“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|1 hour 3 min ago||I like that "great place to||
I like that "great place to work" is in quotes, suggesting Brandon's not talking about the actual experience of employees of the athletic department but in a workplace qualification handed out by Businessweek or Forbes according to the specific metric of their "Great Places to Work" issue.
The presence of a Smile Committee is clearly one of those metrics.
|1 hour 7 min ago||Don't know if you can answer||
Don't know if you can answer this without film work, but did his mechanics get progressively poorer throughout the year as he got hit and hit again, or were they poor in game situations where he was getting pressure from the ND game onward?
I remember him standing in against the rush pretty well against ND (well, with one major exception) and thought he progressively lost trust in his line and became increasingly unwilling to stick in the pocket as the year got on and he got beat up, but I don't know anything about QB mechanics to know if his mechanics were right before his trust broke down.
|3 hours 6 min ago||Hoke pretty much has to be||
Hoke pretty much has to be extended after this year if he's not going to be fired. Coaches almost never go into the last year of a contract without an extension. It hurts recruiting too much.
|1 week 2 days ago||This is the second thing he's said that makes me||
This is the second thing he's said that makes me thing that he's been hearing complaints.about athletics intruding on relationships between academic programs and donors. The first was in his interview with the Michigan Record where he described strong athletics as a good thing as long as they don't intrude on the university's academic mission.
|1 week 3 days ago||That's really interesting.||
That's really interesting. I've heard similar things (3rd and 4th hand) about smaller donors (endowing chairs, not buildings) to academic programs being targeted by the athletic department during the transition between Terry MacDonald and the new dean of LSA.
The person I talked to was pretty annoyed, it apparently violated an implied "hands off" agreement between central campus and the athletic campus and was seen as trying to take advantage of an administrative vacuum.
|1 week 3 days ago||Schlissel||
If you really wanted to project and read between the lines, you could portray this quote from Schlissel in his interview with the Michigan Record as implying that he's somewhat uncomfortable with the over-commercialization of the AD
"Athletics is a wonderful community-building thing for the campus and we just have to be careful that the balance remains appropriate given that we are a great academic institution."
(The most logical explanation is that it's a throwaway line, or, if you want to project in a different direction, that it's directed at the AD's reputed targeting of donors to academic programs). On the fireworks thing, it's pretty obvious that at least some of the regents have been hearing complaints about the game day atmosphere and the continued marketing efforts to sell tix. This kind of veto doesn't just come out of the blue.
|1 week 3 days ago||The first point, about game||
The first point, about game length and time predictability, is certainly true. Knowing that games will start and finish in about 2 hours is a huge plus. I've gone to evening Red Bull games with my 2nd grade kids. Even with 45 minutes on the train from NYC, you know you can go to the whole game and be home at 10 from a 7 PM game. There's no way that happens with any other spectator sport.
Games are televised locally, with one or two national broadcasts weekly, but there's just no ability within the structure of the sport to insert commercial breaks. I wonder if that will impact rights fees paid by broadcasters if soccer continues to gain in popularity. There's only so much time for commercials.
|1 week 3 days ago||"teams go out of there way to||
"teams go out of there way to create loyal fan groups that bring an element to the experience that is organic, dynamic, and unique"
I might tweak that just a bit to say they empower loyal fan groups and get out of their way, allowing them to bring those elements. Because what happens within supporters groups is not created from above, or at least by team management (most supporters groups do have some sort of rough hierarchical structure). Instead, most MLS teams have figured out that they can have relationships with supporters groups that allow those groups to have more autonomy with what they do in other American sports. I'm sure the TIFO that gets put on in KC, Seattle, Portland, etc, is run by team executives, but it's not their creation.
Instead, like you say, it's the organic creation of the supporters groups, but allowing that to happen means that teams do things like largely allow supporters groups to figure out seating arrangements within their sections themselves (in contrast, say, to last year's GA policy).
|1 week 4 days ago||Since ESPN did all kinds of||
Since ESPN did all kinds of separate camera feeds you could watch at the World Cup (tactical cam, fan cam), maybe they can institute a special feed for Michigan fans for that game, the "No references to the Horror " feed.
|1 week 5 days ago||Guest is $50 during the week||
Guest is $50 during the week and $60 on the weekend, alum/fac/staff is $40/$48, student is $35/$35. Maybe they raised or instituted weekend fees for guests and alums, because I know guests paid $50 when I regularly played as a student in the late 1990s and early 2000s. (Student rates were initially $18 then and went up to $20 sometime around 2000).
|1 week 5 days ago||Totally agree. Was back last||
Totally agree. Was back last week to play as an alum (after a decade away from Ann Arbor) Our group of guys in our early 40s were the youngest folks on the course. Used to play weekly in grad school @ $20, with the group I played with last week. We couldn't have done that @ $35.
If I'm not mistaken, the alum and guest prices were the same as they were a decade ago. Ridiculous that it's only student prices that have gone up.
|1 week 5 days ago||it's only student rates that have gone up. $15 in||
it's only student rates that have gone up. $15 in ten years while alum and guest rates have remained essentially unchanged
|1 week 5 days ago||Unfortunately, even if||
Unfortunately, even if Stauskas is great on the Kings, no one will ever know about it.
|1 week 6 days ago||Agree. Would like to see some||
Agree. Would like to see some kind of license suspension tacked on to cases like this. 6 months or so.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Dempsey and Wondo are||
Dempsey and Wondo are radically different strikers. Dempsey can drop deep into the midfield to facilitate attacks, possess the ball and link up play. Wondo's a pure penalty box poacher who was used properly in the WC (coming in late when a goal is needed or you want someone to run around and harass the back line while up) but he can play for a full 90 at this level. He just can't do enough of the hold up or build up work that you need someone to do up top for the whole game. The US would have been even more overrun in the midfield if they had two guys up the field.
If the Germany-Brazil game shows nothing else, it's that you can't allow the Germans to have space to play in the midfield. A nation of our talent-level has to play them the way Algeria and Ghana did, putting guys around and behind the ball and trying to hit them up the wings on the break when the ball turns over.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The problem with Edu is that||
The problem with Edu is that he can no longer play at a middling professional level. He's been bad in MLS after two years of being awful or riding the bench overseas. Having four guys who can slot in at defensive mid (Beckerman, Jones, Bradley, and Cameron) is plenty of cover. Cameron just shat the bed against Belgium. Edu would have, most likely, been far worse. He just can't play at a level that significantly below the world cup.
The real mistake was not bringing Boyd to back up Altidore as a hold up striker. Boyd had been in good form for his club team in exactly the same role as Altidore was to play and having him would have allowed Dempsey to play as a withdrawn striker where he's much more effective. When Klinsmann chose his 23, though, I don't think he planned to play Jones tucked in on the left. Had he planned for that, he should have left Davis at home for Boyd.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So you think Brandon went in||
So you think Brandon went in and told him, "Hey John, we really need to bring in coaches to teach man-to-man to compete in the Big 10 and to achieve better player development and recruiting connections." I think it's far more likely that Beilein, whom almost everyone ackowledges is one of the smartest coaches in college bball examined his staff after the season and saw serious shortcomings that he thought were insurmountable.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his||
isn't he in for Beckerman, just slotting into his role?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||When chipping the keeper goes||
When chipping the keeper goes wrong...
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I think the call you're||
I think the call you're thinking of in the first game was Fred, not Neymar.
FWIW, I thought Marquez fouled Robben both on his plant foot and his trailing leg, but there's no doubt Robben responded by flopping like a swordfish. I could see not giving the call if the ref judged that Robben had lost control of the ball before the foul, but I do think he was fouled.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks, don't know where I||
Thanks, don't know where I got the idea the US was playing in Recife again. Point still kind of holds..
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yep. Tell them to look on the||
Yep. Tell them to look on the northern end of the old west side. Places like Spring and Fountain Streets north of Miller. Close enough to walk to campus (20 minute or so walk), Main Street and Kerrytown, out of the student area so you feel like adults, but still affordable enough that you can live there on a post-doc + additional working adult salary.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||There are two real reasons||
There are two real reasons why flopping is so prevalent.
1. Set pieces near the box are very valuable, not to even mention penalties. This kind of tactical diving is what you see Robben doing a lot (and I thought he was fouled at the end, though he did exaggerate the contact in search of a call).
2. It's a way to stall momentum and get a rest in what is a very physically exhausting game.
The best way to eliminate it is by the players not putting the ball into touch as a courtesy, and I've seen this a lot in this cup. Increasingly, it seems that teams on a break will finish their offensive move, even if the defense is signalling to put the ball out. When this happens, you'll see guys get up behind the ball and chase if they're not truly hurt.
That said, there's contact that happens on the pitch that truly hurts for a couple minutes. Getting cleated in the foot hurts like crazy, because the upper of soccer cleats are very thin. Getting kicked in the back of the leg or the ankle is similar. But you can work that pain out after a minute. This is stuff that we don't notice in American football because guys go out for a play and then return.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Potential small advantage for||
Potential small advantage for the US: this is the first game Belgium will have played in the north of Brazil while the US has played all its games there. Temps tomorrow in Recife aren't supposed to be particularly warm, but it looks like the humidity will be high.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||When was the last time||
When was the last time Detroit had a white mayor? Um, today?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Algeria will finally get a||
Algeria will finally get a chance at revenge for 1982. Great matchup.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I was terrified by both of||
I was terrified by both of them. Turned out that Gonzalez played a terrific game. And thank god Klinnsman told Zusi and Davis to switch sides. Think that's the last we see of Davis.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Assuming you mean 2015, but I||
Assuming you mean 2015, but I think this is right. Though CONMEBOL hasn't scheduled anything yet, based on this past qualifying round, looks like they begin in the fall after the Copa that follows the World Cup.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Cameron was bad, no doubt.||
Cameron was bad, no doubt. But Gonzalez has looked off the pace since his knee injury early this year. And he was strangely MIA on that goal for a guy brought in to provide defensive stability at the end of the game.
Agree that Bedoya's probably just run into the ground. Davis's failure to put in a defensive shift against Turkey is what worries me. Would prefer to see Yedlin in game where our best chances are going to be on the break.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I really hope I'm wrong but||
I really hope I'm wrong but have the same feeling at seeing both Davis and Gonzalez as when I saw "Clark" on the team sheet four years ago.