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|1 week 2 days ago||You create a false dichotomy.||
You create a false dichotomy. At this level, being a great athlete cannot be separated from decision-making. I too sersioulsy quesiton the assumption that Gardner is a great athlete-in waiting. Many people have physical traits and abilities, but those are just part of what makes a great athlete - esepcially the farther you get beyond high school.
|1 week 3 days ago||Get off your pompous high||
Get off your pompous high horse and give us a break. I understand this logic if this were Hoke's first season. It's not.
|1 week 4 days ago||You dont call someone's||
You dont call someone's 'fandom' into question. Its a nebulous concept, and it suggests simple-mindedness. Hoke should have said the behavior was inappropriate. That's concrete, clear. Hoke basically got into the game of name-calling as well.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agree. Hoke was right, but||
Agree. Hoke was right, but worded it (and thought about it) poorly. If he had said something like, "Fans tweeting things to players are out of line," then it would be fine. But calling some fans "true fans" and other "not true fans" just feels like a playground, name-calling, immature come-back.
|1 week 4 days ago||Your parents should have||
Your parents should have taught you tact.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeah, I thought this showed||
Yeah, I thought this showed some real lack of intelligence. He clearly does not understand what the word means. How can he say the team is resilient now? This team's resilience after this loss can only be judged several games down the road. To say it now is just to toss out some BS buzz words, as you said.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'm talking about the flow of||
I'm talking about the flow of information. Pressers are Q&A sessions to transmit information to the fans through the press. Perhaps "proxy" wasnt the right word - they are conduits.
|1 week 5 days ago||Um, there are many, many||
Um, there are many, many other coaches out there who are both informative and do not give out too much information. It's not all or nothing. There is a middle range. Hoke is way out there in outlier land.
|1 week 5 days ago||Fair enough, I was probably||
Fair enough, I was probably imposing too much of my own frustrated interpretation on what happened on that play.
|1 week 5 days ago||My heart loves Michigan. I||
My heart loves Michigan. I got a master's and a phd from the university. But my head is really starting to make me question, from a rational perspective, if I should stop supporting it's football team. This is a public university. For Hoke to come out and basically treat the press, and by proxy it's fans, like animals begging at his hand, is reprehensible. He just toys with the press, and the fanbase. I'm tired of Hoke treating the fanbase like shit.
|1 week 5 days ago||They didnt react, they didtn||
They didnt react, they didtn come to his defense. They didnt care anymore. Or, perhaps they didnt care (encough?) from the start. It suggests some lack of connectivity between Gardner and others.
|1 week 5 days ago||The turnovers obviated any||
The turnovers obviated any hope of a miraculous comeback. But it would have been quite miraculous - in other words, very unlikely. So yes, the turnovers mattered little.
|1 week 5 days ago||I seriously questioned Hoke's||
I seriously questioned Hoke's decision to keep Funk, and his approval of allowing a guy to coach the secondary who has no expereince doing so. This isnt the MAC or high school football. This is the big leagues. That was a dumb move. He just doesnt seem like a good manager. He's a likable guy, but not a manager.
Also, how the team reacted to Gardner getting hit at the end of the game speaks volumes. There are some serious issues on this team.
It is apparent Hoke has to go, and the new guy has to be a huge name in order to not allow the transition to take this program even lower. This program is in real danger right now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So your logic applies to||
So your logic applies to Oregon - MSU, but not to UM - ND? I know we love to come up with conspiracy/rational actor theories, but if it holds for some, it should hold for all (in whch UM would be ranked, even at 25 or 24). Plus, I just dont see MSU ranked 8th playing an Oregon team ranked 4th being much different than what the rankings are this week. The simple answer is that MSU looked very good last week, and deserved to be bumped up over OSU and UCLA
Or you could be right, and an analysis of movements in rankings of two teams before they play one another would convince me otherwise (but who has the time). But right now the incongruence in the logic makes the theory unconvincing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||High production value, good||
High production value, good choice of music, and seemingly a good balance of teams. But the editing could use some work - the rapid-fire move from one clip to the next in the first half got a bit maddening, and the repetitiveness of clips from the beginning at the end made it anti-climactic. Stretch out some of those clips at the beginning, and remove the ones from the beginning that you use at the end (e.g., Desmond's catch, other goalline catches), where they seem to belong, and the video would be immensely improved.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"They were accurate, but were||
"They were accurate, but were lobbed. Would those three passes be completed against a team with better coverage?"
Why do you assume DG is not adapting his passes to a) his receiver, and b) the coverage? In other words, why do you assume what you saw in yesterday's game will be what you see in every game? You take what the defense gives you, and that "you" includes your receivers.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Its pretty awesome the Big||
Its pretty awesome the Big Ten did this before other conferences did.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Does this mean he takes up a||
Does this mean he takes up a scholarship at OU? Also, can he still work on the scout team? If so, perhaps having his skillset on the scout team is worth a scholarship to Stoops. I dont know enough about these things, but I can see how having a very talented, tough cover on your scout team can only help your defense.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This is really, really||
This is really, really reaching. It smacks of an inferiority complex. He left out an "n" in his name? Guess what, even though Meyer coaches OSU, he is human. Pick more worthwhile things to make fun of Meyer about.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||UM will start the season 0-0.||
UM will start the season 0-0. You can bet all the marbles on that.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||9 are headed to Alabama. 6 +||
9 are headed to Alabama. 6 + 9 = 15, 15 = ~25% of 62. A quarter of the kids already committed are going to either Alabama or Clemson.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I dont know. I am not||
Yeah, I dont know. I am not sure its so much about scholarship #s but more about exposure, primariy national TV coverage, perhaps secondarily internet coverage on sites such as ESPN. The more popular programs get more coverage, and the more those teams win, the more coverage they get. And then the more popular they become wth recruits. Its a vicious cycle, and I have no idea how to fix that.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I am not "hand-wringing" as a||
I am not "hand-wringing" as a Michigan fan, but as a fan of college football. I think broader discussion of the field is allowed here.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If you mean the changes||
If you mean the changes passed recently, I agree. I havent heard of any other seriously proposed changes, or propositions that have a chance of being passed that relate to parity.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I get the relationship to||
I get the relationship to on-field performance, but I think it's still somewhat surprising. I think it also raises a question about parity. If ever there was a time when something needs to be done to encourage parity, it seems to be now.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||The presence Alabama has on||
The presence Alabama has on the Rivals list is unnerving. They have also had the #1 class according to Rivals from 2008 - 2015, excluding 2010 (they had #5 class that year). I wonder if throughout history we have ever seen another period of dominance in recruiting that Alabama has accomplished in the past several years?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||What reports? I haven't heard||
What reports? I haven't heard anyone say the DL is going to be great or is "that good." They say the defense has a different attitude than last year. And tonight they looked a lot better than the OL (just like last year). I think everyone is in a wait-and-see mode.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I dont agree with a lot of||
I dont agree with a lot of what Brian writes, and have not been shy about expressing this. But he just schooled me on York. I was wrong in my harsh statements, and Brian is right about having empathy for him (while also having sympathy for the victim) and trying to understand a person before dismissing him for a bad decision.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I am not blaming Jones, but||
I am not blaming Jones, but he clearly knew the punch was coming.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I just get that impression||
I just get that impression from him setting himself up for the punch, from Jones's apparent knowledge that the punch was going to be thrown (suggesting some communication - verbal or non-verbal), and just from the whole of his micro-movements. I obviously could be way off base, which is why I framed my comment as I did. But it just seems like he has taken this approach to potential conflict before. Perhaps not.