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|6 days 4 hours ago||His secret alter ego:||
His secret alter ego:
|1 week 3 days ago||If Michigan and Ohio State||
If Michigan and Ohio State decided it was time to leave, probably 40% of the B1G dollars would follow M and OSU.
I have been of the opinion that the top 12 or so Blue Chip schools with rabid fan bases (M, OSU, Bama, Texas, ND, Florida State, etc.) are driving the vast majority of the value of college football TV deals. If these top schools left their conferences and form an alliance whereby each player 3-4 games against other alliance members and filled out the rest of the schedule with a blend of middling P5 and G5 teams, that would pull in a large portion of the TV revenue. And these programs could drop out of the NCAA set the rules that they want to follow -- compensating players, whatever.
Honestly, there is zero TV value in Purdue, Indiana, Iowa State, Washington State. And once the cord cutting hits critical mass, the Rutgers and Marylands won't have any value either.
|1 week 4 days ago||In a typical year where there||
In a typical year where there is maybe one high profile opening, his age (60) could be a very limiting factor. But this year, there are a large number of openings and not many obvious choices.
The fact that one of the biggest spending programs -- LSU -- just hired Hoke 2.0 with a serious speech impediment, tells me that there aren't a lot of quality choices. His record at Ole Miss was terrible (10–25 overall, 3–21 in SEC). LSU won more SEC games under his watch this season than all of his Ole Miss teams won. The guy isn't qualified for that job. And he's 55.
|1 week 4 days ago||When LSU and UT were||
When LSU and UT were jockeying for Herman, I thought that the loser of that battle should take a run a Dantonio.
He's clearly a good coach. The cons would be that is he too old to take over a high profile job. But neither of those schools is a turnaround and he would have them winning quickly.
I think that Dantonio should be a name on a lot of these short lists. He has a full blown turnaround in East Lansing. His biggest rival has a coach that can out recruit him at every turn. The future doesn't look nearly as bright for Sparty. Now is the perfect chance for Dantonio to cash out.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for the update on||
Thanks for the update on where soccer is. Hopefully an AD with an eye more on the performance of the teams than on "the Brand" and poisoning the culture of the athletic department will get the team turned in the right direction.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Having been a lacrosse club||
Having been a lacrosse club organizer for multiple years, my guess is that most parents are using the player safety as a cover for the fact that they don't want to see their sons get humiliated.
This is a slippery slope of having to have parity in order to play a game. At what point is there some limit on the number or frequency of scoring plays because the game isn't fair?
It isn't fun being on a team that is almost certain to lose a game (our HS football team was terrible -- we were among the smallest Class A schools in Michigan and only had 26 kids on the varsity team). But life is full of such situations and kids need to learn how to deal with it.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Wisconsin is not scoring 10||
Wisconsin is not scoring 10 points or more on offense.
And 11 points in intriguing. Is it the TD + 2pt + FG combination, the TD + Safety + Safety combo, or the ever popular in the BIIIGGG TEEENNNN!!! FG + FG + FG + Safety spectacular? Since this doesn't involve either MSU or Iowa, I'm betting against the 3FG+Safety approach.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Offensive line and QB are the||
Offensive line and QB are the two spots that require the most development to be game ready.
For OL, it is a unique requirement of both physical size and strength, technique and teamwork. each of these things takes time to develop. While speed for certain skill positions can be there from age 16 or so, getting to be a well conditioned 300+lb lineman (not just a fat blob), takes time. This makes the lack of time in a collegiate S&C program is a huge issue. At most they have had 8 months (assuming early enrollment).
And the level of team work required with the other OL takes time playing together. And these guys frequently have questionable technique because so many of them got by on being physically dominant against future doctors, engineers and accountants.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||This discussion starts with a||
This discussion starts with a ranking of the most wins (see below). The list given by ESPN is pretty good, while ranking could be debated.
Florida is a doesn't cut it as they are #30 in total wins, well behind WVU, Syracuse, others.
The team that is the bubble team would be Tennessee. They are way ahead of LSU and Georgia.
Team -- Wins (* Non-Division 1A, [b] USC has 13 wins vacated due to Reggie Bush)
1 Michigan -- 925
2 Notre Dame -- 892
3 Yale -- 890*
4 Texas -- 886
5 Nebraska -- 880
6 Ohio State -- 875
7 Alabama -- 864
8 Oklahoma -- 861
9 Harvard -- 857*
10 Penn State -- 856
11 Penn -- 837
12 Tennessee -- 820
13 USC -- 813 b
14 Princeton -- 809
15 Georgia -- 787
16 LSU -- 770
17 Mount Union -- 755*
18 Wittenberg -- 744*
19 Auburn -- 741
20 West Virginia -- 727
21 Virginia Tech -- 718
22 Texas A&M -- 717
23 Washington & Jefferson -- 715*
24 Georgia Tech -- 714
25 Syracuse -- 712
26 Pittsburgh -- 704
27 (T) Washington -- 703
27 (T) Clemson -- 703
29 Arkansas -- 702
30 Florida -- 701
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Russell Wilson NC State to||
Russell Wilson NC State to Wisconsin.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Dominant or Greatest||
It's not a simple comparison.
Bolt has been very focus on two very similar activities: sprints of 100m (individual and relay) or 200m. And while no one has been as completely dominant in their diciplines as Bolt, he didn't stretch to take on other events -- the 400m or long jump as might be possible for someone of his athletic capabilities. But Carl Lewis has 9 gold medals and was let down by his teammates (Smith and McNeill didn't complete the exchange within the zone) in a 4x100m that they were leading.
Phelps' didn't out class the field to the same degree as Bolt has, but he also took on a far more difficult task of up to 8 different events and competing in multiple finals in the same session. And he was the greatest in the world for four additional years. And the performance he has in 2008 Beijing is unparalleled in Olympic history. Not only did he win 8 gold, he did so by setting World Records in 7 events and an olympic record in the 8th.
If the result of this survey is who was the most unassailable by their competition (which could be an appropriate definition of dominant), I think it is Bolt.
If the question is who was the greatest, most historic figure, its Phelps.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||How is putting Carl Lewis in||
How is putting Carl Lewis in the conversation laughable? Is there something that diminished his accomplishments? He has 9 Olympic gold medals. the same number as Bolt.
In 1984 Los Angeles, Lewis won four gold medals: 100m, 200m, 4x100m and the Long Jump. Four gold medals in a single Games is not something Bolt even attempted.
In 1988 Seoul, Lewis won gold in the 100m, long jump and silver in the 200m. The US 4x100m team fumbled the baton and was DQ and Lewis didn't have a chance at a medal.
In 1992 Barcelona, Lewis won gold in the 4x100m and long jump.
And in 1996 Atlanta, Lewis won gold in the long jump.
An amazing set of accomplishments. Bolt is in all likelihood the more historic figure, but don't dismiss Lewis.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||The New Era Bo M hat has been||
The New Era Bo M hat has been my only style hat since the 1997 Iowa Game. Its a classic. I'm probably on #6 or #7 by this point. I still have the first one that made the trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl/NC in 1998.
I used to get a lot of comments about it until HARBAUGH arrived. Not many people wore the Bo Hat during the end of the Nike years and during the Adidas years. Now its the standard style again.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Webber gets all of the hate||
Webber gets all of the hate for what happened to the basketball program. He took the lionsshare of the cash from Martin. Jalen admitted to taking a few $1000 over the time he knew Ed Martin (and if your read Jalen's autobiography, he is a huge defender of Ed Martin and the number of non-famous kids he helped out). As I recall, Webber took either $400k or $600k from Martin. Jalen claims in his book that Martin gave him almost all of that money when it was apparent he was going pro after his sophomore season to launder the money for Martin.
Yet Webber was constantly bitching to the papers, most notably Mitch Albom, that he was broke and upset how the school made all of this money off of his jersey and on-court success. His hypocracy even made it worse.
Webber deserves the hate he elicits. He earned it. But he was amazing.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||If Gary is half as dominant||
If Gary is half as dominant as Webber, he will be an all-time great.
Webber was far and away the most dominant athlete I have seen at Michigan -- ahead of Woodson, Wheatley, Desmond, Henson, all of them. And it wasn't close.
And there isn't a single Michigan athlete I'm more conflicted about. Watching him play every game -- he always performed. The team ebbed and flowed with how Jalen performed, but Webber was a constant force. But he and Fisher put Michigan basketball into hell for over a decade. I have zero conflict in my hatred of Fisher. But the emotion Webber elicits is just so binary.
There isn't a place on this list he couldn't wind up -- #1 or not even on it.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I grew up a huge Michigan||
I grew up a huge Michigan football fan, family went to 3-4 games a year. I was an undergrad in Ann Arbor from fall 1990 to spring 1994. Football was winding up a nearly unprecedented run of success. I had enough background as a fan of Michigan athletics to know Michigan was first and foremost a football school.
And the opinion of the majority of students was that Michigan was a basketball school. I'm not saying they were right, but the Fab Five was transcendent. The team going to Rose Bowls, QB U starting with Grbac and Collins, and Tyrone Wheatley doing his best Bo Jackson impressions every Saturday didn't compare to attention that the Fab five were drawing.
While the record books may support your argument, the reality doesn't match.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||What is the opinion of the||
What is the opinion of the board on the move of USA Soccer to birth years (like hockey) from a Sept 1 cut off for the determination of age groups for youth soccer?
To my, this seems like a dumb move. While it aligns US soccer teams with international teams (benefitting the <1% that play against international clubs), it will hurt youth participation in soccer in the US. Kids were able to play with their school classmates almost exclusively. Now, the Sept-Dec kids don't get to play with classmates.
Having run a youth lax club, I know a huge driver is kids getting to play with their friends. And the greater the number of kids playing the game, the greater chance that an elite talent is found.
But maybe I'm missing something.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||The FSU and the Seminole||
The FSU and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have an extremely deep relationship. There is no threat of that mascot changing. And frankly, FSU is going about it in the exactly correct manner.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||What isn't clear are if the||
What isn't clear are if the terms of the agreement changed. He is getting an extension through the 2019-2020 season. That is only 4 seasons. This is likely that this is just optics so that he can tell recruits that he will be there for their four years.
If I was the AD and I wasn't happy with the trajectory of the team, but i didn't want to fire the coach now, I would extend him for the four of five years to support recruiting, but in exchange, the buyout would be eliminated or become more favorable to the school. This provides the optics for recruiting and improves the school's ability to make a change.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Other family members have 8+||
Other family members have 8+ kids
RobSk has 4 kids
RobSk = Slacker
|24 weeks 5 days ago||TRUTH Brady as a fifth year||
Brady as a fifth year senior was better than true sophomore Henson. And Brady was great in late game situations (see Penn State and Alabama).
But junior year Henson was an entirely different animal. And his stats look ridiculous, but when you realize that he was hurt for the non-conference schedule and missed a couple of cream puffs that would have made his stats even better.
Henson suffered from a defense that couldn't hold a lead against Purdue and Northwestern -- and LC taking his foot off of the gas when we got up by 18 points in both games.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Henson was off the charts||
Henson was off the charts talented.
While 5th year senior Brady was better than true sophomore Henson, true junior Henson was the best passing quarterback that has ever played at Michigan. Better than Harbaugh, better than Grbac, better than Griese and better than Brady -- and it wasn't close.
Great decision maker. Cannon for an arm. Similar athleticism to Gardner, maybe a hair behind on this. And as I recall, he's the last Michigan QB to win in Columbus.
The talk about him being the #1 overall pick was pretty common in the MSM (ESPN) when he left for the Yankees.
I've been attending games since the late 70's and the list of all time best offensive skill position players while at Michigan (college career, not pro) is probably AC, Woolfolk, Desmond, Wheatley, Biakabatuka and Henson. (Maybe throw Braylon, Terrell, Perry and Hart in there as well.)
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I generally agree with you||
I generally agree with you (but this recovering engineer had never heard of Saxon genitive previously), but there is a precedent for the use of "Meijer's."
Per Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meijer): "Meijer was founded as Meijer's in Greenville, Michigan by Hendrik Meijer, a Dutch immigrant. Meijer was a local barber who entered the grocery business during the Great Depression."
Additionally, for a long period of time, Meijer stores were Thrify Acres, and in the 80's there was a transition phase of Meijer's Thrify Acres, a marketing slogan "Rediscover Meijer's, and eventually the name change to Meijer in 1986.
But "Ford's" irritates me to no end. And I think it was generally an East Side thing. It wasn't common on the West Side.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I think that they will||
I think that they will approach by running with their feet in a "left, right, left, right" pattern. Unless they utilize the "right, left, right, left" pattern.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||The issue is that by throwing||
The issue is that by throwing out stories the possible violations at the camps (which to this point are minor), it distracts the audience from the much more significant issues going on elsewhere, and effectively diminishes the importance of those significant misdeeds.
It is manipulation through the media.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||The problem with this logic||
The problem with this logic is that elite athletes are better athletes than the kids two years older than they are.
The Outliers discussion, which I found interesting, also assumes that everyone has the same set of educational and athletic opportunities. What is so effing stupid is the average parent thinking that by holding their kid back a year it is going to make them the "January" or "February" in the hockey play by play from the book. In the book the teams in the hockey game are composed of the truly elite players at a given age, each of which has been given the opportunity to train with the best coaches and from an early age. So once all of the coaching is relatively even, birth month can show through. But these players are a very small slice of the elite players.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||The issue is that with a||
The issue is that with a single decision (on drawing a card) it can dramatically alter the outcome of a game. The incentive is for players to flop and try to draw a card. And creating a system that is highly reliant on a single excellent individual is designed to fail in many (perhaps most) circumstances.
From my American perspective, the flopping is the most annoying aspect of the sport. I can deal with low scoring. But watching these athletically gifted men behave like a three year old with a boo boo is troubling. It calls into question their toughness and is in stark contrast to seeing hockey players coming back into games after getting stiches or football players playing through their myriad of injuries.
And the ability to draw a penalty in the box, even while not a scoring threat, makes a single decision hugely important. I think that hockey has it better figured out with the doling out of penalty shots.
And I'm of the opinion that the frequent substitutions in hockey are why the pace of the game is so high. There is very little time on a hockey rink due to the level of effort the players are able to operate for their entire time on the ice as they know they have time to rest. Soccer players (justifiably so) conserve their energy when appropriate as they know they can't come off of the pitch.
I have no delusion that any of these ideas would be enacted. But there are aspects of other sports that are more appealing.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||That has been Harbaugh's MO||
That has been Harbaugh's MO since Stanford. He arrived at the Farm and immediately started sparring with Carroll and USC in the media during the 2007 offseason.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Since my son started playing||
Since my son started playing higher level soccer and I started watching it more, I've got my list.
1. The Extra Time thing is total crap. Brian has the right suggestion that the clock only stops on injuries. And then it has a defnitive ending. this is particularly infuriating when extra time is subjective and always ends after the last attack fails. It is clear it is subjective. there was a Freakenomics-type book that laid out the huge bias for home teams trailing going into extra time getting additional time to score.
2. Get rid of the card system and use an basketball style number of fouls to get ejected. The cards make the impact of a single call too dramatic and that leads to the flopping. If you can draw a red card, it is a huge advantage.
3. PKs are only awarded if the player is fouled in the box while being a threat to score at the moment of the foul. Like basketball, if the player isn't in the act of trying to score, they don't get free throws (a PK for soccer).
4. Hockey or lacrosse style open substitutions. Having a depth of fresh players would increase the pace of the game. No game compares to hockey in terms of pace of play. This should be encouraged.
5. Sudden death OT. PKs to decide a game is awful. Make each period 5 or 10 minutes and reverse field at each break. This is probably only relevant for playoffs (for the same reason hockey regular season games can end in a shoot out). But having a world cup game end in a series of PKs is wrong. Open substitutions would help facilitate this concept as well.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||The article was a solid piece||
The article was a solid piece of entertaining satire.
I'm glad everyone around here comments on articles that they haven't actually, you know, read.