this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|56 min 26 sec ago||Yes...||
His release point is VERY low. Not sure that will be correctable.
|20 hours 50 min ago||Well...||
...I'm old school and half senile, so I have a built-in excuse for my comments. I predict she will have a difficult time getting the guys to respect her. Qualifications aside, it sounds like Hollywood "made-for-TV-movie" fodder to me.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Well...||
I'm cautiously optimistic. The college football landscape is ever-changing and dynamic. The proof will be how well Coach H. molds the talent he has to put them in the best possible position to win games.
Time will tell.
I will say that I was never optimistic about Coach Hoke. His tenure seemed like the Peter Principle in action from the start to me.
I'm far more optimistic about Coach H.
|1 week 6 days ago||I really doubt it.||
Respectfully, I must disagree. If you're running track, you can enhance a bit, but everyone runs differently. Gate, style, etc... remain unique to the individual, IMHO.
Kinda like the golf swing. You can try to emulate Niklaus, Mickelson or Woods, but at the end of the day, your swing is yours and yours alone. You can enhance aspects of it, but not to the point where it changes that dramatically.
If one is pigeon-toed, a supinator or a pronator, you're stuck with that. Orthotics may help to a limited degree.
|1 week 6 days ago||Well...||
...it's hard to imagine any running back "using a strategy" for running. They run naturally, the way they feel most comfortable running. I'm not sure one can "learn" to run another way and consciously point their toes while dodging linebackers.
Everyone is a bit different. Some RBs run high and fast like sprinters (I think of Eric Dickerson or Robert Smith) and some run low and hard (I think of Peyton Hillis or Brandon Jacobs).
I think ACL tears are more a result of torque resulting from quick change of direction that puts tremendous strain on the joints rather than pure running technique. Some athletes may have stronger knees and tendon flexibility than others.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And...||
... if Elton John had been Red Skelton's son he would have been "Elton Skelton."
Another fun fact!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Well...|
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Specifically regarding...||
...the "recruiting" question (why should I play for Michigan), I felt as though Harbaugh was reticent to dilute and share what he may tell recruits in person.
Were his cards held too closely to his vest? Maybe. It was a little painful to listen to, honestly.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Well, I think...||
...if Pipkins were 100% healthy with no concussion history, he would have been a great addition to the D-Line this year, even if he weren't a starter. I think Harbaugh would have been happy to keep him active and participating.
To me this likelihood underscores the validity of Harbaugh's position in this case. Pipkins long-term health remains the issue.
Looked at the other way, what if Pipkins stayed active and suffered another severe neck injury or devasting concussion? The cries against Harbaugh keeping this repeatedly injured player active would have been loud and incessant.
Pipkin's scholarship wasn't the issue, either. He could have finished up at Michigan, which would have been the wise move IMHO.
That said, I wish Pipkins the best of luck as he pursues his dreams.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Not surprising...||
...While money plays the decisive factor, in our culture we've coddled our kids and orchestrated events so that everyone's a "winner." Ergo, we need more events so more teams can be "winners."
Wonder if the day will come where we don't keep score, as well?
There should be no more than a dozen bowl games, IMHO.
|13 weeks 6 hours ago||Hate to say it...||
...but the acid test will be when (likely not "if") he gets his big check from some NFL team whether he will stick to the high character road over time.
It's pretty easy to become contrite when angling for a big contract.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh...||
...is a football coach's football coach. Quite incredible. A stark contrast to Brady, for sure.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Affleck? Seriously? No way.||
Affleck? Seriously? No way.
|17 weeks 4 hours ago||In his case...||
...I'm afraid it will be a long and arduous recovery, if the reports of the severity of his injury are true. Football is a sport of strength, stamina and resiliency and it's ashame there isn't a way to prevent injuries during the evaluative processes the coaching staff must witness. Maybe Harbaugh should limit "full-go" practices and consult the crystal mgoball instead to determine lineup.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I interpreted it...||
...as a final "thank you card" from Dean. Just a nice reminder that his players meant something to him. Not really meant as financial aid. The players can go out and have a nice dinner and drinks on Dean and remember the good old days.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||A la...|
|18 weeks 4 days ago||ST Coach...||
...loves those analogies and metaphors!
|18 weeks 4 days ago||This guy reminds me...||
...of a couple entrepreneurs I know. They stubbornly refuse to believe their business concepts really aren't that novel or, frankly, in much demand. As such, they will likely end up poor and frustrated in the end. I suspect this kid will end up much the same (at least regarding this wacky concept of his).
|19 weeks 21 hours ago||Sorry...||
...but he was a dumb ass. These guys are blessed with physical gifts and opportunities that less than 1% of the population possess and they too often piss it away. All they need to do is exercise a little restraint. Viewed against the tremendous opportunity, I don't think this is asking too much.
As my young daughter would say, "too bad... so sad."
|20 weeks 6 days ago||The salary cap pressure...||
...obviously means they can't afford another mannequin to dress. Life's rough for NFL management.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||That makes sense.||
I'm sure added weight and speed exacerbates the likelihood of brain injury.
The NCAA solution, therefore, is easy. No player shall weigh more than 200 lbs and no player shall be allowed to run faster than 5.0 seconds over any 40-yard span. (Mandatory ankle weights for the skill position players.) ; )
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I think back...||
...to the 1970s when I played in high school. I'm sure I suffered concussions of varying degrees in both football and basketball. Interestingly, the only time I blacked out was after getting elbowed in the face playing basketball.
We NEVER came out of the games back then. I think you would have had to have been unconscious for the coach to take you out. "Get back in there... you just had your bell rung..."
I wonder if those earlier hits are why today I often find myself functioning in an alternate universe? ; )
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Well...||
...then of course, you need to address the degree of the concussed state. Mild all the way to severe.
I have to believe that on nearly every football play, one or more players suffer some degree of brain injury, if even very mild and seemingly benign. Helmet to helmet (or helmet to ground) contact virtually guarantees it. It's the nature of the collision sport. When a brain in motion comes to an abrupt stop, it's going to bang around in the cranium, yes?
Then there's the cumulative effect of many mild concussions. At what point can we determine this to be a problem and which objective scale should be utilized to determine whether a particular player is fit to play? I don't think anyone really has that answer and it's ultimately a subjective decision.
One thing is certain. There will continue to be controversy over this issue as long contact sports such as football are played.
|21 weeks 21 hours ago||Yeah, but...||
...how big is his Fahrvergnügen and will it make a difference?
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Dave Brandon wanted this design...||
...probably a good thing he's no longer AD.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Ha!||
Dick Armey may have been right when he said, "The market is rational. The government is dumb."
Another case in point.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Steve Grote...||
...if for no other reason, the name association.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Well...||
...I'll go along only if it can be like this:
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you...||
...for the insider's perspective on the process through which a unique, thoughtful young man has been. Loved his quote about God coming when you need Him and He's always on time. Getting a sense of Karan's character makes the Weber decision fade into insignificant obscurity in my mind.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Weber?||
Maybe not... Weber as quoted by the Detroit News:
""I grew up a Michigan fan and it's always been a school I wanted to go to, play for, and that's why I made my decision to go there early," Weber said. "But when it went downhill and they lost Brady Hoke and didn't know who they would bring in, I committed to Ohio State. Then they hired (Jim) Harbaugh, but I was pretty solid on Ohio State because I wanted to try something different.
"I talked to Coach Harbaugh a few times and he's a real energized guy, a cool guy," Weber added. "I think he understands (why I'm going to Ohio State). He just wanted to get to know me."