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|24 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with your overall||
I agree with your overall point, and think the degree of recruiting overreaction has been ridiculous around here.
But to answer your question re: why Michigan was caught cheating and not other teams, it happened because Taylor or Traylor (accounts differ) rolled an SUV that (I beleive) belonged to Ed Martin and that definitely contained Mateen Cleaves, then a high school student. They were on the way back from a party involving alcohol, drugs and strippers. When it turned out that some part of their trip involved a stop at Ed Martin's house, investigators looked into and eventually uncovered Martin's relationship with the basketball team. The FBI and DOJ got involved, and things went downhill for Michigan from there.
If that SUV doesn't flip, none of this comes out, and Fisher probably coaches here for 20 years. Total fluke - the combination of a serious crash with significant injuries (Taylor was lost for the year with a broken arm) involving a high profile recruit and a guy running a significant gambling operation doesn't happen every day. We were caught and stopped cheating, but others certainly did not.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||You mean 11-9, 4-3 in the||
You mean 11-9, 4-3 in the SEC Florida - a team that took our best big man who was also a fifth-year senior? I am too lazy to check but am willing to bet that roster is stacked with 4*s. It's not going so great for them, is it? And I agree with you that Donovan is a great coach.
But we're sitting on maybe the best basketball coach in the country. I get hoping for top recruits, and I agree it could make a big Final Four-ish difference with a coach like ours. But after the preceding decade of Michigan basketball - hell, even if you forget the Amaker era entirely - how can you be anything but thrilled with how things are going?
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think so, I keep||
I don't think so, I keep hearing no good players will come here.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||With the background that I||
[Edit: it seems like evenyoubrutus has more info about this below than I did. I do think he knows someone - but if it's just someone tight with Harbaugh's old agent then I agree he probably knows nothing about Weber.]
|39 weeks 3 hours ago||And keep in mind - under this||
And keep in mind - under this theory, you hacked the account and spent YEARS sending dickish messages to people to some unknown end. But you were careful never to send anything containing curses or slurs or that was too outrageous, because [reason].
You can see why this makes much more sense than a thin-skinned doofus sending snarky e-mails to people complaining about him, his performance, and his friends.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Don't worry - I've been a||
Don't worry - I've been a Knicks fan for 27 (mostly miserable) years. Hardaway is a good young player, so he'll be long gone soon. We'll probably trade Hardaway and our 2020 and 2022 first round picks this offseason for Steve Nash.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Wasn't perfect, but got the||
Wasn't perfect, but got the win, Morgan played great in his last home game, and we pissed off NITom Crean. That's a good night.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||This is right (as is the top||
This is right (as is the top post), and a lot of the "legal" commentary (including by the goofball who works at Michigan's Student Press Law Center) has been entirely incorrect about FERPA and its requirements. No sane general counsel's office is going to suggest that you comment much more about this kind of stuff than Michigan has - the final results of the investigation have been literally disclosed, as Michigan acknowledged that Gibbons was expelled for violating the sexual conduct policy.
Thank you for saving me the trouble of doing this, my billable hours appreciate it.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Racer 5 IPA||
Officially my favorite regular IPA, dropping the delicious Dogfish 60 down a spot.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I want to reiterate what a||
I want to reiterate what a couple of posters above said - I was not a huge fan of some of your work early, but it's been very solid lately. Good stuff man.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||Proudest papa...||
|2 years 1 week ago||My guess is this involves fly||
My guess is this involves fly fishing, as Thompson indicated in a tweet a half hour ago.
|2 years 1 week ago||They're also ignoring that we||
They're also ignoring that we are a matchup nightmare for VCU as a team that doesn't turn it over and responds well to pressure. Even if Walton and Spike struggle more than Burke, which is plausible, that game was a beatdown last year - and we're not relying on either of them to ALSO carry the scoring load like we were with Trey. I can't see VCU within 10 points of us on their best day.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||"We can't really show you,||
"We can't really show you, but that's Mike Cooper pleasuring himself while watching porn at the Berea library, just across the room from the children's section. Take our word for it - and his."
"And you just reached down and grabbed yourself and started having sex?"
[Pause] "I, I did what I, I wasn't thinking, I made a mistake."
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Later in the interview,||
Later in the interview, Dantonio noted that while he is wary of star rankings, he is even more wary of lawnmowers.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I think based on impact, this||
I think based on impact, this is Muppets worthy. WOOOO!!!
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Not quite =. Neither play a||
Not quite =. Neither play a lick of D, but Stauskas actually makes 3s. I like Vogrich, he seems like a nice kid, but he is not a good shooter.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Not that my opinion means||
Not that my opinion means anything, but I think you and BiSB are both good mods. It's a big forum and I'm sure it's a (typically) thankless and (occasionally) stressful job. Don't leave, maybe take a step back. IMO Bolivia is for McFarlin and his ilk and PEOPLE WHO JOKE ABOUT KOZAN AND DIGGS IT WAS NEVER FUNNY, not benevolent goofballs like Herm and His Dudeness.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I REALLY don't have a dog in||
I REALLY don't have a dog in this fight. But your judgment lately (this obvious overreaction, the two-hour NO TE'O nonsense) has been sort of iffy.
On the other hand, you prefer BF3 to CoD, which is good judgment. Lot of ins and outs here.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||You're 100% right, he's such||
You're 100% right, Denard is such a terrible representative of the school and program we should probably cut ties with him altogether. He always has been a black eye on the program. And what a mediocre, boring career he had here.
They should go with Kovacs, or Brady, or Harmon, maybe Baas. I certainly wouldn't want Woodson, or Desmond, or Braylon, or Manningham, or Hart for sure. And I think Dileo or Jake Ryan could be great representatives in the future.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Eight-year-olds, Dude.||
|2 years 25 weeks ago||And the best part is that||
And the best part is that when you ask people who actually have some idea of who can really coach - fellow NCAA coaches - they consistently say Beilein is among the best in the profession. That's what counts, and now that he has real talent, our success isn't a surprise to anyone who was informed in the first place.
I can't say I miss the days when people with no idea about basketball were ripping Beilein on this board a couple of years ago because MOAR REBOUNDZ. Now someone just convince GRIII to stick for another year and we'll be all set.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Michigan 83-73.||
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Particularly when an article||
Particularly when an article is researched in such obvious detail. The "more credible outlets" PGB wants to hear from were the ones almost certainly printing nonsense about an imaginary person without looking into it further.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||That article is better||
That article is better researched than 95% of the stuff we discuss on here. Deadspin =/= Bleacher Report, particularly in this case.
It's notable that SI, a source PGB would likely argue is "more credible than Deadspin," almost certainly printed a bunch of nonsense about an imaginary person without looking into it.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||1) You've come out against||
1) You've come out against Beilein and his system many times in the past, so you must have been waiting eagerly for this one.
2) Anyone calling for a football coach's firing after a close loss to a top 15 team on the road is an idiot, and it's not common here (and I know you're aware of this). "Fire Borges" didn't appear the first time his playcalling appeared to doom us - it started in full force maybe the fifth time.
3) As our resident basketball expert, please explain your evidence that we were "clearly [not] ready to play." Our extremely young team came out intimidated for 10 minutes in its first extremely tough road game of the year. You can only coach that out so much - the guys just have to experience it. Beilein proceeded to make adjustments and nearly made up a 21 point deficit. He allowed Burke to settle down and (IMO) expertly used Morgan and McGary in the second half.
Losses (certainly close ones on the road) can prove that you've got a rock solid coach. I'm not sure this one really did, but you can't put this game on the coaches simply because a young team fell behind early.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||That's a historical||
That's a historical footnote. Should we say "no history of succes"? How about "no games worth replaying on BTN"?
If you want to say Rutgers has a halfway decent football program in 2012 and justify it that way, OK. If you want to say that NYC's imaginary Rutgers fans will cause this move to "deliver the NYC market," I disagree, but OK. Let's just not be ridiculous and defend Rutgers as some great football tradition.
Just for fun, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutgers_Scarlet_Knights_football . Four paragraph summary of Rutgers football history. Two on the first season, two on "The Remaining Years (1870-2011)." You can't make this stuff up.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I got into this discussion||
I got into this discussion with someone the other day. Rutgers and UMD don't come close to selling out their stadiums. They have lower attendance than Illinois and Purdue, higher than Indiana (NW didn't come up so I don't know). Edsall was bitching within the last week that nobody wants to watch his tire fire in person, so there's that.
Not to claim you're doing this, but: other programs in the B1G with relatively low attendance =/= justification for adding more of them, particularly a school like Rutgers with essentially no athletic history of note in any sport, ever.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||2011 stats (attendance per||
2011 stats (attendance per game):
Illinois - 49,548
So you're broadly right. You could more fairly rip Indiana and its 41k per game. But even if RU and UMD are no better than Illinois and Purdue (something I'd obviously argue), how is that a justification for adding them?
Of course Illinois and Purdue have outstanding basketball programs with great history, as does Maryland. And traditional rivalries within the conference. Rutgers has low football attendance and doesn't even bring basketball. The difference between adding Rutgers, UCONN, or Syracuse is negligible - the only difference is two of those schools play great basketball. That doesn't justify adding any of them to the B1G, of course.
PS, there were about 5000 fans at the Rutgers game I saw. It was snowing (not like a white-out, just cold crappy weather), but there were no more than 5000 people there regardless of the paid attendance stats.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Purdue and Illinois||
Purdue and Illinois basketball (and their die-hard fans) think that you have no idea what you're talking about. Illinois is popular in-state as well, and it has football fans too when the team is mediocre or better (more than you can say for Indiana).
No sane person in this thread is ripping Maryland's basketball program. But RU and UMD are not football powers by any stretch and nobody goes to their games. The ADs of both schools are bleeding money. I was watching a Rutgers home game last year that had *maybe* 5000 people there. You're probably just trolling, but come on now.