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|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm hoping to move towards ambivalence||
I've always watched, even when I had no reasonable expectation of a good game or good season. I watched every game of RR's first year--to the end. I've watched a lot of Michigan teams get beaten, but always with the hope that we'd pull it out or, when that became impossible to believe, that there'd be some glimmer that showed we'd perform better the next time around.
Now, I just don't want to watch anymore. I still care, but it hurts to know that we were "those guys." The ones that didn't protect their own kids. The ones who were less prepared, less well coached--just less. At some point, the debate over maliciousness vs. incompetence becomes irrelevant. Even if we start winning, something has died. It may come back to life at some point, but not this year, and likely not with this AD or coach.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Thank the Deity of Your Choice||
I assumed there might not be one given the state of things. I would reconsider whether it's even worth doing over the bye. I wouldn't wish that job on anyone.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||No...||
But it told me that Paul is dead.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Not a cure||
I ate a lemon, and after last night my mouth still tastes like defeat and ass.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Hoping to hijack||
ChiBlueBoy is moving to Knoxville, TN. Anyone know of a good place, or any place, to watch UofM in a city adorned with a heinous shade of orange?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Pet peeves||
For those who spell it O$U or make puns out of Urban Meyer's name, feel free to do it here and absolutely no where else.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||#3||
So, are ad hominem attacks before 8/24 ok? Cuz that ChiBlueBoy is a moran, and I hear he often wears white after Labor Day.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Lots of caveats apply, but...||
I'm no expert, but he seems "serviceable" at best against a very vanilla defense in these clips. The throws he makes are to players who are fairly open, and the successful runs were mostly an outcome of the system rather than individual talent.
I'm sure he'll be fine by the middle of the season, but he doesn't look like a guy who's going to keep the DCs up late at night.
Of course, this is Spring footage, and he was playing in an offense set up for a QB with a different skillset and different measurables. Urban will adapt, and OSU will be fine, but this definitely hurts them in my mind.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Survey||
What is your basis for stating the view of the "overwhelming majority" of Christians? Perhaps the overwhelming majority Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians (of which I was once a member) in the US believe what you posit, but Christianity is a very large religion, with a great diversity of views, and the majority of which choose not to take a narrow-minded, literalistic reading of a collection of books that itself reflects a broad diversity of views.
That Evangelicals are seen in this country as the "norm" for Christianity is unfortunate, and colloquial. Many Christians are enlightened enough to not give a flying fuck with whom people share their bits and pieces.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||It's cultural, I think||
I hate it when people flaunt their cultural tags. There's a guy at work who wears his hair short and parted on the side, polo shirts or oxfords, khaki pants pulled high and brown loafers. I mean, I'm okay with white, middle-aged men with no fashion sense, but do they really need to shove it in our face all the time?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Some truth||
My mother competed as an amateur skater and later was a professional skater with an ice show. When I showed an interest in skating at an early age, my parents steered me away from it. My pet theory is that they didn't want me around gay male skaters (no, they were not the most enlightened on these issues). I think it's similar to why other minority groups often seem to take up similar professions (e.g., orthodox Jews selling diamonds)--because there's more acceptance in those professions. If it's 1970, and you are gay but also an excellent athlete, what are you going to pursue--baseball (as an example) where you know that you'll never be able to come out, or ice skating, where you know that others will accept who you are?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||What he said||
No, I have no issue if men at a bar (or anywhere else) hit on me. I find it a compliment, actually. For some reason, more so even than when a woman seems to take an interest in me. I have no idea why that is. Any MgoPsychologists out there?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Yup||
It's easy to condemn "those gay people" when you don't realize that they are all around you--your friends, family, heroes, villains, colleagues. The more people who come out, the more that people have to realize that their hatred applies not just to people that they don't know, but to people that they know and love (or hate, or feel ambivalent toward).
I'm looking forward to the day that we don't care who's queer or straight (except when looking for a date at a bar) and can move on to find a new group of individuals to hate.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Uh huh||
If there's one thing I'll miss about Borges, it's exactly one thing.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not following you||
I believe that saying it was a terrible act assumes that the victim is of concern. And I'm hoping that others are not hurt in the future by this out-of-control young man. I'm looking at the big picture. Nothing comes from nothing. There are lots of people in pain in this situation. Concern for potential future victims and, yes, even the perpetrator, is in no way antithetical to concern for the victim.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks||
Thank you for the information. Obviously, agg assault is at the high end of misdemeanors, as anything longer (a year or more) is a felony. Maybe others who know more about criminal law can speak to what happens if someone gets an enhanced sentence? If it's over a year of jail time, is it then considered a felony?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think so||
Frank Clark pleaded guilty, as I recall, to a misdemeanor theft charge. A felony is a crime punishable by a year or more in prison. I haven't researched Michigan assault statutes, but I'm guessing that what York did likely could be a felony, depending on what charges are brought and what the evidence shows.
Whole different level of crime in my mind. Stealing a laptop can do harm, but won't break a jaw or have the potential to cause even worse bodily injury.
Forgive me if I missed an /s in there somewhere.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I disagree completely||
This is a criminal case, which has its own standards. There are many reasons for the legal process to be separate from the decisions of a civil insitution like UofM and the football team, e.g., evidentiary standards, standards of proof, due process and sentencing/plea bargaining considerations. Those should not impact the decision of an educational institution deciding whether an individual should continue to attend class or a football team deciding who should stay on the team.
As an example, if York goes to trial, and the case is thrown out because of a chain-of-custody issue regarding evidence, or police misconduct, should that preclude the University from taking action in the face of clear evidence of behavior unacceptable for a student?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I agree with the sentiment, not the conclusion||
I hate that the reaction of the legal system and team have the potential to make York act out even more. That said, U of M and the team have the responsibility to create rules and have consequences to breaking those rules. It was York's decision to break the rules, and it's his decision on how to act going forward. I hope he chooses to use this as an opportunity for change and growth.
Kicking him off the team isn't giving up on him--it's showing him real consequences to real actions. I hope someone, somewhere (family, the legal system, the coaches) reach out and work with him to give him the help he needs. At this stage, however, he cannot be on the team.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||True Story||
I was driving through WV on a Sunday afternoon, noting just how beautiful it is. Perhaps the most gorgeous State in the Union. I really needed to piss, however, so pulled over at a rest stop. Finding one wasn't a problem, as I could smell the stop before I saw the signs for it, and the "rest stop" was a line of 4 or 5 portapotties. They looked and smelled about like what you would expect for day 3 of an outdoor music festival.
The interesting part was all of the pickup trucks lined up outside of it, with whole families sitting in the back of the trucks, chatting with other families in other pickup trucks, drinking beer and eating snacks. Apparently, Sunday afternoon is spent socializing at rest stops in WV.
I truly wish I were making this up.
Beautiful state. Some nice people. Weird-ass culture.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||How I read it||
I think it's relevant insofar as it shows that he was relatively sober. He couldn't blame it on too much to drink. And he was obviously sober enough to throw a hard punch. Reference to the legal limit is so that people can assess his relative sobriety to a standard they understand, I think.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||So sad||
I hope that he gets to the bottom of his problems and turns his life around. He made a horrible decision, and I hope he uses this as a turning point to make better ones.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Raises a valid question||
The point is to make your school look as appealing as possible. That means emphasizing the positive. To some people, that's lying. To others, it's "spin" or caveat emptor. To me, the best salesperson doesn't hide the negatives, but addresses them in a way that is straightforward but optimistic. It's harder when the product you're selling isn't that great. To Holgorsen, saying only things that are factually true, but not saying all that you're thinking, may be "lying." To me, it's skillfully promoting something you believe in.
As an aside, I'm guessing that Hoke is able to "sell" recruits without the need to lie, or even do much "spinning". The negatives are on-field results the last couple years. Those can't be hidden. The positives are, first, the fantastic education and chance for success off the field. Second, the recent recruiting success leading to likely on-field improvement. Third is the culture and environment where recruits feel at home.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The correct benchmark||
To me, the most significant marker for Funk will be how we end the season vs. how we start it. Last year, that seemed the most problematic indication--we seemed to make little, if any, progress during the year, which you would expect for a young line. If we start out poorly, I can live with that if we're solid by the end of the year. If not, then you have to start looking at the coaches, because it's no longer as simple as inexperience and youth.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Craptastic||
I had been holding on to optimism that simplification of the blocking assignments and a year of maturation would help the interior of the OL, and it would make a huge difference. Now I'm starting to lower my expectations. My last glimmer of hope is that Hoke and Nuss are playing around with the OL, finding the best 5, and that once the line starts playing together, and getting in the rep's, they'll gel. If not by the start of the season, at least by the meat of it.
Realistically, I'm starting to think that a below-average OL by the end of the year could be our ceiling.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Bad move||
He's known to have numerous associations with white Russians.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Go Blue!||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||In what sense?||
You mean real or printed blood splatter? And too far in what way?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Coastal Carolina basketball||
Coastal Carolina basketball killed my parents.
Not funny, man.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm evolving||
I'm a traditionalist of the Get Off My Lawn School. And I think we should recruit players who want to be part of our tradition, and instill that tradition in them. That said, this is a game, played by young men, and they should enjoy it. Yes, it's about merchandising and money as well, but if they enjoy the uni's, and take pride in playing in them, let them have fun. They deserve it. And in this case, maybe what we think shouldn't matter as much when it's one or two games a year.
Now, if we go full-on Oregon, or start messing with the helmets, I will be grabbing my pitchfork. But this seems a relatively balanced approach.
Oh, and what's with the numbers? Bad move aesthetically. The blue-on-blue is pretty bad-ass, though.