in town for free camps
|1 day 6 hours ago||Tons of schools have Nike,||
Tons of schools have Nike, but Michigan will be only the 5th in basketball to be Jordan Brand - others are UNC (obviously), Georgetown, Marquette, and bane of recruiting this most recent cycle, Cal.
|5 days 10 hours ago||The Kings GM (well, VP of||
The Kings GM (well, VP of basketball ops, they currently don't have a GM) is Vlade Divac, who is not Joe Dumars, but might as well be.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hell, FIGJAM's money games in||
Hell, FIGJAM's money games in practice rounds still go on and aren't exactly a secret. One reason he and Keegan Bradley wanted to play Ryder Cup together (and did) was they regularly played together in those practice rounds.
And in the old days of the tour hustling on the side with money games was really common, since they didn't exactly make massive amounts of money the way the top guys do now.
|1 week 1 day ago||My main problem with Adidas||
My main problem with Adidas was the piss-poor quality of some of the unis they provided. Unless the "tearaway basketball jersey" was intentional.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Rough course too||
There's hardly any flat spots on the course (I played a few years back), the dizziness is bad enough for a sport where balance is fairly important, but walking that course cannot be helping.
Also, it's a fun course even for not good golfers like myself. Unfortunately they've raised the the price quite a bit from when I took my dad out there and to Bandon.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's illegal||
It's a violation of copyright. Source: I am an IP attorney.
Rationalize it however you want, it's still pretty much the same as stealing physical property. If you like it, pay the 1 dollar and own it.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||He was the owner and he||
He was the owner and he didn't give a shit what any of us thought or did. This is an owner that actually said that Stanley Cups were too expensive. Literally the only things we could do is stop showing up and hope eventually he'd start actually losing enough money to give a shit, and pray for his death. Wirtz died just before the '07-'08 season. Attendance increased by 4000 a game that season, and then up to averaging a sellout the following year.
You Lions fans have had it GREAT with the Fords compared to the Hawks under Bill Wirtz. Imagine that now that the Lions make the playoffs and the best players are expensive, the owner mandates that they trade or let go of Megatron, Stafford, and anyone else expensive, including trading a fan-favorite star who grew up in the Detroit area to the Bears or Packers. Because that's what Wirtz did in the 90s. Out went a 25 year old Roenick, out went an in-his-prime Belfour, and then out went Chelios, the fan favorite, born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, to the Red Wings. That's when attendance started to drop from consistent sellouts/near-sellouts they'd had the previous 15-ish years.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Name reminds me of MF DOOM's||
Name reminds me of MF DOOM's alter ego Victor Vaughn. So this dude is ready made to be referred to as Victor Viramontes: Venomous Villain
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe their staff has a bunch||
Maybe their staff has a bunch of Bears fans on it.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||At that height and size with||
At that height and size with sprinter speed, he's not going to be a 3 star for long, that's for sure
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Free trips. Uh, why not go?||
Free trips. Uh, why not go? Pretty sure I'd take free trips right now, let alone when I was in high school.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Literally a big get||
Quick feet at that size is a great sign, when he's in college S/C shape that's a great kit for a beast
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Bail money.||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Louisville's pitcher who is a||
Louisville's pitcher who is a first rounder might not be a first rounder anymore. Most recent Keith Law mock doesn't have him in the first round, and his mock is based off what he hears from industry people and scouts, not his own opinion. Funkhouser (great name, insert your Curb gifs now) has had a severe velo drop (like 5 or 6mph off his fastball) of late and having other command problems.
Unfortunately for us, they'll probably start him against Morehead, which means if we win, we get the guy that Baumann called the best pitcher in the regional.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I almost wonder if the||
I almost wonder if the coaches had bitched at him about going deep with those lower percentage throws that he was missing, so then when there was a higher percentage one with the guy wide open on the safety biting on play action, he hesitated and checked down.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||What the hell, Countess||
What the hell, Countess wasn't kicked out of Michigan, he's a good kid, I thought getting the boot was a prereq to transferring to Auburn?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting||
Bradley must be a really great player if he made the tourney as one guy and a 2 seed no less.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Do we even have one guy that||
Do we even have one guy that we'd think is as good as Smith? The guys who are still here are either unproven or had problems getting separation on their routes in their game action. The tight ends will be a help, but there's definite concern on having guys open to throw to.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Pabst Refreshment?||
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||I suspect that if Nairn||
I suspect that if Nairn doesn't take a big step forward, MSU's lineups by season's end will actually feature Valentine as a Pippen-style point forward and just play two shooters in the backcourt rather than have a true point guard. Valentine was already 2nd on the team in assists last year (not far behind Trice) and did play that point-forward role at times.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||The only negative reviews||
The only negative reviews I've seen were one guy from the SF Examiner, some English guy, and of course, Armond White. Every single other review, from wide varieties of reviewers, is some variation on "holy shit" and "there's even a real story/theme here not just insane action"
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Davis was arrested for weed||
Davis was arrested for weed and Perea was in the room with him where they were smoking. Perea had a previous DUI. This isn't "Creaning" really. In particular they kinda needed Perea, their only big man is the incoming (albeit highly regarded) freshman now.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||The chorizo frita with||
The chorizo frita with everything on it is the winner.
Back when I was in school, I think the shish tawook (basically seasoned grilled chicken kebabs) with extra garlic sauce (toum) at Kebab Palace was my most consumed meal.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Would have been nice if he'd||
Would have been nice if he'd stayed, but he earned his degree, so he earned the right to head elsewhere too. I can certainly see where playing elsewhere in a zone system where you have to think he can win a starting job (given his success in a zone in 2013) might be more interesting to him than trying to play man press here again and potentially seeing less time on the field.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Dileo: 2012 MSU game, and||
Dileo: 2012 MSU game, and also the Power Slide.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||The bonkers thing with||
The bonkers thing with Illinois' baseball team is Tyler Jay is easily considered the best prospect, would certainly go in the top 10 if he was being used as a starter (he may even still end up going top 10), but for reasons unknown Illinois uses him out of the pen.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||He also doesn't want to play||
He also doesn't want to play center, he wants to play a NBA-style power 4 if he can, which might even be part of why he decommitted. Purdue is an enormous team that can use him as a 4. That lineup will be gigantic. If they start, as you'd think, Davis-Stephens-Edwards-Swanigan-Hammons, that's 6'5", 6'6", 6'7", 6'8" 275 lbs, 7'0", with 7'2" Haas coming off the bench.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||His guardian played at||
His guardian played at Purdue.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||After horrendous outings last||
After horrendous outings last time out, I'm not surprised to see Shark pitch fairly well (and career he's been much better at night as well) and I'd expect to see Sale firing on all cylinders tonight. Sort of bad timing for the Tigers to have the starters line up the way they did. Quintana's turned it around after a rough start to the year too, and you don't get to see either of the Sox's lousy 4/5 starters.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||We should feel pessimistic||
We should feel pessimistic not because of this but because Kentucky should pretty much always be presumed to lead for these kinds of guys. Then if we land one, be happy.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'm glad he gets to pursue||
I'm glad he gets to pursue what he wants to do while staying involved with the team, and I look forward to seeing him start on Senior Night in a few years, because there's no way the NCAA isn't giving Michigan a waiver for that.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Of course he is:||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||"You run into an asshole in||
"You run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole. You run into assholes all day, you're the asshole"
|10 weeks 4 days ago||And Yordano Ventura has been||
And Yordano Ventura has been at the center of three of those. He was the one who yelled at Trout, he plunked Lawrie intentionally, and he started the crap last night. He got fined after the Lawrie thing, so he's definitely getting suspended for this incident, and I suspect a strong warning from the commish's office that next time it's going to be double digit games suspension.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I feel like video of Fat||
I feel like video of Fat Elvis running that half marathon should be a reward level for donating.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Proviso East was in my high||
Proviso East was in my high school's conference. I remember going to a game against that squad, our team wasn't really that bad, about a .500 team. I think Proviso was up by about 30 at the half. Hilariously outmatched, they were playing a different game than our team.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||1991 Proviso East. Undefeated||
1991 Proviso East. Undefeated Illinois state champions, three seniors who went on to play in the NBA (Michael Finley, Sherrell Ford, Donnie Boyce), and the rest of the team was so good that even after those three guys graduated, they still won the state title the next year.
Crazy part is Finley, the one who had the long fruitful NBA career, was not the biggest star on that team. Sherrell Ford was the #1 guy, but he was a Prop 48 that had to sit out a year of college and ended up at UIC instead of a major conference school as a result, and didn't develop as well as Finley did.
I don't count private schools that can recruit among the best because they can choose their team. Proviso East was public, didn't (couldn't) recruit, but had a hell of a program. In addition to those guys, they also sent Doc Rivers, Steven Hunter, Dee Brown, Shannon Brown to the NBA, and piles of other guys to college programs.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||Typical "popcorning" involves||
Typical "popcorning" involves dumping popcorn to fill up someone's entire car interior, or at least most of it. It's definitely a NBA rookie hazing thing, you can find examples of other teams doing it, just search "filling car with popcorn" or something along those lines.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||My dislike of Adidas comes||
My dislike of Adidas comes mainly from the bad quality of their uniforms that resulted in numerous torn jersies for the basketball team, and some of the horrendous ideas they've had for unis, especially in basketball (this year's cummerbund/fanny pack, the Zubaz-esque ones, the ones where the uni number is a yellow that doesn't show up on TV, etc)
|13 weeks 5 days ago||The cowbell Go Blue, the||
The cowbell Go Blue, the chanting Go Blue across the stadium, other ways people get noise going, those tend to be discouraged by piped-in music. The stadium experience wasn't broken in the early 2000s. It wasn't stone-age, and I like the bigger video boards we have now, but to me music at college football games should be the band when you have a great band the way a Michigan or Ohio State does. Pipe in stuff when the band isn't able to play because they're heading down to the field for halftime, or have finished the halftime show and are getting back to their seats, etc.
Some of the piped-in music can be fun (like Norfleet's Atomic Dog routine). Use it for fun stuff like that and I think everyone is cool with it. Use it all the time and it becomes another generic football experience.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||So Spike apparently has||
So Spike apparently has impingements in both hips? Ow. An impingement also sometimes results in a torn labrum. The shaving down of the bone isn't necessarily major in and of itself, but there's probably other damage in there, and the body does need time to recover from that along with the surgery itself.
(Source: wife who has had two hip surgeries, one of which included shaving down the bone)
|14 weeks 4 days ago||There's at least one that works for me||
The new "Minnesota United" because we can call them MinU instead of ManU.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I know Bendtner sucks, but||
I know Bendtner sucks, but you can't just repeatedly leave him standing there all alone at the 6.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, perhaps yours is not as||
Yes, perhaps yours is not as dark as other Nike maize due to the tears and sweat of the Asian sweatshop workers that day
|14 weeks 6 days ago||As a patent lawyer||
That's not true for everyone in patent law. If you have a EE or Computer Engineering degree, the market is absolutely fantastic. If you have a Ph.D in Chem or Biochem, the market is decent. If you have pretty much anything else, the market is pretty meh at this point. I, of course, am in the last group. The only people I know making 500k or more are BigLaw or midsize law partners.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||If you get out with no debt,||
If you get out with no debt, I have no problem with someone going to law school even if they aren't sure they want to be a lawyer. Your only sacrifice is time, really. Frankly, I found law school to be quite enjoyable.
I steer people away from law school who would be taking out loans and don't know exactly what they want to do. There just aren't the jobs out there to support it, and a many people who graduate end up with no job in law, or a low-paying one, and have crushing non-dischargeable debt that they can't pay back. Even those who do get a BigLaw job that allows them to pay down those loans can feel trapped in that job longer than they'd want because they need that higher salary to pay the loans.
|15 weeks 7 hours ago||It's Dave Bliss in a freaking||
It's Dave Bliss in a freaking runaway.
|16 weeks 3 hours ago||Kerr was a good analyst, but||
Kerr was a good analyst, but I think Raft's enthusiasm and style actually mesh better with Nantz/Hill so far than Kerr did with Nantz/Anthony. Also, Raft is just pretty great in general. Though I'll miss him with Uncle Verne, he brings a completely different presence and style to the Nantz team that I think adds a lot to the broadcast.
Kerr with Marv Albert and Mike Fratello for NBA on TNT was great. Both Fratello and Kerr were good analysts as well. You could tell they all had worked together extensively and enjoyed it too, particularly with Albert and Kerry both having a rather dry/sarcastic sense of humor that at times would be directed at Fratello.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||The slow pace can kinda suck,||
The slow pace can kinda suck, and dropping the shotclock to 30 probably bumps a game a bit closer to where pace was 15 years ago. I'm fine with that. But these games of timeoutsketball (with a side of official review 5 minute delays) get pretty aggravating.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Hard to blame a guy who is||
Hard to blame a guy who is presumably "going pro in something other than sports" for wanting to focus on what he's going pro in. Football takes a lot of time away from that, not to mention the physical pain and potential for major injury. The team will miss him, but who can begrudge someone for focusing on their future?
|18 weeks 6 hours ago||I don't find Kuma's to be||
I don't find Kuma's to be that great, unless they've improved the actual burger patty itself. That's part of what makes Au Cheval better in the opinion of many, the actual burger meat tastes better there.
My favorite is Owen & Engine. House made bun, house-ground meat blend that includes short rib, seasoning, and grilled onions. You could add cheese, egg or bacon, but it doesn't need it, which tells you all you need to know about the quality of the burger itself.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||SPOILER: Frank Underwood is a||
SPOILER: Frank Underwood is a terrible person.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Seems like a Frank Kaminsky||
Seems like a Frank Kaminsky starter kit. Let's hope he develops like that
|19 weeks 3 hours ago||Short answer: no Long answer:||
Short answer: no
Long answer: nope
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I'm just going to hire||
I'm just going to hire Disturbed, for a new song called BLUE WAH AH AH AH
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Eh, he wasn't super accurate||
Eh, he wasn't super accurate off the tee even at his best. He was ridiculous though once you got a short iron or wedge in his hands, and he drained lots of putts, while his game around the greens was very good too. He doesn't have any of that right now, really. And the distance advantage he had over many of his competitors is gone.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Guessing that by UPPP he||
Guessing that by UPPP he didn't mean a uvulopalatopharyngoplasty surgery
|23 weeks 6 days ago||One reason I think Walton's||
One reason I think Walton's toe is obviously a significant part is that he (at least in a feelingsball way, because I don't have the data) seemed to finish much better last year at or near the rim. And we know he's at the very least not less-strong than last year after another year in the S&C program. So the explanation has to be the injury is killing his explosion both in driving and jumping?
|24 weeks 4 hours ago||Hey man, just wait until Big||
Hey man, just wait until Big & Rich Rod is COMIN TO YOUR CITAY rod
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Injuries are part of it||
Walton is just starting to look close to right again. Spike needs surgery. AndvI think when Irvin took that hit in the Syracuse game it caused enough to affect his form so he's been off. Injuries are part of the game, but them happening early when the freshmen weren't as ready to step in was bad timing.
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||Ah, Haloscan||
The days of handle-jacking and random trolls like FEARtheVEST
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Waynes hadn't announced for||
Waynes hadn't announced for the draft when Phil first compiled that so he might not have updated it yet.
|27 weeks 3 hours ago||You forgot ZELALEM!||
You forgot ZELALEM!
|27 weeks 1 day ago||I wouldn't expect guys who||
I wouldn't expect guys who have been decided/committed for a while (like Rosen) to listen at this late point, but a TE that isn't decided and had been considering Michigan before? You'd have to be nuts not to at least listen considering Stanford's record of putting TEs in the league that Harbaugh played and/or recruited there, particularly Fleener, Ertz and Toilolo
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe Pitt will hire Schiano||
Maybe Pitt will hire Schiano and then let Spilly come out of kitchen/blender retirement to cook the welcome meal, after which they will hire someone else as coach.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Besides, this year's NFC||
Besides, this year's NFC North champion is the Buffalo Bills
|29 weeks 3 hours ago||The Bears aren't going to pay||
The Bears aren't going to pay him the 7-8 million he'd command. They're the least of my worries as far as competition with Michigan, and I'm a Bears fan. I mean, only a week or two ago everyone figured Trestman was safe because the Bears owners are cheap and wouldn't want to let Trestman go with multiple years left on his deal, but their hand has been forced by the team pretty obviously quitting on him.
|29 weeks 7 hours ago||Yeah, we all know our owners||
Yeah, we all know our owners are too cheap to go after Harbaugh anyway.
|29 weeks 10 hours ago||Sightline-wise, it's one of||
Sightline-wise, it's one of the best in the NFL. In their attempt to try to keep the historic colonnades (they lost their National Register designation anyway), they were forced to build the stadium within the old stadium. This makes the stadium steeper than many, but also means that even seats toward the top are not super-far away from the field horizontally so I think they end up with the best cheaper seats in the league. It's also not a big stadium by capacity.
I'm not even sure you'll have to worry about jerky fans much either. You run into them everywhere in the league really, but with the team pretty much having quit, lots of fans will sell their tickets or just not go, and those that do show up will probably not really give a crap or will be there as much to boo as anything.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Have you watched them?||
Unlike some other years, this Kentucky team is ridiculous. So much talent, if anyone isn't playing up to snuff they have multiple options to take his spot. Duke and maybe Arizona are even close. Obviously in the tourney a team could shoot the lights out on them but this Kentucky team looks even stronger than the Brow/MKG/et al squad that won it a few years ago
|29 weeks 5 days ago||And Latos is headed to the||
And Latos is headed to the Marlins. By process of elimination (Tigers don't have the prospects to get Cueto, Reds are trying to cut salary so it won't be a cheap pre-arb guy like Cingrani, Leake is likely to be in the 9 million range in arb) it's almost certainly Leake that the Tigers are close to getting.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Same issue with Narduzzi -||
Same issue with Narduzzi - the DC of a defense coach, how much of it is the DC, or is it Saban/Dantonio that makes the defense go?
|29 weeks 6 days ago||I guess he's a risk, but at||
I guess he's a risk, but at the same time, what's the risk? Frankly, the program isn't even mediocre right now. What's he going to do, miss a bowl game? Oh, right. Guy can clearly coach, and he's an ace recruiter. I suppose the other risk is he's young enough that he could go supernova and go to the NFL. If he does that, it means we've been in the playoff probably more than once. Sign me up for that problem!
And the old crabby down in front crowd will LOVE LOVE LOVE the Mensa thing.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think you have to||
I don't think you have to worry about the Bears regardless. Everyone assumes that Trestman will be back because the Bears are cheap and never fire coaches so quickly. Even if they do fire Trestman, they (read: ownership) do not show any inclination to spend the 8 million or whatever it would cost for Harbaugh.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||They were just shooting an||
They were just shooting an ungodly percentage. I mean, one of them was a stepback 3 with Walton draped all over him. Another one was from like 30 feet. They hit a running floater from 7, 8 feet out with our best defender (Caris) practically in his shorts AND Doyle getting over to challenge. Sometimes they just can't miss.
The defensive problems were more in regards to them getting in the lane at will for a while. The D tightened up on that and then everything they threw up there went in anyway.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Get well and take the time you need to*puts on||
Get well and take the time you need to
*puts on sunglasses*
Ace your illness
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Ole Miss is not the same||
Ole Miss is not the same thing as Mississippi State. That's like saying "well, Michigan draws recruits and Michigan State has great facilities so MIchigan State can do the same thing." Granted, Ole Miss is not exactly comparable to Michigan as a historical program, but Michigan State also has way more credibility historically than their MSU counterpart. But within Mississippi, Ole Miss is the "big brother".
And both of them are pretty much permanently behind Bama, Auburn, LSU and aTm in recruiting pecking order.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||You know who else didn't look||
You know who else didn't look like NBA players a couple of years ago? Stauskas and LeVert.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||The point is we have him||
The point is we have him signed earlier rather than than waiting until the end of the season and hoping some NFL team doesn't start talking with him with the Niners permission with an eye to a trade.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Being the offensive||
Being the offensive coordinator for the Broncos right now is similar to Josh McDaniels being Tom Brady's quarterback coach. Peyton Manning coordinates that offense. I'm not even sure how much the OC even calls the plays, particularly since Peyton can just change them anyway.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||So would Nebraska trade in||
So would Nebraska trade in the Faux Pelini Cat for the Nard Dog?
|30 weeks 6 days ago||He doesn't want to speak for||
He doesn't want to speak for the next coach, but yeah, Mattison came to coach under Brady, and I'm pretty sure he even said he wouldn't have done it for someone else. So he's probably retiring, or maybe headed back to the NFL eventually if he wants to still coach, but he's not going to be sticking around.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Ah yes, the Jets|
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Soon to appear on the||
Soon to appear on the schedule: Duke
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Bill Martin got the||
Bill Martin got the department from fiscal problems to a fiscal powerhouse running a surplus every year (before the BTN and other money cannons were truly going), got many of the upgrades and renovations going for our facilities, and frankly, hired a good football coach that just didn't work out. We could do a hell of a lot worse than another Bill Martin.
Like Goss and Brandon, actually.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Alex Mitropolous-Rundus||
Wasn't he in GWAR?
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Illinois||
Although they'd probably want a bigger arena (theirs only holds 2000) they're a consistently good club squad, and won the tourney a couple times in the last 10 years.
|33 weeks 7 hours ago||Just to be safe we'll need||
Just to be safe we'll need HOCKEYBEAR to bomb all of them
|33 weeks 9 hours ago||Young is going to be a||
Young is going to be a chucker at near-Kobe levels this season for Oregon. Should be interesting to see who chases him around in Brooklyn. He's going to shoot a lot no matter what.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Eh, I get why they say it||
Eh, I get why they say it that way. They're not going to say it's for domestic violence because, as they note, there is a process for that in the justice system. But we can see the pictures and read the details, and the standards of the team don't require proof beyond a reasonable doubt, particularly when the player involved already has a strike against him.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||BOOM||
|33 weeks 4 days ago||There's a non-zero chance||
There's a non-zero chance that Jordan will be coaching Butler next season. No one but a few people at Butler seem to know what is up with their current coach (on leave for unspecified medical reasons), and I'm not totally sure that the assistant they have heading them up on an interim basis (who was previously a HC at Gardner-Webb) would get the full time job if Miller ends up resigning rather than just being on leave.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||A bit off the train lines,||
A bit off the train lines, but Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster St, is a brewery with a tap room and their beers are quite good. They aren't a restaurant but they do have menus to order delivery. Won a silver at this year's GABF for English-style IPA.
Smylie Brothers (1615 Oak) has an event with a flight of 2 of their beers, 2 Founders (Rubaeus and Breakfast Stout) and 2 more from 3 Sheeps (Sheboygan, WI). As I understand it that place gets extremely busy and reviews are all over the place on it.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Um, it's actually supposed to||
Um, it's actually supposed to be 15 degrees colder than last year, just as windy, and there is a chance of rain/snow/wintry mix in the forecast.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Some would say Jeff Meyer||
Some would say Jeff Meyer ruined Tom Crean's program. Tom Crean would definitely tell you that Jeff Meyer ruined it. We look at it from a different standpoint. The refs didn't ruinTom Crean's program. Dan Dakich didn't ruin Tom Crean's program. Nor did Jeff Meyer ruin Tom Crean's program. We truly believed that Tom Crean ruined Tom Crean's program. And he can look in the mirror, and know that.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||With KBD and Tate being guys||
With KBD and Tate being guys that Beilein targeted pretty early in the process, and given Beilein's track record in that department, I got a bad feeling that OSU has a better recruiting class than they're getting credit for, and it was already considered the best in the conference. Yikes.
|35 weeks 4 hours ago||The Cubs have largely||
The Cubs have largely eschewed pitching prospects in that farm system build. Their starting pitching is Arrieta and a bunch of back end guys at best (Hendricks was probably a fluke and is generally considered maybe a 4 at best, and their best pitching prospect in the minors is a guy few think can hold up as a starter) so they're going to have to fill in by either buying those starters or trading some of that position depth for it.
Damn near everyone thinks they'll be the ones who end up with Lester (he doesn't cost a draft pick if you sign him either), and Masterson is exactly the kind of guy they have been signing in the offseason the last couple of years as it is. Peavy has been flipped by teams at the last two deadlines, so that'd probably be the though there (and amusingly, said teams who traded for him won the title both years, so obviously if you want to win the title you should trade for Jake Peavy at the deadline). Robertson would surprise me because I can't imagine giving up a draft pick for a reliever, but if they already decide to do it with Martin (and that pick would be their second rounder as their first is protected I believe) then they may as well go for the gusto and grab some others who would cost a pick.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||We left the 2002 Michigan||
We left the 2002 Michigan State game early. It was a very unpleasant cold, and really, we'd gotten our laughs in at the horrible MSU team (it was right after Smoker was suspended)
|35 weeks 1 day ago||"You tried your best, and you||
"You tried your best, and you failed miserably, so the lesson is: never try."
--H. J. Simpson
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Of course, if they're 8-0,||
Of course, if they're 8-0, one of sins of Brandon (he blew the football hire) doesn't exist. And we would all still complain about the corporatization of the Michigan sports experience, but it's a lot easier to deal with it if you appear to be getting results, i.e., getting something for all that money that they're wringing out of the fans.
But that's the thing - run it more like a pro team, and make the experience less college (and all the fuzzies that go with that) and more pro, and you get treated like a pro team, where fans say "screw this" when the team isn't winning and refuse to pay the pro prices.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||My reaction to the Glasgow||
My reaction to the Glasgow play wasn't St Kovacs, but "are there any more Glasgow brothers who want to walk on here"
Also, the student-athletes as customers of the AD is pretty significant sign that the AD thought of things in the wrong way, and that mindset set the tone for how things have gone the last few years. The student-athletes are not the customers. They are not buying the product. They ARE the product (and, gulp, employees). When people are your product, you should treat those people well because happy people make for better product. It sounds like the Brandon administration did that well. That's good. We all want our student-athletes taken care of. It's part of why we flipped our shit over Morris.
But if your attitude is that the student-athletes are the customers, not the alums and fans and whatnot? It explains a lot of how things have been operating, that's for sure.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||I hope this press conference||
I hope this press conference is a wow experience for all of us.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||You can actually do something||
You can actually do something very similar with a turkey as was done with the chicken here. Definitely spatchcock the turkey. You can do the compound butter thing (parsley, oregano, maybe sage, just pick some spices to put in the butter rather than using the bbq rub in it) as well, or just dry-brine the thing.
Read Kenji's stuff on Thanksgiving turkey at the Food Lab on Serious Eats. He experiments with multiple ways of doing things. Example: http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/11/the-food-lab-the-truth-about-brining-turkey-thanksgiving.html
|35 weeks 5 days ago||These are not entries, as||
These are not entries, as only one of them is me, and I don't live in town and can't get up there for this weekend.
I may or may not have run naked down the street in the student ghetto neighborhood. More than once. Not part of the naked mile.
Another friend was drunk and got the brilliant idea to take one of those traffic horse roadblock things. He then noticed a cop in the area, so he left. And then 10 minutes later came back to try to take the horse again. He did not notice the cop was still there. Whoops.
Two other friends were walking from one party to another with the good ol' red Solo cup full of beer. Cop stopped them and gave them a ticket for open container. Cop also told them that if they needed something between parties they should just smoke weed instead because the ticket was about $100 less.
Ah, Ann Arbor.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty sure that was the||
Pretty sure that was the general opinion going into last year's game and he damn near pulled it off, on a busted toe/foot no less.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Well, if the Regents are||
Well, if the Regents are inexplicably breaking down on party lines, he has his ammo.
Personally, our AD could be a lab-created supercyborg implanted with the combination of FDR and JFK for all I care, if Cyborg JFDRK fucked things up as badly as Brandon has, I'd want his half-robot ass fired.
|36 weeks 7 hours ago||Considering the way things||
Considering the way things have gone, we might be the first fanbase that would tweet "preach on, my man" at a decommit instead of the usual creepy angry fan thing
[DO NOT TWEET AT RECRUITS]
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Monterey California is about||
Monterey California is about as noteworthy as a flight going to North Bend Regional Airport in Oregon.
(It's rich people going to play golf, folks)
|36 weeks 1 day ago||The one that interests me is||
The one that interests me is actually Purdue. I would not have expected them to be top 40. But all hail KenPom, so I'm guessing that I might need to revisit my expectation for Purdue.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Don't worry, once Wisconsin||
Don't worry, once Wisconsin starts their usual bumslayer ways, they'll move up again.
Really though, this will be the first year where no one is going to say "wait, why is Wisconsin so high" on his rankings, because everyone actually expects them to be that good.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Id have more respect for||
Id have more respect for Dantonio if he didnt justify adding a TD for b.s. "disrespect" but instead because "screw those guys, this is a rivalry" and had also gone for two. Bonus points if he would have referenced the "because we couldn't go for three"
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Ohio State's best player, at||
Ohio State's best player, at least offensively, is going to be a freshman who wasn't eligible for this article.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||It's supposed to be really||
It's supposed to be really nice outside tomorrow. I think I might just go sit on the roof at Gene's Sausage Shop and drink.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Well, the selfie that she||
Well, the selfie that she appeared to have taken of the two of them possibly naked and in bed is probably better evidence
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Purdue has actually figured||
Purdue has actually figured it out of late. The two weeks prior to the Minnesota game they had ground Illinois to a fine pulp, and then ran it for over 8 yards a carry against Michigan State when you excise sacks.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Someone can be a good person||
Someone can be a good person but still terrible at their job.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Manageable, except triggers||
Manageable, except triggers such as "not getting remotely enough sleep" and "high levels of stress" are kind of endemic to the Michigan coaching job. If he's had trouble managing his condition at Minnesota, I don't really want to think about the result of him in the Michigan job.
|37 weeks 10 hours ago||The entire first three pages||
The entire first three pages of the blog would just be Muppets. Over and over and over.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Er...||
We just won a deeper and more talented B1G last year by 3 games. It seems like Wisconsin is a pretty clear #1 in the league going into the season this time around, I wouldn't be totally shocked to see them do it too. Especially as they have one of the better home court advantages in the league.
One thing that might prevent it is Michigan's relatively favorable conference schedule. Our single plays (Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota in Ann Arbor, Maryland, Penn State, Indiana, Purdue on road) are seriously tilted to having the tougher games in Ann Arbor.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Iceland is 3-0 in their group||
Iceland is 3-0 in their group including a 3-0 win over Turkey and a 2-0 win over the Netherlands.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||When Kalis is actually||
When Kalis is actually healthy, lo and behold, he looks like the recruit he was reputed to be. Now if he can just stay healthy...
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, that ended in the 2002||
Yeah, that ended in the 2002 season. We were told they could damage the artificial turf. At least I'm pretty sure that was the first year of the turf. I definitely know it wasn't 2001 because I remember the massive chunks of sod coming up that season, and seeing a crew of people out there replacing divots and such like at a polo match when the teams were on the other end of the field.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||For some reason I think of||
For some reason I think of Lloyd Carr as head coach and Bob Stitt as the offensive coordinator and it's basically the funniest thing ever. Stodgy, old-school, hates the media Lloyd with an open, fun-seeming guy who wears a Stitt Happens shirt? This would need to be a hidden camera show. Hell, bring in Schiano as DC and make it really ridiculous.
(Obviously this is not a serious suggestion)
|39 weeks 10 hours ago||Bernard Hopkins might be||
Bernard Hopkins might be fighting him to a draw at worst though
|40 weeks 4 hours ago||Tickets are $40 now (other||
Tickets are $40 now (other than the $20 for App State this year). Inflation would be a $26 ticket.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan Football is a flat||
Michigan Football is a flat circle.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Count me as one who thinks||
Count me as one who thinks that a big boycott on Homecoming followed by everyone coming back for Senior Day drives home the point that the boycott is for how things are being run. Skip the day associated with the school, then everyone come back to cheer for Jake Ryan & company on their last home game.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||You need to convince John U||
You need to convince John U Bacon to run for regent with you, if that's allowed. 1) He probably shares your thoughts on all this, and 2) COOK BACON 2016 would be the greatest campaign sign of all time.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Rutgers is just as turnover||
Rutgers is just as turnover prone at QB and their good RB is done for the year, pretty reasonable shot to win that one
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Sometimes even allegedly||
Sometimes even allegedly waterproof isn't waterproof, as the US Ryder Cup team learned 4 years ago.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||If this is the case I||
If this is the case I wouldn't be surprised if Gardner isn't even in pads Saturday because he's hurt. Morris has been as much of a turnover machine when he's played as Gardner in the two losses has, but with less of a playmaking ability with the QB run.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||You clearly haven't played||
You clearly haven't played Kirk Ferentz College Football 2015.
|41 weeks 10 hours ago||If we'd consider hiring an||
If we'd consider hiring an older coach (and if people are bringing up Miles and Bohl, clearly people don't find it that big an issue) then you also need to consider Ruffin McNeill, who has ECU rolling and would presumably bring a hotshot young Air Raid offensive coordinator (Lincoln Riley) who some big programs were poking around re: being their OC this last off season.
I don't see Mullen as a great option, mainly because I think Florida probably will be a more desired destination for him and it seems clear that said job will be available barring a major turnaround.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||New sponsor target||
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Iron Sheik probably says this||
Iron Sheik probably says this coach drink the sprite
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Urbs Tressel (even in the||
Tressel (even in the educator category for the majority of his players)
Pitino (wins with freshmen, but grows them in the short time he has them under his tutlage)
Those are five tools alright
|41 weeks 1 day ago||These two changes have been||
These two changes have been such big changes in style that I thought 3 or 4 years was warranted. RR had a pretty sizeable talent deficit to try to dig out of along with a wholesale change of the offense. Hoke's staff had some talent issues to deal with in certain important spots and again, a big change in offense. Talent issues take time, because recruiting can take a few years. You can't magically make upper class offensive lineman just appear.
However, there's no reason if Michigan hires a guy who can use the talent on hand on offense (be it pro-style or passing spread, I think either can work with what we've got with the right guy) that this team can't be good in a hurry. There's depth and there's talent. Even if Hoke and his staff hasn't been able to get coach it up, he's really done a good job bringing the talent level back up.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Track record of the right||
Track record of the right coaching hires indicates that you can be great in Year 2. And really, if Hoke is fired after this year, the schedule sets up wonderfully for the first year.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Well if the team isn't going||
Well if the team isn't going to be great, at least they can sell the classic, timeless, Michigan gameday atmosphere... wait, nope, the department has fucked that up too, and expects you to pay more for the privilege.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||If you're going to start||
If you're going to start focusing on new coaches, maybe stop with the pie in the sky Harbaugh thoughts and focus on someone we could actually get and might also fit the players we have so we don't have a horrible transition. For example, Ruffin McNeill might be on the older side (and ECU is his alma mater), but he'd likely bring an Air Raid OC, which would probably work fine with the guys we will have.
Of course, if the offense gets it figured out, Hoke might not be done after this year. I think the defense is there. And the special teams, well, we'll all just continue to shake our heads at that one.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||My wife rowed at a different||
My wife rowed at a different school and the indoor facility is a pretty big thing. They had to row outside in fricking cold temps for several months out of the year and eventually the river they rowed on would get clogged up with ice and they couldn't practice at all. I'm sure the team will still row outside when possible but being able to practice through the winter or in crap weather is a pretty nice thing.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, that's half the boos.||
Yeah, that's half the boos. The first delay of game was a horrid error, but you then have 4th and 6 at the 37 with not a lot of time left against a bad team your defense has been wiping out when they aren't given the ball in Michigan's red zone already. And for some reason go Ferentz on it instead of going for it.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||I'm hoping they use NBA||
I'm hoping they use NBA coaches, or maybe even better, NBA assistants that have designs on being a head coach at some point.
Or use NCAA women's coaches for the men and vice versa.
|43 weeks 9 hours ago||The best thing you can say||
The best thing you can say for Goodell is that he hasn't crashed a plane with a perfect autopilot system into a goddamned mountain. That ain't saying much.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I am behind the players. The||
I am behind the players. The coaches, however, are highly paid employees who are fair game for our ire and speculation and whatnot.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Because if there's one group||
Because if there's one group that is well-known for not drinking, it's Irish Catholics.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||It's becoming more common as||
It's becoming more common as even in-state prices of state schools in some states in particular have really skyrocketed. A lot of those state schools have some guaranteed spots for transfers from specific CCs too.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||You may waffle at the price||
You may waffle at the price of the Thermapen. Suck it up and buy one. So much better than any other instant read thermometer, and it's not even close. Great even if you're not smoking stuff, I use it on roasts, on pork chops that I cook slowly in the oven then finish on a blazingly hot cast iron skillet, etc. No more guessing on the grill, you know exactly when to pull things off (I had become pretty good at the thumb test, but the thermapen leaves no doubt)
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Punt, you ignorant slut||
Punt, you ignorant slut
|44 weeks 4 days ago||That is amazing. If there was||
That is amazing. If there was a god, you would get so many upvotes that the Bolivianation of your points would be offset.
Also, I fully expect to see Ace, Mathlete, and everyone else on the site besides Brian use that when mentioning a nickleback.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||"Team’s I’m Buying and Selling"||
Well, he is The Mathlete and not The Grammarlete or The CorrectUsageOfApostropheslete after all
(seriously though, good stuff as always)
|45 weeks 4 hours ago||I think Miller being||
I think Miller being recruited under the zone-heavy Rodriguez staff also makes him a more plausible candidate this year than last year, with an OC that heavily uses inside zone now running the offensive show as opposed to last year's poo poo platter (yes, misspelling intentional) of an offense.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||We all need to remember that||
We all need to remember that those bulletproof recruiting classes, when he's had a full cycle to recruit, are only juniors and reshirt sophomores at the oldest this season. Even if you have decided Hoke isn't the long term answer, he hasn't been so obviously bad as to warrant getting rid of him before he's had a full opportunity to show what he can do with a full team of his recruiting classes (as opposed to, say, a Tyrone Willingham). We need to see what these offensive lines look like as upperclassmen. The defense sure looks like it's going to be there this year, now full of Hoke's guys. I feel like the offense could follow suit and be good enough to get back to a 10 or 11 win (or more) type season in 2015, but we can't be running for Ann Arbor Torch & Pitchfork this year. Hopefully people have finally learned that lesson.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Zero (game suspension)||
Zero (game suspension) Tolerance
|45 weeks 5 days ago||This is Bob Barker reminding||
This is Bob Barker reminding you to help control the douche population, have your Notre Dame grad hermeneutered?
|45 weeks 5 days ago||It probably has. Rafael||
It probably has. Rafael Palmeiro won a gold glove when he played about 20 games in the field and spent most of the season at DH, and that was voting done AFTER the season.
With two or three returning starters who were actually quite good potentially being beaten out for their jobs, you have to think the back 7 is going to be pretty damn good this year.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Of course Rosenberg likes||
Of course Rosenberg likes him, he's a "Michigan Man" who talks in cliches about toughness and smashmouth football, and he's not RichRod.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Barrett had the redshirt year||
Barrett had the redshirt year to study the playbook but with the injury he might have only slightly more reps than a true freshman. They're probably going to lose a couple of games as a result. Even in a Meyer offense there's still decisionmaking that you can't reproduce in film study.
Of course, by the last game of the season he'll have had plenty of reps (barring injury) or he'll have been bad enough that they've already made a switch.
|46 weeks 9 hours ago||Nope, there's a fund each||
Nope, there's a fund each school has (I forget what it's called) and they are allowed to use it on things like that. A&M used it to help convince a guy who might have left for the draft to stick around another year by covering a fat insurance policy on him.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Apparently she saw Michigan's||
Apparently she saw Michigan's dong forest and got the wrong idea on how to train.
|47 weeks 10 hours ago||As a Chicago resident I'll||
As a Chicago resident I'll enjoy going to the game, but to do this after season ticket renewals is pretty terrible form.
And with any luck the weather will be better than last year's February 7, when it was a balmy 4 degrees for the high and wind chills well below zero.
|47 weeks 10 hours ago||Hey now, Brian||
It's only 240 miles from Yost.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Lots of screens with guys||
Lots of screens with guys like Norfleet, Hayes and Canteen around doesn't bother me all that much, now that we have an offensive coordinator who will actually run the screen plays that make sense for that type of guy. 3-wides with the slot and Darboh or Chesson to one side as the blocking WR for a bubble, for example, seems like it would work pretty well.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||I will say this: Soldier||
I will say this: Soldier Field will be a much better place to watch an outdoor hockey game than Michigan Stadium or Spartan Stadium based on how the seating was built.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||The new fight song for that night:|
|47 weeks 4 days ago||I'm just glad this wasn't||
I'm just glad this wasn't asking creepy rapey fashion photographer Terry Richardson about our defense.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||It's actually based on your||
It's actually based on your internet provider having a deal with them. My internet isn't cool enough so despite having DirecTV, I do not get ESPN3.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Even if he's "just a shooter"||
Even if he's "just a shooter" and is a guy off the bench, that's a guy worth having around. And he's tall. And he's already played a year in a Beilein-influenced offense under one of Beilein's old assistants. And he'll have a year in a S&C program that has produced some pretty good results so far before he gets on the court.
I'm not seeing a ton of downside here. I mean, people freaked out over using a scholarship on Spike at the time and he's been a contributor to the team the last two years. Plus, unless this kid completely blows up (a good problem to have) we're going to have a 6'8"+ 3-bomber when he's 23, 24 years old because he took a prep year and is now redshirting due to the transfer.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||2001, first year of law||
2001, first year of law school, against Miami (Not That Miami).
It was Ben Roethlisberger's first college start, actually. You could see he was legit talent already, Michigan's D was all over him but he stood in pretty well, made some bad mistakes as freshmen are wont to do, but the arm and talent were obvious. There were a few "wait, this guy is a freshman at Miami?" type plays. And as he does in the NFL, he was taking an absolute beating out there and kept getting up.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||I guess Kaminski wasn't||
I guess Kaminski wasn't "taking care of his business" since that was mentioned (along with academics) the other two times he was suspended.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||Obviously Dombrowski was||
Obviously Dombrowski was joking around, but I not sure the entire A's farm system would be enough for the White Sox to trade Sale given his performance and contract.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Probably heresy to say it,||
Probably heresy to say it, but Verlander would make a nice setup/closer in the playoffs. Just let him rear back and fire for an inning or two. If he doesn't put it back together as a starter it might be a reasonable option.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Austin Jackson appears to be||
Austin Jackson appears to be part of the deal...
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Good thing they didn't try to||
Good thing they didn't try to acquire any bullpen help because apparently just putting on the Tigers uniform causes bullpen arms to burninate games
|48 weeks 5 days ago||that's another fake account||
that's another fake account
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Have to assume Castellanos||
Have to assume Castellanos and Smyly would be gone in a Price trade since the Tigers minor league system has pretty much nothing left in it, at least as far as anything good anywhere near the majors. Maybe Iglesias too.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||I believe last year's team||
I believe last year's team stunk because of Lewan about as much as I believe the Red Sox stunk this year because of AJ Pierzynski.
Which is to say, I don't believe it at all. Chemistry doesn't call plays, it doesn't cause guys to just completely fail at blocking, etc. There is chemistry involved in a good offensive line but it comes from playing together a lot and knowing what the other guys are going to do, not "man, that guy next to me is a dick, why don't I not block this guy and get my QB splattered"
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Cespedes is only signed||
Cespedes is only signed through next year and his reputation outstrips his production. They have so many platoon toys now, they're going to be a real pain in the ass. Start a righty and they send in their righty mashers. Start a lefty and you see the bulk of the lineup turn over. Even more so in the playoffs, when you can easily drop a pitcher or two from the roster given the days off that are involved and add some other specialists to the bench.
Lester/Spellcheck/Kazmir/Gray is a pretty solid playoff rotation.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||And if not their actual||
And if not their actual penis, then at least in their soul penis
|49 weeks 5 days ago||I might not be able to get to||
I might not be able to get to the powerpoint presentation due to work but post-powerpoint beers might be doable.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||DJ Gallo: The Ray Rice lesson||
DJ Gallo: The Ray Rice lesson is clear: If you're caught smoking weed, quickly tape the joint to a woman's face and punch it.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Eh, pretty much every year of||
Eh, pretty much every year of college was better than senior year of high school. Might be different for athletes, but then again, the NTDP guys aren't exactly having the typical high school experience either.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||MEAT FOR THE MEAT GODS||
MEAT FOR THE MEAT GODS
|52 weeks 4 hours ago||I've sat in the north end||
I've sat in the north end zone for all the Michigan games I've been to at Purdue due to going with alum relatives. The seats are fine, I had a great view of the hook-and-lateral play that beat us in '08 :(
|1 year 5 hours ago||There actually is a weight||
There actually is a weight limit for heavyweight wrestlers (285, was 275 until about 10 years ago), but I have to imagine it's pretty rare for any decent high school heavyweight to be cutting weight to get to the limit. You run into the limit when your a friggin' freak like Brock Lesnar, but I'm sure he wasn't up against the limit in high school either.
|1 year 5 days ago||The keeper is almost always||
The keeper is almost always the least of our problems. It's really the one spot on the field the US has truly produced world-class players. Timmy is great, but Guzan's no slouch himself, and surely others will show up as well.
|1 year 5 days ago||I'm gutted to have let down||
|1 year 1 week ago||Algeria has been playing||
Algeria has been playing fairly well. Nigeria not so much. But Germany is highly unlikely to lose at this stage. It's been forever since they've gone out before the quarterfinals, and this team looks strong.
|1 year 1 week ago||I suspect that while||
I suspect that while Zingermans is probably too expensive as you note, I think a fair number of athletes are actually around over the summer, working out, taking a class to reduce their load during the season, etc.;
|1 year 1 week ago||They have a ton of talent,||
They have a ton of talent, but they are very young (3rd youngest squad in the tournament). Their starters' ages, by formation, are
25-28-28-27 (the veteran part of the team)
And a striker who absolutely would be starting if he wasn't injured is also 23. I think part of their "loaded with talent but haven't looked like they put it together yet" is that so many of these guys are young enough that they just don't have the team reps with each other that some of the other squads have. They're already dark horse contenders. They're going to be one of the favorites at Euro 2016 and probably 2018 World Cup.
(By comparison, the US squad is:
|1 year 1 week ago||UMGC? You have to have at||
UMGC? You have to have at least one eligible person in your group (student, alum, fac/staff, and certain donor levels). Not completely public, although anyone can pay for a membership in the Trueblood Club and get access.
|1 year 1 week ago||I think even at the high||
I think even at the high level most guys are just trying to put it on goal, since that almost always results in a goal in that situation. Get too cute with it and missing the net entirely is a far greater sin. It was just bad luck that he ended up hitting it right into the defender on the goal line.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||And my every-four-year "wait,||
And my every-four-year "wait, why the hell isn't head to head result the first tiebreaker for a two-team tie" complaint finally finds the US on the possible wrong end of it.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Bedoya being the faster of||
Bedoya being the faster of the two and a better defensive player, I'd be surprised if he doesn't start. They can tell him to blow it out and not worry about trying to last all 90 even moreso than Iceman. By the time Zusi would come in to take Bedoya's spot, CR7 shouldn't be quite as zippy.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||The big problem||
Washington DC is all Federal.
Of course, FedEx Field itself is in Maryland so state protection could help them there, but stores in DC itself could sell without restriction.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||The next game is in a city in||
The next game is in a city in the Amazon jungle, so if heat and humidity was a problem it's not getting any better.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Correction: Hamstrings are||
Correction: Hamstrings are un-American.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Here's the thing: they're||
Here's the thing: they're doing everything on that right side, but until that very last play of the half Beasley was typically in good position and those crosses weren't easy to put on target, and the central guys were usually in good position to take care of business.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Brooks coming on for Besler||
Brooks coming on for Besler due to hamstring. I hate hamstrings.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||An elbow to the head like||
An elbow to the head like that should get you carded in most cases. Sometimes it is a straight red if you have a particularly sensitive ref.
It is utterly mindblowing that the guy wasn't booked for kicking Dempsey in the face though.