Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
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|6 days 11 hours ago||Watching both teams play||
Watching both teams play hero-ball in the 4th quarter was frustrating to watch after a year in which top NBA teams seem to have figured out that passing and cutting is more effective. Happy for Lebron and glad to see a game 7 that came down to the final seconds.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Awesome for them! It does||
Awesome for them!
It does seem like it's time to step up the level of competition however. For someone more knowledgeable than me... with the Athletic Department raking in money hand over fist, couldn't they just make rowing a varsity sport (greater funding, travel expenses born by the AD rather than the club members) but without scholarships or just a very minimal level of scholarships? Or does making it varsity require a significant number of scholarships be created? I get the title IX issue, but giving say, 3 rowing scholarships and adding 3 scholarships to women's sports seems like a drop in the bucket to the AD financial picture.
I'd rather see the program competing with the big boys and being mediocre instead of beating up on the little sisters of the poor. (Yes I know how incredibly hard they work, but 8 straight national championships is a pretty clear indication that the talent levels are not well matched)
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I remember being in Ann Arbor||
I remember being in Ann Arbor for the 2003 outage but I had a basement apartment so it stayed cool temperatuer-wise.
The longest I've ever been without was 10 days following hurricane Wilma.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Relative to income, I don't||
Relative to income, I don't think their dumb mistakes are all that different than the dumb mistakes ordinary people make with money. The only difference is that for NFL players, the income typically dries up after 3-5 years, while for ordinary people they can keep working to make the payments on their stupidity.
After all, a 300k car for a rookie making 500k is no different than someone making 50k buying a 30k car (both are DUMB). Timeshares, whole life insurance, vacations they can't afford. Stupidity with money is rampant at all income levels.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly. A kid who hasn't||
Exactly. A kid who hasn't developed as expected, transferring somewhere else so he can play more is a non-event at any program. We can't force a kid who wants to go somewhere else for more minutes to stay here because he provides a few minutes of rest for the starters.
Of course the 'Blame Beilein for everything' crowd will claim it's proof he's ruining the program.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed, it's hypocritical to||
Agreed, it's hypocritical to be all "Yeah Harbaugh!!" when he responds but be all "What a low class loser!" when someone from OSU responds.
It's good for the rivalry, the fans eat it up and both Harbaugh and Elliot probably grabbed a bunch of extra Twtter followers to build their 'brands'. Hard to get upset by this.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||The citrus groves usually||
The citrus groves usually flower here in central Florida between early and mid-March. I know we don't exactly have 'winter' but the blooms coincide with calendar spring and it's the sweetest smell you can imagine.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Clark Howard||
|18 weeks 2 days ago||While I like to think||
While I like to think Michigan is cleaner than most, it definitely does happen. I have friends with enough connection to the auto dealership field in SE Michigan that they have told me all schools have boosters who provide benefits up to and including vehicles. They're huge M fans and alums so they wouldn't have any reason to badmouth Michigan.
College athletics is dirty, I just choose to believe we're playing in the slightly less deep end of the cesspool.
|19 weeks 4 days 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.
|21 weeks 5 days 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.
|22 weeks 5 days 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.
|22 weeks 5 days 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.
|24 weeks 3 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.
|24 weeks 3 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.
|25 weeks 25 min 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.
|26 weeks 4 days 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.
|26 weeks 4 days 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.
|27 weeks 2 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.
|27 weeks 2 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.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah this game has defensive||
Yeah this game has defensive stalemate written all over it to me.
|29 weeks 3 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
|32 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 2 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.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|35 weeks 4 days 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.
|36 weeks 22 hours 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.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Good for him, even Mr. Money||
Good for him, even Mr. Money Mustache would be impressed with that savings rate.
|47 weeks 3 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.
|49 weeks 2 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.