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|48 min 10 sec ago||MLive Piece...||
There's a short piece on MLive here - LINK
I don't know that we ever really got information on what was repaired, but I certainly didn't know the extent until I saw this:
Albrecht's first procedure came on April 8. Performed at U-M Hospital, two-hour surgery included three incisions, shaving down a portion of the ball-and-socket hip joint and repairing a torn labrum. For good measure, a fracture in the hip was also discovered. After the surgery, Albrecht said the fracture was the result of "basically me trying to self-repair -- just from all the pounding, it basically broke itself."
Hopefully, we get to see him before long - I assume there is a bit of a road ahead to get him back to court-ready though.
|4 hours 40 min ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
I am going to guess that 13 refers to the number of Big Ten Championships during the same period, since the previous two figures refer to Bo's time at Michigan.
Also, in keeping with the theme of the replies thus far:
|4 hours 49 min ago||You Know...||
You know, no Michigan player who has worn #5 has been an All-American to date, at least insofar as I recall. Perhaps there is a #5 on the team right now that can eventually be the first, eh? We shall see as his career here begins in earnest this season.
Sorry, that was a random observation that just struck my caffeine-deprived mind.
|14 hours 43 min ago||Noon Games...||
I don't have a terribly strong preference for a game time addmittedly - I'll adjust somehow to whatever life throws at me football-wise, but if we are playing at noon, my sole request is some sort of respectable coffee concession because I am not a morning person and inherently morning tailgating is a physically taxing thing for me. Bearclaw was at the Spring Game and had something with actual espresso in it - that would be nice for a noon kickoff if you're otherwise good for not much before noon anyway.
|15 hours 47 min ago||Already Posted...||
Illinois fires Tim Beckman
Already on the front page. We don't miss much in the way of Big Ten news around here, although it probably felt awesome for Illinois to fire Beckman one more time for good measure.
|16 hours 53 min ago||Watching Now...||
I liked how we backed up the unnecessary roughness call with a pass interference call. I try not to take too much out of the preseason, but I would hope the Lions passing defense gets some extensive discussion after this game. Lots of "Yeesh" moments unfortunately so far in this one. Run defense is looking pretty good though - we're not making this goal line stand easy and there have been some other flashes
|18 hours 32 sec ago||Over At Niners Nation...||
Even Niners Nation isn't really putting a lot of stock in this:
As for Davis's comments, it is hard for me to take this too seriously. Prior to his current NFL Network gig, he served as the 49ers radio color analyst. He is part of the NFL apparatus, and I am inclined to think he might be more likely to defend the 49ers in this case.
There's also some rumbling that Harbaugh may have wanted to institute a code of conduct but was rebuffed by 49ers management. Not sure how true that might be, but the implications made by Davis definitely ring hollow. The 49ers fascination with making Harbaugh the go-to answer for their numerous issues is incredible....and sad.
|18 hours 16 min ago||I've Seen It....||
I've never had this happen in either Chrome or Firefox on the laptop, but I've been taken to the iTunes store (and other places - not porn, not yet anyway) when reading the blog on my iPad.
As for some items mentioned upthread - clearing the cache (which I sometimes forget to do) managed to mysteriously fix the search function, although it is still occasionally buggy. If it gives 404 errors even after some memory clearance, then I am not sure what it might be. The paging buttons seem to work during lower traffic moments (early morning, later evening on a non-event night), but otherwise you basically have to open a new tab to see the next page.
|20 hours 9 min ago||Great Read...||
"There's few things in life that get to last 150 years that have people tied to it. You can make a list and cross off the things that don't make it -- companies, countries, architecture. For an athletic department to function within a university for that long, it's a great endorsement for how powerful it is. It's something that can last."
It is an interesting thought and it is something that is easily forgotten as we move from season to season - there are indeed nations, corporations and buildings that have come and gone in the time Michigan has had an athletic department. To me, that is one of the things that makes it truly special and such a deeply integral part of the university's culture.
|22 hours 59 min ago||Yikes...||
Thomas said he learned of efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries. He also said in some instances student-athletes were treated inappropriately with respect to whether they could remain on scholarship during the spring semester of their senior year if they weren’t on the team.
Yikes. If nothing else, at least Bill Cubit is apparently playing with a full deck.
Actually, Illinois probably traded up a smidge just by promoting Cubit - Cubit can beat MAC teams.
|23 hours 14 min ago||Related To This...||
Bold prediction to play off that...
BIll Cubit gets promoted and ends up being the better hire of the two to the surprise of very few people. Call me crazy, but that's what I would do if I am Illinois right now.
|23 hours 23 min ago||So It Is...||
It is, and as most folks around here know, it is more of a narrowing of focus rather than an absolute prohibition. Actually, this thread really is not OT (Stitt got rather a lot of mention back in the CC days of last fall), but more on the outer fringes of on-topic since college sports in general isn't automatically OT - it is in the "gray area" per the official FAQ (in other words, use your best judgment). In this instance, the tag is not quite accurate.
|1 day 25 min ago||Well, We Know...||
Well, we know how those get handled around here...mostly anyway. I know because I am guilty of it.
|1 day 39 min ago||Not Bad At All...||
Last season, the Orediggers averaged 89.9 plays per game, which was more than Baylor, Oregon and West Virginia averaged in the FBS.
I think they averaged north of 500 yards per game too, so you're getting into the neighborhood of nearly 6 yards per play on average, and also something like 0.4 points per play if I am remembering their average socring right, which isn't bad at all at any level. You could make the argument "Division II....level of competition....available talent....grumble grumble", of course, but on paper the numbers aren't bad at all and would give one hope that - if he took a Division I job - he would probably do well if he could implement some version of his system.
|1 day 2 hours ago||The Main Draw...||
The odds against Harbaugh's return really were astronomical -- but when a stunning series of departmental mistakes inspired a grassroots effort for reform, bold leaders stepped in to remove each obstacle, one by one. That it all happened just in time for Michigan to offer Harbaugh the chance to come home completed a chain of events that would have been impossible for anyone to predict even six months earlier.
That is probably what the main draw for me is, the opportunity to get some insight into how this went from "Yeah, right..." to "IT'S HAPPENING" in a matter of months, and in the case of smaller obstacles, weeks on occasion. The changes necessary to achieve the goal of getting Jim Harbaugh to come back to Michigan happened in what seem like moments now, but wading through them, it seemed like forever.
|1 day 5 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that I was a little miffed that North Carolina didn't really go all the way with argyle, including argyle socks and some very sensible Johnston & Murphy shoes to complete the uniform. That would have been stylish, although maybe bad for football. Can you find wingtip cleats, or perhaps a nice loafer with some spikes? That's a good question.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Depth Chart Guesses...||
Logic says the edge likely goes to Rudock, who was second in the Big Ten last season in completion percentage (61.7 percent) and had 16 touchdowns to five interceptions. Morris, who emerged from spring practice, before Rudock had transferred, as the frontrunner, has made two career starts. The strong-armed lefty has said repeatedly the starting job has been his to lose.
I will definitely agree with Angelique that logic and inference from the very limited information out there would tend to say Rudock, but part of me remembers how depth charts have been at Michigan - particularly in the last few years - and thinks for a moment that it might be Garrett Moores, but I trust Jim Harbaugh to approach such things in a more considered manner.
In all seriousness, I would be surprised - but not in a bad way honestly because I would then be a bit impressed - if it was not Jake Rudock. Whoever rises to the top in the sort of environment Habaugh seems to create gets your respect.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Hard To Believe...||
When I woke up roughly 90 minutes ago, it dawned on me that by this point in next week, we will be talking about football that has been played rather than football that will be played, and finally we will have out first actual data point in the Time Of Harbaugh at Michigan. As fun as the summer has been, I've been anticipating this for a long while - indeed, since maybe a few minutes after the first presser last December.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Clarification...||
First, a mod note:
Yeah, the scope of OT narrows considerably in the non-OT season - it is not an absolute prohibition, and certainly consideration will be given to an NBA legend like Darryl Dawkins. I apologize if anyone took the transition too literally, but yeah, this stays.
To that end, RIP Darryl Dawkins. I will watch those named dunks, such as the "In Your Face Disgrace" in his honor tonight.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I Was Thinking That...||
I was thinking that - I almost want Popular Mechanics to call a game against me a "cupcake game", then I can act mildly insulted for a few days and be assured that cupcakes will show up at my office. I don't see how this is a bad deal at all really, but then my colleagues probably wouldn't let this go without some sharing being part of the deal.
|1 day 20 hours ago||The Wisconsin Thing...||
Paul Chryst might have been an uncreative hire for Wisconsin (he was on staff there for many years, so it isn't unfamiliar though), but they did keep Dave Aranda, who seems to be a pretty decent DC and Chryst probably retains the system for which Wisconsin has recruited for centuries with little variation.
The also draw Rutgers and Maryland and probably still make a decent showing in their own division, so I wouldn't underestimate their ability to be Wisconsin almost regardless of who is coaching.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Very Good...||
I think these are excellent choices really, and indeed, if under Harbaugh and the environment he has supposedly created these two arose as leaders than it says much about them as competitors as well.
I will say, however, that it is difficult to believe that they are in the waning days of their eligibility - I remember when they got here and it doesn't seem like it was that long ago.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Apparently...||
Apparently, if you do a quick search for the bio, you also find out that someone over at SuperSportsTees.com has already been all over this as the image exists on their site:
|2 days 26 min ago||Agreed...||
I honestly did not expect to be able to take away as much as I did, and while much of it is still high level and leaves one to do a lot of inferring, there was some actual information in this one (more than I was expecting).
Of course, all of it makes me that much more eager to see how this plays out on Thursday as we start this first season under Harbaugh.
|2 days 54 min ago||Massey Estimate...||
Take it for what you will given that we've not played a single game yet this season, but the base estimate from Massey, which of course includes zero data from this year, is as follows for those games:
Michigan State - 16%
Ohio State - 9%
It is important to note, of course, that the six games in from of MSU - if we do well - will probably result in some upward adjustment of that, but how much depends on how MSU does. Similar story with OSU, of course, which is four games distant once the MSU game is concluded. Once the season begins, the beauty of this algorithm is in the fluctuations week to week, in my opinion.
It's just an estimate based on past performance, but the notion of "right now, don't count on it" seems sound enough using available statistics. Of course, the optimist in me knows anything is possible (even if it isn't probable) in football and we could steal one of these games.
Actually, one of the weaknesses of the approach is that it doesn't appreciate the intangibles of the Harbaugh era to date, so it will be interesting to see how accurate these estimates, well, may not be in the case of a re-energized MIchigan.
|2 days 1 hour ago||The Sense I Get...||
So, based on that - which is not at all shocking - I do get the sense that the depth chart may not really be the depth chart much at all this year, which is fine and especially so against our first opponent so no one gets an advance idea of what they plan to roll out there. I was assuming that, after all this time in the submarine, that we would simply end up being pleasantly surprised anyway, and it sounds like that's the case now.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Depth Chart...||
I have this suspicion that, if we get one for public consumption, it won't necessarily reflect the one that is forming in the mind of Jim Harbaugh, but then that is most coaches really. I personally try not to get too excited about depth charts for that reason, but in this case, so little is known that I would probably peruse even the public release, no matter how much it reflected reality.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
"As far as how quickly he can get it turned, he's already gotten it turned with momentum, and that's something that was difficult for Brady at the end because people turned on him and media were more difficult for him,"
Obviously the games have not happened yet, perhaps the one thing we definitely want to see next, but he's right in the sense that the culture of the program and the passion around the program have been revamped and made better by everything that Harbaugh is done. It also helps that he did inherit some talent that just needs someone to develop it - that for me will be one of the things to watch in the coming weeks, to see how many players look markedly better and look like they are now in positions where they can excel.
|2 days 2 hours ago||According To Bentley...||
According to the information in the Bentley collection, Demetrius Brown wore #6 all four years that he was at Michigan. Michael Taylor wore #9 during that same period.
As it is seven days before the season, it is worth noting that Ken Mouton wore #7 during the mid-1980s.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Clarification...||
Correct. It is probably more fair to say that the scope of OT narrows considerably, so yes, threads regarding significant events in college football or sports, significant news like whatever finally happens in the semifinals of Brady / Goodell, and the like will very likely stay for the news value.