"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
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|7 hours 58 min ago||Watching Now...||
For those without the Eagles roster nearby, Molk is #63.
As a general observation, the Eagles' offensive line is looking pretty good right now, getting to the second level and disrupting the Steelers' LBs a bit on several plays. If they didn't just get slapped with an illegal formation call just now, this would be a 37-7 game perhaps with the PAT pending as I type.
|8 hours 10 min ago||Note To OP...||
To express our thoughts fairly, I think you're going to have to define precisely what you see as the problem under "leadership" as this is a bit of an umbrella term, especially in team-oriented atmospheres like a football team.
To take a vague stab at it, we can quibble about captains and the comment by Clark at the end of last year where he said, "We lost the will to play as a family", and call that a breakdown - it might have been. Still, the team appears to have done much to re-emphasize leadership through the activities they've put the team through, there is a culture in place with this team that typically encourages excellent leadership thanks in part to Hoke, and when you have a QB that plays a significant portion of a game with a broken foot because the team mattered to him more, THAT'S leadership. I suppose without further information it is difficult to see the problem.
|8 hours 21 min ago||The "R" Word...||
Yeah, that's twice in one day and it is a little troubling.
As a general note to the board, if "retarded" is the crux of your argument, do not post your argument because it makes this place look bad, not to mention you. That, and I believe I have established more or less the guidelines on ad hominems. As I said in my most recent diary, do try to run your base reaction past your frontal cortex for proper revising.
|8 hours 58 min ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
Some good clips in there definitely, and overall not a bad video. They did pick some good clips from 2012 Northwestern certainly - I had not thought about how good it felt when Demens stood up and said "NO" on that last play at 4th and 2. The clip from the 2012 Minnesota game where Gardner makes something from nothing and finds Dileo was a great memory too.
|11 hours 4 min ago||Already, I Can See It...||
Wow. We get Michigan State and Ohio State at home in February within five days of each other, so I can already tell that will be a slow, slow week around these parts. No matter, of course. If nothing else, we can be reasonably certain that ending the regular season with Rutgers will not be quite like ending the regular season with Indiana.
Actually, I think we play OSU twice in hockey around the same time. I might need to use some of that imaginary stress leave that comes with modding.
|12 hours 3 min ago||Others Are...||
There are a number of people on the NDNation board calling him out as perhaps taking this a level or two over where it should have gone, but Rochester Domer expands a little on the driving portion of the story here - LINK. If this is how it went down, then the driving portion was done basically because he was simply that pissed apparently.
I called him when I got the letter, and he brushed me off with something along the lines of "I have office hours at XYZ time if you'd like to stop by, but I'd rather not discuss this on the phone." When I replied "I'll be there tomorrow" and hung up, I was stuck. I'm not suggesting it was the best thing to do, but i didn't exactly go Lisa Nowak on him.
|12 hours 30 min ago||Specific Prediction...||
I will stand pat with my prediction from last year: 9-3 overall, 1-2 against rivals with one more loss that no one can readily explain and that creates Snowflake threads that, when printed out, accidentally create a masterwork of existential angst. That thread will later briefly appear on the New York Times bestseller list.
Also, THE_KNOWLEDGE finally meets up with his foil THE_IGNORANCE and a colossal rift is formed which accidentally sucks Notre Dame into another dimension where it must play Wake Forest for every game....forever.
|13 hours 58 min ago||Ratings...||
I don't know if Nielsen necessarily breaks things up by team, but they do go by market certainly. Actually, I think in recent years, many of the top markets for college basketball have been in ACC-dominated areas, but the Big Ten as a conference I think has the second-highest average viewership among basketball fans based on the data that I am aware of. If there is something more recent, I will find it or someone can always post it here.
|15 hours 37 min ago||The Full Perspective...||
Other analysts that had us in the top 25:
- Heather Dinich, #25
- Mark Schlabach, #25
The complete lists of all 13 voters for ESPN are here - LINK
If the list continued formally, we would have been #31 overal at 22 points, if I read this right. Big Ten teams ahead of us - in order - Ohio State (6), Michigan State (7), Wisconsin (17), Nebraska (22) and Iowa (would be 26).
|17 hours 4 min ago||I Admit...||
I will admit to chuckling at the audio - the situation is made even better by the fact that Calipari had just been on the show too, in my opinion (it's a shame that Calipari revealed himself so early in the call - spoiled the joke a bit too early, but still funny). I am rather interested to see Francesa get his crack at "Phil From Saline (possibly Dexter, or was it Ypsilanti? It might have been Plymouth....)" now, although I imagine there are many such characters that make the rounds.
|18 hours 21 min ago||It May Not Be A Mansion...||
"It may not be a mansion ... but it's definitely going to be a functional living space." - Bielema, describing the program he is building
I am going to start thinking of Arkansas as the SEC's tasteful suburban ranch. It might be great inside, but it may often get passed up as it looks like a fair number of the other houses on the street except for the skid marks on the curb left by a mishap involving its previous owner.
|18 hours 55 min ago||I Thought This Was Interesting...||
“He is looking for kids who will both academically be successful and whose character is strong enough to participate in Big Ten sports and represent the university very well,” Spencer says. “I’m very pleased with the kind of young men he is bringing to us. I give him an A-plus in that area.
That quote above is from Admissions Director Ted Spencer, and I think it is actually great to hear that level of praise from such a corner of the university given to the head football coach. Actually, I don't know that we would expect any less at Michigan, and to know that we are getting kids who are set up well athletically and academically is just part of the reinvigoration of "Michigan culture", if you will, that Hoke has helped to spur.
|19 hours 28 min ago||For The Latecomers...||
For those arriving late to this thread and who might like to listen to the segment, it looks as if WTKA has now got the roundtable up, albeit broken into its various segments. The link to the listings is right here - LINK - and it should be the top few on the page. Very good to see this back again and a good show today indeed.
|19 hours 59 min ago||Posbanging...||
We'd probably let the semi-tradition Friday posbang go, but the ones which are cute but ultimately frivolous would probably end up going. Post-victory posbangs are welcome as always, and perhaps special events, but it would have to be a very special event indeed, like your dog's anal glands finally being cleansed in full.
|20 hours 47 min ago||The Accountability Thing...||
Chesson seems pretty well-spoken and he did make a point that makes me confident that this renewed push to drive accountability on this team is actually making great progress. He talked about "playing for others" and how when you feel you're playing for others, you don't want to let the other person down. We frame safety like that at work and it seems to work very well, and it does drive people to push that much harder for better results. I thought Chesson actually framed it better than we typically do.
|20 hours 54 min ago||Very Interesting...||
It's always interesting to see these things in graphic form like this, even if it doesn't shock you too much (e.g., that a majority of the recruiting hotbeds are in the southeastern US). I also always found it interesting that a great deal of the most remember former (and most discussed current) coaches come from NE Ohio / Eastern Pernnsylvania (with a smattering from Chicago and new York), whereas the player maps were very different.
Also, Miller as Wisconsin's signature beer? Come on, Badgers, you can do better than that.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Other Information...||
NFL.com talks a little bit about this as well - HERE
"Iceland's Meteorological Office has detected more than 2000 earthquakes in the Bardarbunga area since Saturday. Scientists see earthquakes as an early warning that a volcano might erupt. When magma moves deep down, the pressure breaks rocks and the earth starts to shake."
There's a DeutscheWelles article linked in theirs if you want slightly more detailed observations on this particular volcano. They also talk about how this has not helped with the general stress of getting equipment to the gme and through customs, something I thought ws intriguing. From the sound of it, they've gotten the list down to even helmet screws, so definitely detailed.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Naturally...||
Naturally, "Behind The Steel Curtain" is all over this story for you - LINK
If you were wondering how this might possibly affect them on the field should Bell and Blount somehow find themselves off of the field for this particular incident (at least for some time), they've got a concise answer for you:
Bell and Blount comprise of approximately 100 percent of the Steelers' game-experienced running backs. The Steelers did nothing in the offseason to replenish any further lack of depth that was partially filled by Blount.
|1 day 11 hours ago||About This...||
When that quote about not having to identify a MIKE emerged, I spent a little time on Twitter talking about that with people. It seems that there was never any time to make what might have been vital formation reads last year, nor was there a lot of time for anyone to really get set on a few occasions. It's encouraging to hear that there is stress being put on reading the defense and adjusting to it, something I know we hoped was going to be part of this change.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Not Quite...||
BYU Added to 2018 and 2019 UM Schedule
This turns out to be about a game that BYU has with Washington, not about Michigan's schedule, so this will come down to avoid further confusion.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Even At That...||
Dylan Burkhart will hopefully have the box score up soon - we went 38-67 from the field in the second game, so I am sort of interested in the stats for this game in particular. Granted, it is an exhibition and it doesn't mean anything statistically towards the season, but the novelty of the games is there for me all the same. Maybe there is a diary in it, albeit one which in no way speaks to season implications, but a fun one.
Friday, it is the Mantova Stings, which I think is the only professional team that the Wolverines will see on this trip.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Embed Of A Great Moment...|
|1 day 14 hours ago||Plans Indeed...||
Traditionally, my last football-free weekend is spent finalizing the logistics for weekends with football. If you have kids, sometimes this is not easy, but we're more or less set for the season with who is watching who and how various games will work out for us.
If my yard gets a chance to dry out, I may need to take care of that as well. It's typically Michigan when for weeks, you have no reason to mow it in its half-dead state, and then you get about seven inches of rain in one week and the yard refuses to dry out.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Measured Improvement...||
It could just be me, but there are a few that seem to think that the OL requires a mircale turnaround or we risk mediocrity when indeed even some measured improvements - not necessarily huge improvements - could get us to something around 9-3 potentially. Given last year, I would imagine most would see that as some evidence that the decisions being made (new OC, dedicate scheme, etc...) are good decisions. Actually, there is not much that we know for certain about where the OL is at until we start playing actual games, especially now that we have a new OC and scheme.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Sort Of Missing It...||
This October, a weekend in Toronto coincides with the Penn State game for me, or rather, I am being dragged to a "Supernatural" convention there by my wife wherein I will probably miss significant chunks of football coverage, including possibly our game (although I am going to sneak devices in and out of various events so I will probably occasionally show up on the blog all the same).
In this case, it isn't so much a "miss" as....well...."it will be difficult to watch in its entirety", which in my mind is essentially a "miss" because the narrative of the game is lost at that point, at least until I get home and watch the replay of it (which I may do on Sunday morning before we leave Toronto since the AM panel is the one I said "no, just no" to).
I suppose it is fair. Mrs. LSA has put up with my obsession with football for over a decade now.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Same Here...||
You know, we gave our kids reasonably unique names so that mixing them up would not really be an issue and we still do that all the same. Even last night, in one embarrassing slip, my daughter was in fact my son for two sentences before I relaized what I was doing. The only thing that salvages this strategy is that they are indeed the only kid with their respective first names in their elementary school.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Right Up There...||
This is right up there on my list too - my office at the time was in Ann Arbor (our Ann Arbor Service Center off of Wall St.) and I was on my way back from a training session downtown when they broke into the press conference at Providence Hospital and announced that Bo had died. I was somewhere along M-14 in Plymouth at the time, and I pulled over and cried for a bit (it was pretty close to noon at the time, I think). That, in addition to the loss in The Game, made it a rough weekend emotionally.
|2 days 2 min ago||Sad News...||
Here's the article from The Tennessean - (LINK), which has some quotes from the video and some other information.
"I want to challenge the Tennessee Titans organization, coach James Franklin and the Penn State football team, and my Clarenceville (Michigan) community. Let's do this."
I wish Shaw the best. As someone said, the name is well-known in Metro Detroit HS football history and rightly so.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Regarding Ross...||
Maize'N'Brew talked about him a little bit in their assessment of the defense - HERE
James Ross has been good to great for two years now, but again, his competition is more athletic and rounding out his mental game. I don't seen the 'loser' of the Bolden/Morgan battle stealing this position simply because Ross and Jenkins-Stone are both more suited to taking on lead blockers and making the physical play, meaning whoever wins between Ross and Jenkins-Stone will play for quite some time.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
Thanks for sharing this, JGB.
I was actually rather amused by the answer to the second question myself - it's difficult to imagine the manual logistics of signing a golf ball effectively, but I do applaud whoever handed it to him for thinking out of the box certainly. Hopefully, they cherish the golf ball because Denard.