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|19 hours 5 min ago||Eat the lemon Brian...||
I can't speak for anyone else, but as a long time reader who has respected for all the years I have read this blog I will lose a little of that if you don't follow through because of as technicality. It's not like you said you'd sniff Ace's dirty jock or anything...it's a lemon for pete sake. Give the people what they want and show folks you're a man of your word.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Profit...||
good to have you back and I hope you make it in more frequently from here on out. I can't say I disagree with anything you say, but for me, I can't keep from watching a UM game. I love this team too much. Anyway, you'll never receive a neg from me especially in a case like this, where you're just sharing your opinion. Glad to see you back and GO BLUE!
|1 week 19 hours ago||Well Mat...||
Your post brings to mind an old saying my father used to use: "Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a while".
My point is, if you argue with people enough, you're bound to be right once in a while and you certainly argue a lot. Of course that's just my opinion so you can take it for what it's worth, but sometimes it's ok to just let people disagree with your opinion without fighting about it.
|1 week 5 days ago||I disagree with you 100%||
I'm am going from the OP and he did say what he posted may not be exactly the qoute, but if it's close I think your reading comprehension needs work. What he said was (in the OP) He was never taught how to IDENTIFY the MIKE. He didn't say he never had to call out the MIKE. He also followed that up with "Now he knows where the pressure is coming from" which makes it implicit that he didn't know that previously. For those reasons I think you and the other post justifying this statement are offbase considerably.
You were a Borges supporter before and you're sticking up for him now. I understand some people just don't like to trash other people and that's a good trait to have, I'm not belittling you for it. It doesn't make you a bad person, however, to admit someone just wasn't good at their job. You can put the torch down now (the one you're carrying for Borges, not the one for burning down the place if our o-line is still terrible this year), he's gone.
|1 week 6 days ago||I know it's OSU....||
But if you can honestly say that you think the majority of football players around the country make friends with cafeteria workers and special needs kids I think you're being disingenuous. I remember what it was like to be in my late teens and early twenties and though I never took part in making fun of those less fortunate then me, I also didn't go out of my way to befriend them. That's a great quality to have whether you go to OSU or UM.
|1 week 6 days ago||Good Luck to him||
Seems like a great young man and I hope he shows enough to get some real playing time this fall.
|1 week 6 days ago||I am being honest...||
The things I never took time to consider (stupidly on my part, especially since I do coach, though not football) is that the offense is more than likely repping things they struggle at in practice. It only makes sense that when you practice, you spend the most time running plays that you need to work on and much less time running things you are already good at. For some reason I didn't consider that and I believe it was simply my pessimism clouding my ability to think logically.
It also makes sense that the defense would rep things that they aren't performing very well in this setting too, but the defense has had the same coach for the past three seasons and very likely has much less that they need to "learn' from scratch like the offense does. Couple that with the idea that defense is most ofetn times ahead of the offense at this stage and I think there is still reason to be optimistic.
For me (and perhaps many others) this pessimism isn't normal, in fact I'm usually a pretty optimistic person. I think the past several seasons has made pessimism (or at least a "wait and see" mentality) necessary simply for self preservation. I don't enjoy being pessimistic about the team I love, it just kinda happened.
After reading your post I felt better and I appreciate that. Your optimism and sticking up for borges last season drove me nuts, but in this instance it has pulled me out of the mire I was in regarding this season. Thanks again! (though yeah, you were hard on Erik in Dayton. Good on you for apologizing).
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Sten..||
I disagreed with you a lot last year and argued until I was blue in the face about Borges, so when I started reading your post I just figured it would be yet another thing I disagreed with.
As I started reading it I concluded I was right, but as I went on you began to win me over until finally I reached the end and felt much better about the upcoming season. I'm being honest here to so please accept my thanks. You made some very good points about things I never took into consideration and those points have changed my thinking to the point where I find hope where there was none before. I wish I could + you more.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think...||
and I've said this a long time, the biggest indictment of Funk is the performances of the players he hasn't coached. You look at the oline the first year. Most of those players were players that were developed under a different staff and was by far the best o-line we had since Hoke came. The unit as a whole has regressed since they came with the exception of a few individuals. Those individuals are players that, again, received most of their coaching/development prior to Funk arriving (Lewan and Schofield).
Fast forward to now and you see a new freshman who has been coached and developed by a high school coach leap to the starting position at left tackle. Meanwhile we have guys who have been in this system for three years now being coached by funk, watching him leap frog them and wondering what the hell is going on.
We've been hearing the excuse for the past 2 season that the guys are just too young (which I'm not discounting as not being legitimate to a degree) and yet Cole comes in and as a freshman is our #1 option at LT. I know there are always exceptions too, but this doesn't seem like that. It seems like our best chance at putting a decent o-line on the field is fielding anyone who hasn't been cursed by funky touch of Funk.
I said most of last year that I believed the problem wasn't just Borges, but Funk as well and we only got rid of half the problem. The o-line will continue to struggle until Funk gets his walking papers.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not a season ticket holder...||
but I couldn't agree more with their stance if I tried. I don't need to try slitting my wrists to know it's a bad idea and I don't need to be a season ticket holder to feel the frustration they're feeling right now about this.
Forget the fact that it's season tickets for a minute and pretend it's any other purchse. Let's say you just went out and made a 500 dollar purchase, and it doesn't even have to be something you're overly passionate about. Now let's say that you get your purchase home, open the box and discover what you paid for isn't in the box. What would you think at that moment? Would you want a refund?
Now let's imagine you take it back to the store and they say "sorry, no refunds here". You plead your case that you didn't get what you paid for and 500 dollars is a lot to spend on something you didn't want and they say "sorry, them's the breaks kid".
You honestly (or anyone else agreeing that there isn't somthing wrong with this) expect me to believe that you wouldn't be pissed about that? Factor in the fact that the real situation involves peoples favorite college team and I honestly don't know how people can say there isn't anything to be angry about.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I fall for this every season.....||
I hate when I do this. After each season I tend to form what appears to be a realistic picture of what this team will be like the following year and if anything, I keep things on the pessimistic side to guard against getting disappointed the following year.
Then fall camp starts and all the practice buzz starts whirling around and I forget all my guarded expectations and get caught up in the hype and before you know it we're back in the national championship picture (in my expectations I mean).
I do believe this defense can be great this year but the offense scares the crap out of me. I am hopeful to be sure, but to say I'm practicing guarded optimism for that unit would be an understatement.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||One of the...||
One of the funniest (and spot on) pieces I have read on this blog in a long time. Awesome job Brian!
|4 weeks 6 days ago||As a guy who suffered a similar loss a few years back...||
I can say that if this is all you missed you did damn good. Certainly no apologies are necessary and my prayers go out to you and your family.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think I was very clear in my post....||
What I meant was the new rules are going to make a difference, not that it was going to be a good one. I still haven't decided what I think about the rules as yet. At first blush I'm incliined to think that if an owner (or group) have the money and want to spend it to put a championship calibre team on the field why not? I'm a big baseball fan as well so I'm used to sports that don't adhere to hard salary caps.
I do like to watch competitive football though and these rules would definitely bring more parity to a sport that seems to be consistently dominated by a very small minority of teams. Would that be better or worse for the game? Your guess is as good as mine.
What would be great is if some big spenders would buy up a handful of teams in the championship division and spend the cash to bring some clubs that have been out of the top flight for a number of years back to prominence. It isn't even that hard, I do it all the time in FIFA 14.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I think...||
This isn't meant to offend anyone here, but I htink what you'll find is that many of the "soccer" fans on this blog are realitively new to the sport. This is the only rationale that I find plausible when I hear people talking about ManU and Man City and comparing them to the likes of the Yankees while cheering for Liverpool.
Both Manchester Clubs have long histories and until very recently weren't known for going out and buying trophies. So basically if you started following the EPL in only the past 5-8 years you may believe that is the way it's always been, but these clubs have been around forever and that type thing is pretty new.
Go back and look into the history of the two fanchises and I think you'll find that Brian may not be quite as informed about the EPL as he is about UM football. There are plenty of good reasons to like both teams and lots of history surrounding them, like the Munich air disaster back in 1958 after which Man U had to pretty much start from scratch and rebuild their team.
Man U has really only enjoyed extended success under two managers, both who served for very long periods of time. Sir A. who managed for 27 years and Matt Busby who managed for 25 years in 2 stints with the club. If you take away what those managers did for Man United they would have a total of: 2 first division titles (now EPL), 2 second division titles (now the championship), 4 FA Cups and 5 community shields (which essentially mean nothing) in the 84 years the club was managed by other people.
Also, Old Trafford is one of the oldest and most storied stadiums in the EPL, being the home of United since 1910 and holding over 80,000 fans. One time United great Bobby Charlton gave it the nickname (that still is used today) the theatre of dreams.
This club was built on the backs of these two gentlemen and was because of their knowledge passion for the game, it wasn't bought as some will suggest. For anyone who disagrees do a little research and see for yourselves.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Huh...||
Ask PSG what they think about the fair play rules as they are about to bite them in the rear very shortly. Initially I was skeptical, but I think they will really make a difference in most cases.
Also, I genuinely don't understand the hatred toward my Man United. They have won a lot over the years, yes, but they have done it the right way (until this very year). Their success has come since the hiring of Sir Alex and he stayed at the club an astounding 27 years in which he won 13 titles. Prior to that United had only 7 titles in their history which goes back to 1878. The lions share of the titles were won on the backs of player who came up through the ranks at ManU like Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, Nicky Butt, etc. Sure they went out and purchased quality players to at key times but it isn't like they are Man City or the New York Yankee's. Their youth system has served them very well over the years and continued to until very recently.
Now, unfortunately, they're in a position where the fans and board are demanding they win now so they are going after just about every decent player thought to be on the market and we'll see how that goes, but people who compare ManU to the New York Yankees really don't know much about the EPL at all. They're an old club that has been around forever and really wasn't a major player until Sir Alex came along and turned them into what they are today. A great FC in my opinion, but half my family is from Manchester so that probably plays into it too.
As for other rooting interests. I always follow the two Welsh Clubs (Cardiff City and Swansea City). Two small clubs trying to make it with the big boys. The other half of my family is from South Wales which is why I chose to follow them.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||What I find interesting...||
is how different the relationship is between fans and their respective "favorite" school, team, etc. I do mean interesting too, I'm not judging here.
I have a friend who literally changes his favorite team every year or two in just about every sport. For me that seems crazy because I have loved the same teams since the time I was old enough to watch sports.
Through good and bad I have always loved: Michigan, the Blue Jays, Montreal Canadiens, Manchester United, Toronto Raptors (since they've been around) and Patriots. There have been some successful years in there but by and large I suffer through disappointment on a regular basis yet still cheer for my teams.
When I found this blog it didn't take long to forget that most people aren't so invested in their sports fandom. By visiting here you would think everyone lives and dies with their respective favorite teams and we forget that in many cases that just isn't true.
For me it wouldn't matter how poorly my team was playing, if I had an opportunity to play for that team I wouldn't pass it up for anything and I believe many posters here would be in the same boat. We forget though, that many fans just aren't as fanatical as we are.
It's for this reason that when I hear various recruits say UM has always been their favorite team I've stopped believing that means anything. I've stopped trying to read into what it is they say because everyone is so different where being a fan is concerned.
Again, I'm not judging KLS or DH or anyone else, I just don't put much stock into the fact that a person cheered for a certain school growing up. They could be the type of fan my friend is, the type I am or anywhere in between and you just never know how fanatical they really are.
This is in no way intended to be negative toward anyone, it's just an observation on my part.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I can't really argue...||
In my opinion the two of them are so close that you really could easily make a case for either to be considered the best in the world. They are both amazing to watch and any manager would kill to have them on their squad. When two players are as good as these two are it's natural for two people to watch them play and come out with differing opinions as to who is the better player.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Unfortunately ....||
They're pretty adept at developing talen at OSU, especially along the D-line and LB. I agree totally with what you're implying, it just doesn't make me feel better given what we have seen from our respective schools over the past few years.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||People will believe what they want to believe...||
Like everyone else on this blog I wish GRIII the best, but unlike many, my love of all things UM doesn't blind me to reality. You look back on the comments and Matt has a slew of +'s because he is saying what everyone is hoping for, but none of it is based on reality.
If people are bad enough in math to think that passing on $800,000.00 (that actually requires you to get signed and make the NBA team) that likely will increase to $900,000.00 over the course of 3 years (over which time you can be cut at any time) and raising your draft stock to becoming a lottery pick the subsequent year where your contract is guaranteed is a bad idea I don't think any amount of facts will change their minds.
I understand the idea that him slipping to the second round isn't the end of all things good jbut he's trying to pass it off as being a positive....How do you even reason with that? At least as a first rounder your first contract is guaranteed so you will get that money. Nothing about the second round is good and I bet if you asked GRIII he'd be pretty disappointed at how things played out.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||You misunderstand me...||
I'm not stating whether GRIII is going to be successful or not, my point was only that your list wasn't portraying what you wanted it to. I agree with essentially everything you are trying to say, I just don't think the list is helping your case.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Do you ever research before you post?||
Let me help...click the link.
Do you see what a lottery pick makes in relation to the last pick in the 1st round, never mind halfway through the 2nd round? Let me do a little math for you. Now in doing this we will assume the players are signing for 100 % of the scale salary, not the 80-120% that is actually possible.
For a top ten pick there is the potential for them to make anywhere from $6,264,300.00 to $14,396,600.00 over the first 3 years of their contract depending on where you were picked. Let's look at number 30 (which is 10 spots better than GR3 got picked): $2,857,200.00 over 3 years.
So that all important "one year quicker to free agency" your talking about has cost the 30th pick anywhere from $3,407,100.00 to $11,539,400.00. Again, this is the 30th pick, not the 40th.
So, lets say Robinson got picked 30th (which we know he didn't), He lost $911,400.00 by coming back to Uni one more year. Had he improved to the point where he gets in the lottery he makes more than double that in his first year no matter which pick he is selected within the top ten. When you factor in how much more he is making in each subsequent year of his contract your point becomes laughable.
Listen, there's no sure things so even if he comes back it's a gamble and I think most people recognize that. But you're asserting that even if he did come back and end up making it into the lottery that he would still be worse off over time. That is complete lunacy.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with you in principle...||
but that list doesn't really help your cause a ton. I mean, you list guys whose NBA careers ended more than 4o years ago which implies (though I'm sure unintentionally) that this list is ALL of the people who made that kind of impact from the 1960 through 2014. So when you look back in history 60 years and come up with 26 names that shows this is being a very big exception and not even remotely close to the rule.
Again, I agree that being a second rounder isn't a death sentence by any means, but this list is probably a better example of why he should have stayed rather than entered the draft.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I learned a long time ago...||
to never put much stock in anything Matt says. He has shown a tendency to post as if he is sharing facts when in reality it is only ever his opinion. It's also not much point debating things with him, just FYI.
This isn't meant to be offensive Matt, as you and I have never had any disagreements that I remember, but I have witnessed many you've been involved in, so this isn't surprising to me.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Personally...||
I don't find the irreverence of a players size very relevant in this situation.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Hands down..||
That was one of the best goal keeper performances of this world cup. Singlehandedly kept the USA in that game. As a Man U fan I used to watch Howard when he played second fiddle there and never really thought much of him. Leaving Man U was the best thing that could have happened to him as he has steadily improved and now finds himself in the upper teir of goalkeepers in world football. I'm glad for him overall but sad things didn't work out better in this WC. He deserved a better fate.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Both great players, no doubt...||
and in my opinion the two best players in the world by a fairly wide margin, but CR is the better of the two in my books. If you are looking at it from a purely statistical perspective Messi may be better (I don't know because I haven't bother to do that and I don't believe everything I read just because it's a published article) but when I watch the two fo them play I find CR far more fun to watch.
I can't say there is much difference when you look at how well they move without the ball, how well they set up their own shot, how well they finish when given the chance, how well they take free kicks etc. Where I find the difference is when the ball is at their feet and they are runnnig at defenders and how well they are with the ball in the air. That's where I find CR is slightly better than Messi.
Again, I think one can easily make a case for either one to be considered the best in the world but people would be wise to completely ignore any statement that starts off by saying "Messi is better than CR and it isn't even close" or vice versa because those people clearly don't know anything about soccer. Both are great players and this will be debated for a long time to come.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Seriously?||
Dude, everyone stops growing at different ages. When I was in grade 7 I was the tallest kid in class at 5'10" when I was 12. You know how tall I am now? 6'. I hit that height at 14 and didn't grow an inch since. Some people will grow until they're 20 other stop at 15, you just never know.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I get what you're saying...||
but disagree with a couple of your points. In the grand scheme of things an inch is probably not going to make a huge difference, you're right about that. Where I disagree is your assertion that the numbers don't mean anything in terms of how much people can lift.
One of the best indicators of strength that we have is how much a person can lift, squat, curl etc. If a guy is 6'3" and 215 lbs but can only bench 120 lbs 5 times I think you would be justified in questioning his strength. Clearly it isn't the be all and end all as far as evaluation is concerned, but impying that it doesn't mean anything is just plain wrong.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||If only...||
If only I were there I'd love to play a round at UMGC but alas I'm here on the east coast of Canada. Good luck getting a group together and I hope whoever goes has a great time (and of course scores well too). Have fun!