I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|2 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 3 days 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.
|4 weeks 3 days 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 4 days 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.
|5 weeks 4 days 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.
|5 weeks 4 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.
|5 weeks 4 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.
|6 weeks 3 hours 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.
|6 weeks 6 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.
|9 weeks 3 days 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.
|11 weeks 6 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.
|12 weeks 2 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.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||55-13 Michigan||
Probably taken already.
|12 weeks 4 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.
|13 weeks 23 hours 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.
|13 weeks 23 hours 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.
|13 weeks 1 day 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).
|13 weeks 3 days 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.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks||
That's a tough one for my fat phone fingers.
|13 weeks 3 days 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.
|13 weeks 3 days 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.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Norfleet is a 7||
Norfleet is a 7, blocking is a 1, so that averages to 4.
|14 weeks 2 days 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.
|14 weeks 2 days 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!
|14 weeks 3 days ago||"Lineman"||
He may be a unique object. So definitely not.
|14 weeks 5 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.
|14 weeks 5 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.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Ryan Tannehill is the one that immediately jumps to mind||
But I'm sure there are others with less than 2 years' experience.
|15 weeks 1 day 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?)
|15 weeks 3 days 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.
|15 weeks 4 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.
|16 weeks 13 hours 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.
|16 weeks 14 hours ago||"Call off the jam"||
Borges knows roller derby??
|17 weeks 3 hours 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.
|17 weeks 23 hours 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.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Can this be reposted at season's end?||
I'll want the opportunity to laugh in hindsight as well.
|19 weeks 1 day 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.
|20 weeks 3 days 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.
|21 weeks 5 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).
|22 weeks 53 min ago||Rough road B1G schedule||
@ Michigan, MSU, Wiscy, and OSU? I feel they've earned their protected game with Purdue.
|22 weeks 2 days 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.
|22 weeks 4 days 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.
|22 weeks 6 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.
|23 weeks 2 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.
|23 weeks 2 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.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||I found it more interesting||
That Urban Meyerr copied Louisville's sign practically verbatim. He builds character like he recruits!
|25 weeks 4 days ago||*they're||
Welcome to the board. People here seem to really like grammar.
|26 weeks 2 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.
|26 weeks 2 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.
|26 weeks 5 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.
|26 weeks 5 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?
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Trolling?||
Come now. Flamebait I get, and dont object to, but trolling?
|26 weeks 5 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.
|26 weeks 5 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.
|26 weeks 5 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.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Your will is done||
Glad we fielded that one cleanly!
|26 weeks 6 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.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Bummer||
But I'll take a 2-0 lead!
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Bases loaded!||
And a pitching change with one out in the third!
|26 weeks 6 days ago||HR!||
|26 weeks 6 days ago||A hit!||
I don't think we thought coming into the Series that our first one wouldn't be until Sunday!
|26 weeks 6 days ago||They sure harped on pitch counts||
During the Nebraska game, for something so irrelevant. (Not doubting you. New to softball.)
|26 weeks 6 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.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Page 3||
And the game hasn't started yet. People cliciking this thread tomorrow to catch up might get a bit confused.
|26 weeks 6 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.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Do we have the same umps?||
If so, I'm not looking forward to this game.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||No||
The third baseman was the batter. The girl sliding into third was the pitcher.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||My reverse jinx worked!||
My reverse jinx worked!
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Sure, now you get a double||
This game is totally going to the 16th.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Glad she seems okay||
That would be a sad way to end this exciting, if not frustrating, game.
|26 weeks 6 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!
|26 weeks 6 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!
|26 weeks 6 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.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I like how the announcers called that last play||
"And she is called out!" Not she is out.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Sounds like another great student-athlete||
I'm sure he'll make Michigan fans proud on the field and off it.
|27 weeks 48 min 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.
|27 weeks 2 hours ago||DB?||
Isn't D'Antonio more likely to put a claim in for "Galactic"?
|27 weeks 21 hours 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.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Posted yesterday||
This board is fast.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 4 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.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Happy birthday to me!||
|28 weeks 2 days 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.
|28 weeks 3 days 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.
|28 weeks 3 days 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.)
|29 weeks 5 days ago||I hope this isn't true||
He seems like a good, hard-working kid. I'd rather he stayed.
|30 weeks 21 hours 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.
|30 weeks 1 day 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.
|30 weeks 3 days 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.
|30 weeks 3 days 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.
|30 weeks 3 days 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.
|30 weeks 3 days 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.
|30 weeks 3 days 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.
|31 weeks 23 hours 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.
|31 weeks 2 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.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||I haven't seen them in print||
But that's what they were talking about on NFL network after he was picked.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||I lose the race||
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Early reports||
Are that the Jags see him as a RB.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Henne to Denard?||
That'd be fun to see!
|32 weeks 1 day 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.
|32 weeks 3 days 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.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Sounds like a lot of father-son relationships||
Don't know why it's worth mentioning on the Internet.
|33 weeks 2 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.
|34 weeks 5 days 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.
|35 weeks 3 hours 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.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Don't be alarmed||
He only uses half of the buttons.
|35 weeks 3 days 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.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Double post||
|35 weeks 3 days 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.
|35 weeks 3 days 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.
|35 weeks 4 days 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.
|36 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||In the B1G||
That's simply out of bounds off the offensive player.
|37 weeks 3 days 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.
|38 weeks 1 day 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.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Was he?||
I heard his offer wasn't commitable.
|38 weeks 6 days 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.
|38 weeks 6 days 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.
|39 weeks 23 hours 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.
|39 weeks 4 days 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.)
|39 weeks 4 days 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.
|39 weeks 5 days 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.
|39 weeks 5 days 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..
|39 weeks 6 days ago||My prediction||
|40 weeks 1 day 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.
|40 weeks 2 days 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.
|40 weeks 3 days 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.
|40 weeks 3 days 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.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||It is Parrker Westphal||
Spelling is important.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Pronunciation?||
Anyone know? Mown? Mon-EE? Mon-AY? Something else?
|42 weeks 4 days 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.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Those refs?||
I bet they'd have called a foul. At Wisconsin, Bo Ryan about to devour them, that's 3 foul shots.
|42 weeks 4 days 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.
|42 weeks 4 days 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.
|42 weeks 4 days 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.
|43 weeks 29 min 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.
|43 weeks 11 hours ago||Double post||
|43 weeks 11 hours 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.
|43 weeks 2 days 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.
|43 weeks 2 days 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.
|43 weeks 2 days 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.
|43 weeks 2 days 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.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Next year's draft class vs. this year's||
The thing people are overlooking when wondering if players should stay or go is the strength of draft classes. General consenus in the NBA prospect community is that this draft class is between mediocre and very poor, while next year's is viewed as between very good to historically good. Accordingly, someone could stay in school this year, make big strides in his game, and still be drafted lower next year than this year. From a pure "want-to-get-drafted" goal, it may make sense for any of the three to leave this year.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||I think of Jeff Green||
A 3/4 hybrid who can drive to the rim on occasion, but is miscast when asked to carry an offense. Green is a pretty good defender against 3's because of his quickness and size combo. GR3 has that same quickness, but is an inch or two shorter (although wingspan his more imporant, and I don't know what GR3's is.) Still, Green's a solid, if unspectacular player, capable of the occasional highlight reel dunk, who went #5 overall as a junior. Maybe not quite what you hoped a #5 pick would be, given that #2 was Durant that year, but far from an NBA flop.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||We should have four QB's without Cornwell||
At least in 2014 -- Gardner, Bellomy, Morris, and Speight. I suppose Gardner could leave early, or someone gets hurt, transfers, or whatever, but as it stands now, we would have four in 2014, and could look to the 2015 to replace Garder.
I do agree with you tho -- if there was attrition at the QB position between now and next NSD, I would likek to take two QB's next year. I do not like the lack of the depth at the position this year. Just ask Maryland how that can go.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Must be tough for him||
Not getting the news you wanted isn't easy, especially when it's about something like this.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||I think we're onto 2014||
Mgoblue has a chart with three empty cells, and we have three players we're waiting on for LOI's, so that should be it. (Also, it doesn't seem we'd have room for any more kids.)
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Probably couldn't hear through the headpiece||
Seems like a good kid. Mostly talked about education instead of football.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||No need||
In 2014 we should have Gardner, Bellomy, Morris and Speight. As long as we take one QB a year, depth should be fine.
Of course, if Gardner leaves for the NFL, or there's an injury or a transfer, before next year's signing day, we should consider taking two. The depth chart will be a concern this year, but not any other.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Your link||
Not confirmed, per se, but accepted as likely.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||I'd love it if Michigan were in the East||
For purely selfish reasons, as I live in DC. I think that crowd could be pretty Blue.
Of course, this means Indiana finishes above us, and that's bad.
|45 weeks 2 hours ago||He's currently projected in the late 20's of the first round||
The argument for him staying has been made already, but the argument for him coming out is this:
Firstly, there is a bias against seniors. The thinking is this: most top players leave before their senior year. If you were a top player, you should have left before your senior year. Therefore you likely aren't a top player. Now, winning a POY award of some sort would signal that in fact you are a top player, but the burden of proof is on you.
Secondly, this year's draft class is seen as relatively shallow by historical standards, whereas next year's expected draft class may rival the LeBron, Carmelo, Wade class in terms of quality. Accordingly, even if he improves his game significantly, he might not gain any ground due to the talent pool he'd be competing against.
Frankly, I think that THJ has a much better shot of cracking the first round this year (and earning the guaranteed contract that comes with it) than he does next year. Certainly it's not a given that he will either year, but if his goal is the first round (and it should be) we will probably not see him in A2 next year.
|45 weeks 2 hours ago||I won't be surprised one way or the other||
However, if he leaves, I'd be shocked if he weren't a lottery pick, and he could sneak into the back of the top 10. He's very athletic, can drive to the rim or take a 3. He also seems to be very coachable, is a good teammate, and has NBA bloodlines.
|45 weeks 18 hours ago||Thanks for talking me off my ledge||
That must be it. Just must be....
|45 weeks 19 hours ago||My fantasy league agrees with you.||
But I stand by my statement nonetheless.
|45 weeks 19 hours ago||If I ran the Washington team||
I would draft Denard to be RGIII's backup. That way you can have a QB that can run the same offense as the starter. Obviously not as well, since that's why he's the backup, but offensive continuity is valuable. This would help RGIII as well, since it would lessen the value of attempting to injure him. You could even run a few plays with them both on the field if you were comfortable with it.
If I were another team, I'd take Denard as a WR. Year 1, he mostly is on the field for a few special plays designed to get him the ball in space, and decoys of those plays. (Yes, Borges, Denard can be the decoy.) Year 2, after he's hopefully better at route running and catching, he can be a full-fledged receiver. I would have no problem picking him in round 3, because if I'm an NFL team I'm used to selecting receivers in the third round who have upside but sometimes bust, and upside wins you championships.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Please let this be not true||
Certainly it's his right to do whatever he thinks is in his best interest, and also his right (and I think a very smart decision) to try to do it as privately as posible, but if he leaves, I'll be quite bummed.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||"Fat lesbian"?||
I think this story is as ridiculous as the next guy, and I'm frankly hoping to find out Brian Kelly was somehow involved, but did your "fat lesbian" metaphor add anything to the discussion?
Sexism isn't funny, even on Internet message boards talking about the true oddity of a star football player with a fake, and then dead, girlfriend.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Sure, it's a relative weakness||
But we survived Howell of NC State who's dominating Duke's big men right now.
Honestly, we probably won't win the tournament. I can't think of any year where I wouldn't take the field over a single team to win the tourney. Could it be due to the lack of a truly dominant big man? Sure. Could it be due to randomness and some team just playing better than us on a given day? Likely.
We have a real championship contender for the first time in a very long time. Just enjoy it while it lasts, and don't fret about the few number of imperfections that we do have.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||83-75||
Michigan wins, of course.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Per yesterday's buckle up thread||
They've at least been telling some of the recruits for a while now "5 or 6", depending on the situation. I remember hearing this over the summer, and assuming the "situation" depended on Lewan staying or leaving. The search for the 6th OL ramped up after the season, when Lewan may have likely decided to go. But also, Chris Fox tore his ACL, so perhaps that is also the situation.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||I'd guess whoever commits first gets the spot||
And the other one, assuming he Is still interested, gets told there is no more room. Although given the timing of Samuelson's announcement and Hunt's visit this weekend, I wonder if there is some sort of pecking order -- i.e. Samuelson doesn't have a commitable offer until after Hunt's visit.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Northwestern begs to differ||
That was definitely a close game that went our way.
We had more bad luck than good this year, but we still had some moments of good luck.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||First game vs last game||
If you're a voter, and you watched 12 regular season games and thought Notre Dame was #1, a loss, even a bad one, against your #2, shouldn't erase the prior 4 months. Michigan, meanwhile, was ranked high off of expectation, and those expectations were lowered post-Bama, and rightfully so.
Now, we can argue that Notre Dame had no business being #1 going into yesterday if you actually watched football and didn't merely look at records, but voters aren't going to admit they were that wrong. It's big of them to drop ND to fourth as is.
|48 weeks 21 hours ago||My first double post!||
I guess that's one way to increase my post count.
|48 weeks 21 hours ago||I don't think that's a huge risk||
In basketball, a small-school kid who's tearing it up through his junior year is going to jump to the NBA before he jumps to a bigger school. In football, maybe, but generally success correlates with happiness, so why would an All-Amercan leave something that has clearly worked well for him for three year for one year of something that might not? The pro leagues have shown that they are perfectly willing to draft small-school players high in the draft if the talent warrants it.
I think the one thing a small school would have to worry about is a freshman, especially at qb, obliterating the competition and wanting to move on for 2-3 years of big conference prominence. But that's not going to happen often.
Most sports-related transfers (as opposed to family reasons, grades, punishments, etc.) are because kids aren't playing as much as they hope they would. I don't see any reason forthatbto change.
The ones who lose are the juniors and seniors at small schools who have put in the work for 2-3 years to earn a starting spot, only to lose out to a transfer from a bigger school.
|48 weeks 22 hours ago||I disagree||
I think this would make it easier for upper classmen, especially juniors and redshirt sophomores, buried on depth charts to go elsewhere. These players could be marginal improvements over what second-tier schools may have, and would erode the depth at top-tier schools. Currently the only option for these kids is to transfer and lose a year of eligibility, or ride it out and see if a grad-year transfer is an option.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Oh right.||
I guess espn vs. abc accounts for all of the difference (excluding teams and randomness) and not most of it.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Sunday v. Tuesday||
Last year new years was on a Sunday, meaning many people had Monday as a holiday. This year, with New Years on a Tuesday, more people were probably traveling to return home before work the following day. Accordingly, I bet there were simply fewer TV's turned on this year relative to last year (unless that's not how ratings work, on which case, oops.)
|48 weeks 1 day ago||I thought it was Bosch||
In either case, Fox tore his ACL, so he's not likely to back out now, an Bosch is a big Hunt supporter, so I think that this has become a non-issue for whichever of the two it may have been.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||78-45||
Michigan wins, of course.
|1 year 1 week ago||Derrick Green||
If he picks us.
|1 year 1 week ago||Speaking of not so fast...||
Beaten by the above poster.
|1 year 1 week ago||Not so fast my friend||
We had some 2012 early enrollees, who could have been backdated to 2011, when our class was not full, thus leaving us with a less-than-full class last year. This in turn would give us room to exceed 25 this year, or at least backdate any early enrollees to give us room for more than 25 next year.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||It can be genetic||
I somehow lucked into having two parents who have ulnar nerve issues, and if I just lean my elbows on a table for about five minutes I lose all feeling to my pinky and ring finger, and have limited strength in the rest of my hand. It can last for days. Obviously Denard doesn't have it that bad (or, I assume not) but it can recur very easily. Also, cold weather makes it worse, at least for me, so the weather last week could have played a part. He shakes his hand a lot, as if he can't get complete control of it, and I wouldn't be surprised if he has some chronic issue. When I saw him go down this last game, I knew it was his ulnar nerve, but it also made me wonder if this was part of what had been going on dating back to last year.
Also, you can get it corrected with surgery, but at least as of a decade ago a doctor told me the problem would likely come back after 5-10 years, so why bother. Of course, that could have just been for me, and medicine has improved in the past decade, but that could account for why this wouldn't have been treated surgically in the past. Regardless, I don't think this is the first time this has occurred, since the reaction seemed to be one of frustration and not fear, which is what you would expect if someone all of a sudden lost feeling in his hand and had no clue why.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I was about to post the same thing||
Winning more than 3 B1G games a season would be a major success, and winning only 2 a year would not be unexpected. Might as well give yourself a real chance to get to a bowl game, and then tell recruits that you've been to a bowl for X number of years in a row. If all of a sudden your program has a great year, and you run the table in the conference, including the conference championship, you're still going to make the 4-team tournament in all likelihood.
The downside for them is that in a great year where they almost run the table, but not quite, they might miss the tournament. But that's a downside that anyone in Minnesota would take right now. So they don't care about strength of schedule. The Michigans and Ohios of the world, on the other hand, do care about that downside, and so care about strength of schedule. A weak schedule is a good strategy for their program at this stage of the game (because how many more tickets are they really going to sell for UNC than South Dakota, given their present level of play?)
|1 year 8 weeks ago||41-16 Michigan||
Don't think that's been posted yet, somehow.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I saw that too||
A couple times it didn't work perfectly, but I really liked it (even though I'm a Broncos fan.) People hated McDaniels (wrongly) in Denver -- he comes up with some great schemes.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||It's not like #32 will be retired||
I think a walk-on turned defensive captain is appropriate to honor a man who was neither elected vice president or president, and yet still held both offices. Ford was a walk-on turned President.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I'm hoping for an ASU miracle||
Or an Oregon State miracle. I think tickets would be easier to come by on the secondary market.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||The thing I like about the policy||
Is that it goes both ways. You say you're committed to Michigan, and it's your spot, unlike what goes on at other schools.
That said, these are high school juniors, primarily, when they make what is, to date, probably the most important decision they've ever made. And some of them will make a decision that one or both parents don't agree with, for whatever reason, and that needs to get hammered out sometime. Other times they'll make a decision and regret it themselves.
I hope Conley stays because I think he's a great player, and it's impossible for me to believe he wouldn't love MIchigan, because who couldn't love Michigan. But that said, it's better for him to be honest that he's unsure he made the right decision, as opposed to next summer, or in two years. And, if in the time that he's looking at other schools, his spot is filled, that will potentially be unfortunate for him, but it will have been his choice.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I thought the exact same thing||
Admittedly, I didn't know that softball was played in the fall, and thought that calling a collapse "impressive" seemed rather mean-spirited.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I'm sure some people would care||
If this happened at Indiana, it might be not as hot of a topic on the board, but I'm sure it would still be posted, either on the board or on the front page. If it happened at Pitt, less so, but they're still Midwest, so maybe. If it happened at somewhere boring out west, say Utah, for instance, then maybe not.
I think the bigger reason that this board cares about it is not due to moral superiority but that this occurred in a game involving our two most major opponents left on the schedule, occurred to a player who tried to decapitate Denard last year, and occurred during what was probably the most-watch college football game last weekend by people who frequent this website. I'm sure moral superiority is involved somewhat, as well, but I think it would be an even hotter topic with more outrage attached if Hoke were the one letting a player return to the game under those circumstances. I'm sure there would be more devil's advocates as well, but there'd be several calling for Hoke's job. I might be one of them.
The reason for the activity is largely proximity to the situation. Gholston is probably the first player on MSU most of us would name if weirdly asked to name the first player on MSU you can think of (at least, the first correct answer most of us would come up with.) He'd also probably come up at or near the top of most-hated current college football players on this board.
As a side note, I was very glad to see that the banhammer was evoked for those who thought that making light of a potentially serious injury was an appopriate response to the situation. It's one reason I like this site.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||He was the offensive co-ordinator for a Super Bowl team||
when he took the job. I think he could have gotten better than an FCS gig if he was hell-bent on being a college head coach. I do think he knew what he was getting into, but the last Patriot OC to jump to a college head-coaching gig landed at Notre Dame. His resume was pretty solid.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I'd like to see Brian Kelly self- immolate||
Preferably near enough to at least singe D'Antonio.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||They drew 16k supposedly||
Their prior record was 18k. I don't think the venue change hurt them from a fanbase perspective.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||So Furman has been demoted from his KR spot?||
Or is he punished beyond not making the trip last week?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||While I agree that you're correct on the rule||
I'm not sure you're correct about the pass not being in the air. I never saw a replay that was definitive one way or the other. Live, Denard threw it to where there was no receiver within 15 yards. On the replay, we see Roundtree getting knocked out of bounds, but never a synched up replay to see whether or not the ball was in the air. It is possible the refs missed this call (they missed many others.) It is possible that Denard didn't see Roundtree get knocked down (wouldn't be the first time he's misread something.) But I don't think there was evidence to make a declaration on either side of that argument.
Also, now learning this rule (thanks!) and the lack of the illegal contact rule makes me understand why we want DG as a receiver, and why Hoke is recruiting a bunch of strong, 6'3+ receivers.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||It's the first game of the year||
If you can't get up for that, you've got a problem. Not to mention it's their first game as an FBS member, against a school that they hope will become a regional rival, and was at an NFL stadium, as opposed to their standard not-very-nice stadium.
If we're not able to manhandle them in a couple weeks, at least for the first half when the starters are in, it will be a little embarassing. They are not a good team, and last night's effort certainly had little to do with lack of motivation.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I wouldn't root for Bama||
If I were an Auburn fan. With OSU, I always smile when they lose. If they win, I shrug it off and say it just makes it look better when we beat them, but my preference is that they don't win. The one exception to this is bowl games, because I'm so so so sick of announcers talking about the B1G bowl record, while never ever ever mentioning that Big 10 schools travel at least a thousand miles while their opponents often never leave their home state. So in that case, Ohio can please win their bowl game.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||I fully expect Boise St. to beat MSU||
In fact, I believe this so much so, I think that MSU winning would be an upset. I don't care how many players Boise lost -- Peterson knows what he's doing.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||If it's next year||
Does this mean we're backing out of UConn?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Kalis is ready||
I thought Kalis was rated so highly in part because he is so college ready, unlike most freshmen OL's. Doesn't mean he won't get better as an upperclassman, but there's no sense in sitting a kid who's ready just to have him four years from now when he's even more ready.
If he's not ready, then yes, sit. But otherwise, I hope he steps up and has a great year.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I wish there was an appeals process||
For non-sanctioned schools to appeal the penalty given to a school, in terms of it being too lenient. I'm not sure that any school would actually follow through with that ability, because people in glass houses don't throw stones, but still, it'd be nice for punishments to sometimes get worse on appeal.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||If Trout keeps up his pace||
He wins, no question. Some of the counting stats may start to get closer, as by the end of the year the percentage of games Cabrera has played compared to Trout will shrink (except for RBI's, and that is easily and justifiably explained away by saying Trout is a lead-off hitter.) Ad to it the defense, which you simply can't compare, and the story, and it should be a runaway vote. Trout's having an all-time great season.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I don't think it's that shady||
Using the word "Poaching" makes it sound more shady. But many complain that the transfer rules for players are very restrictive, and then when they're made less so, we say we should restrict ourselves from taking the transfers (thus giving the players fewer options)? I'm sure there are reasonable arguments against taking players, especially for one year, just before the school year starts, and I'm sure there are shady ways to go about getting the players to come to you school (although Beckman seems more tacky than shady), but I don't think there is inherently bad about it. I'm neither pleased nor displeased that we didn't wind up with anyone (although I admit I wish we had gotten the senior WR who wound up at Oklahoma.)
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Why should Frank Clark be reinstated before his hearing?||
Other than the fact he's a good football player? He's been accused of entering someone's dorm room and stealing a laptop, and nothing I've seen (but I could have missed something) indicates that this is a Josh Furman-esque misunderstanding. Should he be kicked off the team? No, I don't think so, pending at least the result of his case, because I'm a big believer in second chances, and this seems to be Clark's first strike. But it's not a non-serious incident, and I wouldn't think it too harsh if he were forced to sit out a decent portion of the season.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I think that depends on two things||
Firstly, which rating service are you talking about, since they have different methods and rankings.
Secondly, it depends how these kids play their senior year of high school. There's still time for a lot of movement in the rankings. We've taken a few lower-ranked kids who the coaches have seen and loved -- if a couple blow up in their senior seasons, then those jumps would be akin to adding high-level recruits. USC, meanwhile, I don't think has taken any of those types of kids.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||He'd be a senior, they'd be freshmen||
I'm fairly sure he could've beaten them out for playing time. Maybe this year's recruits who'd be sophomore/redshirts would scare him off, but true freshmen should never scare off a senior.