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|2 years 39 weeks ago||Would be tough||
There are a few facilities across the country that put up temporary bubbles for the winter (you see this at driving ranges, but there are a few baseball complexes that do it too.) The main issue is achieving sufficient height to play a regulation game.
The biggest challenge that Michigan would have is actually placing the bubble -- you need to anchor it outside the perimeter of the field, and because of the location and scope of the new stadium infrastructure (it is very close to the field itself) the base of the bubble would probably need to be built in the shared parking lot between Yost, Fisher and the outdoor track -- something that probably wouldn't fly.
The other issue is that if they were going to go this route, they would need to convert the entire field to artificial turf. While a very strong argument can be made that they should go this route anyway to facilitiate early-season ball in inclement weather, they would have to do it if they covered the field or they would kill all the grass.
All that said, they would end up spending a few million to build the new field and bubble, not to mention the (substantial) operating costs to keep the thing inflated and temperature controlled. Given the presence of Oosterbaan and the new cages adjacent to Fisher, it really doesn't make sense to do.
Even if DB is made of money, he still seems like an ROI kind of guy.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Discretionary or Awarded?||
I think that Kovacs is a perfect fit for Ford's jersey, but I wonder whether these legends jerseys will be handed out at the coach's discretion (like the #1) or whether a mechanism can be set up to award the jersey based on a set of criteria.
For example, it would only seem fitting for Ford's number to automatically be awarded to the Defensive Starter with the top Academic performance.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||A Long Con?||
NCAA Football schools are not much for seismic change, and presumably the Big Ten ADs fall into that camp. This makes me wonder whether there is a bit of a long con at play.
Big Ten abandons an home-field proposal that faces major objection from some of the game's power brokers (SEC, Bowls, perhaps TV), pushes for a conference champion rule instead.
With a 4-team playoff achieved, and the Rose Bowl "preserved," the stage is set for four years in which playoff teams are subjected to (up to) three road games, costs to the University are high and attendance is poor.
Simultaneously, the mounting dissatisfaction among schools about the logistical/cost challenges of the system dovetails with a movement to expand the playoffs to 8 teams (because of the monies)
Citing costs, logistics and atmosphere, home sites are advocated and well received for the round of 8 AND the round of 4, leading to a National Championship Game, as well as 3rd place, 5th place and 7th place games in the traditional bowls. All teams are now given the opportunity to travel, TV gets more marquee matchups and the schools roll around in their piles of money.
The long con?
|3 years 44 weeks ago||No he wasn't||
He likely will be, but wasn't yet. Results of the writer's ballot voting come out Jan 9th.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Starter in the minors||
Furbush was a starter in the minors and had performed very well down there. Oliver has struggled in his chances, so this was a good chance to see what Charlier can do without having to make a roster move.
For the love of god keep Turner in the minors for as long as reasonably possible. Let's not destroy the kid.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Outdoor Hockey in Cleveland||
If you think the sightlines are iffy in a football stadium, they are even worse in a baseball stadium. Progressive Field is the home of the Indians.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||To be dismissed||
2 Years probation for the DUI, Suspended license charge to be dismissed pending successful completion of a "strict sobriety court program."
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Michigan Stadium would be a mistake||
Even the Lacrosse championships, which take up NFL venues and can draw 30k have a horrible atmosphere because the venue is just too big for the game. As a very temporary solution, Lacrosse at Michigan Stadium would be fine--better than not being a D-I program--but they would be much better off at the soccer stadium, even if it requires some turf replacement every year.
I didn't realize that a new track & field complex was a possibility. If that's for real, then a artificial turf lacrosse venue inside the track would be an ideal solution. They could really size that stadium perfectly for a sport instead of being forced to play in a cavernous, empty football stadium. Maryland is a great example of where this goes wrong.
Come to think of it, why not retrofit the existing track & field venue and play the games there? Parking is already on-site, it's in the middle of other sports venues, and some additional/upgraded bleachers can simply be installed where the old ones are right now. They wouldn't need more than a capacity of a few thousand. This could be a really good temporary solution if damaging the soccer field is a real and legitimate concern.
As for a dedicated facility, I don't think that Michigan even needs one to compete. Very few schools have a dedicated lacrosse stadium, including most of the national powers. A shared facility with soccer makes the most sense, but ultimately Lax will need an artificial turf surface, which real soccer folk are not big fans of. A bigger recruiting tool would be a dedicated team facility for practice and training. If Lax can get that (via Oosterban upgrades, perhaps?) they should be able to build the program up nicely.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Thrilled||
This is fantastic news, even if it was teased out last month. I can't wait to see them at Loyola's kick-ass new stadium (and any other visits to the Baltimore area they may make).
As for venue: using the new Soccer stadium is the obvious (and correct choice), at least for now. The stadium is built, very nice and appropriately sized. Michigan would be silly to build an entirely new Lacrosse-only stadium, at least before the sport really develops and they need it. The Elbel Field location is a good one in theory, but the original plan was deeply flawed. Building an actual NCAA-caliber stadium on that site is likely unteneble.
The soccer stadium is by far the best choice for now (much better than Michigan Stadium), and even though its location leaves much to be desired, adding a second burgeoning sport to the venue should actually help make the location more palatable to the student body and improve the draw for both sports (as they would grow accustomed to going there for both Soccer and LAX).
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Average Game Time||
Average length of a baseball game is no more than the average length of a football game. Condensed length of the games are also not much different.
Speeding up the game won't do anything--especially when it comes to participation which is what this whole article is about. It is the nature of the game that some people don't care for, (only 3 players are involved in most plays, 4-5 in most others) and they will either learn to understand the nuances of the sport that make it interesting (in the same way that someone will care about formations and strategy in football) or they will not be baseball fans long-term.
The sport doesn't need to fundamentally change--it does pretty damn well for itself. Just remember--participating in the sport is not the same as watching the sport. If it were, then Soccer would be the most watched sport in the country among people under 30.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Total popularity||
Football blows everybody out of the water in viewership and the like, but there are only 16 games plus playoffs. Baseball has 162 games plus playoffs. Sponsorship value is based on total impressions, and there is no sport that comes remotely close to baseball in that category.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Clearly, 2009 was just a manifestation of a greater problem||
Clearly, what happened at the end of 2009 wasn't an isolated incident, and wasn't as easy to brush away as it appeared when he seemed "reformed" in 2010. Dan Lebatard tweeted that he showed up so drunk to an ESPN magazine shoot at age 20(!) that it scared everybody there.
This is a major problem for Cabrera and the Tigers. I don't see how they can do anything but give him the full Josh Hamilton treatment, complete with handler. This is clearly not something he can handle doing on his own.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Baltimore is going crazy right now||
People are furious with the collapse against the Steelers and ready to run the whole staff out of town on a rail. Who would want to involve themselves with such an atmosph...oh, right.
Seriously though, that may be part of it. Also, potential lockout. Also, the Ravens have a rapidly aging defense that isn't long for this world, and the team as a whole is about to lose a TON of starters to free agency. May be a good time for a change.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Less than 24 hours old||
And my avatar is already a cliche. I guess I should have figured.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Exactly||
Would an undefeated TCU in the Big East be playing for the National Championship over undefeated Auburn and Oregon teams this year? No. Big East is a step up, and he can get BCS auto-bids, but he still has a good chance of being on the outside looking in more often than not. Not so in the Big Ten (esp. at Michigan).
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Small market bias, perhaps?||
Yeah, but when you look at the numbers he was probably the best NL shortstop of the 80s and 90s. The problem was he suffered from lack of exposure in a small market, a humble personality and lack of a singular defining moment. He was just quietly great for a long time.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||He'll get in next year||
At 62.1% he's a lock to get in, and it will probably happen next year with a very weak incoming ballot class. I hope so--one of the great players of his era.
|5 years 1 day ago||Dickety Dickety||
We had to say Dickety because the Kaiser stole our two.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||You Can't||
Because there is something fundamentally wrong about going to the U-M/OSU game in shorts and a t-shirt. I think it's a law somewhere.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||"We Like Our Beers Cold, Our||
"We Like Our Beers Cold, Our Women Hot, and Our Rivalry Games in November"
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Just listed Yesterday||
According to Buster Olney, Inge and Damon went on waivers yesterday, which seems far too late and may have hurt the Tigers' return on Inge. St. Louis appeared a perfect destination but they filled their need by adding Pedro Feliz to fill the hole. Why the Tigers waited so long to place them on waivers makes no sense to me.
That said, with this season lost, they should try to get some return for both. Then, since they will need a 3B in 2011, they can either re-sign Inge (trade him with a wink and nod that this will happen) or go after Beltre. There are no good internal 3B candidates at this time.
Damon has been a nice addition and I wouldn't mind to see him resigned either, but it's worth getting rid of both right now, despite how embarrasingly awful it will make the team's already weak lineup. I feel sorry for Miguel Cabrera should this happen.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Now you're taking our noon start?||
Is nothing sacred?!
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Not Prepared||
Carpenter (The Cards' Ace) was upset that that the SS was not prepared to start the game, potentially affecting the starter's rhythm and the team's focus in a game against their biggest competition for the NL Central. He wasn't mad because he switched gloves, he was mad because he wasn't prepared.
The good NBC HardBallTalk blog runs it down.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Slow's||
Slow's BBQ in Detroit is one of my favorites.
Other local, off the beaten path gems are The Common Grill in Chelsea and Knight's on Jackson Rd @ Maple.
And Jeruselem Garden makes the best falafel this side of the mediterranian sea.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||For the fields, yes||
But the facility itself looks like it is on the other side of the train tracks, where there is currently a small building and a 5-6 car parking lot. None of the building itself would be on Elbel, although the field looks like it would take up the area that you describe.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||That's great to know||
...and also a little scary. I understand that land down there is scarce/nonexistent, but I think that these preliminary designs, although really cool looking, are functionally ridiculous. It doesn't make any sense (financially or logistically) to build a 4-story stand-alone Lacrosse building that isn't connected to any stadium structure with freestanding bleachers at the opposite end of Elbel, which would expose the main street-level view of the park to rather ugly bleacher undersides. If I were a player, I wouldn't want to have to go up and down a bunch of stairs to my 2nd floor locker room all the time, and a 3rd floor weight room either.
It would make more sense, at least temporarily, for the Lacrosse team to use the new soccer complex as their home stadium. Sure, it could be a death knell for attendance based on location, but if they weren't going to build a new soccer facility at Elbel, I'd be shocked/disappointed if they pulled the trigger for Lacrosse, especially with the plans as shown.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Final Four?||
I do think that Michigan would have the ability to attract east coast talent better than many of its rivals--especially the kids from MD and NY. However, I think that 10 years after becoming DI may be optimistic for them making a Final Four. I'm not saying that it couldn't happen, but I see two things: an entrenched group of elite schools (Hopkins, UVA, Princeton), plus more recent programs (Duke, UNC) that have developed into elite programs, plus the new parity that has made lesser schools (Towson, Hofstra etc.) competitive week-in and week-out. I think that it will be harder than ever for UofM to develop into a final four caliber team that quickly.
I'd love to be wrong, and I think that Michigan could develop into a tournament team quite quickly, but there is a pretty substantial difference, even still, between borderline tournament teams and final four teams. Even a casual lacrosse fan like myself can see it from a mile away.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Needs to happen||
Varsity status is something that definitely needs to occur for this team, considering the strength of the program and the support that it has garnered.
On a side note--does anybody know who is responsible for designing that Lacrosse facility mock-up/video and pitching the Elbel site? Is this an independent project, or is it something formally being put together my UM-Lax? Does it have any legs?
|5 years 31 weeks ago||FWIW||
Faz, who was just as great as everyone here says, passed away a number of years ago now.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||From Your Hotel, For Dinner||
Walk down Light Street for 5 minutes into Federal Hill and go to the Abbey Burger Bistro. You won't regret it.
--per your vegetarian comment below--they have ample veggie burger options as well.