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|5 hours 41 min ago||In The Joe Bolden Thread...||
For what it is worth, in the thread which contained the interview with Joe Bolden, Joe himself mentions what he has noticed anyway:
"The gains the guys made in the offseason in terms of speed and from the lifting stands out to me," said Bolden. "And on the defensive side of the ball, guys are more physical. The defensive backs are coming down and hitting the ball. The running backs are getting downhill; the offensive linemen are getting off and trying to get to the second level.
Harbaugh has complimented Tolbert as well, and was quoted in an article a few days ago, as I recall.
|5 hours 56 min ago||Over At BHGP...||
Our friends over at BHGP did some analysis of the rumor earlier in the week - LINK
Their initial thought on it was this -
Whether the rumor is true or not (and we should find out one way or the other very soon), it's an appealing rumor because it does make a great deal of sense on the surface. Getting benched in the Gator Bowl and then getting bumped down to the back-up status on the bizarre spring depth chart that Ferentz released last month seemed to be pretty clear shots across the bow from Ferentz and an indication that he's moving on from Rudock as the starting quarterback at Iowa and putting his eggs in the C.J. Beathard basket.
I am sure they are on it. The story seems to emphasize that - for the time being - there's not much in the way of substantive information out there regarding this, and although this was posted a few days ago, that still seems to be the case.
|6 hours 24 min ago||Not Boozing Yet...||
Later on, I shall try the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp spring seasonal per a suggestion from someone at work. I wish I could start in on it now, but I actually have to take my wife to her birthday present in a couple hours and I can only imagine if I did that while tipsy. Then again, the beer would still be in the fridge and the one sofa in the family room - directly opposite the big TV - does fold out, but I should do what I promised to do, eh?
|9 hours 11 min ago||Well, Here It Is...||
For Michigan -
eFG% - 34.00%
OREB% - 31.58%
FTR - 24.00%
TOV% - 22.45%
PPP is 0.71
For Maryland -
eFG% - 50.00%
OREB% - 31.25%
FTR - 24.00%
TOV% - 20.21%
PPP is 1.02
|12 hours 41 min ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Even though we're not even a week into spring practice, hearing things like this and combining it with some of the other tidbits that have come out as well, it is difficult not to at least smile and think that the ceiling just got much higher for this team, and of course I don't believe any of us would complain about that. I will say that I haven't been this intrigued by spring practice in a while certainly.
|13 hours 59 min ago||Background Stuff....||
NewsOK ran this piece about McGary a couple days ago - LINK
The quote from Mitch, but then you knew this about him:
“For me it’s just heart,” McGary said of his boundless energy. “I just love the game of basketball. It’s been taken away from me a couple of times and it made me not take things for granted because I know the game can be taken away from you just like that. Just really going out there and playing as if it’s my last game to play and giving it my all. I know people respect that. My teammates do and they want to go out and win just as bad as I do.”
As for the move, a great modern resurrection of an old favorite indeed. Well done, Mitch. Here's Hakeem using it on David Robinson.
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|1 day 2 hours ago||Toasting A Life...||
Having been rather bummed about the death of Leonard Nimoy, I cracked open some Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner and raised a glass to a very good actor, director, writer and activist. I am watching a bit of "Star Trek" in his honor, but we shall switch to "Mission: Impossible" and his guest appearances later on this evening.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Another Sign...||
I think it is another sign of my approaching oldness when people my age begin to retire from professional athletics (Hamilton is 37, and I am just about to hit that mark), but I will remember the man that Jerry Stackhouse, Ratko Varda and Brian Cardinal got us and his contributions to those playoff runs in the early 2000s. Good luck to Rip in retirement.
|1 day 6 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I would like to commend the blog - for what it is worth - in complying with the demands of this site's associated services and more or less self-policing when it comes to the content of photos on the site. I realize it is not popular with a fair number of people, but I have admired the restraint shown and the willingness to cooperate. Community spirit indeed, and it is appreciated - I think I've only had to take down one or two photos that might violate the AdSense policy and it has been over a week now, I believe.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Out Of Curiosity...||
I believe there had been a story some time ago which mentioned that the Otsego County Prosecutor had been handed the case for potential charges, but I don't think we heard anything after that. Is there still a rumbling that this hammer may fall as well? I didn't know if a decision had been made or if they are still sorting it out and something may come down.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Liked This Quote...||
"Right now, it's about getting a great knowledge of the offense and where we want to go with it. Creating it, getting that personality."
I like that this philosophy of walking into this with no assumptions is something each of the coaches have been doing - I am sure that was the directive anyway. It will be interesting to see what direction they ultimately decide to go in with the offense actually, once they feel they've finished this data gathering, if you will. We'll probably not hear too much for a while, I assume.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Very Sad...||
I got out of a meeting just a few moments ago and heard this news. Very, very bummed right now.
As someone who grew up a huge fan of the "Star Trek" franchise, the character of Spock - in my view - gave the franchise a very significant portion of its overall humanity in some ways despite Spock's appearance. In addition to Trek, let us not forget his numerous television appearances up to and including a stint as a regular on "Mission: Impossible", as well as forays into music and writing.
A very talented man indeed. RIP Leonard Nimoy.
|1 day 15 hours ago||It's Not That...||
It's not that so much - I think we're all pretty sure he meant this figurately - but it is what was said and where it was said. If you're the head coach, it just seems much more appropriate to A) not express your displeasure with your players lack of sportsmanship in quite those words regardless, and B) save the meat of the ensuing teachable moment for the locker room. If you want to install class and discipline in your players, those words probably aren't the best way to go about it. I don't think this is about "drama queens" or anything like that, but merely that there is a better way to communicate the lesson.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Right At Midnight...||
Posted right at midnight, eh? It looks as if someone was sitting there waiting to post the Friday Posbang thread, sir. No biggie, of course. Some of us are asleep by midnight because of the whole work thing, of course, so it just means we end up being late to the party when we wake up in the morning and find the place littered with previously banged people.
This weekend, I have to take my wife to her birthday present - the Garth Brooks concert at the Joe. Not being in any way a fan of Brooks or country music in general, this shuld be an interesting experience for me indeed. She'll be cheering and singing along and I'll clap politely, I suppose. I can't really complain though - I've dragged her to Michigan Stadium, Crisler, Yost, Comerica, Ford Field, The Palace, The Joe for hockey and even several venues out of state over the years.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Playing Along...||
Well, to me personally, it looks like a blue dress with black lace adornments, if you will. More importantly, it looks suspiciously like the kitchen curtains in my mother's parents' house, the same curtains that my mother - every time we would visit - would offer to replace so she no longer had to stare at them.
|1 day 23 hours ago||At Least For MSU...||
...and before tonight's results, Massy had them as likely losing at Wisconsin (18%), beating Purdue (74%) and Indiana was more or less a good each way bet basically (51%). It puts the estimated odds of them losing out - given those numbers - at about 29% actually, so not all that likely but at the same time not insignificant if that somehow held.
|2 days 1 hour ago||An Incomplete Rule...||
The Magnolia Heights lineman committed to the Tigers during a July visit and signed a financial aid agreement with LSU in early August. Per NCAA rules, the agreement allows schools to have unlimited contact with prospects planning to enroll early at an institution. However, according to his father, LSU isn't going to act upon the agreement in case his son changes his mind.
That's from the Clarion-Ledger story actually. The direct quote later in the article has the father saying LSU would have had to report this as a violation otherwise basically and that they took this position of not using the aid agreement for unlimited contact in the event he would change his mind.
The stupid thing is that when the NCAA changed the rule to allow high school seniors to sign the grant-in-aid agreements with schools, the intent might have been to force schools to honor offers, but they themselves left the door wide open for recruits to sign multiple agreements and then be fought over with a deluge of open communication. It has already happened to a few kids of note too. They tried to close the loophole by stating that only the school with whom the recruit signed first can publicly announce the signing, but then if you're highly touted, who will turn you down and still, why not sign with a few more and listen? The NCAA did not think this one through, in my opinion.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Small World Indeed...||
It rather depends. If you went to school here sometime through the 70s-early 2000s, you may very well have known of my mother if not actually had her as a English teacher in the middle school here. There is at least one person on the board who in fact has had my mother as a teacher at some point. Small world indeed.
|2 days 2 hours ago||The More I Hear...||
“At the end of practice, at the beginning of practice, and in the middle there was some kind of conditioning competition where guys were running and competing… where guys are getting in shape and they’re also getting tougher, stronger, and faster. It was good to see that everything that was built into the practice had competition written all over it.”
You know, the more I hear about how Harbaugh plans to foster competition and keep the environment at practice competitive, the more I find myself grinning about what this might eventually become in time. This quote, for example, is something I really liked to read.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
Indeed they are, at least for the time being. I believe the deal was around $15 million per year and lasts - thanks to an extension - until 2025, as I recall. After that, who knows, eh? Actually, it is Notre Dame, so after that, who cares? I don't know if NBC would easily give up the 4 million or so viewers they get on average for ND games though.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Why Not Indeed...||
City: Born in Dearborn, raised in Northville and Saline, living in Romulus, MI
High School: Saline, MI (Class of 1996)
Undergraduate: See MGoHandle
Graduate: MBA, Eastern Michigan
HS Mascot: Hornets
Sports: For my school itself, none. In other leagues, baseball for many years.
Hobbies: Reading, modding this blog, music production, movies (watching and being in), various games of strategy (huge fan of anything Hoyle, if you will), podcasting, anything Michigan related, among others.
Fun fact: I was a published author twice over by the time I was 21 years old, not counting numerous articles in various then-fledgling Internet publications. The fact that you have no idea who I am and know that I have a normal-type job speaks volumes to the success of this endeavor.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Wow Indeed...||
What made that moment especially great - even with the 30 points - was the blown away look on Jim Larranaga's face towards the end of the clip. He didn't even appear to be blinking, at least not to me. That run made his personal eFG% for the game 68.42% compared to about 58% for the rest of the team excluding Rathan-Mayes' stats.
|2 days 8 hours ago||NBC's Take...||
NBC had some interesting takes on the money involved in any decision Peterson makes - LINK
It’s easy for Peterson to muse about getting a fresh start. It’s harder to seize on that fresh start if the fresh start entails a lot less cash.
That rings true most likely, even if it is the case that he is less than enthusiastic - as has been reported - about the prospect of going back to Minnesota. I suppose the question is, if you are a Lions fan (and I am), are you willing to cough up something comparable to $12.75 million, or what do you give up in equivalent value?
|2 days 8 hours ago||Per User Request...||
Uniform Conundrum: Pinstripe jerseys
Deleted at the request of the OP, albeit deep inside the thread - I assume they could not edit the post itself for some reason.
|2 days 9 hours ago||The Shorts...||
The tops are fine, in my opinion, but the shorts kill it for me. For some reason, I can get into that two-tone on shorts with our particular color scheme. It kind of reminds me of a toned-down but still awkward version of the broad stripes of a 1980s Astros jersey, but considerably less garish, to be fair to these.
|2 days 10 hours ago||If I Had To Choose...||
I tend to judge things like this based on the ones that made the normally low-key, calm me fly into a very uncharacteristic tirade that even my wife couldn't immediately pull me back from, and if I judge it like that, Burke's supposed foul against Siva probably tops the list. "Clockgate", the call that negated Darboh's catch in the Rutgers game and, in the same game as Burke, the inability of the refs to add up Hancock's fouls are definitely up there too.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Now That You Mention It...||
Several of those ten years in the 2004-2014 timeframe were spent under Greg Schiano, of course, and the Big East consisted of (well, for a good deal of that time) vaunted programs like Syracuse, Cincinnati, Pitt, West Virginia, Connecticut, South Florida and Louisville, so your typical conference slate was a nightmare indeed (for Syracuse usually, it seemed, it was a nightmare anyway).
|3 days 32 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
That is definitely some 25 years ago stuff, but interesting...
|3 days 2 hours ago||ESPN Piece...||
ESPN has some words from Mayhew here - LINK
"It's not about Reggie Bush. It's about the process of evaluating where you are as a football team," Mayhew said. "We have a bunch of meetings after the season. The coaching staff meets. The scouting department meets together and we evaluate everybody's performance.
As for money, this saves the Lions $1.7 million in cap room versus the cap charge of over $5 million had they kept him this year.