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|3 hours 47 min ago||Definitely not OT||
Exploits of former Michigan players are not OT. This isn't specifically in the Board FAQ but historically it is okay and I'm pretty sure I remember Brian et al. stating it is on-topic. It's not a grey area. Just use good judgment in terms of the frequency of your updates and you'll be fine, with only one or two dumbasses complaining when you post them. I think there were people who complained about a thread celebrating Denard's first NFL touchdown or some such a few years ago!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Ugh||
Most people will not want to think about this with Fall camp underway.
That said, you would have to be out of your mind to think that 2017 will not be a step down from 2016. After all, one decent quarterback and no major injuries and Michigan pretty much controls their own fate this season -- I mean that the 2016 team will be the better team on paper in all of their games but one. They will have to make mistakes to lose all but that one game.
2017 depends a lot on how the 2016 team does, because it will affect the 2017 recruiting class, from which maybe three solid contributors could make a big difference. The other big thing you're likely to see Harbaugh do is bring in some grad transfers next year to fill that experience gap. Think OL and DB.
So, yeah, it's too early to say much of anything other than they are probably set at QB and everything else is a question mark.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
They don't really match the ones on the back, which are bigger, brighter, more detailed, and better-proportioned. It's as if the jerseys were made with numbers on the back, but then Michigan had to make their own numbers to sew onto the front.
Different material, too, as you can see from difference in how the front and back numbers aged in the two jerseys shown (both from eBay, but likely authentic -- the 1931 jersey had provenance back to the player's family).
The 9, like the 6 and the 3, and even the 2, are great. I can understand why they didn't bring the funky heavy serifs back for those numbers, but it's still awesome.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Another note||
Notice the 5 and the 2 in the Ford-Ward crop from 1934. The 5 still has the middle-serif thing I tried to point out in the diary, while the 2 is just a basic 2.
The next year, 1935, they bring back the serif at the top of the 5 and bottom of the 2, but drop the middle-serif thing in the 5, making them upside-down mirror images of one another:
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Notes||
I edited this out, but for sticklers here's a comment on the 1946 team photo. It features Bump Elliot (#42) wearing an angled 2 along with a non-serif 4.
My theory is they ran out of the new numbers, so Bump (in his first year at Michigan) got one made from old numbers? There are two others in the photo without the new numbers. One of them is Gene Derricotte (#41), also a newcomer and the first man known to wear a facemask at Michigan:
Both players received new jerseys in 1947, with numbers matching the rest of the team.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Definitely a throwback jersey||
The MGoBlue photos show the hockey white jerseys here:
Click on the cropped photo to see the full image of each. Also in the hype videos, especially the second "Focused" one, which shows the sleeve stripes:
Pause it at EXACTLY 9 seconds. The sleeve is gone a second later.
I think someone else found a photo of the maize hockey jersey, but I can't find that. Basically the same as the white, but maize. [EDIT: See Baxter immediately below.]
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, hmm||
Okay, so switch Pittsburgh with Penn State and Navy with Virginia Tech? That would help mitigate the service academy problem, and Navy is a good fit for the ACC. And Pitt is a better fit with Northwestern and Michigan than Penn State, which is a great fit with the Hokies.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Good luck!||
Admire your principles. But you kill far too many traditional rivalries, like Texas-Oklahoma and many others. Here's a far better arrangement (replaced Fresno State with UNLV), IMHO:
NORTHEAST: Pittsburgh; Notre Dame; Syracuse; Rutgers; Army; Connecticut; Boston College; Navy; Maryland; West Virginia
MIDEAST: Michigan; Ohio St.; Michigan St.; Penn St.; Indiana; Purdue; Illinois; Northwestern; Wisconsin; Minnesota
ATLANTIC: Virginia; Virginia Tech; Duke; North Carolina; North Carolina St.; Wake Forest; Clemson; Georgia Tech; Miami; Florida State
SOUTHEAST: Alabama; Auburn; Georgia; South Carolina; Kentucky; Tennessee; Mississippi; Mississippi St.; LSU; Florida
MIDWEST: Cincinnati; Louisville; Vanderbilt; Memphis; Missouri; Nebraska; Kansas; Kansas St.; Iowa; Iowa St.
MIDSOUTH: Arkansas; Oklahoma; Oklahoma St.; Texas; Texas A&M; TCU; SMU; Houston; UCF; USF
SOUTHWEST: Air Force; Arizona; Arizona St.; Colorado; Colorado St; Utah; BYU; Boise St.; Texas Tech; Baylor
PACIFIC: SDSU; USC; UCLA; UNLV; Stanford; California; Oregon; Oregon St.; Washington; Washington St.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||FWIW||
I don't know the answer to your question, but there was speculation when Harbaugh arrived that he might try to address the severe imbalance in class numbers. It seems pretty clear now that he's not interested in that, and he will take as much talent as he can get in these huge classes and let the future take care of itself.
That's the voice of experience -- you play the hand you're dealt. I mean, you can't really predict what will happen with attrition -- it's folly to think that you can. Maybe later on, when you're winning and have a steady flow of top recruits, then yes, you can mess around, but right now, given the shitstorm on the horizon in terms of recruiting numbers, you need to plug as many holes as you can and hope for the best.
In short, I think he's trying to outrun it -- godspeed.
I think most coaches would be stupid to purposely run an imbalanced recruiting program. Harbaugh is doing it because that's where Michigan is at -- but it took a decade of exceptional circumstances to get here. Again, you just can't predict attrition (and not just players, but your staff -- think Jerry Montgomery), and most coaches can't really expect to have a job if it all goes to shit and one or two of those off years are really bad.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Just for the record:||
Don't try to wiggle out of this. Here is what you said to Ace above:
You stated it like it was a fact, which implies you "agreed with the notion."
Just say "my bad" and move on.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I don't get it||
Does Board #5 have some special process that means everything posted there must be true? It looks like a pretty standard Internet hodgepodge of people posting about whatever floats their boat. Like I said, there is no evidence for the theory, and there is some evidence against it -- here's Tim's recruiting update from July 2011:
Basically, Mauk, Coney, and Kiel were pro-style prospects still very much being pursued that month -- two months AFTER Shane's commitment. As I noted, Fuller was in the mix until October.
For your rumor to be true, then this would all have to be wrong. I mean, even after Mauk and Coney went elsewhere in July, Michigan was supposedly still in on Kiel, a top recruit who had not yet shown himself to be a trainwreck (later commiting to Indiana, then LSU, and then jumping to ND on signing day, IIRC) and Fuller was still planning a visit.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Let's review||
Let's review just how unlikely this *IF* is -- you are saying that Hoke agreed in May 2011 (when Shane committed) to take just one QB in two classes (2012 and 2013).
In his Hello From The Future post, Tim did write, "He probably committed to Michigan with the knowledge that the coaching staff will not pursue a highly-rated passer for next February."
It's definitely possible that Michigan told Morris that none of their top 2012 offers were happening: Zeke Pike (Auburn all the way), Gunner Kiel (early Oklahoma, Alabama offers, ended up at ND), Bennie Coney (ND, FSU, LSU, but ended up at Cincinnati), and since you mentioned him: 3-star Maty Mauk (ND, ended up washing out at Missouri).
It's true that Hoke did not pursue another Bellomy-like substance (late flip from Purdue) in the 2012 class when their QB offers didn't pan out. But Michigan was still pursuing 3-star Devin Fuller (an early Michigan offer who ended up at UCLA) as late as October 2011 (when Fuller dropped Michigan from his list).
To sum up, then: Hoke did not stop recruiting QBs when Morris commited. Thus, you are wrong. This is a classic bullshit, conspiracy-theory rumor that emerges to fit the facts in hindsight.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||No||
Not at all -- just being helpful, I guess. Historian by trade. Married to a girl born and raised across from Michigan Stadium, with both parents lifelong Michigan employees (academia). She played tennis at Pioneer, in Jim Harbaugh's class (before he moved to Palo Alto). She remembers him -- one of her tennis friends went to the prom with him.
Anyhow, Michigan football was a prerequisite for dating her in New York in 1989 -- so those teams made an impression on me and I remember David Key well...
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Coach Wheatley agrees with you||
See his evaluation here:
"He has the style of an Eric Dickerson, an upright runner with a great gate (sic) with great lateral movement."
Note that "gait" is a term runners use when describing other runners -- so I think we can see this as true respect from TWS.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Yep, you're right||
Instead, maybe: "Like Ty Wheatley, but with better feet" ...
I gather Walker doesn't run track, but speed is one thing the evaluators all seem to agree on.
[EDIT: I'll admit that this is now no longer a true Fred Jacksonism. To be so, it would have to be: "Like Tim Biakabutuka, but with better feet."]
|6 weeks 3 days ago||All I need to know:||
He was given Wheatley's old number.
Will be about the same size, too. So how about TW for YMRMFSPA?
Parts of the descriptions remind me of the elder Wheatley -- though just relying on memory.
So in honor of Fred Jackson: "Like Ty Wheatley, but faster."
|6 weeks 4 days ago||You're welcome||
Oh, and the other guy in that photo is graduate assistant Irv Sigler. Went on to a long coaching career at high schools in Michigan. Now at Hope College.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||19, 21||
#19 is Brian Foster. Safety. Didn't letter until his senior year, 1992. See, for example, the full 1990 team photo at Bentley. [Key is in first row.]
#21 is identified as "Paul Brown" in the full 1990 photo. Definitely him. I can't find him in the roster database, and there's only one #21 listed for the 1990 team (Desmond!). But there he is in the team photos. Must not have been on the team for long? Does not appear in the 1989 or 1991 photos.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||"It should just get better and better"||
Starting next year, your upward trajectory might well be a reasonable expectation, building toward sustainable excellence. But not this year. This year is a kind of perfect storm, thanks to Harbaugh's deft triage of the QB position and junior-senior leadership everywhere else on the team, especially in the most-exposed weak spot -- the OL.
2017 will be more uneven, with larger numbers of younger players on the field. It will stabilize, and things will get better and better, like you say.
But my main point is this: Don't think ahead -- this will be a year to remember -- the players feel it, and you can too.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||No doubt||
But that still doesn't excuse Green. He crossed a line.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||5th year||
Sounds like they had left the door open for a 5th year (experienced backup and special teams player) if he chose to, which has now been slammed shut.
But I'm not sure -- do we know all of Michigan's 5th year decisions at this point? Seems kind of late to be looking to grad transfer...
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Ouch||
Thanks! Should have read it more closely.
Guy behind the site actually does seem pretty smart, even if not quite for the reasons I read into it. Though he is still making money from it...
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Clickbait||
Just in case it's not obvious, most of these stories (including the dead body one from yesterday) are attempts to start urban myths and make some money while doing so (via ads):
So just someone trying to cash in on the Pokemon Go thing. Actually kind of smart, at least until the lawyers show up.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Plus, the leader did the opposite||
It looks like Paterno actively discouraged people from taking responsibility. So not only did he not fulfill that leadership role, but he used his position to obstruct justice.
You're in trouble when you have "John Doe 150" testifying against you. The other 149 have probably already done some damage.
Also, the 1976 claim is interesting precisely because the accuser protected himself by speaking up right away, on the spot. So it's unusual and has the ring of truth.
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||^||
Upvoted for giving your dog his/her own last name. RIP
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||Princeton||
One of Rutgers' barriers to earning the kind of respect they could, in theory, deserve is the existence of Princeton, with an endowment about 20 times that of Rutgers.
So they do have serious in-state competition, just not in DI athletics. For New York area money, they have lots of rivals. They do a decent job academically, but the idea that they are on the cusp of becoming the flagship for the New York area is just wrong. Maybe B1G membership, in time, will give them a shot at that with regard to the FBS, but in everything else they will always be held back by the fact that there are at least four major universities within spitting distance, each with far more money (Princeton, Columbia, NYU, CUNY).
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Oversight?||
One could argue, though, that this is too basic to be a mistake (if it is a mistake, it is epic) and instead some not-so-bright executives at Google/Niantic thought it was a good idea to establish full access from the get-go, for possible future use. Maybe five years ago you could have gotten away with this, but not now.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Probably won't?||
I doubt that tweet (about dropping Arkansas) is correct. It is pretty clear that Michigan is going to try to schedule two strong OOC games every year. It is all about the selection committee and getting into the playoff over other conference champions with the same record. Adding ND for 2018 and 2019 achieves that, but only if you keep Arkansas.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I don't really see Jon staying||
I don't really see Jon staying at Winterfell. That's Sansa's role for now -- the only question is what place Littlefinger will have.
No, Jon is going to go off to find Bran, once they learn Bran is alive (also Benjen, sort of) -- the producers made a point of having Sansa point out to Jon in this episode that Rickon was the last legitimate Stark male heir, which means they don't know Bran is alive. Look for them to find out in the next episode...
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Probably||
The idea was probably that he's still a child, scared by Bolton, running straight ahead in fear, not thinking. But since they did absolutely nothing to make us understand that, my reaction was much the same as yours.
It's like the Arya sequences where, it seems, she was basically trying to lure the Waif into a fight in the dark. I mean, she must have known that she would not be safe even if she left Braavos. That she would have to face the Waif no matter where she went. Probably she didn't plan to get stabbed, she was just trying to get the Waif to chase her into the dark. Eventually she did it. But none of that was clear to us.
Both surely make sense in the unpublished book, but the show has been forced to cut so much that sometimes things don't make sense when they should.