Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
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|4 days 14 hours ago||Yeah I see what you're saying||
I've been in general disappointed up until now with how they've handled the dragons in the story. I can understand why the dragons are loyal to their mother (because, duh), but that's pretty much as far as Dany's relationship with them has gone until now. It was a very sudden shift from "they like and protect their mother" to "they are now under Dany's complete command". I agree with that 100%. I feel like the lack of seeing/discussing the dragons is in part because they only have so much time/budget to focus on them. And I realize GoT isn't exactly strapped for cash...but there's about a billion other storylines to get to, so they didn't want to blow all of their budget on dragons except when necessary.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I disagree with #1||
Esecially characterizing the dragons as "deus ex machnia". I mean, it's been long overdue quite frankly. They keep talking Dany up as the mother of dragons. Six seasons later it's about DAMN TIME we see the supposed mother of dragons in full control of them. And it's important to show that too...I mean, up until that point nobody knew that Dany could actually control them and use them for force. Well, there's no doubt now what they're capable of. I was giddy during that scene, because it's taken so long to get to the point where dragons unleash their full fury on Dany's enemies. Almost felt like a teaser for the eventual main conflict where we get to see way more dragon action.
To me yara and Theon saving the day would have been way more of a deus ex machina. Something Dany had no control of but events just happened to coincide at the exact same moment? That's way too coincidental for my taste.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Actually you can sort of see why he'd ride out solo||
Considering Rickon is his brother, Ramsey is shooting arrows at him, and his whole damn strategy was based upon Ramsey's army attacking first, it makes sense that Jon's first reaction would be to go out alone and try to save Rickon. His other two options are untenable: if he does nothing, he is letting his own brother die. That's not in his blood, even if he knows that Sansa warned him that Ramsey would kill Rickon and he's as good as dead. The other option would be to charge as an army. That immediately throws his entire strategy out the window.
I thought it was interesting. Up until that point, it felt as if Jon could do no wrong. Well, it's clear he doesn't always know what he's doing. Not to mention, his head has been all sorts of effed up ever since being resurrected. It was a bit of a shock to see him being so easily and soundly defeated like that (until they got saved by the Vale), but it makes sense why it could happen given recent events.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||It's a tricky injury||
In fact, Durant needed multiple surgeries to fix his problem and basically missed the entire year from it. The first surgery just didn't work, so he got another opinion and a different kind of surgery to repair it.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Eh||
While the Glasgow loss was certainly significant, the fact is our previously elite defense couldn't even slow down either Indiana or OSU. At any point. To me that's a coaching failure, it's not like we lost EVERYONE on defense to injury.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I mean||
I mean...he's already said he's not going to do anything with Datsyuk's contract "out of respect to Datsyuk". So I wouldn't expect much.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Terrible||
It's so weak of an argument that I have to assume something else went down behind closed doors. Either that, or he is a complete incompetent fool. Who cares if you are the only conference to vote no? Seriously, if that's what they want, then just do it! If the vote is 13-2, who cares? What does it matter that it looked like it was going to pass? If you are presented with two options you don't like, nobody is holding a gun to your head and saying "pick one or else". Just say no to both. Is that so hard?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||You didn't even need to say anything in your post.||
Your avatar is the perfect response.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||My $0.02||
Like Space said, nobody seems to be accounting for the fact that it is perfectly within Beilein's rights to restrict transfers. Why is it he has to be held to a higher standard than everyone else? In one breath people criticize him for his recruiting, even though he is not willing to play the dirty game...now that he's doing something that appears dirty but again, is PERFECTLY ALLOWABLE by the rules, and he's getting chastized for it. It's a bit ridiculous guys.
Also, why does everyone forget that Max Bielfeldt played for Indiana this year? The restrictions aren't insurmountable...if Spike really wanted to play at Rutgers, he can appeal it and likely will be allowed there.
But yeah, sure, Beileins's a giant hypocrit, right <rolls eyes>
What's with the sanctity of the "if he graduates, he can choose wherever he wants to go" mantra, anyway? For school, sure, he should be able to go wherever the fuck he wants to. But it's not just school we're talking about...we're talking about one year of eligibility to play basketball. It's not unreasonable for a school that just gave him 4 years of free tuition and a degree to play basketball to then turn around and say "You can play wherever you like, just not for a team on our schedule next year" Now, obviously there has to be a limit to the restrictions allowed to be imposed (you can't ,just say "You can transfer, but not to any Power 5 school") but Isee no issue with making the restrictions limited to in conference and/or teams on your schedule next year.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I'm||
I'm ashamed of the goddamned negativity around here. Our team - minus two senior leaders - managed to scrape their way in the tournament, win their play in game, and as a clear 11-seed underdog took their 6-seed opponent down to the wire in the tournament. And yet people bitch and moan.
Honestly was the first game I watched all year. There were problems, yes. Deficiencies, yes. But I don't get the handwringing around here. Y'all talk as if this team is awful. It's not. It was good, but not great. It had clear deficiencies. And with 0 seniors, it was inexperienced and thin at key psitions. Walton was pretty bad last night in teh 2nd half but the team was asking too much of one guy all year.
It did pretty good considering all of that, and it's shocking at how many people just do not understand that. Yes, we should expect more. And we will...NEXT YEAR. This year, they did probably about as well as they could have.
I mean, Jesus people. This is a coach that took Michigan out of it's funk as a program and into a championship game, and it's shocking how many of you have just given up.
That's my one and only basketball snowflake of the year. I'm proud of the team for fighting. I'm not proud at all of the (seeming) majority of commenters on this blog. Your expectations are way out of whack.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||And||
And had they done this from the start, nobody would be talking about Michigan, at least not to this degree. That's the beauty of Sankey's "think of the children!" Bs.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||And seriously||
If you're going to complain about how much money Hoke walked away with, then at least direct that complaint towards the man who deserves blame, one David Brandon. That Hoke walked away with millions is totally Brandon's fault for signing a ridiculous contract with him. Hoke was savvy in being able to get teh contract he did get...I don't begrudge him one bit for the money he walked away with.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Pot. Kettle.||
Who's insecure here? This whole saga is amusing to us, and the fact that you felt the need to post on a Michigan blog calling us insecure only proves you to be the insecure one, just like Sankey and the rest of the SEC. If it wasn't a big deal, you wouldn't care. But you do.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Honestly||
It looks like a movie that's trying too hard.
|18 weeks 15 hours ago||That's an incredibly weak argument||
So it's OK to rob kids of their precious time off if a sport is in season? To me either it's important or it isn't. You can't have it both ways. Bowl season often conflicts directly with Christmas or New Years for many schools...why is that ok but this isn't? Why is it OK for spring practice to occur during finals week but not during time off? Shouldn't their studies be priority number 1? Don't they technically have ALL SUMMER off too?
You're setting a very odd and hypocritical precedent here if you make a rule like this. I see no compelling reason why in season vs. out of season matters at all.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||No||
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not following||
Because I haven't seen ANYONE say that Manning played well in that game. Oh sure, they talk a lot about him, but is that really surprising? He's one of the best QBs the game has ever seen, and there's a good chance that's the last game he ever played. Going out with a superbowl victory on your last game ever as a player is the stuff of dreams...and it happened. That's why people are talking about him. It's not that hard.
I know he hasn't technically retired yet, but honestly I would be shocked if he doesn't.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Well that's dumb||
I thought maybe he was expecting the ball to bounce and that's why he didn't jump in...but now this removes all doubt.
Says a lot about who you are if you won't jump on the ball in a one-score game late in the 4th quarter of the superbowl. Then try to rationalize it to everyone by saying "hey, I'm not the only guy who's done that", and basically blame everyone else but himself. Own up to it! He says it didn't lose them the game. YES IT DID, DUDE! My God! Two plays lost them the game...and they were both fumbles BY HIM. So I don't know if he really thinks this or he's just in denial, but it's not a very good look and I have a much different view of Cam as a football player now than I did before.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||So...wait what?||
Apparently Michigan has a very short 5-game schedule. Either that, or "Bye" is a tough tough opponent, since it's mentioned for all 3 teams. MSU better look out, opening the season against Bye is gonna be a big challenge for them.
|20 weeks 19 hours ago||Pretty boring interview||
Partly cuz he was cut short by being late.
|20 weeks 20 hours ago||Wow||
Didn't know so many hates Mike and Mike...
|20 weeks 2 days ago||This pleases me.||
This pleases me.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||What?||
I mean, we've known for awhile now that he's not announcing until NSD...so now that he's not annoucing until NSD he's not coming here?
|21 weeks 1 day ago||No, suspension-worthy||
I don't care who he hit. He still hit a guy clear in the back who had no flipping clue it was coming. And dangerously close to ramming them into the boards head-first too.
It's suspension-worthy even if he didn't intend to hit a linesman. You just cannot be that reckless.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||And||
And it's not like we give kids free reign to drive cars from a very young age and say to them "have at it, you know the risks". That would be silly.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||False dichotomy||
You can believe something enjoyable or entertaining is also too dangerous to do yourself (or to allow your child to do). I love watching some of the tricks in x-sports, it's crazy the things they can do in mid air. At the same time, I would never myself put my body through that risk. I think sky diving is really effing cool, but ain't no way in hell I do that. Some of teh shit they do in cirque du solei looks dangerous as hell...it's also really entertaining.
Not everyone who thinks football is a dangerous sport also thinks it needs to be outlawed. If you think it needs to be outlawed, yeah, you're then a very big hypocrit if you are a fan, root for your team and watch the sport.
But just because I don't want my child playing football due to the risks involved doesn't mean that I can't watch and enjoy the sport.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||More that can be done||
This is fine at the collegiate level and beyond, but I feel like there are still many more things that can be done for levels below college, i.e., you cannot play tackle football until a certain age.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Mostly agreed||
With the subtle distinction that schools are the adults and the recruits are kids, so we expect more from the adults than the kids. Which is to say the "how" matters. Not that schools can't or shouldn't be able to back out...just that they need to make it abundantly clear from the beginning what the deal is with the term "commitment". This is where Harbaugh and staff maybe faltered a little bit...but when you look at how the recruits they let fall through the cracks are going to wind up with multiple full ride offers at other schools despite the "regrettable" timing, it's hard to really get worked up over it. Be better next time. And move on from it.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||What's the saying? Oh right.||
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence"
What made me upset and uncomfortable with so many people clutching their pearls on teh board is that it seems like many were so quick to think harbaugh was purposefully screwing the kids over (i.e. malice). So that's why it always felt like a gross overreaction by many. Like a significant number of posters/fans/media was taking up the role of Helen Lovejoy shouting "Won'ts somebody PLEASE think of the children!!!"
It's important to remember that this is new to Harbaugh too...Michigan is a different beast from Stanford, it's easy for Harbaugh to maybe underestimate the leve of interest he could get for recruits to Michigan...and also it is key to note that he was an NFL guy for a few years too, so there's an adjustment to get back into the college recruiting game, he's only been in it for about a year now. And that might be the simplest explanation for teh sloppiness and incompetence of his staff to let a couple commits fall through the cracks, in a less than ideal fashion.
I believe it will get better. It has to. Because Harbaugh has got to know this shit looks bad to his program, and he of all people knows that sloppiness will not be tolerated
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Additionally||
There has to be SOME fault towards Weaver for not following through on his committment. Just like Swenson. If he wasn't contacted for a long time...did he TRY to contact anyone at Michigan? Surely he was wondering what his status was. Did he make any attempts to find out? Or was he afraid of what the answer might be?
If we find out that he tried to call and never got a response...yeah, that's not good. I don't know if we'll ever know the answer to that though.
And I'm NOT tryig to excuse Michigan for not communicating. But, like everything in recruiting, it's a two-way street.
And this also depends on his initial offer, like you said, if it was conditional. If it wasn't conditional, then I excuse Weaver a bit more for not following through during this cold shoulder period. If it was, that makes it even more his fault for not trying to follow through with the staff earlier.