The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
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|2 weeks 2 days ago||DENARD||
1. Denard... easy
2A - Brady
2B - Navarre
2C - David Harris
2D - Hart
2E - Wheatley
2F - Woodson
1A - Spike
1B - Nowak
3A - Mitch
3B - CWebb
3C - JCraw
3D - JMo
3E - Darius Morris
3F - Burke
Honorable mention: Dion Harris, Graham Brown, GR3, Stauskas, Manny Harris
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So awesome.||
Fantastic. Thanks a ton!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Is...||
Is that where it ended?! You're handle, quote, etc, make it seem like you're a pretty big Megan Rapinoe fan.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Jonah HIll...||
Jonah HIll walking past the UGLI in Ann Arbor. Crazy.
Also Phil Simms at the Miami airport when I was a kid.
Also Cuauhtémoc Blanco, the greatest ever Mexican soccer player at a club in Guanajuato, Mexico and Mauro Boselli (the best player in Liga MX right now) at the airport in Mexico City. Also, US world cup player Frankie Hejduk at Nike Town in Chicago.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||One more that I had forgotten... Shane Walton||
Shane Walton. Had a great knack for big plays in ND's defensive backfield and much more importantly I always thought it was really cool that a year before starting for them in 2002, he was on their soccer team. Only ND player I've ever liked. Even though I obviously wanted him to lose every game he ever played in.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||This really, really, really sucks...||
This really, really, really sucks, but at least it happened now and not the week of the Utah game. We've got a few weeks to get everyone else ready now.
Gotta wish a fully and speedy recovery to Mone. Really, really unfortunate that this happened to him.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah...||
I've never seen a guy get away with as much fouling as Craft did, and that's saying something considering how much MSU basketball I've had to endure over the years.
And his offensive game was terrible. I mean OSU basically played 4 on 5 on offense when he was out there but they had enough talent to make it work, and in turn he didn't look that bad because he'd only ever end up taking layups or really uncontested jumpers. But don't kid yourself, on offense just about any guard in the Big Ten could've done that job as effectively as Craft or probably a lot better and on D he was only particularly good because he got away with pushing and grabbing his man all the time.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Caulcrick...||
Caulrick was fun to watch. Those MSU teams under John L Smith were so entertaining to watch. Imaginative, wide-open, entertaining offenses with enough discipline issues to never really turn the corner.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||People are gonna hate mine, but...||
People are gonna hate mine, but... Troy Smith. I was in my upper teens and the dude was an absolutely baller for OSU at a time when Michigan hadn't had a dual threat QB, at least not as a starter, since before my childhood.
I really, really wanted to beat him and I had no illusions that he was an excellent person or something like that. But man did I respect and admire his game. He was fun to watch.
I guess there's one other factor as well: Every year that he was a starter, I was just assuming we'd beat them at the end of the year anyway. So it hurt a lot less to see OSU play well against Iowa or Texas or whoever. When he became their starter in 2004, Michigan had gone 11-3-1 dating back to the late 80s. I would've never imagined that those OSU wins with him as QB were kicking off a decade of OSU domination.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Kind of agree, but..||
Kind of agree, but isn't the point of the board to talk about Michigan football? That's pretty much all we can do a month out is speculate about the season.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think...||
I don't think I'd enjoy training table very much at Texas.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Your point...||
I don't think people would miss Canada and Japan too much, but your general point still stands. If UEFA, the US and Mexico, and a few CONMEBOL nations including Brazil and Argentina started their own tournament, FIFA would be completely screwed.
The way it works now, there are 209 nations in FIFA and all of them get an equal cut of the revenue from the World Cup. In 2014, that money came out to less than $1,000,000 per country for the 209 nations in FIFA if you can believe that. For bigger soccer nations like England, Brazil, and the US, that's not a very significant part of their budget for the year. But for Haiti and Tahiti that money is a big deal. Anyway, without the most popular teams competing, the World Cup would stop getting lucrative sponsorship deals and would basically stop being very profitable. FIFA gets virtually all of its money from the World Cup, so with that money out of the picture, there would be no financial incentive for less important soccer nations like Haiti or Mali to be a part of FIFA. Basically, they'd eventually be forced to accept whatever terms the new confederation was offering because each of those smaller countries need that money to run their own soccer federation. Also, while FIFA has a ton of money in reserve, they couldn't last forever either if the one event that pays all of their bills suddenly stopped being profitable.
If the most powerful and important soccer nations were to realize that they hold all the power and get on the same page, they could dicate terms to everyone else and the rest of the world would probably have to agree to them. It could be a good way to set up a new system with a more transparent organization in charge instead of FIFA.
The ironic thing in all of this is that the small countries with small budgets are the countries who should care the most about the World Cup being incredibly profitable (USA 2022 = huge stadiums, higher ticket prices, more sponsorship deals, etc.) but instead most of those smaller nations just sell their vote to the highest bidder. I honestly don't know if what they got paid to vote for Qatar, or to re-elect Sepp last week, is more than what the difference in revenue would've been by having the World Cup in the US. But I guess the key difference is that the bribes usually go straight into the voter's pocket whereas revenue from the World Cup just goes to each country's federation.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Correction...||
Correction: They've been there exactly once. 1986. The point still stands, though.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah...||
Yeah, apparently the current World Cup isn't the "real World Cup" either, at least according to coldnjl, considering that Canada has never been in it. LOL.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||FWIW...||
Agreed that the money goes all the way to the top. France and Spain, for example, actually voted for Blatter. I agree with the OP that those two countries don't need FIFA but someone with power in those countries is clearly in Sepp's camp.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Great list!||
Great list! One minor correction, Marquise Walker's touchdown was off of a blocked punt.
|15 weeks 1 hour ago||You make a decent point...||
To say the 2010 offense was "incredible" rather than "very good" might take it a step too far, although the offense's potential for 2011 if Rich Rod had been back with basically every starter returning would've been really incredible.
I also think you're overlooking the fact that simply taking the number of points the team scored doesn't perfectly represent how good the offense was. That's why we have advanced stats. The 2010 offense under Rich Rod would frequently score (or get stopped) and then sit on the bench for 6-8 minutes as the other team marched 80 yards. Those Carr teams had the benefit of defensive touchdowns, much better field position, much shorter waits to get the ball back on average, and also didn't endure the pressure of feeling like they "had to score" on every drive just to hold serve because the defense was so bad.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Vernors...||
Vernors for sure. Actually, I like in Mexico and when my parents came down to visit a couple of weeks ago I made them bring a couple of twelve packs. You can't get that stuff down here and I crave it like crazy. Also crave a decent pizza because the pizza where I live in Mexico sucks.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I just love...||
I just love how his friends appear to be telling him, "this is a good idea. Look, there's open water right there."
And then he dives straight onto his face.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||My other favorite...||
"Man Dives Into Ice"
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Simple humor, but I'm a pretty big fan of Laser Pointer Dog.||
Simple humor, but I'm a pretty big fan of Laser Pointer Dog.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||By any chance are you...||
Hector Jose Bosch?! Member since 2000 so I'm guessing you're not Kyle.
Or I guess there's a small chance that you're someone else who also has the last name Bosch.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||So...||
So you presumably have enough time to read and post on mgoblog for hours a week and yet watching the team actually play isn't worth your time? Weird.
It sucks when the team sucks but you still get to watch and support Michigan.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Weird and entertaining...||
Weird and entertaining. Only Illinois, Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, and Iowa are playing the typical home game against a smaller that just signed up to get paid. All the rest of those games (9 out of 14) are pretty compelling matchups for opening weekend. Even MSU - Western is made interesting by the fact that it's a road game for them.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Runners up...||
Two runners up for my craziest thing I’ve seen at a sporting event:
Huge brawl in the stands of a Mexican baseball game
Getting beers and coins whipped at us when the US beat Mexico in soccer
Also at the same game, two Mexico fans who were in front of us got in a fight with each other. They were both Mexican-Americans and while they both celebrated Mexico’s goal (one of them literally pulled shot glasses and a pint of tequila out of nowhere and they took a shot together), one of the two also celebrated the first US goal scored. The two guys started arguing, and then the guy who was rooting for both teams told the other guy, “I don’t care if you’re a US fan or a Mexico fan, but I’ve seen you in Green Bay and I know you’re a Packers fan” and then started choking the guy (briefly). True story.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||DOUBLE POST||
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Mexican soccer riot||
I was at a professional soccer game in 2011 in the Mexican 2nd division, during the playoffs to win promotion to the first division (now named the Liga MX). Anyway, it was a home game for León against Tijuana. León lost. When they got down 3-0 a bunch of brawls broke out in the stands. People tried to tear down/climb over the chain link fence separating the stands from the field and a handful of them were successful and made it onto the pitch. Fans were brawling with each other and with the cops. Bottles of beer were getting thrown all over the place. I saw a few León fans literally take off their team's jersey and attempt to light it on fire. Crazy, crazy experience.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||So...||
|24 weeks 2 days ago||if it's not...||
If it's not legal to pay only the guys in revenue sports, then I guess the next option would be to pay all scholarship athletes but obviously to make the numbers work out everyone would probably get paid less.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||One downside...||
A huge downside to letting the guys be on billboards and the like is that it would not be good for letting the teams have a somewhat level playing field. Basically, that would just make it legal for boosters to pay the players (legally) to appear in ads and they'd probably pay above market rate as a way of helping their team. Recruits are going to choose schools based on which teams are so popular that being on the team guarantees you'll be paid well to be on a billboard. Basically it makes it legal for boosters to pay the players.
I would much rather just say every football and basketball player gets $10k a semester or something like that, but I'm not sure how legal that would be with title 9.