At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|18 hours 31 min ago||Coercion||
Okay, Magnus. How many dictionary websites did you have to go through to find one that defined coercion that way? Because I just googled the word and had numerous hits that defined coercion much more broadly.
|1 day 26 min ago||Metellus||
I find Metellus' bump to four stars seriously funny. How many "how-can-we-be-taking-these- two-star-nobodies-in-July-when-we-might-get-a-four-star-if-we-wait-until-winter-and-can-still-get-the-two-star-then-if-necessary / trust-the-coaches-you-moran-besides-look-at-us-we've-sucked-for-a-while-now" threads did we have?
|1 day 43 min ago||Coercion||
"Coercion involves force or threats."
No, you're thinking of duress. Coercion means exploiting a power imbalance to force a desired choice. For instance, State X may not want to lower it's permissible blood alcohol level to 0.8--but if they don't, then they won't qualify for federal highway dollars. So, State X lowers its BAL to 0.8. Was it a free choice? No. But the government didn't have to send in federal troops to make it happen.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Spiritual beliefs||
I'm for free speech. People can say what they want. If people want to encourage others to adopt some irrational belief system, that's fine. I just have a problem with coercion.
Also, "athiesm" is by definition a lack of spiritual beliefs. So a person who urges others to abandon some religion is not spreading a "spiritual belief" in athiesm. A person arguing that the Book of Genesis is flawed because the Earth is actually 4.5 billion years old, not 6,000, and that the universe was created in a "big bang" that occurred about 13.5 billion years ago, is advacing a rational, scientifically-based viewpoint. I suppose you can call that a "religon" if you want, but that kind of nullifies the utility of the term.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Missionaries||
That's a fair point, Magnus. But here's how I look at it.
Christian missionaries come to a remote island and offer medical care to the villagers. The native islanders already have their own indigenous culture and generally want to raise their children in that same culture. But some kid gets sick and requires treatment beyond what the locals can provide. So they go to the missionaries and ask for help. The missionaries use modern western equipment and techniques to treat the child and he recovers; in the meantime, the missionaries impress upon the family how they should abandon their indigenous culture and embrace Christianity. Maybe some members of the family let that go in one ear and out the other (especially the adults). But maybe other members, particularly the more impressionable children, are awed by the missionaries' technology and skills, or wooed by their carefully refined sales pitch, and "choose" to be converted. Christianity gains a foothold, and over time replaces the indigenous culture.
Can I deny that providing medical care to people who otherwise wouldn't receive it is a good thing? Certainly not. Are all indigenous cultural practices worth preserving? No. So I grant this isn't a black & white issue. But the overarching notion for which Tebow's work stands: that these indigenous peoples are ignorant and in need of saving, that their cultures and beliefs are unworthy of respect, and that it's fine to exploit informational and technological advantages to penetrate and ultimately replace those societies with Christianity, is something I personally find profoundly offensive and wrong.
|1 day 9 hours ago||The Northwestern teams with||
The Northwestern teams with mobile QBs always seem to give M the most trouble, so hopefully Thorson wins the job.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Tebow hate||
I don't care about any of that. But I dislike Tebow because he is celebrated for his supposed good works with Pacific Islanders, when in fact he was part of an organization devoted to using medical care as a coercive means of converting them to Christianity.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Illinois||
There was probably one guy who voted for Illinois. But he's from Chicago so he voted seven times.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Harbaugh||
Hiring JH may not have been a tough "decision," but the accomplishment was getting him to take the job when he could have easily opted for several open NFL gigs.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Greeks||
I thought Athens and Sparta were rival city-states. So I am confused how an Athenian thing could be a Spartan thing.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Bummer||
Thanks for the hard work and excitement, Dennis Norfleet. Best of luck at Tuskegee.
|4 days 5 hours ago||BGS?||
Things may have changed since I was in school, but wouldn't a Bachelor of General Studies have been an alternative?
|5 days 5 hours ago||Blogs||
Wait--who is "making this blog worse?" I'm confused.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Running Backs||
Thanks for the effort, OP. Unfortunately I don't think the stats on the RBs are very meaningful.
Based on the eye-test, I personally think Drake looked the best of the guys we had last season and would expect him to be ahead of Smith and Green this fall if his knee is healthy enough. Smith is really slow, but still a useful between-the-tackles runner. As for Green, I'm worried about his bust potential at this point; if he doesn't stop going down on first contact and start punishing tacklers, I don't see much of a role for him.
Mgovideo has a clip with all of Ty Isaac's runs from his freshman year at USC. It's mostly him tearing up Cal, but he did look pretty good doing it. He's essentially a junior now, so he should also be much stronger and a more complete player than he was on this film. Especially with his abilities in the passing game, I think think there's a good shot Isaac begins 2015 as the #1 back--especially if Johnson isn't 100%.
|1 week 1 day ago||Praying||
Won't work. God wants the 49ers to lose so he can enjoy more Jed York schadenfreude.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ford||
WCF may be a terrible owner, but at least he doesn't embarrass himself in public on a weekly basis.
|1 week 2 days ago||Blackshirts||
Yeah. But part of what made the blackshirts thing cool was that the team never actually wore, you know, black shirts.
Plus, part of it was that you had to earn your black shirt. Now the whole team gets them, earned or not. And the offense gets to wear them too, I presume.
|1 week 2 days ago||Louisville||
They don't have Charlie Strong anymore, but they do have Bobby Petrino.
|1 week 2 days ago||Denard||
Because Denard costs $16 and you only have $15 to work with.
|1 week 4 days ago||Phrasing||
You're right, I could have done much better.
What I most expect Harbaugh to do is take what was a flaccid, impotent team under Hoke and transform them into a virile, penetrating unit--rigid in temperment, if supple in their approach.
|1 week 4 days ago||Harbaugh's impact||
The main thing I am expecting Harbaugh will do, though, is take what was basically a soft team under Hoke and make them hard. Other B1G coaches have done that in a single off-season. John L Smith's MSU team was all bitches in 2006; Dantonio came in, and suddenly they were a hard-nosed team in 2007. Tressel's 2001 team wasn't very good, but played much harder and nastier than the John Cooper teams that preceded it. Gary Barnett, Barry Alvarez, and Kirk Ferentz also came into emasculated programs and immediately made them more vigorous, even if it may have taken a while for that to translate into wins on the field.
I am not convinced M has enough talent at the skill positions or DE to win the B1G this season, but I do think we'll see much tougher, more puissant squad emerge from the tunnel in game one. I think a single offseason is enough to instill that mentality.
|1 week 4 days ago||Excellent||
I have been waiting for an opportunity to use my SSI decoder wheel again.
|1 week 4 days ago||Amazon||
Heading there now...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think Morris is all||
I don't think Morris is all that talented. He does have a strong arm and some decent straight-line speed for a pro-style QB. But accuracy is far more recent important than arm strength, and Morris isn't accurate. He hasn't shown any kind of advanced pocket presence or decision-making ability. If Morris had come in as a three-star recruit instead a guy on the four-five star borderline, I doubt so many people would be making all these excuses for him or expecting sudden and dramatic improvement.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Seattle||
Some time in 2016, the new Montlake light rail stop will be opening. That will provide a direct light-rail line from SeaTac Airport, through the southern half of the city, through downtown, then up through Capitol Hill and then to Husky Stadium. Should make game days a lot easier.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"Harbaugh should have fired||
"Harbaugh should have fired Roman years ago. But Harbaugh was loyal, so they went down together."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Well, I don't know who your||
Well, I don't know who your friends are. But most football fans are prone to becoming frustrated when their offense is struggling and saying stupid things, like that their QB sucks and ought to be replaced by whoever the backup is. Sometimes that is fortuitously true. There has been pretty in-depth analysis on this site, however, which has shown that Rudock is an okay QB who has been victimized by lousy pass protection, poor WRs, and questionable play-calling. Also, Iowa > Ohio
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Grammar||
And I will just add here that starting a sentence with a conjunction often helps produce tighter, punchier prose.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Gloves||
Why is he putting on gloves to do the dishes when he's still in the car?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Fair enough. But I was||
Fair enough. But I was hoping to see a big leap forward from him this spring; there was maybe a little hop. Morris could still put it together this fall and I hope he does, but I'd be pleasantly surprised if he can just become a capable backup to Rudock. Barring injury, I frankly don't see any realistic way Morris wins the starting job.