and... i like them? I think I like them.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I'm more surprised that the record is so low||
Under 100 inches isn't that much for the Great Lakes.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Reading comprehension must not be a strong suit||
All he was saying is that it doesn't matter what Mitch was/is going to do. He was transfering, he thinks he knows what Mitch is planning to do, and they're completely unrelated. Maybe Mitch is going pro and he was going to have trouble getting minutes behind Donnal. Maybe Mitch is staying and he was going to have trouble getting minutes behind Mitch. Maybe he was going to start, but wasn't going to get the touches in the paint that he felt would show him off to NBA scouts.
Mitch's decision might be "if the draft advisory council tells me I'm likely in the first round, I'm going pro, and if not, I'm staying." That's knowing what Mitch is planning to do, and is in essence a decision, even though the results of that decision won't be known until after he hears back from the Advisory Council.
Chill out about "uncouthness."
|1 week 1 day ago||Dekker||
Had been viewed as a mid- first round pick for most of the year on the sites I pay attention to. It's a relatively deep draft, so funny things can happen, and he probably has more room to fall than rise, but I think he'd be a safe bet to go in the 1st.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'd rather have the Final Four||
Than the regular season title. If we went to the Sweet 16 and Wisconsin went to the round of 8, I'd pick the B1G title, but Final Fours are pretty special.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm too polite||
To say what you sound like.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I didn't mind the ending||
And by that I mean the final scene-plus of the episode. They filmed that years ago and it made sense with where the rest of the series had gone over the prior 9 seasons (understanding that it was at times an absurd show that wasn't supposed to make sense). But the rest of the episode was lacking. The jokes were lacking (I literally laughed once the entire hour). I don't even mind that they killed her off, but because we just met her, there was no emotional attachment to the mother. They showed Ted and the mother's 7+ year relationship in about 15 minutes of television, and didn't create the emotions required for the catharsis of her death. You can do it (see the opening 10 minute montage of Up for instance), but they failed.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Unions generally protect current members||
It's their biggest problem in my opinion, in that they protect current members over future ones. Preventing a teenager from taking your job is good for current members, so they'd mostly go along with it. Same thing with rookie scale contracts.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||2nd Round picks||
Some posters have talked about how 2nd round picks don't get guaranteed deals per the CBA. That's true. But factually, if Robinson or McGary get pick in the firs portion of the second round, they're okay. Here's the 2013 draft class:
Pick 31: Allen Crabbe -- 3 years, $2.63 million, 2 years, $1.69 million guaranteed. Can become restricted free agent after three years, instead of four years like first-rounder.
Pick 32: Alex Abrines -- Foreign player staying in Europe
Pick 33: Carrick Felix -- 4 years, $3.3 million, 2 years, $1.32 million guaranteed.
Pick 34: Isaiah Cannon -- 3 years, $2.3 million, 2 years, $2.1 million guaranteed. Restricted free agent after three years.
Pick 35: Glen Rice Jr. -- 2 years, $1.3 milion. $900k guaranteed, can become restricted free agent after two years.
Pck 36: Ray McCallum -- 3 years, $2.3 million, 2 years, $1.38 million guaranteed. Restricted free agent after year 3.
Pick 37: Tony Mitchell -- 3 years, $2.3 million, 2 years, $1.32 million guaranteed. Restricted free agent after year 3.
Pick 38: Nate Wolters -- 3 years, $2.3 million, 2 years, $1.32 million guaranteed. Restricted free agent after year 3.
Pick 39: Jeff Withey -- 2 years, $1.3 million, 1 year, $490k guaranteed, restricted free agent after year 2.
Pick 40: Grant Jerret -- This is the first player to not earn a contract.
Pick 41: Jamaal Franklin -- 3 years, $2.3 million, 2 years, $1.34 million guaranteed. Restricted fre agent after year 3.
With the exception of Grant Jerrett, the first third of the second round did just fine for themselves, almost all earning over $1 million in guaranteed contract, and with the ability to enter free agency a year earlier than their first-round counterparts. The year before, in a stronger draft, saw almost all of the second rounders get at least one year of guaranteed money, with picks 31-40 generally earning more guaranteed than picks 31-40 this past year. If Mitch or GR3 miss the first round, they'll still probably be just fine. The risk is greater if they stay in school.
But who cares about this -- Beat Kentucky!!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I would assume it varies by school||
Many schools have a policy that lets their employees take 1-2 classes per semester for free. However, many degree programs at the same school, both undergraduate and graduate, may not designed for part-time students, so actually getting a degree is not expected. I'm all for mocking the NCAA's argument about scholarships, but I don't think this is a fair comparison.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Sadly, no||
Amnesty clause is only usable on someone who signed the deal before the new CBA (so pre lockout). There's no amnesty for new mistakes like Smith and Jennings.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It also means more PT for Dakari Johnson||
Who is very exploitable in the pick-and-roll. Cauley-Stein is great at switching on the P&R. Aside from the reason, I like that he won't be playing.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It takes boldness||
To be that wrong.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That's a huge injury||
Kentucky likes to switch on all pick-and-rolls. Cauley-Stein has an elite ability to stay in front of guards on the switch, which would have created some problems for Michigan's offense. Johnson and Randle do not share that ability, so Michigan should be able to exploit them on the pick-and-roll.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Last year's draft||
Was a notoriously bad draft. It isn't surprising that second rounders from it would command less. This is a deeper draft. I'd expect the first few second rounders will get contracts that won't make them regret leaving college.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Correction||
2nd round picks do not have a slot value and guaranteed two years like first rounders due per the CBA. However, they can negotiate a contract with the team that drafts them. Most end up getting paid the minimum for 2-4 years, with 0-3 years being guaranteed, but it's all negotiation. Draymond Green received two guaranteed years at about 90% of what the last first rounder would have made (and about double the rookie minimum). Kyle Singler went to Europe during the lockout, and came back and signed for a three-year deal that exceeded what the last first rounder made. On the other hand, some late second-round picks are offered completely unguaranteed deals, or are not offered contracts at all. Being an early second-rounder is generally not that bad compares to being a late first-rounder. In a few cases, it's better, because you can negotiate hitting free agency earlier than the first rounder. Draymond Green will have made about 90% of what the last first-rounder made, but he'll hit free agency a year earlier. If he performs well, as he has so far, he'll come out ahead.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think he probably did make the gesture||
There's about five frames in 20 where his middle fingers are both extended. That's a little over a half a second, which to me is too long to be completely unintentional. At the same time, it's short enough where a) he might have started the gesture and realized he shouldn't so stopped quickly and/or b) did it subconsciously enough where he doesn't remember doing it. He's a 16 year-old. Losing control for half a second is pretty much expected at that age.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Mateen's teams||
In his junior year, Sparty made it to the final four, and in his senior year, they won the championship. Point guards on championship teams always get the love. Craft got to the elite 8 last year and umm... Not very far this year. Sparty had better regular seasons in their respective junior and senior years too -- #1 seeds in his final two years. Can't know for sure, but if MSU performed from 1998-2000 like OSU did these past couple years (a good team, but nothing special) I doubt Cleeves would have been given as much love as he was back then. And I know if OSU had done more, I'd at least understand the Craft love.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly||
I follow the NBA draft a lot, and the number of times I've seen Stauskas compared to JJ Redick is mind-boggling. They're both white and shoot three-pointers... that's about it on their similarities.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||I pick my bracket using log5||
And Kenpom's pythags. The random number generator in Excel picked American to upset Wisconisn... Doubt I was winning that $1 billion anyway.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Is mgoblue working for anyone?||
I'm trying to listen to the feed from the web (not the app), and there's currently no feed. Can't use ESPN because that's blocked at work.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Tough position to be in||
Kids's the top qb in the country. He's undoubtedly asked for info a dozen times a day. He and or his family probably hoped that if he gave some people the scoop on condition of being quiet and leaving them alone, they'd be quiet and leave them alone. Didn't work, but I see why they'd want it to be secret. Just didn't want the fuss.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Presumably Brandon makes some money||
Being in the recruiting coverage business. The poster was criticizing the coverage business in general, but trying not to use broad brushstrokes and criticize Brandon, who had not leaked information he was asked not to leak.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||To be fair to his predecessors||
A lot more early-season tournaments have formed. It used to be the preseason NIT, Alaska, or Hawaii. If you weren't Duke, you weren't going to one every year. Now there are probably a dozen or do options.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, pretty much identical||
Except whereas we lost three of our top contributors, they've got almost all of them for their senior year. No thanks. I'd much rather face Kansas.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||He should||
He's inconsistent and can let his emotions take control, but when he puts it together he's a one-man wrecking crew. Not the player you want to see in single-elimination.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Need to win out||
That will take care of Wisconsin, since that necessarily gives them one more loss, either to us or someone less goof than us. Probably need Nova and Kansas to lose -- and I'm not sure who you want coming through the ACC tournament. It's possible, but Arizona and Florida have a #1 locked up, as does Wichita State if they win tomorrow, and maybe do anyway. It'll take a lot of help. But a 2 is easily obtainable. A win today gives us an insdie track.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Broncos fan here||
I love Champ -- he's been a great player for a long time, but he simply doesn't have it any more. Teams learned in 2012 that they could pick on him, and last year -- ugh. I hope after testing the waters he returns to the Broncos on a one-year deal so he can get a ring, because you need a 4th cornerback, but he shouldn't be a starter, or even a nickelback, at this point.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||I love Miles||
Guys like JB and Miles, who enjoy their job, helping kids grow without throwing them under the bus or splattering them with blood from burst veins, are such a breath of fresh air compared to the Izzo's, Crean's, and Bo Ryan's of the world.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||The Fab 5 is why I love Michigan basketball||
Growing up in upstate New York it would have been easy to root for Syracuse like everyone else, but the fab 5 is what got me started on college basketball. Bums me out what happened with Webber, but CWebb, Juwan, Jalen, Ray, and Jimmy introduced me to the excitement of college basketball. I wish everyone could put the disappointments behind them and remember the excitement they created. The misery from 1998-2008 wasn't even that miserable. Just ask Northwestern fans. I knew we'd be back some day. We deserved a few tourney berths we didn't get anyway, as evidenced by our NIT success.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Takes some people longer than others||
He's got tons of ability. He would not be the first kid to not his potential until his early-to-mid 20s. If you draft him at the end of the first or in the second round, you can have him on your team for very cheap (by NBA standards) for four years.. At the minimum salary if he's a second rounder, or not too far above it at the end of the 1st. If I were running an NBA team, I'd take that chance. If he puts it all together in year 3, I've got a starting caliber player in the cheap, which let's me pay more for a star at another position. Gambles like GR3 that pay off can really set a team up. It's a key factor in how the Spurs have stayed so dominant.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||His ceiling is Ray Allen||
I mean, ceiling, and he's probably not getting there, because Allen is a first-ballot hall of famer. But I can't remember any other lights-out shooters from 3 who also have his playmaking ability. Allen was famous for his work ethic, which Stauskas definitely seems to share.
And yes, I don't think it's a question that he's been better than Reddick, who really was "Just-a-Shooter" until his senior year.
The biggest thing Nik needs to get better at is consistent defense, if he wants to excel at the next level. In the NBA, they'll find you if you're the weakest link on the floor. When that happens enough, you find yourself playing a lot on bad teams, or on the bench of good ones. He's got the size to defend on the wing, and it seems like he's added the strength. At this point I think it's mostly about technique and consistency -- LeBron, hate him tho I do -- gives it at both end, and not one -- Bacari needs to remind him of that. His shot is great -- time to practice something new!
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm aware||
The poster was saying WCS doesn't score or rebound much, and isn't a great free throw shooter. My point is Drummond didn't do that in college either, still can't shoot free throws, and a) had no problem getting drafted in the first round, and b) is a valuable NBA player. The college game is different than the NBA, especially for centers.
Edit: I see now that autocorrect changed UConn to Utah, hence your correction.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Cauley-Stein will go in the first||
And deservedly so. He's the best defensive center in the draft -- is one of the leading shotblockers in the country, and gets a respectable amount of steals. Despite being so active defensively, he blocks more shots than he commits fouls.
He doesn't score much, it's true, but considering he shoots 60%, it's difficult to discern if that's due to ability or the lack of his teammates getting him the ball. If I were a coach, and I had a 7-footer shooting 60% from around the hoop, I'd try to get him more than 5 shots a game. His free throw shooting has also improved from 36% last year to 49% this year. When you think about young 7-footers, he's much better at free throws than Andre Drummond, who shot a ridiculously bad 29.5% as a freshman at Utah, had no trouble getting drafted, is only up to 40% in his second season in the pros, and is considered one of the best young centers in the game. (His rebounding stats compare similarly to Drummond also). I hate Kentucky, but that team has multiple first-rounders on it -- possibly two in the top 10, which just goes to show how bad of a coaching job Cal has done.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Saint Louis is a very good team||
Wichita State went in there and won on the road. That's as good as any of our wins. I wouldn't have been at all surprised if Wichita State could have put up a 15-3 or 14-4 record in the B1G. Undefeated, no way. But I'd rather face Kansas than Wichita.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||In the old days||
This used to be not uncommon in past centuries, and it was a big fear of some people, including Edgar Allen Poe. I believe he was buried with a bell contraption extending into his casket, so he could ring it if he were brief alive.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I agree completely||
Yes, it's a problem there are college athletes at a third -grade reading level, but that problem started well before the kids were "eligible" for high school sports, much less college.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||"Michigan couldn't expel him"||
I think "couldn't" is being mistaken for "didn't" in that statement. Part of the reason this has blown up is that perhaps Michigan "could" have, but didn't. Maybe they couldn't, I don't know, but I think to take it as a given that they would have if they could have is giving too much credit to the University at this point.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It'd be unlikely||
Not impossible, but a lot of it is out of michigan's control. If Kansas runs the table, shouldn't they be a 1-seed? Same with Florida, Zona, and Syracuse or Duke, and some of those probably don't have to win out. And then you have Wichita State, who has to be a #1 seed if they haven't lost since last year's Final Four.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Trying to take Amtrak from NY to DC||
Just crossing my fingers at this point.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||He's also very pro-competition||
Mind you, FCC decisions are always political. But the politics may be that Wheeler (new FCC chair) disapproves of this merger partly to show his independence.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Grad year transfer||
Hoke should find one of those basketball power forwards who wants to play college football for a year to prepare for the NFL.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I work in the antitrust arena||
And while I'm not aware of the specifics of this merger, I would be surprised if this went through. The DOJ antitrust division has been pretty aggressive of late.
|9 weeks 8 hours ago||Don't get down by 14||
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||I can easily see LeVert being a first-rounder next year||
He made a pretty big jump from last year to this year. Another jump would take him to elite. He's also young for his class, which will help him on the draft boards. He's only like a month or so older than Julius Randle, and younger than a lot of the freshmen who went to prep school for a year.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||Not really||
My understanding is that this year is very deep at the top, but thins out by the end of the first round, whereas next year a bit flatter in talent, but deeper.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Coach retention?||
Maybe by increasing Smith's and Manning's duties, this is a way to keep either or both from being poached by another school (like whomever we lost to OK last year).
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||I rarely downvote||
But I'd downvote that 20 times if I could.
|10 weeks 8 hours ago||That's a pretty stuck-up viewpoint||
I highly doubt you've met any of them. It's a kid and his parents disagreeing about a major life choice. Happens all the time. Only difference is that 100s of reporters and bloggers are constantly asking about it, and having a race to be the first to tweet about it. No one has done anything other than disagree... There's been no hint of benefits going anywhere, no drugs... Just a kid who wants one thing from school and parents who want another and aren't willing to give in yet. That's it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Lance Stephenson||
That's who he reminds me of.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||AP Courses||
As another commenter mentioned, your AP scores will be important, in addition to upping your ACT. An ACT of 29 is in the 93rd percentile, which is very very good, but not a slam-dunk. A 31 is the 97th percentile leap-frogging that 4 percent would be helpful.
But you want at least 4s on your APs -- I'm guessing that as a current junior you've taken no more than 1 so far, are probably taking three or four this year, and four next year. High school grading varies so much from school to school that those AP scores are used as a bit of an equalizer. Get a bunch of 4s and 5s this year and you'll stand out a lot more as a student who is likely to have success.
And apply early. More and more schools are filling up their class with a larger portion of early applicants. When I was applying to schools 15 years ago, this mattered, but not much. Now it's critical.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||But were not in 2007||
When said coach whom I've never heard of before was still a coach.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||It's not bad||
We were tied for 25th in that poll last week. Mind you, it was a joke that we were tied for 25th, but 11.5 spots is a pretty big jump for January.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Rivals formula change||
I do believe Rivals changed their point formula during that period. Not a total recruitnik, so I don't remember which year, but I think 2011 or 2012. I have no idea how that formula change would affect things, just that you can't really compare points across all the years.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Mass defections||
I think BOB probably deserves some credit for mass defections not occurring. He brought in better recruiting classes than people thought possible given their sanctions. Franklin's going to have a tough slog for a couple of years, but if he can keep Hackenberg, they should be bowl eligible the first season they can go to a bowl.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Just do what the NBA does||
Let teams advance the ball to half-court after the time out, and make it an intentional foul to foul someone off the ball/before the inbounds so that the inbounding team gets the ball back. Between the inbounding half-court and the continuation foul, you see this strategy much less frequently in the NBA, since it's a lot easier for a player to be in a good shooting position quickly, and the defense is at greater risk of giving up three foul shots instead of two.
I do like the idea though. I agree that the current strategy isn't fun to watch and feels like poor sportsmanship.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||You're not golden||
If you're down three with just seconds left, making two free throws puts you down one and costs you the possession, which you may never get back. Every team would rather the opportunity for a three in that situation.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Then why even allude?||
It only invites speculation.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Posts like this make me miss downvotes||
He was great in 2011 behind an okay, but not great by Michigan standards, o-line. I doubt Wheatley, Biakabutuka, A-Train, or perry could have done much better the past two years, especially coming off that injury. Kid competed every week. Get over yourself.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Stability||
Sometimes stability is underrated. We had instability for pretty much four years. I think the staff needs to be given until 2015. The whole staff. I mean, if Hoke doesn't think Borges or Funk or whomever is cutting it, then fine, but if he does, then I'm okay with the whole staff staying. When the entire interior of the OL has no clue, what do you do? I guess you can redesign things on the fly, and they did that to a small extent, but if you want them to MANBALL in 2015, punting on it in 2013 isn't going to help them learn any more quickly. It stinks, but we knew going in that the interior OL was a huge problem. Heck, we knew that was something to be frightened of last year, when Miller and Bryant couldn't crack the lineup. Next year won't be any prettier with two new tackles and Kugler. Hopefully Kalis gets it figures out.
I hope Brandon continues to be patient. His patience served us well with Beilein, who made the tournament in year 2 only to have a losing record in year 3. Year 4 started out like year 3, and then the team got hot and made the tourney, and now look where we are. Two largely empty recruiting classes (not filled with three-stars, just not filled) is tough to manage back-to-back. We need the effects of that to be almost completely passed before making a true judgment. In the meanwhile, root for the kids to do the best they can.
|23 weeks 18 hours ago||I have a keeper league that has a four round rookie draft||
I picked him up a round earlier than I should have in that league because I didn't want to miss out. Also, I thought he'd get a bit more run than he has, and his RB/WR dual eligibility in my league gave him some extra value. But I should have picked Mike Glennon, who I thought would be there another 10 picks. Oh well.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Beilein is a great evaluator||
But he was also one of the first to talk to Booker. Everyone else just saw him quickly enough to get involved, unlike Levert or even GRIII.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||I enjoy the wins more||
If I'm a pessimist going in. Also, they're still reaping the rewards of Tatgate, so they have a better base of talent.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||It depends||
Do we lose a close one? Did the refs only call one penalty on Staee? Is it terrible weather? Do we lose 63-0? If we lose 63-0, my opinion will change. Otherwise, not so much, since my expectation this year was 9-3, losing to Ohio, and losing two road games.
But again, how we play matters. Coming off a bye week, I'd hope we don't look unprepared. That will disappoint me.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Bosch||
Is a year younger. It would be pretty natural for him to be behind others on the depth chart initially. And one would hope that even as an early enrollee he'd be enough behind others in spring practice that he couldn't catch up after only spring, as otherwise what have the other OLs been doing all year. That he's been able to pass about 5 guys ahead of him on the depth chart speaks highly of him, but says very little about coaching, except that coaches are willing to keep evaluating the depth chart.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Same day as I close on my first ever home||
If I get screwed over from something weird happening at closing, it'll be because I've even reloading mgoblog all day, I guess.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Saw it live||
It was the first targeting play I'd seen, and it made me like the rule. He the receiver who was jumping and completely defenseless, and the defender led with his shoulder and hit him around the neck/facemask area. If this is the type of play targeting gets called for, I have absolutely no problem with this rule. Now, they do need to fix the rule about overturning the penalty in addition to the ejection, but that's a small quibble, since how many other 15-yard penalties are automatically reviewed after they're called?
If you like watching sports where people die in combat, build a time machine and go back to Ancient Rome. Football is fun, but if rules can be put in place to help prevent serious head and neck injuries, then they should do so. I frankly think the NFL should adopt this rule too. If Brandon Merriweather gets thrown out of the first half of every game, he'll learn what targeting is very quickly, or be out of the league.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I'd be fine limiting when you could snap the ball||
Maybe require 10 seconds to run from the play clock. In addition to the defense not having a chance to set up, refs are running so fast to catch up to the offense so as to not slow them down that they're all out of position, don't have time to check to see if formations are legal, and are themselves out of breath. You want a well-called game -- don't make the refs have to gasp for air all the time.
And the video review booth has no shot whatsoever. You can still run a pretty effective no huddle if you snap it after 10 seconds. But this 7-8 seconds some teams do, while entertaining yesterday, seems to be stretching it to me.
|28 weeks 15 hours ago||Sims||
I think he's got an okay chance to make the Celtics. They only have 14 players with guaranteed contracts, and have just enough room to add one player with a rookie-minimum salary deal and stay under the salary cap. They've also had him in camp before and with their affiliiated D-league team in Maine, so they know his game and like it enough to keep giving him a chance. I think it's between him and Kammron Taylor for an unguaranteed two-year contract with that final roster spot, although the edge goes to Taylor because he's a point guard and Rondo is injured. Whichever player wins the spot will probably be waived in early January, however, before the contract becomes guaranteed for the rest of the year per the CBA.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Clearly the refs thought he got his knee down||
Otherwise they should have stopped the clock for change of possession shortly after the ASU player fell on the ball.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||I think that throwing is more important to the staff||
They're going to look kids who can make all the throws first. If the kid can also run, like Gardner, all the better, but a lot of high school "dual- threat" qbs really can't throw at all.
Look at Andrew luck. Most people wouldn't call him a dual-threat quarterback, but he's relatively effective at running the ball when he needs to, because he's fast enough, and defenses are more worried about his arm. I think he's the type of qb that would fit this staff's ideals more than Cam Newton, if you want to compare consecutive #1 picks.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||55-13 Michigan||
Probably taken already.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I think Chesson will emerge||
Darboh was ahead of Chesson the entire spring and summer until he got hurt, so Gardner probably doesn't have the confidence/comfort in/with Jehu yet. I'm sure Borges will point out how wide open he is during film sessions, and he'll get at least a target or two the next couple of weeks. But the Notre Dame game wasn't the week to get Gardner away from his comfort zone of Gallon. The next two weeks plus the bye should fix it.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Jaguars||
Denard obviously, but that division isn't anything special, and I think Gabbert is going to surprise some people this year if he stays healthy.
More likely is Saints and Eagles.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Personally||
I was a little uneasy with the joke, but never enough to say anything about it, because it's a relatively anonymous sports blog and people make jokes that I don't like. But when I recently heard about the rape allegations, it became a little too chauvinistic and objectifying of women for my taste. Also, it's been a joke for almost 20 months now, and it probably should be running its course anyway. Things can get overplayed, regardless of your initial feelings about the humor.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think it's the hair color that matters||
I think it's the rape allegations combined with a slightly chauvinistic joke that doesn't sit well with him (at least that's my guess, because I'm a little sick of the brunette jokes too).
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Disappointing||
Unlike some OSU players, he always seemed classier. Hopefully he works on his anger issues and makes this a one-time event, and not the beginnging of a long-term problem.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks||
That's a tough one for my fat phone fingers.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||1994 Purdue-Michigan||
Only M game I've ever attended. I remember the PA announcer stumbling over Tshimanga Biakabutuka. Nice to see footage of it preserved.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Teams with easy schedules||
I root for whichever team(s) have cupcake schedules that might allow them to waltz into a title game. This year that team is Louisville. Their schedule is embarrassing, and I hate the they can't control who they play nonsense. Ohio (Bobcats) might be their best non-conference opponent, and their in-conference schedule isn't much better.
|33 weeks 10 hours ago||Norfleet is a 7||
Norfleet is a 7, blocking is a 1, so that averages to 4.
|33 weeks 12 hours ago||Nailed it||
Questionable hits can get you a full-game. A half-game is just a made up punishment because they either have nothing, don't want to punish the player who will make them the most money, or both. It's a bigger joke than no punishment at all.
|33 weeks 14 hours ago||If we can get Hand and McDowell for next year||
This D-Line could be set for the next half-decade. Can't wait for the games to start to confirm how much depth we have!
|33 weeks 16 hours ago||"Lineman"||
He may be a unique object. So definitely not.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Yes I did||
Always confused them in my head for some reason. Hopefully Bolden has an all-conference season in his future to remind me who he is.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Poole and Bolden?||
The depth-chart-by-class page in this site has shown 3 available for a little bit, so I don't know where the talk of only 1 came from.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Ryan Tannehill is the one that immediately jumps to mind||
But I'm sure there are others with less than 2 years' experience.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Heck, why not||
32, DC. From upstate NY originally, never went to UM, but was raise by two fanatics who met there. Went to one of those NESCAC schools, so I don't have any real college sports teams to cross allegiances with. Currently work for a federal agency that will remain nameless (mostly so that I can say what I want here without getting in too much trouble. Or maybe it's the CIA. Who knows?)
|34 weeks 15 hours ago||Bellomy last year||
Didn't he get hurt last year in the Nebraska game and miss the rest of the year (concussion maybe)? He could maybe get a medical redshirt for last year and a 6th year due to this year.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Not surprised by this at all||
1) Gabbert has played better.
They'd be wise to not judge Gabbert on his team's W-L record, however, because there are still a lot of flaws on that team.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||I don't get the concern||
5-star freshman forces senior to different position should be a good thing, since that means the 5-star freshman was as good as advertised.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||"Call off the jam"||
Borges knows roller derby??
|35 weeks 4 days ago||Isn't that how K-State got Beasley and Bill Walker?||
I swear I remember hearing that one of their AAU coaches was hired by them.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||General excitement level: low||
I mean, I'm always glad when a kid wants to go to Michigan, and he's a Wangler, and coaches know best, but do we really need another linebacker? We've already got three committed, we took three last class, we still have four from last year's freshmen even after some attrition, and we've only got four junior and seniors leaving us the next two seasons. Furthermore we only play three LBs at a time. Certainly there must be a position of greater need.
Again I'm glad for him that he's got the opportunity, and I think he should take it and come to Michigan, but I just don't get the offer in the first place.
|36 weeks 15 hours ago||Can this be reposted at season's end?||
I'll want the opportunity to laugh in hindsight as well.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||US Cellular||
My favorite part about Comiskey being called US cellular field is that US Cellular sold their Chicago operations to Sprint earlier this year.
|39 weeks 19 hours ago||Rondo is staying with my Celtics||
You can't have him. Dumars should have picked Trey.
Also, I laugh at some criticisms of Rondo. He's ridiculously competitive and will make your team better. If you don't believe that, you must have missed him playing the last five minutes of the game and overtime after tearing his ACL, and showing up for shootaround for the next game thinking he'd just strained his hamstring. Or when he beat the Heat in a playoff game with one arm. Or when he pretty much single-handedly carried the Celtics to 7 games in the ECF in 2012.
And he's got a jump shot. While long 2s are generally a bad thing, he hits them at around 50%, so they're a fine shot for him. He's got this wonderful pull-up from 18 feet out to the left of the free throw line which he'll bury when teams sag off him. And his 3-pointer is coming along as well, but for most of his career he's played with great, veteran shooters, and his job was to get them the ball, and the shots he does take are late in the shot clock when the play has broken down. Last year was the first time he looked for his shot, and so he took better ones.
Go pay too much for Brandon Jennings.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Morris did all right for himself||
He made $962,185 last year, which was only a little bit less than what Jimmy Butler, the last first rounder from Morris' draft, made at $1,066,920.
Morris will probably sign for $884,293 this year, with a second year next year that will be either non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed, but will be for $948,163 if he makes it the team. He might make a slight amount more than that if he re-signs with the Lakers, but he's probably destined to be a minimum-salary player for the rest of his career (which isn't bad, because those salaries I listed are the minimums for players with his level of experience).
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Rough road B1G schedule||
@ Michigan, MSU, Wiscy, and OSU? I feel they've earned their protected game with Purdue.
|41 weeks 2 hours ago||As a die-hard Celtics fan||
I couldn't be more excited about this. I don't buy the "he's a college coach" line of thinking. You don't have the success he's had with the talent pool he's had at his age without really understanding basketball. The Celtics value organizational stability, and I expect he'll be given the chance to stay there for a very long time.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Official visits||
He's still going to take an official visit here for the ND game. That he's not taking many, if any, visits in the summer is a good sign, since it means he feels pretty content with the information he already has.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Mostly excited||
It's always great when someone chooses Michigan. But I'm a llittle concerned about their high school and its commitment to academics, because I want our kids to succeed off the field and on.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||I doubt he falls that far||
If he falls past the Pistons, I bet some team will try to move up for him. At 12 he's in steal of the draft territory.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||I also agree||
You refer to him as the BF enough through the posting -- you could have kept it that way throughout. I get that you included it to give the story more credibility, but if the two were together for about three years in A2, I bet people know her name.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||I found it more interesting||
That Urban Meyerr copied Louisville's sign practically verbatim. He builds character like he recruits!
|44 weeks 1 day ago||*they're||
Welcome to the board. People here seem to really like grammar.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||I assume you mean percentile?||
59% sounds really low if it means 59% of Michigan players are passing. Percentile is disappointing, but is have to imagine an improvement from a couple of year's ago.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||I thought transfers didn't hurt||
As long as the player was in good academic standing at the time of the transfer. But I have a very limited understanding of APR, other than you must have really screwed up to be penalized.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||I know I'll be there||
Well, assuming I can't leave the misery that is DC before then. I was disappointed that the MD game wasn't 2014.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Oops||
Grew up a Giants fan in the 80's -- maybe if I keep calling him Leonard Marshall that's what he'll become?
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Trolling?||
Come now. Flamebait I get, and dont object to, but trolling?
|45 weeks 3 days ago||I was shocked||
That they were still in the discussion. And I would be shocked if he goes there too. But after Leonard Marshall's amazing trolling of them, I felt bad.
I guess I have recruiting-privileged guilt, or something.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Well Ohio doesn't either||
And no one deserves the punishment of Magenta Brian Kelly, so I went with them. I'd root for Illinois or someone even more needy as the charity school, but MSU was the only choice Jones presented.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||If he doesn't come here||
I hope he goes to Sparty. Pains me to say it, but they really need a win. I'm beginning to feel bad for them.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Your will is done||
Glad we fielded that one cleanly!
|45 weeks 4 days ago||They get slick||
The dirt absorbs the moisture so the pitcher can get a grip. The same thing is done with baseballs, at least in the pros.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Bummer||
But I'll take a 2-0 lead!
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Bases loaded!||
And a pitching change with one out in the third!
|45 weeks 4 days ago||HR!||
|45 weeks 4 days ago||A hit!||
I don't think we thought coming into the Series that our first one wouldn't be until Sunday!
|45 weeks 4 days ago||They sure harped on pitch counts||
During the Nebraska game, for something so irrelevant. (Not doubting you. New to softball.)
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Had that pitcher on the ropes early||
Pity we couldn't capitalize. Although 30 pitches with five batters -- she can't be long for this game at that pace.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Page 3||
And the game hasn't started yet. People cliciking this thread tomorrow to catch up might get a bit confused.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Not at all||
He missed a clear strike three in that at-bat the wound up as the game-winning hit. Right down the middle. Maybe even two of them, but they didn't show a replay on the second, only the overhead shot live.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Do we have the same umps?||
If so, I'm not looking forward to this game.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||No||
The third baseman was the batter. The girl sliding into third was the pitcher.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||My reverse jinx worked!||
My reverse jinx worked!
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Sure, now you get a double||
This game is totally going to the 16th.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Glad she seems okay||
That would be a sad way to end this exciting, if not frustrating, game.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Gyah!||
I've never been so angry at a great play by an amateur athlete in a game in which I had no rooting interest!
|45 weeks 4 days ago||One game at a time||
Let's beat ASU when we get the chance -- but getting to the mercy rule quickly certainly has an added bonus!
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Is there any sort of curfew/too late to play rule?||
Even a walk-off right now (which isn't happening) means our game starts at 11 pm local at the earliest.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||I like how the announcers called that last play||
"And she is called out!" Not she is out.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Sounds like another great student-athlete||
I'm sure he'll make Michigan fans proud on the field and off it.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||You're getting spoiled||
People are excited because:
a) It's always exciting when someone picks Michigan
b) It's a recruiting battle with Ohio, and we like winning those
c) Typically players who Michigan and Ohio fight over are better than generic three-stars, so there's some belief that his rating is too low based on that interest.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||DB?||
Isn't D'Antonio more likely to put a claim in for "Galactic"?
|45 weeks 5 days ago||The fact that he is now the story||
means he should be gone. There are thousands of people who could capably do his job and keep his/her mouth shut about their obviously controversial (at best) views.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Posted yesterday||
This board is fast.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||NC State||
They've had some pretty good qb talent over the past decade or so, with Rivers, Wilson, and Glennon. I'd personally be pleased if Speight turned out to be so good.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Cable debundling won't happen for awhile||
Big cable companies make more money with the current system, so they have no impetus to change. The FCC could push things along, but a la carte pricing has been pushed for by consumers for 20 years, and they're no closer to that now than they were then, and I doubt the new leadership there will change that. Until content providers de-couple themselves from cable en masse, revenues will be there (and decoupling from cable might actually benefit sports content providers). Media revenue is very safe for sports for some time.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Happy birthday to me!||
|47 weeks 7 hours ago||There's also the possibility||
That he thought run up the middle on third and 4 would work. Maybe Ohio had a tendency to leave the middle open to runs in that situation from prior game film. Maybe he thought he had set up that run from an earlier call in the game. Maybe it was the right call, and Ohio did play it the way he expected, but there was poor execution.
I agree that it didn't work. But I don't think his points were necessarily inconsistent.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||I'd be surprised if Porter fell past the Wizards||
He plays a position they need and went to Georgetown, so he's easy to market.
That said, I think they'd be smarter to try and trade Wall and pick Burke.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||I doubt it||
Greivis Vazquez had a very good year. Even led the NBA in assists, I think. I mean, it always depends who else is available, and whether or not they want to commit to Vazquez long-term (he can sign an extension to his rookie deal this offseason), but PG was not a weakness for New Orleans last year.
Unfortunately for Trey it could be a bit of a wait if Orlando doesn't take him, unless some team wisely trades up. But the Pistons could end up lucking out (if they'd even know what to do with the pick.)
|48 weeks 2 days ago||I hope this isn't true||
He seems like a good, hard-working kid. I'd rather he stayed.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Does ESPN have a public methodology for team rankings?||
I know the other services publicly say how they create their rankings, but I've never seen ESPN's.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||It's not clear what Hagerup's status is||
At least not to me. He's allowed to practice, but not participate in games, so has an effective redshirt. Maybe I missed it in the article, but it seems to me that his scholarship this year is not a given, but I'm not sure. That plus Kaleb Ringer's departure would clear one scholly. Regardless, I'll assume if this kid is interested in Michigan that he's talked to the coaches and is at least aware of the availability of a scholarship.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||You're not at all scared that DG gets hurt?||
That's definitely my biggest fear. A true freshman and a walk-on redshirt freshman are the backups. We really need to get a grad-school transfer.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||If you click on the link||
You'll see that football outsiders has the by-line for the article. Mgoblog is just quicker than ESPN in talking about online content.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Football outsiders||
I'm fairly certain that they share some of their content with ESPN, which is why this is the same as last week's post.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Source?||
Not doubting you, but the most I could find about him was that he liked his visit in March, and doesn't seem the type to talk to reporters much. I don't subscribe to any sites, however, so I freely admit I could have missed something.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Braden Smith||
I think I remember him sounding pretty interested in Michigan a couple months back. Does anyone know what's up with him? He'd obviously be a great option for the OL as well.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Lack of depth could be a real problem||
We have none at QB, and about the same on the OL (in that its either freshman replacements, or upper classmen replacements who couldn't beat out the freshmen). I do think the ceiling is higher than 9-3 if we keep the key players healthy, but if you have any sort of probabilistic model, you have to account for the possibility that Gardner, Lewan, or Schofield get hurt, at which point things can get ugly in a hurry.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Insurance after graduation||
While I think this would be a good thing, could Michigan even offer five years (or any amount of time) of insurance after graduation, and still be within the confines of NCAA rules? Considering full cost of attendance isn't allowed, I can't imagine this would be.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||I haven't seen them in print||
But that's what they were talking about on NFL network after he was picked.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||I lose the race||
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Early reports||
Are that the Jags see him as a RB.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Henne to Denard?||
That'd be fun to see!
|50 weeks 6 days ago||That OSU DT||
I don't remember his name, because OSU, but he's been mentioned in a lot of mocks in the last 10 of the first round.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Al Albuquerque||
I don't know why he doesn't get a chance. He's got the best stuff in that bullpen, and he's been quite effective in late-game situations. Not a Tigers fan, but is want him over Valverde.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Sounds like a lot of father-son relationships||
Don't know why it's worth mentioning on the Internet.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Depends what he's looking for||
If he wants a good chance at a starting job, then he should not come here. If he wants to be an important part of a great team (backup qbs are certainly important) while earning a graduate degree from a great school, then why not? I imagine it's the former, not the latter, with him, but should we get any grad qb transfer, it won't be due to available playing time.
|1 year 1 week ago||Reconciliation has to start some time||
Tomorrow is as good as any.
And also, the anti-Chris Webber revisionist history has always bugged me. Michigan was down two in the final seconds when the Time Out heppened. Their win probability had to be pretty low in that situation, before the mistake. It's not like he cost Michigan that championship. We were probably going to lose anyway.
It's also not like Webber was the only one who took things. Nearly a decade of wins were wiped out -- C-Webb only was at Michigan for two years. It's frankly lucky that the '89 championship wasn't taken away as well.
The kid was in high school, maybe middle school, when Martin started giving him money. And he's been vilified for 15 years for it. It's time for us to let it go, and for him to let it go. I would hope he's there tomorrow, since it's not the Fab Five without him.
Steve Fisher can stay far away tho. Adults should know better.
|1 year 1 week ago||Juwan Howard||
Technically has an NBA game to play in (or more likely sit on the bench for) tonight, so I can't imagine he'll be there. The Heat are off on Monday, so if we hypothetically get that far, maybe that would be the day for the reunion. King, Jackson, and Rose will all be there tonight, I bet.
|1 year 1 week ago||Don't be alarmed||
He only uses half of the buttons.
|1 year 1 week ago||Attitude issues?||
The kid turned down major college offers to play for his dad, then quit when his dad was fired. I don't see how that's an attitude issue, or even an indication of one. So he didn't like Pitt. Would you?
That said, I'm not sure how much, if at all, Beilein looked at him post CMU, and I doubt we have the scholarship for him now anyway. Not to mention the difficultly of transferring into Michigan.
|1 year 1 week ago||Double post||
|1 year 1 week ago||I don't see a coverup either||
But I also didn't see anything that said his attempt to help his coach fix his behavior didn't work. Yesterday afternoon he was saying that he'd seen all the video, taken action, and that if something new came up would take more action. What new came up in the last 12 hours aside from the politicians getting involved? He hasn't even been coaching for the last few weeks. If the AD was doing his job monitoring the situation, there should have been nothing new since the season ended. And likely there wasn't anything new, other than political pressure to make a different decision than he made the first time.
I'm not sure the AD deserves to lose his job, but if Rice is able to get his full severance since nothing new happened since Decemeber when he was first punished, I would change my opinion.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||A bit of both||
Cuban likes attention for himself and his team. He also wants a winning team, and if Griner were somehow good enough (I doubt she will be, but she is great), then I don't think he'd be upset if it worked.
That said, I fear the anti-title IX backlash, so I'd rather it didn't happen.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||If I'm not mistaken||
He worked at a Dairy Queen for a day after DQ workers were offended. He said making Blizzards was difficult and apologized.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Villarreal||
I have no idea why he didnt get a real chance to win the job himself this year, or why he was left off the post-season roster last year. Not quite as good against lefties, maybe, but still held them to a .507 OPS last year, which is great. Seems like he's fourth or fifth in line, but he's got great stuff, and great numbers to go with his stuff.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||In the B1G||
That's simply out of bounds off the offensive player.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Go win the NIT||
or at least get to Madison Square Garden, and then complain. It's the best way to prove you were a snub, and you can have a good time doing it. That was always my hope for Michigan when we barely missed out, and a few times we did just that.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||A link above indicates he would have been tied for 6th||
There were four players who didn't run, so if you include them as running above 4.56 he'd be tenth, but otherwise it looks like 6th.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Was he?||
I heard his offer wasn't commitable.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||It can be fixed by surgery||
But it also can recur, depending on your physiology. I've dealt with this problem for about 15 years since I was a teen. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Denard experiences this again in his lifetime, since it looked to me in 2011 that he was having this problem, and not just this year. The I-can't-feel-my-fingers-hand-shaking is very easy to recognize if you've done it most of your life.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I wonder if we'll start to see more of this before we see less||
College sports have become so competitive, with players spending tons of time and energy with S&C programs. Negligence on the coaches/trainers is certainly involved, but I wonder if athletes aren't getting pushed closer and closer to the edge, making the line of rhabdo easier to fall across. I read an SI article from a few years ago which mentioned a training camp study of the Philadelphia Eagles, and most of the Eagles showed a symptom (very dark urine) of rhabdo, just from a practice. It's nice to find a scapegoat, such as a coach or trainer, and perhaps the incidents are isolated enough to warrant that. But given the value on measurables, such as number of reps or max lifts, in the athletic community, it's possible that these coaches and trainers were simply the unlucky ones who designed a workout that was that final degree too intense.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Oversigning||
Didn't they get 35 recruits this year? I'm pretty sure they've got the hang of oversigning already. I'm fine with mocking TAMU, but they're clearly quick studies in the ways of the SEC.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I didn't say MLB did the best possible testing||
Relative to other US sports, they do, however. And I believe starting this year, they will be using blood tests for HGH.
They also test for masking agents, and I'm fairly sure have suspended some players for that.
Regardless, professional sports testing will always be behind the users, because a) you can't test for things until after you know they exist and b) because unions are allowed to collectively bargain testing procedures (as well they should, to protect their membership from false positives.)
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Doesn't pass the smell test||
Those are four huge names. If they were caught, this would be due to testing last year. Maybe the offseason, but I'd doubt it for all four. A lot of people would know, from multiple teams. Braun's 2011 test, which ocurred in October of that year, was reported on in December 2011. I can't see that these names were sat on for 5 months.
Cano and the Yankees are supposedly close to announcing a huge contract extension. No way they'd be talking if this was about to blow up in the news.
As for PED use in baseball -- MLB does more testing, plain and simple. Compared with football, the season is much longer, which creates more opportunities for tests. I'd be surprised if usage rates differed much across most sports, so the more you test, the more you catch.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Not really||
If Stauskas is almost always out there when Burke is, but Burke is on the court a decent amount when Stauskas is off, then that stat could tell you that whoever replaces Stauskas is not as good as Stauskas, which is what lowers Burke's +/- below Stauskas. +/- is overrated, maybe, but it has utility, especially when comparing two players who are substitutes for each other on the same team (Stauskas vs. Levert), because more of the other variables (other players on the court) are similar.
That said, I'd be curious about Stauskas vs. Levert's +/- the last 10 games. Stauskas got to rack up nice numbers early in the year when Caris wasn't playing much. It's also nice that they're both great contributors as freshman, and I would expect they'll be on the court more at the same time in the coming years.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||3-point line||
When looking at 3-point numbers from older Michigan players, it's good to remember that the line has moved back a foot the past 4 years. Although with grant its more interesting, since the 3 point shot didn't exist at all until his junior year.
I was too young to have seen him play. The first Michigan games I remember watching were the 1989 final four..
|1 year 6 weeks ago||My prediction||
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Do you watch football?||
I'm sure you do. I bet you watch a lot. Now think back on all those games you've seen. I'm sure there have been a lot of missed blocks. They happen, especially in college, but also the pros. Sometimes D-linemen get to come clean in on the hapless offensive players.
But again, think of all those. Have you ever seen a player get hit so hard that his helmet flies 10-yards backwards, and that hit was perfectly clean? I haven't. Vincent Smith is a tough dude, and I'm sure it's not the first time he's been the victim of a missed block, but it's the first time he's been practically devoured by the defender. Add on top of that that the defender had both the presence of mind and the coordination to pick up the loose football with one hand, and it becomes an even better play.
Jadaveon Clowney had the opportunity to make that play because there was a missed block. But he was able to make that play because he's incredibly quick for someone that size, incredibly strong, and has great coordination. He was the #1 recruit two years ago, had a terrific season, and deserves all the accolades that he's getting. Does it stink that this play occurred against Michigan? Yes. Do I feel bad for Vincent Smith? Certainly. But there aren't many college D-lineman who could have gotten into the backfield so quickly in order to make that hit, or who are strong enough to make that hit, or who are coordinated enough to pick that football up with one hand and get up to start running in the same move. Certainly there aren't 100. Otherwise we would have seen something like that before, because every week there are plenty of blown assignments creating such opportunities.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Boston||
They are likely to pick around the time when Burke will be selected, and have an injured starting point guard and no real backup. And they have Jared Sullinger. Did you know Burke and Sullinger are best friends? I didn't.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||It's quite different||
Firstly, if the ref's get it wrong, a kid can be thrown out of the game.
Secondly, it can have a much larger impact on the score. Two shots and the ball is huge.
Thirdly, and arguably most importantly, it's abusing a rule that is designed to protect kids. The point is to try to prevent concussions. But Crean coached Sheehey to contort himself under that players elbow and try to get hit in the head, or make it look that way. It flies in the face of anything resembling sportsmanship. It should in itself be a flagrant, and possibly a suspendible offense, for player and coach.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Without question||
I'm sure he teaches them to flop. The rules about elbows are terrible. Even if he did get hit, which he didn't, he was crouching, trying to get below the Minnesota player's arms from behind. I wish they called flagrants on flopping. If they're already going to the monitor, it's easy to see.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||It is Parrker Westphal||
Spelling is important.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Pronunciation?||
Anyone know? Mown? Mon-EE? Mon-AY? Something else?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I doubt it's something that gets practiced much, if ever||
Up by three, 3 seconds left, with fouls to give? Kids were probably told to foul, but make sure they aren't shooting, and don't foul too hard (such that there's no flagrant), and play good defense so that if they get a shot, it's just a prayer. But I doubt they'd ever practiced it, because it's such a low-prob scenario, and just playing good fundamental defense limits the odds to a sport center play of the week. Which is what happened, and that's life.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Those refs?||
I bet they'd have called a foul. At Wisconsin, Bo Ryan about to devour them, that's 3 foul shots.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I'd prefer 10.||
Home field advantage is so important. I'd hate to see conference championships decided because one team got 5 home games and the other got 4.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I'd love it if Ohio were saying that||
It shouldn't be that hard to convince a recruit that he's staying at Michigan, where they can get NFL-level coaching.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Rivals lists his Michigan interest as high||
Along with Bama, South Carolina, Florida, and Va Tech. To say that he is likely to come to Michigan is obviously a stretch, but to say there is a legitimate chance is not. He's the #1 recruit, so it could definitely be undecided until signing day.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Not necessarily||
I mean, the OC clearly has some job function beyond calling plays -- likely preparing the players to execute the plays that are called. It is not inconceivable that an OC with these responsibilities could be doing an inadequate job.
I doubt that's what happened here, mind you, as LK is clearly scapegoating. But in the broader sense I don't think it's indefensible.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Double post||
|1 year 9 weeks ago||My grandmother went to State||
Everyone else in the family went to Michigan, and she rooted for them too. But the rare time State won in football, she'd get this wry smirk on her face, and remind everyone that her master's was from there.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||It's not like this was his first go-round with the police||
He was arrested for marijuana possession (big whup, I know, but still against the rules and poor decision-making) and resisted arrest to the point that the police Tazed him. Twice. And pulled a gun on him after Taze two because he was still violent. Just this past November. And sure, maybe police occasionally misuse their arsenal, but it doesn't excuse his behavior. So while Snyder may not have known about this new incident, it's to their own discredit that they considered him a commit until this week.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||The glory of amateurism is wonderful||
I get it (sort of...). But the NBA draft is very fickle, and not at all to be compared with the NFL draft. If you're a first-round pick, that is a two-year guaranteed contract at the very minimum, worth between approximately $1-5 mil a year for those first years, depending where you're picked. If you're in the second round, you're likely looking at a non-guaranteed contract for the NBA minimum, with playing in Europe as your only leverage in negotations. Staying in school when you're a first-round lock, as Burke currently is, is risking financial security and a couple guaranteed years in the NBA on an injury, performance not living up to expectations, or just the whims of NBA talent evaluators. I frankly think it would be foolish for any player who has played himself from a borderline first-round talent to first-round lock to stick around an extra year in college, at least from a financial perspective and NBA career perspective. Certainly a few have done it, the UNC kids being the most notable a few years ago, but just because it sounds nice to those of us not weighing the option of living out our dream of playing in the NBA and making millions for another year of college doesn't mean it's at all a sensible idea. I don't think staying in college will be remotely tempting for him.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||A few reasons||
Firstly, Burke's been in the 15-20 range for most NBA draft boards, so #27 was a bit low. Even just moving him near where he is in everyone else's rankings would be a significant jump, so that's a large contributor.
Secondly, a few of the players in the low-teens of this board have been seeing their stock fall of late, especially the Kentucky players not named Noel, so part of the rise is also due to the regression of others around him.
Thirdly, he's looked decent against very good competition -- not dominant, but with the exception of the first Ohio game, he's been solid. If an analyst was discounting his performance to date due to having excelled against lesser teams, they may believe his performance is less of a mirage now.
That said, while I love Burke, there's no way he's getting drafted before Michael Carter Williams, unless the latter has an injury or off-court issue that raises real red flags, so I think #9 is a little high.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I don't disagree||
I'm just saying I think GR3 has an NBA future, and that his game will translate. He does need to improve defensively, but is he going to get the opportunity to do that in college playing the 4? He did all right on DeShaun Thomas last night, but often he's not matched up against a player who requires the same type of defense he'd need to play in the NBA.
Green was great in college, but GR3 has been quite productive for a freshman, especially given his role. Here's a comparison of their freshman stats. They're certainly comparable.
Will GR3 be a superstar? Probably not. Nor will he be an all-star. But he certainly could play 30 minutes a game on a contender. I'm a Celtics fan, and I'd be giddy if we got GR3, even after only one year of school. He's the type of player you can plug into your rotation and not have to worry about drawing up plays for. Would it be nice if you could give him the ball at the top of the key, have him drive and then pass it to someone for a better shot? Absolutely. But low-maintenance contributors are valuable too.