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- Has taken something different from each coach he has worked under. The biggest thing with Saban is to tell players to focus more on individual responsibilities (Saban's infamous "do your job" mantra) than on W/L results.
- Nuss didn't say much about OL. He seems more focused on QBs, RBs, and WRs.
- Ossineke, MI by Thunder Bay and Lake Huron claims to be the home of Paul Bunyan and Babe his Blue Ox. They have a large statue of both. Ossineke also is the home of Dinosaur Gardens, which is badly outdated but pretty fun for the kitch factor.
- Hiawatha statue in Irownwood, MI.
- There is a fish hatchery in Oden, MI that gives tours: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10369_46675_58961-283892--,00.html
- Here's also a website for more kitchy sights in Michigan: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/mi
- Sign a contract to play in Europe for several years at a solid salary. Get some life experience living in a foreign country.
- In the off season, keep in touch with the UofM BB program and continue to do community service around Metro Detroit.
- Eventually retire from professional BB in Europe and either get a sales job in Metro Detroit (while coaching a HS BB team and moonlighting as beloved local celebrity) or land some type of staff position on UofM BB squad.
|6 hours 45 min ago||Observations||
1) Moe Ways might not be as speedy off the line, but he's a big target like Funchess. Very prototypical of the WRs we've been recruiting lately. He'll have the ability to just jump up and get a ball.
2) Ditto to the folks who observe Peppers relying on his athleticism. It seems like he's agressive, which is good, but less polished on his technique. He has troubles with his jam and/or gets juked right away on the line. Then he's able to make up the gap with his raw speed. If he's got a year to just focus on the technique, look out.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Spot On||
mGrowOld is spot on. There's a huge difference betweeen "tire fire" and "awesome." We just need "not a tire fire" because the rest of the team seems solid.
Overall, what we need is adequate pass protection so our QB can play without also dealing with PTSD all the time.
And for adequate pass protection, we don't even need a very solid o-line--just something that "will do". It'd be nice if we had a "good" o-line, but if we can simply limit TFLs in early downs, and get our RBs and TEs to pick up their blocking assignments, it'll be a big step forward compared to what we had last year.
And then hopefully in 2015 the o-line upgrades to "good" so that we can break in Morris at QB for his first season as a starter.
|3 days 11 hours ago||My observations:1) Answer||
1) Answer about the head set makes sense. Also reqlized one of the differences between Nuss & Borges is that Nuss will be on the sidelines along w/ Hoke & Mattison. Not that I have strong opinions on logistics like headsets or where a coach is located, but for folks who do, maybe the answer offers a bit more clarity.
2) Interesing to see his unguarded reaction to the "national championship" question--"oh boy..." before he slipped back into coachspeak. But even the coachspeak makes sense. I suppose some teams are thinking "naitonal championship" from first day of camp, but a more realistic view would be something the lines of "good season; big ten championship", and then if undefeated in late October, start seeing the playoff as possible.
3) Also interesting to see him name the potential leaders of the team. Ryan & Clark no hesitation, but there seemed to be a bit of "I need to throw in Gardner too" before he named him. What exactly is the hesitation there? Is it Gardner himself being shy or not vocal or something?
OK. Time to end the July over-analysis.....back to work.
|1 week 2 days ago||I actually do appreciate||
I actually do appreciate this:
Thank you. Maybe all coaches say this, but I think in football--and in life--winning is simply a byproduct of doing other things right. It's simply a culmination of good habits that are done on a consistent basis. Don't worry about what the other part of the team is doing (unless it's a read option or the play blows up or something). Overall though, that's the coache's job to get kids in line and straighten them out (or maybe if you're captain, a senior, leader of a position group or something). But overall, you need to focus on just what's on your own plate first. Be a reliable Johnny On The Spot, and then trust that the rest of your team will do the same. And if they aren't, then rely on the coaches to fix things.
This is a little worrying to me. Hopefully it's not him whistling past the graveyard, but rather a strategic effort to either take some pressure off the O-Line kids (who might already be giving themselves enough pressure as it is), or (dare we hope) that the O-Line is actually on a good trajectory.
|1 week 2 days ago||http://s9.postimg.org/jsjor68||
EDIT: Having a hard time embedding the image. I uploaded it to a hosting site but when I try to embed it on the board (rather than a link), it isn't working for me.....
Anyway, if it hasn't been done before, I've created a handy guide to creepiness & recruiting--in case you are the type of person who needs that sort cheat sheet....
|1 week 4 days ago||Other Ideas||
Lots of great ideas already mentioned.
Eats on I-94
If you are headed back home on I-94, a few places might be worth hitting up. Keep mind I haven't been to either one in years, but as far as well-known local eateries are concerned, you could always: 1) Stop for dinner at Win Schuler's Restaurant in Marshall, MI, and then for desert about 30 minutes later hit up; 2) Jackson's All Star Dairy in Jackson, MI. Last time I was there it was an old-school ice cream parlour, huge servings, and some historical information about the local dairies in the Jackson area.
A few more ideas:
|1 week 6 days ago||Class Act||
He conducted himself well and got his degree. He helped bring the program back to prominence. He will have lots of options. Maybe get picked up in the NBA but more likely play in Europe for a solid salary, then come back home after a few years and be a fixture in the community (either on staff at UofM, maybe a broadcast career if he's good on radio or TV, or get a corporate sales job in the Ann Arbor area). He's a good egg.
As much as getting kids drafted helps future recruiting, I think a guy like JMo helps recruiting just as much. Statistically most kids don't make the NBA. JMo is the gold standard for what a Michigan degree and playing on a quality squad can do for a kid who WON'T ultimately make an NBA roster.
You can still set up a pretty sweet life for yourself if you do it right, and JMo is definitely on track for that.
|1 week 6 days ago||You're Right||
You're absolutely right. My original post was inaccurate and I've amended it. The ESPN Radio guys were talking about Brooklyn trading into the draft to get a pick from Minnesota when I was in the midst of creating the thread. They were talking about the 44th pick and it was Brooklyn trading for the Minnesota pick, not the other way around. My bad for mixing up the scenario.
Overall I agree that a big reason why Robinson slipped as far as he did is due to his own play, even if he didn't have the perfect role for himself at Michigan. He'd play hot and cold, and he just didn't seem to have that fire in the belly at times. If had the high motor that McGary had, I think he might have ended up several slots higher than he did. Part of it also might be just him growing into his body and having the confidence to use it to its fullest potential. He's a big athletic guy but sometimes played as if he wasn't. Caris Has a smaller frame and yet plays more aggressively for example. The point is, regardless of things beyond his control, I don't know that he maximized the things that were in his control.
But again, getting drafted is a big accomplishment and he'll certainly have his opportunities to prove himself to the Timnerwolves. Good for him.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Don't know how to post Vine||
Don't know how to post Vine videos, but this one is burning up Twitter right now. Nik & his dad's handshake routine once he got selected:
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||You've got a point, but in||
You've got a point, but in that case the anticipation just shifts to social media rather than the official radio or television broadcast. Then radio & television is used merely to confirm what the social media is saying.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Also Twitter rumors said the||
Also Twitter rumors said the first 9 teams said they were not looking to trade any of their picks. Lots of trade volume in the selections after that though.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Chad Ford reporting that||
Chad Ford reporting that Denver will send McDermott to Chicago Bulls for picks 16 and 19. Bulls wanted a shooter and since Stauskas was not available they took McDermott. Also saves $900K of salary cap.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||And my god Adam Silver is||
And my god Adam Silver is tall. Tough to get a true measure on how tall some of these NBA guys really are without an average height suit standing next to them.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||(No subject)||
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Then Chad Ford's Twitter feed||
Then Chad Ford's Twitter feed. He's been 100% so far in the draft:
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||ESPN's Chad Ford's Twitter||
ESPN's Chad Ford's Twitter feed is about 2 picks ahead of television & radio. So far he's been 100%. So either eveyting is on some type of time delay or he's got some pretty solid inside info.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Might not be an awesome suit,||
Might not be an awesome suit, but this is his competition:
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Agree||
Unfortuantely I agree with this. Still though, Morgan is a class act and a Michigan Man. The dude is in his early 20's. His next 5-10 years would look something like this if he wants:
It ain't a bad 5-10 year plan. He's a class act, and he will have some options no matter what happens tonight.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Edit||
Dammit. Double Post.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not a Shocker||
Not a big surprise. Madonna went to my old high school--Rochester Adams, and I think Madonna was a UofM student for a year or so before she dropped out.
I'll tell you what though. I'd respect the hell out of her kid for having motivation to go to college and especially graduate. If I knew my family was worth into the nine figures as an 18 year old, that would have been a serious demotivator for me.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know man. I've never||
I don't know man. I've never heard of this guy, but just the look on his face on that album cover tells me it's part of a semi-comedic schtick. Kind of reminds me of Outkast.
Just spent a few minutes listening to his stuff and it's clear he's got some soul or jazz training or influences behind his music. Not too shabby, although admittedly I'm nowhere near the demographic he's shooting for.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for the input. I||
Thanks for the input. I suppose by "legality" what I mean is NCAA rules violations.
I agree that recruiting can get creepy. I personally get the willies whenever anybody starts talking about recruits younger than the 2016 recruiting class. And I think my interest is (sadly) just a function of our team sucking right now. I keep looking for the cavalry, but hopefully the cavalry isn't really in the 2014-2016 classes. Hopefully the cavalry was in 2012 and 2013, but it just takes a few years on campus for the impact to be felt. I don't find myself closely following the recruiting of our basketball team for obvious reasons.
I think whoever described it as a giant game of musical chairs had it right. I was just looking at it from the school's perspective but kids obviously self-police as well. They want to be surrounded by great players in their class but also don't want too much roster competition so they can see the field. They also don't want to get too cute by half and find themselves shut out of their first choice school if they take too long to commit just because they like their egos being stroked or want a free plane trip to another part of the country. So I assume some of the cat & mouse games are self limiting to an extent.
Semi-ordered marketplace, but then occasionally absolute chaos.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Howard Griffith on BTN has a||
Howard Griffith on BTN has a habit of calling him Pimpkins too, at least the few times he's mentioned his name. Can't tell if it's an honest mistake or if he's trying to slide that in there on purpose.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks guys. I know I'm||
Thanks guys. I know I'm probably just over thinking this but I'm just trying to get a handle on this. It really sounds like the answer to the above questions are:
1) Offers can be legally withdrawn if the class simply fills up, but the staff will give the courtesy of a head's up, at least to their very coveted recruits. Don't offer a too large amount of kids, and certainly not more than your staff can keep close tabs on. And some of those large offer numbers are illusory because we might have thrown out 10-12 offers to pie in the sky kids, it becomes clear that 8-9 won't even take the bait, and then we work our way down our priority list accordingly.
2) If you're a honorable program, don't give an offer unless you are truly prepared for the kid to commit on the spot. You could play games and offer a less coveted kid you *think* will take awhile to commit, all in the hopes of grabbing his interest and yet still holding out hope that a more coveted kid commits before he does. But you're really rolling the dice in that situation. Better to assume an insta-commit, and if you're not OK with that outcome, don't offer the kid.
I understand that the LOI is the formal binding comtract, and that verbal offers are really not enforceable. But that does bring up another issue--what happens if an offered kid or two were to fax in an LOI unexpectedly late in the game? Again, is it first come first serve? Can schools enforce a 14 person class and refuse a non expected LOI that comes in via fax? Or could kids #15-17 basically jump the line, and whatever poor SOBs in the original 14 that are asleep at the switch and don't fax their letters in right away basically get shut out of the class? Unless the school has an emergency open scholarship for just that situation, is it simply "you snooze you lose?"
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Rose Colored Glasses? Maybe, Maybe Not.||
I don't know. Normally I'm one of the first guys to warn against too much hype. And I'm definitely wary of kids who are just oozing high egos--kids with unmerited confidence, or possibly having previous success that breeds complacency.
And maybe I'm seeing Peppers through rose colored glasses right now.
But when I see that video and his body language, I don't detect arrogance, I detect confidence. Notice the loftier the goals got, his body language changed a bit. It's a nonverbal recognition that he knows the final goals are likely out of reach--at least for the time being. But he still has the confidence to state them. He figures, SOMEBODY is going to achieve those goals, so "why not me?"
In order to achieve a goal, one must first actually believe that it's possible. After all, if one doesn't believe a goal is possible and yet STILL pursues it, that doesn't make one realistic. It makes one a fool. That does NOT mean simplistically "if you believe it, it will happen." But it is most definitely the case in sports that if one does NOT believe it, it will NOT happen. Belief is a necessary but not sufficient element for excellence.
He mentioned a few other important things that show he might have some maturity to him as well--work ethic and a support network. The Team, The Team, The Team.
It likely won't happen in one game, or even one season. But I definitely think he has the stuff to lead this squad to relevance again, and possibly a National Championship in the next few years.
Welcome to Michigan, Jabrill.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I could be wrong, but the||
I could be wrong, but the "lack of leadership" talk was coming straight from coach or player sound bites, not something conjured up by the media. For reasons that are understandable, those players & coaches didn't get into specifics with the media. But as a fan who cares deeply about team, I am wanting more specifics if I can dig them up.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Bittersweet Father's Day||
Very bittersweet Father's Day for me this year.
1) This is my first, although technically I'm still a father-to-be. Our first child (a daughter) is due the day of the Michigan-Notre Dame game. The Michigan fandom brainwashing will begin in earnest on Day One.
2) Yesterday my father-in-law suffered a massive heart attack and passed away in an instant. Last week he just wrapped up helping us paint the nursery. His Father's Day gifts remain wrapped but unopened. Taking a little escape for a few minutes on the blog right now as my wife finally takes an afternoon nap to recharge her emotional battery after she pulled an all-nighter helping out her mother cope with the shocking development.
3) All of which makes me full of gratitude that I still have my own dad still healthy as a horse at age 70, and who is also thrilled to be a first time grandfather due to aforementioned reason #1.
Bittersweet Father's Day indeed. Make a point to appreciate your dads if you still have them, and take time to remember them fondly if you don't.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Interior O-Line||
I agree with folks who would take an interior O-Lineman. Although Long was excellent, folks are right in that we had a top tier left tackle last season, and it didn't seem to help the line overall.
So I'd go with somebody in the interior but I'd also put a premium on leadership skills and being a player/coach rather than just raw talent. I'm not sure who that individual might be, but if there's only a dropoff of 5-10% in terms of talent from the #1 interior lineman versus the #2 interior lineman, but the #2 interior lineman also has excellent locker room/meeting room/film room leadership, I'd go with interior o-lineman #2 whoever that might be.
I think a lot of the guys we have in the o-line stable have raw talent. There's enough meat on those bones--certainly by the end of this summer.
What's partially lacking is that unit mentality, pride in work product, etc. and I think having a talented, experienced interior o-lineman who knows how to win and has leadership skils would go a long way in restoring some solid production and pride in that unit.
The D will hold it's own this year, and we could have a spectacular secondary. Our RB and WR corps could be unbelieveably good. When Gardner isn't suffering from PTSD, he's got the talent to light things up.
We just need a competent O-Line.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||PSU Message Boards||
At least one of the PSU recruiting message boards seem to agree that momentum might be in our favor. Although grain of salt, etc. etc. It's possible their own guys simply got that from lurking over here.
But the PSU community is definitely picking up on the potential shift.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Smart Kid||
Smart kid. Dont' bite off more than you can chew. Presuming he stays healthy, he's got the physical gifts to do a lot at Michigan--defensive backfield; special teams; offense; track & field. But learn to crush it in one area first, then slowly add items on to your plate. He can add track in his junior season when he knows the football playbook cold.