Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
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|4 hours 17 min ago||Also,||
Neither Jake Long (future #1 pick) or Taylor Lewan (future #11 pick) played LT as RS FR. Both were playing Right Tackle, but even future elite LTs don't play LT as redshirt freshmen.
|9 hours 35 min ago||Should be a good weekend||
Got a growler of hefeweizen waiting in the fridge...
|1 day 6 hours ago||Oh, I don't mean to disparage||
Oh, I don't mean to disparage Devin. Devin was a goofy kid too, but he also has already graduated, is getting an MSW, and is doing lots of good in the community. He's talked about wanting to be a captain and hopefully he does well with the opportunity.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Agree on most counts||
One thing I will say, is it really didn't seem like Lewan's version/style/etc of leadership worked for who he was supposed to be leading. Anecdotally it seems that Lewan was a yeller, a "that's embarassing, get your shit together" type of guy, not who the young team needed. You can't coach everyone the same way. There are some players who come off the field and they need to be yelled at in front of the team - they'll respond positively. Other players will sulk (Kelly GIF?). Some players you need to have a calm talking to (Hoke with Hagerup after the GIF). It's common to hear about people trying to make themselves a more "vocal" leader - it's acknowledged that there are different types. By all accounts, Michael Jordan was a horrible teammate - he'd try to break you and if you broke, you had to go. Yet he's still credited (rightly, and once paired with the "Zen" Phil Jackson) for leading teams to 6 championships. Often you'll hear about a "players coach" getting replaced with a hardass and vice versa - look at Charlie Strong at Texas vs. Mack Brown. It seems that Lewan's didn't mesh with the team.
Did that cause 27-for-27? Not in my mind. But I am a sucker for positivity, so go new leaders.
|1 day 6 hours ago||There's a transition to be||
There's a transition to be made from goofy underclassman to senior team leader. With Molk on the line Lewan could ride twosies and buy pigs all he wanted. Hopefully Gardner's transition is a little smoother.
|1 day 8 hours ago||2006 vs. Ball State||
Yes. Ball State2006 was a very fun year (I was a sophomore) and I had to look up the opponent and I'm still not sure who it was. Keep in mind we had another game before playing OSU EDIT: Wikipedia remembers the events with Patrick Stewart better than I do:
The Ball State game was notable for two other reasons: First, it was the 200th consecutive game with at least 100,000 people in attendance at Michigan Stadium. In addition, actor Patrick Stewart directed the Michigan Marching Band during their halftime performance in a salute to old-time television shows. Stewart was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's fall 2006 residency at the University of Michigan, and directed the band to the theme from Star Trek. Upon being asked if he had any advice for the Wolverines for their upcoming Ohio State game, Stewart replied, "Boldly go and beat the Buckeyes. Make it so, number one!"
|1 day 9 hours ago||You think you're an optimist?||
14-0, Heisman voting:
beat MSU 46-0, OSU 73-0.
|2 days 1 hour ago||To quote Ace and Marshall:||
motherfuckers act like they forgot about Dre
|2 days 2 hours ago||Ace, I believe what you meant was:|
|2 days 5 hours ago||Wait...||
Who's in the picture? The esteemed Jordan Kovacs wore #11 as an honorary Wistert, right?
/s - hopefully obviously
/get off my lawn
/I miss these posts and am quite excited for football to be back
|2 days 5 hours ago||Pretty well fisked||
This makes zero sense. Does he know the arrest rates that you cite exist?
|2 days 8 hours ago||In Brian's defense:||
The bar was originally stocked with Goose Island 312 (Chicago's area code, and our local beer now brewed in NY or CO, no longer brewed locally) Blue Moon, Amstel Light and Bud Light.
By the time I got my 2nd beer I got the last Amstel, with only Bud left.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Other highlights||
Brian used the word "defenestrate" (#theMichiganDifference) while on the 45th floor of a building. when someone asked who would start at QB - it was then clarified that the question was regarding the 2015 season.
Discussions on Dave Brandon and how of the current 278 AD employees only 27 (!!) predate Brandon in the department. Those 27 include Red Berenson, Hutch, etc. It's not only things like fireworks that piss off the regents, it's also how the AD has been gutted and totally rebuilt in such a short time. Former players are no longer getting tickets for free, "lifetime" promises are being reneged, etc.
A good discussion of "could Nuss fix the OL"? The ideas being that an offensive identity (Inside Zone) would be beneficial. Brian was also asked to explain constraint theory (have a counter to your base play... best example I've got is pitching - you work on your fastball but you've got to be able to throw a changeup) and Brian thinks that our constraint running play will be Power.
Also, without being menitoned by name Bubble Screens came up. It's Brian's belief that the 3WR sets that are favored by Nuss will use the Bubble Screen more frequently to dictate defensive alignment and keep the defense from stacking the box against the run.
A good story from Balas about how Gardner did a bit of "playground football" in practice and got chewed out by Nuss. Describeda as a "come to Jesus" moment, explaining to Devin that he can't dart around all day and try to be superman all the times. Sometimes throwing the ball away is the right play.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Most of it was what you'd expect||
"off the record I heard that Recruit X was looking for money" or "Player X turned down money from elsewhere to go to Michigan"
|2 days 9 hours ago||Seconded||
He may or may not have tried to hit on my fiance before the event... we're not sure if he was "kidding around" or... less so.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Running the BTN race tomorrow morning||
So it'll be a quiet Friday, but Saturday night's already booked for dinner with the fiance and some friends at a brewery down the street from our place. Should be a good weekend
|1 week 1 day ago||You go Ichiro, I go Joakim Noah|
|1 week 1 day ago||My fiance knew better than to ask||
But really, there are 52 saturdays a year. Keeping 12-15 off the schedule still leaves 40 possible weekends for weddings.
|1 week 1 day ago||Last year's was at a lawfirm too||
I wrote about it here:
They had a big conference room/presentation area type thing that worked well
|1 week 1 day ago||Actually it's this building||
Embed not working for me... but that should carry some cache away from terrible powerpoint slides
|1 week 2 days ago||Yup||
And you can take one train line from one to the other.
However I doubt the Cubs will be in town on November 11th when Michigan plays NW... even if the called up kids do well.
|1 week 2 days ago||Northwestern||
Is about 10 miles from Wrigley. It's in Evanston, not Chicago, and as any Michigan fan who has been to a game there will tell you the stadium gets awfully maize-and-blue for Chicago's Big Ten Team.
That said, it is really easy to do a weekend in Chicago and hit a game in Evanston. The El train drops you off about 2 blocks from the stadium, there will be about 25,000 other Michigan fans, and no one at Northwestern takes themselvs too seriously about sports.
|1 week 3 days ago||Something that complicates||
It seems like you've done this some, but calling out who is the "HSP" and what they're categorized as each year might show a bit more of what you're looking for. Some years it's a safety, some a CB, some a small LB. I think your main point might hold though, the rise of the HSP happened earlier than noted.
|1 week 3 days ago||I think your point speaks to one above||
Doing "new" things and doing them poorly. Sure, fireworks after the game might pull in kids, the White Sox do it all the time and in that thread most people thought it was no big deal.
But during the game? After a touchdown? How about the band plays the Victors after TDs?!?!
That's what Brandon's missing. Any school in the country can set off a firework - only Michigan can play the best fight song in the land. Anyone can make ca-razy new uniforms, only Michigan has the winged helmet (and Delaware...).
I think that we have missed DB's line to: It's it's not broke, break it!
|1 week 3 days ago||Every day and twice on||
Every day and twice on Sunday. Dude was/is a driven psychopath and a genius.
|1 week 3 days ago||Dont forget the cable||
Dont forget the cable bundling bubble!
Comcast made $2B in their last report!
|1 week 3 days ago||Nice catch||
Good point, let the players unionize and negotiate the cap.
Almost exactly like every other sports league...
|1 week 3 days ago||Why can't soccer leave the NCAA like your baseball proposal?||
If there are already teams out west that are minor league MLS teams associated with a university, why not do that in general? Can't Michigan teach a team of soccer players that don't participate in the NCAA? Form their own league, etc like you recommend with B1G Baseball?
|1 week 3 days ago||Your username makes your||
Your username makes your comment even better.
So lets say some players, as your username suggests, are getting paid already. Besides the issue of player salary, what's the difference between college and minor league games?
|1 week 3 days ago||I'll throw my answer in the comments||
I may have been leading in the way I phrased the question, but here's my answer: Remove likeness rights, allow athletes to make money with the olympic model, let the Big 5 conferences get autonomy and have those big 5 agree on a "total cap" of spending above and beyond tuition, room and board for scholarship athletes - call it $3M/year or so, but they could negotiate a number. Here's what everyone gets out of the deal:
Revenue athletes; The ability to market themselves and make money today from what their doing, however they don't get any extra benefits direct from the university which satisfies part 2. Allow athletes to unionize so that they have representation with the NCAA and allow certified agents to represent players. The NCAA could police the agents hard and put their random enforcement people to better use.
Non rev/Title 9 - They make the same new benefits direct from the university and could market themselves. Michael Phelps could have officially swam for Michigan under this scenario. For the 27 sports, figure around 500 scholarship athletes they would each get $6,000 per year if the cap was $3M.
Admins/ADs: Only additional costs are those which the conferences negotiate ($3M per year in my scenario). I assume most ADs will also lose some booster money which could flow towards athletes more directly (figure random business owner pays QB to be in a commercial rather than donate to AD) in my scenario, but that's kind of how it works in every other business. Plus I doubt the million dollar donations that go towards buildings will become millions towards players.
Fans - As I see it this doesn't change the game for fans much. If DG were legit sponsored by a car dealer and drove a nice car that doesn't differ much from Pryor's "leases" except it being allowed. Fans might end up footing the bill for the "spending cap" of $3M in my scenario, but considering that fans are already milked dry, I don't think the AD wanting more money will be news.