"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
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|4 hours 29 min ago||As a Washington NFL franchise||
As a Washington NFL franchise fan, I am disturbed by the apparently large number of times Scherff did bad.
As a Michigan fan, I am not sure what to think.
|11 hours 59 min ago||Can we start calling James||
Can we start calling James Ross "Boss Ross"? Or maybe just "Boss"?
I can hear the announcers now, after hitting Jdale Barrones for an eight-yard loss: "And a great play by the Boss! James Ross with the sack."
|13 hours 5 min ago||Yeah there is no replacement||
Yeah there is no replacement for busting ass. OTOH, unless you're going to go full tiger parent, that ass-busting motivation has got to be internal. I coasted through high school and college by being a much better natural writer than average, and by being a generally attentive and a good "classroom student." Caught up with me when I failed stats.
I admire the hell out of people who tried their hardest in high school and undergrad. Takes a degree of self-belief and self-confidence that I didn't have until well into my 20s -- coasting was a defense mechanism for the insecure, at least in my case. Made it easy to tell myself, "Oh, if I'd tried harder I could have gotten an A, no problem." But who knows? If I'd tried my hardest and gotten a B+ that would have been an accurate measure of my capacity. And it would have forced me to deal with the knowledge that my ceiling was lower than I hoped.
|13 hours 16 min ago||I was lumped in with "gifted||
I was lumped in with "gifted and talented" kids from early in elementary school, but really should not have been for math. I ended up two grade levels ahead in sixth grade and struggled until I got through AP Calc junior year with a 3 on the exam and relief that, because I could take AP Physics senior year, I'd never have to take another math class. Until I took stats at Michigan and failed it because I was a hubristic, dumb 19-year-old and thought I could coast if I took it pass/fail. Good job.
I'm 28 and regret how much I resented and hated math as a kid, because it really would help to be better grounded in it.
So, now that I have identified with your son's struggles, here's are some recommendations in no particular order.
1. If you can afford it, get the kid a tutor. Do some research, ask around, and find somebody good for him to meet with once or twice a week. Depending on where you live there should be some nice young person who's really good at math and teaching and just trying to make a few bucks on the side. I never had a tutor (except briefly for the math section of the SATs, and by god did that pay off) but it would have helped a LOT.
2. If you're competent to help, offer to do his homework with him. Not for him, just sit there and be with him while he does the reading and practice problems, and answer questions as they come up. Be patient and positive and stick with him until he can explain whatever he's confused about back to you. Being able to explain something to someone else clearly and accurately is a sign of mastery.
3. Remind him that he has other skills and qualities at which he excels and that his struggles in math don't degrade him as a person. Some random commenter on the internet named LBSS got into Michigan out-of-state even though he started getting C's and D's in math in sixth grade. (I did end up with mostly B's, B-minuses and C's, there were only a couple of D's in there. But still. Five straight years of being the worst kid in the class.) And I've always been a good writer and reader, so my success in English and history and science classes -- and getting lead roles in plays and doing well at the two sports I really liked -- helped balance out the self-loathing and shame I felt with how bad I did at math (and some other sports). My parents were disappointed when I got bad grades but they only got mad at me if I didn't do the work. Same with any subject.
5. Find extra questions for him to do on top of his homework and tie positive rewards to him completing them successfully. Like, do 15 extra problems this week and if you get 13 of them right we'll buy you a movie ticket.
6. Even if you don't do it with him, make sure he's doing all his homework, carefully, every day. Practice is vital.
|13 hours 50 min ago||"abcdefghjklmnpqrtvwyz The||
"abcdefghjklmnpqrtvwyz The letters s, i, o, u, and x have deleted from the alphabet because we are not the sioux."
I am actually laughing out loud at my desk right now.
|1 day 2 hours ago||That thread really was||
That thread really was incredible. My god, the upvotes!
|1 day 10 hours ago||May his leg be strong and may||
May his leg be strong and may his kicks fly straight.
|1 day 10 hours ago||That's odd, I thought you||
That's odd, I thought you were a reporter for the Washington Post whose articles I occasionally read when someone leaves the Metro section in the toilet stall at work.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Cal? Really?||
|4 days 5 hours ago||I would like to just pause||
I would like to just pause and admire Jake Ryan's pure athleticism for a moment. He's 240 pounds and ran a laser-timed 4.65, and his vertical 34.5 inches. He's a freak, and the fact that he was only a "top performer" at the combine in the 60-yard shuttle means only that there are a few guys at his position even freakier than he is.
Godspeed, JMFR. You were a beast in Ann Arbor, and I hope to continue watching you be a beast on national TV for years to come.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Basically tackles are bigger,||
Basically tackles are bigger, and the bigger you are the harder it is to still be wicked fast and athletic. So great ones are rarer. Makes sense. Thanks y'all.
I'm still happy about Scherff, but maybe more because I'm happy we had a first-round pick at all. It's been a few years.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Thanks for doing this Brian.||
Thanks for doing this Brian. Gives some hope for the fall. At the very least we can be assured of decent competition for the starting gig, and if Rudock gets Harbaughed maybe we'll actually have a weapon on our hands! Summer optimism, commence!
On the throw where the ball ends up breaking the receiver's stride by a hair, looks like it was tipped by Northwestern #94. Bet it'd have been DO without the tip.
|4 days 12 hours ago||EDIT: never mind||
Ignore, was dumb post.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Correct on all counts. Except||
Correct on all counts. Except Kate Upton is also really pretty, I will stand by that. Not just boobs.
|4 days 12 hours ago||All this means is that I'm||
All this means is that I'm happy for Breshad Perriman. Going from two-star to first-rounder is pretty freaking awesome. Good for him.
|5 days 26 min ago||She's beautiful and thin and||
She's beautiful and thin and has enormous boobs. What's the mystery?
|5 days 11 hours ago||That was almost 20 years ago.||
That was almost 20 years ago. Current Nike >>>>>>>>>>>> current adidas.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Couple things jumped out||
Couple things jumped out about the recruit table:
1. Izzo really is a great coach
2. Sean Miller is not
|6 days 10 hours ago||Any ad that autoplays on a||
Any ad that autoplays on a website that I visit.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Thanks for the writeup Seth,||
Thanks for the writeup Seth, pieces like this are a big part of why I love MGoBlog so much. Especially in the football-starved offseason.
That said, MUST DESTROY AUTOPLAY AD WITH NOISE. KILL IT WITH FIRE!
|1 week 6 hours ago||Yep, they pick 23rd. I'll||
Yep, they pick 23rd. I'll double down: If the Lions pick Funchess in the first round, I will eat a lemon and then drink the juice of a second lemon.
|1 week 8 hours ago||4.47, add 0.2 because it was||
4.47, add ~0.2 because it was hand timed, pretty close to the equivalent of a 4.7 at pro day. not a burner.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Kentucky Derby and it's not||
Kentucky Derby and it's not close.
|1 week 9 hours ago||I will eat a lemon||
if he goes in the first round.
|1 week 1 day ago||I will preface this comment||
I will preface this comment by saying that disaster preparedness and response is my field, although my organization doesn't work in Nepal and won't be responding to the disaster there.
1. If you feel moved to donate, please donate cash and do not even think about donating material goods or food.
2. A donation to the Red Cross (ARC) can be great but they are comparatively flush and have a huge national donor base. That's not a knock on them or against donating to them, they do great work and I respect my colleagues there a great deal. However...
3. If you want to give to a responder where your contribution could make a bigger relative difference, consider donating to a smaller NGO. FWIW, I'm going to donate to Handicap International, because they are one of the few organizations I know of that prioritizes mental health post-disaster. Disasters can be traumatizing and things like occupational therapy, especially for children, are extremely important to a community's recovery and are very often neglected in response.
4. EDIT: I realize that others have already posted links of orgs to donate to. Here's another list of US-based humanitarian organizations responding in Nepal*: http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/interaction-members-respond-nepal...
*Which for some reason doesn't include Handicap International; as soon as I finish this comment I'm going to find out why that is because I know they're responding.
|1 week 1 day ago||Re: tattoo||
|1 week 4 days ago||I submit "THAT'S WHY WE RUN||
I submit "THAT'S WHY WE RUN POWER, JON GRUDEN!" as this site's tagline.
|1 week 4 days ago||This||
is a funny joke.
|1 week 4 days ago||God, what a shitty schedule.||
God, what a shitty schedule. Thanks Delany/Brandon for the MSU-OSU-same-year bullshit.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yes, but||
ALL of Nike's designs are better than adidas. Not just their uniformz but also their general shoe and apparel designs are more attractive.
Deadspin posted something about this but basically Nike destroys all other brands in preference among teenagers, and that's because their shit looks cooler.