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|15 hours 35 min ago||This||
Three supremely hard-assed coaches all in the same conference and in the same division.
The forced smiles and the paper-thin cordiality before games would be great to watch.
Plus, the football would ratchet up a notch or two as all three of them would go into hyper-competitive mode and seek to do nothing other than beat the crap out of the others.
Great stuff. Bring it on.
|2 days 12 hours ago||The mood here at Michigan is||
The mood here at Michigan is gray.
Harbaugh wore a gray shirt.
Connect the dots, dude. :-)
|2 days 13 hours ago||A sure sign the lawyers have||
A sure sign the lawyers have taken the reins. There will be no comments from anyone until a very carefully crafted comment is ready to issue.
Large organizations are either run by finance, or they're run by lawyers. In some things the lawyers just take charge. Right now they're in charge. Silence is preferable to comment.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Also 55, and also have spent||
Also 55, and also have spent a lifetime in corporate America. Concur 100%.
It could be Brandon attends film reviews for no more malicious reason than he misses the game of football and enjoys being near the inner-workings. But his mere presence -- your point -- affects the outcome. The properly self-aware CEO would know this.
Or it could be Brandon attends to deliberately set course and direction ... which is far more damning. What coach -- other than one whose lifelong dream it was to coach Michigan -- would submit to that?
|2 days 15 hours ago||Getting to the top level is||
Getting to the top level is not for the weak or meek-minded. It's a cut-throat business, whether a pizza company or a major university.
That kind of environment tends to favor the aggressive. But aggressive and arrogant are not the same thing. It is quite possible to be aggressive and maintain professional decorum at the same time. Some of the most effective leaders I've seen are very measured in their responses.
That said, the aggressive and arrogant do get through. They tend to get their come-uppance eventually. Top-level people have enemies; the good top-level people minimize the ammunition they give to their enemies.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Yes, well put. There's||
Yes, well put.
There's nothing wrong with devotion to a storied legacy. But it can be taken too far.
The football tradition of Bo and the 1970's is not coming back. Those are bygone days, just like Bennie Oosterbaan's 1949 Wolverines was a bygone era to Schembechler in 1969. Just like Yost's days were bygone to Oosterbaan.
Michigan should have its trophy cases. It should pay proper homage to the past.
Then it should move into the present and look to the future. Not live in the past.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Reading that has made me more||
Reading that has made me more depressed than I already was about this team.
Nussmeier spoke words that add up to ... nothing.
|3 days 15 hours ago||My point -- not well made, I||
My point -- not well made, I admit -- was this: this is more than Ross simply getting out of the way. Ross knows what's going to happen and when, despite statements to the contrary. This is a deliberately engineered story designed to disconnect Ross's name from the events Ross knows are going to take place, and disconnect Ross's name from future discussions about coaches or ADs.
This is not Ross throwing Brandon under the bus, or stabbing him in the back ... it's Ross doing what smart billionaires do, which is make sure their name is associated with good things and not associated with bad things. And it's never managed carelessly. It's always managed with deliberate intent.
|3 days 16 hours ago||This is Ross pre-emptively||
This is Ross pre-emptively removing himself from the Brandon dismissal discussion.
|1 week 15 hours ago||S&C coaches are all over the||
S&C coaches are all over the map on this subject.
If the evidence was clearly in favor of the benefits of "Myofascial release techniques, trigger point therapy, and other methods of tension reduction" then I would think the S&C community would move in that direction.
It makes me wonder if the evidence is not quite so clear. Hence the observation that S&C coaches are all over the map.
I'm not trying to be a contrarian dick here ... it's an honest question. S&C coaches are like anyone in a competitive environment -- they seek anything to stay competitive or become more competitive. If the benefits of tension release were so obvious, I can't see why any S&C coach would hesitate to employ them. Unless the argument being made here is that Wellman and others are stubbornly clinging to past ideas despite clear evidence to the contrary.
That would explain Wellman and Michigan ... but what about others on the map that are in the same neighborhood?
|1 week 5 days ago||Muschamp looks like a guy who||
Muschamp looks like a guy who knows his goose is cooked ... he has the blankest look in his eyes every time the camera cuts to a close-up of him.
|1 week 5 days ago||And a pick-6 ... My buddy||
And a pick-6 ...
My buddy from Virginia, who's down in the Swamp right now, has gone very quiet on Facebook. I'm guessing he's not enjoying his trip so much any more.
|1 week 5 days ago||There's a parallel, for||
There's a parallel, for sure.
I have a buddy who's a big Florida fan. He's in a world of hurt over the Gators. I gently remind him that bad as it may be in Gainesville, it could be worse ... like what's going on up in Ann Arbor.
|1 week 5 days ago||Rooting for FSU because ...||
Rooting for FSU because ... because I can't root for ND under any circumstances.
Interested in the Washington / Oregon game. Records are even ... are teams? We'll see.
Keeping an eye on the Florida / Missouri game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Alabama is putting on a||
Alabama is putting on a clinic.
Ohio State, Michigan State, TCU taking it to their opponents.
I've watched a fair amount of football today, and this is clear: Michigan's play isn't even in the same league. The contrast is stark.
|1 week 5 days ago||closing down the cottage Ah||
closing down the cottage
Ah ... the annual ritual ... I know it well.
|1 week 5 days ago||Local Hero||
+1000 for the avatar with Burt Lancaster from the movie "Local Hero." That is an under-appreciated gem of a movie. The music score is by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and is excellent.
|1 week 5 days ago||...and home in time for the||
...and home in time for the good games.
I admire a man who knows how to keep the important things in the equation!
|1 week 5 days ago||Four words: Happy wife, happy||
Four words: Happy wife, happy life.
I have traveled on business to many countries around the world. It does not matter the culture ... a small joke about keeping the wife happy yields knowing smiles from the men and women. It's a universal thing.
|1 week 5 days ago||Allow an older man to offer||
Allow an older man to offer some advice: Yes.
|1 week 5 days ago||Tolerant wives||
Second, for many of us, our wives are incredibly tolerant of the fact that our Michigan obsession dominates much of every fall Saturday.
Plus, being thoughtful and considerate to my wife is not the same as being dominated and whipped. I want to be thoughtful and considerate to my wife. That's what marriage is all about.
|1 week 6 days ago||A nice write-up, and an||
A nice write-up, and an interesting tour of that position.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend and asked this hypothetical: "If you could have the body and the talent to play any football position, and you played purely for the joy of the sport, which position would it be?"
For me I think it would be defensive end. Not exactly sure why ... just something about rushing the edge appeals to me. Perhaps it's a throwback to college intramural touch football days.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Another perspective -- if he||
Another perspective -- if he thought USC was going into a football dry spell because of sanctions and ND was in an ascendency, then going to ND makes sense from an exposure point of view.
That has some merit. ND and its players normally get a bit more positive exposure than it merits (because it's ND). If his objective is the NFL, then ND gives him a good stage on which to sell his wares.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||A lower slope is more||
A lower slope is more consistency
This is where we are ... we root for the slope of Michigan's QB.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||On a positive note ...||
On a positive note ... there's a Tim Horton's every 20 feet along that route.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Broken collar bones are a||
Broken collar bones are a bitch. Mostly it's immobilize the arm and be careful of sudden movements. Also, get slip-on shoes because it's impossible to reach and tie the laces.
I speak from experience.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly correct. The||
The behind-the-scenes of all this is like a big, complex chess match.
I hope Michigan understands the piece that looks like a horse isn't called a "horsey."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Hey, this is a family blog||
Hey, this is a family blog ... :-)
MSU looks thoroughly legit.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Ain't nothing wrong with||
Ain't nothing wrong with Molson Canadian! Not sure which province, but it doesn't matter ... I love Canada. Beautiful country, wonderful people.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Grimaldi's||
I love Grimaldi's (here in Tucson), but I acknowledge it may not be to everyone's taste.
It's not really traditional NY by-the-slice pizza. It's less cheesy and less parmesean.
My wife grew up in NYC and has spent many years seeking out the perfect non-NY NY pizza. She likes Grimaldi's very much, but even she admits it's not NY street pizza like she knows it.
And for fans of deep dish pizza ... Grimaldi's is 180 degrees from that.