|1 day 15 hours ago||fyi||
I've been told commercial ppv locations (I.e. bars) are being charged $25 per person x fire capacity.
|1 week 13 hours ago||football evolution||
I'm always interested in how football evolves, sometimes in circles. The 46 was created as a counter to the power run offenses of the late 70s/early 80s. Ditka basically hires ryan to run the 46 to beat the Cowboys, Giants, and Vermeil era Eagles. Now as the spread is evolving back toward power running concepts, the 46 may see a resurgence, especially since the best way to beat a 46 is with a highly accurate qb who can hit wr's on crossing/slant routes in stride (aka the west coast offense). Up to now, the spread offenses have relied a lot of non complicated passing trees that count on numerical mismatches down the field. If D's are going to start countering power running spreads with 46-esque fronts and techniques, it'll be interesting to see if the next innovation on the offensive side will be to create hybrid spread/west coast offenses or go to the other extreme to beat the 46, mouse Davis run n shoot style offenses!
|1 week 5 days ago||Cut It Out||
I'm just waiting for the very special episode where Uncle Joey meets his illegitimate son born of his one night stand with Alanis Morrisette.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Spoiler Alert||
In the season 1 finale of Star Wars Rebels, the crew of the Ghost successfully (albeit inadvertantly) caused the star destroyer of one Grand Moff Tarkin to crash into a planet, although it was mustafar, and there's a distinct lack of desert scapes on mustafar.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I was very hesitant when Disney purchased the franchise||
but with Star Wars Rebels and these two trailers, I'm more encouraged than ever that Disney Star Wars is going to be as magical for the next generation of kids as the original trilogy was for me.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Annnndddd||
my productivity just crashed into negative imaginary numbers for the rest of the day.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||This is the big difference||
between having a TV- network dictate to you what the sport coverage should be and the sport dictating to the network how to cover the event. The Masters leadership purposefully keeps a lid on the amount of content so as to keep some of the mystique still involved. It's a marketing strategy that works for the people that own the event, and that's the only thing that matters. If the Masters leadership was into maximizing revenue, then they'd do more. As it is, they have different optimization variables, no more, no less complicated than that.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||if Fred Jackson were still recruiting||
Would Matt Falcon have finished the Kessel Run in under 5 parsecs?
"He's like a faster Chewbacca but with less hair. Shiftiness like a young Yoda in a cave fight. Probably the best pure talent I've seen since midichlorians were being counted"
|3 weeks 4 days ago||physics you say?||
Don't give a shit. I'm Han muthafuckin Solo. I make my own rules.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I want the||
#20 "M. FALCON" jersey. Might be the most underground nerd jersey of all time.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"but Mr Simpson,||
Polls recently taken say that 35% of the people would vote for you and 62% say that you would eat your own toenails if they were covered in BBQ sauce. How do you respond? " - kent brockman
"Aw Kent, statistics can be made up to prove whatever you want... 60% of the American people know that" - homer j Simpson.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Correct||
"Medical hardship" is an appeal to the NCAA where the school basically says the player is so injured / incapacitated from athletic activity that he can't play the sport anymore. The player has to agree to this. The benefits are that the student gets to stay on paid scholarship to complete his degree program, and the school gets to take that scholarship number off their active roster (i.e. "freeing up" a scholarship). However, the student basically gives up any claims to playing NCAA sports from that point forward.
Some of the scandal out of the SEC usage of this have been related to claims that the players weren't fully informed that they couldn't transfer or retain eligibility after accepting the "medical", or that their medical conditions weren't bad enough to warrant a medical hardship.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||What were the others?||
I was was geeked to try Mercury, and I was so disappointed, I never followed up with what styles the next planets were trying to go for. Granted I'm not a Belgian fan, so if that theme continued, then I would probably not like any of them.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Would it make sense at all||
to just redshirt him next year, and have a fully healthy 5-yr Sr Spike in 2016?? Theoretically we'll have Walton and maybe Levert back, MAAR off the bench, and maybe even Jaylen Brown. Especially if Spike's going to miss all his off season conditioning, how much would he contribute in that scenario? I can't remember if we have a PG in the 2016 class yet.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||BTW- I am really disappointed||
that EDSBS doesn't have a front page memorium up by now. I mean Jeebus, Dukes of Hazard I'm pretty sure formed the ethical basis for 95% of their reader base (and bag men).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||White socks, black shoes||
and an appropriate shade of GawdDamn Maize pants. That's progress.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||That's||
CONGRESSMAN Ben "Cooter" Jones to you, sir.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||All I have to say is||
May you find your place at rest amongst great lawmen of the South to include:
Sheriff Buford T Justice
The Bear (from BJ and The Bear)
I'm a gonna leave work today and just for grins in Ol' Rosco's honor, take the Old Miller Road back home instead of the interstate. Sure it's dirt, poorly marked, has trees within 2 feet of the driving surface, and the bridge hasn't been fixed in 15 years. Let's see if the Ford Focus can finally make that jump.
"Just a Good Ol' Boy... never meanin' no harm... someday the Mountain might get 'em but the Law never will"
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Additional comparison for Peppers||
In his prime Troy Polamalu. Line up damn near the LOS, but fast enough to track back into deep coverage at the snap. Plenty of inexperienced QB's this year will be tricked up by counting 8 in the box only to have Peppers drop in coverage after the snap and steal a pass. That type of versatility by a safety, including what Rod Woodson brought to the Steelers when he dropped from CB to S, is what can make a defense transformative.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I still think Wormley||
is going to blow up Alan Branch style this year. He was hurt for the Spring Game yes?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||why is||
John Goodman from the ZZ Top biopic driving our band truck?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Telling||
that a formal association of the former players hadn't existed yet, in this modern social media age. I can understand during Bo's era or even Moeller to Carr not having a formal association, but after the RR transition, the Hoke transition, and the letter campaign last year vs. Brandon, I would have thought somebody would have brought the players back together by now. Harbaugh seems at ease with "new media" and networking in the modern age, so anything to bring more cohesion to the former player base and utilizing them as a combined resource is a plus.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||This is why||
if there's a Jeebus in heaven, the NCAA will follow through with the hockey committee chairman's suggestion to go to 1st and 2nd round tourney games to be at the home rink of the higher seed, preferably with 2 out of 3. I'm all for craziness in national tournaments to make them fun, but there has to be some reward and balance maintained for rewarding an entire season's work over a miracle 1-weekend run (as in our beloved B1G tournament). Tilting the odds in favor of the higher seed with a home game I think is a good balance.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not surprised or disappointed||
Copp to me was a disappointment. I didn't think his two way play was as strong as his reputation, and the teams inability to close the door on many games this year in the third period I put on the captain for not setting the example. His PP point play was middling at best... Basically I didn't think he was that great this year. If you want to make this an indictment of Red, I'm ok with that, but the players also have not been playing up to their potential on an individual executing his job level.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Nike maize||
Looks like the color on my shiny 90s era script Michigan hockey jersey. Hurry back, 'K?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||soooo||
hello Chris Wormley, starting DE?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||bracketology update||
Obviously we have to win to be in, but there's a good shot Minnesota already has an at large locked in. They win, they're on the cusp of a 2 seed. They lose they're a 4 seed at large. Looking at the PWR, seems I was right in that if we had gone 3-1 down the stretch instead of 1-3, we're probably looking at an at large bid regardless of BtT final result. Uggghhh. Win or die indeed tonight.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Go get a club fitting||
It doesn't have to be at a hoity-toity place either. Golfsmith stores have the video gear / simulation facilities, a big enough selection, and typically knowledgable enough pros to make sure you get fit with the set that best suits your needs. I went there for a driver fitting last year, and I came out with a clearance-sale driver from last year's model set that the pro adjusted for me in the store 'cause I hit it the best based on my mechanics. The guy could have easily pushed me into a more expensive club since he knew I was coming in without a budget, but his focus was on matching my swing to the club and making sure the simulation metrics confirmed it. He probably lost out on a couple hundred dollars more in sales on me personally, but because of his help and honesty, I've probably directed 6-7 others to his store and they've made out increased numbers of sales.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The biggest change I'd be in favor of||
would be the 1st and 2nd rd NCAA tourney round to be best of 3 at the higher seeds arena. Advantage to the higher seed for a better season, takes some of the 30-sided die roll aspect of today's tournament away (if you can win 2 road games in 3 days, you're a better team), and would be unbelievably fun atmospheres. Could you imagine the noise if say this year's Michigan team got in as a four seed, went to Boston University, and forced a Game 3 in their bandbox? Or if Minnesota got in and had to travel to Mankato?? That's like Stanley Cup levels of excitement dripping from rafters of venues that are inherently loud!
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I don't get the OSU objection||
They have two hockey arenas in the same city within 10 minutes of each other (Blue Jackets's arena), and frankly they still have other facilities on campus and in Columbus that can host wrestling / basketball games for the HS State Championship. Understood about CBJ's arena maybe laready booked for NHL games or concerts, but lets be honest, it's not like we have to worry about OSU HOSTING any games, amirite? Hell with the crowd OSU usually gets for hockey, they could move a potential hockey series to one of the three hockey arenas in Dayton and they'd probably draw just as much.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Is it bad that||
I think I want to hire this guy for my organization?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This also kind of was the point||
of the Thanksgiving weekend tournaments Wisconsin or Minnesota would host with other B1G teams. When it was just Wis, Minn, Mich, Mich St, and OSU, it would be 4 out of the 5 in this mini-tournament (Ohio St usually wasn't invited unless someone wanted to dish out a good ass kicking). If the B1G didn't go all in on a new conference, I would've liked a 2-3 weekend tournament like the Bean Pot in Boston for just B1G teams and then you have a "Renfrew Cup" or some nonesense that becomes the traveling trophy for B1G Hockey. You could broadcast it on BTN and rotate the sites that host weekend 1 and weekend 2 between MSP and Detroit.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||No on UNO and UMD||
UNO fits better in a grouping with those smaller Colorado schools anyway, and there is no way in bloody hell that Big Minnesota lets UMD in. If we're going to let in adjunct members for hockey, I'd rather it be for new programs than poaching existing ones.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Normally I agree with Erik of Dayton||
But this year, I can not. Wisconsin is a fun team to watch, and you know it must be killing Bo Ryan inside to have a team that talented play fun basketball and not have to bludgeon teams to death with a final score in the 40's to 50's. Next year when Wisconsin returns to traditional Wisconsin basketball, maybe my ire for them will grow, but this year, I want Kaminsky to win the whole.damn. thing. (Transitive Polish Pride Property) Beat Kentucky too while they're at it.
State will always be on the hate list because of Izzo theatrics.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I like the concept of the B1G||
I hate the execution so far with the shitty scheduling, poor TV coverage (WHY IS EVERY GAME NOT ON BTN LIVE-- YOU HAVE 3 ALTERNATE CHANNELS FROM FOOTBALL SEASON YOU MORONS!), and a bad playoff system. I also like to think that if Michigan had been good along with Wisconsin at least, the season would be a lot more entertaining.
That being said, I do miss the visits from those wacky Yoopers from Northern Michigan in their wanna-be North Stars jerseys and their roster full of casting cuts from "Slap Shot", as well as the bi-yearly "I'm sooo going to stay up this weekend and listen to the Alaska-Fairbanks series on the radio" talks I'd convince myself were going to happen. Not to mention that when we did play State, it seemed like a bigger game in the CCHA than in the B1G.
On the expansion issue, I think Nebraska would be a perfect fit for hockey in the B1G for all the reasons mentined above. I also think that Northwestern could / would totally support it from a fan perspective. I'd love as a Michigan fan to know that we could schedule a winter weekend trip to Chicago for the Northwestern series where we take the train in, stay downtown, and then go watch hockey at a Northwestern rink while going back downtown after the game. I'm always amazed that for all the *perceived* big money grads out of Northwestern, they haven't had that one notable alum who bankrolls some athletic campus improvements.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Married in 2005 at the League||
We sent invitations to Lloyd, Red, and President Bush. Lloyd and Red sent back RSVP cards with "not attending" checked, but we did get a response card back from the Bushes declining to attend with what appeared to be a hand written note that said "Sorry! Best wishes- Laura". Wife-y still has it in the wedding album.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I'm going to do something unpopular||
and put a lot of blame on Andrew Copp. Doesn't seem to have a good sense of how to be a 2-way forward, and on this team, the Captain should lead by example. Copp's inattention to defensive detail is a shortfall that I think leaked onto the rest of the team. After 3/4 of the way through the season, there should have been an attention turned to "once we get a lead, we're going to sacrifice our left leg and mother's pearls to make sure we don't give up any odd man rushes and no rebound touches an opposition stick". You got a sieve for a goalie, then you make damn sure he knows his only job is make himself as big as humanly possible in the goal itself and clear the initial shot. Instead we get sloppy positioning, inability to properly close down rebound lanes, etc etc.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Fine I'll say it today||
Christian Laettner is a whiny bitch.
There now go make a documentary about how you're offended by me. I only charge 2% of the total gate.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||When was the last time||
humans listened to anyone?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Mars||
If we're talking about two questions:
1) Where can look most efficiently for evidence of exterrestrial life? Mars wins becasue of proximity not only to Earth, but to the Sun which provides Mars with a fighting chance of having environmental characteristics at least within reason to how we understand organisms to develop on Earth.
2) For chance at establishing a next permanent human presence? Mars again. Closest to Earth, has at least some in situ resources we know are useful, and the climate is the least extreme, meaning we have to spend less engineering resources in making a habitat, you know, habitable. Unless you have a highly reliable mechanical system that turn all that planetary thermal source into energy equal to what you get out of pasive solar on Mars, the outer moons don't stand a chance.
Now if you're talking about chance for current day exterrestrial organisms? Europa since it has heat, water, and a dynamic environment (meaning things get swirled around by the heat source) encouraging natural mixing of chemical compounds that would be necessary for life sustaining substances.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||See my signature line||
I guess I now know who the dastardly culprit was...
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Additional note||
I was lured into re-reading the 10-yr anniversary of the Molly game via the link in the article. That's a 30 for 30 that needs to be made:
"What if I told you that the taunts of a cheerleader inspired one of the greatest hockey games of all time? What if I told you that 25 feet of difference in dressing room location reversed the course of history? What if I told you a singular hit broke not only a hockey stick in half, but the will of a prohbitive national champion favorite? What if I told you this all happened in an old barn, in the middle of Michigan, that almost collapsed from the sound generated by the souls within, inspired by a humanitarian who attacked a dog? ESPN brings you "The Molly Game" a 30 for 30 produced by Jeff Daniels."
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I'll go Yost but older||
Brendan Morrison's senior night was good, but his final game at Yost was better, a great experience. Here he was the unquestioned star of the team who had forgone the chance to go pro after winning the national title as a junior to come BACK TO SCHOOL (remember those days, Red?) and try and win two titles in a row. The team was stacked, Morrison was on his way to the Hobey, and there was this sense of inevitability about this being dynasty level stuff happening. He was the team captain, the sure fire NHL star, the ideal of Red Berenson hockey, and everybody that knew him considered him just a real fine dude. For the smaller but arguably more dedicated hockey fan base at that time, his last game was like watching your big brother get ready to go off to college or the military while you were at home finishing high school. And the thing was, it wasn't just Morrison- you also had short handed goal scoring machine John Madden and Marty Friggin Turco. We didn't just beat people that year, we blew the shit out of them. Every game against Sparty was a bloody battle by two Top 5 teams-- both with skill mind you. The formal senior night was kind of a downer, we tied Lake St 4-4, but in those days when the first round of the CCHA was a home series at the higher seed, Michigan came in as the prohibitive favorite on a collision course with Sparty in the conferencefinal and we beat the living hell out of Alaska Fairbanks, 8-1 on Friday night, then 11-0 on Saturday night. That 11-0 game was everything you could have wanted from Old Yost. The students were into it, the team was scoring goals left and right, chants had to be restarted immediately after finishing, and the after the game, the senior class did the usual cirlce at center ice with a stick salute, but then proceeded to skate to the student section and were shaking hands and signing things like they were the Beatles. It was glorious. How that team lost to BU in the semis of the NCAA's I'll never reconcile as long as I live.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Secondary benefit||
If the B1G tourney ran as you suggested, there would be more of a chance for "bonus point" RPI victories to be picked up by bubble teams in those semi and final round best of 3 series which would increase our chances of multiple B1G teams in the NCAA tourney as at-large teams. In normal years. Which this year is not. (sad face)
|7 weeks 6 days ago||this is my suggestion||
Start with buying the Sam Adams seasonal 12 pack. There's enough variety and if you get all 4-5 12 pks over the year you'll be exposed to a pretty good sampling of the different types of beer. Make notes ad to which ones you liked / didn't like. Then you have a sense as to what styles you want to explore more of. Take a trip to a good beer store that you can make your own 6 pks of and every 1-2 weeks get 6 different bottles of the same style to start to figure out the differences. After 6-12 months, you'll now be able to explore the entire craft beer world.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||goes back to the comment||
From bordon gerenson in my diary. When there was the hogan - hunwick switch, the guys on the team banded together and played like dogs in clearing the puck and being responsible defensively. Why that hasn't happened after the Minnesota sweep/Ohio state loss/Michigan state loss/Penn st loss on Friday night is baffling to me. Where the hell is the desperation to just say fuck it, I'm going to make damn sure there isn't a rebound, scoring be damned. At this point its beyond coaching x&o's. Its the coaching staff instilling the desire in the players AND the players taking it on themselves to execute. Lack of coaching and lack of player leadership.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||The weird thing is||
Red has shown he's not against coaching defense to win. When Hunwick got the nod, we basically went from a fly by the seat of your pants outfit to a two way backchecking "form a f*g wall" unit with great results. Granted that was the last year with Pearson, so maybe that is the thing. Interesting that up at Tech, Pearson is also employing Bill Muckalt and Steve Shields as assistants....
|7 weeks 6 days ago||You have to account for||
the one year we get the title stolen away from us in the worst officiated title game in history, and the second when our entire team gets selected for the World Juniors and we choose not to compete the rest of the season.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I would hope the last month||
would have solidified any doubt he had in his mind either way. Since 30 Jan, we've had 5 weeks of meaningful games, and we've had disappointment in 4 of them-- the notable exception being a sweep of a historically bad Wisconsin team in which both games were in doubt going into the 3rd period. We flip any of those weekends and we're sitting with a B1G title, and a likely at-large bid going into this weekend instead of the morass we find ourselves in. Add to that the no-shows against Tech, BC, and BU, and almost all games against top competition this year we've been outcoached. That should be enough of a sign. I hope he gets a chariot ride and is allowed to die in battle (metaphorically) in the NCAA's, but frankly he probably won't get to and that's partially his fault.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I would have no qualms about Babcock||
My worry would be that he'd be a shorter term option (would we get 3 years?) than Pearson, and Mel's window for a return may be closed. Babcock would be much like Red in the 80's & 90's... able to leverage his contacts with pro coaches and players (including familial ones) to get the high end talent with an understanding the coach knows how to get your kid to the pros. Babcock is techincally savvy, has good instincts on players in game, and knows how to teach a system to younger players.
Mel's my top choice, but Babcock would be 1A if you could get him to commit to 4+ years.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I'll gladly take the 30 for 30||
"imagine if the winningest coach in your programs history comes to the realisation of his own mortality, only for his biggest group of underachievers to transform into his biggest group of overachievers. Watch the 30 for 30, When Wolverines Decide to Die, the Story of the 2015 NCAA Hockey National Champions"
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I'm hoping||
For a pro wrestling like swerve where we get in the tourney as a 4 seed to play Michigan Tech in the first round game. Right before faceoff, Mel Pearson mysteriously isn't behind the bench for the Huskies. He walks out from the locker room, and as he reaches out to pat his captain on the back, he grabs the hockey stick, hits the captain in the back of the legs, and rips off his suit coat to reveal a Michigan shirt underneath, with Red just smiling and nodding behind his bench, then breaking into an EVIL LAUGH. Like it was the plan all along. Cue nWo music. 10 year reign of terror commences with Michigan winning 8 titles.
I mean that's what's going to happen right? Right? Hold me, Tiny Jesus.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
hence my comment about testicular fortitude. Penn St was reeling, and we let them off the hook. With everything on the line, we play probably our worst weekend of the season. Not setting up much hope for things to get righted.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||For those who didn't get the reference in the title|
|7 weeks 6 days ago||That's the rumor||
on the edge of the internet. That Chip Kelly's recent trades and non-signings and modest Sanchez contract were to position themselves to make a deal for Kaepernick, a swerve to what most people were thinking which was to mortgage the house to get Mariota. I wait to see what happens.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Amazing note||
Lesnar and Shelton Benjamin were on the same team in Minnesota. The only NCAA wrestling match I ever went to as a student was Brock's last appearance in Ann Arbor. My buddy who was a big HS wrestler told me I just had to go see this guy. I honestly thought Lesnar was a WWE guy there scouting or something. He was and is to this day the singularly most impressive specimen of human flesh I've ever seen in person.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||two items||
Seems to be my usual now...
1- well that bump in my diary I talked about happened at about the worst possible time. We're at defcon 1 for at large bid hopes. Basically its win out the regular season, win a semi in the btt and pray. Otherwise its tourney champs or bust.
2- I was thinking about this and really, has red been able to recover since Montoya left a year early I terms if goaltending?? Just seems like since señor save went adios with a year remaining we never have been able to recruit that 3-4 yr goaltender red built his legacy on. Shawn hunwick yes, but he was a lucky get who was supposed to go to like Albion or something. We lose montoya, whiff on Gibson, and things have never been the same.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I miss||
The Black and Blue Burger at the old Good Time Charlies (c. 1996-2000). Burger patty covered in cracked peppercorns, melted blue cheese, bacon, a peppercorn ranch sauce, sprinkle of green onions and lettuce/tomato to boot. The best burger I've ever had anywhere anytime. And now it's gone.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Slight disagreement||
I don't think it's "Sweep or Die". Sweep this weekend and we put ourselves in position to absorb a bump (a singular bump, but a bump nonetheless) in the remaining season. Split this series and realistically the road gets tougher, but it's still manageable. We get swept, then yeah, it's time to break out the soundtrack from Titanic.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||The broadcast on that was funny||
The Wisconsin announcers thought for sure that since the review was taking so long, it was going to go Michigan's way. Boy were they surprised.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||That's kind of the interesting thing to me||
If we come out of the next two weeks 3-1 with a B1G regular season title, does this count as a "good" season? Or if we go 2-2 and then win the B1G tourney in despiration mode and be the ONLY B1G team in the tourney, does that count as a good season b/c we made the tourney? There's just a lot of screwiness this year. I mean we're feasibly looking at a year in which Hockey East and the B1G may get 4 bids... in total between the conferences. Yeesh. I'm kind of the mindset this year of an English soccer fan. Collect the trophies, no matter what they are, and call it a day.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Unverified optimism on Wormley||
I'm also hoping that with the multiple fronts, Wormley ends up being an inside / outside switcher depending on the front and murderous pass rusher.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||pure insurance move||
I take that this means franzen is basically out and zetterberg is questionable. Overall, no harm on the price for him IMHO.
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||probably not three b1g teams||
If the scenario plays out as you say, the only way I could see three b1g teams would be for us and Minnesota to win out in the regular season giving both of us the top two seeds and putting both of us in around 13th say for the b1g tourney. Then let's say for arguments sake the higher pwr team is Minnesota as it is now. If we win our semi final and Minnesota loses its (vs who is irrelevant-- any other b1g team is in the mid 20s or lower by this point in pwr), then you have Minnesota who'll get docked maybe 1 or 2 slots (leaving them in say 14th pwr), and then we lose in the final we get knocked let's say one slot down from 13 to tied for 14th, then the b1g champ gets slot #16, the aha champ (robert morris, usafa, whoever) gets slot #15, and then you're looking at slot #14 being the last at large team, which is between us and Minnesota. Plus you'd have to have no other upsets in the conference tourneys with a champ outside the top 18 in pwr (if a Cinderella came from pwr slot 18-15, it wouldn't matter much because likely they'd have knocked off a team from their own conference on the bubble sending them out of at large consideration). So I guess if both Mich and Minn were higher than say 13 in pwr going into the tourney, then maybe one could absorb a semi loss and the other a finals loss (especially if it was a surging Penn st who uses a late season push to get into the top 20 pwr and now allows us to get those bonus points for a top 20 win) and still get two at larges in the tourney.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||two items||
1- being in 15 slot now basically means my scenario from weeks diary for an at large bid is still in play. Sweep PSU then even a split with sparty followed by a bit finals appearance (preferably against Minnesota) gets us at 12-14 in pwr and that's an at large bid
2- the only conference I'm worries about realistically a with stealing bids, is, ironically the big ten. Anybody besides us or the gophers wins the conference that likely goes the at large bid the #2 team in the conference is hoping for. The traditional bid stealers are really not relevant this year- american hockeys only going to get one team no matter what (their strongest team, robert morris, is in the 20s in pwr), and the ecac and wcha both have 3+ teams in the mix for at larges so it'd take a HUGE Cinderella to win it all. With the revamped conferences that's less likely than in the past since a Cinderella run is going to have to go through a much more difficult gauntlet.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||two items||
1. We are going to be in good shape for the stretch run toward a at large bid position. These two wins today put us on a trajectory that a sweep of penn st ans sparty with a win in our first btt game will probably put us in at worst the 14 slot in pwr. Hope for st cloud st, Yale and Harvard to lose tonight.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I always thought it was Thatcher quoting Churchill||
but since I can't find that on the internet, I concede your argument.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Just to be clear||
I'm OK with Harbaugh being so focused on being a football coach that he doesn't know the difference between New Years and Christmas (at least based on his quote)-- we hired a football coach, not a theologian. (OTOH, man, is he really that singularly focused?) Just be prepared when he says something that might not be as "socially acceptable" as some at Michigan want all officials to be....
|9 weeks 4 days ago||To paraphrase Winston Churchill||
Hail and Unite is a great thing, until you run out of other people's money.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I trust Magnus's abilities to read minds||
I heard he was tested for it at Langley back in '78.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Um ok||
"I’ve said this before but a lot people think January 1st is the start of the new year, and those that believe in Christianity and espouse Catholicism believe that correlates with the birth of Christ but we in football treat the first day of spring practice as the new year."
Soooo we know Harbaugh won't be running for Pope then... :)
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I think phrase you're looking for is||
See: Vince Wilfork
|9 weeks 5 days ago||INtriguing to me||
- Ty Issac at 240 suggests to me he's ready to challenge for starting everydown back
- AJ Williams is now a TE in name only. He'll be the power TE in 2-TE sets (as if we didn't now this already)
- Chris Wormley at 300 gives me goosebumps. Like Alan Branch shaped goosebumps.
- Ben Braden at 331 is scary to me (not in a good way). Don't we need some mobility out of him? GGlasgow losing 10 lbs and becoming a pulling ball of death is scary (in a good way)
- Alex Malzone? 6'2" 218 lbs. Jim Harbaugh playing days? 6'3" 215 lbs. Just saying.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Add to the optimism||
St Cloud St a number of slots ahead of us have a 2 game series against NoDak this week, then a two game series against Denver the following week. That's a possible 4 game losing streak for a team that would be really beneficial to us if they start dropping. Probably the biggest hurdle from my vantage point looking at the PWR, RPI and upcoming games is Yale. I think we can pass Harvard, UM-L, and Vermont by natural inertia via winning out the regular season, but Yale might be tricky to bypass. Which is why I'm going to have StatTracker up for that SCS v NoDak series... SCS gets swept, it's Oh Doctor a race to the end. We could have Yale move up to 14 and then us in the precarious 15 slot. To quote Princess Leia, "It ain't over yet"
|9 weeks 5 days ago||@ 25dodgebros||
Wow. You're a Debbie Downer. You do realize that in 2011 we were a Tiny Jesus miracle save from winning the whole thing, and 2012 we were in the tourney for a 20th consecutive season and as a 1-seed right? Sure the last two seasons have been bad and some warts have been exposed in the program foundation, but (A) it's not like we're going on a 10 year streak of futility, (B) an above average goaltender probably has us on the edge of the Top 10 in RPI, and (C) a 6-7 game win streak (which we've already done this year against similar competition to what we're going to be facing) gets us in? Lighten up Francis, and look back longer than if you were a sophomore in college this year. Plus, have you watched college hockey the last 10 years? The depth is across the board better in every conference- longtime doormats like the ECAC have risen up to be national powerhouses. It's not the 90s where all you ahd to be was Michigan with high powered recruiting classes and guarantee yourself a 2 seed at minimum. College hockey is harder now overall than it was 10 years ago, and Michigan's (relative) struggles the past two years have proven that out.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Psychologically yes||
but RPI wise, no. The BU game is probably the one that affects us the most, with Ferris 2nd, and UNH 3rd. You don't lose bonus points for bad losses compared to good ones, but you gain bonus points for good wins.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Don't give up on that Penn St bonus yet||
A PSU sweep this week and a strong finish by them outside of a weekend sweep and a loss in the BTT to us still could keep them in the Top 20. Teams ahead of them are going to get bombed in the next couple weeks, and we need is for them to finish in the Top 20 RPI at the end of the season. Damn it would be nice to have a 3rd place game for them to pick up one more win before the season ends.
It's funny, you flip either that Ferris St or BU game we lost earlier this year, each by one goal, and we're probably sitting on the bubble line instead of jumping multiple teams.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||One minor correction||
the phrase is "plausible deniability". You need to watch more X-Files. :)
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
I'm going to imagine things are going to be really volatile through this weekend, and then we'll have a pretty clear picture of how things stand going into the Penn St weekend series.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||On a depressing note||
(as if we didn't have enough of those lately).... anybody watch John Gibson goaltend for the Ducks last night? :(
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'm of the same mind||
I don't think this team can clamp down on defense and win a 1-0 / 2-1 game right now, but I wanted to add some perspective away from the "SWEEP OR DIE" and "FIRERED.COM" mentalitiy I saw on the message boards after the games this weekend. In all honesty, if Wiscy and Michigan St are competent teams in out-of-conference this year, we're probably talking about can we stil get a 2 or 3 seed instead of can we still get in the tourney. The weakness of the conference overall is a anchor like no other we've seen in contemporary Michigan hockey history.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||So we're at 85 now?||
Or 86? I've lost track and if you count the Glasgows and Kerridge and whoever else.
Good luck and God speed Mr Bellomy.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I am 100% in favor||
of tickets being lowered in anyway for any students to try and encourage more students to come and be a part of the football community.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Spiketrotters you say?||
|10 weeks 1 day ago||as an at large||
Probably. We'd need to win all seven remaining and probably beat Penn st or Minnesota in a b1g tourney game, and then we're still probably hoping Yale, Harvard, and /or Vermont piss their pants with losing streaks and an early conference tourney loss. Stranger things have happened but this team isn't showing the testicular fortitude to have me give them benefit of doubt. It'd probably b1g tourney or bust at this point.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Additionally||
for Brackeology reasons, as long as majority chalk holds in the major conference tourneys (American Hockey can go f itself) realistically we're battling Yale, Harvard, and Vermont for the last at-large seed. Yale and Harvard have a great chance to cannibalize themselves in the last weeks of the ECAC race, and Vermont probably needs a big run in the Hockey East tourney to pick up some RPI points. We finish strong in 1st or 2nd place in the B1G and make the BTT final, we're probably in.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Ground can be made up quick in PWR||
Yale, Harvard, and Providence (3 non-B1G teams ahaed of us in PWR right now) have difficult weekends. Yale's got two road games against ranked Qunnipiac and unranked Princeton, Harvard has a three set this weekend with conference roadies against ranked St Lawrence and unranked Clarkson, but then also has a Beanpot game against BC on Monday.Providence has a home-and-home against UMass. I could easily see Yale dropping both, Harvard dropping all three and Providence splitting, giving us a chance to make up some ground if we can sweep. Vermont is tied with us in PWR and they've got a fairly light weekend with a pair against Merrimack. Minnesota and Penn St are playing in a swap weekend. Gophers sweep, they probably have the inside track to the regular season title and possibly an at-large spot. A split and everybody resets (maybe Michigan and Minnesota get one spot closer in PWR due to a Minnesota drop) for next weekend's pressure cooker. A Penn St sweep at home with a sweep by us probably means a Chinese fire drill in the PWR standings with B1G teams as Michigan would probaly move ahead of Minnesota and Penn St would take Michigan's buble spot with Minnesota behind them. I'm still holding out hope that a 7-1 or 8-0 finish to the regualr season with a B1G tourney finalist showing means we get an at-large 4 seed.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Little known fact||
If you have kids and they like shrimp, go to Olive Garden. The kids meal shrimp plate is massive and cheap.
THE MORE YOU KNOW
|10 weeks 2 days ago||So if it's truly "uniquely LA"||
Concourses will be mishmashed all around the stadium and weave to God knows where with too little room, the hot dogs will be $10-15 depending on if you want all organic grass fed humanely killed beef, or a vegan fair trade Boca Dog from the in-house Whole Foods. Suites will have real grass seating areas watered by the leftover spillage from cokes in the bleacher seating, and you'll have to take a 30-yr mortgage out to pay for season tickets. But HEY! Steve Martin, Iggy Azalea, and some guy who playeda Stormtrooper in ALL THREE ORIGINAL TRILOGIES(!!) will be in the same stadium as you! Cue Randy Newman!
*Music* I loooovvee LA!
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Grey Cup!||
Gray Cup? No, Coupe Grey.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, QPR, Crystal Palace, and West Ham currently. I forget but I think there's one or two others that are either in the next division down or were in the Premier League within the last 10 years.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I'd be down with a MLB / NHL model||
with a slight tweak (for the other sports too). All HS players are eligible and if a team drafts you, you can either sign with them immediately or wait 2-3 years. HOWEVER, the pro team that drafts you then becomes responsible for paying your cost of attendance in order to keep your draft rights. If they don't like the school you chose or you're not developing as they'd hope, then they can drop the financial assistance and the school then has to guarantee the remainder of your eligibility. Basicaly, the pro team gets your draft rights and if you're good enough right away, there's no barrier to you playing right away (Kobe, Garnett, LeBron, etc). If the pro team has a logjam at your position for 1-2 years, they can "stash you away" in college for a couple years (much like how the NHL used to use the European leagues). If you develop fast, you're eligible to play in 2 years in the pros at which point the proteam has sunk $50-100k in you (cheaper than a D-league deal), your college has benefitted from 2 years of activity, and you've had 2 years to build a "brand" for yourself. If you're a slow developing player, the proteam gets a mature player for the cost of $100-200k or is a sunk cost if they player doesn't develop at which point the player has a chance to prove his worth to someone else and the proteam is off the hook for way less than the cost of a Corleone Young contract.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly||
It's not like Blue vs Green or Red vs. Orange. Red v Blue are two distinct very discernable colors. Add the gray pants v maize pants and the radically different helmet designs, and you have a recipe for gloriousness :)
|10 weeks 5 days ago||XXOO||
Love you little guy. Please come back. Save us Tiny Jesus.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I wasn't talking about the crowd||
the actual team is going to goon it up as much as humanly (and even then some) possible. They're going to take from the Stan Van Gundy playbook and "Form a F*g Wall" at the blue line and dare us to try and execute a successful dump and chase or force the referees to call obstruction penalties. It's going to be messy like an Ohio State spelling bee.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I still think we have a shot as an at-large||
If we can go 7-1 or 8-0 in the home stretch, and then get to the finals of the BTT, I think we can absorb a loss in the finals and sneak in as a 4 seed. Those two games against Penn St are absolutely crucial because of the road win bonus possible. You gotta know though, that Sparty's gonna Spart like they've never Sparted before that last weekend, especially the Friday night game. If Michigan's on a six game win streak going into the last weekend, that Friday night game at Munn is going to be like watching the real life verion of the Syracuse Bulldogs from Slap Shot. They may even bring back Corey Tropp to guest star as Ogie Oglethorpe.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I can make a mean||
loaf of sunflower bread, and poppy seed roll.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Is it||
Lobster Week at Ashley's already?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||PIcked mine up yesterday||
on the way back from a Northern Michigan vacation to my home in Ohio. Hit up Busch's on Plymouth & Green Rd-- got a 12 pk of traditional flavors (lemon, raspberry, custard, apple) and then a 4 pk of each of the "gourmet" flavors-- maple bacon, smores, and salted caramel. Brought 'em into work and gone in 60 seconds. Lots of Detroit / Chicago / Cleveland ex-pats here in Dayton.
Going to finish off my night the right way with some homemade paprikas that are in the crockpot right now, some fried kiszka, a couple farmer cheese pierogi, and wash it all down with a 4 - 6 pk of Zywiec.
WHOOOO STOLE THE KISZKA?
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||7-1 we're in||
Pairwise in the 10-20 range is still going to be really volatile with all the wcha teams in the mix. 7-1 gets us the b1g title and we make it to the finals at the Joe we're sitting at a solid 3 seed. Unfortunately I think we're probably going to go 6-2 which then probably means a mandatory finals appearance in the BTT, with a loss to either Minnesota or Penn st in the finals so they don't steal our bid. I'm more worries about our goaltending than anything else. We can't afford to go "hot hand" b/c that implies somebody screwed up the game before. Red needs to find a magic button to get competency for 8 games.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I read the book after I saw the movie||
b/c I wanted to see if the book really was as insano as the movie. I usually like some moral certitude in my mysteries, and the book provided nothing of that. Outside of that, the only character that comes off any where near sympathetic is Affleck's sister.
The movie is just... yeesh. I would not wish (SPOILER ALERT) what happened to Doogie Howser on any man / woman / child / OSU recruit (too soon?). That was just wrong and the movie captured it in all the nasty gory detail it could. Then when Amy comes home, that's just one cold-hearted chick.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||This is basically an M Night Shamalamadingdong flick now||
And we'll find out in two months that all along that Jayru is Kaiser Soze in the Red Lodge with Tom Cruise's cell phone camera.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||SPOILER ALERT!||
Seriously, my wife took me to that movie for our anniversary date night this year. Afterwards I asked if she was trying to tell me something, she just giggled. I slept in a separate room for two nights. That film is three f*d up hours of revenge porn.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||In related news||
I'm working out in a "Gallifrey Tech" shirt.
Obvs I'm going to be a Time Lord.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||This is basically like||
The Horror MVP transferring to RichRod's WVU for one more year, isn't it?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I was expecting||
these to be leftover deflategate rants from displeased Seahawks fans...
|11 weeks 6 days ago||For example of Private v Public bias||
Just check out USNWR's grad school rankings in 2015.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The pillars of California's financial plight||
were built long before the relatively minor silicon valley downturn in the late 90's / early 2000's. The wealth increase from Google alone has basically made up the losses from the dot.com balloon bursting.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Well it's kind of a self fulfilling prophecy||
When Shapiro and Duderstadt made the move to more insulate the university from the ups and downs of state funding via capital campaigns and endowment growth, they were SO successful that Michigan legislatures took notice. When push came to shove in the budget battles of the 90's and 2000's and the State was in generally bad financial shape, the university could realistically absorb the hit in state funding b/c they had the endowment,they had the donations, and they had the economics to support the tuition increases. What has happened since then is an ugly self-licking ice cream cone like vortex of bad analogies:
- State needs to save money
- State reduces money to Michigan
- Michigan absorbs the hit intially
- Michigan raises tuition and fundraising
- Michigan recoups the financial hit while maintaining deisrablilty
- State sees Michigan can absbors financial hit and book keeps that for the next time
- Rinse, repeat.
At this point, unless Michigan is forced via Regents action (Michigan legislature has no power really at this point, b/c they are by constitution not supposed to intrude on University business and the only power they have is via the pocketbook, of which there is little they contribute on an annual basis) or voluntarily (HA!) decide to cut or hold tuition reductions, OR has a massive downturn in donations / endowment, they're not going to get more state money without demonstrable loss in educational quality. U of M can't afford to play that bluff because then their rankings / prestige / ability to lure in research dollars will be affected. So it's a giant Cold War standoff where each side plays defense until a significant stimulus occurs on either side to really change the calculus.
So in the end, the policies that Michigan enacted to isolate themselves from fluctations in state funding in the 80's / 90's have been realised in a way that basically guarantees Michigan will not get significant funding from the State, until such point the State feels the University is no longer providing sufficient value to the State (which is not going to happen if the State's investment is minimal). I'm no game theoretician, but that seems to me to be some pretty f*d up Prisoners Dilemma.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Jimminy Christmas||
Are you bat shit *WORD REDACTED PER FRIENDLY LANGUAGE POLICY*?
Based on Diag Squirrel's comments, I hereby dissociate myself from his point donations, much like a Congressman returning campaign contributions from a convicted pedophile.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||More importantly||
What about Roquan Smith? We're what, one day away from his proposed 1 wk delay, right?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Fine with reminding people to not use offensive language||
but "illegal alien"? That's a factual term. So instead I need to say "undocumented non-citizen without legal authority to establish long term residency via official citizenship"?
alien: a resident born in or belonging to another country who has not acquired citizenship by naturalization.
illegal: contrary or forbidden by statute
You want to remind people to not use derogatory, racially or ethinically motivated speech on campus? Fine go ahead. Start a public shame campaign to bastardize terminology used correctly in the process of a political debate? I have an issue. Provide greater stigmatism to the use of n****r, "dumb Polock", cracker, camel jockey, and loads of other loaded terms. But "crazy", "insane" and "illegal alien"? CUMONG, man. This is the creep some of us are worried about. When the language gets hi-jacked to meet political ends, that's some Ministry of Truth shit right there.
And also, is it OK if LGBT groups use the word "gay" (I mean it's the G in LGBT) or are there going to be exceptions added to the bottom of the posters identifying which groups are allowed to use which words at which times and in which contexts? What about when a group of students from Detroit get together and criticize each others dress as being "way the hell too ghetto" (I've been in this conversation)? Is that acceptable?
While the intention is nice, the effect is a polarized, tensioned populace instead of a more civil and respectful one, because no one knows which word is next to be considered offensive and by whom. And when we lose the language, we lose the fundamental weapon in the fight against tyrrany. And tyrrany is a real thing that needs to have steadfast watch over. This is why I'm passionate about this, and this is why I worry about this.
Also, I hope Patsy Cline, Gnarls Barkley, Van Morrison, Beyonce (both upbeat mid-2000's version and into BDSM soundtracks version) receive a stern talking to or protests when / if they show up on campus for a concert.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Thread got deleted from a couple days ago||
but if Chatman was playing even close to his projected role, we'd be at least 2 games better, probably 3-4. I'm not going ot give up on him, but his disappointing play so far has to be analyzed fairly as a major cause of the team's issues.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Well yes||
I mean SOMEONE had to come up with the concept of a "continental breakfast" to offer as a perk...
Cue Key & Peele...
|11 weeks 6 days ago||If I remember my "History of the UM" course||
this was brought up during a discussion and the professor at the time said a legal analysis of that proposal done in the mid-90's determined that since the University was listed in the Michigan constitution as a state created entity, it would require a constitutional amendment disbanding the Board of Regents as well as dissolving the University charter. This would then open the university up to a huge legal challenge as to what lands they actually own in Ann Arbor (and a MASSIVE property tax bill almost immediately), potentially lawsuits by aggrieved students on perceived "misconduct" by the UM Public Safety department, and dissolution of faculty / staff union contracts since the signatory agent would be no more, potentially exposing a lot of employees to danger on their compensation including retirement. Not to mention that at the time there was a lot of confusion as to how the UM Health System would be treated in that situation. Overall, while it probably sounds awesome to say "F the State! Let's go private!", the benefits the U gets from being an agent of the State of Michigan even without significant cash funding is probably too great to overcome.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Not commenting on the political aspect||
but I always thought an interesting aspect to the U of California / AffAction debate is that after the Proposition got passed prohibiting race as factor in admissions, minority finishing rates for 4-yr degrees actually went up since many minorities who were underqualified for the top tier schools for whatever reason you want to argue (UCLA, Cal Berkeley, etc) got admitted instead to the second tier schools (UCSB, UCSC, UCSD, etc), and actually finished the degree programs. Also, Asian ethnic proportion at the top tier schools skyrocketed.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Couple thoughts||
1- One of the reasons Michigan punched above its weight economically for so long was that many of its graduates from its fine public institution in Ann Arbor stayed in the state after graduation to work in the manufacturing / mining / industrial finance sectors. From the 1900s through the end of the 1960s, Detroit and Michigan were "boom" areas in the nation because of the auto industry, industrial refining capacity (agricultural processing and trade processing with Canada), and the fact it was a pretty nice damn place to live with a reasonably laid out metropolitan areas and the lure of "up north" / Great Lakes for recreation. Even those big money grads from out of state who left Michigan after graduation still contributed mightily to the state by vacationing in Michigan (Chicagoans who frequented the Lake Michigan side most prominently).
2- In state kids have an emotional attachment to stay in the local area and thereby use that skill set built in Michigan to build up the local economy, which in turn help(ed) the university by building the state tax base that used to reflect back in state funding. Shapiro's work (see previous comment) when he was a professor proved true about diversifying the financial base of the university to weather economic cycles and hence state funding, but by relying on more OOS for the financial base, you lose the emotional and regional connections which make Michigan, Michigan, not Long Island West or Eastern Chicago or Detachment Beijing. A state university has to have a fundamental mission to improve the state its located in, or else it will lose the popular support for the university.
3- one of the reasons the University developed so fast into the educational powerhouse it became while being in such a backwoods location as rural Michigan was its embrace of a pragamatic career driven educational model (The German or Humboltian method) as opposed to a classical recitation / English-Latin model. That's why professional type programs such as the hard sciences, law, engineering, medicine, dentistry, education (teaching), and even military science formed such a basis of the Unviersity's growth. That philosophical basis is what made Michigan unique from its oft comapred Ivy competition and a major factor in why we sucked in so many successful OOS in the past-- we weren't just a landing pad for the societal elite, we were focused on making you productive members of society in a highly competitive atmosphere. I fear the more prevailing trend is that Michigan is becoming a stopping place for InSt, OOS and international students on their way to becoming "socially acceptable" (but not necessarily productive) members of society. "Sure you're $80k in debt and you can't find a job in your career field for more than $35k / yr, but you have a Michigan degree in comparitive studies X, and you were so involved in Social Cause Y, that people should respect you."
4- Diversity... Michigan as a state is pretty damn diverse with ethnic populations from multiple areas in Europe (we're not all "white guys"), the Middle East, African Americans, and now even Asians as Asian industrial companies set up shop in Michigan as political buffers to "buy American" reactionism have taken root and 2nd/3rd generation implants are maturing and indigenous-izing (forgive the word creation). I'm always amazed in the "problems" our university leadership claim they have in developing a "diverse" student body per their current definitions of ethnicity / racial status.. if they just focused on harvesting the geographic diversity from the in-state population instead of admitting whatever OOS metric they use to do this, I think our campus would be pretty reflective of society in general and *shockingly* would look pretty "diverse" in the current vernacular as well. I've always been in favor of the "Top X students from every HS in Michigan are admitted" type policy for that reason- you get the diversity in the population and you also get top performers as well, which is supposed to be basis of our excellence.
5- International students: I'm troubled by the "more kids from China than from any singular state" in the student population trend cited in the thread. I understand those who want to argue about exporting our culture to the international students to take back, but I think that's not what's happening in most cases. I think there's a national security aspect to this that I don't like (sorry for my primal tribalism), I don't like that our admissions / administration / research faculty are essentially letting themselves get bought by the lure of foreign money, and I'm not sure I buy into the cultural exchange benfit argument as my experience has been that international students tend to self-segregate themselves with other students from their country-- especially PRC students where fear of political retribution in the home country is high.
Lots of thoughts, I'm sure lots that people will disagree with.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||1000% agree||
And not just for the score on the board (I was there, I loved that game). I also like the simplicity of Wrigley Field, but I'm now 37 and getting crustier, so whatever.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Not buying it||
Sam needs to build some cred with me again... IMO he's drained all the benefit of doubt points through the coaching search and this year's recruiting period.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I knows it rainbows and lollipops||
and unicorn farts, but I still would rather have Weber than Higdon b/c of the whole clean up your own backyard aspect to recruting. If they're about equal, I'd rather have the in-state kid than the out of state one, and in this case, I think Weber's better, but not by that much.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty good||
Starter, All-Pac 12 caliber, can play either CB or S. Would provide us some real flexibility with Peppers and the rest of our DB's.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Actually||
According to his Stanford bio, former 4* high profile recruit who got hurt his freshman year.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||This would be welcome||
Potential starter / cover nickle back at position of need where recruits are lacking.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Dare I say||
Welker-esque even if not racially correct according to the NFL Standards of Comparisons Via Skin Color?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed ^^^||
I'd consider any team not between 85 and 90 after signing day to not be doing their job. You're going to have unexpected early draft entries, behavioral dismissals, transfers, injuries, academic issues and what not between now and start of fall practice. Having a little cushion is OK. It's the teams that are still at 90 one week away from Fall practice that's a problem. A scholarship athlete figures out after spring ball that he's not going to play, he has the summer to transfer and he shows up for Fall classes / practice and gets a chance either immediately or in one year. With the way scouting has exploded in the NFL, just being from a 1-AA or D2 school is not the death sentence on pro possibilities it once was. I'm 100% against the SEC way of business which is to have over 100 kids on scholarship after signing day, using Spring practice as an extended try-out, then cutting kids a week before fall term starts (looking at you LSU and Alabama).
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Cereal fail||
Count me in the Crispix Nation. Corn on one side, Rice on the other side, and the gaps in the cereal matrix are scientifically optimized to trap just the right amount of milk so that the cereal doesn't get soggy right away. Add in some plain Cheerios to act as a base layer and prevent oversaturation and BINGO! You have your perfect bowl of cereal.
Please don't send me to Bolivia. They don't have Crispix there.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||One bad thing||
I guess they're going to have to go in and reshoot that scene in "Ted 2" that was featured in the trailer to "THREE time Super Bowl MVP"
|14 weeks 2 days ago||MIssed opportunity AND beginning of end||
Drafting Darko killed the transition from a post-Ben Wallace team to a consistent contender for antoher 5-10 years. If we get any of the other big men in that draft, we transition Wallace out, don't have to sign a broken down C-Webb, and we probably keep contending with a #2 pick/Tayshawn/Chauncey core. We don't make the Chanucey for Iverson trade, we don't make the Gordon / Charlie V signings, and we're probably attractive enough to go get a quality free agent to replace Rip and / or Rasheed.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I hate you future||
The only thing change brings us is a less reliable handheld phone and worse Doctor Who's.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||And the hobos||
Wolverines live are nasty nasty creatures with an insatiable appetite. On the other hand, campus would also likely see a 20% decrease in mutant supervillian related hijinx.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Paging mvictors, Paging Dr Mvictors|
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think its that dire||
I still think there's going to be some regression in PWR/RPI in the next couple weeks as all those WCHA and NCHC teams stacked in the RPI start playing each other more. I think as long as Michigan stays in the Top 2 in the conference and gets to the conference final in the tourney game, the rest will take care of itself as the other conferences will start to eat themselves, the RPI will normalize somewhat and we'll come in at a 3 or 4 seed in the tourney. Last week's Bracketology on USCHO.com had us as a 4 seed in Providence against Harvard. Me likey those odds.
Again, random randomness in hockey tourneys could kill dreams, but I think we're in decent shape all things considered at this point. As I said in a comment on Michigan hockey last week, Michigan needs to basically split against Minnesota the rest of the year, run it up on the bottom 3 in the B1G (OSU, Wiscy, MSU), and if we can take 4 of 6 points or better at Penn St in March, we'll be in.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
I'm coming back to the U as a faculty member in the fall and with two kids (and a third on the way), housing is about 15% cheaper for the same sqft/yardage than in Ann Arbor, taxes are cheaper, and the schools are equal if not better. Saline for me. Plus I always dug the Celtic Festival and Mac's Acadian when I was at UM.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||But but but||
Talking head former mediocre SEC LB said on TV last night that Oregon lost because "their offense just isn't suited to scoring in the red zone"
Oregon, 44th in nation in red zone efficiency, 86%, RZ TD's = 52
Ohio St, 48th, 85%, RZ TD's 53
Michigan, 20th, 89%....
We're #1! We're #1!
|15 weeks 5 days ago||The sharks will start||
eating their young in the NCHC and WCHA so if we can dominate the bottom 4 in the B1G and basically split with Minnesota the rest of the year (and not flameout in the conference tourney), the rest of the pack will come back to us and we should get in as a 3 or 4 seed when tourney time comes. The top of the Pairwise is VERY WCHA heavy right now, so as wheat separates from chaff, there'll be enough wiggle room to get 2 B1G teams in, especially if the B1G tourney winner is different from the regular season conference winner. We want to beat Penn St every time from now on, but them have them kick the shit out of MSU, OSU and Wiscy. We need 3 bubble quality teams in the B1G to give us a shot at 2 bids.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Plus 1000 MGoPoints||
for the Rick Rude reference, and awesome gif link. The quintessential WWF mid-card heel. Between him, Mr Perfect, and the Honky Tonk Man, you had a run of probably the greatest Intercontinental Champ heels in history.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Not to mention||
Tyrone Wheatley, Rose Bowl MVP for Big Ten Champs. Mike Hart, not so much. Wheatley's Rose Bowl MVP game was the closest thing I ever saw to video game dominance by a RB until Adrian Peterson (caveat-- I only saw one Barry Sanders in college game live). Everytime Tyrone touched the ball, if he broke one tackle he took it to the house. And at 240 lbs, he broke a lot of tackles.
I like me some Mike Hart as much as the next guy, but overall in recent M history, I'd take Wheatley and Leroy Hoard over Hart. Hoard was just as good a runner as Hart and had surprisingly good hands / moves in the screen game for a primarily power running back.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Now all we need is||
Blue Lou and Matt Murphy and we're getting them next.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||well played sir||
|17 weeks 5 days ago||can you see the light?|
|19 weeks 3 days ago||The Band Elwood! The Band!||
We're putting the Band back together? We're putting the Band back together!
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Post||
|19 weeks 6 days ago||What if we're not on Twitter?||
I know I know, get off my lawn, rabble rabble...
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Did the projection account for Braxton's injury?||
Or were these published before? I thought I remembered a story about a couple casinos in Vegas taking the Bucks O/U wins off the board when Miller's injury was announced b/c there was a HUGE run in betting the under.... Just looking at these, I'd expect OSU would have downshifted 1-1.5 wins with Barrett as opposed to Miller.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I think you're going to see a return to Gibbs-variant Coryell||
As the defenses get faster in the back 7 but the DL's get bigger, I think Joe Gibbs variant on the Coryell offenses (which I think is what Harbaugh is running a version of) are going to be the next trend. OL's which are big enough to handle the DL's 1on1 or 1.5-on-1 with a TE that is more blocker than receiver to mop up QB's, RB's that can run over the first level speedy LB, and then if a S is moved up, *bam* three WR's running verticles or an H-back in the flat for 20 yards. You start bulking up your LB's to defeat the running game, then you better have 3 or more "plus" DB's to cover the WR's. Bama I think was showing this against Auburn where as soon as Auburn starting committing an extra S to the run support, it was over the top with Amari Cooper in the Gary Clark role.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||AF under Fisher Deberry||
used a Wing T early on then switched to a Flexbone in the 90's.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I'll add a variant||
When people say "Pro style" they're actually usually commenting on three divergent offensive philosophies, that utilize 2 RB / 1 TE, 1 RB / 2TE sets with a QB under center.
1) Pro-style power run: think Parcells era Giants, classic Jerome Bettis steelers, etc. Use power running schemes to control time of possession and pickup consistent but short chunks of yards and then utilize play action to hit curls, outs and crossing patterns to keep chains moving. Relies on dominant offensive line, sizeable RB's who can "fall forward" for yardage, and receivers / TE's who run good routes in combo with an accurate (but not necessary strong armed) QB.
2) Pro style West coast: think Bill Walsh, MIke Holmgren, Denver Mike Shannahan, Grbac/Collins/Driesbach/Griese/Brady UM teams. Utilize impeccible timing between QB & WR's in a short distance throw game to isolate individual defenders either in man or zone coverage. Running game uses misdirection and delayed actions (counters and draws) with occasional OT runs to keep defenses honest. (Shannahan modifed this with significant use of zone blocking stretch plays to defeat Tampa 2 and 4-3 defenses) QB has to be a superior decision maker and accurate thrower (and slightly mobile to utilize bootlegs and mobile pocket blocking concepts) to open up passing lanes and exploit overpursuing defenses. OL focus on mobility and combo blocking techniques instead of strength.
3) Pro style Coryell: see classic Oakland Raiders / Washington Redskins / Lions under Bobby Ross; utilize inside running power schemes and heavy play action passing with fast WR's / TE's to force 3-4 yard running plays clumped with over the top big pass plays for chunks of yardage. Lots of deep throws (streaks, deep outs, flag routes) requires QB with big arm (not necessarily accurate), RB who can break first tackle attempts, and ideally an all-star caliber TE who is either (A) fast enough to run by a LB in coverage, or (B) a big enough target on over the middle crossing / curl / drag routes to force a safety to cover / account for him thereby opening up the streaking WR.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||This is the B1G's dirty secret||
Is that the middle tier teams that were respectable in the late 90's / early 2000's are crap now. In 1997 for example, you had for standings:
Michigan 12-0 (Nat'l champion, Lloyd in his glory)
Ohio St 10-3 (Typical John Cooper on the cusp of nat'l contention)
Penn St 9-3 (Joe Pa still nationally relavent)
Purdue 9-3 (On the rise Joe Tiller)
Wisconsin 8-5 (On the rise Barry Alvarez)
Iowa 7-5 (On the way out Hayden Fry)
Michigan St 7-5 (3rd yr Nick Saban)
NW 5-7 (Gary Barnett post Rose Bowl / Citrus Bowl magic run)
Minn 3-9 (Rookie Glenn Mason)
Michigan, OSU, Penn St, and Purdue were Top 15 teams, and all except for comically inept Indiana (Love ya Cam Cameron!) and Illinois (RIP Ron Turner.. wait he's not dead?, and he got another HC job???) had either on the rise or just recently nationally relevant coaches. This is where the SEC and Pac-12 have killed us recently, our coaching across the conference hasn't been up to snuff while those conferences have employed the best coaches... You can really make the argument that only OSU, Indiana and Ilinois have upgraded their coaching situations (OSU, minimally from Cooper to Meyer; Illinois and Indiana by default) since 1997. MIchigan, Penn St, and Purdue (!) have markedly downgraded; Wisconsin, Iowa, MSU, NW, and Minn have treaded water or slightly decreased. At the time sure, Saban was below where Dantonio is now, but by the time Saban left he's on the precipice where Dantanio is now (consistent NYD bowl participants, marginal Top 10 team), and look at the roller coaster they went through to get to now (Bobby Williams, John L Smith, and barely keeping Dantonio). And really through the early 2000's the coaching stayed fairly constant at a high level with NW improving under Randy Walker, Mason establishing an on-the-cusp-but-not-quite conference contender at Minnesota, Fry ceding to Ferentz who had flashes of excellence, Cooper giving way to Tressel, and Alvarez & Tiller cementing their status as historically good coaches for their respective schools. You can really trace the downfall of the B1G to the hiring of Tim Brewster (I kid... a little) and the retirement of Wilfred Brimley in West Lafayette.
Until the B1G can stabilize their coaching quality, we're not going to return to "elite" status and have an improved SOS conference wide. One blow out loss by Meyer to Alabama, and the old B1G meme comes out.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||There was an interesting thread on UAB||
a couple days ago which basically spelled out the internal politics of UAB football and how essentially Bear Bryant's kid has tried everything in his power to kill UAB football. Basically the situation down there is somewhat equivalent to Shemy Schembechler doing everything he can including getting elected to the Board of Regents and forcing an unqualified coach to be hired to sabotage and kill Central Michigan because he was worried the Chips might challenge UM in a couple decades. Really wierd Antebellum politics and culture down there-- probably worthy of a John Grisham novel.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Not even a chance||
He's heavily invested in the AF Academy and a Western CONUS guy.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||"Offense wins games now"||
On this note, I was SHOCKED that Spielman said this a couple weeks ago on Drew Lane's radio show after the Maryland game. He basically conceded that college football today has shifted and that you can't rely on a strong defense only, which is what Hoke was trying to do. If Chris Spielman realizes that you have to have offense, that shows a complete culture shift in mainstream football minds (who are smart).
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Because Miles would come||
and is better. And while the record isn't quite indicative yet, Bielema I believe has turned the corner at Arkansas and I wouldn't be surprised to see them contend next year for a division title. The Hogs have been playing quality Wisconsin football the past month.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||At this point||
If not Harbaugh, Miles. Proven track record, Michigan ties, will be competent almost immediately, solidify recruiting class, and if he stays for 4-5 years, opportunity to build a replacement from within based on his solid track record with coaching trees at Ok St, LSU, etc.
He's not a bionic man, but he's a damn fine tournequet. (sp?)
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Really?||
This is the shit we have to deal with now?
|21 weeks 5 days ago||If The Hat comes north||
I think this is a distinct possibility. I would enjoy a pissed off Bo Pelini as DC, and *potentially* a Coach-in-Waiting.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||If The Hat comes north||
I think this is a distinct possibility. I would enjoy a pissed off Bo Pelini as DC, and *potentially* a Coach-in-Waiting.
|22 weeks 22 hours ago||color me surprised||
I thought if bo survived last year, he'd be in good shape, especially after winning vs. Iowa. Unless a 20 yr younger Paul Johnson is walking through the door I'm not sure Scott Frost is an upgrade.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||three options||
1- hc at ball st or someplace like Ohio u, miami (ntm), marsahll, western kentucky, etc doing the Frank Solich
|22 weeks 2 days ago||echo chamber||
Be prepared for some mild hooliganism directed your way. You may get a beverage poured on you. You will get taunted unmercifully. But as long as you don't get into a yelling match things should be nonviolent. After the game make like biakabutuka and run like hell from your buddy's place to change clothes out of Michigan stuff. Expect your car to get trashed with cups, a couple keys, and God willing, no poop.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I need new pants||
Seriously for a dad with a five year old who has needed out hard over the new star wars rebels, I just showed this to her and she was almost as excited as her dad. Almost.
Btw- if any other parents are looking for star wars rebels gear, go to Disney store online at hit the star wars store then go all the way to the bottom to the custom tshirt area. You can get "custom" kids shirts with any of the new characters (including the girls).
|24 weeks 2 days ago||totally depends||
On if Brady goes out like Bump Elliott or like Tommy Tuberville. I get the sense the way things are going that if he gets to coach out the season he'll do an Abe Vigoda in The Godfather and gracefully take his bullet.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||if this is the case||
The FOIA mafia will have a field day that will be Schlissel's worst nightmare.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||The one take away from this game for me||
is that Pat Fitzgerald should NOT be considered a top flight coaching candidate anymore.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe injury, maybe just bad mechanics||
DG just doesn't have good footwork and his throwing mechanics are all over the place (looks to me like he's still shot putting most passes like he's in high school as opposed to throwing from a consistent release point). His deep passes are just lofted balls instead of missiles.. he should have the arm strength to throw those balls, but he keep "pushing" the throw instead of "throwing" the pass.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I think it *is* DG at this point||
Why it's that way is irrelevent in analyzing the game. DG is not a consistent enough QB to bank on taking even busted plays the defense gives you (see the INT where Canteen and DEVER(!) are glaringly open). If you want to say DG's a warriror, fine, but even tough guys have to be judged on their merits. DG is missing throws, missing reads, and making poor check decisions at the line. I even wonder if the whole not getting to the line for the snap in a reasonable time issue is because of DG's huddle management. DG at this point just reminds me of that QB from Miami (YTM) a couple years ago (Jacory Harris I think?) who one game can look like a Heisman candidate, and the next two make head spinning DERP-itude decisions.
Blame Hoke and staff for not finding a quality QB to have ready to put in there, or not developing DG's decision making, but what I saw this weekend was missed opportunity after missed opportunitiy where the play call was there but bad throws / bad decisions killed us. Problem is I don't think putting Morris in there is going to be any better. If I'm Alex Malzone, I'm coming in here next year thinking I have a real shot to be the starting QB.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||easy peezy||
For a gas grill just use 1 of 2 burners and let the unlit side act as your indirect heat side. Helps to have a grill thermometer to monitor temp inside the box. For smoking, you can buy a 12" x4" smoker box at most major hardware stores like Menard's, or you can make your own out of those disposable tin baking pans and some aluminum foil with holes poked on top. Just put either of these contraptions over the direct heat side of the grill.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I'm pretty sure||
Ace said in his twitter feed that he'd be writing it up. I'd assume a transcript and analysis by the end of the day on mgoblog front page.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Republican politics in Michigan||
There are far many other GOP'ers in Michigan with money beside Dave Brandon, and many with far more influence. In fact, if Brandon is using party politics to try and save himself, that would piss off even more GOP'ers. Rick Snyder is the face of the Michigan GOP now and in the near term, esepcially if he (likely) wins re-election, and from some political heavyweights I know still in Michigan, Snyder and Brandon are NOT happy best buddies. My take is the political angle Brandon is throwing out is a simple red herring.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I think Patterson is the Belein we've been looking for||
For those looking for the football equivalent of Beilein, it's basically Gary Patterson.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Huh, that's funny||
His response to an email I sent him about improving lighting around parking lots during night football games was to embed a video of a live version of the Doobie Brothers "Takin' it to the Streets" . I'm guessing I might need to invite him with me to Pine Knob to see that J Geils Band reunion concert next summer.
"Hey! The Schliss is here! And he brought his LP collection!"
|28 weeks 3 days ago||I'm starting to come to this conclusion also||
As much as we made fun of Gittleson, the results on the field of having a cadre of NFL caliber lineman who you'd without a doubt say "yep, we'll get the 3rd and 1" speak for themselves. And its not the "we don't have talent" meme... I would wager our lineman recruits in the past 4 years have been about equal in star ratings to what we were pulling in during Carr's prime. Some of it is Funk, some of it is Borges's grab bag schemes, and some of it is definately NOT being able to be outmuscled on the OL. I think if you look at the RR era folks, we were generally not outsmuscled (outside of OSU, and maybe MSU-- but I tend to chalk the MSU stuff up to not being able to pick up / coutner a jailhouse blitz in the A-gap multiple years) and if you look at the Mike MArtin / David Molk season, we were pounding people away in the running game from a spread offense because our linemen were nimble and strong enough to redirect the DL's to where we wanted them to be.. Sometimes, as much as our tendency in this modern day to be all spreadsheet and scheme centric wants to deny it, you just can't beat real beef pushing other beef around.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||As long as||
Vince made DB join the "Kiss my ass club", I'd have front row seats.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Bates is 1 for me||
BC is big enough program to be a training ground for Michigan. He (so far) has made what seems to be a successful football hire, and he was responsible for keeping Enrico Blasi at Miami (NTM) during his first couple years along with the magnificent refurb of the Miami hockey arena which shows me all the hockey chops I need (that being the next most likely important hire coming up after football)
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Ding dong???||
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Snoop Dogg & the rest of the Hollywood "alumni"||
would like to talk to you about your perspective that USC is a worse "business decision". In fact they have 3-4 suitcases and a fully furnished beach house in Newport Beach for your family that would also like to change your mind...
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Conference play will be a dogfight||
This could be a year that Wiscy runs away with the conference title by 3-4 games and everybody from #2-#8 is within 2 games of each other with 5-6 conference losses. Thankfully, Bo Ryan will then gack it up in the B1G tourney or NCAA's, while Beilein, Motta and Izzo make their typical runs with teams that improved over the course of the year. Raback it that Minnesota will pull 2-3 huge upsets this year.
My prediction? PAIN....
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Right with you purplestuff||
See my post above, and that's also why an option like Josh McDaniels both excites and scares me. We could be getting Pete Carroll v2... we could be getting Lane Kiffin... we could be getting Paul Hackett.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed with jmblue||
Bill Walsh (had a couple good years at Stanford before he retired again)
I'd also add as a counter though Paul Hackett (ultimately failed but left a ready to succeed Carson Palmer in place for Pete Carroll)
I don't think coming from the NFL is as much of a deathknell as Brian writes... the successful NFL returnees are those who are masterful motivators and solid X & O guys with head coaching experience. That's why I'm more upbeat about the possibilty of a Gary Kubiak than others. Hell I even think if the right situation was there and he was 5 years younger, I'd consider Dennis Green as well. Harbaugh caveats apply.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||I like to think||
burt reynolds in smokey and the bandit, but now its more like burt reynolds in "striptease" with the cowboy boots...
|29 weeks 4 days ago||out of these kubiak is my guy||
To me is more Jim Mora Jr than Paul hackett and I would think has motivation to prove himself after Houston. I'd be mildly optimistic, with the realization he may be here less than 10 yrs. Houston was consistent as a winner under him and only got bounced because of playoff issues. If he came he and became our john cooper, I'd live with it.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||THis is the definition of bizzaro land|
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Just wait until||
Durant says "He's an All-American player"... then the ennui will set in.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Eh why not?||
You get a Kevin Durant who makes bokoo bucks for your university in the one year he's there, you promise him to come back at any time to finish his degree, that's marketing you can bank on with not just future athletes, but with alumni who want feel good stories about how their school cares. It's minimal cost compared to what the university banked in merchandise sales and potential NCAA tourney money. Think if LSU was able to show Shaq getting his degree there instead of Shaq doing commercials for Univ of Phoenix?
|30 weeks 4 days ago||In conference arms races||
This is a pretty good first blow. Full cost of attendance, honoring it for life (no more shipping off to North Alabama Tech for you son!), and *all* athletes, not just revenue sports. Score one for decency (and for Jim Delaney World Domination)
|30 weeks 5 days ago||No dear God no||
As an alum who's embarassed about thisentire situation as anyone, please don't go to PIzza House and make an asshat out of yourself. You want to protest, show up at 6pm tonight for that candlelight vigil / fire Brandon protest, whatever. Don't be an embarassment at a pubilc establishment- that reflects poorly on you, your fellow classmates, and your alumni brothers in arms. I'm guessing Hoke's going to be enough of a mess.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||In all seriousness||
without getting into CC speculation tangent, if a mid week firing occurred, do you think a temp AD from within would be appointed or an emiterus just to guide the ship until a permanent replacement is found (i.e. bring back Bill Martin temporarily, rehire Bruce Madej)? Now with Lloyd's grandson's issues, I would think he'd be off the table as a caretaker emperor for either the AD or the football team. I kind of half heartedly joked in another thread to bring back Gary Moeller for the rest of the season to act as emeritus HC in a Barry Alvarez role, but now with the way this is shaking out, I'm not sure I want either Nuss or Mattison as interim HC... I know Moeller's 73, but he would be a guy the fan base, probably players, and the current coaching staff could rally around at least temporarily. (not to mention it'd buy us back some universal karma from the way he was shitcanned in the mid 90's)
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Additionally||
one of my best friends was an equipment manager during the late 90's and his "Lloyd threw his headset at me" stories during games were epic.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||I work with a number of univ senior employees||
and that sentiment is growing post-MSC separation. They sang her praises when she was here, but now that she's gone, there's a lot of skeleton-in-the-closet realisations going on.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Anybody have||
Gary Moeller's phone number handy?
"Hi, Gary, Mark. Yeah... the President guy. You, uh, you know,doing anything around 1pm today? I'd like to talk to you about an opportunity I have... yes, I'll bring Zingerman's. Yes with extra pickles.... No, no, Mr Brandon will DEFINATELY not be there."
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Watched the first half||
at a local Fricker's with some friends who were Purdue alums but Minnesota natives. My wife and I left at halftime from the mental butt hurt and planned to just go to bed. But I wanted to subject my brain to more pain so I kept watching.. and watching... and watching until I was curled up in the sitting fetal position on my La-Z-Boy like a 6 yr old girl watching Frozen for the first time. Then Buffalo Stampede happened. It was magical. Let it go...Let it go... can't hold back Navarre anymoooo-ooo-re
|31 weeks 5 days ago||I'd put Randy Walker and Glenn Mason up a notch||
Walker was on track to have Northwestern humming as a new entrant into consistent winning programs which is saying something at NW. Mason was always consistent in winning at Kansas and Minnesota-- but that was his problem, at KU and Minnesota, you just can't get the recruiting you need to make a top notch jump. I was always afraid of a Glenn Mason team at Minnesota, because even though you had better talent, you were always weary that he'd get just enough from his RB's and defense to beat you when you made mistakes. He was always jsut that one win away from really breaking through. And the tire fire that Minny became after Mason was fired is testament to his talent. If this was five years ago and Mason had just been fired and sat out a year, I'd put him as a top candidate for Michigan's job.
But your basic premise is solid-- the MAC is no longer a consistent grooming ground for quality head coaches. With the demographic changes in the Midwest, the excess talent that the MAC programs used to be able to suck up (especially in Ohio) is either gone or now going to Cincinnati and the expanded Big Ten schools (Penn St, Neb). Now Mountain West and Sun Belt teams seem to be where promising HC's go to get their start.,
|31 weeks 5 days ago||I like McElwain||
Comes from the Saban school of "Process" and CSU seems to be coming back to their traditional water level-- competitive Mtn West team. My worry about him was he was with John L up in East Lansing...
On Matt Wells, I have a lot of friends at Utah St and they really think he's impressive. He's not a westerner by any means, but landed the job when Gary Anderson left for Wiscy. I'm still wait and see on him to make sure it isn't a honeymoon period we're seeing.
If Butch Jones can make more progressin turning around Tennessee I'd think he'd be the guy I'd target, even if that meant an armed mob marching from Knoxville to Ann Arbor. I'm still holding out hope that we'd be able to land Shaw from Stanford somehow....
I've been also trying to put together the formula for a successful NFL hire in the college ranks. Seems like you have to be mildly but not too successful (8-8 to 10-6 type coach with propensity to be in Wild Card discussions every year), but also younger, served under a top notch head coach, and a solid X & O's guy who can motivate. (People forget that Pete Carroll for all his rah rah was a very highly regarded defensive coach in his first NFL run from a scheme POV). Does anyone fit that bill? If not for the regional implications I'd say Jim Schwartz would, also fitting the template may be Gary Kubiak, Eric Mangini, and Josh McDaniels.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||oh yeah||
And did verlander figure it out now? He was dealing like a vintage frank Tanana on Fri night.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||as long as the tribe doesn't blow it||
There's that extra half game hanging out there. Porcello wins tomorrow and that's a 4 game lead with less than ten to play. I'll take it.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||The only reason I enjoy Vandenberg AFB||
I work for the USAF and I have to travel to Vandenberg AFB regularly. Vandy is in the Central Coast region of California north of Santa Barbara by about an hour. The ONLY two redeeming qualitie about that region are (1) fantastic rich red wines and (2) All-you can eat Tri-tip days at the Vandy Officer's club. $8.95 per person and I'm not going to confirm whether I ate more than 3 lbs of meat for lunch....Tri-tip for president!
And agree on the spice rub swap out... haven't tried Stubb's rub but for true Santa Maria Tri-tip, you need to have it a little heavy on the garlic powder and pepper. Although Stubb's BBQ sauce would work well post-cooking with this since it's vinegar-y and pepper-y.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||game watching in alpena area?||
Up north here in alpena area for labor day 2014 weekend. Looking for fellow wolverines to watch app st game with, preferably at place with good beer. Anyone know if cheboygan brewing co has TV's?
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Give me a bottom feeder we never played||
Ga St, Ut St, Old Dominion, NM, Troy, UAB, UTSA... it's replacing Hawaii so I'm not worried about strength of schedule. We got enough meat with UCF (who will still be good Big 5 be damned) and Colorado. 2016 should be Year 2 of the Shane Morris Project so I'd like a tasty cupcake to get things rolling please.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||UFR is great||
It's the game write-ups that tended to start falling into self parody of "why does this team suck at the things I think they should do, also my hot dog was less than stellar sitting next to a pottery consultant from Cheboygan who shouldn't be at the games". Overall I'm happy, just would like, let's say, 17% less self-loathing.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Return of substantive hockey content||
I'm hoping Brian returns to more of the substantive content on Michigan football and hockey in his personal recaps instead of the extended Smiths album prologues we've seen in recent years. I miss having the analysis not bogged down in personal tales of woe. I've got Grantland for that :(
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Went to Syracuse once||
for a broomball tournament. Needless to say we didn't return the next year.