I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
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|1 week 8 hours ago||It is really hard for me to||
It is really hard for me to believe that the toe injury was that hindering to the guy running down an all-conference safety in that gif, or that it had much of anything to do with his dropsies. I also wonder if his catch percentage had much more to do with the complete abandonment of downfield passing (Gardner's completion percentage increased and YPA cratered last year).
Funchess may or may not excel in the pros, but his departure was met with a chorus of "meh" because he had problem maintaining any consistency of focus and effort that was indicative of the team as a whole.
|7 weeks 5 min ago||451 Who said anything||
Who said anything about a kid getting criticized? Point to me where Brian actually criticized the kids idea.
|7 weeks 18 min ago||372 To those of you||
To those of you criticizing Brian for giving out the guy's Twitter how else would you recommend he fight this?
The way Ace did, by explaining - with humor and class - why it is a terrible idea?
|7 weeks 21 min ago||333 And Ace's post is a||
And Ace's post is a fantastic contrast, showing how to react to a dumb idea without being a colossal asshole.
|7 weeks 24 min ago||322 If you Adam Weiss was||
If you Adam Weiss was your son and your reaction to Brian's post would be to tell him that is just people reacting to his dumb idea, I'd say you are a shit parent.
As it is, you are probably just full of shit.
I like this blogs general opinion that blowing up a high school senior's twitter over a college choice makes one a scumbag, but directing a large readership towards a college sophomore's twitter is fair game.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Well, you are missing: 1)||
Well, you are missing:
1) Stupid ideas and stupid photos on twitter do not make college sophomores "jackoffs".
2) The kid has already had to take down his twitter feed.
If Devin Funchess caught this sort of treatment for his "Wins are just a statistic" statement, Brian would have a hissy fit.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Well fuck me, here I always||
Well fuck me, here I always thought making jokes at another's expense, especially of a threatening nature from a position of power were a common bullying tactic.
I hope if your kid ever comes home from school and tells you a kid in a higher grade was making fun of him/her, you inform him that the kid wasn't a bully, he was just joking.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Sophomore Tim Hardaway >||
Sophomore Tim Hardaway > Sophomore Zak Irvin.
Higher PER, Higher TS%, Higher Reb%, much higher AST%.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||This year's B1G is not nearly||
This year's B1G is not nearly the resume booster as last year's, and I have serious doubts whether a 19-13 team makes the tournament from the B1G.
Regardless, I don't see a remotely likely path to six additional wins in the next 11 games.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Drevno's not overqualified.||
Drevno's not overqualified. He has never been in a coordinator spot before, and being a coordinator and an OL coach seems like a big job, even with Harbaugh taking a big role in the offense.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Do you really think Wheatley||
Do you really think Wheatley and Morton are probable to come in as positional coaches, considering they were positional coaches in the NFL this past season? Both would seem to be taking a step backwards on the career arc, Wheatley especially, as Drevno would be be certainly coordinating the run game.
I could still see the possibility of Morton coming on with the title of "passing game coordinator" but I'm thinking Wheatley may have stopped being at all likely once Drevno was hired.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||He didn't really report a lot||
He didn't really report a lot of details, and what he did could have easily come from the pay sites.
Wasn't he also one of the guys who completely airballed the contract figures as well?
|13 weeks 2 days ago||From my reading, that "Of||
From my reading, that "Of course" is Rapaport implying the Raiders are being a bit ridiculous in claiming to still be pursuing Harbaugh. And I don't think Rapaport will ever be following Chris Balas for his reporting.
I don't really get what is wrong with this.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Well, one of the guys that||
Well, one of the guys that caught the most hell, Rapaport, reported early on that Ross wasn't looking to make a change at Miami and wanted Harbaugh at Michigan. He also reported early on that Chicago was a tight-ass organization and probably wouldn't spend for Harbaugh. He also reported that Arthur Blank had an affinity for Rex Ryan but not so much for Harbaugh.
So the national rumor mill had pretty much come to the conclusion that NY and the Raiders were the only possible landing spots, and both of those organizations are talent-depleted and have a track record for mistreating coaches.
Put simply, there weren't really any good available jobs. The big error the national guys made was becoming convinced Harbaugh wanted to stay in the NFL enough to take a crap job. Even Charles Woodson said at the time that it sounded like a 1 in a million chance, because that is what everyone in and around the league thought.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||At what point do you think||
At what point do you think they made shit up. Some of the guys reporting about what Michigan was doing were complete shit - FootballScoop and that Brandt guy come to mind.
However, everyone - including Charles Woodson - who knew Harbaugh professionally thought that he preferred the pro game and wanted to stay there. You can hardly blame some of these reporters who were simply passing along the overwhelming sentiment amongst Harbaugh associates around the professional ranks.
Is it really hard to believe, given that no successful professional coach has gone from an NFL team to a college team and that Harbaugh went to the NFL the last time MIchigan was looking for a head coach, that maybe Hackett brought enough money, control, and support to change Harbaugh's mind 180?
And the "No good positions were available" isn't really made up. The rumor mill suggests that the Jets, who aren't exactly treating Rex Ryan well right now, and the Raiders, who are a tire fire, are the only likely landing spots for Harbaugh.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Brian, When you say||
When you say this:
"Michigan has decided that they should use Hackett for a transitional period specifically because football has a hiring season and they don't want to throw a guy in right now and expect him to get the thing right."
It doesn't make sense to me.
How does "Hire a retired CEO with no AD experience at the beginning of November and ask him to hire a coach in December" not the same as "throw a guy in right now and expect him to get the thing right?"
Wouldn't Long or Bates already be largely ahead of Hackett in the decision making process, even if they hired him in two weeks?
|17 weeks 3 days ago||And LSU has more talent than||
And LSU has more talent than anyone in the SEC not named Alabama.
To me Les Miles looks like this:
|17 weeks 3 days ago||And the results of those||
And the results of those searches are good enough reasons to not want to do another any time in the near future.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||The bureaucracy musts expand||
The bureaucracy musts expand to meed the needs of the bureaucracy.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||I guess you weren't able to||
I guess you weren't able to make the jump from "kid is committed" to "Dan Mullen offered this kid", but just so you know, Mullen did scout him and ask him to play football at MSU.
You will be hard pressed to make any sort of "he isn't good enough for MSU" argument when MSU offered him a scholarship and didn't think to rescind their offer for 6 months.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Brian used up several||
Brian used up several sentences defending Clark from all of the people who were glad to see him sent packing. He even went so far as to say that those "assholes" would probably have done the same thing if they had the same history.
I get the sentiment here, I understand the point.
This is a tragic story to the degree that Frank's past has turned him into the kinda man who chokes and punches his girlfriend in front of her adolescent siblings.
That said, he's the kinda man who chokes and punches his girlfriend in front of her adolescent siblings, so fuck him, background and all.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I was turning Brian's words||
I was turning Brian's words back against him.
Instead of publicly sympathizing with Clark and saying that we should just let those close to the victim support her, we should public support the victim and let those close to Clark sympathize for him.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Personally, I think||
Personally, I think perpetrators of domestic abuse should get all of the scorn that can be lumped on them, if only for those like the kids who witnessed this.
And as for those defending Clark from the internet bullies, I offer you advice directly from the words of Dear Leader: "If you're ever in a position to help a person in that situation do it and if you're not then don't puff yourself up about how roundly you condemn such behavior."
|19 weeks 1 day ago||How contrarian do you have to||
How contrarian do you have to be to spend a paragraph talking about it being condescending to express sympathy for the victim and pointless moralizing to express your disgust for Clark, and then turn around and post that picture and five paragraphs sympathising for Clark and moralizing against the assholes waving bye?
And also, were any of those quotes anything other than made up? I'm pretty sure that Frank isn't refusing to look at the camera, he is turning his head so the police can photograph of the bite mark his girlfriend left while he was pinning her to the bed. He did look at the camera for the mugshot.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||He stole a laptop and punched||
He stole a laptop and punched his girlfriend in the face. Those are the two things that really stand out to me. Out of the things you listed, only the Mott visits seem particularly noble, but I was kinda thinking that most of the football players make visits to Mott.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Great. 100 comments in||
Great. 100 comments in support of a guy that punched his girlfriend in front of her adolescent siblings (who then ran and told their mother he had killed her).
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Be consistent and honest in||
Be consistent and honest in your rhetoric.
Put evenly, it should say: "Knock out Braxton Miller, pick off Logan Thomas in the Sugar Bowl, and they praise your name. Commit felony larceny and then beat up your girlfriend you suspect might be pregnant and you're the devil himself. No in between. No shades of gray," and the no shades of gray might be a little more sensible. Just about everything we know of Clark off the field at this point doesn't provide much room on the spectrum for gray.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Until this year the SEC was||
Until this year the SEC was not a deep league? Remember that Les Miles coaches in the same division. How many times has he reached the SEC championship in the last 10 years?
In 2013 four of the seven teams in the SEC west finished in the top 20.
In 2012 three of the seven teams in the SEC west finished in the top 15.
In 2011 three teams of the six teams in the SEC west finished in the top 5(!).
In 2010, five(!) of the six teams in the SEC west finished in the top 15.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Whatever the case, football||
Whatever the case, football players are supposedly compensated for their sacrifices with an educational service that others go six digits in debt to obtain. Most of what Brian is saying is a bit wrapped up in the "college football amateurism is a myth" argument (and he is correct in that).
That means that the academics that the athletes pursue reinforces the value of a Michigan education and therefore must be both offered and provided with great consideration. Its worth noting that UNC's scandal, which Schlissel mentioned, was only about 50% athletes.
IMO, you can either acknowledge the hypocrisy of big-money college athletics, provide compensation, and make enrollment encouraged but not necessary, or you can hold the enrolled athletes to the same standard as other students. Anything inbetween and you are going to run into pretty big problems.
Put briefly, any problem one has with Schlissel's statements should be directed at the current nature of revenue-generating college athletics, not at Schlissel's statements themselves.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Actually, the data seems to||
Actually, the data seems to point to a fall off after the first three seasons (after Saban's uber-classes passed through) and that 2011 was an abberation. From 2008 to 2013, 2011 is the only year where we can say he actually had a team that was really good on both sides of the ball. Every other year it was a good-to-great defense carrying an average offense (with 2013 flipping that script). I wonder what his overall FEI and S&P would look like for those years.
With regards to some of your other points:
1) You talk about him not really having an elite QB or RB in his time there (other than what Saban left him) as if it is just an unfortunate circumstance. That he has had a ton of trouble identifying and developing capable QBs is a huge knock against him, especially considering the unique set of needs this team will have next year. Is Les Miles going to get any quarterback or running back on this roster to the level needed to compete against the top of this conference?
2) And the fact that he may be in the best situation for recruiting high school talent in the nation is a very relevant here. He and Mullen may rely too much on JUCOs but only one of them has any sort of excuse for actually having to rely on JUCOs. And when you compare where Miles teams end up performance wise versus the talent he can tap in to easily, it is easy to come to the conclusion that he underperforms relative to talent.
3) You state that he could have had stellar records in 2012 and 2013, but in your examples his record pretty much ended up right at the median of the range. You are basically just saying that if Miles had gotten really lucky the last two seasons, he would have had a great record (which assumes incorrectly that coaches who lose close games are suffering from bad luck). But to that end, the same could be said about Hoke, and if he had had a few lucky bounces in a couple games, you wouldn't even be posting this diary.
4) We may judge Hoke quite a bit by his record against the middling crap that is the B1G, but consistent 10-3 seasons aren't that great if they are combined with a losing record to OSU, MSU and in bowls.
Miles ultimately isn't a bad choice. But Mullen has actually got his teams to perform above their talent level, and he has a pretty good knack for QBs which will be the biggest problem facing the next coach. So I still vote for Mullen between the two.