maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
|9 hours 51 min ago||Sometimes the biggest decisions in life are sad.||
It appears Austin has made a very big one, and his choice is admirable. I am sure his father would be proud.
Go Blue young man!
|3 days 11 hours ago||It is not how I feel, but I can see this point of view||
It has been a long, long ten years. And college sports in general seem to be getting ever more overtly slimy having shifted from football for the masses to mo money, mo money, mo money - see my golden throne - but no more for the players. Add to that the negative press around concussions, etc.
The quaint collegial feel of what was the (mostly winning) Michigan football gameday experience has ebbed away.
Here's to hoping the tide is coming back in!
|4 days 7 hours ago||I think the board is looking for you to say this in a nicer way||
try the aggregate student body at Michigan scored higher on entrance exams and had higher high school GPAs on average than the students at Flint or Dearborn. Leave any discussion of intelligence or better / lesser student at the door, then your point isn't offensive.
|5 days 4 hours ago||My view||
the NCAA and member schools should offer a full cost of attendance scholarship. Beyond that the athletes should be allowed to sign endorsement contracts, sell autographs, and even get free tats or crablegs and drive loaner cars from third parties on the side so they can capitalize on their skills when most are at the highest level they'll ever play at - i.e., at the higest earning potential.
I don't see that this hurts their amatuerism status - they still are not "paid to play" by the schools. And if anything, bringing most of it above board is better.
In a free market, they should be able to get the most out of their fleeting moment of fame, much the same as olympic athletes.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Apparently in the NFL||
the coach is there to call the next suggested plays for the players, and then clap and slap them on the ass as they come up the field. Maybe bring them cookies and milk the night before games.
Come to think of it, I may know of a great guy for the job that all these over paid prima donnas will just love as a head coach.
|1 week 1 day ago||He was probably working||
the transition from fastball to changeup.
|1 week 1 day ago||I rest my case||
|1 week 1 day ago||Anybody know what the locker room||
at Schembechler / Glick looks like? I am guessing the everyday use one is better than the stadium locker room.
I guess I don't fret too much about the locker room. We start winning games again, and we still have a modern renovated version of the locker room Tom Brady, Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, et al suited up in.
It's not like it is a shit hole with nails in the wall like when Bo first arrived.
|1 week 3 days ago||So he says||
he would increase the scholarship limits (I'm for the 25 a year rule), and that he wants to
i.e., you one and done / we ain't here to play school / UNC AFAM major crowd we'll pass thank you
I have no problem with this as long as everyone has the same rules, and there are still enough scholarship players eligible to play. I would prefer there is a minor league option like baseball and hockey.
|1 week 4 days ago||You mean like this?||
Which I believe was done this past fall?
Eh - what comes around goes around ... hope the kids had fun with it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Oh I thought that NCAA Student Athlete survey||
found that roughly half the LAX players prefered grass ...
|1 week 5 days ago||I would also like to engage in open||
discussion on social and political topics, as I think students and faculty should be at Michigan (instead of banning a movie). However, some people on the internet cannot seem to engage in open, respectful, intellectual discussion and debate without slipping into insults and vitriol.
There probably is a space for a UofM based blog for social debate. This one is for sports. I accept the mods judgements in keeping the place civil.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's like a Hoke hire||
But a little better since he coached his loosing seasons in the Pac12
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I was looking into this recently||
when we realized Alabama has a significant merit scholarship program. The program is rumored to be funded by the proceeds the AD transfers back to the university (which cannot be true because the amount transferred back is in the range of paying for athletic scholarships at the out of state rate).
There are specific rules about how much recruiting contact the coach can have with the player. If say player A and coach meet at a camp and player A joins the team as a walk-on, doesn't take an official, and is given a generally available scholarship to the University, player A is not counted as a scholarship player until they play in a game.
If on the other hand player B is in home recruited by coaches, or takes an official, and then walks on, the rules are different. They are counted as a scholarship player. Hatch is in the player B category, and while I really hope he is able to make the rotation, if he cannot, at some point Belein needs to have a hard conversation and make a difficult decision. I'm hoping that point won't be reached.
Don't have the time to dig deeper, but I am wondering if Bama's merit scholarship programs give them a deeper walk-on squad. (i.e., not only do they have a advantage stemming from oversigning / St. Saban's medical ward, but they can bring in academically eligible players "off scholarship" until they develop to where they get playing time. e.g., bring in a guy like Will Heininger (who was academic all big ten) on a merit scholarship, and move him to a football scholarship when he breaks out his redshirt junior and senior year.)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Never||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I saw the movie and||
personally I think it really forces you to stop and think about the realities of war and the world we live in. How does a man emotionally deal with having to shoot a young boy who is carrying a grenade (his own mother gave him) toward soldiers? There really are evil people would would torture and kill a child with drill in front of the parents to strike terror and fear into people.
And then there is is PTSD: through the film, one can see how PTSD develops.
I thought the movie was a little shallow in character and story development, but it has a lot in it for both sides to discuss.
Especially in this day and age where there are clearly very bad people at large - particularly in the form of ISIL.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you for saying this||
I hadn't thought of this example but the point you make - dehuminization of any enemy in war - is absolutely true.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yes - just as cable TV has||
The problem with more choice is, the convenient (passive) choice for most people is what they are most comfortable with.
Of course you could also debate whether former msm presented bias as well.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This has been the case for a while||
yet print and broadcast news media continue to bleed customers. Wonder if those customers think there is a quality of content issue ...
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Not to mention the coaching staff was split||
and everyone was on the field.
New QB and the risk of a new center, and yet another new playbook = I don't think the offense will start the season as the strength of the team. Shane did look improved. The run game did not - at all.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||I haven't watched again||
but it was my impression Malzone and to some extent Morris actually threw the ball away when the play wasn't there on a few occasions. Seems like an improvment on QB decision making there. Malzone at least was staring recievers down though.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Might be a change in NCAA rules||
Making it a requirement to hold spring practice before finals - you know .... for the convenience of the student-athletes.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Don't all the really good players||
go to those teams anyway, unless they have some childhood favorite they want to play for?
Maybe there should just be three requirements:
1) You can only offer 25 4 year scholarships a year (or 23 or whatever number gets you to 85 with normal attrition and 5th year extensions on average) - schools can apply for a waiver if there are unusually high attrition for reasons not associated with NCAA violations.
2) The STUDENT-Athletes have to take a minimum number of credit hours during the season, and a course load off season that allows them to graduate in 4 years, while maintaining above a minmum GPA
3) STUDENT-Athletes who are in the lower 25 percentile of the incoming Freshman class are not eligible to play until they pass a set of NCAA member prescribed and accredited prep-courses, or their Sophomore year, which ever comes first. They can practice. They get an extra semester of scholarship and course load requirements. (i.e., if they have to take prep-courses - they get an extended scholarship andand extension on the credit hour requirement.)
Stuff like money under the table (which needs to come above table to avoid point shaving / game fixing and other concerns), money for ads or autographs, faux summer jobs, loaner cars, tats, etc. - it doesn't matter because schools can only take so many players a year. (Let these guys make what they can because most will not make the League.)
Maintain but simplify recruiting rules, number of coaches, drug and PED testing, etc.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Hmmmm||
Looks more like Braden to me. These big giant white dudes with beards - they all look the same ...
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah - yay||
now we can go back to the tickets being bought up by donors with priority at face value, and resold to me on stub hub for higher prices, rather than the lower dynamic price UoM would have charged me.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||It amazes me||
how M-Live is able to take the two or three pressers, a few tweets, and a player interview or two, and tease those out to a few weeks' worth of click driving content. They take the bread, and feed out a trail of breadcrumbs to the masses.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Why do I get the feeling||
the defense is going to own the spring game again? Think it is going to be a low scoring spring game.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Welp - the Compliance Department||
just got a call, and are pulling out the minor violation reporting forms and the NCAA Bylaws for Dummies book...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||He found what gets||
clicks and stuck to the persona - like Omarosa on the Apprentice - everyone has a character role to play that gets eyeballs to tune in.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I agree that the game day experience feels||
different now that you don't have bowl meets sky, and there is something less communal with the varied hierarchy in seating (not that a hierarchy between endzone and midfield didn't exist before). Seeing the towers as you walk up, and having them as a back stop when you first walk in does change the perception.
However - the towers and the score boards (even if misused) are very nicely done, being there at night is a whole different experience, and the stadium looks so much better from the outside. And despite loving the letters on top of the old box, the old box was hideous.
I think it had to be done, and it was done very, very well.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Or folks could just realize||
certain employers have established rules for employment beyond the laws of some states as a per-requisite for earning a lot of money, and those folks could just follow the rules like many others who'd like those jobs are.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I have a circa 2007 Nike T shirt||
and it is bright yellow.
I think maize is in the eye of whatever is available at the Asian point of manufacture that week.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||waiting mgoblue.com video||
is the only thing I use Internet Explorer for.
|5 weeks 7 hours ago||I am going to guess that nyquist||
is not paid millions of dollars based on an ability to shoot a basketball, and the occupation nyquist has does not allow for the focus on practicing basketball for hours a day.
While 90% may be high - you would think many college and professional players' free throw percentages would be higher than they are given the level of the game they are playing in, and the time they spend practicing.
|5 weeks 10 hours ago||That and weather forecasters||
I just can't figure it out.
|5 weeks 10 hours ago||I thought they are up||
somewhere in the public concourses already? Perhaps only on the club level?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Everybody in line||
should give Gardner a hug.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Morans!||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I think people are grasping at straws||
on some of these comparisons. I seem to recall Rich Rod's and Hoke's first practices being immediately tougher and harder than the last regime. (OMG we run so much. OMG they didn't use sleds.)
I am guessing a good part of that is spin, and the rest is player stress - yes they actually try harder in a situation where they are not comfortable where they stand with the new coaches and the practice format emphasizes different points. I am also guessing the last mental reference point (i.e., in season practice versus say fall camp) makes a difference too.
At some point the honeymoon will wear off (remember Brady Hoke poops gold or eeeeeeee Barwis), and we'll be down some form of "married life", at which point the former girlfriends may have redeeming values that we miss.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Clearly somebody got the banhammer||
farther up. Though in my the-dog-woke-me-up-to-go-out-at-5am-and-I've-only-had-one-cup-of coffee frame of mind, it took me about 15 posts of people calling each other morons for no apparent reason to figure it out.
As for not making the NIT - sucks.
A big thanks to the team for grinding through this season. Clearly those guys gave every thing they had. Go Blue!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Seems like every year||
since the Tate / Denard / Devin spring game someone says this, and every one of those years our offense struggled in the regular season.
So let's put a stop to this platitude shall we?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Max Zorin||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah - suffering from||
Lack - a - QB since Hennessy ripped his arm out of socket in 2007.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Program Manager||
Lifted Unlimited Rubicon
When I go into work I am quite fine driving to work muddy, park where I want with no fear, can create a space if needed
SAP consultant neighbor with the Aston can kiss my ass, I've pulled his FJ out of the mud twice. I get way more "like your Jeep" comments than I got "like your BMW" when I had a 535i.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Georgetown insisted we were getting the same exact education||
In fact the diploma doesn't specify executive - just Magistratum in Negotio Administrando (the whole thing is in Latin). So I just have it as MBA in International Business on my resume. I do that because at the time Georgetown felt there were some EMBAs that were not the same as a MBA. (Interested if people think this is "Brian Williams-ing" it.)
I did a one week exec Marking class at Ross later too, and have a few friends who did the Duke Fuqua exec program. All were positive experiences. My advice, if there is a top 25 or so MBA school near you, you can get into the Exec program, and it is a full MBA - being local cuts back on the bills, gives you better access to campus, and saves you a few hours for all that time you'll need for studying.
One thing: the Ivy full time MBA types are still going to look down their noses at you. If it is the plum "leadership development rotation" corporate jobs or McKinsey-level consulting you are aiming for, then you'd better go for a top full time program.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I did my EMBA at Georgetown||
At the time I was 8 years out of a BSE in NA&ME from Michigan working government consulting at Booz Allen. My goal was to stay at Booz and shift to the commercial side but I ended up taking a strategy job at Ericsson instead.
I did find what I was learning immediately applicable at work. I was promoted into a management role largely from my ability to provide a business focus in positioning our practice with our client. I also did a root cause analysis for the client that helped with significant schedule delay problems.
The jump to Ericsson was probably about a 30% increase, and I still think the degree gives me and edge as far as understanding the strategic big picture in every thing I do.
Net: I believe it paid off even while I was still in the program, and certainly the first 3 or 4 years after.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Yep - this is a frequent discussion in my house||
My oldest son has a merit based full tuition + scholarship to Alabama (Engineering for CS). The debate there is debt free at graduation, versus one to two nice new cars worth of debt graduating from NC State Engineering. He wants the flexibility to pursue less mainstream or startup options, so is choosing the no debt route. There are better intellectual and cultural fits for him, but he is using reasonable objective logic.
My middle son wants to go to Michigan, or another top engineering school. The discussion is maybe by co-oping or an ROTC scholarship (like I did) that is doable. Right now, Georgia Tech is the higher likely candidate because it is $40K less across four years, and has a better co-op program and semester abroad program for engineers.
As much as Michigan tops every search criteria every time we look - out of state tuition really makes that choice very, very hard to pursue.
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||Maybe make Bo's "dress"||
Maize or Blue ...
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||Needs some work||
JH needs Khakis to make this google-safe
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Irregardless||
It is the name of a long standing cafe in Raliegh that specializes in vegetarian dishes, and live music.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||To be fair||
there are five OT eye glazers
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Do we really need another post||
on the same interview that was covered in several posts last week?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I thought your Wife / Avatar||
was more double jigger shaped, or like a 2 cones day shape ... or did that not pass Google regs?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Get you nautical terminology correct swabby||
that would be a head ye are referrin' to.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Those quick release pins||
for the facemask can be a pain in the ass to re-attach with mud an grit in them too.
At least now I know the reason for them.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Visors are a pain in the ass||
not one JV game goes by and some player isn't asking me to remove his visor from his helmet quick before he has to get back into the game.
(This from a volunteer equipment manager's point of view.)
|8 weeks 5 days ago||That lasts a day or two||
Then you get no smiles -- unless they totally think no one is looking -- until they come off.
|9 weeks 3 hours ago||They way Jim didn't address the Michigan job||
until the 49er season was over was straight out of Bo's Lasting Lessons (Section I, Chapter 3, last page).
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Brian - I don't always agree||
with the extreme nature in which you say things or the opinions, conclusions and actions you formulate, but I really appreciate the this blog, and the effort you take to articulate clearly what you think is going on or has gone on.
I thought Failure was damning enough without the last three paragraphs, but hey, this is a fan-point-of-view-blog editorial, so why not.
Keep it up and Go Blue man!
|9 weeks 4 days ago||You are right||
"the Process" is not covered enough in Brian's editorial
|9 weeks 5 days ago||That's why||
the khakis are pleated
|10 weeks 5 days ago||In Wake County NC||
we only pass every other bond just to let the school board know we won't put up with their shenanigans too.
It has become so bad the best teachers are leaving in droves - especially science and math.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Is it dusty in here||
it seems to be dusty in here.
Great story, and sounds like a really great young man.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I think my son read it in AP Government||
because he's pretty adamant about not making his bed or putting his clothes away.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||No fair||
You and buckeyejonross are arguing with reason ...
Don't you get that people around here just want to feel better.
It doesn't matter what has transpired the last four years as Brady Hoke and staff somehow managed to get to 85 after signing a few over each year. And even then by the time fall practice came around they had a few schollies to give to key walk-ons.
Clearly Michigan has done this ethically, and Ohio State is as slippery as Ole' Miss or Les Miles at LSU .... /s
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Well Barbasol was||
advertising to it's target Buckeye audience right?
|12 weeks 13 hours ago||Yeah, that one was like||
WTF, LOL, ewww, weird .... and you are left with undesireable images stuck in your mind + Loctite
|12 weeks 13 hours ago||It's OK||
I set up Wolverine Devotee's mgoblog twitter feed thing, only to find out I had read 80% of the posts before twitter notified me that they were posted. I keep telling my wife this is a good addiction - just think of the alternative addictions a husband can have ...
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Eh - I went with a corona typewriter||
and roomed with a guy with an Apple II after Freshman year so I never had to type a paper on a typewriter again.
As for the OPs point - whether we realize it or not and even if we have acted in inclusive ways, at least some students from a poor background probably do feel outcast - especially in first year or so. I read enough angst about rich out of state students that I wonder if some do act boorish. I also agree this is somewhat a responsibility of the students to make sure other students feel included.
That said - some of the best times my Freshman and Sophomore years in Couzens were when people just walked down the hall knocking on doors and getting an impromptu group up for dinner, or to go to a party, or traying or something.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Couzens was great for Engineers||
who wanted to live on Central Campus, but have convenient access to a short bus ride to North Campus for classes.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Launching eggs||
out of the window of the triple room in the Couzens Penthouse. Someone made the launcher from a cup and surgical tubing and we could fire the eggs over to the parking lot at Alice Lloyd.
One dude got pissed and came over pounding on the door. Told security we had no idea how he got egged, and besides you couldn't get one over there from here anyway.
We had an annual Penthouse toga party back then too. Oh those bathrooms were awful the next morning.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||For some reason the first paragraph||
of the Prior's release sounds a heck of a lot like this:
when I read it. /S
That said, it does sound like the chapter is owning up to what they have done, and are trying to make restitution responsibly at least.
Still: what were they thinking? ....
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Read my post above||
I disagree. This is insignifcant, and sensationally blown way out of proportion.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Seattle's DBs hold or interfere on every play||
(So do Michigan State's) They are clearly violating of the rules (at the very least the intent), pushing the boundary, and daring the refs to call it. In their mind (and many TV talking heads' minds), they are just "playing the game".
How much does pass interference alter the score of the game over air pressure being 16% below tolerance? Is anyone talking about how Seattle's secondary cheats?
Anybody check any other teams' footballs at halftime? How many have been altered in some way? (I am guessing someone ought to check Peyton Manning's game footballs.) Does the entire nation think just New England pushed the boundary on these minor rules?
New England had one turnover in the game: an interception in the 1st half when the balls were deflated, no fumbles in either the deflated half or the inflated half, and twice as many (4 vs 2) touchdowns in the inflated half.
This issue was silly the moment it came out.
|13 weeks 12 hours ago||ESPN has done nothing wrong||
You see it depends on how you prepare your Mock Drafts - apparently if you prepare them to the right tackiness in a certain way, they may appear retroactively modified as conditions change.
[Edit:] /s some sarcasm meters are not amused this morning ...
|13 weeks 13 hours ago||Yeah||
Swim lanes man ...
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Tater's breaking into||
the bottle of maize 100 proof stuff again. But I like what he's thinking.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe the suit is hyperbolized||
by using the UNC case as the primary example. That said the UNC case is an extreme example of the reality that in many cases kids who are below the curve academically are brought in and given significant mandatory and voluntary sport expectations and are advised in some way to pursue degree paths with less rigor in order to stay academically elligible.
The NCAA at the very least allows this environment to exist.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||These kids did have academic advisors steering them||
into these classes when their GPAs dipped too low. I am guessing that is their angle.
That said, I completely agree with the athlete's do shoulder a most of the accountability - they knew what they were doing.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||This is like a coaching search in a way||
"Well, Michigan contacted my client about there coahing job. Where were we on negotiating that new contract?"
"Hello, 247 sports, please put out there that I have schedule a visit with Michigan"
"Honey, there is something for you at the front door ..."
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe I have a more cynical view of the world||
more in line with this ESPN Commentary: Sadly, cheating is nothing new
I forgot the America's Cup cheating scandal as well.
So, I guess to answer the original OP's question: I am sadly not outraged by common place cheating - especially for so petty an advantage if any. I don't even think this infraction is a big deal, and do think New England is being excessively singled out (albeit of their own making).
|13 weeks 4 days ago||OK - so go and tell every||
offensive lineman to stop cheating - no more holding
and every defensive back to stop cheating - no more pass interference and defensive holding, etc.
Then there is no rubbin' in racin', fouling in basketball, etc.
The point: this is a whole lot to do about nothing - it is what happens every day in sport.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||You forgot opportunity cost||
how much revenue are they losing from the rooms on that hallway while they do the repairs?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||So interfering with a receiver||
isn't breaking the rules?
If you listen to the Mike and Mike segment down on the page, it appears the balls were checked at half time and must've been re-inflated by the refs checking them.
So - DB interferes with receiver - which is a rule violation - and the ref doesn't flag it. Game goes on.
Balls get checked at half time, are found to be 2 lbs under - which is a rule violation - and the ref re-inflates the balls and sends them back out no in game "flag".
Both are rule violations done to get a slight advantage - what is the difference?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||The [SEC] Bag Man giveth||
Thus the Bag Man tooketh away?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Isn't this technicaly META||
rather than OT.
Get it straight OP. IDB!
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I haven't read that they checked the Colts balls||
if they had any left after the game ...
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Like I already said||
here: Just before the half, the refs didn't call three pass interferences, defensive holds, etc, resulting in the Pats having to kick a field goal. The refs set, threw, exchanged, ect. the Pats footballs all day. They didn't question the inflation without prompting from the Colts, and apparently even then didn't intervene during the game.
What is so different between not calling an interference call that impacts the score of a game, and not calling illegal ball inflation during the progress of a game? Why would one be acceptable to question and fine afterward, and the other not?
Both were non-calls by referees during the game for intentional acts that were outside the rules.
Also: did they measure the Colts footballs too? What is the pressure loss expectation for a football during a professional game in inclement weather?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||My view is this||
Just before the half, the refs didn't call three pass interferences, defensive holds, etc, resulting in the Pats having to kick a field goal. The refs set, threw, exchanged, ect. the Pats footballs all day. They didn't question the inflation without prompting from the Colts, and apparently even then didn't intervene during the game.
What is so different between not calling an interference call that impacts the score of a game, and not calling illegal ball inflation during the progress of a game? Why would one be acceptable to question and fine afterward, and the other not? Both were non-calls by referees during the game for intentional acts that were outside the rules.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||How do we know their's weren't too?||
I read somewhere that Payton Manning does this - it's not just a Pats trick.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||The part about not worrying about the next job||
Do your current job to the best of your ability and the next job will come along. I think Jim followed that one to the letter - all through December.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Do they sell those||
at Bivouac just in case? Would imagine a Northeasterner will have cold weather gear just the same.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Nope||
BALLSGATE or BALLSGHAZI depending on your political affiliation - but since there were multiple deflated balls involved, the description must be plural.
|14 weeks 10 hours ago||Or the NBA||
Or the NBA
|14 weeks 10 hours ago||Except I apparently don't know||
what pass interference is anymore.
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||Yes but||
can he give his son cream cheese with is bagel?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah - the poor kid was born in Columbus||
but dad made sure he was sporting the right colors lickety split.
Way to go dad - and more importantly mom. Congrats and Go Blue!
|15 weeks 4 days ago||You forgot||
the Big Ten is good now.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed the imbalance is concerning||
But on the other side of the coin, you get a really senior team for two years every four years which may be what is required to compete for a NC against the oversigning SEC, and JUCO gap filling Big 12.
That is a hypothesis FWIW and needs analysis.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||No, no - according to the national||
pundits, Harbaugh has a total rebuilding exercise to undertake ... Michigan really sucked the last two years, so it must be true still, and thus Harbaugh has to start all over (so says the talking heads).
|15 weeks 6 days ago||no - bad luck||
especially if this is news broken by football scoop
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Did the students always sing "yooouuu suuuuck"||
all through the song, or did they start that when the band tried to play over "YOU SUCK!" at the end?
While I agree, it appears stupid or arrogant a lot of the time, the whole signing of "yooouuu suuuuck" is pretty funny / appears fun for the students.
Did this stem out of Yost?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe he was thinking about||
Spartan or Ohio Stadium ...
Then again in all seriousness - being in a very large crowd = being in a very large target. Especially if you've had any kind of security experience, how can you not think of the risk you are taking entering a large crowd environment and have the exact concern expressed?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||The funny thing is||
that kid totally disappeared from the radar locally as a D1 potential to watch.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||This is why||
the golden toilet is important. He's way down the hall in the men's room.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I believe we had||
an OP posting several diary entries critical of conditioning under Wellman leading to a lack of flexibility and injuries.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||or two places||
if anything yesterday shows that conference champions deserve the shot.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||So Oakland is like||
Indy Car racing for the F1 circuit - where you go for your final driving years before retirement?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||He extremely competitive||
And thus wants to win the top game in his game: the Superbowl.
That said - his heart seems so back at Michigan. He's a dyed in the wool Bo deciple.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||At this stage||
He would piss a lot of people off, including former assistants and most all of the Michigan insiders. Elephant like people who have long never-forgetting memories and already prostrated themselves by "forgiving and forgetting" Harbaugh's prior criticism and openly supporting Jim as the next coach.
If he changes his mind now, there is no coming back - he'll be a black sheep like Miles or worse for the rest of his career.
I believe this thing has been somewhat orchestrated for a while by Jack. Even the Hoke and Mattison hires were Harbaugh aided to rebuild the recruiting classes in the event that at some point in the future John or Jim wished to step in when Hoke was finished. (i.e., he didn't come last time because he wisely thought he could be successful faster with the 49ers given our self inflicted recruiting holes.)
I think that time line moved up on them: they expected Hoke to turn the corner and be successful longer - gave him space and air cover. That didn't happen so the time is now.
Very unlikely Michigan would extend their necks so far unless this a commitment of honor. Everyone else say otherwise are media trolling for clicks. (Remain calm and stop feeding the trolls ...)
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Same||
here in NC.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I saw my Buckeye neighbor yesterday||
He is excited if Harbaugh signs and shows up in Ann Arbor. He wants to go bar to the competitive war, and figures it will be good for the Big Ten.
So depends if you listen to the truck driver variety or actual Buckeye alumni maybe?
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Bartender||
I'll have what he's having!
|17 weeks 2 days ago||See that's the thing||
the big question about Hoke is whether he can motivate 4 and 5 star guys to their fullest potential. His good guy routine works well for teaching and supporting development of Mac or Mountain West talent over a 3 to 4 year curve.
So how does that work in the NFL. Maybe - given the resistance to Jim Harbaugh motivation - "good guy" works with NFL talent. Maybe - given the failure at Michigan - it doesn't.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||What amazes me is how the NFL homers totally overlook||
what Michigan means to people who went to Michigan, and especially to guys who played for Michigan. His heart is in the NFL .... bull shit!
Yeah, he wants a Superbowl ring, but how much does he want to run through the tunnel, touch the banner, and beat Ohio State again?
Also, they seem to equate any NFL job with a higher stature than even the top college jobs. Nick Saban begs to differ.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, the NFL big brother police||
forced him to say that ...
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I need to turn off the WD twitter notification plan||
And stop checking mgoblog and worry about this after Christmas.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Sure||
I'll bet there'll be a lot of "how are you today coach", I am doing great and you, coach" water cooler discussions.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||So Harbaugh is going||
to interview the existing staff for positions via video conferencing - interesting ...
or is he addressing the team?
[I just totally made that up FWIW.]
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Hmm - this opinion piece||
seems to be written rationally. I hadn't considered this may be his last chance / he doesn't want to be like Les Miles...
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe it is a false impression||
But don't most of Saban's oversigning cuts get a continued scholarship of some type (unless it is a greyshirt offer)?
To me, if a guy hasn't worked out to where he's competitive, that is a fair deal.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I think Michigan doesn't||
take Jucos but once in a blue moon because of transfer credit issues.
That said Jucos are a an important part of the educational infrastructure for a number of reasons and someone transferring in should be respected.
Interestingly, with all the state budget cuts for education down here, NC State sent a letter to alums with college bound seniors saying they were going to start being more selective for incoming freshman classes, and accept more transfers from 2+2 programs at UNC Wilmington or Wake Tech CC, etc.
I don't see many comments disparaging that route. Most complaints I've seen in the past were about Michigan admissions making this almost impossible for football player transfers thus making our playing field tilt a little against us.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Yep - the OSU fans||
I know are the same way - want it to be a competitive rivalry. They are all alums though - maybe a difference there.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||My neighbors who are||
B1G grads from various schools all at least are happy to see we are going after him the way we should THIS TIME ...
The last two processes were such an embarrassment - even when the first one landed a hot name coach.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Now see, if I was an egomaniac||
I could work for egomaniacs. This is why Jimmy should come home.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||It's alright dad||
You did it! You have successfully launched your kid into the world and it is an awesome feeling.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||It's been a while since I switched companies||
But last time I did you could sign in a way that allowed for two weeks notice on one side, and a declared 1st day of work in the future on the other.
It is true that he cannot do that with an NFL team unless released from his contract by San Fran or San Fran is compensated for the remaining contract. But my understanding is an NFL contact number of years is a commitment at the NFL level. A college contract is a separate thing (a college does not have to pay the buyout for Jims final year for example).
So we'll see I guess. Our best two guts (Sam's and Brian's) are still queasy but hopeful, so that's where mine remains.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think he's saying "shit"||
in that picture - that is definitely a "fu" mouth formation
|18 weeks 4 days ago||No buyout if he signs w Michigan||
So now that the papers have been alledgedly delivered for his review, he can sign at anytime. They can even structure it so he can sign starting Jan 1st unless the Nines fire him earlier, etc.
And if he signs the can(attempt to) delay the official announcement until the 29th.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Nice job||
couldn't have said it better.
These kids have four years to state their case for the NFL. Going into an unknown is a huge risk. Rather than telling them to fuck off, perhaps asking them to reconsider is the wiser, more understanding course.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Eh - I think you're overblowing||
if true, we offered Harbaugh for realz top dollars for NFL and College coaches. If he turns down the offer, the entire fan base can comfortably be done with him, and A list coaches thinking about being plan B know we ain't kidding this time.
This is a brash, no fucking around, move. And now that it is out there, Harbaugh has to publicly declare sooner or later. The leak may have been intentional to force some hands to be shown.
I like Hacket's game.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Was wondering how NFL contracts affect this||
From what I have read on the 29th there are several scenarios:
1) JH quits (and owes the Niners buy out money?)
2) Another NFL team offers JH, JH accepts, and they compensate the Niners with buy out money, and a trade (Jon Gruden precedent).
3) Another NFL team(s) offer JH and he declines, in which case:
a) the Niners retain him as head coach for his final contract year - or -
b) they fire him and owe him the final year of his contract
4) JH takes the Michigan job (for which he does not owe a buy out?)
Do I have these right???
You're Jim Harbaugh - what do you do? You wait, check the NFL options, and either do 2 or 3 a or b + 4 having leveraged 2 to get the most out of Michigan. (Who in their right mind would want to coach the Jets, Browns, Phins or Raiders? Chicago I can see.)
At some point on the 29th Harbaugh and the Niner's owners will be playing high stakes poker and bluffs will be called.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Why would the marketing guy||
be in the inner circle of a confidential coaching hire, and have that information to leak?
The only reason to loop him in, is if you have a signed deal and he needs to spin the announcement .... IT'S HAPPENING!!!!
|18 weeks 5 days ago||No, no, no||
His office is where the golden toilet will go.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||I don't||
what a stupid time to stick your head up out of the foxhole and say something as callous as he did. It's like he was asking for a package. (Which maybe he was.)
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Total control in the NFL||
Ah ha ha ha ...
|18 weeks 5 days ago||We spent every year||
But the "growing years" hoping we'd get past ND with a win. The ND game determined if we were on track for a run at the National Championship because pre-BCS you had to go undefeated.
If we made it into the conference season undefeated then there was upstart Big Ten team that year leading to The Game, which was the ticket to the Rose Bowl.
The tension was don't lose a game, and after that get to the Rose Bowl. It was still a tragic tension but the first loss took you out of an NC run - it didn't lead you to assume a disaster of season was about to unfold. (Even when Jimmy broke his arm.)
And so, we were bummed if we lost early or to the upstart team, but had or steam back for OSU. S party was a side show.
That was '83 - '87.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah - a little sharpie action||
and he is good to go!
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with you||
And I think it's been Harbaugh for quite a while - maybe even before Brandon exited, at least as far back as Sam's initial Wheatley slip and everyone including Lloyd Carr saying they think Harbaugh is the guy.
Everyone is acting weird with slips around the edges because the inner circle thinks it's right that Harbaugh finish his season first and at the same time are greasing the skids for a smoother start.
Something happened in SFO before the Seattle game in SFO to cause the players to half ass it in the game and all the dysfunction to spill out onto twitter afterwards, and then it went silent and amiable again yesterday. I think the deal was penned in Seattle. (Any Kalitta charters coming back from Seattle? Even connecting somewhere else?)
All of this is e-pionion sure, but we outer circle have to let the chess match play out here.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Not to mention||
a relative dysfunction-less 49ers set of statements. It is like a decision has been reached, so everyone can settle down.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Will you please||
We're dying ovah heah ...
|18 weeks 6 days ago||The don't have gold toilets at the HoJo||
nor on the Gulfstream (too heavy)
Yeah - Harbaugh is a control guy - and the good NFL teams that offer up control are few and far between. I think there is a lot of NFL wonk BS out there.
It comes down to the lure of a CoFoPo championship vs a Superbowl championship.
|19 weeks 2 hours ago||I think Harbaugh just found out the hard way||
that an NFL coach is just some rich guy's toy. At the end of the day, the players get paid by said rich guy, so they effectively report to the rich guy, so does the GM, which means the coach has very little leverage.
A lot of dysfunction in the NFL comes from this, SF, Dallas, Washington, Miami, ... all great examples of coach wanna be rich guys meddling too much with the team and running coaches through revolving doors.
Do we really think a Saban or a Meyer would want to subject themselves to that? I am hoping Jim Harbaugh has decided he's done with it too.
|19 weeks 12 hours ago||Hey have you suffered through back pain ....||
it was medicinal man ....
|19 weeks 14 hours ago||We miss ya||
big guy ...
|19 weeks 3 days ago||It's the power of the Block M||
not what is behind it that is captivating your attention.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I don't understand why they feel the need||
to entertain us. We have been on waiting lists and coming to games for years in 100000+ droves, cheered the team, watched the band warm up, or the drum line perform on the steps, etc. All of that plus the tailgating experience with friends and family or the lawn parties on the way, the band before the game and during the half, the banner, and a really good football game played by a great home football team - that is what we want.
That is why people come back to Michigan to watch football - emotionally they can not get the same connection anywhere else.
If Brandon's crack team of geniuses keep it up, I'll be able to get the same exact entertainment I get at a Hurrcane's game, or a Durham Bull's game, or an NC State game, or a Panther's game. Heck our high school football team plays the same music. They don't understand what the golden goose is made of.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||The results depend||
on the objectives set forth. I am sure Dave and Brady met the objectives at the time.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||The linemen||
have been young. Next year they should be (maybe except Cole) close their "mature" playing weight.
So looking at them this year or last, is not an accurate look.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||My view||
either research it before you say something, or don't say something about what you don't know.
His whole point was we haven't had a lot of people drafted, which is a trailing measure of the exact hole we have been wading through. But his error was using the trailing measure as a leading measure for the current roster talent.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Sorta like Bo and Woody||
Great competitors like great competition ...
|19 weeks 4 days ago||This would be hilarious||
And a great fit.
They ought to take a pass at Brady Hoke as well.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Yep||
Guess I'll stand by my initial "toddler" response, agree with BiSB, and be done with it.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah - I missed it||
and then I got it when you edited my initial post.
You are right, these are internet message boards, and attempts to discuss hot button social issues will likely devolve. For Monocle - my intent was to initiate a discussion based on the description of a problem written by a psychotherapist (granted his opinions were not acceptable) and a Time article, not a flame war.
All that said, if we in society do not discuss these issues - instead simply avoid discourse because we are afraid of it getting out of control - then how do we resolve them?
FWIW - I think the whole thread should be locked or removed because there are several jests made at the expense of a rival in a situation that shouldn't be made light of . It reflects badly, particularly given Michigan's own recent incidents.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Just never mind||
No one is big enough to rationally discuss
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Never mind||
[Edit: never mind]
|19 weeks 5 days ago||A counterpoint worth discussion||
[ED:BISB - Nope. Not a counterpoint worth discussing. Not a counterpoint at all. Just some amazingly convoluted stuff that we AREN'T GONNA DISCUSS HERE]
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Which headline do you run with?||
Oh yeah, Michigan reached out to David Cutliffe to gauge his interest in being considered for the Michigan job, and had said he was happy at Duke thank you
- or -
OMG! MICHIGAN OFFERED DUKE (YES DUKE) HEAD COACH THE JOB AND HE TURNED THEM DOWN!
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Or Stoops||
or Mullen, or even Les
we need a big hit hire to shut everyone up.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah - this was an interest gauge||
I have met Coach Cutliffe. He is a Southern Brady Hoke. His objective is to build Duke to a Stanford like relevance the right way. My impression is he's happy here because there isn't a lot of pressure, and he can take a long term approach.
Knew his answer would be no. Also, given Michigan's definition of ideal candidates, I am not surprised they asked if he is interested. Shows the search firm is doing diligence.
Meanwhile, hey everybody look at my hand waving in the Southeast over this way ...
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Les is due for a contract extension right?||
About that time?
|20 weeks 3 hours ago||Seems like Sam's arms are really being twisted||
behind his back. He knows too much, and is being forced to act out to keep the smoke out there or be cut off.
He needs a long vacation when this is done.
There seems like a lot of odd silence in general between the echo chamber reporting.
|20 weeks 3 hours ago||First , it is interesting he thought about the question||
before asked, and chose to make an oblique leadership statement in response, rather than the run of the mill non-answer.
Second, Bo was less a military guy, but I am wondering if this is a Woody reference. A quick google didn't bring up a reference in lasting lessons, or in reference to Woody, but Woody frequently referenced the military, and Jim draws his lessons from both Bo and Woody.
|20 weeks 5 hours ago||Funny - Panther Creek is where my son plays||
My son wasn't there in 2009, and none of the staff remains. We were 5-7 in 2009, but put a lot of points on the board for the most part.
Why does this write up not impress me very much?
|20 weeks 5 hours ago||We need this thread why?||
|20 weeks 7 hours ago||I was thinking we need to come up with a different name||
Snowflake threads started during the decline ...
|20 weeks 10 hours ago||There are two points there||
1) Harbaugh does have faults - his intensity has clearly worn out in his current locker room, and has been the root of public incdents before. He's not Woody-unhinged, but definitely someone you have to make allowances for.
2) It appears the poster assumes Harbaugh is not coming this time. Honestly, if at the end of the day Harbaugh does turn us down this time, I think we need to be done with him. he'll have turned us down twice in our darkest hours.
Both points are reasonable points of view.
|20 weeks 11 hours ago||Saban to Alabama||
Seem to recall that being a must get deal.
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||I think there is an||
ECHO .... Echo .... echo
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||The alternative would||
be worse for us.
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||The difference is||
the Buckeyes got one more nationally televised game to prove the backup to the backup can ball too before the final decision was made.
|20 weeks 13 hours ago||It goes farther back||
The Harbaughs put Hoke in place last coaching change and sent Mattison to build the recruiting up in advance of one Harbaugh taking over. Hoke was a fall guy from the start.
|20 weeks 22 hours ago||As I recall||
Jimmy is confident enough in his own abilities that none of that is a significant stress to him.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Different target users||
Android is for developers and self integrators and people who like to tinker and tweak.
The iPhone is for people who don't have time or interest and just want complex technology to simply work for them.
Both have their big brother aspects like when I phones slammed every user over to imessage and it took my wife two weeks to figure out I wasn't getting all of her messages.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||And Miss Rita||
makes awesome nacho dip ya'll!
(Another reason Dave Brandon fired Rich, is Miss Rita refused to have her nacho dip sponsored by Rotel ...)
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Stoops, Gundy||
or Mark Richt.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Took them 2-1/2 weeks||
So Hackett should know by Christmas, and depending on where from, we should know by January 4th or so?
|20 weeks 5 days ago||So is the a silver lever on the left side for that||
and does the data swirl to the right or the left as it is flushed out
|20 weeks 5 days ago||This is a boss I'd like to work for||
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah - that was interesting||
especially since there was a tweet yesterday that Mattison's office was already cleaned out.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Double Manhattan||
Father and step mother in laws coming tomorrow ...
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Jack Miller||
|20 weeks 6 days ago||That was impressive||
very well done by Hackett. Wojo's questions were very well asked too. Like a mirco chess match there.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Oh come on you guys||
WTF else are we going to do besides hit F5 all day?
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Where is||
George Smiley when you need him.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Rich Rod tried that||
they brought down an NCAA investigation on his ass
|21 weeks 4 hours ago||I upvoted State Street and down voted you||
because you have no sense of humor - especially gallows humor.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||The End|
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||To me it is quite simple||
you are either a team with cache that can oversign with impugnity and run any damned offense you choose, clubbing all those before you,
- OR -
you'd better be damned ready to put a ton of points on the board quickly when you come up against a better spread team (like Oregon, either OSU, 2007 Florida or WVU, etc.). One only has to look at Troy Smith led OSU, App State I, and Oregon after it, versus say the Cap One Bowl to know why - and that situation has gotten worse, not better.
There are times when your defense will be unable to stop the opponent's offense enough.
|21 weeks 14 hours ago||Jack Miller||
Frank Clark would have been in that mix.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Season ticket sales||
timing of PSD payments. etc.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I am confused by this||
would the 49ers PREFER Harbaugh coaching a college team over another NFL team?
If they were smart they'd fire him now so they don't get beat by him on Sundays every year hereafter.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||If we hire the right coach||
This team showed an offensive pulse in the last two games that looked like - we'll football.
Given MSU and OSS at home next year, I think a new coaching staff with a similar play book could contend for the Big Ten championship. The Rodriguez Hoke transition gap is behind us. The new staff just needs to get these guys to believe and execute (on game day apparently).
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Johnson runs with heart||
like Hart. Low, and keeps on going.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||You're right, we should just||
keep Hoke. Jim Harbaugh has no reason beyond those three other guys to be swayed to coach at Michigan. Their locker rooms and bosses totally want to get rid of them too. They all quote Bo as well. And having played here is no big deal.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Watching that game last night||
it looked to me like his receivers were not playing full speed - always 3 steps from where they needed to be - and not blocking down field like Seattle's receivers.
It say whatever is going on in the locker room is spilling onto the field.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Power 5||
How will recruiting be different for these guys in a Power 5 world, unless the Power 5 decide to allow more than 85 scholarships? I'm not getting how the Power 5 offering more benefits, impacts the non-Power 5 in football - the same number of recruits not signed with Power 5 schools will be available.
I think Power 5 impacts basketball more - same number of recruits limits yeah, but now there are many non-Power 5 basketball powerhouses that a top recruit would consider over a Power 5 school - that equation may change.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I'm old and I feel the same way||
I appreciate the respect from the past but this game hasn't been what it was since 2006 and it is us (Michigan) who are stinking up the place including the Big Ten.
Saturday is going to be like going in for a colonoscopy or a root canal. No joy in a coming epic clash.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||whatever||
just whatever ...
|22 weeks 5 hours ago||I think the butterfly we are looking for||
is Rodriguez firing all of Lloyd's staff - might be before that - but the division started then. Which led to practice-gate, which led to Brandon's hiring, which led to Rodriguez's firing, which led to a sub .500 Michigan-man who's staff down to the water boy breathed defense, and so on.
It doesn't matter though - what matters is what is done about it, and how the players and stakeholders around them respond.