Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
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|3 days 53 min 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.
|3 days 1 hour 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.
|3 days 1 hour 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.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Other family members have 8+||
Other family members have 8+ kids
RobSk has 4 kids
RobSk = Slacker
|6 days 33 min 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.
|6 days 38 min 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.)
|1 week 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.
|2 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.
|2 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.
|3 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.
|3 weeks 4 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.
|3 weeks 4 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.
|3 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.
|3 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.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I highly doubt anyone wants||
I highly doubt anyone wants you dead (probably not even Dave Brandon), so turn back the hyperbole and calm down.
The problem is that you comment in every thread that I open. And you rant and rave and turn every thread into a look at me moment for yourself. It really is unpleasant to read. This might be why you are collecting an amazing following of commentors that dislike you.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||If you have a reasonable||
If you have a reasonable sense for what northern baseball is up against relative to warm weather teams, making the post-season every few years is an accomplishment.
Step back from the ledge and calm the eff down. Your rants are making it very unpleasant to read through a thread. And since you comment on all of them...
|3 weeks 5 days ago||This is one of the most||
This is one of the most childish posts I've read in some time.
Oregon has been performing at an elite level for quite some time, including a game in Ann Arbor when Dennis Dixon ripped us to pieces.
Cut out the hot takes.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Musk doesn't have a goal of||
Musk doesn't have a goal of making a profit.
It's bilking the government and investors -- and making really expensive, flamable trinkets.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I think you are a little off||
I think you are a little off on this...
I think that the timeframe was the mid 1990s and that it was everyone except for Vandy. There may have been one other school not on probation.
That was when the NCAA actually tried to enforce the rules.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Wasn't Chad Henne taken with||
Wasn't Chad Henne taken with the first pick of the second round?
And Drew Henson would have been the #1 overall pick (or close to it) if not for the Steinbrenner (spl?) and the Yankees.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||The story that I heard about||
The story that I heard about the poor conditions of the grass field were that the athletic department didn't take the drainage and irrigation design that the engineers designed and changed the system. the result was that the field didn't dry properly and the turf never develed and adequate root system to hold up.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This was the soundtrack to my||
This was the soundtrack to my freshman year of high school. I probably listened to that album four times a week.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Prince 1999. on vinyl. I||
Prince 1999. on vinyl. I was only 10 at the time. I imagine that my parents did some double takes at the lyrics.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Have there been any studies||
Have there been any studies done on concussions in rugby? It seems to me that using rugby as a proxy for football without helmets, it would be interesting to see if the helmet is actually part of the problem -- likely due to the perception of safety when making contact with ones head.
The idea of using the rulebook to enforce a different method of tacking is one possibility, but given how terribly the college football targetting rule is enforced, I don't have a lot of hope in that approach as an effective solution.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I'm all for thinking about||
I'm all for thinking about now approaches to safety. But I think as new helmet designs are considered, it is imperitive to not introduce significant new problems.
Putting padding on the outside would likely greatly increase the level of friction between the helmet and any object it strikes. That friction would likely create situations where there is a shearing or twisting force applied to the helmet that would be transmitted into the neck. Where the hard helmet shell would slide once it made contact, a softer helmet is unlikely to slide and result in new and unfavorable forces in the neck.
Concussions are terrible, but spinal injuries are far worse and only require one wrong impact, where it seems the damage from brain trauma is more about the nature of repeated contact to the head.
|15 weeks 6 hours ago||Location isn't an issue. ND||
Location isn't an issue. ND has been elite for a long time and their location is worse.
Michigan draws a lot of east coast students, has elite academics, and facilities that will be among the best in the game in short order. These characateristics form the profile of an elite program, but the results don't match the profile. The weak link is coaching.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Reading a couple of articles||
Reading a couple of articles in the last few minutes, it seems that the salary cap hell the Lions have gotten them in isn't going away until Stafford is done.
Its remarkable to me that the organization is consistently so poorly run that they can screw up having talents such as Johnson and Suh. One would assume that finding a credible Excel jockey and a negotiations expert would be easier to find than elite WRs and DTs. I guess I'm wrong.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Someone needs to explain to||
Someone needs to explain to me how Lions fans can be at all ok that a generational talent has retired because it frees up cap space?
As I no longer live in SE Michigan, I don't follow the Lions as I once did, but is this a circumstance where the prior GM was so incompetent that Calvin's deals were structured very poorly, making him increasingly expensive against the cap?
My understanding was the this was what happened with Suh and he became extremely expensive, in large part due to management incompetence.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly. She's been hit in||
Exactly. She's been hit in the head by errant pancakes half a dozen times and just had enough. Probably figures he's going to keep doing it, so she'll get her part of the process done and get out of the way as quickly as possible.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||He wasn't fired from||
He wasn't fired from coaching, he retired. But the issue between Minn and Kill was that Kill had expected to be able to work within the athletic department after he stepped down from coaching. Things didn't work out with the interim AD and Kill and Minn parted ways.