"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Also, the SEC does just fine||
Also, the SEC does just fine with perceived division imbalance:
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Miss St, TAMU
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I don't think it is crazy||
I don't think it is crazy lopsided. West has more balance within its division, East is more top-heavy.
Plus, think of it this way: Between Wisconsin, NU, Iowa one of those will be in the B10 championship just about every year. That's a lot of exposure and opportunity to build a program to the next level. I wouldn't be surprised to see those schools have some major success over the next 5 years.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Thank you! Finally common||
Thank you! Finally common sense emerges. "Competitive balance" is not something that can easily be controlled, so do what's right, which are these divisions.
Also, lolSparty. Go back to your hole and never come out.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Are that many people whining||
Are that many people whining about it? The two articles I read painted the winning coach in a sympathetic light and did not demonize him the way that past coaches who have "run up the score" have been demonized in the past.
The "travesty" word comes from what was said by the umpire.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||When teams are this||
When teams are this mis-matched, there's not much you can do to keep a baseball game from getting out of hand.
Unless you tell your kids to purposefully get out, what are you going to do? You can play as conservatively as possible, but in the end if the other team cannot field the ball it's tough to avoid this. Obviously 65 is crazy ridiculous, but what can you do?
Apparently the team had only freshmen and sophomores. A little digging shows that the school was under investigation for violating OSHAA rules in basketball related to recruiting two years ago. Perhaps some of their upperclass athletes have transfered out leaving them with a varsity squad full of underclassmen.
Athletic direction should have swallowed his/her pride and scheduled games against JV teams.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Yep, love The Daily's||
Yep, love The Daily's nicknames for the teams.
Football = Varsity
Basketball = Cagers
Volleyball = Spikers
Hockey = Icers (?)
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Well, hypothetically, no you||
Well, hypothetically, no you couldn't say that. I guess someone else could say it for you, though.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Should you really be blaming||
Should you really be blaming any of that (RR's tenure) on her?
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Nothing ever seals up a final||
EDIT: Meant as a reply to solo dolo
Nothing ever seals up a final four. It's the NCAA basketball tournament. Nothing is ever guaranteed.
Let's try to temper expectations from bat shit crazy to just crazy.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||No, you should be mad at the||
No, you should be mad at the t-shirt seller who is using someone's likeness without their permission. This isn't even totally an NCAA issue. If someone used your likeness without permission and was making money off of it, would you approve?
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Not speaking for that dude,||
Not speaking for that dude, but regarding the MGoBlog t-shirts:
A: I don't think MGoBlog was this eggregious. In fact, I know it wasn't.
B: I, personally, was pretty fine with the site having to pull the tshirts, though mostly because the player t-shirts were just dumb and not that clever. Add the fact that they're profiting directly off of student athletes and, yeah, it was a dumb decision one football pre-season.
C: I wonder if that's when Brian started to become a major proponent of paying players.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||The tribe spoke on this one.||
I'm sorry, but this is terrible modding. The original post had no language in it that implied trolling and there could have been some decent discussions on it. Some people don't like to accept that ND has been to a title game more recently than us and therefore a bunch of people defensively jump to trolling. The proper action would have been to downvote the people crying wolf.
There was nothing wrong with the thread and you cannot deny that if any Michigan fan posted the same exact original post that it would still be up.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Anyone that hates a nightly||
Anyone that hates a nightly Tigers thread can simply not click on it. It's that simple.
Pistons doing their best to make me completely hate them by extending this game...
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Don't understand or don't||
Don't understand or don't agree with? Because their methodology is pretty simple. Average difference between pre-season ranking and end of season ranking.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||You could have started the||
You could have started the discussion by including some info from the link.
Since this is a click-whoring site, I have no sympathy:
11. USC (YTUSC)
7. West Virginia
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Yeah. Call it irresponsible||
Yeah. Call it irresponsible speculation (the best kind of speculation!), but I can't understand why a parent would even want to go on a radio show and talk about his son's recruitment and college decisions. The only thing I can logically assume is that someone loves the attention.
And I think everyone agrees that the less attention on recruits from shadowy sources, the better.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I wonder if there's some||
I wonder if there's some rules against student-athletes being on the banner (yes, we all know it is Denard on the banner, but I feel it's just perfectly set so that his likeness is not featured).
I know MGoBlog received cease and desist's from UM for using the block M logo and/or the winged helmet, so there are rules. This ain't 'Nam.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Umm... I don't really know||
Umm... I don't really know how to respond to this. It's Trey Burke's banner - it's the signature moment of the basketball season. Teammates screaming in euphoria with him is cool by me - especially graduating seniors.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Because people are childishly||
Because people are childishly obsessed with being first to say something.
Just like the news channels.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Which is an individual skill||
Which is an individual skill that is more likely to improve if he leaves for the NBA and can devote 100% of his time to his game, including a full summer league stint.
I think it might be in THJ's best interest to go pro. If he doesn't, though, I'll welcome him back with open arms. I would love to see a senior night featuring THJ.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Do the people negging this||
Do the people negging this realize it's paraphrased from:
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Well, about 35-40% of||
Well, about 35-40% of students are from out of state. A significant portion of those are unfamiliar with Michigan athletics and I think it is safe to say the kinder sex usually is not as interested in football as us guys.
Let's face it: Until the athletic department actually makes students go out of their way to purchase tickets (i.e. more than a checkbox during your fall class registration or whatever it is now), there will be east-coast sorority types that have no interest in the game whatsoever, but will buy the tickets because they aren't paying for it anyway.
There needs to be actual consequences for not using your tickets and/or chronic tardiness. I'd rather have 1,500 fewer student tickets sold - that probably doesn't hurt the student attendance if you're taking them away from offenders - and get those tickets to bodies that will show up.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Well, football recruits have||
Well, football recruits have been coming to basketball games since forever, so, I dunno. This is far from news.
I feel this (football recruiting) is one of the last reasons to appreciate the 2012-13 Michigan basketball team.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||And there are plenty of||
And there are plenty of people that are more enchanted with our government now than there were in 2001. Let's not go into politics.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||And as my 5000th point, I||
And as my 5000th point, I present:
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Yeah, I'm just being||
Yeah, I'm just being super-defensive regarding the books and reading too much online. I decided to not read Storm of Swords until at least after Season 4 of the TV series, so I want to make sure I don't come across anything that will enlighten me about what is coming in the slightest (especially given I've already accidently spoiled one thing for myself).
It's a tough line to walk if you are going to try to discuss the TV series on the vast web of knowledge and information that is the Internet.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||As a non-reader, I'm really||
As a non-reader, I'm really enjoying the Theon story right now too. The "Winter is Coming" line was very dramatic and of course gets you thinking. (No spoilers, please!)
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Just throwing this out||
Just throwing this out there. I don't think you've really spoiled anything and maybe I'm just being defensive, but could you please be careful about what you reveal about the books. Even though you didn't say much, I'd rather have not known ahead of time that next weeks episode is going to be X-character centric.
I know that I used a book title to speculate in a post below, but it really was speculation, so I hope nobody is offended by that and if this seems hypocritical in light of that post, then I apologize.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Eh... I haven't read the||
Eh... I haven't read the books, so this is not a spoiler, just speculation...
One of the later books is called "A Dance with Dragons." I don't know for sure, but I think it is going to be a while before Danaerys gets really involved. I'm ok with that. There's plenty else going on that I don't feel it is being dragged out since there's always some kind of storyline moving along nicely.
For example, last week Danaerys took back seat to the Tyrell storyline which I thought was great. This week we got to see some of the politicking going on and some major plot movement in the story north of the wall. In fact, last week I remember commenting that the episode was so good that I didn't even notice until far afterwards that the Danaerys plot was completely absent.
I think Danaerys' story line is probably the most interesting to me, but the others are plenty interesting that I haven't been once upset with its pace.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||They're actually releasing||
They're actually releasing that song on vinyl as a single. It was done by some Indie rock group.
It was a little alarming since it was so different, but I liked it. The juxtaposition with what just happened was really effective, IME.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Um, we know. You actually||
Um, we know. You actually were the first one to comment in this thread:
And you were the first one to comment in this thread as well:
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Prince - wow. That was an||
Prince - wow. That was an impressive homer. Great start for Prince on the year. 17 RBIs already!!!
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Johnny Damon was just a||
Johnny Damon was just a poser, man.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Well, basketball >>>>||
Well, basketball >>>> football for me, so by your logic, the banner should be basketball.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I have to disagree re:||
I have to disagree re: ballhandling. At this point in his career, THJ isn't going to suddenly increase his handle. And even if you think he can, that's a skill you improve on your own. Or, in other words, he doesn't need to come back to improve his handle. He can do that all spring on his own and in the NBA summer league.
I don't know what to think about THJ. He's a coinflip for the draft and that will probably depend on what others come out. If he's plateaued, then it may come down to projecting what 2/3s are in the draft this year, what 2/3s are projected next year, and what scenario offers him the bnest chance at the first round.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Not if he goes||
Not if he goes pro...
(Please, please, please just go with Payne. Do it! Make some money! Fast cars, hot chicks! Go pro!)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Judging by the rapid||
Judging by the rapid responses at 10:40 on a Thursday morning, we are not working.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I used to be an official. I'm||
EDIT: This used to be longer, but I'm not defending myself to the bias here, so here's the cliff notes.
I used to be an official. My role in basketball has changed, I'm no longer an advocate of officials, but am very involved in the game and in grading officials.
So, yes, if you can pick out only 5 plays that were incorrect, I'll say that's about 3% of the reason you lost given:
A: We were the beneficiaries of several calls, and
B: There's hundreds of plays in a given game.
But whatever, I'm done. I'm the first to admit that officials get calls wrong. I'm usually the first to point it out. But they storylines on it are stupid. There's no conspiracies. And they aren't "terrible." If you want to see terrible officials, go watch a high school game. And then if you think that's terrible, go watch a middle school game. And if you still think you can do better than college guys, then fucking do it and stop bitching about it. (generally speaking, not you specifically)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Especially when obvious||
Especially when obvious sarcasm is obvious. Maybin and Miller have both done nothing. Cabrera is Cabrera.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||A: I'm not an official. B:||
A: I'm not an official.
B: Did you completely ignore my first sentence?
C: The only thing I'm "defending" is that they weren't biased because of their Big East workload. That doesn't mean I'm saying they were not bad. The two can be mutually exclusive.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I'm not going to say there||
I'm not going to say there were missed calls - I was yelling plenty of choice words during the game as well. And I'll even say we were on the short end of the "obvious" misses.
This is petty. The conference affiliation has nothing to do with the calls that were made in that game. Really, if we want to fairly debate this, then there must be some kind of acknowledgment that Mitch McGary could have easily fouled out in the first half had the officials not let the teams be physical. If that would have happened, we never would have been in the game.
UL played great and were a great team. If I had to put percentages on why we lost (which is a stupid exercise, but I'll do it to support my point);
Luke Whatever's 4/4 in 2 minutes: 42%
Inability to guard ball screens: 33%
THJ's inability to be a factor: 8%
Second half turnovers: 7%
Not taking advantage of UL's fould trouble in second half: 5%
End of game subs/fouling: 2%
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Anyone know what they mean by||
Anyone know what they mean by the tunnels opening? Last time everyone gathered outside. Are they letting us in the arena? Anyone know?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I don't get it. Are you||
I don't get it. Are you saying the umpires would try harder to be correct if they had to speak about it afterwards? Isn't that assuming they are not trying 100% already?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Why do people always think||
Why do people always think there are no reprecussions of poor officiating.
There are. Officials don't get "fired," they simply do not get games anymore. Or less games. Or games of less importance. This all happens all the time, it's just not announced to the world.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I'll proudly say I never||
I'll proudly say I never "called anyone out" or doubted the abilities of this team. In fact, I took quite a beating in Game threads before deciding to abandon them because I was defending Beilein and Morgan and others.
Fuck y'all, we're winning a championship!!!
|1 year 19 weeks ago||The good news is that the TV||
The good news is that the TV series should be incentive to get writing. Two more books to go and the TV series would theoretically finish up in 5-7 years. Luckily, by all accounts Martin is in great health, despite being rather large. Also, he's told the Game of Thrones executive producers the end of the story, so even is something were to happen, they can bring a close to the television series.
However, in the event he does die, he has stated that he will not allow anyone else finish the series.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Yep, she was great. Such a||
Yep, she was great. Such a different character in a series that is full of unique, deep characters. I really loved that reaction when Sansa finally admitted Joffrey was a monster. Basically a "yep, thought so" reaction from both Lady Tyrell and Granny Tyrell. The ensuing scene in with Joffrey and the crossbow was so unnerving. On one hand I'm thinking "Tyrell is probably the smartest person in this show right now and she's planting all the right seeds," yet on the other hand I'm like "Whoa he is holding a crossbow get the fuck away from him"
|1 year 19 weeks ago||It's worth the money - pay||
It's worth the money - pay HBO.
Or, if you're like me, take advantage of the free 3 months of HBO that AT&T is offering.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Great episode. Totally||
Great episode. Totally engrossing - I did not even realize we saw none of Daenerys and that plot line until after.
I loved the scene with Sansa and soon-to-be-queen Tyrell and her grandmother. "He's a monster" was delivered so perfectly.
The Jon Snow story from Cat Stark was also stunning. The acting in this series is just so amazing.
I've made a mistake (I think) of stumbling across a major spoiler on the Internet a few times. I won't expand on it, other than it was such a minor detail that (may or may not, but I'm pretty sure does) have revealed something to me. So I would caution non-book-readers to completely avoid anything about the books. If you have to look something up, go only to the Wikipedia page for the TV series and nothing else.
Because of that - if this assumed spoiler does not occur by the end of this season, I think I'm going to read ahead. Not sure yet.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||So, why did you click on this||
So, why did you click on this thread?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Maybe a hash basher and not a||
Maybe a hash basher and not a student?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Clearly, you are not aware of||
Clearly, you are not aware of this, but:
The fifth timeout is a "use it or lose it" timeout. If you do not call your first timeout in the first half, you forfeit it. Therefore, you get 4, at most, timeouts in the second half. If you do not use that fifth timeout in the first half, you never get to use it.
EDIT: Also, since Syracuse obviously wasn't going to change anything (2-3 zone until we die y'all), why not call a time out.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Sadly, I'm running out of||
Sadly, I'm running out of booze and may not make it much longer into the night.
However, I live to fight another day.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||This has made me realize I'm||
This has made me realize I'm pretty close to 5k. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I'm pretty drunk and don't think I can get there with anything insightfulll.
But I can postt 'Fuck Louisville." so maybe I do get there by the end of the night/morning.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Fuck Louisville.||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||LCD... pssh... Should have||
Should have got a plasma.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Oh wow, you're right. I'll||
Oh wow, you're right. I'll admit, after cranking this out I was not in the mood to proof read it (though I've read it plenty now).
The annyoing thing about editing the OP (and I've done it at least 5 times) is that I have to re-format the pictures. Perhaps in the morning I'll make one more edit and take care of the typops, and of course:
Thanks, Manny Fresh. My second favorite sign behind "A" "I" "R" "[State of Georgia]" was "F" "R" "E" "S" "H".
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I've never noticed this until||
I've never noticed this until now:
If you watch Dion Harris' double-overtime winner against Notre Dame, the designated TV-timeout stool guy has already gotten up and started to set up the stools for the break before the third overtime when Dion hits the three to win it. Then he's just like "uhhh, fuckin' a what now?" Awesome.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Couldn't agree more. Though,||
Couldn't agree more. Though, that's slightly before my time. I vaguely remember LaVell and Chris Young playing for Michigan. I played many games at the CCRB with LaVell during the summer and he was always a class act. I certainly wish I had a better recollection of his Michigan career.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||"Let 'em hang" this years||
"Let 'em hang"
this years "Queme los barcos"
|1 year 19 weeks ago||And thanks to Tommy Amaker.||
And thanks to Tommy Amaker.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Interesting that the||
Interesting that the independent investigation concluded that they could not fire Rice for cause. That makes it seem that Pernetti's actions were appropriate, other than the fact that he did not share the tape with the President.
Unfortunate situation for Pernetti, though I think the lesson learned is: CYA. CYA not by holding back information but by sharing ALL information.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I did forget and then opted||
I did forget and then opted not to amend.
Though that isn't entirely fair. I watch the 2011 demolition of Tennessee at Skeeps and it was fun. Though, this was during the day and we were getting some free drinks for knowing the bartender.
I think Skeeps will ask for a cover after a certain time. If you're going to camp out at a place, Skeeps would fall near the bottom of my list. If you're going to just go for the game, do not need a table and are willing to stand and cheer and be beligerant, then Skeeps isn't bad.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||It's not just you. I wonder||
It's not just you.
I wonder how long ABC would last if they didn't have darts and that shuffleboard table right next to the street. They must survive on location alone because their beer is not great and their food is ridiculously overpriced.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||In general, I agree. No TVs||
In general, I agree. No TVs and there beer is simply comprable to Peak, Blue Tractor. And more expensive unless it is Monday.
For me, ABC is a once a month or two place just to mix it up and usually just for one beer.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||That's a little out of date.||
That's a little out of date. Arena has upgraded their TV situation. Specifically, they purchased a high def projector that is absolutely stunning. Probably something like 100" screen in HD in the seating area.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||South University Avenue||
South University Avenue Area
Charleys: Undergrad bar that still attracts the grad students and recent graduates who are willing to act like undergrads. Cheap. Great atmosphere for a big game. Get there by 6pm to guarantee a table.
Brown Jug: Similar to above. Smaller, so similar "get there early" applies.
Blue Leprechaun: Bigger than either of the above. More of a grad school/young professional vibe, but still a popular undergrad bar. Can probably sneak in there and grab a table later than either of the other two. More standing room as well. A tad bit pricier than the above two.
Any of the above three will be a blast during the game.
Pizza House: Underrated on South U. If you want pizza and beer and want to watch the game with your parents, this is your place. Not cheap.
BTB Cantina: No.
State Street Area
Ashleys: Always great, but not the best place to watch a game. If you are solo and get there early, it's a fun place to watch if you are sitting at the bar. Otherwise, I'd find another place. TV's are there, but not optimal. Great beer, not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Best multi-tap in town.
Red Hawk: No.
Bufflo Wild Wings: Like any other bdubs. Get there early, though, since underage undergrads will almost assuredly fill the place up.
Bar Louie: Chain, so despised by Ann Arbor locals, but a very fun place to catch a game. Excellent beer selection. Will probably see a 30+ crowd with some young professionals and grad students mixed in. Not cheap, but not terrible.
The Arena: "Ann Arbor's Sports Bar." Get there early (I'm probably going there at 6pm). Massive tv's abound. Cheap beer. Good to very good selection. You'll get some grad students, some young professionals but a bit more of an older crowd. Maybe 50/50 between the two groups mentioned and 30+ crowd.
Grizzly Peak: Good microbrew, fun atmosphere for big game. Grad student/young professional crowd. Expensive-ish, though, if you are not a member. If you are a member, you know all about the place.
Blue Tractor: Haven't been there for a big game yet, but it's one of my fall backs. Another microbrew, good TVs, great bar, plenty of seating around TVs and lots of standing area. Probably a slightly older crowd than Peak. Bonus: Afterwards you can celebrate downstains at MASH which is a fun whisky/bourbar bar, formerly downstairs of Cafe Habana.
Arbor Brewing Company: No.
Conor O'Neills: Only Main St. option I'd consider. Big time soccer bar, but obviously a great place to catch a game. Crowd can be rowdy, though older. Plenty of TVs. All their pints are $5 though, so can be expensive and not the greatest selection.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Agreed, though my point is||
Agreed, though my point is that he probably thought he did know the details. Regardless, the "fire him" outrage without knowing any details is just lame.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Thanks. Agreed completely.||
Thanks. Agreed completely. So many people are so OUTRAGED that it's hard to keep track of who's being reasonable and who isn't.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||This is kind of evidence as||
This is kind of evidence as to my point.
Mary Sue was uninvolved in the Michigan football head coaching search (most prominent position on campus) until it became such a fuck-up that she had to get involved. There's a bit of a parallel there in regard to the President's actions.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Oops, yes. If the President||
Oops, yes. If the President was unaware that any video existed, why would he ask to see it.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||No, you've got it completely||
Honostly cannot tell if this is serious.
If it is serious:
A: Unethical is probably not the exact right word. Unethical implies cheating and defrauding. As abhorrent as Rice's actions were, I would not call them unethical.
B: You're assuming the president knew video of practices existed. And/or you are assuming Pernetti told the President there was video. Given the "miscommunication," I think it's more likely that Pernetti left out any details about video. Perhaps Pernetti went out of his way to make sure that the president did not see the video, which seems very plausible.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||This assumes the President||
This assumes the President and the AD work together on a regular basis.
As someone in education (though not higher education), I just don't think this is true. University Presidents are there to raise funds. That's their #1 job and they are very removed from the athletic departments. I really don't think they concern themselves with the acts of the athletic department other than the hiring of the athletic director.
Maybe someone who works in higher ed can enlighten us. I hardly think Mary Sue is involved with day-to-day athletic operations. And if an AD presents an issue to the president as a day-to-day situation, I can see the president simply trusting their athletic director to do his/her job. It really comes down to just what did Pernetti tell the president. If Pernetti never mentioned any video or said there was no video, why would the AD ask to see the video?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Well, if the President did||
Well, if the President did not see the tape until we did, I don't really know what else he could have done other than have the foresight in November to ask for more evidence as to why Pernetti was suspending the coach. However, if a AD goes to a University President and says "our basketball coach is throwing around homophobic slurs during practice, I'm suspending him for 3 games," the president probably assumes that his AD is being proactive and doesn't see a need to ask for more info/evidence.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I'll be the first to say I||
I'll be the first to say I did not think he should have been fired at first, however more and more evidence came out throughout the day yesterday that looked bad:
1. Apparently didn't show the President the footage when he said he did.
2. Apparently saw the video in the summer and did not hire the independent investigator until November.
3. The weird situation with the assistant coach that did not get punished directly.
I have to assume that this is a resignation, not a firing since it appears that Pernetti did enough to not get fired, but we shall see.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Kind of an answer: There was||
Kind of an answer:
There was a contest once, but MGoBlog received a ceast and desist letter from the University for using trademarked logos. Thus, the new banner which uses a picture actually taken by an MGoBlog photographer.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yeah I just saw that on||
Yeah I just saw that on Sportscenter. I had to replay it a few times because the anchor's explanation was confusing.
Apparently, once seeing the video the AD hired an independent investigator in November prior to the suspension. But then ESPN followed that up saying that the video shown by the whistleblowing coach was the same video that prompted the independent investigation.
Again, I think it just falls back to we don't have all the info and can't make any informed decision.
But, now knowing this, I'd say the timeline makes more sense:
July: Assistant Coach is fired. Shows tape to AD
AD supervises practices where Rice is on best behavior (as was reported).
November: AD is given more/longer tape hires independent investigator.
December: Issues punishment for Rice. Why no punishment for assistant coach?
Perhaps he viewed the actions of the asst coach as an extension of the head coach? Perhpas there was actually punishment for the asst coach - we haven't heard any official word from RU yet.
Again, we still don't know enough to make any informed decisions. With that, I'm done with it.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||My somewhat educated||
My somewhat educated guess:
The coaches are watching tape for all three teams. In reality, you cannot put in anything new that is overly susbstantial in 5 days time. Michigan isn't suddenly going to break out a new press or something like that. You're only going to focus on what that team does and how our sets attack it. The tweaks are minor.
Therefore, you spend the two practices you probably have at home (Tuesday, Wednesday) on Syracuse. I think the team got down there today. Probably a short practice/tape session on Syracuse. Friday you have a final walk-through and shootaround. Maybe they have the scout team looking at Louisville. Maybe.
Then Sunday is a full walk-through of the next team.
So, in short, no they don't talk Louisville until after the first game.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Great post that reasonably||
Great post that reasonably covers the situation.
Glad the coach is gone, but I'm not upset with the AD's actions at all.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Wrist slap? How often is a D1||
How often is a D1 head coach suspended by their own AD? The only other I can think of is Calhoun. But I don't remember if his suspension was from the NCAA or not.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Oh come on. Assistant||
Oh come on. Assistant coaches come and go all the time.
We don't know the timeline of what Murdock told the AD and when. All we know is that Murdock's contract was not renewed in July - a decision made by Rice. Then in December Rice was punished by the AD.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||A guess: Armageddon?||
A guess: Armageddon?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Well, I would say Burke is||
Well, I would say Burke is 1/10 of Cazzie, but to each his own.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I think the greatest thing||
I think the greatest thing about Ebert was that when he reviewed movies he did it as a regular old Joe that liked to be entertained.
Many movies that were denounced by film snobs Ebert would give 3 or 4 stars, praising the entertainment value while also acknowledging that the film may not win any Oscars. He never bashed a movie to make a name for himself - though I guess at his stage in his career he did not have to. He was optimistic and enjoyed movies, unlike many reviewers who portray themselves as someone who'd rather be waterboarded than have to re-watch whatever movie they had just reviewed.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Athletic directors do not||
Athletic directors do not hire/fire assistant coaches. That is the head coach's responsibility.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||No AD is going to force a||
No AD is going to force a coach to hire/keep an assistant he doesn't want. That AD will quickly be unable to attract top talent. The athletic director is in charge of the head coach and it is the head coach's responsibility to assemble a staff.
Rice decided to not renew a coach. This happened prior to the suspension. There would be no reason for any AD to force one of his head coaches to hire/keep an assistant coach that the head coach did not want.
Do you think when John Beilein replaced his coaching staff that he needed to have each firing and each hiring approved individually by Dave Brandon? I'd imagine the conversation went something like:
JB: Dave, I've decided we need to replace our assistant staff.
DB: Ok, let me know what I can do to help. Here are the financials you need to work within. When you have a recommendation for hire, we'll sort through the paperwork.
JB: Cool beans.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||The thing is, he really||
The thing is, he really isn't.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Coaches are in charge of||
Coaches are in charge of hiring/firing their staffs, not athletic directors.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Exactly. He addressed the||
Exactly. He addressed the situation, issued punishment of the rehabilative variety. Perhaps it even worked, we do not know. It's not like he swept it under the rug. If that was the case, then sure have this discussion. Termination is a serious (obviously) action to never be taken lightly, so I understand an attempt to rehabilitate, even if it is not the right decision in the end. Not a firable offense (unless he deceived the President of RU when discussing the punishment in December).
|1 year 20 weeks ago||You sound like the kind of||
You sound like the kind of guy that goes to the Roulette table and uses the strategy of following the previous numbers to make a bet on what comes next.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Goddam onions in this room!!!||
Goddam onions in this room!!! Where'd they come from?!?!?!
Thank you, honorary Michigan Women. You've raised remarkable sons.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I still really like this||
I consider it conversational prose. (No, I'm not being sarcastic). In fact, I use it a lot when writing informal emails or messages at work. I would hardly say it is simply a "copy Brian" thing. I like that not everyone writes the repetitive, standard sports article. If you're not going to be especially masterful with your descriptive language, I'd rather have it wrote conversationally (word?). Certainly better than this random sentence I pulled from a random sports article:
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Every time I read "Sad Gata"||
Every time I read "Sad Gata" I laught and think of the origin of "Gata" and then laugh some more:
|1 year 20 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||He got yesterdays, though it||
He got yesterdays, though it is probably going to be by committee, so I wouldn't expect him to get all of the opps.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Well, in years past there's||
Well, in years past there's been a thread for damn near every game. And why not? All we got once the Spring game is done is softball threads and threads about the pure joy of summer in Ann Arbor: Dominicks. All good things, but a slow time of the season to be sure.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Bummer, the douche post was||
Bummer, the douche post was deleted. Wanted to get in some neg action.
Anyway, Tigers swung themselves out of a lead-off single in the first inning. Sanchez now trying to work around a first inning baserunner.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I think the more interesting||
I think the more interesting thing from that survey is that students are more likely to consider the economy when deciding about applying/attending college than their parents are (81% to 74%).
That's really surprising to me, though I totally understand it. I initially didn't apply to UM for financial reasons. Later I said screw it and transfered in to Ann Arbor, but I always wished that I didn't worry about the finances of it at first.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Not sure what you're||
Not sure what you're referring to, but I think he's referring to getting a ticket to the second semifinal from a fan of the team that lost the first semifinal as they are leaving. Those tickets are for both games, I believe, and re-entry is almost assuredly forbidden.
(Though, if you ask, you might be able to re-enter. I've done it at Comerica Park before, they just have to re-scan your ticket on the way out).
|1 year 20 weeks ago||This. Be careful, or you'll||
This. Be careful, or you'll end up holding a $50 souvenir piece of paper/cardboard.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||This is the type of "more||
This is the type of "more details" I'm talking about. If Parnetti lied to the President, then I'm much more ready to say "get rid of him."
|1 year 20 weeks ago||My point is that we don't||
My point is that we don't know all the facts. Like I've said in every post, the coach deserved to be fired. It was sickening for several different reasons.
We don't know all the facts behind the ADs actions. My argument - likely a futile one on the Internet - is that crying "fire him" with not all the information is lame. Sure we can surmise he was fired at this time for damage control and that is 99% likely true. No I don't believe there was new evidence in the last 36 hours. I do believe, however, that what was an AD decision became much more involved: I'm sure regents (or the Rutgers equivalent), the President, and others got involved and basically told the AD what to do.
I'm just sick of the "FIRE HIM" from everyone from the Internet to radio shows. In Ann Arbor, people are calling for the AAPS superintendent to be fired because she goes and visits family in Baltimore on weekends. And enough loud minority members are actually bringing action - now AnnArbor.com has made it their main business to cover every non-story about the issue to incite the natives.
It's just old hat. Let the University of Rutgers decide what to do with their institution's employees. They are the ones who are invested in the decision, not us.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||The last non-bullet is where||
The last non-bullet is where I see the game shifting.
If THJ can knock down the FT-line jumper at his usual rate, then we will be in a good spot. That's his shot and it will be a shot that is available all game. We need a big game from Timmy, and I think this is it!
|1 year 20 weeks ago||For fuck's sake don't compare||
For fuck's sake don't compare this to the Penn State situation. That's a slap in the face to those victims.
You make a lot of arguments for firing the coach. Which happened, by the way.
I see an AD that took action and tried to rectify a person. I would have took more severe action, but the only evidence I have is the rightfully damning video. I don't know any other sides of the story or testimony from players, etc. I'm not saying that stuff forgives the video, but it might be a reason as to why an AD decides to try to take rehabilitating action instead of immediately terminating. We may never know if the AD's plan of action would have worked. Maybe it did since December.
My point is, he took some action. Maybe it wasn't extreme enough - however ADs are under a lot of pressure to keep their money making teams steady. Had he taken no action and truly swept it under the rug, then sure, fire him too. But it's not like he ignored the situation.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Wait, what evidence is there||
Wait, what evidence is there that the coach continued this action after his suspension? This is a serious question, as I was under the assumption that all the video was from prior.
What if he has not done anything since. What if he did turn a new leaf?
I still think he needs to go, but I think your argument is that by not firing him you are allowing him to continue his actions, which is not necessarily guaranteed to happen.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Look I'm not defending the||
Look I'm not defending the coach here. But remember that the video we have seen was a compilation of video from over a course of several years, I believe.
Action was taken in December, but are we sure of what info the AD had at that time? Perhaps the AD has been monitoring practices since then. Perhaps there actually was new information that came out (players feeling they could talk now, former assistant coaches, managers, etc).
Sure there wasn't any new tape between 24 hours ago and the guys firing. However, there could have been plenty of new evidence for all we know.
How about we don't jump to conclusions like "The athletic director as no integrity" when, in fact, we know about 12% of the details of this.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Why should the University||
Why should the University President go, exactly?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Do you really know enough||
Do you really know enough about the situation to make that statement?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||File this under||
File this under "Obvious."
OT: I know this is the Internet and all, but I am always surprised by people in general jumping to the "X should be fired" outrage - in reference to the University President, not the coach. Do people just not realize that a University president has little to no daily interaction with any coach? In fact, the Rutgers President probably met the basketball coach on just a few occasions.
The link's author says "Fire the President" which is about the lowest common denominator thing to write. DAMN THE MAN FIRE THEM ALL. Please. As soon as someone starts yelling "Fire him." I want to say "What if you were judged by the angry mob?"
This is in no way a defense of the coach, who clearly crossed about every line he could in "coaching." He was a disgrace to the game and needed to go. But saying anyone else should be fired, including the AD or the President, especially, is just being an angry mob member reacting with little evidence.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I loved the final choice:||
I loved the final choice: Sunday vs. Mon-Sat
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Agreed. I've had runs where I||
Agreed. I've had runs where I knew the ball was going in before I even started my shot. I think it's about finding a rhythm and confidence, then that rare period of time when you subconsciously (as you state) let your muscles do what you trained them to do and ignore all the other factors (other players, what you're "supposed" to do, improbability, etc.)
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I agree - but that's kind of||
I agree - but that's kind of my point. It was a joke. I don't think a reasonable person can actually surmise that he was legitimately offering cash and/or a trip. And an official would have to be a complete idiot - given their job and all their training - to think he wasn't joking.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||And now I'm firing up the||
And now I'm firing up the DVR, yet again.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Too soon because in 6 days||
Too soon because in 6 days we'll have 1-3 very important data points to be included in the conversation (two games, one likely award). And if we don't and M fails on Saturday, then we have this same exact conversation. Let's wait until the season is over, at least.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Well, I would say it's okay||
Well, I would say it's okay to single somebody out if they deserve it. I don't follow PAC-12 basketball enough to say if that is true. I'll trust Eddie Rush on that since that's his job.
Yes, I've had supervisors say "Coach X is getting away with too much complaining, we need to stop it." As officials, we know that doesn't mean we make up technical fouls. That means we don't let things slide. At my level it was basically taught like this:
1. Quiet warning.
2. Visible warning.
If you do 1 and 2, you have totally justified yourself in giving a tech if the behavior continues. That's something we (or atleast I) don't know about the tech that was given. Also, at the higher levels, I'm sure there are different directives in dealing with coaches.
But I wouldn't say we are giving a coach "special treatment." If anything, it is about ending the special treatment we were previously giving the coach by letting too much slide.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I'll be at the bar (if an ATL||
I'll be at the bar (if an ATL trip falls through). Though, I could possibly see myself going if a group of friends went and we brought in some "water" bottles.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Um, no."Based on the review,||
That's the coordinator of the Pac-12 that made that finding. A guy who's only bias in the manner is maintaining the integrity of his league. He could have just as easily fired Rush to do that, but the evidence did not warrant it.
This may not be a non-story. But it isn't a huge deal at all.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Lemme infuse some rules||
Lemme infuse some rules here. The #1 most commonly misunderstood rule:
If you shoot an airball, you may rebound it. It is not traveling or double dribbling or whatever.
I wrote a post in length about this a while ago. However, when idiot announcers don't know it, then you get idiot butthurt fans that make YouTube videos with false evidence that the refs are cheating.
The Tim Donaghy story is legit. Looking at replays of plays in super-slow-mo and deciding that a close play was called incorrectly is not at all decent evidence for "cheating" from officials.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||As someone who has been in||
As someone who has been in these meetings:
Supervisors of basketball officials HATE it when officials let coaches get away with too much.
That said, officials joke all the time about "whacking" a coach. Hell, I am sure coaches joke in private with other coaches about officials. What is joked about in private should stay in private. The most logical explanation is that Rush was showing/talking about instances where technicals were deserved, but not given. He then probably said the joke.
Some butthurt official who didn't get to advance as far as he wanted decided to take it out on Rush by overblowing the situation.
As for the technical that was given: If you believe that all Miller said was "He hit the ball" and was a saint throughout the game, I have a piece of land to sell ya.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||And that was a stupid||
And that was a stupid decision.
This decision should not be made by comparing to other institutions - especially ones that have far less basketball tradition than the University of Michigan.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||There will be people of||
There will be people of losing teams trying to dump them. The problem is finding those people. The easiest way to do that is immediately after the semifinal game.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||TOO SOON||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Well, everyone else on Kansas||
Well, everyone else on Kansas got a TON of easy buckets against us for 32 minutes.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I'm glad they're going to||
I'm glad they're going to these lengths to prevent people selling tickets.
I hate people buying student tickets for the sole purpose to re-sell for a profit. I'm all for whatever it takes to let people who actually will use the tickets for their own enjoyment and support of the team buy them for a reasonable price.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||One last comment before I'm||
One last comment before I'm out for the night:
Peter Dinklage was FANTASTIC tonight in his scene with his father, most of which he had no lines. Give him another Emmy now.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Watching Talking Dead now,||
Watching Talking Dead now, but way more excited about GoT. Definitely watching it again tonight.
My book dilemma is really nagging at me now, though. I guess it's a bridge I'll cross when I get there... and that may be a moot point considering i've only read the first 200 pages of book 2 since mid September. At that rate, HBO will finish season 4 by the time I get a quarter of the way through SoS unless I pick up the pace in the summer.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Not a bad crowd! Maybe||
Not a bad crowd! Maybe around 300-400. Tough to tell. I got down there about 10 minutes before the team arrived. Coach B gave a quick speech mentioning every player from seniors down to freshmen. He let Corey Person, Trey Burke, and THJ speak and then we sung the Victors. Mitch McGary was having a blast, holding up the trophy.
Great showing everyone getting down there and supporting our team!
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Any updates? I'm considering||
Any updates? I'm considering running out the door right now if they have yet to arrive!
EDIT: Twitter says they touchdowned 23 minutes ago.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Oh shit, Selmy found||
Oh shit, Selmy found Daenyreus!
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yes, season 2 went into book||
Yes, season 2 went into book 3 a bit.
Robb married a women (in secret) who was working on the fields as a medic (sawing off legs in the battlefields) but had some more nobel upbringing. Apologies for not following the details of that too well.
Yes, Brienne and Jamie ended the second season marching along.
This episode thus far has brought Robb to Harrenhal, Tyrion get lambasted by his father for basically being an embarrassing imp that killed his mother. And we just found out that Davos survived. And Jon Snow met Mance Ryder. That's about where we're at.
I'm going to be in a tough decision this summer: I'm 1/4 of the way through the second book but since this season is adapting approx the first half of Storm of Swords, I'll have to decide if I want to surpass the TV series or not...
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Battle of Blackwater (Ep9),||
Battle of Blackwater (Ep9), Dany reclaiming her dragons, Bran and Rickon leaving Winterfell, Robb marrying the medic, and white walkers appearing (Ep10)
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Just finished the opening||
Just finished the opening sequence of GoT, so hopefully some others are on board!
Decent finish to TWD. Interesting turns abound.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||How many people are there?||
How many people are there?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Ah, thank you. Yeah, I was||
Ah, thank you. Yeah, I was much more interested when I thought it was a more ambiguous apocalytic reason... Another zombie movie that is not that intellectually stimulating is not as exciting.
(I understand the irony of that statement in a Walking Dead thread)
|1 year 20 weeks ago||So it's based on a book? Why||
So it's based on a book? Why the pessimistic outlook?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Holy fuck.||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||That "World War Z" sci-fi||
That "World War Z" sci-fi flick staring Brad Pitt looks good. Coupled that with the Tom Cruise one and it appears there are some big time epic, non-comic book sci-fi movies in store for this summer.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yeah, drop the weapon||
Yeah, drop the weapon dumbass.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Prison group fighting with||
Prison group fighting with their brains so far...
|1 year 20 weeks ago||And that was my "Pro" for GoT||
And that was my "Pro" for GoT first. Definitely a better show. But I feel there's much less harm in waiting on it for an hour.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I normally don't have it, but||
I normally don't have it, but AT&T is offering 3 free months right now. What perfect timing. The offer is still valid too, so any of you that want in on the action and have U-Verse, call up AT&T right now and they can probably have it activated by the encore presentation of GoT
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Here we go, right into it!||
Here we go, right into it!
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yes. I had to tell myself||
Yes. I had to tell myself twice "The lights are on, you still have power, idiot"
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Just don't post anything on||
Just don't post anything on GoT until at least 1 hour after you've seen it if you're watching it first.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Oh wow what a perfectly||
Oh wow what a perfectly cheesy Walking Dead line:
"In this life you either kill or you die... or you die and you kill."
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Aaaaand Milton gets the first||
Aaaaand Milton gets the first "CYA!"
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I guess you can feel free to||
I guess you can feel free to start one. Or join the dark side and watch GoT after.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Encore showing is immediately||
Encore showing is immediately following at 10pm.
A bunch of us last week decided to watch in this order for a few reasons:
A: TWD finale takes precedent
and in my opinion...
B: TWD is a more social show, the commercials allow for discussion without missing anything
C: TWD is a more widely seen show, so if you are on a computer you run the risk of seeing spoilers if you are not watching it in real time.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Ahh, beat me to it! Count me||
Ahh, beat me to it!
Count me in for the TWD first, GoT second crowd.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||The key to beating Syracuse's||
The key to beating Syracuse's zone next Saturday is not letting them set it up. Defend, and run, run, run. Just like today. If we defend like we did today and can get out and run, Syracuse won't have the chance to settle into their zone.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||That's awesome that you||
That's awesome that you caught that, because I didn't before just minutes ago.
George RR Martin (who did one of the commentaries for that episode) confirmed that it was a member of the King's Guard that turned (?) on Tyrion. I'm not sure if that is common knowledge or is supposed to be or will be explained more.
And the BluRays are well worth the money. Well, I should qualify that. I bought the second season right when it came out at Meijer on sale for $45 (normally 60) and the same weekend ordered the first season for $42 online at BestBuy (normally 60+... no longer in production). So, I got some very nice deals on them.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yeah, early afternoon Easter||
Yeah, early afternoon Easter sunday doesn't lend itself to much of a campus-wide bender.
Next Saturday will be quite the different story.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||So, I'm finishing up my||
So, I'm finishing up my second viewing of the second season Blu-Rays of GoTs, this time with the audio commentaries on there.
The wildfire used to defeat Stannis' fleet, according to George RR Martin, was well grounded in history. The Byzantine Empire used "GreekFire" as a fire accelerant in battle. Pretty cool.
There was a short article in WSJ today about Game of Thrones' connection to real history and how that's one of its major things that distinguishes GoT from other fantasy stories.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yeah, I think that is going||
Yeah, I think that is going to be the best way to do this, otherwise someone will see something they do not want to see. Not a fan of many threads, but from now on I'm considering this the hype thread.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Well, that's what I've done||
Well, that's what I've done during the commercials of TWD.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Can I suggest a thread title||
Can I suggest a thread title change then:
"Walking Dead Finale (9pm) & Game of Thrones premier (10pm) NO SPOILERS HEREIN"
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I refuse to compare them and||
I refuse to compare them and in doing so say one wasn't good in some way.
They were both awesome.
Though, the Capital One bowl is just that...
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I guess we could do two||
I guess we could do two threads:
TWD first, then GoT
GoT, then TWD
I would say we stick to one. I think most people are watching The Walking Dead in real time and are watching the GoT premiere afterwards - which HBO is repeating immediately after the first airing finishes. Would it be ridiculous to start a thread for that now?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||An MGoEdict was made! We are||
An MGoEdict was made! We are discussing TWD finale at 9, then watching GoT at 10!!!
You mock the old gods and the new.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Very pumped. Had my draft||
Very pumped. Had my draft yesterday and ended up with far more low-power guys than I had hoped, but am happy with my rotation.
And Verlander versus Vance Worley to start the season? Eat 'em up Tigers, eat 'em up.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||It is cumbersome. But I||
It is cumbersome. But I wouldn't say it is as cumbersome as editing video. Sure iMovie and the such make editing clips easy and for simple stuff it is pretty foolproof. However, I'm assuming if you create one of these videos you also know your way around a torrent application. That's a lot of work and basic computer/Internet knowledge.
All that combined is pretty complicated; moreso than HTML ime. And you don't need to know anything about HTML in the Web 2.0 era of copy and paste spoon-fed code. That and how to do it is outlined in a sticky thread.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||It's the same except you do||
It's the same except you do not need to click the "Use old embed code" option on YouTube.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||It always amazes me that||
It always amazes me that people have the requisite computer abilities to obtain and edit video, upload video to YouTube, yet do not know how to embed that video in a post.
/asshole-ish part of the comment
In your original post, click "Switch to plain text editor". You will copy the embeddable code from the video's YouTube page. The code you need to copy however is the "Old Embed code" which you can copy by clicking "Share" then "Embed" then selecting "Use old embed code." Copy that into the plain text editor of your original post. Voila!
/hopefully informative part of the comment.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||"...our Independence||
"...our Independence Day!"
/cue funny shots of hyped up pilots
Great monologue. So cliche', but it always gets me. The other line that always gets me:
"I'm fly. I'm pilot"
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I think its mostly just the||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Here's the OP's video. OP||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Thank you. Excellent. I||
Thank you. Excellent. I loved that it was mostly good, dramatic instrumental music and great clip selection.
Not trying to be too critical of you personally with this next comment, more the hypevideo-o-sphere in general: However, I would live a complete and happy life if the Any Given Sunday Speech became non-existant.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||http://mgoblogstore.com/produ||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||IIRC, Mrs. Amaker is a high||
IIRC, Mrs. Amaker is a high level administrator at Harvard. I doubt he's going anywhere.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I wonder how long Brian has||
I wonder how long Brian has stored this exponential function metaphor. I likey.
Let Burke's star skyrocket.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||FYI: The UM medical system||
FYI: The UM medical system blows football's revenue out of the water. But, to support your point, the hospital execs and top doctors do make more than any assistant football coach
|1 year 21 weeks ago||We gonna die if this||
We gonna die if this continues like it has...
Then again, we were always gonna die.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||That's all an awesome||
That's all an awesome comment. Here's what I'd like point out:
Right now, by rule, the defender must get to their spot by the point in time that the offensive player becomes airborne. If you really breakdown when those two things happen, you see that there are a lot of charges correctly called where it appears the defender "slid underneath."
If you want to call a bunch of blocking fouls, then change the rule as you stated. However, know we're talking about a much more gray area. When a person becomes airborne is black and white. How do we determine when a player begins jumping?
In short, I think it is fine how it is. I think talking heads like Jay Bilas are overhyping a non-issue. I think that these plays we talk about are so close that it is pointless to argue. Bilas' is the epitome of blowhard and will always complain about the game which will never be as pure as when he played.
You say last year was 65% correct in the tourney. You also say there's a downward trend. Where do you get that from? Is it possible there was a year of an outlier? There's no evidence I have seen to suggest that this is a problem, other than extreme and unconvincing anectotal evidence from people who clearly do not understand the rule. Therefore, I cannot conclude this is an issue. I watch a lot of basketball - more than is healthy - and I honestly haven't thought to myself this year "these charges calls are blatantly wrong on a regular basis" once.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||For the record, this isn't||
For the record, this isn't the first time he's wrote about hockey since he said he was done with regular recaps.
In fact, I believe he wrote a recap of the Western series and he's still included big news in UVs.
Because he decided to not spend time re-capping games in detail of the not-headline-sport and then wrote a writeup on the end of the season makes him petulent? I think some people just like finding flaws.
Also, remember there's a reason Brian gives his press passes to Heiko and Ace. He goes out of his way to stay a fan and not be a member of the press/beat writer. He's a blog writer. He has no obligation to do regular columns, especially when regular columns are becoming "another shitty effort."
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Well, he's more dangerous||
Well, he's more dangerous than your typical 3-point shooter. But let's not kid ourselves, he's still out there to shoot first. And he hasn't had that many big games scoring-wise lately, either from the inside or from the outside.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||BUT, there is a difference||
That's a bit of a stretch for a guy that goes to every Michigan hockey game. So he decided to not write about the worst Michigan team in many of our lifetimes. It doesn't make him fairweather. If anything it makes him realistic and a smart business operator to divert his attention to the basketball team and things like "SeedWatch" and "B10 Power Rankings of Power"
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Meh. If tossing an empty||
Meh. If tossing an empty water bottle at someone booing Michigan athletes is a low point, what do you call it when frat brahs demand you give them your football seats when they arrive in the third quarter, dump liquor on you, and start pushing and swinging?
Really, the water bottle thing was funny, real, and something 99% of us have experienced in some way if you've attended Michigan football games and especially if you've been in any B10 student section.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||the forced niceness on||
This was the tweet that started it.
I guess you can say Brian "basically called [CoY] out." I sure as hell wouldn't make that argument. The argument I would make is that Brian thinks people are being too positive about a team that shit the bed for 85% of the year because they almost salvaged it.
Note that Brian mentioned nobody in particular and that CoY responded defensively directly at Brian.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Well, my point was the rule||
Well, my point was the rule is fine as written. I can't argue that 65% isn't good enough from the officials and I'm sure they won't argue it either. My point is that there are clear definitions to what is and isn't a charge and Wilbon was idiotically wrong about that. The people making the most noise about this are not educated on those rules, however, which makes this a frustrating argument for people who are educated on the topic and ultimately a fruitless discussion.
What is "consistently" missing a call? What is an acceptable number? I personally know the number that officials are expected to hit in the ACC is 90%. This includes all judgement calls. In addition to that, they are expected to be perfect in the final four minutes. I think this is a fair standard to hold offiicals to. The ones that fail to meet this standard are given less games - they aren't publicly admonished for it, they just simply aren't asked back.
Call more blocks. Hell, even go with a "when in doubt, call a block" mandate that is spoken but not written. I'm fine with that. However, these are large, fast individuals and most of these "egregious" calls we argue over are so close even on instant replay that two reasonable people can still come to a different conclusion over. You can't "fix" something that close (I think of it as a baseball pitch that hits the black.)
As a coach, I teach to get over and get position. It is not about "gaming the system" or playing cheap. It is about proper team defense and rotations. I want kids to move their feet and get into the proper defensive position and force the offensive player to do something other than have an uncontested layup. Late rotations result in a lot of blocks, which is fine, but you need to teach the habit. We want to force that player attacking the basket to settle for a pull-up jump shot or more ideally, kick the ball back out of the lane or abandon his attack on goal all together.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||How do you know that? I don't||
How do you know that? I don't think Brian boo'ed the team and I don't think he ever wished for their demise. There is certainly no evidence of that.
He quit writing articles about them during the year - fine. You can support a team without doing that. He called the team out for their underperformance. Fine. But he never didn't support them.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Putting them down like what?||
Putting them down like what? Also, I think there's a difference between 2010's mediocre (by UM standards) talent making a run and 2012-13's team full of future NHL'ers giving away half the season.
A: I don't think Brian was overtly negative, or at least not personally demeaning.
B: I don't think we should form opinions based on what we think Brian would have posted had we somehow pulled a miracle upset of Notre Dame.
Again, it's the worst team in a very, very long time. That's by objective standards. Thanks for the kids that worked their asses off and especially thanks to the seniors. However, they'll be the first to tell you that their season was shit.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I understand CoY's stance.||
I understand CoY's stance. They're the student section. They support the team blindly, as they should. As a former serious Maize Rage member, I do the same for basketball.
But it doesn't mean the season wasn't a failure. It was.
Just like I can admit the 2010 basketball season was a failure while still supporting the players, CoY should be able to just support the players and accept that there will be (rightfully) criticism of the season.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I'm sorry, but what's there||
I'm sorry, but what's there to be positive about? This is the worst Michigan hockey team since I was a toddler. Sure they made a decent attempt at salvaging the season, but when, by all accounts, you underachieved and did not bring effort for a significant portion of the season, I would say you're not exactly begging for positive reviews.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Dear Talking Head, Sliding||
Dear Talking Head,
Sliding under a guy after they have already left the floor is, by rule, a blocking foul. Therefore, the rule does not need to be changed.
But thanks for your sports "expertise."
|1 year 21 weeks ago||So, I wonder what Michonne's||
So, I wonder what Michonne's mindset is after all that.
Also, RIP the Ricktatorship.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||And buh bye.||
And buh bye.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I think the WD finale gets||
I think the WD finale gets the live treatment from me. However, GoT has an encore immediately after so it shouldn't be too bad. We should make an MGoEdict that next week it is TWD at 9 and GoT at 10 if you want to discuss it.
Of course, this will all be after Michigan secures a trip to the Final Four over Florida Gulf Coast, so in other words, best Sunday ever.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Why? Also: http://lmgtfy.com/||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||So... next week is Walking||
So... next week is Walking Dead S3 finale versus Game of Thrones S3 premier.
Can't wait, though after the last few weeks, I've become more excited about GoT and less excited about TWD. Hopefully tonight proves me a little wrong.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Beilein's offense is more||
Beilein's offense is more varied and dynamic than I think you give it credit for.
Darius Morris was posted up a lot under Beilein to take advantage of his great size advantage. I'm sure we'd see more of it if we had the players, but as everyone has mentioned, we're a little bit a way from having a guy we can just throw it to and let do work.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Ratingz, I'm sure. The||
Ratingz, I'm sure. The Michigan-VCU game is going to be a huge draw and a great way to kick off Saturday.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I am looking to unload some||
I am looking to unload some tickets if anyone is looking. I'm hoping to get $100 each for a pair of upper level, row 4 tickets and I'd rather make sure they go to a Michigan fan rather than a Spartan. If you are interested and can pick them up in Ann Arbor, feel free to respond and I'll shoot you an email.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Anyone looking for Saturday||
Anyone looking for Saturday tickets? I can't make the games (why????) and I'd rather unload them on some M fans if possible. Upper level, but row 4.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Heading out now! Go Blue!||
Heading out now! Go Blue!
|1 year 22 weeks ago||See, I don't think you can||
See, I don't think you can look at it like that. RIGHT NOW, no I don't think Dempsey could excel at any other sport (though, maybe, I'm not sure). I do know he is an elite athlete and if he had chosen, say, basketball, I suspect he would have been pretty succesful at that as well.
If we're talking about kids at a young high school age that could potentially excel in whichever sport they choose, then yeah, a lot of kids that choose baseball or soccer or lacrosse and don't play football could have probably been pretty good football players.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Well, remember we're talking||
Well, remember we're talking at the younger ages, not at an athlete's peak. Plenty of middle and high schoolers that are exceptional athletes in their peer group choose alternatives to football.
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