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|2 days 8 hours ago||Not that you're interested||
But not approving of actions is not the same as cheering for success.
Clark was arrested, adjudicated and returned to the team after the legal system had determined his consequences for his actions. Do I approve of his actions? No. Do I hope that he keeps his nose clean, graduates from Michigan, and has success in life? Yes. Will I cheer for him while he does so and hope he succeeds? Yes.
Similarly, do I approve of Rawls' actions? No. Do I hope that Rawls will turn his life around after accepting the legal consequences for his actions? Yes. Will I cheer for him if he does so? Probably.
Don't see a contradiction here. Nor do I see anything of which to be ashamed.
Cheer for Clark if you want - or don't. I choose to, and hope that he keeps turning into someone who we'll be proud to call an alumnus of the University of Michigan.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Goodell is subject to the same constraints as the players||
In practical terms, he works for the owners and is their public face for managing the entertainment business they're in. He'll get fired/asked to resign when one of the usual things happens:
- he is no longer a positive public face for the NFL
- he chokes off the flow of money into owners' pockets
It is, at this point, hard to say if either of those conditions has met. The public narrative, before the tape came out, was that Goodell was tone-deaf to the importance of coming down hard on domestic violence, particularly when he was coming down even harder on other issues people thought were less serious. In the end, if his judgement doesn't seriously clash with ownership's on the issue, that's likely not a big deal to them.
Now, though, Goodell has denied seeing that tape, but both law enforcement and media sources claim proof that the NFL has had it for months. This changes the narrative considerably:
- He either saw the tape and didn't understand how damning it would appear, or didn't see it before making a ill-informed decision. Either way that's incompetence at managing the PR side of his business.
- Goodell figured the tape wouldn't get out in time to make a difference. That's naive to the point of idiocy in this day and age.
If the various groups don't drop this issue, that's the picture that's going to stick with the comissioner of the NFL - a clueless idiot at best, or an accessory to whitewashing violence against women. Both of those are potential career enders.
And heaven forbid someone is trying to run for something and decides they can score points by stirring the pot against an easy target. If you're NFL ownership, do you really think Goodell will do well hauled into court in a civil suit, or worse, before Congress?
I think Goodell should be canned, but I don't know whether he will be, because I can't measure how important ownership thinks this issue is, and how much they feel like it will affect their bottom lines.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Ultraviolet (People against sexism) is as well||
I have also seen a few others, but the point is clear, yes?
|1 week 2 days ago||Oh, and for the Bay Area based ...||
The Lucille Packard Children's Hospital runs a lot of fundraisers and research programs; at least one is co-run with FARE. They do good work if you're looking for help or a charitable outlet closer to home.
(Edited for typo)
|1 week 2 days ago||There are three things for which Hoke would and should be fired||
1. Losing the fanbase, in the concrete forms of ticket sales and donations.
The first is our ADs bottom line - if the HC looks to be a problem on that front, he's gone.
I don't have data for the first point, and the schedule makes it a poor year to judge; these things take time to play out. I did not see the team quit on Hoke last year or last Saturday, and I haven't seen the recruiting impact yet. If we do, then a mid-season firing might be considered, but I don't think it is, or should be, right now.
|1 week 2 days ago||Go Ace!||
While living-gluten-free will undoubtedly be hard for a while, figuring out that doing so will make your life better is a huge step for you. Well done, and take it one day at a time. If you have one nearby, once you've stabilized and are ready to trust someone else's cooking, you could try PF Chang's gluten-free menu; my friends who are your fellow-sufferers have all tried and like their stuff.
Good luck with that lifestyle change!
|1 week 2 days ago||I fear change takes us back to sub-500 records||
In a nutshell, firing Hoke means losing our coordinators - you know, our home-run OC hire and DC who only left the best DC job in the NFL because he wanted to coach for his old friend? I doubt we get anyone with those resumes, especially when we've demonstrated that we'll dump the HC midseason. I doubt we'd get any real HC candidates, because anyone worth having usually has a job right now, and anyone who'd dump their team midseason is likely not someone we want.
Next up, how many players leave when we fire their coach after two games? If Peppers' stated reasons for coming here and staying after last year are any indication, he would leave - the staff he bonded with would be gone and the administration that assured him of stability would have just fired that staff. That young man can get a quality education at places which suit him considerably better. You think Ty Issac stays? How about Weber and Cole? If we confirm that the program is imploding midseason, we lose the only bright spot we've got.
Yes, yesterday was a disaster, and I'm probably not feeling it as deeply as many of you - but that's all it was. It's not the death knell of the program - unless we make it so by eviscerating our talent present and future.
I hate that the program is where it is. I hate that every game seems to produce evidence that we're not good and not getting better faster, if at all. I also hate that if the blog is any indication, we're once again on the verge of cutting off our nose to spite our face.
|1 week 5 days ago||Don't lose the game||
Any way you slice it, we're likely to win, so let's not do anything stupid.
Stupid includes a punt/FG where a block loses the game and a successful play doesn't win it outright. Any risk of losing outright in exchange for less than 100% win is not worth it, so I'm going for it.
Mildly less stupid but still risky are what was termed "chaos plays" earlier - don't run something complicated. This comes down to either my base run play or play-action off of it.
Since everyone will be in the box, I'll call a play-action pass where if someone isn't hand-wavingly open, my QB has orders to throw it to the moon and let time tick off until the ball lands in the end zone. Think mortar not laser. And if there's time I'll tell the WR to stop at the two and use up as much time as possible if he catches it. A win by three guaranteed is better than any chance of a comeback from 10, not matter how slight (kick return, plus onside plus FG is not impossible, for example, though vanishingly small).
My second choice is to run the obvious but safe run play and just make them drive the field in 2-3 plays.
|1 week 5 days ago||Congrats!||
Reinforce what others have said - becoming a parent means everyone else now knows exactly what you're doing wrong and how to fix it. Keep a sense of humor and remember there are almost as many ways to be a good parent as there are kids.
As far as specifics for fandom, everything, including fandom, takes a back seat to family needs. You'll have less time for anything going forward, so using the time you have becomes more important. For me, that meant dropping some of my less enjoyable hobbies, and spending less time on the rest - including DVRs and watching what I said and did while watching.
Another change is that while you and your partner have gotten used to each other and have a lot of subtle and nonverbal ways of interacting, the kids won't understand that for a while ... But they'll perceive it sooner than you'd think. It's amazing what they pick up on - after all, you're their whole world and will be for years.
As far as night feedings go, your wife might find that pumping out her milk is an option. It might be more comfortable for her - especially if she uses a really good pump - and let her continue even after, say, she goes back to work. And if she does, then you can take that first feeding. If you have access to a lactation counselor they might be able to help you both explore that - ask your doctor? Ours was really good but we ultimately couldn't make pumping work for us.
Two specific pieces of advice: multitasking works while they're in the eat/sleep/poop stage, but once they start interacting more they can tell when you aren't giving them your full attention. Sometimes that matters a lot more than you'd think, so be explicit - if it's really important that you watch The Game live, rather than DVR, make sure you and your partner have that straight beforehand.
The other thing is that if you want to share your fandom, figure out how they can have fun participating with you. If saying Go Blue and doing a "wolverine dance" before games is fun for them, but not actually watching the game with you, go with that - they'll eventually get intrigued by this thing you spend so much time on, and either share your interest or not. But if you force it on them, I suspect you won't like the results.
Congrats again, Go Blue, and good luck!
|1 week 6 days ago||Disagree||
Not that the situation wasn't awful and reflects poorly on ND, but that it means they're not better than the average bear at this sort of thing. We can't cast stones here - it's likely that no college in the country can.
I also disagree that it's a PSU level scandal. PSU is a whole 'nother slice of Hell; sadly, things like the Seeberg case happen all the time. (And yes, I am saddened by the fact that this is not the lonely top of the Awful Things Related To Sports heap, and that it seems to happen every year somewhere.)
At any rate, just as they should be blamed when they screw up, they should be credited when they do the right thing, in proportion to what they did.
|1 week 6 days ago||And we all know||
That we would have beaten Nebraska and OSU in 2012 if Denard was healthy.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||It is still hard for me to believe||
That The Horror, Oregon, ND and Florida games were the same team in the same season.
It was definitely the nadir of the program and the entry into this antechamber of Hell in which we find ourselves now. Hopefully that 2011 team showed us the way, and we can run to daylight and back out.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Confession||
I am not actually Spaceman Spiff. I'm not even drawn by Bill Watterson.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Decoying is the only way Norfleet blocks someone||
He isn't going to get a seal on a corner, much less an LB. When he's on the field the defense has the numbers unless he's the ball carrier *or unless he can occupy someone on a fake*.
This is one reason he didn't see the field often earlier - our offense didn't use the role to which he best fits. Now, if we make that jet sweep fake part of most or even half of our inside zones, then Norfleet can stay on the field and "block" someone. Like anything else, we have to commit to it, or people will ignore the fake and key on inside zone.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I think you underestimate the board's obsession ...||
... as just as you were compelled to complete this, we are compelled to read it - however masochistic our obsession may be. Thanks :)
As to the grading, it plays out like I remember it - we had some chances which we blew, and we ... wait for it ... didn't execute, even on some of our successful plays.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Haven't you ever taken a test?||
Studying != taking a final. Practice is, well, practice.
In practice, if you make a mistake, the whistle blows and you get corrected, then run through it again. Or you get stopped before you even make the mistake because the coaches can tell it's about to happen. Or someone else needs to get coached up. It's also not the time where you're going to see all the coverages or blitzes - or if you do, you'll know ahead of time because it's that drill or the coaches just told the LB to disguise his drop. You also won't get your D taking full-on shots at your ribs as you throw. There are a million little details that distinguish the real thing from preparing for the real thing, and it's those details that you can only get when it's for-real.
Practice is required and important to get good, yes. But so is live, in-game action; that's where you both codify what you've learned and get new lessons you can only get from the game.
Obligatory Practice Commentary:
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks||
We learn more from analyzing failure than success, and knowing how much of this is on youth, exhaustion, etc. tells us something about next year.
Your pain is not in vain.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||At Maryland looks like our hardest one-of road game||
So yeah, we did do well. We've lost some talent but so have others and we look to be reloading. We got next!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||9-4||
Losses to ND, MSU, and OSU are all close enough that we can convince ourselves we got unlucky.
Then the bowl game comes and we get matched up with a 10-2 SEC or Pac1X team and lose a not close game. The calls for Hoke's firing get louder and less justified, as the rivalry loses hide some very real improvements:
My stance is that while I'm pessimistic on record, I'm optimistic on the underlying fundamentals of the program. We're bringing in talent and I believe we have the right coaches; that will start to pay off this year but be handicapped by the struggles on both lines that work themselves out as the year goes on.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||The Phantom Touchdown||
I couldn't believe that such an obvious error in the foundations of the universe was allowed to happen. (I was ten, and new-come to Michigan fandom. This is still one of the unkindest cuts of all, because I didn't have the perspective that age brings yet.)
Ufer waving goodbye is another one - I hadn't know him long but already knew I'd miss him.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That's a tough road to hoe||
... but he's a tough player. I'm glad to hear he's on track to graduate and I hope he comes back strong next year. He can even be brilliant as long they lose The Game, as DG was last year :)
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The issue is not so much what the Tigers need now ...||
... But why they dealt Fister to get it. Posnanski's point is that he was their least "trustworthy" asset (after Fielder), probably because he doesn't throw hard and hence must be doing it with smoke and mirrors.
It wasn't just the Tigers either - I have to believe that DD shopped him around and took the best return, which means pretty much no one else thought he was worth more than a fringe utility guy and a B-list pitching prospect. The fact that Fister would now be the second or third best starter in our rotation is just the olive on our shit sandwich.
As far as Verlander's struggles, I don't think they should have been foreseen, but the staff's struggles as a whole should have been. If there's a truth in baseball, it's that pitchers get hurt. Having six quality starters is only inefficient until one of them gets hurt.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Mine came Saturday to the Bay Area||
... and I concur that it's a great read. The OL section is ... brutally honest but not without hope.
Overall, the staff predictions match my expectations - 8-4 (losses to MSU, OSU and two of ND, Maryland and Northwestern) as the floor, 10-2 as the ceiling, both with encouraging signs for the future.
I am eager to see how the coaches resolve the truckload of talent at WR, LB and CB - at those spots, our second team would be at worst solid! That kind of depth is awesome to see.
I will take an anti-blog-binky position and predict that Norfleet will be buried. His short-area quickness won't be enough to trump the superior catching radius and precision routes that his competition brings, and that we'll end up with Funchess, Darboh, Chesson and Canteen as our top four wideouts. (Yeah, that's a chalk pick, but we're not trying to beat the other's gal's brackets, right?)
I am not sure what to make of the Bolden hype, or Jake Ryan's transition - it depends on how quickly he can develop the recognition to couple with his play-destroying tendencies - but I am optimistic about the LBs in general. If Bolden displaces Morgan, or Gedeon pushes past anybody, they'll be displacing a talented, solid player and it will say more about their plusses than the second guy's minuses.
I'm betting that one of the CB's (Stribling?) ends up displacing Jeremy Clark/Dymonte Thomas at SS on passing downs, when we roll into a Cover Two/Three and the run-stopper isn't as important. If Peppers really continues to ascend Hype Mountain, we could be seeing a nickel of Wilson, Lewis, Peppers, Thomas, Countess - Lewis and Thomas play press corner, Peppers at NB, Wilson has centerfield and Countess gets to play robber.
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||Thanks for this||
One quibble: there's a big difference between "Jake Long, All-Universe LT for U of M and consensus #1 overall pick", and "Jake Long, oft-injured NFL LT who was a mild disappointment after going 1-1". (I say mild because while he's been as advertised in the run game, he's merely decent to good, rather than great, at pass protection at the NFL level.)
Time will continue to turn him from the former to the latter, so if he really doesn't recover quickly and fully, being Jake Long might not be enough. I hope he does - I'd love to see Jake, Destroyer of Worlds return to glory for a while.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||This right here is my problem||
"I took so much shit from you last year and you were just so, so wrong."
I think he was contributing in a positive way to the discussion, and don't see him giving you shit so much as defending the guy you thought was dragging our beloved football team into the crapper, which caused you to say fuck it and go bowling.
If you think he was just giving you shit, you should ban him. If you think that no matter what he says, he's against you, then put us out of your misery.
Otherwise, and I request this with all due respect, please stop demonizing Space Coyote for Borges's sins.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It is mostly on the lines ...||
If the DL can keep LBs clean and the OL can be mediocre, we'll be decent. Better than that and we might actually be good. I'm hoping for decent.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Up voted because||
While I don't agree with your opinion - I think it's pretty explicable and that it doesn't really matter now except as narrative surrounding whatever actual results he puts up - you expressed it without being insulting and hence didn't deserve the negs.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I am worried about one safety and pass rush||
Overall, our CBs and LBs look deep and talented, and I trust Mattison to get the most out of them. I worry about the non-Wilson safety spot and hope that Thomas can lock it down.
I don't know who our CB/NB will be by The Game, but I have confidence they'll be good. Even Lewis/Stribling/Countess would be better than most teams have. Same with our LBs - at worst Morgan/Bolden/Ross would be solid, to say nothing of JMFR and Gedeon.
However, having all that talent won't help if they have to beat multiple blocks to get to the ball because we can't control the line of scrimmage. (It's a bit like the two generals meeting in the opposing capital and asking who won the air war - if you don't own the line you'll lose.). If Clark and Henry can build on last year, if Pipkins can come back where he left off, if Wormley and Taco can keep developing, if Hurst can require doubles ... There's a lot of IFs there, and not all will go our way.
|6 weeks 7 hours ago||1977||
We had just moved to Ann Arbor and my dad somehow managed to get us season tickets. Even as a ten-year-old new to college football I realized this was a huge deal. I have very little memory of most games that year, but parking at the golf course and walking in, seeing the low-slung stadium and thinking it was pretty small, actually, then walking in and seeing all the seats ... That I remember.
My other memory from that year is The Game. As much as I was impressed by the other game experiences, this was that much more intense, and that really sealed the deal on my M fandom. Didn't hurt that we had a great view of Leach's arms suddenly growing two yards as he stretched for the final TD on an option and we won 14-6 :)
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Another "fair" deal ...||
Jackson is a good player to have - he's better than your average CF at the plate and in the field, although I don't think he's getting more than incrementally better from here.
Losing Smyly hurts, but not nearly as much as getting Price helps. The Tigers will be better served during their World Series window with Price than with Smyly and that's gotta be the overriding concern.
That piper is going to present quite the bill in two years, though.