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|1 hour 13 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
To be fair, anything that makes the other team wonder what the hell is going on....I think some team would be willing to try it out...
|3 hours 24 min ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Aced the football one, as have others.
I bookmarked the basketball one - will definitely attempt that either today or tomorrow. There are a a good number on the list (I gave it a quick look) that I am sure I know offhand mainly because of their appearances in the tournament and the obligatory discussions that go on, but quite a few where I would be guessing outright.
|16 hours 41 min ago||Interesting Development...||
In an interview at CMU Pro Day, Rawls mentioned Seahawks All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch as someone he models his style after.
Lynch would be a tough act to follow, of course, but kudos to the people starting threads for those with Michigan connections so that we might stay informed of how their career in the NFL might unfold as well. I just wanted to thank folks for keeping us up on all who have worn the winged helmet.
|16 hours 49 min ago||Connections...||
There might not be a lot of folks on this blog that know the person behind katiecandraw.com, but if you do, that's my sister. She's reasonably well-known and I can always see what I can arrange. This is a busy time of the year for her, but she usually can find time for some one-off requests. I'll just have to provide some shots of Harbaugh, but that's easy enough. Let me know, OP, if you want me to put in a request.
|18 hours 53 min ago||Same Here...||
There's a lot we could say about Gardner's time at Michigan as a blog perhaps, but I think that - here again - we have something to celebrate in that Devin is getting a shot in the NFL and with the team that employs one Tom Brady, no less. It will be interesting to see if - even in one game - Brady-to-Gardner becomes a thing. I have a feeling it might be an interesting display, and in an excellent way.
|20 hours 26 min ago||Congratulations To Him...||
“Because of the coaches not really knowing him, it made them kind of put Josh in that category of, ‘Oh, he’s one of those kids’ … because you do come across kids who act bad and that’s a habitual action,” said Woolfolk, who had since graduated when the incident took place. “Unfortunately for him, from having a new coach come in, they really don’t have the same loyalty to you as a person.”
If it is the case that the staff in place at the time just put Furman in a box like that, then.....I don't even know what to say about that except "UGH".
Josh Furman could be fun to watch in the NFL, I think, if his season at Oklahoma State is any hint at things to come perhaps.
|22 hours 11 min ago||Congratulations To All...||
From a representative of the class of 2000 (who wouldn't have guessed?), congratulations to today's graduates. You shall always be part of the Michigan family, and forever and always, Go Blue.
It's hard to believe that it has been 15 years now for me, but still, I look back fondly on those days in Ann Arbor - they were some of the best I've experienced.
|22 hours 53 min ago||Congratulations To Him...||
Like others, the Michigan fan in me enjoys this and is very happy for Jake Ryan. The Lions fan has...well...feelings about the Packers in general, of course, but he is definitely going to a place where he'll be able to compete and succeed and there's certainly nothing bad you can say about that. Hopefully, he has a nice, long NFL career.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Felt It Here Too...||
Furniture and shelved items vibrated for about 5-10 seconds here in Romulus per my wife. I was outside, but you could definitely feel the vibration and the patio furniture started to rattle a bit as well. Per the USGS, that was centered south of Galesburg, which explains why the folks on the western side of the state felt it the most.
Anyone else remember the one we had in 1986 or 1987, somewhere in that timeframe? That one was closer to Detroit, I think.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
Someone who knows more than me can probably answer this a little better, but I think the staffing levels for basketball are - by NCAA definition - lower and for most teams it is easier to have one of the assistants handle this particular function, if indeed we're talking about a full-time coordinator as most football teams seem to have.
|1 day 16 hours ago||OK, Folks...||
Jaylen Brown to Kentucky (maybe)
I get it. Sometimes, we're pressed into jumping the gun in the weird world of recruiting, but then you get....
Beilein Can't Recruit
|1 day 17 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
I'll be honest - this is not where I would have seen Clark going, but I was cued in on Twitter to some of the high marks he got from a couple teams and indeed it looks like his draft stock made some late jumps in the eyes of some. In any event, good news for him and we'll probably be seeing him on Sundays at some point. I imagine we might see Jake Ryan go tomorrow - rather interested to see where he goes too.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Almost Forgot...||
I almost forgot about Harbaugh's somewhat brief stint with the Panthers, although as I recall he dressed but didn't play. It was also the year where he was with the Lions for a time before the season and assumed by many - until we cut him - to be the probable backup to Batch.
|1 day 20 hours ago||NFL Draft Tracker...||
For those who might want to follow it online - the link will take you right to Round 2 - Draft Tracker
The Lions pick (for now - obvious we're seeing some wheeling and dealing already) at 22nd in this round (54th overall) and 24th (88th overall) in the 3rd round.
Donovan Smith to the Bucs, and the Raiders already have their 2nd round pick in. Quick start this evening indeed.
|1 day 20 hours ago||True, But...||
Danny White told us that they aren't just for coaches anymore...
|1 day 22 hours ago||The Article Is Right....||
It definitely is not that helmet. I had nearly forgotten about that helmet. Blech.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Beyond That...||
Beyond that, I am just going to go ahead and assume that he was not arguing with the ten people who follow Akron football on Twitter that were - for a few brief, fleeting moments - stunned but for them in the best of possible ways. Arguing with angry Ohio State fans on the Internet probably has never ended well.
|2 days 41 min ago||In No Real Order...||
For me, my top five (in no real definitive order as I watch them all rather voraciously) would go something like
1) March Madness
2) The second half of bowl season
3) NFL playoffs
4) World Cup
5) NHL Playoffs
|2 days 1 hour ago||The One Thing...||
The one thing I would like to see one day is a jockey attempt to get back on mid-race - not necessarily at the Derby, but in any race. It looks something like this in my mind (not what is happening here, of course)....
|2 days 1 hour ago||Quick Question...||
First and foremost, very interesting analysis. Thanks for sharing it. It is rather amusing to see ESPN late to this party and yet still try to cobble together rankings when they don't really have to do so from a revenue standpoint.
Second, it would be interesting to see this for several rounds just to monitor the variability of rankings across sites as you get deeper into the draft. I am not sure you would find too much that would be of note, but the question might be a worthwhile one. Any further plans?
|2 days 4 hours ago||Some Numbers...||
From 1990 to 2014, 827 Big Ten players were selected in various rounds of the NFL Draft (this excludes Nebraska until 2012 and does not yet include Rutgers and Maryland, as this will be their inaugural year as members). In that period, that's an average of about 33 players per draft with a peak of 45 in 1991 and minimum of 21 in 1993. In the last ten years, the maximum was 41 in 2012 and the minimum was 22 in 2013.
For Michigan specifically, in the period 1999-2014, we sent seven players to the NFL twice - 1991 and 2007. We had one year where we sent one player - 1994. In the last ten years, we send an average of three players per year to the NFL through the draft (not counting UFAs there).
|2 days 8 hours ago||And Here It Is...||
....the end of the week. It is most welcome.
I am glad to say that I shall not be spending today in the office for the most part too. I basically plan to stop by, input my time for the week, have a quick update meeting with one team and then it is a field visit, retirement luncheon and probably checking out a little early after that as the weather is going to be too nice for me not to find other excuses to stay out of the office. Treating myself today, which I don't do nearly enough.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Thus Far...||
A distinct lack of shockers thus far, at least in my own opinion. Jets fans were pleased with their first round pick, which I don't think has happened in forever.
I am laughing at the boos and jeers each time Goodell comes out on stage - this mainly because he absolutely deserves them, of course, and indeed, he really needs to be booed on sight throughout the United States. I am a little disappointed that he hasn't done the David Stern thing where you look at the crowd with "bring it, bring it, I am the commissioner and you are not" look.
|2 days 20 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I would actually tend to agree with this, primarily for a reason stated upthread - as this blog has grown and as its footprint has expanded, it has become a great secondary source for most of the important items that otherwise come from 247 and Rivals. Typically, within an hour, the information is on this site, and sometimes I think we've even scooped them.
|2 days 22 hours ago||If It Is Good News...||
If indeed this development is a precursor to good news, which of course remains to be seen, then I would think we should treat ourselves around here. DiBella's perhaps, if we discover that we might be needing some celebratory catering. I am sure that the paid staff of the site would find a way to budget this for several thousand regular daily visitors.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
I had heard somewhere that Donovan was the only name on Sam Presti's list basically, so he got his primary and only target. $30 million deal too, so not bad at all, I would think.
Didn't Donovan come within inches of doing this maybe seven or eight years ago with the Magic? I thought he got as far as actually holding a presser before changing his mind, but I could be misremembering.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Where In The World...||
Right now, I am in an office in what I usually describe as "beautiful uptown Bellevile" in Van Buren Township, Michigan, right across I-275 from the old Visteon headquarters (now shared by Visteon and numerous other companies) and several landfills.
In a moment, I shall be heading to my home in the southern end of Romulus, MI where the occasional noise of UPS (hangar at the SW corner of Metro Airport) testing the engines of the one DC-10 that they still seem to utilize keeps us up in the small hours.
|3 days 3 hours ago||The Cleveland.com Piece...||
Here's the Cleveland.com story linked in the article.
The rape reportedly occurred on April 15 in Kitchen's home in Columbus, records show. He is accused of inviting a woman to his home for drinks and then refusing to take her home, eventually forcing her into his bedroom for sex.
Between this and the Jon Waters stuff and other incidents, I don't even know what to say. The level of apparent institutionalized dysfunction in that band and the level of personal depravity that seems to exist in some of its members is .... holy crap.
|3 days 4 hours ago||It Always Helps...||
It always helps me on the first day of the NFL Draft to remember that some fanbases will need some mutual support and comfort, my own included typically, but none like this...
|3 days 18 hours ago||Oh Geez...||
"It seems to benefit some schools that may be in the past had a history of success and now don't so they're trying to grow their brand a little bit more."
Right, because Auburn's brand equity outside of a certain radius of Lee County, Alabama is just so incredible. I really don't know what the problem is other than they can't do it and it burns them so.