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|1 day 19 hours ago||Walk-Ons||
There is a limit on scholarships. If a walk-on player is later awarded a scholarship, then that player counts toward the limit.
|6 days 12 hours ago||The first pro baseball game I||
The first pro baseball game I ever attended was Blue Jays vs. Tigers in 1985 at the corner. Lou Whitaker led off the bottom of the 1st with a triple, but I only know this because third base was the place he was standing after all the adults around me in the jam-packed stadium finally sat down. Anyway, about halfway through the game, Brookens winds up on second base and there must have been one out because the pitcher and shortstop were making a concerted effort to keep him honest. Well, at one point there is kind of a lull in the stadium noise and the shortstop creeps in behind Brookens, who is way off the bag. Next thing I know, my dad is yelling "watch out Brookens!!!" at the top of his lungs. A split second later, I see Brookens diving back to second as the pitcher whirls and fires a perfect throw to the shortstop. "Safe!" the umpire signals. To this day I still kind of wonder whether it was my dad who kept Brookens from getting picked-off second that night. (Not that it would have mattered; Trammell drove in Whitaker in the first inning to make it 1-0, and Walt Terrell thre a 2-hit shutout that game, so whatever happened with Brookens was inconsequential).
|6 days 14 hours ago||Funchess||
Whatever the problem was last year--injuries, attitude, whatever--I don't care. The whole season was pretty much a clusterfuck, so everyone gets a pass. I'd just as soon forget about it and move on to Harbaugh.
|1 week 6 days ago||I feel sorry for that apple.||
I feel sorry for that apple.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Michigan Irish Pubs||
I like Conor's and all, but I'd have to go with The Old Shillelagh in Detroit.
However, since Old Shillelagh is not on the list of choices, Conor's it is!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Huh?I was responding to a||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Miller||
Even if Kugler is beating him out right now, there is still a long way to go before the 2015 season starts so Miller would have ample opportunity to win the job back. Plus, having an experienced backup is nothing to sneeze at.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Damon Webb could be a factor||
Damon Webb could be a factor also.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Oregon is teaching law to||
Oregon is teaching law to undergraduates now? I guess we're all doomed.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Beer||
I'm just impressed that he was able to post to mgoblog from his Vic20.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Guinness||
Perhaps this explains why I like Guinness so much and usually don't like other stouts?
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Faygo||
For any Seattlites, be advised that Ezell's Fried Chicken (in the CD at 23rd & Jefferson, in Columbia City at Rainier & Genesee) carries Faygo products. Go get some if you haven't already.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||JH Offense||
I read the post on JH's running game last week and really appreciated it. That one is a must-read for any serious M football fan.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||offers||
Yeah, offers are obviously a good shorthand way of assessing what caliber a prospect is at. I'm not denying the importance of offers at all--indeed, personally I am one of the people who thinks offers are usually a better indicator than stars or number grades (like Rivals' bizarre 6.1 scale).
What I meant though, is that all these things rating should ideally be independent data points. If a guy has 3 stars on a recruiting site, that's one piece of information suggesting how good he is. Then if he has an impressive offer sheet to go with it, now I have a second piece of information suggesting that maybe he's better than his star rating indicates. If he's got 3 stars and just a bunch of MAC offers, then the second data point suggests maybe he's not as good a prospect. Then if I go on TTB and see that Magnus has watched the guy's film and rated him 75, then I have a third data point, and so on. Granted, in practice a player's offers probably do influence the star ratings and whatnot quite a bit, but in theory I believe those ratings are supposed to based on some analyst making an independent assessment.
So, let's say I am trying to form an opinion on a prospect, and I see that he's got 3 stars on Rivals, an impressive offer sheet, a 62 rating on Magnus' site. If I then I go to your site, I want your score to help refine my opinion a bit further. If you come up with a score based on your own review of the film or other observations, that helps me. But if your score includes offers in your the rating, then instead of providing a separate data point you are at least partly just reiterating the information I already have from looking at the offer sheet.
Well, this got longer than I had intended. Also, I really meant this as constructive criticism and hope it has come across as such. Thanks for puttiing in the time to review these prospects and share your work. It is much appreciated.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Girly pics||
Add me to the list of people who prefer the site sans sexybits.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Rating system||
I think it's a bit odd that you incorporate a player's offers into the rating, when all the characteristics have to do with the player's actual ability. I mean, presumably a player doesn't become better at football just because Alabama offers him a scholarship.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||Play-calling||
That's one school of play-calling. Some teams will indeed try to establish a tendency so they can then break that tendency and hit a big-gainer. But there are different schools of thought on this. Some teams have more of a "take what the defense gives us" type of approach. And then other guys just try to score on every down.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Great Plains||
The Iowa-Nebraska back-to-back E/W experience is another true study in monotony.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Leonard Nimoy||
For some reason, whenever I hear the name Leonard Nimoy the first thing that comes to mind is that sample of him saying "pure energy" in that song by Information Society.
I wasn't much of a Star Trek fan, but everybody loved Mr. Spock. RIP.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||Hockey||
It would be nice if we could ever get an NHL franchise here in Seattle. There was some talk locally about the possibility a few years ago in connection with a proposal to build a combo NBA/hockey stadium, but I think that's all dead in the water now. I'll grant that Seattle isn't much of a hockey town, but it's got to at least make as much sense as Dallas or Arizona.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Returning players||
I suspect a few of our guys will be pre-season All-B1G. Jourdan Lewis, Jake Butt, and maybe one of the linebackers are probably the best candidates. Plus there's Peppers.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Pallante||
I don't know--this seems like a negative overall. I suspect that if he was working out at DT they would have kept him there.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Helmets||
The Oklahoma helmet was the only one I thought was better than the team's existing helmet.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Fenrisian Thunder Wolves||
I Googled "Thunder Wolf" and got a hit on the Warhammer 40,000 Wiki. That game was never my thing, but I can respect it.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Thunderwolves||
Is a ThunderWolf an actual type of wolf? Or is it more like a ThunderCat?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Top 5 moments||
I'm only including things I watched as they happened (either in person or on TV):
1. Kordell Stewart: unforgettable for anyone in the stadium that day
2. The Gibson homer off of Eckersley: still the most amazing thing I ever saw in a baseball game
3. Mike Legg's goal in the 1996 hockey championship: maximum style points
4. Zenedine Zidane headbutting that dude: couldn't believe what I saw
5. Marshawn Lynch's beast-mode run against the Saints in the 2011 playoffs
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Early enrollment||
Maurice Clarett enrolled early in 2002, and it seemed like every time he got the ball that season some commentator would talk about it. I suspect Clarett may have been the player who really popularized the practice.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||Gloria Victoria||
So is that old U2 song "Gloria" somehow connected? I hope so, because that song is pretty bad ass.
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||Pro-Style QBs||
Michigan really had turned into (pro-style) Quarterback U for a while toward the end of Carr's tenure. Scott Loeffler was a very highly-regarded QB coach, and M had a raft of QBs in the League: established starters like Grbac, Collins, Griese, and Brady, fringe guys like Dreisbach and Navarre, and I don't know how you classify Henson. It was really paying dividends on the recruiting front: Henne was a big-time recruit in the 2004 class, Mallet was another in 2006, and even some of the backups we'd signed during that era were pretty highly touted (Matt Gutierrez, Clayton Richard).
I realize that all went away with Rich Rod's arrival, but I am optimistic that Harbaugh can get us right back to that status pretty quickly.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||52 starts||
The 52 starts were at Northwestern? Welp. If he'd started 52 games for the 49ers I'd agree he's an "NFL guy," but if he was just there for a single season or less then I agree it's not really a good label.