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|1 hour 42 min ago||A Different Approach...||
Oregon State does this by actually producing a map every so often which highlights the approximate location of Oregon State coaches in their recruiting travels. For example:
...and yes, it is called the "Beaver Barrage". From the SBNation piece:
"One gets the sense of Riley sitting at a great, orange #beaverthrone in the #beavercommandcenter, moving his #beaverchess pieces around the #beavermap, receiving #beaverintel from the field and adjusting #beaverbattle plans."
|3 hours 48 min ago||Hudl.com Highlights...||
Here is the Hudl.com video (LINK)
According to this, last season he had 83 tackles, 14 TFLs and 11 sacks. The video highlights a fair number of the tackles for loss and the sacks, but they all look pretty good overall. Brown seems like he could dominate up front.
|4 hours 5 min ago||Year-To-Year Distribution||
Here is the year-to-year distribution:
What jumps out to me is the trend in the columns for 3-star and 2-star recruits actually. By comparison, the 4-star column seems almost stable. The overall number of rated recruits sits almost invariably in the 255-280 range for the conference (again, including Nebraska for comparison here).
|6 hours 29 min ago||Game 6 In 1988 Finals...||
I still remember watching on TV when Thomas stepped on Cooper's foot and sprained his ankle, thinking in my 10-year old mind that this might be it for the Pistons. It was great to watch him come right back in the game (a minute later, maybe even less) and score 43 points in the game - including 25 in the 3rd quarter alone - despite being in visible pain. That was a very dramatic game in a very dramatic series.
|17 hours 49 min ago||Can't Turn Up Much...||
I haven't been able to turn up much either, but it should be noted that in his NFL career, he was the third WR behind Lynn Swann and John Stallworth even after his very notable Michigan career, during which he was an all-American in 1976, if I am not mistaken. With the Birmingham Stallions in the USFL, he was a consistent top producer on offense for the three seasons he was with them.
|18 hours 16 min ago||Comeback Indeed...||
I would agree with that. Peralta already has over 40 hits this season after having only about 130 in 150 games last season. He's already got about half of his total runs from last year and about 1/3 of the home runs already. As I recall, keeping him was not a popular thing in the offseason among those who frequent the sports talk shows and other sorts of popular outlets, but so far it has paid off. It is nice to see.
|1 day 6 hours ago||"The Scream" Guy...||
"I get it now....use the styptic pencil BEFORE the Lagerfeld. THE BURNING!"
Also, jaw-drop guy:
"Good lord....jockeys DO exist...."
|1 day 17 hours ago||Sipping Glenkinchie...||
Per the earlier thread, sipping some Glenkinchie - a nice, smooth Lowland single malt.
That passed ball and the Sanchez throwing error sort of loom large after that home run sadly - for the moment anyway.
As for happenings, the Romulus City-Wide Garage Sale is this weekend, so we merged with my mother-in-law's sale, took our stuff there, and made a day of it. We even made burgers and hot dogs at lunch and made money off of that as well.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Fairly Confident....||
We did pretty well in the initial seeding per the Facebook Poll. The admittedly unscientific Legends Division results were:
Michigan - 723 votes
Iowa - 349 votes
Nebraska - 251 votes
Michigan State - 240 votes
Northwestern - 57 votes
Minnesota - 24 votes
So, Michigan took 45% of the Legends Division vote initially. Michigan helmet fans were definitely showing up.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Here's The List...||
The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978 (the third winner of the Triple Crown in the 1970s), which means the Belmont Stakes which Affirmed ran would have been about a month before I was born. It would be fun to see the first one in my lifetime too.
Here is the complete list of Triple Crown winners, along with the Kentucky / Preakness Doubles (meaning the horse did not win the Belmont) as well as other close calls (LINK).
I still would like to see a horse named "Do The Pose".
|1 day 22 hours ago||Glenkinchie...||
I will have a sip of the Glenkinchie tonight in celebration, which my friend at the liquor store managed to find for me. Very nice Lowland single malt and perfect to toast a Wings (and hopefully Tigers) victory later.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Additional Information...||
Here is Eastern Michigan's official announcement - (LINK):
The entire description for the $5,000 donation level:
"Skydive with Coach English! If we hit or exceed our overall goal of $60,000 in fundraising efforts (between our IndieGoGo campaign and Golf Outing), Coach English will be skydiving and you can join him! You'll be able to ride with him from Ypsilanti to Skydive Tecumseh, compliments of LaFontaine Buick GMC of Ann Arbor and spend the day and jump with coach! Your on site training, jump and equipment is all included and you'll get to ride in the plane and jump out of it with Coach English. In the event we don't reach the $60,000 goal, you'll still get to ride with the coach to Skydive Tecumseh, spend the day with coach and participate in the skydive. "
Skydive Tecumseh is a pretty cool experience, to be fair, so there is that if nothing else. Beautiful view of Ann Arbor from 18,000 feet too. Here's his indiegogo.com site (LINK) - with 22 days left, the campaign has managed $100.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Tribute Video...||
This is the tribute video that Jim Nantz made for Ken Venturi's induction into the World Golf Hall Of Fame this year actually...great video and very appropriate now as it highlights Venturi's career on and off (but really still on) the course.
One thing that I did not know - Venturi had the longest career as a lead analyst of any broadcaster in any sport.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Stories With Some Quotes...||
The Chicago Tribune had a direct quote from Alex Bars (HERE):
"I thought about it real hard for like the last month," Bars told Irish Illustrated. "Pressure started coming on and spots started filling up. I just realized that was the school for me."
The ESPN blog (HERE) has a little more too. Bars had said that he knew about a week ago, but his parents encouraged him to wait and make sure he was going where he really wanted.
Best of luck to Alex Bars.
|3 days 26 sec ago||Taped Coverage...||
If you're like me and not near a TV at the moment, per the Sporting News (HERE) and confirmed by a quick search of the ESPN listings, the Combine will be aired on ESPNU at 4 AM and 9 AM tomorrow as well with three further re-airings this coming Wednesday.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Nice To See...||
This is pretty good news even if it is ESPN really, and it is interesting that it should come now that I am working on a diary about recruiting rankings. I've been using Rivals data, but the last two classes (2012 and 2013) have the average recruit at 3.5 stars or better, which is far above the conference mean. Right now, the average for 2014 is at 3.44 stars, but that's with only nine commits to date.
Within the conference, even Ohio State has not strung together three straight years at 3.5 or better in my own research, so it would be great to be the first to do that. It's also a good situation when your seven remaining targets are all in the Top 100 per their list anyway.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Great Story...||
Detroit Western really does have some great people behind their program. Juan Sanchez has been a large part of efforts to build better baseball facilities and promote the sport in southwest Detroit, and it is great to see baseball start to make this sort of resurgence in Detroit (I had no idea it hadn't been since the 80s that someone from the PSL had signed a letter of intent - the PSL has churned out MLB talent in the past).
This is a great story and thanks for sharing this, Raoul. From the sound of it, he has an incredible work ethic which will serve him well regadless of his path, whether it is Michigan or the pros. I believe Hector Gutierrez pitched an 18-strikeout game against King last month too - there was a spread about that game in the paper then.
|3 days 6 hours ago||On The Flip Side...||
There is this entry from ESPN on ACC bowl tie-ins moving forward (LINK).
Right now, the ACC has eight tie-ins even with the expansion to 14 teams, and due in part to the agreement with Notre Dame, they've apparently been looking to expand the number of tie-ins to as many as ten. Over the past several seasons, they have averaged eight eligible teams and would have hit this number last year if not for the issues at UNC and Miami.
So, if John Swofford has a say, Notre Dame and the ACC will be accommodated somehow.
|3 days 18 hours ago||And We're Tied....||
A rather nonchalant breaking pitch finds its way to the seats. We are tied 1-1.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Granted, This Is Gene Smith....||
One ofthe linked articles had an interview with Gene Smith (HERE).
Obviously, this talk about a division with different legislative guidelines is vague at this point, but in the interview, Smith points to his theory that "60-70 schools" (presumably, the most successful half of Division I, by and large) are different in nature. He specifically mentions recruiting, pointing out that it is a very different thing at his school versus, using his example, Middle Tennessee. Of course, the gripe would seem to be that you have the schools from lesser discussed conference voting on any legislation with the same relative power as a Big Ten or SEC school.
|4 days 1 hour ago||The Marchex Blog...||
The full results are here in their blog - (HERE)
The study also looked at the most curteous and least curteous states, and indeed, Ohio again ranks among the bottom five in courtesy as well.
No specific rankings are given for the state of Michigan, but according to the graphics, we are "occasionally profane" and "usually courteous".
|4 days 1 hour ago||Here's The Press Release...||
The Big Ten's press release is here, and it contains some information on the formula going forward. It certainly doesn't excuse the 2014 home slate, but it helps to explain it, at least in part.
It seems like 2014 and 2015 are essentially being considered transitional years between the addition of Maryland and Rutgers and the run-up to the 2016 start of the nine-game conference schedule. The essential formula is that a given team will play the other six teams in their division plus two from the other for 2014 and 2015, and then that will expand to three teams from the opposite division in 2016. I believe that confirms what we suspected anyway.
Here's where you can find everyone's schedule - (LINK). As for our 2014 home slate, Indiana on the day after Halloween somehow makes me think of Charlie Brown saying, "I got a rock."
|4 days 2 hours ago||Brand Equity...||
I would agree. I don't think Brandon left a significant possibility that this would happen, given how he phrased this. He definitely realizes that, above any other portion of the uniform really, the winged helmet is perhaps the most significant contirbutor to brand equity for Michigan football. Actually, and Brandon touches on this, it really goes beyond that in the sense that the helmet is also identified with the university itself on some levels, so there is also that consideration. Michigan actually gets specific mention in a lot of brand management studies as an example of, by and large, "doing it right", and I would assume Brandon knows this too. Beyond the numbers in 2011 and the Outback Bowl matte helmet, I would think anything more drastic would be a long, long discussion, if anything came of it at all.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Pretty Amusing Interview...||
I had to chuckle when he opened by saying that he almost didn't call, but he didn't want to "chicken out". I really thought his answers about the ND-Michigan rivalry were great - he seemed quite genuine in his disappointment, and using UTL's atmosphere as example of what it could be worked well to illustrate that.
|4 days 17 hours ago||What Gus Bradley Said...||
"Asked after the session whether that makes Robinson a “quarterback” or a “Wildcat” option, coach Gus Bradley laughed and said, “We don’t have to tell you,” according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union"
I assume that, even in Jacksonville, the starting QB job would be Gabbert's to lose despite the numbers, but you can't blame Gus Bradley for trying to figure out how many volumes he can add to the offensive playbook because of Dilithium. It really would be fun to see him take some snaps as an NFL quarterback in addition to his other duties, even if it is purely situational.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Rather Unfortunate...||
It's sad to see these stories of players with quite a bit of promise and NFL potential ending up with either extremely short careers, all the while embroiled in problems. He won a few conference and national honors in his time at Alabama - I think he is only one of two Crimson Tide players to win the Butkus Award actually.
I wonder if we'll hear about a comeback attempt somewhere down the line (three credited seasons in the NFL Pension Plan, but I believe he wouldn't be able to collect until 55), but even then, it is unfortunate for McClain that any second shot will be substantially more unlikely than the shot he just gave up.
|5 days 21 min ago||Purely Informational...||
I was sitting here listening to the game and perusing StatSheet (fitting in some work around these things) and saw that the Tigers, as of today, are the top team in the MLB for batting average (.284), hits (385), runs (201), and RBIs (197) while being 17th in home runs. Interestingly, they are in the Top 10 for extra base hits too - 10th in doubles and 8th in triples.
They are also first in WHIP (1.19) and strikeouts (374) and 3rd in ERA (3.37).
|5 days 1 hour ago||The Rationale...||
I didn't see it in the thread, but 247Sports had a little bit about the rationale behind setting the date as he did (HERE).
According to his coach, he simply doesn't want his choice to be a distraction going into their summer practices and then into his senior year. In all the material that we've posted here, you get the sense that he's a very driven, focused kid, so that makes complete sense really.
Peppers would be a phenomenal get, of course, and for anyone who hasn't seen his highlight reel (that would be very few here, I am sure), it is highly recommended.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Spectacular Dunks Indeed...||
Seeing Darryl Dawkins get in on this was particularly awesome, and I can only imagine what nicknames Dawkins would give to some of Ryan's dunks. "Rim Wrecker" and "In Your Face Disgrace" were taken over the years, but surely there are some as-yet unspoken names.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Maybe Some More Information....||
I haven't seen that the SI story is out yet, but the Times-Tribune (Scranton's paper, I think) provides some information about what might possibly be in there (LINK). There is some discussion apparently of Tim Bream's actions:
"But the allegations against head athletic trainer Tim Bream were perhaps the most damning in the article. Several unnamed sources told SI that Bream administered several drugs to players -- the anti-inflammatory Voltaren -- without physician approval. Bream does not have a medical degree, according to the report. In addition, former walk-on receiver Garrett Lerner told SI that he suffered to burns on his right leg when Bream misused an electrical stimulation machine while treating him."
It also mentions that there have been investigations into the allegations against Bream for some time, but the conclusion of those interviews and inquiries reportedly did not find evidence or reports of overstepping the bounds of care.