This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
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|16 hours 18 min ago||Agreed, we'd be complaining||
Agreed, we'd be complaining if one of our targets went to another school and then their mom or coach was hired there. However, since Michigan is doing it we'll defend it as completely on the up and up no matter appearances.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not that my opinion counts||
Not that my opinion counts for anything but...
I think it's shady. My dad taught me back in high school you don't ask a girl out three months before a dance and then ditch her if a cuter girl says yes a week before. It's juvenile and for a guy who talks about toughness and being a man as much as Harbaugh does, he and his staff should be straight with these kids rather than losing their number like some teenager would. I keep seeing people who say that they assume Harbaugh is a straight-shooter, and we don't know all the facts but there's a hell of a lot of smoke dating all the way back to Stanford indicating he's going to keep doing this ghosting thing of disappearing on recruits when he finds someone better. He's a great football coach, but he's kind of a dick to some people. We knew this going in.
My bigger worry is that when the coach sets a shady example it rubs off on everyone around the program. Michigan has boosters happy to buy recruits just as any dirty SEC program does, but our leadership has shown that's not the way Michigan does things. If leadership now shows that we want to win at all costs, our bagmen will see that and start coming out of the shadows.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Agree completely. I think as||
Agree completely. I think as a whole we're no different than any other fanbase out there. Meaning we're a completely hypocritical batch who will gladly justify anything our team does and furrow our brows when another team does it. We knew Harbaugh could be kind of a dick, he tweets definitely-not-cryptic messages like he's some bitter teenager while talking about acting like a man, but he's our juvenile, maniacial, (and most importantly), successful football coach so we're all good with it.
Swenson isn't the only commit that Michigan has mysteriously stopped returning calls for this year. It's apparently the way Harbaugh and co. have decided they're going to do things for better or for worse. I wish it wasn't done this way, gotta suck for the kids.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The other thread discussing||
The other thread discussing potential Offensive Tackle recruiting changes makes it pretty clear that Michigan has done the 'ghosting' thing with Swenson because they feel he hasn't improved much since his initial committment and they feel they can get a better player instead.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks, that makes sense. So||
Thanks, that makes sense where the school generates the official offer letters, faxes them out that morning and then the kids sign and fax them back.
I've never liked the 'just stop answering or returning their calls' approach but I suppose that's modern recruiting.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I've always wondered what||
I've always wondered what would happen if a recruit who hasn't heard from a particular staff in weeks/months (since I assume Michigan isn't the only staff that accidentally loses a kids number when they think they can get someone better) just faxed in their LOI on signing day anyway.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Very cool to hear. Even aside||
Very cool to hear.
Even aside from the win, my Citrus Bowl experience was great. I only noticed 'piped-in' music once, and only noticed one goofy game-type thing on the screens between plays. Granted, I was sitting near the Michigan band, but it felt like an old-time game with the band playing nearly every chance they had between plays or during timeouts. I don't see a lot of other Citrus Bowl impressions here but I'd be curious if anyone else felt the same way.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||Yes I agree completely, it's||
Yes I agree completely, it's a crazy, but in hindsight probably inevitable result because of the way the rules are set up, to end up with players only facilities like this.
To be fair, most of MGoBlog is pretty rational, but I do see a few comments that Clemson is way over the top and preposterous. I'd guess that if you polled normal people on the street they'd be even more upset with such spending. I'm just saying that schools which sit at the 90th or 95th percentile (and I would assume MIchigan is somewhere up there) are just as much a part of the problem as the school at the 99th percentile like Clemson. It's a broken system and we're all part of it. That said, I'll be at the game on the 1st so it doesn't bother me enough to vote with my wallet. If Clemson wants to do this, I say go for it, it's their money and until the rules of the system change this is probably a smart way to spend it.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||While it sure seems over the||
While it sure seems over the top, I bet 90% of the colleges across the country could look at Michigan's facilities and say that what our players get (in terms of facilities) is over the top. Wasn't it just recently that Jameis Winston was talking about how great Michigan's facilities were compared with Florida State?
It's kinda like the middle class family that looks at what the upper-middle spends its money on and thinks they're being ridiculous. The upper-middle looks on what the upper class spends its money on and thinks they're being ridiculous. And the upper class looks on the wealthy or super wealthy and thinks they're being ridiculous. We seem to have an inherent bias that our (Michigan's) level of spending is a good happy medium, but what Clemson is doing is over the top.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||If you're spending that much||
If you're spending that much time maintaining your house/pool/acreage then it sounds like your property owns you rather than the other way around. Not how I would describe my life or choose to live it.
It was just my two cents for the OP, it works for me, no judgment towards anyone else intended.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Good advice. I'm probably one||
I'm probably one of the rare people that changed without marriage or kids triggering it. In my late teens and early 20s I could spend all day Saturday watching college football, all Sunday watching NFL football or NASCAR, basically any sporting event that was on. Then I moved somewhere warm, found I enjoyed spending my Sundays outside instead of in front of a television watching other people do things and it's been a steady progression from there. Now it's Michigan games, The Walking Dead and nothing else. I just don't watch TV.
A good friend once described me as such, "You'd rather be in the game of life than watching it from the 50 yard line." I had never thought of it that way until she said it, but it made me really question the value of sitting in front of a screen watching other people do things, as opposed to going out and living life myself.
Hope your daughter and son-in-law are able to make things work.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah this game has defensive||
Yeah this game has defensive stalemate written all over it to me.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Every single poster here on||
Every single poster here on MGoBlog would do the same thing too if someone was waving 2+ million per year in their face. Durkin made the right decision to strike while the iron is hot
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Unless we're projecting||
Unless we're projecting Rudock to repeat his last week's performance (I'm assuming regression to the mean rather than repeating his career best), the line seems about right. They'll get some yards and points throwing at the non-Lewis/Peppers people.
I'm surprised that no team has tried to attack us yet by sending receivers vertical against Lewis and Peppers all day long to get them away from the play while trying to attack everyone else underneath. That seems like the best chance to score on our defense.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||1-2 days a week during||
1-2 days a week during football season, probably only a single drink per week the rest of the year. I'll split a pitcher with a friend at the alumni club gatherings to watch the football games, but for me I've just found I prefer to stay away from any amount that gets me really buzzed or drunk. Too many fun things to do outdoors to be struggling with a hangover.
|14 weeks 12 hours ago||Aside from the fact that it's||
Aside from the fact that it's early and doesn't matter, the Alabama position doesn't bother me. They beat Georgia when Nick Chubb was still healthy, he's probably the second best RB in the country and he made that an entirely different Georgia team. They put up 29 first downs to Ole Miss' 16, but it was just one of those games where everything (namely the 5 turnovers) went against them. They beat that Ole Miss team 4 times out of 5 if not more, and the committee is tasked with selecting the best teams, I doubt many people would pick Ole Miss straight-up against Alabama in a neutral site game. It's still a judgment call, but hardly what I'd call a nonsensical one.
It won't matter though, things will sort themselves out by season's end.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I think they're a much better||
I think they're a much better team with Barrett at the helm, he looked like he was finally back to his A+ self last weekend.
Not to mention the team voted Barrett captain, so I can't imagine this causing any dissension.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||No blame or anger at all||
No blame or anger at all towards the players. Shit happens.
That said, I have some 'friends' who really like to show their asshole side when MSU wins and they were certainly sending me messages en masse tonight. When UM wins I don't send them anything because I didn't have anything to do with the win. I'm more pissed at some of them than anything that happened in the game.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Good for him, even Mr. Money||
Good for him, even Mr. Money Mustache would be impressed with that savings rate.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||I've got a 2011 Chevy||
I've got a 2011 Chevy Silverado LT Extended cab, standard box, 4wd, 5.3L V8, towing package and chrome step bars that I installed.
It's been a great vehicle for me and with the 5.3 liter my lifetime mileage is hovering right around 20 mpg.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Mathematically it seems||
Mathematically it seems almost certain that there must be some other life out there, but I tend to think that intelligent / advanced life that can build and use technology must be rare. Heck Earth has had life on it for over 3.5 billion years, but our species has only been around for a few million and has only developed technology in the last few thousand (depending on how you want to define technology). If our planet with such perfect conditions for life took that long to accidentally produce a form of highly intelligent life that might mean we are in fact pretty rare.
If advanced life taht was able to travel to other solar systems or galaxies exists, why wouldn't they have colonized all the good spots already? So no, I doubt we've been visited by aliens.
|30 weeks 18 hours ago||Eh, it doesn't bother me||
Eh, it doesn't bother me whether Harbaugh is constantly out there promoting himself and the University in LOUD TWEETS or if he locks himself in a film room and never gets on the internet.
But let's be honest, we're sports fans, if Harbaugh never posted stuff on social media we'd claim that it's a good thing because he's authentic and doesn't care about any of that marketing BS while he's off working hard somewhere. If he does post a ton on social media we claim it's great because he's being authentic and getting the Michigan brand out there. We've made fun of lots of other coaches over the years for their use of social media that seems an awful lot like what Harbaugh has been doing.
TLDR; We're sports fans, so whatever our guy is doing is right, and whatever the other team's guy is doing is wrong.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Ditto on the satellite||
Ditto on the satellite camps. If the B1G had a rule against them and SEC schools were using them we'd be complaining. If a coach at any other school was doing the things Harbaugh has been doing we'd be talking about him as a crazy fool but since he's our crazy fool it's awesome and everyone else is just nervous/jealous.
We're no different than any of the other schools. Win and we're willing to look the other way on a lot of shady stuff.
Edited to add: I don't think that's a good thing, if we start giving some of these committed kids the cold shoulder I won't feel right about it, but I don't think the fanbase as a whole will care a bit if the wins come.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||I watched that side-by-side||
I watched that side-by-side earlier today too.
While I know that you can't compare times because the surfaces are different everyday and sometimes you just race to win, the fact that Secretariat still holds the all-time records at ALL THREE triple crown races makes him the Greatest of All Time. Watching that 1973 Belmont has to be one of the greatest athletic performances ever and like one of the previous posters I literally tear up watching it.
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|40 weeks 18 hours ago||I'm going to Montana. No||
I'm going to Montana. No second home, I'm not that rich, but my job is 100% portable so I spend the summers up in the Whitefish area with a lot of time in Glacier National Park.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||If I were in your shoes. 529s||
If I were in your shoes.
529s for the kids.
Roth for your retirement.
Don't fund your kids college education from your retirement accounts. If they get to college-age and you find you're short for their dream school start looking at cheaper schools or community college for the first year or two and have them work while in school. Again, do not use your retirement accounts to fund your child's college expenses.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Count me in with the people||
Count me in with the people who don't have a problem with it. It's a reward for the players, many of whom come from poor backgrounds and wouldn't otherwise get a chance to travel to some of these places. I do however think those bowl games should have to guarantee a minimum level of compensation/profit to the schools. If a bunch of sponsors for a bowl game want to lose money that's their choice, but schools shouldn't have to lose money to attend a game.
If we're really going to stand behind the principle of bowl games meaning something important we might as well go back to the days when only one B1G team could go to a bowl game but I doubt anyone here would want that either.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||I think you've got a tough||
I think you've got a tough sell, and like some others have mentioned, if you have to convince / sell her on the idea I think it's already doomed to failure. Even moreso once kids come, most women tend to want to be near their family when that stage of live comes.
If you don't currently like your job in a small government field I assume the new job would be similar? So if you don't like it now what makes you think you'll like something similar for less pay just because it's in Michigan? Sounds more like a jobs issue.
I spent my first 23 years in Michigan but other than visits to the family I don't miss it. If you like snow move somewhere you can enjoy it like the mountains. If you like sun and warmth or the beach, move somewhere you can enjoy those more than 3 months a year.
I get that we all develop our own ideas of what 'home' should look like by growing up somewhere but I just honestly don't think someone without those previously developed attachments would choose Michigan if they could choose anywhere in the country. it's not a bad place, but it's just not the end-all, be-all of locations in the entire US. Of course I speak that as someone who can live anywhere and spends winters in Florida and summers in the rocky mountains so I'm way on the far extreme of location flexibility and I realize not everyone gets to just go anywhere they want.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||It's just so hard to||
It's just so hard to predict. You look at a team like Texas and many assumed they'd make a leap because 'obviously they have so much talent and Mack Brown just fostered a country club culture' (sound familiar?) but they struggled to go 6-6 this year under a new energetic coach in Charlie Strong.
I'm trying to keep my expectations tempered, if he can get Morris or Speight to be an average game-manager type QB and the team goes 8-4 next year I'll consider that a success.