I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Funny you mention the Orange||
Funny you mention the Orange Bowl. I was there for that, and was also screaming "F--- the run!" for most the game.
Anyway, thanks for the response. I was mostly wondering whether the 'hurr durr'-ing was causing you to seriously reevaluate the direction of the program as a whole.
I think we can all agree this year is effed (barring miraculous comeback which would totally restore my faith in all coaches involved). I'm trying to decide the degree of panic about the future I should have. I think based on reading, I'm deciding to wait another year before I start waving my arms and running around screaming.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||I agree in principle||
that the play calling in general is not setting up the kids to be in winning positions. When I say "in general," though, I mean not that 'arggh why didn't we call a screen in this situation' as much as "arrghh why are we playing so many tight end and fullbacks and sitting Dileo on the bench. Why are we being so stubborn in our general manball strategy?"
I think it's an important distinction, because isn't stubborness on general strategy more due to the approach head coach wants to take? To me, it just reeks of the defense under Rodriguez. Through 3 seasons, the general feeling amongst these (very pages) was that RR was a great coach being held back by terrible DC's. However, we always saw crap like the Penn State game after a bye, where the defensive personnel would be totally changed and things would go from bad to worse.
After those bye week decisions, people called for GERG/Schafer's heads. I think after 3 years of failure, though, it became more clear it all went back to the head coach not managing the program's defense well.
Do you worry at all the same thing is going on here? The offensive line is bad --> During bye week completely change personnel --> revert to more manball than ever --> things get worse.
When Hoke was hired, we freaked out about his 'basketball on grass' comments. Then, he had the luckiest first season imaginable, and it was universally decided he was an amazing coach. Now, I feel like people are unwilling to let go of the idea that he's an amazing coach and choose to blame all problems on coordinators, similarly to the Rodriguez era.
It's always nice when you post. You know a ton about football and write very clearly/understandably. Hope you are well.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||interesting point, and||
interesting point, and emphasizes the fact that these kids are either
(1) not really prepard for an academically rigorous major, and need to be better 'eased in' to the field in which case a school of their own that incorporates some movement science makes a bit of sense.
(2) Football just takes too much time to handle a kinesiology degree. In which case giving them a few extra credits for all the 'kinesiology lab' they are doing makes a bit of sense.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks!||
Cindy is actually the person who emailed saying that there were not enough alumni in the area for a club. But thanks for the info, I've replied to her email now asking if she can set something like that up for me.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||may be right||
Definitely the past two years I have been wearing Michigan clothes and beginning discussions with folks about trying to get a group together. This year I actually took some steps and did it.
FYI, we don't have the location *completely* settled. We were al Belmont Pizza for the first 4 games, and now I am trying Livery Stable instead.
The best thing to do to be sure of the place is to join the facebook group, in case things change again.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe YOU should make the||
Maybe YOU should make the trip up I-64. How do you like them apples? (This is funny).
|10 weeks 1 day ago||For whatever reason, when I||
For whatever reason, when I initially created the event, I was able to invite 'all group members,' but now that it is created, I can only 'invite friends.'
You should be able to get to the event page through the group page, though, if you want to see the 'official' thing. The event is open to public, so I think that means you can just invite yourself.
Otherwise, I'll just see you at the livery stable for kickoff.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||pretty sure Richmond has||
pretty sure Richmond has one...
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I think by a measure of area||
I think by a measure of area alumni divided by population, there is a decent presence here, but Cville is a TINY town (~40,000 in Cville proper), and the problem is compounded by the fact we are in the middle of appalachia, so the 'metropolitan area' as it were, is far from dense.
The alumni association told me there had to be 500 alumni in the area to form an official chapter, and we didn't make the cut. (They did not tell me whether we were 'close' or not).
Sidenote: Notre Dame does have an official chapter here, so that pisses me right off.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||no,||
We're below the threshold area alumni population to start a chapter. I have told the alumni association to add my name and contact for local watch parties, though.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Right on, man. If you're on||
Right on, man. If you're on facebook join the group or friend me, 'greg simms,' and I will invite you to the next event.
Or just show up to The Livery Stable at 3.30.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Charlottesville, VA||
I have been trying to put together a Michigan fan group in central Virginia this fall. I have a group which pretty consistently gets 7-10 Michigan fans together at the Livery Stable in Charlottesville, VA.
I know there is a permanent thread for Michigan friendly bars, and I will put this there as well, but I was just hoping to get a little bit of front page time.
I've created a facebook group called "watch Michigan Football in Charlottesville." The group is open so feel free to join to get updates on where we will meet, etc. For now, the meeting will be at the Livery Stable which is on the downtown mall. Their website says they are not open until 5, but don't believe it! They've said they will open just for us for kickoff.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Also, I'd say it's worth||
Also, I'd say it's worth reminding people that kids in the Michigan Marching Band get credit in music for each fall in the band. Can someone tell me how many credits?
The band kids definitely desrve the credit, but yet I am pretty sure athletes spend even more time on their sport than the band has practice (though I do know the band works very hard, this is true right? Again someone from the MMB feel free to chime in.)
I think this is my general response to anyone who says all the degrees I've mentioned already exist. They do, but these kids are learning a lot in those fields currently without getting credit for it.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I was spelling it correctly;||
I was spelling it correctly; it's AmCult 222/223. Why?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||You are right about that||
You are right about that situation being more rare than I make it sound. And I also agree with you in principle that the system is less out of whack than many say.
I think my solution is a lot less dramatic than some of the pay-for-play ideas, which is why it is reasonable. I just think giving them a comprehensive education in their field of interest is a good idea. And they work so many hours a week at their sport, and are learning tons, so I just don't see how it hurts anything to give them a little course credit for all they are learning.
This doesn't pigeonhole anyone. Since they are *all* capable of doing sports 40 hours a week, plus being a full time student in every major imaginable, then there is no reason to believe that giving them more credits for workout, film study, etc would make those who wanted to be engineers drop all their engineering courses.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||You're right||
Remedial courses for credit is probably a bad idea. So we can strike that. I would just like to have a few dedicated courses/groups/whatever to take kids with weak backgrounds and transition them into legit college courses.
Currently, I am sure there are tons of athletes that are just "passed-through" the system, and are really not getting that much out of the degree, since they may not have the baseline skills to reap the benefits of some courses.
Also, thanks for the link. Glad to know there is some discussion about this idea.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I love Michigan more than||
I love Michigan more than anything in the world, but if you think that letting some athletes replace x credits of 'sports in ancient rome' and ojibwe, and 'the biology of sex' etc. with x credits of film study, weight lifting, etc. is going to seriously devalue a Michigan degree, then your pride in the University is clouding your perception of reality.
It is not easy what these students do, and I don't think that my idea, if executed correctly, waters down anything. It would be cool if Michigan had the most academically rigourous 'sports performance' major in the country.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||You are right these majors||
You are right these majors exist. I would like to see them receive course credit for all they are doing to educate themselves in sports, though. Maybe it shouldn't be a separate school (although I think that model does work well), but maybe all of that lifting they do each semester should be worth 2 credits of kinesiology, or something.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly what I was trying to say||
Just better put. Thanks.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I guess what I am saying||
is that there are tons of avenues in professional sports besides being professional athletes. There are coaches, trainers, nutritionists, officials, athletic department staffers, etc. The NFL/NCAA employs so many people. Kids with this degree would be well prepared for many of these jobs.
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||YES!||
Logged in just to vote YES!
Honestly, the easiest fix is anything Seth posts should be in the diary section.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||re: press||
It's pretty silly to say Michigan has no bench. McClimans and Vogrich were bench guys on B10 champion level teams. Michigan's bigs (Morgan & McGary) have both shown they can run. Caris and Spike provided depth at guard/wing.
What it is is what Brian said next: Beilein doesn't run press. That's it. That's the only reason. Beilein historically never uses his bench, that doesn't mean that he doesn't have one.
|34 weeks 10 hours ago||the smile||
and no smokes.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||When he says shooting, I am||
When he says shooting, I am sure he is talking EFg%, which they did beat us on. Go to umhoops, scacchoops, kenpom, to get stats the way coaches are actually looking at.
He is wrong about the other four factors, though, we smoked them in FTRate and essentially tied in TOrate.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||This is an awesome story to post.||
I'm glad you're finding some happiness right now.
|39 weeks 5 hours ago||I haven't really been paying attention...||
Does this mean everyone has given up on Best ever playing again?
|39 weeks 2 days ago||just curious||
Can you say what you mean by that? By scoring? By defense? By margin?
The big ten was loaded that year, but college basketball has changed so much, I'm not sure your statistical comparison is valid.
p.s. stop talking crap about manny harris? (ha)
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Resident Manny Harris Defender Here||
Pretty much the only time I bother commenting on this site is when someone takes unneccessary shots at Manny Harris.
Can we please stop with the Manny and Coach hate each other crap? So, right, Manny got benched once or twice by Beilein. Other people on that list:
Zack Novak (kind of, was suspended by league)
If nothing else, Beilein has proven time and again that he loves benching his team's star player.
Manny has been back to watch a game, and made his love for Michigan clear with his comments on the day he declared.
FURTHER(!), all the talk about lack of leadership in 2010 is the most overblown thing in existence. People who got angry with Manny's step back 3s need to go look and see what Zack (.306) and Stu (.329) shot from 3 that year. In 2010 there was a talent issue much more than a leadership issue. Bless Stu and Zack I love those guys, but they were pretty crappy basketball players as sophomores. Peedi had a slow start to the year, and Manny was hurt a lot of the year.
When Manny was given team MVP, he insisted he share the award with Peedi. He always seemed like a pretty good kid to me.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||why||
do you have the comma everywhere except where it is supposed to be?
|45 weeks 1 day ago||I see||
I didn't really get how a man can have xx ppp, but I guess it must just be the ppp on the possessions they use.
In some ways, I can see the numbers make sense, then. McGary's shot blocking makes him a better (potentially) team defender, whereas Morgan's speed/athleticism/3 years of DI S&C make him better equipped to man-up on a big. But even that explanation doesn't really cover the huge discrepency in the two sets of numbers. Like I've said, the easiest explanation is the +/- is noisy.
Against teams with strong bigs (IU, and MSU if Payne keeps playing out of his mind) I think it's really important to have Morgan out there.
We'll probably see Sunday, but I think Morgan's contributions to this team are severely underrated by most. McGary's sexy right now, so to speak.