“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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|6 days 8 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.
|1 week 13 hours 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.
|1 week 13 hours 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 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.)
|1 week 4 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.
|2 weeks 12 hours 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.
|2 weeks 13 hours 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.
|2 weeks 14 hours 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.
|2 weeks 14 hours 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Robben is Dutch, not||
Robben is Dutch, not Belgian.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 2 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I honestly can't imagine why||
I'm not a big negative guy about Brandon, so no, this isn't a knee-jerk thing, but I would be against a proposal to sell beer at Michigan Stadium.
You make it sound like selling beer at the stadium has zero negative consequences. Take a trip to an NFL stadium and then come to ours, and the difference in fan behavior is huge - and I think the drinking during the game is a big factor. (I am aware that a lot of people tailgate before the game and so forth, but still, outside the student section, you don't encounter that many really drunk fans at Michigan Stadium.)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Funny stuff. Seriously||
Funny stuff. Seriously though, I hate the pretentious types who insist on calling it "football" and using as much British vocabulary as possible. I knew guys like that in high school and it just turned me off from following the sport at the time.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yep. Love to see the GC guys||
Yep. Love to see the GC guys make a gutsy move like that. It paid off handsomely.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Basketball, too - just think||
Basketball, too - just think of all the guys who have come from Croatia or Serbia. Plus tennis (Djokovic). Tito's regime must have established some excellent sports infrastructure.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Disappointing. France had a||
Disappointing. France had a pretty spirited second half but didn't show enough creativity to create really good chances. Oh well. With more experience, they'll be tough to beat in the Euros on home soil in 2016.
Germany was terrific in the first half, looking more like the team that played Portugal. In the second they were a little more on their heels but didn't look nearly as vulnerable defensively as against Algeria. The Germany that played today can win it all.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Allez les Bleus !||
Allez les Bleus !
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||French fans have an||
French fans have an interesting dilemma here. Normally, they would obviously want Germany to be upset, given how strong their team is. But Algerians are the largest immigrant group in France and in soccer terms anyway, tend not to be very assimilated - they generally root for their country of origin (similar to a lot of Mexican Americans, I suppose). Algerian victories are often followed by rowdy street celebrations that sometimes turn violent. When Algeria qualified for the second round, 20 cars were burned in the city of Lille. That was against Russia. If Algeria is playing against France, it could get pretty ugly in the streets. French skinheads may also choose to join in the "fun" and battle Algerian fans. French policemen and firefighters (and probably the government) are going to be pulling for Germany.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Actually, I think most of the||
Actually, I think most of the Algerian players aren't playing for their country of birth.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The U.S. and France are alike||
The U.S. and France are alike in a lot of ways - two republics, two nations very proud of their culture, language and history, and role in the world. (France is also, to a surprisingly large degree, a nation of immigrants.) Both nations are constantly accused of arrogance and being rude, and at the governmental level, their foreign policies tend to be guided by a desire to remain as independent as possible from external forces.
This is part of the issue - opposites attract and similar types repel each other. We get along better with countries like the UK that follow our lead even when it may not suit them. The UK went to war in Iraq despite a huge majority of its population being opposed, something you'd probably never see in this country or France.