“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
|2 hours 57 min ago||I agree with your overall||
I agree with your overall point, but isn't Westbrook only 6'3"? But yeah, I don't think Lavine is anywhere near Westbrook's neighborhood.
|1 day 4 hours ago||BBW leftovers? That sounds||
BBW leftovers? That sounds like a party.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Coincidence that he committed||
Coincidence that he committed on a day when his brother was on campus? Maybe Ben called him and was like, "Bro, you need to commit to Michigan like now."
|3 days 47 min ago||I legitimately was. I didn't||
I legitimately was. I didn't think he was OSU material.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Whenever CrossFit comes up on||
Whenever CrossFit comes up on this blog, you go on a rampage against it. No one ever talks down on your routines, but you get so defensive about CrossFit. Did a crossfitter bang your wife or something?
Most of the info you have on CrossFit is either dead wrong or stuff that varies widely from gym to gym. On a box jump, for example, you explode up and step down. I've never jumped off a box on a box jump. My big gripe with you is that you have such strong opinions on such incorrect data. But I've gone into detail on this with you before, and I refuse to again.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Although I agree that that||
Although I agree that that was very frustrating, if Funchess becomes Braylon, drops and all, I'm OK with that.
|5 days 8 hours ago||I liked it.||
I liked it.
|1 week 3 days ago||I hated the jumping jack too,||
I hated the jumping jack too, at the time. But since we won, it made the jumping jack better,I think.
|1 week 3 days ago||Weird, I like him more after||
Weird, I like him more after all the union stuff.
My favorite non-Michigan coach? Al Borges. Specifically because he's not a Michigan coach.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ugh my yacht will be docked||
Ugh my yacht will be docked in Monaco that week and I need to be in Geneva the morning after the last game to meet with my banker. For shame.
|1 week 3 days ago||I would say Pacific, not||
I would say Pacific, not Pacific Northwest. USC has a pretty damn good track team, and always has. Stanford as well. Really the whole Pac-12.
|1 week 4 days ago||Good choice by FIFA to have||
Good choice by FIFA to have the next World Cup in Russia. I'm sure people will be lining up for those tickets.
|1 week 4 days ago||Y-L-G-U you're even ugly||
Y-L-G-U you're even ugly backwards too.
|1 week 5 days ago||P-A-P-A he never loved you||
P-A-P-A he never loved you anyway. Yo papa, yeah yeah, yo papa.
|1 week 5 days ago||He got a lot of those offers||
He got a lot of those offers early (including us) and many of those teams haven't really been recruiting him since.
|1 week 5 days ago||Don't forget the most recent,||
Don't forget the most recent, Jeremy Jackson.
|1 week 5 days ago||Maybe we don't like him as||
Maybe we don't like him as much as other recruits?
You can't take every kid from your big schools in fear that it costs you other kids. OSU doesn't offer every kid that comes out of their feeder schools. I doubt what school a kid goes to plays much of a role at all in how hard our coaches recruit them.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't get why this is a||
I don't get why this is a problem. You want to make a rule that says players can't play for their dad in college? What a dumb rule that would be. Or is the rule that a qualified HS coach cannot take a job at the college level if his kids are good at the sport he coaches? The things you're proposing are ludicrous.
And haven't assistant coaches been hired for their ability to recruit all the time? MSU just hired an asst FB coach with huge connections in Detroit. No one thought that was shady, everyone said that was smart. And his connections were to many talented players, not just his own kids.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'm not sure if Black Socks||
I'm not sure if Black Socks was joking or not, but are you sure your termination was lawful? This is certainly something to evaluate. Meeting with an attorney won't cost you anything, and it might be able to get you your job back, or at least get you some $$$ to hold you over until you can find another job.
|1 week 6 days ago||Dr Pepper. It has 23 flavors.||
Dr Pepper. It has 23 flavors.
|1 week 6 days ago||Drink, by the sounds of it.||
Drink, by the sounds of it. Great job, by the way.
When I was home for Christmas, I dropped about 300 bucks at the store there. Every CA relative owns something Founder's.
|1 week 6 days ago||I haven't been to shorts, but||
I haven't been to shorts, but people I know who have share your sentiment.
|1 week 6 days ago||According to whom? I've seen||
According to whom? I've seen him top 5, but never 1. Most feel that Okafor kid will go #1.
|1 week 6 days ago||I was thinking Furbush too,||
I was thinking Furbush too, but he came in as our slimmest LB so I'm starting to change my tune on that one.
|1 week 6 days ago||For sure. I wasn't really||
For sure. I wasn't really correcting you (and your point still stands) just clarifying, as much for my own curiosity than anything else.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||I like Perrin a whole lot as||
I like Perrin a whole lot as well. I've never had it outside of their brewery, but what I've had there is delicious.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Well that's just not true.||
Well that's just not true. You might think that the best Founder's beer isn't as good as the best beer from another brewery, but the number if different good-or-better beers that Founder's offers is unparalleled by any of the other Michigan breweries. Founder's has such a variety. That said, there are certainly other very good ones, so this certainly isn't a knock on any of the ones you mentioned.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||I completely agree with the||
I completely agree with the first half of your post. But I don't think there will be a noticeable difference in talent in Europe compared to high-level NCAA basketball. Sure, they will be older for the most part (though not necessarily by a lot). But the overall talent level is about the same as the NCAA. The worst guys in Europe will be a little better, but the best won't be as good. For example, if Michigan played a pro team in Italy, it would be a good game.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||The All Day is certainly the||
The All Day is certainly the milder version of the IPA, though not a bad option if you're looking to drink for a bit (hence the name). I can't exactly sit through a football game drinking 7-8%ers and be able to stand up by the end, let alone drive.
That said, the Centennial is one of my favorites. For your standard IPA, it's damn good.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||If my grocry store had a beer||
If my grocry store had a beer garden...holy shit. "Babe, I'm gonna run to the market and grab a gallon of milk." "But we have two in the fridge." "Can't be too safe. See you in 3 hours."
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||It depends on their other||
It depends on their other needs and how many scholarship they have left to fill those. They already have a very good RB in this class and they took 2 RBs and a FB in 2014. That lends itself to both MSU not needing Weber and to Weber not being too psyched about MSU.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||At what, exactly, did he||
At what, exactly, did he fail? Unless you have evidence we don't have, all accounts show he was academically eligible. It sounds like this is simply a money issue, and as someone who has made career decisions for money, I don't see any problem with that.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Would have been cooler if he||
Would have been cooler if he spurned Kentucky for Europe instead.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Eh, I don't hate it, but||
Eh, I don't hate it, but those jokes are low hanging fruit at this point. Every topic about players and money has a "He should have gone to Alabama/Kentucky" joke in it.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Sure, but since it was the||
Sure, but since it was the Rivals250 Underclassman Challenge, it's probably safe to assume that all of them were good. But yes, if there were 50 QBs there, but only 3 of them were 4-star caliber guys, then the quantity isn't all that important.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Yes, it doesn't exactly||
Yes, it doesn't exactly follow, logically. If he is out #1 (and we aren't his) then it would be more of our loss.
However, I think I know what he meant. He should have added "but even" after the comma. He could also be implying that we are the only school that has him as their #1, so it would be his loss to choose a school where he might be option #2 or #3, for example.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||To be honest, I wish more||
To be honest, I wish more 1-and-done guys did this. It would allow for more continuity in college basketball, where the top players aren't leaving as frequently, and it would allow for more scholarships to go to kids who will stick around all 4 years.
An argument against it is that it would diminish the quality of play, but with that point I disagree. This past season had one of the best freshman classes ever, and only two players (Parker and Wiggins) showed up on All-American first of second teams with no publication having more than one frosh on their third team (a few picked Aaron Gordon or Julius Randle). Other one-and-dones like Noah Vonleh, Zach LaVine and James Young were good players but were drafted more for their upside and weren't adding a ton to the college game (LaVine didn't even start).
Let these guys go overseas where they can make money and do endorsements all above the table in the year or two before they come back stateside to the NBA. And if it turns out they weren't NBA material, they can either take their millions and come back and pay for college or continue making decent money in Europe.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||This is unlikely. Pro||
This is unlikely. Pro coaches overseas aren't exactly scrubs. And let's say he makes $1MM even in his one year overseas. In order for college to net him a few hundred thousand in the short term (let's say first 3 years in the NBA) then he would have to make $500k more per year after coming from college than coming from Europe. Unless Mudiay was going to be a top-3 pick (unlikely but possible) that would mean college would have to be worth about 5 spots on the draft board. I doubt that's likely. If I were him (meaning my family was poor now) I would take the first million in a heart beat and worry about the other millions later.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Any idea how many QBs were at||
Any idea how many QBs were at the event deWeaver was at? Being the 4th best doesn't tell much unless we know how many their were. Being 4th best out of 5 isn't as cool as being 4th best out of 25.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Wait - is this true? I knew||
Wait - is this true? I knew he played overseas, but I didn't know he made that kind of bank. That's more than almost all NBA rookies make. On the rookie pay scale, only the top 3 picks make that much, and this was like 5 years ago. Where did you get that number? If that's true, I'm shocked more players don't go that route.
EDIT: so I just looked this up. He made 1.65 million from the Italian team and 2 million from Under Armour to rep their line in Europe (a deal unlikely to be matched by future players). That said, he still got the pay equivalent of being a late lottery pick. I'm very surprised more top HS prospects don't take that deal instead of college. Good for Mudiay. Let a kid take that scholarship who wants to go to college.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And yeah, Valencia is pretty||
And yeah, Valencia is pretty new, in fact it officially became a city in 1987 I believe, so yeah, it's changed a lot since you lived out here. By house was built in 1995, for example.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, it's not a grill. It's||
Oh, it's not a grill. It's mail order meats. It's called George Foreman's Butcher Shop.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with this. The arm||
I agree with this. The arm length thing is the biggest problem with bench press. Having short arms gives you a major advantage on a bench press, yet having long arms gives you a major advantage in football, so it can get very tough to tell. Now, if you compared the bench press of guys with similar arm length, it could be more useful, but by itself it tells next to nothing.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know anything about||
I don't know anything about that. I know the guy in charge of this brand and who was running everything for the commercial is a Michigan grad (as is his wife) so that could have something to do with it. Though I doubt it, since he knows I'm a M grad too, and he have me a $500 gift certificate, which wouldn't be necessary if I could get it free.
My part of the commercial was filmed in Valencia, CA at my home.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||For those of you interested||
For those of you interested in my TV exploits - here I am filming a commercial with George Foreman yesterday #mygrill
|2 weeks 3 days ago||As someone who can't stand||
As someone who can't stand Phil Coke, it would appear you're right, as of late. His ERA is down below 5 (which is saying something considering how high it was). He has been in during mostly low-pressure situations, so I'm not sure if that plays a role or not. But he's throw up zeros pretty consistently.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||More Californians!||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not sure where all it||
I'm not sure where all it will play, but I know it's "nationwide" whatever that means. They're doing two versions of it - one that we're filming inside that will air in the fall, and another that we're filming out back by the pool that will air during March Madness to get people geared up for grilling season. His new venture is a mail order meat company, similar to Omaha Steaks, if you're familiar with that. His has more already-seasoned meats and side dishes, like marinated chicken breasts, bacon wrapped hot dogs, etc.
I hope it airs in GR since that's where I'm from so my parents and friends from home can see it.
I won't be the only non-George Foreman in the commercial, as their doing a similar thing with two other people. I think I'll be the only guy who speaks, though.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I think as long as the Big||
I think as long as the Big Ten champion isn't an upset (and by upset, I mean someone from the West wins) then I bet we'll go to the p-off. MSU and OSU have cred, so if it's one of them, they'll go, and if Michigan (or someone else) comes out of that division over MSU and OSU, then that will be enough to go.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I like that. Only change I||
I like that. Only change I would make is I would take any 3 of Cole/Tate/McMillon/Thompson and one of the DBs.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Is that a good combo?||
Is that a good combo? Because I have Bombay Sapphire in my freezer right now and a lemon tree in my back yard. Well, technically it's my neighbor's lemon tree, but like half of it is on my side of the wall, so I have half a lemon tree. But my half has lemons and that's all that matters.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Interested description coming||
Interested description coming from someone who lives in Long Beach.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I won't be drinking tonight||
I won't be drinking tonight because we're filming a commercial at my house tomorrow (of which I will be the focus) for George Foreman's new company, and The Champ himself will be there so I need to be on my game.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||You very, very little of what||
You very, very little of what this video showed has anything do with Peppers's ability to play safety, right?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Right, but that's different.||
Right, but that's different. A kicker has a ceiling - you take one and you know for fact he'll be a 3-star if you're lucky. Pallante was just a lowly rated recruit. We chose to take Pallante despite his ranking. When you take a kicker, you don't have a choice. Pallante could have been replaced by a 4- or 5-star. Andrew David cannot.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||You realize it's possible||
You realize it's possible that Lacanaria got better than you over the course of the last 5 years or so, right? Boys do so much growing/maturing from 7th/8th grade through the end of high school it's ridiculous. I had a buddy we used to push around in 7th grade because he was so small and he graduated HS at 6'4" 225.
I bet you can't cover him now, since all the D1 guys in that video sure had a hard time with it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not to mention 2014 didn't||
Not to mention 2014 didn't have a kicker weighing it down.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||We didn't take a Wormley||
We didn't take a Wormley type, but we took 2 true DTs. That's probably why.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thoughts: that white kid from||
Thoughts: that white kid from Ball State might have been the best one there. Wow.
With a well-thrown ball, Funchess is nearly unguardable. Mo Ways not far off either - he impressed.
Wish we would have offered Jalen Embry - he looks really good.
We need to get Levert Hill, he's obviously a big time recruit.
Peppers is clearly extremely athletic, but needs a little more discipline. That can be pretty easy to teach. It would be nice if he had a little muscle definition, but c'est la vie.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||So you think the punishment||
So you think the punishment should be the same for stealing crab legs as stealing a moped? Just checking.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||To be honest, I'm kind of||
To be honest, I'm kind of surprised KLS isn't on there for Michigan.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Oh, right, I think 50% is the||
Oh, right, I think 50% is the proper exaggeration.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Big deal, like 95% of||
Big deal, like 95% of everyone makes that list.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not worried about the||
I'm not worried about the DTs. The starters will likely be Pipkins and Henry and we have guys like Godin, Wormley, Hurst and Glasgow rotating in. Mone enrolled early and is a mountain (a mountain with poor conditioning, but who cares he'll play maybe 10 snaps a game).
Our starting DL will be 2 4th year players and 2 3rd year players, with lots of options behind them. That doesn't worry me.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I hear what you're saying,||
I hear what you're saying, but it's certainly possible that the coaches knew that those other guys were unlikely to commit to Michigan so they got their guy who would. And I don't know if we still have a shot if ND offers Malzone. if he comes to Michigan 20 times with no offer, and shows up to another power progam twice, gets shown lots of love and an offer, he very well might commit and tell MIchigan to stuff it (I know I might have). Then we're left holding out you know what.
Often times on this blog I see "but we could have had (uncommitted recruit X)." But just because recruit X was uncommitted, doesn't mean we had a shot. The coaches probably have a good way of getting the pulse of these recruits, and it's entirely possible that all of the options better than Malzone gave the coaches the "I'm interested but not that interested" vibe, so they offered Malzone.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This is such a dumb example.||
This is such a dumb example. Navarre had a lot of balls batted down despite his height. This does not mean that height is not advantageous for a QB. I'm sure you can find a tall basketball player who doesn't rebound well or block shots well, and that doesn't mean that height plays no factor in a player's ability to block shots or rebound.
You want your QB to be tall. Can shorter QBs still be successful? Of course. But you wouldn't say that you want your RB to be slow because Mike Hart was better than Carlos Brown, would you?
You want your QB to be tall so he can see the field well, not just so his passes aren't batted down. I'm not saying Malzone is too short to be good, but let's not act like that's not an important attribute for a QB.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Doubt it. Johnny Football||
Doubt it. Johnny Football will be all hype until the season starts and he's not playing, and then he'll be nothing. Nike is smarter than that. And even Johnny Football pales in comparison to LeBron.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If this happens, I think this||
If this happens, I think this makes Cleveland the best team in the league immediately. I might be in the minority on this, but I think LeBron, Kyrie and Wiggins are better than LeBron, Wade and Bosh. Especially moving forward.
Just think if they wouldn't have botched the #1 pick last year so bad? It might mean they didn't get Wiggins this year, but if somehow Anthony Bennett comes to form, holy smokes.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nike just bought up tons and||
Nike just bought up tons and tons of billboards in Cleveland, if that's any indication. More billboards than Kyrie Irving would warrant, let's put it that way.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not sure Kearns is any||
I'm not sure Kearns is any better than Malzone, and it's not like other top programs are drooling over him. Some of the other guys you and Magnus mentioned might be, but the coaches likely had a good pulse on who was likely and who wasn't. Brady White never showed any interest in anyone outside the Pac-12, for example.
It's possible Malzone may have been available in December. It's also possible some program "almost" as good as Michigan offered him before then that he jumped at and never looked back.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||First of all, your signature||
First of all, your signature works well with your post.
Secondly - I would be upset with this at Michigan Stadium, if it was done similarly to Ross-Ade. I don't think our stadium lends itself well to something like this. I'm not opposed to the idea of it somehow, perhaps it could be in combination with the luxury boxes some how. Make some of them "party suites" where you can buy beer and hang out, something like that.
But I agree with you that it has gotten to the point where every change the AD makes, even if it's positive (or neutral) comes with a hundred posts bashing DB.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||1500 hundred?! That's a||
1500 hundred?! That's a patio.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Wrong. Burke was committed||
Wrong. Burke was committed before he declared. Burke was recruited to be our back up PG behind Morris, which is why Burke had no back-up his freshman year other than Akunne.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Can you elaborate? I can't||
Can you elaborate? I can't tell if you're asking an honest question or if this is just a way to rip on Dave Brandon for something done at a different school.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||He should have - this is||
He should have - this is exactly how I expected his career to go. He's not a for-sure NBA player.
What's interesting is that for as big fo a recruit Morris was for us and for how much of a star he was while he was here, if he would have come 2 or more years later, he would have been a solid substitute and nothing more.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Am I the only one who thinks||
Am I the only one who thinks this is awesome? It wouldn't work at a place like Michigan Stadium, but if I were a Purdue fan I would be all over this.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||But those things aren't||
But those things aren't correlated. You think Wile will be good because our OL will suck. Why will that make Wile good? Just because he has a lot of opportunities? It won't make him any better as a punter than a guy who only punts 3 times a game. You just picked a guy to discuss that would also allow you to rip the team.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||My deepest sympathies. I||
My deepest sympathies. I know I'll have to go through that day someday and I can't even imagine. Thoughts and prayers with your family.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It made sense for Borges to||
It made sense for Borges to be in the box because on game days he called the plays but did no real coaching. This is OK, and not uncommon. But it's possible Nuss wants to be more hands on with his guys when they're not on the field, and that's OK too. He'll need to rely on another coach to relay info down to him from the booth, but he'll be able to correct that stuff face to face.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||But you didn't really answer||
But you didn't really answer the question. You added your typical whining.
Tell me if there's a difference between these two answers to the question at hand:
1. Funchess because he's huge, athletic, and will be the go-to target with Gallon gone.
2. Funchess because we'll always be playing from behind so we'll have to throw it a ton and also Hoke sucks.
One of those is a normal response, similar to what everyone else said. The other is a typical 1927 response. I won't tell you which is which.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Unfortunately I think he has||
Unfortunately I think he has a better chance to break off than break out. But if be happy to be wrong.
|3 weeks 35 min ago||Because they don't have time||
Because they don't have time to go sit in a pub? Lots of my life decisions take time into account as much or more than money.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Do many fast food burger||
Do many fast food burger joints allow you to pick how your burger is prepared? Because 5 Guys is not a gourmet burger restaurant. Similar to an In N Out, it's Wendy's/McDonalds competitor, just better. It's not a sit down, pretzel bun, $17 burger. Don't get me wrong, I like those two. But they have a different time and place. It's like comparing Jimmy John's during the Zingerman's/Maize & Blue Deli debate. They can both be good, but serve a different purpose.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||I like the Habit too, but I||
I like the Habit too, but I like their chicken sandwiches so much that I rarely get a burger when I go there. Their BBQ chicken sandwich is legit. But their burgers are pretty good.
Kinda like the Langer's example from the other thread - they could have great corned beef, but their pastrami is so good that I'm going to order that almost every time.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||What I would recommend at Z's||
What I would recommend at Z's is called (if I'm remembering correctly) Jenny's Fix and it's their take on a pastrami Sky HIgh, which Langer's calls their #19. Pastrami on Rye with swiss, cole slaw and Russian dressing. This is the best deli combination in the world (regardless of the deli) and Zingerman's does it very well.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||That's ridiculous. 5 Guys is||
That's ridiculous. 5 Guys is good not amazing, but it blows my mind how many people rip on In n Out. Notice that it's almost never Californians, just someone who "had it once and it sucked." It's a little different, and sometimes stuff like that takes some time warm up to. But in terms of fast food burger chains, there is nothing that this country has to offer that it better than In N Out. That is FACT.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||No, I don't think it has much||
No, I don't think it has much of anything to do with this blog, but most of us keep up on what businesses are run by fellow alumni. That post wasn't mean to be insulting, but just like recruiting news - if it's not new, chances are most of us knew about it. But I'm not saying the thread shouldn't exist.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Sometimes what society says||
Sometimes what society says is right and what the law says differs. Not usually on large, important matters, but these differences do exist.
I fully admit that people differ on this, but if someone punches me, I'm going to punch them back in most scenarios. That may not be my legal "right" but I don't think it's wrong.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Does Uncle Rico have any||
Does Uncle Rico have any Mexican citizenship? We all know how far he can throw it.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||I thought this was pretty||
I thought this was pretty common knowledge. The alumni magazine did an article about him a couple years ago.
EDIT: As a rule of thumb, if there is a well-known company that was founded and owned by a Michigan alumnus, it will likely not be news to most of us years afterward.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Yeah I know, but that's what||
Yeah I know, but that's what I was getting at. He probably wrestled around 245 or so, and that would mean he's not cutting weight like the kids in other weight classes are, but it did mean that he wasn't spending the offseason bulking up - he was still looking to keep his bad weight very low and was focused heavily on conditioning, which limits your weight gain.
My point is now that he's not doing that every winter, he'll put on bulk faster than your typical undersized freshman.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Maybe associated was a better||
Maybe associated was a better word? It's in the same city, that's all I meant. People here seem to find a reason to bash anything associated with Ann Arbor or the University.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Horrible parking? I go to||
Horrible parking? I go to Langer's about once a month, for lunch during the week, and I've never not had a spot in their lot, and it's free. One of the main reasons my wife and I meet there for lunch so often is the parking situation. And I wouldn't say it's in a shitty part of town - it's just outside downtown. You might not want to be there at 2am, but Langer's isn't open then.
Now, if you don't ever go downtown, then sure it's inconvenient. But that can be said for any part of town you don't often go to.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||When you say "right" is that||
When you say "right" is that purely the legal right? Because I think if someone punches you and immediately runs away, you have the right to give them an equal punch the next time you see them in the proper setting.
You also have the right to tell everyone who he knows that he punched you and ran away. Which is likely more damaging anyhow.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Sure, you're not going to||
Sure, you're not going to beat him to a pulp, I agree with that. But if a guy half your size punched you, and you punched him back but because of your size your punch did more damage, I don't think that puts you in the wrong either. I mean, unless you're massive and you send him to the hospital or do permanent damage or something. I think it's more along the lines of "don't mess with someone bigger than you because you might end up taking the brunt of the damage."
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||I agree with the gender||
I agree with the gender thing, but there are certainly reasons for a man to hit another man. I know people disagree on this point, but there are dudes who, for a number of different reasons, absolutely deserve to get punched.
When I was a sophomore in college, my brother was a sophomore in HS and was still little. He got beat up kinda bad by a kid who was a senior. I was home for the summer just a few weekends after that, and when that kid came to a party that both my brother and I were at, I returned the favor. Some don't agree with this line of thinking (and I don't either for offenses that are more serious), but some people don't learn anything until they get a black eye.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||The real reason America won?||
The real reason America won? Mexico's QB was Mark Sanchez.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||I think the last sentence of||
I think the last sentence of this post is the most accurate, and that's OK. He could be that guy for 3-4 years that comes in for spurts and just really pisses off opposing interior linemen while "the guy" gets a breather, and there isn't a ton of drop off. And like you said, at a spot like NT, that's super useful, especially when "the guy" for most of Pallante's career will be Mone who is a mountain but maybe not the best conditioned player on the team.
However, I'm actually a little more optimistic about him that Brian. He doesn't have the weight you want from a NT yet, but as an elite wrestler, he spent most of his offseasons losing weight in high school (or maintaining it) rather than bulking up. (I know HW wrestlers don't need to cut weight, but the best ones hold little bad weight). The updated MGoBlue.com roster has him at 264 now, and I wouldn't be shocked if he put on 20lbs over the next 14 months until the 2015 season starts. And 285 isn't undersized for a back-up NT.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||WR is just not a huge||
WR is just not a huge priority. They might only take one and be done with it, and I'm sure we'll get one WR we really like. Our WR class last year was sick, so that could be what is a) deterring top prospects, and b) keeping the coaches from offering too many kids.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||But no one said they won the||
But no one said they won the award. But being on the preseason watch list is an honor. There were 10 Big Ten players on the list, so this is essentially Clark and Ryan are two of the top 10 defensive players in the league. That's a big deal, right? 20% of the Big Ten nominees are on our team.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Yeah - there's a big||
Yeah - there's a big difference between restraining someone and clocking them in the face. That's the difference between the "moral" rules of fighting a guy vs. a girl. If a chick attacks you, you can do what you need to do to fend her off. If a dude attacks you, you get to sock him in the mouth if you want.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||If rich, young people can't||
If rich, young people can't do cocaine, then who can? I don't see this as a huge deal.
Had he just done a few key bumps in the stall he'd be all good right now.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Because Zingerman's is||
Because Zingerman's is affiliated with the University of Michigan, I'm not surprised MGoBlog would figure out a dozen reasons why it sucks.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Katz's is my favorite in NY.||
Katz's is my favorite in NY. Doesn't hold up to Langer's in LA, but close.
And Zingerman's is in the same category as those two, in both price and quality. If you like Maize and Blue, fine. But to rip on Z's is silly because it's amazing, and the accolades prove it.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Erik Bedard is really getting||
Erik Bedard is really getting up there. He used to be a really good pitcher, but he just doesn't have it anymore. Obviously this is an especially bad game even for him, but it isn't that surprising. His fastballs are all in the 80s, some of them low 80s.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't bring up Gibbons,||
I wouldn't bring up Gibbons, because it seems that once the school/team found out what really happened, he stopped playing. Same with Stonum, he was given one second chance, and when he couldn't handle it, he was gone. None of those other guys are multiple offenders, so far as I know. And you really shouldn't put Campbell on there. If he wasn't 300lb that wouldn't have even been a thing.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||First of all, I completely||
First of all, I completely agree he shouldn't be compared to Aaron Hernandez. And I'm not even sure if that's what the poster was doing or saying, as much as "sometimes when people get second chances in place of punishment you get poor results" more than comparing their actions.
Anyhow, his actions were pretty bad. Sure, weed by itself is not bad. I like it, kind of a lot. But when you have multiple weed-related offenses to go along with "alleged" violent behavior, that's a bigger problem. Such a problem, in fact, that the men closest to him felt he shouldn't be affiliated with their football program, even though he was the star. So although we don't know all of the facts, the people that know it best said "we don't want anyone like that associated with us." That's a strong statement.
So I'm not saying the guy needs to get thrown in jail or anything, but he is in need of some corrective action. It seemed he was getting that when he was booted from Mizzou's team, but if he gets the waiver to play immediately at OU, I don't think that's sufficient.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'm of the assumption that||
I'm of the assumption that once he's draft eligible, he's bolting. That's not because of his character, but because of his talent. Most kids jump at the first shot they have at the NFL.
So when I say he shouldn't get another shot at playing college football, that's because I feel he shouldn't get a shot at it "this year" which is his last year (I assume). If he sits out this year, and instead of going pro, he decides to stay in school, then I am absolutely in favor of him playing football as well.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not sure why you keep||
I'm not sure why you keep using that word condemn, since no one is saying that but you. I think the consensus is that there should be some punishment beyond "you can't go to Missouri, you need to go to Oklahoma instead." A year of JUCO ball to work his way back up would be good, as would sitting out a year to think about things. Kinda like what happened with Everett Gholson from ND. Spend a year away from major college football so you can see how your actions have consequences.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I could live with that. But||
I could live with that. But sitting out "at least a year" is probably the same, since he's draft eligible in a year. And if college football is the only thing between this kid and a life of crime, then he needs a lot of help (which may be the case).
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That's only one reason to||
That's only one reason to apply for a waiver, so although they won't be applying for that waiver, they will still absolutely be applying for one on different grounds. You can claim that his previous team won't allow him to play this fall so he shouldn't have to sit out. This is fucking stupid, but it has worked before with a kid who was kicked off LSU's basketball team, IIRC.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Sure, but as of just a few||
Sure, but as of just a few years ago, Chris Perry was living in Los Angeles not playing football. I spoke with him for a while that last time Hoke came and spoke here in town, and he was on my flight out of LAX when I came back for the ND game last fall. I know quite well what he looks like and that's not him. Plus his arms are about as big around as my thighs, and I have big thighs.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||This is exactly right. Even||
This is exactly right. Even though "giving someone a second chance" sounds like the right thing to do, in many cases that's the worst thing you can do for someone. When the second chance is given in place of punishment, as is the case here (in the event he gets a waiver), he might not learn anything from it. If you really care about the young man, you'll take something away from him so he learns that his actions have real consequences. Right now DGB may have the attitude "who cares if I screw up again because someone will want me" and who could blame him? That's probably the attitude I'd have if I were him.
If you really care about DGB as a person, you'll hope he is forced to sit out this next year. He can watch college football happen from the sidelines and he'll see that breaking the rules has repurcussions. If he stays on the straight and narrow, he'll still have the opportunity to play football at Oklahoma or the NFL the following year. And that will be his second chance.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'd probably split the||
I'd probably split the difference on that. He's got 1st round talent/potential, and had one pretty solid season at Mizzou. If he sits out and stays out of trouble, I bet he's taken in the 3rd-4th round range, at least. Most of the 1st or 2nd round WRs are total packages - talent, production, not much baggage. But with how many WRs most teams carry, he'll get picked up once the sure things are gone.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah - he played 2 years at||
Yeah - he played 2 years at Mizzou so he's eligible for the next NFL draft.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Don't make excuses for him.||
Don't make excuses for him. He's 20 years old, not 14. He should know right from wrong at this point. Lots and lots of kids his age who have had as bad or worse upbringings learn how to stay out of trouble.
And no one has suggested he be condemned for the rest of his life. But life has consequences for those who screw up over and over. I just don't think he should get to play college football anymore.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||So let's say he doesn't get a||
So let's say he doesn't get a waiver, has to sit out a year, and then declares for the NFL draft (all pretty likely, since the NFL is pretty cool with drugs and hitting women). Is Oklahoma then listed as his college, even though he never suited up for them?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That would be fucked up and||
That would be fucked up and also not surprising. If that happens, Isaac should be all like "No, NCAA, I totally broke all kinds of rules at USC, but unlike at Missouri, they just never cared. Can I have my waiver now?"
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Do recruiting rules apply to||
Do recruiting rules apply to transfers too? I don't know the answer to that question, but it might explain it.
Follow-up: Does Oklahoma care about recruiting rules? I don't know the answer to that question, but it might explain it.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Rule of thumb: If you have a||
Rule of thumb: If you have a statue on campus, you're pretty safe. Super-rare PSU-related caveats apply, but I'm not 100% sure Paterno isn't PSU's HC right now if he's still alive.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I hope he fixes whatever is||
I hope he fixes whatever is wrong with him too, but there are still consequences for breaking the rules/law. I hope MIchigan never accepts a transfer from a kid like this.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I hope they don't. I'm on||
I hope they don't. I'm on the fence about how I feel about the transfer rules as it is, but it's really fucking dumb if a good kid who transfers for his own reasons has to sit out but a criminal who gets kicked off the team doesn't. "What's that? I have to sit out a year if I want to transfer? OK, then I'll just beat up this chick and I'm good to play this fall, right?"
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Diggs is certainly a good||
Diggs is certainly a good player, but without a second solid option, good teams will be able to shut him down. He'll get his stats, but he might be like Allen Robinson at PSU last year. Great player, but can't carry his team against other good teams (unless those other good teams suck at making FGs).
|3 weeks 4 days ago||And if I remember correctly,||
And if I remember correctly, the reason I think it's "lazy" is mostly because there are usually only a very small handful of teams to pick from. You can't pick any of the big name teams that people expect to be successful or any of the teams we know will suck. And that usually leaves you with 1-3 teams left.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Well, a big part of it is a)||
Well, a big part of it is a) look where a team finished, then b) look at how many/who they lost/returned. Then they go a little more qualitative from there, but that's the basic starting point. Coaching changes get a little consideration as well. But that's essentially all America is looking for anyway. And to be honest, it usually works out fairly well.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly - and based on how||
Exactly - and based on how many good young players we have, we might fare better under those rules. A good chunk of the guys Brian mentioned above will be under 23 when the Olympics roll around in two years, and we can keep guys like Altidore, maybe Dempsey, etc. on the squad.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||No way that's the same Chris||
No way that's the same Chris Perry. The kid's about half the size of the real Chris Perry. Also, the real Chris Perry never smiled. CP's like 32 by now, and I don't think he'd playing semi-pro ball in Orlando. But just judging by the pictures at the beginning of that video, you can tell it's not him.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||So even though we return all||
So even though we return all 3 starting LBs and a number of young LBs who played well in back up roles last season, we're #4? We are starting a 5th year senior, a 4th year senior and a junior, all of whom are returning starters. If that's middle of the pack, then the Big Ten must have some amazing fucking linebackers.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I agree that the average||
I agree that the average binge MGoUser knows more about Michigan than Lindy's, but Lindy's probably knows more about the rest of the league/country. You don't read a national magazine to get info on just your team. But it does an aboverage job of showing how the teams stack up against one another.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Check out the big brain on||
Check out the big brain on MGoBrad.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That's what everyone outside||
That's what everyone outside of Qatar and the FIFA VP (or whoever that was) wants, but do we really think FIFA will do the right thing? And Qatar has already invested a ton of money into construction, so they won't go down without a huge fight, including lots of bribes.
If they don't make a decision soon, they'd be leaving the new country without a ton of time to get ready. Unless they picked, oh I don't know, America where we'd be ready if they gave us 4 months. Because we already have stadia and airports and so on.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I would be satisfied with||
I would be satisfied with that. 10-3 final record, at least a few of which were big games.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yes - I think their D will||
Yes - I think their D will take a step back as well. Not a huge one, but they lost some solid players, including Bullough who was a team leader. They were also very fortunate in the injury department last year, so we'll see if that holds up again.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I appreciate the shout out -||
I appreciate the shout out - you remember things I say better than I do. And that, my friend, is not lazy.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||His height is his biggest||
His height is his biggest physical limitation, but he's got some hops so on those set pieces, be plays more like a player who is 5'11" or so instead of 5'8". Still short, but not as much so.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I've heard there's a strong||
I've heard there's a strong push to move it to Nov/Dec instead. Reportedly, Qatar put in their bid that they have the technology to air-cool the entire playing field, and then after they won the bid they were all like "you really thought we could do that?" My brother-in-law is a big time ticket broker and the WC is his big cash cow, and he'd freaking out about all parts of the Qatar cup, for the record.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||#67 from Valencia! Sorry||
#67 from Valencia! Sorry guys, a little (new) hometown pride.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I agree that predicting||
I agree that predicting 2018's Julian Green is lost cause, since no one would have predicted that 6 months ago. But the rest is at least an interesting exercise. The point of it isn't to get it all correct, but to have something interesting to read. Though I think posts like yours make it even more interesting, so I'm certainly not putting you down.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly! Brian should be||
Exactly! Brian should be discussing all of the breaking Michigan sports-related news happening on July 3rd instead of this. Is Jake Butt going back to Columbus for the fireworks or headed to Up North? That's far more interesting.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I would read is sparingly.||
I would read is sparingly. Some, though, nonetheless. And I know lots of soccer fans who I'd tell, and then they would read it. So that's something.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Now that you say that, that's||
Now that you say that, that's not a bad idea. I, too, want my favorite team to win. This does not go without saying, or anything,
|3 weeks 6 days ago||All of that from a picture||
All of that from a picture where guys are lined up in an arc? Impressive.
I see no reason, from that picture, why Peppers and Wangler can't be the same height.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||No, I think Pallante will be||
No, I think Pallante will be a NT. He'll redshirt for the equivalent of two years, then he'll be good to go. I see him as a Terrence Taylor type player.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Sure, no one knows Chatman||
Sure, no one knows Chatman wouldn't have started, but your scenario is far more unlikely. Irvin played a lot of minutes last year, and Chatman was in high school, so it stands to reason that Irvin was the one getting the starting nod over Chatman.
I do agree with you that it was a poor decision on his part.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not necessarily. Sure, he||
Not necessarily. Sure, he could become a great player over the next couple of years, but that would require him to make some big strides. And if he made those same big strides while in college, it would have net him a few million bucks.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Wow - you either have a poor||
Wow - you either have a poor eye for football talent or you don't watch the games very closely. I'm not saying that Desmond Morgan is a first-team All Big Ten player, but he has been anywhere from solid to darn good during his time as a starter, save for his true frosh season where he was thrown in prematurely.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Have we offered his brother||
Have we offered his brother yet?
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Yeah, this post is extremely||
Yeah, this post is extremely misleading. For starters, Julian Green was born in Florida. The rest of them (including Green) have American fathers (or in Fabian Johnson's case, both American parents) and Jermaine Jones lived in the US once his father was transfered back to the states.
It's not like some guy named Seigfried Schweinsteiger who got cut from the German team "decided," as you said, to become an American and play for the US. These are all guys who had at least one fully-American parent and if they were born overseas, did so because of a parent in the military.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Or who trots off the field||
Or who trots off the field the slowest during a substitution.
I really don't understand why you can't stop the damn clock. If play stops, the clock stops. It's just ridiculous and completely unnecessary.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||FIrst of all - I completely||
FIrst of all - I completely disagree with your first post. Alabama has facilities that are incredible, and they also had the money to hire Saban. So without big money, they aren't the Alabama they are right now. When LSU and Florida and every other team recruiting the kids Alabama is has great facilities, Bama would lose out on those kids if they didn't keep pace.
And this TV contract isn't ADs taking money from fans, it's ADs positioning themselves to take money from TV providers (which people in NJ and MD were going to pay anyway). It's smart business on hehalf of our conference so that we can stay competitive.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Just to clear something up -||
Just to clear something up - you mean "a part." the word "apart" actually means the opposite of what you're trying to say. A part means included, apart means separated.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I know this is a sarcastic||
I know this is a sarcastic post and all, but isn't having the best facilities a good thing? Those go a long way with a lot of recruits, and it will help the play on the field. Remember when we redid the entire football weight room? That wasn't just for show. And having a facility like Glick allows us to do a lot of things we couldn't do without it. And yes, the recruits dig it.
I don't know if it's DB or the NCAA trial or what, but at some point within the last 5 years or so it became a bad thing for our athletic department to bring in (and then spend) a bunch of money. People talk about how recruits want to go to Oregon because of all that Nike money. But when we make our own money, people are upset about it. I don't get it.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I think you underestimate||
I think you underestimate what losing a starting QB and team leader can do. Especially when you go down early. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, but that happened, man.
And it's funny how you rip Hoke for that bowl game, yet in a post above you said you felt RR was "on the cusp of major success." Do you remember his last bowl game? With a healthy QB, we got slaughtered. RRs best record was the same as Hoke's worst. And RRs 7-6 was worse because we weren't even competitive in our losses. A few bounces go our way in 2013, and we should have been 10-3, maybe 11-2. Our closest loss in RR's last season was 10 points.
And 2010 had just as many narrow wins too. Remember barely beating UMass and Indiana? Remember 3OT against Illinois? We won all of our close games in 2010 and still only went 7-6. 2013 may have been tough, but we were in every game until the very end save for 2, one of which our starting QB was out (and the other he may as well have been). Put things into a bit of perspective.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Boy, you're grouchy. So you||
Boy, you're grouchy.
So you don't like Hoke. You're entitled to that. But now you're just saying that everything about Michigan football is bad (much of which isn't) because you don't like Hoke. And to respond to your above post, I don't think it's "clear" that Brady Hoke is a HS coach. I don't think he's perfect, but you're putting a lot of blame on Hoke's shoulders that shouldn't be there.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||There are things you can||
There are things you can critique about Hoke, but I've never felt our guys didn't hit hard.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Why does everything nowadays||
Why does everything nowadays have to be a "thing" about the players' likeness? Cadillac paid to put their logo on the poster to subsidize the cost of producing all of those. Not everything has to an O'Bannon evil-NCAA thing.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I'm glad GRIII didn't go to||
I'm glad GRIII didn't go to the Pistons. I don't think he'll be a good pro and I don't want him sucking for my team to impact how I remember him as a wolverine.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Kyle Anderson is waaaay||
Kyle Anderson is waaaay better than GRIII.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, close to Tahoe for||
Yeah, close to Tahoe for sure. Not bad at all really. It's also a very short flight to both LA and LV if he wants to have fun.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Wiggins before Parker,||
Wiggins before Parker, Stauskas before Harris and McGary before Robinson.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||We prefer Kraut bastards,||
We prefer Kraut bastards, thanks.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I think with UK basketball,||
I think with UK basketball, similar to Alabama football, if a guy you're recruiting is also being pursued heavily by them, assume the destination is "them" unless you have good information to the contrary. But in times where there's mutual interest (like with that kid last year whose name escapes me and DeShawn Hand), smart money is on them.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||So would Zig Ziglar.||
So would Zig Ziglar.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||That's because that era was||
That's because that era was awesome. It was awesome.
There are two ways to break or get around NCAA rules. One includes "paying" players or offering jobs or housing or church donations to their parents. This is against the rules, but outside of skewing the playing field in your advantage, no one gets hurt (in fact usually people benefit).
There there's the Saban/Miles habit of cutting bad players to make room for recruits. This also skews the playing field, but this time at the expense of the athletes, not for their benefit.
Both are wrong, but in my opinion, one is far more wrong than the other.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Moving to Seattle would be a||
Moving to Seattle would be a good start.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I prefer See You Next||
I prefer See You Next Tuesday.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think most do. Some||
I don't think most do. Some do, but I think the consensus has him off the board at the beginning of the second round. And I think that's about right. This is a deep draft, and there are just a lot more sure things out there.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, this is unfortunately||
Yes, this is unfortunately very true.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Looks like somebody's gonna||
Looks like somebody's gonna bust out that old Starter jacket!
|4 weeks 6 days ago||No he wouldn't, he left for||
No he wouldn't, he left for his fifth year. You get 4 years, not 5, even if you redshirt.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Wheatley is the most dominant||
Wheatley is the most dominant Michigan football player I ever watched. He was nuts. I don't remember Rashaan Salaam much because I never watched Colorado, but how Wheatley wasn't the best RB that year I'll never know.
A whole lotta Jon Runyan in that Wheatley video. Would be cool if their juniors got to do the same.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The thing is, kids say this||
The thing is, kids say this all the time. And then they realize that that's an uphill battle no matter where they go, and that becomes a lower priority.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, I completely agree with||
Yeah, I completely agree with this. It's a distinction without a difference, or however that saying goes. Very rarely did you ever hear of a coach straight up cutting a player for anything other than behavioral issues (which I'm sure will still apply with 4 year scholarships).
Now, it's possible that when someone like Thomas Rawls says he's transferring to CMU it's because the coaches told him they weren't going to renew his scholarship, so he found a place to transfer. I doubt that's the case, only because it would have come out by now from some disgruntled player.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I don't believe the||
I don't believe the scholarship is there if you are no longer a part of the team by your choosing. Like if you decide after two years that you don't want to play football anymore, I don't think they're obligated to continue your scholarship.
And in the case of a career ending injury, a medical hardship scholarship has always existed that does not count against the 85.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Stauskas tweeted this video a||
Stauskas tweeted this video a few days ago, it's a good watch. I also like Kenny Mayne. But Stauskas is featured fairly prominently.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Are his parents Oklahoma||
Are his parents Oklahoma basketball fans? Or Pearl Jam fans?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed. I've been saying that||
Agreed. I've been saying that since he declared.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||But you can't just use Messi||
But you can't just use Messi as a counterexample to everything. There will always be a Messi who is undersized and super skilled. You can't say that basketball players don't need to be tall or athletic because look at Steve Nash. Messi is a once in a generation talent skill-wise. He's also a striker where having a ton of elite ball skills will do it.
I don't think Portugal out-athleted us either, but we didn't out-athlete them either. If the US had our best athletes out there, it would make up for our lack of elite skill at certain positions.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||Yes, I agree with that. But||
Yes, I agree with that. But it seems that the US either has guys who are great athletes or are skilled, and very few guys who are both. If our best athletes played soccer, then at least the guys who weren't super skilled were at least super athletic, and some of our guys aren't elite in either category.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||Some of these kids go to||
Some of these kids go to college for a year or two, and when it's clear they're really good, they bail and go pro (like Yedlin on our team who left Akron recently, or Soony Saad from Michigan). I don't think it's a waste for an elite soccer player to play for a top soccer program as an 18/19 year old, and if they are clearly elite in that group, they can go play overseas (or in the MLS).
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||I don't think that's true.||
I don't think that's true. It's not just one or the other. On the top teams, their players are either more skilled or more athletic than ours. Sure, Messi is good because he's crazy skilled, not because he's an elite athlete. But for other players, it's absolutely an athleticism thing.
I don't follow soccer closely enough to name names, but I've been watching a lot of the WC and I can tell other teams have guys who are extremely athletic. We have some of those. But think if Clint Dempsey was as athletic as DeSean Jackson (or Jozy Altidore) and then think about how good he would be. Or if a guy like Besler was 6'3" and fast, instead of what he is.
Especially when it comes to defenders, if you have guys who can run really fast and jump really high, you have an advantage.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||Part of that is because||
Part of that is because soccer isn't a sport you can just start playing in high school. Unless you are a crazy athlete or you played both football and soccer growing up, that's not a transition many could swing. So those numbers aren't necessarily showing kids quitting soccer for football, but more younger kids choosing soccer (or something else) instead of football.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||This might be a regional||
This might be a regional thing, but in LA there are way more kids playing pick up soccer in parks than basketball. Every evening, every open field in LA is full of kids playing soccer. Every Saturday morning, every open field is full of little kids playing soccer. At least that's what I always see.
Now, one thing that I think may be a significant factor in the increased interest in youth soccer is the whole concussion issue in football. As a parent of young kids, I have a lot of friends who are parents of young kids and many of them have decided that they won't let their boys play football. I've met pediatricians who are more strongly against football with the recent head injury reports and I've even met guys who are former college and pro football players who are dissuading their sons from playing football. Many of those people will choose soccer instead.
I also disagree that it's not about the athletes. If guys like Chris Johnson or Denard Robinson were out there for the US, it would be an entirely different animal. What if LeBron was in goal? What if Funchess played center back? He would head every corner kick ever (if LeBron couldn't snatch it out of the air).
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||I disagree. He's big and||
I disagree. He's big and athletic and plays with high energy. He can pass well and run the floor. He has a good attitude and seems to get along well with teammates and responds well to coaching. I think that will translate well, as long as injuries don't continue to be an issue.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||But our offense wasn't only||
But our offense wasn't only good against poor defenses last year. OSU had a solid D and we ran up and down the field on them pretty well.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Yes, I definitely agree that||
Yes, I definitely agree that 40 times are way over-hyped. Like you said - some guys are faster on the field than they 40 time suggests, and others are slower. And it completely ignores agility and it's not like guys run a perfectly straight 40 very often on the field.
That said, all things being equal, you'd like your players to have the fastest 40 as possible.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Only at MGoBlog can something||
Only at MGoBlog can something good/exciting come out about the team and have so many people compaining about it or claiming it's not true. We are a weird fanbase.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||It's funny how the only||
It's funny how the only people focusing on the 4.33 part are the people bitching about it.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Seriously guys - stop being||
Seriously guys - stop being happy about anything.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I should say played. They||
I should say played. They were my next door neighbors in HB before I had kids and moved inland. They still play every weekend, and now I join when I can. Which is like once a year. Super nice guys though.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I play volleyball with both||
I play volleyball with both of them in Hermosa Beach.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't realize Ann Arbor||
I didn't realize Ann Arbor was a "mini metro" and I was just thinking of it as a town of about 100k. And didn't mean that it would flip the economy on its head, but when a large employer in a small town gives a lot of raises, it's good for everyone.
I completely disagree that a lot of that money came from Ann Arbor as a whole. Most of that money comes from TV, from apparel contracts, advertising, and even most of the ticket sales aren't from Ann Arbor.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||They're in a surplus, so I'd||
They're in a surplus, so I'd say it's still in line.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I think this will end up||
I think this will end up being an enormous get for us.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Although I'm not a Lakers fan||
Although I'm not a Lakers fan (at all) I would totally change my tune if the drafted Stauskas. Apparently he's one of a handful of guys they're looking at, and it sounds more and more like he could jump into the top-10.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Of all the reasons people||
Of all the reasons people hate Dave Brandon, giving across the board raises to the employees of the athletic department can't be one of them, right? That has to be pretty good for Ann Arbor as a whole.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sure that's not an issue.||
I'm sure that's not an issue.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I have heard there are also||
I have heard there are also parts of Mississippi and Southern Georgia were that degree is accepted.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly, I'm sure this is||
Exactly, I'm sure this is what he meant. It had nothing to do with Michigan and everything to do with the new rules.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I've heard some saying||
I've heard some saying Wheatley at OT, because he can get that huge and still be athletic.
I was (somewhat) buddies with Joe Staley in high school, and he was initally recruited at CMU as a TE. He was moved to OT and I remember hearing from mutual friends how he was pissed about it. Then he was a first round pick. I could see Wheatley doing something similar, assuming someone can sell him on it.