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|3 weeks 6 days 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!
|25 weeks 5 days 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.
|32 weeks 1 day 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.
|49 weeks 5 days 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.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Gun Control||
If we are going to run the pistol, maybe Borges should look at film from Nevada where it was invented.
|1 year 16 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.
|2 years 8 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.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Don't insult Akron||
Don't insult Akron. My high school (Buchtel) has sent some pretty good football players to Michigan
|2 years 9 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.
|2 years 23 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.