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|9 min 11 sec ago||Matchup Stats...||
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|20 min 11 sec ago||Nothing To Say Really...||
Even though we were told by Hoke that he anticipates the entire staff returning and, in response to a question as to whether or not it was a "we'll see situation", he responded in the negative, I have to think that this is still the more likely scenario. Without any confirming information, it would be next to impossible for this blog to rationally speculate on what if anything is going on. It could very well be nothing.
|2 hours 4 min ago||Oh, I Don't Know...||
"If you care about Michigan athletics, it’s scary to think what will happen when the players inevitably fall short, and the fountain of fan money starts to dry up."
Well, again, we run into this rather fantastic problem that Michigan has regarding brand equity and the relative inelasticity of demand for its product. It is rather the reason that I don't understand - at least not at this juncture - how anyone who believes that their refusal to purchase Michigan tickets, merchandise, etc...is in any way hurting the bottom line in a significant manner.
Barring an extended period of mediocrity by Michigan standards, whatever the fans believe those are (mean peformance in the last 30 years is 9-3), then the seats will be full and the shirts will be difficult to find at the M-Den store near the south endzone pretty much regardless. We are fortunate in that respect, that performance does not portend attendance necessarily - for now - but the question as to when such a thing might happen is intriguing. I dare say we have a while.
|3 hours 50 sec ago||Pimp Fluttershy...||
I really thought I did well here too, if I may say so. There is something intangibly awesome about the pimp version of Fluttershy. No, you will not find such a thing in the actual show, of course.
|3 hours 14 min ago||This Weekend....||
Aside from my daughter's dance recital tomorrow, this weekend is a pretty quiet one full of making stews, drinking beer and the usual obsessive dose of sports for me. This will be intermixed with a healthy does of family - for the first time in a while - now that the heat of the regular season is off. That rolls into a promise I made to my wife - a mini-vacation next weekend, overnight stay at the Inns At St. John because we will probably be too tipst to drive home from her work Christmas party anyway (it is also there in Plymouth).
Drinking? Pretty simple tonight. It will be me and some Blue Moon for the MAC Championship Game, which I have no stake in but will watch anyway because football *wife just saw that and rolled her eyes*. Tomorrow, I will watch the Big Ten Championship game with a rum and Coke, because mellow sounds good for some reason.
|4 hours 29 min ago||This Scene, Of Course...||
|4 hours 55 min ago||Posted Yesterday...||
UM the second highest watched team. Alabama is first.
Very interesting topic, but it was posted yesterday. I think we need to consider some sort of "blackout period" if a topic like this has been posted before the next thread is allowed to stand. Not sure what that would be / how that would be monitored.
|5 hours 29 min ago||Interesting Question...||
It is an interesting question, to be sure.
If I had to guess, I would think that teams which perennially vie for their own conference championships and typically (at least in recent history) have found themselves in the BCS discussion probably will consider making an extra push - somehow - to get them in regular contention on the playoff system. That probably doesn't cover a lot of programs, of course.
Now, there's another layer of programs that could - with some minor modifications, if you will - be in that top tier as well, so they might also double their efforts as best they can. One thing that I have thought may come out of the new system is some informal stratification of expectations as the playoff system evolves as teams see what the first several years are like. There might be a small group of teams that expect to be within reach of one spot, say, 2 out of every 3 or 4 years, another wider group that knows they could do it now and again, and then an even wider group that could compete in their conference but would see a playoff trip as something special indeed. This is a guess, of course, but it is something I have thought about.
|5 hours 46 min ago||But Here Again...||
The problem never was disagreement itself though. There have been many of those around here which were considered and ended in some manner of understanding if not agreement on something that was said. The problem - especially in the last several months - is the outright refusal of some to understand the position of people on various topics, and the conscious effort by others to be uncivil if not vicious in their remarks. That's the sort of stuff that has been either taken down immediately or quietly deleted once the dispute in question begins to ebb. As a mod, I probably removed about 35-40 people (maybe more, if I include some newbies and the famous "day of game" accounts) just this past half of the season for launching personal attacks and simply being insufferable to others.
|6 hours 14 min ago||Banning People And Things...||
I am not sure if it is different at the Brian / Seth level, if you will, but at least when JGB and I do this, there is nothing preventing them from creating another account. Actually, that's what was rather famously demonstrated by the "GhostOf(NameHere)" phenomenon, which seems to have died down but I know iterations still exists. A few people who were banned over the course of the season have returned, some using variations on their original name. I believe - and Brian would know more than I would - that IP bans are possible but perhaps not the easiet thing to do.
|6 hours 32 min ago||Interesting Trivia...||
There was a tweet this morning from someone who provided what I find to be an interesting factoid - the Mariners may very well spend more on Cano than on all signings combined in the last 5 or 6 years (I believe that was the timeframe given). That shows a rather interesting change of stance on investment by the club, if that is indeed the case.
That being said, there are also a few tweets from Tim Brown at Yahoo! and others which read that the Mariners also will confirm anything at this time (interesting). That, and if you search Cano's name on Twitter, the things Yankee fans are saying are as unreal as they are inappropriate.
|7 hours 22 min ago||Some Highlights....||
These came across my Twitter feed, courtesy of @MGoFish:
|7 hours 49 min ago||In The Manual...||
I believe that the section on materials - recruiting, official, non-athletic, etc. - is 13.4 or something in that range in the manual. As I understood this, and I could be wrong here, the school cannot buy space for advertisements or promotional material such as this, but it doesn't stop outside parties from doing so or a magazine like SI from making recruiting or scouting previews. In turn, it seems like it is within the rules for the school to turn around and use that material for their own purposes provided it is generally available, and SI would almost certainly fall in that category.
|8 hours 46 min ago||Can Only Imagine...||
One can only imagine what "uptempo offense" might have looked like in this game, or indeed, what things such as zone stretch concepts would look like on skates.
Actually, where is Horace Prettyman? He - or someone with his photo as an avatar - visits this site from time to time, and I believe this was one of his teams. We could get an excellent account of the experience.
|11 hours 24 min ago||In Any Case...||
Well, in any case, Boise State fans were quite prepared with this - HERE - "The Complete List Of Ways To React To Chris Petersen Job Rumors".
Here's a snippet from ESPN's constantly updated story:
"Petersen, who met with Washington on Thursday, felt ready to leave because the timing was right for professional and family reasons and because he felt Washington was the right fit, according to a source."
It will be interesting to see what the contract looks like - Whittingham at Utah makes about $2.5 million, I believe, and I have to wonder if Washington puts him near or right at this level at least. It would be interesting to know what Sarkisian will get at USC and what David Shaw makes as well for possible comparisons / guesses.
|12 hours 12 min ago||Embracing Gee...||
Over at WVMetroNews, they've already come to embrace Gee (again, as he was at WVU once before). One Hoppy Kercheval writes:
"Along the way, Gee will probably say or do something that will cause folks to cringe. After all, he’s the college president who rode the mechanical bull at a bar during one of WVU’s bowl trips. But Gee’s quirkiness is not malicious; it’s part of his unique character. And, when he keeps his foot at least a short distance from his mouth, it’s part of his charm."
|21 hours 1 min ago||The Deal Is...||
The 10,000 foot view of the rule is "yes, we are", BUT....and there is a but....some (by this, I mean a few) of their writers do produce content which is reasonably inoffensive and those things do tend to stand on the board. Another typical exception is when they simply post a video with some short writeup - these usually stay because it is difficult for them to be problematic, rather like what the OP posted. The exception exists, but it is monitored.
|21 hours 42 min ago||A Bit Nostalgic...||
Well, before this game, a few outlets were talking about a defensive struggle, but there have been over 700 yards allowed between both teams so far. In any event, the Bearcats last drive sort of reminded me of how Denard Robinson used to accelerate the offense when they went over 70 yards in 2 plays. That was pretty awesome when it did happen.
|23 hours 40 min ago||Question...||
You would hope that such a pace could be kept up at the collegiate level (maybe not likely), but MaxPreps had some of his stats from his high school career (nothing for this year) and the 36 TFLs and 139 tackles in the last two seasons seem pretty good for a DE even if it is high school. Does anyone know what his defensive stats look like this year?
|23 hours 57 min ago||Not Easy...||
Cincinnati has already run 28 plays, but only for 113 yards so far, which is basically just a shade over 4 yards per snap. Louisville is not going to make this terribly easy, but then they are basically putting out a typical performance on a yards per play allowed basis here.
|1 day 2 min ago||My Mistake...||
When I posted, I thought the note at the bottom referred to Goslin, but it is about David, so there is just the one. My bad.
|1 day 23 min ago||Question I Had...||
I had thought that Andrew David was coming here as a kicker, so that would make two kids that will play baseball while being on football scholarships, correct? I actually think this is pretty awesome and an example of dedication that is to be admired really. Welcome to Michigan, Collin Goslin!
|1 day 30 min ago||I Like Bridgewater...||
It isn't Teddy Bridgewater. It's ESPN commentators covering games passively while the go on about just one person, which seems to happen sometimes in games such as these.
|1 day 35 min ago||And So It Begins...||
Well, Cincinnati managed five yards before the interception - on three play, if I counted correctly. Four plays and sixty yards later, it is 7-0 Louisville. Repeated success like this might make it a long night of Teddy Bridgewater hyping.
|1 day 2 hours ago||RIP Nelson Mandela...||
"We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."
He was remarkably quotable, but this is one of my favorites. In the modern era, Mandela really was one of the handful of individuals in the modern era whose very life and work made us a better planet and a better people. I still remember his release from prison being broadcast live all over the world and only realizing later (I was 12 at the time) how significant an event this was for the world at large - a great cruelty was about to end, one that Mandela fought to end many years before. He is widely considered "the father of South Africa", and rightly so, for he took what seemed like two separate worlds and helped unite them.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Refreshing Read...||
Very interesting read, and yeah, I think we sometimes overlook the RB's perspective when we talk about these plays sometimes, so it was also refreshing in that sense.
I liked the first question in the comments on this blog because it is the question I had - as a smaller back, which version of the play would Sutton prefer? Which would Hyde - a bigger guy - prefer? I would be very interested in the answer.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Defensive POTY...||
The pick of Chris Borland, just from a performance standpoint, is a good one, I think. He's fourth in total tackles and tackles for loss in Wisconsin history and I think he has more forced fumbles than anyon in Wisconsin history. Just this year, he had 108 tackles (64 solo) and 8.5 TFLs for 31 yards, as well as 4 sacks and 5 QB hurries. He really was a force for the Badgers in his time there (I believe he is a senior now, so the bowl game will be it for Borland).
|1 day 5 hours ago||I Would Agree...||
One thing that is interesting to me about Missouri's path to this moment is that they were in fact trending upwards in their final years in the Big 12 - from 2007 to 2011, they didn't do worse than 8-5 and had won 10 or more three times. Their introduction to the SEC in 2012 was a bit jarring, but they seem to have adjusted very well as evidenced by the fact that they will be in the SEC Championship Game in their 2nd year in the conference.
I would think something similar can be said for Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies, and indeed, Sumlin took over as Texas A&M was embarking on its SEC adventure. He took a middling team in the BIg 12 and has led them to a very good record thus far in the SEC.
If that's the basis for judgment, I would probably agree - the fact that two average to above averge (i.e., historically not world-beating) teams can join the conference and adapt to it and do well makes me wonder just how good the SEC actually might be, although I never really believed that it was so many miles above everyone else. That being said, they do perform at an impressively high level as a conference.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Tomahawk Nation Commentary...||
Tomahawk Nation (HERE) wrote a rather long commentary on the subject this morning, and it is a pretty interesting read. It also includes a link to a tweet from late in November, referencing a statement in which the Florida State Attorney said that they would want to be sure of a reasonable chance of conviction before they filed charges, if indeed they were to do so. The implication seems to be that their assessment of the evidence did not meet that particular criterion.
|1 day 9 hours ago||As A Note...||
I could be wrong, but I had thought the plan laid out by Brandon call for basically this initial outlay of legends numbers and then only sparse additions - if any - after that, so it seems like it could very well be the current ones being recirculated. I do believe that the numbers is theirs until they leave, or at least this was what I thought I heard (could be wrong).
Actually, the entire premise of the Legends issue was simply that Brandon believed the Michigan tradition of retiring jerseys - which, according to him, was basically the coach telling the quipment manager to not give out certain numbers - was not a good tradition. As I recall from the initial articles on it, the athletic department researched the issue and found that most people didn't even realize the numbers had been retired or taken out of circulation.