"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
- Member for
- 6 years 7 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|10 weeks 2 days ago||My parents (both age 61 now)||
My parents (both age 61 now) were able to completely pay for bachelors degrees at MSU just from their summer jobs (waitres and farm hand) and there's no way students today can do that.
I don't know the solution but it's clear that the equivalent inflation adjusted college degree was much more affordable 30-40 years ago than it is today and that's putting many young people in a difficult situation when they try to start out their lives. I've been fortunate enough to find a good career and have all my student loans paid off now but I know classmates who are still struggling.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Childfree and I was alright||
Childfree and I was alright with the loss.
I think it has more to do with age/experience than kids/no kids however. I don't have kids now and obviously didn't have kids 15-20 years ago but back then I would have taken the loss much harder than I do today.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||I don't like our chances.||
I don't like our chances. Iowa isn't going to drop four gift-wrapped interceptions and they've got a stronger front-7 to contain our glimmer of a running game we had with Green at RB.
As an aside, what did Northwestern do in a past-life to deserve the kind of heartbreaking losses they've had lately? Nebraska two weeks ago, us this week, us the year before.
|40 weeks 2 hours ago||Yuck, I remember being at||
Yuck, I remember being at that 1998 Fargas game and the 2008 game at Michigan Stadium, soaked, cold and miserable for both.
If it makes you feel any better it's only supposed to be 76 here in Florida on Saturday so I might have to wear long sleeves.
|40 weeks 22 hours ago||I should say I have no idea||
I should say I have no idea if those reports are true, just that I've seen it repeated often enough that I thought it worth mentioning. Hand may have made his decision purely on a football basis for all we know.
|40 weeks 22 hours ago||Can't blame him. Their||
Can't blame him. Their program is winning NCs and developing players for the NFL.
In addition, if the reports that he was told he couldn't major in engineering and play football at UM are true (or even if it was just heavily hinted at to him) then it's even more of a no-brainer.
|46 weeks 4 hours ago||Agreed SDW. I'm sick of the||
Agreed SDW. I'm sick of the 'holier than thou' attitude of fellow Michigan fans. How quickly we forget there was a good amount of smoke surrounding our beloved Charles Woodson and involvement with an agent during the 1997 season. I doubt anyone here thinks the '97 national championship is tainted, but we just assume that everyone else who wins one somehow cheated to get it. This stuff is going on everywhere, even in Ann Arbor.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||I'm with Seth, we'd be 1-2||
I'm with Seth, we'd be 1-2 right now if it weren't for Devin's legs and running ability.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||You can take the girl out of||
You can take the girl out of the country..... and she could probably start at quarterback for Michigan State.
You can't teach an old dog new tricks...... but it could probably start at quarterback for Michigan State.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||That's what I keep thinking||
That's what I keep thinking with the Denver, Denver, Denver!!! wishes.
Football teams include a huge proportion of black kids from poor backgrounds meaning they've probably never been skiing, their family members have probably never been skiing and the coaches aren't going to let them go skiing leading up to a bowl game. WTH are the players going to do in cold locations for two weeks? At least in warm places they get a day at the beach, usually a day at a theme park, some time outside in the sun, they like it, their families like it and get to come see them. They're not getting paid, at least give them a trip somewhere they want to be.
I agree the Big Ten is probably too concentrated in Florida, but NYC/Denver/Toronto sure don't seem like the answer to me.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||I know you've pined for it||
I know you've pined for it before Brian, but sending a football team full of 18-22 year olds to Denver instead of somewhere warm with a beach just seems like more of the 'using poor black kids to fund rich white people activities' that you're typically against.
You'll have a bunch of 18-22 year old kids from generally poor backgrounds who have never been skiing, their families have never been skiing and their coach won't dare let them go skiing during a bowl trip on the chance that someone blows out a knee. At least in Florida the kids can go to the beach or go ride roller coasters at the theme parks. It's not much but it's at least some sort of reward for the players.
(and yes I realize most 18-22 year olds would prefer drinking on Bourbon St to any of those alternatives but I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb to say most players in CFB would rather go somewhere in Florida, get a half day at the beach, a half day at a theme park and some warm weather than they would a trip to Denver where they can look at the mtns 30 miles away but won't be allowed to go skiing).
The bowl system certainly needs reforming, but I'm not sure that putting bowl games in places that overwhelmingly draw upper middle class or rich white people is the answer to that.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Thanks for sharing! My||
Thanks for sharing! My parents saw two this past summer in Glacier Nat'l Park. I've just missed seeing one out there the past few springs.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||We'll have to wait for the||
We'll have to wait for the bowl games to see how things stack up but this is probably the worst that I've ever seen the B1G top to bottom in my 20+ years of following the sport.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Vincent Smith had a block||
Vincent Smith had a block against Ohio State (I think it was in '10), where he took on a bigger guy that was blitzing at him with a full head of steam and absolutely stood him up. Did a quick search and couldn't find a video of it, but if anyone else remembers that I'd love to see it again.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I think we've all seen that||
I think we've all seen that Brandon is not above using a little double-speak when it serves his interests.
That said I'm sure there's some blame and mis-understanding that should go towards both sides here. DB is just trying to get in the final word. The important thing now is that the band will be there, I hope they have a great trip and represent the University very well.
|2 years 1 week ago||If we could get Fred Jackson||
If we could get Fred Jackson quotes everyday between now and kickoff we'd all be predicting a 63-0 win over Alabama.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||That's a good question||
That's a good question because I had always been told by guys on the team that coach Carr was there at 6 AM to make sure the person in the doghouse showed up and ran stairs. Take it FWIW, that just came from two guys but they definitely said coach Carr was there to handle the enforcement.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Given Michigan's own most||
Given Michigan's own most recent experience of a player receiving domestic violence charges I think it's a little early to be going all "If Meyer does this then I'm going to call him out..." in a preview post. Sometimes the story changes when the details come out as we of all fanbases should be aware.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Exactly, Phelps put||
Exactly, Phelps put everything humanly possible into the 2008 games and his goal of 8 golds there. I would have wanted some easy time off for a year or two after that too and he certainly earned it. If the trials are any indication he's certainly put in a good chunk of work recently to get where he is, especially for someone at his age in competitive swimming.
On the other hand, I had no idea who this guy was until today. I suppose he's made a name for himself if that was his goal.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Little Sis is going to drive||
Little Sis is going to drive some (un?)lucky man very very insane one day.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Don't let Dave Brandon see||
Don't let Dave Brandon see that we're only 20th in 'Contributions & Donations.'
|2 years 18 weeks ago||If anyone is still reading||
If anyone is still reading this thread, what is the whole deal with the circle of trust to begin with? I missed the start of this story entirely so is it just that certain players were more 'trusted' than others? I.e. team leaders, big playmakers, etc? Special players get special treatment? I guess I'm trying to figure out why I'm supposed to be outraged.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Why the hate for Florida?||
Why the hate for Florida? Keep in mind that part of the reason for Bowl Games is supposed to be a reward for the players. Maybe I'm wrong but I doubt too many coaches want all their star players strapping on boots and skis just days before the big game due to the risk of injury. With beaches and amusement / theme / thrill parks that's far less of a threat. Besides, the system already uses lower-income black kids to make money for rich white people, let's not send them to places where the main attraction is rich white people sports like skiing.
[Posted from Florida, where it's in the 70s and I can see palm trees from my window]
|2 years 29 weeks ago||It'll take a few years to||
It'll take a few years to work through the system (so unfortunately we'll have to put up with more of it in the short term), but the new rules should put an end to the SEC >>> All Other Conferences debate now that everyone is on an even playing field.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Guilty here too. I'm more||
Guilty here too. I'm more than happy to watch a couple of 6-6 teams on a random December evening than not have anything.
In re Brian's comment - I Agree the risk of losing $$ needs to be put on the Bowl and not the teams, but there are some positives beyond just the guys in Blazers and the coaches. The players get a few more weeks of practice and another chance to play (this assumes of course that they'd rather do that than go back to offseason workouts which I think is a safe assumption to make).
|2 years 29 weeks ago||I bet on a Buckeye board||
I bet on a Buckeye board somewhere there's a topic asking if them having Urban on staff gives them a leg up on us since Mattison was on his staff at Florida.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||<quote>You could call this||
<quote>You could call this over or under-achieving and you would be partially right. The challenge is that over the last several years, I have been unable to find any teams that consistently bias one way by any real margin. You can point to grit, toughness, wanting it more and all the clichés, but with no record of teams being able to repeat, I just call it luck.</quote>
You've just destroyed the talking points of 99% of all sports talk-radio and 99.9% of the insight provided by people who call in to the shows.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Maybe you should go back to||
Maybe you should go back to not paying attention until around Thanksgiving.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||My favorite part of the day||
My favorite part of the day was tiny little Vincent Smith absolutely destroying the blitzer. So at least we had that.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Apparently the NFL would||
Apparently the NFL would rather keep the criticism/analysis to the they wanted it more / showed more heart level than anything intelligent involving actual playcalls or execution.