this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|1 week 3 days ago||US Cellular is now just a||
US Cellular is now just a slightly below average ballpark, but I maintain that New Commiskey when it was built before the renovations was just awful. Especially in the upper deck. I'm a huge White Sox fan and it's just a shame really. The only positive are the wide concourses and organist, which just leads it to feeling like a nightmarish clown prison.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I guess you could say he was||
I guess you could say he was defeated?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||They have room for him||
They have room for him because they had already cut their roster to the max number of scholarship players before they kicked Mosquera Perea and Devin Davis off the team. Seeing as those two guys were the entirety of their big man bench depth after an assumed starting job for incoming Freshman Thomas Bryant, Max will have a big role to play there. 15 minutes a game in B1G play is certainly not out of the question. And Indiana has the talent to be a Sweet 16 team this year if the Crean implosion doesn't happen.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||No way Patterson is headed||
No way Patterson is headed back to IU. He departed on a really sour note during one of their scholarship crunch periods. It was claimed that he didn't meet academic eligibility requirements after his summer classes but I'm not sure how true that was. He was actually the type of guy that Crean typically helps turn into a productive player so it was a head scratcher at the time. He's a D and energy guy. Not a shooter.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Wanna do karate in the||
Wanna do karate in the garage?
|27 weeks 6 days ago||The Kings has written off||
The Kings had written off McLemore last year as well. He's improved in his second year. Writing off a rookie is completely stupid. Nik has an elite NBA skill, he can shoot. He's smart enough to eventually become a passable team defender. There's no reason he can't stick on as a rotation player eventually.
That front office fired a guy who was actually doing fairly well coaching the team and hired one of the worst five NBA coaches of the last decade as his replacement. Nik hasn't been good. Yet. But jesus he's halfway through his rookie season. Give the guy a break.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||I doubt it. This kid is Cam||
I doubt it. This kid is Cam Newton's size with good athleticism and showed that he can throw a nice, tight ball down the field, even if his receivers were WIDE open often. I get where teams wouldn't want to waste a high first on him, but he wouldn't make it past the second round. There are too many teams who need a QB to not take a flier on this guy. If he was smaller or hadn't thrown the ball as effectively I get it. But he had a hell of an audition and god knows he doesn't want to end up banged up like Devin did before he can sign a contract. I'd say there's a good chance he's out.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||The outer and louder edges of||
The outer and louder edges of opinion will always generate visceral reaction. This is nothing new. Rupert Murdoch's bank accounts are all the proof one needs. Gregg is just another example.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I disagree here||
In a world of increasingly sterile and superficial relationships I find the emphasis on the coach and recruit/player to be refreshing in most cases and creepy in others. In Brady's case it truly seemed that the relationships he forged were very strong with his players and recruits. If a recruit has another coach he feels comfortable with willing to extend an offer his way I feel he's doing the right thing by switching as soon as possible. Fans don't give much thought to 'excess' recruits after their positions have been filled in a class. But these kids don't have unlimited time to commit to offers. More often than not it probably behooves them to choose the next best situation rather than waiting for a coaching staff which may not have the same chemistry as the previous regime.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Up to you really. People who||
Up to you really. People who enjoy bourbons will drink them neat with maybe just a drop or two of water depending on your preference. I find this youtube channel to be an excellent resource on all things whisky, whiskey, bourbons, etc.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I noticed just in the Vine on||
I noticed just in the Vine on the front page that his delivery started very low and looked time consuming.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Analogy||
The way the US was to succeed in the WC finals was to focus on their strengths and play with a focus on increased variance. When a team keeps the game low scoring teams with lower talent can grab a piece of luck and win the match. Greece won a Euros going 1-0 on better teams doing just this.
Any steady fan will admit that we did not have the talent of ANY of our opponents. Bunker/counter and playing a low scoring match was the absolute best way for us to succeed. Until we have more talent this doesn't change things. For anybody who has watched through the last two cycles there has been a noticeable shift where we have been better on the front foot against teams with equal/less talent. But this does not mean we can control a possession based match against more talented teams.
To put it in terms everyone will hate: RichRod's ultimate coaching goal is to decrease variance by increasing possessions in a game, relying on his offense's skill to outscore his opponents by a small amount per possession. Teams that play more plodding styles, ahem DeBord et al, are relying on luck more than teams that aren't. But when you're devoid of talent in soccer that's the absolute best way. Almost everything JK did this WC finals was at the least defendable and at best a good decision. Anybody thinking we're more than we are isn't realistic. Anybody else, hop on for the ride. I am very much looking forward to the next 10+ cycles.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Yup. Going with AO for the||
Yup. Going with AO for the entirety of the group stage. This was my last shot at it before I'm tied down with a family since there is no way in hell I'm doing WC Russia or WC Qatar. Trip of a lifetime and I'm glad I prepared (for years.)
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Donate! Be a part of at least||
Donate! Be a part of at least one winning Michigan team this year.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I feel Heiko deserves some||
I feel Heiko deserves some credit too. Establishing a positive relationship with a coordinator like Borges and showing genuine interest in the process and using it for analysis is entirely different than cherry picking pieces of information to write hyperbolic pieces, whether flattering or inflammatory. Heiko asks great questions in a respectful manner. I'm glad he wants to be a doctor but it will be a shame to lose his ability as a reporter.
edit: homonyms: how do they work?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||THANKS, OBAMA!||
|1 year 50 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 2 weeks ago||So Vincent Smith has||
So Vincent Smith has graduated from 4 year starter to meme/gif poet. My happiness. It overflows.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Yogi Ferrel and Trevon||
Yogi Ferrel and Trevon Blueitt were high school teammates. So it's not like Yogi's mother saying something is completely out of line.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Jim Delaney is clearly||
Jim Delaney is clearly Diamond Joe Quimby.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I admit up front I attended||
I admit up front I attended and still financially support both univesities. That said, it's a stupid rule. If you're traveling to a road game, you have a ticket, and you're a respectful fan you can expect to put up with some good natured harrassment for supporting the opposition from the home fans. But to be forced to wear the other team's gear or be shipped out is a dumb policy that a university the caliber of Michigan's should be above. For that matter all respected public institutions should be above it. Sports are fun. They're not supposed to be draconian in nature.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||IU has had ALL SORTS of||
IU has had ALL SORTS of trouble with Minnesota this year. Would not be shocked to see Minny go through that matchup if it comes to be since IU is pretty much guaranteed a 1 and Minny will need it for seeding.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Tim Robinson||
Tim Robinson (featured player this season) is from Clarkston. I imagine this might have something to do with it.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Meijer social media guy is a||
Meijer social media guy is a really good guy irl too. Just fyi.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Damn. Folks from the||
Damn. Folks from the Indianapolis area immediately think of John Stewart, a Lawrence North/UK commit who died on the court in a similar manner. Just tragic. Really hurts to even think about it. Can't imagine how his family feels.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||I'll play||
Tyler "Mr. Maize" Schwartz was 29 years old.
It was probably obvious Mr. Maize was 29. He had an "I'm not supposed to be here smile" and a hairline that was betraying the lie that tonight, he was a college student. But the true harbinger of displacement, the actual color maize itself.
You see, Tyler is from an older school of fandom. A fandom where "The Victors" isn't played too fast by the band. A fandom that doesn't obsess over recruiting and the players' outside lives. A fandom that believes players will be players and supporters will be supporters. And all should be gentlemen. But for Tyler, the color of gentleman is not neon yellow. It is maize. With a beautiful blue block M on the front of it.
Tyler tried to go to college. He was a 3.91 in high school. 32 on the ACT. Enrolled early admission. But like so many other overly protected freshmen do he fell to the temptations of drugs and alcohol. They became more important than class. Bad grades caused him to slip into depression. Mr. Maize was lost.
But Mr. Maize in his heart was a true Michigan man and one that didn't quit. He enlisted in the Army and did multiple tours in combat in multiple locations. He wore his fandom proudly wherever he went knowing that while his successes may not have come as a result of a Michigan degree he still felt it in his heart. And nobody could tell him differently.
So, treating himself to a game with his little brother's ticket he once again felt it. The Michigan man inside him combined with the Michigan man inside the others surrounding him. Tyler may never hold a degree, attend an alumni event, or be able to shut up a sparty who claimed he didn't actually graduate from the University. But it was finally clear. He was a man. Assuredly a Michigan man. Tyler was Mr. Maize.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||The teams are apparently||
The teams are apparently coached by legends Bo Schembarkler and Beagle Bryant
|2 years 28 weeks ago||The main takeaway I got from||
The main takeaway I got from this past weekend is that Minnesota is indeed that good. Indiana played 10 minutes of the best basketball you'll ever see and then Minnesota came right back at them and whittled it away until the end. IU was the beneficiary of some inconsistent officiating as well. Of course, just my opinion. The refs mainly let them play until about 15 minutes remaining in the second half when ever close whistle went against Minnesota.
Bottom line, if a team doesn't play at least their B+ game on the road against any of the top half teams in the conference, winning on the road is going to be close to impossible. The conference is just that loaded. We're getting 7 teams in the tourney at least (UM, IU, MSU, ILL, MINN, WIS, OSU) and Iowa is good enough to make it if they can take care of the bottom of the conference and pull two upsets at home.
It's a shame that we probably can't get multiple 1 seeds with Kansas, Duke and Louisville playing in conferences that are experiencing relatively down years. Because I think we have three of the top six teams in the country in this conference. Good luck getting out with less than 4 losses no matter how it shakes.