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|5 hours 2 min ago||The Firing Talk...||
Clearly, the "Fire Beilein" talk going around at the moment is fueled by frustration over the events of the last week in particular, and it is probably the case the for the time being, he's nowhere near the hot seat. Indeed, I have to believe that even with some new faces now in the department, he likely stays way the hell away from the hot seat for a while because of what he has been able to do with a program that was...not good when he arrived as well as how he represents the program and the university.
As others have mentioned in detail (in this thread and others), however, this is clearly a team with some systemic issues (winning recruiting battles, lack of bigs, etc...you name it, we've discussed it to death by now and they are valid concerns) and while Beilein probably gets plenty of chances to deal with them (he has more than earned the time to do so, IMHO), those issues have made for some frustrating moments.
|6 hours 57 min ago||The Big Ten...||
The full Big Ten list is interesting, but here are the full top five -
#6 - Michigan
#14 - Ohio State
#22 - Michigan State
#26 - Nebraska
#28 - Penn State
The top five are pretty consistent with a discussion someone tried to start in a thread a few days ago about the relative disparity in recruiting rankings among the divisions of the Big Ten. Historically, these teams above have also been the top five in recruiting class rankings in the conference most years. Four of these five, of course, are in the East Division.
The rest of conference falls in from #37 (Iowa) to #88 (poor damn Purdue).
|8 hours 14 min ago||Simms Moments...||
My personal favorite among Simms moments in the game came right after Denver ran it on 3rd and 8 or 9 play and managed a few yards.
After the play ended, Simms said, "I think they are going to run it there."
Not sure what went on in the booth or in his head, but that was spectacular analysis indeed.
|11 hours 44 min ago||Golden Tate...||
Golden Tate posted a nice message as well....
|19 hours 8 min ago||Not Having This...||
Why the P. Manning hate?
You can ask the question, but if you're going to get verbally abusive in your replies to people - whether they are being snarky or not - as the OP did, then you don't get the thread to go with it. Most threads left with such a start basically go to hell if the OP decides to be combative like that, so we'll just skip it this time.
|19 hours 19 min ago||Congratulations To Him...||
Congratulations to Michael Schofield and congratulations to the Denver Broncos on making me $20 poorer, but more importantly, on winning Super Bowl L.
Now, apparently CBS is going to make sure I have excellent dreams tonight with Puppymonkeybaby and I assume another Xifaxan commercial to back it up.
|22 hours 53 min ago||I did like the tribute to||
I did like the tribute to Bowie with the use of "Starman" in the Audi commercial, not to mention the commercial itself. That was kind of a neat concept for a car commercial.
The Mountain Dew commercial terrifies me - puppymonkeybaby might very well keep me up tonight and only because of the terror that such a thing may visit in my dreams.
Squarespace? Huh? That's all I have.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Down It Goes...||
Trouble getting under the 85 limit?
Forgot to come back to this one as it seemed like a poorly conceived thread - and I think the OP has taken a beating long enough at this point.
EDIT: In reply to TSS, I went through and read it again and yeah, we can have it back. I very much doubt the OP even cares about his point now.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Over Here...||
Over here, we're just doing steaks and some grilled chicken shish kebab for variety, mixed vegetables and twice baked potatoes. After all, it is just my wife and I and the kids will only eat select bits of this particular meal. It does allow for some great leftovers through the early part of the week, of course.
Drinks? Still can't in my case, so fucking sparkling grape juice. My wife has wine.
|1 day 5 hours ago||TeamRankings Stuff...||
Here's what TeamRankings put forth for a comparison:
As for myself, I'll run with Carolina in a 30-24-ish sort of game.
|1 day 8 hours ago||New Limits...||
New? 85 has always been the MINIMUM on I-696. If anything, you need more scholarships on that stretch of freeway or you will be passed swiftly and chided rather graphically. We must keep up, particularly through Southfield, Oak Park and Royal Oak. We are talking about the same thing, right? I hope so.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Very Interesting...||
You know, unless you knew, you might not find it easy to believe that you're looking at a defensive lineman. When you realize that you are in fact looking at a defensive lineman, you begin to feel sorry for the offensive lines that he might come across. Well, some of those offensive lines anyway, and even then just a smidge.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Another Interesting One....||
As for Miami, first and foremost, I think those of us who saw both "The U" and "The U Part II" saw most of those guys interviewed for both programs that are counted above. For sheer volume of NFL talent, among other things, that would count as one hell of a run.
CBS had a graphic about a week ago that I thought was interesting - LINK. This shows you the schools which produced the most players to appear in Super Bowls, but it compares Super Bowls I to X and then XLI to tomorrow's game. The shift is definitely interesting.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Pretending...||
Well, I wasn't pretending that it was developed - I wasn't about to expound on the subject at great length, or at least not the length that it would take to provide more than a 10,000 foot view of my own opinion.
What I probably should have added is that I believe Beilein probably does get to "ride it out" to a point (a long point, and right now that doesn't bother me too much - key being "right now"), and also I believe he has earned enough trust even with the folks currently in charge to do so, which in part is why I'll give him the benefit of a doubt here on making some strategic changes - player development, recruiting, staff...wherever there might be a need (IMHO, there's a need in all those areas). I won't presume to know what goes on in Beilein's mind there.
Do you get infinite chances? No. Do you get a lot of chances? Probably in this case, even with a new AD.
I know people will push the notion that basketball - like other sports - is a "what have you done for me lately?" environment, which it is to a certain extent, but "lately" is a nebulous term and fans seem to forget that some institutions seem to interpret it more liberally than they do.
|2 days 15 min ago||No Idea, But...||
I believe Harbaugh gave everyone a vague idea of what is going to happen down there in interviews - something like four practices, complete with workouts and meetings, but also time at the beach, putt-putt and other spring break activities and time to connect with IMG Academy as well. As to whether or not any of it will be open to the public, nothing was said, but I would guess that access is going to be limited if anyone even gets it. That's just a guess, but they do like to keep the submarine below on extended voyages.
|2 days 1 hour ago||We're Better Than This...||
Making excuses for the basketball team gets you the program you deserve
We already have a "Hot seat" thread where this is being well-covered at the moment by a small minority of posters. Also, if you're going to do this, try for thread titles which aren't quite so combative or confrontational. For example, you could easily get a reasoned discussion going if you had titled this "Adding Zest To Meatloaf - A Suggestion" and then introduced it with just a little more tact.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Hot Seat...||
I guess I don't completely understand the hot seat talk because, first and foremost, I think if you're going to seriously speculate about such things than you need to talk about what your vision for the team is and who you believe can make it possible and how you might bring them here. Maybe that's just part of my own yardstick for "hot seat" talk though.
Otherwise, it just sounds like venting frustration, and yes, there are definitely legitimate reasons to be frustrated with this team - I am with the people that really want to see the recruiting strategy change to accommodate bigs (because inside game - we need a good one) and some more plus defenders, for starters. I am also with the people that want to see some more consistent effort and an offense that doesn't appear and disappear in alternate moments. In short, I do agree that it is time for some serious self-assessment on this staff's part.
I don't see Beilein as being on the hot seat right now, but I think there are some strategic changes that probably should be made. I guess considering where we were about 15 years ago and how Beilein has built a program that can and has been able to compete, I am willing to ride out a couple rough seasons and see what sort of adjustments hopefully are made. I know a few people are counting on a change in the AD to maybe spur change here - I don't know that I would assume that though, at least not for a while.
|2 days 2 hours ago||The Toughest Part...||
The toughest part of this week, going back to the Indiana game on Tuesday, is that the current round of medication makes drinking actual things that I would like to drink during this game a non-starter. You can't wash away the game with just sparkling grape juice - doing so only makes me strung out because of the high sugar content. I suppose that will have to do.
|2 days 4 hours ago||So Far...||
Tom Izzo is showing remarkable restraint today as not once in the first few minutes has he been in a serviceable position to play any sort of help defense. Of course, the game is young yet and he hasn't been truly agitated yet save for the turnovers on the part of the Spartans.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Perhaps...||
....or the call name for NORAD in "WarGames".
|2 days 11 hours ago||Failing To Mention....||
If only more people would fail to mention Mike Valenti, this would be a better world. Indeed, living and working in the Detroit media market, my life would be made so much easier if people would - when they wish to discuss sports radio - simply ask, "Did you hear someone speaking over the dead air on The Ticket?", to which I can reply, "No, because no one except you tunes in to dead air. Auditory hallucinations are the first sign, they say."
|2 days 19 hours ago||The Thing Is...||
Through all the Hudl videos, there has definitely been discussion of skill sets for these guys, but I think that when the competition changes, the required or needed skills change as well, particularly if you change offensive styles or are used in a different way when going from high school to college. Even if we're discussing their high school "skill set", it is just that.
It seems like an apples to oranges thing to me - maybe that's just me though. I am in the camp of seeing Hudson play at this level before I make any comparison too - for accuracy purposes if nothing else, if it can be made ultimately.
|3 days 16 min ago||This Thread....||
I will hand it to the OP - this thread was a good idea and hopefully prevents a few repeats later on. Harbaugh did indeed have a rather full docket on the interview circuit today and it was very hard to catch up on all of it, so now at least I have some evening listening later on.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Everything Aside...||
There's little doubt that Manziel is done with the Browns, and it seems as if he'll have a hard time making it on an NFL roster next season.
If this is heading down the road that it seems, then short of an incredible turnaround, I have doubts that he's ever make an NFL roster again. As easy a target as Manziel is and for totally legitimate reasons, any story where things like addiction ultimately work to destory a person is a story you never want to see and, jokes about him aside, I wouldn't wish it on Manziel either. One of my sisters went down a similar road - struggling with dependency and finding herself in awful situation or being the instigator of awful situations as a result - and it did not end well, I'll put it like that.
I sincerely hope he does get help before it is too late.
|3 days 2 hours ago||OK, I Have To Ask...||
I can't be the only one who found the "Discount Alan Alda" comment on the Deadspin piece very funny - I wouldn't have even thought about the similarities honestly (LINK)
Also, that LA Times piece linked in the replies about some of the other things Pat Haden does (possibly badly) is rather intriguing.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Wait A Second...||
Wait a second here...are you saying that you actually foul out sometime before the 17th foul committed? *obvious sarcasm*
This game still keeps me up at night if I am forced to think about it, and thanks to this thread, I might be up thinking about it later. Damnit.
|3 days 2 hours ago||A Reboot Would Be Cool...||
Six Zero (or the man behind the MGoUsername) is very active on Twitter but not so much here anymore save for a rare, rae post now and again that I've seen, for those that asked for his whereabouts.
I will agree, however, that this would be a great feature to start again - for those unfamiliar with the process, essentially the person being profiled will get six (perhaps a few more) questions, mostly tailored to their blog presence (so there is pre-work that goes on). You are encouraged to be detailed, although some choose not to be for reasons of privacy, which is fine, or some just like to present their story through the lens of MGoSnark, which is encouraged.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Not A One...||
For some reason, I remember a time when there was a list that was published which listed the signees and for the most part you had only heard of the truly big names beforehand and then recruiting seemed to go right back into this background of things that were just part of college football. Now, it seems like the passing and beginning of fiscal years, where 2016 just ended and we are now all on about 2017 and what that might bring, although in this case thanks to how it is covered and how often it is covered.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Very Sad News...||
Maurice White worked with countless artists over the years both before and after he stopped actively touring with Earth, Wind & Fire, including stints producing albums for The Emotions and several other groups as well as co-writing music with Barry Manilow and playing drums on numerous tracks for other artists. White pretty much did everything you could do in music from performance onwards. He is still cited as an influence by artists today, in fact.
As a minor personal aside, it strikes a small personal chord for me only because he died from the effects of Parkinson's and I am watching my father walk slowly down this same road.
RIP Maurice White.
|3 days 8 hours ago||About This...||
I was actually telling my wife just a few days ago that we both know we're getting a bit older now because nearly all of our favorite bands growing up now have members who are either pushing fifty years old or who can see fifty clearly in the rear view mirror of life, with some even in their sixties or seventies now depending on the band. Pearl Jam's members are mostly 50-ish now too, so this thread serves as a reminder of the march of time for me too.
That being said, I listened to "Ten" start to finish just last week. Still like it.