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|2 days 16 hours ago||Indeed. It is perfectly||
Indeed. It is perfectly possible to hold someone accountable for their actions while seeking to understand circumstances that contributed to them and seeking to reform the person to be a healthy member of society.
|2 days 16 hours ago||This is a very good||
This is a very good post.
These issues are very difficult to talk about, but I'm glad that you are because there are folks out there who are dealing with the same type of stuff but haven't yet come into the same level of self-awareness that you've developed. So, thanks for putting this out there & stay vigilant. We're rooting for you.
|3 days 21 min ago||somehow it always comes back||
somehow it always comes back to Russian Lit, eh? :p
|3 days 22 min ago||I am rereading The Brothers||
I am rereading The Brothers Karamazov with my girlfriend. We are less than 100 pages in and just last night we reached the chapter "So be it! So be it!" wherein Ivan is having a discussion with Father Zosima about ecclisiastical courts, punishment, and the relationship between church and state.
Ivan takes the position that the church should seek to become the State, that Jesus should have accepted Satan's final offer to rule over all the kingdoms of the world, that criminals should be excommunicated so that they will have to grapple with the consequences of their actions rather than being able to say "I have done nothing wrong and I am being unjustly punished by the State", that only through the unification of political and spiritual authority can the world be cleansed of its evils.
Zosima's response is staggering. In the previous chapter, he had already given communion to a woman who [probably--it's not explicitly stated] poisoned her violent, abusive husband while he was ill and is now dealing with horrible guilt over it. Zosima [who was a drunken and violent soldier in his youth, before joining the monastery, and killed another man in a petty duel] tells her to pray for forgiveness, pray for her departed husband, that she need not punish herself any further, and that she should use this experience to transform herself into a stronger and more loving person. His response to Ivan is that the state already punishes very harshly "like a father" and that the church is like a mother, providing love and spiritual guidance indiscriminantly to even the worst criminals. He then claims that perhaps the socialist utopia that Ivan desires might only be possible if the State were to become more churchlike--then criminals could be spiritually reformed into valuable members of society instead of exiled to Siberia [as Dostoevsky was before he wrote TBK].
I personally am not here to get into a metaphysical discussion as this blog is not the proper place for that, but in matters of passing moral judgment I think we can all be a little more churchlike. Frank Clark [and C'sonte York, for that matter] have made some horrible and violent split second decisions, but I think it's safe to say that no one or nearly no one here has experienced that level of violence and neglect in our upbringings. Does the fact that the abused sometimes turn into abusers absolve these young men of moral responsibility? No. But we should bear this horrible cycle of violence in our minds before passing condemnation. The State has spoken and these two young men are kicked out of the program and facing criminal prosecution, as is just and proper. Let us all now strive to be a little more churchlike in our attempts to make sense of it.
|1 week 1 day ago||not once did Kennedy mention||
not once did Kennedy mention money, nor did he tell you to shut up. he is a graduated player that sacrificed his time and his body for the good of the team, and he knows more about Michigan athletics than even you, WD. you should try rereading what he had to say with the perspective that he is not your enemy but an informed person with many of the same concerns you have and some inside perspetive that we all lack.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's an exaggeration of the||
That's an exaggeration of the claim. The position is that those inside the program know more, a lot more, than we do. And that is 100% true.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's like people have no||
It's like people have no concept of the fact that Urban Meyer basically inherited Tressel's players--including Braxton Miller. When you compare Miller statistically to, say, Terrelle Pryor, the similarities are striking. Similar completion % as upperclassmen, similar #s of TDs scored (both passing and rushing), somewhat better YPA for Pryor and better YPC for Miller--though interestingly enough Miller had been growing more similar to Pryor in all regards over the course of his career, as he developed as a passer and was not called upon to run quite as often.
What's the point of this? The point is that the systems are quite similar in what they want to do and the type of player required to do that, not only at the QB position but very importantly on the O-line as well. And, importantly, that place had become an absolute factory, recruiting talented guys, developing them in the surroundings of that system, and finally deploying them as experienced upperlcassmen, taking the place of the now-graduated stud with very little drop off.
Michigan can do the same thing under Brady Hoke, but it will need time to build a stable cycle. If you look at Tressel's first four years, you see 7-5, 14-0, 11-2, 8-4. Aside from one year, that is *very* similar. Now please consider the situation Hoke inherited from RR and compare that to what Tressel inherited from Cooper--who had 10+ wins in 5 out of his 8 last seasons.
I will leave you with one small anecdote which I think will help to drive my point home. I have been competing at the game Super Smash Brothers for 7 years. I have become very, very good at this game but it has taken me 7 years to reach the point I am at. My favorite and most skilled training partner does not often beat me, but he is still quite good at the game. He has only been playing for 2 years. So, why has he been able to nearly accomplish in 2 years what has taken me 7? Because when I started playing 7 years ago, I only had complete scrub novices to play with, whereas my training partner was trained by me from scratch 2 years ago... he was competing with the very best in our area from day one! If you think about developing our O-line in these terms, you will truly start to understand the magnitude of the task before Hoke and Funk (who, by the way, did some pretty remarkable things with a middling recruit named Schofield...)
|1 week 1 day ago||You're wasting your time||
You're wasting your time trying to convince anyone here of anything. People have already made up their minds that Coach Hoke is incompetent because of the losses and because of his populist down-homey speech patterns.
No one on this blog is willing to consider the possibility that rebuilding an O-line from scratch with mostly underclassmen in a new blocking scheme is not the same as reloading an O-line with underclassmen who still have years of experience playing 2nd-string to one of the best O-lines in the country. So what if OSU has 4 underclassmen on its line? Each one of them was getting practice time with that dominant line OSU had last year, learning exactly what their responsibilities are, how they should communicate. It is far easier to learn a skill by doing it alongside experienced masters in an established culture of excellence than it is to learn a skill by doing it alongside other novices while that culture is being built.
To make matters worse, our most talented players and leaders have been neutralized by a string of injuries that makes AIRBHG look relatively normal by comparison. When you only have three upperclassmen on offense (Gardner, Funchess, Norfleet) and all three of them have played multiple positions in multiple offensive systems and all three of them are playing through injuries, you are not going to have a successful offense no matter what. I don't care what Urban Meyer has done with his young players at OSU, it is simply not reasonable to compare plugging young and talented players into a system that has been firing on all cylinders to building a new offense from scratch out of players that are young and/or learning a new position and/or playing through injuries.
This fanbase has completely irrational expectations and zero understanding of the magnitude of the rebuild project that this coaching staff has been presented with.
Personally, I am with Marcus Ray, who said before the season even started that the team would struggle majorly this year and that at least one more year would be needed before we start seeing the results that we expect.
|1 week 2 days ago||Here, please watch this||
Here, please watch this helpful video so you can acquire a fucking clue
|1 week 3 days ago||"Being anything other than a||
"Being anything other than a humanist makes you part of the problem. I am not a partisan of man or woman, white or black, gay or straight. I am for justice and understanding. Partisans like you are only for the group you have chosen to embrace."
If you think that being in favor of the advancement and equality of women must somehow mean that I am opposed to the advancement and equality of men, then you are literally the dumbest fucking person I have ever had the displeasure of meeting.
|1 week 3 days ago||"How can it be that you know||
"How can it be that you know not of the suffering at Normandy? Of the horrors of Cold Harbor? Tarawa?"
FYI: My family has fought in almost every single war this country has fought, dating back to over one hundred years BEFORE the revolution. Three of my four grandparents served in WW2. My dad's mom was an officer in the USMC. Her husband was on the USS Gambier Bay when it was sunk in the battle of Leyte Gulf, which was the largest naval battle ever fought in the entire history of the world. He was one of the lucky ones who wasn't instantly incinerated, so he had the great pleasure of watching his buddies get eaten by sharks while they spent the next few days awaiting rescue. And since you had to bring it up, my great-uncle was on one of the B-24s....
So despite your histrionics, I am well aware of the horrors of warfare. More aware than you are in fact, because I know enough to know that men aren't the only people on the receiving end of war-time horrors.
"Then there are the men who died in mines and industrial accidents and who are killed in our streets(80% of homicide victims are males)."
Yes of course, because no women have ever died or been maimed in any industrial accidents.
Because I'm a feminist, I must think that only women have ever been raped or butchered, right? Are you really that fucking stupid? What the fuck are you even talking about?
P.S. let me repeat this for you incase you didn't read my other post: Rape of women and children is a deliberately employed military strategy. Why don't you take a moment out of your day and learn about how war has affected the other half? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wartime_sexual_violence
|1 week 3 days ago||"Your opinion is one based on||
"Your opinion is one based on feminist perceptions. Perceptions that are as ignorant of males as misogynists perceptions of females experiences."
First of all, I'm a man, and I'm a feminist. So you're basically talking gibberish. Feminists are not anti-male, dude--we are pro-equality.
"But feminists don't understand this. They think that ONLY their view is the correct one. That THEY are immune from parochial or bias. That's utter nonsense. As humans we all are prisoners of our own experiences and knowledge."
Hilarious, because that's exactly what feminists have been trying to tell non-feminist men FOREVER.
"The idea that a female-dominated society is somehow better..."
This is perhaps the most obvious straw man I have ever seen. NO ONE is arguing for a female-dominated society. What you're doing is picking the most rare, extreme, insane representative of a group and assuming that everyone is exactly like that. This is total bullshit and you have no excuse for not knowing better.
"Domination by any one group generally does not end well for us."
Agreed! So stop supporting the domination of women via slut-shaming.
"Lastly, Men are also dehumanized in a patriarchal society. "
Feminists were actually the first people to theorize this. If you would stop spewing garbage out of your mouth and actually sit down and listen to one of us, we would be happy to tell you about it. I can gaurantee you that as a male feminist, I spent A LOT of time thinking about how men are dehumanized by our insane patriarchal culture.
"One need only visit a battlefield to see this. Women have largely been sheltered from the horrors of war--a bizarre benefit of sexism--and men have not."
Have you ever heard the term spoils-of-war? Do you know what Sherman's army did in their march from Atlanta to Savannah? Do you know what the Russians did when they sacked Berlin? [I'll tell you: the soviet Red Army raped over 2 million women]. Have you ever heard of the "comfort women" taken by Imperial Japan from its colonies? Mass war-time rape is a practice dating back to ancient times, having been mentioned in the bible [""For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women taken..." Zechariah 14:2, to name just one example] and in the ancient writings of Homer and others. Rape is not just a by-product of war, it is a deliberately employed military strategy.
|1 week 3 days ago||context: you do not||
context: you do not understand it. at all.
when men have spent 99.9% of human history with social status that exists somewhere between "(male) human being" and "livestock", then you will be able to make a valid comparison between these things.
when men are shamed as "sluts" for the heinous crime of having sex for pleasure, and simultaneously derided as "bitches" or "prudes" for not putting out, when "he was asking for it" or "he was dressed provocatively" or "he's promiscuous" becomes a valid excuse for raping a man, then you can make a valid comparison between these things.
it's a damn shame that with all the effort and money put into your education you have not acquired one goddamn ounce of perspective.
|1 week 4 days ago||just because it didn't work||
just because it didn't work doesn't mean it wasn't the right decision mathematically.
|1 week 4 days ago||Vincent Smith was asked the||
Vincent Smith was asked the other day if he could "please come coach our backs in pass protection." His answer was that everything he knows, he learned from Fred Jackson.
You may not know this but playing college football is hard. You can hit the hole just right hundreds of times in practice but that does not mean you will be able to do it in front of tens or hundreds of thousands of screaming fans. Some guys [our quarterback for example] have all the talent in the world but just freeze up mentally when the pressure is on.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||I try not to forget that this||
I try not to forget that this is a young team and the players like playing for Hoke.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||[I can't wait for someone to||
[I can't wait for someone to make the argument that the paying customer's opinion matters most of all... with no appreciation of the irony in that very 'Dave Brandon' way of thinking]
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"I guess where I am going||
"I guess where I am going here is that it is hard to make an argument that a student-athlete knows whats best for an athletic department"
what? I think exactly the opposite of this, and it seems very obvious to me. the players are far more informed of the day-to-day goings-on inside Schembechler Hall than we are. we, as the less-informed, have a responsibility to listen to them and value their perspectives.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Amen! Another positive thing||
Amen! Another positive thing Brandon did is that all of Beilein's assistants, hot commodities as they are, were signed to contract extensions and healthy raises. I have plenty of problems with the way he ran the AD but I think the narrative found on this board is too often one-sided and alarmist. Y'all could stand to put down the torches and pitchforks, tone down the rhetoric a couple notches, and take a more measured approach to evaluating the way the football team and the AD in general are run.
Also, star athletes demonstrating their familiarity with nerd culture is definitely a little jarring (in a good way!), but I'm not too surprised by it anymore given the increasing cultural homogenization brought about by the age of mass-connectedness--it's a cultural result of technological changes in the way we communicate with one another.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with everything||
I agree with everything you're saying--but I don't think people on this blog (not necessarily you in particular) understand the point that Mealer wanted to make, which is that players are inside the athletic department every single day and we are on the outside looking in. When we get on twitter and badmouth the coaches or AD (I have never done this, but I'm pretty convinced I'm the only one that hasn't) we are badmouthing people that are very important and influential in these players' lives. In addition, the players are more informed than we are about their coaches and the way they coach and the difficulties the program is facing--they have direct experience of that every day while we are on the outside looking in.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"The offense was super young||
"The offense was super young and didn't have good QB play. They were going to struggle."
I see no similarities to this year. Nope, none.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||they are frustrated because||
they are frustrated because non-experts outside the program are trashing people who they interacted with daily.
maybe instead of being morally outraged we should consider the possibility that they are significantly more informed than we are
|2 weeks 5 days ago||my favorite part about this||
my favorite part about this play is the look on billy donovan's face seconds later.
barely a minute into the game and that dude already knew his squad had no chance.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||i have never taken an easy||
i have never taken an easy class in my life. i took the most difficult classes available to me from start to finish, worked my ass off, and i'm the first person from my family to get a degree. so when people start talking shit about it, you'd better believe i have a chip on my shoulder.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||algebraic topology was fake||
algebraic topology was fake as fuck. i must have dreamed up all the all-nighters i spent working on those problem sets.
nuclear physics? fake as fuck. they gave me the grade just for showing up, right?
you probably think whatever you studied was hard. you don't know the meaning of the word.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Eh, fuck you man. You have||
Eh, fuck you man.
You have no idea what kind of work went into getting my Carolina diploma.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||So UNC, the nation's oldest||
So UNC, the nation's oldest public university, is... not a public institution of education?
You're doing gymnastics here.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||It would be easy to allow||
It would be easy to allow these students to take remedial classes to prepare themselves for college level work. This would allow them to actually experience the academic value of their scholarship, and the institutional resources required are a pittance relative to what the university already has in place.
>ONLY fixing the underlying causes will do anything.
Education is exactly how you combat such intergenerational dysfunctions. It's how you break these cycles. And the university is our social instrument of education. If our society has a moral imperative to address social ills, which I like you agree it does, then the NCAA and the University have a moral imperative to implement changes which allow these young people to actually realize the value of their scholarship. That begins with making time in their schedules to actually work on foundational skills.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||Except it isn't when you have||
Except it isn't when you have an 8th grade reading level and the NCAA effectively prevents you from taking remedial reading/writing courses while on athletic scholarship.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||OK so now you're blaming||
OK so now you're blaming students because their dysfunctional families, schools, and communities couldn't / didn't adequately prepare them.
COOL. stay classy.
as someone who works as an educator and mentor for young people, I don't think you have any idea how hard some of these kids are struggling just to keep their heads above water. I don't think you have any idea what kinds of responsibilities some of them are dealing with that go way beyond the classroom.