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|2 days 13 hours ago||John Nash game theory tends||
John Nash game theory tends to agree. Interestingly, considering this I was prompted to look up the "Beautiful Mind" economist/mathematician, to see how he's doing. It appears he's doing quite well, and coincidentally, married to a brunette.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Superimpose a 1989 Mens'||
Superimpose a 1989 Mens' Basketball away jersey over last year's whites. That would be cool. Distinctive "Michigan" over bold monitone blue number, no piping, thin blue/maize/blue stripes around collar and sleeves.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I'd like either of these Tech unis...||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ugly game so far...||
Ugly game so far...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||You trolled me bro. I'm no||
You trolled me bro. I'm no Paul Revere. Drevno is not your ordinary line coach; he's been a coordinator before, and he's coached at the professional level. And it's also clear the entire offensive coaching staff will be working together on game plans. It seems like Harbaugh likes a lot of fluidity among his coaching ranks, as opposed to firm coaching distinctions and rigidity.
My point remains that for a new staff coming into a situation where the o-line needs some work - and you have Drevno and his pedigree - it's a smart football move to make him the mechanic of your offense. If even for just next year, let the guy who knows how much push his group can get build the offense's engine every given week. Of course every position coach is going to have a say about how to make their guys best stand out and separate. All well and good; but you still need the line to give them time.
In year one, you want to establish a rythym and a pace. You want your coordinator to feel out whether your line is athletic and mobile, strong and stout, or something else. You want the guy dictating where the holes, creases, and seems are going to open up re-enforcing that to the other position groups. That's what you build your offense around. Drevno is best equipped to do that.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||SAM was on probation but||
SAM was on probation but feeling out a new chapter while I was in school from 2000-2004. A few of my friends were in the initial class - I think it was 2002 - when SAM officially came back. I'm surprised they took off and expanded that quickly; must have a nice house?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||ver·bi·age ˈvərbē-ij/||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||No, that's not what I'm||
No, that's not what I'm saying at all. If the RBs have a down year, you can just as easily blame poor line play as the RBs themselves for that.
Here's the logic:
Fact 1: The offensive line - more than any other position group on offense - dictates the rythym, tempo, and ability of the offense as a whole to execute, gain momentum, and move the ball forward.
Presumption: the offensive line coach is responsible to mold the line into a group capable of sustaining the offense, and is therefore an important dude.
If you can follow this logic, then...
Fact 2: O-Line play was weak last year.
Presumption: As a group, the offense line needs to come together and be coached up.
If you can follow this logic, then...
Resolution 1: if the new coaching staff wants to get the most out of the offense, then it will focus on the offensive line.
Resolution 2: if the offense is coordinated through the offensive line, then it has the best shot at molding the offensive into a capable unit; giving the receivers time to execute routes, running backs holes to target and hit, and the QB time to read and react.
Q.E.D. it makes perfect sense that the o-line coach would be tapped as o-coordinator, to establish the offensive plan week after week.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I'm sorry if I lost you. I||
I'm sorry if I lost you. I understand Drevno is the coordinator; I guess I should have specifically acknowledged that. I was just focusing on the fact he's also assigned to the o-line as position group coach.
My point being: it makes sense that the coach assigned to rebuilding the line into a strength (from where it was last year) should dictate the offense week in and week out; so that these guys can play their best games week in an week out; and that we should have every confidence in Drevno to do that (based on pedigree, etc.).
Harbaugh will obviously be involved, but he doesn't have to build the engine and drive the car week after week. He can be the crew chief in Drevno's ear.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||O-Line play dictates||
O-Line play dictates everything. It was Michigan's Achilles' Heel last year; and Drevno will obviously be coaching that group. It makes perfect sense for the O-Line coach to call plays next year, being fully immersed with them and knowing exactly what they can - and need - to do to win.
Drevno is an experienced NFL and college coach; he knows how to play to strengths; he can be multiple; and he's proven capable of not reverting to running the same stupid thing over and over, if only because it's all he knows how to do. He'll know - based on his line's strengths and weaknesses - exactly what it needs to do to win, going into every game.
I think I'd do the same thing as head coach. Harbaugh knows what it's like in the pocket, and no doubt he'll be paying close attention to how much time his team has to develop plays, etc. With Captain Comeback, you want his talents - especially next year - to go into gut check audibles, feel calls, etc., and not dictating the entire offense. You want the coach of the position group that needs the most help to dictate the offense.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||So is anyone best served by||
So is anyone best served by restricting D-League salaries to $25K, other than frugal NBA owners? I appreciate your explanation, but it begs the question; why not just bump D-League salaries to match the financial equivalent of a university scholarship over four years? Is it really a question of whether they simply don't have to?
In a certain light, one might expect the NBA to view the NCAA as a trust deserving to be busted apart.
POINT: The NCAA essentially owns the sole means of producing talent, and exclusive rights to the product in its raw and quasi-professionalized forms. There's an ongoing lawsuit all but proving that NCAA basketball players are indeed "professional", and you arguably have the NCAA locking these players down without due compensation; meanwhile making millions hand over fist!
COUNTERPOINT: But NBA teams know they don't have to spend any money to assess an 18 year old's talent, and Kobe, LeBron and Kevin come around only so often. To the NBA, the NCAA's season and tournament is an exhibition; a glorified try-out.
...OK, but that line of thinking literally leaves BILLIONS of dollars on the table in broadcast rights! In April 2010, the NCAA inked a deal with CBS that made the network its exclusive March Madness outlet. The contract lasts for 14 years and is worth a whopping $10.8 billion. This contract alone is projected to generate $771 million per year for the NCAA.
As the NBA, you just give that money to the NCAA by ignoring its talent? Seems stupid to me.
Meanwhile, we're learning that NBA assessments can be pretty much locked up after one year of a blue-chip's play in the NCAA, which could just as easily be assessed in an NBA D-League. And one might suspect the same fans who follow AAU and HS recruiting sites as college fans would just as enthusiastically follow their favorite NBA team's recruiting sites. So that makes me wonder, isn't that a honeyhole worth dipping the NBA's hand into?
Why not have TWO Drafts, an AAU Draft and an NCAA Draft? Make the AAU what it's already geared to be: a place where young talent can be brokered into contracts with professional teams, without the constraint of restricting players from talking to agents. The NCAA can then just be what the law is recognizing it is, a quasi-professional association where players are in fact professionally compensated with scholarships and an opportunity to double-major in Sports, before being ushered towards the expectation of a higher payday through the NCAA Draft (in the same fashion that a college degree all but assures its holder a higher payday in any profession).
Briefly, if my goal is the NBA and not an education, I'm taking a hard look at any alternative the NBA provides to get my foot in the door. A competitive D-League contract would provide the opportunity to be in the gym with my potential employer every day; while a scholarship requires me to be on a college campus, just hoping to get a start in a televised game.
Assuming the NCAA is eventually outed as a professional athletics/marketing association, any athlete initially choosing the D-League route can still theoretically accept a college scholarship/contract, so long as the player meets age restrictions.
As a result, (i) universities would only provide scholarships to student-athletes intent on finishing their degrees, (ii) athletes who want to make the NBA leap early have an opportunity and forum to do, with a demand and viewership for their talent, and (iii) neither choice - NBA or NCAA - would operate to nullify a fall back into the other, insofar as talent and conditions merit.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||There's got to be an angle.||
There's got to be an angle. Young studs have HS and AAU to get their talent noticed; and if they sign with an NBA affiliate, they're already in the door.
Keep playing hard and your talent will certainly take you to your goal in the NBA. Absent considering a player's ego or desire to actually be a One-and-Done, that's a quid pro quo.
So what does the NCAA truly have that a foot already in the door doesn't? My sense is it can't just be an opportunity for hollow egos. If all One-and-Dones were signed to D-League instead of the NBA, those games would certainly be competitive, and NBA teams could assess talent on their own courts. They could quickly see if a blue chip is a system player. They could make the right trades early on, even possibly guarantee a franchise player that fits the team agenda.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I have a hard time with the||
I have a hard time with the "one-and-done" student-athletes, especially in basketball, when there's obviously a viable professional alternative to the NCAA. If you're talented enough, why can't you just make that leap from HS to the NBA without diluting a university's diploma? LeBron, Kobe, KG, etc. did it; or were they all a year ahead of their classmates? If you're not big or strong enough yet for the NBA, can't a team sign you to its D-League affiliate, where you can make about as much in salary as any school would give you in grant and aid?
My sense is if any blue-chip athlete chose an NBA affiliate's D-League team over the NCAA, that guy could probably negotiate a pretty good contract that would guarantee top-10 draft pick bucks if his play justified it.
Football, being a contact sport, is inherently different. I accept that those athletes need time to grow, and there's not a truly viable secondary path to professional football outside of college. But basketball, hockey, baseball...they all have viable farm, secondary and tertiary leagues for young athletes to come up through, and get paid about as much as a college scholarship is worth to do it.
It should be: if you want an education, go to college; and if you don't, don't. But my sense is putting any ink to paper on the subject - in either the NCAA or NBA rules and regulations handbook - would spell lost money and headaches for both.
Increase the age limit, and a lottery team potentially loses out on LeBron. Decrease the age limit, and the NCAA loses the talent pool that glues everyone to March Madness. Plus, with more young talent demanding contracts over scholarships, NBA teams would have to offer a lot more of them, and accept a lot more risk, just to sign (and keep) their next franchise player.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I visit the Blog because you||
I visit the Blog because you guys combine super-fandom with a dose of intellectual and statistical analyses in a way that is both unique and definitively "Michigan". I'm a big big fan of your writing style, and Brian's, and of Ace, et al. You do a great job. Even in your response, it's clear that you're considering all things Michigan on a level that exceeds scientific analysis; you're cutting to the philosphical truth of the matter. Bravo, truly.
I trust that you guys are there with "boots on the ground" to use the over-used expression, and that you're closer to the story than I am. If you say these kids are truly egomaniacal Brandon proteges, and not possibly run-of-the-mill up-and-coming superfans trying to find their way - albeit in a less than structured manner - then I believe you.
Devolution into personal attacks is what got Brandon axed, after a series of seemingly well-meaning fans wrote him a series of seemingly well-meaning emails. My point is simply that. Care must be taken in the response.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I've been following MGoBlog's||
I've been following MGoBlog's coverage of this fight song fiasco with all the contempt and rage of a bored blog-reader. I think maybe it's time to admit the Blog maybe jumped to conclusions, and doth protesteth too quickly?
From what I can determine, these current students NEVER intended to REPLACE the Victors as Michigan's fight song. Their initial proposal was merely to create a separate rally song for current students to take part of, which would be a cheer-song in conjunction with the Victors.
Anyone following this story should note that the University of Michigan's Alma Mater is not the Victors, but the "Yellow and Blue"; and how many of us know the lyrics and tune to that? I think that may be more in line with the point of all this; that these students have a lot of school spirit, and think it'd be nice for everyone to learn a secondary rally song. Not an inherently bad idea, until someone covering it loses its entire premise and hurries to light torch and pitchfork.
Let's maybe cut the kids some slack?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Definitive Student-Athlete||
Can we please take a second to appreciate what Wayne Lyons is accomplishing here? He currently holds a degree from Stanford in architecture and design, and will soon receive a masters from Michigan. Stanford and Michigan on the young man's resume; while playing football at two marquee programs, and every additional feather in his cap that brings.
Also note that the University of Michigan is ranked #6 in the Top-10 list of Schools offering Architecture and Design graduate programs. Wayne Lyons qualified for that graduate program on his own merit, to be paid for by the merit of his athleticism.
Wayne's education is paid in full. His football playing wrote and will guarantee those checks; done deal. That's a heck of an accomplishment. A heck of an accomplishment.
I'm proud as hell to add Wayne Lyons to Team 136. This kid is THE definitive student-athlete, and will be a major role-model for the team.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'll defer to my elder alumni||
I'll defer to my elder alumni (with actual legacy experience at U-M), but suffice it to say that a U-M education should not be a forced goal for your children. Admittedly, I'm a young alum at 32 years old, and my only experience raising kids so far is as uncle to my nieces and nephews (ages 2-7). But I don't think U-M's admissions staff, or anyone, would want me to turn them into clones of myself for the sake of a Michigan diploma.
The world demands self-motivated, hard working, and self-reliant youngsters; not Michigan grads (not to say the two are mutually exclusive). All you need to concern yourself as a parent is with modeling those traits for your kids, so that they can use whatever education (academic or otherwise) they receive to follow their own dreams, add value to society, and among their friends and families.
In any event, I always believed U-M's great strength is that it rewards individuality and embraces diversity, with a mission of honing its student-body's sense of both, in order to develop graduates capable of respecting and leading a diverse society. Perhaps a commitment to the tenets of individuality, diversity and respect, and fostering a home that embraces them, is your best bet to raising a Michigan student one day.
How far your kid will go in academics is a question of his/her own self-motivation and intellect; not how much money you throw at resume-building. Give your children the gift of Faith and model it for them, along with self-motivation, hard work, and a good value system. Ask and reward them for their best efforts, and in time they will demand it of themselves. Don't try to control any more than that. That's how I was parented, and trust it's why I have a Michigan degree.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||another one...||
This one's been a contentious idiom for me with various peers and professionals; does one bury the "lead", or bury the "lede"? It seems to be a case of conventional spelling and nothing more. Why do we insist on conventional spelling in idioms, but not elsewhere?
My sense is if we're not spelling "humor" with a "u" ("humour"), then we can certainly Americanize the spelling of "lede" to "lead". Perhaps I should have led with this argument.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||James Dolan sucks; and while||
James Dolan sucks; and while I hate to call out a fellow alum, the Wilpons are just as bad if not worse. Dolan spends like a complete fool, but at least he spends money on his team. Wilpon expects fans to pay for ticket price hikes while he puts out the same non-competitive product year after year; and he hired his moron son, with nothing but a HS education, as CFO. Paternalistic, moronic, douchey-ness at its finest with both NY owners. You can't win as a fan in NY. I'm a lifelong Yankee fan and proud to say so, where my team's owner was a huge OSU homer. I'd take a million Steinbrenners to the Dolan and Wilpon moron-fest any day of the week.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Chairman of DeBord.||
Chairman of DeBord.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||"just overheard an #Amaizing phone call!"||
Learn the moves before you put on the costume, Jay.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||What's with the PSU||
What's with the PSU recruiting hashtag, "#WeAre...Better"? Admitting past guilt, or suggesting better than rest? I like their other one best, "#PSUnrivaled". More like #PSUnraveled.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Approved.||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed. But dude, please||
Agreed. But dude, please don't ever refer to another man's "vital juices" again.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Shut down the blog, Brian;||
Shut down the blog, Brian; you've reached the mountaintop. I just hope you revel in this moment. You made it into the Ann Arbor Observer.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Here you go.||
|8 weeks 6 days ago||admittedly not.||
|8 weeks 6 days ago||No Buckles On This Ride...||
Full Speed Ahead!
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||This is hypnotic. How long||
This is hypnotic. How long have I been watching this? What day is today? Am I blinking?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||If the young man made his||
If the young man made his decision, then he made his decision. His word is his bond and I appreciate that. A lot of great running backs have come out of OSU and Urban has that program humming. I wish him health and success regardless.
HOWEVER...I also hope and pray that his positive stats forever be a yard and TD shy of his contemporaries at the University of Michigan. OSU's strength is it's both a tempo and power team; but not every RB will be Zeke Elliot. If Mike Weber to OSU is true, then may the next highly recruited RB out of the State simply be able to point to him and say, "Go Blue."
The decision is simple: go to Michigan if you want to be a champion, or go to OSU because they were champions last year. You can be part of a team that builds a foundation, brick by brick, of and for championships - with all the satisfaction that entails (just ask Zack Novak). You can do that at the University of Michigan. Playing for Jim Harbaugh. Under an NFL staff.
Or...you can join a seemingly well-oiled machine at OSU; but one whose competition is steadily on the rise; and who has a huge scarlet target on its back.
Either program will require the best out of its players to reach its goals; so the question is, who wants it more? Whose players will outperform expectations over the next 4 years? And where will the student-athlete receive the better education: either in preparation for the NFL, scholastically, and in life?
OSU had a special season last year and their success is no fluke. You need to be talented, prepared, AND lucky to win the big prize; and fortune favors the bold. I make no predictions; but IMO, there are no better, more prepared, or bolder coaches in football - period - than Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh, and Mark Dantonio. I don't think you'll see any lack of preparedness from their teams, nor any lack of intensity.
All else being equal, the decision is a personal one. Who is Mike Weber? Is he Maize & Blue or Scarlet & Gray?