|14 hours 15 min ago||You mean there are Walmart Spartans?||
or are they Dollar General?
Please note: this is a humorous comment made at the expense of the Walmart Wolverine complainin' and jokin' crowd at MSU, not at the socioeconomic status of an appreciated and welcome part of any school's fanbase. That form of humor is reserved only for Buckeye fans.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Yes, as Patrick O'Brian||
instructs us through Captain Aubrey to Dr. Martin, you cannot sail by and large at the same time ...
|3 days 20 hours ago||Yeah - thanks to the BTN||
I didn't have to unsee that game too - just the blcoked field goal, over and over and over again.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Well this could be interesting||
Next man up I guess.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Yeah - if it is Akron/UConn 2.0||
oh man, rig for high winds and heavy seas.
But if it is 2014 App State - well we still don't know a damned thing.
|6 days 16 hours ago||I believe his W/L record||
is a major reason people like me, and Brian, and others were underwhelmed when Hoke was hired.
So I disagree - I think it is relevant.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Does the pep band still go around||
and play bullwinkle? (I don't remember them doing this during the Nebraska game last year, but I might have blocked it out.)
No TP, marshmallows and thermoses of hot chocolate and pepermint schnapps (or kegs before us) ... what do you guys do for fun these days? A least beach balls are still smuggled in ...
Have you taught the freshmen how to do the wave yet?
|1 week 17 hours ago||Gardner has to learn||
that everytime his adrenaline gets up because of PTSD from last year, he has to keep his head and not go all Superman. Forcing it creates extra risk.
Hopefully the next few homes games gives him enough time in system, with Nuss on the sideline to grow.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Keep in mind the Center calls||
the assignments for the line. Sometimes the strongest man isn't the best man for the performance of the entire unit.
If the coaches think Miller gives them the quick thinking they need for the line to function best as a team and as a bonus the quick feet for zone run blocking - then maybe we need to wait and see how they develop.
|1 week 2 days ago||I wish just one reporter had asked||
what the hell was that? Wha happened? No angling for a QB controversy, or a center controversy, or how did Jake Butt feel. Just: please explain how you guys managed to lay such a big goose egg?
No one has asked, and the coaches have been very circumspect.
|1 week 2 days ago||I used to listen to Carr's||
press conferences. He said absolutely nothing as well, except calling out the effort of some unsing player in prior games. After a while I decided it was a waste of time, but then I figured the entertainment value of listening for Carr to make some poor reporter look really dumb.
There is not real entertainment value in Hoke's conferences - the bullets are all you really need.
FWIW - Miller is staying in. Glasgow is practicing at Center as a backup.
|1 week 2 days ago||Don't feel singled out||
Brian left out my Admiral of the Fleet David Beatty "There seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today" Jutland reference to how Delany must've felt Saturday night too.
|1 week 2 days ago||Sorry - I have to laugh||
we are like a dog that chews on a bone, and then moves on to the next unchewed one over and over again and get the same result.
The system recruits talent still, but for some reason the system inhibits the talent from being fully recognized.
|1 week 2 days ago||I thought about it||
but even though it is OTC now, there is not enough Nexium in the world to allow me to go through that again. Especially the 2nd half.
I do remember in the game thinking, hey - the line is holding up OK-ish. Hey, our runners are getting some yards - Smith more than Green. Devin looked good for the first third before PTSD set in. We were stuffing ND at the line, and Frank was oh so close several times, but Gohlson was a slippery bugger with a quick release (fortunately not Denard slippery). The line backer less Morgan even seem to have improved from App State.
I am going to assume with a new long snapper, holder and newish kicker it takes a while (and patience) to settle in.
For some reason this feels like year one of real quarterback coaching since Rod Smith was let go - and even then Rodriguez was calling in the adjustments from the sidelines - so I'll assume Devin settles his nerves and improves the post snap progressions part of his job.
Yeah - the egg laying of the vaunted deep seasoned aggressive secondary was the root of the Nexium popping for me ... that and having to listen to the Irish announcers and their fans - ugh. (I wonder if they have done a Benny Hill video montage yet.)
Anyway, I have recovered from the emo weekend, and now am in a place where I am hoping for pleasant surprises moving forward.
|1 week 2 days ago||Aw man, there is not much that||
waters my eyes more than someone in the military coming home safe from a long deployment because I know exactly what that emotion feels like.
Congratulations on your safe return. Thank you for your service and perspective. We are honored to have helped support you.
Go Blue and Welcome Home!
|1 week 3 days ago||Fuck Wow||
I am sick of Brandon's wow.
I don't need wow. I just need good, competitive, watchable college football.
Texas home and home in college stadiums work for me.
|1 week 3 days ago||Who are those fans||
because I sure didn't come across any on the way out to the car after the Nebraska game last year.
|1 week 3 days ago||These seem like softball questions too.||
What, was there a sign on the door: ask a biting question, and get moved to the Freep and John U Bacon equipment closet section of the press box?
Someone should have asked: "two weeks ago you said your were very excited because this defense is going to be special. What happened?"
|1 week 3 days ago||Had a dripping with heavy sarcasm tone||
|1 week 3 days ago||I am somehow more calm about the offense||
than the defense, and this presser adds to that.
All those people asking why he didn't throw it deep: at least in the second half he didn't have time - the pressure didn't allow him to wait - or at least it appeared that way to me.
Yeah there were some egregious plays (like the pull down fumble), but it appeared the line was more cohesively functional than last year. So hopefully that will grow and improve.
There were a few long yardage plays where I was asking why call a run on that play, but in general we put yards on the ground, but then we got bogged down as we approached the red zone. Time will tell.
The defense is what concerns me. Hopefully Mattison got more than softballs - specifically about the disconnect from his unbridled optimism about how great this defense would be, versus the reality of the result on the field Saturday.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yes - I was thinking on this point||
yesterday, and thanks for the learned addition to the line of thought.
Bo got more from his players because they knew in no uncertain terms when they weren't doing it right. My son is not the best at the nuances of specific form. He got a dose of Coach Hanlon at youth football camp a few years back. It was interesting to see his back straighten, his head come up (the specific coaching point) and the added effort on the next snap. (JV football drives me nuts because the coaches pay all their attention to varsity, thus lazy habits in form are allowed to develop.)
Anyway, outwardly it appears there is something to this discussion. However, for all we know they do go hard on the players when stressing them. And I agree with the first poster that it needs to be nuanced.
|1 week 4 days ago||Hoke should have said it differently||
it was too easy for the press to blow out what he said as a broader headline to fan the flames. Instead of attacking "True Fans", he should have said anyone (not fans) directly harassing our players over social media, or otherwise need to think about how wrong that is, and behave themselves.
It probably would change much of the behavior, but the headlines would read differently.
|1 week 4 days ago||Get in your grill||
and remind you of your job or you'll be benched.
Do you think Bo would have been clapping and cheerleading on the sidelines? He may not have had a headset on because it was a pile of twisted broken pieces ...
Players (and coaching staff) reaction to Brady: oh, it's OK. I just need to try a little harder.
Players (and coaching staff) reaction to Bo: Shit, I need to do this right and as hard as I can or coach will be in my ear and on my ass if I am lucky enough not to be benched or thrown off the team.
Go back and watch the CTK videos of Brady Hoke coaching. If we had JV or Freshman football - Brady would make a great coach in the transition to big boy ball. He'd make a great Jon Falk replacement too.
We have a soft team because we have a soft head coach.
|1 week 4 days ago||Why those nice ND fans||
were just politely pointing the truth out to you ...
|1 week 4 days ago||I would like to know why||
you and Bronxblue think it is any easier to deal with the expectations of fan base, big donors, and former players, ect. at any of the schools that are "destinations" these days?
ND went through how many coaches until they got their current fire breather? How many changes did Bama go through? Florida? Do we think Auburn is, or isn't a desitnation after the last coaching change. How many will USC go through?
Destinations probably all have this in common - perform or be gone. The truth is most of these schools found the guy after several tries. The eyeball test tells me the current one isn't the one.
|1 week 4 days ago||Since we're talking about Bo||
who would you rather face after that loss? Bo or Brady?
Who do you think would be more capable of getting you to focus on the details like a well oiled machine?
The defense totally didn't show up to play. The side of the ball Hoke and Mattison coach. The side of the ball that all the pieces and depth are supposedly in place to be really special.
The Gardner-trying-to-force-things-to-happen-mistake-machine didn't get rolling until after the defense already lost the game.
|1 week 5 days ago||This is the question that should be asked by||
every reporter at every press conference this week. Perhaps leaving out the explicative.
|1 week 5 days ago||I think we fell already||
or is this ineptitude and mediocrity is actually something better?
|1 week 5 days ago||It is not too soon||
we picked up where we left off last year. For all of Mattison's bluster about the defense being really special this year - they sucked - maybe worse than last year.
I actually think the O line looked OK, until ND found out about our tackles on the outside. Now everyone in the B1G knows.
Do we really want to suffer through year 5 to figure out if this is going to be anything other than mediocre to awful?
|1 week 5 days ago||Exactly||
"we are Notre Dame" -- the pre-Kelly one anyway.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yeah, I'm thinking Maryland at home||
and Rutgers away look like toss ups or worse at this point.
|1 week 6 days ago||Fuck, shit, damn||
and Fire Hoke - this staff sucks
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I say give it up||
we cannot cast stones.
We shouldn't be saying anything but it is good that FSU is doing the investigation, and hopefully both parties get a fair opportunity to state their case, and the case is considered with integrity.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Also out of state - before the last 6 years||
I would have said Ohio, ND and then State.
For whatever reason, a win against the Irish has not been a predictor of success, like it had been in the past.
Now that State has become so irritating, I say Ohio, State, ND. I might even rather beat State over Ohio: that is how irritating they have become.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||My son recorded his first in game tackle||
in JV football last night -- TFL -- after a two year struggle recovering from and ACL and meniscus tear!
A big smile was flashed ...
And Go Blue, beat the FigThing Chickens!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Let's say MSU beats Oregon||
and Michigan beats MSU and wins the B1G ...
now let's say MSU loses to Oregon, and Michigan beats MSU and wins the B1G
In which scenario is Michigan more likely to get a playoff bid?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I thought||
their eyes were on something else, while their paper was being written for them (let alone other body parts)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Don't forget they time these things||
just to troll us.
I would love for Saturday to be a Benny Hill game.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The there's the days where you just throw the clubs in the bag||
and volunteer to drive the cart while not holding up the other guys - and drink beer.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Eh - I still think||
blue compression shirt and the clowniforms would have been tolerable. Throw in blue or maize pants, and they would have been OK. If we had managed to beat MSU in the last seconds of the game, then we'd all love them.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Eh I still like||
JEHU COMIN' the best. He came in like a heat seeking missile and the poor App State dude never heard the missile lock warning.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||it seemed on TV||
like a lot more band playing lets go blue and less special k
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Fuck it||
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||We thank you for your service to the MGoCommunity||
I for one am trying to remember what shirt or jersey I had on last time, and NOT wear it.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Maybe location dependent. Down here||
where the SEC is just as much despised by ACC fans. Instead all we hear about is how awesome ACC basketball is.
Anyway the Big Ten has been a running joke since 2006. So beleaguered B1G fans get along - sort of. There are still smug Ohio fans - talking a good game about how important our rivalry is, but knowing they have the upper hand. And I take stuff from State fans, and a guy I know who went to Illinois. But in general we all root for the B1G, even when it is hard to.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Good luck with that||
especially when they hit teen years. Somehow the truth becomes whatever way they need to twist reality necessary to support their point of view or justify what they want to do.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||At least here in NC:Parents are responsible for primary coverage||
and the school systems usually have a secondary coverage that covers what is not covered by the primary coverage. Sometimes they offer an primary coverage policy that parents can purchase if they don't have primary coverage.
This applies to high schools in NC - but I assume similar everywhere. (I don't think it applies at the middle school level.)
Coverage for rehab typically rehabilitates you for normal activity however - it doesn't extend to fully athletic recovery. Thus - yes - the sooner he gets to the Michigan strength and conditioning staff - the sooner he gets back to full capability.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Well - PGB can go knock himself out||
but I think he's established in his post that he is a fan, just not one of this game.
I believe the values we had when I attended Michigan was everyone has a right to their opinion, and we should have the respect to let them air it whether we agree or not ... I don't agree with yours our PGB's - but you both have made yourselves clear.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I didn't spend any time in Boone that year||
but it wasn't that horrible. I guess maybe because I felt they they had a right to talk - they beat us.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Hopefully Nuss' tutelage||
makes up for it, and Devin blossoms this year.
As I read the article, I could totaly see the Devin trying too hard. We could see it in 2012, but he was lucky. In 2013 it came out to bite him. I am hoping in 2014 we see a wiser Devin.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I don't have the entire context of||
Gardner's interview, so I am taking the whole discussion with a grain of salt.
I do however think that Nuss is probably a better quarterback coach for these guys than Gorgeous. At the very least you'd think he'd have more credibility coaching the QBs since he's been there and done that himself.
We'll see I guess.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I don't see this happening||
Our ones on offense need every bit of experience they can get.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||^This^ is why||
We should rely on the coaches to make the right decisions.
We don't know either the kid, the back story, or all the facts.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||^This^||
Center is a key leadership position, and we're probably better off starting either Miller or Glasgow who both have game experience than Kugler: someone entirely new for a third year in a row (actually we broke in 3 new centers in 2 seasons).
Of the three, Miller is the only one who has been at center his whole time at Michigan (if not in games, certainly in practice), so I would expect him to have the most experience at recognizing coverage and making assignment calls at the line.
Without two NFL bound seniors at either tackle spot to provide counter-guidance - perhaps these guys can act as one from the center out.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Oh come on||
clearly if Alabama or Ohio State or Michigan or USC, et al. come calling for you today, you are more likely going to choose one of them over Toledo or Utah or Boise, and there are only 85 scholarships.
Now if the big 5 are allowed to raise the number of scholarships back to 95 or 105, that would suck the talent out of the other conferences more than $2500 a year and a $5000 trust in licensing fees.
I don't see the equation changes much. It is David and Goliath now anyway.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah||
but I can buy a ticket for $20 and get there in 20 minutes.
Let's face it, they made it further in the ACC last year than we have in the Big Ten in a while. So we shouldn't cast stones.
Also, Coach K. has been advising Cutcliffe on how to build a program to a point to where they get significant alumni support. (He apparently is equating football to where basketball was when he came in.) So - probably not Stanford level - but Duke may actually be able to build themselves into at least a Northwestern like mold over the next few years.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Worse, he's being rewarded with a scholarship||
in spite of his crime when that scholarship could be rewarded to someone else who may be just as needy but in exchange would set a better example.
Honestly - it is probably best to let the police, and Hoke figure this one out. We don't know the whole story, nor (as Brian reminds us) the back story.
I was not wild about keeping Frank Clark on the team, but apparently (I think it was Rittenberg who wrote) Clark is a good guy who has really come a long way from very bad circumstances.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Well, I understood your meaning, but||
probably best to have left the Gibbons case out of it.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||As I said above||
there are other kids who'd never think of doing that who deserve a shot at playing football for Michigan before this guy. If Hoke and Brandon want to be a father figure for York on the side, I am fine with it. I don't want this kid taking up a scholarship that could be given to a deserving walk on or a deserving candidate in next year's recruiting class.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||This kind of scenario||
are part of the problem. I'd bet for every York, there are hundreds of kids who are a step slower, or not quite as strong, but would love to play football and be on scholarship at Michigan, or a JUCO or some other D1 school or try it in FCS or DII school. And those kids have never even thought about sucker punching a guy.
Why should this guy get a second chance? Because he is athletically gifted?
In my view the consequence of doing something like this should be no more football or scholarships. Those rewards should go to someone who deserves them. He should no have to make his own way in life. Otherwise what he has just learned is if he does something like this, there will always be a JUCO and then hopefully get picked up by some other D1 school or try it in FCS or DII.
Yes - there are solid reasons to hold up positive examples for what can happen if you do the right thing, and negative examples for what can happen if you do the wrong thing.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not ready to give up on Miller yet||
I keep hoping this is his Heininger principle year. He's the only one who has been all 4 years in a center role, was tutored (head butted) by Molk, and ought to be the best at the mental and leadership aspect of the position (which is exactly a place where the oline was lacking last year).
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Last I checked||
somebody put up numbers that showed 2 RSJrs = 4th season, and several RSSos = 3rd season. There is one real Sophomore in the mix who payed siginificant time last year. So the Oline is comprised of guys going on thier 3rd or 4th season. (Cole is going to be a backup to Mags). They've all got playing time.
At what point do Olinemen - especially highly recruited ones - become effective?
i.e., youth has ceased being an excuse. Frank, Devin and Jake can say they'll fight for Hoke all they want. Hopefully the OL have picked themselves up of the mat, got pissed, and have deicided to deliver together.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Well, since Shane Morris||
didn't show up in Chicago, they had to sensationalize something because God forbid the "news" we watch today not be sensational.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Yep that was my choice||
75 student school that is very deep on Naval Architecture, but no real college life - or - Michigan which is also a great NA&ME school - but you get a real college life with it.
It's great - to be - a Michigan Wolverine!
Counter point though - I cannot tell how they calculated the average net cost for Michigan, but I bet it is way higher than 95K for the 40% from out of state. So either there is a wicked double humped normal curve, or they only used in state numbers. Hard to tell.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Webb is a very small naval architecture college||
on Long Island. They actually are one of a handful including Michigan (MIT, Naval Academy, and Berkeley) for that degree. I believe every student attending is on a scholarship so the ROI probably closes nicely. Even with the lack of ship building in the US, there is the offshore oil business to go into.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||WTF is "wow" anyway?||
the "wow" I want is Denard-like wow, or Desmond-like wow, or ...
Who needs "wow" like giant noodles.
The night games have been awesome productions. Every game doesn't need to be that way. Especially when the excitement starts happening on the field. Not to mention "wow" costs money and I'd bet people don't care to pay for "wow".
Want to beat the couch: increase game day excitement thru better play on the field (hopefully coming), use the scoreboards like the TV is used at home (detailed replays - score updates and highlights from around the B1G and the nation) and not for "have your wedding at the Big House" or "I can't hear you!" and fix cell phone and wifi coverage (reportedly coming), and reduce the hassle and price gouging at every turn.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with your||
view of 2012 and I also think recruiting is going swimmingly consodering last season.
Now if our collection of O Linemen entering their third plus season in system can show us growth then I think we could start rolling
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Don't forget Mo||
either. Devin's got some targets with sticky fingers.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I am sure the fireworks were to be timed||
to "Hail", "Leaders", "Best", "Champions" and "West" ...
|9 weeks 1 day ago||See, I am thinking this whole fireworks thing||
is a big red herring, and am wondering what Dave will slip by us while we are dazzled by the fireworks flameout.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Good luck with that||
Your kids will be on you like flies starting in 2nd or 3d grade. Going to Middle School was the "Dad I need a cell phone because everyone else has one and I am being left out" point for all three of my kids.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||The funny thing is||
if they put the exact same simple Michigan gear up at every press release, and moved this stuff down to the kids collection, the collective fan base would be praising Adidas.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Interestingly the coaching staff||
seem to be showing optimism based on depth, like they think they have the piece parts to make a solid run. I know "competition" and "no entitlement" are coach speak, but 2007 was the last time I remember confidence in depth coming from Ft. Schembechler.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||re: Jack Miller||
'Nuss said one of our problems on the line is we were missing an experienced center who can recoginize coverage and communicate assignments. We've had three new centers since Molk left. The last one will be out for at least the first game.
Part of me really wants Jack Miller to prove everyone wrong and take the lead this summer, rather than rotating through more inexperience.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I think the point was||
Tate worked most of his life for his season and backup moments of glory, and he did not fully profit from it like he would have on a free market and now that opportunity has likely passed him by.
By extension most college football players highest earning potential is in the college system.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Sorry||
I am glad we advanced, but I don't get the process. We tied and lost and are better off for it. Seems pretty un-American.
Probably a good thing we have a German coach who understands these nuances.
Brian likely was posting sarcastically, but I just don't see how losing and lucking into the next round by means of point differential wizardry warrants muppets.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||What on earth is on cable tv||
that is not ESPN, better broadcast sports signal, and BTN that people would actually pay to get / can't get on the web somewhere?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't the B1G open an office in Washington in addition to NYC?||
It's about to come in handy ....
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Anything over the table||
is less corrupt than under.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Actually what Delany said||
(specifically the bit about practice and the ability to do overseas study, etc.) coupled with these four bullets would be a great deal closer to putting student back in the equation. Add in the ability to work a summer job and sell your autograph (and pay taxes on both as income), and I think they're getting close.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||yeah||
nobody plays soccer in the South ... then my neighbors are wasting a lot of resources driving their kids (and teens) all over the place on exclusive travel teams.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly - I skimmed this whole post||
and the questions that are of real interest to me are:
How much can we expect the O-line to improve, and how much can you do to account for their relative youth while driving offensive production?
Then something like:
When looking at teams like our 97 team or (cough, cough) Staee last year, it is clear how important an aggressive defense is to winning B1G championships. Did youth in our backfield last year cause a bend-not-break defensive strategy, and can we expect a different, hopefully more aggressive strategy this year?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I like Turn||
I am guessing Law and Order has a different, broader target audience. I hope Turn gets additional seasons.
No one in TV seems to understand niche marketing any more. It seems to all be about broadening sales rather than deepening brand loyalty. Hmmm ....
|16 weeks 10 hours ago||I commented on that somewhere above||
Maybe I am naive, but I met the guy, and my impression of him doesn't square with Mr. Hyde, so I give him the benefit of the doubt.
I understand your opinion, have considered it since the Gibbons thing is disturbing. Your opinion is equally as reasonable though.
|16 weeks 16 hours ago||Yep - me||
I met him in person, and granted in a public context where he'd be on good behavior, but I can't square the Talor-is-nothing-but-a-no-good-thug-with-serious-issues judgement with the person I met, have seen in the press, and who Brady Hoke talks about like a proud father.
We expect these guys to be trained up to do battle and put them on a pedastal, and then shit on them when the job slips out in stressful public circumstances. The fact that he shoved the guy (which is effectively what linemen do to protect the quarterback), and the guy felt hurt enough to go to the hospital - should not surpise anyone.
Then there is this: you were shoved to the ground by a future 1st round draft pick. Is this an opportunity?
I am not blinded. I don't see Lewan as the perfect shining knight in armour everyone expects a Michigan Man to be (which is mostly unrealistic). I am not even on the fence, I think Taylor Lewan is generally the good guy we thought he was, who has made some youthful mistakes.
This was a minor bar fight - not a Philip Nelson situation. End of story.
|16 weeks 16 hours ago||Have you ever done one of those communication exercises||
where you say something, and by the time it is two people down the line it is totally different. I think Lewan said something similar to what was reported int he Gibbons case in an argumentative tone. The aperature of Lewan was his friend thought he had consent in a druken hookup with the victim and was in very big trouble, and Lewan was arguing that point of view. The aperature of the recipient was her friend felt she did not give consent and was raped and so the recipient heard (and saw) Lewan in a threatening manner. This discussion took part at a party, so just like the initial event noise and alcohol induced haze further clouds the recollection of words and intent not to mention the choice of words to start with.
So no. I don't think he's lying.
|16 weeks 18 hours ago||I really hope he makes it through||
camp and gets the contract. He needs another shot, in a better o-line situation than he's had the last two seasons. I hope he gets it, and makes hay!
|16 weeks 18 hours ago||I met Lewan once||
He seemed like the quirky, funny kid we all thought he was.
The OSU fan thing doesn't bug me too much. The OSU fan was getting into a fight with Lewan's little brother, and Lewan did what big brothers do in that situation. (The OSU fan made a big miscalculation.) Frankly the whole legal part of it is a waste of time and taxpayer money. I am assuming the butt hurt OSU fan is pressing the case though just to keep on being a pain in the ass.
The MSU thing was over the line, but nothing like the head twisting of Denard two years before. It looked like he thought about it and decided not to do it, or he purposefully did it in a threatening but non-harmful way. Either way after all the outrage about what happened to Denard, Lewan should not have given MSU fans a counter claim like that.
Who knows on the Gibbons thing. I imagine he was again defending a friend, and in his youth said something that sounded threatening (or came across threatening because of his size), when he was really arguing his friend's side of the story. Sensitivities being what they were given the nature of the situation, that was heard and interpreted as a threat, which when re-communicated to the victim made it seem even more threatening. Of course all that is conjecture, and the police properly took it serious enough to talk to Lewan and straighten him out.
So yeah, his legacy is a bit of good and bad. We could all be black and white holier than thou and proclaim him a Richie Incognito type, but then, a lot of 18 - 22 year old young men say and do stupid things on the road to maturity. They just aren't scary big 6'-8" 308 lbs young men.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Here's the site I kept coming back to for research||
I have an 9 year old Sony HS-VPL51 in a windowless media room in my basement. My family loves it for sports and movies. It is a 720p projector, and if your up close you get screen door effect, but from any normal viewing distance the picture is awesome. (My point is you you don't need the highest resolution to get a great picture 720 or 1080p is good enough.)
My suggestion is to research projectors for your room environment before you buy.
Also, while a white wall will work, you'll probably also want to get a screen - especially in room with windows. I have an inexpensive 120" one made by elite screens. The reflectivity of the screen material helps a lot when we have the room lights turned up - primarily when watching sports either socially or while live blogging.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I would like to seem them include||
25 kids who play baseball, and 25 kids who play soccer, and 25 kids who play hockey, 25 kids who play lacrosse, and 25 gymnasts, and 25 kids who longboard with no helmet, etc.
It seems like all these studies focus on football, and head trauma is common in other sports as well.
This is all about choice. If someone chooses to longboard without a helmet, they are responsible for the risk of brain trauma from an accident. (My son and I argue all the time about wearing a buckled helmet / "but dad many guys don't: it's not cool".)
The point is these people are gifted at something, and love doing it despite the risk, AND many pursuits hold a risk of brain trauma. Should the risks be reduced through rule, care, and technique changes, and better protective technology? Yes.
Ah heck, I guess we all should not leave our houses and get our sports fixes from nice safe video games instead .... we're certain to have a longer lifespan that way /s
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Not to mention, it is kind of hard to go through progressions||
when you just spent your pre-snap thinking "oh God, not again. which of the front seven are going to kill me this time ...", and then have that seven come at you so fast you don't have time to go through progressions.
It looked to me like Gardner (for the most part) did not have the flexibility in Borges' system to make checks at the line: just line up and say "for those about to die, we salute you!" and hope the called play works.
Meanwhile, Miller had play changes signaled in from Urban once the defense lined up every play.
This is where I hope Nuss' system helps Gardner: it gives him a set of contingencies off the base line up so Gardner can read a defense and check a play pre-snap. (It would have made all the difference at Penn State.)
|19 weeks 3 days ago||It is precisley this sentiment||
that got us beat the first time around.
Our game is App State's first game in the FBS. This doubles the opportunity to make a statement, and they'll dedicate their summer to winning it - just like they did last time.
Meanwhile, back at the fort we'll fret about beating ND the following week and how to best line the OL up especially with Glasgow out. Do you think our guys will watch App State film in their spare time this summer or ND/MSU/OSU?
Want to bet App State will be watching Michigan and Alabama film all summer, and salivating at how they'll beat our OL?
|19 weeks 3 days ago||We hired Brady who???||
Coming off 4 years of embarassing suckage.
They hired Urban Meyer, evil genius festooned with NC rings and a decade of success with one year of NCAA induced turmoil. Not to mention Urban only had to recruit while the existing staff prepared for the bowl OSU should have voluntarily forgone.
The difference in ability to sway a recruit in the last months before signing day in any comparative scenario were in Urban Meyer's favor anyway. So that comparison is pretty weak.
That said, Hoke is a trenches recruiter, and I think we could have saved the OL class in some contributing manner if he had been hired earlier.
The Process was intentional for whatever reason. This is why I believe it will e very hard for Brandon to fire Hoke if this season goes very badly.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||You know||
when I went to Michigan I was an 18 - 21 year old kid. My Navy ROTC scholarship included the cool feature of drug testing - particularly before major events like summer cruise or coming back to school. If you tested positive you found a lawyer and claimed poppy seeds, but lost your scholarship (which was a big deal if you're out of state even back then). I knew guys that took that risk. I didn't.
It was a stipulation in his scholarship - NCAA rules - and for damned sure they were testing everyone in the tournament. He had to know the risk, he took it, and he was caught.
In his case his teammates pay for it next year.
Both guys don't seem to have taken lessons from Hagerup or Stonum, et al.
I don't feel sorry for Mitch and I am not mad at the NCAA in this case Bad decision. One that an 18-21 year old can decide not to make, even in Ann Arbor. End of story.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||But we can't anymore apparently||
nor can we build ships with 16" guns or 12 inch armor plate anymore.
I read somewhere that the race to the moon cost us 5% of the US government budget for much of the 60's. Of course we did get tang and space food sticks out of it.
|21 weeks 15 hours ago||That's who||
the 65th team is. And if either winner of the Rose Bowl or the whatever the other SEC-ACC-ish bowl is called look weaker than ND - then ND gets the second national title game shot .... /s
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I graduated in 1987||
and I am not sure what a radio is, or at the very least what it is used for anymore other than to listen to fools talk, and ads.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Need MOAR||
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I was thinking about this today||
Exactly which minor league has major TV revenue contracts and can charge $95+ a seat per game?
Do TV contract dollars rise and fall as specific athletes come and go?
Name the top 100 minor league baseball players quickly .... the top CFL or Arena League players ...
It sure seems to me that the brand value of Michigan Football (though very tarnished lately) and Big Ten football drive a lot of the revenue that the athletes believe they drive. If there was a minor league football option, do we think the BTN contract would be measurably smaller? Crowd sizes at Michigan Stadium, etc.?
I am thinking most of the student athletes are getting more value from college football (TV exposure, name recognition, etc.) than we are accounting for.
I agree with doing the right sorts of things; Olympic model, non-revenue agreements with agents, endorsement revenue, ltd/workmans comp, 4 year guaranteed scholarships, better living expenses, summer jobs, etc.
I don't agree with direct employment.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Don't forget||
the win-loss record of the coach
and the trajectory of the win-loss record
while we're at it the age of the existing team as it relates to opportunity for playing time. and the effectiveness of the team on your side of the ball
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think he is toast at 9 wins||
but I agree with the rest of your statement.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Not me||
I'll take either Harbaugh, and integrity.
I said it when we fired Rich - we need a name brand head coach whose recruits and players believe they are on the path to championships. The parochial non-name brand hire of Brady Hoke was an underwhelming gamble. It looked like it would pay out in 2011 ... down hill from there.
If they don't win in convincing enough fashion this year, I think next year is at risk and the hire is probably a loss. If they win convincingly enough this year (maybe back to 2012 level or a little better), then they have a chance of entering 2015 with positive momentum and a heavy upperclassmen team.
It is possible they can convert Brady Hoke into a name brand coach who exudes reason to believe. It doesn't look likely right now. We'll see.
As I said above: 2015 and 2016 are the years when the heavy recruiting classes should bear competitive fruit.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Scholarship Limits||
Link reductions were made from 105 in 1978 (95) and again in 1992 which brought the limit to its present number of 85. The shift to 95 essentially drove Bo to a four year cycle - two progressive rebuilding years, a solid year and then the year. (Or at least this is how we felt in the 80's.) He was either caught by the change or intentionally stacked one or two consecutive recruiting classes. The shift to 85 just made it worse.
Interestingly along the way, some teams figured out how to stack the decks (tats and Dodge Challengers, apartments in LA, bag men, agent trips to Miami, oversigning, etc.). Those teams are the ones who have avoid the cycle of several 3-4 loss years with the occasional championship run.
Looking at our roster, this is should be the second rebuilding year or the solid year.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||We're also missing||
Mr. Smith ... and he can block!
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, the guys at Wisconsin||
didn't take it very kindly when Russel Wilson transferred in. The addition of a seasoned player at a position of need caused real chemistry issues. /s
The bottom line is, Hoke's O Line recruits have to pick themselves up off the deck and show us what they can do. The entire program is literally on their shoulders, and they have to prove themselves as a unit.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||OK - so we're in the ball park||
I concede that it is probably in our best interest to hold on any Hoke decisions for the next two seasons. This for stability and player maturity reasons.
That said, with OSU and MSU at home in 2015 - we'd better have fully turned the corner ...
Meanwhile - this sucks, painfully ...
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah||
as we saw with Rodriguez, that gets you through the first six games
|21 weeks 3 days ago||The Adidas contract||
and white jersey woth piping design were all chosen by Carr. RR was blamed for changing everything - but this one was a Carr decision.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||You forgot Molk||
but yeah ... miss those guys.
|22 weeks 9 hours ago||Ahhhhh - got it||
Pollen must be killing my sarcasm sensor today.
|22 weeks 9 hours ago||Was their O-Line of drinking age?||
I need to go back and look ...
|22 weeks 11 hours ago||As a point of comparison||
at Clemson they are free.
|22 weeks 11 hours ago||Me too||
I think this season is the perfect storm of last season blues, and unattractive home slate. Last year they opened up season ticket sales to people not on the PSD waiting list. This means to me they had cleared throught the PSD waiting list last summer.
I am guessing stubhub prices will be well below dynamic pricing base price this year, and they will not sell as many season tickets as they had previously.
Dave Brandon lost in the East - West realignment. Of course it is partially his fault for scheduling App State, but the movement of MSU to away in the same year as ND away and OSU away has strangled the golden goose.
|22 weeks 11 hours ago||I am guessing||
there are some planning on buying tickets only to specific games because the slate sucks so badly.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||My view||
is if a non-revenue sport athelete: woman or shit, can get endorsement revenue, etc. as well, more power to them.
That said, the Olympic model does kind of help with the Title IX problem when it comes to paying revenue sport players.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Would be interesting to know the revenue||
of the minor league teams in comparison. I haven't seen a Durham Bulls vs Tidewater Tides game as a featured broadcast on ABC or ESPN either, much less the playoffs.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Right||
While I agree having Molk at center with 28 starts at the beginning fo 2011 was a big deal leadership wise, Huyge was a 5th year senior, and Omameh was a RS Junior, and the entire line had significant playing time (Schofield was the only 1st time starter).
Mark Huyge 6-6 302 RS SR Started 17 games, played in 26
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Calm dude||
I feel your pain too. All this suffering has to end sometime. At some point we have paid our penance for our arrogance past ...
|22 weeks 2 days ago||That's a good point||
You can practice a lot of route running and pass defending in voluntary summer 7 on 7s. Spring Game was the last chance for live contact blocking and tackling.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||My understanding||
is Borges is the evil genius who outsmarts himself by creating play complexity that hinders execution - especially with inexperienced players
Nuss is supposed to have a focused set of plays with various options for the QB to choose from. Execution for the linemen is easier as they focus on the execution details of fewer formations. (Bo with a yardstick anyone?) Reliance is on an experienced decisionmaker at QB reading the defense as it lines up against the offensive shifts.
Thus to get to middling offense effectivity our 5th yr QB is the key.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I seem to recall||
living off campus Junior and Senior year, and spending less on food and housing than the room and board they charged for the dorms. That said I wasn't eating 6000 calories a day - nor mostly lean protein - while training.
I suspect it is a combination of money management issues, and the food bill associated with training nutrition requirements.
Either way, chalk one win up for the athletes.
The other interesting tidbit: I was visting Clemson with my son last week. The athletes' dorms there are apartments. Granted Clemson is in the middle of nowhere - a one street downtown - but I imagine more of their athletes live in campus housing on the all-u-can-eat meal plan then most schools.
Student football tickets were free and every student was guranteed a seat, but you had to sign up for them each week. I am assuming their student section expands and contracts based on opponent quality, projected weather, and exam time week to week.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||^This^||
Makes me smile ... Kovacs is forever a walkon at heart.
Bo must be smiling as well. There is a page or two in Bo's Lasting Lessons on feeding the walk ons at the training table with the rest of the team in spite of the NCAA.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||In 2007 we had a bunch of guys||
who really never played.
My point is, in 2014 we will have guys that have been here for 3 fall camps and have played a whole season. They don't have two NFL tackles to lean on. It's all on them. They went through the fire that was last year, and should have enough to prove that their summer is focused and dedicated.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||We could see a middling year or better||
Player / Year / Fall Camps / Spring Camps / Bowl Pracitices
These guys are the most likely starters. They all had playing time last season. Most will have been through 3 summer conditionings and 3 fall camps under Funk and Hoke. Then there is the average 2 extra bowl practices and the spring practices.
If Chad Lindsay arrives - so much the better.
I don't see youth as an excuse in this mix anymore. Last year, yes. This year, they either become effective linemen (with a few stars) or they are under performing their potential for some reason other than youth.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||It was amazing how close||
we were to losing to Akron and UConn too.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Actually, everyone on here should read the CSG report||
Not just the juicy headlines.
It covers the change in the policy from 2009 to 2011 to 2013, and how it went from a Sexual Assault policy to a Sexual Misconduct policy, and the changes made, and the specific input CSG gave on the 2011 policy that was not incorporated into the 2013 policy - including clarification around the definition of consent, the uncertainty regarding due process in sexual misconduct cases, and the uncertainty regarding whether students could retain a lawyer throughout the resolution process. Then they were unable to clarify whether Gibbons was expelled for violation by the old definition of consent in place in 2009 (which did not include specific language about knowing someone was impaired) or the new one.
Of course no where is this mentioned in the M-Live article.
So, based on the police report and at least the current policy, it appears what happened warranted Gibbons' expulsion. However, we have to keep in mind he was not tried with full rights, and convicted in a court of law.
Basically it comes down to the University applied an interpreted guidance from the government established at least two years after the incident. They can process a student out. That student doesn't have the same rights as they do in a court of law. And even if they never are convicted, much less tried in a court of law, the only protection that student gets in exchange is it is not made public why they are no longer enrolled at Michigan (which obviously has not happened in this case).
That is the pre-brief for any pending Section 1 fisking.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Don - everything I have read about this case||
says the victim wants the case handled privately.
The third party has essentially made public enough information for the victim to be identified from the information that hasn't been redacted from the police report he posted online, and then there is the ongoing sensationalized reporting (and blog debating) of the case.
I suspect the victim is relieved the case was finally reviewed quitely by the University, while everyone involved would prefer Hoke said nothing to draw attention like he did.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Apparently within the State of Michigan||
a "family matter" can only be defined in black and white as a tragedy within the family, and NOT as a significant issue that a family wishes to deal with in private (like say your son being kicked out of school for sexual misconduct).
When Hoke announced that, many suspected what he was referring to. Probably several within the press in the room.
Fact - the initial letter of finding was delivered to Gibbons address the day the team travelled to Iowa. We don't know if Gibbons read it before travelling, or if Hoke knew the finding. We know Gibbons did not play another down for the UofM after that weekend.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with 2011||
On defense and even offense but it was up and down.
Last year was a grind.
I am looking for OLine growth across this season - that is what I want to see.
And win the games we should handily.
|23 weeks 15 hours ago||I agree with your here, even though||
I was pissed off at you for the immediate leap to racism above. (Almost all the people I know who did drugs are white. So my initial read of the comment about youth mis-prioritizing extra cash for recreational drug purchases was in a non-racial context, and I am a white person.)
Anyway, your ranting comment here actually is spot on. You could even expand it to the University in general. The whole place is a giant money grab while selling the sanctimony of bettering the lives of all through education. If Education of the masses was the true goal (versus maximization of capital - as a proxy for profit in the non-profit environment), all this money they are collecting wouldn't go to more non-teaching staff, and more gold plating of facilities, and instead go to more needs and merit based scholarships. (Imagine if people going to college were given reduced tuition for actually being good students? The horror!)
The same is now true in the football and basketball world. It used to be a fair deal. Now, we are faced with the maximization of capital on all sides, and while some of the benefit is transferred to the athlete in the form of better facilities, they are not getting a fair share and are being unfairly restricted in getting it. and are then sent packing with a degree of questionable value and no compensation for health issues stemming from the sport they played after their eligibility (and marketability) has expired.
|23 weeks 16 hours ago||Especially since the guy||
currently going through rehab and councelling is not black.
|23 weeks 18 hours ago||Like I said yesterday||
here, go watch the Fab Five 30 for 30, or google Charles Woodson and the alleged 10,000 plus he received from an agent.
I do think the Ed Martin scandal and subsequent probation made Michigan more restrictive about this type of activity. However that happens to cooincide with the beginning of the Buckeye streak, and Tressel locking Ohio up. So it really makes you wonder.
It is obvious to anyone, that the SEC has outbid the B1G and Michigan specifically for big names several times in the recent memory. So it appears the B1G in general is more above board.
That said, the only way to re-level the playing field in the top tier is to provide compensation and olympic model perks to the players (thus reducing the impact of bag money), and actually persecute the below board bag money stuff.
|23 weeks 18 hours ago||And you get to code||
which you really love to do, maybe in the public eye at a company you really love to be associated with ...
|23 weeks 18 hours ago||Completely Agree||
Bring this behavior above board. Reality is we are headed for so division of big boys splitting off from the rest of FBS football anyway. Can we just get to where these guys are paid (maybe even signings bonuses and expense accounts centrally funded by boosters), they can get endorsements, we are allowed to give them no work summer jobs and buy them lunch, and they are allowed to freely sell their stuff and autographs, etc. and construct the remainder of the biggest schools into a playoff system and be done with it already?
It is a different era than when Bo took over. We need to move on. If people want amateur sports too, we should add club football at UofM.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||You know||
you guys really should refrain from commenting holier than thou on the SB Nation article. Watch the Fab Five 30 for 30, and google how Woodson allegedly took over ten thousand from an agent while still eligible ... we have our own dirt (or suggestions of it) whether we like it or not.
I believe (hope) most schools in the B1G try to do the right thing and chase down the off books characters. That doesn't mean they don't exist, and I am guessing the Robin Hood-like activity that goes on with athletic kids on poor side of town has a different ethos: giving someone's mom or sister a job, or shoes, or money to go out in exchange for staying off the streets while continuing to participate in sports is considered a good thing.
While we are at it - we hired Jalen Rose's HS coach when Jalen committed - so we can't wag fingers at State either.
If you come at it from a "my opinion is this type of thing shouldn't happen" - then OK. I your approach is the SEC cheats and we are above that kind of thing - people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones ...
While we're at it - just with Detroit's mayors and Chicago's politics as examples, I don't think the Midwest has any higher moral ground than the South anyway.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||When Hoke's touted O-Line recruits||
Start improving rather than digressing, and actually appear to be something way more than the worst O-Line in Michigan history and FBS football, then we'll breath easier.
A redshirt Sophomore is a guy who has been through two to three spring balls, two bowl practices and three off season conditioning cycles and fall camps. That's enough to either be the effective player the recruiting profiles predicted these guys would be or a washout. If the latter, that is on coaching - either they were a poor judge of recruit or didn't condition and develop the talent.
2014 is on Hoke.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||So was Jim Harbaugh||
before he went off to the NFL.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||I am wondering at your reasoning||
is there substance as to why in your statement?
Keep in mind that Bo coached under Woody. Of course Bo had a gig in between as head coach to prove he could do that as well.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Gives them 1 year in the new offensive system||
When we finally turn a mass of these young linemen into upperclassmen. Besides, they can always sacrifice Funk ... they saved another lamb for next January.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||reading this||
or anything about Denard makes me smile
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I've been wondering if our high ranking||
are actually a detractor for us. Much easier to practice, work out, and get a masters degree at Oklahoma.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Was in Athens last week||
The place is very much like Ann Arbor with a better bar and music scene across the street from campus. Would be a great place to go for a game.
As for ND: I actually am gad to get them off our schedule so we could fill our away year MSU OSU schedule with an interesting home game reciprocating in a home MSU and OSU year. Kinda tired of ND being our only marquis non-conference game.
The corporate NFL Jerry World games need to go.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||So should I save myself the aggravation||
and erase the DVR unwatched? Sounds like there is a whole lot of nothing on there worht a view. As it is I will have to watch it when my wife isn't around because she thinks it is crazy to waste time watching a spring game to start with.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||yeah they had||
8000 at the hash bash up the hill.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||You know lost in this discussion||
are all the players (and parents) who positioned since middle school or before to get accepted to attend a university they may otherwise not be competitive to get accepted to, and have that education paid for. There are kids, and moms, and dads who earnestly want both a shot at the NFL or NBA and a college education. (e.g., our own Denard Robinson, or UConn's Shabazz Napier)
To me - the ones who just want to play ball (and capitalize on it) - can pound sand. Maybe college athletics would be better off if they did so.
So much as the Northwestern CAPA wants to use the "profits" NW is getting and alter the rules to improve the student part of the equation, fairly protect the players in the event of injury or the otherwise ending of their athletic career, and make the byzantine NCAA rules more reasonable - I support them.
In short - as long as everyone is playing by the same rules - I would much rather watch athletic students play football and basketball than professional athletes play for my school's brand.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||If App State had a spring game||
with points awarded to offense and defense and everything, why can't Michigan.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I really hope this is the||
case. Would like to see significant On-line maturation across the season too.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||No panic, but||
this years HTTV should be dark and ominous. I am steeling my innards for another gut wrenching season, while hoping that won't come to pass.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Is that you||
|24 weeks 4 days ago||I wonder how much||
our Oline issues impact our Dline issues. If you're up against inexperienced, not yet fully developed players in practice all the time does it impact your ability to beat the real deal in a game?
|24 weeks 4 days ago||You picked up on the wrong aspect||
my point was, the years we had a more game-like spring game, were coupled by relative season improvement from the season prior. The implication of Hoke's statement is we appear to be doing even less game-like play in this spring game compared to last year's, and that was less than the year before. That doesn't sound promising.
My view: Our best hope is the new defensive schemes significantly improve our defense, because we have an even less experienced O line (injuries and a suspension don't help). If they pull off a season better than last season, it will be an outperform.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||It Should Be||
Hoke said it isn't going to be a game it will be more like a practice. It is hard to understand if they will scrimmage.
I think it is an ominous sign when our coach says it will be a practice and we need as many practice reps as we can get. The other two time we've done that (2008 and 2013) it didn't end so well.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Nice||
Why don't we wait for observations like this until after the tourney is over? if you haven't immediately knocked on wood, all three teams are horribly jinxed.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Bo is rolling in his grave||
and throwing a headset in the pearly land at your comments.
The Team, The Team, The Team - everyone has a part and a role in the success of The Team.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah||
The Beyonce coach is a good one!
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Lighten up Francis||
|25 weeks 3 days ago||As I read this||
I am thinking my Dad is FROM Kansas. Everything I know about Kansas as exemplified by relatives there, is the place is supposed built on ethics and values. Just a few bad apples I guess wed hear. Yet, it appears that ethics and values don't apply to Kansas basketball, which makes the whole thing look hypocritical.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Eh first round games||
against unfamiliar opponents can be sloppy. I would expect a better game prep for Texas or ASU.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
because it is wonderful to have a redshirt Freshman playing interior line - much less the center
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Man - you funny guys||
must've knocked off early and started tailgating for the hoops game already ...
|26 weeks 1 day ago||To be fair||
Genda was a Captain for the other side, and he did a hell of a job on us.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Yes - we are much better off in the Mid West||
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Sure it doesn't||
with non-matching yellow pants.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||The Problem is||
if we lose - all we'll hear is how the regular season championship isn't what counts, and "see, we told you our guys were hurt" even with McGary in a suit on the bench.
So yeah, this is for realsies.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||what if we||
dangle a steak in the end zone?
|27 weeks 4 days ago||When a kid||
who works at the grocery store I go to in North Carolina gives me the standard Sparty shit about Walmart Wolverines, their dominance in football, how they are injured, and how the regular season B1G means nothing they are going to show us in the BTT .... well every little bit of Sparty drama is that much more enjoyable. They have become worse than OSU fans.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Don't know if that is the case or not||
but I was thinking the exact same thing.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||We were exercising freedom of navigation||
passing within 12 nm of Sevastopol. Yorktown had been there before and done it before and they didn't like it too much and warned us off. When we maintained our track as was our international right, they pulled up along side and side swiped both USS Yorktown and USS Caron.
They did it on purpose, and it was a little tight there for an hour or so. Armed Hinds flying around us and a good portion of the Soviet Navy.
The back story is our CO and the Russian CO met years later in diplomatic roles and had a good time talking about the whole thing over a few drinks.
Anyway, this was my point: they didn't like us getting too close to their only warm water port, so they for damned sure aren't too keen on civil unrest in the vicinity threatening their winter access to the world. I am not surprised in the least by their response.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||The Soviet Union was still full bore then||
We got the brunt of our last go around with them off the Crimea during my first Med Cruise in 1988.
Then the cracks started developing and by 1990 we were doing port visits.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||NBC also had||
Hill Street Blues
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Anybody remember MTV?||
it like actually played music videos
|28 weeks 2 days ago||was a junior too||
remember watching the space shuttle disaster over and over again on the TV in my apartment on Geddes like it was a week ago.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||I am a Hoke "questioner"||
While I agree, and am pleased at the off-season leadership effort to update both offense and defense to compete in modern football, I am wait and see about Hoke and staff's coaching ability after last year.
That said, I totally agree that a person who hopes that Michigan loses in order to get a new coach needs to sit down and seriously think about their fanhood.
For me it is always about the players. In the darkest hours of Michigan football (and we've seen enough of those in the past ten years), I root for the guys who put the work in year round for Michigan football to succeed.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Funny how||
your counter argument actually contributes to my point.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Not if you love to play football||
and you aren't 6'-4" plus and heading towards 300lbs.
There is a reason the Jake Ryans and Jordan Kovacs of this world are not heavily recruited.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, but the public||
really has the right to know all the scandalous details here for its own amusement ...
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Look at the averages||
The SAT, ACT, high school GPAs, class ranks ect. for UNC and Michigan and then compare them to Alabama and Auburn. It is harder for a player with a lesser academic background to stay eligible at the two top 30 schools, or at #86 and 91?
|29 weeks 1 day ago||The ACC in general professes academic||
pride in comparison to the SEC for example. UNC specifically has been neck and neck with Michigan in the USN&WR rankings. So yeah.
To me, what was going on at UNC was clearly fraudulent, and very embarrassing for the broader university. However, as we saw with the Oklahoma State series, the list of easy classes at Stanford, Everett Golson, and even the Ann Arbor News expose years back, there are varying degrees of "keeping players eligible" going on everywhere. Schools like UNC, Stanford and Michigan have it that much harder because the players entering furthest behind have to compete against a higher curve.
Personally, until the NCAA finds a way to actually deliver a real education "mission" to these athletes, particularly in preparation for entering school and post playing career, and take care of their sport related health issues, the entire discussion around student-athlete is shameful.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Posted this the other day||
Check out the definitions of sexual misconduct, consent, and incapacitated here. It includes assault and harassment. It also defines consent to include in effect you don't have it if you know she is drunk.
Actually, spend some time reading the entire site: someone show me the link where the accused civil rights are addressed. Of particular interest is the page on Findings and Outcome Notfification:
So you you may get a summary of what was said against you, and you get five days to comment.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Also, what the preponderance of evidence is measuring||
Don't forget Gibbons was ousted for sexual misconduct under the University policy, which is a lot broader than sexual assault or rape in the legal sense.
Check out the definitions of sexual misconduct, consent, and incapacitated here.
Actually, spend some time reading the entire site: someone show me the link where the accused civil rights are addressed. Of particular interest is the page on Findings and Outcome Notfification:
"Before the report is finalized, the participating Complainant and Respondent will be given the opportunity to review their own statement and, to the extent appropriate to honor due process and privacy considerations, the participating Complainant and Respondent may also be provided with a summary of other information collected during the investigation. A Complainant or Respondent must submit any comments about their own statement, or on any investigation summary that might be provided, to the Investigator within five (5) calendar days after that statement or summary was sent to them for review."
So you you may get a summary of what was said against you, and you get five days to comment.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't the interim rules||
take effect in 2011. disgruntled Doug probably wrote the BOE specifically complaining that UofM didn't review the Gibbons case in 2011 (when he first brought it to the Regents).
This dude comments all over the place and is much an inflationary, self aggrandizing snake as Rosenberg.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||I enjoyed my time at Michigan||
a lot, but I sure don't miss this hyper-inflated activism bullshit. The University apparently has done what should have been done in most people's eyes -- delayed sure -- but very shortly after arriving at changed rules that allowed them to do so.
At some point in the future, someone is going to take a case way up in the courts on a similar case, and show that the accused's civil rights were violated. The only reason the ALCU isn't all over this is the accused was athlete and not a minority to boot.
To me, the irony is, the very people who feel Gibbons is guilty based on reading a redacted police report, and finally got some punishment, are the same ones who now have their underwear in a bunch.
The thing that really sucks is the University gets to be dragged through the mud for expelling a guy who was never tried and convicted in court, and the very act of the expulsion seems to be the trigger that set off the mud dragging.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||See, to me the current iterration of the policy||
is like when a company I worked for announced they would maintain files of any harassment allegation against you without your knowledge or notification.
I understand why the policy has changed - to force addressing of this serious issue. I don't even have a problem with the case being brought without acceptance of the victim. However, it sure seems like the alleged offender in these cases is short a lot of rights - and the very definition what constitutes sexual misconduct is pretty open ended.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||In case there is a banned fraternity riot||
during a parade
|30 weeks 1 day ago||So I am looking at the Princeton Football||
website (because their helmets have wings), and even though Bob Surace is The Charles W. Caldwell Jr. '25 Head Coach of Football, it doesn't say that next to his name in the press releases.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||The Newman's should have named the radio booth||
the "Bob Ufer Home Radio Booth sponsored by Regent Andrea Fisher Newman and Frank Newman".
And if I were the Dillon family, I would be embrassed to have my name on the scoreboard/sound booth, or threaten to pull my sponsorship until those two functions got fixed.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Now see, I was just looking through||
the Michigan Daily for any reference to a professor that included their endowed chari name. I don't see it. I would guess it is listed next to their name on the web site, but not mentioned in press releases.
Maybe the AD is just trolling us.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||It is possible to look better||
while going 8-4. Just improving the wins into respectful territory i.e., solid margins over the Akrons and UConns in the schedule, and putting up a decent fight against Staee would make a huge difference in "going in the right direction".
That said, looking at the schedule looks doable for more than 8 wins.
I think the most important thing is not to have a "guh", I can't stand watching this shit it is embarassing to all things Michigan Football season.
It is one thing to loose competitively. It is another to loose, and barely win embarassingly.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I really cannot comprehend||
how can a guy who was on the Michigan football team, under Bo, not get it.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I figured the olympics out||
record the live events on the back channels and watch them rather than watching the produced evening re-broadcast.
But NBC has lost teenage boys as future Olympics fans for certain.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||The singing of "you suck" all through Temptation||
is actually pretty funny, or so thinks this former hooligan anyway.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Yes college ...||
|30 weeks 1 day ago||If figured||
and neither was the case in 1986.
It sure appears that the football stadium experience has become more and more resctrictive, and less and less engaging.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||See - I don't agree with you||
I think there are two sides to this coin:
a) the students have been brought up in a different world than us. The game is always on TV, and they have always been connected and entertained (and able to switch any moment they choose).
b) meanwhile the stadium policies have become ever more restricted, and laws and enforcement have as well.
Back in 1986 you could bring in thermoses (with interesting mixes) and toilet paper and beach balls and seat cushions. I cannot recall how much the hot dogs and sodas cost, but they are overpriced for students now for sure. We barely had computers, and didn't have cell phones. Connection with friends and acquaintances was the thing that was happening at the stadium.
So, they can't connect, they have to go underground to drink (and thus go overboard when then do), they can't bring anything in and cannot afford very much when they get in there, and now they have to arrive hours early and stand around and do nothing (because they can't connect or bring anything in or afford very much).
Personally I think they need to listen to students on GA - perhaps even have both: ticketed seats for those who want them is some sections, and full out first come, first serve (no cueing / waiting) in others. They need to set up a student rate food service offering in the stadium that is part of the meal plan. And they need WiFi.
Unfortunately, I think the canned music goes toward entertaining the students during down time. To me this quote is telling:
So yeah, going back to just the traditions of the band and the announcer is not going to hit the mark with the young crowd. (It would be nice to know what they are doing at Clemson, Vanderbilt and Auburn.)
Finally, how hard can it be to compete with most TV broadcast crews? Use the bloody mega-scoreboards for meaningful replays and analysis.
Honestly, having observed the student section at both a basketball (UMass-Lowell) game and a football game (Nebraska) this past year, it appears to me that they are more into (and are having more fun at) the basketball games. This my be true for Hockey as well.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||I believe those are games they are anticipating low demand||
for, that they feel they can generate more demand through bullshittery.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||So he tells a booster||
to give a few kids counterfit money, then has them tailed until they buy something illicit with it, then informs the police.
Woo, it goes deep in Tuscaloosa
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah it is pretty comical down here||
Living here in the Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees (and foreign tech workers) aka Cary, we get along OK until some real Southerner (or aforementioned foreign tech worker) comes flying through an intersection or across the road into you. That said the roads have 2" on them in the past two hours even though they salted.
Unfortunately someone invented the internet and telecommuting, so I still have work to get done. Otherwise I'd hop in the Jeep, drive up to Boone, and go skiing. As it is the kids have dusted off sleds and will head out to the hills.
Beyond that, there are Olympics to watch with hot cocoa in hand while DMV figures out how to use those snow plowy things or the sun just melts it off over the weekend.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||I need to write this guy||
and beg him to create one Olympics channel for guys, where you watch one event at a time, the whole way through, no ice skating (we watch enough of that with our wives during prime time thank you), as little time delay as possible, and no back stories of personal or national (tsunamis) trauma to overcome.
30 medals have been awarded so far and I've seen a snippet of luging, skiing, and snowboarding, and the entire ice skating events of yesterday twice.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||I think John||
is the Harbaugh we m8gh5 get one day.
|32 weeks 7 hours ago||My son was coached by Coach Smith||
both times he went to linebacker camp. At least some of the leverage drills they teach the ILBs they also teach in the D-Line camp. Coach Smith seems like a detailed technique instructor / teaching kind of coach. He has a good presence, and is great at getting the reasons why behind the details across to young minds.
So my sense is the drills may differ, but the instruction skills are there.