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|20 weeks 3 days ago||As I Brace..||
As I brace to be negged to oblivion, being painfully aware of the ignorance (lack of knowledge) prevalent in America concerning the history of 'race'; I posit: Race is a false concept. A social construct relatively new to human beings. The term, 'white people' did not exist prior to the late 1600's (look it up for yourself). Prior to that, people were referred to by their ethnic group (Italian, Serbian, Yoruba, Moor, Egyptian, Greek, etc). In fact, colonial America was rife with mulatto children in the 1500 and 1600's prior to the advent of 'race' and the separation movement. Laws were enacted in the 1650's to stop interracial marriage. It took several of these laws before the people accepted the concept as anything more than absurd. Now, we act as if this is reality.
Secondly, I think what the executive was pointing out is that, like with Kentucky, the average 6'6" NBA player can jump out of the gym and has athleticism to spare. Nik is a superb athlete, but he cannot sky like Kentucky's players of similar size. Players with heritage from different geographical regions of the planet have different physical attributes. As far as I am concerned, Nik is the truth. But he is no Michael Jordan. Different skillsets.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Completely||
Completely hear your point ,cigol. I just cannot muster the enthusiasm to absorb the amount of pre-season material that I have for the last 30 years. I am like a deflated balloon. Until this team shows signs of being for real again, my broken heart is in protect mode.
These coaches have a lot to prove.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||This Article||
This article really, really is good. You outdid yourself Brian. Salute.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Maximum Effort||
Maximum effort, Michigan Basketball. Thank you for a fantastic season. You were expected to be a rebuilding team, yet you reached deep down and gave us your hearts. Thank you, indeed.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Tennesse Game Perfect Prep||
Tennessee game turned out to be a perfect prep for Louisville. The sloppiness against pressure D provides JB plenty of teaching points to prepare for Louisville's pressure.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Your Friend||
Your friend in Chicago sounds like an advanced soul. He is not me. However, we have the same father.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Indeed||
Indeed you are. Well said. The key for GRIII is between his own ears. When he believes he is a beast, it will manifest.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Come on Over||
Come on over. Everyone is welcome. Only the harmonics of love exist at the source, though. Gratitude. Acceptance. Lack of judgement. Etc. The realization that all religions are harmonics of the one source is required, however. The source is pure energy. The strongest harmonic of which is love.
BTW, Dude, you rock. I hadn't seen your post about GRIII until I had submitted mine. The fact that they are synchronous is way cool.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Precisely||
Precisely the reason I don't give a damn what anyone thinks about me or my opinions in this space (or otherwise). Really? Some arse actually downvoted a 100% for Michigan post? So here is the deal. Kenpom does not qualify for my pantheon of Gods. You worship him if you wish. I worship only the source of my consciousness. And the Source says Michigan by 15. LOL.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Cuonzo Martin||
Cuonzo Martin sees it. Minnesota's coach (lil' Pitino) sees it. This team has five legitimate future NBA players. Stauskas, GRIII, Irvin, Caris, Walton. Tennessee has not played anyone with this skill level. So said their very own coach. Go Blue!
|21 weeks 6 days ago||XXX||
XXX. Fuck Kenpom. Fuck Tennessee. Fuck fear. We are Big Ten Champions. We are Michigan. We come to play hard. GRIII finally finds his inner beast. He is the X factor. Michigan blows out Tennessee. Michigan 87-72. Hail to the Victors. Bring on whichever Kentucky team. Believe what you have seen. This team is legit.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Jabrill..||
Michigan needs your mentality. You are a champion. Come become a legend by leading this squad.
|38 weeks 9 hours ago||Nelson Mandela Lives||
Nelson Mandela lives on. A life that exemplified my deepest truth; 'Love is the only proper response'.
|41 weeks 11 hours ago||How About..||
How about all the players playing with poor fundamentals. Would that qualify as evidence?
|41 weeks 1 day ago||I Like The Way You Think BornInAA||
I Like The Way You Think BornInAA.
It's like raising kids. One parent says to the teen rebel, 'getting good grades and doing all your assignments will get you far in life'. And the kid half way listens.
The other parent says, 'No missed assignments. Not even a damn pop quiz. You miss one assignment, ever..and the cell phone is mine. The video games are mine. The only thing you will do is eat, sleep and school. Plus, I want weekly progress reports until I feel better about this. Missed assignments are the worst thing you can do in my damn house. Not having it. And then they really mean it and enact the promised punishment.
You get what you accept..
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Sending Energy and Prayer||
Sending energy and prayer hoping to see a completely successful outcome and recovery. May love flood your presence and remove all uncertainty and doubt.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Point Was That Davidson||
'Point was that Davidson grew tired of Larry Brown and his ego and interferred and made him go away, thus ending what could have been an extended championship run.
I agree however, that comparing Brandon to Davidson is generous. Davidson brought championships prior to the Larry Brown firing.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Has David Brandon Become Joe Dumars and Bill Davidson?||
Has David Brandon become Joe Dumars and Bill Davidson?
I will preface my theories with the concession that I have no inside sources in order to substantiate my suspicions. But a couple of things are surfacing which makes trained analysts note the parrallels.
1. This outfit has the symptoms of a demoralized organization. If you have ever been in an organization that was humming along on all cylinders until the leadership changed, either by retirement or other circumstance..and the new leadership came in with bright ideas that missed; New ideas without consulting the veterans and an inability to read situations clearly, combined with the inability to recognize talent versus the professional ass-kissers..
Then you have seen this before. The situation reaches critical mass at the point where everyone basically quits inside their own mind as a psyche- preservation exercise. The futility erupts into a realization that the situation is hopeless.
2. Bill Davidson, and by default Joe Dumars, became inflated to the point that they believed their organizational structure was responsible for the successes. So rather than accept that Larry Brown's eccentricity was the necessary evil accompanying his genius, they thought that with their superior organization, that just about any coach could plug in and continue the success. Their arrogance destroyed the fiber of the winning chemistry. But, at least the Larry Brown ego was no longer a nuisance.
Is it possible that meddling by the chief is undermining the cohesiveness of this organization? Is it possible that true feelings cannot be expressed or that the veteran's ideas are being overruled? To the point of giving up inside but putting on the face in order to keep the paycheck coming until the ship inevitably runs aground?
Is it possible that a Jim Harbaugh or a Nick Saban or an Urban Meyer have no real chance to be hired here? Was Jim Harbaugh our Larry Brown? His eccentricity overruling his ability to stick regardless of brilliance?
And finally, in closing, I want to answer those who have asked if not Hoke, then who? What 'Michigan Man' is out there or who would want come here?
I will answer that with a question. What Marine, what Seaman, what Airman and what Soldier is just that before basic training?
Close to none of them. That is why they go through basic training. To restructure them into the epitome of the organization.
So along those same precepts, any coach with supreme ability can be molded into a Michigan Man. There would just need to be a 'basic training' program to indoctrinate them as to the do's and don'ts at Michigan.
Michigan deserves to be the best football program in the land. There are coaches out there with the resume accomplished to the point that their thoughts have turned to their legacy.
What greater legacy for a coach would there be than to take the winningest team in history to it's greatest heights ever?
That would equal immortality if you pull it off. There are a few coaches that would bite at a chance for immortality and who 'know' they can do it here.
The only caveat is that the AD would have to give up sitting in on team affairs.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Our Coaches Have To Stop Being Afraid||
Our coaches have to stop being afraid of freshmen mistakes. If a senior has more experience but could never match the youngster's pure ability, you have to give the nod to ability if you want to maximize your talent and team ceiling. Why on earth would you hold your own team back?
|42 weeks 2 days ago||There Is No Valid Excuse||
There is no valid excuse for your best athletes not seeing the field. In fact, if the best team in the land does it consistently, why can't we learn from that example?
If Alabama can play four running backs in a game, play freshmen regularly, then all of the reasons I am hearing here for not playing freshmen or stud athletes sounds like pure dumb shit.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||You Have To Trust Your Freshmen Players||
You have to be able to trust your freshmen players.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||The Best Players||
The best players don't always play..and that is a shame. It is telling when players become starters in the NFL but they could not get on the field in college. A talent like Furman, Thomas, Green would be on the field for most B10 teams. It is not like we are 'great' without them contributing.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Taking A Shot At Norfleet||
Taking a shot at Norfleet or judging dreaklocks as 'less than respectable' is completely out of line. You missed respect 101.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||That (Kb)||
That (Kb)..exactly. Alabama plays freshmen. Alabama plays four running backs in a single game.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Enough is Enough||
Enough is Enough. If this..when this staff loses big to Ohio State, they will speed toward a major correction. The folks that have clout will put on the pressure and there will be change. Today was a complete embarrassment. It was an outclassing. Michigan was no match. Spin it any way you wish. That cannot be acceptable here. No one will need to add to the weight this staff is bringing to bear on themselves. All we have to do is standby and wait for it to end.
There are too many things wrong to think that it will be fixed anytime soon. Dantonio has actually said he likes Brady Hoke. I bet Urban does too. If Urban is really smart, he'll call off the horses and keep the game relatively close. Because a blowout by the Buckeyes will be the beginning of the end.
The end may be a sacrificial coach or two at first, but it will just delay the inevitable. This staff is in over their heads. Not one unit is impressive nor fundamentally sound.
Michigan can attract the best coaches in the country. But they do not want to. They are smarter than that. Smarter than hiring the best.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||I Hope That Hoke||
I hope that Hoke is smart enough to evaluate this situation correctly and make the necessary adjustments. That is all that I can say right now because I choose to remain positive.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||The Hit Voted Most Ferocious||
The hit voted most ferocious in college football belongs to the 1997 Michigan football squad.
"1997 What hit could possibly top this list after the collisions you've just seen? How about a hit that immediately ended the careers of both players involved? Michigan safety Daydrion Taylor hit Penn State tight end Bob Stephenson so hard on the final play of the first quarter in the teams' 1997 game in Happy Valley that it horrifyingly knocked both players out. Stephenson was later diagnosed with a Grade 3 concussion, while Taylor underwent neck fusion surgery. Our choice for the Biggest Hit in College Football History is so legendary that the Big Ten Network did a feature on it last fall on the 15-year anniversary of the play, showing the permanent effect it had on both Taylor's and Stephenson's lives. We're just glad neither player was permanently injured during a hit that looked like two freight trains colliding."
|43 weeks 2 days ago||I Agree||
I agree that the Spartans are coached for '60 minutes of unnecesarry roughness' whereas the 1997 team was coached to 'lay the wood'. This is by no means 'apples to apples'. That said, you can be physically intimidating without being dirty. The rules allow for physical intimidation without the Spartans brand of thugery. Our defense can certainly stand to be more physical. I don't recall the last time a Michigan DB laid an impressive stick. Too often I see them pass up the opportunity to make a hit.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||It Is Clear||
It is clear that State is in Michigan's heads. That is the very reason you play a physically intimidating style of defense. As a defensive back in my playing days I purposely honed a reputation as a fearless, no-regard-for-personal-safety hitter. I wanted opponents to think that I was a little bit nutso. I hit a receiver at every opportunity on every single play as if I were trying to run through him. This resulted in many a dropped pass as the receiver turned to locate me before securing the pass so that he could brace for the contact. Because he knew it was coming. I had more than my share of opponents carted off the field. Call it dirty if you wish.
Really good defenses have a twelveth man on the field. His name is intimidation. Those of you old enough to have witnessed the 1997 Michigan defense firsthand know very well what I am talking about. That defense delivered blows that stopped play while bodies were carted off the field on numerous occasions. How ironic that Michigan State has now adopted this style of defense.
The very reason you play a physically punishing style is so that your opponent cannot concentrate solely on offensive execution. He must also factor in self preservation.
I loved that Michigan 1997 defense. This 2013 Indiana offense would have been completely out of rhythm against that defense. There would have been hits that made us cringe. There would have been receivers short-arming passes. There would have been receivers starting fist fights out of frustration. What there would not have been is receivers snatching balls away from DBs.
Until Michigan plays defense like that again, we will wait for another national championship.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||AAAMICHFAN||
AAAMICHFAN, hell yeah. I like the way you said that there. I am putting my energy with yours. 31-10 Michigan.
Third eye sees this one and makes it so.
Brady Hoke is walking through Da'Shawn Hand's high school parking lot after his visit Friday night, and there on the ground near his rental car is a brown paper bag with something inside it glowing through the bag eerily. It is a pulsating light in a deep blue hue. Brady picks up the bag and looks inside it. The deep blue light exits the bag and consumes Hoke's entire being. Lo and behold, it is pure, uncut swag.
The swag penetrates Hoke to his core.
Fast forward to the team meeting to start the final week of preparation on Monday, 10/28. Hoke stands at the podium waiting for the team to finish settling in. He stands there in silence until the team notices his posture and every mouth shuts up. Hoke continues to stand there in silence. Seconds pass. No words. Everybody in the room is paying rapt attention.
'Men, the past is just that. Over. From this fucking second forward, we are kicking ass and taking prisoners. We are going into Spartan stadium and taking that bitch over. Damn X's and O's. I want scalps. I want blood. I want their tears. I want their hearts. I want their goddamn lunch money.
AM I CLEAR?'