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|1 day 3 hours ago||You know...||
You know "vegetarian" is actually an old Native American word.
It means, "can't hunt well."
|1 day 4 hours ago||As for the "four years" part,||
As for the "four years" part, a few things. First, to what degree is his short life span personally inflicted? If the guy loves a certain position, wouldn't it be the case that he'd go above and beyond to stick around if he wants? Second, how much of the short life span a function of the teams not 100% knowing what to expect? Hackett is no dummy. The alums who pulled this together have known Harbaugh for decades. I've got to think Ann Arbor knows exactly what they are getting and have either adjusted their expectations and/or installed certain organizational measures to account for Harbaugh's personality. Taken together, I could easily see his natural shelf life get extended by a good 4-8 years. Possibly longer.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Actually the best part is:||
Actually the best part is: "Your Harbaugh has been programmed for combat and within six months will pick a fight with the biggest, baddest bully on the block. Urban Meyer, you have been warned."
|4 days 3 hours ago||There was another diary or||
There was another diary or article awhile ago looking at experience (whether it was years or starts), and it was concluded that the most critical part of the line was the middle. Presumably because one or two weaker tackles could be compensated by some solid TE or fullback play.
It'll be good to finally see the center of the line firming up in terms of experienced play.
|6 days 4 hours ago||In isolation I agree. Each||
In isolation I agree. Each situation is case by case and even if we knew all the variables, often times reasonable people could disagree. I think where the Sabans of the world can be painted as unethical, however, is the simple aggregate numbers over the years. Awhile back on this blog somebody posted a chart of the number of medicals that Alabama had versus other schools in the SEC over a period of several years. The difference was staggering and not likely due to random chance. The logical conclusion was that either Alabama was practicing their kids in such a way that produced a far greater number of injuries, or that they were using the medicals far more aggressively. And if it was just legit injuries, you'd expect an even distribution between different level players, whereas in the Alabama case, it was inevitably the lower caliber athletes that were given the firm handshake much more frequently than the top lome contributors. Bottom line is in isolation it's tough to tell each case, but over time the aggregate numbers tell the story.
|1 week 1 day ago||Maybe it's a wallaby and not||
Maybe it's a wallaby and not a kangaroo. But this thread is way more fun if it's a kangaroo. Ergo, it's a kangaroo.
|1 week 1 day ago||What's the over/under on how||
What's the over/under on how long he keeps it? And when he gets rid of it, is it because Washtenaw County animal control confiscates it, or is it because the thing gets too unwieldly he can't take care of it anymore?
|1 week 2 days ago||Kareem's Candor||
I will give it to Kareem for being honest about his reasoning for picking Alabama over Michigan. We haven't been a top national level program for the past decade. For most of us who are in our 20's or 30's or 40's on this board, that doesn't seem like very long, but for a 17 or 18 year old kid, it's basically their entire lifetime as far as sports are concerned. It's a very fixable issue--just 1-2 great seasons can really turn that perception around, and I trust that Harbaugh has the chops to get it done.
But overall I'd much rather hear Kareem's candor on this than some of the "I want academics, therefore I'm going to Alabama over Michigan" nonsense we've seen a few times over the past few years.
|1 week 2 days ago||The other thing to consider||
The other thing to consider is, there are so many great places up north, consider sampling a few of them. Basically a road trip and try out 3-4 of the locations people are suggesting here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Ditto on the Bay||
Ditto on the Bay Harbor/Petoskey area. Not that Traverse City isn't charming, but the Bay Harbor & Peroskey area is even moreso. Pricier though. As far as accommodations go, I am partial to the Perry Hotel in Petoskey. It's on a bluff overlooking the lake and you can walk to the downtown shopping area.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't know. This is so over||
I don't know. This is so over the top an obviously manufactured, even as a high school kid I'm pretty sure I'd be thinking: 1) This is all sizzle--show me the steak; and 2) If they're pushing for me this badly then perhaps rather than being a big recruit in a lower ranked program, I'd be better off at a school where I'm a mid tier recruit but the program is a national power.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'd echo the folks saying||
I'd echo the folks saying don't overload the first year if she can avoid it. For me at least, half the battle the first year was just getting used to college life, regulating my own schedule/week, etc. A few other thoughts: if she isn't looking to become particularly fluent in Spanish, and if Michigan allows it (I went to a different undergrad that did), then consider NOT placing out of Spanish 101. You may be paying for those credits which aren't adding to her knowledge base, but if she has basic proficiency, then using Spanish 101 & 102, etc. is an excellent way to pad the GPA against maybe some of the more brutal classes she'll end up taking eventually. I was convinced as a freshman to take an honors English class. Big mistake. No employer or grad school cared and it took a huge time investment just to pull out a halfway decent grade. Looking back the only reason I did it was because it stroked my ego. Another thing to consider is during the summer term after the freshman or sophomore year, maybe stick around Ann Arbor and just take the ONE class that might be the big weeder/foundational classes for her major, one required class that she knows she will struggle with. She'll have the time to make it a priority to get that A in the critical class she'll need to transfer to Ross or to apply for med school, etc. Plus with the one brutal class out of the way, the load in the fall/winter won't be as bad because she can swap out what would've been the brutal class with something more mid level. My wife did that as a pre Med. She took all her physics one summer and she's convinced that made all the difference. In addition to the one class consider either taking a summer job or independent research job or something related to her major. Anyway. My 2 cents.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Somebody embed the Rocky IV training montage stat.||
Somebody embed the Rocky IV training montage stat.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I agree. WD, whatever you do,||
I agree. WD, whatever you do, you need to figure out a way to monetize your super-fandom/obsession. Maybe a super guide, maybe the nations foremost Wolverine memorabilia broker, or maybe something else. But if you're taking any unsolicited advice, mine would be: 1) graduate with an OK GPA just to get your degree, 2) continue to develop your Michigan passion and networking relationships with people in and around the program, 3) land some type of job (or "create your own job") something to do with Michigan and attack it with Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind, and 4) never burn bridges. If you play your cards right, you can be in a position very few people are in--having the ability to turn their passion into their job and "never having to work a day in their life".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Totally agree with your last||
Totally agree with your last 3 sentences. My total guess is that Harbaugh is looking at this as a two phase project. Phase I is to get those tough as nails totally committed 2-3 star kids in to create the foundation of the team. Get the exact locker room culture he wants--kids running through walls for him etc. Sprinkle in a few 4-5 stars as he can but otherwise go the Stanford route and rehabilitate Michigan back to the 9-10 win level. Then once Michigan is in striking distance of the top, he'll have access to a bigger pool of 4/5 star kids wanting to come to Michigan. At that point he'll have the pick of the litter and go for kids who are 4/5 star athletes AND the tough as nails Harbaugh attitude/work ethic. That's Phase II and once it happens we'd be consistently in the hunt for the national playoff system.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||IBD||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Somewhat concerned? Yeah.||
Somewhat concerned? Yeah. Seriously concerned? No way. First, as others have said, we still have room (presumably) for a decent handful of 4/5 star kids. Second, my guess is Harbaugh may be looking to stack the team with these tough and smart grinder types in order to fully create his own team culture as quickly as possible. It's possible he feels the best way to do this is with these type of kids rather than potentially get prima donna highly touted recruits at first. Basically flood the locker room with 100% committed Harbaugh kool aid drinkers who are tough enough to put up with the grueling pace he's going to put them through. He probably feels he can comfortably get the team at least to the 9-10 win territory with this type of roster. Then once the tone of the team is fully set after the first year or two, sprinkle in more of the 4/5 star kids as the profile of the team increases and he has a wider selection of willing 4/5 star kids to pick from.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Work my tail off to build my||
Work my tail off to build my business. It's highly seasonal and the peak months are in the summertime anyway.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed. Likely each member of||
Agreed. Likely each member of the coaching staff is going into each camp with a list of 5-10 attendees in each position group that they want to keep a special eye out for already. Then another few dozen under the radar that might grab their attention just by performing well at the camp during drills. Then the rest of the kids are there to learn some good technique and perhaps grab the attention of some of the smaller school coaching staffs that are also in attendance.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Long Sleeves : Short Sleeves :: Whole Milk : Skim Milk||
Long Sleeves : Short Sleeves :: Whole Milk : Skim Milk
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh's Mindset||
We all keep reading so much into Harbaugh's moves as if every single decision is strategic.
But isn't a hallmark of people like Harbaugh (intense genius types) a single mindedness to almost the exclusion of everything else? I mean, I think there was an article out there that the reason people like Harbaugh, Steve Jobs, etc. wear/wore the same thing each day was becasue they didn't have to spend the mental energy thinking about it.
Isn't it possible soembody just threw him some gear and said "here, wear this" and he just did it?
He just doesn't strike me as a guy who spends a lot of his day strategizing what outfits to wear.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Is this the real reason? I||
Is this the real reason? I know that Nike started to switch to the highlighter yellow in the final year or two of their old contract. Most people blame Adidas but I don't think they were the culprit. However, if it were simply HDTV, then what explains the recent hints of going back to more of a maize color? I'm personally a fan of the traditional maize and hope that it comes back in full force no matter which vendor we end up selecting.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I prefer the Christian Bale||
I prefer the Christian Bale costumes much more. And is that a pot belly I see on him?
|10 weeks 3 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.
|13 weeks 7 hours 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.
|13 weeks 1 day 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?
|13 weeks 5 days 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.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Injury.||
|14 weeks 4 hours 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.
|14 weeks 5 hours ago||Logged in just to up vote||
Logged in just to up vote this. Lots of us need help. Including me.