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|6 weeks 2 days ago||I do not think I have ever||
I do not think I have ever been as disinterested in Michigan football as I am today. In fact, I did not think that I could EVER be as disinterested in Michigan football as I am today. Who to blame? Who to blame? F-ck you, Dave Brandon.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I unfortunately got into||
I unfortunately got into Minecraft myself and you're right - there's so many YouTubers in Europe, especially Sweden. Anyway, some of the things they build are honestly breath-taking. This one was pretty cool as an idea but lacked a bit in execution. Maybe a different texture pack (nerd alert) would have helped.
WARNING: Do not start playing Minecraft if you do not want to stay up all night playing a video game. It is HIGHLY addictive. Probably the most addictive game I've ever played (and I've played them all).
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Lets all be honest here - I||
Lets all be honest here - I haven't seen any evidence that Brian gives two hoots about the Board. I have no reason to believe he would have known anything about that thread bashing that recruit unless someone emailed him about it. Now I don't know this to be a fact, but he definitely hasn't outwardly shown any interest in the Board, that's for sure. The only reason he purged long-time members was because bashing recruits threatens his livelihood. And I totally understand that part - protecting one's livelihood and family is more important than anything in the world. But lets not get carried away thinking Brian geninuely cares about Board and the comments therein in general - there is absolutely no evidence that is the case. Its the Mods that do all the damn work (and get nothing in return, might I add). Were it up to Brian, I'm not so sure there would even be a Board....
|6 weeks 4 days ago||FWIW, the only reason I||
FWIW, the only reason I purchased HTTV in the past is to support Seth and show my appreciation for all of his hard work and the hard work of the "secondary" contributors. Not that the book itself isn't really good-looking and informative, but I think we all know that we can get the same information here on mgoblog or elsewhere in "real time."
WolvinLA2 put the general sentiment of a lot of old-timers well in his comment above - I think Brian alienated a decent number of die-hard followers a few months ago, followers that spoke with their wallets as well as by contributing good thoughts/comments on the Board. I for one rarely read the Board anymore and almost never comment except to throw in some snark now and again. This coming from a guy that was pretty damn active on the Board since 2009. Brian did himself a huge disservice IMO but, as they say, its his blog, man.
Anyway, I encourage you all to toss some $$$ to the HTTV kickstarter if only to support the guys you appreciate like Seth and Space Coyote and Bry_Mac, etc.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I like you Raoul so||
I like you Raoul so I'll level with you . . . I was probably a bit over the top and my real gripe is with the NCAA in allowing offers and commitments at such a "young" age (I put that in quotations because a 16-year-old is old enough to drive a car so they aren't really all that young).
Programs shape recruiting classes around 1-2 commitments sometimes and to lose one can arguably damage the entire class. When grown adults are shaping programs around these kids then the kids should be taught what it means to "commit" by the NCAA. I personally thought that coaches like Hoke that pull the scholarship offer entirely are doing it right (only to find out that Hoke isn't really doing that exactly).
Better yet, I don't think offers should even be allowed until after junior seasons are completed. That way, the kids will arguably be old enough to understand the process and the field will be level for all schools - schools that take care to evaluate talent early will not be penalized when bigger name schools come in late and toss out an offer just because their first choice bailed.
We diehard fans spend a lot of time following recruiting and big-name companies spend a lot of money on it but, in all, its a totally f-cked up process where the kids have too much power IMO.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Great suggestion, SC. I||
Great suggestion, SC. I watch a decent amout of soccer and could definitely stand to learn more in time for the World Cup, one of the most exciting events in all of sports.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I guess its Negative Nancy||
I guess its Negative Nancy Day for me today so I've got to say it:
It boggles my mind that, with all the athletic talent (and sheer size of population) in the US, this country can't produce even one footballer with all-World level skills. Its painful to read about Dempsey and Altidore as being the best players on the squad but barely being able to hack it in Europe.
Is it simply the fact that football, basketball, and baseball are so popular here that some great would-be soccer players choose one of those sports instead? Whatever the reason, its really depressing.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Best of luck to Crawford on||
Best of luck to Crawford on his path to choosing the right school for him. I hope that, along the way, he learns the meaning of the word "commitment" (for his own sake).
(This hope obviously applies to all recuits that "commit" and not just Crawford.)
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Too late? Nothing is too||
Too late? Nothing is too late until we decide it is!
|9 weeks 4 days ago||F--k Bale. That broke my||
F--k Bale. That broke my Barca's back. Nevermind that Pinto was in goal and he's garbage compared to Valdes who is out with an injury.
And I agree with HS above - watching Barca kick it around the penalty box with extra passes for fun is much more impressive that the dump-and-chase goals that you see here and in the EPL all the time.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||SO much win in this post and||
SO much win in this post and THAT is what you have to say?
OH MY GOD BiSB MISTAKENLY LEFT AN "E" IN ONE WORD!!! WOE IS ME!!! ITS THE END OF THE WORLD AND WE KNOW IT BUT I DO NOT FEEL FINE!!!
(P.S. I love Reece's candy too. :-)
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Its way more than that - it||
Its way more than that - it speaks to the state of the program. I don't think anyone looked at the guy as a savior but I think people assumed he'd want to play with his old coach. If there's anything attracting a recruit to a school its got to be a coach he played for (or family member/friend there, etc.). Optically, its embarassing to the program for him to choose Ohio State instead. There's probably more to it - maybe he simply didn't like his old coach - but it sure seems to reaffirms what most people already believe: OSU is miles ahead of Michigan at this point and there's no end in sight.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I think its funny too because||
I think its funny too because he's right. On the world stage, soccer >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> hockey. I'd much rather see two of the most famous soccer teams match up in Michigan Stadium in a lowly friendly than the Winter Classic. Does more for Ann Arbor and the University. But thats just like my opinion, man.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Glad to hear both of your||
Glad to hear both of your opinions on the subject. *yawn*
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe so, and all lawyers are||
Maybe so, and all lawyers are trained to come up with an argument on any issue no matter what (see all criminal defense lawyers everywhere) but sometimes deep down inside we know that argument is a loser. I could be wrong but I think what he's saying is that the argument against football players being employees of the school is a loser if you really look at the definition of an "employee" and put the college football profession through the NLRB test.
Maybe if you start getting into a public policy argument CAPA loses but we all know what happens when the public policy arguments pop up in oral arguments: That's when the whores come in .... (i.e. the law is not on their side).
[EDIT: BiSB beat me to it.]
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Good shit as usual, Ghost||
Good shit as usual, Ghost Face Killa.
My favorite part of this whole thing is the NCAA press release and the fact that is electronically signed by their CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER! LOLs Reading his statement actually made me dumber, lowering my opinion of the NCAA even further (if that is even possible).
Hey NCAA: I have no experience in sports/entertainment law but I'm pretty sure I'd be an upgrade from your current CLO. Make me an offer I can't refuse.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Even if you're for or against||
Even if you're for or against unionizing, you have to admit that this is pretty damn interesting. It looks like the time for the NCAA to hide behind the "student-athlete" security blanket is finally over. Even if Northwestern eventually prevails on appeal (which it probably will), the NCAA has some serious problems. Hopefully this blow will force their hand. If not, if they stick to their hard line they are going to end up ruining college sports in the end when things eventually blow up.....
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Shouldn't you be working,||
Shouldn't you be working, BiSB?
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, that one is courtesy of||
Yeah, that one is courtesy of user "mgoblueben"
If you go in and check his previous 10 or so posts there's not a positive, non-combative one in the lot. He mad, bro?
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I think its pretty clear that||
I think its pretty clear that the whole point of the NFL retaining Paul Weiss (a huge and very presigious law firm, by the way) was to root out the evil and attempt to do exactly what the lawyers recommended so that younger players don't have to go through this anymore. It was also warranted for PR purposes for the NFL as an organization, though it doesn't really help the Dolphins organization too much . . .
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Kiddies? LOL. GTFO.||
Kiddies? LOL. GTFO.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with respect to||
I agree with respect to treatment of women in the workplace but men letting lose is one thing - bullying is another. IMO, the good-natured ribbing most would expect in a locker room blew up to the proportion of being equivalent of hardcore sexual harassment of a woman in an office setting.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||The most interesting part of||
The most interesting part of the whole case, in my opinion, is that in any other "professional" workplace Incognito would be fired (or at least seriously reprimanded). Could you imagine the fallout of a similar situation of a manager at someplace like Bank of America talking/acting like this towards a female employee? That guy would be so f-cked. SO f-cked. But Icognito will be fine.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||This is very interesting||
This is very interesting indeed. I assumed Wells was an employment law specialist but it turns out he is a litigator:
"A partner and co-chair of the Litigation Department, Theodore V. Wells, Jr. has extensive litigation experience in white-collar criminal defense, complex civil and corporate litigation, SEC regulatory work, healthcare fraud, FCPA, AML and OFAC investigations, environmental matters and class action litigation."
Granted, I'm sure he has tons of experience in deposition and witness interviews but I thought of this case as being more akin to one of workplace harassment, which would be why the NFL is obviously concerned. They and the team could be sued for allowing this harassment to occur, which is why I assumed they retained Paul Weiss. Of course, there were probably numerous lawyers working on this and at least one was probably an employment specialist.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||I agree 100%. If anything, I||
I agree 100%. If anything, I think she knows what's best for Malik moreso than anyone else based on what she has said and apparently experienced. I can't imagine doing something that my mom was adamantly against. And I'm as independent as they come!
|22 weeks 3 days ago||His dad is tremendous:Look,||
His dad is tremendous:
Look, he made his decision. I'm proud of him and stand by him. He stood up like a man and made a decision. He's a young man that made his decision and I stand by him. I wanted him to go out of state to experience things away from his family but he's a man, he made his decision, and I'm happy he'll be close to home. I support him. He's a man who made his decision. Support. Decision. Young man. Decision. Support.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||I think you're right, that||
I think you're right, that those are his options. But I disagree with your choice. As I mentioned above, from all that I've read, it seems to me as though Malik might not know whats best for him and maybe not even be mature enough to be considering the important aspects of his decision. But, again, I really have no clue what I'm talking about so, yeah. And its very possible that his mother is a bit crazy and misguided by some long past wrong. Although, it could be a very, very bad experience. Like something REALLY bad that should be enough for Malik to not consider MSU. Who knows.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not so sure about that,||
I'm not so sure about that, or at least not so sure that its as innocent-sounding as that. From all that I've read and some deduction, it sounds to me like Malik might be more immature than others and that his parents are working hard to ensure he makes the right decision. From what I can gather, it seems to me as though his parents think he's mixed up in the wrong crowd and interested in MSU for the wrong reasons. That's how I've been reading it anyway. I could be WAY off but it seems as though this is a kid that might not know what's best for himself. Or his mom could just be crazy.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||LOL||
|22 weeks 4 days ago||You got it right. I've got a||
You got it right. I've got a problem with the way rape/sexual assault allegations are treated. I could bore you with my opinion but I chose to simply make an obnoxious emotional statement and leave it at that.