this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|5 weeks 1 day ago||This is an ESPN created controversy.||
I may be a Bills fan, but I think this is the silliest controversy in the history of the NFL. Bill Nye to the contrary; the footballs were within the bell curve of inflation given changes in temperature from the locker room to the field and back.This also does not deal with what happens to balls when 300 pound players are landing on them. I would feel better about this whole tempest in a teapot if we had a consistent enforcement of the rule so that there is a baseline of field tested data. This has nothing to do with the integrity of the game and everything to do with ESPN keeping ratings during a dry period of football news.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The place where LeBron is better than Michael Jordan||
is that he considers an assist as more important than a basket. He is a team player. When I compare him to players of the past, I see him as more of a Magic Johnson style player than a MJ style player and that is a compliment. Kobe Bryant is the Michael Johnson clone of this generation (and that is not a complement). By the way, I think Tim Duncan is the most under rated player of our time just because he played for a great team in a small market. In fact, I would rate Tim Duncan above MJ as a player that makes a difference in bringing championships to a team. I never saw MJ as the team player that both LeBron and Duncan are.
We Akronites were always proud of LeBron and don't care what Cleveland thought. We are always proud of LeBron (and Curry too!)
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Compared to Alabama||
Texas should be a low humidity relief.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||They could have saved time and space||
if they had just said. Great Lakes All Star Team: University of Michigan.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Lyle Thompson is amazing.||
I miss the rest of his family. It was the best show since the Gait brothers of Syracuse.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||The Browns are the graveyard of quarterbacks.||
The real Browns (namely the team founded by Paul Brown) are now the Ravens. The replacement Browns have always been one of the worst managed teams in the NFL. There has to be something toxic in the team chemistry as it doesn't matter what they do; they still stay at the bottom. Hoyer may not be a great quarterback but he is the first quarterback to lift them from being awful to being mediocre. That may indicate a degree of at least comptence.
I will never forgive Modell for moving the original Browns to Baltimore. He is a great example of the triumph of greed over a great tradition.
By the way, I think Otto Graham is one of the greatest QBs in pro-football history. Not bad for a single wing tailback from Northwestern.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||OSU just won the game.||
Gad, the Alabama defense is awful.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||I want them to really beat up each other.||
Oregon has a very good defense. Most of FSUs turnovers in the Rose Bowl were forced fumbles. I am looking at a blow out against either of these teams in the championship game.
On a different note. This bowl season makes both the B1G and the Big 12 look better than the SEC. I think final standings are going to be quite different than they were a week ago.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I'm going to start a new rumor:||
Tom Brady is tired of getting beat up by opposing linemen and has decided to go to Michigan as the new head coach. It's not Bellichek from the Pats; it's Brady.
I figure this is as good a speculation as most of the the things I have read.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||I don't care if he's fired right now||
but I do hope that Hackett has been talking to agents for the top candidates and has been doing it since he took office.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||We do have a coaching problem.||
The line is getting better but Garndner is locking on a receiver and telegraphing his throws.
I don't think that either Harbaugh or Miles is coming to Michigan but, if I were looking for a new coach, I would certainly turn to them for a advice on who to hire. I have been at other schools that used coaches with past connections to the school as an informal screening commitee.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Rich Rod is an outstanding offensive co-ordinator.||
Where he failed at Michigan was that he neglected special teams and defense. You can't win with one third of a team. He seems to have learned the lesson as Arizona has better balance than his Michigan teams while playing at the same level.
By the way, I am tired of hearing about the youth of the offensive line while seeing lines just as young dominating us. There is still a line coaching issue. We got beat in the trenches last night.
|47 weeks 5 days ago||Glad Shane Morris played a quarter.||
We have suffered in the past because our number 2 quarterback wasn't ready to play when needed. Morris obviously needs to play at game speed to become better. We need him ready to play at a high level when needed - either this year or next.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||There is a rumor||
that Saban is recruiting Godzilla as a Nose Tackle. Hoke tried but he didn't meet the admissions standards.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Oregon would be my candidate also||
There are active high school lacrosse leagues, at the varsity level, in the Portland area. Another place where lacrosse is picking up is Utah. I would not be surprised to see Utah State, Utah or BYU field teams if the sport begins to get good TV contracts.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Oregonian has an interesting column on recruiting||
John Calzano, sports columnist for the Oregonian, talks about the influence of Creative Arts Agency representaive, William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley. The column described Wes placing Kenny Payne, first as an assistant at Oregon and then moving him to Kentucky.
The paragraph that caught my eye was Wesley placed Detroit area players in Eugene like he was re-arranging Ernie Kent's furniture.
Then doing the same thing at Kentucky.
Sounds a little like the Fab Five days.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Fielder was a great recruiter||
but Fielder's teams drove me nuts with their turnovers from a style that looked like playground basketball. It worked because he had fantastic talent.
John Bellein is the kind of coach that I longed for during the Fielder years. His teams are disciplined and play together as a team. He is not only a classy individual, he is a great coach. I like the fact that he recruits players that are willing to work hard and improve. I thought he was an excellent coach when he was at West Virginia but I think he is even better at Michigan. I am glad that he was given enough time to recruit players that fit his system.
This may be an unpopular thing to say but I think Tommy Amaker was a good, and necessary, transitional coach from the Michigan freelance, fast break style to the current, highly disciplined, offense that we have now.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I have read the total report and the Dolphins deserve to lose.||
It is clear from the report that at least the offensive line had a toxic work place environment (and that is almost an exact quote from the report.) Martin was not the only one who was isolated and bulleied by the trio of Ingnito, Pouncey, and Jerry. Another lineman was constantly accused of being gay. He said that he was able to handle it because he could talk to his girlfriend when he went home at night. The Japanese assitant trainer was subjected to harassment that was totlaly disgusting and racist. etc. He refused to comment on his treatment because it might affect his ability to work in that locker room. Other players asked that anything they said would be kept confidential because they feared retaliation. One of the signs of a "sick system" is that victims in it have no way to turn and anything they do to get out of it is seen as "wrong." Most of the comments defending the Dolphins illustrate the double bind that Martin was in. "What a pussy!", Why didn't he deck him?, Why didn't he take his concerns to the management?, What didn't he just stay and take it like a man? etc. etc. You can see why he ended up in a deep depression. Wasn't Ignitoy his best friend? (One of the rules we have taught our six year old grandson is you can stop bullying by making friends with the bully? - It is a grade school tactic! and it didn't work, in this case, did it?)
It is clear from the report that the behavior was not only condoned by the coaching staff but they encouraged it and participated in it The report comes down hard on Jim Turner, the Offensive Line Coach.
The report states that the Dolphins have good written guidelines outlining acceptable behavior and that these guidelines were totally ignored and not enforced. Martin was not alone in being the butt of really offensive "humor" but he was probably the most isolated of all of them. He stood it for a year - thinking it would stop when he was no longer a rookie - and it didn't!!!
By the way, this was not normal locker room behavior when he was at Stanford - and I sure hope that this is not normal locker room behavior at Michigan!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Akron Zippers||
Actually the origin of the nickname is even funnier. It is named after the zipper on your pants. The zipper was invented by B.F. Goodrich and the University picked it up because it is quick and fast. It was a matter of civic pride. So button up your mouth and respect the zippers.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||I grew up loving the Michigan single wing.||
My high school, Akron Buchtel, used the Michigan single wing until the late 1950s and usually finished first or second in the Akron City Series. It was fun to watch with a mixture of power plays and mis direction. It was kind of fun to have an offense in which all the quarter back did was open holes in the line or block rushers on pass plays. Not once in my four years in high school years did the quarter back touch the ball. I would also point out that Otto Graham, one of the best passing quarterbacks in pro ball, played tail back at Northwestern.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Just remember||
Northern Ohio has sent a lot of football players to Michigan. My high school (Akron Buchtel) has sent more players to Michigan than OSU.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Gun Control||
If we are going to run the pistol, maybe Borges should look at film from Nevada where it was invented.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||I am happy||
to be in the same conference with a school where the most famous graduates are the near sighted Mr. Magoo and Paul Robeson. They are both part of the Rutgers football tradition.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||The Real News is that he recruited three line backers!!||
My biggest problem with RR at Michigan is that he was so focused on his offense that he neglected special teams and defense. Maybe he learned something from his brief stay at Michigan.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Don't insult Akron||
Don't insult Akron. My high school (Buchtel) has sent some pretty good football players to Michigan
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I'm showing my age.||
My high school in Akron Ohio used the Michigan single wing. We were the only team that did not use the T formation in the 1950s. Our quarterback never touched the ball. It was strictly a blocking position.
Growing up in Ohio, I began to note how many players from northern Ohio played for Michigan. I must admit that I never attended a game while I was working on my Ph.D. at Michigan. It was a great day to get a boat at the sailing club. I hate crowds but I love watching the games on TV.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Michigan Single wing||
With the running and passing talent on this team, maybe it is time to bring back the Michigan single wing. The only problem is that the quarterback never touches the ball. He just opens up holes for the runners.