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|1 week 11 hours ago||You missed one||
September 4, 2010: Brock Mealer touches the banner.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not at all...||
This is FUD, plain and simple -- especially if the transfer rule is defeated also. Look at the number of playing time transfers in basketball. Kids aren't dumb. They want to see the field, and that's the #1 thing the smaller schools can offer. If Mike Hart couldn't crack the starting lineup at Michigan, he would have been free to transfer to Syracuse, or to Buffalo, or to whatever other school he wanted. And, with the unprecendented television coverage for the smaller schools, and the rise of internet video, these kids know they'll get visibility, too. Scholarship limits simply serve to deny young men the opportunity to attend the schoolf of their dreams and get a college education at no cost -- in order to line the pockets of coaches and administrators and to build ever-larger on-campus athletic edifices that prevent the school from showing a profit.
Heck, it's not just that kids have to settle for Western when they really wanted to go to Michigan. There's a trickle-down effect. That kid takes a slot at Western, so some other kid ends up at Middle Tennessee instead. [I]That[/I] sends a kid from Middle Tennessee to Alcorn State -- and the player that would have ended up at Alcorn State can't find a D-I offer at all. Far enough down the chain, you have young men who miss out on the opportunity to attend college entirely, all in the name of competitve balance and Hugh Freeze's bank account.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||But...||
But 19 attempts for 132 yards is decidely meh -- 7 ypa. Yes, when he caught the ball, he picked up a reasonable chunk, but Michigan was more than happy to let them continue to try to move the ball down the field in that fashion.
This is why counting stats so rarely tell the whole story. Anybody can rack up counting stats by sheer mind-numbing repetition. It won Jimmer Fredette a Naismith, after all.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Ah, yes||
Ah, yes, that's right -- a 37.5% success rate, right about Lewis's average. There's really only one play you can blame on the defense in that game, and that's a blown linebacker coverage. The secondary was stout.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||...||
On something like 22 targets. That's an abysmal success rate.
Sure, it'd be nice to get more INTs, but continuing to target a player with a 36% success rate allowed shows a Debordian level of misunderstanding of what offense is actually supposed to accomplish. Lewis's skill at disrupting opposing receivers turned the opposition's best wideout into a meh option.
A 3-and-out is almost as good as a downfield INT. Either way, Michigan gets possession, and frequently with similar field position.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||....||
Did anybody else get a warm tingly sensation when they read the quote about Peppers?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Refs -5?||
I was going to ask for a Refs -4 on that play, but I didn't even consider the illegal shift. So, maybe, Refs -5?
It was basically the textbook definition of the Intent to Deceive rule. (I thought it was actually the textbook definition, but it doesn't look like it made it into the rulebook itself. You can see it in Play Situations #3 from 2009 though:
"2. Second and 10 at the A-45. Quarterback A12 is in a “shotgun” formation. All players are stopped for a full second when A12 turns (no false start) and begins to trot toward his sideline in apparent confusion about what play is to be called or whether the coach wants to request a timeout. He is moving parallel to his end line and is almost to his sideline when the ball is snapped to A45 who is five yards behind the snapper. A45 then completes a forward pass to A12 for a long gain.
RULING: Unsportsmanlike conduct for an unfair act to deceive the opponents. The referee may impose any penalty he deems reasonable. In this case the penalty is for a live-ball foul, 15 yards at the previous spot and the down is repeated. Second and 25 at the A-30. (9-2-3-c)"
Considering the penalty in the Rutgers game, I find this particularly egregious.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Right..||
Yes. He's referring to the ridiculous rule that if the offense loses the ball out of bounds at the 1" line, it's their ball at that spot, but if it brushes the pylon, it's a touchback. It's easily the most ridiculous of football's arbitrary rules.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Title IX||
Title IX isn't a real issue. It just makes the scholarships more expensive, because you have to price in a scholarship to a women's team as well. The softball team can give out 125 scholarships too.
Yes -- the big dogs get more of the best talent. As a Michigan fan, this bothers me not at all. Iowa can try to sell recruits on playing time and depth chart issues. As I said, recruits have plenty of visibiilty into this kind of thing now.
Yes, kids will transfer out or graduate (did you mean 'not graduate?'). That happens today -- just look at basketball recruiting. And, yes, coaches may not spend that much effort on kids who didn't pan out (Saban's medical hardships?). But if you give four-year guaranteed scholarships, the kid can either transfer or get a degree and move on with his life. The free education was supposed to be the point, after all. :-)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Tie = both teams lose||
I loved ties in college football, because both teams would drop in the polls afterwards. So, let's say Michigan was #4 and in the Rose Bowl, playing #8 USC; #1 Texas was playing #7 Miami in the Orange Bowl, and #2 Florida State was playing #3 Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl. I could (and did!) root for Miami and a FSU/Nebraska tie.
With OT, I know that even if FSU beat Nebraska 2-0 in 130 overtimes, they'd still get credit for a "win" and would end up ranked ahead of Michigan. (Although, they will have played the single most boring football game in the history of the sport. with the least probable ending ever).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Scholarship limits||
Scholarship limits are outdated and anti-competitive. The answer isn't to change the limit to 25; it's to eliminate them entirely.
If Michigan wants to offer 145 football scholarships, why on earth shouldn't they? What is the justification for telling 52 (or 20-45, in Brian's proposal) young men, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, "Sorry, we'd like to pay for your education, and we have the money, but a bunch of rich white guys think it'd be unfair."
Recruits today have more information at their fingertips than ever before. They can tell how likely it is that they'll get playing time, and since pretty much every football game is on TV, the smaller schools still have a chance. ("Sure, your parents can watch you play; we're on Tuesday Night MACtion all the time!")
The only reason that scholarship limits exist is to reduce labor costs, to make sure that there's revenue left over to give a massive raise to Florida's defense coordinator. (Which is true. Now go back and read yesterday's UFR again. Again, Florida's defensive coordinator just got a massive raise).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Hey, wait a second!||
Second-most popular in their own state? Are you sure about that? I mean, there's Western, Central, Tech, Lake Superior State, Ferris...
I mean, sure, I'll give you Eastern. But I think you may be exaggerating a bit.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Well...||
I meant socially. My experience has been that people from southeast lower Michigan will just say "I'm from Detroit," but people from southern California will go to great lengths to avoid identifying with LA in particular. (e.g., "I'm from Orange County" or "I'm from Santa Monica".. ad nauseum). When I think of LA, I don't think of Westwood -- I think of downtown / Chinatown / Chavez Ravine and then south down the 110.
Having said that, I appreciate the correction -- taking the opportunity to look at a map, I'm shocked to find how many places that I thought were indepdent cities are actually LA neighborhoods. :-)
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Because...||
Because it will look awesome, in person and on TV.
UCLA is in Westwood and plays its games in Pasadena. It may have "LA" in the name, but that's not LA. They decided to put both teams in their home uniforms because it would look cool; full stop. And it does.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Hey..||
I didn't say I wasn't going to go. :-) Just that I wasn't as excited about it.
Arkansas has a proud football tradition as well. If you don't believe me, ask Richard Nixon, or Jerry Jones. Or -- any Texas fan who's old enough to remember. They've clearly suffered since they left the SWC, but they were a national power in the 60s and 70s. And, they have Bret Bielema, so there would have been immense satisfaction in administering a beatdown.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I was really looking forward||
I was really looking forward to a game at Arkansas. They have a fantastic game-day environment and the area around Fayetteville is gorgeous. (The rest of Arkansas, less so. :-). It's the game at Oklahoma I'm least excited about traveling to. There's little of interest in that entire state.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Best Schedule Possible||
Michigan should be playing the best opponents possible. Full stop. Give me Texas and Notre Dame, and throw in USC or Florida State or...
If I wanted an easy path to the playoffs, I'd be an SEC fan. I'm tired of seeing Michigan hold glorified scrimmages against overmatched teams. Remember, the 1997 schedule was Colorado, Baylor, and Notre Dame. Colorado turned out to be mediocre that season, but they were preseason AP #8. Baylor was nothing special but still a cut above the MAC. The 1985 schedule was Notre Dame, @ South Carolina, and Maryland. (I think I've heard of the '85 team's quarterback recently, but it slips my mind)...
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Sadly...||
Sadly, he changed from the Ripken jersey to Ray Lewis, best remembered for pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in the murders of two men. Truly a disappointing choice.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||No...||
No, because it's not a conference championship. Sure, it'd be nice to have won more, just like it's nice to win the occasional Preseason NIT or Maui Invitational. But it doesn't make it important.
People still talk about the Fab Five's back-to-back Final Fours, even though they were vacated. However, when Michgan won the Big Ten outright a couple of years back, nobdoy was talking about 1998. I don't know that it ever came up.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||"Your first negotaation is||
"Your first negotaation is your most important, all future earnings are based off of it."
In most companies, especially in competitive fields, this isn't really the case. The best performers will tend to rise to the top of the pay scale regardless of where they start. At bonus / salary adjustment time, they can see who is making what, who's overpaid relative to their peers, and who's underpaid. At most companies, the high-performing, underpaid people will get the biggest bump, to try to bring them in line with their peers. It's not altruism -- it's the knowledge that they're the company's most vulnerable assets in terms of being poached by the competition. Yes, it will affect the first year or two, but how well you do your job is much more important than where you start on the salary chart.
I'm a big fan of the "if you can do X, Y, and Z, I'll sign today" approach,* because it is an indication of good faith on the candidate's part. Nobody likes to be used, and if you simply ask for a better offer without giving any assurances, the hiring manager may well be concerned that the candidate's interest is less than sincere and that any response would just be used as leverage against a competing firm.
I don't see a one-month-out start date to be a particular issue. If people seem concerned, I'd say something like this: "I need to give my current employer three weeks' notice, and then I'd like to take a week to recharge my batteries, so to speak. After all, I understand that I won't have any vacation accrued for a while." Having said that, two weeks' notice to your current employer is standard in most industries, so you may be asking for one week more than you need.
Regardless, OP, good luck!
* Off-topic, but this works pretty well in other negotations as well. For example, it's a great approach for purchasing a car. It's so good, in fact, that car salesmen will actually try to push you into it: "What would it take to get you into this car today?" The difference, of course, is that the salesman is trying to get the client to make a snap decision. As the purchaser, you presumably wouldn't make a committable offer until you had already done your homework and decided which vehicle you wanted to purchase.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)|
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Well...||
To be fair, they did, until recently, employ Peyton Manning. So, it's easy to see how their fans could think that AWTH was, in fact, secretly a position of need.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||...||
Someone will imply that Michigan is offering staff positions to family / friends / coaches of coveted recruit X in order to secure his commitment.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||...||
Take my penknife, my good man!
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Now...||
Now wait just a minute! We're twice as smart as the people of East Lansing! Just tell us your idea, and we'll vote for it!
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Wodewick||
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Barney's movie had heart...||
Barney's movie had heart, but Football in the Groin had a football in the groin!
|28 weeks 22 hours ago||Especially||
Especially people who hate Michigan and Harbaugh. Then they would whine about how unfair it is and how he doesn't really deserve their attention.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||That...||
That isn't how the RPI works. There's literally nothing in the formula that takes into account whom you beat and to whom you lost. In fact, as ridiculous as it sounds, the losses to MSU and Indiana are worse for the RPI than a loss to Minnesota would be -- because home losses count for 1.4 whereas road losses only count for 0.6.
Happily, the RPI appears to be more-or-less ignored by the selection committee. The RPI's main benefit was that it was computable, given the limitations on data and computer power in the late 70s/early 80s. There are plenty of better ways to rank basketball teams these days.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Upshot for the rest of the class||
I'd say the true upshot for the rest of the class is that the 2017, 2018, and 2019 classes, at a minimum, willl not likely contain scholarship kickers.
So, if you are the parent of a high-school student and are hoping to have Jim Harbaugh and Warde Manuel pay his tuition, I recommend you have him work out at any other position. ;-)