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|1 hour 15 min 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.
|3 hours 29 min 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.
|4 hours 56 min 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.
|5 hours 55 sec 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.
|7 hours 13 min 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.
|8 hours 35 min 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.
|8 hours 46 min 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.
|14 hours 30 min 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.
|14 hours 43 min 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.
|23 hours 3 min ago||This Is Fun So Far...||
.....and here is why:
|23 hours 38 min 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:
|1 day 1 hour 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."
|1 day 6 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....
|1 day 6 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.
|1 day 7 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.
|1 day 8 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.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Raises...||
I need to push harder when it comes to that discussion at the end of the yearly evaluation cycle. Whereas mine usually run in the 3% range (I do get something that you could call a bonus in addition to that), something in the 300% range would definitely work out better for me, especially with a few home projects slated for this year and next. I wonder what would happen if I posed the question.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Yeah, But....||
Perhaps creepy, but "Picture This" is not a bad album really. I remember it a bit more for the song "Workin' For A Livin'" myself though. Arguably it was the very next album that really started their uptick as a group - "Sports" (the cover art poster for which is in my home office actually - true story). If you can find a copy of the remaster of "Sports", the session takes for the singles off the album are pretty cool.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Saw This...||
I saw this late thanks to a morning meeting (hooray for Wednesday morning meetings), and I am going to be honest with everyone....
NOTE: This will likely go eventually, but who doesn't like the odd free point or two?
|1 day 22 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
We are talking about the same organization that threatened the eligibility of a couple student-athletes unless they paid for the extra pasta that they consumed at a team function, and the same organization that once gave a UNLV basketball player the thir degree over purchasing a used mattress. I don't know that I am going to fully trust the NCAA to be of sound judgment on this particular matter.
|2 days 49 min ago||In Reality...||
We should note that, in reality, this is the answer to a lot of questions, but more importantly, it is also the solution to a lot of things. We can only hope that Maryland doesn't decide to solve a problem on the court in quite this way because perhaps they want to play Bowie State again in the future and how would that look to your visitors.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 days 3 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
"He just pushes himself a little more each day and now we're up to an hour," Beilein said.
The hope, I would think, is that he is able to add a bit more each day and go from there. I would be skeptical that he contirbutes much if at all at Minnesota but as we move down the final stretch here, it would be great to see him gradually get back into games. I would much rather Caris play as much as he believes he can safely play honestly, that seems more sensible to me than throwing him right back out there.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Come Now, ESPN...||
Showing up at a charitable event to which you were personally invited and on your own time is something that I would have trouble calling a "mistake" under any circumstances quite honestly, at least if it were possible for you to attend.
Now, when it comes to the phrase "possible for you to attend", I understand that perhaps you might want to inform your employer first because they might have an opinion on how they might be viewed and how they would rather you were viewed, if you will, but then realistically that is a department in which ESPN has virtually no room to complain (I am sure ESPN sees it differently) and again, he got himself to Ann Arbor and accepted zero cash.
|2 days 6 hours ago||This Year...||
For this year, far and away for me it was Audi's commercial, primarily because of the use of David Bowie's "Starman" as well as the matching premise that the older gentleman was a former astronaut and the experience took him back to that time. It was well shot, well edited and well-concieved start to finish, I thought.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Hopefully...||
Hopefully, M-Dog, you don't mind that used your version to usurp the OP's version so that people can get the much more legible formatting right from the beginning. Good save on this one, and I did give you proper credit above.
It should serve as a reminder that posting tabular information or lists straight from a phone sometimes does not end well.
|2 days 7 hours ago||The Spring Game...||
I do go to the Spring Game when I can, although you proably get even less out of it in person than you do watching it on television because at the stadium you get to see and hear things on the field that would temper even the hint of a thought that you were going to be able to draw conclusions.
That being said, the best part of that weekend is usually the one poster that tries to project the entire season based on the Spring Game - usually extremely conservatively - only to see the first 150 replies in their thread basically read "STOP. JUST STOP."
|2 days 9 hours ago||This Coming Season...||
Like others, I kind of look at the way-too-early polls through not very serious lenses because of recent history and also it is purely speculative and I am more of a data junkie that can't really look at a poll with a straight face until the middle of October anyway.
That being said, as we were able to see the floor of the Top 10 just above us in the final polls this time around, cracking the Top 10 is probably not an unreasonable expectation this coming season. I couldn't begin to guess where precisely because of the LB question in particular (the QB question doesn't have me as concerned right now), but it seems doable definitely.
|2 days 10 hours ago||The Image....||
I am trying to imagin a KC-135 Stratotanker getting into position to refuel a train - hype train or otherwise - and the resulting mental image is....different. I just hope we try it out on a flat, featureless landscape first and see how it goes.
That being said, those who were finally willing to hop on the hype train for Rashan Gary once he officially signed his paperwork were indeed tragically late even then, as we know.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
I actually caught this story before I saw the thread, so I wasn't shocked, but then when I read the story, I wasn't shocked then - this is yet another "only Jim Harbaugh" moment and it is awesome like the rest of them. You begin to ask yourself - where has Harbaugh not been? Who doesn't he know? It makes you enjoy the fact that he's our football coach that much more really.