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- #1 -- "Bikini" = potentially controversial, and not worth it
- #2 -- "Bikini" = not football, so definitely not worth it.
|3 days 15 hours ago||When you post the picture,||
When you post the picture, the little image wizard thingy lets you set the size and aspect ratio.
That is one creepy photo.
|3 days 15 hours ago||I think football is a sport||
I think football is a sport where the sound-deadening headphones could work.
(As opposed to, say, baseball where the sound of the ball meeting mitt is used to determine safe or out on close calls at first base.)
Might have to insitute a timeout official on the sideline to hear for and react to coaches calling TO.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hey ... I'm an old man with||
Hey ... I'm an old man with little more to live for. Michigan football and being that guy who has boring shit to say on an internet blog. #cliffclaven :-)
|1 week 1 day ago||Your reaction is probably a||
Your reaction is probably a lot like recruits who visit from greener places. It's like visiting the moon ... it's totally different. A kid from Florida, or east Texas, or southern California is going to have a hard time seeing Tucson as his dream spot to play ball.
|1 week 1 day ago||Sure ... no problem with||
Sure ... no problem with Rodriguez living there. Lots of people do.
Tucson is an interesting place. It's really spread out. There's not much of a "downtown," and what little there is mostly courthouses and banks. The original growth went east, then it turned north. U of A is located just east of downtown Tucson.
Growth to the north eventually reached its limit with the Catalina mountains. Hence the neighborhood there called "Catalina foothills." From there it went northwest, up the I-10 corridor towards Phoenix.
The place was hit really hard by the real estate crash of 2008. Real estate prices are still recovering from that.
|1 week 1 day ago||It was early here in Tucson||
It was early here in Tucson ... or spell check ... or something . :-)
|1 week 1 day ago||I saw one. I was at a cigar||
I saw one. I was at a cigar shop and when I stepped out there it was. Agree they may not be as thick on the ground as Ferraris and Porsches, but I saw one.
Down in Tucson, not so much. Lots of late-model Buicks and Oldsmobiles in Tucson ... retired folks living here who have cars from years ago. Nothing rusts in Tucson.
Oh, and pickup trucks. Lots and lots of pickup trucks. :-)
|1 week 1 day ago||To a point ... ... I visited||
To a point ...
... I visited the Roger Pensky museum up in Scottsdale, which is part of Roger Pensky's larger high-end car dealership. They had a used Bentley on display. Used. A quarter million.
Like Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction -- "That's a pretty good milk shake, but it's not worth five dollars."
To each their own, I guess.
The Indy cars on display in the museum were cool. Those things are tiny.
|1 week 2 days ago||Catalina Foothills||
Disclaimer: I live in Tucson, but I don't follow the local sports that much.
Rhett went to Catalina Foothills, which is on the north side of Tucson. That's the Bloomfield Hills of Tucson ... very nice homes up there, lots of Mercedes and BMWs**. I don't live up there. I drive a 10-year old Hyundai.
Googling around, I found an article that raised a bit of an eyebrow at Rhett getting a scholarship when he could have been granted PWO and received a tuition waiver because his father (RR) is an employee. The article was written before the 2016 season where speculation was ripe about RR going to another program.
2017 is going to be a very interesting year for UA football. They did not fare well in 2016 (3-9), and others in the PAC-12 seem to be outpacing them (Washington, USC, a potentially revitalized Oregon). Another down year like 2016 and I suspect the drums of change will sound. UA football fans are not that demanding ... 8 wins, beat ASU ... but will grow discontent over time.
** As opposed to Scottsdale, which is just northeast of Phoenix, where you see lots of Bentleys and Lamborghinis. That place is crazy-rich.
|1 week 5 days ago||Transition||
A critical performer in a time of transition for Michigan.
There were many players who carried over from Hoke to Harbaugh, but in many ways Peppers was the rope that held it together. A top recruit coming to Michigan even when the shine started to come off the Hoke star, he stayed put.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Catholic||
Bob Ufer had many children as well ... can't recall how many, but north of 4 I think.
He used to joke, "No, not Catholic ... just careless."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Accuracy of CB?||
Has anyone ever calculated the success rate for these "crystal ball" ratings?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Dallas||
Particularly given the outcome. And Blake Countess's injury.
I've heard getting to and from that stadium can be a problem unless you have your own car and a known parking space. Assuming you'll get a parking space if you just drive there is a dicey thing, and taking a cab to the stadium means you'll wait a long time to get a cab back.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Teams Nationwide||
I've been thinking about this topic for a little while now ... what programs truly are in a good position, what programs are on the fence, what programs are receding, and which are just tire fires.
Alabama is clearly the cream of the crop. They're a win factory at this point.
Ohio State, despite their loss yesterday, is in a very good spot.
Clemson probably is, depending on how they transition after Watson. Dabo Swinney is doing a great job there attracting talent.
Florida State -- they'll compete each year. Fisher is a good coach.
Washington -- as long as Petersen is there, they're the new Oregon in the Pac-12.
Michigan -- I'd rank them with FSU and Washington ... challengers to Alabama regency. Not yet there, but working towards it.
Florida -- I'm not so sure McElwain is the guy. Maybe, but the jury is out in my mind.
LSU -- Good, but not great; will live in Alabama's shadow.
Georgia -- will play second fiddle to Florida, Alabama.
Miami (YTM) -- I like Richt, he'll do okay, but won't challenge for the top.
Texas -- Herman is a good hire, but he's got a mess on his hands. We'll see.
Oklahoma -- I sense Stoops is a spent force. 10-2 ceiling in a poor conference.
USC -- no shortage of talent, but man what a mess that program has been.
Stanford -- Will dwindle.
Notre Dame -- They seem to be drifting aimlessly. I see chaos in their future.
Michigan State -- Done.
Wisconsin -- Meh ... B1G west but who cares.
Nebraska -- May compete for B1G west occasionally, but otherwise they're done.
Beyond that ... a bunch of programs that may occasionally do okay, but their trend lines simply does not project solidly.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Netflix. Point taken ... but||
Point taken ... but with more people cutting the cable subscription and people opting for alternative entertainment, it will be interesting to see where all this goes.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Lytle?||
OP: Rob Lytle was sort of a bad man... I didn't realize how bad.
Please elaborate. Lytle is my favorite player of all time. #41 ... any time I've had the opportunity to pick a jersey number (bball, softball) it's always been #41.
OP: Honestly I've never heard of Gordon Bell
Smallish back (5'6 - 5'8" ?) ... quick as lightning, could changing direction on a dime. Bob Ufer liked to say, "Little Gordy Bell ... he could run 15 minutes in a phone booth and never touch the sides!" He'd run "Like a penguin with a hot herring in his cumberbund" (More Ufer). It was a beautiful thing to watch ... in a split second he'd dart through some tiny crease and would pick up 10 or 20 yards.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Sponsorship||
The fact that these companies that sponsor bowls seem to want the exposure at the expense of attendance or even a quality game
At some point the economics of this will catch up with the sponsors. At some point the money teams will demand to travel and play will be greater than the value of the sponsorship. This will affect the lesser bowls first, then the bigger non-playoff bowls later.
(As an aside, I've been searching around for attendance stats for some of these bowl games, and I'm coming up empty. I wonder if that's a case of "Nobody cares, so why bother reporting it?" or "It's embarrassing, so don't report it.")
EDIT -- so I found an article on attendance (link here). Numbers are not horrible, but I suspect the reported attendance is somewhat more than the actual butts-in-seats. There seems to be a trend to creating "regional bowls" so "local" teams play to boost attendance. That may be the best way to continue these lesser bowls.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Agree that nominally it||
Agree that nominally it should not make a difference. But it's a different era now than even 10 years ago, and the playoff structure has really focused things on the top four and the three games those top four play.
Just a gut feel ... I tend to be a bit cynical, so I may be wrong about this. But my gut tells me we've turned the corner and we're heading towards a focus on the playoffs to the exclusion of everything else.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||Lesser Bowls||
The "lesser" bowl games matter for the players and fans.
As the famous line from Jerry McGuire goes: "Show me the money."
(If I were motivated I'd dig into lesser-bowl attendance over the years, team payouts, etc. I'm seeing a lot of very empty stands at some of these bowl games. For example, the Sun Bowl in El Paso was stunningly empty.)
I agree that for now the lesser bowls hold some interest. Let's revisit this in five years.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||Big Program Exposure||
Well, that's true of any big program. Focus is drawn to the blue-blood programs, and really good talent there tends to get hyped.
Look at Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M. If he had played at, say, Wyoming, there's no way he'd have been in the Heisman discussion. Hell, I'd argue that if Texas A&M was still in the Big 12 for that year Manziel would not have won the Heisman. It was being in the SEC that propelled that hype train.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||Meaningful Bowl Games||
Man, ain't this the truth. When the dust settles from this bowl season the realization that will settle in is the playoffs are rendering the other bowls less and less meaningful.
It's sad to see because eventually -- not this year, not next, but eventually -- the other bowls will wither away and we'll be left with college football where a few powerful programs will be competing for the playoff spots, and everyone else will be left standing on the sidelines watching.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh vs. The Field||
Saban is Alabama's coach and will be until he retires.
Meyer is OSU's coach and will be until he retires, or the Notre Dame job opens and he feels like punishing himself for some past wrong.
So the question is not whether Harbaugh is better than those two, but whether Harbaugh is the best for Michigan. And the answer to that is: yes. Because seriously ... if not Harbaugh, then who? Dead serious question: who?
Now ... for Michigan to get to the level of play that Alabama or Clemson plays they do need a few more pieces to the puzzle -- (a) speed across the whole defense, (b) some playmakers on offense, and (c) I think Harbaugh will need to honestly look across the college landscape and see what works at places like 'Bama and Clemson and blend some of that into his game. Because man ... rewatch what Clemson did on offense today ... it was beautiful.
2017 will be where we see the mettle of Harbaugh. There'll be a lot of new, younger players. I do not forsee armageddon. In fact, I think we'll see some damn exciting football.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Clemson had a great defensive||
Clemson had a great defensive line.
Ain't that the truth ... man, they had one big dude who was nimble as hell. Awesome DL play.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||My thinking ...||
Normally I prefer the B1G to do well in bowls ...
But I did not like how OSU suffered little for their loss to Penn State.
I did not like how rapidly they shot back up the polls so they'd be positioned for the playoffs.
I did not like how the refs were so obviously in their favor in the game against Michigan.
I did not like how clear it was OSU's presence in the playoffs was pre-ordained and engineered.
Therefore, I am gleefully happy they got spanked. Not just lost, but beaten so badly there's no doubt whatsoever that OSU had no business being in the playoffs at all.
The hell with OSU.
I'd like to see Iowa beat Florida.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I have never cheered against||
I have never cheered against a B1G team as heartily as I am here.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Washington||
Older gentleman in my church is a former AD at Washington. (He was AD at Auburn as well. He's 94 now, so that was quite some time ago.) So go Huskies!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh||
Anyone who thinks we'd be better off with another coach is delusional.
Fact: Harbaugh is one of the top coaches in the game. Michigan is damn fortunate to have him as our head coach.
Fact: Harbaugh is recruiting very well, and he's recruiting atheticism and speed. Anyone who thinks it's easy getting top talent out of Texas, California, or the deep south to come to MIchigan is fooling themselves. But Harbaugh is starting to do just that.
College football is entering a perilous period where the field is going to separate into those schools that will compete, and those that will fade away forever. This separation started several years ago, and Michigan came within one more bad coaching hire of finding itself on the outside looking in. Programs that are teetering on the edge: Notre Dame, Texas, Oregon, USC, Florida, LSU.
The playoff structure is rapidly rendering non-playoff bowls meaningless. The risk of injury in these meaningless games will mean more and more NFL-bound players will opt out of playing, rendering the meaningless bowl games even more meaningless. The need to be seen as a program with playoff potential is more important now than ever. There's only a handful of active coaches that provides that. Harbaugh is one.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Filters||
I think two filters were invoked in Harbaugh's brain:
I would think #1 was a brief flash in his head, and #2 was the bright red light that directed Harbaugh to answer how he did. I imagine Harbaugh's focus is 100% football right now, and anything that doesn't map to that is set aside.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||He handled it exactly as he||
He handled it exactly as he should.
Without commenting on the question, he turned it around and made the questioner the awkward party.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||2014||
Well, they beat Michigan in 2014, so there is some precedent. But that's pre-Harbaugh.
A top talent in NJ has a rough time of it if they want to stay close to home. Rutgers may be the highest-profile football program in the state, and that's only because they're a member of the B1G. Otherwise, it's Princeton and I'm not sure who else.