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|2 days 4 hours ago||university president||
I had the UMich president (Duderstadt). I can't remember a single word he said. It was cold. It rained.
|4 days 6 hours ago||ypc||
The yards-per-catch number is amazing. In that era, I would've expected 2.31 instead.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Eastern Energy||
You might think that Eastern could make a go of it with the 2-star and low 3-star run-off in Michigan and Ohio. But, there seem to be too many schools competing for that run-off. That's how it looks to me, anyway.
Eastern's records (conference, overall) the past eleven seasons (last four with English):
2002: 1-7, 3-9
It's hard to say he's been an improvement over the past, but I don't envy the guy. That's a big challenge. What's interesting is that he could have (if you believe various sources) become Michigan's coach after Lloyd. You wonder what he could do with better resources.
|1 week 14 hours ago||agreed||
I got at least some enjoyment out of that, but it takes itself a little too seriously.
Also, the Fleetwood's current authenticity score has to be about 1/5. I can't believe they included it. Style >>> substance at this point.
|1 week 2 days ago||a run||
"we've been on a run of d-lineman that are serviceable but not great; talented underachievers and less talented overachievers"
Yes, we have -- it extends back as far as I can remember in the modern era ... not just the past few years.
Starting from the '80s, make a list of NFL-caliber D-linemen from Michigan. Relative to other areas (say, O-line and QB) it's a pretty short list.
Branch, Woodley, and Graham were exceptions to the rule.
I'm hopeful that the Hoke area will be remembered for its standouts at that position.
|1 week 5 days ago||MJ||
On Jordan: There aren't many high-level athletes with a bigger difference between quality of play (great, obviously) and quality of behavior (mediocre at best).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||time||
That's right -- I should've said "last year."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Drake Johnson?||
At the risk of being overly detail-oriented on this site, why was Drake Johnson not profiled at some point last fall?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||3.5||
As noted elsewhere, closer to 3.5. (He enrolled early back in '10.) Still ... pretty cool.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||state||
Maybe he can help recruit Mississippi.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||more on WCF||
"Insiders" have long claimed that WCF micromanaged the Lions and, as a result, could never get any decent people to join "the team." Any comment on that? Serious question ... I'm asking because you appear to have more knowledge of those affairs than the average poster here.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||three||
When viewed through the haze of profanity:
* That e-mail is written pretty well when you consider the average verbal skills of today's college students.
* It's a glimpse of how most of our society works (forced interactions with a sale of some sort constantly behind the scenes). Sure, you could extrapolate to all humanity, but I think it's quintessentially USA.
* She'll make a fine drug rep someday. I'm serious -- I'd bet big $ that she'll be a sales champion (and, in time, a complete b*tch of a sales director).
|4 weeks 2 days ago||draft||
"... maybe not Grade A (as in awesome) 1st round of NBA draft game ..."
I think comparing him to J. J. Redick is interesting. Stauskas has at least a couple of inches on him and just as much range. Redick has played several years in the NBA. What does he have that Stauskas lacks?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||also||
Not only that, but it's an indirect opportunity to make Coach K look bad, as Dawkins is from his "tree."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||comparison||
Says here that McLemore is 20: http://nbadraft.net/players/ben-mclemore
Only a year, so not a big deal by itself.
Look at those numbers, though. 50 vs. 44 and 42 vs 37. Not HUGE differences but still significant.
Look at the players. THJ at his best moments is a sight to behold. He's streaky as hell, though, and I still don't see what he does consistently at an *NBA* level. Jimmy King seems like a reasonable comparison.
McLemore (who appears to be thicker than THJ despite being listed as several pounds lighter) is a slightly more explosive athlete and he has great body control. Look at his jump shot.
You make a good point, though: On paper and in person they're not miles apart.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Mott||
Excellent point. :) Of course, I meant to be semi-serious about that.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Mott != Motts||
Indded, I feel bad for the Mott family. Hearing "Motts" is like hearing "My uncle worked for Fords" in SE Michigan.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||wondering why||
I have to respond to this one, too, since it's also on-target. You wrote:
"I wonder why."
Focus groups ... focus groups.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||focus groups||
"... he was marketed more ..."
Truer words have never been said. The focus groups at ESPN, CBS, et al. obviously *loved* that guy. Why else would we have to see that @%#$ing shot of his every year for twenty years or so? There are at least a handful of other shots just as impressive and meaningful, but they weren't made by someone from America's College Basketball Team. Think I'm crazy? Look here (at the Duke map):
|6 weeks 4 days ago||d'oh||
You're right -- I just looked that up. (Aside: Pitino first worked as a head coach in 1976 -- on an interim basis -- at Hawaii. He would have been about 24 at the time. He got hired at Boston University as the head coach just two years later.)
Oh, and it's definitely not an Italian thing. That's 50% of my ancestry, so I'd never go there.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||fit||
Pitino and his boys (Calipari, etc.) don't make sense for schools that do more than pretend to be serious about academics. They're better off at 3rd/4th/worse-tier places where they can be "more basketball."
|6 weeks 5 days ago||'89||
If I could make a direct request to Wolverine Historian, it would be that UMich-UVa game from '89. I think the score was 100-something to 60-something and Rice & Higgins were raining 3s all day.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||jfc||
No kidding -- my reaction to the question was some degree of WTF srsly?
I'm reminded of some T-shirts I saw midway through 1989 marking UMich's national championship basketball team and ... the Rose Bowl win, as if they were equivalent. What did Bo say about Pitino? :)
At least the Rose Bowl was a top-tier bowl matching teams at least near that level. Florida's '07 team lost 3 or 4 games after sending several defensive players to the NFL (including four D-linemen). Michigan's '07 team, well, had a rocky start to the season.
It was nice to beat the ESS-EEE-SEE and Urby, and Lloyd got a nice send-off, but in impact that game doesn't remotely compare to today's win.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||data||
This is unpleasant to contemplate, but I think NateVolk has a point, at least as far as the top ends of the conferences are concerned. (Depth is another matter.) Sure, the tourney can be random, but the cream generally rises to the top.
Which Big Ten pre-tourney non-conference wins were *really* good (retrospectively, without regard to the opposing team's ranking at the time)?
I'm serious. On the subject of Kansas, they didn't really play anyone, either, and benefitted (as they have, very often, over the past 20+ years) from playing in a crappy conference. Still, both Michigander wins count as good ones, I think. Georgetown (early tourney exit aside) did well in a tough conference.
Duke beat Minnesota and OSU (and Louisville) in the preseason. Miami beat MSU. Marquette and Florida beat Wisconsin. (As in the prior paragraph, I'm focusing on games involving high tourney seeds. Gonzaga, for obvious reasons, just doesn't count.)
I still think the Big Ten is in a good near-term position. Recruiting has gone well and they should have some more good years. This year, though, I'd have to go with the Big East (again, at the top end).
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Self||
I'm not sure there's a fan base with shorter (or more warped) memories than KU. Check out the history:
In particular, check out the Dick Harp ('56 to '64) and Ted Owens ('64 to '83) eras. One Final 4 for the former, two for the latter, and a smattering of conference championships over 27 years ... there are some Jayhawk fans who think Kansas went to the Final 4 every other year before Self.
Aside: Larry Brown, a master self-promoter in addition to being a good coach, made that program relevant again.
Even Roy Williams (journalism's favorite coach of all time) had his four trips to the semifinals spread out over fifteen years, with no championships. Nothing to sneeze at, but more than a few coaches could do that in a crappy conference, with frequent #1 seeds (see: crappy conference) and with Kemper Arena the site of approximately 93% of their tourney games.
Self has had some tourney flame-outs with low seeds, but he has always recruited well and I think Kansas should be happy with him overall.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Duke||
Alums excepted, people who cheer for Duke are the same kind of people who cheer for the Yankees / Red Sox without any obvious geographical ties.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||oscillations||
Alford's career arc has already been interesting (rapid rise to high Division I, drop to "mid-major" with some success) for someone who's still south of 50. I wouldn't be surprised to see him fail at UCLA and wind up coaching some MAC school to close out his career.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||goons||
As Meeeeshigan noted, sample sizes are important. I don't doubt the OP's account, but I've had the opposite experience a few times. Examples:
* Sparty fans in Grand Rapids. Good, mostly. Civilized place.
* OSU fans in Youngstown. Surly goons. That is all.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Spartan mentality||
After all these years, they still think "scUM" is witty and clever. How very Sparty!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||noise||
No love for OSU or hate for Iowa State intended here, but I found the latter's band extremely annoying during OSU free throws during the game. Story: