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|5 days 1 hour 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 days 15 hours 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.
|6 days 16 hours 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.
|6 days 17 hours 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.
|6 days 17 hours 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.
|1 week 34 min 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.
|1 week 6 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...
|2 weeks 17 hours 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.
|2 weeks 17 hours 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."]
|2 weeks 18 hours 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."
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No doubt||
But that still doesn't excuse Green. He crossed a line.
|2 weeks 2 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...
|2 weeks 3 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...
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||^||
Upvoted for giving your dog his/her own last name. RIP
|2 weeks 4 days 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).
|2 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 5 days 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...
|5 weeks 5 days 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.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Sansa||
The only part of girl power that may not be a wholly Martin invention is Sansa's emergence as the Queen of the North. But even that is likely one of the primary stories told in Winds of Winter.
The idea that this is all the "showrunners" (producers) is just wrong. This season is Winds of Winter, a book which is at least half complete, just unfinished -- the ending and cliffhangers are known to the producers.
For me, the strangest thing about this season is the abandonment of Bran and the Tower of Joy. I'm going to guess that also follows the book -- that Bran has not yet seen the truth of that at the end of Winds of Winter.
There were two fairly obvious foreshadows that jumped out at me in this episode. One was Tyrion telling Dany about the wildfire under King's Landing. We shouldn't have to wait long for that reminder to bear fruit. But the other was the Wildling leader's line about Jon Snow not being a king. We'll see about that, but at this point it seems possible that we, the audience, are going to learn the truth at the same time as Jon Snow himself. If they wanted us to know already, we would know already.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Huh?||
Traveling, so not watching and not listening to the broadcast, but this makes it seem like they have looked at it and they think he did cause the ball to move.
But he didn't think he did, and I believe golf has an honor system for that kind of thing. Right?
So if they asses the stroke, then they are saying that he either  was not aware he caused it to move, or  lied about it.
Either way, complete bullshit, because every player doesn't have a camera on him at all times like DJ does. The ruling has to be made then and there. There's no way to fairly implement reviews of the honor system. There's a lot at stake even lower down on the leaderboard. If it's an error by the official in the interpretation of the rules, then yes, that should be subject to review. But not a player's veracity or honesty.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Change the review criteria to employ a two-tier approach||
If I understand it correctly, the way all booth reviews are approached is that the call stands unless there is clear evidence to the contrary. In other words, the benefit of the doubt goes to the official on the field.
That's what happened on the Bolden play -- the booth replay "official" did not think there was clear evidence one way or another, so the call stood. [He was wrong, but that's a different issue.]
The basic problem is that they are approaching penalty reviews the same way they approach non-penalty reviews (in bounds, fumbles, whether a catch was completed, ball spots, etc.). They are inherently different, in that the former considers INTENT, while the latter does not. So the criteria need to be adjusted.
For Targeting, then, just change the rule to require that the benefit of the doubt goes to the accused. Unless there is clear evidence of targeting in a player's actions, then the call gets either  reduced to some lesser included charge ("Roughing" or some such) when the evidence is ambiguous, or  dropped entirely when there is clear evidence to the contrary.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Too far south||
They spent a lot of time in this episode setting Randall Tarly (the father) up to eventually see how wrong he was to have belittled his son's news/warning of the real threat from beyond the Wall. Winter is coming!
No, Sam will go to Old Town and quickly learn what little he does not already know (having learned it under the previous Maester of the Night's Watch -- a Targaryan -- the best mentor and library he could possibly have had) and then return to the North and Jon Snow -- another Targaryan -- where he belongs, facing the White Walkers -- where that sword will be used.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Righteous||
Sam may not yet have the strength to wield it, but he took a big step in that direction when he claimed Heartsbane for himself -- it is rightfully his as he is the righteous son, the only member of the Tarly family who understands what the sword is for and who has proven himself to be brave enough to use it when it counts. His father forfeited the sword when he failed to take his son's experience seriously.
I mean, they were boasting about hunting/fighting for sport while laughing at Sam for talking about hunting/fighting to survive. But they lost Heartsbane when they brushed off as childish myth a firsthand account of mortal combat straight from the Wall from the man chosen to become the next Maester of the Night's Watch.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||A gamble for United||
He did some serious damage to his standing with players and staff last year at Chelsea -- it seemed qualitatively different from his past stops. It may be harder to turn that around than he (and the Man U leadership) thinks.
Gotta feel for Juan Mata -- #10 at Chelsea, then the Chosen One sells him to United -- he establishes himself there and then, well, it will be interesting to see where he ends up.