I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|5 weeks 3 days ago||Whatever you've got||
Give me some of it.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||True||
And sometimes the reason is that they are a prick. It's rare. It sucks. But it happens; some people are just born that way.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||+1||
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||My confidence in the||
My confidence in the direction of the program has already been shaken because of the way we've started this year. I don't doubt the program is heading in a better direction than it was from 2007-2010. But I don't think we're improving as rapidly as I had thought. Also, I admit to harboring some doubts about certain positions in the coaching staff, and I have certain systemic concerns caused by various program policies. Still, so much better than 2007-2010.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Unfortunately||
I think if you've decided that McGary not playing a lot this season is a sufficient ledge-jumping condition, then you're jumping.
It doesn't look good. At this point, I would be more surprised to see him play 90% of the season than I would to see him never play a game again. I think it could be that bad. I think the most likely situation is that his back never is fully healthy, he plays limited minutes in less than half the games this year, his stock never recovers, and his NBA career is brief and unspectacular. Sorry to be so negative. I hope I'm wrong, and I don't think it's a slam dunk that he won't play at a high level again. He very well could. But this is ominous to me.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||20-13 State||
I hope I'm wrong.
Beginning of the year I thought 9-3 most likely. After ND and the way Sparty started the year, I thought 10-2 or even 11-1. I said that we'd for sure lose one of OSU, @NW, @MSU and a 50% chance we'd lose @PSU, Neb, @Iowa, so either 10-2 or 11-1. Alas, with the way we've played since ND, I'm thinking it much more likely that we lose two out of OSU, @NW, and @MSU. So, yeah, 9-3 with losses at Sparty, PSU, and home to Ohio. Le sigh.
But I hope I'm underestimating us.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||What Professor X said. Bando,||
What Professor X said.
Bando, seriously, I don't get your opposition. High school sports are fun. Are you saying it's creepy somehow to follow or enjoy activities or performances of people under 18 years old? Because, you know, Mozart, and things.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||NYS basketball is like that||
In New York, basketball is similar to that. There are three separate state tournaments. There's the public tournament, the independent non-religious tournament, and then the catholic tournament. However, there are only enough catholic schools in New York City, Long Island, and Buffalo to have a separate tourney, so the catholic teams in other places are (generally) accepted in the public tournament. There are separate divisions based on size and historic performance in each separate tourney. At the end, the top finishers in each tournament get together for a Federated Cup tournament. It's a hacked-together system that really favors the independent schools, and to a much lesser extent the catholic schools, at least as far as making the Federation finals (because they have a much smaller pool of schools to compete against).
It's not perfect by any means. Actually, it kind of stinks in a lot of ways. But I still prefer it to having 8 different state champions.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
Yes, it's a topic of interest.
Here's my problem: too many divisions. At most there should be 4. How can you call yourself a state champion when there are eight others? Personally I would vote for two or three divisions, either large/small, or giant/large/small. 8 is just way too many.
Also, go Hematites.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||What Don said.||
What Don said.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||A little trickier||
A little trickier, I guess, sure. But as a parent myself - and maybe this is just my style of parenting - but on the overall trickiness scale, I'd give this about a 0.5 or 1 out of 10.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||GR3's got to start getting||
GR3's got to start getting headaches and sitting out like a wuss every time he plays his archrivals if he wants to ever truly be compared to Pippen.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||Yes||
I agree that both Miami and NCAA should be sent to some sort of purgatory.
I disagree about the 'poisoned tree' jurisprudence. One man's actions do not make another man guilty - nor do they exculpate him. So if the investigators broke the law, that doesn't mean the people they are investigating are innocent. It does mean that the investigators should be prosecuted and punished. The actual incentive at work under the 'poisoned tree' model isfor the investigated to provoke the investigators to break the law. A legal model that incentivizes more law-breaking is not a good model, in my opinion.
My prediction: moderate scholarship penalties, and by moderate I mean nothing even close to what Penn State got. Beyond that, nothing of consequence.
The NCAA is done. Until major reforms happen, it's a joke and will do nothing important or impactful, save through inaction and ineptness.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe I wasn't clear. Of||
Maybe I wasn't clear. Of course there are things to learn. We don't know the future. Well, THE_KNOWLEDGE does. Except for him it's actually the past. Whatever.
My point is that it's silly to imply that we don't know a lot about a team by now, and it's equally silly to imply that we won't learn significant information about a team until the last few games of the year.
As for watching things without learning, I refer you to my students. They assure me that they repeatedly enjoy things that have no relation to learning whatsoever.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with you, but I also||
I agree with you, but I also like Young Geezy's answer.
This is just another example of the polls' inadequacy.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||+1||
The constant "we'll find out about this team in November" idea irritates me, too. Every year. The WWL guys are the worst at it. Constantly "we'll know more about this team next week" or the week after or the month after. They say it all year.
We know who this Michigan team is. They're a good team, not an elite team, who plays to the level of competition and suffers from youth in key spots.They're turnover prone, they have big play potential from their QB both positive and negative, they lack any stars on defense even of the Kovacs-I-Can't-Believe-It's-Not-a-Law-Firm kind, and they have no pass rush but decent team defending vs the run and pass both. That's who they are.
Knowing who will win a specific game != finding out about the team.
I vote that in all future seasons, past the first Saturday in October, anyone who says "We'll find out about this team when X happens" must read the sonnet thread and post in it no less than three times as punishment.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan 35 - Penn State 24||
Michigan 35 - Penn State 24
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Impressive||
That goal is pure class.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Beyer||
Hasn't thought much about what to do with Beyer when Ryan comes back?
Coach please. You're great, love the swag, etc. but I don't believe you. At all.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Sonnet; not a limerick||
The OP is not a limerick. I am not even sure where you guys are getting that from. Maybe the occasional anapest?
It is absolutely a sonnet. There are many different forms of sonnets. The use of the term 'sonnet' in this case is not a stretch by modern sensibilities. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15287 for example.
As for quality - well, this one is better than many I've seen.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Very good point||
I believe Brian mentioned in a mailbag recently - or maybe some other column - that the defense is unimpeachable. He's right. This bellyaching about a 5-0 defense with excellent stats (except for 3rd down conversion percentage) is silly. They're good, they're relatively young and inexperienced, they're well-coached, the results are not surprising.
I also hate the idea that 'we don't know anything about a team' until it's November, or until it plays Team X, or until it gets player Y back, or until its conference season, or until the opponents stop being spread teams, or whatever. We've played five freaking games already. We know that they're good. We know that they can beat decent football teams. We know that they can struggle against bad football teams. We know that they've gone through growing pains and that they've had to work very hard to limit turnovers, especially from the QB. We know that their ground game is anemic, at least compared to where they want it to be. We know that line play on both sides of the ball is often questionable. We know a lot.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||My thoughts too||
Yeah. I really can't get past that first question. "Devin lined up at WR. Was that the plan?" How could it not be the plan? Is this the 1974/78 Dutch national soccer team? No? Then people have positions, and they are planned. End of story.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||No change||
Haven't changed my overall prediction. I'm less confident in it, though. But I still think the most likely outcome is two regular season losses. We'll lose to one of Ohio, NW, and MSU, with a 66% chance of an additional loss to one of those three, PSU or Nebraska.
Another way to put it: I think that if we play this season three times, once out of those three times we come through 4-1 against Ohio, @NW, @MSU, @PSU, Neb, while the other two times we go 3-2 over that stretch. There are some good teams there, but honestly Nebraska is not looking too scary at all with that defense and in our house (and coming off a lost to them last year); MSU's defense may keep them in games but their offense will keep their opponents in games, so they're not looking too scary either; and PSU is not looking as strong as I thought they might. That leaves NW and Ohio - who do still scare me.
UConn and Akron games are us playing down mentally, I think. Could be wrong, but gun to my head I'm sticking with what I said before.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||XLV||
Peyton and Woodson have the same number of Super Bowl Championships.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Illinois, PSU, MSU - Sci/Physics/Engineering||
Haven't read the article in the link, but Illinois' graduate physics program is super strong. Top 10 nationally, I believe. Also, many of their engineering programs are fantastic. I am not surprised to see them ranked this highly.
PSU has a good physics graduate program too. A while ago, they had Lee Smolin there. He's a bit controversial, but I'd take him any day over Gordon Kane (arguably Michigan's most famous, or infamous, physics prof... and I am all about Michigan but Kane is an embarrassment).
And MSU has the big cyclotron to boost their physics graduate program. They're way better than you would think, on par with the Dukes and Georgia Techs of the world.
All right, that's probably way more than you wanted to know about physics grad programs.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Get off the Hut's lawn||
Listen, any post that brings Baba Yaga into the discussion is not one that you pick on for diction. Maybe he knows something about the bye week that we don't.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||Yes||
Michigan 24 - Gophers 13
Stanford over Clemson
I will now sleep better, knowing that THE KNOWLEDGE is back
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Your objections are TERRIBLE||
1. As a prep basketball coach who has sent multiple D1 prospects on from my teams, I promise you that the idea that agents 'control the system' is absurd. They may be part of it, but they don't control it in any way. Your argument about coaches giving playing time to a kid because the agent will otherwise steer away other kids holds no water. Why would a coach even want more kids from an agent who sent him crap in the first place, and then bullied him over it? You're living in a fantasy conspiracy world.
2. I disagree with both Brian and you here. Fronting salaries is a shady practice? There's about 400,000 professions in the world that front salaries all the time. Let the agents and the talent do business. What they agree to, they agree to. Who are you to make rules - the same rules - for every kid in the sport, some of whom come from enormously privileged backgrounds, some of whom come from the poorest countries on Earth?
3. A) You're equating money and force. These are in no way the same. Threatening not to hire someone is not the same as threatening to shoot them. B) This could be happening already in any sport where agents are involved. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't, but it doesn't happen because agents are involved.
The best way forward is to allow the talent to enter into any trade agreements they want.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Really?||
Wow. Suggesting that a 4-0 coach is not the right coach for Michigan? The guy who in two complete seasons has a BCS bowl victory, broke the streaks against OSU and MSU, has turned around recruiting, and has established good relationships with alumni, former players, et al?
I was not an RR supporter after his admission that he thought you could just "roll them out and win your share" at Michigan, but every fall, when we would beat Notre Dame and be undefeated heading into October, I'd hold my judgment. Absolutely no reason to speculate negatively about Hoke right now.
|11 weeks 19 hours ago||@MaizeNBlue||
You don't know what you're talking about. Making the tournament 4 out of 5 years is an average program? Sit down and rest.
As for being hostile to students - I'm a teacher. I'm all about the students. But if my students whined and complained about ticket policy changes after years of under-attendance and providing an anemic homefield advantage, I would tell them the same thing. Sit down and rest. If you don't like it, find another team to support. Enough already.