|1 day 2 hours ago||Yes, I was going to make the||
Yes, I was going to make the same point.
I am definitely less intelligent after having read the block-quotes from the fisked article.
|1 week 6 days ago||Interesting that Chatman is||
Interesting that Chatman is listed as a "guard/forward". I know we know he's quite versatile, but I also think we assume he'll start at the 4, which is of course very "forward".
Doyle also listed as "forward" rather than "center".
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you, Seth. A beautiful||
Thank you, Seth. A beautiful tribute to your father. My condolences.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If you're going for positive,||
If you're going for positive, why hold back?
Why not the 1 year anniversary of the 10-years-in-a-row National Championships?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||And...that's also the answer||
And...that's also the answer to your original question.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Because then you wouldn't||
Because then you wouldn't need to buy new ones every year. Duh.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Apparently, GR3 didn't really||
Apparently, GR3 didn't really love school and felt he was playing out of position, so probably not. To be clear, I don't say any of that to denigrate him...he is humble and hard working and was a great team player in spite of the above.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Of course he can shoot||
Of course he can shoot it.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Did I say you can't? I'm one||
Did I say you can't? I'm one of those dudes that has to tell certain family members to cool down - that just because the US didn't win a game against a top 5 team in the world, it doesn't mean the players are all gutless and talentless and shouldn't be let outside. Did you miss the part where I said your points may well be valid and I was just curious?
But your aggression on the subject kind of tells me what I need to know. You're not actually interested in discussion and debate, you just want to vent. It's cool...I suppose one former player (who could well have a grudge for some personal reason) knows better than the German soccer federation and Bayern Munich, not to mention Sunil Gulati, who all hired the guy.
Nobody's perfect, and I'm personally not qualified to evaluate Klinsmann. I was hoping you could help, but I guess not. Which is not a knock...like I said, I'm not qualified either.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||And a huge kudos to the||
And a huge kudos to the players for drawing up that play in the dirt. If only their fitness instructor of a coach could set them up for something like that.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||And yet...||
...with all of that, Wondo finishes and we're still playing. Not to mention that we had the better of the run of play with Portugal, who beat Ghana, who tied Germany - point is, you can't really ever use the transitive property in sports.
Just curious what your soccer chops are to tear down Klinsmann like that? And particularly without being in the practices, etc. to know what works and what doesn't. You may be eminently qualified, and may have valid points, just curious.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I suppose you also hate||
I suppose you also hate college football and basketball, because the NCAA is shit.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||Nah...||
They're clearly only interested in playing cupcakes...
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Hornets are also a popularly speculated...||
...landing spot for Nik.
If that were to pan out, I might have to adopt a second favorite team!
|6 weeks 2 days ago||In reading into the quotes,||
In reading into the quotes, it probably goes something like..."you're going to practice against Spike Albrecht and that's going to prepare you for the NBA? Only the best of the best come to Kentucky. If you're not good enough for the challenge, go to Michigan. Remember who won the region and went to the Final Four last year."
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Congrats.||
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I agree that the game meant||
I agree that the game meant much, much more to MSU than it did to Michigan, but we didn't have our seed locked up. Had we won, we'd have been in Virginia's spot, with MSU likely in Duke's (and Duke in ours). I'd have liked our chances in that region better, both at the time and in retrospect.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Ok. Now we just need Jalen||
Ok. Now we just need Jalen Coleman.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||This. Everyone wins if you||
This. Everyone wins if you can just share. If you stop doing it altogether (video games, specific jersey sales, etc.) then NOBODY wins. I suppose nobody winning is fairer than one side winning, but why have nobody win when everyone can win? Dumb.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||Let's not state things in||
Let's not state things in absolute terms. What if the words were "Please strike me, I beg you" or "I'm going to do very bad things to your mother right now unless you stop me"?
/s, kind of
|8 weeks 2 days ago||NVM||
Posted with more detail below.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Huh?How about, don't profess||
How about, don't profess to speak for what others are interested in reading.
You can have a criticism...one example would be, "I highly disagree that Klinsmann made the wrong call on Donovan, for reasons (a) and (b)."
If you don't believe World Cup Soccer is relevant on this blog, then you should probably reframe your expectations, but more seriously as others have suggested...just ignore those posts.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||The best part about the national acclaim...||
...is it will give him that much more clout when he recruits for Michigan. It can only help him reel in other top talent around him, which he'll be surrounded by at these events.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I hear you, man. I can't||
I hear you, man. I can't believe that he and thousands of other athletes wouldn't agree to continue to have their likenesses exploited so that other people could get rich and you could enjoy playing a video game!! Those selfish bastards! Ed, think about the kids and their desire to play video games before you go and worry about your well-being or health next time, prick.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I think you're missing a||
I think you're missing a healthy heap of sarcasm.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||At least you know that it's||
At least you know that it's always scheduled during a specific time of the month (of January).
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||And yet your signature||
And yet your signature specifically refers to auto downvotes based on what could be your user name?
Or am I just missing the sarcasm on that?
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Like I inferred, we clearly||
Like I inferred, we clearly have more to sell...it's just that Izzo does in fact have something to sell, even if not as much as we do.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Well, he does have (a||
Well, he does have (a different) Harris, and recency is powerful.
I agree with your point, just that Izzo does have something he can sell, even if we know it's BS.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Or the Seattle.....dammit.||
Or the Seattle.....dammit. You're right, definitely the Denver Nuggets.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Goran MaDragician, amirite?||
Goran MaDragician, amirite?
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Just out of curiosity...||
...from a non-diehard...
What is Babcock's tie to either Red or Michigan? He didn't go there, play there, coach with Red, or play for him (as far as I can see on Wikipedia...apologies if I'm dead wrong on that)? Just general affinity and geographical proximity for many years?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Fuck Cancer||
I'm with you. One of my closest childhood friends, late 30s, with two beautiful 5 year old daughters, is in the hospital this weekend from complications due to the melanoma he's been fighting for the better part of a year. It's tragic.
My condolences for your loss.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Why in the world would you||
Why in the world would you want someone back under those circumstances? That is 100% against what we are all about as a program.
|14 weeks 4 hours ago||Nah...with just Mitch this is||
Nah...with just Mitch this is a Sweet 16/National Championship team (#1-3 seed)
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Not good at basketball?||
Not good at basketball?
Unless you're currently earning a paycheck playing the sport, methinks your tone is a bit...off.
|15 weeks 3 hours ago||Guys like Chad Ford are||
Guys like Chad Ford are well-connected and their predictive power gets better as the early entries clarify, things begin to settle, and they start getting real feedback from real GMs and scouts.
This is a huge jump for McGary. I guess the question is, how well-connected is this Chris Mannix dude?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Presumably, corner shots go||
Presumably, corner shots go in at a higher clip than other three point shots, and at better than 1/3 worse than two points shots other than at the rim, hence the expected value per shot is higher. That's my guess.
And it refers to all corner three shots, not just unassisted.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||That's not why Beilein played||
That's not why Beilein played him at the 4. Beilein played him at the 4 because:
- Won the B1G by 3 games and a tip-in away from two conference titles in two years
- National championship game appearance
- Elite Eight appearance
- Most efficient offense in the country followed by the most efficient offense in the history of KenPom
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Coming from someone who's||
Coming from someone who's story is not all that different than yours....this doesn't make sense. I think the fundamental mistake you're making is thinking that the monetary compensation is linked to effort level. It's not. The monetary compensation is linked to economic generation. You only begin to touch on this in your point #2 in your last paragraph, and to that I'd say, if they chose the university for the primary purpose of doing the engineering/art/math/any other thing you refer to, and pretty much have to spend 40+ hours per week on that thing, and lots of other people surrounding them are getting systematically richer and richer every year as a result of their efforts, etc. etc. then yes, they should.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||It takes an exceptionally||
It takes an exceptionally talented person to reach the peak of relevance that Simmons reached. It takes a true legend to maintain that peak for more than 10 years. Whether Simmons has hit that second status or not, I'm not opining on, but my guess is that he knows that anyone's shtick would get worn out over time, and hence he's moved on to other projects like 30 for 30 and Grantland. I for one appreciate it and don't feel like he owes me something.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I have no idea why you're||
I have no idea why you're catching so much flak so far. I genuinely appreciate the effort and analysis in your post...it's quite interesting. Let's hope you're right!
I do disagree with your insinuation about his legacy, however. I think if he gets out now, while the getting is good, nothing that comes after will accrue to his responsibility. History would only remember the good stuff. But if he sticks and misses the tournament a few times, then everyone will note the downward trajectory at the end.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||These are all great.||
These are all great. Thanks!
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Nice.||
Or Married to the Bench Mob
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Dakich has probably earned||
Dakich has probably earned one.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Don't get me wrong, I'm not||
Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. Whatever Beilein is doing is working great. I'd love to see us get to that next level; maybe we need to win a national championship, maybe we can never get there and be clean.
My only point was that we're not here because of getting above the radar guys. We're here because Beilein (and staff) is an elite talent evaluator, and an elite talent developer.
If this is the ceiling, it's a hell of a ceiling and I'll take it all day long.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah but we got most of those||
Yeah but we got most of those guys (McGary and Chatman the exceptions) when they were still under the radar. GRIII in particular. He was a three star type that didn't hold offers from Purdue or Indiana when we locked him up.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||There is plenty of smoke||
There is plenty of smoke about issues of "cleanliness" in the Duke program. There is plenty to defend Duke on, but that's maybe not one of them.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Absurd||
Lunch Trey can't dunk on an 8 foot hoop yet calls JMo a "pussy". I'm glad J-Mo can use it for motivation, because it's a lot of things that are wrong with the world all wrapped up into one.
|19 weeks 3 hours ago||Appreciation thread?||
I appreciate that we went 2-0 against them this year.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||KenPom www.kenpom.com||
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Jumping on the bandwagon to||
Jumping on the bandwagon to say, Great stuff. Thank you!
|22 weeks 2 hours ago||And in the "Spike!" section,||
And in the "Spike!" section, you didn't even mention the charge he drew. His contribution level as a freshman and sophomore is just outstanding; when he was offered, I think most would have been happy with this level as a junior and senior.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I think it's a version of Sam||
I think it's a version of Sam Cassell's big balls dance.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Play of the game was Sparty||
Play of the game was Sparty slapping the floor to open the second half. They proceeded to hold us to 45 points!
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I view us as an underdog||
I view us as an underdog also, but not because of the last game. I mean, before the Wisconsin game, if you had pointed to the prior game, you'd have thought we'd win. A lot of people fall victim to the "what just happened will always happen" trap, but looking at only the last game is a bit much.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Win the Game!||
Win the Game!
|23 weeks 20 hours ago||I don't understand your||
I don't understand your point. More of bad is still worse.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||His age makes it more likely||
His age makes it more likely he'd take this shot before his career is up if he's ever had aspirations for it.
|24 weeks 1 hour ago||I think the fact that Izzo||
I think the fact that Izzo has ramped up his whiny b!tch 'woe is me' routine to a whole new level this year is indicative of the fact that he knows this year is his shot. After this year, he's staring down a multi-year rebuilding process to be elite again. As said above...if there's any time for him to make a move, it's after this year. Not saying it's going to happen, but I would absolutely not dismiss it out of hand just because he's turned it down in the past.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||You do realize he didn't post||
You do realize he didn't post it, right?
Also...congrats on your new role as arbiter of what is interesting for everyone else that is not you! Big job, big responsibility, but you seem to be taking it quite seriously.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Uhhhh, did you read the||
Uhhhh, did you read the article that these comments are related to? Just assume I agree.
Let me also be very clear...I do still believe in Hoke's integrity, but the actions of the athletic department in response to the actions of the university create an EXTREMELY easy case to question said integrity, and that's ultimately the issue because media and recruits don't begin with the same biased affection that we do.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Disagree. Or else, I'm an||
Disagree. Or else, I'm an exception. I've had a positive view of Hoke, and, in wanting him to succeed, the main thing that he had going for him that differentiated him is his integrity and desire to mold men rather than just football players. So, for me, having that leg potentially kicked out from underneath is both personally distressing but also I worry about the consequences out there on the recruiting trail.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||The call I had most issue with...||
...was Walton's "two pointer". I mean, if you can't get that right even after a review.................................
There's a lot in the end-game that might have gone differently if Michigan had another point.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Huh? Do you understand what||
Huh? Do you understand what majority means?
|25 weeks 5 days ago||The key phrase being "more||
The key phrase being "more than 50%". Let's not forget that part before we start throwing around words like "barest amount". It's not like we're talking about 0.1%.
I can understand someone saying they're not willing to make a judgment without a higher burden of proof, but not being sure why others are willing to make that judgment when there is a majority of evidence seems a bit much.
To layer on top of that, Gibbons waived his right to appeal. I recognize he could still be innocent even in light of that fact, but I personally wouldn't count on it.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with you that's it's||
I agree with you that's it's a very minor point (but again, even very minor points about such serious issues are meaningful).
A future victim of rape by a member of the football program will see a coach that was willing to protect his player by (a) calling his issue a "family" matter rather than a "personal" or "private" matter, which minimizes its importance as articulated above, and (b) letting him get on stage and address the team at the banquet. That creates the perception of an environment that disincentivizes a victim from coming forward.
Anyway, I'll let the dead horse be now.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||...||
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Fair enough, hope you're||
Fair enough, hope you're right and that this is already on its way to blowing over.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Well, I'd say that a "PR||
Well, I'd say that a "PR problem" around rape does create an intimidating environment for future victims if the football program is involved, though that very minor incremental difference is an issue "only" because rape is so serious.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||You don't white lie about||
You don't white lie about rape, because it creates the perception that larger, more sinister issues are at play. And that's exactly the problem here...by using a poor euphemism, Hoke created additional swirl around this story that was completely unnecessary.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Do you see a current||
Do you see a current sh!tstorm that was avoided by Hoke's words? Or created?
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Followed by, a few weeks||
Followed by, a few weeks later, this sh!tstorm when the real story comes out, WHICH WAS KNOWN TO HOKE AND STAFF AT THE TIME, followed by everyone saying:
"OOOOHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. That's why"
Instead of what we have here.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Clearly I agree with your||
Clearly I agree with your first point...we pretty much said the same thing at the same time. On the university's handling, I would say that the university has been over-aggressive if anything. Revisiting a case from four years prior upon a change in the policy seems zealous. In other forums, attorneys from other universities have basically opined that most schools would not revisit an old case, but that Michigan was taking an aggressive approach so as not to have its fairness and bias questioned, as you suggest. Who knows the truth, but would be sad irony if an attempt to do the right thing actually brought more scrutiny than if this situation were simply allowed to live in the past handled by the policy in place at the time it occurred.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||I am shocked...||
...at the number of people who seem to think that Hoke's only two options were to (a) say what he said or (b) violate FERPA by spilling the entire details of the story. There is a wide swath of middle ground where most coaches tread in situations like this that involves statements like "no comment" or "private matter" that don't, in retrospect, look like a lie or a cover-up. That's the issue here, the perception that it has created (note that the act itself is out of scope of this particular comment; obviously it's reprehensible and I feel for the victim). It's not a good look for a university that prides itself on being "leaders and best". Those of you that don't think our rivals are out there telling recruits that we're about to be handed the Penn State treatment from the NCAA are kidding yourselves. And, more important, it gives the impression (which we all believe to be false, but outsiders don't have the benefit of our perspective) that Hoke was sympathizing with and covering for a "rapist". I mean, just go spend two minutes reading the comments to the various news articles out there. Even if we all think it's BS, the fact remains that a differently-phrased explanation of why Gibbons wasn't playing in the game would give everyone far less ammo and reason to get worked up.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I think you missed something.||
I think you missed something. Check again...
(Hint: Michigan is 25th)
|27 weeks 1 hour ago||Given the (justified) issue of class size...||
How about re-running (or at least adding) the numbers on an "average star ranking" basis?
EDIT: NEVER MIND. Beaten to the punch. Thanks, guys, well done.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously. Can't believe it||
Seriously. Can't believe it took that long.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||I think the division of||
I think the division of playing time is a hot hand / matchup issue. I'm just glad that Morford (combined entity) is giving us such competent production from the 5 position in McGary's absence. That's huge for this year's team.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Seems like an odd fit.||
Seems like an odd fit. Doesn't Kelly have a hand in play calling? Which is Borges' calling card (since we know it's not recruiting or development).
|28 weeks 4 days ago||While we obviously feel we got an upgrade...||
I care way more about that one game against ND next year than I do how they do overall. And I have no doubt that Gorgeous would torch us. He always throws up 3-4 great games a year. The problem is he also throws up 3-4 stinkers, and you need to be consistent to win championships.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||McGary||
...back from surgery already.
|29 weeks 15 hours ago||Our Meier > your Meyer Nuss||
Our Meier > your Meyer
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Why is that? We're all in||
Why is that? We're all in the same division now.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||You think 2013 needs a||
You think 2013 needs a sporting event to inflict harm? The bball team didn't have a game today...
|32 weeks 2 days ago||BUT WAIT...||
UCLA and Penn State are also blue.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||We're almost to Step 4||
|33 weeks 5 days ago||To your last point...isn't||
To your last point...isn't that exactly what Sony is doing?
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Also the 50% increased||
Also the 50% increased computing power under the good. Don't forget about that.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||I bet nobody is even going to||
I bet nobody is even going to give Brian credit for the reverse jinx after a win on Saturday.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Does anyone know how jerseys||
Does anyone know how jerseys are selling in Ohio these days?
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Well then it's definitely not||
Well then it's definitely not going to stop.
But it *is* stealing and I think it sucks.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||I remain confused...||
...how Rivals paywalled content can just come straight over here.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Hey, Dom (and apparently MGoManBall)...||
you basically heap all of the blame on borges, even though they have a line that can't block, backs that can't hit a hole or pick up a blitz, a qb that locks on one receiver, throws ill advised passes and bails the pocket too quickly and receivers that can't get open and don't come back to the qb when he is scrambling.
Who do you think is accountable for the line being able to block, backs hitting a hole or picking up a blitz, QBs not locking on to one receiver, throwing ill-advised passes, or bailing out of the pocket too quickly, receivers getting open, coming back to the QB when he is scrambling, etc?
Oh, that's right...the OC is in charge of player development in addition to calling plays. So your point is..... ?
|37 weeks 1 hour ago||Yeah.......I strongly||
Yeah.......I strongly disagree with you. I appreciate Brandon's post and find value in it. So next time, just feel free not to read.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks. My avatar likes||
Thanks. My avatar likes basketball year round.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||GTFO||
Actually, I take it all back...my guess is you can't walk and chew gum at the same time. For you...this makes sense. Just feel free not to impose it on others.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||"Shear Physicality"?||
Did you just uncover the answer to everything?? Scissors that are so physical, they beat rock AND paper??
BOOM! Nailed it!
|38 weeks 3 days ago||There are many nice teams in||
There are many nice teams in the SEC you may want to consider following.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||I actually wish...||
...that Taylor would have been suspended for at least a half. The words are nice, but don't mean a ton without actions.
|39 weeks 23 hours ago||For what it's worth...||
I don't follow this quite closely enough to know who Plan A was, but my understanding is that Blackmon and Booker are Kentucky's Plan B/C. Doesn't make it any better, but there it is.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Luck? Pssh. Not the way I||
Luck? Pssh. Not the way I play.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Key word: "minimum" He's||
Key word: "minimum"
He's saying at WORST we're still beating Ohio sometimes (unlike the 2000s).
|40 weeks 1 day ago||I disagree heavily with one point of Adam's premise...||
Due to the fact that we scored a TD on the drive, Gallon's aforementioned drop near the end of the second quarter did us a favor. Does anyone think Indiana wouldn't have scored a TD instead of FG at the end of the half with more time?
To Adam's point, I think you have to look at the turnovers. In fact, our team has been really proficient at not just turning over the ball, but turning it over in really high leverage spots (i.e. that either directly lead to points for the other team or directly take points off the board for us). Change those types of turnovers and Akron, UConn, and Indiana all look much different.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||I think...||
...you should let Arizona fans worry about that.
|42 weeks 2 hours ago||For the "Rich Rod needs to stop talking about Michigan" crowd...||
I would agree if he was finding any and every possible soapbox to get on top of to talk about Michigan (like if he was still talking about "eating the cookies he baked" and what not), but he's simply not. I mean, do you ever in your life talk about a job you used to have but don't any more? Or something else that happened to you in the past? You probably do. He's human, it was part of his life, he's going to mention it every once in a while, particularly when asked and particularly because he's in the media on a constant basis.
Let's look at it this way: how about YOU stop talking about guys that used to coach at Michigan but don't any more? Isn't that the same exact thing, but instead of putting the responsibility on someone else, you man up and take on the responsibility yourself?
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Actually, no.||
"Stood up" isn't the exact right term either, but he basically rescheduled his official to Michigan after it had all been planned and other recruits had been turned away for that weekend in order to visit UCLA.
I'd be surprised if we got back in.
|43 weeks 23 hours ago||I may not have paid attention...||
...to the expected content for bball, because I just ordered it without much thought, but now that I've read it........holy moly. I am excite.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Then don't let your kids do||
Then don't let your kids do it?
I'm sure there could be negative consequences, but I'm sure Brian will hold himself and his staff to high standards in the conduct with and presentation of these kids. In light of that, he's made a rule for himself (that is an important part of the business he runs). I'm surprised that's surprising to you. I mean, there are "potential negative consequences" to driving a car, or drinking beer, but you probably don't have moral qualms about those things. Brian can't control what everyone else does on the subject.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Is it just me...||
...or is that a big gain if Fitz cuts right? Or maybe that's Devin's lane if he keeps?
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Always humurous when someone||
Always humurous when someone doesn't realize that they're the jackass in the room.
Thanks for the laugh.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||What you said was You know||
What you said was
You know what else you had in 1993? A basketball team worth watching.
And what I said was, by not specifying, you were lumping all the teams together. I think the vast response to your message is proof that you did not make your point well, which is how I entered this discussion.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||That's actually not true...in||
That's actually not true...in this particular thread, you haven't given very many facts at all. You've simply reiterated your opinion (about fifteen different ways) that the team has been bad, thus the students are right not to show up. You would have gone miles farther in my mind had you not called last year's product unworthy of watching (which you were guilty of by not specifying that you were referring to teams five years ago). Besides all the preseason accolades, that team was simply damn fun to watch. In fact, national pundits raved about the quality of basketball on the floor in the national championship game, and that was the same team we saw on the court all season save for a short stretch at the end of the season. You are going to come back and say "but students couldn't have predicted that" but that's not the point.....we're talking about students with season tickets in hand last year that didn't show up, not those that chose not to buy them. Those students saw the most entertaining team in the country and still decided not to show up.
Now all that said....I happen to be on the side of students in general. What would make me livid if I were a student is that the rules changed AFTER most had bought their tickets (in a similar vein, I think they should have staged in GA for football over four years so that nobody had to forfeit any seniority they earned under prior rules). Going forward, the system is what it is and students should have the ability to choose to buy or not buy....but the AD has done them wrong for the way in which they're going about this, and it's going to come home to roost with a "lost generation" of alums if they're not careful.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||You didn't make it very||
You didn't make it very well.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||This||
This. I'm an "old alum" that actually happens to be on the students' side for the most part, but this blog post actually decreases my sympathy. The worst part was complaining about the FREE donuts that Hoke PERSONALLY DELIVERED. Entitled much?
|45 weeks 2 hours ago||Yes||
Just call them at 1-800-DIRECTV.
If I'm going to pay $25, I'd rather do it at the bar and get some beer and food for it!
|45 weeks 3 hours ago||I envy you...||
I just spent over 30 mins on the phone with DirecTV and nobody I talked to can figure out how to get at 396 from any regional sports package or any other way unless I lived on the east coast AND did NOT have access to my own local channels.
GamePlan day package is available...for $25. Not worth it.
|45 weeks 5 hours ago||On DirecTV...||
...the options are either $25 for the day or $40 for the game. Which is totally backwards, but still.....the jump from $10 to $25 prob moves it above the "worth it" threshold vs. going to a bar.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Feel free...||
...to stop reading then. Go ahead and ask for a refund as well.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||WWLBD?||
If we're not all Lloyd Brady, we should all aspire to be Lloyd Brady, when it comes to our Michigan fandom at least.
Just trying to earn that Lloyd Brady Legends Fan patch for my gameday attire...
|47 weeks 5 days ago||#GBOD, em-effers.||
|49 weeks 21 hours ago||PROTIP||
If you feel this way about free content served to you...do not read.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||You're referring to the one||
You're referring to the one that brought us Denard...
|50 weeks 1 day ago||From everything I've read, it||
From everything I've read, it seems that sports is actually the most-subsidized content on pay television. In other words...everyone reading this blog that currently pays for cable/sat TV would probably desire to buy sports programming if offered a la carte....in which case, we would indeed expect it to be *more* expensive. It's the non-sports-watching cable/sat-buying public that is subsidizing sports watchers' monthly bills.
So I disagree on one point.....a la carte might in fact be good for non-sports-watchers, but that doesn't include anyone reading this blog.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||I, for one, do appreciate||
I, for one, do appreciate that revised framing of the topic much better. To that end, I personally don't know the cost structure of what is required to deliver higher quality streams to you very well, though there is reasoned discussion below that infers there are still some hurdles. While we all agree that the content providers are going to do this to make a profit, so there will of course be a margin in there, perhaps the costs are still sufficiently high that the subsequent consumer pricing is still high. If content providers felt they could maximize profits by increasing volume and reducing margin, then it would no doubt be done. So I guess the question back to you is, how do you know they're not acting "rationally"?
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Are you really...||
...complaining about the quality of content you are illegally streaming?
That's like saying....screw you, Best Buy, next time I expect the TV I steal to be HD instead of SD!
|51 weeks 20 hours ago||I agree that folks could prob pump the brakes a tad...||
...but that said, having a ton to learn is exactly why this is unfortunate news.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Here's hoping that Mr. Hand||
Here's hoping that Mr. Hand does NOT get what he wants at UTL II...referring, of course, to the coaches facing adversity.
|1 year 5 days ago||Yes||
Hoke has said on multiple occassions that last season was a failure by his standards. I also don't think the context has anything to do with the off the field stuff.
|1 year 5 days ago||But...||
...what does it mean?? To make something disappear? Like a poor carpenter makes his tools go away?
|1 year 5 days ago||Also...||
Delta Bravo is obviously Dave Brandon's handle.
|1 year 6 days ago||Given the excitement here...||
...perhaps you are right.
Why do you think this is so dramatically different than Google TV / Nexus Q? Is it just price point / ease of 'installation'? Or the market is more ready now than it was? Or something having to do with the technical guts?
|1 year 6 days ago||Thanks||
1) Technology - I didn't realize that is the way it works. Thanks!
2) Regional coverage - Fair enough. On my DirecTV, all the regional feeds are available, but it's a good point that this is not true for everyone. Though, in my defense, nobody that was posting about this miracle device, to whom I was responding, mentioned this specifically.
3) This may happen - but my point was simply that this device is not going to be what makes it happen. It would unquestionably benefit, but if/when unbundling happens, then yes, this thing will have much more value.
And, hey, I'm not saying this thing is worthless, I just don't think it suddenly signifies a bold unbundled future as some above made it seem (how's that for a straw man?).
|1 year 6 days ago||MY point was...||
...this $35 device isn't the one that is going to turn the tides, even if it's Google. It could, down the road, be the benificiary, but I just don't see it tipping the scales. I could be wrong.
|1 year 6 days ago||Do you live with your family?||
If not, that is precisely my point. You are "stealing" the content. I'm guessing you're supposed to have your own subscription to be legally watching.
|1 year 6 days ago||Netflix||
Every one of those services stream everywhere they play, though. There is no "native" way to watch. Not apples to apples with BTN, ESPN, and HBO.
|1 year 6 days ago||I think most of you are overestimating the potential of this...||
Why in the world would you stream BTN2Go or HBOGo or WatchESPN from a non-TV device to your TV, when you have to have the TV subscription in order to get those apps? Why wouldn't you just watch the channel in all its full-resolution, direct on cable/sat rather than through the internet glory?
Oh, because you want to 'steal' the content?
Yeah...it's possible, but I doubt Google is going to "revolutionize" that particular aspect of the industry with a $35 device.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Methinks...||
...Brian is saying that tongue-in-cheek.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||That's true of any prediction anywhere||
...but in this case, there's money involved, so I trust that people are taking it seriously. However, regardless of that, they are saying there is a 20% probability of it happening, which means they are also saying there is an 80% probability of it not happening.
In other words, I'm not sure what your point is.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||That's not how...||
Butler rolls. They always hire one of their own.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Those will remain free||
Services will remain outside the paywall on PS4...same as PS3 other than multi-player.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Your justification is...||
....tautological. "I can lie and steal, therefore it's a poor business model and it's their fault."
So because someone can shoplift at Wal-Mart, they shouldn't charge for stuff? Because a musical artist can be pirated, they shouldn't charge for their music?
Your morals...they are missing.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||You mean other than the part...||
...where you agree not to when you sign up? Otherwise, don't sign up. Integrity much?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Rule 1...||
Every time someone says "not to be a dick but..."
...they're being a dick.
I'm sure all posters from here on out will be sure to cater to what pleases you and pisses you off when making posts on the board.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||A thought...||
Given the deck will be reshuffled again in 2016 with the 9-game conference schedule, let's hope the MSU/Ohio thing is just a two year anomoly, and that we'll end up hosting Sparty two years in a row to get it back to having one at home each year.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||That could happen...||
...except for that whole "Notre Dame is too chicken to play us" thing, which is, like, the topic of this post.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Good stuff, thank you||
How much is Hoke's opening game number impacted by the Alabama game? Not that I think it should be excluded, just curious.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Also...||
...apparently, in the future, college bball halves will be 40 minutes long, but tick down 2 seconds at a time.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Particularly since...||
....Under Armour is now "in the conference," (founder is a Maryland guy) I think this is a genuine possibility.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Apologies if this is a dumb question...||
but how do we know Ohio still be a home game in the 4 game home conference slate? They're in the East as well, so will have the same 5/4 timing as us. I'm guessing this just assumes they won't switch it up from the current cycle?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||One thing that strikes me...||
...from the highlight video is how far he _doesn't_ have to jump to dunk the ball.
On another note...holy balls, this is a Beilein prototype.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||WANT||
ALL THE THINGS!
|1 year 14 weeks ago||NJAS||
Something tells me Stauskas would be dunking on your dome, saying "Game, blouses".
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I had a probably similar reaction...||
...to Brian's two lineup scenarios. Even in a tallball world where McGary starts at the 4 and GRIII the 3, that doesn't mean that we won't play *some* minutes with them at the 5 and 4 respectively. So I think the actual miniutes will be somewhere in between those two options.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Placed in that context...||
...why care about sports at all? Just a bunch of life-lottery-winners chasing around a ball for the placification of the masses.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Sparties...||
Some things never change.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Yeah, but the more relevant question...||
...is where did the other services have him? Considering he was a three-star on Rivals, they probably had him in the 100+ range...
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I've heard people reference...||
David Lee and Kevin Love.
Oh, and Wes Unseld.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||You can take them in...||
...but the lens can't be longer than 4 inches.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Give Dantonio a break.||
He prob had to drop the kids off at the pool. Take the Browns to the Super Bowl. You know, take a Linthecum?
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I hear what you're saying...||
But that team he lost to also won the national title. It wasn't just any ol' 8 seed.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I posted on this above...||
...but if this were the grand vision, surely Delaney would have responded to this issue differently?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I doubt the banner increases the value of the blog...||
...but I suppose Brian should genericize it.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Apparel...||
...is a fair point. You are right.
I was referring strictly to blog posts, which I view as receiving a positive externality from the athletes (akin to covering the mayor), but not actually exploiting them.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Here's an aspect I haven't seen mentioned...||
I thought one of the key underpinnings of the four superconferences system was that the superconferences would split from the NCAA into an ultra league, which would then enable the paying of players because the Indiana States of the world wouldn't be there to object. I guess this is not the case? Does Delaney's response indicate anything about the grand vision (or lack thereof) of the realignment race?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Your assertion assumes that...||
...people getting paid to be ADs don't also make mistakes along the lines of Brian's wanting to keep RR a fourth year (which I don't believe is even an entirely accurate characterization by the time the decision was taken - all hail the Process - but point taken).
I also don't believe that Brian's income is exploitative of the athletes, but that could be open for rigorous debate.
I do agree with your last point, though I'd make the funds available only after eligibility has been exhausted, for things like health insurance and maybe a small pension depending on the size of the pot.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||And THEN the BEST part happened.||
He turned to Lucas and said,
"Get the f--- off my court."
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Might have been for the best...||
...but surprised Rothstein didn't ask about RR vs. Hoke.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Sheer brilliance. Only thing||
Only thing missing was a Kiffin reference. Could maybe even have replaced Malzahn straight up.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Big Dog stayed three.....||
not four. Not sure they're relationship, but I'd guess GRIII doesn't need to go for the money, which at least helps.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Two notes for Brian...||
(1) In reference to the risk-reward ratio of Burke going against a strong perimeter defender at the end of regulation, you may have missed that Michigan actually got a switch and Thomas was on Burke. Trey really needed to get into the lane and at a minimum draw a foul there (MIchigan was in the bonus). That was my issue with the 1-4, not the set itself.
(2) In reference to Burke's soundtrack, this article may in fact validate Vivaldi AND Bombs Over Baghdad.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Except...||
...it would be a NC not a MNC. They play a tournament in bball.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||To be fair...||
...it sounds like the effort level of the seniors SHOULD be called out. Should maybe come from the, you know, coaches instead of the freshmen...but it could actually be that those freshmen are the most noble characters in this dumpster fire.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Hi, I'm here...||
...for the posbang....
|1 year 28 weeks ago||In fairness...||
...he says it's only because of Kelly's foot injury, but on the other hand.......wow, that is some lofty lofty praise for Mr. Burke. Not just best this year, but best of the current era? Wow.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I love Gus...||
...and I love this team...
...and I don't care who knows it!!
|1 year 29 weeks ago||This was in the Freep...||
So either Cleaves didn't say it or it's not going to happen. I'm going for the former...not the latter, por favor.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Worse to me||
...than the actual uniformz is the fact that we are the home team and gave up the right to wear our home blues to do it.
I continue to not think "brand" means what Dave B Brandin' thinks it does.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Can this be right?||
I know our offense is pants-tent-tastic but can it really be THAT efficient that EVERYONE's numbers are that much higher than 1?
I guess the Kobe assist numbers get double counted because they are someone else's actual points?
|1 year 34 weeks ago||From a football (and also basketball) perspective,||
Louisville is an upgrade to Maryland. Thus, he could see the ACC as being marginally stronger.
Given most folks see Rutgers and Maryland as diluting the overall quality of the B1G in football, he definitely could be talking about the B1G as devaluing themselves in the process - from a competitive standpoint.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Interesting||
So, B1G needs B12 or SEC to poach other members, then pilfer the remaining jewels? Very interesting, indeed. May cause concern for greater instability down the road if those schools back into the B1G rather than join proactively.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||It will also be interesting to note...||
...where the North Carolinas, Virginias (maybe you have insight), and Georgia Techs - basically the AAU institutions rumored to be candidates for the #15 and #16 slots in the B1G - come out on collecting the penalty. If they staunchly defend, then it would certainly quell speculation that they have one foot out the door. If they're all "yeah....don't worry about it, Maryland" then they are probably trying to set a precedent.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||She shafted you?||
Is that a good thing?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Ah, I see your point.||
Hadn't thought of it that way. It reduces the margin of error for Michigan but any year they go undefeated in the division, then you're right, they win regardless of crossover game outcome. But if they drop one to a non-contender, then it flips back to being unfair.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||By the way...||
...this is why I hope the endgame is to have Michigan and Ohio State in the same division.
Let this be the last and only time I hope Gene Smith ends up right about something...
|1 year 35 weeks ago||That's not true at all.||
Imagine a world where the Legends division plays everyone in its own division, plus Michigan plays Ohio State, Nebraska plays a decimated Penn State, and Michigan State plays Indiana from the Leaders, with no other crossovers. Due to the protected crossover, Michigan would have the hardest schedule every year that Ohio State is better than those teams (i.e. every year). That is an inherent disadvantage - and a fairly major one. If Nebraska and Michigan State are also playing Ohio State, then it evens out.
The other way around it is to have the division winner determined only by intra-division games, but then The Game literally doesn't count. And I doubt that's the outcome.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||The ONLY way I see it possible...||
...is if, in the era of 4 16-team superconferences, winning the conference results in guaranteed admission into a 4-team playoff. THEN I could see forces align to get to the "fairest" conference champion possible, which means playing as many teams as possible. But otherwise the higher likelihood of losses plus the lost home game or two relative to scheduling an additional 1-2 "guarantee games" would be too much to overcome.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||That's a very long way of saying...||
...it seems pretty clear that the B1G will have to expand to a 9 game conference schedule.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Man, that Denard bit...||
...pure beauty. Truly well done, Herr Leader.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||They didn't show it here...||
...but I'd pay a premium for one of those knit tam o'shanters that used to be all over the place in, I'm guessing, the 70s and 80s. Can't find them anywhere.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||He's simply got to mean...||
...Arizona Wildcats, and got the two mixed. There's no other explanation.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Unless it's due to location of friends...||
...or other logistical considerations, you'd be better served starting at Old Pro and ending at Blue Light. Union St > Palo Alto on a Saturday night.
Then again, I watched the Horror at Old Pro on a Saturday morning, so....
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Food's better||
...at Underdog's, but neighborhood is better at Blue Light.
I'd just go with what's more convenient from where you're staying.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Whatever...how is that spooky?||
Everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me...
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Re: Devin's reps||
By giving DG meaningfully more snaps than Bellomy, could it be that they are just "catching up" Devin since he hasn't been at the position for a while?
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Style choice||
I was talking to the cosmos in general as a communication style rather than actually believing he would read it, Mr McSnarkypants.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Uh oh.||
PLEASE be a one-off thing (happens to the best of us) and not a red flag about where your head is at, Trey. This team needs your leadership and can do really special things if everyone is pulling in the same direction...
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Pretty sure he's referring to...||
...people calling Denard "not a real quarterback".
With which, I agree with Brian. I mean, just check JeepinBen's diary about the Record Watch.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Yeah||
|1 year 40 weeks ago||He was always a shell of himself...||
...in crunch time in the pros, and I think without question, it had to do with the TO.