Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
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|1 day 7 hours ago||That's true...||
The majority of his problems could stem from the fact that he had much bigger guys defending him which made driving to the basket difficult while also making playing outside easier. Hopefully that's the reason he looked so reluctant to try and do anything other than shoot the ball.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Really||
I don't follow NBA enough to know anymore but is 6'7" that small for a 3? Also, I thought shooting was about the only thing GRIII has done well to this point. I think he needs to learn how to aggressively drive to the basket and create off the dribble.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Dude....||
I'm no expert as I hate the NBA, but don't they now allow zone defences? I mean, I know they changed the rule to allow it in the early to mid 2000's but the way they change rules now a days they could have reverted back after I stopped caring enough to follow suck things.
|2 days 48 min ago||I misunderstood what you meant...||
I completely misunderstood what you meant I guess because I would agree that a coach shouldn't have to worry as much about his words as most here think. Having said that, this is a pretty high profile job and part of it is public relations.
Personally I have never had an issue with how BH sounds in interviews and I also don't giver much of a shite what he said in this instance. My point was a coach does have a lot more responsibilities than just coaching which you seem to agree with so essentially...we agre on all counts I guess.
|2 days 54 min ago||Sorry||
I apologize and for the record, don't hate Borges or Hoke, but I do hate the offense of 2013. You can dislike the product on the field without hating the coaches for the record...at least I can.
Now, back to the apology. I honestly have never heard the term "gentleman c" and had no idea it meant you weren't really giving them the c. C is what I would consider average and thus my statement but since that isn't what you meant I take that back.
I would also say though, that I don't really think the better play on offense in the OSU and KSU games were really down to improved line play so much as improved play calling. I thinik Borges finally admitted to himself that the line couldn't block and called plays to mitigate that conclusion.
Again, I'm not saying that individually each one of them didn't improve over the course of the year because honestly, I don't know enough about those things to make a judgement,. But from a viewers perspective, as a unit they didn't seem any better to me from the first game to the game prior to OSU. And OSU and KSU were such a shift in playcalling IMHE, it's hard to say the increase in production was because of better blockiing or better playcalling but for me, it was the latter.
|2 days 7 hours ago||What!||
You think they were a C in the BWWB? Wow.you must have low standards. To me, a C implies average and what I saw in that game (and the entire season) was far from that. The reason things didn't look quite so bad was that Borges finally realised they couldn't block so he came up with a game plan that pretty much revolved around short quick passes and next to no running. Dude, each individual on that lilne may have improved over the course of the year and probably as a unit the improved incrementally as well, but there is no way I would consider them average. I mean look at the stats....we were like dead last in things like run for a loss and sacks and stuff like that. I'm in shock that someone would consider what we saw last year average.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I don't think I agree||
If he were a coaching genius it wouldn't have taken him 7/8 ths of a season to figure out he should be coaching his point guard to play like a point guard. In my opinion, if anything, this proves the guy is incompentent, not a genius..
|3 days 3 hours ago||I'm not going to weigh in on the debate...||
as to whether Hoke should be hung for his choice of words, that's just a ridiculous debate and far too heated at this point for my taste, but your comment seems a little silly to me.
One of the things this coaching staff recruits on is the fact that they are like a "family" and from all accounts the recruits are buying that. Parents are sending their kids to school for 4 years and entrusting these coaches to look after their children and there is much more to that than "coaching and recruiting football players, period".
I want to also be clear that I believe coach Hoke does a pretty good job at all the rest of the things that go along with just the "coaching" aspect of his job. He seems like a great guy who is a good influence on kids and really cares about those under his care.
To imply that a coaches job is just to coach and recruit suggests to me that you probably don't have kids and never played sports at high enough of a level where you left home at a young age to play. Trust me when I say that to those people, coaches are far more than just the guys calling the plays and sending their child letters of interest.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Wow....||
the ever illusive quintuple post. Impressive! Have some patience dude.
|1 week 7 hours ago||While this came geographically close...||
While this did come geographically close to me (it couldn't pick my actual location because I am in Canada) it didn't come close to my actual accent. It said most like the new england states. In Nova Scotia there are some areas that have a very similar accent to the New England accent (woods harbour, clark's harbour, barrington, shelburne, shag harbour to name a few) there is no one in our area that speak with a similar accent.
I think the problem was there were more questions about what words you use than how you actually pronounce them, and while people that are nearby geographically will often use the same words when describing like events they can often have different accents.
Anyway, not a bad way to waste a few minutes. Thanks OP.
|1 week 6 days ago||Honest question...||
What is it with you and pineapples?
|1 week 6 days ago||Any reference...||
Any reference to my man George Costanza get's a plus 1 from me
THESE PRETZELS ARE MAKIN' ME THIRSTY!!!!
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Not a DB fan....||
but even he couldn't do a worse job than David Moyes has done. As a ManU fan I would consider DB an upgrade....
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Honestly...||
I get so tired of the implication that every time someone has a differing opinion people from the other side of the debate accuses everyone ofr"group think" or being sheep or things of that nature. The fact that we have these debates makes it painfully obvious that people on this site have differing opinions and the whole sheep things is ridiculous.
I wish we could just face the fact that on a site with as large a following as this, people are going to disagree. It doesn't make anyone a bad person or a mindless moran, it's just the way it is.
So you like Dave Brandon, that's great. Personally I don't care for the guy and while I can admit EVERY SINGLE MOVE he's made hasn't been stupid, I find the bad outweigh the good where DB is concerned. We disagree, that's life. It doesn't make either of us stupid or sheep, we just have differing opinions and the fact that I agree with someone else on this site doesn't prove the groupthink crap we keep hearing about.
Seriously, let's just enjoy the fact that this blog caters to a diverse group of people who come from different backgrounds and have different ideas and opinions and encourage the debate that occurs because of that, not try and stiffle it by accusing anyone who disagrees with you of being a sheep.
/end rant, I apologize.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||When we have posts like the one above||
When we have posts lke the one above where people are whining about a comment some OSU coordinator made about BH coloring a playbook and then this post where the OP is asking for help finding other fan bases in worse shape than ours, I have to say I agree with him.
I do have to say that I differentiate between negativity and saddness though. Personally I have been angry as hell the past couple of years but there have been plenty in this fanbase that have taken the saddness, whinning about everything route. People can neg me if they want but I think he's pretty accurate in his assessment.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know...||
I just find it pretty funny myself. You know it isn't a crime to laugh at a joke even when it's directed at you (or your favorite team). If one of our coaches or friends or whatever said something as funny about another teams coach we would all be laughing too. Honestly...I just don't know why people can't seem to grow some thicker skin. Laugh it off and move one, while hoping it provides some extra motivation to kick OSU's stinking asses.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think it shows anything...||
I don't think it shows anything in relation to the battle between MSU and UM. I remember (though it was a good number of years ago now) what it was like being a stubborn teenager. If I encountered a circumstance where my mother dug her heels in on a subject I can say with absolute certainty I would have done the same and from that point it would have been a "who blinks first" contest.
Now don't get me wrong, I love my mother and always have, but as a teenager I used to hate when my parents would object to my desires in such an outright way. At the end of the day it would always be my father who would be the mediator and bring things back under control but for McDowell that won't work since his parents don't seem to see eye to eye. Basically this has turned into a battle of wills that the mother is ultimately going to loose, as eventually he will be able to enroll with or without her.
In my many battles with my mother I remember hearing my father ask her (when they thought I wasn't listening) is this really the hill you want to die on? As a parent of a teenager myself now (and four more to come in the future) I realise through my experience that it's important for parents to pick there battles. Too bad mother McDowell didn't have someone to tell her that way back in Fabruary. It would have saved everyone a lot of aggrevation.
My point is basically that I think this is more about not relenting to his mother's wishes than it is about how close or far MSU and UM were in his decision.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Honest question...||
why? Is it to so you could be proven right for believing he was the better RB coming out of HS? Are you his brother? Seriously, I am asking an honest question.
I ask because this always baffles me when I hear fans say things like this. I mean for me, I don't really care who gets the starting job so long as they are getting it because they have out performed the competition and are worthy of a starting role.
I could understand if you had some sort of vested interest in a particular player starting, like if you were a relative or something. Maybe even if it was a player who was a ffth year senior and there was some sort of sentimental reason for wanting him to start. Other than that though, I can't understand why a person would care which player started so long as they proved to be the best player at their position.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Dude...you must be new to this spring game thing...||
The rules are: Whatever happens in a spring game is positive (just like weight gains when they come out). If the defense plays lights out the offense gets a pass because we have an inpenetrable defense. If the offense moves the ball well the defense gets a pass because we have an unstoppable offense. There, now you know the rules you can adjust your outlook accordingly.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||purely a guess||
but this team values not fouling the opposition and when you press you foul frequently. You also expend a lot more energy when you're defending the whole court rather than half of it. The vast majority of teams don't press except for certain instances in the game. Teams like VCU and Louisville are the exception and not the norm.
What we see though, is teams utilizing it far more than they usually do when they play us because we have shown an inability to cope with it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||i know you are joking...||
but I don't know why he doesn't try that rather than calling timeout all the time. Not necessarily at his face, but off his legs to save a timeout.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||my guess...||
when selecting your inbounder a team often times puts one of their better passers who has a track recourd for making good decisions with the ball. Point guards fit that bill to a tee, while your bigger players often don't have the same skill set. It is rare that you find a big man who displays a real talent for distibuting the ball.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||From time to time||
From time to time, yes. On every single baseline inbound play, no. Seriously, I haven't seen one inbounds play where our team has been pressured that they seemed like they knew what they were doing. Other teams sometimes get caught off guard and have a difficult time and then adjust. Teams have been doing this to us all year and we haven't adjusted yet. It's tough to watch.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I agree in part...||
Obviously you're right about Stanford but there was a reasonable explanation as to why it kept happenenig to them, that being that they didn't have a true point guard on the floorand were relying on someone else to be the primary ball handler.
I also agree with other posters that some other teams have shown an inability to do much when pressed like that. The thing is though, many teams can at least get the ball inbounds before things fall apart, we can't even do that. It has been a consistent weakness of this team for the past two seasons and I'm not sure what to make of it.
Once our guys get the ball inbounds we have an advantage of having so many capable ball handlers so breaking the press from that point has been a strength, but getting the ball in has been tough to watch and I have been holding out hope for two years that we could at least get competent at that. As I say, lots of other teams have no problem getting it in, it's what they do after that's the problem but for us it's the opposite.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know...||
For me it has more to do with whether a law was broken, not whether there were catastrophic results following the breaking of the law.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Kiffin, not kidding||
Damn you autocorrect!
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Dude...||
They're nothing alike. For one, kidding never got caught cheating like Bruce did and for two Bruce is a good coach despite his affinity for breaking rules. I honestly don't see any similarities between the two other than the fact they both coached Tennessee.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Well...||
At least moo points are audible, unlike the popular mute point.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I could be wrong...||
but first of all I'm not sure that is the rule for all the top recruits. I think that is the process they use when it's a player they haven't had the opportunity to se a lot of and there is a legitimate question as to whether they deserve an offer.
I think when you talk about the top tier recruits in the country this staff (and most others) probably find watching film and maybe a live game or two enough to extend an offer without requiring them to come to camp for that offer.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||come on...||
I realize that we have an ULTRA HARD head coach who doesn't wear sleeves or coats in cold weather but do you honestly think playing in warm weather is going to negatively impact a players progression? I mean, if that's the case why are many of the top players in the country from Florida, Texas and California?
I know we all want to believe that UM is the best univeristy in the world and no other university compares to it, and for us, that's true. The thing is it just won't tick all the boxes for everyone else. To some people warm weather is important, to others it might be a major UM doesn't offer and the list goes on.
We just have to keep in mind that sometimes, people aren't going to choose UM and that doesn't make them a bad person, it doesn't make them soft or any other negative thing people want to label them with. They just feel differently than us, and that's fine.