“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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- I want to be in a program in which my skillset fits with the scheme.
- I want to be in a program with a recent history of developing players.
- I want to be in a prestigious program historically speaking.
- I want to be a part of a good program.
- I want to have good academic support with regards to being an athlete.
- I want to be able to fall back on a relevant degree if I don't pan out athletically, or if I get injured.
- I would like to be able to have a variety of majors encouraged and none discouraged.
- School prestige with regards to arbitrary rankings.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Important||
Eat a pasty or twelve.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||A few places||
Sleeping Bear Dunes/NW Lower Michigan is a great place to go.
My honeymoon was on Isle Royale and I can't wait to get back there. It is the least visited NP, so there aren't many people there. There is great hiking and some great views. It is very peaceful.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you camp check out Little Beaver Lake Campground. there are only about a dozen sites, but there is 1-1.5 mile path that leads to a quiet Lake Superior beach. You can hike along the shore for quite a ways without running into anybody. If you are not afraid of the dark make that hike at night with a clear sky.
Porcupine Mountains State Park.
Castle Rock is a quick stop and pretty neat.
Sea Shell City.
Depending on your interest in Catholicism/Christianity The Cross in the Woods at Indian River can be a nice stop.
Have lunch or dinner at The Turkey Roost in Kawkawlin.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Dam Site Inn||
The Dam Site Inn has great burgers. I went there once in college and came away impressed. It's not much to look at, but it was good.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||I disagree||
I actually think that the chemistry with that lineup may be pretty good. Burke, Stauskas, and McGary are all unselfish players. Webber is known as being a great passer and I don't see passing and selfishness from a big man. Maybe McGary and Webber cancel out. I'd replace McGary with Howard then. Glen Rice may be the wild card here.
|12 weeks 19 hours ago||Thought||
Would 2013 be better if 2014 Stauskas replaced 2013 Stauskas coupled with 2012 Burke replacing 2013 Burke?
|12 weeks 19 hours ago||Another thought||
1 - 2013 Burke
2 - 2014 Stauskas
3 - 1989 Tourney Rice
4 - 1993 Webber
5 - 2013 Tourney McGary
Coach - Beilein
This lineup features two deadly shooters not including Burke, great passing from at least four spots, and above average ball handling across the board.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Redshirting freshmen||
I understand that line is a very difficult position, physically, for a freshman to play which is why the vast majority redshirt their first year. However, there are situations in which there is a player that may be physically ready to play as a freshman that should play immediately. This isn't just a matter of the best players have to play, but for the future.
Bosch played as a freshman and I think that will help him out considerably for this year. I feel much more comfortable with a true sophmore than a redshirt freshman simply from a game experience perspective. Kalis probably should have played as a freshman which would most likely have made the line better last year as he would have either been a returning contributer or returning starter. If Cole is ready, I'd like to see him log minutes this year for the sake of next year.
When experience and depth are established can we go back to only playing freshmen on the line when they are ready to start.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Valid Point||
I'm not sure why this was downvoted, but you raise a valid point. Many fans point to the rigorous academic standards at UofM as a selling point that a good education can be had here. This comes with the fact that some aren't admitted. I'm thinking that grad school admittance is a bit more difficult than undergrad admittance.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||A few thoughts||
There is clearly a problem with the stadium not filling up. It is much more recognizable in the student section. Michigan had a problem with attendance and Canham did quite a bit of interesting things to fix it while Bo certaintly helped. In the discussion of student attendence there seems to be a few sticking points, but I think everything should be on the table.
Revenue loss needs to be considered as an option to fill up the stadium. This may be some sort of combination of lowering student ticket prices or offering "_____ days" in which a certain group of people can get into the stadium at a reduced cost. I would be partial to young families or youth groups or something like that to get a younger generation more exposure. If revenue goes down in the short term to increase attendence in the long term, it needs to be considered.
Reducing student ticket allotment should be on the table. I would consider cutting by up to 50%. This may be coupled by changing how student tickets are sold. Instead of season tickets, it could be at the door tickets that are paid for at game time. Students scan an M card at the gate and pay for and are granted admission to the game. The amount of available tickets can vary on a game by game basis as the department works to market toward individual groups.
I think changing the pricing and attendence rules are a good idea, but it is not a long term solution, as it relies on pricing and incentives rather than desire to attend. The problem is that there are empty seats, and the solution is to market those empty seats to individuals who may be able to pay and maybe giving tickets away to large groups.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||That is a valid concern||
I understand that there may be multiple angles. This may require setting some cameras as official angle cameras and limiting how many angles are really reviewed.
I like replay and think that it helps out the game, but the amount of time spent seems a bit ridiculous at times.
I would prefer not to limit time with regards to flagrant fouls. That's another issue entirely where the review is for intent rather than result.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I understand||
I am not arguing against replay. I am just saying that if a call is blatantly wrong then it won't take more than 45 seconds to determine what the correct call should have been. If a replay is taking 2+ minutes how can the evidence be that conclusive?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Bad calls happen||
Yes, sometimes there are going to be bad calls. Some of those calls will go against your rooting interest. That's part of the game.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Replay time bugs me||
Replay, although a good idea, is intended to fix bad calls and not turn humans into robots. Basketball and football are games played by humans and reffed by humans. We all make mistakes and that is just part of the game. I wish replay were only about removing blatantly horrible calls from the game and provide a little bit of clarity on calls that aren't so horrible, but still wrong.
I wish there was a time limit of, say, 45 seconds per replay. If nothing conclusive is found then the call stays as it is and there isn't 5 minutes of deliberation. If the call is wrong then it can't be that bad if a 45 second replay didn't clearly show otherwise.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Headless||
Fan tip #1: never use your head. Blind optimism is best!
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Different than Burke||
Walton will never be the same player that Burke was because he isn't. Burke was the superstar point guard because that's just who he is. Walton does not appear to fit that same mold. He has superstars that he can dish to, so he might never be the guy like Burke was because frankly the team does not need him to be.
They both play the same position, but they are two very different players. I can see Walton developing a better jump shot than Burke, and play better defense than Burke, and have a similar A/TO margin. His usage on offense will most likely not come close to what Burke's was thus he will most likely never be the NPOY, or have the accolades that Burke had.
The mark of a great player, and person really, is recognizing your gifts and talents and understanding how to make those talents improve others. This team needs Walton to fill a much different role than last years team needed out of Burke. Realizing that is what will make Walton great and the team great.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I win my bracket||
UM over Tenn 79-65
UL over UK 69-67
UVA over MSU 65-61
ISU over CONN 72-64
That would give me 7/8 in the elite 8 in my bracket.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||TO Adjustments||
In basketball I would think that the offense has a bit more control over turnovers. However, turnovers most likely contribute to defensive efficiency. Thus on a matchup basis the efficiencies are relative. If VCU is a good defensive team due to their pressure and forcing turnovers and Michigan is very adept at mitigating that then VCU’s efficiency, on a relative basis, is much lower than the stats show. Also, zone defenses against an average shooting team are going to be much more efficient than against a great shooting team.
With regards to Michigan, I see matchup problems with teams that can man up effectively and contest shots rather than force a lot of turnovers. It would make sense if we struggle with smaller quicker teams that have athletes that can run and stay with our guys.
These general stats are nice to look at but they don’t really paint the best picture because basketball is often a game of matchups.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure what this means||
Bucks could win the lottery, so either stauskis is a top 5 pick or he drops out of the first round. Would like to see him there. I may go to my first game if that happens.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Changing locale||
I have changed my daughter outside in public areas on many occasions. The thing is you must be discrete about it. In the middle of a crowded park is off limits, but behind a tree where there aren't people that are close enough to care is fine.
My best diaper changing moment was on the floor of one of the London Tube stations in a corner.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Pack it out...||
Public restrooms are fair game for throwing away diapers in my opinion. It's not going to make the room smell any worse than it already does.
Frequently emptied trash cans are also usually fair game. These include most trash cans in most parking lots. I agree that food courts should probably be off limits, but that is because there is a restroom near by.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Assuming no UofM offer||
This is based on no UofM offer which I would jump on. I would hope that I am mature enough to make this decision.
Ultimately I want to be in a place where I will end up successful.
Things I don't really care about:
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Teams that i wish were good again||
I like Minnesota and washington. Don't know why. Just do.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with this||
As an engineer, if you don’t continually apply yourself you lose the knowledge. This is most important right after graduating.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Time Status||
I think amending the academic requirements is a very good idea. My suggestion would be to amend what “full time student” means with regards to athletes. I would reduce the full time credit requirement allowing athletes to take fewer courses per semester. I would guarantee that an athlete gets five years on scholarship to complete his degree. The scholarship will only count toward the limit for the four years he is part of the team while the fifth is purely academic. These are the three scenarios.
Scenario #1: A player does not redshirt.
Under this scenario, a player exhausts all playing eligibility after four years but is granted an additional year of scholarship for academic reasons.
Scenario #2: A player redshirts and plays as a fifth year senior.
Under this scenario nothing has changed.
Scenario #3: A player redshirts and is not part of the team his fifth year (coach decides not to extend the guaranteed 4 year athletic scholarship).
Under this scenario, the scholarship is maintained for academic reasons for the fifth year.
This would promote redshirting which I like. It will reduce the semester coursework allowing more time to study/focus on individual courses. It would allow extra time to complete degree requirements allowing the athlete to take on a more difficult degrees if desired.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||This all makes sense||
Whether or not a recruit is on our commit list, our coaches most definitely have to re-recruit all of the current commits due to the new offensive coordinator and last year's record.
I'm hoping the de-commits of Harris and Campbell are along the lines of them committing to a program in which they thought was better than what showed on the field thus giving us a realistic chance at getting them back with a strong season.
This next season is probably one of the most important seasons in a long time with regards to long term recruiting success.
|28 weeks 15 hours ago||How good is Gardner?||
My gut tells me that Gardner, with good coaching a mediocre running game and a line that can block, has the potential to have the greatest season ever from a UofM quarterback.
Almost 3000 yds passing with no running game and a horrible line is pretty darn good. From what I've seen he is accurate when allowed to be so and has more than enough arm strength to make all the throws plus the athleticism that makes other fans swear at their TV sets.
Instead of talking about Morris we should really be talking DG for Heisman.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Friend is going||
Could be in the -50s with the wind chill there. Could be the same here in Milwaukee.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Curious here||
Did Texas offer all of the above or just inquire? There is nothing wrong with inquiring.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Down on the list||
It may seem like they struck out on quite a few names, but let's be a bit realistic.
Saban is at a prestigious school already and has something pretty good built.
Harbaugh is in the NFL where he wants to be.
Sumlin is at pretty good place in A&M plus he would be switching to a in-state rival.
Briles is in the same conference. How often does that happen? At least Saban went to the NFL before coming to Alabama from LSU.
Mora is doing a pretty good job at UCLA which is a pretty good school to be at.
Fisher is coaching FSU in the title game.
Malzahn is coaching Auburn in the title game.
To say that Texas struck out is kinda silly (although you seem to simply be stating facts here). This list is a list of longshots. Schools are going to call the longshots because maybe there is a chance. The bottom line is that these were pretty much all lateral moves at best with the exception of Briles, but that woudl be an intra-conference move.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Irrationally optimistic||
I am irrationally optimistic about next year’s line being a big step up from this year’s. I did think that this year was going to be better because we were replacing a bad interior with young talent. I guess I was wrong. My optimism for next year comes from a more even distribution of experience in addition to the talent upgrade. Sure we are losing an AA OT and another 3 year starter OT, but we aren’t replacing them with people who haven’t played at all (except one maybe).
There will be no first time starters on the interior of the OL. I anticipate Bosch, Glasgow, and Kalis (wish he played as a true freshman). There will be competition, but I expect it to remain intact. The tackles will be new, but there is at least some game experience. I will assume Mags at LT and Braden at RT. Mags has starting experience and Braden will be a RS So rather than a RS Fr which may turn out to be a pretty big deal.
That is my optimism and I’m going to stick to it.