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|1 day 17 hours ago||At the end of the day, Lloyd||
At the end of the day, Lloyd Carr is the only Michigan football coach in the last 65 years to win a national championship. Only two Big Ten teams have won it all in the last 45 years. This should not be forgotten.
Yeah, Carr didn't have us in national contention that often (basically just 1997 and 2006) but heck, how often were we in the mix under Bo or Moeller? The only post-1980 case I can think of is 1986, when our 9-0 start was spoiled by a crappy Minnesota team. If you want to demand 12-0/11-1 every year, well, I don't know how that's going to happen consistently. It hasn't here in a long time - and we're the winningest program.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I forget which game it was||
I forget which game it was (PSU 2005?), but I remember Brian once writing a column after a last-second victory where he acknowledged being pretty negative throughout the game and then realizing at the end, after we won, that it's not worth being like that - that it's better to suspend the pessimism and let yourself believe in the program again, so you can really appreciate the high moments when they occur. I think he needs to re-read that column every year.
|1 day 18 hours ago||And here is where this||
And here is where this community's occasional navel-gazing tendencies become a problem.
Yeah, that game was painful to experience. Yeah, we were made fun of in the media and by rival fanbases for a while after. That happens when you follow a sports team that's in the public eye. But people here have built it into something so much worse than that, into something resembling a traumatic episode. And then posters here keep reinforcing this irrational feeling, patting themselves on the back for their irrationality. At this point I wonder if some posters break out in hives at the mere mention of Appalachian State.
Guys, It was a game. That's it. Let the trauma go. Surely you've gone through far worse things in your life. I don't even think it was the worst Michigan football game I've seen, or the most painful last-second loss (I can't rank it above Colorado '94).
Watch the game. You've waited eight months.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Are we talking about the same||
Are we talking about the same Lloyd Carr who lost a total of one game (1996 Purdue) to opponents with losing records?
|1 week 2 days ago||For the record, guys who||
For the record, guys who played on the 2007 team seem to all be in favor of a rematch. Most wanted it to happen sooner than this.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There are valid points made||
There are valid points made by people who didn't renew (or buy for the first time) - the cost, poor schedule, etc. But still . . . the chance to see Michigan in person is pretty awesome. I've known people over the years who passed up tickets for whatever reason and ended up kicking themselves when we played a classic game and they were watching on TV. OTOH, I've had to drag various friends/family to games over the years when they were feeling lazy and they've always been happy I made them go once they're actually there.
For students, especially, you don't want to miss out on this kind of experience. You don't want to be telling your kids down the road that you didn't actually go to games when you were in school and missed out on that great game. The prices for these games aren't too bad. Maybe they're not epic matchups, but still, it's a chance to watch your own school in action - you only get seven chances all year to do that.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think they ever||
I don't think they ever actually revoked his press credentials, but just gave him a somewhat worse seat in the press box. But yeah, he's been on an anti-AD crusade since his friend RR was fired.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If it came after he went pro,||
If it came after he went pro, we would never have had to vacate 1992-93 and the '92 Final Four. You don't rule a guy ineligible if he takes money after his final season is over. Moreover, it makes absolutely no sense that Webber would decide to take huge sums of money from a criminal money-launderer like Martin after he'd turned pro, when he was now free to get money from any legitimate source he wanted.
Mitch Albom is full of garbage with that claim. Webber's relationship with Martin went back to when he was in middle school. Albom had to know what was going on, but I'm guessing he didn't want to be the one to break the news and get him and the school in trouble (which is probably is the case for a lot of college sports reporters).
The one legitimate defense of Webber you can make is that he met Martin at such a young age that the NCAA should have ruled that Martin was a family friend and not a street agent. But the NCAA ruled otherwise.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I agree that Fickell/Meyer's||
I agree that Fickell/Meyer's defenses have been weaker than Tressel's, but I don't know if RR was ever going to figure Tressel out. After we hired RR, Tressel went to South Florida to study how Jim Leavitt's staff had defended RR's offenses (they beat WVU in both 2006 and '07 in low-scoring games) and pretty much copied his gameplan.
In five consecutive games against the Leavitt/Tressel scheme, RR's offenses scored 19, 13, 7, 10 and 7 points.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||Quite a stage today - I'm||
Quite a stage today - I'm surprised at how much the "easiest" day of Pyrenean climbing shook up the field. I had thought Van Garderen was the most likely of the non-Nibali group to make the podium but that's looking remote now. OTOH, someone else could well crack the next two days. Tomorrow's stage looks brutal.
On another note, I always love the camerawork in the Tour. I've never been to the Pyrenees but they look gorgeous.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The tour organizers will||
That would be going against Pinot and Bardet's strengths as well. The Tour changes things up a bit every year, but that doesn't mean it's due to some anti-(name of rider) conspiracy.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Once you get past the first||
Once you get past the first couple of picks (the guys projected to be franchise players), the amount of a typical shoe deal goes down a lot. For Nik it'll probably be worth a couple hundred thousand.
Nike has around 200 NBA players under contract. Most don't get all that much and will never be featured in any advertising. Their strategy is to lock up as many rookies as possible, on the off-chance they become marketable stars down the road.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Actually, the 1-3-1 isn't||
Actually, the 1-3-1 isn't necessarily something you want to run with an inexperienced team. It takes time for players to grasp their responsibilities and learn to work with their teammates in it. I think we'll probably still be mostly a man/2-3 team, with maybe a bit of 1-3-1 sprinkled in later in the season.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure why people knock||
Not sure why people knock Burke's defense. He was not a liability. If not a lockdown guy, he could hold his own in man-to-man D. His long wingspan helped him get a lot of strips and blocks (he was about the best shotblocking 6-footer I've ever seen). We struggled a lot more last year against dribble penetration than we did in Burke's two years.
Now, Stauskas, yeah, he was bad at that end of the floor.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It comes off a little||
It comes off a little Duderstadt-esque, but even Duderstadt, for all his bluster about the evils of sports, couldn't resist coming into the locker room when the Fab Five reached the Final Four and giving them a pep talk. Things will probably proceed as normal.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Don't agree about sports||
Don't agree about sports being less important to people back then. I think you are romanticizing the past. In the early '90s we destroyed all merchandising records with the success of the Fab Five. That was when we actually sold trading cards of the basketball team (with the players' names, stats and everything - no attempt to hide their identity)- probably the most blatant cash grab we've ever done.
I would say, if anything, that sports have actually become less important to the university community now. A significantly smaller proportion of students attends sporting events now. Our football student section used to accommodate around 60% of the student body . . . now it's more in the 40-45% range. The basketball and hockey student sections are likewise smaller. (And you certainly can get a ticket for $20 for most home football games from a scalper, if you're patient.)
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Think about it...why are||
It's because college teams have traditionally wanted to give as many fans as possible a chance to go to games, whereas NFL teams want to create artificial scarcity to drive up ticket prices.
The problem with college football is that the combination of skyrocketing tuition, the need to support money-losing sports to satisfy Title IX, as well as the general arms race regarding facilities and coaches, has forced ADs into a business model similar to the NFL. When college teams have to charge NFL prices, demand for their product starts to reach its limit.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||After Beilein's third season||
After Beilein's third season here, his record was 46-53 overall and 21-33 in Big Ten play. A substantial portion of the fanbase thought he wasn't up to the job. We'll see if Hoke can have a similar turnaround.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Good to hear. He's||
Good to hear. He's definitely the X-factor. If he can give us good play at the 5, we could be a Big Ten contender again. On the perimeter, even with the loss of Stauskas and GRIII, we're still pretty stacked.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The Olympics don't boost||
The Olympics don't boost tourism. While they're going on, there is an increase in first-time visitors, but this is offset by a massive decrease in regular visitors, who stay away those two weeks to "avoid the crowds". After the Games, there is never much of a difference from before. Politiicans always claim the first-time visitors will fall in love with the city and want to go back, but there is little evidence of this happening in any of the recent host cities.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I imagine that all Olympic||
I imagine that all Olympic host cities had a bunch of existing sports venues before they got the Games. The problem is that a lot of them weren't appropriate for the sports the Olympics has. For example, what good do Wrigley and U.S. Cellular do, when baseball has been dropped from the Olympic program? Also, some of the sites you mentioned are too far away to be useable. The IOC expects most venues to be in a compact, walkable area. Going all the way to South Bend? Forget it.
In the end, you have two weeks of fun and then you're left with a huge bill to pay off. And contrary to what organizers claim, there is rarely any increase in tourism or economic investment in the years that follow. Hosting the Olympics is an egotrip for local politicians, nothing more.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||How would it have been huge||
How would it have been huge for the Midwest?
Recent history has demonstrated that these kinds of events generate little to no long-term economic benefit, while leaving the host city/cities with a bunch of expensive white elephant stadiums that taxpayers are stuck paying off for years.
I could go for the World Cup because (unlike most countries) the U.S. actually has the stadiums in place already, but I'm fine with not hosting the Olympics again for a long time.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Robben is Dutch, not||
Robben is Dutch, not Belgian.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||This has happened many||
This has happened many times.
Mexico got the 1968 Summer Olympics and 1970 World Cup.
West Germany got the 1972 Summer Olympics and 1974 WC.
The U.S. got the 1994 WC and '96 Olympics.
Japan got the 1998 Olympics and co-hosted the 2002 WC.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm surprised Messi won the||
I'm surprised Messi won the Golden Ball over James Rodriguez or Arjen Robben. Messi was fantastic in the group stage but then pretty quiet thereafter.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I never want someone to give||
I never want someone to give away the result if it's a game involving my team. If I'm "Bob," I recorded that game for a reason.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Eh, it's Cleveland. They'll||
Eh, it's Cleveland. They'll still screw it up.
You know what's going to happen. After 11 years in the league, LeBron's body is ready to break down. He'll have season-ending surgery by Thanksgiving, and then get crappy advice from the team doctors and trainers during rehab that will turn it into a Grant Hill situation. Cleveland can always find a way to mess up.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Cleveland only had a 1.7%||
Cleveland only had a 1.7% chance of winning the lottery this year. So yes, they did luck into that pick.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Just finished watching the||
Just finished watching the stage. Wow, just wild. I feel for Froome but I have to admit that it adds drama having him and Wiggins out of the mix. Really exciting Tour so far.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I think that might be||
I think that might be overstating things - the current version of Contador (presumably less doped-up) is still a excellent, top 5-level guy. He's just not the world-destroyer he was when he was doping. He finished fourth in the Tour last year and two of the riders who finished ahead of him are now out. The lost time today hurts him, but I think he's still going to try some bold moves in the mountains and they might pan out.