex. A lot!
2. My experience talking with big-time athletes has led me to believe--with the caveat that each place is different--that a football or basketball or hockey locker room is generally way more homophobic than most places. College locker rooms especially. They're also notorious places for raunchy sexual details concerning women, and all other manner of talk that isn't considered appropriate in most places. The military too. Comraderie and mutual trust has an effect of loosening the tongue, and all sorts of attitudes that aren't allowed in polished public society creep out. Also Newsflash: young men like to talk about sex. A lot!
3. We've seen one NBA player and one NCAA football player come out before the NFL draft. I'm not saying every athlete in a new sport who comes out should get a day named for him, but to think it doesn't even warrant mention in the national press that the first D-I basketball player is gay. I mean, we discuss a lot less interesting shit than that on the front page, like Michigan's spring game for example.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Yep, actually I saw the same||
Yep, actually I saw the same weakness in my argument and was editing my response to cover it when you responded. Apologies for altering the original--go read the 2nd paragraph through the basketball analogy.
Or just read the basketball analogy.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Why it's news||
A lot of people have questioned why it's a big deal, a question that's increasingly relevent the more barriers are broken down.
To deny it any consequence is to deny either the prevalence of anti-gay sentiment in American culture, or deny the prevalence of gay people in America. To the former, note that EVERY state and U.S. territory has had either a statute or a constitutional amendment concerning gay marriage (for or against) on a ballot in the last 4 years except Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Nationally, 34% of Americans oppose allowing gay or lesbian couples to adopt a child (another 9% are "unsure"). Sixteen percent think businesses should be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians.
To the latter, 3.5% of Americans currently identify as homosexual, 8.2% say they've tried it, and 11% have admitted some same-sex attraction. If homosexuality is random, it is highly likely on a team of 115 players that someone is gay. Given these odds, and the number of people who have actually come out among thousands of Division I athletes, it is an almost certainty that there are gay players who remain in the closet, and that they're doing so because they have a reasonable expectation of being ostracised for it, because over a third of Americans apparently would ostracise them for it.
When there's a first for a sport, that's still big news. Before Larry Doby and Roy Campanella and Willie Mays can be baseball players, someone has to be Jackie Robinson. Derrick Gordon is now and shall be for the rest of his career known as the gay guy who plays basketball. The next guy will be a basketball player who happens to be gay.
In basketball terms, social acceptance of homosexuality may have built a 15-point cushion, but there's still a lot of time on the clock, and every score still remains relevant to the outcome, whether it's a layup or a dagger three.
It's not just some people, and--this is important--it's not just bad people.
Over the last few years I've been in contact with more and more high-level athletes, and occassionally discussed their feelings on gay teammates, or gay opponents. None of those I've brought it up to personally give a damn, but they all admitted they have a lot of teammates who have very strong anti-gay feelings. Specifically, there are lots of athletes who used Christianity as their ladder out of terrible situations, because there is no institution in the country that does more good in the terrible places in America. As a consequence, there are lots of athletes who carry very orthodox Christian beliefs with regard to their definition of sexual morality. That orthodoxy was for many years essentially unopposed within major sports, but now it is being heavily challenged by society's growing sensitivity toward oppression within its ranks. In every locker room--and I guarantee you Michigan's is included--this is a thing.
Regardless of how you feel about it, the more players in more heavily-watched sports who are openly gay, the less of a target any openly gay player in any revenue sport will be, and the easier it will be for other gay athletes to come out. Whether you're for this or against this is up to your political feelings. The fact of this social shift and how it interacts with sports is undeniably a big deal.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Bolivia until November for||
Bolivia until November for both of you.
|1 week 5 days ago||You ought not to make fun of||
You ought not to make fun of Texas's CEO without making fun of ours for slapping his own name on Roy Mannings's office.
Also: I still feel weird with our MGoStyle of apostrophe-s'ing possessives that end in 's'.
|1 week 5 days ago||If I wasn't a Michigan homer||
If I wasn't a Michigan homer I wouldn't watch the Pistons because they aren't fun to watch, they don't complement each other, they're not interesting or particularly likeable players, they don't win very much, and there's always a better sport (college football/hoops/hockey, NHL, baseball) than David Stern's milquetoast, mostly rigged squeak-a-thon. But I would feel bad about it.
Since I am a Michigan homer, not drafting Burke because it was too obvious was a moderately bad basketball decision and a collossal marketing disaster, since it left absolutely zero room for Michigan fans to take it as anything but a middle finger to Michigan fans. Given the rest, not drafting Burke was exactly the excuse I needed to finally get off the 2004 bandwagon.
|1 week 6 days ago||That was it.||
That was it.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||7 seasons as opposed to 9||
7 seasons as opposed to 9 isn't off by all that much.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||EDITS||
I noticed my mistakes on Beilein's section but needed Riley pointed out -- redshirts throw me off in basketball; I remember Riley as a Fisher guy but I guess you're right. Edits made.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||There appears to be a big||
There appears to be a big oversight in the understanding of his situation. He can't get a scholarship because the signing deadline has passed. He can still walk on the team and earn a scholarship next year, as walk-ons regularly do. In this case it's probably all but guaranteed.
This is the process of going around the LOI that his mother wouldn't sign. Come a year from September he will be a scholarship MSU RS freshman and Ohio State fans will think he is transferring just after Dymonte Thomas does.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Yes--i meant that but didn't||
Yes--i meant that but didn't clarify the reasoning. The whole point was to compare it to the Rose Bowl hosing.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||I started a reply that became||
I started a reply that became Hokepoints this morning instead of the Spring thing I was writing. Nice going.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Doubtful. It is basically a||
Doubtful. It is basically a full-time job for at least 3 people (publisher, editor, art director) for 3 months to do one of these, and even our basketball-hockey book--with one of the largest hockey fanbases in the country--didn't make money.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Gigggittyggigglewheeee||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You know Monumental who makes||
You know Monumental who makes those awesome wallpapers? His app is awesome.
What I love most about it is it will email PDF versions of the plays to you. It's made for coaches but I use it to diagram things for mgo all the time.
He's also the same guy who designs the covers and section pages for HTTV
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I regret that I have but one||
I regret that I have but one account to pos-bang with, as opposed to Brian who has six.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Liveblog is happening. Mods||
Liveblog is happening. Mods to your stations at 4:45.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I feel bad about that too. I||
I feel bad about that too. I can only plead laziness--I didn't want to babysit the thread deleting every ugly tangent, and didn't want to ask one of the mods to do so.
I can't speak for RCMB or 11W's staffs, but ours all share a very strong view on this issue, so it's particularly hard for any of us to do a fair job of moderating it for politics. Personally I felt this was a good example of a thread that should be locked, since any discussion would be inherently political and the news was, if still a turning point, inevitable.
This is a pretty chickenshit response and you should feel like it isn't enough, just as I always am like "wait why did the judge overrule that objection in My Cousin Vinny--I mean except to get the joke in?" I know Ace, myself and BiSB were tweeting pretty strongly about it. Why is it okay for us to put our views all over social media and restrict them on the MGoBlog forum? I don't know. I feel bad about it. So let's go with answer B: I'm too politically biased to handle this well.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||One typically ranks in the||
One typically ranks in the top 5 of public universities in the country, the other almost always in the top 30. That's out of (at last count) 630 4-year public institutions/campuses.
One is the school that almost every major research institution tries to emulate, the other is the school they were trying to emulate when they wrote the law that created virtually every [Something] "State" or "A&M".
There's an appreciable difference in the standard 8-page, heavily annotated B+ research paper I generated for a Michigan history of antiquity class versus the 3-page piece of shit my brother submitted in an equivalent class and got back an A- on.
But in general, if public universities are quarterbacks of all the pro football leagues, you're comparing Tom Brady to like Matt Stafford when there's all the backups and all the international leagues etc. behind.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||March Madness: "Stirring Reminder of what America Was Founded On||
not going to end well.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You'll have to ask him for||
You'll have to ask him for sure, but I don't think Ace has ever thought "I was going to have this difference of opinion but since SETH is against it..."
I'm flattered you think so.
Maybe because I could kick his ass?*
*in NCAA '14
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I hate to be the one to break||
I hate to be the one to break this to you but way too much power is in the hands of the bureaucrats. Changing that is way beyond the scope of this blog or the debate over college football players unionizing.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Out of everyone who draws an||
Out of everyone who draws an MGoBlog paycheck I couldn't find anyone who has a significantly different view from Bryan (BiSB). I didn't ask the photographers though.
I don't think an opposing viewpoint in this case needs front billing because there isn't a good case to be made. Sometimes there's one side of a debate that is way more correct. I despise the sentiment of things being "my" opinion or "yours." There's one reality and we should strive to have our opinions most closely match it based on available evidence and logic.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||in the law as written, no.||
in the law as written, no. I've studied Title IX mostly from its enforcement standpoint. The way it's enforced is the schools have to submit rather detailed numbers on how much money they spend in total on sports and per-athlete, and how much revenue those sports bring in. The actual number of participants and the dollar amounts of scholarship are 2 columns out of 60 in the ensuing spreadsheets.
The NCAA then uses those numbers to check whether schools are providing equivalent spending beyond the necessitites to women's sports. Many schools in recent years report ridiculously large incomes and expenditures on women's sports. That's because they break up donations, e.g. a new basketball arena is split between the men's basketball team and the women's basketball team and five other women's teams who will be using the facility for storage. The grossest example of this I found was TCU, which essentially called its new indoor football practice facility a warehouse for the Equestrian Team that the football players just happen to use.
So schools could still find ways around it, but payments to football players would absolutely upset current Title IX compliance procedures.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Being annoying in the mod||
Being annoying in the mod thread isn't the same as being annoying on front-end threads. I'm not saying this thread is Nam (it's not Nam; there are rules!) but I have considerably more patience with someone of a different/stupid opinion trying to plead his case in the mod thread than arguing with general readers.
Everyone knows Section 1 is a political dude. There's still a place here for people with political views so strong that they tend to infiltrate and color their views of other things, so long as they keep their shit in check.If he didn't also add positive things to the discussion on a rather regular basis in threads where readers go he'd have been long gone. I rather prefer to have Section 1 on here since his difference of opinion is useful and he therefore represents the edge of what we will tolerate.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Well there's technically||
Well there's technically taxable and there's realistically going to be taxed, and those are different things. All of this should be taxable, but find me 250 congressional districts in these United States that will elect a candidate with "he taxed football!" hanging around his neck.
The IRS has to bow to political pressure, and for such meager sums there are only a bare handful of politicians who would pass up the opportunity to give those sums away to win points with football fans.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||In re: Title IX, the short||
In re: Title IX, the short answer is yes, but.
Title IX's weakness has long been that it doesn't recognize the need for greater compensation of revenue sport athletes because of their greater value. At the core of this argument is recognition of this same fact. Of COURSE it affects Title IX, because as it is written if you start spending more on 85 football players you have to spend the same on 85 female athletes.
The point of Title IX was schools that can only afford 120 scholarships will give 85 of them to football players, 15 to men's basketball players, and then use up the other 15 on baseball, wrestling, track & field or what have you--all boys. If you separate revenue sports from non-revenue it will shift the balance of overall athlete support by the universities. Effectively, you'll be shutting down non-revenue women's sports and replacing them with non-revenue men's sports.
Ultimately I would like to see the NCAA keep its scholarship equality but release revenue sports from the economic equation.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Says he's still offended.||
Says he's still offended. Would like you to remove all references to the NCAA in this article about Key & Peele so that readers won't associate the two.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think the word he left out||
I think the word he left out is "primarily" educational.
Do you learn things in the course of playing sports that you wouldn't learn elsewhere? Of course. You also learn things flipping pizza or waiting tables that you wouldn't learn in class, but that doesn't mean a student's side-job isn't by nature economic.
Is the primary purpose of the University of Michigan carrying a football team to teach life lessons to those students who choose to pursue football as an activity? Of course not. The university carries IM sports for that purpose, but the varsity team is a multi-million dollar business that is operated for primarily economic reasons.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I know one of the Key and||
I know one of the Key and Peele writers. He is offended by the comparison.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I worked for the Michigan||
I worked for the Michigan Daily all through college. I got paid for writing articles and editors got paid more, even though it was a priceless privelege to be a part of one of the top 2-3 school papers in the country etc.
I didn't feel bad for getting a paycheck for doing a thing that was mostly educational because it was also a job and it generated (ad) revenue, and I felt like my contributions provided value.
The NCAA has been resting on absolutes. Lots of people are afraid if you cross that line at all that the whole system will collapse. Maybe it will and college athletics are going to be pro leagues someday but I doubt it since the class that was certified wasn't the 20 athletes at the 30 schools that generate disproportionate revenue. The union has to represent all of the players, and they're not well served by Denard making $1 million; they're served by stipends for spending money, and having agents to look out for their interests in decisions, and in lifelong medical services for injuries sustained. And the NCAA can only give up what it negotiates. Like everything else in our free capitalist country, what product we end up with will depend on what the people making it agree on.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You probably have noticed by||
You probably have noticed by now that whenever we have a former player doing something with MGoBlog there's an 80% chance he's a defensive back. To a man, those guys have said they think Roy Manning will be a head coach of a major program someday. B-Will said he's thought that since their playing days. That may not make him any better of a defensive backs coach, but all indications so far is he's a fantastic position coach.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Congrats Justin!||
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||I noticed that. I have a||
I noticed that. I have a former co-worker with whom I have an annual $0.25 bet on our brackets who always talks about his 12-5 picks.
This provides evidence that it's a more common upset. However it's only 0.23 over the norm, so if you're picking all 12s over 5s you're probably going to get 3 wrong.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||True, but you have to factor||
True, but you have to factor in , which is the result of a history major who got up at 5 this morning with a poopy crying 3-week-old and once that was returned to a normative state went about googling how to work with logs since the last time he'd done so was in the mid-'90s with a TI-86.
The data are linked if you wanna make a go at it.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||har har hardy har. I believe||
har har hardy har. I believe I did state my caveat that I think VCU will have as tough a time with SF Austin as the top seeds.
I also took OSU and Duke over Michigan. I have never been so happy to have my bracket so annihilated.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Okay I'll put it another way.||
Okay I'll put it another way. I was negotiating another 40k tourney and liveblog for you (successfully)
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||I think seeding bias is||
I think seeding bias is allayed by the fact that top seeds are given an appreciably easier road. Say a Duke team that ought to be the worst 2 seed is overrated to a one-seed. That hypothetical team gets a 16 seed instead of a possibly decent 15 seed in the first round, and the 9 instead of the 7 to get to the Sweet 16, and a 4 instead of a 3 to get to the Elite 8. They'll also most likely get to play a few miles from home.
I don't know how to separate the value of that higher seed from how good the team is.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||I had a client call at 11 and||
I had a client call at 11 and was having trouble getting it uploaded to google for some reason. In a bit.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||That's why I used a||
That's why I used a logarithmic progression. A 2-seed is expected to get 2.4 wins; Michigan just needs to beat Tennessee and they'll be outperforming expectations this year by 0.60. If they lose, they'll underperform by just .040
Here's how seeds performed versus my log expectations:
That's pretty damn close to zero. Two-seeds are expected to perform almost exactly as well as 2-seeds have performed historically.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||I have a study on this||
I have a study on this tomorrow for Hokepoints. It's avg wins beyond seed for all coaches since 1993 who've coached in at least 4 tournaments. Beilein is tied for 5th among all coaches with Stan Heath. Izzo is 8th, just ahead of Billy Donovan of Florida.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Still missing their J's||
Still missing their J's apparently.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You didn't need to log into||
You didn't need to log into MGoBlog. If you took a link they tracked it. If you're worried about it, and you end up kicking ass, email me your score and I'll forward to the Draftstreet guys.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Well if they do want to make||
Well if they do want to make a mini-series I've got a script for it and even planned out the opening sequence (string- and french horn-dominated arrangement that races over the ground like the wind that opens each book and is overcut by character moments. At the crescendo is a slow-mo capture of Perrin riding his horse off the embankment into the river while escaping Shadar Logoth in tEotW. Then the sword that is not a sword and light comes out of it. I've put a lot of thought into this).
They'd make a better miniseries than Game of Thrones, but there's several things in the way according to the Brian Cook of WoT bloggers (at Dragonmount):
1. Harriet doesn't want them made into live-action unless they're a major motion picture series or a Game of Thrones-level production. Look what they did to Terry Goodkind's (before he turned into a political hack) series when it went to television: they ripped apart alll the world-building to produce Xena/Hercules-style sleeveless fiction. The second you turn Wheel of Time into how-hunky-is-Rand it's D.O.A.
2. It doesn't have the raunchiness to interest HBO, etc. A Song of Ice and Fire is low on the totem pull of good fantasy series (Jordan, Rothfuss, Brooks, hell Stephen King's Dark Tower series even!), and as the series progressed you get a stronger and stronger feeling that the author is some sort of psychopath whose therapist told him to start writing fantasy as an outlet for the sick shit that goes through his brain. But that means people getting their heads and cocks cut off every other episode, and lots of exposed boobies, and TV eats that shit up. Fantasy viewers can buy dragons, but a world where women are equal to men?
I read them in early high school. I was on a rained-out skiing trip with my dad and the 6th book had just come out in paperback. After a day and a half he'd finished the book and I'd finished everything I brought to read (there weren't kindles back then), so I started reading that. When we got home he pulled out all the paperback copies of the series and I tore through them. I've done a re-read before every new book since and as you can probably tell, I know the internet community.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The NBA pays its workers way||
The NBA pays its workers way more than publicly traded companies do, therefore the NCAA shouldn't pay its workers anything?
That is what you said. It doesn't make sense because one is not connected to the other. The argument is unsound. An unsound argument is a fallacy. Your argument is a fallacy.
There are workable ways to renumerate players beyond their current renumeration (tuition, room and board), but these avenues are not open because the NCAA is just plain too bull-headed to allow exemptions from the absolute that Denard Robinson and a D-III quarterback are providing equivalent values to their respective universities.
If the NCAA wanted they could ,themselves, serve as a union for college players and negotiate contracts with licensing entities and with the companies (the schools) on their behalf. The NCAA wasn't made to be the money handler for collegiate athletics; it was made to be an organizing body for collegiate athletics. They could as easily take on the duties of player representation that the players are seeking beyond the rules on their own. They won't because they're too bull-headed to allow exemptions from the absolute of amateurism: that players should be in it for the love of sport as a pastime while getting their degrees.
If the NCAA wanted they could break off the few schools that make a ton of money from collegiate athletics from those that truly operate at close to zero or at a loss while serving as a marketing platform for the educational instutition. That top-top league of 50-60 schools would be able to include reasonable spending stipends, agents, and even limited gifts to the families of their athletes while remaining affordable. They won't because they're too bull-headed to allow exemptions from the absolute idea that Indiana State and Michigan are in the same business.
The only thing the NCAA can't do is pay its football and basketball scholarship players without paying the same out to an equal number of female athletes because Title IX. If the U.S. Department of Education wanted they could...
There are sensible ways to compensate players who produce the billions of dollars that the tippy top of college sports produce, and still maintain the spirit of amateurism that makes college sports as popular as their pro counterparts despite the considerable downgrade in quality of play.
Lastly: companies pay their workers the minimum they can pay their workers in order to get effective work from them, because our system puts the market's price on everything. What I mean is the real value to Apple of having employees is way above 10% (they wouldn't be 90% as efficient if nobody worked there), but they exploit the wide availability of educated labor in an educated society to profit from a market inefficiency.
Pro leagues have had to create salary caps because they're stuck using only the very best workers. Competitiveness drove worker prices to insane levels. Imagine if every year 31 of the 32 biggest metropolitan areas in the United States would get firebombed. The one that isn't firebombed each year is the city whose lawyers wins the one and only case to be tried that year. Now imagine how much those attorneys would charge.
Despite incredible inefficiencies, our society is set on the idea that market value should determine value. That is a thing we determined together and should do our best to live up to, and NCAA athletics are a direct affrontery to that ideal.
Conclusionarily, sorry if I came off like a lecturing dickhole in my response. I have a strong difference of opinion, obviously. Mitigating factor: I didn't nuke the thread, so there's some hope for me.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Please describe this entire||
Please describe this entire march where nothing happens but cows moving in complete detail. Be sure to continuously repeat the same emotions and create repetitive situations to exemplify the situations of every character.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||doy. That was a typo.||
doy. That was a typo.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Title IX||
There's been awful, context-void reporting on this story everywhere. One of the many things they consistently get wrong that I find important is the actual source of the changing policy.
"Title IX" is only involved insofar as it's the White House's flimsy means by which the universities are being made to change their policies. This isn't some part of Title IX, and it isn't a Dept of Ed thing. The White House saw what happened at ND and Missouri because sexual assaults on campus are way more frequent than they are prosecutable by law, and decided to use those afore mentioned tools to force universities to do something about it.
I know I'm skirting the edge of politics here, but I think that's an important distinction to make since we're judging how schools react to sexual assault, and there's an appearance allowed to fester that Michigan and Michigan State were isolated cases. It's the difference between "hey look England has Mad Cow disease; don't buy British beef" and "hey look, England is the first country testing for Mad Cow disease and they found it."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Great news. We'll have to||
Great news. We'll have to firm up the MGoBlog trip soon.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The Moose.||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I ran the March Madness pool||
I ran the March Madness pool in 2001 for americans living in Paris. We would watch at the Moose (M: Odeon), the Canadian bar near Frog & Princess. The Great Canadian has opened since but too touristy (apologies alumni association).
A former Michigan player is there with his family right now and may join you.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm in a huge pool that I've||
I'm in a huge pool that I've won twice--the only way to stand out from the pack in that one is have your good upsets hit. Taking chalk gets you buried.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Their suck is evenly spaced||
Their suck is evenly spaced out. It's therefore immune to weird defenses, and should perform at a standard level, which isn't great, but is usually okay enough to win with their defense.
On the other hand you've got a freshman (a good one but still a freshman) going against Aaron Craft. OSU over Syracuse isn't a bad bet.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||KU is without Ejiim, and||
KU is without Ejiim, and they've been playing with an extra guard instead. They are vulnerable against any team with 2 good posts, and New Mexico is exactly that.
Syracuse has been reeling, and before that they were playing with fire. I could see them going to the Final Four, but they're very vulnerable and Ohio State is the kind of team that doesn't really care if you zone them since everybody sucks at shooting equally.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||If there are a lot of people||
If there are a lot of people in your bracket, pick against Michigan, especially if people are allowed to submit multiple brackets because they'll waste a bracket to have one with their team going all the way.
Say you are picking between M and Duke, a 50-50 call. Because of bias 85% of your pool has Mich winning. So if Duke wins and you picked them you get a significant bump over 85% of the field for making a 50-50 call. That's value.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||From DraftStreet's Max||
From DraftStreet's Max Stern:
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Well they're paying us to||
Well they're paying us to promote it, and they're footing the bill for our liveblog on Thursday, and that's more than the $2 x however many entries we're likely to get them.
Their goal is to get more people used to playing their games, figuring the more fun you have now the more you're likely to play again.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Don't Buy Cheap Diapers!||
Don't Buy Cheap Diapers!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Actually most of his posts||
Actually most of his posts are submitted between 7pm and 11pm (since he writes after work-work) and it's just a matter of whether I'm still up at that time to edit it, or if it's too late or Michigan's playing basketball right then or something.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I was worried most people||
I was worried most people wouldn't get that I mean this is the opposite state from panic.
More will probably understand the pun (five guys opposed to defense)
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Not Poverty--culture||
I think the point is culture. Where kids don't see a clear way to career success through education they seek other avenues available to them. Athletic ability is just one ingredient: honing the quick twitch athleticism and skills to make that useful on a team takes years and ridiculous commitment. Parents can identify that and take on the role of obsessive coach, but poverty is its own motivation, and the positive reinforcement in cultures that highly value athletes is a very typical route.
Genetically humans are one of the most homogenous species on the planet. Our bodies are quite fungible, and our minds adaptable, especially when we're young. I won't deny that certain hereditary traits from West African populations have proliferated among athletes in America, but that is SO overstated: Swedish, Dutch, and Celtic populations have strong genetic alleles that made their way into sports too. Generalizing gets you into trouble: Europeans have more Neanderthal genes in them, and the Neanderthals stocky, tough Neanderthal body plan would make for kick-ass power backs, fullbacks and defensive linemen, so therefore...? In general, with humans, whenever you find a perceived difference, look for culture first and genetics last.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||I lost the link to a 2004||
I lost the link to a 2004 piece by ESPN 2's LZ Granderson that debunked the theory that race was the direct link to athleticism. It seemed there was just as strong of a correlation with poverty to athletic success than there was to race, which is so strongly correlated to poverty in this country (our greatest shame) that one gets mistaken for the other. And then the correlation with education standards was even stronger, suggesting that the culprit for the disparity in racial representation among high-level athletes was due to fewer educational opportunities, which correlated with poverty, which correlated with race.
There are plausible explanations for all of them, especially since the sample of high-performing athletes is so specialized that multiple factors (genetic ability, willpower, level of commitment to the sport) must be in play in order to produce one.
Since those variables are regional characteristics, I think it's important that they stay. We're measuring what produces athletes, even if it's just shitty, underfunded, segregated schools in the asshole of America.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||That's easy||
Small, unbelievably fast, slippery as the Dickens, and when he's waiting to play he dances.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I have one good source, a||
I have one good source, a coach of another team in the area who is close with Southfield's coach. He doesn't disclose anything that hasn't been made public, if my source has a rooting interest it's MSU, but he's not the kind of guy who lets fan bias color his comments much. We watched the MSU-Michigan basketball game together, and that's when he told me to stop asking about McDowell because players tend to go where they want to go.
Before he said Malik and his family take his school decision very seriously, since it has been their goal since he was a little kid to get him to the NFL. They did a lot of homework on various possible destinations and formed strong opinions a long time ago.
What's fucked up isn't the family's situation; it's how fans follow the recruitment of the highest-ranked athletes. I don't blame Sam since he has good connections that seldom steer him wrong and that's what he does. I don't have much appreciation for the responses of Michigan and MSU fans on message boards who've made one recruit's decision into some all-encompassing value judgment on the two programs. Note that the most vitriol from their camp came when Mom met the internet Sparties. I don't think this recruitment is all that hard to figure out: if Michigan didn't have a blow-you-away academic support program and a staff with a strong record of developing and coaching pro prospects, we wouldn't be in it; if Michigan State didn't have perhaps the best defensive coaching staff in college football, they wouldn't be in it. If Malik was from Atlanta instead of Detroit neither of us would probably be in it.
By the way he's got more on Marshall than McDowell. They are very different kids--Marshall is outspoken and a lot more independent (knowing his family history it makes sense), and grew very close with his coach. Whatever happens with McDowell, Michigan is getting a fantastic defensive lineman and fantastic human from Southfield.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Wish him luck except one Saturday per year||
On good authority he's going to MSU and it's not worth asking again.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||It appears it's only grabbing||
It appears it's only grabbing the last month or so. Remember that "State" isn't just MSU--every time someone says Iowa State or Penn State or Boise State or Ohio State, etc. it will register.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Dani Wohl In 2005 Michigan||
In 2005 Michigan Guard-Hating God wiped out every PG on the roster, including the orthodox Jewish walk-on, except he just played with the torn ligament in his elbow.
Also my wife and I are friends with him and his wife but that's beside the point.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||And yet an entire industry of||
And yet an entire industry of guys who never went to journalism school sprang up in a matter of a few years simply by doing just that. If the market exists...
|6 weeks 4 days ago||guessing he was going with||
guessing he was going with "effin"
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Oh dear||
If you wonderin why itz Sparties, of all roaches, bustin most of tha scuttling, itz cuz they media is 30% trolls theyselves, 60% too biased ta consider fightin tha trolls, n' tha remainder aren't tryin all dat hard. Y'all KNOW dat shit, muthafucka! I removed, at last count 13, fight-back threadz dis n' last week, cuz there be a not a god damn thang ta be gained by dissin tha journalistic integritizzle of Mike Valenti or Graham Couch or Eric Thomas, etc. Therez a cold-ass lil certain type of thug you just remove from tha message board; if some muthafuckaz given his ass a funky-ass broadshizzle or a highly trafficked url or a 15,000-watt microphone instead, roll yo' eyes n' ignore dat shit.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||How the hell are we going to||
How the hell are we going to get TUF BORLAND to not commit to Wisconsin. SEND ALL THE FLANNEL!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||That was intended non-irony.||
That was intended non-irony. I figured the corrollary was obvious
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||I'm not a baller but I play||
I'm not a baller but I play one on the internet.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Translation: LT: uh....anyone||
LT: uh....anyone wanna try tackle while Magnusson and LTT are hurt?
LG: The true freshman we were playing there last year.
C: At the moment we're not yet ready to move the best returning player of the unit.
RG: We're going to keep putting him here until he turns into Steve Hutchinson, because that is about the only way we're going to get a Steve Hutchinson out of him.
RT: At least "he's a right tackle and nothing else" is a plausible response to why he didn't play when the interior was a tire fire.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||A cornerback is far less||
A cornerback is far less likely to have help. My guess is there shouldn't be passes frequently going into linebacker areas.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||He asked about using those||
He asked about using those guys, but we agreed it's probably not a good idea to be calling kids "Sad Josh" while they're waiting on an offer.
I suggested they be:
0: Not interested
1: Just looking
2: Come back to me
3: Send me your catalog
4: Put this on hold for me
5: Does it come in blue?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||OT - Bank of Ann Arbor twists the knife||
Please refrain from giving the finger to my advertisers for bringing up Kordell Stewart.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Verily, your attempt at a||
Verily, your attempt at a higher vernacular proved flaxen.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Heh. once again we agree but||
Heh. once again we agree but were talking about different things.
I figured he was asking why Michigan's SAM won't be a Denicos Allen thing, and I assumed he meant the Denicos Allen thing we saw in 2011-'12 who was blazing into the backfield with regularity. The wide even front and the over front are not that different considering how MSU used it, and their defense functions on the same principles in either look.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Fact is every team is||
Fact is every team is multiple but yeah MSU went Over last year. Here's the front breakdown from the UFR database:
When Allen was a wreaker of all things it was from the Even front. Last year his role changed to something much like the WILL in Michigan's defense.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||MSU typically plays with a||
MSU typically plays with a truly even front, and then they spread the DEs wider, daring you to run up the middle where Bullough would eat you for breakfast, unless they're double-A blitzing and he eats you for dinner last night. They can get away with that because their DTs can both hold up to doubles and even two-gap.
TE OT OG OC OG OT
SAM DE DT DT WDE
TE OT OG OC OG OT
SAM 5T NT 3T WDE
Their SAM is a much more free wreaker of havoc than Michigan's, but he's also a more true outside linebacker whereas Michigan's SAM in a 4-3 under has some defensive end to him. The difference is made up for in the middle: Michigan wants its NT to clog up the middle and keep the LBs free to flow to gaps that form; MSU makes their MLB responsible for the A gaps.
If you remember Gholston getting free sacks all the time, it was because the DT, Jerel Worthy, would jump the snap and preve3nt the OG from getting anywhere. The OT would take Allen and that would leave Gholston (the SDE) free.
I wouldn't say one is superior to the other, but I also wouldn't say Ross's role would be anthing like Denicos Allen's was. If M was going to try to deploy an Allen-like object they'd probably try Ojemudia there. Or Allen Gant. Or...I don't know--Michigan doesn't have a lot of guys on the roster like that. Shantee Orr is the 1-to-1 comparison from history.
Ross at SAM is a solidity move, not an explosive one. He'll have to take on blocks and reroute, and he'll have to play zones, but he'll be also be free to read and attack from a position to blow the play up when he reads faster than the offense can pull a guy. Also when offenses motion the strength to the opposite side of the formation you have a guy who's been a WILL before already there.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Gant was always heading down||
Gant was always heading down the linebackery-safety role, by "always" i mean after his senior year when it was clear he was still gaining size but his speed was never going to be what you want in a pass-sound defensive backfield (and he isn't a born Kovacs who can make up for it by reading and reacting faster).
There isn't a very big leap you have to make, since Hoke said he and the staff met after the Ohio State game to discuss what happened to their defense and how they can make sure that doesn't happen to them again. Offering Wangler may be part of that. Moving Jake Ryan is something they've mulled before.
As we saw in 2010 when Cam Gordon and Carvin Johnson and Thomas Gordon all played Spur relatively effectively as freshmen, it's not a very hard position to pick up. Your zones are typically the flats with plenty of help over your head, your reaction to the run game is super aggressive, and your blitz route is into a tackle/tight end/back whom you should be able to beat one-on-one with either size or quickness.
Ross is the most disappointing part of all of this. He showed that quick-react instinct in 2012 that I thought when they add some pounds to him he'd be very effictive WILL. Bolden was the guy getting picked on over the top, and Morgan was second in that regard.
If they had more safety depth instead of corner depth and all things were equal I'd want Dymonte Thomas at SAM. Alas that isn't going to be in the cards with this team.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||According to Brian: "ass butt||
According to Brian: "ass butt that [Hemingway] butt ass."
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Nothing's stopping the||
Nothing's stopping the players from doing any of those things now. You don't need a union to strike, or to ask for stuff.
I think you're expecting every union to function the same way the UAW functions and thus missing all of the important details.
So this is really just another baby step. The things you're suggesting are not just unrealistic, but so far down the road that it's useless to bring them up.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Okay. I was afraid I'd||
Okay. I was afraid I'd accidentally referenced a quote from To Kill a Mockingbird. That's the sort of mistake you get called out on pretty hard on a Michigan blog.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Hart.||
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Historically, a guy who is||
Historically, a guy who is leaning heavily toward another place who visits Alabama is essentially a an Alabama lead. Michigan's been burned twice this way and we got off light.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure if tasteless joke or||
Not sure if tasteless joke or if there's a reference I didn't get/intend.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Actually the opposite. Early||
Actually the opposite. Early in the season they were calling hand checks more and this was helping Michigan, but they were also not calling charges anymore and since we were rolling mostly with charge magnet Jordan Morgan that was bad.
Now they're not calling them anymore, and that has shifted the benefit back to the teams that hand check a ton, e.g. Wisconsin.
Blaming officials is a cheap thing to do in college basketball because the officiating is always bad, but it would be an outright lie to pretend the way Wisconsin games are officiated isn't an outrage.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah I was wondering about||
Yeah I was wondering about that. First you're like "is the diaper stuff gonna be included" and I was like "yeah I hadn't thought to but okay I will" and then I got a response that was completely devoid of diaper.
|8 weeks 36 min ago||Actually last time we had a||
Actually last time we had a blog-wide pity party I predicted both Kevin Newsome and Shavodrick Beaver would decommit/die/get dropped out of an airplane in a canoe.
|8 weeks 42 min ago||Those are essentially Brian||
Those are essentially Brian (and only brian --it breaks it when the rest of us try) posting threads.
There isn't much use to up-voting or downvoting the writers on this site, especially Brian, since we're judged on a different standard.
|8 weeks 44 min ago||Not sure if auto-generated.||
Not sure if auto-generated.
|8 weeks 48 min ago||Here's how that thread was||
Here's how that thread was always going to go:
Guy 1: Woohoo!
Guy 2: Amazing his teammates were behind him!
Guy 3: What a landmark! I'm officially a Mizzou fan
Guy 4: I don't know what you are all so happy about. I have sex with [animal, vegetable or mineral]. Throw me a parade!
Guy 2: What an asshole Guy 4 is.
You know what was the least likely thing to happen in that thread? Guy 4 confronting the overwhelming objection to his comments, realizing the error of his thiking, and changing his viewpoint to the consensus. You know what was the second-least likely thing to happen in that thread? A reasonable discussion that provides a framework for further discussion on the topic.
Is it possible we missed out on a great back and forth about how a college locker functions, or some insight from someone closer to the situation that would help us to see it in a clearer light, etc. etc. etc.? Yeah sure. I'm willing to sacrifice that chance just to avoid the inevitable discussion on what the first amendment really means.
|8 weeks 1 hour ago||How to be properly boring and restrictive||
Seriously, how many times have I said this to you: start a blog. You have a different viewpoint than most of the people on here, and you are very passionate about it, and there are other people with your viewpoint, and it would be successful. This is the internet; if you can't find somewhere else to get into a political argument on any issue, I don't know what to tell you. If you can't find somewhere to get into a political argument about college sports and specifically how it's covered in the media, GO START THAT BLOG. Which I started for you. And is still here. http://michiganinthemedia.wordpress.com/
The majority of readers are not coming here for your passionate viewpoints but they will get drawn into a discussion and get frustrated by the fact that you're not going to change your opinions ever, and everyone who sees this exchange winds up having a negative experience. Even now you leave little kernels like "culture wars," and then someone calls you out on that, and in a few posts this place is as internet as YouTube.
To reiterate on politics for the rest of ye:
1. Go by feel.
2. Things related to college athletics and Michigan that have a political side to them should be assessed based on how relevant they are to college athletics and Michigan.
3. If an OP injects politics into a thread that doesn't need it and you catch that early, you can edit it out and then deal with the poster.
4. With Title IX in particular, stick to information relevant to college athletics and monitor closely for accusations/sweeping statements.
5. Again, if you can tell someone's political viewpoint by their post, it's probably politics. This is mostly for repeat offenders; don't just ban someone for, just to use the latest example, saying Ann Coulter is an example of a UM alumnus we're not proud of.
6. You can give secret points for being right. I don't mean they agree with you, I mean they're demonstratably and obviously correct right this second (e.g. Section 1 railing against Freep bias in August 2009).
With the Sam announcement it deserved a thread because he was a college football player as recently as a few weeks ago, and the way his teammates responded is an insight to what it's like to be part of a college football team in 2013.
However the first mod to see it should have the foresight to realize that comments were unlikely to be able to add any further clarity, and highly likely to blow up into political arguments. If there's big news that is obviously relevant and obviously doesn't need discusson, which discussion obviously wouldn't add much more than rancor to the discussion, turn off the comments.
|8 weeks 3 hours ago||Since when were our readers||
Since when were our readers cool?
|8 weeks 3 hours ago||That was more of a "omigod||
That was more of a "omigod we're gonna die how'd they pull that one out of their ass?" moment. Go back to the moment Bo died and all that followed.
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||The number is an||
The number is an apportionment from that big donation.
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||Dear Diary Predicts Next Depressing MGoArticle||
Will run on Friday morning.
What do I win if I guess right?
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||I can vouch for Martin. He||
I can vouch for Martin. He can't get very far; not only does everyone know where he lives but he's also U-M's official photographer. I don't know the specifics of the jugs but Martin's had some health issues.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||We once tried to fight a war||
We once tried to fight a war with Ohio for Toledo, and to make us stop, the federal govt bought us off with the UP. Not only is that a far better prize than Toledo, not only is it home to some of the best hunting and fishing in the world, not only do its tourism dollars make up a substantial portion of the state's industry, but having the UP is a constant troll of both Ohio and Wisconsin
Ya to da U.P. I say!
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Are you really that||
Are you really that surprised? Should Michigan have turned away guys in the '90s who came here because it appeared Michigan was the most likely team to win Rose Bowls and national championships in the region so that later they could claim to have won only with guys who came here for the academics and a childhood adoration for the helmet decals?
Give him credit for being honest. Some of Michigan's greatest players ever are guys who came to Michigan because it was on par with the hometown Buckeyes plus a better academic rep.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Yes! If you email me regular||
If you email me regular updates ([my name] @ [this place] dot com) I'll stick 'em in the Dear Diaries. I used to write a softball thing every week in that.
Snark is welcome.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Here's all the times Paskorz was mentioned in UFRs||
+3.5/-3.5 for the season. With a broken hand which Brian pointed at as a possible thing we should be bothered about when we look at misfortunes that affected the season. So it's plausible that he was more than an extra blocker they put out there a few times during the Max Protect portion of the season, although any time he went out for a pass the defense didn't seem to care too much about covering him.
Jordan is still on the roster and expected to be on the team this year AFAK (don't know where Ron Utah's info comes from). Since he had a broken hand last year and wasn't a tight end until the end of 2012 there's a possibility he'll be able to contribute this year. My guess: 8 catches for 51 yards and a TD he can remember for always.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I cut my softball update||
I cut my softball update since that section was getting long. I added your comments, which are as helpful as mine. My softball analysis isn't very substantive at this point in the year since I start following them in earnest never, and follow them casually once they come back to Ann Arbor.
They're the college softball version of the 2013 Detroit Tigers: awesome starting pitching, an infielder who's among the game's best hitters but probably shouldn't be playing a high-frequency defensive position, and one outfield spot that seems like a constant sore spot.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||that was me trying to be||
that was me trying to be funny.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I clarified.||
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I left Paskorz out on purpose||
I left Paskorz out on purpose since I didn't think he was much of an option.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I think it's kinda cool, far||
I think it's kinda cool, far cooler than, say, Arizona and a bunch of RPI deadweights that week.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||All trash talk (that doesn't||
All trash talk (that doesn't cross the line of the kind of trash talk you'd give your friend) is good.
Regarding having the Webber timeout and the Pure Michigan logo on there, my biased eyes think those just aren't very good jabs. Cleverness earns points in trash talk, and lack thereof deserves to be mocked.
Those programs that tried to remove all the M's is a great example of trash that doesn't bother me but deserves ridicule because what's it making fun of--that they can ignore one of 26 letters of the alphabet? And double ridicule because their execution was terrible: they left an 'M' in the corner after all that.
As for an athletic department doing it, I think to stay classy you have to keep it on a school-to-school level. Ohio State making fun of Michigan: fine. Aaron Craft making fun of Michigan: fine. Students making fun of Stauskas: fine. Ohio State making fun of Stauskas: not fine, for the same reason it's not cool for parents of the other team to talk shit at kids in Little League.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||#offmylawn||
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Re: Walton vs Vonleh That||
Re: Walton vs Vonleh
That sounds ridiculous at first but let's check anyway. There isn't that much separation between them at this point in ORtg; Vonleh's is 110.7 with 22.6% usage; Walton is 110.2 and uses 19.8% of possessions. Those numbers have been climbing at a ridiculous rate lately so I'd expect him to finish a more efficient offensive player than Vonleh, but in the aggregate not by that much.
The big thing with Vonleh is he's a rebounding machine--6th nationally in defensive rebound %. You'd need to find something comparable that Walton adds defensively or offensively that's as valuable as Vonleh's rebounding. And there isn't any. He's got a 1:1 TO:A ratio, and gets just one steal a game.
Expect Walton to finish second, but closer to 1st than 3rd (I don't even know who that'd be? Irvin?)
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I hope they don't. Fast-paced||
I hope they don't. Fast-paced offenses are cool to watch, take practice time to implement, and allow teams to come back from deficits. I'd like to see those data on player injuries.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know all the internal||
I don't know all the internal politics but I believe ESPN's purpose in getting Chantel and TomVH when they did was they wanted to start up a competitive web community to us and Rivals and Scout. That never really materialized but they'd gotten such great personnel they couldn't just let them go, so Tom was moved to just generalized recruiting and Chantel hung around with ranging responsibilities hovering around Michigan and environs. I believe this means they're actually going to have a defined role for her now.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||That guy nearly ran me over||
That guy nearly ran me over while leaving the 2012 football game, then honked at me yelling "outta the way Loserines!"
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Didn't we get an inspection?||
Didn't we get an inspection? Did someone come out to inspect the sewers? What about the appraisal?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I talk to high school coaches||
I talk to high school coaches around metro Detroit, some former Michigan players, and guys who've covered recruiting for this site.
The public proof is right before signing day, and right before recruiting dead periods, there's a tendency for other teams' commits, especially those OSU has interest in or OSU competes with, to suddenly come down with strange bits of misinformation. Georgia fans used to bitch about this too.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Not true. Lance Armstrong||
Not true. Lance Armstrong once gave 102.2% during an uphill leg of the Tour de France, breaking the record of 101.9% set by David Eckstein while legging out a double with the Cardinals.
Aaron Craft does indeed hold the Big Ten record for effort over 40 minutes, at 95.2%.
The record for effort over an entire game is 99.8% by Pete Rose in the second frame of a doubleheader vs. Atlanta on July 26, 1973 (5/5 with 3 SB and a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th, plus a robbed home run and two more long put-outs).
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I can tell you for an||
I can tell you for an absolute certainty that Urban negatively recruits. He has a quite the reputation in that regard, which is probably not helped by the likeliness of the phrase "Urban myths."
Dantonio is another pretty negative guy--he and his staff have turned off at least one H.S. coach I know with their overt contempt for Michigan.
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||That link has the excel||
That link has the excel spreadsheets. You can find the costs on there.
|9 weeks 8 hours ago||Datum||
Fortunately for our purposes, Michigan is one of the few teams that doesn't outright lie on these things. Unfortunately, once the NCAA realized journalists had found this stuff they started making it harder to get at; you need to download their database and match codes on a Word doc to the spreadsheets, etc.
Revenue-wise, M's fourth biggest sport is....drumrolll...Lacrosse:
... but I bet a lot of that comes from sharing ticket sales at other teams' stadiums. Ditto women's basketball and to a lesser degree, men's baseball and women's basketball (which gets on TV more often).
I can compare to the rest of the country and list the rankings, but the rest of the country lies their asses off regarding womens' sports revenues so they can blow tons of money on men's sports and still comply with Title IX (e.g., West Virginia claims they took in almost $3 million on their unranked women's track and field team; that's what Michigan hockey makes.)
I'd guess it's softball.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||In my post-liveblog text||
In my post-liveblog text conversation with Brandon Williams he was talking up Roy. Ever since they were in school together there's been a belief by his teammates that Manning would end up a successful college coach. That's just his friends' opinion and that's pretty much what we have so far except we didn't get much pass rush out of the guys he's coaching.
What bothers me a little is if they're moving Smith down to defensive line, and on this staff that seems like a demotion, why didn't they just find Smith a cushy job elsewhere and jump at Larry Johnson Sr. when he became available? I think Johnson would have preferred Michigan to Ohio State, and that's the kind of coup that only comes around once in a lifetime. I understood that we weren't able to jump on it because Hoke coaches the DL. Now...
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Dere's some tings you gotta||
Dere's some tings you gotta understand bout da superior state. The first ting is we don't explain tings.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||1. Brian didn't write this.||
1. Brian didn't write this. Brian has never written Dear Diary. Tim wrote two and I've been writing it for 4 years.
2. I didn't say which coach because he didn't say which coach. There are a lot more douchey coaches out there than the two everyone immediately named. If anyone's going around throwing names onto the hate pile over some signing day b.s. better add just about every single coach out there.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think he's involved||
I don't think he's involved with them, no. I really appreciate what the Pahokee guys want to do but there's a higher level of organization and accredation they haven't reached yet.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I counted him as well as the||
I counted him as well as the Cass Tech OL they offered late when Dawson was looking around. But I mentioned afterwards that those are very wishy "head-to-head" victories. That offer wasn't ever "committable." Reschke's offer wasn't really a sign they were hard after him--they wanted to make sure he knew that Michigan considered him a Michigan-quality player, and Michigan offers all players in the state. It also got them a chance to visit Brother Rice, which is an important school to have a good relationship with in the state. It was more to answer "why didn't you offer Reschke" than pursuit of Reschke. That's not to say they didn't want him, just that they knew they didn't have a chance.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||So Mom met the internet||
So Mom met the internet Sparties.
|10 weeks 3 hours ago||boooooooooo! (they aren't||
(they aren't getting the joke)
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||Caught me before the edit.||
Caught me before the edit.
|10 weeks 7 hours ago||I understood Brian's||
I understood Brian's intention, but I like this post-less idea of inconceivable angles too.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||I'm so happy we're at||
I'm so happy we're at journalists creating fake QB controversies for Shane Morris now instead of threads asking if he's a bust. What a difference being forced to play as a freshman in a system designed around the limitations of a freshman makes.
|10 weeks 11 hours ago||Note the title and treatment||
Note the title and treatment of this versus yours. If you'd posted the above I would have left it.
It's not the link, it's how you addressed it.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||QB competition||
Reporters keep asking this stupid question. Each time Hoke offers a boilerplate response that people who believe there's a QB competition take to mean there's a QB competition. For the sake of everyone else's foreheads which have been self-smacked enough by this cycle, I killed the latest.
If Morris actually starts over Gardner for something other than injury I will videotape a personal apology to you wherein I eat something disgusting, and put it on the front page.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||Anybody else see the title of||
Anybody else see the title of this thread and think "oh no, what did Ace Williams write now?"
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I think people are jumping to||
I think people are jumping to the conclusion that unionization means negotiating with the NCAA for payment for their athletic services. It doesn't change the NCAA's Title IX requirements, therefore it's hard to see a major shift from the current value of 85 football and 13 basketball scholarships they already pay. A union doesn't guarantee they'll have success getting the NCAA to budge one iota.
The big difference for players will almost assuredly be the licensing of their likenesses to outside parties. Right now the University of Michigan through the CIC will make a #16 Michigan jersey and prosecute anyone who tries to make one, and they'll act like it isn't a Denard Robinson jersey. A players union becomes an entity that license purchasers can approach to make a jersey with 16 and "Robinson" on it. They'll still have to negotiate with the CIC to make that a Michigan jersey. Likewise, EA still has to get the NCAA's signature, which can be witheld if EA is talking to the players to use their likenesses.
So what I'm saying is the players can form a union, but the NCAA is still in a strong position to get favorable terms from that union, or make like hell on them.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I was under the impression||
I was under the impression that Marshall and McDowell are very different kids (Marshall: gregarious, forced to grow up early, coaches' pet; McDowell: intense, private, quiet, coached since 7 by his dad) who get along fine but aren't really close.
Watching them on the sideline together for two games, McDowell was standing with other defensive players the whole time (he's hard to miss since he's huge). Marshall was up and down the sidelines, whoopin, talking to the coaches, etc.
Also I figured if they were really good friends McDowell, who by all indications hates the recruiting process, would have committed to Michigan by now.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I strongly disagree. It sends||
I strongly disagree. It sends a message that the public didn't deserve to know about it, and more importantly, it sends a message that the university will punish anyone who writes negative things about them, thereby undermining the faith in any reporters who do show that they're willing to simply be program mouthpieces.
It's also incredibly petty.
Journalists weren't granted access to the program simply because the university wants to be nice to them. The press plays a major role in promoting the program in addition to its de facto position as the public's representative. The Daily isn't going to go away, and the writers for the Daily have a tendency to end up in important media positions afterwards. And while the Daily is for-profit, it's barely--the effective damage to the Daily in granting "competitors" one day of news cycle isn't the same as strong-arming the Freep, because the bottom line is way way down the students' list of priorities. Effectively all the program has done is increase the faith the public can have in the Daily, and decreased the apparent integrity of the program.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||What does she know; she||
What does she know; she thinks that Cuban place on Main is the best restaurant in town.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Ungh this comment bothers me so much.||
That is the easiest dumb thing to say after any loss and particularly dumb for this one, when both coaches used the same gameplan. It was a slog of a game but ultimately our normally superior shooters didn't shoot as well as their normally terrible shooters.
Sorry you have the be the recipient of my anger at all the dufuses who use this sentiment in place of analysis for so many sports.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Brian didn't write this||
Brian didn't write this article. :(
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Seth's post, not||
Seth's post, not Brian's.
Dammit, people. It's annoying enough when ESPN gives him credit for my stuff; now you guys do it?
Wendy, I was a male University of Michigan student and yes, it is joked about. It is joked about in dorms, in houses, in frat houses, in virtually every setting that sexually inexperienced young men congregate and feel free to talk about all the shit that was always taboo to talk about in high school.
Many think everyone knows they're kidding, some don't realize that. It is a rampant disconnect made all the more difficult to fix because college-aged people are spectacularly resistant (often for good reason) to their elders' moralizing on the issue of sex.
I used to have SAPAC come and talk to our pledges for this very reason. College is liberating, and lots of old mores are thrown out the window as "do it because I said so" reaches its end of usefulness.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I'm pretty sure we've||
I'm pretty sure we've maintained that standard. The roughest I've ever been on an opposing team's players was the 2nd time 20% of MSU's team attacked a dorm, and I said the repeat offenders obviously shouldn't be there anymore. I also questioned the wisdom of having one of the 2nd time offenders go right from prison to the practice field without any apparent punishment from the school, in light of the repeat offense.
With that we had a lot of police statements to go on, and it was very fresh, and ultimately everyone down to Dantonio agreed to dismiss both players in question. The events were widely reported, and anything I said--which was mostly about the hypocrisy of news coverage if I recall--had any potential to unfairly change the public's opinion of a potentially innocent person.
I never once commented on the ND rape case, for a lot of the same reasons as with this one.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't want to start making||
I didn't want to start making direct connections but it was very much a top-down decision, and I wanted that to be clear so this whole thing can be judged appropriately. It wasn't a branch of the federal government saying "let's go do something" one day. It was the result of a presidentially ordered task force after the 2010 Mizzou case in which the victim committed suicide.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||That was an editorial||
That was an editorial decision I made. I see both sides and agree there's a greater than semantic argument. On the other hand I don't want to come off like I'm mincing words. The university won't share what its finding was; the context and the seriousness and the police report all say it was a "powerful" act.
You may know better than me though: On a scale of 1-10, 1 being "just a quibble" and 10 being "you are reporting this exactly wrong" where does that stand?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Oh good point. I'll clarify||
Oh good point. I'll clarify when I get a chance. Sorry I thought, well, sorry.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The accuser is the gadfly.||
The accuser is the gadfly. Being partially right about one thing doesn't change his nature or the fact there was ample reason at the time to doubt anything that crackpot was on about.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||If anybody in the athletic||
If anybody in the athletic office has earned the benefit of the doubt, it's Ablauf. If he wasn't widely reputed as one of the most honest and forthcoming guys in college athletics, I doubt Brandon would have kept him around.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Okay. see, I'm not a lawyer.||
Okay. see, I'm not a lawyer.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||On the T-Shirts We took those||
On the T-Shirts
We took those down over a year ago. You can petition Brian to do that but I would advise him against it for the moment. Understand, there was no criminal case, and we don't know if Washtenaw Watchdog's material is the evidence is the same that was brought to the SCRC, or that the student conflict resolution center's standards for determining guilt should be ours. I can't tell you for sure that he's guilty, and I am even less sure that what happened was the kind of thing where you completely disassociate from the guy. The Internet and the university's designated office for judging these things have judged one way, everyone who has ever known the kid are saying privately they think he was railroaded.
My editorical stance remains we need more information, and those who have it need to provide it.
Some Guidance on Title IX
Some people find can politics in breakfast cereal* I guess.
Title IX of itself is on-topic for this blog, however adding unrelated politics to it isn't, so that's been one of the gray area topics that we'll permit unless someone, e.g., adds "The War for Women" to the end of it. If the 99% of people who know how to discuss Title IX from the perspective of how it affects UM athletics are doing so and everyone is ignoring the one guy with extremist politics who doesn't know how to separate those from anything in his life, let the thread go.
*I mean other than sociology majors.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||My info was over 24 hours||
My info was over 24 hours old. It's apparent it got dated.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||WTKA's doing a big thing too||
WTKA's doing a big thing too that day. But everyone should ignore both of those and come to the MGOBLOG SIGNING DAY LIVEBLOG, which will have Brandon Williams and whatever other former players I can get.
Also you can swear.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I haven't watched enough of||
I haven't watched enough of their games to tell if this has anything to do with it, but they were the worst team about handchecking in the conference last year, and we expected a dropoff from them because they're calling that now. But they weathered the first half of the season okay.
Hypothesis: OSU's handcheckiness was, as memory serves, something that got worse as the game progressed, until they were just copping feels all over the place at the end of the game. Now that they can't do that, they've been really bad at the end of games--both because they are a group of large-handed guys who lost the thing they were good at, and because they've falled apart late so often they don't trust themselves.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, but that's just the||
Yes, but that's just the semantics of press conferences. You're still asking the same thing but with different words. But yeah, if we get a chance the SAPAC question will be asked, and probably not by us first.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not a lawyer (I just play||
I'm not a lawyer (I just play one on the internet sometimes) so all of this is just outside observational except I used to cover how guidance is used very closely.
I doubt Gibbons would want to be the defendent in the case you are describing. It seems your argument is that the federal guidance documents created a separate jurisdiction in the United States that doesn't function on the principles of the U.S. justice system. One--trying not to get political here--you may be correct. Two, PLEASE DON'T MAKE THE INEVITABLE SUPREME COURT CASE ABOUT GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS ABOUT A MICHIGAN FOOTBALL PLAYER ACCUSED OF RAPE! There are plenty of environmental regulations to use for that which won't drag UM football through the gutter.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry, i missed it too.||
Sorry, i missed it too.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The university is claiming||
The university is claiming they can't confirm Gibbons was expelled because FERPA protects the privacy of their students. According to the lawyer in the Daily article, that is a bad interpretation unless the only thing they found Gibbons guilty of is sexual harassment, in which case the penalty does not conceivably fit the crime.
It seems highly likely to me that the university is coordinating its response to this, and in doing so creating the appearance of a cover-up. Hoke called the Copper Bowl stay-home a "family matter" when we're pretty sure he knew: that Gibbons was expelled from the school for rape. Why he didn't say Gibbons was expelled for rape at that point is what's created the appearance of his complicity in a cover-up. The university misinterpreting FERPA that way in addition to Hoke's misleading comments reinforce the appearance of a cover-up. And they very worst thing they could do right now is foster the appearance of a cover-up.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I'm going for the third||
I'm going for the third dimension. X=it was a lie, and Y=it appears to have been a lie to cover up him being expelled for rape, but Z=it was just one he told to sports media.
You know what we journalists can't abide? Being lied to in a press conference.
Do you know what matters very little in this particular case? Lying to a journalist in a press conference.
Hoke needs to explain what he thought of Gibbon's guilt, because one of the things he absolutely should be judged on is whether his team is harboring a rape culture.
The big problem that seems in all likelihood to be behind this whole sordid affair is barely being discussed: 18-year-old men come to college and listen to their peers glorify the acts of getting drunk and "hooking up" with a woman while she's drunk, and don't understand that is rape. I used to have SAPAC come in to talk to our pledges because of this, and nearly every one of them, when that scenario was described, would say it's not rape. With the benefit of fully adult brains that are capable of understanding every consequence (something many college freshmen haven't developed yet but will later on), it seems this should be obvious. It's not.
And that's why I find it terrifying, always, that Michigan's athletes are likely getting drunk, hooking up with women who are too drunk to make a decision, and laughing about it the next morning with each other as if nothing's wrong. That is what I mean by "rape culture." It doesn't require a serial rapist who belongs behind bars; it just requires uninformed young people.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||My source on this matter (the||
My source on this matter (the one with the perturbable stomach) says Michigan's currently on the outside looking in, and trying desperately to get either or both of an in-home and another unofficial visit. If either of those things happen Michigan has a shot; if they don't we're out of this one.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Ohio State: injury (maybe it||
Ohio State: injury (maybe it was)
Bowl Game: family matter (it definitely wasn't).
|10 weeks 6 days ago||A clearer picture is forming||
A clearer picture is forming of Hoke "not allowed" to say why Gibbons wasn't playing, meaning someone told him he couldn't. And that someone was either from the AD's office or the university's lawyers, who appearly to be willfully misinterpreting FERPA in order to maintain their silence. This keeps getting better and better.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Haven't you heard, they're||
Haven't you heard, they're professionals now! /s
Northwestern was very injured last year. They get back a lot of that this season, lose Kain Colter, will now start UNSTOPPABLE THROW GOD TREVOR SIEMIEN. They also get back Venric Mark, who's one of the best RBs in the league and probably the best KR and PR in the conference.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I haven't snickered this much||
I haven't snickered this much since I read about the southerners trying to deal with 2 inches of snow.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||OH!||
Oh! (no, not O-H damn buckeyes -- oh as in surprise or remorse)
That's a big part I missed earlier.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||They're questions leading||
They're questions leading back to the same thing: when did you learn, if ever, that this player on your team had an expulsionary offense and how did you handle it?
Any of the answers you provided would suffice to explain the handling of the situation. Put Hoke and Brandon in front of us and have them say "we didn't know" or "we were convinced it didn't happen even through the discreditable internet guy, and when we learned there were actual university proceedings on December 19th we still believed his innocence since they had the same information the police disregarded and we disregarded from the crazy internet guy last July, and we didn't think it's fair to ruin a kid's reputation calling him a rapist from our podium when we believe he isn't."
That would be an answer. No response is not an answer.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Dammit. There's a||
Dammit. There's a high-profile one I know of that I'm not supposed to; you are free to guess at it (not in replies, just in your head). Oh, got a better one: Rodriguez punishing Wermers for missing classes. Wasn't a year old case but he was meting out punishment in March-April for November things. Less high-profile one: Saban arrived at Alabama. This was in the name of cleaning up after the scandal that had Bama still on probation when he arrived.
Reopening a year-old case and punishing a student sounds unreasonable. But a new coach is an oppportunity to clear out old festers in the locker room, and new coaches like to come in like a hardass to set the tone for their tenure. Things they discover that might have got past the last guy are still things the current coach would be responsible for, say, if it was an NCAA violation, etc.
In a scenario where Hoke learns that Gibbons was likely guilty of rape a little over a year ago, I think he woud have been wary and he'd have been in a position to get all the ffacts and make a determination at that point as to how he'd approach the kid. He could have closely monitored the situation.
I can tell you what I'd do. I'd take the information to SAPAC and say "I received this information on one of my players; I believe he might have raped that girl and the last coach let it go because he wasn't prosecuted. What are my options?" And they might have suggested the Office of Student Conflict Resolution and from there...?
That's why I'd ask the question. It's fishing, which in journalism if not law is an important way to get at facts. If he says "I heard about it, I was worried, I spoke to the player who denied it, I didn't believe him, I went to OSCR, and they said their interim policy was murky on whether they could take any action without the victim." That's at least a goddamn answer!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||The players can't treat with||
The players can't treat with their school's licensing partner for their jerseys, or with EA Sports for their videogame likenesses, on an individual basis. So they are forming an organization to bargain collectively for them. That's a union.
Any path to compensate famous college athletes for their likenesses and names on products etc. will require bargaining with the entity buying their licenses, and since that is implausible to be done alone either the NCAA has to step up and collectively bargain for them, or they have to create their own entity to do so. Either way, it's collective bargaining.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||My expectation for all of||
My expectation for all of this is the NCAA will pour so many lawyers against this that the Northwestern players who signed that petition will be parents by the time any actual decision comes out of the courts, and by then it will be out of consciousness and the momemtum of O'Bannon that led to it will be so stalled that we'll have to wait years for someone to take the next step. This is a turning point, but it could be a 25-year process to get anything meaningful out of it.
Eventually players will have their union and negotiate rights for licensing agreements in addition to their scholarships, and the people who make #16 jerseys today will lose money because they already maxed out the price point on Denard Robinson jerseys before they had to pay Denard, and the people who make the videogame will have to license with the union as well as the NCAA and since they also already maxed out the price point for their games they'll lose some profitability as well.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||My Questions||
I want an explanation from the principles regarding each of these moments:
Late 2009: If there was a criminal investigaton of rape ended because the victim didn't want to press charges, why wasn't Gibbons forced to provide a satisfactory explanation to his coaches, and if he did, what did he say that convinced them to completely exhonerate him?
Hey Coach Rodriguez, you know that kicker who misses so many FGAs you stopped even attempting them? He....[FLING] GONE!
Jan 2010: What did the new AD say when he became aware of the investigation and its rapid conclusion?
Hey new AD: so one of the issues was we had a kid accused of rape and because the cops didn't prosecute RR let it go. What do you want to... [FLING] GONE!
Also Jan 2010: Why, when (supposedly) Lewan was (allegedly) threatening the victim and/or her friends did the coaches not react? Did they know about any of that at the time? Does the athletic department hear from DPS when one of its scholarship players is involved in a dispute?
Hey coach, we had this report of your players harassing a...[IN MY OFFICE NOW!]
Jan 2011: Was Hoke made aware upon his hiring that there had been an incident involving Gibbons, and another involving Lewan, and did he speak to Gibbons and Lewan about those things at the time? Did they ever hear the story from internet rumor and public chattering? Did anyone ever approach them with informatioin pertaining to these incidents? What did they say to convince you to exhonerate them?
Hey, new coach. So... [FLING] GONE!
July 2013: When the Washtenaw Watchdog published the rape kit and the details of the complaints, did you speak with Gibbons and Lewan? What did they say? Did you believe the case to be bogus, and why did you believe that?
Hey new evidence says Gibbons was lying to you...[FLING] GONE! And Taylor, you're sitting out of fall practice and if you're very very nice I might let you play by Notre Dame.
Oct-Dec 2013: When did the staff become aware that he was being investigated under the university's policy? Was there a discussion then? What did he say about the investigation? What did you believe about the players at that time? Were you made aware of any information regarding these incidents after the investigation began/concluded? When did you find out he was to be expelled for the 2009 incident?
Hey coach you know that rape thing in re; Gibbons that you thought was B.S.? I got word they reopened the investigation and you're not privy to all the new shit, man. Hoke: "Did he?" Dude: "Looks like." [FLING] GONE Presser: "Violation of team rules."
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan hasn't gotten a||
Michigan hasn't gotten a recruit from him in ages other than walk-ons. But not a single person I've talked to who played for him said he steered them there. Even Bo said he got a fair shake (and then he didn't get the kid).
So I was basically saying "I don't know." On one hand nobody ever felt pressured to go to MSU. On the other hand they all went to MSU and players coming out of there were always assumed to be MSU's-unless the same way Cass Tech kids were assumed to be Michigan kids.
Herrington didn't shuffle his kids to State either, but nobody from North Farmington went to Michigan until that one safety who wore #5 omigod I can't remember his name now--was on the 2008 team you know who I'm talking about STEWART! Even then it wasn't until Ojemudia and Funchess that Michigan cracked that nut.
If Michigan does sign Malzone, he'll be the first of 12 BCS prospects since 2002. So yeah, I'm being a Janus, but with good reason.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Noted.||
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||To hear the MSU folks you're||
To hear the MSU folks you're referring to Lewan is a rapist too. The threads are still there. My long explanation of our coverage of this is on there too. As to why MGoBlog hasn't been hammering away at it so that every reader is informed, remember that calling a player a rapist to 280,000 people is its own sentence, and there wasn't any proof the guy was even guilty of the allegation. I tried to investigate further hoping to find something more concrete than the Washtenaw Watchdog (a discreditable personage) and got nowhere. I discussed the matter with Brian and he had nothing either.
There's a reason the people on RCMB are treated like the gutter trash of the Internet: they earned it. Let's not let them dictate our editorial policies. I understand some newer readers feel blindsided since it hasn't been on the front page since Watchdog guy's thing last year, and that a rape cover up would, if uncovered, shake our faith in this program to the core. But I have to balance that need against responsible journalism. I won't use this forum to exercise a vendetta, and without being sure of guilt that's exactly what I would be doing.
I've shared all the information I have. I urge those with more to do the same, and those with less to not make judgments anyway.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||False claims have been made.||
False claims have been made. Out of nowhere is less common than a victim who said no, then was encouraged to drink more, then didn't remember what happened next and wakes up and panics. Or a victim who winds up in a bedroom, and goes to leave and somebody is leaning against the door because it's across from the bathroom, and imagines she's been trapped and screams and jumps out the window onto the fire escape and runs right to the police station. Or the victim who is under tremendous pressure from her family and her friends from her religious group to remain "pure" but who lapses one time while drunk and the next morning she claims she was raped to cover up her embarrassment. Or or or or. There are lots of false claims. There are way more real claims that go unreported and victims who internalize their rape because justice is uncertain and extremely painful to attempt. That's why we use criminal investigators and the criminal justice system to investigate and prosecute rape. And why there are other avenues to justice besides the criminal justice system and other methods within our institutions to protect us.
False accusations are made all the time. Rapists walk free all the time. Both of those things would happen less often if people with information shared it more often. That's what I was saying with that.
|11 weeks 6 hours ago||The Internet Has Spoken; Justice is Awfully Quiet Though||
In light of action taken by the university it's harder now to hold onto a claim of plausible innocence, especially as outrage is vented. I've kicked this particular hornet's nest several times and exhausted various sources, losing a good one forever over it. And I never came up with anything convincing either way.
There's a highly plausible sequence of events wherein Gibbons raped that girl, and she didn't have enough evidence to convict him, and his friends and teammates believed his protestrations of innocence (I can think of two cases historically when Michigan players were falsely accused of something bad and their coaches at the time didn't believe them) and that was that until OSCR reopened the investigation, found more than ample evidence, and finally removed him.
Big hole in that theory: THIS program? Why would Rodriguez hold onto a kicker who couldn't hit the broad side of a barn unless he was relatively sure the allegation was false? Why would Hoke keep him and make a brunettes comment if he suspected Gibbons raped somebody? Why would Dave Brandon, in the midst of the PSU scandal and the UMHS scandal and while under investigation for stretching exercises to boot, a guy to whom establishing Michigan's brand is a heavenly quest, let this one thing slide by without being absolutely convinced?
There's another plausible sequence of events wherein Gibbons did not rape that girl, and the case was dropped because he didn't rape that girl, but that because he's a football player her friends and self-deputized investigators ready to believe the worst made it their mission to take down a jock under protection of the other jocks, and that they managed to finally reopen the case inside the university and get what they perceived as justice from the same info.
Big hole in that theory: women don't accuse people of rape for nothing, and the university almost never expels students accused of rape after the charges are dropped, suggesting they know a heck of a lot more than we do.
I haven't been able to get to a point where I believe one or the other. I've been tepid in my coverage of Gibbons his entire career because of it.
The best job I can do at hazarding a guess is a college freshman boy high on being a football player and away from home and in a frat house, probably drunk, surrounded by people who trivialize casual sex and devalue women and call it "joking around," stepped over a very serious line with a woman who was also not in her best decision-making position when she got into it. And because of her own small mistakes and a justice system that overblows them, she wasn't able to get justice; in fact there wasn't enough to effect any punishment whatsoever.
And once that was the finding of the justice system, there were only two extremes for anyone to go to: 1) he's a rapist and should be in jail not kicking legendary field goals for Michigan's football team, or 2) he's not a rapist but he's under assault from people obsessed with bringing rapists to justice. If I had enough information to declare 1 or 2 I'd gladly do so. But I don't.
Rape is inexcusable. Punishing a person for a crime they didn't commit is inexcusable. Neither is really our purview. You know what is our purview? The actions or non-actions of our AD and our head coach. If we're to call for anything, I think we ought to be demanding that Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon and Taylor Lewan and even Rich Rodriguez explain what they knew, what they believed, and why they acted as they did. Rape is inexcusable. Punishing an innocent person is inexcusable. Either way not coming forth with information that could prove either one or the other is inexcusable.
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||Ha. Actually I didn't make||
Ha. Actually I didn't make the football team at Groves and was sour about that, while my brother played for Seaholm and was good enough to earn a little D-I interest and some D-II offers, so I betrayed my school and went to all the Mapes. They still the kickoff cheer in the stands that I helped start.
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||(No subject)||
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||I agree. I think the national||
I agree. I think the national knock on him is supposedly his wonky motion and arm strength. As to the first: results. As to the second: are you kidding me?
I'm sorry if the perfectly placed pass didn't come in at Navarre-ian rocket speed while it arced perfectly over the coverage and arrived at the precisely perfect moment.
I'm not the recruiting guy around here and that's good because I'm homerific for the players I've seen. But it's been hard to edit one QBs article after another by Brandon and Ace this year that details Michigan's recruitment of all these other guys for 2015 when Little Favre is playing a mile from my parents' house.
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||You grew up where? When? I||
You grew up where? When? I grew up at Quarton and Lahser.
|11 weeks 9 hours ago||"Dakich strikes again!"||
"Dakich strikes again!"
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||There's official ones||
There's official ones floating around, but when I gank photos I try to at least throw a bone to phoographers I know.
|11 weeks 13 hours ago||Since last year's M-MSU game||
Since last year's M-MSU game I cannot tell you how many people slap the floor/dirt/ice in amateur games I've seen.
We were doing it in Come Play Detroit softball games. People do it against the sand in pickup volleyball games at my brother's beach. High schoolers lean down and slap the ice at Onyx Arena. Who cares if Crean's doing it now. It's just a damn slap on the floor.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||reads like sour grapes.||
reads like sour grapes.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I remember that day. My||
I remember that day. My still-shower-wet hair froze on the way to class, which was a half-R.C. class, so I'm walking in trying to thaw out my brain while these sleepy hippies in pajamas are wandering in asking if it's cold out.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||It's the cold||
My brother is actually the dude who runs the conference call of all the superintendents.
The call started back in 1995 when my dad would drive me to school really early (he went to work at 5:30 and I chose to go to Groves instead of Seaholm so I couldn't take the bus, ergo 5:30). On an iffy day he called the B'ham superintendent to ask if he should take me or not, and John was like "let me walk my dog and see."
Since my dad's business (agricultural consultants) contracts with highly accurate meteorologists--way better than the ones on the news--he offered to put the superintendent on the phone with the meteorologist and get a more accurate account than what it's like at 5:30 a.m. when you walk your dog in Birmingham.
After that was a success he bragged to other superintendents and they joined the call one after another. When my last sibling went to college my dad handed the call off to his youner partner. When his kids went off to college my brother, who works with them, took over the call. They have about 20 districts in metro detroit who get on my brother's call and can ask questions to the meteorologist. Then each superintendent makes their own call.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Next time he can put them in||
Next time he can put them in himself. /tired copyeditor
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Theory: everyone thinks that||
Theory: everyone thinks that Jersey Girls is cool until they have sex for the first time and realize it doesn't require you to be either dumb or promiscuous. Perhaps this effect explains why 17-year-olds commit to Rutgers then decommit when they're 18.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Historic irony: Old Jack came||
Historic irony: Old Jack came to Michigan wanting to play baseball because that was the biggest sport in the country at the time.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||1. Frozen Four moves to||
1. Frozen Four moves to home-of-best-record venues.
2. Bemidji State hosts Michigan in the Finals.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||No, but well played.||
No, but well played.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||It is the responsibility of||
It is the responsibility of the manufacturers to say "no, college students who are on national TV, that is dumb." Instead they make the shirts and make a bazillion more to sell.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||It's a joke in bad taste.||
It's a joke in bad taste. There's a completely untrue story that's been making rounds for a long time that a certain SEC coach who was speculated to be a likely Michigan coach during the last two coaching searches slept with GM's spouse, and therefore that coaching candidate isn't being considered.
Absent facts, people will make up some incredibly mean things, and this one just won't go away. There's no way it's true, and even if it was there was never an opportunity for such a thing to affect the coaching searches.
I haven't changed the guy's handle, but I've thought about it before too.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Seven. Five in the initial||
Seven. Five in the initial frame, two more at the end (last one is in just one frame--90 milleseconds--at the far right)
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||I'm just learning too but||
I'm just learning too but I've done some reading on this and will try my hand; not mad at all if someone corrects something here since i'm oversimplifying.
Beilein's offense is called the "2 guard" offense, though that's a misnomer in some variations. Anyway it gives you an answer: it doesn't have to be the guy playing the 1 who keys the offense.
All they do when Caris is running the point is start it from him. The way it works is there are three variations to the start, and from there there's three different branches you can take depending on what the defense does, and from there there's three different branches, and if you run through those and a shot doesn't open up you send the ball back to the key and run it again.
You still want a shooter who can key at the top, so if you remove Walton for, say, Irvin, that's fine but you will want to rotate Stauskas and LeVert to the two-guard spots and then you're not using both of them in the first branch anymore.
That doesn't mean you can't, or that they won't. They've rolled with that big lineup before. I think without McGary though that big lineup gets short on ballhandlers. That he was a guard-like ballhandler from the 5-spot is part of what made that lineup enticing. Stick too long with a LeVert-Stauskas-Irvin-Robinson-Horgan look and you're asking to get pressed.
Also Walton's going to be of increasing importance to this team down the road and the way you develop that is to play him.
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||I did a thing a few weeks ago||
I did a thing a few weeks ago where I compared Walton's season to Burke's in a Roundtable article. I can update that for you for 17 games.
Morris's numbers reflect the fact he wasn't a starter until December. Walton is but gave a lot more minutes to his backup. And he's uses a lot fewer possessions than the other guys: Horton and Burke at this point accounted for 389 and 358 possessions used, versus 204 for Walton so far. Figuring Michigan's pace has remained relatively slow, we can divide possessions by minutes to get an approximate usage without having to gather data on the rest of their teams. That comes to about 0.46 possessions he'll register on per minute played. Morris was 0.39 at this point. Burke was 0.60, and Horton was 0.65.