who fails upward better: Whitlock, Kiffin, or Brandon?
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|3 days 18 hours ago||Which goes to show that all||
Which goes to show that all these rankings are inherently flawed. No schools should move often or far in any rankings.
|4 days 20 hours ago||A 1-year grad transfer||
A 1-year grad transfer doesn't really hinder recruiting from a scholarship number standpoint, I would think. More often than not, that 1-year scholly is going to otherwise go to a walk-on.
|6 days 1 hour ago||One thing that is getting||
One thing that is getting incorrectly attributed to the respective AD administrations:
Wasn't the real reason for the jump in ticket prices under DB because of an additional recreational sports fee (something most schools have and that allowed for the field turfing of Mitchell).
|1 week 23 hours ago||You can't hold random||
You can't hold random Internet tough guys accountable for anything. Practically by definition.
|1 week 2 days ago||Chanting recruits names||
Chanting recruits names during TV timeouts has been going on for years, maybe decades. It's more obvious at Crisler, in a smaller setting with more informed fans (on average). But it still has been fairly common during football games too.
|1 week 3 days ago||Seriously? A lot of people||
Seriously? A lot of people would already have posted it many times. When a national talking head tweets about it, it's potential news by default.
|1 week 5 days ago||Meh. I also love both shows,||
Meh. I also love both shows, but Mad Men won the best drama Emmy for its first four seasons.
If anything, GoT won best drama for the collective seasons 3-4. However, Breaking Bad couldn't be denied those years. Would you take GoT season 3 or 4 over the Mad Men final season? I would. Hell, if it weren't for a certain scene, I'd say season 5 of GoT was just as good as any previous season.
The final season of Mad Men was great, but I don't feel it lived up to seasons 1-4, which is fine - not much could! Therefore, while you can argue it was better than GoT 5, I have no problem finally rewarding a series that certainly has produced a couple of the best seasons of TV in the last half decade.
One thing I think you have to consider: While the story arcs may not have been as impressive in GoT 5 than in previous seasons, a series that essentially produces cinema-quality televsion every episode has to get recognized for the entirity of what it brings. The near-perfect ensemble cast, the directing, the cinematography, the special effects, the costume design, etc etc etc. GoT deserved a Best Drama award and giving it now means the voters won't have to rely on a "career" award if the show declines.
And, like Anna Gunn last two years, I suspect Lena Headly is going to eventually get best supporting actress. It may not be a single season's performance that does it (though, I thought Gunn's final season was amazingly, heartbreakingly, great), but her portrayal of Cersei over the course of 5+ seasons has been exceptional.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||So you're saying two people||
So you're saying two people cannot possibly think the same thing independently? It's not that original of an idea and certainly plausible that several people to considered this independently of each other.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||I have never heard this. You||
I have never heard this. You have a source or YT video or article or something? Genuinely interested. I'd imagine that, if true, the difference couldn't be significant.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Which, to me, makes it so||
Which, to me, makes it so nerve-wrecking and intense to watch. It's still really tough to watch on TV, which I say as a big soccer fan, but being at a game of some importance is like constantly watching the last two minutes of a hoops game or constantly watching big 3rd down plays. The game can totally change at any moment, which leads to amazing things like this:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I know. It's just||
Yeah, I know. It's just unfortunate. Like I said, the facilities are amazing. It just sucks that a student used to be able to walk two blocks from their porch on Greenwood over to the soccer field and can't anymore.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Oh my god the UM/ND 1-1 PK||
Oh my god the UM/ND 1-1 PK win was 12 years ago. I aaaammmmm oooollllllddddd.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||To expand: Soccer, like most||
To expand: Soccer, like most non-revenue sports, has far less full time scholarships available to it than the number of players needed to fill a roster. I think Men's Soccer is 10 or 11. Therefore, few people - if any - get a full scholarship. Most players get partials.
Therefore, it's really difficult to recruit. You can't get everyone you want. You can offer player X a 50% scholarship. That's a huge offer for a player that's probably very, very good. However, for some smaller school that might not attract the top tier of recruits, they might offer that player 75% or 100%. Obviously, the player is going to go where the money is.
Yeah, Chaka Daly had a great recruiting class. Question (don't remember): Was it right after Meram/Saad departures? If so, that means a lot of scholly money opened up, so it would make sense if he pulled in big players b/c he had the scholarships to offer.
Burns built the program from, literally, nothing to a national contender. And suddenly he left despite all reports being he didn't want to leave.
Justin Meram's last year was 2010.
Soony left after his freshman year, 2010.
Hamoody also left after 2010.
Chaka Daly was named head coach after the 2011 season. I'm not sure how early soccer recruiting gets going, but it could be that Chaka's first class was the first recruiting class that was recruited with those three's scholarships known to be available.
EDIT 2: This MGoBlue article says the 2013-14 season was the second full recruiting class for Daley's staff. That'd mean the 2011-12 class was a partial Daley class, so there might not be much of a connection to those scholarships opening up.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm with you on that. I was||
I'm with you on that. I was finishing up undergrad/starting grad during the Saad days (I actually ref'd one of Soony's HS games my junior or senior year when they played at Saline). I watched the UM-Notre Dame NCAA tourney game on a shitty internet connection 7 or 8 or however many years ago.
While I didn't get really involved with the Ultras, I went to every game I could make as a student. It really pains me that such a successful coach and beloved guy on campus suddenly was gone.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Another thing I've been||
Another thing I've been annoyed with is the move down State Street.
The soccer stadium is BEAutiful. There's a solid student section (though, will it suffer with the lack of success?). So, it's working thanks to busing students.
However, early in my freshman year myself and some friends walked the few blocks to the soccer field and watched an absolute thriller of a Friday night home game against Wisconsin. Students packed the stands.
I really wonder if there could have been a way to keep soccer on campus. It doesn't seem to have affected the team; those best teams came after the move to State - but I wonder how much easier recruiting would be if you could somehow have that soccer complex actually on campus.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"dickbag Dave" WD, this is||
WD, this is the type of thing that people neg you for. You have a great post that you tarnish with sophomoric insults.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Saad brothers and Justin||
The Saad brothers and Justin Meram were certainly the zenith of Michigan soccer. Obviously, there was a small drop off when they left. That was expected. To force out the program's father, Steve Burns, because of a lull after that amazing couple years is one of the things I hate most about the Dave Brandon era.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Obviously. It was just||
Obviously. It was just something funny that happened. This board, of any board, can see a joke - not a serious political statement - and take it for what it is without resorting to incindiary comments.
So, moving on, whatchya drinking?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Well, I am watching the||
Well, I am watching the debate...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not to actually talk about||
Not to talk about actual policies or politikz , but one quick funny thing that happened:
Very first question
Moderator: Mr. Trump, blah blah blah on some topic not about any other candidate.
Donald Trump: "Why is Rand Paul even here? He's 11th he shouldn't be here"
Two-hearted sixers were on sale at Kroger, so, obviously, I'm enjoying one or two.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||So because there was an evil||
So because there was an evil M alum in the past means we shouldn't care if there are evil ones in the future?
(Not that allegedly slapping/grabbing a helmet equates to evil. Just pointing out the gap in logic.)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Honest question: Why does||
Honest question: Why does anyone effing care?
Every college ranking blogpost, article, buzzfeed slide show is based on one thing and one thing only: To get you to click on it and bitch about it. Every list is highly subjective - even if they admit to some criteria. More like than not, it is
1. Pick something to rank schools on
2. Put large fanbase on list, substantially higher/lower than people'd expect
Except step 3, in this case, is all you blogosapiens debating something completely subjective.
Sorry, I'm just so sick of these articles and then the generalities and stereotypes that follow. EVERY major university has a LARGE party scene. If you want to "party hard" you can do it anywhere, with ease.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Is that supposed to win||
TIMMMAAY, don't you know that Michigan only won that National Championship because the swoosh was on the upper-left chest?! Had it been centered on the jersey the team would have been distracted by the NIKE and wouldn't have been able to focus on WINNING.
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|2 weeks 5 days ago||Re: Squishing. If just two||
If just two extra people crowd into a row for the first 60 rows, that's 120 people, or at least 4 rows.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||they don't get hired||
I actually know several college officials and the scrutiny they are under from their assignors is immense. One friend described the interview process for moving up from D2 to low level D1 and it was like interviewing for an executive position in some company. Full days of interviews in Chicago. And that's afer they've evaluated all your game film, listed to your current assignors, and deemed you as a potential new official.
After hired, every play you call is reviewed and graded. Too many incorrect calls, poor communication with coaches, poor game management, unprofessionalism of the slightest bit and your spot will be taken by the next guy.
It's probably more oversight than exists for 99% of jobs.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||What you got against||
What you got against Marquis?
These guys might file an anti-disrimination law suit.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Now that you mention it, I||
Now that you mention it, I don't know the last time I've seen a full family at a Michigan game. Dad and son, of course. Young couple and young child, sure. But family of 4+? Can't remember.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||A lot of non-students filed||
A lot of non-students filed out early as well. You just don't notice it as much because non-students don't squeeze lower when a seat opens up - they just stay in their seats and spread out a bit.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I remember flippign through||
I remember flippign through my dad's senior yearbook. There were a bunch of "No Beer?!?!" comments. As in, the law changed his senior year and at one point during the school year, many students were of legal age and then suddenly they weren't. Kinda crazy if you think about it from the perspective of us "youngins".