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|2 weeks 5 days ago||I generally agree...||
... I will say, however, that the Kalis situation is especially vexing, not simply because of his high recruiting ranking but because, from what I recall, the "already college-ready" tag was being attached to him when he was in high school. Obviously, the OL position has a steep learning curve, but given more general worries about player development on the OL, Kalis is a bit more of a potential red flag; as has been stated, his problem could be more of a mental/learning issue, which could be reconcilable with him consistently pancaking opposing high school players and showing solid technique in more limited schemes. Moreover, to state the obvious, we really need him, in particular, to live up to his initial billing--at least for the present season. It's a little easier to shrug off, say, Dymonte's apparently slower-than-expected progress, since other (sometimes less touted) players are picking up the slack. I suspect your "whether they move the ball" is pointing in this direction.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Message for Brandon:||
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||No problem...||
... and thanks for taking my comment as the light-hearted ribbing that it was meant to be.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||He aims to bring much needed discipline...||
Players will be abiding by the mantra, "It's Tim's way or the Hardway."
I mean, I'm assuming he did legally change his last name just for the sake of this cheap motivational tactic, right?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, for goodness sakes...||
... please take my upvote.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Because that team had different coordinators?||
But seriously--well, that was partly serious--you have to put the games in which the team looked its worst (Akron and UConn) alongside the games in which they looked their best (ND, OSU, Central, Minnesota). If UM didn't look as good as a top 35 team in the games you mentioned, I'd argue that they looked better than no. 55 in eight of them, and they looked like a top 20 team in four of those eight. In the end, neither the Akron nor the ND games were fair representations of this team (and yet, to some extent, were fair) since both games were extremes for a team that was characterized by being wildly inconsistent. I don't think the o-line can take much of a step back this year, even though I'm not wildly optimistic about them making much of a jump forward. As has been said ad naseum, I'm expecting fewer plays ending in negative yardage... although I doubt we'll be an above-average running team.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That's fine, but...||
... Just to be clear, there are only 126 FBS teams, so our being in the 50s would require that you assume we'll play even worse than we did last year. If we're talking about teams that were in the 50s at the end of last season, we're probably talking about someone like an Arkansas State, a Pittsburgh, or a Buffalo. Our deficiencies notwithstanding, I can't quite see the logic of a team with our coordinators and our talent--even if in some places still young--being ranked that low.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||DD?||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Schizophrenia...||
... Is a treatable illness.
(Just giving you a hard time about the misplaced comment.)
|4 weeks 3 days ago||As did Henry Poggi...||
... USC, Auburn, OSU, ND, Florida, etc., ... and, of course, Bama--which was the source of much panicking.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Good News.||
And good first post. +1 to you, sir.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Interestingly...||
While the game is Michigan's opener, it's actually being considered an exhibition for Hillsdale: the "you can beat me up if you don't actually count this as a loss for us" principle. Hillsdale has some size but they don't tend to employ it offensively, and they aren't overly athletic. During the Coach Tharp years they seem to have moved towards recruiting guys that can stretch the floor, and they rely heavily on ball rotation and jump shooting; like all such teams, they can look great when they are knocking them down. They penetrate almost exclusively as a means of setting up a jumper, and they rarely post up. Expect a lot of hustle and three pointers.
Also, Hillsdale played IU and MSU in similar circumstances the last two years. I believe they played MSU to a draw through the first twenty minutes and ended up losing by about twenty. They jumped out to an early lead against last year's IU team but were thoroughly dismantled in the end by a 40 point margin.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Yikes||
I need to start phasing soy out of my diet.
But seriously, what I do on Thursday nights is none of your business.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Heh.||
I did chuckle at that remark... but let's just say that a great majority of the student/faculty body would be none too pleased with that choice of mascot. This is bit too reductionistic, but the school tends to be more "Limbaugh" on the outside and "Virgil/Aristotle/Shakespeare/etc." on the inside.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||"Like drinking grapefruit juice mixed with pine."||
I haven't had one in awhile, but that seems pretty consistent with what I recall. A poster above (WolveInLA, I think) mentioned it being a decent gateway to IPAs--and he may be right--but I actually found that its "lighter" session aspect cut into its potential fullness, leaving it a bit more bitter and astringent than a "bigger" IPA. I might be the exception, but I found that going all the way up to Bell's Hopslam really helped to break me in to drinking IPAs on a regular basis. I used to be an "all malts" kind of guy, but IPAs are my beer of choice at the moment (the warm weather doesn't hurt).
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for the recommendation||
I'm assuming that's their "Fifth Voyage"? I have to admit that I wouldn't normally grab a beer off the shelf that is advertized as having coconut, but if you think it's good, I'll give it a shot. Sometimes these strange ingredients work well (for another example, see Dogfishhead's "Aprihop"--an apricot infused IPA). Professor IPA is the only Cranker's I've had to this point. Thanks.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Me = Giddy Schoolgirl||
As an alumnus of both Hillsdale and Villanova--and, of course, a lifelong UM fan--I couldn't be happier about this slate. I actually have no idea how I'm going to feel when the games begin, as I'm used to rooting passionately for one team or feeling largely indifferent on account of having no particular allegiance. Hopefully tickets for the opener won't be too difficult to come by, since Hillsdale is only a D-II school.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Somewhat agree||
I think Founders is currently the best brewery in MI, and I like the All Day IPA well enough, but I think it's one of their weakest offerings. Dirty Bastard is the best Scottish Ale I've had, and it's really one of the best non-seasonal six-packs that you can pick up for under $10. I agree with a number of the other posters that Bell's has fallen off a bit, but I still prefer their hoppier beers to those of Founders.
To add another beer to the discussion, I've recently been drinking Cranker's Professor IPA (from Big Rapids). I've been really pleased by it, at least on tap. Very bright and delicious. Also, this might be an unpopular opinion, but I like Schmohz's Hopknocker--although I've found their other beers to be poor... and you have to get beyond the Hopknocker being labeled as a "Double IPA," since it's at least as malty as it is hoppy, and it's the darkest "IPA" I've ever seen. I'm not sure I've ever had it in a bottle, though.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Yikes.||
Many thanks for the correction, and apologies to Frito. I was, indeed, thinking of Weber's top five... and I was misremembering precisely because I was thinking we were in better shape with Weber. Okay, so maybe this is a case where we're in the top three of one recruit, and fourth or fifth (recently) with another, but the former seems like more of a longshot than the latter.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Not to be pedantic...||
... and not to disagree with some of your above contributions, but Damien Harris feels more and more like a longshot because we aren't in his top three. He said we were in his top five, but outside of his top three. And there are plenty of circumstances surrounding his recruitment, of which we're all aware, that suggest a negative "trajectory."
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I hope he ends up at USC...||
... Which is to say, I hope he gets stuck in a logjam behind Town and Sills, only to transfer to UM in 2016.
USC: the new Michigan pipeline.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||If Green or Smith...||
... grab hold of the RB spot, Isaac's hip flexibility seems to make him an ideal candidate for a move to DB. I'll see if your other images confirm what I'm seeing here.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Oh...||
... my. I wish I could buy you a coffee for your early morning efforts.
But don't think for a moment that I'm not at least moderately disturbed by this.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||7-24||
The Pistons went 7-24 during the last eight weeks of the season. I don't think that they snatched victory from the clutches of defeat too often once they (unofficially) went into tank mode. It's actually remarkable that their roster managed to lose that efficiently.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I understand...||
... recruiting "burnout."
But I'm not sure why 2012 soured you to the process. While we're still waiting for these players to develop, that was one of Michigan's best classes ever (#4 Scout; #7 Rivals), and we've retained all but one of those guys (i.e., Kaleb Ringer, who ended up being hurt). [And we grabbed Norfleet on signing day... insert "Yay" from Brian.]
Maybe '2012' was a typo.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||That would be fun...||
He's actually unranked on 247 and a 2-star on ESPN. Now, I suspect Beilein sees more in him than that.
|19 weeks 19 hours ago||TMZ meets college football...||
... My favorite part of this piece was the video at the bottom of the article in which the sports anchor claimed that Gardner's pick at the opening of the spring game generated the present "quarterback controversy."
*Insert favorite iteration of the facepalm meme.*
|19 weeks 2 days ago||While Jennings has fairly terrible shot selection...||
... Reading the box score doesn't really provide grounds for criticizing his 29-foot jump shot. He was taking a desparation turn-around three at the buzzer off of a tipped jump ball. It was a wild shot, but the only shot he had, and he almost hit it.
I hope this is the last time I have to defend Brandon Jennings.
Also (to Frito) the Pistons had already secured an 82% (or thereabouts) chance of keeping their draftpick. I don't know whether a Sacramento win tonight (implausible) would bump that up another 10%, but we're well past the point of outright guaranteeing or outright losing the pick.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||As did I...||
Grew up in metro Detroit, spent six years on the east coast, and eight in mid-Michigan and "Michiana."
I was hoping for a "paczki" question, but "Devil's Night" was telling enough.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Wow.||
First, Gonzalez and now Kinsler. Welcome aboard, new Tigers!