this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|1 year 14 weeks ago||Unions Will Be the End||
Anyone who says that the schools are making billions all because of the athletes is sadly mistaken. Try a thought experiment. What if college football went away, versus what if the players were just college version of high school players.
What if college football didn't exist? What we would have then would be minor league football. Players would play for Toledo, or some other podunk market., They would get a couple thousand people showing up to most games. They would never be on TV. Their names would never be in anything but the highly acclaimed Toledo Blade (or similar). They would get paid a salary that would probably be less than what there college education is worth and just cover living expenses in Toledo. They would not get much in the way of health care and they would probably play 20 games or more per year. It is clear, replacing the university with a minor league professional version would be just pathetic (relatively speaking).
Now imagine if college football players were like HS players, recruited from within the school and out there for the love of the game. The talent would be lower for sure, but it would be across the board lower on all teams. The games would still be good because there would be parity. The excitement would still be there because it is the product of rivalry and the sense of belonging that comes with your alma mater. The fans are there because of a loyalty to the school They certainly are not there because of loyalty to some 19-year-old kid. Those kids are all replaceable, and in fact they do get replaced every few years. College football is a personal experience for the audience because of the sense of fan ownership that is completely a product of the university, not the players. You follow a school mostly because you or someone close to you was an alumni. If the players were replaced, even with much lower talent, the game would be largely unchanged.
Colleges have done an amazing thing turning a bunch of non-professional level athletes into a tremendously successful product. How many schools out there have even 10% of their players make the pros? These guys are for the most part getting far more than they would in any other system. Unions are going to benefit a very small number of people (mostly not the athletes) and overall hurt the athletes by destroying the entire scholarship system.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Not necessarily. It is a||
Not necessarily. It is a simple matter of stats. What percentage of the time does a possession result in 2 or more points. If it is higher than 50%, you should do it. UM scores more than 1.15 points per possession on average for the season. If there were no such thing as a 3 pointer and no such thing as getting fouled and only scoring 1 point on a possession, then a 1.15 ppp would mean you score on more than 50%. Since UM gets a lot of their points from 3's and rarely misses free throws, they probably score a deuce or better less than 50%, but probably not much. I don't have that stat available to me.
You also have to look at what the odds of the other team scoring per possession. If it is higher than 50% you should also foul, since odds are that they will score and if you leave it to them, then they will score on their time, not yours, leaving you with no time . . . which is what happened.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||To your point, there have||
To your point, there have been plenty of guys who simply showed up to an NFL team's open tryouts and made the cut, or got drafted out of the cfl or semi-pro leagues. Guys who never saw the inside of a college locker room. The nfl states you have to be 3 years out of HS to qualify, which I don't quite understand. It would make more sense if they had a minimum age. You can understand the argument of not being physically developed enough until you are 21 or so, but being 3 years out of high school doesn't exactly correspond to an age or level of phsycial development.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Wrong||
"To be an employee you have to be involved in economic activity, and most NCAA schools are spending, not making money"
Wrong! That would be like saying Amazon is not engaged in economic activity. In case you didn't know this, Amazon has never turned a profit, but guess what, that doesn't matter as far as labor law is concerned. If you sell your product, even at a loss, you are engaged in economic activity. So any school that sells tickets at any price, sells game advertising at any price, or in any way sells anything that is tied to those guys playing ball on the field, then your school is affected.
Hell, for that matter you could apply this to any amatuer event where tickets are sold. I see no reason why this wouldn't apply just the same to high school ball. Even your high school musical if they sell tickets.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Do you really think this is||
Do you really think this is about health insurance? If so, I've got a bridge to sell you. Sure, this is the line now, but the union bosses don't give a rats fat ass about health insurance. They want a cut of something, and health insurance isn't it.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I was a sophomore . . . .AT UM||
But there is still work to be done.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Is it wrong that I had no||
Is it wrong that I had no idea what the heck 7na was? Thanks for spelling it out so I could google it. Got it, bummmmmmm bum bum bum bummmmm . . . bum. OK, that is 7na. So, I think that this is the most generic, trite, contrived, and pathetic thing to play at any point during a football game. Hats off to the first guy who thought it was a great motivator song because at that time it was, until everyone else ruined it by playing it until our brains metled into a bummm bum bum bum mess. It really would be cool if it were actually our thing, but it is not.
When I was a student ('91), we went from bringing in cases of beer openly to damn near getting kicked out of UM for a little booze on the breath. The student section was full and we had fun.
It isn't rocket science.
Have fun at game = go to game.
Not having fun = not going to game
People not going game = not having fun at game
7na = not that much fun
beer and throwing marshmellows = more fun than 7na and sober non-throwing marshmellows.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Field Goal||
I think we need to kick all of our field goals that way. It was high, straight, long, and down the middle. Gibbons typically only gets 3 out of 4 of those precious qualities. I do think we got a bit lucky with not getting an illegal procedure. It looked to me like the right guard wasn't set.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||It was all part of the plan||
The plan, of course, was to NOT score on that 4th and 2. You see, by not scoring and leaving NW with the lead, UM tricks NW into playing prevent, which of course, as we all know, only prevents you from winning. NW falls for the diabolic plan and UM gets the ball last, marches down the field with no time outs and only 2 minutes to play. Just for fun, they run it out to 4th down a couple times and make a 44 yard field goal with only only 8 seconds to get the kicking squad on the field. Genious that Borges, I say, Genious! I can see him up in the booth twiddling his fingers together and lauging Waaaaaaahahaha Waaaahahahaha as his plan falls perfectly into place.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Robinson Injury||
Speaking as a physician and surgeon, it would appear that denard came down on his ulnar nerve. In other words, he hit his funny bone. It is quite clear from the video that his elbow hits the turf first on the insdie edge where the ulnar nerve runs in a very exposed location. Next you see him grab the pinky side of his hand as his face goes into an ugly expression of pain.
If the nerve is lightly struck, you get that funny bone tingling, but if the nerve is pinched hard between the bone and something else (the field), it produces excrutiating pain that can last for days or longer. It feels like the little finger and half of the ring finger are being torched. In addition to the pain, you lose the sense of touch on those same fingers. In other words, the only sensation that comes from there is burning pain. There is no weakness from this because the nerve is not used for the muscles. But the numbness cause issues with your grip as you might imagine. You can also experience hyperesthesia, which means that touching the fingers hurts, like anyone who has had shingles can tell you about. None of this is good news for the throwing hand of a quarterback.
It also seems as though this is at least the scond time he has done this in a game this season. I wonder if it has happened in practice as well. The more times you do this, the more sensitive the nerve becomes. After repeated trauma, it takes less and less of a pinch on the nerve to cause the same symptoms.
The elbow can certainly be padded and I hope they do this. Since it would seem that this is a recurrent problem, I would think that Denard may consider a surgery which moves the nerve into a less vulnerable spot. Certainly this would not happen until after the season.