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|1 week 3 days ago||Chris Floyd||
Used to dine with Dhani in East Quad, baller on the field and awesome in life. With that bias stated (and acknowledging that Woodson was a once in a lifetime game changer) I would say that Chris Floyd was the most delightful fullback I have ever watched. Without the bubble he gave to Griese on an every play basis, M does not win the NC. I had never seen FB play like that, and haven't since then. How I long for Shallman, or Houma, or Kerridge to channel his play... Let the line create the pocket, let the FB blow up any who enter. Title.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||High Expectations||
Les Miles will always be a single season away from being fired at LSU. Must always win, and win big while looking good doing it.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||thank you jblaze||
Am looking to capture the video that is going to my screen - not interested in DVRs as I am more interested in recording very few events each year - 15 Michigan games and 15 LSU games. OK, and a few basketball games in there as well. All in all, the video editing options of the PVRs are more intriguing to me than the ability to record 12 channels simultaneously for $15/month.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Cost||
I'm Verizon FiOS, and I believe its more along the lines of $15 a month.
Just felt there might be a better option to maximizing the value of the television stream I am paying for, including being able to watch games I miss while at the hospital. I don't need all the tuners that DVRs come with... not enough time to follow 12 shows simultaneously. And it's looking like these "capture cards" even come with editing software. When M goes undefeated this year, I'm going to mash up one hell of a video to commemorate it.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you for the site Karpodiem||
Will have to check it out, as I will not have a PVR in place by tomorrow.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||have to admit...||
great concise article. enjoyed it. thank you Dr mgoblue.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Consider Stanford||
This sounds to be word for word the national sentiment re: Ducks going into the Stanford game the last two years -"Oregon's going to get their points, but if Stanford can keep up into the 4th..." Oregon then scored 14 points and 20 points each year. Seems to me, Stanford is built around solid D with good line play (both sides) and a reliable QB with a solid RB. That sounds remarkably similar to MSU's teams recently. Perhaps MSU is more aggressive on D, and perhaps Oregon will better exploit that aggression. However, I don't think a low scoring affair is out of the question.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||While we're on abbreviations,||
You sport yours in NoVa and I'll sport mine around RiVA. I'm sure there are some AA hippies running around NOLA to pick up my slack...
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I am listening to...||
Ora by Ludovico Einaudi. Little dude was putting up some mean cross rhythms for a second there, and then a nice gallant strut through the refrain.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||True that||
Seriously, we don't normally make dinner dates at the grocery store, but... the hot plates are pretty dang good, especially the breakfast bar, and they'll sell me a growler at the end of the day. Can have a pint with dinner, safely drive home, and then have a couple more pints at home. Got a nice little Sunday planned, maybe hit the Bed Bath and Beyond on the way home... I don't know, don't know if there'll be enough time.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly||
Perhaps he's just suggesting that Northwestern is too directional and needs to be re-named Illinois State of Chicago...
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Richmond locales||
Definitely had a moment of home sick set in... then discovered 3 places set to tap Oberon right here in Richmond, VA. My wife and I have set a dinner date for Whole Foods in Short Pump next Saturday! (Trauma nights for the next 6 days means I will be instead taking care of anyone having a few too many Oberon's with keys in hand... also, please keep gasoline and diesel away from your bonfires. Actually, please just stay away from fires. End of Public Announcement.)
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed||
Living in Richmond, stoked to have reasonable road trips for football and basketball.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||By the way,||
I appreciated your points here, including players' rights to not be smeared (pre-emptively) by story hungry mediaites, as well as the implications of medical costs associated with injuries suffered during NCAA athletics.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Tablet Error||
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Return||
I appreciate your tenor, and respectfully offer the following thoughts:
Agreed that 40 hours a week is a big time commitment. 1. A lot of people who don't have their educations paid for with scholarships do so with employment. I had a lot of respect for my classmates paying their way through school, because their bosses were much less likely to schedule around college courses, whereas my training was built to suit class scheduling. There is no reason to feel sorry for D1 athletes... again, what they do is fun. 2. The alleged rape didn't occur at 6 AM warm-ups either - D1 athletes have plenty of time to party.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Wow||
Sorry you missed it... I WAS a college athlete. The point is that college athletes are neither hindered by their sports participation, nor is their (my) experience as an athlete anything like that of a medical intern. I'm not sure what it is you hold against janitors.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Terrible Comparison||
Having been both a scholarship NCAA athlete and a medical intern, the comparison between the two is mind blowingly assinine. One requires two (usually three) degrees, a multi-$100k personal investment, and initiation of licensing (first two steps completed before internship) after which a physician (interns are doctors - not 'students') has the 'honor' to subsidize Medicaid/Medicare as the cheapest labor in the hospital ($8 an hour.) The other... NCAA athletes... play a sport while giving up free time they would otherwise use partying - and I still partied my ass off. I also completed a double major (Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences) with a Spanish minor in five years, 157 credit hours - so don't give me the 'sports are diminishing the value of the education' bullshit either. That editorial line simply proves that editors don't know jack. There is NO TRADE. People make personal decisions. If athletes are pursuing crap educations while given a free ride, THAT IS THEIR DECISION. College Athletics are a good time that gives life lessons - if you're not having a great time and think you should be paid to do it, you're doing it wrong. Signed - Guy Who Knows
|1 year 5 days ago||dude||
I don't even play basketball, and even I want to play for Beilein.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Almost sums it up||
But let's s'pose The Honorable Sparrow instead says "...but why is the run gone?" Now that would sum it up beautifully.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Good points||
I was referring to the weekly prep for an opponent as a sign of respect through preparation. I don't believe M should have spent a day of every week prepping for Akron, rather the point was that they had 5 days to respect their opponent and prep for them... I'm guessing a few of those days were spent basking in the glory of a solid victory, as opposed to figuring out in which areas their opponent's players excelled.
As far as Alabama - there would be two full seasons of development for our freshmen LBs that last started against them, as well as heavy losses on their O line. It would be a much different match-up 16 months later. Not saying M would be favored...
|1 year 15 weeks ago||90's||
Remember when Michigan seemed to continually have a lockdown secondary, with a prospect headed to NFL fame and fortune every year? I feel like that train has been started all over again. Work and talent mean the sky's the limit (or limited, in the case of a No Fly Zone). Go Blue!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Akron and UConn||
c) An athlete's performance in a game of 1-1 matchups is heavily influenced by said athlete's perceptions of the opponent. The Spartans spend at least one day of every week learning about the opponent they hate most - with effective results. I am pretty sure that Michigan presumed it could win every 1-1 matchup with Akron on pure athletic prowess, and found out that a team without respect for a single 1-1 matchup in the game is not actually a team. Bo would not have been proud of 22 guys not doing their jobs and watching extra hours of film and preparing for their 1-1 to help the team. A team is not only about respecting your teammates, it is about respecting your opponents. This lesson has been learned (for the year) and will help M to prepare for every game as a single, respect worthy opponent going forward. Michigan 13-0 going into bowl season. Book it.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||unbelievable||
You mean the same place that initiated the reference to a political movement as tea-baggers (with a girlish giggle from Anderson Cooper, of course) would smash the ethos of journalism upon the rocks of sophomorism? I, for one, am shocked. /s
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Two things||
1. Most college teams are publicly owned/financed. The tax payers took the financial risk and built the franchises, certainly that value is not going to be divvied among a bunch of teenagers.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Overlooking Opponents||
1. not sportsmanlike, nor Michiganmanlike
2. last time we exuberantly expressed our superiority to an opponent, expressed in the fashion of suggesting we need not even talk about them while we instead talk about a team in green, was 2007. remember it. learn from it.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||True that||
Can you imagine? Pipkins, Taco, Mone, McDowell, Hand, Cornell... that is a scary two-deep!
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I'm curious as well||
TCU, a defensive team, returns 9 defensive starters and returns one of the better QBs in the game after a suspension... unless a mediocre QB from last year beats him out (presumably he would no longer be mediocre at that point.) Add to that, Devonte Fields is no longer suspended for the LSU game. If defense still wins games, I like TCU's chances.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||in resp to dnak and bronx||
Choosing to ignore a large swath of a population does not increase perceptible differences in the 0.03% one chooses to focus on. It is also why we get the delight of players like Kovacs, Ryan, and Hart blowing up 5-stars on the field after being glossed over by a few scouts.
Each of your responses remind me of the pleasure we all witnessed in 2006 when a kid named Dan Bazuin rocked our offense on numerous plays for CMU. He was a kid from McBain MI who travelled to the metropolis of Lake City (kind of a suburb of Cadillac) to play football. He may have come from an unscouted high-school, but he more than proved he belonged on the field lined up against Jake Long, Chad Benne and Mike Hart. Thankfully, Michigan handled their business against CMU that day, proving that a team full of highly scouted players is always better than a team of under-scouted players (oh... until the next season opener?)
Essentially you have both pointed to scouting services' selection bias. You have not made an argument against the difficulty of defining differences among the top 0.03% of a 1,000,000 plus population.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Sorry Ace||
But, "major outlier" needs a bit more definition. There are over 1,000,000 high school football players nationwide. Approximately 2500 will be selected by coaches/staff to play D1-FBS football, meaning these are somewhere between the top 0.25% to 1% of highschool football players. A Top 100 means the services are trying to differentiate a top 0.01% from the rest of the top 0.25%. Arguing that a player is #100 vs #300 (a whopping 200 spot difference!) Is simply suggesting that player resides in the top 0.01% vs the top 0.03%. A statistician would probably point out that the most major noise at the top (or bottom) 0.03% of a population is going to be due to biases and experimental mis-design. Obviously recruiting services are biased. But we are the chumps who buy into there being a palpable difference among the the kids rated in the top 300 in the nation.