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|17 hours 6 min ago||Title IX||
Concerning item 5, I'm putting on my lawyer cap, but I still don't see how swithching to an annual instead of an overall scholarship cap is a problem under Title IX. It's the specific annual number. If you insist on 25 scholarships and everyone gets a red-shirt year and stays in school all 5 years, that's 125 (instead of 85) football players. Yeah, that could be a problem. But, I see three ways to mitigate that:
1) Natural attrition is going to reduce that number without any action at all. Dudes will have career ending injuries (unfortunately). Dudes will turn pro early, or start playing as true freshmen (fortunately). Dudes will do dumb stuff and get kicked off the team (unfortunately). Dudes will graduate and/or trasfer (fortunately), but there will be much less incentive for this because every grad transfer with only one year of eligibility left will still count against that year's limit, even when the guy is long gone. You could apply a formula to reduce an incomming class' limit if the total number of dudes still on scholarship and eligible to play (not medicalled) is over a certain limit.
2) Doesn't need to be 25; could be less.
3) Most athletic departments don't fully comply with Title IX as it is. There are more women than men enrolled in most colleges, but with football sucking down 85 scholarships, hardly any schools have as many womens' athletic scholarships and mens', let alone in proportion to the actual male-female percentage of the student body. These schools rely on the second clause that allows schools to simply "show progress towards" numbers of scholarships in line with the male/female ratio (i.e. better than the year before; you could take a real long time to get towards the goal if you slice the sausage thin enough). If the Fed Dept of Ed will go along with this, you could let every school reset its baseline ratio the year they go to annual scholarship. Then all they have to do is continue to make progress from the new baseline.
I would take issue with one remark, the alleged transfer of wealth from poor to rich?! What universe are you in? Do you think every revenue sport athlete comes from an impoverished family, and every non-revenue athlete comes from a wealthy family? Do you even have numbers to support the thesis that there are more poor kids playing for a scholarship in revenue sports? Moreover, since we are really talking about male football players versus female scholarship athletes, are you suggesting every female athlete comes from a rich family? This is a lazy comment that is inconsistent with an otherwise well thought out and well written article. You're better than this, man.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Great list, one problem||
They picked LaMarr Woodley as a defensive lineman, and doubled down on their mistake by calling him a Pro Bowl lineman. Their own web site states (correctly) he is in fact a linebacker.
Some people have a sports column for no reason.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Down with fan voting!||
I'm OK with using the All Star Game to decide home field. (Ask the Pirates how much home field matters when the other team is starting its Cy Young Award winner.) But fan balloting has turned into competitive ballot stuffing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I hate to be the cynic about a fine young man, but...||
After reading the bagman article, I can think of one possible translation for Nico Collins' comment, "Michigan still leads for [me]."
Translation from the recruit speak: "SEC (and I'm looking at you, Alabama), up your offers or I'll take an official to Michigan."
I hate to think that about anyone, least of all a kid interested in going to school in Ann Arbor, but he is in the back yard of the biggest elephant in the league of extraordinary bagmen.
To this day, I'm convinced Leonard Fourette's statements about coming up for the BBQ on his own dime was all about getting LSU boosters to pay him not to go.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Blue Bloods||
Having worked in the criminal justice system, this show does a good job of exploring the issues and the dilemmas. I also find it very comforting in times where everyone has gone just a little crazy to see a portrayal of how policing should be done.
Also, as a student of leadership in large organizations (Navy vet), this show is doing some fascinating work. The plot device of a Regan family member at every level of NYPD and in the DA's office allows them to show how decisions play out at all those levels. Their Sunday dinner conversations are nuanced and interesting, if from a conservative point of view. I first noticed what Tom Seleck was doing with his later career in the movie where he played Eisenhower during the Normandy invasion. I look foward to whatever else he wants to do.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||A Little Perspective Please||
Rather than trying to figure out what to blame for last year's Indiana game (scheme or injuries), let's keep in mind what kind of sport we are discussing. This is freakin' COLLEGE football. The athletes on the field have an average age of 21. They are using strength and physical skills they may not have possessed even as recently as six months earlier (if the strength and conditioning coach is doing his job).
None of us are at our best every single time, even experienced veterans who've done this for years. This includes defensive coordinators. We might want to remember all of that, and acknowledge that we love college football BECAUSE it is less predictable than the NFL
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I like Rich Rodriguez and I wish him well at ASU.||
And I agree he got a shitty deal in many respects.
But, I disagree about his firing. It was the right thing, and no, he was not one season away.
Principally from my reading of Three and Out, I have to conclude that he was inexplicably terrible at every facet of his job for the one and only time in his career. I'm not making any judgments about his fault or the fault of anyone else in this situation.
Some have argued that he was on the verge of having all the pieces in place, and that he would have done just as well with his players as Brady Hoke did with them in Hoke's first season. They are wrong. The defense was not getting any better under Rich Rod or anyone he would have hired as DC. Yes, he brought in some good players who performed well for Coach Mattison. That does not imply the team would have been just as good with a hypothetical 4th year under Rodriguez, any more than the 2015 Wolverines would have been just as good under Hoke.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||+1 to WD for Interesting Off Season Content||
When I was stationed at NAS Lemoore, CA, Visalia had a single A team. One of the reservists who did his drill with our unit got a handful of tickets and we all decided to go.
It was an interesting night. Visalia had a relationship with some minor league teams in the Japanese system, and they exchanged players for a few games. That night was the game they gave the ball to their Japanese pitchers.
Welcome to USA baseball. The Visalia pitchers got LIT! And not just the starter, three different guys in the first four innings or so. We left at that point, since BP is generally less interesting than a competitive game.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Stand by for 6 game skid||
As the streaky McStreackersons do their best to confound any analysis of their play.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I concur with your agreement||
Psychologically, we need the Spartan off of our back. It's not just that they have beaten us consisitently and been the better team over the course of the last few seasons. It's also that historically they have been second fiddle in Michigan and have been such graceless jerks about the whole thing. The most Spartan thing ever: running up the score and then blaming Michigan by claiming some obscure piece of "disrespect." (And the most Brady Hoke thing ever: agreeing and apologizing for it.)
We think this is a new coaching staff and a new day. So it is, even though last yeat they beat us, AGAIN, with the dardest play you will ever see. This year, no excuses. We NEED this game, or we will validate Dantonio's talking point about hope vs. results. If we think we are going to pursue Urban Meyer's dreadnought down in Columbus, we don't need the Spartans in our head.
Let me pose this question for the group. Let's think about our wet...er, best case scenario. Suppose at the end of the third quarter Michigan is well ahead of Staee and the game is no longer in doubt, say 24-7 with the Spartans' lone TD coming on a special teams play. What would you want Coach Harbaugh to do? Run up the score or run out the clock?
What's the difference? I see running up the score as an acceptance the Staee will remain a rival for the forseeable future, and embracing them as a deeply bitter, Auburn vs. Alabama, we'd poison your tree and help the sherriffs evict your disabled grandmother rival. In short, we'd one up Dantonio in the disrespekt category, and validate that MSU matters to us almost as much as Ohio State.
In contrast, I see running out the clock and not trying to score as a statement to MSU that we think things are back to normal. You are just another B1G team on our schedule, and we have no interest in anything other than securing the W. Have your fun the years you beat us, because we KNOW that you are beneath us and will remain so.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Sad||
All the respect in the world to this great coach and trail blazer. She is on my personal Mt. Rushmore of sporting greats.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||When an Excuse Transitions to a Reason||
Without engaging in the Beilein, good or bad debate, I think we do have to take into account some extraordinary circumstances the last thee seasons. Since appearing in the National Finals, the Wolverines have lost two B1G seasons of play due to injury to a guy who just got drafted in the first round, and a B1G season due to injury plus another full season due to a comically disproportionate punishment of a guty who also got drafted in the first round.
This is on top of lost seasons of eligibility due to guys turning pro early (which every program faces), a lost B1G season due to injury to a guy who may get drafted after this season, and another lost season due to injury to a guy who was a Senior returning starter at PG, only the position you most want to have a returning starter. And, having the highest rated recruit of the whole period turn into a bust, and leave for playing time at another program, AND having several big men, only the arguably thinnest part of your roster, transfer just before they were about to see significant playing time.
An Angry, Old Testament, Wolverine Basketball Hating God (AOTWBHG) ought to be a meme on this web site.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I've Heard a Couple Memes||
In the general media, there are two takes that were news to me:
(1) Boris Johnson and the tabloid press have been mocking the EU institutions as out of touch, undemocratic and corrupt for years. Many argue that's not true, but it is an assumption that has crept into the consciousness of many voters.
(2) Many British citizens (and they tend to be older; those under 35 voted strongly to remain) feel that they have lost control over some decisions to a body (the EU) that they feel is not democratic or responsive in the way they feel the UK Government is. They want democratic institutions as they understand them to have control over these decisions.
Their view of the "immigration" issue is rather different from over here. Their beef is that any citizen of an EU country came come to live and work in Britain. So, the issue for them is more about Eastern Europeans, rather than melanin enhanced people from UK Commonwealth countries. (Although, there are some fossils that have a problem with the later too.)
BTW, this is the real Michigan difference. I check into an M sports blog, and find a modestly nuanced discussion of Brexit and its effects on financial markets. We're NOT normal, and that's a good thing.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||All the games except those three||
Hear me out. I'm not worried about Iowa, MSU or OSU because I expect close games with good teams in their home stadiums. A close loss is still consistent with having a good team.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||At first,||
I thought you were serious, then I saw your account name. Well played, sir, very well played.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Hey Dudes||
Everyone share a beer, drink to the Wolverines, and remember we cheer for the same team. WD is my brother in Michigan fandom, and all the rest of you are my brothers and sisters too. Peace out.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I hadn't considered this.||
But, it's an excellent suggestion.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Waimea Bay on the North Shore||
I swam in the North Shore Open Water race series when I lived there. During one race, I was coming in from the south east end into the finish line at Waimea Bay beach. It was like racing in an aquarium. I saw a sea turtle, among others. During a different race, my wife and son say they saw a pod of dolphins come close to the lead pack of swimmers.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Well,||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||To: Coach Saban||
From: Mitch McGary
Subj: NCAA Drug Testing Policies
1. Cry me a river.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||Media Silence||
Funny how the media never connects the dots on any of this. Could it be that Alabama's status as the flagship program in the SEC has something to do with it?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Read 'em all, too||
Man, what a rich and chewey cluster of ____ that was! I read them in backwards chronological order, and kept thinking it couldn't possibly get worse. Except it did.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Hah!||
I almost created a new account so I could up vote this twice.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Uniforms & Such||
If you want a look at their normal uniforms, look at the photo of their new coach when he was a player. The green and black combo is bad ass, and definitely evokes the sense of the Polynesian warrior spirit. You should also see them do a Haka war chant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8qOZ5dKKTc
As far as "I didn't even know that Norm Chow had been coaching them the last several years," apparently neither did his players, judging from results. (Ba-dum-bump. Hey I'll be here all week. Remember to tip your waitress.)
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Overeating||
Is such a harsh word. I prefer "feasting."
|9 weeks 13 hours ago||Dick Vermiel||
The man who brought cellophane to the role of color commentator. He was so bland on football telecasts that his partner Brent Mussberger (a decent play by play guy with the personality of the Church Lady) tried to do both rolls, and was terrible at both.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I just hope||
That justice is done.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Most Predictable Outcome Ever||
Anyone else remember that time that Bobby Bowden was so mad at Peter Warrick that he kicked Lavernius Coles off the team? (And look who had the better Pro career; go figure.)
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Let's Face It.||
The preseason sceptics were right. This is a .500 ball club.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||In No Particular Order||
- St. Elmo's Fire: awesome sound track, ambitious subject (all that emotional s__t you experience the first year after graduating from college), and the most ham-handed, manipulative execution of a concept I've ever seen. Some of the stuff listed below, you know what's coming and you set your expectations. This movie had so very, very far to fall before it went splat on the pavement.
Crap that some people like but I just don't get:
- Mafia movies. These people are thugs. What could possibly make them interesting?
- Adam Sandler. I find his gross out "humor" obvious and unimaginative.
- The undead. Mass zombie attacks are so preposterous that I have no interest. Natural disadsters or heck even alien invasions are more plausible. On a different front of terrible, vampire movies are the newer, high-brow version of the teen/high school sexploitation films of my youth, just without the nudity.
- Life action versions of comic book heroes. The early ones were OK. Lately, it's one after another after another forgettable sequel, prequel, adaptation or reboot. It's like the concepts of original stories or characters are on strike.
- People who drone on and on about inside Hollywood concepts like "cinematography" or "production values" or spending gobs of money on "authentic" irrelevant details. Tell a good story, and the rest takes care of itself. The ancient Greeks invented live drama without sound or lighting systems, small casts of actors wearing masks to distinguish between the characters, and men speaking in falsetto to play the parts of women. First things first!