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- For quite a spell the narrative was the SEC was dominant and would be so forever
- Then Florida State won the NC
- Then Ohio State won the NC
- Alabama looks merely mortal
- Florida has yet to prove they've come out of their slump
- Arkansas has Brett Bielma, fergodsake
|1 week 3 days ago||Another example -- Freddie||
Another example -- Freddie Mercury of Queen.
Very unique style ... but absent him, Queen is pretty much just another rock band.
|1 week 3 days ago||Edge||
I rather like Edge. His style is very minimalist, and he relies a *lot* on electronics to augment the sound. But he's anything but the flashy-for-the-sake-of-flash rock guitarist.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bono||
Bono can be a self-important prick at times ... but from a musical point of view he's a very good vocalist. Bono's voice is in many ways a fourth instrument to the band ... unlike a lot of bands where the vocalist is just a singer. Think of bands like The Doors, or Aerosmith, or The Who, or (some will not like this) Led Zeppelin where the vocalist provides a dimension to the music beyond merely being the singer.
I'm not all that much a U2 fan ... but I acknowledge talent where I see it.
|1 week 4 days ago||6'3" CB||
6'3" corner? That's fairly rare, isn't it?
I wonder if this is another case where Harbaugh is after the athlete ... the position to be played named later?
|1 week 4 days ago||Seriously ... at one point he||
Seriously ... at one point he does a backhand catch off the bounce, and he does it with ease.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||That's freakin'||
That's freakin' brilliant.
One -- it will help show a kid's natural athleticism, and
Two -- it will help show a kid's natural enthusiasm.
I can picture some QBs thinking, "WTF? This is stupid. I'll play along, but this is dumb." And their body language telegraphing their disinterest. Harbaugh sees it; their loss.
Other QBs thinking, "Sport ... competition ... I'll show what I can do!" And their body language telegraphing their being into it. Harbaught sees it; their gain.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||A QB spitting competitive||
A QB spitting competitive piss and vinegar ... music to Harbaugh's ears.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||HTTV on Kindle Fire||
This morning I purchased the digital version of HTTV and downloaded it to my Kindle Fire.
The digital version is just a PDF, full of photos, and displays beautifully on the Fire. So I'm not sure the benefit of getting a truly Kindle-ized copy when the PDF is perfectly usable.
I've worked my way to the section on the defensive ends. I'm looking forward to reading all the articles in it. What a perfect mid-June thing to have. In the doldrums of summer (expected temperature 110F here in Tucson today), I've got football related stuff to read and ponder on!
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||"Hungry Winners"||
So he's adopted a 2016 recruiting strategy of finding hungry winners irrespective of rating.
This is my sense as well. He's going after players with a chip on their shoulders and the character to channel the chip into competitive play.
Do we want 5-star studs? Of course. I think that day will come.
Do I trust Harbaugh? I have no reason not to. Harbaugh's track record speaks for itself. He didn't suddenly become stupid when he signed at Michigan. Harbaugh doesn't strike me as someone who scatter-shots things. He's executing against a plan he has in his mind. His plan is based on what's worked in the past.
I'd love Michigan to go 12-0 this season, but I don't expect that. What I hope for -- truly, truly hope for -- is a return to solid fundamental play ... few or no mistakes ... and the trend line is clearly pointing up.
I've been beat up on this blog before about that last comment. Some think "results trump trend," which is ultimately true, but not immediately true. The big-time recruits want first to see that the Michigan ship is righted and Harbaugh is once again working his mojo. If that happens, then the big-time recruits will want to be part of the renewed Michigan when it comes into full flower.
A 2015 where Michigan goes 11-1 through dumb luck -- winning despite themselves; a clown show that gets the lucky bounce -- impresses nobody. But a 2015 Michigan that goes, say, 9-3 by doing all the right things properly ... by convincingly beating those we should and playing hard and competitive against those who outmatch them ... will get people's attention.
Harbaugh is remaking the team in his image of hungry and competitive athletes. That's step one. Step two is to make 2015 be a season where it's clear the ship has turned. Then watch out ... the recruiting will be in line with the OSUs and Alabamas of the world.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That is epic! Love that last||
That is epic! Love that last cymbal crash. Well done. Well done.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||WJR for baseball and hockey,||
WJR for baseball and hockey, WPAG for Michigan football! :-)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Oh yeah? Bredeson and||
Bredeson and Swenson. :-)
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|2 weeks 3 days ago||Maximum Volume||
All of Jim Harbaugh's tweets can be looked at as Jim Harbaugh in a nutshell because that is what happens when you are constantly YOURSELF AT MAXIMUM VOLUME.
The image that popped into my mind when I read that was the classic Who poster:
If I were more creatively inclined, I might shamelessly steal the design and make a Harbaugh poster ... "Maximum Football."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ufer||
To this day -- and every day I breathe -- I will fondly recall crisp autumn days listening to Bob Ufer broadcast Michigan football.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||lots of overhead||
lots of overhead positions
Ding. Google for charts that map tuition costs against teaching position and administrative positions. Teaching = relatively flat; administrative = growing; tuition tracks with administrative. Institutional bureaucracies tend to bloat over time, given the money to do so.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's a little hard to read||
It's a little hard to read the date on that, but I think that's from August 1974.
I do remember those days ... but not that specific issue or cover story.
Treating heart disease has come a long way since then. My next door neighbor just had three stents put in arteries of his heart. Went in at 5:00am and was home that evening.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||This is in the ballpark of||
This is in the ballpark of what I was thinking ... competition within the players and positions, but obedience to the team goals as embodied by the coach.
In a non-football setting this can be an issue if there's not a good understanding of the common goal, and those who should be leaders have abdicated. I've seen this in my business career where feckless management has failed to express mission and objective, and that leaves the people working at cross-purposes. There's competition -- usually for the wrong goal (power or notice) -- and very little following except following oneself. That's a mess.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Football Instincts||
I get the impression that Harbaugh and his staff are looking for football players with skills
Agree ... my sense is they're tuned in to some X factor about football instincts, as you note.
I also think Harbaugh puts a premium on attitude. I don't mean brash or trash-talking ... I mean hungry.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting comparison||
Interesting comparison between two on the list:
3. Learn to follow.
On the surface the two might appear to conflict, but the more I think about it, the more I think they're compatible. But I've not yet figured out exactly how.
Something to noodle on tonight.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Dantonio - "He's the threat,||
Dantonio, to someone off camera: "He's the threat, right?
Harbaugh, thinking: "Like nothing you could imagine ..."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Little Gordy Bell||
I always liked Gordy Bell ...
He popped into my mind ... I found this picture ... I banged it in here!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting. Another||
Interesting. Another dual-threat QB in the mix.
I wonder what Harbaugh is thinking? If Luck 2.0 shows up, then grab him (obviously). But short of that, go for the best athlete at QB provided he can throw the ball?
It makes me wonder if the Colin Kaepernick experience at SF opened his eyes a bit at what a QB like that can do.
I can't wait for the fall.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Fond Memories ...||
Reading about Bill Freehan and the Tigers of that era brings back some very fond memories for me.
I just turned 9 years old when the Tigers won the world series in 1968.
That was a magical summer and autumn in the Detroit area (I lived in Redford at the time).
I always had an affinity for playing CF or RF because of Mickey Stanley and Al Kaline.
(Well, that and I could run really fast and chase down balls.)
Was there ever a better pinch hitter than "The Gator" Gates Brown?
Listening to Ernie Harwell on the little transitor radio on sultry summer nights.
(For you young-uns, back then most houses did *not* have A/C.)
The night the Tigers won the '68 series, I remember hearing the cars going up and down 7 Mile near where I lived, blaring their horns ... people screaming with joy.
"We're all behind our baseball team <insert trombone here> ... go get 'em, Tigers!"
|3 weeks 3 days ago||HARBAUGH!||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The Harbaugh era has already||
The Harbaugh era has already begun! :-)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||And the dude gets neg-banged||
And the dude gets neg-banged for making what was a joking comment. :-(
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Consider the broader context||
Consider the broader context ...
What we're seeing is the expected behavior of children when they realize they're not the center of the universe they thought they were.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Serious reply ...I am||
Serious reply ...
I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that reasoned, civil discourse on the internet is nearly impossible when anyone can participate**. The urge and ability to hide behind anonymous screen names and throw incendiary comments is too great.
The internet simply enables the behavior. The behavior itself is rooted in things far deeper.
This is where a discussion of civility and manners -- what constitutes agreed-to basic civility; how to instill that in young people; how to retrain people raised without it -- would be helpful. But again, we're on the internet and such a conversation would be nearly impossible.
For what it's worth, at my ripened age (55.5 years) I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that excursions into the fever swamps of the internet are simply not worth it. I am quite certain I will not, on my deathbed, look back on internet arguments with any sense of fulfillment.
In short -- there's more to life than winning an internet argument.
But that's silly ... of course that's true ... because there's Meeeechigan Football!!
** EDIT -- the opposite is a forum where membership is tightly controlled. But those tend to become meeting rooms for like-minded people where affirmation and reinforcment is the goal, rather than discussion and debate.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||From your post earlier re:||
From your post earlier re: Robinson -- "and he also doesn't throw the greatest ball"
The "elite passer who can run" thing I get ... that's kinda-sorta Colin Kaepernick ... sorta. But if the equation is flipped -- reasonable passer but great runner (another Robinson who wore #16), is that a Harbaugh choice?
As you cited earlier, Robinson is a sophomore, so there's that to take into account. There must be *something* Harbaugh sees.
*shrug* ... HARBAUGH! :-)