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|9 weeks 1 day ago||Couple of options...||
These clubs seem to blow up, and merge every so often... is it possible that a new club will form locally from those kids that don't join the Premier option? I've seen club realignments in many cities that I’m familiar with, so that may be an option also. You probably aren't the family that's not overly excited about this plan, I’d ask around and something else may be in the works...
Another option if Rec is the only possibility, play your child up an age group if that is possible (as long as you don't feel he isn't physically capable). There are other challenges and growth opportunities that your son could work on by trying to keep up with faster kids, or working on ball distribution and making his teammates better... taking on a leadership role.
Maybe the second option would fill for a season until someone could reorganize a club group in your area, or for you both to reevaluate his passion and commitment to moving on to more of a full time travel option.
We are in a similar boat where I live, none of our league games this spring are in our city (have to travel an hour and fifteen minutes) to our closest double header weekend. All tournaments are the same distance except for our end of the year blow out tournament. It's worth it for my twin 12 year olds... but I don't know how we will handle it if my 9 year old daughter steps up from developmental to travel in the fall...
Most importantly, it needs to be fun, if he isn't pulling you along with his passion then maybe you should slow down a bit.
Good Luck, see you on the pitch!
… and Go Blue!
|20 weeks 2 days ago||GotSoccer.com||
I don't know how accurate this is state to state it is fairly accurate out here for my twin boys U12 age group... not everything is included out here at least. But it looks to point to a few clubs in Michigan that would be on top so to say.
I was just looking at the age group my boys are in, but it's pretty easy to navigate/change.
It appears to also represent Indiana fairly well from what I know of the Ft. Wayne area.
Maybe someone else could expand on this tool if they have more information on this site...
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Sean Lee type...||
I'm expecting a Sean Lee type of performer out of the Jake Ryan move... tackles being made side line to side line and right up the gut. Sean was all over the damn field.... I'm hopefully optimistic on this move and expect we'll find a fine replacement for Ryan's old spot.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Not Smart...||
Smart certainly shouldn't have reacted the way he did, and probably realizes this by now because it hurt him more that the jerk in the stands. And unfortunately for Smart "fans" aka "assholes in the stands" will probably go out of their way now to verbally get under his skin even more now.
As a parent with younger children this is certainly a side of "live" events that I don't care to deal with. I understand that you paid for your ticket and you feel that your entitled to "yell, bark, scream" whatever you want at the other team... but more often than not, you look like a tool in doing so; and it has "zero" impact on the participants.
I think there is plenty of room to cheer for your own team positively without having to look like a moron in the stands in front of a mixed group of fans that may include children or just "others" that don't want to hear your "negative banter". One glimpse at what's wrong with a certain segment of society can be a snapshot of any of these events where the "fans" feel that they have a right to say or do darn near whatever they want without having any ramifications for their actions.
I really don't care about Smart beyond this incident... but I do care for "sport" in general and feel that "fans" are frequently out of line. And the "vulgar" chants that get tossed around at sporting events that you can reasonably expect children to be at are an example of this.
Have fun with Sport, it's a part of sound mind and body... be better than the rest don't just talk about it.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Sweet!||
Excited to see what he can do with our young talent. I wonder how he will do with recruiting, seems to have a diverse background to talk about with prospective recruits.
Good Luck Coach, Welcome Aboard!
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Excited to see who we land...||
Really hate to see anyone get fired... but I know AL is a big boy and will land on his feet.
I'm excited to see what this change brings and hope it's just the spark needed to get the program back on top!
Hopefully, the O can get enough time to digest the new playbook before next season... I wonder how far of a deviaton Hoke will be looking for from what was in the playbook this year.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Internal Focus...||
As a Michigan Fan, a sports fan, and an athlete... I always want to beat the best at their best. No excuses. If we truly think that one coach leaving is all it will take for Michigan to beat a rival I think that is pretty pathetic. And I don't think anyone inside the program would be thinking that way or appreciate selling them so short on the field.
I mean really are some of us suggesting "Man if we could just get rid of MSU's Defensive Coordinator we could beat them again, and that would be awesome!"
Not the way I view sports, and I don't think we ever should... I want to beat you on the field on your best day, and my preparation was better and that's why I won... nothing less. If I don't win, that's on me and my preperation... I worry about myself not the other guys.
Get some more reps in boys, put on some muscle and go out there and beat the best.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||And it won't be found for a while my friend...||
As the father of twin 11 year old boys, also an 8 and 5 year old daughter you will gladly fill up and take away any free time you ever thought you had. I laugh at one of my last buddies to recently get married thinking that he's busy now because he has to consider his wife into his daily plans now...
My Kids are all active in Soccer almost all year round and I love coaching and sharing my experience with the kids and watching them grow and learn each year.
My boys are 5 years into Martial Arts and expect to test for their Black Belts this year... and on that note today both of my daughters will start their training this evening.
So little "free time", with practice, training, games, and tournaments... yet all of the family time makes it more than worth it.
However, it would be nice to sleep in at least one day a weekend... that would be nice to get back everyonce in a while... so I fit Michigan Football into my life... not the other way around.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||1st double...||
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Personal Perspectives||
I wonder what percentage of at least the "vocal" mgoblog board traffic actually attends home games vs. the fan base as a whole. I have a feeling that many folks have a personal perspective issue with looking at this topic (as well as others) outside of their own reality. Not that this is wrong for each individual to have their own best intrest at heart... it just appears that they are unwilling to find a logical reason why something outside of "best case for me" is an actually chosen option.
I personally would be watching whatever game is being played on this date on a TV regardless of where it is being played... and I think that is true for the vast majority of UM football fans that Mr. Brandon is trying to appeal to while growing the brand... which he is tasked to do as the AD.
I'd much rather it be UM on a National television than say USC vs. LSU or someone else getting the attention of high school recruits on that day.
I do hope we perform well on the big stage and will be excited to watch the game!
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Perspective...||
I feel sorry for some of you that you can no longer enjoy going to see a Michigan football game in the Big House, I don't have your perspective and feel sorry for you if it's changed this badly from when you first started going.
I was born in Michigan, moved away when I was 9 (1979) and have never had the opportunity to see a game at the Big House. I guess I'm a Wal-Mart wolverine as I didn't attend the University that I follow so passionately for all sports...
I think I can understand what Brian is getting at and some of the others that have championed his points through the comparative examples; however from my perspective... man I wish I had the opportunity to have those complaints. I get so revved up to watch these games on my TV at home, in my mind I have a completely different feeling or idea of what the game day experience must be like... I would love to get to see a game, live, and on campus after tailgating. I've been to games on other campuses only twice to see Michigan play... at LSU (1), Iowa (3), Indiana (4), and Notre Dame (2) for comparison (game day experience level 1-4) to what I've seen before.
I guess what I'm getting at here is, for those of us that don't have or have never had the experience... please share some good things from time to time (if they happen), so we/I can live vicariously through your Blog and enjoy the team that we are all here to support. I get what I know from the TV on game day... and from all the board input here and on TTB.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Appreciation...||
Space, Magnus, Brian, many others...
I appreciate that you take the time to comment and point things out, with a reasoned opinion... I tend to digest what everyone says and just sit on it myself; rarely commenting here or elsewhere for that matter.
But I do agree that "the sky is falling" attitude that seems to be needed around here by some folks can wear you out sometimes. After the game this weekend... I stayed away from this blog until Monday for just that reason. To let everyone "vent or freakout or whatever" and wait until some focused discussion would return.
I don't think Fitz the greatest back ever, nor is he the worst decision maker in the history of the program... I'm willing to ride it out as a fan and see how it develops without "freaking out" when a few issues are pointed out. If the freshmen were our best options... i'm sure the competent coaches will make that decision on their own sometime soon.
I'm excited and hopeful to see us take out our current frustrations on UConn this weekend... and I'm not going to let last weeks game keep me from enjoying it.
Stay positive, even in criticism... and Go Blue!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Consistent execution...||
My 2 cents... which may not be worth that much.
Fitz is starting because he is the best back at executing assignments in games and in practice. The coaches see him in action more than any of us have; but that has to carry over to the games too both for Fitz and the O-line.
Until the lines starts consistently executing in games, I think Fitz seems predisposed to expect the blocking to fail in front of him. He's trying to make something happen vs. pound into an opposing lineman that seems to have a better break to the hole than he does at the snap. I think and hope that once the line starts showing that the hole will be there, as we've seen he's maybe lost the faith a few times when he should have just rode out the play call... he will start to stay with the plan more and hit the holes that we all "think" he should be seeing at an instant in time, freeze frame captured.
I want to see us run up the score on some folks too to see Green and Smith get plenty of snaps (guess i'm a hipster too for liking Smith so much)... but i'm not ready to turn my back on Fitz so quick until we sort out the mess in front of him. Let's give him a couple of more games to trust his young linemen. Then both he and the line will be fine...
When we get UConn by 21+ this weekend... the whole damn board (ok 80%) will be back on the undefeated season hype again as unwarranted as it may be.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Sheldon?||
Great Points... but I had to log in to say that somewhere in the middle of your post I morphed your dialoge to that of Sheldon Cooper - Big Bang Theory... and made myself laugh for a bit!
It's been a long week...
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Very possible, and I agree...||
In my area of Iowa we are basically corn and beans, along with some dairy... no extremely large corporate farm types going on. And agreed the parking lots around here are mostly Chevy and then Ford prevelant. But from what we see around here is more and more the next generation not wanting to take on the farmbut because of the hard work involved and the hours, etc. I'm not a farmer, this is just what you hear and read in the news, or have seen at neighboring farm; we just recently lost one of our awsome Fall farm festival locations because of the patriarch passing on and the rest of the family not wanting to keep doing it because it was dad's thing...
So, while it is possible for their kids... the Chevy and Ford old guy farmers that are aound here, didn't see any tweets... and yea, probably won't be buying a Dodge regardless of the commercial.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Missed the mark...||
I wonder how many farmers have a twitter account? Kind of shows Ford was off target on their response.... woosh, right over the Farmland with that response Ford! The old guys I see in the morning at the corner mart still have flip phones... doubt they get on facebook, or twitter, they don't have time for that crap.
However, I bet most of them watched the game... and a few even saw the commercial. If it changed their buying decisions that's a different discussion.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Couric better be careful...||
I hope at the end of her interview she closes with... "Thank you for your time today Manti; now I want to be perfectly clear that just because we sat down and talked today... we are NOT dating!"
Not Buying what you are Selling!!!! If he's that dumb, he shouldn't be able to even pass a basket weaving class.
I can see the NFL combine questions now... "So, Manti... the TE tells you he's not going to run a route, and stay in and block... do you believe him????"
Go Blue, glad we're not trying to defend this Kid... who I am now pissed about actually feeling sorry for in the past!
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Clear sign of irrational thinking...||
I agree... all he would have had to say was "The relationship was getting too serious/time consuming/whatever; and we aren't seeing each other anymore."
No one, including his parent or teammates would have questioned that logic... because that happens all the time. Unlike, the stupid BS under duress answer he came up with. There is more to a motive on someones part for the killing off of the "girlfriend", vs. just simply breaking up in my opinion. No need for a HUGE lie, when a simple "eh, we called it off" works just fine.
Damit, now i'm interested enough in this story to log on and post about it!
|2 years 36 weeks ago||I've been thinking about this...||
If he's ok/healthy enough to play, do you hold him out for Ohio next week? We should be Iowa either way, and one shot to that elbow the wrong way he'd surely miss the game a week later which should be a tougher one for us w/o the threat of his legs on the field?
Not sure what I'd do as a coach, I suppose I'd ask Denard what he wants to do...
|2 years 37 weeks ago||As a Fan...||
Don't we probably already know what the coach would say he thinks about Denard, without it having to be a qoute for some guy to throw in a headline on some article he's writing?
I think Denard is as great as the rest of us, but I enjoy reading the articles about the walk on tight end as much as some reinforced comment from the coach on a damn great player that we already know is a damn great player, without hearing again about how damn great he is, again...
It's a team sport and I respect the hell out of Coach Hoke for digging in his heels are refusing to put Denard above the rest of the team and seniors just for some qoute. It reinforces the teamwork and work ethic of a team sport like no other for the coach to answer it the way he does in public. Behind the scenes, we and all the players can say all the "yea, but..." that we want; but you don't ask the dad who is favorite son is at the expense of the rest of the team.
After the season, as others have pointed out there will be countless discussions about his historic place in UM not just for football but as an athlete, student, and citizen.
Go Blue, stick to your guns Coach Hoke!
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Chizik's recruits...||
One could argue using the logic above that those results are based on Chizik's recruits, not Rhoads's.
From what I can tell living in this state all that the folks from ISU care about is beating Iowa each year, if they make a bowl that's the icing on the cake certainly not an expectation... it's not like they expect to recruit much looking at what schools they are surrounded by to the East/West/South.
And on the living in this state topic... I look forward to kicking the crap out of Iowa this week more than most so I can get all the folks I work with back in their proper place with respect to their postion in the Big 10.
Go Blue... Iowa's for wrestling!
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Exactly!||
The linebackers jerseys should be able to fit onto 350 lb. linemen after the streaching they were taking... it not too difficult to see the point of attack defenders shoulder pad pointing straight up on his outside shoulder as he's being turned in by the receiver for the runner to get to the edge!
|2 years 37 weeks ago||TFL leader in practice!||
His backup actually brings down the ball carrier before the defender!
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Every Year||
We were drug tested every year during our on site school physical before our season started before we could participate in any activities.
We were never tested additionally for any end of the season tournament participation, etc; but that didn't mean we were not subject to any random testing that they would have decided to do.
I'm just glad they didn't test for alcohol consumption on the weekends!
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Contact Sport||
I'm fine with him playing football, you know contact sport and all... however on that particular play I thought the cutback wasn't the best choice when he had at least 5 guys coming down on him w/o blockers.
I guess my point is he has to realize when to take contact and when to play it safe since he's so damn important to the offense. I also am not in love with all the dive into the line calls that he gets piled up on either... let a running back take that hit! I want him to still be around and functional for the OSU game, and hopefully the chanpionship game after that. Without him we're toast this year...
Now that I think about it, I don't want him on the kick return team either!
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Dear Denard,||
Please run the hell out of bounds and avoid all possible contact in the future when possible; that cutback was not worth the risk vs. just cruising out of bounds. There were 3 more guys to truck you when the fist two were just going to escort you to the sideline, you are not Walter Payton it's ok to run out. This offense can not run without you (apparently). Please stay safe!
That is all...
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Agreed||
I'd like to know his opinion of the spread punting formation; I also don't expect to get a clear and concise answer with regards to it during the season either...
I know the big punts can throw off your gunners on depth, but if we are getting double teamed each time it's probably worth trying something different to get some coverage.
I don't think we've been in jeopardy of having punts blocked, so I don't think the max protection is that big of a deal... hope they adjust somehow I just hate giving up 10 -15 free yards per kick.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I don't...||
I think most of the questions he is asked are redundant and unimportant and get the answer they deserve. Anything that would give away valuable information to a team we may be playing in the next several weeks I have no issue with him not answering directly.
He's not paid to be accountable to the media, he's paid to win games... I get a chuckle reading his responses at every presser, personally I'd probably sound more like Molk did and can't believe Hoke isn't more short with some of the questions.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Good point...||
I had not previously seen this comparison and that would be to me a better separator of talent/need vs. breakaway speed.
Adding another outlet for the offense from the running back would certainly help the offense overall... if indeed Smith does not catch as well. It also, just might not have been as big a part of his high schools offense.
Again I'm excited for either, the speed thing I kept seeing was just striking a nerve with me personally.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Breakaway Speed???||
Seriously, the only negative thing I hear about Smith is his breakaway speed and that's the reason to not want him or the reason to only want Isaac?
So, Like Magnus just stated with the Offensive line were building we'll only get 20 yard runs out of Smith, seriously... sign me up all day long. Can make short yardage cuts, run over a backer/coner/safety and get us 20 or so. Yea, I'll take that. We'll own the 4th quarter like we used to and wear teams out.
I'm not saying I don't want Isaac, but I will sure as heck be happy with Smith.
Did you think Hart had Breakaway speed?
I'm excited about even being in the running for either one of them!