go go go
|6 hours 29 min ago||My bad --||
I was thinking of a recruit, Scout #21 and Rival #14 QB Weinke.
Weinke "played sparingly" and competed for punter his senior season at Iowa. I wonder if he would have done better with M starting in '08?
|6 hours 50 min ago||What if RR||
had taken that slant with D-Rob and Gardner?
Gardner, for one, would be a lot better off these days.
|7 hours 21 min ago||You||
should try it again now.
|7 hours 52 min ago||The folks who "blew up the fort"||
were the Lloyd's 5th-column spys who fed Michael Rosenberg the idea for his "do you have any idea what countable hours are" football-season-opening 2009 "stretchgate" "exposé."
I am ashamed to admit that, after seeing bitter denunciations on rival sites, I investigated a Brandon-suckhole Rosenberg piece at SI. I was prepared for sickness, but I was not prepared for the bitterness and sense of betrayal I felt when I read the first sentence of Rosenberg's as-always infantile and faithless text:
"This summer, I sat in Brady Hoke’s office to discuss the state of his Michigan football program."
IN JEST, I propose that this is a firing offense right there.
|8 hours 14 min ago||True Mallett.||
Nobody has brought up the transfers incident, though.
If RR had wanted to treat Hoke the way Lloyd treated him, he could have screwed us badly. Imagine DRob finishing up at Oregon, or wherever but here. The smoothness of the RR-Hoke transition, or for that matter, the Bump-Bo transition in '69, gives us an idea of the type of class and sense of responsibility to the program we were looking for from LLoyd in '07 after years of doing things the "Michigan Way."
The depth of the character he displayed at that point is indirectly (inversely?) measured by the depth of the shit we are in now.
|11 hours 38 min ago||The compendium of instances||
is nice to have in one place.
I'm not sure I follow your apparent central point:
I think not being "high-and-mighty" is good advice for anybody at any time.
Until you are more specific about how you mean it in regards to the Morris incident, though, it sounds like you are saying "Shut up about Morris because concussions just happen."
|12 hours 39 min ago||Thank you||
|12 hours 44 min ago||How do you really feel, Mrs. Canham?||
|12 hours 57 min ago||I'll think we'll be fine when Brandon leaves.||
But I've started distancing myself from appeals to authority through proverbs, as in "Look before you leap/He who hesitates is lost." In that vein, we have:
Death by a thousand cuts.
Chinese water torture.
Heat death of the universe.
|13 hours 15 min ago||"Or loyalty is more important than performance in Hoke's||
heirarchy of needs."
Change "Hoke" to "Brandon," and this exactly explains his hire in the first place.
I wonder if there is a recursive element to this institutional failure? It seems like a metaphor for the times.
|13 hours 31 min ago||From the outside looking in,||
these kids seem well-instructed (off the field, at least).
I don't know if this is a part of their instruction set, but they do seem to avoid any ringing endorsements.
Their performance is, I think, in its way, a Schlissel-level performance. I think they are getting an education of sorts.
|1 day 1 hour ago||The real opposite||
of love is apathy.
|1 day 11 hours ago||"was corrected pretty quickly."||
I have to differ on that. In fact, that's where the guts of the problem appear to be, although not just on Hoke.
Someone quoted Canham elsewhere on the board: "Never turn a one-day problem into a two-day problem." Or four- and counting.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Is that all you've got?||
|1 day 11 hours ago||"What did the President know, and when did he know it?"||
I believe that was Howard Baker's line.
|1 day 11 hours ago||As I hear it,||
they favor "guidelines" over enforceble rules. The critics say they try to keep things vague in order to minimize potential liability for the NCAA and member schools, and then just hope nothing horrible happens.
A successful lawsuit, of course, can change everything.
|1 day 11 hours ago||It's like -palooza.||
It's a form of metaphorical annointment of a scandal that has come of age. If you try to stop a natural human behavior lke this, it'll turn out like Prohibition.
But I don't think you should feel like you have to do it if you don't want to.
|1 day 11 hours ago||In the activist world,||
that's what we call "networking."
You can also call it "leveraging."
|1 day 12 hours ago||For starters,||
we need to go directly to the doctor's testimony.
|1 day 17 hours ago||That's what I always thought.||
One of the recent articles on the Morris "incident" appeared to reverse the timing, as per OP, so I looked it up.
According to an AnnArbor.com article, of January 5, 2010, Brandon served as Chairman and CEO of Domino's up until he was appointed AD on that date; he continues to be connected with Dominos per WIKI. A WaPo article of January 13, 2010 (Wednesday) states that the mea culpa campaign started "this week." It appears he must have been the one behind it, although the timing furnishes the OP and others an attractive narrative.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Seems like old times . . .|
|2 days 1 hour ago||Captioned incorrectly.||
Should be "Do not want."
|2 days 5 hours ago||"Michigan"||
has an "i," or, technically, two.
Do you mean "exactly one 'i?'"
|2 days 5 hours ago||I'll||
walk to Ann Arbor.
To be fair, the last time I was in Ann Arbor, I always got picked last on every team.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Same is true||
for the un-named predecessor as well.
I've always wondered. Does "predecessor" mean "one who died before you," or am I misreading the etymology?
|2 days 5 hours ago||Too much going on right now.||
Time to forfeit.
We'll make it up to you later, somehow, Rutgers.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Morris||
was visibly wobbly after a severe head shot.
If Hoke isn't up to it, SOMEONE needs to intervene and get him off the field for a timely evaluation.
If Hoke has no recollection of a conversation with anyone about a evaluation, then it means that no-one intervened on Morris' behalf in a situation that clearly warranted it.
If this is the way it is everywhere, then CFB is extremely lucky not to have been sued into oblivion by now.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I know this isn't the main point,||
but doesn't this mess seriously with one of either UConn or Boston College?
I suppose our desperation outweighs anything that may happen to them, but . . . .
|2 days 6 hours ago||Not to be pedantic,||
but I think that is him famously vandalizing a cease-and-desist order from Subway after he had MicroSoft-Windowed one of their sub recipes.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Sorry to switch cultural references||
in the middle of a metaphor, but
when do we get back control of our TV sets?
|3 days 2 hours ago||Hoke||
stole the thunder.
|3 days 2 hours ago||There was||
the Urban-Tebow incident a few years back, and there was another during a M-ND game a couple years back. There was a noise, and then it went away; life went on.
But, as a general rule, I don't think it is possible for shit this egregious to happen on a team well-coached enough to be undefeated in the first place. There is simply no way this discussion could be taking place if the coaching was competent enough to meet the proviso for your argument.
This has now gone from being toxic to M football to being a threat to the safety of the players in the program. It is time to stop the devolutionary carnage.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Heaven forgive me for saying this.||
Maybe this will get the NCAA involved. Maybe this will insure that DB doesn't ride this one out.
|3 days 2 hours ago||You might want to move||
to Western Ohio; it is a more solid OSU environment.
|3 days 3 hours ago||"Jump down Hoke's throat"||
is a vague formulation somewhat on the safe side.
For comparison, I'm pretty sure we "jumped down Hoke's throat" last year after 27-for-27 at PSU; this is clearly a different category of complaint.
I'm sure there will be more as this developes.
|3 days 10 hours ago||I think||
that's skirting the "no politics" rule.
|3 days 10 hours ago||"And DB will be dismissed before the end of the year."||
I guess that's worth posting twice.
Your word in God's ear.
|3 days 10 hours ago||By "glasses," do you mean||
|3 days 11 hours ago||If you don't mind||
Firefox(R) freezing your computer, use it with Ad-Block Plus.
I haven't seen a You-Tube ad in ages.
On the other hand, I have to turn off the power at the power strip every 20 minutes to regain control of the computer (OS[u]X).
|3 days 11 hours ago||I think||
by then we will have had a complete heat death of the universe, if Hoke and Brandon are still here.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Whoops.||
Nor am I.
|3 days 12 hours ago||"I know things were awful under RR,"||
but not in this way.
RR sat Hagelin against OSU for the sake of team discipline, and avoided burning Devin Gardner's redshirt even as his job was on the line.
We still don't know what RR's role in the Gibbons fiasco was, but does anybody think that in 2009 Gibbons was such a prize that a coach would twist rules for the sake of having access to his proven skills?
|3 days 12 hours ago||Kipke||
led M to to consecutive MNCs early in his career, then to the (T-) worst season in M history in 1934 (Gerald Ford's team). (I'm sorry, but for the mathematically challenged among you, 1-7 is worse than 3-9.)
That year, the student body was wrent down the middle when M pulled its black players from a home game (A - 20,901) to meet the demands of visiting Ga. Tech. (Gerald Ford had to be talked out of boycotting that game.) This was M's sole victory that year.
Kipke tied his 1934 mark two years later. He was back up to .500 by the time he was fired for violating Big Ten rules and possibly for cavorting with gangsters themselves associated with Henry Ford and his violent suppression of labor unionism.
|3 days 13 hours ago||"You're."||
I know times are intense, but this is still Michigan.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Their site||
is advertising 5 home games for $72.
|3 days 23 hours ago||I think||
there's too much circumstantial evidence that Lloyd was behind pulling down the program starting with the coaching search in '07.
I don't want him put in a position where he can reprise his role in first getting RR hired, and then sabotaging him.
|4 days 9 min ago||Yes.||
Yes. Yes. Please yes.
|4 days 38 min ago||Couldn't resist.|
|4 days 42 min ago||Nice||
to see you 'round these parts.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Brandon||
CANNOT be around for the next coach search.
Schlissel is going to have to get involved.
|4 days 1 hour ago||I sort of like||
Nebraska and Penn State.
|4 days 1 hour ago||At last||
someone is asking the right questions.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Goes back further than that.||
If rumors posted elsewhere here are halfway correct, Lloyd told Bill Martin not to get Miles, and then Brandon didn't want a coach who would overshadow him and didn't approach Miles or Harbaugh in any serious way.
Since then, RR was fine at UWV and, depending on the outcome of tonight's game at Oregon, good or very good at Arizona despite looking a fool here.
Shafer did better after leaving here.
Gerg didn't appear hopeless when brought in as DC at Texas after the UM debacle.
Gibson doesn't appear hopeless at Arizona.
And actually, Hoke seemed to be getting better at SDSU.
Look at the waste of 5*s here.
It's a pit. Some of the problems must be hidden. It's hard to take pride in anything around the football program these days.
|4 days 2 hours ago||How did this staff||
beat Nebraska 41-17 in 2011?
Hoke seemed so focused back then. I can't believe it's the same guy.
BTW. F*** D. Brandon. He needs to go first.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Actually,||
we have the talent.
But it is hard to tell.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Beat me to it.||
You, and three "502 Gateways."
|4 days 2 hours ago||The problem is||
that, for football purposes, "Michigan Man" is being defined by the mental and moral midgets that inflicted the last 7 years of misery on us.
Before we look for another "Michigan Man," we need to rid ourselves of the self-styled "Michigan Men."
|4 days 2 hours ago||"Should demand that Dave Brandon personally calls"||
from his new job scrubbing toilets at Domino's.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Whew.||
That was a close one.
|4 days 2 hours ago||This has to be||
a really pleasing win for the Gophers.
|4 days 2 hours ago||ND||
tried a similar move with Gerry Faust.
BTW, wouldn't it be nice to be good enough to say "We have become ND?"
|4 days 3 hours ago||Sort of||
Certainly Brandon and Hoke both have to go, at this point.
And if rumors are correct, once this is accomplished, we can now have nice things that have been denied to us since '08.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Sort of||
Certainly Brandon and Hoke both have to go, at this point.
And if rumors are correct, once this is accomplished, we can now have nice things that have been denied to us since '08.
|4 days 3 hours ago||"Rage or ennui? Who gives a fuck!"||
Actually, that is modelling ennui.
|4 days 3 hours ago||I like the verb||
You need a functioning AD to "kiffin."
First we need to "kiffen" the AD.
Schlissel, are you getting any of this?
|4 days 3 hours ago||David Brandon||
needs to go first.
He should not be allowed another opportunity to further annihilate the culture and tradition of 130 years of Michigan football.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Rumor has it||
that Lloyd's behind-the-scenes perfidy is why we don't already have Miles or Harbaugh (I have mixed feelings about this one, but anyway)as of '08 or at least '11, and part of why the RR regime crashed and burned.
I hope that when Brandon and Hoke are swept out the door, that there is a gracious way to get this inscrutable saboteur out the door as well.
|5 days 6 hours ago||I don't think||
Brandon sees a low profile for an AD as a virtue to be cultivated.
I wonder how this will all play out for his gubernatorial ambitions?
|5 days 6 hours ago||I wonder||
if Popular Mechanics will have instructions on how to Fix It?
Although, hopefully not in the manner of Jimmy Saville. (Speaking of Penn State.)
|5 days 6 hours ago||I think||
an article on the Pravda.ru English site would be a powerful acknowledgement of Brandon's success in creating "buzz" around the program.
Is it possible that Brandon was actually referring to the sound made by flies feasting on dead flesh?
|5 days 6 hours ago||How about||
a dramatic re-enactment, with extra Wow Factor, of the Decline and Fall of David Brandon?
|5 days 6 hours ago||It is the insight||
that a reading audience half as big as that of Ladies' Home Journal now knows what a headache Brandon is to us.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Not yet --||
Before you go, don't you want to see a post I found ripping us on 11 Warriors Tuesday?
|5 days 6 hours ago||Reading comprehension problems||
are a form of denial.
These are people who want to believe that if you just give them time, Brandon and Hoke will deliver an MNC in year (whatever year it is + 2).
|5 days 7 hours ago||While we're||
redesigning the NCAA, can we shitcan the 19th-century elitist BS about "amateurism" as well?
If I pursue a music degree under scholarship, I still get to play payed gigs while I'm not in class. What the fuck business is it of the NCAA what a guy does while he's not in class or at practice?
I know this isn't happening, but all this hypocrisy annoys me.
|5 days 7 hours ago||So||
if you go 11-2 against a cupcake schedule you are an elite team, and if you go 2-11 against an elite schedule, you are still an elite team?
If you had tried that same argument 4 years ago in behalf of RR getting a fourth year, the reaction wouldn't have been pretty.
|1 week 3 days ago||We can compare||
performances against Utah on November 22.
|1 week 3 days ago||In all likelihood,|
|1 week 3 days ago||The folks at MiniTrue||
are all over it by now.
A screenshot is preserved at CollegeSpun.
|1 week 3 days ago||Coming from "UMForLife,"||
that is a funny comment.
|1 week 3 days ago||Although||
Lloyd might still do it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Most of the "breakdowns"||
in our much-maligned RR-era defense started with his vaunted O handing the ball over to quality opponents on the M side of the field and generally just not keeping up, or frequently, against opponents like MSU/'10 or Wiscy/'10, just never really showing up at all.
I say this as one of those people who thought ditching RR after three years would only consolidate our progress toward becoming the tire fire ND was for 20 years before hiring Kelley. Hope I'm wrong, but it is six years and counting.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||There is something unsettling||
about weaving dreams out of reports that Harbaugh isn't getting along with his players. It seems like a first step in the wrong direction.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Poz||
for Groucho Marx reference.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Makes me||
want to punch a dolphin.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Last night's game||
just didn't put me in the mood.
Besides which, I watched it at a night club, and I don't think the employees and other patrons would have stood for it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You have||
to HEAR it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"You're Fired (tm)."||
How about making a reality show out of M's next AD and football HC hires? I'll bet they would make great TV; if life hands you lemons . . . .
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I never liked the idea||
of un-retiring numbers after 70 years in the first place.
It seems to defeat the point of retiring them.
What's wrong with letting an outstanding player newly immortalize whatever number they happen to be wearing?
That said, let's not do anything with numbers already in play this year; 37-0 is enough of a psychological hurdle to get over.
But this business of not being able to tell any more if a retired number is retired or not just shows that David Brandon doesn't get it, doesn't understand the tradition and isn't a real Michigan man (ducks).
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I bet I could;||
but if I try, it hurts.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I like wanking||
to the '95 and '96 OSU games, myself.
I can't do it for too long, though, because the computer starts to look like a freshly-toasted Pop Tart and I can't see the game.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That is very Zen.||
Or fucked-up; I don't know which.
I don't know if it matters which it is.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well,||
can we spread the UFR over 50 days?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Tsar Bomba,||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||After the jabs at Hart in '07,||
it hurts to say this, but how about Dantonio AND Narduzzi?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I must have asked this before,||
but how do you steal a firepit?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Sarcasm||
doesn't seem to work as well these days, although it has always been a calculated risk.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Always wait 4 hours||
after sustaining blunt force trauma before trying to extrapolate the future.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Except||
for identifiable individual failures, the o-line seemed actually not hopeless.
I was actually at a loss to understand how we went down 37-0.
I have to go away now and let this sink in.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Poz||
for Highway 61 Revisited reference.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I will||
PLUCK YOUR BEAK!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I think "Counterpunt"||
is obligated to contradict "Punt." It's like a class debate.
I'm sure Heiko doesn't believe a word of what he said; he's just making a convincing argument for the improbable.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"Alouette"||
is also a word for "small lark," as in the eponymous children's song ("Je te plumerais").
I learned the words to the song at Thurston elementary ca. 1967, which was also the year of Expo '67 in Montreal. Based on this slim evidence, I'm going to venture that "alouette" was a lyric in a francophone children's song before it was the name of a creamy cheese spread in Montreal, but I welcome better-informed observations.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Ditto||
for the beginning of the AstroTurf era, 1969.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I agreed with him||
for the most part RE Michael Rosenberg, but I'm not sure he ever made the distinction between an educational institution administrative action and a criminal proceeding.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I make my excuse for a living||
with my fingers, so I had to say something --
I've heard too many horror stories to EVER stick my fingers inside a blender while it is still plugged in. Better to damage the blender or a spoon than to accomplish a digitectomy.
That aside, Bravo.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I still||
don't quite see Michigan going undefeated.
As Teddy Kennedy used to say, we'll drive off that bridge when we get to it. (National Lampoon joke; I'm not expressing any partisan affiliation beyond that for Michigan.)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"Accept"||
is spelled correctly.
When referring to someone else's usage of it, you should probably wrap it in quotation marks.
I would only call it "accurate" if it was functioning as an adjective.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||This is where||
I learn all my current events.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yup.||
It's especially satisfying to see other comedy professionals thoroughly annihilated by a performance like this one.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||And if||
you're T Rex or Bing Crosby, don't sing with David Bowie.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Now that's||
a long-ago reference. I am intrigued to see how anyone under 50+ dug that one up.
FWIW, that's about the last thing he said before pardoning Nixon.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||"Smart Football on the MSU defense||
is going to be worth your time."
If nothing else, for this stroll down UM memory lane:
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I||
had to google.
FWIW, via VMI; we have the following:
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Either||
the sarcasm has developed to a razor-sharp level of dryness and subtlety beyond my level of comprehension this year, or a tendency toward naive literalism has abolished sensitivity to sarcasm from the comment section.
Just in case, I'm keeping my smart remarks in the quiver until we see how this year's comment sections shake out.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Horford?||
Is that you?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I was||
pleased when Delaney brought Nebraska into the conference, then we found out it meant having OSU in a different division.
Finally we got that worked out, but it means playing Rutgers and MD regularly at the cost of historical rivals going back to the WWI era, as well as any potential improvements to the schedule like Nebraska. It is sort of difficult to keep a straight face when calling the result a "schedule."
By now, it seems that it is not just Brandon, but the B1G and CFB as a whole that is hell-bent on driving its historic fan-base out the door in its indecent haste to cash in on TV revenue. It's getting harder to maintain anywhere near the old enthusiam for a system being mined and gutted by a bunch of jerks.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I had||
AT&T land-line service. Their work crews cut my service unintentionally more than once while screwing around with the box at the end of the street, and it was unholy hell to ever get AT&T off their asses to ever fix what they had messed up. It always took a minimum of 10 days to get service restored after they fucked it up, and they stonewalled the whole way. I got rid of them, but I probably have to look forward to seeing them in Hell.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||"Catch"||
First of all, objectifies the person you are referring to as a "catch," making them sound like a particularly large tuna you caught on a fishing trip.
Second of all, implies that you "caught" more than you really deserve to have, which implies that, unless you keep them drugged and tied up in the basement, you are likely to lose them, or at least find them all eaten up by the time you drag them back to harbor tied to the side of the boat because they are too big to haul into the boat.
Furthermore, I don't understand why ending a marriage at age 22 is worse than ending one at 23, 24 . . . , 109, 110, or whatever other age 50% or more of marriages end in the US. And I really don't care what they do, and I certainly don't consider myself better than they are.
Perhaps this argument is about whether people who remain entangled in a horrible marriage that they are capable of leaving should get a medal for refusing to admit they fucked up. I think they deserve a divorce just like anyone else. Or maybe those happily married folk deserve a medal for lucking out. In this case, certainly virtue is its own reward.
I only really responded to see how narrow the box will get. Anybody know where to go to discuss the NCAA commitment/recruitment system?
|18 weeks 6 days ago||If this||
is what the NCAA does when it's not scheming to deny medical care to people seriously injured while playing revenue sports, it's time to put it out of everyone else's misery.
|19 weeks 4 hours ago||I didn't realize||
Zyzzyballubah was the name of the terrifying levitating fireball head thing from Wizard of Oz.
He actually seems pretty mellow when you get close to him. Intimidating visitors to the Wizard of Oz must have been a shitty job for him.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Isn't a "firepit"||
a hole in the ground where you have fires?
How do you steal a firepit?
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Well, if it helps,||
there's also that "eye of the needle" quotation.
Some folks have tried to grapple with it, BTW, as follows:
Others cite OT passages to suggest a simple case of Hebrew/Aramaic hyperbole. More on this: http://www.biblicalhebrew.com/nt/camelneedle.htm .
|21 weeks 6 days ago||"The fact that||
This is if, by "this," you mean the social biases and parochial interests of the school.
Or maybe you think the troublemakers and busybodies should have left PSU to sort out Jerry Sandusky on its own. After all, the school is always right.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Now that you bring it up,||
Hand didn't commit to OSU.
Maybe we can get Jordan Morgan to talk to recruits about the UM engineering dept.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Better||
fake and only relative than a totalitarian mandate of fakeness.
Or do you believe might makes right?
|25 weeks 3 days ago||FWIW,||
I'm pretty certain this is not "OT."
This is cherry-picking, but I think Hoke is down a point in the soundbite wars with our southern rivals, to wit:
If there exists a level of program-building that goes beyond recruiting and developing players and waiting for them to mature, ie, building relationships with the fan base, it could well be that the bad guys are doing this better than ours are.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||That was posted on||
April Fools', wasn't it? I'm still not sure if that was for real.
Also, while we're early in the usage development cycle, I'm wondering if the gerund "apostrophe-s'ing" shouldn't actually be spelled ""'s"-ing." (The Chicago style use of quotation marks makes that more confusing than I thought it would be. I'm also wondering, should a literal including double quotation marks be inside single quotation marks or doubles?)
|25 weeks 6 days ago||This also from the article:||
So who knows what to believe.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||"Whitlock:||
I get a déjà vu feeling seeing this. IF this is true, there is an earlier similar.
When Hoke came here in '11, part of his narrative was the lesson he learned from the first two losses of the '98 season to the returning '97 1/2 MNC team. He said this was on him, because he had taken the '97 success for granted, and neglected DL basics. From what I think is a more recent source (
This story is nothing new; he made no bones about it when he came here in '11. The disarming honesty was a part of his charm.
I'm no hater; if his UM team kicks ass in 2014, none will be happier than I. In Hoke we Hope; In Nuss we Trus'.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||I thought||
the maligned D of '10 was made to look worse by problems on O -- turnovers in the wrong red zone, scoring droughts, etc.
|26 weeks 1 hour ago||It's all about punctuation.||
Saban actually said
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||So||
they're talking about their home schedule.
Edit: I wouldn't capitalize "Tide" in that quotation after 2012.
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||"Their country . . .||
I think they are 40 years behind the Oakland Raiders, if Vera Cruz is any indication.
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||For Texas,||
Tijuana makes more sense.
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||I want to hear him say||
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||"cross-marketing"||
You mean "cross-dress marketing."
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||This will help||
with recruiting in Arabia.
When's the last time anybody played Toronto?
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||This is Michigan.||
We don't get sad.
We get fatalistic.
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||Is that||
supposed to cheer me up?
|26 weeks 2 hours ago||Just what . . .|
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||"At least||
we're beating ND most years, even though, over-all, we're doing worse than they are."
Doesn't work as a sound-bite. Damn nuance.
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||"This century."||
Now you're being theatrical.
"This century," ie, since 1914, UM has been in and out of the Western Conference (aka b1g), built the largest stadium in CFB, invented the iconic winged helmet, and opened a huge lead in the all-time series v. OSU, Michigan Agricultural (aka MSU) and ND, while our biggest rival, U-Chichago, has vanished. All this while weathering a much bigger funk v. MSU from ca. 1951-1969.
If "this century" is bumming you, consider a switch to the Mosaic Calendar.
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||I was||
a pep-band scab (UM dragooned the pep band from Ga. State University for the first weekend at the OMNI in Atlanta) for UM that year. My first Dead concert was 6-20-92 at RFK. Even spread out over 3 years, that was a special run of goodness.
I think you should drop the "OT"; this sounds very "T" to me.
|26 weeks 20 hours ago||Haven't seen this clip||
I was going to respond with an imbed of a 50-second YouTube football clip from the 1970 film MASH, but it "contains content from FOX, who has blocked it on copyright grounds."
|26 weeks 23 hours ago||Got me to looking||
and M came in at #44 last year. 2006 M was #7, and 2007 M was #21 while Florida was #10 after getting pushed around in the Cap-One Bowl. This makes me somewhat dubious of the Sagarin ranking.
Hopefully there is a Nuss effect and we don't go back to biting fingernails when playing supposed tomato cans.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||That's||
|26 weeks 1 day ago||U-Ga||
is in the Braves market area (Atlanta-Athens).
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Didn't we say that||
|26 weeks 1 day ago||But how can||
EVERYONE schedule someone 10 times worse than they are?
|26 weeks 1 day ago||That's||
a conference game. They made us do it. Blame Delaney.
And lets wait til after Appy II before we start calling it a mismatch.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||And||
Appy State with Alabama. What could go wrong?
80's -- I wouldn't mind the 1980s over again. But no more losses to teams from states beginning with "I."
|26 weeks 2 days ago||The defense||
succeeded in making a lot of stops also; I don't know that a different approach would have "netted" out any better.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I may have caused that.||
During that Lou Holtz stretch, I kept saying "PLEASE all I care about is beat that damn team once," and now we are reaping the whirlwind.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I AM! I AM!||
I was just contemplating 3-pointers for a minute there, is all.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not||
bixing about the OSU game.
Except maybe in the way of the old viola teacher I heard about.
He stopped his student after a mistake 6 times in mid-bow stroke with a slap across the chops.
The 7th time, the student performed flawlessly. The teacher slapped him again and said "Why didn't you do that the first time?"
|26 weeks 2 days ago||. . ,||
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I had a feeling||
the OL was underperforming last year, and that the overall design of the offense was a factor.
I, too, am willing to hold out a hope for a dramatic improvement in the OL in the same category as the improvement in the D the first year under Mattison.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||"Ring-around-the-rosie,"||
as in the old nursery rhyme, is an early symptom leading to the eventual buboes that characterize the black plague.
I hope our line play next year is better than the black plague.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||It||
seems I'm never completely happy about reffing, and then there's all the bixing about reffing I hear from people on all sides, game in and game out. This is a field of endeavor in which I don't know whether to believe my lieing eyes or not.
Could reffing possibly be as bad as people say it is year in and year out without affecting the integrity of the game?
I always feel partly like a fool to give in to caring about the outcome of a form of sports in which refs play such a major role, but then M starts to put something together and I get caught up in it year after year.
The indefinably elastic role refs play in the whole bit makes the outcomes seem almost dreamlike and surreal to me. The only part of it that seems for real is the fact that people on both sides of almost every game will be railing about the distortion of the natural outcome of the game by reffing perfidy.
After Tennessee, I went to some Tennessee blogs on a schadenfreude safari. It came as an initial surprise to me that they thought refs had ruined the game for them. There was rueful embarrasment over the out-of-bounds call, which they considered payback for a full first half of reffing bias and stupidity. There was unanimous outrage over J-Mo drawing the charging foul. After reading all this, I decided to take a step back from the narrative of dirty teams gaming the system by building their gameplan around copious fouling and getting away with it, because it appears that no one is ever happy about the refs, myself included.
For the time being, I'm considering this an existential and not an institutional problem.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||"3"||
is a fickle mistress.
Even with all the endless discussion about foul no-calls included, M wins, regardless, when the 3s sink.
After the MSU conference playoff game, it was suggested that grueling schedules and tired legs work against teams that rely on jumpers and 3s. Do we suspect tiredness, or is the "3" just an unpredictable phenomenon?
|26 weeks 2 days ago||They got there||
the honest way, kvetching about reffing aside.
Unless your idea is to expand to a series at each level by restricting the size of the initial field, I don't know what more reliable method exists.
This has all been argued before, but if the proof of what the "best" team isn't which one wins when given the chance, then what does "best team" mean anyway, and how is it evaluated?
If we make the evaluation of the "best team" strictly a virtual exercise for pundits, then maybe we can realize the dream of finally matching up '72 UCLA v. '76 Indiana, and so on.
But I like the conceptual simplicity of actually having the teams play against one another.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Too||
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Technically,||
it was seven days or so ago, wasn't it?
|26 weeks 3 days ago||It's||
that thing that melted and sent the Challenger into Biscayne Bay or somewhere around there.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Well||
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Taking a step back||
I have to say that I was speaking from what I would call the common wisdom that real food quality regulation is possible or meaningfully exists; what you are pointing out is that the scale of industry practices is far beyond the point that meaningful regulation is politically and economically, or perhaps even physically, possible.
I suppose my real kvetch is that the illusion of regulation is more-or-less maintained while the reality is, plainly, nonexistent. I would be better off commenting on the political economy of pet food, where I have made at least a slight effort to be informed. In this case, I have come to realize that, after arrogating to themselves the role of licensing and regulation, many state governments have promptly delegated that responsibility to advocacy entities for industries that they are supposed to be regulating. Consequently, industrial perogatives acquire the force of law. The most flagrant example of this, off the top of my head, is the not-yet legally mandated AVMA raw-food policy which becomes the source of speaking points for every vet licensed through a system essentially managed by the AVMA. This policy is written not by dieticians or even vets, but by people whose expertise is marketing and whose loyalty is to corporations who are locked into a symbiotic economic relationship both with the finances of the AVMA and with the business model of most AVMA-schooled vets. Pets and pet-owners have no dedicated advocates inside this system. My inherent naivety requires me to be constantly shocked at the pervasive self-misrepresentation (unconscious or otherwise) of all the players in this system.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Thankey.||
YouTube search in progress.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I know him mostly||
from his work with "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" (10 minute snippet/NSFW thanks to Jim Jeffries):
Who's the bloke on the left?
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Heute Indianopolis,||
morgen die Welt.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Chemistry teacher||
didn't like it when I did that in the stock room.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||A 3||
would have still won it.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||FG kick||
in Ohio Stadium, '74, or 4th-and-goal, same venue, '72.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Subs too.||
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Speaking||
of "Win the Game," McGary was dressed out. Does this mean that sometime soon . . .
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Is that||
British comedian Bill Bailey on the viewer's right?
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Still working on||
the "moved on" part.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Alright, Brutus,||
where did he touch you?
|26 weeks 6 days ago||The road||
from Avondale Pizza Café to Carnegie Hall is a long one; the musicians might actually chuckle before rattling the nickels in their tip jar in your face.
But I chose wrongly; this was not the analogy I truly sought.
I would like instead to reference the Bachelor's in Music that Booker T. Jones earned at Indiana University while playing trombone in the IU student orchestra at the same time that he and the MGs and the other musicians at Stax churned out backing tracks to hundreds of commercial recordings in the mid- to late-60s.
For the sake of argument, let us hypothesize that this already household-name musician enjoyed the benefit of a scholarship from IU in order to pursue and complete his degree there.
Were there such a governing body as the NCAA presiding over the world of students on music scholarships as there is for "scholar-athletes":
He would have been denied "eligibility" to perform in a student ensemble at IU on account of his many paid outings in the Memphis music scene during his high-school years;
He would furthermore be ineligible on account of the many commercial recordings he had made to the date of his admission to school;
He would have been prohibited from any professional engagements during the term of his involvement in the IU orchestra. This would have denied the world, among other things, of his contributions not just playing on but producing Albert King's album Born Under a Bad Sign. (He commuted back to Memphis on weekends to keep up his work at Stax.)
The parallels fail at some point -- the IU orchestra was not a financial powerhouse producing $150 million in revenues off the efforts of its scholarship students, for one.
But I just don't see any aspect of the NCAA's artificial legal construct of the "scholar-athlete" that doesn't offend market economics as well as simple fairness.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Bitcoins?||
You mean MgoPoints?
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Actually,||
the cheap shot was intended for the reasoning process that goes "We better maintain a plainly hypocritical system of organizing college sports because if we try to redress its transparent shortcomings who knows what might happen."
I chose the FDA out of the blue (not our blue) as an agency that I WISH would be more anally retentive about exercising its regulatory powers.
With some trepidation at sidetracking the discussion, a quick search digs up an admittedly advocacy sight,
with the following general comments easily confirmable at multiple other sources (ie, this isn't the first time I've encountered the following):
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Vasectomy||
preserves the possibility of using them later.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||imbalance caused by imbalance.||
The NCAA's insistance on the pose of amateurism -- denying "scholar athletes" the right to profit from their talents and labors from any source while locked into the scholarship situation -- is a legal and economic anomaly that was bound to go the way of Olympic amateurism. The NCAA turned "amateurism" into a hypocritical farce, and so, in our fairly regimented and hierarchal economic system, the next place for "student-athletes" to go in our social model is "employee" status in order to acquire some semblance of economic and civil rights.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Analogy:||
try telling a musician at a nightclub gig that they should be happy to play for free since they are doing something they love and the nightclub is providing them an audience.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||There has always been||
a tension between the school-spirit aspect of sports and the opportunity that this created for commodification and monetization. Fielding Yost epitomizes both sides of this duality and Michigan Stadium, built in 1929, is a monument to it.
The NCAA was all about an iron-fisted standard of late-nineteenth century poses of amateurism for the "scholar athlete" while encouraging third-world style kleptocratic profiteering in every other aspect of the business of college sports. The pretence of purity has collapsed under the accumulated weight of decades of profiteering cynicism (bowl system, etc.). Things won't go on the same way.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I wish the FDA||
had the same level of concern for unknowable outcomes as do college sports fans. There, I would consider it well-placed. Here, not so much. The NCAA has had 50 years to address the aspects of college sports that infuriate people, and it has done nothing. Time to reap the whirlwind.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||If||
M went 2-7, let's say (1962 record) for eight years in a row, I don't know if I would follow M with the same voracity. It's not JUST the name, but some kind of success associated with the name, as well.
I do turn on Pats because of Brady, but that's because of Brady coming from M, and a history of success.
M with shitty players probably wouldn't be the same M; the players do matter.
I agree on players selling their likeness -- and the NCAA says it thinks this will sully the purity of amateur sports. Excuse me while I look for a barf bucket.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Not so fast--||
Although, to be fair, they are probably all actual "scholar-athletes."
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I pictured||
a surf'n'turf with a T-bone and maybe a 3-lb blackened Manta Ray on the side.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Until now,||
it had never crossed my mind. But now that you mention it . . .
Well, this (NSFW) is like a cross between the sex scene from Team America done with less talented and less attractive action figures, and the voice-over from an old SNL "Mr. Bill" skit from the '70's (for which, see below):
|27 weeks 20 min ago||Linkified:||
To my weak eyes, "KenPom" always looks like "Kenporn."
|27 weeks 26 min ago||Maybe||
|27 weeks 28 min ago||I confess||
I googled your comment and I still have no clue where it comes from, although I have seen the odd Gary Busey movie. I have to conclude your comment is a work of genius.
|27 weeks 34 min ago||It's like calling someone||
"perfessor." More ironic than anything else.
I like to gratify my ego by acting more humble and more tolerant of human weakness than anybody else. Consequently, the only way to really one-up me is with something like "I'm not as smart or enlightened as you are, but . . . ." This makes even getting thoroughly pwned somewhat agreeable.
|27 weeks 1 hour ago||Then||
it's like a four- or five-year internship where only ca. < one in a hundred ever actually gets a paying job directly related to the field of expertise involved in the internship.
I still don't think anyone would find this attractive anywhere outside the artificial legal world of the NCAA.
|27 weeks 1 hour ago||Have we forgotten||
|27 weeks 4 hours ago||Big||
|27 weeks 4 hours ago||This post shows,||
as anyone who has watched college sports over the last 40 years might suspect, that it isn't easy to keep the $$ out.
|27 weeks 5 hours ago||We can't all be Gary Busey,||
but Horford is closer than most.
|27 weeks 5 hours ago||Petition==>collective action.||