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|16 hours 20 min ago||I like this||
I like this formulation.
Minnesota has been a nice "feel good" story of 2014. I like what Coach Kill is doing up there.
In thinking about the OP and parity in college football ... I suspect there are several "tiers" in college football -- elite, good, fair, and poor. Minnesota has achieved "good." Michigan is mired in "fair." Indiana and Purdue is wallowing in "poor".
Up in the "elite" tier I think there's a fair degree of parity. On any given Saturday we might see the ball bounce one way or another. The "elite" tier is perhaps 8 to 10 teams in size. (Which is why we'll see an 8-team playoff very soon.) I think the parity up at the "elite" level will continue, and it will become increasingly difficult to crack into the elite level as time goes by and the playoff system makes staying "elite" a true arms race.
|1 day 14 hours ago||From the commentators in||
From the commentators in those clips -- "... all he needs is a little crease."
(a) That line was giving him gashes
(b) Even when the holes were smaller, he was making them
(c) On a couple of those runs I could see Biakabutuka going to a spot where there was no hole yet ... but by the time he gets there a crease opens up and he's through. Great anticipation.
Some people call football a violent sport. In reality, it's beautiful how good players do the things they do to make the plays.
|1 day 14 hours ago||In a battle of best names for||
In a battle of best names for Michigan football players, it's tough to choose between "Tshimanga Biakabutuka" and "Harlan Huckleby". Both names have a wonderful sound to them; both players were awesome!
|2 days 8 hours ago||I'm going to watch this game,||
I'm going to watch this game, just as I have every other Michigan v. Ohio State game since 1973. Still, I approach this like I do yard work -- I'm not really looking forward to it, but I know I'll feel better when it's over.
Hoping for a victory is a bit of a stretch. Hoping for Michigan to play a good game and put the fight to Ohio State is what I'm rooting for. If Michigan pulls off the upset then I'll be giddy with delight.
|4 days 13 hours ago||We often see Ennui the||
We often see Ennui the Otter's face in this kind of situation.
But there's another word -- one, interestingly enough used in the James Bond novels to convey a sense for the mental state Bond** was often in -- accidie.
accidie - spiritual sloth; apathy; indifference
I think this gets to a deeper level of emotion than ennui does. It gets to the very heart of what Michigan football means to many of us. The current state of the program has wrenched us to a part of ourselves that leaves us feeling a sense of vacant disinterest ... "Whatever."
This has been a turbulent year -- cautiously lofty expectations early, dashed hopes against Notre Dame, the further crumbling of hopes against Minnesota, the whole Brandon thing, the impotent showing against Northwestern, and the last gasps of dying hope against Maryland.
Dreams do not die well. But sometimes they do die.
** For those who have only seen the movies but never read the books, I would encourage reading the originals. The picture of James Bond portrayed there is of a man quite different from the Sean Connery or Roger Moore versions. The Daniel Craig version is closer.
Bond was never a religious man. The accidie Ian Fleming was getting at was more a spirtual apathy caused by the absence of meaning in Bond's life. His life of espionage helped him cover up and cope.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Same here. That game sparked||
Same here. That game sparked and fueled my 40 year Michigan obsession.
|5 days 4 hours ago||I'm partial to the 1976 team.||
I'm partial to the 1976 team. 5 shutouts, including 22-0 over OSU. Plus, Rob Lytle was a beast.
Damn Purdue spoiled the perfect regular season.
|5 days 18 hours ago||I love a good port. Port||
I love a good port. Port pairs well with a good cigar. So there's that.
|5 days 18 hours ago||So, yeah, it was a pretty||
So, yeah, it was a pretty quiet thread
That's what despondent resignation looks like.
|6 days 16 hours ago||If I lived near Ann Arbor,||
If I lived near Ann Arbor, I'd definitely try to go. Some of my best memories of MIchigan football are the miserable weather games where I sat in glorious misery screaming my head off for Michigan.
See my signature line. Football here in Tucson is not right.
|1 week 3 days ago||I get it perfectly well.||
I get it perfectly well. Re-read my post.
I stated the process of change starts with intent. Intent implies a deliberate desire to change. Generating the desire to change is possible with some people. Not all people, but some. There are numerous testimonies from ex-alcoholics, ex-drug users, ex-abusers.
The post I responded to was making the case that we are programmed robots, reacting to internal decision processes beyond our control. I disagreed with that.
Nowhere did I imply that someone who has no desire to change -- your sociopath example -- will suddenly change, or can be made to change. But change is possible given a true and sincere desire to change.
|1 week 3 days ago||The problem is Clark didn't||
The problem is Clark didn't have a choice
Completely disagree. People do have a choice; people can change. Even at the deepest level of anger in the moment. It's not necessarily easy, but it is possible. To achieve such change requires a deliberate intent to change, and then exercising the means of change.
I have some personal experience in this area. The change is slow and often painful. But it is possible.
I have compassion for Frank Clark and the spot he now finds himself in. But I do not believe for one moment that he was a helpless victim, swept along by an internal decision making machine over which he has no control.
|1 week 4 days ago||The perfect weather for a||
The perfect weather for a football game, in my opinion. See my signature line.
(I went to a U of A game here in Tucson once ... 95 degrees at gametime. It wasn't right.)
But I agree with you ... if cold/wet, then empty seats. Lots of them.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'll be home watching or||
I'll be home watching or listening to the game. After 40 years of following Michigan football it's a little hard to change.
This weekend is the "Tour de Tucson" -- a bicycle event where 9,000+ cyclists converge on Tucson and ride a 100 mile + course around the city. The roads are tied up every year for this event, and the best thing to do for a non-cyclist is to stay home and watch football.
Which is precisely what I am going to do.
|1 week 5 days ago||it's obvious he can develop||
it's obvious he can develop other QB's
Serious question -- what makes you say that?
I ask because really good natural athletes do not necessarily translate to good coaches.
Does Brady have some history of grooming QBs that go on to other success? And do we know Brady had a hand in that grooming? I know Matt Cassell went on to have some success, but I'm not clear how much involvement Brady had in his grooming.
|1 week 6 days ago||I drank my age of Stroh's at||
I drank my age of Stroh's at age 15 at my cousin's graduation party.
Puked my guts out in the women's bathroom of my grandmother's senior center.
Not sure whether to put :-) or :-( after that.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Not a hunter, though I can||
Not a hunter, though I can appreciate the sport and wish all who do hunt the best.
Down here in southern Arizona there are deer ... but they are smaller and gray. Get up in the higher elevations of Arizona and there's other deer and elk as well.
I have many fond memories of growing up in Michigan and hearing the sound of hunter gunfire in the distance. Cool, crisp late autumn days in Michigan are the best.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If the first rule is to not||
If the first rule is to not allow rumors to circulate too long, then the second rule is to not say things to create rumors in the first place.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Boilermakers were||
The Boilermakers were becoming a formidable rival.
Those rat bastards beat Michigan in 1976, ruining a perfect regular season.
I will never forgive them. :-)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Punch Cards||
If they did, it was a mainframe, and they probably had to use punchcards.
The original Twitter ... limited to 72 characters per card (the cards were 80 column, but 8 were reserved for control characters so 72 was what was available for programming).
The use of punched cards long ago faded away, but their legacy lives on -- there's still a lot of 72-column JCL (Job Control Language) and COBOL programs out there. Still running and doing their thing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||1975 NW||
By the 4th quarter, there were plenty of seats.
I was there ... a gloriously miserable day for football. Cold, rainy, windy and wet.
I loved every minute of it. Stayed to the very end.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Crash Davis: "Come on, meat,||
Crash Davis: "Come on, meat, show us that million-dollar arm, 'Cause I got a good idea about that five-cent head of yours!"
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I like a good BBQ bologna||
I like a good BBQ bologna sandwich.
Admitting that may offend the foodies in the room ... but there it is.
I like SPAM, too. :-)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It can be a real issue, and||
It can be a real issue, and it's not isolated to just athletes.
Depending on how well a student has been prepared for college academics, the step from HS to college academics can be an eye opener. It was for me 35 years ago. I received nearly straight A's in high school, but I did not know at the time how soft my high school was. When I hit college everything quickened -- the pace, the expectations, the work needed. It took me a term and a half to get my head wrapped around it all.
Add to that the first taste of independence and freedom college freshman have and the temptation to party and do non-academic things. The combination can make mastering the "going to class" thing difficult. For athletes facing obligations of practice and training as well ... ooomph, I can imagine it's quite a shock.
More than a few college freshmen don't get the hang of it before the damage is done. For college athletes I'm sure there are people in the department to monitor and offer help where needed. For your average non-athlete freshman who thinks college is just like high school ... they're in for a shock.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I would think quickness is||
I would think quickness is the key ... particularly for short routes. Receiver runs route and defenders think the velocity is constant and defend as such. Then suddenly the receiver spurts and in one or two steps has 2 or 3 yards on someone. Bam ... with a properly timed ball that's a completion and yards.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||This is my interpretation as||
This is my interpretation as well.
Another way to look at this -- just because someone is a world-class sprinter does not necessarily make them a good receiver. A slower runner can be a better receiver by running the route crisply and getting momentary separation at the right moment.
Below a point of slowness no amount of route execution helps. Blow a point, slow is slow.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Muschamp is still toast, but||
Muschamp is still toast, but good to see the Gators playing well. Feeling good for my Florida buddy Eric.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Radio||
Listening on radio ... sounds meh ... how does the game look? The same?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I've seen the Java update||
I've seen the Java update redirect myself.
The bad gateway messages, the funky formatting ... those aren't so much a concern.
Being prompted to perform a Java update from a website that is *not* Oracle is another matter. Definitely something suspicious there.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||"It was Barzini all along."||
"It was Barzini all along." -- Vito Corleone.