“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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|19 weeks 5 days ago||You're not a fan||
of really, really good football players?
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Not enough is being made||
of how good this signing is for Detroit.
I know it's our immediate inclination to poop on anything the Lions do, but signing Golden Tate was an excellent move - and could prove to be a huge steal for just 31 million.
-As someone above mentioned, his drop rate is the best amongst WRs since 2011.
-In 2013, he led all qualified receivers in Yards After Catch per reception
-In 2013, he also led all WRs in Missed Tackles forced. He avoided 21. Calvin, by comparison, avoided 13.
This is an excellent signing no matter how you slice it. Him and Calvin is a scary, scary duo.
Of course, this will all be moot when Jim Caldwell farts all over him.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Strong take||
I'll pass it along to him, bro.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Zach McAllister's sentiments||
after going through 2.1 innings against the Tigs:
|1 year 6 weeks ago||You||
are really creepy.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Let's see||
The player renderings in the game look exactly the same as previous iterations.
The ratings are dumbfounding as usual.
And the lemmings will continue to dish out $60 for this rubbish.
Good job; Good effort, guys. Go play a real EA game like FIFA instead. This franchise checked out a long, long time ago.
(PS: I too am a huge fan of the 06 NCAA soundtrack. Good call.)
|1 year 7 weeks ago||You are correct, sir||
And really, if we haven't been so logjammed with second-tier wingers, he would have been up by now. Hell, he might have been up 2 years ago on some of the crappier teams in the NHL. He's a damn good prospect.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Yes||
Nyquist and Anderson were both eligible.
And it was indeed a ridiculous talent boost. They were losing that series before they got there.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Yep||
Nyquist and Anderson are shoo-in full timers in Detroit next year. Tatar should be as well. Guys like Sheahan and Ferraro (boy has he turned it around) have outside shots. Calle Jarnkrok, who had a 9 game stint with the Griffins not too long ago, has been hailed as the best Swede import since Zetterberg - and indeed he has broken a lot of his SEL rookie records. He could make the big club straight out of camp next year, though he'll most likely stick with the Griffins.
And I believe Martin Frk will join the Griffins next year as well. The Vowel-less Wonder just finished up a Memorial Cup run averaging 2 PPG(!!!) in which his team basically raped and pillaged the entire junior hockey world. I think they went 77-8-5 or something crazy like that.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||People should pay attention to the Grifs||
Detroit's prospect pool has become pretty deep the past few years, and a lot of these guys in GR may very well be in Red Wings uniforms next year.
Take notice of the job our scouting has done, guys. With no early picks, we've managed to put together a farm system that's ranked near the top of the league. Seriously. Here's a juicy tidbit for ya: 4 different defenseman prospects in the Wings system won their leagues respect Defenseman of the Year trophys - and one of them, Ryan Sproul, was the OHL Defenseman of the Year. Take a look at the past winners of that trophy. That is a definitively Big Deal.
So for all of us who are clamoring for more help - be patient. The future is looking very, very bright for Detroit. This so-called rebuilding phase is about to be usurped by another era of outstanding homegrown talent.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||My take:||
Eden Hazard is a tremendous little bitch, and has been for years now. He fits right in at Chelsea.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Why B1G hasn't won a title in over a decade:||
|1 year 35 weeks ago||"Yes I went this far.."||
Ah, nothing like the sweet smell of seeping douche in the afternoon. Went this far? You're a disgruntled fan complaining about playcalling after a loss on an internet message board. Taking a step outside right now without a t-shirt is more courageous. Bravo.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||The fact that you let stuff like this||
upset you, is just so damn disappointing. And embarrassing, quite frankly. Step away from the computer, breathe the fresh air outside, and let the 18-22 year olds celebrate however the fuck they want.
|2 years 5 days ago||Er||
You took the minor point I made and drove it off a cliff, but alright?
|2 years 5 days ago||Wasn't so hot against Rodgers and Brees?||
You don't say!
A little brevity is important here. profootballfocus, which examines and grades players on a per-play basis, had Berry ranked as one of the few CBs in the league with a positive coverage rating. Regardless of what you may think, the evidence shows he is - at the very least - NOT a bad cornerback. The Lions are in desperate need of guys in the secondary who don't suck. As it stands, they've got two average guys(Houston, Delmas) and a whole lot of To Be Determined's.
|2 years 5 days ago||Big blow for the Lions||
Personal conduct aside, this a huge hit for the Lions' secondary. Berry was far better than most will give him credit for here - he was Detroit's best CB on a per-play basis, and looked to possess some Pro Bowl potential with a full season of starting under his belt.
One of those mid-round picks really needs to pan out. And soon.
|2 years 5 days ago||Delusion.||
This dude has it:
|2 years 5 days ago||Satellite view of State College||
|2 years 5 days ago||It may not be in no particular order||
But I do see us near the top of that list and I will overreact accordingly.
|2 years 1 week ago||So the game still sucks, basically||
I'll focus on EAs much better FIFA and NHL franchises yet again, I suppose. I've been dying to get back into football for years, but EA continues to shit out absolute dogshit with their NCAA and Madden lineups.
|2 years 1 week ago||Randle-el||
Let's give this man his due, he is the only reason IU has been relevant in football in years.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||If you didn't like BASEketball||
...You are, quite literally, a terrible human being.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||As a Gunners fan||
I sure hope they're not after Dempsey, and it appears they're not - thankfully. He's a great player, sure, but Arsenal needs to have bigger aspirations and signing a 29 year old forward/mid tweener without great pace isn't a need. He doesn't really fit in their 4-3-3.
I do hope Deuce plays CL football somewhere, though.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Land Suter||
and regardless of whatever else happens, the offseason is an A+. It'd be nice to land Parise, but that's not happening, and I don't like the price tag for a guy like Nash (huge contract hit, loss of really good young prospects, locked up until 2018). If a guy like Bobby Ryan is available, he might be worth the gamble - but I'm content with staying put up front and letting our farm system grow.
And if we can flip Franzen for someone, that'd be fine by me too.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Since you're||
admittedly ignorant about prospects in the Wings system, how do you know we don't have such players being developed? I and another guy have already directed you towards a plethora of kids who are projected to be top-line players in the NHL - certainly on par with a scrub like Wolski.
My guess is you have not researched this very thoroughly, and are thus banking on the results produced by prodigies like Crosby and Stastny to support your argument. It's weak sauce, dude. By and large, players who are 21 in the NHL are extremely raw and hurt the teams they're playing for - even if they're producing points at a decent clip. This isn't rocket science - playing guys that young doesn't prove anything about your organizational depth, it often just means your desperate.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Really, dude?||
That's your angle? Well I'm sorry, but you're not gonna find Anze Kopitar or Ilya Kovalchuk in our farm system. Or any farm system, save for them team lucky enough to pick 1st overall.
And newsflash: Hall-of-Famers on your second line don't exist anymore. This is 2012, not 2002 - you'll be lucky to have one on your whole roster.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I'm sorry, you're wrong||
The Red Wings obviously don't have the high-draft picks to nurture the blueiest blue-chip prospects, but they have a substantial amount of kids on the farm who project as All-star caliber if things go right with them.
Your point about the Red Wings playing their veterans is irrelevant - the majority of our prospects are under 21 years old and are in no way ready for the NHL. Teams that DO play prospects so young are also the ones you usually see picking at the top of the draft again the next season. And for the record: Datsyuk emerged as a 23 year old after playing in Russia's highest league, Zetterberg emerged as a 22 year old coming out of the Swedish Elite League(the best league outside of the NHL), and Franzen was DRAFTED as a 24 year old before emerging at 26. It's worth noting that 2 of those 3 guys are some of the best forwardsin NHL history, and using them as a barometer to measure our young talent isn't all that fair.
So you're overreaching a bit here - the only guys in our farm system over the age of 22 are Brendan Smith and Gustav Nyquist(I'll exclude Mursak since he's already graduated and seeing regular minutes) - both of whom are(SUPRISE!) ranked as top-notch prospects by every recruiting publication and seem poised to play fulltime next season. Ipso facto - right on schedule.
-weve currently got Calle Jarnkok rewriting the record books Zetterberg penned in the SEL - as a 20 year old!
-Tatar has owned the AHL as a 20-21 year old. Sheahan is making the jump in his year-21. Joakim Anderrson is a bit overaged, but expect him to be manning Detroit's checking line soon.
-Tomas Jurco is currently eviscerating all comers in the QMJHL.
-Ditto defensemen Xavier Oullet and Ryan Sproul(OHL)
-I havent even mentioned Petr Mrazek, who may be our best goalie prospect...ever.
And there's a host of others all doing VERY well in their respective minor league division and they're ALL under 21. The organization is flowing smoothly, folks. I'd recommend following this website for more regular info on your future Wings:
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I like your thinking||
The truth is a lot of the success we see from other teams is a direct by-product of nits they picked from our philosophy.
I'm very excited to see what the young guys coming up in our organization will do. If guys like Suter and Parise are out there, go after them - but I'd rather not spend 2 or 3 million on a guy whose only advantage over our current crop on the farm is their NHL experience. Detroit is brimming with talent in Grand Rapids and the minors. Given time, this 20 year dynasty we've seen could be extended to 40. Holland knows that, and I'm excited to see what happens.
And let's be honest, the Stanley Cup Finalists are nothing to emulate - the Kings were in the bottom 5 of the league in scoring all year long and scraped into the playoffs. Funny shit happens in a best-of-7 series. That's all you can take from that.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I've come to the conclusion||
99% of Red Wings fans are miserable failures at life, as evidenced by their same tired argument of "needing to get tougher" and all sorts of ridiculous roster ideas in the wake of a playoff exit.
The Red Wings are fine, the farm system is awesome, and no - they're never going to get as tough as you like. They play hockey, and they're one of the best at it. Sometimes you win, sometimes you dont. The job Holland, Babock and co. have done since the lockout has been remarkable - just look at the roster in 06 compared to now. The parts are constantly shifting, but the priorities remain the same and the results always show the Wings at the top of the league.
Now let's get back to talking about Alexander Semin as a possible replacement for Nick Lidstrom. What a tremendous idea.