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- Michigan: great education, great football
|1 year 16 weeks ago||You're right on||
But the flip side of what you're saying is that I really, really don't want to see a Michigan team lose to Ohio wearing clown suits.
As a player, you should have to accomplish something before you can start expecting perks like alternate unis. It shouldn't be automatic. It should mean something. On a personal level, of course, just making it onto the field at Michigan Stadium is an awesome accomplishment. But as a team, I think you have to ask more.
I like the idea of telling the team they'll have alternate unis for the Big Ten championship game, not before.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I don't get it||
What do the people who stupidly told the OP to use Google and Wikipedia have to do with the grammar police?
As for content -- you'd prefer that nobody disagree with you?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Six days ago||
Part of the community college system in the Phoenix area. Seems to argue for him living around there. Makes sense.
Discredits the "my brother's girlfriend" claim of Grand Rapids [?] and insurance below. Or is that a joke/meme?
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Baseball||
Baseball will always have a credibility problem with regard to PEDs as long as Bud Selig still has his job.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||The artistry||
The artistry of that GIF is in the motion of the tail.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Correct||
Just to clarify -- from a TV perspective, UConn is outside the NYC sphere and thus it was never an option. Adding UConn doesn't get you on basic cable in New York City. UConn is improving academically, and it could eventually qualify for the AAU (although it has a Nebraska problem, with the medical school not part of the main campus), but it will never be in the NYC footprint.
I'm not really sure if adding Rutgers automatically gets you there, but at least you have a fighting chance (the main campus is less than 30 miles from Wall Street), especially if they become competitive in the Big Ten.
You laugh, and New Jersey is a state with a perpetual identity crisis -- but it has deep pockets and having Michigan or Ohio State visiting every year isn't going to hurt their recruiting or their fundraising. That's why this failure to see the public-relations problem with hiring this person (regardless of whether or not it is fair to her) is so disheartening, given the circumstances of the vacancy. I don't think the Big Ten is wrong to see potential in Rutgers -- but it can't be happy with its current leadership.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Good education||
"Good" being the operative word. But not great like Michigan and Stanford. If he is really dropping Stanford for Penn State, then he's not as serious about education as we thought.
If he's just adding Penn State because it has a great football tradition playing in one of the best, most competitive divisions in the NCAA, and he is still considering Stanford, it makes sense and is a good sign. Think about it:
An easy choice in the end, but still a choice, and visits to see another great educational environment (Stanford) and another great football environment (Penn State) make sense.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||The actual experts aren't talking||
The actual experts aren't talking because they are working, but the draft-guru charlatans are saying round 6.
As a Patriots fan, I don't see much chance of them picking Denard since they have only the 5th pick in the 4th round (too early) and then none until three picks in the 7th (too late).
Typical draft for New England. Took the guy who broke the record for broad jump at the NFL combine by a significant margin. Got an interesting WR and a prototypical Belichick cornerback. Not sure about the other Rutgers guy -- kind of a sleeper.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Ten games||
Ten conference games only works if you stay at 14. If you do, then it is a big step toward resolving a basic problem (competitive balance over time).
However, I fear that this is an indicator that they will go to 16 sooner rather than later. I mean, if you go to 16, you have to play ten conference games.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||One with the ball||
Bartlestein was one with the ball -- he was just conveying the ball's experience. THE BALL KNEW!
|1 year 34 weeks ago||The sanctions are not "massive"||
Not hiring him is more about not complicating your university's relationship with the NCAA. The sanctions themselves are relatively toothless and involve him not coaching for the first five games of his first season and a bowl game. He can recruit during that time, which is why MSU could, conceivably, be interested. It's not even clear that the sanctions apply at all if he is not head coach. Even assuming they do, they don't involve loss of scholarships, etc. -- they only apply to Tressel himself -- what he can and can't do if you hire him.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Correct, but||
Correct, but Mike Tressel is a defensive coach.
This rumor is believable if the show-cause order applies only to head coaching positions. A quick Google search doesn't clarify that. It does indicate that even if a school were to hire him as a head coach, the penalties are not too earth-shattering -- he can't participate directly in coaching for the first five games of the first season and can't coach in a bowl game that year -- but he can recruit and lead the staff in other ways.
Dantonio is deluded enough to probably think that Jim Tressel did nothing wrong. Hiring him makes sense for MSU, even if he can't coach for the first five weeks -- that is the heart of recruiting, and having him on your staff with nothing to do but recruit for the first five weeks of the season isn't a terrible idea.
Finally, no matter what one thinks of his OSU offenses, Tressel's career before becoming a head coach was all offensive position coaching -- QBs and WRs, mostly. So hiring him as an OC is not an outlandish idea.
MSU could hire him for the remainder of his show-cause (until 2016). He gets to keep his hand in coaching, and he would move to a head coaching position as soon as the order expires.
In short, I actually find this rumor quite plausible. Even if untrue, it could have legs.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||It always seemed to me that Morris was the main draw||
It always seemed to me that Morris was the main draw for Treadwell. He wants to play with a really good QB. If we eliminate Ole Miss as him visiting his friend, then it's just the two Oklahoma schools. I don't know who they have coming in at QB, but I'll guess they are not quite as impressive as Morris was before he got Mono and couldn't play.
Indeed, Treadwell seemed to cool toward Michigan around the time Morris dropped off the hype radar. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think Shane played after the Pioneer game, and he shouldn't have played in that.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Think Yahoo||
They're a lot like Yahoo now -- a digital media company with free email accounts. They own an array of properties, including MapQuest, Moviefone, TechCrunch, Engadget, Huffington Post. The Sporting News fills a gap in their portfolio -- not quite sure what being "partners" with AOL means, but I'll guess it means AOL will eventually own it, if it doesn't already.
AOL still offers dial-up access, though:
[Select the "I am a dial-up internet User" button to see the 100% dial-up plans.]
|1 year 46 weeks ago||What is the deal with #1 anyhow||
It seems strange to me that nobody has been given that number since the scholarship was created. Is that correct? How many years has it been?
As I understand it, the scholarship states that the player with the #1 jersey gets it, and if there is no #1 then it basically just funds one player's scholarship. I know Brandon Graham got it one year. Edwards' foundation site says Steve Breaston got it, but I don't think he ever wore #1.
I don't have a problem with it -- I'm just wondering of anyone knows of any recent news about it. I guess it was held out to not steal the thunder of #21 and the others unretired this year. Certainly Hemingway or Roundtree could have worn it.
It's a given that #2 will eventually get a jersey patch. With regard to #1, to my mind, only AC was great enough to have his number retired. Carter started the tradition -- without him, #1 would never have been given to Edwards. A dual patch with Carter and Edwards would be a travesty, IMHO. I wonder if Edwards is big enough of a man to admit that, and let Carter have a patch.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The problem is protected rivaries||
There is no way to do it without creating a competitive imbalance within a division. Right now Michigan and Ohio are the poster children for this problem, but even if it were balanced differently, the fact remains that somebody will have to play the dominant powers annually while others in their division do not. This could regularly cost, say, Minnesota its bowl eligibility, and so on.
The only realstic solution is 10 games with Michigan and Ohio in the same division. That allows for future expansion to 16 (I voted for Kansas and Virginia) and is perfection in the interim, especially if you schedule it so teams in the other division don't play both M and O in the same year.
No protected rivalries. Preserve as many as you can, and play the other division enough so the ones that are left out of the divisons still have some meaning.
YIN: Michigan, Ohio, MSU, PSU, Indiana, Rutgers, Maryland, [Virginia]
YANG: [Kansas], Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Except||
Except that he is a special case, in view of his father's death. Was his offer actually pulled after he decided to take all of his officials? I don't remember hearing that. Since he feels the need to apologize, we can assume he handled it badly in some way, but it's hard to imagine the coaches giving him a hard time about whatever it was, given his personal story.
I think they just decided to give him some space, a strategy that seems to be working.
Dawson is good enough that you have to wonder what they'll do if another OL commits. I don't think it's a given that they'll pull his offer. In my mind, at least, he warrants ☆☆☆☆☆ treatment.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||To be fair,||
To be fair, this is probably a bit unfair to the actual Martha Stewart -- she would do a better job than this. For one, like the OP, she'd recognize that the decor (and attire) should be about fandom -- I'm not quite sure what tasteful fandom looks like, but I'm sure she would be happy to show me. I think it might involve pennants. Second, I'd hope she'd recognize that to be a "tailgater," you'd have to hold it in your driveway, not in the backyard.
|2 years 2 days ago||2010||
It's the "5" there that matters. He missed a 43 yarder in his first ever attempt at Michigan Stadium as a redshirt freshman. Then made a 24 yard attempt later in that game (UConn). The next game he went 0 for 2 against Notre Dame at South Bend, attempts of 39 and 40 yards in the second half. Yanked for Broekhuizen for the final PAT in that game. Note that Michigan won both of those games.
The bottom line is we'll never know what Gibbons might have done had he been given a chance to pull it together after the Notre Dame game. Valuable experience absolutely wasted as Michigan turned to a true freshman walk-on for the rest of the regular season, with predictable results.
Gibbons didn't get another field goal attempt until the bowl game against Mississippi State, a 35 yard try on 4th and 5 in the 3rd quarter down 31-14.
|2 years 3 days ago||FWIW||
You don't need that last Hail Mary -- a field goal would win as well.
Agree that JH absolutely made the right choice -- the chances of fumbling a kneel-down snap versus the chances of mishandling a free kick aren't even in the same universe in terms of probability.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Second this||
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Can be worse than that||
I had it Junior year in high school -- lost a week that I don't remember at all. It was a couple of months until I felt truly well.
He should shut down for at least a month -- my daughter also had it, much younger, and it was serious business. Shane is older and so it is not as much of a threat, but the basic principles still apply -- you have to let yourself heal -- if you try to do too much you just prolong it and make it worse.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Root for a close game||
Root for a close game that causes both teams to dig deep into their playbooks, both on offense and defense -- a game rich in useful film for the Michigan coaches.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Looking from the other side||
Looking from the other side -- what Alabama sees when they look at Michigan is the same things we see -- the principal vulnerability is the defensive line, and Alabama's opening drive will be focused there. I doubt Saban sees any reason to get cute -- they will go straight at Michigan's weakness.
Agree with dragonchild above that Michigan has plans to compensate for the D-Line being overwhelmed, but the question for me is as follows: Do you give the line a chance to prove itself, or do you immediately throw the kitchen sink at whatever Alabama is doing?
Most coaches will do the former, because you can't have players thinking you don't believe in them, but there's something to be said for keeping Alabama off balance from the get-go by refusing to follow the standard script.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Penn State still doesn't get it||
This is all you need to know, dated April 23, when the facts coming out now would have been well known to those in charge at Penn State:
Paterno's legacy won't be able to hide behind the fact he didn't use email, which appears to be the family's defense at present. The most damned thing is his hiring of McQueary.
The Big Ten took his name off their championship trophy. For starters, Penn State needs to take his statue down from in front of the stadium.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Thanks||
I don't quite understand what EE status means in this -- early entrants can still redshirt, right?
It's nice to see in such graphic terms the relative effects of having to play so many freshman in the past few years. How Hoke manages the effects of this on the classes he recruits over his first five years will set the course for the following five. He will have to burn more redshirts than Saban -- Kalis being the prime example. Saban can afford to keep a prospect like that on the sideline, Hoke cannot. But I think he can turn the tide (ha, ha) with two pieces of luck -- keeping DG healthy next year so Morris can redshirt, and not having to burn additional redshirts (beyond Kalis) this year on the OL, for whatever reason. The latter is a very thin line. On defense, I don't know -- my sense is that some of the new guys (beyond Bolden) will make very strong cases for places in the two-deep before this season is over. So Mattison will need more than luck -- he will need decent performances on the field by the non-freshman to keep Pipkins, for example, off the field.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Real world||
I'd say the #1 thing to remember in the future is to keep no more than two cards. Most people who get into serious trouble managing credit cards have more than that.
You seem to already understand the "don't live beyond your means" principle, so just keep in mind that it is not quite as easy to do as some of the posts in this thread make out. As others have said, the are things in life that even people with jobs need good credit to buy without getting screwed -- houses and cars, mainly. But if you find yourself thinking of putting something big on a credit card, thinking you are going to pay it off in a few months, or even a year -- step back and look in a mirror. Those things you see protruding from your ribs are the hooks they've got in you.
But since you're not really asking for sagely life advice, I'll also answer your question -- we keep a basic American Express card and a Visa card from a local credit union. Our mortgage and auto loan are both through Chase, where we also maintain our bank accounts. But I don't feel any loyalty toward them when it comes to the Visa card. I don't give a damn about rewards, miles, and all that -- I want a low interest rate on the Visa card so if I need it for some emergency situation for which I don't have the cash (and such responsibilities do crop up in life), I can float the balance for a while without too much angst until I get it paid off.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||His name is right there in all of his posts||
His name is right there in all of his posts, where it says "by Connor Stalions" in his photoshop montages, which are nicely done -- I didn't out anyone. I simply did a Google search for that name, to see if he had a blog or something.
It's his choice to use his real name in his posts. I use my real name around the Internet as well, in places where I want to be taken seriously, where it's important that people know I'm not hiding behind a username. If Connor wants to do that here, then more power to him. There's nothing wrong with it. He could end up writing for this site in a few years, for all we know.
Be careful with those knee-jerk reactions. You could hurt yourself.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I agree||
But he should be encouraged to work at it and improve the quality of what he's doing, no? Especially if he wants to get into Michigan, yes?
|2 years 21 weeks ago||High school student||
Google tells me that "Connor Stalions" plays football and basketball at Lake Orion (MI) high school. He was a freshman in Fall 2010. He scored 11 points in a varisty basketball game in January of this year.
Connor: A+ for balls, but listen up. This site is populated by mostly college students and graduates in their 20s and 30s, with a fair number of older folks. If you want to write for this audience, you're going to have to work hard to improve the quality of your writing and, most importantly, to come up with something original to say. Otherwise, you'll be eaten alive.