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|2 hours 45 min ago||Right Now...||
Because we've had trouble breaking 20 degrees over the last few weeks here in the Detroit area, the Michigan hoodie has quickly become an excellent go-to garment when doing things like attempting to shovel ice off the end of the drive or take out the trash. When it gets a little warmer, I'll probably rotate in any combination of the many t-shirts - I would have the gravest difficulty choosing a favorite.
|5 hours 20 min ago||Then Again...||
It actually would give opposing coaches the chance to use Hochstetter's line - "There is something afoot here. I smell it!" every time Beilein put Wagner in the game.
In all seriousness, he could be an interesting addition to Beilein's offense. I do like that he seems to hunt high and low for potential contributors like this.
|7 hours 46 min ago||If I Had To Guess...||
...the hot takes on Phildelphia sports radio might be visualized (and sound) a little like this:
|7 hours 54 min ago||Of Minor Note...||
“repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations,” - from the official statement RE: Sulaimon's dismissal from the team
Even back in January, this was close to the only word that the team or Krzyzewski had on the matter actually. Even when asked about the circumstances of Sulaimon's then-unexpected removal from team at the end of January, there was no comment from anyone at Duke.
If you read the linked article, it chronicles Sulaimon's many other troubles (which pale in comparison to what is alleged in this article) as well as highlights, the former being things that were part of his dismissal, I imagine. These include showing up on campus out of shape in the late summer of 2013, which eventually caused him to lose his starting role to apparently being kicked out of repeated practices this season for unspecified issues. Per that article, the "last straw" (whatever it was) came during the ND trip.
|9 hours 28 min ago||Operations Center...||
That is the new Athletic Operations Center, I believe. We actually did our conduit runs to feed it just last week despite the cold. If anyone in that area experienced a short shutdown sometime in the middle of the week, that was related work. It is supposed to be open this summer, from what I understand.
|12 hours 23 min ago||I Can See That...||
The Lions have decided that as good as Ndamukong Suh is, he’s not good enough to be worth a $27 million salary this year.
From a financial standpoint for the Lions, this is likely the wiser move. I really like having a player like Suh on the team, but $27 million hamstrings a franchise that has very definite (and numerous) needs and could at least get serviceable players at a fraction of the price and cap hit. I can't see a scenario where you do this and then still hope to fill other needs.
|16 hours 2 min ago||My Own View...||
I personally enjoy conference tournaments - particularly in basketball - as a means to crown a conference champion that can then roll that success into something like the NCAA Tournament, but I also enjoy moments where the favorite team (as long as it isn't mine) slips and someone else gets that trophy and that opportunity (even if it is just a seeding thing and both teams in a given final are going to the dance). In the case of Michigan this year, it provides some additional minutes for the team to grow and develop and, if we somehow make the NIT, the conference tournament sets up as a way to get further experience.
There's the money, of course - that's a primary driver. The conference tournaments are fun to watch all the same.
|16 hours 10 min ago||Even If It Was...||
Even if it was staged (and the way it was done lends credence to that), the build-up to his dance was rather well-executed and the dance itself - even the revealing of the message, if you will - was pretty entertaining. Garnett's acknowledgement of it was cool as well, I thought. Whoever put it together, nicely done indeed.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Very Close...||
...for one time, aliens tried to turn everyone into Scotsmen:
|1 day 6 hours ago||Link To Full Bracket...||
To supplement the OP's discussion - I assume this is what he saw - here is the full brack from BracketMatrix - LINK
As the OP notes, they currently have us as one of the #5 teams playing #4 Seton Hall, and then if we won that, the projection is that we play the winner of Tulsa and Washington. Surviving that, in their scenario, it's either St. Mary's, Toledo, Minnesota or Illinois State.
FWIW, the site dratings.com has us as a #6 in the NIT.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Then Again...||
Then again, if there is a thread that polls the board for their thoughts on how Calgary sets up for this year as a force in the CFL, we will know exactly where to go to find the inspiration for such a thread, I imagine. Of course, looking at stats from last year, Calgary is not a bad bet to repeat for the Grey Cup.
|1 day 9 hours ago||The General Guideline...||
The general guideline has typically been pretty simple:
DO: share the link and a representative quote or summary so that the discussion can get started. I imagine a lot of people roll with that and don't go to the article.
DON'T: Paste the entire article for all to read right from the start. Out of respect for the work others put into things, those posts are usually cut down to something in the "DO" range.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Complete Rankings...||
To add a little bit here, the complete rankings - LINK
It's a top 15 well-populated with Minnesota teams certainly, including our own conference compatriot at 11th. Penn State is tied for 27th, and Michigan State is down at 32nd.
|1 day 23 hours ago||The Sole Exception...||
Strangely but not surprisingly perhaps, the sole exception to this rule is men's basketball. If you're being recruited for that, you can start taking official visits after January 1st of your junior year. The NCAA specs out what may and may not happen on official visits right down to the use of transportation as well, which is morbidly amusing.
|1 day 23 hours ago||To Be Sure...||
The way to normally test for this sort of thing - in my experience - is to write back and explain that while you will not give them any sensitive information, you are willing to give them a P.O. Box in the United States to which they can mail a check and, if needed, a note that you are authorized to endorse the check. Tell them that you will then take it to a bank and deposit the funds in your account and await further instructions, but first you will set aside a modest administrative fee.
|2 days 6 hours 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.
|2 days 7 hours 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.
|2 days 7 hours 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?
|2 days 10 hours 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
|2 days 13 hours 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.
|2 days 15 hours 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.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 days 3 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.
|3 days 5 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.
|3 days 7 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.
|3 days 8 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.
|3 days 8 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.
|3 days 10 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.
|3 days 16 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.