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|1 week 2 days ago||Gee, two orthopedic surgeons having a hissy fit at each other...||
In other news, the sun came up in the East.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm old enough to remember Donkey Basketball||
Also, Europeans are eating a little more horse than we knew: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/09/world/europe/uk-horsemeat-probe.
My feeling is that someone at UM should form a Buzkashi club team: http://www.afghan-web.com/sports/buzkashi.html.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||If he wants to play pro, even in Europe||
He needs to be the first or second guy. No way that happens at IU.
Or maybe he's got a grad school he likes.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Good game, great year||
This is why I come to this site--almost no whining, and appreciation of the good things--there are many--about Michigan sports.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan's main accomplishment||
"Michigan's main accomplishment on many possessions was to not turn the ball over." That's a huge frickin' deal against that defense. UM was impressive as hell not panicking and not revving. (On defense, too, for that matter.) Yogi Ferrell went all freshman when he saw that zone.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||You feel old...||
I spent Michael Jordan's entire career reminding people about Oscar Robertson. (As the man say, "Look it up.")
Trey Burke deserves Big Ten POY. He deserves national POY. I'm an Indiana basketball fan, but I think he played better and more consistently, with much less help, than Zeller, Victor O or anybody else I've seen this year.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||Columbia||
You can't lose either way, I don't think. I chose Michigan (L,S & A) over Columbia and never regretted it, even for an instant.
OTOH, NYC, if that's your kind of thing.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Not to mention that||
James Blackmon Jr., a 2014 IU commit, was sitting behind the UM bench.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||This is bad blood that's been building for years...||
Meyer was on Kelvin Sampson's staff at IU. If he didn't know what was going on, he's incompetent. He knew what was going on. He managed to convince the NCAA that his participation was inadvertant and minor. He didn't manage to convince them he didn't participate. (What did you think at the time, before Michigan hired him? Tell the truth.)
One thing Crean did when he got to IU was clean the lighters out of the lockers. Meyer didn't do that. Crean also made the kids go to class. Meyer didn't do that. And that's why the kids Sampson and his staff recruited left when Sampson left and Crean took over.
Now Crean sees Meyer recruiting Indiana successfully, and--I imagine--wonders. Especially when he notices an IU commit behind the Michigan bench.
Meyer was part of a staff that took a collective dump on the floor of Assembly Hall. He got away with a slap on the wrist. He apologized to Indiana University for how he behaved at IU. Crean apologized to him for calling him out in public.
Belein and Michigan say Meyer is on the up and up now, and I believe them.
It's over, or it should be.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||In general...||
I think we're all underrating how tough the Big Ten was. I think a regional final is a real possibility. At that point, the lack of interior rebounding will potentially cost the game, but of I< can defend enough to run, who knows?
In truth, though, this is not a team that underachieved. The MSU win was very sweet, the way they competed should satisfy any but the most cynical.
The young 'uns will be older, and if Belein recruits some hardass defenders and rebounders, UM will continue to contend.
Play hard, play smart, get to the final game of the Big Ten Tourney and to the regional final of the NCAAs and that's a hell of a year.
They just played even with an outstanding basketball team, and took them out of what they wanted to do for long stretches. If you can't appreciate that....
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Pulling||
Plus, you're 300 lbs, moving at full speed, and you have to locate and block a guy more nimble than you are. The RB has to help you out by taking the route designed, and even so an athletic end, a linebacker or a DB will always have a nimbleness advantage.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Todd Marinovich was "smart"||
Realizing that that the NFL tests for marijuana and cocaine were really effective, he did nothing but drink and do LSD in season. Lots of LSD.
Seriously though, what will they do with athletes in Colorado and other states where weed's now legal? What will they do at Michigan if weed returns to the glory months of early 1972?
|30 weeks 1 day ago||As long as we're on the topic...||
That one made my heart stop.
But this one is still my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTn8_i393FQ.
Not ridiculous athleticism, but smart football that helped send Michigan to the Rose Bowl. The look on Cooper's face isn't bad either.
Lord, that was a fun defense to watch.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||You really, really||
wanted us to click on the Saban link, didn't you?
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Actually the burning tires aren't in Minnesota...||
They're just outside Iowa City, Iowa, in the Johnson County Landfill, and burning as we speak. Check this out: http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/Officials-to-Begin-Stir-Burn-and-Cover-Operation-at-Iowa-City-Landfill-Fire-157023405.html.
|51 weeks 14 hours ago||It's weird...||
Nobody had this kind of reaction to Michael Jordan's or Patrick Ewing's kids getting scholarships, although I imagine basketball scholarships are more valuable to the teams. It's not race, per se.
Nobody had this reaction to Bill Laimbeer getting a scholarship to Notre Dame, even though, a few years later, he was quoted as saying, "I'm the only guy in the NBA whose dad makes more than he does."
And, although I don't know for sure, I think I could have wrangled a DI football scholarship (MAC, maybe) and my dad paid out of state UM tuition without batting an eye. I don't think anyone at Kent State or Indiana would have said a word to me.
Maybe it's about hip-hop? The Maybach? Or maybe it's about Sean Combs himself? Seems like lots of people dislike him.
Obviously, we'll see if the kid can play.
|1 year 16 hours ago||Watching Woody Freak||
Was one highlight of my freshman year, a school year that included the Michigan Supreme Court overturning the state anti-pot law, The Dead and Pink Floyd in Hill, John and Yoko (and many more) in Crisler for John Sinclair, the lowering of the drinking age to 18, and yes, Mr. Flood's Party, although I think I spent more time in the Blind Pig and the Del Rio.
I had great teachers, too, and I learned a lot in the classroom. These Kids Today don't quite get how much fun college can be, I don't think.
|1 year 6 days ago||It turns out that reading the book inside...||
makes you go blind: http://www.asianscientist.com/health-medicine/asia-myopia-short-sightedness-lancet-study-2012/.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Lou Reed said once that||
Mitch Ryder's cover of "Rock 'n' Roll" is the best cover of one of his songs ever.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||There's a rank order to these things.||
Gordon Gee is the biggest scumbag in this story because he's whored out a university to athletics.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||"Better"?||
I'd say that the Ivy League is more impressed with their degrees than the rest of us. One of the reasons that I went to grad school in the Big Ten instead of the Ivy League was that I looked at the degrees of the people who would be my potential mentors, and thought, "incest." (There were other reasons as well. But that was one. And an analogous train of thought led me to go somewhere other than UM, which was my undergrad school, and had/has first rate people in my field.)
|1 year 14 weeks ago||We live in a world...||
In which a musician produces better prose than most journalists.
My only contact with Detroit was as a UM student in the seventies. It's a great city, with great people, that's been hammered by history and politics. Anybody doing anything to get some money into the local economy and to get people's heads up is fine in my book. (Also, I like a couple of the songs.)
I hope I'd have the brains to say the same thing about an MSU or tOSU fan helping out. If you take KR at his word (I do) this about jobs and people.
I'm from Iowa, and I'm hoping Steven Bloom gets a job at the Freep.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Indiana||
I'm from Indianapolis, and I mostly don't like the place. But Hoosiers, like any people, anywhere, hate liars--part of the reason that they put up with Bob Knight as long as they did was because they believed he didn't pretend to be something that he wasn't. I predict that hiring Tressel won't go down well in the part of the sports community that cares about things beyond winning.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I realize no harm was intended..||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||It's actually a process that's taken longer than 5 years.||
Thirty's more like it, ever since Proposition 13. It just got much, much worse when the housing bubble burst.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Not so much a "straw man."||
More a response to this: "I know plenty of people who decided between two colleges based off of the success of their football or basketball program."
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Some Facts||
This is from 2004/05, so there's probably something more recent out there, but if you're going to say things like, "self-sustaining" and "makes a profit," you probably should actually, you know, look at the numbers: http://www2.indystar.com/NCAA_financial_reports/. Take a look at the 57 schools that give their football programs "direct institutional support," and see what you think. Or the 108 schools that give their athletic departments "direct institutional support."
|1 year 22 weeks ago||True enough...||
But Michigan could get the out of state tuition money from the non athletes it turns down. It's a selective, internationally prestigious university; it wouldn't lose tuition money. And from the faculty's point of view the absence of the tiny percentage of athlete admits (non-revenue athletes are occasionally worse than football players in my experience) who can't handle UM's academics or don't care would be an improvement.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Two points||
MSU and tOSU fans are trolling each other on the Off Tackle Empire thread. It's delightful.
tOSU says they won't appeal. Why do we believe them? (Rhetorical question.)
|1 year 22 weeks ago||It's an old joke...||
The punch line goes: We've established what you are. We're just talking about the price.