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|9 weeks 4 days ago||I apologize - I'm sure this||
I apologize - I'm sure this has been explained on another thread, but:
Was McGary sanctioned for testing positive during a tournament where he did not actually play, or was this for last year's tournament? Are we really that concerned that a guy wearing a suit and high-fiving Andrew Dakich might have also smoked pot?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||We're not doing that anymore . . .||
. . . said Riply to the android Bishop.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Great News||
That's great news and a great interview. Hayes seems like a really mature guy and would be a terrific get.
|16 weeks 19 hours ago||Probably True||
My guess is that overhyped NCAAB players are disproportionally white. It would be interesting to get some data. I'd love to see:
- Who do fans think is overhyped in college ball? Does it change when you split out fans by race or gender?
- Do commentators vary on who they overhype when you split them by race?
It's a little tricky because most of the overhype characteristics - leadership, grit, toughness, character - are hard to measure, but I think you could still do some interesting work.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
I agree with Seth. I like to think that Hoke takes his role building the kids' character seriously, and I do think that he does, but this is serious enough that I'd like him to show that he thinks its serious too.
Probably, the answer is "We take this stuff very seriously. This involved an accusation that happened before I came on board, and (if true) I never had any concerns about Brendan's conduct while I was coaching him. I work with these kids as I find them. We cooperated with the university process at all time, and we encouraged Brendan to do so as well. Here's what we're doing going forward . . ."
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Lewan||
If the account is true, Lewan didn't threaten her to her face, but repeatedly asked her friend whether she was going to press charges, then said that he would rape the victim if she did.
As somebody said upthread, if the mob tells your wife "Geaux better pay up or we'll break his legs," they've threatened you, just not to your face.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||My 2 cents||
Fwiw, I think he's probably guilty, but it's true that we'll never know. On the guilty side, the victim told people right away, didn't have anything to gain, her account is that she told him no repeatedly and kept trying to pull her leggings up, and she had physical injuries consistent with force.
On the other side, she was seriously drunk, he didn't get a lawyer, talked to the police, and said yes when they asked if he would take a polygraph. (They never gave him one, though.). Also, I don't have much confidence in the fairness of college disciplinary processes, although for all I know, UM's is scrupulously fair.
I can totally see a drunk 18 year old kid kind of ignoring the lack of consent, then figuring that if she ultimately gave up, it meant consent. That still means guilty, although tragically so. I know the schools try their best to educate these kids, but man - just don't have sex with super drunk distraught post breakup friends in situations where you are inferring consent.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Lewan||
Eric, a couple more things.
1) You have a typo in your spelling of Taylor's name.
2) The police report is hard to read with all of the names blacked out, but my reading of it is:
On 12/6/09, the victim told an investigating officer that she had heard from a friend that on 12/3/09, Lewan asked the friend several times if the victim was going to press charges, and that Lewan said "If she does, then I'm going to rape her, because he didn't." The officer's notes say that he met with Lewan and warned him not to contact the victim, but not whether Lewan admitted to it.
I've never seen any other sources, but if anyone else has, I'd be curious to look at them.
It's at least hearsay, because the victim told the officer that her friend heard the threat and told her,* but if true, it's not a casual comment, since Lewan apparently thought that the friend had some influence on whether charges would be pressed.
* Since there aren't names in the report, it's possible that there are more layers of hearsay - e.g., victim heard from A that Lewan made comments to B.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Nice work||
- 8/8/13 - Washtenaw Watchdogs writes a blog post publicising the 09 Gibbons arrest.
I'm not sure if it's material, but I think it might have spurred the OSCR process, and I'm curious what the athletic staff did after this story started spreading around the net..
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Two Things I Never Thought I'd Write||
1) In general, this Jezebel article is right on.* Without getting into this specific case, in a world where 18-22 year old men drink a lot of alcohol and then interact with women, they really need to know when to back off
2) On the specifics, this 11W comment is right on**
* Except for the bit Jezebel has about Lewan, which is mistaken.
** On the bit the 11W guy has about Lewan, I have to admit that I'm reevaluating.
In general, I feel like a total homer that I knew the details of similar accusations at ND and FSU, but all I knew about this one is "charges were never pressed, so I guess we'll never know."
I'm still not sure what the football team's role on this should be, but I hope the school is taking as effective action as it can to educate its kids. Whoever's story you believe, it's a tragic story that should have been avoided.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||The Big Question||
IMHO, the other half of that analysis is whether McDowell is talking to anybody else. Has anyone seen interviews or twitter exchanges with any other reporters or bloggers?
|32 weeks 4 days ago||"It's going to be a lot of fun on Saturday . . ."||
"It's going to be a lot of fun on Saturday to play the football game."
If that statement turns out to be true, then I will probably reverse my feeling about this season 180 degrees. I don't even need a win. A fun game against Ohio would be enough.
Ok, Brady, go execute.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Infinite Row of Shark Teeth||
If anyone wants to experience cognitive whiplash for some reason, follow the "saddest tailgate" link back to Brian's season opener post, and read his thoughts on the offensive line and Shane Morris.
It's still gobsmacking to think about the difference between the first two games and the rest of the season.
|34 weeks 17 hours ago||Better comedy||
1) "No thanks. Wait, did you say Zima?! No one has had one of those since, like, 1995. And no one with taste buds has ever had TWO."
2) Borges' guards fail to block Brian, using some football terms that I don't understand.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||All True||
That's all true. I've always thought we were basically ND.
IMHO, what separates us from Penn State is that the fans still expect to the team a national title contender on a regular basis, delusionally or no. (See also ND).
Granted, only ten teams can be top ten at the end of a given year, but it seems like Michigan should be as much in the hunt as many schools. We've got piles of money for coaches and facilities, a long tradition, lots of eyeballs in the stadium and on couches, etc.
On the other hand, what we don't have is (1) southern climate; (2) proximity to the new feeder states; (3) a nationally famous coach; or (4) a dominant winning record in kids' memories.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Two minute drill||
The inability to play uptempo is bizarre to me. Given that Borges and Hoke aren't affirmatively idiots, I can't understand it at all. Is Hoke lying to us when he says the team practices uptempo, or is 4 plays in two minutes really what he thinks uptempo looks like?
|34 weeks 2 days ago||My 2 cents||
1) FWIW, this came across as too personal to me. I would have preferred "I'm glad Space Coyote is here to test my assumptions, but I think he's wrong, and here's why" to "I'm so frustrated that Space Coyote keeps disagreeing with me, and here's why he's wrong."
That's just tone, though - I'm glad to read both of your analysis.
2) Isn't the million dollar question whether Borges has better plays available? I'm dumb, but if I understand correctly, Brian and SC both agree that the plays would work if the OL executed, that it's on the coaches that they aren't, and that the fact that they aren't is worrying.
But given where we are, I guess it comes down to:
Brian(ish): Instead of the plays we're running for our baseline, which don't work, we should run more of other plays, which either might work or actually do work in the rare occasions Borges runs them.
Coyote(ish): Brian's plays aren't any better than Borges's. This is just a team that didn't gell, and our best chance is to stick with the elements that the team has been practicing, so they have a chance to execute this year and get better next year. Switching to plays that aren't based on the core elements that the team has practiced will only make them worse and will cost us next year.
I lean towards Brian, but I enjoy having someone thoughtful argue the other side, mostly because I don't know enough to be confident in my opinion.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||The question||
I think the Brian-Space Coyote debate is really helpful.
They agree that the OL is playing terribly, and that that has to fall on the coaching staff.
IMHO, the question where they disagree is:
- Given the terrible current state of the OL, are there other plays that Al should be calling to maximize offensive possession?
I'm not smart enough to be sure I really understand either side, but it's great to see both sides argued.
I'm sure I grossly oversimplify things, but if I get it, Brian and Ace basically argue that Al should have recognized these problems and adopted a more spread style offense, and SpaceCoyote argues that no offense would be much better given the current state of the team.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Next Bacon Book||
I love this idea - it deserves its own thread.
I vote for "Third and Thirty-Three."
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Soundtracks||
I'm worried about you, Brian. One more of these and the soundtrack is going to be all Tom Waits and Pink Floyd.
|37 weeks 16 hours ago||The Sartorialist||
The Sartorialist thread that goes with that photo is well worth reading.
1) That photo was taken on the street in PARIS.
2) The comment thread is all discussion of high-waisted belts and other fashion stuff, and is hilariously incomprehensible.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Interview Professor Needs a Raise!||
Thanks Coach - he seems like a very thoughtful young man and I think Michigan has a lot to offer him, and obviously vice versa.
I've asked this before, but can someone on staff do an interview with Professor Rosentraub? (Like the Heiko-Borges interview, which was awesome.) I would really be interested in what Professor Needs a Raise thinks about college football and the kids in the program.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Some Borgeses||
I buy that Borges and Hoke are trying to develop an offensive identity around a pro style offense, and I'm ok with that. And if he wants to get up two scores and then run power to develop the team, I'm OK with that.
But I can't buy that Borges risks winning games for extra power practice reps.
IMHO, the major possibilities are:
1) Borges has not developed the players to run the kind of plays Brian and Ace want to see, and now he doesn't have confidence that they can do it. (Unprepared Borges).
2) Borges knows something we don't, and accurately believes that our players are even WORSE at running the plays that Brian and Ace want. (Helpless Borges).
3) The team could run a short range passing attack in place of half the power runs, and would be successful, but Borges doesn't. (Dumb Borges).
4) Brian and Ace are wrong, and Borges is correct that you can't run a modern college football offense and win. (Smart Borges).
I'm comfortable ruling out (4), but am open to the other 3.
|39 weeks 14 hours ago||Just to clarify||
Do you mean fir bushes or fur bushes? Confusion can lead to unfortunate mistakes . . .
|42 weeks 17 hours ago||Skywriting||
Brian, what is your position on a kickstarter to hire a skywriter to troll ND games?
|43 weeks 13 hours ago||Under age||
I haven't read the article, but aren't most recruits jail bait? A couple criminal prosecutions would be a shocking twist.
|43 weeks 13 hours ago||Law Groupies||
Supposedly, the open study room in the law library is a great place to wear your UM law gear and pick up undergrads.
. . . from what I hear, that is.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Similar Books||
Google's #1 match in "similar books" is Bleak House by Charles Dickens. I'm not sure why, but that strikes me as funny.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||11W||
I liked it a lot, Ace, and would love to read a weekly recap of how OSU looks over here.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Johnny Ginter||
Ginter is pretty funny.
If you have some time to kill, I recommend going back through his posts and looking for his Big 10 state comparisons (state bird, state rock, etc), which were a pretty funny way to kill time over the summer, and his article comparing Brady Hoke and Charlie Weis.