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|1 week 2 days ago||Your logic is faulty||
One team has Hand, no other team does. This is the only part that matters as far as impact on Michigan (other impacts may exist, but they're pretty debatable). Which hats were on the table has no bearing on what he'll add to one team and won't add to the 119 others. Having the hat on the table may feel like more of a loss because hopes were higher, but that's it.
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||I remember playing against||
I remember playing against Muskegon Orchard View in 1999. That season, they scored the seventh most points in a season in the history of high school football in the country (not sure where it stands now)! They never punted and they onside kicked every time as well. They also always went for two. Their coach was Shilito who coaches Zeeland West now. I think it's important to take into account that these kind of decisions are affected by the abilities of your kickers too.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I think it's funny||
I think it's funny because she has a huge apple in her mouth while banging cymbols.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||If it's ruining nights||
If it's ruining nights, then step away. The reason all of us got into this is because it's supposed to fun. Unfortunately, for many, it seems only to be fun when Michigan plays perfectly. However, it is quite possible to be a big fan and not let your mood be tanked by poor play or poor decisions or any of the other negative things that happen when a bunch of people play a game. I can't say I had a big smile on my face at the end of the PSU game, but I was able to turn off the game once it was over and enjoy the rest of my weekend.
I know that people make these comments regularly and typically people are quite defensive in response. I'll just surmise by saying that placing your emotional state in the hands of something so far beyond your control is unwise.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||Yes||
If it was played the first week, before school started, it would be a fantastic experience for the players. I think it'd be great. It is a bit odd though, nobody cares about football abroad.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Ya I do||
I remember how they benefited from hyping the guy up a ton and now are benefiting from his demise.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed||
Agreed, I think the Oline is a problem. And I think Brian and others predicted this back in the spring. I also think that when the problem is lack of experience (like this year probably is) instead of lack of talent (like last year probably was), you can reasonably hope that there will be improvement as the season moves along.
Looking forward, they'll end up with 2-4 new starters next year as well, so this problem may not be going away until 2015 when the line depth chart finally matures.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Seeing #98||
Seeing #98 on the field was awesome. I think it speaks to the history of the program. A qb in #98, what's that about? It's cool. This idea that defining yourself needs to include your number just doesn't make any sense to me. I'll remember players for their names and deeds. If anything, I think wearing a legends jersey makes them more memorable. Sort of like how the #1 has been. Wearing a well known number doesn't take away from the player, it adds to them.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||#77, #7, and #2 are not||
#77, #7, and #2 are not legends numbers (though they are obviously legendary).
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Love the legends numbers||
Love the legends numbers. Hoke seems to want to make them positional (87 stayed tight end, 11 stayed dback), and those positions dont correspond to the legend's position. Olineman cant wear 98 and typically qbs and other backs dont wear it either. On defense, we already have 47 and 48 for linebackers and 11 for dbacks. This leads me to believe old 98 will be worn by a dlineman. My money is on pipkins.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Deux||
|16 weeks 2 hours ago||Legends and Offense||
I like the legends jerseys. I'll remember the players and their great moments regardless of what number or numbers they wear. Yes, looking at anumber and remembering somebody or multiple people who wore it is cool, but I think the legends numbers are cool too and doesn't take away from it (Jake Ryan... he wore the 47 jersey... Oosterbaan). I think it's awesome that we can connect modern players with the past. I see the drawbacks, but the complaining is getting a little tired. Funchess will wear 87. If he's awesome, we'll think 87... Kramer, Funchess, future greats. I like it. Kovacs... he wore the Wistert jersey his senior year. That's cool. It's like the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.
I find it a bit unfair and inconsistant that with RR Brian had the tone of 'this kind of sucks, but just wait until he has his guys' but with Borges it's much more of a 'you're not using our guys how you're supposed to.'
EDIT: Just want to add that I am giddy as hell about seeing Old 98 on the field. What are we thinking? D-Lineman?
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke pattern?||
I believe there's a bit of a pattern in Hoke preseason depth charts (someone want to confirm). They tend t o heavily favor the older more veteran players in places with position battles. I get a sense he has the philosophy that 'the best players will play, but the young guys need to prove themselves first." Ultimately, i think this is more about Hoke leadership style than about Green's ability.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||It bothers me||
It bothers me not because it's cheesy. In fact, I thought it was generally good natured and fun (if not a little too long). What bothers me is the single minded attention on the coaches. RR seems to demand credit and delegate blame (talking about not having good players, etc.); Hoke does exactly the opposite (it's always about how the players succeeded after a win and how the coaches failed after a loss). That's why I think none of us can imagine Hoke doing a bit like this... ok maybe the cigar and sherriffs badge have something to do with it too.
|27 weeks 12 hours ago||Bryant?||
Noticed he didn't mention Bryant in that race. A little surprising to me; did we learn anything in the spring hinted toward that?
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I agree entirely. I'm all||
I agree entirely. I'm all for taking the piss out of someone losing their perspective on sports. However, somehow I get the feeling that many of the people who post the schadenfreude threads here take things just as seriously and are often just taking delight in others misery.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I am interested in one||
I am interested in one particular piece you mentioned. Is there any correlation between time spent in college before turning pro and likelihood of 'going broke' at some point. Would be interesting to see.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||true||
true, they're different calls. But what Michigan fans have in the 'call was 100% wrong' category, Syracuse fans have in the 'this call very clearly decided the game' category. If I'm watching each of those calls go against my team in their respective situations, I think my negative responses would be comparable. I guess that's subjective though.
I'll add to this that it's a bit of a pattern for the basketball fans here. Seems like just about every Michigan loss this season was put on the terrible b10 refs.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||if you want to vent about refs||
if you want to vent about refs there's a thread already in existence for that. And that thread is one too many, you all sound like the Syracuse fans that so many UM fans were bashing last week because of the charge call gripe (not to mention the questionable blocking foul called on Syracuse moments before).
It was a bad call, but guess what? Burke wouldn't have needed to make that play if they hadn't just squandered their own possession and set up the fast break. After the play, UM had the ball down 5 with 5 minutes remaining. Plenty of time and plenty of opportunity to take the game. All the focus on the 2 points the ref cost them (in a 6 point loss) and not on the fact that UM couldn't get a body on the hot shooter.
To be clear, I loved this UM team and am not disappointed at all in their performance (though obiously I'm really disappointed in the outcome). I think it takes away from what was a great game and is incorrect to be putting so much of the outcome on the refs.
I'm glad I'm abroad and was watching ESPN International with Vitale announcing. He never gets on the refs; focusing on the players makes the game much more enjoyable.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Games at 3:30am for me.||
Games at 3:30am for me. Trying to decide whether to stay up late or wake up early.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Happy to see||
how many minds think the same here.... I had UM over OSU in the final. Need Michigan to beat Louisville to win my pool (and to experince extreme endorphin release).
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Oh ya||
Oh ya, shit tons of St. Emilion red wine already down the hatch as I go to bed here in Bordeaux. Pick up the pace ladies!
|40 weeks 6 days ago||The news here||
The news here is that USA Today thought that this was news.
|44 weeks 36 min ago||sounds like||
If the clock ticks to '2' before the ball is snapped, spiking it will end the game. If there's 3 on the clock when the ball is snapped and you spike, you'll get another play. I bet it will result in a replay or 2 each year, but at least it's an objective rule.
|44 weeks 51 min ago||Nice||
Nice to see that 2-second spike rule. It affirms the 1998-Rose-Bowl-End-Of-Game-Ryan-Leaf-Spike decision.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Urban||
Urban Meyer's an asshole, to be sure. But... this was a joke, with a puchline and everything. The delievery was actually pretty good. I laughed. There's a lot of reasons to call this guy a lot of things, but calling him a liar over this is... some sort of negative adjective that I can't be bothered to think of, how bout lame.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||If he starts as a walk-on||
If he starts as a walk-on and then is offered a scholarship later, it will only count against the 85 max scholarship limit. It won't be part of a class year limit.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Do you actually mean greyshirt?||
Greyshirting means he won't be enrolling fulltime next year. Is that the case? I'm thinking you meant he'll be a walkon until a scholarship opens up.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||An underrating bias||
Really great work.
However, I think there's one piece that needs a more precise look. You've stated that the %starting stat in actuality means 'number who are starting/total in class year.' However, you've read the %starting stat to mean 'number who are CAPABLE of starting/total in class year.' So though you've concluded from the low percentage that 'redshirt freshmen and redshirt sophomores aren't typically capable or ready to start,' I don't think we can say that. We can only say 'redshirt freshmen and redshirt sophomores typically don't start.'
Why aren't they starting? As you stated, for some it's because they aren't capable of starting... they just shouldn't be on the field. But there's another group of folks that wasn't starting that has been ignored the redshirt freshmen and redshirt sophomores on those past teams who could've started and done fine... they were just stuck behind better more experienced redshirt juniors and redshirt seniors.
Ultimately... pretty cool stat about the true freshmen. They don't start, period. But I think there's a little hope that the 2nd and 3rd year guys can fill in more capably than you've concluded.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Maybe||
Maybe if you do it to your friend, then you can just be considered a huge asshole playing a stupid prank (and hopefully have a friendship terminated). However, I agree with the decision that putting your balls on a stranger's face should result in jail time.... though 2 years does seem excessive.