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|2 hours 21 min ago||Cool Story Indeed...||
This would be one of those occasions on the blog where, yes, cool story indeed.
It really was a shame that Mario was injured in what was turning out to be an excellent season for him, and I will be one of the many here looking for him to get some time on the field on Sunday too.
|12 hours 30 min ago||Further Information...||
Sankey also looked like that guy you knew that worked in marketing a few years back:
|14 hours 14 min ago||This Is MGoBlog...||
This is MGoBlog, so there's more that must be done here. You have to measure it at strategic points during the day for several weeks and chart it, then post the trends and results in a diary along with a discussion of the results. Not all of the results, of course, in the event that there is something that might not warrant sharing, but like most things here, we'll leave that to the discretion of the blogger.
|17 hours 33 min ago||Too Funny....||
“Over and over I have sat in AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) meetings and heard football coaches say we don’t want football recruiting to go the way men’s basketball has gone, meaning, let’s try to anchor to the best we can our football recruiting in the scholastic environment. It’s around education, it’s around people who are supervised by administrators and school boards. That seems a healthy approach for recruiting, not going out to create other opportunities.”
Greg Sankey really seems to believe this line, that the SEC really practices these principles, which is what makes it all the more hilarious. Somehow, this scene from Airplane! came to mind...
|19 hours 42 min ago||For The Achievement...||
For the achievement that it allowed, which was to salvage a 2015 class and move it from something near 70th, as I recall, to 40th overall, the investment was well worth it, in my opinion. To move from that to a Top 10 class this year probably is probably far more expensive, but it's the cost of doing business to get that level of talent.
Undoubtedly, someone down south will spin this as squandering the hard-earned money of the University Of Michigan, and they will give that quote just as they are boarding a chartered 757 on their way to an exotic locale about two states away.
|20 hours 14 min ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
As it begins to snow and the temporary (hopefully) bout of arctic air settles into SE Michigan, our softball team is starting out the season on fire. Very good news indeed!
As someone implied above, no mercy indeed. Less than none when we get to the conference would be nice as well.
|20 hours 26 min ago||The Link Again...||
In case anyone didn't catch the link, here it is again - LINK
Like some, I did not get the image and my test (on my own laptop, mind you) went right to the story, so that's weird indeed.
Stories like these are moments where we've had some incidents on the blog in the past too, so I would remind everyone to please be civil in their replies in this thread as well. After all, my allergies are causing me to feel like shit right now and I left my Zyrtec at home - I am crabby about that.
|21 hours 31 sec ago||Embed For The Board...||
Not surprisingly, we were also doing (and have done for a long time) very well in Chicagoland as well as northwestern Ohio (where entire swaths of the team seem to come from) as the 1980s began - they show that map as well. To see this snapshot is interesting when you compare it to classes lately.
|23 hours 11 min ago||Oh, Beautiful...||
Sankey is smart, principled and wonkishly integral to the NCAA structure – he’s the current chairman of the Committee On Infractions, and he’s worked on the Gender-Equity Task Force. He cares about policy and the state of college sports.
I never want this brand of SEC irony to end now. It is far too entertainment to simply cease at this point. Truly, this is the gift that continues to give - SEC commissioner as the chair of the Committe On Infractions? Superb taste in committee chairmen indeed.
|23 hours 18 min ago||I Am Late To This...||
I am way late to this, but because this is an issue with may very well affect other states in a similar predicament, if there are any, we can let this stand, but this is your reminder to please keep the politicis out of it and confine the discussion to the potential breath of fresh air that would be an LSU-less SEC West in theory - not that Alabama gives a shit.
Thanks in advance.
|23 hours 46 min ago||Precisely This...||
I am one of the SE Michigan natives that is slightly irritated by the "south Detroit" thing, although only when people try to pass it off as a neighborhood or area designation and not a random geographic designation. Journey was going for a line (about someone who is a bit rough around the edges and streetwise), which is fine, but it seems to create some confusion nowadays as to what we call what in this area, if you will.
In reality, unless you are going to draw a line referencing, say, Ford Road (which is the "zero line" for Wayne County's east-west survey roads anyway) or another east-west street and say that everything south of that line is "south Detroit", then it doesn't really exist. Southwest Detroit, on the other hand, is a well-defined, well-understood designation encompassing several platted neighborhoods.
Of course, there are the Downriver communities, which aren't Detroit but are south of it certainly, at least as the Detroit River flows. For those unfamiliar with the region, I guess I can see it. If you live here, saying "south Detroit" doesn't mean anything to anyone, that's all.
|1 day 6 min ago||Healthy Environment...||
Healthy environment in SEC football recruiting? Excuse me a moment, Mr. Sankey...
|1 day 2 hours ago||Effing Cold...||
Yeah, it is one of those mornings in February in southeastern Michigan...
...so coffee and a bang are probably warranted as a wake-up measure.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Why Not Indeed...||
Well, why not be second to the market, eh?
I will say, however, that the "map" of where their current class members are from (it has made the rounds on Twitter) only extends as far south as the Cincinnati area, as I recall. It does qualify as a destination in that it is a place that is not East Lansing and MSU does occasionally get high-level MAC prospects out of southern Ohio.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Another Country Heard From...||
“It is creative,” Swofford told the show. “It’s kind of like we’re going to take you on vacation but you’ve got to practice while we’re on vacation … it’s a huge intrusion on a college student’s life and taking his ability to have a break out of his hands. I guess it depends on how you look at it.”
So, he's essentially redressing Sankey's argument. OK.
The players that have mentioned it on social media seem to be in favor of it - emphatically so in some cases - so yeah, this is such an intrusion into their time that they would willingly spend working on football. Yes, it definitely depends on how you look at it, I guess.
|1 day 17 hours ago||True Story...||
My sister, who is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist who has done extensive work in the MLP franchise, will not do this convention anymore for various reasons. The biggest one is the lot of people who have made the franchise their life and have no sense of humor about it. Indeed, one time my sister had to take time out from her booth (fortunately, she has an assistant) to comfort a grown man because who was bawling over the portrayal of a character in the show. I can't imagine being that devoted to anything that you've lost perspective, and neither could my sister as that happened about a day before she told the organizers she would not be back.
Oh, and I am the one to whom Mgotri refers, in case it wasn't clear. Yeah, I wouldn't touch that convention either, based on what I've heard.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
Even when Barry Jr. was being recruited, it didn't seem like you would ever be able to say that someone named Barry Sanders played at Oklahoma State not once but twice in the span of almost 30 years. Even though this time it is via graduate transfer, you can now say that - it's actually rather fitting that he should play out his eligibility there for that reason alone. Hopefully, he does well.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Word On The Virtual Street...||
The word on the virtual street (take it for what it is worth, which isn't much sometimes) is that one of the many more interesting candidates that Purdue may look at Purdue alum Rod Woodson among others (although that sounded a lot more like a pipe dream insertion on someone's part), but the early frontrunner is apparently Xavier's current AD Greg Christopher. Of course, considering all that exists is a list here and there, it's all speculation. I think Burke has been in that role nearly 25 years, which is forever given how ADs all over seem to come and go now.
|1 day 20 hours ago||The Contrived Indignation...||
Finally, you have to wonder how Mark Dantonio, Urban Meyer, and other Rust Belt coaches spin this one. If I were Dantonio I’d be visiting every high school coach and top recruit from Detroit to Ontonagon and asking them if they’ve seen ole Jimmy around.
I laughed here because he's pandering to the "gotta win your state" view of recruiting, which really is a non-starter in a place like Michigan where much of the talent - from a national standpoint - is not. As we've discussed before, there's not really a geographic component to Harbaugh's strategy and that is to Michigan's advantage - we're seeing that pan out now, in fact.
The level of contrived indignation and annoyance that the someone should dare challenge the SEC in their own backyards is hilarious at this point.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Aw, Man...||
Man, I was hoping we would fill the vacancy foran assistant to coach Kerplunk myself - I think Michigan's team is just about ready to take it to the next level (where you use bowling balls for the marbles, mind you) and we could definitely use a good offensive mind on that staff.
|1 day 22 hours ago||The Writer Is Correct...||
“Hard to say he's going to be in the Hall of Fame when his team hasn't gotten to a Super Bowl, and they don't get a chance to get into the playoffs,” Swann said, per the Detroit News. “And that's for a lot of guys across the board. If he had broken every passing record, like Danny Fouts, who didn't win the Super Bowl, then yeah, I think there's going to be consideration.”
I would agree with the writer here - this is a pretty stupid argument if the basic implication is that Johnson's impactful career on offense should be devalued significantly because he played for a moribund franchise. You can argue individual achievements, to be sure, but let's not pretend that the bar for entry should rely heavily (or at all) on the number of appearances your team had in the playoffs or the Super Bowl.
|2 days 4 hours ago||They Are Afraid...||
When you've tried to maintain essentially a cartel on a significant portion of the talent pool for Division I football for as long as the SEC has tried, especially in an environment where you know damn well that there are no actual rules preventing someone from trying to compete for said talent and you must resort to "aggressive recruiting tactics" (thank you, Greg Sankey), of course you're going to be fearful of outsiders to a certain extent.
However, when the outsider is Jim Harbaugh and the self-generated marketing juggernaut for Michigan that he is, you are probably paranoid that you will lose guys to Michigan or anyone else who could even reasonably emulate what Michigan is doing (if that ever happens in the future). To see the SEC upset enough that it needs to essentially admit to being less than above board (thank you again, Greg Sankey) in order to attempt a defense of its objection to Harbaugh's spring practice at IMG Academy is quite frankly a laughable, telling moment for them as a conference.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Awkwardness...||
Denard points it out as others usually do, but Harbaugh is one of those people whose awkwardness is intertwined with their own brilliance and that is what makes it work so well and makes him rather endearing as a coach, I think. We've talked quite a bit here about how Harbaugh has been able to market the program using only, well, himself sometimes and the awkwardness is such a huge net positive for that. It has always been my own view that you can't do as well as he has at this level without being on a different wavelength though, so to speak.
|2 days 12 hours ago||This Is Fun So Far...||
.....and here is why:
|2 days 13 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, this is more common mistake that most people would apparently think. Of course, Wisconsin was making a subtle statement here:
|2 days 15 hours ago||Translation...||
"I'm not going to reduce what is an important conversation to some childhood use of Twitter," he said. "This is an important issue."
This translates to: "I do not have a genuine defense for my previous comments other than I made a promise to several people that their recruiting grounds should remain unsullied by outsiders. How this was to be achieved was something I was not prepared to discuss."
|2 days 20 hours ago||The Whining...||
This would almost be as good as the subtweet, and the subtweet was masterful indeed. In the spirit of giving zero fucks, of course....
|2 days 20 hours ago||Who Knows...||
Who knows? You might even be able to recruit Sankey in some weird twist. He's been working out, after all.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
Harbaugh has noticed this and has simply asked: Is the conference that worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of college football willing to work just as hard to stay there?
It's interesting really, as the wagons are definitely turned inwards in that circle which is the Southeastern Conference. They rail against anyone from anywhere else having camps and practices on their street, but they turn around and are perfectly willing to shit on one another in a sometimes ethics-free battle. That actually is a pretty lazy, anti-competitive strategy on the part of the SEC and their effort to maintain a cartel of sorts over significant portions of the talent pool for Division I. You'd almost swear that the conference was not entirely confident that bagmen and all the extras of SEC recruitment wouldn't be enough against Jim Harbaugh (and others, I am sure) all the time.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Super Bowl LVIII....||
From the description of Detroit's impending loss to Indianapolis:
"Andrew Luck throws for 331 yards and three touchdowns, silencing critics who said the crafty veteran couldn't win the big one. Barry Sanders Jr. rushes for 152 yards and puts Detroit ahead midway through the fourth quarter on his second touchdown run of the game. But Indianapolis takes the lead for good on a 15-yard touchdown reception by tight end Tim Tebow with 3:16 remaining. "
Most Lions way to end a Super Bowl ever.....in the future. I'd still go, and you would hope that if nothing else, Tim Teow did indeed learn his place in the league if he wanted to be in the league at all by then, but I am now anticipating future disappointment in 2024 all the same.