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|3 weeks 1 day ago||Two words: revenue stream||
The more balls they get into the game, the more "game balls" there are for players to sign, keep for mementos, and so on. It's a business.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Except||
All the non-conference games are against west-coast teams this year. Nice that ABC wants Harbaugh's first home game broadcast nationally -- the noon start is the only way to do that. Should draw a large audience, especially if the team somehow gets past Utah in the opener.
I'll go into that one (Utah) with low expectations, but figuring that this team is going to be old enough and experienced enough to maybe just handle it. Thank god it's Utah and Salt Lake City, and not L.A. or something like that. Shouldn't be too hard to keep the team focused.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Second this||
Especially if the plan is to do two years -- both teams would be nicely balanced and likely very good. Cal can't really say that. Even more importantly, he wouldn't have to always be the focus the first year, and the second year he would have a good team around him who know him well.
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||Most interesting point||
Boone does say in the HBO interview that
Seems like he knows he can't bullshit about that without getting called on it. Probably that's the most true thing he says -- the rest is just, like, his opinion, man. 20/20 hindsight.
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||No experience, but||
as a professor, I'd say the most important thing is to let them have some fun at that point, after working hard for three weeks or whatever it is. That's the point of having a game. It's too late at that point to get through to the ones who haven't been pulling their weight in the classroom (i.e., practice) format. But maybe holding a game can remind them of why they are there.
Sometimes you just need to get out of the classroom. Holding a game does that, by getting away from the practice format.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Read the article||
This dog wasn't old and dying. This dog was having problems with another dog.
The owner could just have brought the dog to a shelter.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Probably uneven||
I don't think we will see a lot of it next year (2016), as the goal will be to get the 2016 class up to sustainable numbers. These extra scholarships he is using this year will go to regular recruits next year.
But then there will be as much of it as possible for the following two years (2017 and 2018), as they try to fill some of the many scholarships available with quality placeholders in order to increase the size of the 2019 class.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Rhetorical||
I think that was a cute way of saying that the OP's statement was an assumption and not based on actual data.
I tend to agree with Caesar that the failure of the tweet is that it basically says that you're not a patriotic American if you have a problem with the film.
Totally disagree with Caesar about whether Harbaugh should be speaking his mind.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Correct me if I'm wrong,||
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it true both of his injuries (the earlier ACL and then the meniscus) came after he committed to OSU?
If so, here's one way to explain the apparent disconnect between them giving up on him so easily and his status as the top CB recruit in their class -- they looked at his film from his senior year and he wasn't the player he was before he tore his ACL.
The fun thing about this is that, if Dr. Andrews is right, there is a non-zero chance this guy could end up in the NFL. On the other hand, ...
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I have to think||
I have to think it's been discussed and it's been decided this guy has dug a hole so deep that he will make a good joke for the opening paragraph of any front page article covering an improving Shane Morris this year.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry, my bad||
I thought this was taking place at Huron
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Surprising||
It's not terribly surprising he would say that -- I'm sure there are a lot of "differences of opinion" among the coaches about who to recruit -- but it is surprising he would say that where it could be heard.
On the other hand, it's not at all surprising he would not be aware of the possibility that one of the kids sitting in his classroom staring at their phones might be photographing him and posting what he says, live on the Internet.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||FHDM||
You're making baseless assumptions about why he might be doing this.
He has ties to the school. His two boys went there. He's probably been involved there for a long time. Maybe he prefers getting out and doing things to sitting at home?
Who knows? Not me and you. At 64, he probably also needs to kill some time to max out his retirement benefits. So what to do?
Also your assumptions about his job search, if he is actually doing one, are just stupid. The only thing holding him back is his age. He has a long resume with a lot of success, much of it not at Michigan. A younger Fred Jackson would easily move on to another good job.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Draw||
It's another draw. FIFA makes money off televising them.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||One||
Morris is the only upperclassman.
I wouldn't read much into it. I wouldn't want him doing interviews at this point, either. Even friendly interviews. If he was the returning starter, then sure. But in the current circumstances, no way. I don't think it says anything about where he stands.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks||
I will look for that. Also responding to Teldar below...
I have to imagine that they must have sat down once he became unable to produce material without someone sitting beside him (around 2010, I would guess) and mapped out the basic storylines and underlying jokes for the last few books -- Snuff and Raising Steam, and the upcoming Tiffany Aching book.
The question then would be how to help him shape the previously-planned chapters. Someone would have to find ways to get him to phrase things and put words into the characters' mouths. You can't ask ALZ patients questions -- even yes or no answers can be problematic -- they tend to panic. You have to guide them. I guess I envision them (or more likely, just one person) sitting and talking with him about the book, getting him to live in that world, as it were. Discworld would likely have become quite real for Pratchett when talking about it -- I imagine those recordings must be heartbreaking and fascinating all at the same time.
He would also have sat down around then with Stephen Baxter and planned The Long Earth series -- the first of those books (2012) has a fair amount of Pratchett's whimsy to it, but the following two have less and less. Baxter is pretty much wholly without a sense of humor -- I do appreciate his style of hard science fiction and what might be called "hard" alternate history, but without Pratchett to shape them, the characters suffer. It will be interesting to see if Baxter will proceed with the fourth and fifth books that were planned for the series -- no doubt Practchett's concepts are in place for those.
EDIT: Apparently, the fourth book in the Long Earth series will be published in June, called The Long Utopia.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Another good starting place||
Another good starting place is Night Watch -- it has a time travel aspect that allows Pratchett to explore Sam Vimes' backstory and generally sort of revisit his earlier Discworld. For me, it's his strongest, most fully-realized book.
Among the early books, Mort is the one I remember most clearly.
As someone who is currently the primary caregiver for an Alzheimer's patient (not early onset -- mother-in-law, an academic who worked her whole career at the University of Michigan), I'd love to read an account of how Pratchett's care was handled. He was prolific in his last years, still writing up until about a year ago. He must have had some very loving people in his life, who were able to help him work within the limitations of the disease as it advanced through his brain.
The story of how they did so well in this would be inspiring to hear. It also says a lot about him as a human being, facing it as he must have. Each patient handles it differently. Though early-onset is a somewhat different animal than what we're facing (turned 90 last year).
|15 weeks 6 days ago||No||
Both have scholarships now.
Last year he was suspended for Spring practice and then the season opener.
It will be interesting to see what Harbaugh does if it is just this one probation violation, and nothing more happens before the season starts.
If I'm Harbaugh, I'm wondering if this says anything about the culture of the team. Who was he drinking with?
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, it seems likely this is one of those||
Nobody really had any clue who Hoke was referring to. This could have been Miller's plan all along, at least since it became clear that his being drafted into the NFL was not happening. Smart to stay at Michigan and get a real graduate degree. The timing of this could be related to the graduate school admissions process?
Seems like it would have leaked if he was not participating at all. He's currently still on a football scholarship with eligibility remaining, so still part of the team? If so, seems possible he will stay that way through the Spring game, just to help out -- they could certainly use him if they are really going to try to play a game.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||?||
For what it's worth, he did use names:
"Wilton is a very large man (6-feet-6, 235 pounds), a big guy. He can see everything. He's a pretty good athlete, throws the ball well, but he doesn't seem to have had a ton of experience. … Wilt makes a lot of nice throws and is a good-sized kid."
"Shane has a very strong arm, which everybody knows. He spins it well. He just has to understand that's not really the most important thing. ... Now it's a matter of what can you do with it. How do you utilize it. His arm strength is tremendous. He's really comfortable as a quarterback. That's fun to watch him in the huddle, and he has a really good command of what we're asking him to do."
"Alex should be a senior in high school right now. ... I know he's got a lot going on. He has handled it unbelievably well. He is unbelievable in terms of his ability to not let things bother him, to be consistent, and to jump right back in and play the game. If a play doesn't go right, he's right back in, ready for the next one. Short-term memory is phenomenal for a quarterback."
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure||
Not sure, but I think one leg has the Block M and the other leg has the stripe all the way around.
That imbalance might be okay in a funky sort of way if not for the color blocking above it, which just doesn't work for me.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Not a factor||
For athletic scholarships, it's a level playing field in that respect. The NCAA exists largely for that purpose.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Bingo!||
That's the fundamental hypocrisy of the rule. There are additional layers built upon it, but that's the nub.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||The thing||
The thing is many students change schools between undergraduate and graduate programs. A student accepted for graduate school at both Eastern Washington and Michigan is going to choose Michigan. It's a better school, with more resources.
For a football player, that's not an option. That doesn't seem right.
What the redshirt rule does is allow graduate students to play football. They should be able to choose where they go, like any other graduate.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting||
Interesting that the Big Sky commissioner says the perceived problem may be addressed when the rules are adjusted to make them more "student-athlete centric" ...
In truth, the grad-transfer rule is one of the few rules that is "student-athlete centric". If anything, it should be strengthened -- I wonder if that's what the BIg Sky is hinting at. I'd like to see it provide a full degree, accomodate NFL draft preparation, and allow the student to return to the grad program if they are not drafted.
As for the sentiment of the FCS coaches not wanting to be seen as a "farm system" or whatever for the FBS, I wonder if that coach would take a job at Oregon, if offered? As the OP suggests, there's an element of hypocrisy in there.
But it is a legitimate question, I think -- the best 5th-year players being harvested from the FCS to round out depth, and not just the FCS, also the MAC, Mountain West, and so on. I don't know how many actual, real-world examples there are of this, but it does seem like it could be increasing.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||It should be easier to watch||
I mean, Michigan has done everything it can possibly do to right the ship. All the behind-the-scenes bullshit that has consumed the program and derailed the players for the last three plus four years is gone.
If Harbaugh can't find a solid QB quickly, it will be a long season, but still it won't be hard to watch -- because we will be watching players develop.
This season is all about developing into a team that can and will beat Ohio State. Anything else is gravy.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||100||
The "100" (=100% real) thing in that tweet seems like a good sign. If we're reading tea leaves and all.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Okay||
So one form of gambling ("lottery") is a better analogy for recruiting than another form of gambling ("crapshoot")? It doesn't matter, but I can't agree -- the odds of a five-star being a contributor are better than those of a three-star. In the lottery, the odds for every ticket are the same. Playing dice, the odds are part of the game.
Despite your various straw men, I get what you're saying, but I'm not talking about skipping out on a three-star one year to get a four-star the next year. If you read my post, you'd know I expressly said we should NOT do that this year, or next.
You're also ignoring my premise that a critical mass of junior and senior leadership is necessary for success on the field. These are "kids" we're talking about, and there is a significant difference between ages 19 and 22.
And yes, it's possible uneven attrition will render the whole balance problem moot by 2017 and 2018. But if it does not, then what? If you take 56 (the B1G maximum) in those two years, you start the cycle again, resulting in teams that aren't ready to play.
It wasn't just uneven attrition that got Michigan into this mess. It was two problematic coaching changes in just three years. Ignoring the problem isn't going to fix it.
Finally, even if we accept your premise (i.e., limiting the role of redshirts in player development) and four years becomes the standard in order to move the maximum number of players through the program (i.e., buying the maximum number of lottery tickets), then balance becomes even more important, as does the wisdom of putting one's thumb on the scale in 2017 and/or 2018 just enough to shift the momentum toward balancing things out in future years.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||2018||
If you are sitting there two weeks before signing day in 2018 with 22 top recruits at positions of need already in the class thanks to great seasons in 2016 and 2017, and you are looking at a tiny 2019 class, then yes, you have to think seriously about "banking" some 2018 scholarships by giving them to worthy walk-ons for a year to get the numbers up in the 2019 class...
The principal reason for this is that recruiting is still a crapshoot. Some years you are going to get more players who don't work out than other years. That's just reality. The uneven nature of high school competition basically guarantees that. It's important to try to have a decent amount of new blood every year, to absorb the tyranny of the law of large numbers.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||No ESPN||
How did you manage that?