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|1 day 15 hours ago||If the OP had a user account||
If the OP had a user account created four days ago and had 101 points, I'd be really suspicious of this. But the account was created in 2009.
My guess is he (or she) put up the OP, saw the pushback, and decided to sit the rest out.
I don't know what to make of this whole thing. I'm not inclined to give to requests I don't have some knowledge of or connection to.
|2 days 11 hours ago||"Where's the threat?" Umm ...||
"Where's the threat?"
Umm ... in Ann Arbor, Mark ... in Ann Arbor.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Very interesting Friday ...||
Very interesting Friday ... can't wait to see how all this plays out.
|2 days 12 hours ago||His signature line --||
His signature line -- "Sincerely yours in football" -- is a middle-finger salute to those who take exception to his comments about football being a last bastion of toughness for men.
There's an ocean of people who love football, love what it is and stands for, and agrees with Harbaugh about the role football can play in a young man's development.
This is Harbaugh telling the PC crowd: "I make my stand right here."
I love it.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Wrestling, boxing ... those||
Wrestling, boxing ... those are individual sports. Tough, yes; but the teamwork component is not there as much* as football.
Of all the mainline sports, hockey might approach football in terms of physicality and teamwork requirements.
Rowing is a sport that is *all* about coordinated teamwork. It requires a great deal of physical endurance. But to my knowledge they do not require protective gear. ;-)
* I understand wrestling is a team sport in terms of scoring.
|3 days 12 hours ago||This reminds me of a debate I||
This reminds me of a debate I had with my cousin many years ago.
If mental toughness is the key attribute of competitive endeavor, does that mean chess players are athletes?
When compared to, say, football, the argument seems silly. But compare it to golf. Golf is in large measure (not exclusively) a mental game. Who's the better athlete, a championship chess player or a championship golfer?
Things get really interesting when one brings technology into the question. Computers can play chess better than most humans. I'd be willing to bet the technology is there to make a robot swing a golf club with more precision than a human. (Getting a robot into position in a tough bunker shot is another matter, though presumably if the robot is really good they wouldn't be in the bunker in the first place.)
Which is why I come back to football.
Football is gloriously rough, physical, yet almost poetic. NFL Films did the right thing by slowing down the action and putting classical music under the scene. It's just a beautiful thing to watch a well-executed football play.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Agree ... though to||
Agree ... though to pick-the-nit a little, anyone who was inclined to not like football would quit long before doing four years of it. So those who survive four years are those by definition who wanted to do it.
Nit thoroughly picked.
In a similar way, I've yet to meet a Marine who regretting choosing the Marines for their military service. Further, of the Marines I've met in the business world, all are outstanding at what they do. The lessons learned as a Marine carry over.
It's the same with football. I think football is unique among sports in that it's so thoroughly a team sport. One great talent on an otherwise poor football team won't carry the whole team like a great baseball pitcher can, or a great basketball player. A phenomenal QB requires a lot of supporting players to excel; the supporting players require a teamwork-oriented QB for their efforts to pay off. Layer on that the extreme physical nature of football, and it becomes a sport and an endeavor unique among sports.
|3 days 15 hours ago||There's another thread about||
There's another thread about Maurice Hurst and his visit to a patient at Mott's. It's a wonderful story ... and it speaks volumes about Hurst's character.
I don't know for certain, but I'd guess football is a part of what shaped Hurst into the kind of young man he is. Football provides structure that allows young men to play out their natural aggressive and competitive natures. Properly run, it provides young men the opportunity to understand the role athletic aggression plays separate from young adult life off the field.
Not everyone has the talent and ability to play football at the college level. But being a fan of the game can provide other young men the opportunity to experience the focus on teamwork and camraderie by proxy.
Finally, football is an incredible game ... the closer one looks, the more one sees the intense individual competitions, which pair up with position teamwork, with matches up with overall teamwork. It is a game with moments of action with delays between ... and the potential for incredible drama as a competitive game unfolds and the clock ticks down.
I love college football. It is one of my few true passions in life.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Alison is within an inch of||
Alison is within an inch of becoming a meme here.
And that's a good thing. ;-)
|5 days 14 hours ago||I laughed out loud at that||
I laughed out loud at that scene -- "It's a bingo! Is that how you say it, 'it's a bingo?"
"Ya just say 'bingo.'"
|6 days 6 hours ago||Okay, I'll respond to the OP||
Okay, I'll respond to the OP ...
I don't know if there's any way to quantify what a "fan" is ... most likely not.
"Fans" fall on a spectrum of enthusiasm and commitment, from casual to ardent.
Some programs have a deep base of ardent fans. I'm thinking Nebraska here.
Other programs have a less deep base, and the attendance in the seats or enthusiasm is more a function of how the team is doing lately. I'm thinking Northwestern.
With respect to the AD's job being "sustaining the enterprise" ... that's a somewhat complex formula involving time, past success, recent failure, and competition for the fans' attention.
I would consider myself a fan of Michigan football at the above-average level of intensity. Still, my patience was sorely tested in 2014 as I saw Michigan not merely lose games, but lose games while appearing uncompetitive. I still followed every game -- TV, radio, or live-streaming -- but I was plumbing the bottom of my fan tank for some of those games.
Does this make me some "fractional fan?" Maybe. Truth is, it's not something I think about too much. I think about Michigan football and I hope for signs of a return to a team that plays every game smart and hard.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Sorry ... I had to do it.||
Sorry ... I had to do it.
|6 days 12 hours ago||I'd bet heavily on the eye||
I'd bet heavily on the eye roll.
That was my thought as well ... and I can fully appreciate Harbaugh's response to that.
If a young players is going to act like they know what's best, then they damn well better play like they are the best. One mistake and they deserve all the retribution that comes to them.
|6 days 12 hours ago||"That Look"||
"I'm just telling you the right way to do it. If you want to look at me like with that look, then go (expletive) somewhere else."
Wow. I wonder what the "look" was -- angry look, or worse ... a dismissive eye-roll look?
Either way ... not smart.
Speculation starts now on what (expletive) was. :-)
|6 days 15 hours ago||College football is the||
College football is the greatest sport of all ... and these figures show that fan enthusiasm knows no season. I can't wait for the fall!
|1 week 3 days ago||If true, then (a) a||
If true, then (a) a disappointment, and (b) I don't really understand the administration's thinking on this.
Re: (a) -- the UTL games have been great for Michigan's image. People still talk about the UTL where Michigan beat ND on that last play. Night games make for great TV, and the vast majority of the audience for college football is TV.
Re: (b) -- the stock answer is probably "safety concerns" but I'm not sure I buy that. Somewhere deep in their thinking is cost. It's always, ultimately, about cost.
|1 week 4 days ago||From what I understand, the||
From what I understand, the concussions are mostly from rapid deceleration of the head. The brain continues to move inside the skull. Brain meets bone.
Would soft padding on the outside of the helmets eliminate the rapid deceleration of the head and thus reduce the movement of the brain? Maybe? I think it depends on the padding. I would imagine someone has looked at this. I don't know the results.
|1 week 4 days ago||The theory is the extra||
The theory is the extra protection gives players a false perception of safety. Reduce the padding and armor and the athletes play with a degree less intensity and a degree more caution.
This only succeeds if there are corresponding rules changes. We can't just take helmets away and play the same game as today. Certainly not with the athletes we have today, who are so much bigger and faster than in the old days of no helmets or leather helmets. Certainly not with the incentives to win and get to the NFL we have today.
The rules will need to change to reduce or eliminate a great deal of the contact.
The end result will be something resembling touch or flag football. Some contact, but not the kind of contact we see today.
I'm not arguing against player safety. I'm simply saying if player safety is truly the objective, then do what's necessary to achieve that objective.
|1 week 4 days ago||It's called flag football.||
It's called flag football.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm happy he's coming to||
I'm happy he's coming to Michigan, but I feel kinda sorry for him ...
... you see, Michigan will not need to punt the ball once this entire season!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agree! I'd never heard that||
Agree! I'd never heard that before. I listened to it on YouTube. It's raw ... and very, very good.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That was a great podcast.||
That was a great podcast. Thanks!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Numbers||
I can imagine this conversation:
Player: "Coach, I think I've earned the right to wear #77."
Harbaugh: "What difference does a number make? Will it make you play better?"
Player: "Well, some great Michigan offensive linemen have worn #77."
Harbaugh: "Are you those players?"
Player: "Well, no."
Harbaugh: "I ask again ... what difference does a number make? Are you the kind of player that needs a certain number to play your own personal best?"
Harbaugh: "Is there anything else?"
Player: "No, coach. No.
My point -- I have a hard time believing Harbaugh gives a rat's ass about who wears what number. I doubt he cares one bit about the #1 or #2 or #77. The only thing he seems to care about is each player do their very best, and to be improving every day.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Microwaved tofu dogs ...||
Microwaved tofu dogs ...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Participation rates||
My understanding -- I could be mistaken -- is the law has been interpreted as meaning the male/female participation rate must mirror the male/female ratio of the student population. Hence some schools with a higher percentage female population dropping some male sports as a way to align the participation rate with the population. Alternative is to encourage greater female participation, but if the interest doesn't materialize then dropping male participation makes the math work.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Seriously. I like steak, but||
Seriously. I like steak, but I can tuck into a plate of pasta and be very happy.
From my childhood (1960's) list of most-hated things: frozen asparagus (now love fresh grilled), glazed carrots, those awful pickled beets, and frozen okra.
If there's a difference between frozen okra and boogers, I can't see it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||If we can have only one||
If we can have only one dominant position group, I'd pick the D-line.
But yeah, better to have more than just one ...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Ball hawks ... preferably||
Ball hawks ... preferably while the ball is still in the backfield. :-)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I met my wife in May of||
I met my wife in May of 1990.
I married her on April 3rd of 1992.
That was 23 years ago today, and she's still my wonderful girl.
(I watched Michigan play in the final four game the day after our wedding, and on Monday I watched Michigan play for the championship from the hotel room in Hawaii where we had our honeymoon. I have my priorities.)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||>> Interior DL I doubt the||
>> Interior DL
I doubt the Spring game will show us much, but this is what's on my mind.
I remember a day when Michigan's DL could be a disruptive force. But it's been a while.