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|3 days 20 hours ago||The Saturn V was designed by a German too.||
The Saturn V was designed by a German too.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Michigan Solar Car in the||
Michigan Solar Car in the Intel commercial right before the coin toss.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Shouldn't kickers be way||
Shouldn't kickers be way easier to rate? Kicks are much more repeatable in-game than receiver or running back play (both of which are heavily dependent on contributions from the rest of your team and the quality of the opposing defense).
|1 week 16 hours ago||The Big Ten didn't have||
The Big Ten didn't have divisions ten years ago. But good effort.
|1 week 3 days ago||How about we merge with a||
How about we merge with a conference from the West Coast states, have two divisions, and play a yearly championship game somewhere warm, like Pasadena or something?
|1 week 6 days ago||It's a Terry Pratchett reference||
It's a Terry Pratchett reference
|2 weeks 2 days ago||What would be wrong with a||
What would be wrong with a "wait list" of non-guaranteed offers? Be very clear that there are guaranteed spot offers and "we'll take you if we have room, and it might be awhile before we know that". Basically, 3 types of offer:
1) Guaranteed spot - you can accept at anytime, and as long as we have room, we'll take you. BUT it only counts as "accepting" if you end your recruitment with other teams, otherwise others might still take your place.
2) Contingent spot - You're a great recruit but there are players higher on our board. You can "commit" to a waitlist spot, but you should also look for backup options.
3) Grayshirt / PWO spot - we like you but you're not quite Michigan material yet, prove yourself and this could get upgraded.
It also seems obvious that Harbaugh considers the senior year to be very important and expects recruits to continue to camp, develop, and perform. This seems smart and fair, as long as it's clear that there's going to be a post-season evaluation period. Basically, all those contingent offer guys should be informed that they will probably get upgraded or dropped sometime in December. Even the plan A guys should be expected to work hard and keep their noses clean.
Really, anything seems fair pre-LOI as long as the process is explained from the beginning. Otherwise, save the pitchforks for post-signing shenanigans. Would anyone have an issue with Swenson or Weaver if they were offered #2? In Swenson's case, supposedly he didn't do the senior season stuff they wanted, so we say in December, "sorry, we told you we might downgrade your offer if you didn't do X, Y, Z, and you didn't". That's the same to me as UM dropping your admission if you flunk out senior year. Or Weaver being told, "look, you're still on the waitlist, but we're really filling up ahead of you and the chances we have room are slim, you should probably look elsewhere".
I don't see how this approach is shady in the least, and I don't see how it loses any of the competitive advantages of the current Harbaugh method.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I just don't see what's wrong||
I just don't see what's wrong with being more open to the recruits earlier. Maybe the "silent treatment" isn't wrong per se, but is it really the best option?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Bo coached before scholarship||
Bo coached before scholarship limits. He didn't have to. He did, however, recruit a lot of guys with no chance at playing time to keep them from going to other schools.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Actually I'm not sure how||
Actually I'm not sure how qualified he is - guy never wears a headset or calls plays. Not sure we have any solid evidence on his Xs and Os.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Isn't there a limit to number||
Isn't there a limit to number of practices for bowl games (15)? Add 4 or 5 more for the championship game. Boom, problem solved.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||But you apparently have enough info to judge Jourdan?||
But you apparently have enough info to judge Jourdan?
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know, Brian Kelly was||
I don't know, Brian Kelly was basically a less experienced, more abrasive RR. Bad cultural fit, new offense. Probably would have worked out better, but not great, and hard to predict before hand.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Can we trade GERG for Durkin or GMatt?||
Can we trade GERG for Durkin or GMatt?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Eh I was more replying in||
Eh I was more replying in general to the thread than to you specifically. We have an odd mix of people wanting to totally dismiss a DUI and totally dismiss hitting a student athlete ("sometimes they have it coming" / wussification of America - you yourself seem to think Leavitt's action "caused anybody harm").
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Committing DUI is creating||
Committing DUI is creating risk of serious harm. It's basically negligence.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Probably the same reason||
Probably the same reason people dismiss the 2010 offense for not cracking 40 against top 10 defenses.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||And who they hell wants a||
And who they hell wants a movie to be "entertaining" if you can't be a pretentious twit about it, amirite?
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||How about we just let every||
How about we just let every team play an end-of season exhibition, with practices? You can use the point system to work out interesting matchups. Home fields or local NFL venues. If someone wants to televise it, great. Use these to replace the crappy bowls - none of the weird blazer guys getting paydays at the cost of the teams. More football is good.
More football does not detract from football. Everyone knows that the Rose Bowl is a big prize and the podunk.com bowl is not. Doesn't take away from the Rose.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||See that's a crap bowl - but||
See that's a crap bowl - but actually an intriguing matchup, and might turn into a good game.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I have (and had) no problem||
I have (and had) no problem writing last year off as a blip. The trouble is that we so far don't look any better this year, and next year ain't looking much better.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Why have bowl eligibility||
Why have bowl eligibility requirements at all? Let every team have the extra practices, it's dumb that those are limited to bowl teams - either they are bad for students or they aren't.
I like the proposals to make sure bowls don't cost teams vast sums of money.
Beyond that, just let every team schedule an end-of-year exhibition. Why not? Let some random teams that never make a bowl schedule cool games against their counterparts in other conferences. Those could be some fun games - at home venues!
It doesn't diminish anything. Everyone knows that the Rose Bowl is a reward and the Krusty Bowl is not.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||It's reasonable to hope for||
It's reasonable to hope for that and cheer for it. It's kind of insane to expect it.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||The problem is we need to get||
The problem is we need to get a LOT better just to be a bubble team. Where's that improvement going to come from? Yeah it's early in the season - but that just makes the obvious flaws even more depressing.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Irvin is just a shooter who||
Irvin is just a shooter who can't shoot right now. Unless/until he finds his shot, we'd be better off playing a scrappy "just a defender". But we don't have any of those on the team.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Brady Hoke won a Sugar Bowl||
Brady Hoke won a Sugar Bowl in 2011 and got canned in 2014. Were the fans grumbling in 2013 just jumping off the bandwagon?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Are we really that much cleaner than Sparty? Or Xavier?||
Are we really that much cleaner than Sparty? Or Xavier?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Great. But last I checked,||
Great. But last I checked, you need a center on your team every year. What do we do while we're waiting 3 years hoping he pans out?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||No, you either placidly||
No, you either placidly accept going for championship game to missing the NIT in two years with no clear path to improvement this year or next, or you HATE AMERICA. WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly. Morgan turned into a||
Exactly. Morgan turned into a great player for Michigan, he definitely exceeded a reasonable guess of his ceiling, but he was never an elite big man. And until we get NBA level talent, or at least something approaching it, at that spot, we're going to continue to be up and down. We can hope every middling recruit gets coached up for their senior year and suffer through a missed tourney every couple seasons - but meanwhile Sparty is consistently reloading and making tournament runs every year. We have the resources to do that too, but right now they aren't delivering.