FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
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|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Watch for a trade||
I think he is going to the Sixers
|12 weeks 1 day ago||My thoughts exactly...||
.....though as long as the revised rankings turn out to be right, I won't worry about the endogeneity problem.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Married a girl from Athens||
It is a great town, and a place I would love to have UM play in. Fans are still ESS EEE SEE homers but definitely a notch or two below LSU, Bama, and some other places in the annoying department.
As UGA is my adpoted school down there I will have even more reasons to root for them.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I hope he goes||
And I am a big UM hoops fan. He's ready, and I don't want to see him risk injury. Gr3 and Mitch M on the other hand.....
|16 weeks 2 days ago||As an Eagles fan,||
and with apologies to (nerd alert) Grand Moff Tarkin:
"We're taking an awful risk, Kelly. This had better work"
|16 weeks 4 days ago||It's not every thread where the title alone makes me laugh.||
Bravo young Dakich.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||God, that team was talented||
I was at the Frieder 1988 summer hoops camp in A2, and in retrospect had a number of crazy memories of him and that team.
---talking to Steve Fisher for at least 15 minutes, including him lamenting not being able to recruit Clay Buckley out of my area (Duke got him, I would say UM did better). Really nice and humble guy
---Getting lifting tips from Mike Gittleson while Rob Pelinka (of Fab 5 supporting cast and now Kobe agent fame) was complaining about the lack of weight room equipment nearby
---Asking Coach Frieder his thoughts on Bobby Knight during the camp Q+A. His response? "Bobby Knight is the nicest guy in the world to you when he beats you"
---Being awestruck when watching an open practice with the 88-89 team. Rumeal Robinson and Glen Rice were jumping higher than anything I had ever seen before.
I know, I know, cool stories bro.....
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Flawed thinking on the seeding chart?||
I think the idea of comparing entire groups of seeds may be flawed in that it ignores the actual (i.e. S-curve) of the tournament seeding.
For example, seeds 1-4 have an average of 2.5 on the 1-64 S-curve, while 4-8 have an average of 6 (and so on). In such cases one would expect a drop off regardless if the decrease in quality of teams (or increased quality of opponents) is linear or not.
If you really want to show that a one seed is fundamentally better, do a comparision between seeds (on 1-64 S-curve) 4 and 5, 8 and 9, and so on, where you are comparing the lowest N and highest N+1 seed. Then I would be convinced.
I would do this myself, but I am a lazy freeloader off the Mathlete.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Not since Dr J have I been this excited||
Grew up in Philly with the Dr J, Moses, Andrew Toney teams and have been depressed ever since Harold Katz ok'ed the worst day of NBA deals in history.
Now they have an owner who is happy tanking in ordet to win later.The current GM (Sam Hinkie) should be arrested for stealing for some of his deals.
The Hawes trade is a great example. The 2nd round picks are those of the Cavs and Magic, which is not a bad thing this year. Hawes was going to be let go anyway and the Sixers sold high (his numbers are seriously misleading given the Sixers pace this year).
I hope that the Pistons get a decent GM soon so that they can experience as well the excitement of someone who knows what they are doing, though the only GM's left to sucker at that point may be Billy King and MJ.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||As a Phillies fan...||
...if their GM (Ruben Amaro Jr) did this, I hope it gets him fired sooner than he inevitably will be.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Somewhat disagree if I'm reading right||
While my son is too young to be getting advice from me, I feel comfortable eventually telling him that there are situations where a fan's actions could be reasonably expected to cause some harm to come to them.
The example I always think of is when ASU (Arizona) fans used to chant PLO when playing Steve Kerr and Arizona (backstory here). While I would have completely understood if Kerr had gone into the stands, the remarkable thing there is that he did not. In a sense, Kerr's example is the best to cite in these sitautions since turned the other cheek, however I also think it is a case where a fan chanting like that should be held accountable.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||I hope UM holds up their end of the bargain...||
...and provides him the opportunity to realize his potential
|25 weeks 30 min ago||Elisa is going?||
After all of Benjy's bitching he gets rewarded? That p*****e me off.
Where was this news released?
|25 weeks 2 days ago||My 2 cents||
1) I hope that, as in all these cases, justice was done.
2) I hope that the victim is getting all the support they need
3) I think it is necessary for Hoke to do a Bill Simmons-like play by play of what he knew, when he knew it, and WHY he decided to engage with the media on this the way he did.
Since 1) and 2) are things I can never really (or likely won't) know, I'll focus on 3). If there was even the slightest hint that there was obfuscation and not some well thought out reasoning behind what he/they (Hoke, AD, whatever) then I think that UM really needs to examine whether or not these people are a good fit at UM. This is not just beacuse, as an alum, I think people need to be held accountable, especially on something like this. It also has to do with the much less important (big picture) but very important (UMFB-wise) issue, it goes against the core sales pitch UM makes to recruits.
The only thing I saw Hoke having going for him is the whole idea that he has created a family-like atmosphere in AA. This, along with a history that suggests a modified version of PSU (we do it right) and the academics thing, is what supposedly sets UM in a class with the ND's and Stanfords of the world.
Thus, even if the explanation given is one that is not a fireable offense on its own, I think that this may be a time where the optics are such that such an action may be needed.
This whole thing sucks.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Agree with you||
It was something I was wondering myself. It sure didn't read like trolling.
As an MD, (though a few years removed from my ortho and neurosurg blocks, so grains of salt, etc.) back injuries were notorious for being unpredictable in terms of prognosis no matter what form of treatment was decided upon (meds, surgery, etc). As such, I figured that given what McGary has at stake in terms of NBA prospects, I can't imagine him rushing back to play. Such "issues" really hurt Sullinger's status a few years ago which I would imagine is on his mind.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I agree||
Do I think that, at later moment, RS will look at the video and say "****, I could have played that a bit more chill"? Sure. Do I think that his actions were, taken out of context, pretty embarrassing? I could see that argument.
All that being said, I can't believe how sanctimonious some people are being on this board.
First of all, his response was GENUINE (and, I might add FRIGGIN entertaining). Not some talking points cut from the Crash Davis school of media engagement, but something that reflected a guy in the moment who was passionate. It's the same reason I find Harbaugh FUN (in an annoying way, but still) because he is all into this without pretense or window dressing.
Second, how many of you who played and or follow sports have not had thoughts like those that RS had in the moment? This **** talking happens all the time on the field with the majority of players, though many learn how to shield it from the media.
---Crabtree called him out the week before (a mild one, "not the best cb in the NFL...") but still called him out.
---You don't know what was said during the game to set Sherman off (see: Zidane, Z.).
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Named my kid after him...||
So yeah, it would be Wallenberg for me as well.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||FTW||
"......because Penn State blogging these days is a lot like being the guy in charge of the HR e-newsletter at Blockbuster."
And this is why I love me some Mgoblog every day. Well played sir.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Two potential explanations imo||
What I would want to know (and would tell me a lot) is whether or not DB was driving this or Hoke. If it was Hoke, then it would seem to be more of a Beilein situation where the coach came to grips with the fact that he needed to move on from people he had a history with to people who could perform better in this situation.
If, on the other hand, this firing was the result of a come to you know who meeting between DB and Hoke and that is the only reason why it happened, then I would be worried. Players would pick up on this, and I can't imagine it leading to a cohesive staff/coaching situation. This is more in-line with how it seemed the Shafer firing went iirc.
Regardless, I think that Borges needed to go the moment he threw his players under the bus with all the "if they would only execute" nonsense. Regardless of who is at fault, I believe you need to protect your players in a public setting.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||I'm with Seth||
As I agree that UM Hoops has been really exciting to watch, the following relates to football (and the AD to some extent):
I don't want to sit shiva for the rest of the winter on mgoblog, but I can't argue with my emotional response to the last couple of months. I've lived through periods of fandom where our performance on the field and/or off the field was arguably worse, but this is the first time I have truly felt like something was "lost" to me.
It was not just the underperformance of the fb team, though it was hard to see such regression and, dare I say, lack of passion, in many of the fb games. Yeah, it sucked to watch MSU in the Rose Bowl and OSU beat UM (again), for me there was something more than that.
UM sports means something different to everyone, though I like to think that there are certain ethos among that are common currency. For example, focus on the team, accountability for one's actions, and a healthy respect for history without an ND-level of hollow hagiography, and refusal to go to the gutter with other less celebrated programs and/or rivals.
Things like the unnecessary MSU trolling, the fb coaching staff's unwillingness to accept responsibility for lack of success, the desire to convert the entire economic framework of the AD to a dynamic, tier-ed pricing model while not willing to invest in things like band roadtrips, it's these things that made 2013 such a lousy year to me, and made me wonder whether something more than specific games, recruits, etc. were lost.
I will continue to support and root for my alma mater, but I would be lying if I didn't acknowledge the fact that 2013 was really sad/tragic/whatever.
|29 weeks 4 hours ago||If we're talking about karma-changing actions....||
...I would go with a different UTL event, the awarding of the #98 jersey to DG. While I think in general the whole legends jersey thing is a arguable idea at best, the way they did Gardner's really struck me as particularly tone deaf for UM.
For any player to be given such an honor after only starting 6(?) games really bothered me. Not because it wasn't appropriate to honor Harmon (it was) nor because the thing smelled of an inappropriate moment to commercialize such an honor (though imo it was), rather it was simply too soon from a team dynamic to give DG those props.
I, like apparently others on this board, heard from good sources about some real problems in terms of DG's dynamic with the rest of the team. In general I'm pretty removed from the action, so all I can go on is second-hand information. However, if there is even a small bit of truth to the idea that DG hadn't yet "won" the locker room over at that point, then it strikes me as a terrible error to put him out there with Brady, Mark Harmon, etc. while the team (the team, the team....) is put on the back burner.
Even if the locker room was completely behind DG, I still would not have done the #98 thing at UTL. I get the idea of wanting to market stars, etc. but DG was not one yet based on accomplishments. As an exercise, I thought about other QB's (imagine AJ McCarron getting a Namath jersey, etc) and found very few examples where honoring a star today with the number of a legend felt right.
|31 weeks 4 hours ago||Potential Rationale for College||
You might not be surprised to know that, as a Sixers fan, I've been following draft prospects closely this year as GM Sam Hinkie executes a full on tank-a-thon.
Here's a quick summary about him (scroll down) from the Liberty Ballers Website
For those of you who are unaware, the 2014 draft is shaping up to be the best one in 10-20 years, with some real high-end talent. The fact that Exum is hovering around pick 5 in many 2014 mocks is really (really) impressive given he is a less-known commodity.
With all this in mind, the only thing I can think of is that Exum and family would like one year stateside to develop before potentially going #1 in 2015, either to avoid a Darko-like scenario in 2014 and/or move even higher in a less-stocked 2015 draft.
While I don't think he would be the top recruit ever at UM, he would imo certainly be in Tier 1 (Jabrill Peppers as a comp).
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Nick may disagree with you||
|33 weeks 6 days ago||"You"?||
I take it that means that "you" refers to UM? And you are a part of which "we"? OSU? MSU?
I would use something like OSU4life, etc as a username or MSU4ever as opposed to one that suggests you are a UM fan.
Just know that I feel better, not worse, reading your post (and responding) knowing that members of opposing fan base are too cowardly to own up to who they are.
Oh, one other thing. While you may call me the UM fan base "losers" for rooting for a team that had a bad year, most of us will appreciate the hard work the team put in and go back to our successful careers and families after the bowl season. As opposed to you, we aren't so insecure as to bask in the reflected glory of laundry worn by 18-21 year olds.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Wow FSU||
It looks like they are playing a HS team
|41 weeks 5 days ago||NW looked better than UM so far....||
.....and I'm including the NW loss to OSU.
I still believe UM's upside is higher though, assuming that DG can mentally get back into things full-time.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Couple thoughts||
1) I would be interested in having the same poll ask "most hated" as well. The difference between loved and hated would be quite different I imagine. For example, I bet Wisky would be at the top, given all the hate for ND, UM, OSU, etc.
2) It's pretty impressive that UM and UT are so high given that 1/2 (40% at least) of their own state can't stand them.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Which is why these sort of first-person accounts are....||
.....not really useful. There is no statistically valid way to determine whose fans are "worse". While I would, based on my experiences at the Shoe and in other locations, bet that in a cosmic sense OSU fans are nastier to UM ones than vice-versa, the sad fact is jerks on either side have a disproportionate impact on perception.
As a Philadelphia Eagles fan, I'm all too painfully aware of how this happens.
|44 weeks 5 hours ago||Very cool||
Especially the fact that he is going into special interest law. Good karma all around
|44 weeks 4 days ago||The economics of this||
Does anyone know what the lost revenue was for scalping from UTL II?
This is the fundamental question. While sellout streaks and serving long-term season ticket holders is important, the economics of dynamic pricing may overwhelm this all.
For example, imagine the following
1) UM keeps momentum and a Top 10-ish team for the next decade
2) Fans are willing to pay a minimum price for ANY game for the "gameday experience" that may be below current prices for an average game but still above the marginal cost of supporting the team, etc
3) The amount generated from high-profile games from dynamic pricing (ie capturing from the scalpers the true ticket price), even if only for 1-2 games per year, overwhelms the revenue generated from seat licenses, etc.
4) The backlash from all this would be minimized due primarily to 1)
In this scenario, it makes complete financial sense to try and move towards dynamic pricing. While I think that next year (and non-OSU/MSU years, of note Brandon seemed reallyp*****d about the MSU change when speaking to Boston alums recently) would be a scenario where people did NOT renew in large numbers, that would simply open up more seats for dynamic pricing in future years.
Note I am not saying this is what SHOULD be done irregardless of the $$$ (I'm agnostic as an out of state alum) nor am I saying that the baseline assumptions are correct/will occur. However, this is a strategy that, while risky, makes a fair bit of sense imo.