“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|1 day 3 hours ago||The issue is that "seeing||
The issue is that "seeing athletics as a job" is already happening, official payments happening or not. "We ain't come to play school" is a common enough attitude. I don't see how being paid is the difference - the reason you value your education above the job in admissions is that your education really is worth more. For an academically challenged but physically gifted athlete with a legit shot at the NFL? That equation is different. Allowing players to sell their image might actually incentivize a few of them to stick around for their full eligibility and get a degree.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Haven't tried it personally||
Haven't tried it personally (too damn lazy), but from all I've heard it's a decent program for the motivated weekend warrior type to get "in shape", particularly compared to people who don't work out at all. Fun, high effort, quick initial gains (as long as you don't hurt yourself).
But the workouts aren't really targeted enough to make real gains (after a point) toward any particular goal. Like you said, if you lift heavy, you want to go slow - that's how you get better at lifting, not by doing CF type exercises. I think that (and some questionably safe exercises) are what make "serious" fitness buffs sneer at it.
|2 days 21 hours ago||She was in Tau Beta Pi||
She was in Tau Beta Pi (meaning she was a smart engineer before she got to med school). I led her electee group (sort of like a pledge group with a senior leader) - she was a sophmore at the time. She was always fit, but the difference between what she looked like then and now is ridiculous. Clearly a young lady with a hell of a lot of discipline and drive.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's worth noting that||
It's worth noting that Michigan brought Quantum, the 2011/12 car, out of retirement for this race. This is the same car that placed 3rd in WSC 2011 and first in ASC 2012. (Actually Michigan built two Quantums, I can't recall whether Q1 or Q2 is actually being used).
Reasoning behind this is that the American Solar Challenge rules differ from those used in the World Solar Challenge last fall. It was determined that Generation, the 2013 car, could not be easily modified to meet ASC regulations, but Quantum could.
Quantum is actually a faster car than Generation - last fall's WSC introduced several rule changes (primarily mandatory 4 wheeled configuration) that slowed the cars down.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Of course, if we were any||
Of course, if we were any good at tempo / 2 minute drill, that sequence would not have been necessary. And we may have beaten PSU.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||And our primary point is that||
And our primary point is that Brandon's objectives and deliverables don't seem to align very well with the fanbase.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Seriously. Is it good pizza?||
Seriously. Is it good pizza? No. But it's gourmet compared to dominoes. And now I have a craving for their bacon cheesebread.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Whoa, whoa, whoa. You mean||
Whoa, whoa, whoa. You mean facilities and labor aren't free? I'm both amused and annoyed by the number of people who simultaneously 1) praise Zingerman's for its labor practices and advocate for more businesses to do the same (or be legally forced to) and 2) bitch about the prices, as if the two were totally unrelated.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I love Zingerman's, but last||
I love Zingerman's, but last time I was there they put way too much hot mustard on my Montreal smoked meat, and the horseradish overpowered the rest of the sandwich. I really don't think this was a matter of personal taste, as it was literally causing my eyes to water, and I normally like spicy food and horseradish. Actually had to scrape some off to make it edible, and even then there was enough lodged in the bread to be too much. Meat and bread were, of course, fantastic, and the old pickle and magic brownie were still awesome.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||I get more thrill out of a||
I get more thrill out of a victory over OSU, but more agony over a loss to MSU. Gun to my head, I guess I'd rather see the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl than Sparty if it came to it. It was an easier decision when Tressell was the coach - while slimy, he was never near as loathsome as Dantonio. Meyer has caught up to Mark in that department though.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Seriously. I get where the||
Seriously. I get where the cable / cab companies are coming from: "Hey, it's not fair that we have to pay these fees / follow these ruless and these other guys don't" (of course, my sympathy is somewhat lessened when the companies involved often actively lobbied for the fees and regulations precisely to stifle competition).
But it's unfortunate that the two sides are usually "Screw the greedy old companies!" or "Down with Uber!" instead of what would really be a better answer for both: why not nix some of the regulations that Uber, AirBnB, etc. have proven aren't really necessary in the new information age? That would allow all the companies to coexist and compete fairly against each other, with a net benefit to the consumer. The only people that would hurt would be the regulatory bureaucrats living off tax dollars without really providing a service (which is why it will never change).
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Given JFK's personal||
Given JFK's personal indiscretions, health issues, etc, the modern media would have a field day with him. Probably wouldn't be a great president in this era. Some questions as to whether he really was all that great in his own (got us started in Vietnam, Bay of Pigs, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, while often considered his finest hour, occurred at least in part because Khrushchev perceived Kennedy as weak).
|4 weeks 6 days ago||A thousand times this.||
A thousand times this. Brandon's end-all, be-all fpr the athletic department seems to be "make as much money as possible". If he happens to improve the brand along the way it's only because that's the easiest way to achieve the goal. I don't get why he gets so much of a pass on that. If "winning will fix everything", why is it okay that he so focused on monetizing seat cushions and water bottles and marketing in and around the stadium, instead of on making the program better? Instead of making the fans more passionate (maybe by treating them like fans and not ATMs)?
At some point, dumping more money into facilities and salaries is just getting rich and gilding the lilly for the sake of doing it (and stroking DB's ego). The AD makes plenty of money. Yes, Michigan's teams should have everything they need - quality coaching, quality (not opulent) facilities, etc. But if it's a choice between fat bonuses, waterfalls in the locker room, and 2 million dollar glowing billboards for field hockey ads, or making things a bit more affordable for the common fan... That's apparently where we are now. I'd choose the fans, and any good AD should too. Brandon chooses the signs and paying himself.
If Brandon wants to run the AD as a for-profit corporation, then fine. Spin it off from the University, let it pay corporate taxes, and see how long it survives. If he wants it to be part of Michigan, he needs to recognize he's the steward of a public good and a century long tradition. The "shareholders" want great memories of fall weekends with their classmates and families, not a fatter bottom line.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Your A) and B) are unique to||
Your A) and B) are unique to Michigan. The problem of declining attendance is not.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Generally, I think a good AD||
Generally, I think a good AD is one who you DON'T have a strong opinion on one way or the other. More often than not, when an AD (who's not a famous former coach) is the "face" of the program, it's a negative thing. A good AD should be friendly to donors, not rock the boat unless necessary, and let the coaches and players represent the brand. Most of the students shouldn't even know the AD's name without looking it up.
Honestly, that's what bothers me more than anything about DB - his seeming need to leave his mark on everything, whether it's okay as is or not. And generally the mark is neutral or negative. Don't fix what ain't broke. Make as much money as you need, but don't nickel and dime just because you can get away with it. And don't interject yourself into everything. The AD shouldn't be famous.
Anyway anyone who thinks we wouldn't be having this conversation if we were winning more is a fool - if we were winning, Brandon would be the ONLY thing to complain about. And we do love complaining.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||All I know is if my corn||
All I know is if my corn turns that orange color, it's deer bait. "Maize" IS bright yellow.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||As opposed to our great||
As opposed to our great success against good defenses last year? Good defenses are good because they are good against good offenses. Of course we did worse against them.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||The "rowdy" fans in the non||
The "rowdy" fans in the non student section tend to be pretty fucking irritating. I think that's where the people who call into sports radio come from.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||OSUs is objectively pretty||
OSUs is objectively pretty lame.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||The original letters are in||
The original letters are in the concourse. They'd look pretty small on the new boxes, but I'd be down for an enlarged version.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Confession: I think helmet||
Confession: I think helmet stickers were A major error by Bo. Tacky as hell.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||And I hate that people in||
And I hate that people in expensive exclusionary drinking clubs call themselves "Greeks".
|5 weeks 4 days ago||When I was a kid, I preferred||
When I was a kid, I preferred MSU because green was my favorite color.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Irish immigrants have been||
Irish immigrants have been historically subjected to a great deal of racist and anti-Catholic sentiment, so it hasn't always been used in "good humor". You can't lump all "Northern European assimilants" into the same bucket.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Most NFL teams average 30-40||
Most NFL teams average 30-40 pass plays per game. So a 5% drop in accuracy amounts to < 2 fewer completions per game. At the NFL average of 10-12 yards/completion, that's not much impact.
What other effects were considered? Quality of defense affecting hits/game at the edges seems to matter. Plus, it usually takes most of a game to get to 8+ hits on a QB - what's the plot of accuracy per quarter look like? At some point you'd think fatigue / end of game heroic attempts would drive down accuracy at the end of games anyway, regardless of hits.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Says the guy with a Voltron||
Says the guy with a Voltron avatar.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Failing to offer backwards||
Failing to offer backwards compatibility seems like a huge miss for both companies. Most gamers have a significant investment in legacy games, and offering backwards compatibility would lock you into a system. Instead, basically everyone I know who is buying a new system is giving serious thought to both systems regardless of which one they used previously.
And I'd by a PS4 today if I could play my PS3 library on it. Instead I'll hang on to my PS3 till it dies or I run out of interesting titles, and see what's out there at that time.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I used to feel similarly||
I used to feel similarly regarding PC games, but unless you have the need for a pretty high-end computer at home, the delta cost between an "office and internet" PC and a gaming rig capable of playing the latest games (and maintaining that systerm) is pretty high. Plus given the myriad of hardware available, there are always compatibility issues. As someone who enjoys games but is by no means hard core (I max out at about 10 hrs / wk, and probably average 2-3), it's nice to know that I can buy a console, drop in a disk, and play, for any game for the next several years. They are still releasing games for 360 and PS3 - try playing a new PC game on your unmodified rig from late 2006, and it probably won't work without a lot of tweaking. Incidently, the Steam Box approach might help but won't fix this, since there's still a lot of variety.
Besides, while it's certainly possible to hook up your PC to your living room home theater with big screen and great sound, most people don't. So that plus the boot up and go convenience keep the console a good choice for a lot of people.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Pretty sure that's a jaguar||
Pretty sure that's a jaguar (which are even tougher).
|9 weeks 2 days ago||1. Could? Yes. Would?||
1. Could? Yes. Would? Probably not
2. Neither. But the lightly toothed farmer is usually more fun to sit next to at the game.
4. Brady Hoke poops maize. Lots and lots of maize.
5. I reject the premise. Take money out of the palatial facilities and coach/admin salaries and you could have both. Or just let the players sell their image, which costs you nothing.
6. What the hell is catty corner?