This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
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|1 day 48 min 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.
|1 day 1 hour 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.
|1 day 6 hours 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.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Pretty boring interview||
Partly cuz he was cut short by being late.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Wow||
Didn't know so many hates Mike and Mike...
|1 week 7 hours ago||This pleases me.||
This pleases me.
|1 week 1 day 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?
|1 week 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 2 hours 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.
|2 weeks 7 hours 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.
|2 weeks 7 hours 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.
|2 weeks 10 hours 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||There is nothing binding about a verbal offer||
That has to be the case otherwise recruits wouldn't be able to back out of a verbal for no reason other than "they changed their minds" without repurcussions. If they do that after signing an LOI, hey have to sit out a year.
So there is nothing to "rescind". Obviously, the way you do that matters, but I'm seeing a lot of people making a lot of gross assumptions about the ethics of what Harbaugh did without really knowing how Harbuagh did it, which is precisely what is needed to judge ethics here. No I don't think giving a recruit the cold shoulder is some ethical violation necessarily, especially when it's clear Weaver knew in the fall (at least in November, if not well before that) that his spot was never guaranteed.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Or||
Or perhaps the horse is too damn high for reality.
Did anyone have a moral outrage over Bo offering scholarships to kids who he KNEW damn well would likely never see the field, just to keep them away from other schools? You can say "but these kids stil got a scholarship!" all you want, and I would counter "So will Swenson and Weaver. Just not at Michigan."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly||
I also had this thought. Weaver may be upset that he didn't know until now definitively...but when else would he know for sure? The race to NSD has a lot of moving parts in the final moments. If he knew it was a 50-50 proposition teh whole time (which it sounds like from reports he should have known), perhaps it just comes down to a recruit taking a 50% bet on Michigan and winding up being wrong at the last minute. Like getting 4 powerball numbers but missing out on the 5th number to win the jackpot (well, not the best analogy since you prolly still win a bunch of money in that case, but you get the point). Sometimes you get unlucky at a bad time. That's not all Harbaugh's fault though. Especially if he was clear from the start what this "committment" meant.
And for the love of God, this cannot be stated enough...Weaver himself said "lay off Harbaugh, guys." He's frustrated by the process, but not SPECIFICALLY angry at Harbaugh. This is significant for those who want to automatically assume the worst of the coaching staff.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And this is where the mistake lies||
It doesn't suddenly make us just like OSU or Bama, it doesn't make us like PSU, it doesn't make us suddenly lose who we want to be as a program that is above most when it comes to "doing things the right way", it doesnt;t mean we should have MORAL OUTRAGE at a level that some seem to suggest.
It is a bad look. It is not THAT bad. Even Weaver himself said "cool it on Harbaugh, guys". So maybe, just maybe, we should R-E-L-A-X. This isn't the most unethical thing a coach has ever done, not even in the same galaxy. Shoot, some (myself included) may think it's not unethical at all, especially if he knew in the fall his spot wasn't guaranteed. I do want Harbaugh to be better about the line of communication in the future, though. But that is minor.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Actually I got one better||
Overheard a couple of people at a coffee shop who are attending MIchigan right now say they didn't understand the concept of "leaders and best". As in, why Michigan calls itself leaders and best.
I didn't know this required explanation.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Whoosh||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Irrelevant||
You can't hit a guy on the ground like that. You just can't. And besides, it amounted to about a 1-2 yard penalty, so it wasn't THAT big of a deal.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Meh||
I can't keep track anymore.
The one thing I do know is we have a Harbaugh.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||One too many||
I discovered Evan Williams, a $12 liter of bourbon, was surprisingly acceptable to drink both on the rocks and neat. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Simple answer||
Because the offense has the inherent advantages of controlling the pace (when to snap the ball) and knowing what they're going to do before the ball is snapped.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Not completely true||
There was definitely a significant portion of luck involved in the Minnesota win (being down at the half yard line on the almost game-winning TD catch, plus their HC derping around and wasting valuable time), and maybe a little bit of luck in the Indiana win (because thank God we let Indiana score a TD and got the ball last in regulation, rather than them running the clock down and kicking a FG to win it).
But that was really it in terms of good luck. What happened against MSU more than makes up for that. Not to mention the endlessly terrible reffing that always seemed to go against us. And the complete lack of turnovers, specifically fumble recoveries (which is basically random.)
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Scored 109||
Lost by 24 points. Had GB not shat the bed against Arizona (their D got 34 points!) I might have won, then I'd be gloating about how my 5-8 fantasy team who scored the least amount of points this year in my league won it all as the 8 seed. Still 2nd place ain't too shabby considering my team was awful most of the year...lesson being never underestimate the value of the waiver wire (and plain dumb luck).
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Well||
Maybe they would have known who he was if you had done a profile of him.
|8 weeks 1 hour ago||Yeah...it's not replays, it's commercials.||
I absolutely HATE the commercial-kickoff-commercial sequence. Like, gee thanks for showing that 20 seconds of a dude kicking a ball through the back of the endzone.
And actually, the NFL replay process is far less intrusive than for college football. I think they hit a nice sweet spot for when to review and when not to, with maybe a few minor exceptions.
|8 weeks 9 hours ago||All I can tell you||
All I can tell you is keep Murray glued to the bench. I picked up Isaiah Crowell at RB in my desperation to start literally anyone over DeMarco Murray last week, and that move won me my playoff game last week as the 8-seed. This week he has a bad matchup so I picked up Branden Bolden to start. And Murray will stay on the bench.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||I know||
I know this is supposed to make me feel better but honestly it makes me more nervous. Too many soul dong punches in the last decade have me perpetually prepared for the worst.