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|1 day 18 hours ago||More about the shorts not ripping||
It's not about how my butt looks, it's about how the shorts function with my build. If they are too narrow around the hips, and in my experience most shorts with pockets are for me, they will most likely tear along the crotch seam anytime I squat or bend my knees without adjusting the length of the shorts beforehand, particularly if it's hot and/or humid out.
|1 day 19 hours ago||lol I'd trade my build, but it is what it is||
I think most guys, myself included, would prefer to have more developed arms, shoulders, and pecs. And, while I'm not a sloutch there, that style is not my build. I can train those muscles quite hard and they just don't grow as much. My back, glutes, and quads however are very well developed for my size and I easily build muscle there. That's just how I'm built. I'd trade any day. But, FWIW I've also been lifting seriously for 20 years so it's not like it's any great feat.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Myles Garrett||
If I had to take one player I think a pass rusher is the most impactful single position outside of QB. Offensive players need other players to help them, so I think adding a single player would be more impactful on defense, outside of the QB position. So, I'd probably take Myles Garrett. You could make a case for Malik McDowell too.
I agree with the offensive choices so far in Fournette or McCaffrey, but I think defense is a more reliable winner of games than offense.
Adding a quality linebacker like Maybin, McMillan, or Foster would be great too because of our roster. But, my answer would probably be Garrett.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Not for me!||
Totaly, yet respectfully disagree. I've been holding onto my gym shorts without pockets for years because they are hard to find. if you have big quads and glutes for your size the last thing you want is extra bulk around your hips. I'm the type that wants no distractions in the gym or while being active so the last thing I want is a phone or wallet in my pocket. If I'm going a place that those are a neccissity I find gym shorts are typically not the appropriate attire anyways. The ipod nano is tiny and fits on my waist band or shirt and there's no added bulk anywhere...except my bulging muscles ;)
|1 week 3 days ago||McCaffrey vs Peters||
I will be interested to see who starts in 2018 when McCaffrey and Peters are battling it out for the starting job.
|1 week 3 days ago||Potential over Production||
Sports ratings, salaries, and even playing time are more often based on potential than on production...not saying it's right or wrong, but it's a given. It probably says more about human psychology than anything.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||I can understand that pick||
I'd give OSU the benefit of the doubt if I was an unbiased person on the outside. I agree they have a ton of talent and will reload and that game will not be an easy one for UM. However, as a UM fan, assuming there are no major injuries, I'd probably give UM a slight edge due to experience and age. If any team is going to go into Columbus and knock off the Buckeyes it will be a 4th and 5th year laden Harbaugh team with a big, strong, experienced line on both sides of the ball.
Personally, I'd prefer we be a slight underdog. I think it's usually easier to perform as an underdog as there is less pressure.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Agree, but there is some useful data on the bench||
The most useful data I think we have is how the NFL Combine correlates to future NFL success. Interestingly enough, although The Combine in general does not correlate well to NFL success and the bench press is probably the worst of the bunch, the bench press does seem to correlate well to a few positions, particularly offensive guard and defensive tackle (and oddly enough cornerback).
I agree that your logic makes sense about long arms and how it impacts a good bencher. It's important to remember that correlation does not equal causation. Offensive guards and defensive tackles tend to be shorter and squater in stature which lends well to bench press biomechanics, whereas offensive tackles and defensive ends tend to be a little longer and leaner, which puts them at a biomechanical disadvantage in the bench press. Would a taller offensive guard or defensive tackle be better at football (and worse at benching as you suggest) with longer arms?...good question. You could probably look at height, weight, and maybe wingspan (if they measure it) and compare that to NFL success. I feel like "experts" most seem to suggest no as they prefer a player with a lower center of gravity, likely for run blocking and/or stuffing the run.
So, the bench press data may have some value as long as you put it in context.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed, let the athletes be athletes||
I agree. I think there are likely a lot of technical "flaws" you can adjust in football like how a ball carrier holds the ball, how a lineman uses his hands or pad level, etc. But, how you throw is something you've done hundreds of thousands of times and it's highly unlikely to change. This is one of those things where you have to let the athletes be athletes and don't try to change them. I am highly skeptical of how much you can change how a QB can alter their throwing motion.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not the best info but somewhat related||
This is not the best information to directly answer your question, but since no one else has chimed in I will add it. SPARQ is not exactly like the NFL combine, but it's similar. SPARQ stands for Speed, Power, Agiiity, Reaction Time, and Quickness...its basically testing athletic ability. It does not test how good that athlete is at playing football.
I'm not sure if there's information out there correlating SPARQ results to success playing college football. But, there is data comparing the NFL combine tests to NFL playing success and the correlation is not great. This also showed up for the teams I have worked with as a college strength coach. It's rare the best athletes are the best football players. What makes a good football player, is motor control. As Dr. Stuart McGill said
The best athletes rarely outperform their peers in pre-season testing like bench pressing, squatting, jumping, and sprinting. Their distinguishing qualities are motor control. The ability to exert strength quickly, deactivate muscle quickly, and optimally project forces throughout body linkage is characteristic of this skill.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Really glad about ND, but disagree on the others||
IMO you really only want one traditionally strong power 5 conference opponent per year. If you win the B1G and go undefeated you'll likely get into the playoff. If you lose a game, you're likely out unless you lose to a bottom half team and beat the quality teams on your schedule and the rest of the country only has a minimum of 2-3 undefeated teams. I don't think you need multiple quality out of conference opponents. Having a Okla & ND in the same year in addition to the B1G schedule is just adding another potential loss. I know it's great for the fans, but in terms of potential to be in the playoff there's more to lose than gain. Harbaugh and the players probably don't see it that way and maybe there's more to consider like coverage, TV time, recruiting, etc, but I think there's more to lose than gain with multiple quality out of conference opponents.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Competition is good regardless of who starts||
We don't know who will start, neither does anyone else. Both will have an opportunity and whoever plays better will play. Our starter may even change over the course of the season...nothing wrong with that. Luckily they both have a a veteran group around them to support them and a defense to shut down the majority of our opponents. They should both have a great learning experience, great coaching, great teammates, and a great opportunity this year.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||So, HIIT is not the best method for strength or muscle gain?||
So back to my original point. HIIT is more typically associated with cardio than resistance training. HIIT is great for conditioning, but not the most effective way to gain strength or muscle mass.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||He's like a jacked up Kevin Hart||
That's all I have to say :)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Care to elaborate?||
Care to elaborate on your claim? How do you equate that to resistance training and muscle growth?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I guess, but not really generally considered HIIT||
As I mentioned in my post one could in theory consider using resistance training exercise for short bursts HIIT, but generally HIIT training is a conditioning type of exercise, not generally considered resistance training. It's typically done using more cardio type of exercises such as sprints, rowing, airdyne bike, sled pushes/pulls, body weight calesthenics, etc.
IMO the term "functional" gets thrown around a lot and is a bit of a misnomer. I don't believe there is really any such thing, but if you want to go down that rabbit hole I don't mind a discussion on it, but I'd recommend defining it first before stating something is functional.
Anyways, long story short circuit training is an effective way to exercise when time is short. It however is not the most effective or effecient way to a) build muscle or b) build strength.
If building muscle is the primary goal my recommendation would be to cite Brad Schoenfeld's meta analysis "The Mechanisms of Muscle Hypertrophy and Their Application to Resistance Training":
Current research suggests that maximum gains in muscle hypertrophy are achieved by training regimens that produce significant metabolic stress while maintaining a moderate degree of muscle tension. A hypertrophy-oriented program should employ a repetition range of 6–12 reps per set with rest intervals of 60–90 seconds between sets. Exercises should be varied in a multiplanar, multiangled fashion to ensure maximal stimulation of all muscle fibers. Multiple sets should be employed in the context of a split training routine to heighten the anabolic milieu. At least some of the sets should be carried out to the point of concentric muscular failure, perhaps alternating microcycles of sets to failure with those not performed to failure to minimize the potential for overtraining. Concentric repetitions should be performed at fast to moderate speeds (1–3 seconds) while eccentric repetitions should be performed at slightly slower speeds (2–4 seconds). Training should be periodized so that the hypertrophy phase culminates in a brief period of higher- volume overreaching followed by a taper to allow for optimal supercompensation of muscle tissue.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||HIIT is cardio, not resistance training||
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, and as the name implies is a form of cardo-respiratory interval training, not a form of resistance training. I guess in theory you could use more resistance type exercises in short high intensity intervals, but it is generally a metabolic conditioning type of workout. It can be a useful tool for weight loss, performance, and overall health benefits, however I believe that resistance training is a better tool than cardio to sustain fat loss and lean mass gain if you only have time for one. If you're looking to build muscle interval training is not the most effective way. At your build, I'd guess you are more focused on lean mass gain rather than fat loss however, no?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||OSU will always be a point of comparison||
I'm not sure what Meyer's approach is, but Harbaugh is certainly unique. I think his approach is effective and I think he's a better recruiter than Meyer. UM and OSU offer different things and that's OK. For Harbaugh to land 2 top 5 classes is pretty impressive. But, as far as I can tell, UM has only beaten OSU in the team rankings 2 of the last 10 years. Now, that's according to ESPN and they are within 1 or 2 spots in the rankings a number of years so it may be different on different sites.
That's pretty good evidence that OSU typically recruits better than UM. I didn't say UM will never have better classes than OSU. I said OSU will always recruit well and if we expect to be ahead of them in the class rankings regularly then we will be disapointed.
I know we are competing against the rest of the country, but OSU will always be a point of comparison to tell how we stack up nationally because they are one of the few regional teams that continues to be successful nationally year after year, in addition to our biggest rival.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Agree, but recent history is a little rougher (Tressel & Meyer)||
Agree with both you and Wiggle that OSU has always slightly out recruited UM in modern times and they likely always will unless they go through some massive problems like really bad coaching change or major NCAA sanctions. And, I agree that we only need to be close to OSU, not neccessarily ahead of them. They will always recruit well and we will be disapointed if we expect to be ahead of them in the class rankings on a regular basis. I further agree that history shows that we typically recruit pretty damned well and close to OSU, even the past decade when we haven't been great on the field with only a few exceptions of the first year of a new coach when he only had a few months to put a class together.
The only thing I will disagree with is the comment that history shows if we are close enough in recruiting we will be fine. I do agree it's true with the right coaching staff. Bo, Moeller, Carr, and Hoke (3 of 4 years) were all competitive, but with differing degrees of number of actual wins versus close losses. But, the minute Tressel & Meyer got there despite being competitive we simply haven't won any games head-to-head with the exception of the one Tatgate year with an interim coach for OSU.
So, while I truely believe that it's true if we recruit close enough to OSU with the right coaching staff (I believe Harbaugh's staff is that), we will win our fair share of head-to-head games against OSU, I'm not sure I'd make the leap to say history suggests it. For the past 15 years that has not been true from my perspective.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I get just as frustrated as anyone else about OSU but...||
If you are expecting UM to out recruit and beat OSU on a regular basis I think you are setting yourself up for frustration. OSU has a geographical advantage in that they don't have an instate program as good as MSU & there tends to be more talent in the state of OH than MI. Also, they've had more success in the past decade. So, they have an advantage.
I wouldn't call success beating OSU in recruiting every year. I'd call success beating them in recruiting once every few years and being within 3-4 spots in the recruiting rankings of them. That will give UM enough talent to be competitive with the right coaching staff. For the most part, they've done that, they just haven't had the right coaching staff. So, for Harbaugh to come in and and get two top 5 classes and get within a few class ranks of OSU in his first 2 years is promising.
Don't get me wrong, I'm super frustrated that our recruiting success in 2012 and 2013 hasn't panned out yet into beating OSU and that we've been beaten by them so many times in the past 10 years, but there's no reason to think we can't beat them in 2016, which would say a lot about the 2012 and 2013 classes. There are no gurantees, but a win is do-able, even on the road. Then, there's no way around it, 2017 will be a rebuilding year. But, the way recruiting is going 2017 & 2018 should be good years. If Harbaugh stays, the future is bright. Kids are drawn to this guy. He is electric. Mattison remains a strong recruiter. Wheatley is a great recruiter. So is Partridge. And, people seem to love Brown's tenacity and will even more if they have a great year defensively, which it looks like it will.
So, bottom line, is just hold off judgement for a few more years. We will have a great class this year. We had a great class last year. And, they should only get better. We have every reason to believe the OSU game is winable this year, all caveots apply. Then, lets see how things play out. I know we've heard this all before, but c'mon, it's Harbaugh. He deserves a little more respect than Hoke and RR. He's proven at every level multiple times. There's only one Jim Harbaugh and we have him.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I was waiting for someone to||
I was waiting for someone to say this. I was thinking the same thing, but didn't want to start my Father's Day with getting negged. :)
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Until he proves it, it shouldn't be the expectation IMO||
I hear what you're saying, but I don't think it should be the expectation before he proves it. That's sorta the whole point of the coaches not guranteeing it. Everyone has to prove it first and why I'd personally be surprised if he's a starter in game #1. Maybe a few games down the road, and maybe he proves it in fall camp, but until such time I personally would not be putting that expectation out there. It's also not fair to him IMO.
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||Gary as a starter before ever practicing||
I'm totally on board with Gary because he's the consensus #1. But, he's a true freshman who hasn't even reported to school yet, put on a UM uniform, practiced a snap or drill yet, etc. How can you give someone a starting job before earning it? Maybe he'll have enough time, reps, and shows enough ability to prove it during fall camp, but to make that call now seems a little strange.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||We were talking the D'Antonio era, not just last year||
My response was to a point that MSU during the D'Antonio era took advantage of UM during the RR/Hoke eras. So, we are talking about 2007 up until last year. Here is where MSU ranked in total defense during that time. So, 4 of the last 5 years they have been in the top 10 of total defense. FWIW I would not call the 26th overall total defense and the 11th best defense against the rush "hot garbage".
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Narduzzi effect||
The main strength of MSU the past few years has been thier defense. I wonder if we are forgetting that Narduzzi is gone now? It's hard to tell who is more responsible for the defensive strength...Narduzzi or D'Antonio. The next few years will tell a lot.
FWIW I have not seen a change in MSU's recruiting. If anyting it's getting better, but I also find it hard to believe they will continue to get as much production from average recruiting classes. I can only think of a handful of players that UM really wanted that MSU got like Josh King, Corley, & McDowell.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I understand what you're saying.||
I understand what you're saying. You're correct that just because football players are driving nice cars doesn't make it illegal. But, when a bunch of kids from the same school are driving nice cars it warrants investigation...that's the compliance department's job.
I don't think the football department is contacting dealers to set up kids with cars, alhought it wouldn't surprise me either in some instances. I think we are saying that dealers may doing shady business with low/no cost to football players that non-athletes can't get and that kids know the deal....simple as that.
So, the school needs to be aware of exactly what incentives these dealers are offering athletes and keep them honest about it. That is the job of the compliance officer, regardless of who sets it up. If schools are not monitoring this they are breaking the rules and not doing thier job.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Do you think a college||
Do you think a college student can afford an entire year's worth of loan payments through a summer job?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Have you seen our rosters?||
Have you compared UMs & OSUs rosters? We will be very senior-laden this year and OSU will be playing lots of new starters. Next year it will be the other way around. I think we have a very good chance to beat them this year in Columbus, but count me as surprised if we beat them in 2017. That will be a rebuilding year a lot of positions, particularly on the offensive & defensive lines. We will lose our starting RB, 2 WRs, TE, 3 OL, all 4 starting DL (depinding on who you call starters), all 4 starting DBs (Peppers in now a LB), and 2 of the 3 starting LBs (McCray & Gedeon), and most think Peppers goes after this year in the draft.
I agree we don't have a ton of numbers at DT/NT and I think it remains an important position for recruiting (as well as OT), but I don't think that will be our biggest problem in the OSU game in 2017 and it shouldn't be a problem this year either unless someone important goes down again. There's still time to recruit and develop contributors for 2018.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||A lean requires payments and they aren't allowed to work so...||
The MSRP for a charger is $27,000. A loan has monthly payments. Who paid for yours? Did you have a job? These kids are not allowed to work, so how are they making those payments? Don't be so naive. This is at a minimum eyebrow raising and deserves an investigation and explanation by the compliance department.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||It IS the school's job to monitor this||
That's the whole point of the compliance officers employed by the school. Here are a few highlights from the job responsibilites listed on a job listing for an Assistant Compliance Director at Eastern Michigan:
Coordinate, implement and consistently improve upon a comprehensive systematic NCAA compliance monitoring program to ensure policies, procedures and protocols of the Eastern Michigan University Office of Athletic Compliance are effectively ensuring control over the institution's Intercollegiate Athletics Program. Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordinate monthly review of each team's recruiting practices, including, but not limited to: official and unofficial visits, off-campus contacts and evaluations, phone and electronic communications, complimentary admissions, etc.
Coordinate the monitoring of student-athlete employment during both summer and academic year time periods.
In conjunction with the head of athletic equipment, coordinate the monitoring of equipment and apparel issuance and retrieval.
Coordinate the monitoring of student-athlete automobile use.
Coordinate the monitoring of student-athlete off-campus housing.