|8 weeks 2 days ago||It's a multi-day story once||
It's a multi-day story once people like Kaepernick and Harbaugh get involved thanks to the importance we place on sports in our society, which was clearly Colin's intention.
The issues he's concerned about have lingered for years/decades/centuries. It's not the end of the world if we talk about them for more than one "news cycle" (I'm in media/marketing, hate that term) here and there.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Supply and demand||
The corruption issues come because the NCAA's rules basically fix the price of a valuable product that has limited supply and high demand (the labor of high-quality college-eligible football players) at "scholarship, room and board." Markets being what they are, that rarely works.
Allowing schools to effectively compete on price through this kind of system will decrease the need for their boosters to do so behind the scenes. It'll create a more efficient market because everyone will be able to see roughly what their competitors are offering and players can openly share those offers in negotatiations with other schools.
Kids will get paid. Some will be worth it, some won't. But there's so damn much money sloshing around college football that it's good they'll see some of it.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Apropos||
Edit: No HTML5 video tag, huh?The scene in question, even if everybody else beat me to it while I was fighting drupal.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Not Constantinople?||
Admittedly, that's nobody's business but the Turks.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Ordinary people didn't||
Ordinary people didn't envision Rutgers in the Big Ten. And that was fine.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Disappointed||
That he felt the need to lie in his first press conference, when he called Jim Delaney "...a true leader and one of the greatest minds in moving intercollegiate athletics forward in a positive direction."
|39 weeks 14 hours ago||Oh the other hand, if this is||
Oh the other hand, if this is the kind of recruiting that Harbaugh pulls off with just one season of relative success in the program then imagine what the 2018, 2019, etc. defenses will look like.
I fully expect that once we get through some of the lingering echoes of "RICH ROD Y YOU NO RECRUIT OL?" and "Fred Jackson, RB whisperer" and "My name is Inigo Borges, you are my quarterback, prepare to die" and the like, the amplitude of our boom and bust years will smooth out pretty significantly.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Academics||
I know his Academic Gameplan was well-respected, any insight on whether some of that will stick around?
I wish Coach Baxter well -- USC is closer to Australia, he's just following his heart.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
Andy Katzenmoyer is the obvious example. Apparently the secret is to find a recruit so dumb that he doesn't realize he's just a freshman.
(More seriously, Malik Jefferson was a very good starter at LB for Texas this season.)
|45 weeks 6 days ago||General Studies major,||
General Studies major, according to official bio.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Would assume it's Mattison||
I would imagine that Gary isn't going to look at Jim Harbaugh and Greg Mattison and think, "Nope, the loss of DJ Durkin from that coaching staff leaves them with not enough coaching talent to help me reach my potential, I shall take my talents elsewhere."
|48 weeks 2 days ago||I love Kalis on Harbaugh||
"Other than his enthusiasm unknown to mankind?"
Compare and contrast the way these guys talk about their coaches to the way the Buckeyes are talking about their coaching staff.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||This would be excellent.||
This would be excellent. Rotate it each year between the Van Andel Center and The Palace (or the new Joe Louis Arena if that'll do hoops) so that nobody's got "home court" advantage.
I've always loved the GLI in hockey, this is that idea taken to the next level. Winner gets a block of fudge from Mackinac they get to lick once before putting away for the year and a Shinola watch embedded in a petoskey stone.
|1 year 1 week ago||April 1993||
And a posterboard sign: "YOU HAVE NO TIMEOUTS LEFT"
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I seem to remember||
That Baxter's a proponent of using your first-team/rotation players on special teams, since they can swing a game so wildly on something like this play or a blocked punt.
Chris Kluwe had a piece in SI recently talking about how one of the biggest determinants for whether or not a NFL special teams unit will suck is whether it's full of backup offensive players who don't know how to pursue and hit anybody.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I approve of it as well||
And that's the official judgement of the guy who newgrouped alt.music.ska-core on Usenet, to add an additional layer of mid-90s nerdery.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Love the "no trash talking" Harbaugh rule||
That'll save us (or earn us) a critical 15 yards somewhere down the road, probably against a team wearing green & white or scarlet & gray.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Cam Newton||
Suggests you "trust, but verify" when it comes to Auburn being the cleanest of recruiters.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Or, for that matter||
The "two-part question" that contained no actual questions.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||If your RB's regularly||
If your RB's regularly running into defenders while still in the backfield, the fault is rarely with them. It's more likely with the blockers and playcalling that allowed those defenders into the backfield in the first place.
Only guys like Denard or Barry Sanders could regularly be expected to make the first guy miss behind the line of scrimmage.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Love it||
“Uh…what are you asking?”
I've been a reporter and host a podcast and I fully recognize how much harder it is than most people realize to ask intelligent interview questions, but way too many beat writers in Ann Arbor seem to be especially bad at it in these sorts of situations.
(That being said, I'd usually try to save my actual questions for 1-on-1s to keep other reporters from having the unique information that I wanted for the story I was planning on writing. But still.)
|1 year 5 weeks ago||This is the nice thing||
It's been "Ugh, if he's starting then we must not have anybody better" for too long, now we're starting to move to "Wow, if he's not starting then it must mean that we've got somebody even better."
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I'll repost what I said over||
I'll repost what I said over the gameday thread then try to add a bit:
The big theme of the day was that this is the 150th anniversary of Michigan athletics, with the baseball team being the first sport. Lots of video of athletes in all sorts of sports training -- first time I've ever seen a women's track and field athlete throw a discus in a Big House video. Halftime show of the band was celebrating that, spelling out all sorts of words like COMPETITION and EXCELLENCE and TRADITION and YOST and ending with THOSE WHO STAY. (Plus a cool animated band stick figure thing with soccer and basketball players and the flag corps playing the ball.) Some voiceover bits from various Michigan people, from the drum major to Schlissel to football players and beyond reading Yost's "this Michigan of ours" piece.
Most of the video board interstitials were those short "Who's Got It Better Than Us?" videos they've been running in social media.
They welcomed the freshmen and other new students in the crowd to the Michigan family and had the rest of the crowd give them a round of applause.
Beilein won a NCAA sportsmanship award and got it in the endzone. Place got a bit loud for him, as well as for the WWII veteran who left UM in 1942 to fight in the Pacific they introduced.
Even the flyover was slightly de-Brandonized -- yeah, there were a pair of jets that went over, T-38 trainers from some Air Force training unit on the East Coast. But the twist was that the two pilots were USAF lieutenant colonels who were both Michigan Engineering graduates. (There was apparently some parachute thing from SOCOM that got cancelled because of weather. I'm slightly concerned that our elite commandos can't parachute through relatively high clouds and hit a 100 yard x 55 yard target.)
In general, a very happy and engaged crowd. Louder than I'd heard it in a while.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||The stadium experience||
Beyond the play on the field, the stadium experience was night and day. There wasn't a single advertisement on the video boards that was trying to get us to have our weddings at the Big House or download an app or join the Victors Club or some such. We were asked to go to the field hockey and volleyball games, that's it.
The pregame hype video was spectacular, I need to find it online. Chills.
Sponsors were much harder to find. Pom poms were unbranded. There wasn't even an ABC Sports banner hanging on the wall that I could see.
The band now has a hype video. They played a heck of a lot more between snaps and series. Even the volume on the scoreboard speakers was down pretty significantly -- which was an issue because it was hard (at least where I sit under the press box) to hear the referee's penalty calls.
At halftime, the "This is no longer Dave Brandon's Michigan Experience" vibe lost all pretense at subtlety when the band started spelling out things like "TRADITION" and "YOST."
It was the least monetized I've felt at a Michigan game in many years. Then they started running the ball up the middle out of an I formation and holding the opponent to 1/11 on third downs.
It was glorious.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||That was my initial thought,||
That was my initial thought, but then I started wondering what it's going to look like once we enter conference play and every P5 conference goes a cumulative .500 against P5 competititon every week...
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Best part of BYU-NEB video||
Is the BYU player briefly hugging the field judge who signaled the touchdown.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Meh||
As a former reporter and editor...nah. Asking a question that the interviewee won't answer isn't a bad thing. If Adam had been doing a one-on-one interview and left without enough to write a story that's one thing, but in a press conference format where he's transcribing a Q&A rather than working up a bylined piece it's good to try to get something that'd be of interest to his audience rather than more "talk about..." fluff generated by the general-audience beat writers.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Turnover margin||
Stupid question: Do blocked punts/kicks technically count toward turnovers? What if they're recovered vs. turned over on downs?
Because if so, the Baxter Effect may come into play in moving the turnover margin given our inability to do anything meaningful in this component of the game in recent years.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||You can take the boy out of Michigan||
"...over at the Weber’s..."
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Ferentz is gone the instant||
Ferentz is gone the instant his buyout cost drops below the GDP of a Baltic state. Harbaugh may be able to do many things; accelerating that process probaby ain't one of them.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Golden Boot||
And virtually as we were discussing this, the league announced it:
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Amateurism||
Teams in the NPSL are either amateur or semi-pro. The amount an NPSL team can pay a "professional" player is minimal -- I think the salary caps are $1,200 per team per game, and no more than $2,000 per player per season.
(This doesn't count allowable travel/lodging/food expenses that teams can cover for amateur players. Many NPSL teams provide summer lodging and per diems for NCAA amateurs.)
NCAA-eligible athletes play just for the amateur teams, and they also follow the rules that allow no more than five players from any one team on a roster to enforce rules against organized offseason activities. Additionally, teams that have active NCAA coaches can't have players for that coach's team (so DCFC, which is coached by MSU assistant Ben Pirmann, has no active MSU players).
NCAA programs, before they have players spend a summer with an NPSL (or PDL or other amateur league) club, make sure that the club complies with the amateurism rules so as not to screw up a player's college career.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||So||
Those who can, do.
Those who can't, teach.
Those who can't teach get BTN jobs.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Yeah, that's #NPSLlife stats||
Yeah, that's #NPSLlife stats tomfoolery -- the guy who had 13 goals had 10 in the regular season, then three were in the playoffs. Whalen's 11 goals (as with WMB) were all during the regular season.
I do think they've got a really solid team this season. That MSU match on a Halloween Saturday night on Senior Day should be epic.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||WMB||
Excellent preview, but one quibble: WMB didn't win the Golden Boot in the NPSL this season. I don't know who won nationally, but Will was behind Drew Whalen (Madison 56ers/Western Illinois) in the Midwest by a goal and I think there may have been others ahead of them elsewhere in the league nationally (their craptastic statistics-keeping makes it hard to figure out.)
I think one of the big questions for Michigan early this season is going to be how well McAtee is back up to speed after being pretty badly injured while playing for Detroit City FC in May, and how well VanSlooten does after not having played for so long. If they get the rust off quickly that'll help a lot in the early going.
McAtee said that their goal this season is to make the NCAA tournament, whether that's by winning the B1G outright, winning the tournament or making it in as an at-large. He and the other seniors talked so much about "team chemistry" that it sounded like there may well have been an issue there in years past.
(Posted this to the forums so apologies for duplication, but our DCFC podcast just posted an interview with WMB, McAtee, Murphy & VanSlooten today.)
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I'll take "The Rapists" for||
I'll take "The Rapists" for $400, Trebek.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The other terrible option is||
The other terrible option is that Shane wasn't told about his diagnosis on Sunday but found out on Monday when Hoke did. (In which case, medical professionals should lose their licenses.)
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The "fundamentally decent man||
The "fundamentally decent man by all accounts" thing that I really wanted to believe about Hoke was one of the things that died for me with Shane's concussion. Not just with what happened on the field, but with all of the plausible deniability, weasel words and lack of responsibility -- Shane was diagnosed on Sunday with the concussion, he and Hoke spoke Monday before his press conference but Hoke "wasn't told" about the concussion until after the press conference? A "fundamentally decent man" wouldn't have allowed himself to be kept in the dark as to the health of one of the players in his care for a day or more just to be able to say plausible things to reporters.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||That was it for me as well||
The concept of Legends Jerseys seemed to me to imply that no current player would be as great as any past player, and that they should always be compared to the guys who'd gone before rather than create their own legacy.
I see #16, I'll always associate it with flying dreadlocks and a giant grin racing down the field. #2 will have a rose in his teeth and be making a one-handed interception against MSU. #21 is striking the Heisman pose. Let guys create their own legacies, don't force them to be a footnote to somebody else.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Geography||
Flip Notre Dame & Penn State. Little impact competitively, your geography issue there is solved.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I REALLY loved Ready Player One||
And was slightly disappointed in Armada. I know my expectations were probably excessively high, but it felt insubstantial, especially in terms of characters.
I'll still buy whatever he writes next. Sophomore slump is a real thing.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Excuse ME?||
|1 year 15 weeks ago||"Who the fuck are Man||
"Who the fuck are Man United?" -- Bayern Munich
|1 year 15 weeks ago||They're going to reopen the||
They're going to reopen the Circus Maximus in Rome for the occasion.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Jeff Moss will be there, too!||
And venom. Don't forget the projectile venom.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Michigan can't continually||
OK, I'll bite. Why?
This is college athletics. We are not putting sports in to receive money back out as in the NFL or NBA. Rather, we're putting money in to get sports and the community that grows around sports back out. As long as we're making enough money to fund the sports programs and hopefully contribute to the University's general fund, then who cares whether or not some other school is getting $1M or $10M more a year from adidas than Michigan is getting from Nike?
We're building palaces for Olympic sports, so at some point the athletic department is going to run out of places to spend the money. Make the fans happy with good-looking gear, make the players and coaches happy with a brand they love and leave good enough alone. Chasing the almighty incremental intercollegiate athletic dollar is what turned Dave Brandon into a anthropomorphic giraffe puppeteer who has to figure out how to compete with Amazon and Walmart.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Lest we forget.||
Lest we forget.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||No doubt.||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Fans at MLB ballparks all||
It's also the difference between soccer fans and soccer supporters. The fomer is a somewhat passive "Yay team, good job!" spectating, and the other is wholehearted engagement in the game and attempting to influence the outcome by channeling passion to your team while knocking the other team off their game by (virtually) whatever means necessary.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Even as a rabid DCFC||
Even as a rabid DCFC supporter, I think the mindset of "all soccer fans should agree to do X, because Grow The Game" is one of the things that's held soccer back in America for so long.
Support your club. Love your club. Grow your club. I think that having fourth-tier or lower clubs in Pontiac, Rochester Hills, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Muskegon in addition to Detroit is actually a very healthy thing, even though I'm contractually obligated as a member of the Northern Guard to remind them and their laughable "supporters" that they suck. Some of these clubs will survive, some of them will not, some of them will thrive and grow into something bigger. At the end of the day, we'll have an ecosystem where otherwise, we'd have (maybe) one bigger DCFC that's a single failure point for "soccer" in the region.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||With all love and respect for||
With all love and respect for the coach and the program, if you're a top-flight WR, why would you commit to Michigan? Historically, Harbaugh's offenses have been great if you're a QB, tight end or running back.
As for his WR history, he had competent guys like Doug Baldwin and Ryan Whalen at Stanford and good-but-not-greats in Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Manningham and late-career Boldin and Moss at the Niners. He hasn't really shown either the inclination or avocation to really coach up a great wide receiver at any of his stops that I can think of.
The upside is that his offenses don't tend to need world-beating WRs the way some others do. So I think we can take the solid guys all day long, get a guy who wants to wear #1 every few years and be just fine.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I wish there were some way to||
I wish there were some way to code the MGoBoard software so that when a commenter submits a reply on a recruiting post, the equivalent of a "WATCH THIS AD BEFORE VIDEO PLAYS" interstitial popped up reminding the commenter that they're talking about a high school kid making one of the most important decisions he'll ever make; that we have a tiny fraction of a percent of understanding about this kid's life and situation and does the commenter really, really want to continue with their planned post?
Are you sure?
No, seriously, are you really sure?
Would you post this if he were reading over your shoulder?
How about if his mother were sitting next to you?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Did your plot begin with||
Did your plot begin with trade embargo exposition? No? Then it was better.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Always hated the Legends||
Always hated the Legends jerseys. Precluded creating new "legends" and implies that the current guys just aren't as good as the former guys.
I mean, credit to Gerald Ford for being a solid player and even in the 1940s making team MVP as the center was pretty impressive, but say Desmond Morgan has a Butkus Award-quality season or something. We'll never look at 48 on the field and think "Aw yeah, remember that great Morgan season when he decapitated Cardale Jones at the goal line?" Instead, it'll be "Pardoned Nixon. Decent guy. Lost to a peanut farmer."
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Three clones of Craig||
Three clones of Craig James?
That's, what, 15 dead "ladies of negotiable affection" at SMU?
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Alert IT||
I hope that MGoBlog has upped its italics font storage space on the server or you're going to run out halfway through the season thanks to Drevno pressers.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||AFCAA? Cumong, man.||
My ongoing efforts to get you to a Detroit City FC game have failed (as far as I know) and instead you're going to follow a team that doesn't even have an actual league? I get geographic loyalty and all, but you wouldn't go to EMU rather than UM games just because you lived a few blocks closer to Ypsi on Washtenaw.
As for your Michigan rooting interests, your Wolverine contingent for DCFC this season includes Colin McAtee, William Mellors-Blair and Andre Morris plus former greats Latife Alashe, Zeke Harris, and former UM captain and current Pioneer head coach Kevin Taylor. Maybe you can carpool?
(Oh, and the instant he graduated Sparty's former captain Ryan Keener fled Lansing United to come play for DCFC as well this season.)
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Because the only thing that's||
Because the only thing that's a remotely comparable experience to being in a good soccer supporters' section is being in a good college student section. All the stuff that makes those so much more fun than the boring people sitting elsewhere in the stadium is magnified. Then, add flags and banners gratuitously insulting the opposing team.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||I prefer to have rooted for||
As a fan, of course that's true. But in making and enforcing these rules, the NCAA's blatantly putting school and fan interests over those of the players.
Would Denard have had more success playing for non-Borgesian OC? Almost certainly. (Remember the "al borges denard fusion cuisine is not made to order" MGoBlog tag?)
The NCAA says that it's committed to "The collegiate model of athletics in which students participate as an avocation, balancing their academic, social and athletics experiences." Making a young man forgo a year of that avocation just because he decided he'd rather go to a different academic, social and/or athletic experience puts the lie to that statement in my mind.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||There are two people from||
There are two people from whom I received an email in my life that made me feel truly special. The first was Vint Cerf, which was like getting a phone call from Alexander Graham Bell.
The other was Terry Pratchett -- he was an early USENET aficionado and I'd sent him an email after I discovered his books, he responded very kindly. (I do remember one line from it -- I'd apologized for not knowing whether it was good manners to email him, he responded in part with "It's OK, I don't have manners. I have mannerisms.")
His death opens the "Greatest living writer in the English language" race up for meaningful competition again.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Moving Pictures is a fairly||
Moving Pictures is a fairly simple standalone as well, as is Monstrous Regiment. Unseen Academicals is relatively standalone but IMO ties so much into his latter series of books that deal with prejudice -- Fifth Elephant, Thud, Snuff, even Raising Steam -- that it benefits from being read together with them.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Vetinari||
"Don't let me detain you."
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Calling Gardner "experienced"||
Calling Gardner "experienced" minimizes how jacked around that poor guy was:
Year 0: QB (medical redshirt) for RichRod
Year 1: QB for Borges
Year 2: Wide receiver then QB for Borges
Year 3: QB for Borges
Year 4: QB for Nussmeier
He never had two full seasons in a row in the same role for the same offensive coordinator at Michigan. The fact that he was functional at all is a testament to his adaptability.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Except that it's not really a||
Except that it's not really a "transfer" when it comes to grad school, right? You''ve gotten your degree, you graduate, you select another institution for graduate school. You wouldn't say that you graduated from Michigan with a B.A. and then transferred to Duke for law school.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I also think Harbaugh is in a||
I think Harbaugh is in a "win always" mentality.
See: Tag, laser-powered variations on.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||When will he commit?||
Someday, I suppose.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I’ve already transcribed over||
So Rosenberg wouldn't return your calls?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Not an MGoLawyer, but I think||
Not an MGoLawyer, but I think Brian's pretty safe under the "rhetorical hyperbole" test for defamation law.
As an aside, US courts have held all of these words/phrases to be protected statements of opinion and not defamatory statements of fact: "idiot," "raving idiot," "stupid," "moron," "nincompoop," "raving maniac," "pitiable lunatic," "wacko," "nut job," "crazy" and "crank." So, there's plenty of words left for further discussion of Dave Brandon.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Exactly. Brandon thought that||
Exactly. Brandon thought that Michigan sports were the product being sold and that black numbers on the balance sheet were his desired outcome.
His mindset should have been that the numbers on the balance sheet only have meaning insofar as they allow Michigan sports to achieve sustainable excellence for the benefit of the athletes, the students, the alumni and the wider community that gathers around them (with maybe some money thrown into the university's general fund once we're done building Olympic sport palaces).
|1 year 36 weeks ago||The thing that got me about||
The thing that got me about Brandon is that for a marketer, he was fucking terrible at marketing. I could not tell you to this day who his target demographic was for the loud flashy shiny bits he instituted. When you're standing at a tailgate and the 10 year old, the current student, the 40 year-old and the 70 year-old are all complaining about the gameday environment, who's left to impress?
Being a Power 5 athletic director means that your job is conservation, not reinvention. It's the difference between selling Coke and selling Red Bull or Monster Energy. Dave Brandon tried to sell us New Coke and Crystal Coke and Vanilla Cherry Caffeine-Free Coke and special commemorative Coke cans and experimented with different-shaped bottles when all we wanted was a goddamn Coke in a red can like we've been drinking for decades. We spent decades thinking that maybe we'll have kids and they'll be Coke drinkers too since they grew up with it in the fridge, or maybe we'll get our new spouse to change from Pepsi to Coke, and along the way Coke will grow its customer base and make more money and everybody will be happy. But Brandon pissed us off so much that we're finally saying "Yeah, sure, whatever" when the waitress asks us if Pepsi is OK.
Now, we're looking forward to attacking that ice-cold Coke with enthusiasm unknown to mankind.
 - Mileage may vary in State College, PA.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Yes, with the caveat that it||
Yes, with the caveat that it be done sustainably and in a way that keeps the culture and the soul of the club and its supporters intact. The owners had a Q&A session a few weeks ago when they said that they'd "like to play other teams that have fans," but also that they want their kids growing up cheering for DCFC. That's a fine line to walk.
Anybody who wants to get the full DCFC experience: Come to Harry's Bar before the match, tell people it's your first time, join the march to the stadium. The atmosphere is great college student section with more flags, pyro and profanity and no TV timeouts.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I can't imagine an SID doing||
I can't imagine an SID doing an embargoed release for the departure of an assistant coach and it'd be hard to imagine a media outlet accepting that embargo.
More likely, you've got the situation of reporter(s) whose livelihood depends on access to the staff and players and who made the decision not to become Public Enemy #1 in the program by throwing a grenade into a recruiting class. (If we're looking for a name for this kind of journalistic earth-scorching, I nominate "Rosenberging.") Reporter's got the choice of blowing up his cushy and increasingly-rare sports reporting gig or breaking a story that nobody will remember in six weeks, self-preservation wins out.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||You're no longer||
You're no longer getting your money's worth.
Well, that depends on what I'm spending it to achieve. If I'm just paying taxes to educate my child (and that gets into Michigan's public school funding, which is overwhelmingly state and not local dollars), then you may have a point. But if I believe that educated children in my community are a societal good that I'm willing to pay taxes to achieve, then no, I'm actually getting exactly what I want.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I spent way, way, way too||
I spent way, way, way too much time in that damn pool. I went to ULS but we didn't have an indoor pool of our own so we used GPS and Parcells.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I'd much rather have a safety||
I'd much rather have a safety making downfield irrelevant than a corner making field or boundary side irrelevant.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I live in Grosse Pointe, have||
I live in Grosse Pointe, have my whole life. There is, yes, both subtle and unsubtle racism but it's honestly getting better as the Old Guard starts dying off.
Stats I've seen suggest that something like 15 percent of GP South and 30 percent of GP North students are African-American, which is much higher than when I was going to school back in the 80s. My son is in public elementary school and has a multicultural range of friends and classmates, and his Little League/community sports teams are a much healthier mix than I remember growing up.
The thing about the school rankings is that you've got more kids than we used to who transfer into the schools later in life and don't have the same K-6 or K-8 or whatever prep, so their test scores will inevitably be lower and that brings down the averages. That's not a complaint, that's just the truth, and the district's making a concerted effort to address what's a pretty new challenge for them.
What that doesn't do, though, is bring down the achievement of the individual students who have been in the Grosse Pointe schools their whole lives. In other words, a kid like my son who's lived in Grosse Pointe and been in its schools his entire life will do as well as he's going to do regardless of whether there's a kid from Harper Woods who didn't read until 3rd grade or a 9th-grade transfer from Detroit whose parents wanted to get him out of Denby or whatever. They don't affect his achievement.
So, to answer your original question, yes, the GP public schools are punching out just as many U-M qualified students as they ever have. They're just dealing with more kids at the lower end of the educational spectrum at the same time and that shows up in rankings.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Hope he gets a #1 back job||
Hope he gets a #1 back job someplace. Was never really the right situation for him, but he stuck it out, got his degree and leaves with class. Best of luck, man.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||It's like Calvin Johnson.||
It's like Calvin Johnson. Dude never looks like he's running all that fast until you see the DBs dropping further and further behind.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Agree. He's got redshirt||
Agree. He's got redshirt written all over him.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||As a fan, you love people||
As a fan, you love people like Rob Lytle.
As a parent, I would not want my son to have his life. I would not want to have lost my father so soon. I wouldn't want to lose a brother or friend or teammate like this.
I'm glad that we are slowly, painfully and incrementally starting to realize that there's life after and apart from sports, and trying to protect young men and women -- sometimes from themselves -- so that they don't sacrifice their minds and bodies on that altar. As a Little League coach, I've pulled kids from games and started the concussion evaluation protocol that sends them to their doctor before they play again and I've never, ever regretted it even when their own parents thought I was being overprotective. It's just not worth it.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Some of my most vivid||
Some of my most vivid memories of 1997 are that bootleg to Tuman ALWAYS being open.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Also||
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Exactly.||
Despite what other issues there may have been, our world is better for having had Denard Robinson in it as a player and as a person.
He was a happy warrior during some tough times and while he may not have played pure Michigan Football, he was, is and ever more will be a Michigan Man.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Harbaugh to Michigan reminds||
Harbaugh to Michigan reminds me of when "movie stars" first started taking roles on great TV series, like when Martin Sheen did West Wing, Glenn Close went on The Shield or Alec Baldwin did 30 Rock. The Hollywood insiders couldn't believe that they'd take "lesser" jobs, and that of course they'd come crawling back. But some of these great actors have decided that they prefer the creative environment, the work style, the comfort of a multi-year engagement, whatever...and it's become common. Nobody blinks now when Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey do a season of True Detective, or when they build a TV show around Oscar winners like William H. Macy or Kevin Spacey.
You've always had a couple of great coaches who preferred college to pros, but I think you'll be seeing more and more who look at the meat grinder that is the NFL coaching carousel and the statues they put up for people like Nick Saban and think "You know what? I might not love recruiting but I sure as hell don't like trying to make a cornerback who makes more money than me show up for practice, I'm gonna go make millions at a college, win the conference championship that NFL fans don't care about but college fans love and let my daughter graduate from the same high school she started at." (Next season, at least 25 NFL teams will have changed their head coach since 2010.)
The TV/film analogy also extends to the idea of the "quality" of the gig. Harbaugh's an insane competitor. So be it. But just as a Kevin Spacey can stretch himself on TV because Frank Underwood's such a great role, so can a competitor like Harbaugh measure himself on the recruiting trail and on the playing field against other insane competitors like Meyer and Dantonio on a regular basis. Does anybody really get worked up over beating the pants off Jim Caldwell or Joe Philbin or Doug Marrone? Once you start getting a critical mass of great coaches in the Power Five who are making equivalent money to the NFL, the idea that a college coaching gig is "lesser" than an NFL job will go the way of the "movie star" concept.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Well said||
And with that...yes, your wife is correct, that's enough Internet for today. Merry Harbaughmas Eve to all, and to all a good night.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Oh, so that's what leaders||
Oh, so that's what leaders and best look like.
I'd forgotten, it's been a while.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||If you were a truly competent||
If you were a truly competent reporter, why would you want an NFL beat? The players never say anything worthwhile, the coaches are overwhelmingly robotic football drones, the league itself makes Fort Schembechler look like your aunt's Facebook in terms of information openness and you're going to spend half your time effectively on the police blotter beat.
It's the same thing that's made the White House beat lose its luster among actual journalists -- you reach the top of your profession just to become a nominally independent stenographer for the institution you nominally cover. Even the stories you "break" are fed to you by people with agendas who are giving you specific information for their own purposes, whether it's directing energy policy or calling out the troubled cornerback for "character" issues.
If you do become an independent watchdog on the institution, you get frozen out, lose access, never get the quotes you need on time and end up losing your job.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I don't know whether he's||
I don't know whether he's been anti-Semitic or not (although it wouldn't surprise me), but Moss has been so hateful to so many people for so long that I can't take anything he says seriously at all and won't read his stuff.
The quality and quantity of terrible things he'll say at or about people he doesn't like -- which basically includes everybody in Detroit with a sports media job at which he thinks he'd be better, plus pretty much every member of every team's front office -- is astounding. Ever since Tom Kowalski (RIP) passed, he doesn't appear to have anybody who can tell him to take a breath and maybe not wish quite so many people dead for being bad at their jobs.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||It'll be booked||
Mark Hollis will have scheduled a neutral-site basketball game there.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||He's a columnist, not a||
He's a columnist, not a reporter. As a former reporter, there's a substantive difference between the two jobs.
(And yes, he's terrible. But as a 17-year veteran of media relations in Detroit, we should be so lucky to have Sharp be the worst ever. That's a high bar to clear.)
|1 year 47 weeks ago||If it's Jim Harbaugh, that||
If it's Jim Harbaugh, that might change the equation. Mattison got his first real coaching break under Jack Harbaugh and was John's DC at the Ravens. There's ties there that predate Hoke that might make him more likely to stay -- and more importantly, make Jim more likely to keep him around.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I see||
Him in the nonprofit world. I do a lot of work with nonprofits, and way too many of them suffer from a lack of true leadership. There's plenty of nonprofit executives who care, but ones who lead are much thinner on the ground.
We know Devin's got the caring down. He's got the education to do good work in this space. I think he'd make a real difference in this world if that's the path he chooses.
But whatever he does, I'll forever be grateful for giving us something to be proud of during this long dark teatime of the football soul. During the HC discussions I've said to friends that I'd rather be ashamed of the team on the field and proud of it off the field than vice versa, and he's the Platonic ideal of that concept.
Go Blue, Devin. I'll be cheering for you today regardless of outcome.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Bachelor of Athletics||
Here's a model:
If you don't think that sounds like a legitimate degree program...I suggest you take it up with the Department of Dance. Because that's a very light edit of the BFA in Dance description from their site and I don't see people clutching their pearls over those graduates.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I went to UM-MSU soccer||
Hell of a game, some really nice goals on both sides. Chippy, physical, everything you expect players from the two schools to be no matter what sport's being played. (Maybe not rhythmic gymnastics, I guess. But I'm sure there's trash talking there.)
We almost had the highlight goal of the season, when MSU's keeper Zach Bennett made a terribly boneheaded decision to come way out on a long ball and Colin McAtee swiped it from him and almost scored a 90-foot or so quasi-bicycle kick empty-net goal -- it went maybe four feet wide.
(And for all the guff the students take over showing up or not showing up for football, credit to the Michigan Ultras for making the bus trip to support their team. There were a lot more Red Cedar Rowdies (MSU's soccer supporters) there, but the Michigan contingent held their own.)
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I've wondered what the||
I've wondered what the Harbaugh factor is here. Greg worked for Jack Harbaugh at Western Michigan and for John with the Ravens. With the caveat that I don't know what his interpersonal relationships are with any of them, maybe he'd like to complete the Harbaugh collection by DC'ing for Jim?
(And maybe Jim would be more open to keeping an existing DC when it's somebody with such family ties and success.)
That being said, Jim's got an OC and DC who followed him from Stanford to the Niners and could theoretically come with him in a package deal. But I don't know that I see them taking the effective demotions from NFL to NCAA, especially since the DC Vic Fangio has been a candidate for a couple of different NFL head coaching gigs. (And I don't know that I'd want Greg Roman running Michigan's offense, fans in San Francisco aren't terribly fond of him and consider him Borgesesque.)
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Dave Brandon is going to live||
Dave Brandon is going to live on Domino's Farms with a nice family that loves him very much.
|2 years 3 days ago||Thanks||
Never really cared about college soccer (wasn't a thing in my day) but as a Detroit City FC supporter it's good to keep up with the UM players we came to know and love so thank you for these. McAtee's the most surprising -- DCFC didn't run its offense through him and he finished the season with no goals and three assists in six matches. Very excited to see WMB hopefully put it together, he's often visibly the best player on the field in NPSL play where there's a lot of other good college players involved.
Planning on going to MSU on November 2 for the UM-MSU match, they're making it a fundraiser for the Hooligans for Heroes charity we support.
|2 years 3 days ago||I was in the stands with my||
I was in the stands with my wife (LSA '92), her sisters and their husbands. The youngest sister was an MSU grad. The middle sister didn't care about sports and her husband, who was from New England, didn't care about college football. The calls to "let's just leave" got louder and louder over the course of the game, but I braved increasing crankiness from the rest of them because you just Don't. Leave. Games. Early.
Until UTL1, that game was at the top of the "Amazing sports moments for which I was present" list.
|2 years 1 week ago||Don't give Adidas any ideas.||
Don't give Adidas any ideas.
|2 years 1 week ago||Approximately nobody||
Will vote for or against Rick Snyder because of anything Dave Brandon did or didn't do.
(And you should hear the hardcore, old-school cigar-smoking Republicans at my tailgate bitch about Dave Brandon.)
|2 years 1 week ago||What's the point of collegiate athletics?||
I once talked with then-incoming Wayne State University president Dr. Irv Reid when he was announcing some investments in their athletic programs. I'm paraphrasing, but his reasoning was that for a university, athletics are really the only time where you've got undergrads, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni and surrounding community members all intermingled and interacting in a meaningful way. In many ways, sports serve as the commons of the modern American university and Dr. Reid thought they were worth investing in for that reason.
I think that mindset is antithetical to Brandon's apparent view of his constituencies -- donors, sponsors, maaaaaybe the athletes themselves. The fans in the stands aren't stakeholders -- they're eyeballs to be sold, wallets to be tapped, display mannequins for branded apparel and a backdrop for the TV cameras.
|2 years 1 week ago||Also, Crisler renovations||
Also, Crisler renovations were planned and approved by the Regents on his watch. A nontrivial portion of the basketball program's success over the past few seasons can be attributed to Martin laying the groundwork.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||That press release||
Contains three words guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of any Michigan fan:
"Representatives from Adidas"
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Poorly phrased on my part, I admit||
Expanding on what I meant with that particular bullet point -- I don't mean to denigrate what Brandon did athletically at Michigan, but there's both a qualitative and quantitative difference in the experience between a starter on even a MAC conference champion team and that of a reserve who appears in one game in his career. It doesn't mean that one worked "harder" than the other, but there's different demands on time, different pressures, different relationships with coaches, teammates, professors, media and fans, different experiences in class and between classes, etc.
That comparison doesn't automatically make Brandon a bad AD or mean that he's deficient, but when "Brandon played football under Bo Schembechler and was a member of three Big Ten Championship teams" is the second sentence in his official AD bio then I think we're allowed to talk about how relevant that experience was to his current position and whether or not we think that's an important background for any future leader of the department.
I think there's value to an AD (or any leader) having first-hand experience with as many of his constituencies as possible, and a guy who was an NCAA tournament-level athlete as well as a women's basketball coach at the DI level stands out to me.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Even Morrissey didn't think||
Even Morrissey didn't think Morrissey was okay.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I'm sure you could convince||
I'm sure you could convince the Band to include them in a rendition of the 1812 Overture, commemorating a victory over a tyrant who believed it was his right to remake traditional societies to his own liking and who installed incompetent figureheads with nominal connections to the conquered lands in what had been positions of real power.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||To get on the ballot||
As a nonpartisan candidate (I assume?) for statewide office Brian would need to file petitions signed by at least 30,000 people, including 100 registered voters in each of at least seven of the state's 14 Congressional districts. (Rule of thumb is that you want to file double the number of required signatures because it's absurdly easy for opponents to flyspeck your signatures if they feel like it.)
Once he does that, it would take something pretty significant to knock him off the ballot.
Of course, the filing deadline for this upcoming election for an independent candidate was back in July and at this point, the best he could do would be to file as a write-in by the October 24 deadline.
(Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, but have been involved both as a paid consultant and a volunteer in campaigns in Michigan.)
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Oh, that was in there as||
Oh, that was in there as well. I didn't want to reprint the whole thing.
(And honestly, while the letter was "to" Brandon, the intended audience was the President and Regents as I think telling Dave Brandon to stop going after the whizbangiest BRANDMARKETING!!! thing is like telling a raccoon to stop knocking over garbage cans. It's just his nature.)
I've got 20 years in marketing/PR and my issue with Brandon isn't that he's trying to get more money out of the program, it's that he's so earthshatteringly BAD at it. He's alienating every single stakeholder segment other than corporate sponsors and Stephen Ross, and the corporate sponsors are out the door next once the fans stop showing up and the TV and radio ratings crater.
He's lost my 70 year-old family friend with whom I've been going to games for 30 years. He's lost 43 year-old me. He's lost the students who are the next generation, and he's not attracting my 10 year-old son who's the generation beyond that. As I said, with whom is the strategy working?
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Very nice||
My email to Brandon (cc Schlissel and the Regents) included a similar concept:
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Ugh||
On behalf of PR people everywhere, there's plenty of us who think this is just as horrible as everybody else does. (Honestly, when there's stonewalling and obfuscation it's far more often from the lawyers than from the PR team. We're communicators, we want to communicate.)
Sadly, UMAD has failed Crisis Communications 101:
The form of that response is superficially there in Brandon's statement (read it again with the above bullets in mind) but the overarching thing the statement lacks is truthfulness. I've been doing this for almost 20 years and I've never knowingly lied -- not just because it's wrong, but also because what your parents told you is still true. You will always get in more trouble for lying than for admitting what you did wrong in the first place. It just doesn't work.
Mark my words, this statement will absolutely come back to burn the department. Somebody somewhere knows what Brandon and Hoke knew and when they knew it and that's going to come out. And like every scandal from the Dreyfus Affair to Watergate to Monica Lewinsky to Teapot Dome to Iran-Contra and beyond, it'll be the instinctive, flailing coverup of something otherwise survivable that blows everything out of the water.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I don't.||
Regardless of the jackassery of the AD, Hoke has a moral responsibility to his players to know what's going on with their health and well-being. He should have made every effort to find out how Shane was doing, whether he'd been diagnosed with a concussion or not, how he was doing emotionally after that disaster of a first regular-season start, how his ankle was doing, etc.
Hoke clearly didn't do so because the program wanted to preserve plausible deniability for him at Monday's presser. And that's unacceptable, because that means they put the political health of the program and its leadership over the basic human responsibility Hoke had to that young man.
Can you imagine Canham telling Bo not to check in on the health of one of his players on Sunday so that he could pretend ignorance to the media on Monday?
|2 years 4 weeks ago||No.||
The fundamental rule of coaching these days is that if a player takes a hit to the head and exhibits any changes in behavior at all, you take them out immediately and have them passed by a qualified medical professional before return to play. That's actually written into state law in Michigan for youth sports through high school.
Hoke and the other coaches' failure is that they left Morris in for the next play. That, right there, regardless of whether or Shane he had a concussion, was a failure of a basic responsibility of any coach from the earliest youth leagues up to the pros. You don't guess. You don't diagnose from the sidelines. You don't let the player decide. You protect his brain, because it's more important than the game.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||"Well Schembechler Hall is||
"Well Schembechler Hall is locked and so is the practice field in the back and I know my platitudes so you're gonna need Brandstatter for that,"
|2 years 4 weeks ago||I sit on the west side of the||
I sit on the west side of the stadium about 40 rows up from the Michigan bench and they were as energetic on the sidelines as I've seen in a while (at least during the first half of the game). Lots of bouncing around and towel twirling for the defense.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Dave Brandon should be an NFL||
Dave Brandon should be an NFL marketing executive where he could live his daily dream of putting football in and having money come back out.
Then, the rest of us could go back to the Michigan experience of putting some money in and having football and community come back out, plus some extra money left over to fund a volleyball team or two.
Mr. Brandon, we are not the University of Michigan's customers.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I have a Detroit Lions shirt||
I have a Detroit Lions shirt that says "Rebuilding for 50 Years."
It makes me terribly sad that come the end of next season, we can start talking about Michigan rebuilding for a decade.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Because fathers are incapable||
Because fathers are incapable of instilling discipline and excellence other than through fear and abuse?
I'm a father and I've been a coach (albeit in youth sports). I would never want my son or any young man scared of me. Apart from basic humanity, it would completely destroy my ability to actually teach them.
You think there's a single kid in Crisler Arena who's scared of John Beilein? No, they love the man like a father and they want to compete and win for him and for each other.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Hoke gave some insight on his||
Hoke gave some insight on his thinking on this during his radio show last week. Brandy asked for questions from Twitter and it came up:
Hoke's response included the concept that Hagerup's "got a real big leg," which...OK? But it would seem to me that a punter having a real big leg would be a factor in favor of getting as many gunners downfield as possible to corral a returner in the extra space downfield created by said booming leg. If your punter sucks, your gunners have a lot less room to cover to get to a returner.
(Edit: Whoops, hadn't seen that Brian had quoted the first tweet in his earlier UV post. Oh, well. Leaving it here for posterity.)
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Featuring Dennis Norfleet as||
Featuring Dennis Norfleet as Rincewind.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Putting on my professional PR||
Putting on my professional PR guy hat for a moment here. If I were in UM Athletics PR, I'd tell Hoke to say something along the lines of:
"We are instituting a policy under which we will no longer talk about injuries unless they're season-ending. There's no value to the program in having a team that's preparing to play us have detailed information on whom they may or may not face on Saturday and how that might affect our game plan. I also would like to create a certain zone of privacy for these young men who shouldn't have the details of personal health challenges splashed across the entire country. I recognize that this might be unpopular among some of the fans and certainly among those of you in the media who are in the business of predicting what's going to happen on Saturdays, but I think this is the right decision. If an individual player wants to discuss his personal health situation with friends, family or the media, that's his right but we've talked about this with the team and they're supportive of the new policy. We will review this policy at the end of the season and talk with all of our stakeholders, including fans and the media, to get feedback on it moving forward."
That defuses the overwhelming majority of the gripes and lets him go forward.
(And while he's not gonna say it, the people who complain the most about no injury reports are Vegas linesmakers.)
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Coach Kipling||
Interesting insights, hadn't thought about it from an educator's perspective before.
However, since I'm an English geek, what this reminds me of more than anything else is Rudyard Kipling's poem "The 'eathen," which chronicled the life of an enlisted British Army recruit "from Gawd knows where" who, thanks to the application of pointed encouragement by his NCOs and fellow soldiers gets his act together:
And because the recruit is hammered into getting his act together, he rises through the enlisted ranks to Colour Sergeant (think staff sergeant) where he holds his men together through example and prior training to win the battle:
Now, I normally dislike "sports as wars" analogies because I think that's fundamentally insulting to people who fought in or were affected by real wars, but Kipling's poem from 125 years ago is still relevant today when we talk about taking young, undisciplined men and making them part of a team that's going to be asked to function in a hostile environment.
To finish off my Kipling tangent, compare and contrast the above with his poem "That Day" about a unit that broke and retreated because of poor training and discipline:
|2 years 7 weeks ago||"His job isn't to be a good||
I dunno, man. That way lies Nick Saban, Jim Tressel, Lane Kiffin, Bobby Petrino, Brian Kelly, Barry Switzer, Dennis Erickson, Jimmy Johnson, etc. I really don't want to be cheering for a man I'd be uncomfortable having coach my son.
Do I want a guy who wins? Yeah, of course. But a "good man" who wins in a revenue sport isn't a unicorn -- Michigan's got one right next door at Crisler. I don't know if Hoke can win at Michigan but I'd rather be embarrassed on the field and proud off it than the other way around.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Who was the reporter||
that asked "I'm pretty sure you have a plan for your offensive line...?"
That was a quality troll right there.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||NPSL||
There's already NPSL teams in Lansing, Dearborn and Detroit. Adding another team in Ann Arbor will just further dilute the talent pool -- most other markets in the region (Indy, Cleveland, Cincy, etc.) have just one NPSL team.
May I suggest that instead of trying to grow an Ann Arbor NPSL team, it'd be worth an Ann Arbor-area soccer fan's time to support Detroit City FC as it gets ready to grow into a higher league? DCFC's already selling out Cass Tech, their attendance is up there with some NASL teams, most people seem to assume they've got a season or two at most before they jump up to a pro league like USL-Pro or even NASL.
Plus, the supporters' stands at DCFC home matches are everything you ever wished a student section could be:
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Careful||
That's getting very close to a lemon party. Which is unfortunate.
(DO NOT Google that phrase. Especially on a work computer or one that you may share with children or a significant other known to wander through browser histories.)
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Space constraints?||
Brian gives us 10,000 words on strong safety and you're worried about space constraints?
I kid, I kid. Thanks. WMB was fun to watch this summer and seemed to hold up against solid collegiate-level competition in the NPSL. I heard Chaka shut him down early with DCFC to get ready for the U-M season.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Got to watch Arnone, Alashe,||
Got to watch Arnone, Alashe, Mellors-Blair, McAtee and VanSlooten play for Detroit City FC this summer.
Any thoughts on Mellors-Blair? When he was healthy for DCFC, he had serious playmaking ability. (Five goals and three assists in eight matches.)
|2 years 9 weeks ago||When every reasonably||
When every reasonably intelligent football fan in the stadium or watching at home knows what play you're going to run given the formation and personnel you've got on the field, then you can safely assume that the opposing $750,000 defensive coordinator who's had all week to just prepare for you has your SSN and credit card number and is exchanging flirty texts with your wife.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||And if they give the public||
And if they give the public what the journalist thinks they need rather than what the public wants, they're the definition of "unemployed."
The list of successful "Eat your broccoli, it's good for you" journalists is very, very short. Izzy Stone made it work with his newsletter in the 1950s and 60s, and there's some bloggers who can pull it off for niche audiences, but not a lot manage to get paid by somebody else to do it.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||As a former journalist and||
As a former journalist and current PR guy, I don't think that's terribly fair toward journalists in general. There's some really excellent work being done out there, even while economic pressures kill the resources they need to get the job done right.
(Note that I mean print when I say "journalists." "Broadcast journalist" is an oxymoron.)
As for sportswriters, that's a tough gig. They're dealing with a Groundhog Day situation where there's very little that's ever truly new under the sun, and when they try to commit actual journalism by breaking news their subject wants private they run the risk of losing the access that differentiates them from uncredentialed bloggers (no offense, Brian). They're also dealing with an environment where players and coaches have so many millions of dollars at stake that they've become terrified of saying anything actually meaningful that could reverberate around social media, comment sections and fan forums and hurt their future earnings potential.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||There are even stupider||
There are even stupider people out there who think it's still a thing. Commenter on Angelique's Detroit News article on Mattison's defense today: "Shane will be the quarterback by Utah."
(Yes, I know, don't read the comments. MGoBlog spoils me in that regard.)
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Akron and UConn would like to||
Akron and UConn would like to have a word about discounting cupcake nonconference opponents.
I mean, yeah, in a rational world you're correct. But rationality's been in pretty short supply around these parts in recent years.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||+1 (maybe) for dealing with||
+1 (maybe) for dealing with this correctly, minus several million for Lizzy Seeberg.
Notre Dame has a long way to go until I can pat them on the back for anything involving player discipline for off-field infractions.
(Edit: hadn't seen that others had already raised that situation. Didn't mean to pile on, but my issue with ND stands.)
|2 years 10 weeks ago||This is one of those||
This is one of those situations where it's strange to be a college sports fan, in that I found myself relieved that this young man is injured. I had to remind myself that the normal human reaction should be, "Oh, how terrible for him, that sucks, I hope he gets better," not "Phew, good to know that his performance might improve at some point."
As I get old enough to plausibly be a college player's father, it's interesting to watch my viewpoint on this stuff change.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||"Coach really stresses it’s||
"Coach really stresses it’s not about what we know as coaches, it’s about what they know because they’re the ones that have to play."
I wonder if Hoke ever said that to Borges, and if so what response he received.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||What toppings may he receive||
What toppings may he receive on his bagel given his current status?
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Shame||
One moment of abject stupidity and the arc of his entire life is changed. No excuse at all for what he did and he has to be gone immediately from the program as well as face the legal music, but I can't help but think of all the hard work he put in over years and years to get to the point where he's a Michigan football player on scholarship to a great university...then poof, it's all wasted.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||That's where the Air Force is||
That's where the Air Force is supposed to be, no?
|2 years 11 weeks ago||I was wondering more who was||
I was wondering more who was driving the Shane Morris bus.
I like Shane, and I look forward to seeing him lead Michigan. Next year.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||All I care||
Is that they don't fuck with the helmets. I barely kept myself under control with the matte helmet for the 2013 Outback Bowl, and there was juuuuust enough tradition to get away with the helmet numbers that showed up in UTL1 and that the players liked, but the first chrome helmet I see...I riot.
We've gone through enough jerseys over the years that I don't feel too strongly about playing around with them every now and then as long as they don't go Full Maryland, but the helmets are neck-and-neck with The Victors for me in sacred Michigan symbology.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Let's just remember what||
Let's just remember what binds every Michigan and Michigan State graduate together:
They all applied to Michigan.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Forget Hoke||
Where is Dave Brandon and what have they done with him? I would expect it to be the Michigan Football Wow Experience Open Practice Sponsored by Kraft, and we find out about it by FOIAing the fireworks permit and jet fighter overflight documents and cross-referencing with Beyonce's scheduler.
Oh, and some guy in the band Tweeting that Brandon's charging them $5/apiece to attend.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I went||
I had free tickets.
It was ungodly boring. Boring soccer, boring crowd outside of tiny supporter groups. Pick the most sedate Michigan Stadium crowd you've ever heard and then remove a rooting interest from at least half of them.
There may have been 109,000 there (and that seemed like a relatively legit number, not UMAD greasepenciling) but I swear we're louder in the stands at Cass Tech for Detroit City FC matches with 3,000 of us than 109K were unless A) somebody scored or B) Ronaldo moved from Point A to Point B.
Also: They played Seven Nation Army to start the match and after each goal. Add fireworks and you've got Peak Brandon.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||If he's going to go to UCLA,||
If he's going to go to UCLA, I hope he's a strong swimmer.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||The "25 players, 25 cabs" Red||
The "25 players, 25 cabs" Red Sox teams of the mid-80s are the traditional rejoinder to this.
Hell, Shaq and Kobe won three rings together and couldn't stand each other.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||He manages to prove himself||
He manages to prove himself ignorant of an entire Jeopardy! board's worth of topics in that column. Law, psychology, marketing, economics...
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Yeah||
I'm really feeling a lack of "wow experience" here.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Based on a friend's son's experience||
And not on any deep research into the rules, once you've enrolled in a DIII school you have to sit a year before playing for a DI school in one of the Big Four sports. (Although my understanding is that if it was an NAIA school the NCAA wouldn't care.)
|2 years 13 weeks ago||You can have an outside job||
You can have an outside job but you're not allowed to earn more than $2,000 over any academic year if you're a full-ride athletic scholarship student.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I made money in college||
Working as a theater tech. When it was a school production, I worked for free as part of my schooling. But when an outside production came in and paid rent to use the theater and we worked lights or sound for them, then I and my colleagues got a check through the school.
I did not feel like I was being taken advantage of when I made sure that our drama department's Henry IV/2 went off without a hitch, and I did not feel like my education was diminished by getting paid to run sound for a local nonprofit's fundraiser at which I mic'd up Spike Lee.
Teaching someone to make a living does not preclude you from compensating them when their work helps you make your living, Coach. That's why I pay my interns today.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||The closest I've come to||
The closest I've come to being in an actual fight since I was 12 (short maybe of the time when I got in a scuffle with a German ex-con in a Strasbourg bar) was walking into the Horseshoe in 2002 when a drunk Ohio fan in a mesh jersey over his camo overalls took offense to my good-natured trash talking with some OSU sorority girls and took a wild, drunken swing at me. To their credit, the other OSU fans in the line shoved him away and I was able to watch that heartbreaking game physically unscathed.
For the record, the line that really pissed him off was when the girls asked what I thought of the Horseshoe and my response was, "It's like a real stadium, only smaller."
MSU was terrible. Notre Dame was pleasant. Honorable mention to going to see Syracuse at Toledo, most Texas high school games have more pomp and organization.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||At the end of the day, the||
At the end of the day, the decision needs to be made as to whether we're trying to grow soccer or grow soccer players. This proposed change would be good for the development of college players, but would pretty much eviscerate the PDL and NPSL amateur leagues if they couldn't get any college kids over the summer.
As clownshow as those leagues can be at times, I think that'd be a net negative to growth of soccer in the US because there are clubs in those leagues having success in bringing fans out to watch soccer in markets like Detroit, Chattanooga, New Orleans, Tulsa, etc. (Heck, a Lansing United-Detroit City FC match at MSU's DeMartin Stadium drew more than 2,000 fans, at least double what MSU normally draws there.)
If soccer's going to be truly successful in the US it can't solely exist at the MLS level. The rest of the pyramid needs to be healthy as well, and that means amateur outdoors summer leagues that can attract casual fans with NCAA-quality soccer and give them that $5 ticket option to take the family on a Sunday afternoon. If the NCAA is finishing its season in June and shut down until fall but the players are training with coaches year round, you're saying "no soccer for you" for the summer in any community that doesn't have at least USL-PRO.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Brava||
Love your work on EDSBS (and random Twitter snark) and would love to see more of it here.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Yeah, I'm moderately||
Yeah, I'm moderately optimistic about the interaction between a competent pass rush (with depth) and a competent defensive backfield (with some depth).
More coverage sacks, please.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Tough one||
Honorable mention to the 1995 5-0 Purdue mud-sleet-snow-crap game, which went through misery all the way through the other side to a strange kind of awesome. Only game that came close for me in terms of weather was the 1996 Boston College game when Matt Hasselbeck was their QB and it rained so hard at times that you couldn't see a third of the way across the field.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||My understanding of NFL||
My understanding of NFL licensing is that individual NFL players sign their image rights away to the team for anything NFL or team-related but retain those rights for other endorsements. The NFLPA only gets involved when there's six or more players involved.
As far as individual players getting paid, my understanding is that the NFLPA gets something like a 10 percent cut at the wholesale level of jersey sales, with (IIRC) 75 percent going to the individual player and 25 percent going to a pool for all active players.
(Note that this is possibly outdated info from a one-time engagement on behalf of a potential sponsor. I am neither Darren Rovell nor a lawyer.)
|2 years 20 weeks ago||DCFC||
Brian, given your soccer nerdery have you ever made it into Detroit for a Detroit City FC match?
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I blame the US Soccer "Grow||
I blame the US Soccer "Grow the Game" mindset. They've got this belief that you have to be a "soccer supporter" and get behind whatever the highest level of soccer is in your community, as well as support whatever barnstorming friendlies might show up.
What they're not doing is growing clubs, which are the core of the sport everywhere else in the world. The cities where there's been organic growth of soccer in the US tend to be the places where an ownership group has decided to grow a club rather than The Game, and the fans/supporters have built a community around that club to the point where it's moved up the tiers of the pyramid (a.k.a "faux-motion.")
Here in Detroit, we've got 3,100 people showing up for Detroit City FC's fourth-tier NPSL matches played on Cass Tech's football field because the owners decided to grow a club and a culture and the people showed up in droves, while "better" soccer across town draws 100 people to a match at best.
(For the Michigan connection, UM incoming transfer William Mellors-Blair is playing for Detroit City FC and he's an absolute stud. Chaka's got a great one there.)
|2 years 22 weeks ago||I wish the kid well and hope||
I wish the kid well and hope he decides to end up at Michigan after all, but I'm also on your side in thinking that there's a certain Inigo Montoya "I do not think that word means what you think it means" in the use of the word "commitment" when it comes to college recruiting.
It's got the same relationship to the everyday meaning of the word as "dating" does in middle school to what you do after college.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Oh Lord||
"Oh Lord, but what about the times when there was only one set of footprints in the sand?"
"Those were the times that Jim Delaney wandered off in search of additional revenues."
|2 years 28 weeks ago||That's where I am as||
That's where I am as well.
Stauskas had virtually nothing left to prove or accomplish. GRIII less so, but I don't begrudge either of them their decision or think they're making a mistake.
I do, however, think Mitch only had a flash at the end of last season and hints at the beginning of this year of his personal Beilein-Assisted Breakout (tm) and he really would benefit from showing a full season to NBA talent evaluators.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||It's better than the bad old||
It's better than the bad old days of athletes having to call press conferences to proclaim their not-gayness because they were worried about losing sponsorship dollars.
See: Piazza, Mike.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||And if he gets injured||
Hey, free Canadian health care.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||I like this idea a lot.||
I like this idea a lot.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Different times, different realities||
You're saying only four-year players should get retired jerseys?
I get your point and I'd have to answer "no," but are you saying re: Burke that we should be retiring somebody's jersey because of one great season? Same issue applies, you have to go back into history and re-evaluate past players for that metric as well.
I don't know how we look at it, I don't claim any true insight or absolute certainty on the topic. Without going Full Hoke, maybe what I'm trying to say is that if we're going to be retiring jerseys in the modern era, we do so for Michigan Men. You'd be hard-pressed to find somebody who meets that description more than Jordan Morgan.
At some level, it's like the Detroit Tigers retiring Willie Horton's number. It wasn't just for his play on the field, but also for the time he went out to try to end a riot while wearing his uniform and everything else he did in and meant to the community.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||/wave||
Hey there, that's me. And I completely get the "idiot" response because, well, guy who's going to be designing medical devices rather than lighting up the NBA or even Greece next year. And there was absolutely a healthy amount of heat-of-the-moment emotion behind it so I'm not on top of the "Retire #52" barricades.
But my rough thinking, in more than 140 characters, is thus:
Look, unless we recalibrate for the modern era, the chances that we'll ever see another Rudy T or Cazzie or Glenn Rice are somewhere between slim and none. So we either decide "Welp, done with jersey retirements forever" or we try to identify the guys who are standouts when compared to their peers, who meant something special to the program, or in some other way earned us pointing to the rafters and explaining to our kids who they were.
Is that J-Mo? Man, I don't know. I think it could be. I do know that as much as I loved Burke and Stauskas, it would rub me really raw to immortalize a guy who was good one year, great the next and then took off for the NBA. I don't begrudge them that decision in the slightest, but that's not what I want to celebrate with my nine year-old son when I take him to Crisler.
(On the other hand, let's stipulate that retiring Morgan's or anybody's jersey just because Brandon can sell a corporate sponsorship on the "THANKS J-MO" glowsticks that he'll hand out to boost attendance against Coppin State during midwinter break is both likely and an abomination. But that's another post altogether.)
|2 years 30 weeks ago||It's an emotional, immediate reaction||
But I think it's at least worth considering retiring #52. Was a huge part of bringing the program back, plus the whole "also got his engineering master's" thing.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Here I was||
Planning a "We named the Terrier Indiana" joke and you beat me to the meme.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||This image||
Is why the Graphics Interchange Format was invented.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I like a team that doesn't||
I like a team that doesn't turn the ball over and doesn't foul a lot come tournament time, even with the caveats that yes, phantom Morgan calls will occur and non-B1G refs sometimes don't understand the kind of manly enthusiasm with which baskeball is played in the Midwest.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Careful with wording||
We don't know that what Gibbons allegedly did rose (or descended, I guess) to criminality.
The university goes farther than the criminal code in terms of what kind of behavior is not acceptable. Also, the threshold of proof is much different, it's closer to a civil case than a criminal case under the changes to Title IX.
You may be right and he might deserve to be in jail, but we don't know that and, apparently, neither did the university nor the police and prosecutor. The same goes for everybody calling what he did "rape" or calling him a "rapist." That may well be true, but we don't know that and shouldn't say it without more information.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Smotherman||
It'd be funnier if he were offense-only. He'd be a candidate for the Prince Fielder Ironic Sports Name Award.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||FOIA-FERPA is state-by-state||
In Michigan, the FOIA Act only exempts "Academic transcripts...if the transcript pertains to a student who is delinquent in the payment of financial obligations to the institution." However, state courts have found that releasing individuals' college or university transcripts falls under the "Information of a personal nature if public disclosure of the information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of an individual’s privacy" exemption, in part because of the expectation of privacy under FERPA.
(Not a lawyer, but have had to become familiar with this for other purposes.)
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Beilein is my hero||
Cannot overstate how incredible a job he's done with this team given what he lost and how clearly coaching comes into play (fouls, turnovers, etc.). He has to be a strong candidate for Coach of the Year.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||UM was favored by KenPom||
Great game, but I don't think a win at home when you're favored is Muppet-worthy even with Walton's illness creating bad feels right before the tip.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||There's kids in Sarasota, and it's a circus||
It was the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and all of the kids of the circus performers who still live there and other locals put on an annual circus performance that is pretty damn impressive for adolescents and teenagers.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Tell that to Da'Shawn Hand.||
Tell that to Da'Shawn Hand.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Recruiting HAD to affect this timing||
Hoke knew that as soon as the news broke that Borges was gone, every HC and OC in the country would be going after Michigan's offensive commits. I would imagine that the "leak" of Nussmeier had at least tacit approval from Schembechler Hall to nip that in the bud.
Really nice footwork on the reporting. Good to see that the reaction of the recruits to whom you spoke was what we'd hope: "Hey, upgrade!"
Would LOVE to hear what George Campbell has to say.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||American Football Coaches Association||
Has its convention next week. I imagine that was the impetus for the timing of the change and Hoke will come away from that having either made a hire or having a pretty damn good idea who his shortlist is.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I hope Borges ends up where he belongs||
Which is, I think, some sort of NFL position. He's clearly more comfortable with complex, traditional offenses where he can assume a certain level of execution.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Yep||
Plus, on the East Side, we have these things called "indoor rinks" where you don't have to wait for it to be freezing cold outside before you can play hockey. Our MHSAA Division II/III schools do pretty well by themselves.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Bellomy||
According to Hoke.
Given that Bellomy practiced for the first time post-ACL in early December...well, lower your expectations even further than they may already have been. (Not to take away respect for the kid coming back as quickly as he did, though. Maybe not Jake Ryan-fast, but he blew his ACL in April.)
|2 years 44 weeks ago||I've never understood the "Walmart Wolverine" thing||
By that logic, you're not allowed to care about college sports until after high school, and somebody who doesn't go to college isn't allowed to root for anybody.
I didn't go to Michigan, but my mother was getting a master's degree in the School of Public Health in the '80s when I was becoming old enough to care about sports in a meaningful way and one of the ways that my parents ensured that we'd have good family time together even though she was working full-time in Detroit and going to school in Ann Arbor was to do football Saturdays together.
I didn't earn my Michigan fandom in Walmart. I earned it in Michigan Stadium watching Anthony Carter, Steve Smith, Butch Woolfolk, Mike Mallory, Jim Harbaugh & co.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||On USENET, there was a concept||
Of the "Eternal September." It used to be that when the Internet was primarily accessed through academic systems, September was the time when freshmen would get their first Internet access and cause problems in USENET groups and MUDs and the like until they learned the rules of the road. Come September 1993, AOL opened up USENET to its users and the supply of stupid became inexhaustible, some people reckon that we're still stuck in that eternal September. (See also: The Attack of the Christmas Modems.)
My concern is that 2013 could have the same level of permanence, as we sit here thinking "Well, it can't be this bad forever."
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Live by the sword, die by it||
Or, more literally, we can't be talking about how we hope Cal commit Vic Enwere flips to Michigan or happy with PSU commit Jared Wangler flipping to Michigan and then offended when a Michigan commit flips somewhere else.
Yes, I recognize that pretty much every single school out there (maybe with the exception of service academies) continues recruiting other programs' commitments. Maybe we need to come up with a different word for it, like "Best Guess" or "Most Favored SportsNation" or something that gets us to Signing Day, when real commitments happen.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Qualitatively||
You have to add in the fact that apart from Notre Dame and tOSU, this just wasn't a fun football team to watch this season. It's one thing to talk about margins of victory or defeat, but even some of the wins should count for Arbitrary Heartbreak Points -- I walked away from watching Michigan beat Akron and UConn more depressed than I have after many of their losses over the years.
As for the Lions...whatever. I look forward to the 57th season of their rebuilding process.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||My father||
Explained that I only have one sibling because he and my mother didn't want to have to switch from man to zone defense.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||The Trolls were created by||
The Trolls were created by man. They evolved. They rebelled. There are many copies.
And they have a plan.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||As a long-timer lurker here||
I say hooray. I'm one of Brian's 10% who read but don't post until very, very recently when the hope of improving the signal/noise ratio drove me to finally register. I'd bought MGoShirts out of a feeling of obligation long before I registered for the forums, since I'd honestly felt for many years that as a relatively casual Michigan fan I'd not had anything to add to the conversation.
It's unfortunate that the level of discourse here has gotten to the point where I feel like the stupid crap I have to say is potentially a relative improvement over the median comment. I'd much prefer going back to the "Welp, they're better at this than I am, I'll just read it and nod along" MGoBlog that drew me in years ago.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I think this gets into The Process||
It's sounded like a key part of The Process is that Hoke & Co. are consistent and truthful with players and recruits alike. In all of the recruiting coverage, a constant theme from commits as well as current players is that the coaching staff is "real" and "honest" and "not fake" and the like.
I know that college players often end up in a situation where the best-friend-ever coach who recruited them turns into Vein-Popping Brian Kelly Impersonator once the kid's on the practice field/court/rink/etc. I think one of Hoke's advantages is that he somehow manages to be the same guy in the recruit's living room, on the practice field and on the sideline.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||"Individual breakdowns"||
He's not incorrect, but his playcalling was far too often an individual breakdown in and of itself.
If your players aren't getting it done, scheme in such a way as to hide your weaknesses and play to your strengths. When you have a 6'5" mismatch receiver, throw him some arm punts if you're not able to convert on third downs. When your interior offensive line is the greatest weakness on the team, minimize how much you run up the middle or call plays that take time to develop in the pocket. When you clearly can't run the ball against a defense, don't trust play action to work. When your RB can't block, don't keep him in the back field as a blocker and give the defense another (probably unblocked) rusher.
Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
I believe that Borges is an excellent offensive coach when he has the right players to execute his schemes. (Honestly, he's probably better suited for the NFL where there's a consistent level of talent.) What he hasn't shown me and where his resume seems to be weak is in his ability to work around deficiencies and make something out of nothing.
I've really never been somebody to jump on the RAWR FIRE SO AND SO train because I try to keep in mind that these guys have forgotten far more about the game than I'll ever know and no, they're not idiots. Borges is quickly on his way to becoming an exception to that rule for me.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Just make sure||
That you don't post a GIF of a play that somebody else has GIFed elsewhere before you.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||For those who want to know what Hoke could say||
As a PR guy by trade, this is basic crisis communications:
So, if I were writing Hoke's opening statement:
"Obviously, our team didn't get it done yesterday and we didn't produce on offense. I know the fans expect more, and they should. At the end of the day, as the head coach, it's my responsibility and I'm sorry that we didn't meet the expectations that everybody involved with Michigan has for this program. We'll take a look at what worked and what didn't work in the upcoming week and move forward as a team, coaches and players together to get ready for Northwestern. Again, I know the fans are disappointed with our performance the past two games, as are all of us in that locker room, and I'm sorry."
Doesn't throw anybody under the bus, doesn't suggest taking off and nuking Schembechler Hall from orbit just to be sure, but defuses at least some of the fanbase's "Y U NO GET IT?" rage.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Not just RB and OL coaches||
How about the QB coach?
I don't consider myself a tremendous football expert but it looks to me like some of the things that Devin's not always good at (quick check-offs, decisions under pressure, recognizing open receivers) are skills that can be worked on with a QB coach...which is a role that Borges reserves to himself.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Somewhere||
The American Outlaws are looking at this and thinking "Why haven't we progressed to blood-spattered flags yet?"
|2 years 51 weeks ago||That's too bad for him||
I wonder if he can get an injury redshirt and come back to complete his ninth year of eligibility?
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Man, I came here to complain about position coaches||
I guess I'll give that a rest for a bit. Curse you, basic humanity!
Edit: Welp, that username doesn't work. I'll have that fixed, sorry.