“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|42 min 56 sec ago||Well, of course it's a||
Well, of course it's a generalization....one could write a doctoral thesis on that topic and do all sorts of research into fields, cost-of-living, percentage of grads that stay instate vs. go out of state, etc.
Actually, U-M is probably insulated from the phenomenon much more than other schools in the state. I think it's more about the schools further down the list. Not the U-Ms and UVAs but the UDMs and George Masons.
|2 hours 24 min ago||I wonder....I think Michigan||
I wonder....I think Michigan colleges (and Midwestern ones in general) get a little hampered by the "salary of grads" thing. You stay in Michigan after school, you're naturally going to get a lower salary than someone out East or in California, but, cost-of-living-wise, would you rather make $60K in Boston or $50K in Detroit?
|2 hours 37 min ago||You may be right, but if you||
You may be right, but if you are, let's stop and think about that for a second. If the game is about getting on national TV, that is every goddamn thing wrong with Brandon in a nutshell right there. Does he lust so strongly for eyeballs that it doesn't matter how negative the coverage may be? We're talking about the most embarrassing game in 130+ years of team history. Is national exposure that important that it can be nothing but three hours of bad publicity and it's still better than being on the BTN for a week? Can we really be that desperate for "national exposure"?
|4 hours 10 min ago||Delaware State FORFEITED A||
Delaware State FORFEITED A CONFERENCE GAME in order to play at the Big House. I'm sure it would've been possible to find someone willing to show up.
|7 hours 41 min ago||Well, again, we're literally||
Well, again, we're literally one game behind in the percentage department. You make it sound like an insurmountable obstacle.
And what's this about Cal Ripken? In 1998, the year in which he ended his streak (and three years after he broke Gehrig's record) he hit .271. Last year only seven shortstops hit .271. Two-thirds of the teams in the league would kill to find a shortstop that hit .271. The year after, he hit .340. There's no basis at all for claiming Ripken kept his streak alive at the expense of the team.
|8 hours 17 min ago||Most wins = winningest. And||
Most wins = winningest. And the percentage stuff has been swinging back and forth for years. One win by us and one loss by them is all it would take to put it back where it belongs.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Assuming you're talking about||
Assuming you're talking about Chris Kluwe, I rather doubt he's being "blackballed" for "supporting civil rights." He's not on a team because he's not a very good punter and has one of the weakest punting legs in the league, and he's old and expensive for a punter.
Plus it's very hard to want to sign a guy who makes incredibly loud noises about suing when he doesn't get his way. Michael Sam: not really a distraction. "I'm suing the team because they didn't do enough about a coach who said things I didn't like" = HUGE distraction.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Ollantaytambo was the one||
Ollantaytambo was the one place I really wish I could've seen more of, but we had the train to catch. (And then it broke down 20 seconds out of the station.)
I will never forget the little girl of about 8 or so (who along with her brother had been thoroughly annoying our tour guide) who saw the little fountain at the palace ruins there and exclaimed, "Es como un baño!" The guide looked like she wanted to strangle the kid.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I lived in Newport for a||
I lived in Newport for a couple years and positively loved the place. Lived a stone's throw from downtown AND had off-street parking to boot - heaven. Honestly, after having lived there for a while, I can say this: the Red Parrot is nice and has good food, but it's for tourists.
These days anyone you see in uniform - 99% chance it's a NAPS kid. My reason for living there, it was my last tour in the Navy, working at the War College - and we wore civvies almost all the time, even at work.
|4 days 17 hours ago||About two years ago now I||
About two years ago now I went to Peru for a wedding and some sightseeing. I remember seeing places like Pisac and thinking, "this is incredible scenery, I hope it doesn't spoil Machu Picchu for me," and then getting to Machu Picchu and thinking, "wow, it definitely didn't."
I have a cousin, or really a cousin once removed, who's the kind of adventurous dude who never bothered having a car in college because he would just hitchhike his way there and back, all 500 miles of the trip. He found us a tour guide who gave us a terrific tour of central Lima, which is really beautiful, and bribed our way into some places we wouldn't normally have seen.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Last actual vacation trip I||
Last actual vacation trip I went on was to Paris and Cologne. Paris was incredible. For me, it wasn't at all overrated. Standing on top of the Arc de Triomphe, which for my money is the best view in the city, honestly, I was star-struck. Like meeting a celebrity, except way more famous than any silly movie star, and they let you stare all you want.
And the Cologne Cathedral is one of the world's most mind-blowing incredible man-made structures.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Step 1 is always quit lying||
Step 1 is always quit lying to yourself.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Well, comparing a||
Well, comparing a million-dollar administrator and grown-ass man to college students isn't a fair comparison for starters. But you know what - if the players were really so rebellious and intractible that a public rebuke were necessary, why not? I think it's safe to assume that one doesn't resort to that kind of thing without a really good reason. Seven regents don't get together to say, hey, let's take this public for shits and giggles. I wouldn't go so far as to call it humiliation. Humiliation would be if they publicly fired him and aired the full load of dirty laundry. But a public rebuke is a perfectly legitimate tactic, yes, when your previous ones haven't gotten results.
|6 days 9 min ago||I fully agree with the idea||
I fully agree with the idea of a fine line. It's not an easy one to walk. I think the skyboxes are a perfect example of respecting that line. It's a big change, but it was respectfully done and people understood the need and accepted the effort to make it work. DB's throwing a lot of stuff at the wall to see what sticks. That's always going to result in some good things and some bad, but in the end, more problems than it's worth. The idea that it is, in fact, a fine line, necessarily demands a great deal more careful consideration than Brandon appears to be giving it.
|6 days 1 hour ago||That makes a ton more sense||
That makes a ton more sense if you're saying college doesn't get you straight to the major leagues; not how I read it, but if that's where you're going with it, I can see it. Still, I think you're letting college be a victim of its own success in a way. Part of the reason the minor league system is so huge is because there's so many players to fill it, and college is a big reason for that.
I have no way of doing this in two minutes, but I would bet that the difference in time between a player graduating high school and making his MLB debut isn't real big one way or the other if you compare the college and minor league route. They still come up at about the same age, all else being equal. That says to me that college is just as good a way to go as any other.
|6 days 1 hour ago||This is the most fundamental||
This is pretty much the very core of DB critique right here. Everyone else has uniformz so we should too. I've made this point before but it's one of my better ones so I think I'll say it again:
Brandon is 100% correct when he says Michigan is in competition with, say, the Pistons or the Lions, for entertainment dollars. But he doesn't seem to get a very fundamental principle of competition. You can compete on price or you can compete on differentiation. If you can do both, great, but you can't do neither. Brandon is trying to do neither. He's got the most expensive product in town - not just in terms of dollars but also time commitment required, given distance and traffic and all that - and he's working on homogenizing the product.
You'll go to Costco because it's cheap, or you'll go to Whole Foods because it's unique, but you sure as shit aren't gonna pay Whole Foods prices at Costco. DB is turning Michigan into Costco but charging a premium. If all these different teams are competing for my entertainment dollars, I think I'll go to a Tigers game for fireworks, thanks, and the Lions play pretty good music on the speakers. There's nothing unique about those big M uniforms we had against Notre Dame, because Wiscy and Nebraska were given the same template. It goes on. I don't think he gets that Michigan provides the wow factor, not adidas or the White Stripes.
|6 days 1 hour ago||I guessed, incorrectly as it||
I guessed, incorrectly as it turns out, that the "sometimes worse" link would be We Are ND. But that's still a pretty good guess, right?
|6 days 2 hours ago||I think even to make such a||
I think even to make such a list is to imply that college-to-MLB is a limited pipeline. It isn't. Claiming that college baseball is comprised almost entirely of players with no pro prospects - that is a thoroughly bizarre claim that is completely without merit. Really a stunning display of ignorance of the sport. There are over 8,000 MLBers in the Baseball-Reference database associated with a four-year school. That's out of roughly 20,000 or so who've ever played.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Football and men's basketball||
Football and men's basketball don't need protecting. That's not really why people fight it. Those sports will exist regardless. People fight it because it limits opportunities for men to participate in any other sport besides those two.
And the reason Title IX should apply differently to "revenue sports" is: tell me how good the educational opportunity would be for women's volleyball players without something to fund them?
|6 days 5 hours ago||From a competition||
From a competition standpoint, football still needs an overhaul. What we have now isn't bad, but it's extremely susceptible to being made much worse. Idea:
-- A 16-team tournament, set up the way the Big East used to run their basketball tournament. First round would be right after conference championship weekend in December. (Conference championship weekend, by the way, would be Thanksgiving weekend.) This year, the first three rounds would be the 6th, 13th, and 20th of December; losers in these first three rounds would end the season with a bowl invite. The semifinals, along with the big bowls, would take place New Year's Day (which is a Thursday); the championship would take place the following weekend (10 days later.)
-- The tournament would be a mix of conference champions and at-larges. However, it could NEVER be expanded. Eight conference champs, eight at-larges. Forever. If there end up being more conferences, tough; the best eight go.
-- No bowl may ever have a corporate sponsor for a name. That is, Weed-Eater Independence Bowl is OK. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is not. They must have wide-open books and a certain minimum percentage of their income must return to the schools, and to the NCAA for the above-mentioned compensation fund. Like, 75% of it.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Problem is that if I were in||
Problem is that if I were in charge of the NCAA, I'd be impotent to make some of the changes I want to make, Title IX being prominent among them. I need to be King for a day instead of just Mark Emmert. Plus there is another constituency: TV.
Some changes I'd make to start with:
-- Title IX needs to account for the fact that, simply put, not as many girls as boys are interested in playing sports. For the money spent factor of it, I'd allow any ticket revenue generated by a sport to offset money spent on that sport, and for the participation aspect, I'd only count sports in which there's an equivalent for both men and women. (Thus, basketball, or baseball/softball. Not football or field hockey.) And so that colleges can't stash huge numbers of women on their rowing teams to comply, the NCAA would start sponsoring men's crew.
-- There'd be a luxury tax on facility improvement and coaching salaries, payable to the NCAA, and the money would end up in a player compensation fund as detailed later.
-- There could be a Players' Association, but not separate ones for every sport. Otherwise what would happen is the schools would focus all their time on football and ignore the other ones.
-- Players would no longer be "on scholarship." They would be responsible themselves for the full cost of their tuition. They can get student loans like everyone else. The one difference is they wouldn't be on the hook for a health plan; they'd have that free, as well as guaranteed dorm housing and a meal plan if they chose, all free. Schools would have to open their books to prove there isn't a dime of financial aid going to the players and that they've received every dime of tuition; playing a sport would make you ineligible for need-based financial aid. However, players would be free to take as much booster cash as they can get their grubby mitts on. Boosters and alumni can set up foundations to pay. It wouldn't be the least bit "illegal" to make money playing, so athletes such as tennis players could play on the pro tour. And any student loans taken out by an athlete can be replaced with an interest-free loan from the NCAA, plus a certain (hopefully fairly large, but I don't have the specifics worked out) percentage as a grant, following completion of a degree. A percentage of proceeds from apparel sales would support these grants. This would be team-based, not individual-player based. You buy a Devin Gardner jersey, even with GARDNER on the back, the football team benefits.
-- Educational shenanigans would be a LOT more strictly enforced. NCAA monitors will be at every school. UNC is not getting off the hook for phony classes just because a non-athlete or two happened to also take them. Enforcement resources no longer need to be directed at the Nevin Shapiros of the world, so they can go toward beating the shit out of the UNCs instead. The death penalty would get dragged out of the attic and used again.
-- To balance out the idea of some schools having the best team Phil Knight or T. Boone Pickens can buy, roster limits will be hard-capped at all times of the year (there won't be any more games with guessing how much attrition you'll have.) For example, at no time can a football team have more than, say, 90 players, or whatever seems best. Players may transfer as often as they like but must sit out a year, regardless of family hardship, unless: they have completed a degree; there is a coaching change at their school; or they did not meet a playing-time threshold. The sit-out year would not count as a redshirt year - it's just a year off. During this time, they don't have to appear on a roster. (This means they wouldn't be subject to financial aid or roster cap restrictions.)
|1 week 3 hours ago||It doesn't say they always||
It doesn't say they always know exactly what their best interests are.
|1 week 6 hours ago||The city has running water.||
The city has running water. They've just finally decided to limit it to people who actually pay for it.
|1 week 19 hours ago||There are legitimate concerns||
There are legitimate concerns any time gentrification occurs somewhere, but quite often - and particularly in Detroit - the alternative to gentrification is "allow the place to continue being a huge shithole" so I'm pretty much OK with improving the place.
|1 week 3 days ago||There's a difference between||
There's a difference between shooting them off once on a holiday, and telling the neighbors they're going to have to put up with it seven or eight times a year on the regular from now until God knows when.
(Edit: On re-reading I think my thought process jumped from place to place without much of a link in between, the idea being that this year was going to be only two games but there would be no reason to expect it'd be limited to that in the future.)
|1 week 6 days ago||I do think you're over||
I do think you're over complicating things a bit. I've done a couple trips to Port Huron and back delivering sailboats for the Mackinac race. Honestly, just follow the shipping channel. There's good water on either side of it even entering the St. Clair River from the lake. Follow the green and red buoys and there will be zero problems. If a freighter comes, just edge a bit outside the channel.
The St. Clair River does have a heck of a current. The down bound travel time is going to be a couple hours less than up bound. Don't use your down bound time as a good indicator of how long it takes to go back.
Finally, in the Detroit River, give Peche Island a wide berth. There are sandbars everywhere. Again, best to follow the shipping channel.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Mackinac race this weekend!||
Mackinac race this weekend! I'm pretty damn excited. This'll be my 4th one.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I thought, for sure this is||
I thought, for sure this is going to be a two-way thing. I guess not. What a total waste of money. Apparently they learned nothing from the disastrous re-signing of Samuelsson. Cleary was a useful third-liner, once upon a time.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Copper Bowl was still better,||
Copper Bowl was still better, but in the end I'm not complaining. Except....given the list of things the author of the article felt that Arizona evoked, the Retired People From The Midwest Bowl has a certain ring to it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Which makes me raise a very||
Which makes me raise a very skeptical eyebrow at Dilfer's comments:
Like hell it is. An infielder doesn't have time to throw, for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who's ever watched one baseball game, and they're taught to be very compact in their motion. It's a quick snap and it's very sidearm, and it totally lacks those "long moving parts." If his delivery starts low as a previous poster mentioned, that makes a lot of sense for an infielder because time spent bringing the glove up high and then bringing the ball up over the shoulder is time wasted.