here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
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|5 hours 24 min ago||Really good tournament, and the right team won.||
Really good tournament, and the right team won. Russia will be interesting in 4 years, just from a viewership perspective, and then hopefully even come to their senses and gets the game out of Qatar.
|2 days 3 hours ago||I'm one to agree that the||
I'm one to agree that the hate toward Lebron is excessive, but a guy can still be disliked for a variety of reasons and still not make him a monster. Yes, he married his HS girlfriend, but lots of people get married, and just because he potentially found his life partner earlier in age than others isn't some character bonus, unless you believe "timing" is something he can control. He didn't take "that" much less in Miami, and he took basically the max salary possible as a FA at the time. Yes he could have demanded a bit more in a sign-and-trade, but to my knowledge he still signed for near-max money. And the fact he is charitable, while commendable, is true for many NBA players - most of them just don't talk about it.
People dislike Lebron because for all his greatness he still doesn't live up to their ideals - he has struggled in the playoffs more times than they (think) other stars have, he can appear aloof and mercenary especially before he left Miami, and the Decision really drove people mad.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I'm sure Cleveland fans won't||
I'm sure Cleveland fans won't be insufferable and smug about their previous "hatred" of Lebron and point out how they "definitely" weren't the negative ones when he left.
I don't see how Cleveland is appreciably better than Miami save for Wiggins possible being a major improvement defensively. But it is still a team that is going to rely on Lebron to carry them offensively most nights, and I don't see them winning the championship without a couple of major pieces.
|2 days 13 hours ago||We may be reading too much into that tweet. Guy||
We may be reading too much into that tweet. Guy probably just referring to OSU.
|2 days 13 hours ago||To be fair, all of those stats are true for any||
To be fair, all of those stats are true for any conference winner. What they basically are saying is be good at football. UM is on their way to that goal.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Preseason lists - the "Who's||
Preseason lists - the "Who's Who of American High School Students" of college football.
|3 days 10 hours ago||I'm not getting the Wilson||
I'm not getting the Wilson love completely either. He's a fast guy but he accumulated about half his yards in the first three games against Cal, Buffalo, and SDSU, and usually in garbage time. And the variance in his catches is crazy; he had a bunch of long receptions that completely skewed what were decent-if-unspectacular numbers against mediocre competition. Meyer probably loves him now, but Harvin was a different player than Wilson in college and doesn't feel like a lock to keep his spot if he struggles.
Coleman, on the other hand, should put up big numbers in that offense. Yes IU will probably struggle a bit with some shakeup at WR, but that tempo is going to give him a bunch of 5- and 6-man fronts to run against as guys are out of position.
|3 days 10 hours ago||So...||
|3 days 12 hours ago||Nothing quite says||
Nothing quite says "irrefutable evidence" like date-modified properties.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Your hatred feels a bit||
Your hatred feels a bit misplaced if your issue is with a guy hired to run and athletic department and make money just presided over one of the best stretches in basketball history at UM, brought in a competent football coach and helped fix the crater the program was in at the end of Martin's run, and consistently keeps UM in the black while improving facilities. Yes, he is trying to monetize the program to a degree some are uncomfortable with, but he's done nothing to the "fans" and "students" unless we are going to blame him for the Freep fiasco, the RR hiring/firing situation, not having steady recruits for a couple of years, and every other factor related to UM's struggles in football. Because that's what people are bitching about here - UM not winning at football as much as they used to. The athletic department at UM, taken as a whole, is doing fine and many teams are performing quite well.
|3 days 12 hours ago||At this point, most college||
At this point, most college games feel like spectacles; UTLII at least felt like they were trying to keep the focus on the field and not Jerry Jones's junk-compensating flatscreen TV.
|3 days 12 hours ago||I never said Mattison was||
I never said Mattison was great; I agree that he hasn't shown much of it yet. That said, there are, what, 5-10 really "elite" defensive coordinators out there, and even some of them (like Narduzzi) can't be divorced from the head coaches who themselves are defensive-minded. I do think Mattison is a very good recruiter who knows how to call a good defense; that's pretty good given the past 10 years or so of UM football (and yes, 2006 was kinda an aberration).
Nussmeier is somewhat unknown, but he did well at Washington as well and did so with less talent. He's also a young guy who has potential to get better. So while he's not an elite offensive coordinator (again, something I've not said) yet, he definitely feels better than Borges, which really could be the difference between 7-6 and, I don't know, 9-4 with a competent offensive plan.
|4 days 3 hours ago||#LAVAHOTTAKES||
For all the great elements of this blog and its focus on giving a voice to a subset of the fandom, I think it sometimes overstates the problems people have with the AD. Brandon's department makes money year-to-year, which most institutions can't say, has great licensing revenue, has a storng national brand, and for the most part stays above the fray when it comes to scandals. I know Brian and others might disagree with this take and generally dislike Brandon's MBA-ness, but UM is a lot closer to a corporate entity than most would like to admit, and that means unless Brandon absolutely bombs with ticket sales (which he won't because of the secondary market) or has a massive PR screwup, I don't see a reason why he would need to be moved. And for the record, this blog LOVED Brandon after he basically said "what they said" when the NCAA ruled on the Freep issue.
I don't see anyone getting a redshirt (save for Hatch) unless they get hurt or just do not seem like viable options early in the year and Beilein doesn't see a way they can round into shape. As Brian noted, you can't expect guys to return for multiple years anymore, and so you need to get players meaningful minutes as soon as possible so that you know who will be an option next year and beyond, and how that will influence recruiting. I absolutely expect MAAR to get some minutes early on, and Dawkins wouldn't really be served by another year off from college ball unless he just can't compete (which seems unlikely).
I'd be surprised if there aren't UM fans/booster-types who give money to recruits. That doesn't mean they are as intertwinned with the athletic department as you see in the SEC and other conferences, but Ed Martin was a proto bagman in mayn respects and I kinda doubt that was the one and only guy to do so for UM. I love UM and am proud to be an alum, but "moral superiority" is something they sell to old alumni who think Bo was a god; it isn't how you maintain a competitive team year-to-year. I don't believe it is rampant, but I'm sure there are guys who hang around the AAU circuit and those football camps and steer/keep guys at UM when, perhaps, there are other individuals seeking out the recruits' services.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Mattison's defense was fine;||
Mattison's defense was fine; most advanced metrics show incremental improvements; the last two games shouldn't overshadow a pretty good defensive effort all season. As for Mussmeier, yes he hasn't called a play, but (a) we have seen some good offenses come out of Alabama, and (b) the guy he replaced we DEFINITELY saw quite a bit of and it is safe to say he couldn't be worse.
|4 days 3 hours ago||I think it is a bit strong to||
I think it is a bit strong to say Brandon has andered "many alums and money-spending fans." What hurt him this year is a crappy schedule that is (largely) beyond his control. Sure, people on this blog act as if he's personally trying to destroy UM, but to most people the reason they don't want to spend money on football tickets is because the team isn't that good and the schedule looks like crap. Next year I'd expect a near-full return of ticket sales with MSU and OSU on the schedule.
|4 days 11 hours ago||I see know reason why he'd go||
I see know reason why he'd go to Cleveland unless he's really worked up about some legacy crap. Irving looks to be an All Star but his ceiling seems lower than Wade's, and Thompson and Bennett are not going to replace Bosh or his production. Wiggins could be great, but right now he's strictly a defensive guy and who knows if his offensive game will evolve. I'm sure Cleveland could win 50+ games with Lebron, but they aren't any closer to winning a title.
|4 days 11 hours ago||#2 feels a bit high just||
#2 feels a bit high just because I'm still worried about the tackle positions, but top 1/4 in the league should be expected. It'll be interesting with Franklin going to PSU - Vandy had a decent rush defense last year, but the SEC's mediocre offenses probably helped a bit. But the recruiting limitations are starting to be felt, and depth looks to be low along that line. I think they'll be fine, but I could also see the bottom fall out a bit.
|4 days 11 hours ago||But aren't they replacing||
But aren't they replacing half of that secondary? Again, I feel like I'm always needlessly contrarian about MSU around here because I really do think they have a good team, but history is not filled with teams replacing half of their defense and being just as good the next year, especially if the replacement players are moderately-regarded recruits.
|5 days 5 hours ago||still not going to change the fact you are||
still not going to change the fact you are watching Purdue play football
|5 days 7 hours ago||You seem like the most lovely||
You seem like the most lovely person during these games.
|5 days 7 hours ago||This is just silly. I know||
This is just silly. I know Neymar and Silva are out, but there is no reason Brazil should have given up these many goals.
|5 days 10 hours ago||That chart is sobering,||
That chart is sobering, though I suspect we'll see an uptick this year with both tackles likely getting some playing time, and guys like Denard and Brown likely seeing more NFL time. But yeah, the team hasn't been producing NFL players up to the previous standards, and it is showing. That said, the 2009 inflection point chosen is probably the worst one you could have for this program, given what happened around that time.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Incredibly sad for your loss,||
Incredibly sad for your loss, and condolences to you sand your family.
|5 days 13 hours ago||MSU's scheme is really solid,||
MSU's scheme is really solid, but relies on so much going right in that backfield that I'm not sure how consistent it can be. I get player development is a major part of their success, but it will be interesting to see how they handle replacing basically half of their defense this year with decent but unspectacular players recruiting-wise. I know people talk about Calhoun as a 1st rounder and the DBs look to be good, but freaking Alabama struggled last year after losing a bunch of guys on defense, and to think MSU is just going to keep rolling out monster units seems unlikely.
I've always said that MSU's defense should be good next year, but let's see how that team looks with a top-20 defense (think Iowa). It really might be the difference between 3-4 losses and the 1-loss year they just had.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Good to know a sports talk||
Good to know a sports talk station in Jacksonville has a poor view of a team located 1,000 miles away. Personally, I think UCF is the 2nd-best team in the entire state of Florida, and that Miami (YTM) and Florida are immensely overrated.
|5 days 13 hours ago||And yet he also made some||
And yet he also made some great calls and gutsy calls to nearly beat OSU last year and that incredible win against ND a couple of years ago at UTL. Hoke isn't great, but I can be just as selective as you to support a completely different narrative.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Meyer has the edge||
Meyer has the edge offensively; his defenses at OSU have been incredibly underwhelming, and it often feels like he barely understands what is going on out there.
Far too often people measure "game management" based on performance on the field, but that can be due to so many factors (such as talent and scheme) beyond simply a coach's undefined ability to "lead men". I don't think Hoke has shown particular adroitness in some games, but he's also the type of guy who isn't afraid to go for it on 4th down or call a specific defensive scheme in a tight situation. Hoke's problem is his teams haven't been that good the past couple of years, and while some of that should fall on his shoulders, there are a litany of reasons beyond his leadership for their struggles.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Because (a) Gibbons was only||
Because (a) Gibbons was only a "PR nightmare" to the denizens of this blog; most places seemed to treat it as part of bigger issues dealing with sexual assaults on campus, but it didn't feel like the school handled it any better or worse than other schools, and (b) because every time OSU does anything they find a way to make themselves look horrible in the process. By all accounts OSU's administration absolutely blew it, repeatedly, with Tressel, and have had a number of issues dealing with player suspensions and brushes with the law. Not saying UM has been fantastic, but in the court of public opinion it definitely feels like OSU has the lower profile.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Are there no other topics to||
Are there no other topics to talk about? I know this is the offseason, but jebus people are just reaching to get into arguments apparently.
|6 days 1 hour ago||I kinda doubt Al Borges would||
I kinda doubt Al Borges would say anything inapporpriate or unprofessional about UM to a former recruit. By all accounts he likes Hoke and doesn't seem vindictive. What continues to hurt UM's chances is significant uncertainty about the line's performance and, frankly, a substandard record the past couple of years.