well that's just, like, your opinion, man
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|1 hour 57 min ago||i for one LOVE the glasgow 'ranking.'||
want to give that guy more reason to prove himself? by all means, bring it on.
good god, this season can't come soon enough.
|3 days 6 hours ago||please please please...||
don't talk about manuel without losing your shit. it's the way of the mgoboard, after all.
|3 days 7 hours ago||she's joining the basketball team in december...||
after her vollyball eligibiliy is used up.
|3 days 7 hours ago||reinhold!||
what a nice surprise.
mike and i were high school teammates, me a 5'-8", 135-lb junior scout team defensive end still two years from a growth spurt, he a 6'-plus, 200-lb-plus future big ten linebacker and high school offensive end. you can guess how that went. but mike was also super-smart and 100% team-oriented. he wasn't interested in going through the motions - he pushed me to push him back, not only for his own improvement but (i suspect) for mine, too. he wanted everyone around him to be the best, assuming (rightly) that the better each of us became, the better the whole team was.
he was as low-key a high school superstar as you will ever find, and i truly believe that's one of the reasons we made two state finals (winning one) with him as a starter. we had some tremendously talented guys on those teams - several other guys went on to play d-1 (one of them - bobby morse - went to state and killed us on the day harbaugh broke his arm and later gritted his way to the nfl for four years), but mike was ALWAYS a team guy, first and foremost. and when i joined him in ann arbor a year after he got there, he always had time to chat when we bumped into each other on campus, something that almost certainly meant more to me than to him.
tl/dr - mike was and is a true michigan man.
|1 week 4 days ago||oh, i COMPLETELY agree!||
i hate the arrow, too. wouldn't miss it for one second.
|1 week 4 days ago||you didn't even touch the two worst timeout rules.||
1 - (and i admit that this may have been legislated out already and i'm just an idiot) no more timeouts if you catch the ball and call timeout from midair on your way out of bounds. the rule says you have to be in control of the ball. if you're in midair, you're not in control of the ball.
2 - no more timeouts if you're on the floor in the middle of a scrum. again, you're not in control of the ball if there's someone sitting on your thigh, or you can't pass to anyone else. call it a jump ball and check the arrow.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||just a reminder...||
the phrase "dave brandon's pimp hand" was not uncommon around here for a while. grading hsi job at this point is dumb, dumb, dumb.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||really? zero confidence?||
based on...what? the fact that you don't like the ONLY SCHEDULE THING HE'S DONE SINCE HE'S BEEN HERE?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||agreed!||
putting aside the sunk cost of the past twofer in east lansing, a twofer in east lansing now would be a net positive in the long run.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||no, no, no.||
WARD MANUAL GOT SCREWD! AAAAAAAH!
just wanted to be the first one to lose my shit on this particular thread.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||agreed.||
'arky' is worse than 'wiscy' or minney'. way worse.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||oh, honestly.||
why inject actual thinking into the arkansas part of the conversation? it's $2M, and god knows the department is short on cash.
what's worth more, $2M, and the possibility of maybe national exposure, if we're both good, or a game with notre dame that is absolutely guaranteed to garner national exposure and interest?
in all seriousness, it's not really an exaggeration to say that michigan vs notre dame is what college football is all about. michigan vs arkansas is not. if you told me i could get michigan vs arkansas tickets, or pay and extra $20 (after all, 100,000 fans X $20 = $2M) and get michigan vs notre dame? where do i pay?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"embarrassing."||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||glad to have them back on the schedule.||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||that's an easy call.||
given the choice between paying $2M to play notre dame, or arkansas? yeah, i'll take notre dame by far.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Sheesh||
You sound like a real hoot.
Pro tip - bitching about stuff like this doesn't make you a straight shooter, or whatever. It just makes you a dick.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||...but last season was beilein's fault.||
...who needs an NBA 1st rounder when you can toss dan dakich out on the floor?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Bad sports cities...||
...are not measured by their teams, but by their fans. Cleveland has good fans for lousy lousy teams. They're not the best, but they're defomitely not the worst. That would be Atlanta, or possibly LA.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||yes, anonymous big ten coach,||
indiana is literally trying to outscore you.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||a player.||
that is all.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||exactly.||
i was trying to find a way to say this exact thing, but you said it perfectly.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||dave bliss.||
referring to the 'death penalty' at baylor is different than referring to it at smu.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||unfortunate choice of words, there...||
...at least in the case of baylor, 'death penalty' is a bit too close to the bone.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||wilbon, man.||
i haven't read his article, because i'm dumb enough already, thanks.
i did however, do a quick search of the words "magic" and "jordan," and to my great surprise neither one appears, as wilbon has been dining out on his relationships with those two for...oh, about 20 years. he does start three sentences with the phrase "my friend," however, so my advanced analysis of this particular piece of wilbon ass-wipery is 81 wilbons out of 100.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||yeah...that was a bad example.||
in my head, they were a program that came out of nowhere with the arrival of dan hawkins. but a) they were a pretty good program for several years before that, having some very good seasons with dirk koetter and the late pokey allen (in d 1-aa, but still), and b) have been able to sustain it through several regimes. that doesn't fit the 'god of the program' model i had in my head.
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||the lesson, as often happens...||
...is that football programs that are historically, deeply crappy and suddenly experience 'sudden' turnarounds often do so by shaky means, either via academic shenanigans or (as in the case of ole miss and baylor) 'other' stuff. recent exceptions are places like stanford (yay!) and boise, where it was the simple power of an individual, or oregon or oklahoma state, where money and facilities flooded the program.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||classic, classic sparty.||
this is how that entire athletic department works. when things are going well, it's all "doing things the right way," and grit and blah blah blah. things start to go bad, though, and it's nut-kicking, and tearing helmets off people, and beating up engineers, and press conference crocodile tears over injuries to angry mcsmashyhand.
fuck them all. every last goddamn one of them.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||better 'n dakich, though.||
and i love andrew dakich.
but i agree, of course...i'm not saying he would've been all-big ten or anything, but there were at least half a dozen times this year where i couldn't help but think 'man, we could've used spike for the last four minutes."
there were a couple of times, too, where the difference between ice-cold 'freshman' duncan robinson and steady spike might have changed the game. maybe make bryn forbes work at both ends changes the flow of that game?
i don't know, man, i know it's all done, but when i look back at this season all i can think is what might have been.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||i'll say it again...||
...if levert and spike hadn't been injured we would have challenged for the big ten title this season, and we wouldn't be having any of these "plateau" conversations.
this was a good team, despite the fact that we were missing two major contributors.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||i know, right?||
so weird. all i can think of is the billy idol cover from the 80s - "sneer of the year."
also, i love that the article uses the new york times' standard "mr." honorific, as in, "like mr. bayless, mr. cowherd will..." it's not as good as referring to snoop as "mr dogg," but it always makes me laugh.