"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 days 23 hours ago||I prefer the Christian Bale||
I prefer the Christian Bale costumes much more. And is that a pot belly I see on him?
|1 week 5 days ago||They really did paper over||
They really did paper over the three major differences between college and the pros: 1) 18-20 year old kids will view him as a God and buy into his program. Not so much jaded 28 year old millionaires. 2) college programs cycle through kids every 3-5 years. Other than coaching staff and athletic department, the kids will be gone before he can "wear out his welcome" too much with them. 3) Being Michigan royalty, he's going to get a MUCH wider berth than he would with any corporate NFL office.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Great news. Hopefully as QB||
Great news. Hopefully as QB he will take a leadership role as one of the anchors of the class and help recruit others. The Spring Game and BBQ at the Big House should be epic. Any fence sitters hopefully will be swayed by a significantly improved season once we start playing games.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed. My theory is that as||
Agreed. My theory is that as one gets older, each unit of time represents an increasingly smaller percentage of a person's overal live. Thus, time seems to go by quickly.
Downside: I'm 40 and I realize that 15 years just isn't that long of a period of time. Thus 55 is practically on top of me.
Upside: It gives you the patience to undertake long/ambitious projects. Something that might take several years to accomplish no longer seems like a daunting task.
OK--back to the topic. What the hell is wrong with our D-Line, as others have said?
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||This Article||
This article may be mostly recycled fluff from last week, but at least for me, the #1 virtue it had was as a pick-me-up after this weekend's tournament results.
Perfect click-bait pick-me-up for depressed Wolverine fans.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Injury.||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||To earn advertising revenue||
To earn advertising revenue for the station airing the draft. Which is exactly why it won't be televised. Not enough eyeballs interested. But I could easily see a blogger or Michigan insider that wants clicks and retweets asking for access so they can put the results out there.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Logged in just to up vote||
Logged in just to up vote this. Lots of us need help. Including me.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know man. If he's all||
I don't know man. If he's all about accountability and if they figure the draft order will get leaked anyway, why not make a big thing out of it? If the kids knew in advance that the whole thing would be public they'd be pushing themselves in spring practice even more, no?
Kind of reminds me of Michigan Law School back in the day. Apparently before my time they had the "Wailing Wall" where they pretty much posted everybody's grades on a wall for all to see. When I was there they still did it but used confidential student ID codes. I presume now they just email the results. But the point is, if everybody knows that everybody will know, it spurs on competition. Isn't that Harbaugh's whole premise in coaching his squads?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||And to clarify: I don't think||
And to clarify: I don't think it's televised. Not a big enough audience of us degenerates to merit it probably. But at least some type of live stream or live blogging or release of the results.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||No idea. I was looking for||
No idea. I was looking for the same thing. I doubt it's televised but I was wondering if there wasn't somebody at least live blogging or tweeting out the results in real time.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe it's an ounce of||
Maybe it's an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure type of thing. Nothing bad right now, but perhaps some compliance people in the AD looked at her account and could see it inadvertenlty creating problems in the future.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The SEC is Powerless||
They're powerless to stop it. On the other hand, if they are so inclined, there's nothing stopping the big time SEC or California schools from setting up a camp somewhere in Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc on their own accord as well.
Let everybody poach everybody's back yard. The kids get more coaches coming to them and more exposure. Everybody wins.
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||Since It's Springtime||
Since it's springtime, I may be wearing Maize-colored glasses, but it sure seems like having both Mattison and Durkin on board was a genius move by Harbaugh. At the start I was a bit worried about the dynamics between the two--how the players would react with their old DC still hanging around, and whether that would muddle things and/or undermine Durkin's authority.
But by all accounts so far it's a perfect blend. G-Matt stays on to smooth the transition by providing institutional knowledge of the players, and Durkin injects some fresh blood into the defense without totally shaking things up. The players don't have to completely scrap what they've been working on past few years and can build on what they've got under the watchful eye of the old school & new school coaches.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||“I think (what stuck out the||
Uh.....Okay. Whatever makes you feel good about us, Kelly...
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I won't be watching the early||
I won't be watching the early round games since Michigan isn't in it. Neither is Illinois which is the (distant) #2 team I root for. The biggest tip I'd have for you as the new guy and also likely a low man on the totem pole is to look at your office culture and copy why other successful people in the office do. You don't want to be the one guy watching the games nor do you want to be guy who has the same pattern of behavior as the office slacker two desks over. Fun run related fact: the most popular day for vasectomys is tomorrow. Doctors offer March Madness specials on them since after the procedure you have to lay in a couch for two days with ice on your crotch recovering. Guys like taking Thursday/Friday of the tournament to recover.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||And if we're talking about||
And if we're talking about the level of cash the OP stated, lump sum after taxes you're talking about $200M. I'd ease myself into that money slowly. The first few years $500K or $1M annually would feel like a lot of money. Eventually I'd dip into principle with a floor of $100M. You can't take it with you, which is why I'd eventually blow $100M on a few properties, some small business ideas I have, charitable/political efforts, etc. But the reason I'd try to keep a base $100M in principle is because I have kids. I'd love to be able to set them up with the money IF I can successfully make sure they won't become cocaine addled trust fund losers.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Well, I would definitely do a||
Well, I would definitely do a family trust for my siblings parents nieces nephews etc but it would largely involve debt relief (from current credit card debt as in "this is your chance for a one time bailout so develop a budget going forward now"), tuition payment, and maybe an annual family gathering at a nice resort. I'd obviously pay the freight occasionally for friends to come on vacations with us. But as far as "helping friends and family out" so they don't have shit jobs, etc---I think that's exactly the kind of things that make the lotto winner go broke. If there aren't hard and fast rules that everybody knows up front you will get fleeced to death. You'd be amazed at how many "friends"
|6 weeks 6 days ago||And apologies for no||
And apologies for no paragraphs. On the app. Oh and final phase: worry like hell and consult child psychologists for advice on raising kids so my infant daughter and other future kids don't turn into spoiled brat trust fund kids with drug habits because their parents got insanely lucky in the lottery.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I own my own little law firm||
I own my own little law firm and like my life generally. Live in a nice town and like my circle of friends/hobbies. I'd basically just do what I am doing but just "more". Specifically though....Phase 1: First I'd put the signed ticket in my safe deposit box and tell my wife about it with strict instructions to not tell anybody else. Then I'd head to downtown Chicago (I live in the suburbs) and hire some insanely high end law firm to advise me on how to properly claim the money for tax purposes and to coach me up on living trusts, gift taxes, charitable trusts, etc. and to give me reading materials on these topics. Phase 2: give my current clients and other colleagues some BS excuse about a family emergency and go to a luxury secluded Caribbean resort on my own dime for a few weeks with my wife to get away from the hustle & bustle to map out what our plan would be to claim the money officially, along with deciding whether/how to set up a trust for our extended family (parents adult siblings cousins nephews etc). Basically get all our ducks in a row prior to claiming the cash. Phase 3: claim the cash and brace for impact. Phase 4: immediately pay off all debts and mortgages, dump about $100K into a savings account, and set up auto debits for 100% of my recurring bills so I wouldn't have to worry about that for a year or two. Have a family meeting or send out a letter to all family members outlining the terms of the family trust (if any). Hard and fast rules very clearly stated up front and adhered to so when Cousin Vinny tries to get a second bite at the apple for a "loan" he knows right up front he'll be denied. Final Phase: designate a relatively modest amount of cash for "mad money" maybe $100K for my wife and I each, but then. lock the vast majority of the cash away in a very low yield and safe investment portfolio that is relatively illiquid for at least a year or two, then mostly live off of our current income (but with no overhead due to prior debt payments). My theory is that people flip out and go crazy not due to the size of the money but due to the sudden increase and they don't have the know how or infrastructure to deal with all of the complications. Over the course of maybe 10-15 years, I would slowly increase the amount of investment income we allow ourselves to access so they we acclimate ourselves to being insanely wealthy over time & never touch the principle. Maybe design and build a dream house 2-5 years later and 8-12 years later start to buy other properties, vacation homes, fractional jet ownership etc. by dipping into some of the principle, but never below a certain floor like $100M.
|9 weeks 13 hours ago||All the reasons stated above,||
All the reasons stated above, plus if you were a conference that DIDN'T do one, similar to how football worked, the conferences who did may have seen their rankings (seedings) improve during the idle week. So after awhile any straggler conferences felt like they had to join too.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Scary but even if our||
Scary but even if our knowledge or technology grows exponentially there is no guarantee it will grow that way in AI specifically. Some items of technology flatline or reach an asymptotic limit at points. Secondly, even if we do reach that singularity/ASI point (including self awareness) there's no telling how the computers would react. They could incorporate morality and become benign to us. Or decide to just leave the planet behind to us while they take the rest of the Galaxy. Or who's to say they will be monolithic on their opinions of what to do? You could easily see factions among the ASI just as there are factions between humans. Anyway. Cool read.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Still is great for recruiting||
Still is great for recruiting and the sound bites from the guys just reek of WIN. But I don't think that they literally came to AA just to have Harbaugh personally put them through their paces for a few days on the field.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Honest question--did Harbaugh||
Honest question--did Harbaugh actually coach these guys during their visit? It seems like a private consulting firm rented out the field house to coach these guys through actual drills, and then at some point Harbaugh dropped buy to say hello and then offer more classroom type of advice (interview tips etc.) from the standpoint of a recent NFL coach.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I think an under appreciated||
I think an under appreciated aspect is that other teams are not stagnant either. It was mentioned that part of MSU's recent success may be in part due to the lackluster Michigan and PSU teams. Same may hold true with Wisconsin. So if we are assuming Harbaugh Effect, the teams that might directly harm the most in terms of recruiting at least may be PSU, Wiscy, Sparty, and perhaps Nebraska in the conference. OSU will always get theirs. As was also mentioned, teams with excellent coaches tend to lose those coaches after awhile. Reloading a great defensive or offensive coordinator is not a guarantee. Of course, our hope is that we have the same high class problems on Ann Arbor a few years from now, but we are in the upswing. It is very difficult to sustain excellence in a very consistent basis. No tree grows to heaven. So to some extent, I'd expect OSU and MSU to take a dip at some point. Not to mediocrity mind you, but if the question is closing the gap between us and them, my guess is it won't be 100% due to us getting better, but it will also include at least some degree of OSU and MUS regressing back to their means.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting Job Description||
Makes sense to me. Looks like a lot of concrete responsibilities helping both the guys in Ann Arbor, but also helping to be the eyes & ears for the coaches & the parents/family who are out of town. "Team Mom" definitely seems like the unifying theme here. It's not unlike "House Mother" that some fraternities use too. The fraternity "House Mother" is what first popped into my head when the concept of her hire first came up a few weeks ago anyway.
I'm no psychologist, but it seems to me the presence of a maternal-like female around a bunch of young men can have a somewhat tempering effect on the guys. Possibly pre-empting some off the field issues that might otherwise occur.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||It seems that Harbaugh is not||
It seems that Harbaugh is not only creating a lot of competition at the QB position on campus, but (with the number of offers we have out there), he's creating a competition for the recruits too.
Especially if there's only one slot available this class, and especially if Michigan is viewed in the top 5 schools for pro-style QBs in the country now, to what degree is there pressure on these kids to get to campus and be the first to commit and take up that slot? Weeds out the serious vs unserious kids pretty fast.
As Magnus mentioned, if we can lock down one of our top 3 choices at QB by March or April (and assuming we can KEEP him on lockdown), that really helps out the rest of the recruiting class. First, it's one of the big key positions already taken off the board. The staff can focus on other slots. Second, since it is such a key leadership role, getting a blue chip recruit in that slot it signals to all the other kids in the class (WRs, OL, etc) that they'll be joining a winning class. Creates momentum.
In years past it was great having a hung-ho true blue QB becoming the unofficial "mayor" of the recruiting class, but more often that not, the kid was a local Michigan product. But if we can get a 5 star or super high composite 4 star QB (especially one with a big national profile) to fill that role, it helps.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||For context: I grew up and||
For context: I grew up and attended a solid public school in the Detroit suburbs. I got into Michigan and was invited to the honors college, but I only had a 3.6 GPA. Did have a 32 ACT score so maybe that was it. This was in the early 1990s so maybe it's changed since then. I didn't go and instead attended Albion in a large scholarship. I just wasn't ready for a big campus yet. I ended up attending Michigan for law school a few years later. My wife is an ER doctor and attended Michigan for her residency. We just had our first baby in September. We now live outside of Chicago so my kids will all apply to Michigan as out of state students if they do apply. Our approach will be this: brainwash the heck out of the kids that Michigan is a great school. If s kid has academic issues then perhaps it will be out of reach. But we will stress education and set Michigan as the bar for both the kids and is. The kids won't Be forced to attend, but they should strive to be admitted. They could go to other schools if they are better fits. As parents Michigan is our bar too. We will save up so our kids can attend Michigan out of state without having to take out loans. Anything above that (or grad school) will be on their own dime or loans.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Halftime||
Mitch with 11 points and 6 boards in just over 8 minutes of play.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed, which makes me||
Agreed, which makes me suspicious that Webers version of the story is true. I also don't think we had the intent to really take two RBs this year either. So when I saw a solid committable offer go to Higdon, my assumption was that our coaching staff already knew what was up with Weber.