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|16 weeks 3 days ago||He just did||
He just did. He doesn't like it because of its 'NOT so subtle racism.' He'd prefer the subtle version.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan's degree||
The Michigan degree has a slight edge over OSU's. I'm fairly certain the Michigan Kinesiology degree doesn't hold any more water than does the OSU Kinesiology degree (or whatever it is that most football players are majoring in these days).
I'm sure many people (athletes or not) regret not taking school more seriously, but as satisfying as it would be, I don't think many with an OSU degree think 'if only I had a Michigan degree.' US News: Michigan 29th, OSU 54th. We're not exactly comparing an Ivy to a Tier 2 school here.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Softer ball||
Softer ball doesn't travel as far or fast? I'm not so sure, sounds like armchair physics to me.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||16 team playoff||
I'm all for a 16 team playoff. There needs to be an objective way to a national championship to make this a valid competition. Any team should be able to win its way to the title. As long as the lesser conferences are in the same division as the major confernces, those teams need a clear, objective path to the title. So, 10 conference champions plus 6 wild cards. This will effectively put the top 10 in plus the small conference champions. Being top 5 effectively gets you a bye in the first round as you get to play one of the small conference champions. As long as there are 10 conferences, 16 sounds right to me. Forget the bowl games. Home games for the first 2-3 rounds.
Now if we get a split in the top division and just consider the power 5 conferences, then an 8 team playoff sounds better to me. Again, with the idea that an objective path to the title is essential. Let a committee decide your wild cards, but ultimately, winning a conference title is done on the field, so 5 auto qualifiers in this form too.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh in Ann Arbaugh!!!!||
Harbaugh in Ann Arbaugh!!!!
|23 weeks 1 day ago||MS Paint Please||
MS Paint this Please:
"Harbaugh is going to punch Jed York on the field Sunday before escaping in a block M emblazoned helicopter, giving the stadium an epic double bird while laughing maniacally on his way out."
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Adding a relative stat here:||
Private high schools account for 1/5 high schools in the state. We would expect to see them in just over 1/3 state title games.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Finals Count||
2014: 8 Public, 8 Private
2013: 13 Public, 5 Private
This is not of matter of public schools not being able to compete.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||96 OSU?||
I want to say they were a 2 TD favorite.
Edit: OSU was a 17 point favorite according to this recent article: http://www.cleveland.com/osu-michigan/2012/04/osu-michigan_1996_brian_griese.html
|32 weeks 6 days ago||There is a point||
There is a point; it draws emphasis to the fact that they are the same.
Also, if he had just said 'the same,' a reasonable interpretation is that they express the same ideas. By adding exactly, it's more clear that he means verbatim because we use 'exactly the same' to mean specially, the same to the last detail.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||"To improve is to change; to||
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Watch out guys||
Watch out guys, Desmond Howard must be one of those aggressively reasonable people that Brian warned us about.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||You forgot||
Check out number 5. You guys love that photo of Alan Branch dealing a brain injury to Anthony Morelli. 'Killin your doodz' reads the caption. Again and again I see that photo used as something to gloat and to laugh about.
Morris should've been pulled, you're right. However, your righteous indignation sickens me. Hypocrites.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Welp||
Welp, I was defending what happened based on the fact that he didn't see the hit and so saw the possible concussion symptoms as hurt ankle symptoms.
All he had to do today was say 'I didn't see it in real time, but after watching the film, we should've had him out of there.' Wouldn't have been good enough for some people here, but I would've been ok with that.
Unfortunately, he didn't have it in him to say it.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||The link for those who are interested||
Let's get Dantonio and Meyer into the crossfire while we're at it at least:
Here was the Braxton Miller KO, he starts heaving later. He also comes back out and plays the entire 4th quarter.
He came back into the game as well.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly||
It is amazing. I see the left should pad going right on Shanes number, center chest. The helmet being up and right on Shane's left shoulder. If the ruling on the field is 'helmet hit the chin' I wouldn't overturn it, but if the ruling on the field was 'helmet didn't contact chin' I wouldn't overturn that either. I swear, I'm not blind, and I'm looking at this same gif.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Well||
Well I'm not blind, and you can go ahead and check my comments over the past several years I've been on this blog if you want to see if I'm dumb or just a dick who disagrees with everybody. I'm not. So is there an option 4?
|33 weeks 3 days ago||I appreciate||
I appreciate the apology. I understand your take, and I just have a different take on it. At this point, Hoke says he didn't see the hit. I have no reason to doubt it and I don't think it shows incompetence. It was away from the play.
I agree teat we've got clear evidence of a partial head injury, so I'll retract that. However, the stumble and teammate support only become relevant evidence if we've seen the hit. Otherwise, they're just further evidence of a hurt ankle. Hoke says he didn't see the hit. I believe him and I don't think it makes him incompetent.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||I do realize||
I do realize that many concussions occur from whiplash or from impact with the ground. We all remember Jhavid Best's concussion while playing for Cal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msg4Dg2egkI) and maybe others remember a Sophomore Braxton MIller getting knocked out cold when his head hit the turf 2 years ago (can't find a video and don't remember the opponent.. I want to say Purdue, he also began throwing up afterward, another sign of concussion... of course he returned to play the entire second half).
I don't think it was a direct hit the head, I don't see the crown of the helmet contacting Shane's chin. We're looking at the same evidence, so I guess we can leave it that it's not clear.
The whole point isn't really to argue whether he truly did have a concussion or not, but whether Hoke is incompetent for not suspecting a concussion and removing him from the game. To reiterate, it was a hard hit away from the play. Very possible Hoke didn't see it. If he did, the relevance of helmet to helmet is actually important. When coaches see a hit to the head, we definitely should expect them to have concern for a head injury. Without that, Morris has just taken a hard hit. It is possible to get a concussion on a hard hit, that doesn't mean a coach is incompetent for leaving a player in after a hard hit.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||No need to sling||
No need to sling insults. I don't have blinders on. I made pretty serious thoughtful comments on the matter.
Is his head whiplashing at the end as he hits the ground what everyone's talking about? Typically if someone's head hits the ground, people don't call it a 'hit to the helmet.' Heads hit the ground every play.
I'm not saying Morris wasn't concussed, I'm asking if Hoke is incompetent for not seeing warning signs. The wobble, the teammate for support, both can be signs of an ankle injury. The hit was to the chest and away from the play. The head hitting the ground at the end may be evidence that there was in fact a concussion, but not evidence that Hoke is incompetent for failing to notice it.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Let's look at some pictures||
Look at this picture and tell me Leftwich isn't concussed: http://a.espncdn.com/i/pkg/ncf/100/top_plays_100.jpg
Here's another one http://maizeandgoblue.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/BranchKnockOutPSU.jpg
I'm watching your gif and I am still looking for the hit to the head.
Ultimately, a Morris had an ankle injury and was hit hard away from the play. Hoke could reasonably be expected to know that Morris had an ankle injury and was wobbling and using a player to support him. Why is it incompetent to leave him in with those facts? After leaving one play later, the staff evaluated him. With the green light, why is it incompetent to let him go back into the game?
I believe these things:
There was not clear evidence or partial evidence of a head injury. Morris was hit hard in the chest. He had already been limping and using players for support for his ankle injury. His thought, which I think was and is still reasonable, is that Morris was fighiting a painful ankle injury.
Don't speak for everyone in the stands. They may have booed and wanted Morris out. But for many of them it was because the game was over and he was clearly in pain. Not necessarily because they thought 'concussion.'
I do think the department owes a more detailed account of the events. Once we watch Morris get pulvarized 200 times on infinite loop gif, it's clear he should've gotten checked after such a vicious shot, even though it wasn't to the head. I don't think it makes Hoke incompetent, but some more clear detail about what transpired should be offered.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Idiot.||
Most of the outrage thus far is about him returning to play, not playing one more play before coming out. I agree that he should've come out immediately. I'm not massivley outragedly upset that there was one play before he was taken out after a non-helmet-to-helmet hit. Idiot.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Most teams leave their starters in||
Most teams leave their starters in even when they're losing. And if Hoke just wanted the points here, he would've kicked a field goal earlier rather than go for it on 4th down.
It's pile-it-on comments like these that make me feel like a lot of the outrage is really coming from the fact that this team stinks. Why weren't people outraged that Devin played on a broken foot last year?
My thoughts: if a player has a possible head injury, you obviously must take him out... immediately, without question. I've played and coached rugby for 15 years now. I've seen coaches leave concussed players in and it's disgusting.
Blast from the past... when Dantonio played Gholston a couple of plays after this happened, I was absolutely disgusted and have never thought much of Dantonio since: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZsok00Pio
I watched the Michigan game with no audio and I didn't think Morris was concussed. I really didn't. I saw the huge hit, but it wasn't head to head. The 'wobbly' everyone's talking about seemed like hurt-ankle-wobbly not concussed wobbly. I have a low 'might be a head injury' threshold. If I saw this kind of thing, I would probably talk with the player and have them talk to a trainer. Morris did talk to a trainer. They didn't mention anything to Hoke, so as far as the head goes, why should he think concussion? He did not take a shot to the head, the trainers didn't mention a concussion, and further he hasn't been diagnosed with a concussion since the game.
On the ankle point, it wasn't pretty. But again, I think we're mainly upset that Shane Morris, the future of Michigan football, stunk. It was a sign that not only do we stink now, but we're going to stink in the future too. Playing with a high ankle sprain isn't going to ruin someone like playing through a head injury can. I'm not disgusted by a guy playing through an ankle sprain. Nobody grilled Byron Leftwich's coach when Leftwich played through a broken leg, literally being carried to the line. The difference with Leftwich was success.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Where were they?||
Rember when this happened to Gholston and he was back in the game just a few plays later?
|37 weeks 3 days ago||No we shouldn't||
This site is how Brian makes his living. Don't joke about boycotting it over something trivial.
|41 weeks 20 hours ago||Agreed||
It is a tired excuse. But 2 empty classes will do that to you.
2 years ago... few 2nd and 3rd year guys (lack of depth)
last year... few 3rd or 4th year guys (depth + youth)
this year... few 4th and 5th year guys (youth)
The majority of guys haven't been here for 3 years by the way.
4 years: 0
3 years: 2
2 years: 4
1 year: 6
just starting: 2
Anyway, there's no excuse for a performance like last year's. However, the conclusion from OP is 'no reason we can't win a B10 title.' This is still a very young line, and just because it's been said before doesn't mean they should age more quickly.
If it makes you feel any better, I promise I will not use it as an excuse next year (and will only use it to excuse a little bit this year)!
|41 weeks 22 hours ago||A couple things:||
First: I wouldn't' say we can't win the big 10. But a big reason this offense may have trouble is shown in one of your statistics: Average years in program for the offensive line: 2
A guy going into his 3rd year can be good enough to start, but these guys and their second year counterparts are being forced onto the field. Is it possible a bunch of 2nd and 3rd year highly touted o-lineman can get the job done? Sure. But we've seen how detrimental youth is on the oline (both on the field and through numerous stats shown on this blog). Even if they perform admirably, can they move the ball against MSU? They'll have to if they want the B10 title.
Second: Listing the average star rating for players who've been starting or out of high school for several years is silly. It's like taking the average draft pick number of starters on NFL teams. If I new absolutely nothing about the team, this kind of average coudl give me a general sense of 'upper tier' 'middle tier' or 'lower tier' team, but it's not going to tell us much else. Basically, it's a little annoying. We know we've recruited well for several years now, but let's not go to the 'look at our average star ratings, we're going to be great!' mode every summer.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||USA 7s||
If you're interested in the sport... the US team has a very exciting player right now: Carlin Isles. Ex elite US sprinter now rugby player. Some of his highlights definitely remind me of Denard Robinson's long runs.
Here are two good youtube vids to check out:
7 minute mini doc:
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Another possibility||
There were 6 weeks between those matches, with the latter being played after the school year had ended. Michigan's fitness may have improved over that time (it was a long winter after all) or there may have been key roster changes.
Kevbot is right though, a bit of chance may be all that's needed to explain the different outcomes.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||They definitely go fast||
It wlll depend somewhat on who's running the tournament or agreement between the clubs, but typically, it's actually 7 minute halves. 10 minute halves for tournament championship matches (this is how the International Rugby 7s tour operates at least).
It definitely doesn't feel fast if you're playing it, it's exhausting... full size rugby field with half the player numbers. Spectatorwise... it's exteremely fast and exciting, and I believe easier for a novice to understand and enjoy watching. 7s events tend to be tournaments, so you'll see your team play several times in a day or weekend. Makes up for the short match lengths. I predict an explosion of the sport in the US after people watch it in the 2016 olympics.