...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
|2 days 2 hours 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.
|3 days 22 hours 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)
|4 days 10 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.
|4 days 18 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 days 12 hours ago||That's easy||
Small, unbelievably fast, slippery as the Dickens, and when he's waiting to play he dances.
|5 days 19 hours 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.
|1 week 1 day ago||Wish him luck except one Saturday per year||
On good authority he's going to MSU and it's not worth asking again.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 3 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||guessing he was going with||
guessing he was going with "effin"
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 2 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!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That was intended non-irony.||
That was intended non-irony. I figured the corrollary was obvious
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not a baller but I play||
I'm not a baller but I play one on the internet.
|2 weeks 4 days 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.
|2 weeks 4 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||OT - Bank of Ann Arbor twists the knife||
Please refrain from giving the finger to my advertisers for bringing up Kordell Stewart.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Verily, your attempt at a||
Verily, your attempt at a higher vernacular proved flaxen.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||According to Brian: "ass butt||
According to Brian: "ass butt that [Hemingway] butt ass."
|3 weeks 2 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.
|3 weeks 2 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.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Hart.||
|3 weeks 2 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.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not sure if tasteless joke or||
Not sure if tasteless joke or if there's a reference I didn't get/intend.
|3 weeks 3 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.
|3 weeks 3 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure if auto-generated.||
Not sure if auto-generated.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Since when were our readers||
Since when were our readers cool?
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The number is an||
The number is an apportionment from that big donation.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Dear Diary Predicts Next Depressing MGoArticle||
Will run on Friday morning.
What do I win if I guess right?
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|4 weeks 16 hours 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!
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day 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.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||that was me trying to be||
that was me trying to be funny.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I clarified.||
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||#offmylawn||
|4 weeks 3 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?)
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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!"
|4 weeks 3 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?
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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).
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||That link has the excel||
That link has the excel spreadsheets. You can find the costs on there.
|4 weeks 4 days 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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...
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 3 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.
|5 weeks 3 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.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||So Mom met the internet||
So Mom met the internet Sparties.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||boooooooooo! (they aren't||
(they aren't getting the joke)
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Caught me before the edit.||
Caught me before the edit.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I understood Brian's||
I understood Brian's intention, but I like this post-less idea of inconceivable angles too.
|5 weeks 4 days 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.
|5 weeks 4 days 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.
|5 weeks 4 days 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.
|5 weeks 4 days 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?"
|5 weeks 5 days 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.
|5 weeks 5 days 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.
|5 weeks 5 days 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.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||What does she know; she||
What does she know; she thinks that Cuban place on Main is the best restaurant in town.
|5 weeks 6 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.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Brian didn't write this||
Brian didn't write this article. :(
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 1 day 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?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Oh good point. I'll clarify||
Oh good point. I'll clarify when I get a chance. Sorry I thought, well, sorry.
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Okay. see, I'm not a lawyer.||
Okay. see, I'm not a lawyer.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||My info was over 24 hours||
My info was over 24 hours old. It's apparent it got dated.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Sorry, i missed it too.||
Sorry, i missed it too.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Ohio State: injury (maybe it||
Ohio State: injury (maybe it was)
Bowl Game: family matter (it definitely wasn't).
|6 weeks 3 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.
|6 weeks 3 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.
|6 weeks 3 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.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||OH!||
Oh! (no, not O-H damn buckeyes -- oh as in surprise or remorse)
That's a big part I missed earlier.
|6 weeks 3 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.
|6 weeks 3 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!
|6 weeks 3 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.
|6 weeks 3 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.
|6 weeks 3 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."
|6 weeks 3 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.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Noted.||
|6 weeks 4 days 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.
|6 weeks 4 days 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.
|6 weeks 4 days 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.
|6 weeks 4 days 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.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|6 weeks 4 days 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.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||You grew up where? When? I||
You grew up where? When? I grew up at Quarton and Lahser.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||"Dakich strikes again!"||
"Dakich strikes again!"
|6 weeks 4 days 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.
|6 weeks 4 days 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.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||reads like sour grapes.||
reads like sour grapes.
|6 weeks 5 days 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.
|6 weeks 5 days 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.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Next time he can put them in||
Next time he can put them in himself. /tired copyeditor
|6 weeks 5 days 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.
|6 weeks 5 days 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.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||1. Frozen Four moves to||
1. Frozen Four moves to home-of-best-record venues.
2. Bemidji State hosts Michigan in the Finals.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||No, but well played.||
No, but well played.
|7 weeks 1 day 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.
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 3 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)
|7 weeks 4 days 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.
|7 weeks 4 days 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.
|8 weeks 17 hours ago||Morgan was an in-state||
Morgan was an in-state 3-star-ish who burst onto the scene late and was offered in October 2010 by Rich Rod's staff. He committed that December when it appeared for all the world like Rich Rod was going to be fired. All Hoke's staff did was keep him. In this case I wouldn't even give credit to Rodriguez's staff. Credit is due to Desmond himself, a lifelong Michigan fan who kept a 4.0 GPA in high school, and a pair of great coaches at his high school: Jim Caserta, his head coach who played for Don Nehlan, and Cory Zegunis, who was the D.C. at West Ottawa when Morgan was there and succeeded Caserta right after Morgan graduated.
If you want to lump things into a categories of where Michigan got its talent from, file Desmond Morgan next do David Harris under things we got from the underrated, underrecruited, well-coached, and surprisingly deep talent pool in the Grand Rapids area, and pray that the all-time master of winning with GR kids being the head coach at Notre Dame doesn't do any more damage to this little secret well of Michigan's.
|8 weeks 17 hours ago||Said a lot of academics over||
Said a lot of academics over the years. Not remotely plausible.
|8 weeks 17 hours ago||Very good point. I didn't||
Very good point. I didn't want to bring up some of the politics around using non-academic considerations for college entrance, e.g. race, but the single strongest argument for it is that those who benefited from it are more likely to be among the top post-collegiate performers (also they give back more in alumni donations).
That is especially true with alumni who played a major sport at a major university. Those who take their academics seriously and accomplish that near-impossible feat while competing at the highest level of athletics are motherfucking superstars when it comes to life and business. It's not very hard to see why, since successful people tend to be:
So picture a guy who just completed a business degree at Michigan who is recognized by 10,000,000 people in the U.S. and has a strong connection with, e.g., the former CEO of Dominos, and has the kind of motivation it takes to start for Michigan for two or three years.
The flipside of that equation are the kids who don't take school seriously, and the schools who don't either. EVERYBODY wants Da'Shawn Hand, but you increase your chances of success if you can put, say, Dee Liner, or on the same depth chart.
Alabama is willing to take Dee, and pretend they didn't see the gazillion loopholes Dee used to get technically elgible, and has no interest in giving Dee any more than the appearance of an education that's enough to satisfy the NCAA's capricious rules meant to give them the appearance that they're not just a pro league that found a clever way around paying market price for its labor. And Dee is fine with this arrangement so long as Alabama a) finds a way to get around the rules and pay him anyway for his trouble, and b) develops him into an NFL prospect. And Saban is willing to go through lots of Dee Liners, since he knows half of them won't be able to hack even that bare appearance of education, and a certain number of talented players will always just not be able to improve enough to compete at a high level in college, and if that happens he won't have to carry Dee's scholarship or roster spot.
That's the sort of shit we want out of college athletics. There's nothing wrong with being Dee; there's something wrong with pretending like Dee and Da'shawn are playing college football for the same reasons. Michigan especially wants this hypocrisy to end because we are a school that could never take a Dee Liner and lost Da'shawn Hand in part because of that. College football should be serious about academically minded athletes, and there should be a pro minor league for athletes who aren't.
If you don't create a viable pro option, all you're doing is taking away the opportunity for many athletes to develop into NFL players because of something that has little to do with being an NFL player. You're also making it near impossible to regulate, since there's such a wealth of wins and dollars and happy alumni to be had by tapping all those Cardale Joneses and having them "play school." Baseball and hockey have very strong minor league systems, and also very exciting college teams (regionally at least).
What's standing in the way is the NCAA profits a LOT from having a monopoly on out-of-high school talent, and they're not willing to give up those dollars for something as silly as the nominal core values of the NCAA. I mean, if you were to name 10 of the most corrupt ADs in the last 20 years, Mark Emmert is like four of them, and he's the guy running the NCAA. This is how fucked it is.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||I'm having trouble||
I'm having trouble understanding what you're asking, other than "where are the instant stars?"
You asked me to compare Rodriguez's early classes to Hoke's. I pointed out that 2009/2012 are a fair comparison, and then showed that while Hoke's 2012 class has fewer early performers, it appears to be on its way toward being a better class than that in the aggregate.
Schofield in 2011 actually was behind Barnum until Barnum (played two goal line plays then...) got hurt. Before that he was the 6th OL.
We don't have any data on the 2012 guys' NFL careers. We have seen what they are as freshmen and sophomores. Ultimately what we're judging on is whether the class won Michigan Big Ten championships and games versus Ohio State, not how many guys go to the NFL from it. And in the aggregate, I think the 2012 class will get Michigan closer to that goal than the 2009 one, which had a few stars on offense but NEVER turned into an elite team because it left such massive holes on defense. The best that class saw was 2011, a very good offense opposite a defense that attacked like crazy to cover up major flaws and major youth, and got away with it on luck (see: highest fumble recovery rate in the country) and a pair of very good senior DL (Martin and RVB) plus safeties who could always give them a place to stand. That wasn't an elite team; it was a rickety one that finished exactly as high as it possible could.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||Whatever. The more people||
Whatever. The more people saying "hey this guy reminds me of charles woodson or eric berry" the better.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||You're talking about the||
You're talking about the All-22 and they won't release those to journalists.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||doh.||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I did this at MGoBlog too,||
I did this at MGoBlog too, Magnus.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Baumgardner is now||
Baumgardner is now AA.com/Mlive's michigan guy; Meinke covers the Lions.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I used college football||
I used college football reference for that.
Let me know if you see any errors and I'll fix them.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Actually it's not 2014||
Actually it's not 2014 recruiting, it's an aggregate of 2012-2014 recruiting, figuring those three classes will be an indicator of performance in 2015-17.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Brian's son, Everett Golson||
Brian's son, Everett Golson Puppet Cook is already an accomplished writer for the Michigan Daily and has a bright future ahead of him.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Every year I bug Johnny to||
Every year I bug Johnny to write for HTTV, every year he agrees then never sends me anything. We're facebook friends but his posts on there are all depressing. Half of the people who read his stuff loved it, the other half hated it, and he isn't the kind of guy who can take half his comments being negative.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I very much doubt he did||
I very much doubt he did that.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||BlueSeoul now goes by the||
BlueSeoul now goes by the handle ttfiblog.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Ace's first blog was Ace of||
Ace was TheWolverineBlog; once he was gone they didn't keep it up and it fizzled away. Ace's first blog was Ace of Sports. http://aceofsports.blogspot.com/. He also went to work for TheWolverine for a short time.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Truth be told Brian was a||
Truth be told Brian was a little pissed that I did this, since UFR is his bag (obviously other bloggers have copied it but not on his own blog). I had to make up my own system. It wasn't a macro, it was an excel spreadsheet where the first column was like:
and the next column would be like:
In-between columns had the </td></td> labels where needed, and the last column had the </td></tr> etc. things.
And then I had a column at the end that was just A1&B1&C1&D1etc. so each line on the spreadsheet made a line of html code. I copied and pasted that last column's text into notepad to remove the formatting, then pasted as HTML into the document.
The table code is
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Dark world boss.|
|8 weeks 3 days ago||When are you going to start||
When are you going to start writing the "Michigan in the Media" blog?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||OT- One step closer to||
This is a plus-worthy comment on any of the Lions threads.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Basically I started with what||
Basically I started with what the play netted. Four yards on a running play should get about 0 to 0.5 when all's said and done. If I don't have that I look for what could have gone better.
The fact that Kelly's awesome block ends up blocking his own guy is a symptom of less space, which came from running into a run front, so RPS.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know what you're||
I don't know what you're talking about.
I didn't touch anything.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Huge difference between||
Huge difference between Tressel, who personally contributed about as much as anyone to the laughingstock that the NCAA is today, and Spielman, who happened to play at a rival.
I wouldn't root for the Lions if they hired Tressel either.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Ultimately, though the Lions||
Ultimately, though the Lions offered a better front office, a better team, better facilities, and more money, the Titans were able to offer not being the Lions.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Under Hoke the numbers in||
Under Hoke the numbers in Spring seem to change quite often by fall. Speight and Drake already knew these were their numbers (Harris wants #1 eventually I believe), so really Ferns is the only surprise, and again, nothing's inked. JJ McGrath, a likely sucessor to Wile as the kickoff specialist in the future, wears 46, so if Ferns gets on the special teams unit next year somebody's number is changing.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||Offer:||
A box each of HTTV 2012, HTTV 2013, and HTTV Hoops-Hockey 2013-14. The 2012 book came 38/box. The 2013 books were 55/box.
Sorry I don't have more liquid currency, but we didn't sell all the books we wanted to this year. :(
|9 weeks 1 day ago||It's board chatter that's||
It's board chatter that's been going on since the middle of the season. There's also a plausibility check: do you really think Michigan swoops in and offers a guy working for Saban a "better offer" to move laterally? Coordinator positions at Alabama are a step away from BCS head coaching jobs.
Now, the REASON Nussmeier didn't fit with Alabama's staff may not be bad news for Michigan: philosophical differences. I'd like to think Doug was voicing displeasure at the unethical practices that characterize Bama's program. But eminently more likely it's that Saban has outdated and strict guidelines for the kind of offense he wants to run, and that conflicted with Nussmeier's preference for doing what will score the most points. And given the kind of offense we had in 2013 and the mix-matched talent at Michigan he's taking over, that could be very good news indeed. The upside for 2014 is 2005 Texas (stellar defense, super-athletic quarterback goes ham), and it's more believable that Nussmeier than Borges is the kind of guy who could make that a realization.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||He also consented to||
He also consented to interviews with Heiko despite the wishes of the athletic department, and had a strong appreciation for the fans and the media who tried to serve them instead of themselves. I hated his offense, but there are few better people Michigan could have found to coach the offense.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||He also consented to||
He also consented to interviews with Heiko despite the wishes of the athletic department, and had a strong appreciation for the fans and the media who tried to serve them instead of themselves. I hated his offense, but there are few better people Michigan could have found to coach the offense.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||The section I deleted was||
The section I deleted was about Penn State and how it took 20 years of everyone in town knowing about Sandusky before a journalist published it. If you'll note I started with "Right, Wrong, and Fact" and never got to discussing how facts are warped just like right/wrong.
The point of the deleted section was that we really don't know the facts, just the side details that spill out. For example we have lots pics of Ole Miss and Texas A&M and Alabama and LSU players with wads of cash, but how much did they get, how were they paid, who does it, etc.? Even guys who give me inside information clam up when it comes to this stuff, because the kids know the system is broken and unfair and those who don't take cash don't want to ruin it for those who do (some of them need it, but it appears if the parents or family needs the money the money goes directly to them; the kids spend it as college kids are wont to do).
So what's fact? We "know" all of this stuff goes on but don't know what stuff goes on except in a few circumstances. The media, except--oh hamburgers--in Ann Arbor, are fans and invested in the teams doing well, so they keep their mouths shut and eyes closed. If you're the guy who turns on Tressel, or Saban, you are instantly labeled an enemy of the state and are exiled. Retribution is visited upon your children.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I had Glavine's rookie card||
I had Glavine's rookie card in my first ever pack. Been a fan ever since.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Morris doesn't bother me.||
Morris doesn't bother me. What bothers me is Tram (better than over half the SS in the HoF already) and Lou, who had as good a case as Ryne Sandberg.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I think Hoke like Rodriguez||
I think Hoke like Rodriguez picked up some system guys to shore up the immediate threat--defense this time--and did a good job with that, for the most part. Remember RR had all of November to find Omameh and woo Barnum and Odoms, while Hoke had a few weeks, in which time he also needed to put his staff together. Just as RR whiffed on finding a QB his first year, Hoke/Borges REALLY wanted a tight end, and the best they could come up with in a pinch was Barnett, who's a guy these coaches probably don't pursue in any other circumstance.
But I agree, it's fair to assess the Year 2 (2009 and 2012) classes of both guys. Here they are:
What RR gains in the QBs (both of whom came to Michigan because there was an opportunity to be an instant starter) and better system RBs (Smith/Toussaint vs Johnson/Houma), and Lewan over Braden (Mags and Schofield are a wash) and Roh>Ojemudia are all lost twice over in the lack of a plausible interior OL, the receiver whiffs, and the total and absolute failure on defense.
Look at that defensive class and where those guys stood on the eve of Hoke's hire. They had Roh, a guy whose game is based on superior pad level, standing up at OLB. They had the Gordons mixed up. They had Will Campbell playing offensive guard, and Quintion Washington had just flipped to the d-line. All those guys who ended up being useful only did so under position changes and extensive coaching under Mattison. The rest--LaLota, Bell, Hawthorne, Jones, Vlad, JT Turner, Teric, and Witty--were not capable of competing on this level.
When you ask why Michigan needed to immediately replenish the OL depth chart and completely rebuild the defense, it starts with the 2009 class.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Bastards. Well that makes||
Bastards. Well that makes that decision easier at least.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||The Ugly Organ is my all-time||
The Ugly Organ is my all-time favorite album. I work it in whenever I can. I can't stand the Smiths.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I'm the guy who made that||
I'm the guy who made that rule, and set the guidelines for its enforcement.
I felt in context it was fair. I'm not saying "hey these guys are leaving!" I'm pointing out that they're the only upcoming juniors who haven't yet cracked the depth chart.
What I strongly discourage on the board is speculation when discussing the scholarship crunch of who the coaches already know isn't coming back. The reason is because the players do read the blog, and I don't want--to use an obviously-not example--Devin Gardner coming on here and reading that MGoBloggers want him to transfer to Cincinnati so Michigan can grab O'Connor from Penn State.
In the context of an article that's basically saying attrition=bad, it's a given that nobody's calling for a current player to give up his scholarship; in fact it's just the opposite.
I sincerely appreciate the criticism, though. No harm in bringing it up; I hope you accept my reasoning.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Time maks no difference. This||
Time maks no difference. This is college football, yo. Notre Dame fans still go around changing Wikipedia articles to reflect their view that polls taking place after the 1948 bowl games shouldn't count.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Last year's Michigan State||
Last year's Michigan State game. Pouring rain, just warm enough to be rain, surrounded by Spartans, and that game had something to do with it too.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||...and that's it for my feed.||
...and that's it for my feed. It seems a lot of people don't have the game on anymore.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||As WindyCityBlue said above,||
As WindyCityBlue said above, never going to happen until Dave Brandon wins the gubernatorial nomination. Your sensibilities concerning the Michigan fan experience are nothing but a dollar amount to him. If you and those like you are going to donate less, or not have your next event at the Big House, because you are disappointed in the atmosphere, that is already-calculated chump change besides $60,000-$90,000 per suite, $4,000 per indoor club seat, $3,000 per outdoor cllub zone 1 seat, $2,250 per outdoor club zone 2 seate, $1,500 per outdoor club zone 3 zeat, $2,000 per Westside chair back seat, $1,250 per westside chair back but not 50 yard line seat, $600 per 50 yard line seat, $475 per 20-30 yard line seat, $350 per 15-5 yard line seat, $200 per corner seat, and $75 per end zone seat, plus double all of that from all those who pay up to move down.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||2 hours later: "Honey, I was||
2 hours later:
"Honey, I was going to acquiesce to your request that we move my stuff that's been driving you nuts because I love you and care about your happiness, but then this guy on a football blog's message board said..."
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Dammit we need a vault!||
Dammit we need a vault! Brian!
Will the winner contact me?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Not sucked. TRAGIC. There are||
Not sucked. TRAGIC. There are other adjectives out there besides awesome and sucked.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Well now I just give up.||
Well now I just give up.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/mg|
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Theory about Bullough and OSU's Spence||
Don't know why you guys spent so much time trying to moderate this instead of just blowing it up. Theory has no basis in fact, and could potentially start rumors, e.g. "I read on MGoBlog that maybe a Big Ten PED crackdown got Spence and Bullough."
If you were iffy, the OP has a long history of bad judgment on thread titles and has demonstrated on many, many occasions that he doesn't know how to put reported news in context.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||We can keep letting these||
We can keep letting these debates go on, or you can take the million hints that everyone in the know has been throwing out there, nod, and just be unhappy about it.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Agree. http://www.cbssp||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't meant o leave out||
I didn't meant o leave out the east side. I used to write for Michigan Hockey Mag (that rag you see in those arenas) and probably spent as much time at ONYX as I did in my apartment then.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I hear ya. Obviously lots of||
I hear ya. Obviously lots of people who grew up north of 8 mile don't play hockey, and vice versa. In general I was saying that kids who grew up in Oakland and Macomb are as likely to have played lake hockey as to have built a snowman, while it's rarer for Wayne County. This observation takes on racial overtones sometimes but there's a far simpler explanation that I figured I'd show while coming back to the overarching theme of Southeast Michigan hockey venues, from Gilbert Lake, to local rinks, to the Little Caesars development program, to Ann Arbor/USNDTP, to Michigan and MSU and finally the Joe.
The area I've circled in that map is as lake-pocked as the region just north of Minneapolis, or that in northeastern Wisconsin. I thought paying homage to one of the epicenters of U.S. hockey, and U.S. Hockey in general, would have made a great theme for an Ann Arbor-based Winter Fest. However Ilitch owns the Red Wings and Tigers and wanted the cross-marketing opportunity that provided, and made a shortsighted decision.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||They put Paul McCartney in||
Here's how that conversation probably went:
Guy 1: Let's put it in the middle of the infield.
Guy 2: Well nobody will really be able to see.
Guy 3: So what do you suggest?
Guy 2: Put it hard up against the 3rd base line, put risers on the other sides.
Guy 1: But then we're cutting the effective seating down to like 10,000! Why even have it outdoors then?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The last MSU goal was so weak||
The last MSU goal was so weak it's hard to put any analysis to it anyway.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I liked both Linehan and||
I liked both Linehan and Cunningham. I guess we lose those guys too. Dammit.
NFL head coach (with a few rare exceptions who actually get the power or stick around long enough to shape their teams) is one of the most useless high-paid positions in America, but they're good scapegoats when a team just runs into terrible luck.
So long Jim Schwartz. Good luck with your next set of dice.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Well 14 years ago (on the eve||
Well 14 years ago (on the eve of 2000) I was thoroughly convinced that Michigan was going to find itself behind the times, and petrified of slipping into mediocrity because of it.
I didn't yet know that Brady and co. would be able to stand up to Alabama. I was writing emails (an early form of blogging) between fraternity brothers to voice concerns that the SEC was rampantly cheating, that the NCAA was powerless to stop it, and that the northern powers needed to take drastic action, no matter how strong they looked (Penn State, Michigan, and Ohio State were all national title contenders, MSU was very strong at the end of Saban's reign, Wisconsin kept going to Rose Bowls anyway, and even Purdue (had Drew Brees) and Illinois (beat us) and Northwestern ('95 and '96 were in recent memory) and Minnesota (beat PSU that year) were capable of beating just about anybody). Jesus even that new guy at Iowa seemed to know what he's doing, and the only hopeless cause in the conference, Indiana, had Randle El to make up for it.
I felt that Michigan's offensive strategy was wasting its talent, and that the NFL factory strategy wasn't a very good fit for a school hampered by caring about academics. I feared Carr would retire soon since he was already pretty old, and that there were no longer any obvious successors.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||No information but I can||
No information but I can guess it was something like a bar fight. He had a 2010 incident in Colorado, and Dantonio has a policy (or had one at Cincy that it appears he carried over to MSU) of excusing one mistake and coming down very hard if you repeat it. That's all I have.
Dantonio also believes in keeping everything his players do a secret, which stinks of the Tressel "Brotherhood" crap--hardly the first time this has been leveled at him.
Tough blow for MSU. I respected Bullough a lot, both for his play and his Molk-ian attitude toward the press. I know that Mark Dantonio is a terrible human being, but have never heard that Bullough is and am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt until I know more.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)|
|12 weeks 19 hours ago||This worked so much better||
This worked so much better when I had a CRT monitor. The flatscreens just tip over.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||Your cynicism is badly||
Your cynicism is badly misplaced. I think you're looking at the item and its target market and judging, and I'm getting pretty sick of it.
Shashi has a team of watchmakers (they do their own work too) who craft them in switzerland, and the things they're made out of are very expensive. And he has to pay the university its license fee, the University of Michigan not being especially known for its charity in this regard. He hasn't changed the price of the watches; the idea is all about creating greater meaning for the watch-owner.
The guy quit a jobby job that would have guaranteed he'd make more than he's doing in a good year with this, because he really likes making top-of-the-line watches that have meaning to their owners the way that Brian likes writing about Michigan football for people that has meaning to. He doesn't deserve your snark.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||They're expensive. Like $6k I||
They're expensive. Like $6k I believe.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||I think in a year Michigan||
I think in a year Michigan doesn't have Peppers as well as a glut of young DBs things are a little different with a Parker Westphal or Montae Nicholson. I know more about Parker because of Todd Howard. Basically the Michigan coaches felt he was on the same level with Brandon Watson and wanted him to make an early decision, which he wasn't ready to do and Watson was. The rankings don't show that; their play might.
Part of recruiting so far out in advance is they strategically don't wait around for guys unless they're major difference makers.
The biggest thing Todd stressed was how great of a kid Parker is. He seems like a great fit for Northwestern and considering their problems at DB the last few years it's a great pickup for them. It's too bad he couldn't fit in this class, but that's what you get with a non-oversigning program that has most of its 2015 recruiting done at this point.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||That guy is a valuable||
That guy is a valuable contributor. We're not RCMB to chase away people for not being fans of our team. Irish got chased away by board jerks. So did what's his name the guy with the cat in a lime avatar? And the guy with a major history slant to everything and liked Greek and Roman references.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I neg you with the utmost||
I neg you with the utmost respect, sir.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Fixed. Now it||
Fixed. Now it reads:
dear diary --> jabrill peppers --> photoshop --> recruiting might not be so legit sometimes --> year of infinite pain
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I took that part out since it||
I took that part out since it obviously encourages speculation.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I think his point is Dantonio||
I think his point is Dantonio takes a few years to get his system up, and at UT waiting 3 years means death. At MSU he lucked into his 2-4th years coinciding with the Rich Rod period, and those wins gave him the stability he needed to basically build another Wisconsin.