that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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- Michigan won it's first Big Ten championship in 26 years, and won a second two years later
- Michigan ended an eleven-year NCAA tournament drought
- Michigan had one national player of the year and another Big Ten player of the year
- Michigan went to the National Championship game where it lost by 6 points, with much of the final moments hanging on a clean Trey Burke block that was called a foul
- Michigan has sent 6 players to the NBA draft, and is likely to send a 7th player this year
- Michigan has had the best Big Ten record over the last 4 years
- Michigan has done all this despite playing in the nation's best conference the last two years and competing with elite coaches like Tom Izzo, Thad Matta, and Bo Ryan
- Conference Champions - One should have to truly earn their way into the playoff. Winning a competitive conference seems like a logical way to measure merit. Conference champs should also be awarded with a home game in the playoffs.
- Home fields - This is probably the least likely to happen, but the best teams should be awarded with home fields in the playoff. Award the team for winning, and award the fans for being passionate. This is another way to ensure that the early round/s is sold out, since fans will not need to travel great distances. The championship can be played on a neutral field.
- Diversity of the field - There should be teams from a variety of conferences to ensure that teams do not play twice in a season. Regular season match-ups need to matter a great deal; I understand that people believe the regular season could be marginalized by playoff rematches.
- Exclusivity of the field - It should be really difficult to make the playoff. Ideally, teams with more than 2 losses are banned. This is unlikely to happen every year, unless a 4-6 team playoff is instituted. A small field keeps champions of bad conferences (Big East 2010) out of the playoff.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||What Michigan has done for||
What Michigan has done for you lately is go to the National Championship, go to the Elite Eight, have a NPOY, have a Big Ten POY, won two B1G titles, and sent five guys to the draft. All of that has happened in the last 3 seasons.
I don't live in your hypothetical future world where Michigan is a disappointment. In the real world, less than a decade ago, Michigan was an AWFUL basketball program that hadn't hung a banner since George H.W. Bush was president. Beilein has changed all of that. You are suggesting that we hold him accountable for seasons that haven't happened yet, which is asinine.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I feel like I'm taking crazy pills||
Under Joh Beilein:
Despite all that, the brats in the Michigan fanbase want more, more, more!
And people wonder why our football program has been toxic for almost a decade...
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Is he still allowed? Like the No Homers Club?||
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Michigan would like to give||
Michigan would like to give thanks to Fitz's mom for his fantastic name.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Nobody ever said Michigan was||
Nobody ever said Michigan was an elite team. OSU has lost three times, none to elite teams, and Nebraska is as inconsistent as teams get. It is not going to take an elite-level performance to beat either of these teams at home.
As far as "power" running games go, OSU ran for a whopping 35 yards (.9 per carry) against Michigan State, so stacking the box seemed to work just fine. Nebraska managed 190 yards rushing against Michigan State, but on 58(!) carries. That's 3.3 yards per carry. Using your logic, MSU proved that each of those teams needs a passing game. So, again, what makes losing to these teams a foregone conclusion?
|3 years 24 weeks ago||If our passing game is||
If our passing game is inconsistent, what does that make Nebraska's and Ohio State's? You're crazy if you think losing to Nebraska and Ohio State at home is a foregone conclusion.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Michigan will have 5 home||
Michigan will have 5 home games in 2018 while division rivals Iowa, Nebraska, and Michigan State will have 4. Even numbered years could be good to Michigan in the future (and odd numbered years not so much).
|3 years 43 weeks ago||The obvious choice is||
The obvious choice is "BOFOSHO"
|3 years 43 weeks ago||I hate both those schools.||
I hate both those schools. Trojanz 4 lyfe
|3 years 44 weeks ago||They would have recruited you||
They would have recruited you if you were the Flying Samoan
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Is wearing underwear uncool||
Is wearing underwear uncool now? I'm not sure I want an AD who's free-ballin'
|3 years 44 weeks ago||6 of those 21 guys are||
6 of those 21 guys are already gone (as are two of the six 4 star guys). So that class now consists of four 4 stars out of 19 players (21%). But, a lot of those 3 star guys have done well thus far, including Jibreel Black, Carvin Johnson, Jake Ryan, Courtney Avery, Stephen Hopkins, and Will Hagerup. It is certainly not a doomed class
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Also, The Town is pretty||
Also, The Town is pretty manly (much like The Departed). The Hurt Locker, too. Jeremy Renner is a badass
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I'm surprised nobody has||
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Taxi Driver yet. That and Raging Bull and Mean Streets ooze manliness.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Real men watch Apocalypse||
Real men watch Apocalypse Now: Redux with their pants off
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Delaware Fence?||
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Peter King linked to them on||
Peter King linked to them on Twitter, I guess it's making their servers asplode
Edit: I'm slow
|3 years 49 weeks ago||State fans are claiming he||
State fans are claiming he committed to Michigan because State's defense is just too good (he wouldn't play early there). They seriously have no clue what losing all these recruiting battles means for their future
|3 years 49 weeks ago||The University of Michigan||
The University of Michigan School of Journalism competes for journalism recruits about as well as the University of Chicago football team competes for football recruits.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Phil Knight is actually not||
Phil Knight is actually not Oregon's Athletic Director, that would be Rob Mullens:
Knight's (and Nike's) influence over the program is quite substantial, though.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Huh? Where do you see that?||
Huh? Where do you see that? I'm as confused by this new system as anybody
|4 years 1 day ago||I think EDSBS needs more||
I think EDSBS needs more Michigan beating Florida. Lloyd Carr being carried out on the players' shoulders. TIm Tebow with turf in his helmet. Adrian Arrington dominating the young Florida secondary. A simple reminder that SEC speed < Big Ten speed
|4 years 1 week ago||Huh, I've always assumed the||
Huh, I've always assumed the name Cub was bear related. I didn't know the letters actually stood for something.
Also, I believe TCF no longer goes by Twin Cities Federal as they are now much more of a regional/national brand. In Minnesota, as one would expect, they have quite a few branches, many outside of grocery stores (and some inside Cub too, haha)
|4 years 1 week ago||Cub is a grocery store. It||
Cub is a grocery store. It is badass if you are too poor/sensible to shop at Lunds or Byerlys. Do not diss Cub, or bears will eat you
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Remind me again how polls do||
Remind me again how polls do more for competition than actual football games
|4 years 2 weeks ago||There is a lot of truth in||
There is a lot of truth in what you say, but it won't stop me from advocating for the system that I like. I realize that competition usually takes a back seat to politics in major athletics. I just feel that "they'll screw it up more" is not a philosophy I can get behind. Maybe I'm being naive. Either way, I do think a better system exists, and perhaps some day the NCAA will get leadership bold enough to give it a try. Until then...arguing for everyone!
|4 years 2 weeks ago||So, because they might screw||
So, because they might screw things up, we should assume that they will? I agree that the NCAA has done some pretty screwy things in the name of money/scholarship/virtue/whatever. There are a lot of playoff systems that would be utter garbage. That doesn't mean that a good playoff system doesn't exist. To me, things that must be emphasized:
Is all of the above feasible? Maybe not. But I think most of it can be accomplished on a consistent basis. If you give teams incentives to be rated #1 and #2 in the final poll, the playoff will not overshadow the regular season. Dr. Saturday's playoff plan is pretty slick as it accomplishes most of the above criteria.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||A 4 or 8 team playoff, if||
A 4 or 8 team playoff, if constructed correctly, will seriously endanger the chances that the loser of Florida-LSU makes the tournament. The game will still mean just as much to both teams.
And honestly, I watch a ton of college football games every single year that have no affect on national championship selection, and I'm sure you do too. Upsets will still happen, the rivalries will be just as heated, and the arguments over the bowl/playoff format will probably continue. The fun part is, you may get games like Michigan-USC at Michigan Stadium in December. How can that not excite you?
|4 years 2 weeks ago||A sinlge elimination||
A single elimination tournament is infinitely more entertaining than waiting for a poll to be released.
Sometimes I wonder if people are more interested in arguing over sports than actually watching them.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Draymond Green||
For saying the things that he said in the article below. Interesting praise considering what happened later in the season. I wonder if he feels the same way now...