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|1 week 5 days ago||It happens all the time||
Any game you watch will feature players falling down and officials not calling fouls. It happens all the time.
As for the "pussy" thing, do you feel the same way every time a basketball player takes a charge (clearly he could have stayed on his feet if he wanted to in almost every instance)? Or when a WR throws his hands up wildly on an underthrown ball after letting the DB run into him? Guys embellish to get calls in every sport when there is a potential advantage to be gained. Not liking soccer is fine. Many people in the US didn't grow up following it and find the rules unusual/frustrating as a result. But the same people will, for instance, not think it is weird when hockey players leave the ice after only 45 seconds rather than pursue a scoring chance, or think it is dumb that everyone has to skate away from the opposing goal just because the puck crossed over the blue line.
Acting like there is some masculine objection to the sport is just silly. All sports have goofy rules and practices, you just aren't so accustomed to soccer's that you no longer notice them.
|1 week 5 days ago||Eggos are better||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Did I miss something?||
Didn't the NCAA just vote to do away with the hardship waiver completely and instead grant an extra year of eligibility (if a RS had already been burned)?
EDIT: Nevermind. Looks like they did approve the change but it won't go into effect until the 2015-16 academic year. Will be interesting to see if the evaluation of cases changes though. Would think the NCAA may be more restrictive knowing the rule is about to change.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Honest question||
Have you seen any of these guys actually play football? It is pretty clear that Allen/Madden/Davis are better players after a quick eyeball test. If he didn't have 5-stars next to his name coming out of high school, would you have any reason to think he's going to be a superstar here at UM? Based on one long run in the second half of a blowout against Cal (a team that surrendered 192 yards and 3 TD to Buck Allen on just 7 touches earlier in the game)?
You should also know that Isaac just went through all of spring practice at USC with the new staff, and he's still buried on the depth chart. Three different head coaches are all in agreement about where he stands in comparison to those other three guys. They aren't speculating. They decide who plays and who doesn't. I'll take their word for it. It doesn't mean he can't help here. USC's fourth best tailback looks like a potential upgrade to me after the last two seasons.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Faulty assumption||
The idea that anyone buys a jersey because of a particular player couldn't be further from the truth. Michigan fans buy Michigan jerseys. The popular numbers change every couple of years, but nobody is buying a Michigan jersey with Denard Robinson's number simply because they like Denard Robinson. They are Michigan fans who like the guy who plays for Michigan, not Denard Robinson fans who subsequently like the school he attends. Don't forget that a lot of jerseys with Tate Forcier's number got sold, too. There may be slight upticks or numbers that are particularly popular, but those players wouldn't sell anything if they were playing in a minor league or at a smaller school. Just ask Darron Thomas how many of his Portland Thunder jerseys are flying off the shelves.
If Manziel had gone to Sam Houston State they may have sold more jerseys than usual, but nowhere near as many as A&M does. Every year. Before and after Manziel. The value added pretty much all comes from the schools and their history, tradition, and giant fanbases.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||True enough||
That was a poor choice.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||What is your point?||
That maybe he transferred solely because of his mom's health? Fine, that may be the case, but it doesn't change anything about where he stood with respect to the other backs on USC's roster (which was the discussion you interrupted with your butt-hurt defense of a poor player being bombarded with facts about how little he saw the field despite ample opportunity to climb the depth chart).
That he wasn't as good as the other backs at USC because of his age/experience/place of origin? I think I refuted that one by pointing out the stories behind the other guys (none had any experience, one was also a true freshman, one was switching positions and coming off a major injury, all are underclassmen rather than experienced vets, etc.).
That despite not being as good as those guys now, he may have gotten better than them in the future? If so, what are you basing that opinion on?
I can't think of a lot of great skill position players who were 5th on the depth chart as a true freshman. Just about every great skill player at USC from the Pete Carroll era on made an impact at that point in their career. They weren't only getting trotted out when the score is 42-10, even after three guys go down with injuries. Kareem Kelly had 900+ yards as a true freshman WR. Keary Colbert started as a true freshman in 2000 and was the team's second leading receiver behind Kelly. Mike Williams put up 1,200+ yards as a true freshman in 2002. LenDale White ran for 781 yards and 13 TD. Reggie Bush racked up 1,300+ all purpose yards. Steve Smith was the third leading receiver on a national title team that had Colbert and Williams. Dwayne Jarrett gained 849 yards and caught 13 TD to lead a team that won a national title. Robert Woods posted just under 800 yards receiving. Marqise Lee put up 1,100+. Joe McKnight had 903 all-purpose yards. Damian Williams started at Arkansas on a run-first team where he was 2nd in receptions and put up 800+ yards once he was eligible at SC.
Of the USC RB and WR in that time who went in the first 5 rounds of the draft, only Patrick Turner isn't on that list (eventually a 3rd round pick, he was a fringe contributor as a freshman and sophomore). So it would seem, at least at USC, the great skill position players just about all contribute heavily right out of the gate. The ones who get homesick or whatever else don't end up being that great, historically speaking.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Okay?||
And if the depth chart was only limited to guys in his recruiting cycle, then you're right, Isaac would have been right near the top. Unfortunately other guys are allowed to play, so he still would need to see a rash of injuries in front of him before he got significant carries next year.
What is your point? Honestly. That all prior evidence (playing time, production, etc.) should be ignored when evaluating a player because now he plays for your favorite team? I've said I think he can make a positive impact here at Michigan. I also noted that he was buried on the depth chart at USC. What are you disagreeing with? I didn't say he sucks. I simply pointed out when someone brought up the subject that no one at USC expected him to be a major contributor going forward because the other guys on the roster are better players. Steve Sarkisian would much rather sign another blue-chip back in the upcoming recruiting class than sit around hoping Ty Isaac pans out as a senior. Sorry that fact hurts your feelings.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
The homerism and magical thinking going on here is pretty impressive. I suppose saying Terry Richardson won't start at corner for Michigan this year would also be "crap, pure speculation" and not based on watching who the coaches put on the field and at the top of the depth chart or noticing how guys perform when they see the field.
Can't wait to see Russell Bellomy rip shit up this year. Anyone who doesn't assume he's now way better than Gardner and Morris, since the earth continues to turn and he could very well be getting super awesomer with each passing day, is just speculating.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||You're right||
Everyone takes time to develop. Except Mike Williams (from Florida), Dwayne Jarrett (from New Jersey), Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and loads of other true freshmen who have won championships and put up gaudy statistics at just one school where I'm naming guys off the top of my head.
Luckily our senior leadership has allowed us to win way more games than USC the last decade plus, so the plan is working.
USC has three really good backs (all posted multiple 100-yard games last year). They were all freshmen and sophomores last year. Pointing out that they are better than another guy is not being uncharitable or dickish. It is living in reality. I'm sorry you take that as a terrible insult to the guy who is transferring so he doesn't have to sit on the bench behind those guys (and who I stated pretty clearly is probably the best UM back from day one, barring a surprise from someone like Justice Hayes).
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Justin Davis was a true freshman too||
Tre Madden was a sophomore who was moving from linebacker to running back and coming off a major knee injury that cost him the entire 2012 season. Buck Allen was a sophomore who had never carried the ball more than twice in a game before this season. And he's from Florida, which is across the country and that apparently makes it harder to be good at football. And three guys in front of him got hurt. He still didn't play. Isaac was USC's fifth best tailback last year and he would have been USC's fourth best tailback this coming season. And the guys ahead of him all have eligibility in 2015 as well, so he wasn't going to get major carries there unless multiple guys got hurt. I don't know why this fact would anger you so much.
I'm glad you're so stoked to get the Trojans' leftovers, but nobody there is upset that he is gone (and the question I responded to was about the SC perspective on Isaac, a subject on which I am way less harsh than any Trojan fan I know). If you think Isaac would rise up the depth chart at SC if only given more time, then more power to you. Ty Isaac seems to disagree with you. That is why he's leaving and coming to Michigan.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Other backs||
Using the 247 composite rankings, Allen was a 3-star and the #300 player in the country overall. Madden came in as a linebacker (and played there to start his SC career) and was a 4-star (#265 overall), and Davis was a 4-star and #98 overall in his class (Isaac was #54 in the same class). Green was a 5-star and #27 nationally.
I think it is a case where scouting > stars. All three guys at SC are more dynamic in their cuts, quicker to and through the hole, while still running with good power (because they are going full speed they can deliver a blow or bounce off a tackle).
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Bigger picture||
Redd was hurt all year and appeared in just 6 games. Madden posted 583 yards in the first 5 games before a hamstring injury hobbled him for the rest of the year. Davis injured his ankle against Notre Dame and missed the entire second half of the season. Allen didn't get much of a shot until the second half of the season (after Kiffin got fired) and posted four 100-yard games in the last six.
Basically as many injuries as possible happened and Isaac still didn't see significant action except in blowout wins (Cal, Colorado, Fresno State). He never got more than three touches in any other game.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||4th on the depth chart||
I think Isaac is probably better than the guys we have currently, but he was well behind Tre Madden, Buck Allen (both a year ahead, eligibility wise), and Justin Davis (same class). He is transferring because he wasn't going to see the field if those guys stayed healthy.
Good pick-up for us, but the comment earlier in the thread about how we're looking like Bama now is pretty ridiculous.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Advisory committee||
Some guys want to go no matter what, but Warren was projected as a 3rd round pick by the NFL's evaluation people. Pretty sure he was nursing a bad ankle when the combine/pro-day rolled around so he ran a shitty 40 time that then dropped his stock.
Guys like him, Orr, Shazor, and Manny Harris are definitely the ones that sting the most.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Precedent||
Amir Carlisle transferred from SC to Notre Dame just a couple of years ago.
|9 weeks 22 hours ago||You're not buying anything||
Your analogy would be appropriate if buying tickets now meant anything going forward. It doesn't. People "bought low" and attended Michigan basketball games for years. When the team got better and demand increased, those people had to pay more, move to crappier seats, or give up their tickets.
This athletic department has given every indication that they will extract as much money as they can for every ticket they have to sell. Just because there isn't much value in those tickets now doesn't mean that you will get a better deal when there is. If and when tickets increase in value, you will still have to pay for them.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Happy to stand behind my opinion||
If you want to wager a dollar that we have a better record than Arizona next year I'll gladly accept the action.
If you win I won't even make you pay up on the last two years when we didn't. If you lose, however, I would like three crisp portraits of George Washington and a heartfelt apology.
We'll know who is right soon enough. I'll happily pay a buck if it means Brady Hoke isn't a ridciulously underqualified, mediocre head coach who only got the job here because of the worst kind of nepotism. Just because I'm in the minority (a minority of one until fairly recently) doesn't mean shit, though.
Just a reminder that all the excuses people are so quick to use now applied doubly to the guy we ran out of town, who had the same record in year three but didn't inherit 5 NFL offensive linemen in his first three years on the job.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Third thing||
You may wrap "bad recruiting" in with coaching, but to me it is a separate thing and a big question mark for this staff. Who looks like the next Hutchinson/Baas/Long/Lewan on the current roster?
And anybody acting like we can be really good without those kinds of guys is just talking nonsense.
As for coaching, pretty sure we had five 4th and 5th year guys on the o-line in 2012. Three are in the NFL now. The other two were 4-star recruits. And Will Campbell got drafted by the Jets and is on their active roster at OG, even though this staff though he'd be better playing part-time on defense.
Youth sure as shit wasn't to blame for that. And the company line about lacking talent/toughness/pro-style players looks pretty weak at this point.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Huh?||
Schofield started every game at guard as a RS sophomore right when this staff arrived. On a team that had two 1,000 yard rushers. He's been good for three years. He was also a well regarded 4-star prospect coming out of high school. The only improvement that has happened is people who acted like he wasn't really that good the last three years have no wiggle room for their bullshit anymore. Just like with Patrick Omameh who is on an NFL active roster. And William Campbell who got drafted as an OL despite never playing there and is on an active roster. Not to mention Taylor Lewan, who is now being portrayed as a super-villain by the staunch defenders of our poor beleaguered coaching staff.
There has been a ton of offensive line talent here the last two years and the performance has been terrible. A lot of people have simply refused to believe that they may have been wrong about both Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.
We may have been too young in 2013, but we certainly had enough talent in 2012 (the excuse going around at that time to explain a subpar performance). Maybe Nuss is the answer and Borges was the problem. But if this problem continues or is even worse then I think we'll all have a good idea who to blame.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Rich air||
Henne got a second NFL contract for legit money. Can't find the details on his first deal, but best guess is he's made roughly $10 million, at least. If he plays just okay this year he'll probably make even more. For playing occasionally and not being all that great as an NFL qb (not a knock on the guy, that shit is super hard), he's doing pretty fantastic.
I would gladly take that cash even if I had to listen to the 8 Jacksonville Jaguar fans alive tell me I suck for the rest of my life.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Not true||
This is a common misconception. It is not "legal" to drive with a BAC below .08. Anyone who is deemed to be "impaired" can be convicted. Having a BAC measured at or above .08 simply means you are presumed to be impaired in most jurisdictions. California, for example, hits drivers with two charges, one for impairment and one for having a measured BAC at or above the legal limit, which is another crime by statute.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Well played, Mr. Brandon.||
I guess I missed the page in the Domino's handbook where it says that in order to "build a brand" it is a good idea to treat one of the greatest venues in sports like a VFW hall. That must be why the Red Sox make all that sweet cheddar from bingo night at Fenway Park.
Good thing we're rounding up all these extra pennies now so that we can pay top dollar for coordinators whose former employers don't want them any more and so girls can play lacrosse. And be sure to still raise prices on everything else, because this is a zero sum game where every ounce of short term revenue must be extracted from the public's pockets or we won't be able to beat Iowa at football ever again.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Impossible||
The phrase "damn dirty hippie" has never been used to describe a black player/blogger.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Home and Close-To-Home?||
This seems like an odd move, if only because Moody Coliseum is such a small venue. Going on the road all that way to play in front of 7,000 people doesn't seem like much of a "WOW" experience.
If this kind of game got scheduled, it would be interesting to see if SMU wanted to host at the American Airlines Center. It would be a nice showcase for them and an opportunity to try to become a bigger draw in that market. Playing in Mark Cuban's fancy arena would be a nice treat for our guys as well.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Praying?||
If you in fact have a direct line to beseech the almighty, I would suggest an adjustment in your priorities. I'm sure you could have a much more positive impact on the world if you broadened your requests to include more pressing global issues than who John Beilein offers a scholarship to play basketball at Michigan.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Boo||
No points for plagiarizing your dad.
Kirby Puckett and Jack Buck take the cake, and that was still less than 25 years ago.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||The bright side?||
It isn't like we were any good on defense or on the glass this past season. And a couple years ago Novak was starting at the 4.
I don't think a team in America has three guys as gifted as Caris/Walton/Irvin, who all happen to shoot 40% from behind the 3-point line. Their D should benefit from experience and Irvin being a better talent there than Stauskas. We'll see what the new guys do up front, but they should add a lot more offensive versatility than Morford and they will have enough height to at least not get totally crushed on the glass.
If we're just remotely competitive on the boards, this team is still elite, IMO.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||Just not the case||
The 2011 team that won a BCS bowl had Lewan (2-time B1G lineman of the year), Molk (Rimington winner), Omameh (1st team all-B1G and on an NFL roster), and Schofield (projected 4th-5th round pick. The '97 team had Jansen, Hutchinson, and Backus (all long time NFL starters). Two of those guys were on the Orange Bowl winning team in 1999. The 1969 team had Dan Dierdorf and Reggie McKenzie.
Great Michigan teams have had multiple great players on the offensive line. If we have some of those guys on the current roster, then great. But if we don't we aren't going to be an elite team/program in the near future.
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||Nice logic||
You're listing guys who are first team AP All-Americans (in the year they are named as first team AP all-Americans), and I am "cherry-picking outliers"?
Good teams across the country have young offensive linemen who win accolades and play well. Not getting blown back while 40% of the line is doing its job fantastically well isn't too much to ask.
Either way, last year doesn't matter. Do you honestly think next year's line is going to be really good and that Michigan is going to win 10+ games? If so, great. If not, explain to me why you still want a coach at Michigan who is demonstrably worse than guys like Harbaugh, Meyer, Mark Dantonio and every other elite coach in the country.