here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
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|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 3 days 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 6 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.
|2 weeks 3 days 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.
|2 weeks 4 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?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't the B1G open an office in Washington in addition to NYC?||
It's about to come in handy ....
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Anything over the table||
is less corrupt than under.
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 5 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?
|4 weeks 6 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 ....
|6 weeks 2 days 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.
|6 weeks 2 days 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.
|6 weeks 2 days 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.
|6 weeks 2 days 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!
|6 weeks 2 days 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.
|8 weeks 3 days 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.
|8 weeks 4 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
|8 weeks 4 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.)
|9 weeks 5 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?
|9 weeks 5 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.
|10 weeks 5 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.
|10 weeks 6 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.
|11 weeks 2 days 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
|11 weeks 3 days 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.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Need MOAR||
|11 weeks 4 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.
|11 weeks 4 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
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think he is toast at 9 wins||
but I agree with the rest of your statement.