At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|2 days 17 hours ago||No. That's kind of the point.||
No. That's kind of the point.
|2 days 21 hours ago||I cant believe how many of us||
I cant believe how many of us cant seem to cope with guys wearing other guys' numbers. As if they wouldn't be able to make their own legacy. What?
Did it diminish Jake Long because he wore Jansen's 77? Was Denard a flop because he could never live up to Navarre's 16? WTF?
Every guy is currently wearing the number of some other guy who was better than him. Who cares?
|2 days 23 hours ago||Liked the legends jerseys||
Liked the legends jerseys coming back into circulation. Liked the little ceremony they did when each number was first brought back. Liked that they put them on our most prominent players for the inaugural seasons.
Didn't like the patches, thought they should have been smaller and less conspicuous. Didn't like how the numbers became something to be earned. Thought they should make a big deal in year one and then just issued them like normal numbers but with a patch.
Good idea, bad execution. Reminds me of Borges.
|6 days 2 hours ago||No players union, no game.||
No players union, no game.
|6 days 2 hours ago||NFL2k was always far superior||
NFL2k was always far superior to EA. But the only made one NCAA 2k game and it was horrible. Used the previous years NFL gameplay engine with a horrible option engine tacked on. Presentation didn't feel at all like the NCAA games. I loved the 2k games, but that one was dreadful.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Are you banging 3||
Are you banging 3 mgobloggers?
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes, but it wasn't always||
Yes, but it wasn't always because guys didn't like to compete. That was certainly true of some. But there's a famous quote of one responding that those who didn't stay wouldn't be champions, but doctors, lawyers, captains of industry.
All competitive fields. All competitive classrooms. All of those guys had hard stretches of life like the rest of us. But for some, continuing playing football under Bo just wasn't for them. Continuing under Harbaugh isn't for Heitzman. But I refuse to paint with such a broad brush. I dont like the good riddance posts, the insinuations that he felt entitled, the suggestions that he was soft, and the like, especially with no proof whatsoever, only a desire to fit everything into a certain narrative.
He didn't quit football. He transferred to a place that fit him better. And he didn't even badmouth Michigan on the way out. And if you assume MAC programs are somehow easier than M, I will point to my brother, who had 3-a-days during summer camp in 1-AA. They often missed meals in between practices because the cafeterias would close if practice ran late. Football is hard, and competitive, and Heitzman is still playing it. He just now figures to get more PT, which is the whole point of the endeavor.
|1 week 1 day ago||But can you empathize with||
But can you empathize with me? Can you understand how I would make that mistake?
|1 week 2 days ago||He's 3 years old.||
He's 3 years old and 3', not 3".
|1 week 2 days ago||I didn't say Heitzman||
I didn't say Heitzman belonged with Harbaugh. That's a total non-sequitur.
I'm also not sure you know what empathy means, to be honest. The world is competitive. I'm 6'5". My nephew is 3". If we go out to the driveway and shoot the basketball and I decide to block all of his shots, like really stuff that shit right back in his itty-bitty face, I can't rightfully get on him about not getting a shot off. He has a tough job with very little chance of success. I empathize with him. I look at it through his teary eyes. Of course he's not going to score with his asshole uncle rejecting everything he throws up. I dont sympathize with him at all. He needs to develop a good head fake and a little up and under. But I empathize.
|1 week 2 days ago||Right. I'd like to think I||
Right. I'd like to think I wouldn't have transferred either. But I know I would have been bummed out.
I think there are two issues at play here. Harbaugh's tryout bummed him out. But the reason he transferred was because he wasn't looking at much PT. I dont think Heitzman is saying he decided to transfer rather than try out. But of course the press is going to ask you about your old team and the new regime, and it came out in the same article.
I'd wager that if we were thinner at either position, Heitzman would have used his bummer as fuel to compete for a job. That happens every day around the country. But its harder to ratchet up the intensity when you see the writing on the wall. This also happens every day around the country.
|1 week 2 days ago||Right. He said he was||
Right. He said he was "bummed" by the situation. I'd bet everyone on here would be as well. I'd bet that just about every M 5th year senior was also bummed out. Some stayed and made the cut, others didn't, and others transferred rather than try out. But none of them was happy about it, even the guys who made it.
The comment is a non-issue to me. Surprised its getting so much play.
|1 week 2 days ago||I read Heitzman's comment as,||
I read Heitzman's comment as, "It really sucks that Harbaugh wasn't here to see what I did every day for the past four seasons, making all of those days worthless and less important than the 2-3 weeks of spring ball."
And that's a very reasonable take. I don't think Heitzman was afraid to compete or in any way felt "entitled", but every single one of us would feel "bummed out" if four years of hard work were dismissed and we were forced to start at ground zero. He's just talking about the situation being disappointing. He's not crying, for God's sake. I probably wouldn't have transferred, but I would certainly feel the way he feels.
It's kind of shocking how little empathy we fans have for players. I know the overarching narrative is about Harbaugh recreating the team in his image, but there are hundreds of other little stories in there that aren't always as easy as, "not tough enough for Harbaugh." I mean, has anyone ever heard anything about Heitzman that would suggest he's soft or doesn't like competition? To the contrary, anything we've heard about him has been about his work ethic.
|1 week 2 days ago||No, good GMs do not sign guys||
No, good GMs do not sign guys for under market rate. Good GMs either let those guys walk in free agency or trade them before they get to free agency. I'm not saying no one would have given JV the money, I'm saying the Tigers shouldn't have.
Billy Beane is a good example. Mulder and Zito left and hurt their next teams with their contracts. Now, this isn't a perfect example because Beane couldn't have signed those guys even if he wanted to, but he made sure to get a return for those guys and not pay for what they had already done. And the GMs who took those guys on did what you are defending, and I believe they have been fired largely because of those contracts.
I know its hard to let a guy walk. Its hugely unpopular with fans. And it is rare. But its not as hard as you make it out to be. Look at the current situation: they didn't pony up to keep Scherzer and wont keep Price. Either of those guys would be better investments than JV.
The injury thing is a non-starter. No, teams can't be blamed if a guy gets hurt. Particularly if its a Zumaya-style fluke thing. But even then, older players tend to wear down and get injured more frequently. Especially when your organization routinely has him throw over 120 pitches.
|1 week 3 days ago||It is their fault, though.||
It is their fault, though. Players decline. Its a fact of life. The good GMs don't pay guys for what they've done in the past. If they actually believed Verlander's production would match what they paid him, they were fools.
You could argue that they expected to get 2-3 more good years from him, but everyone knew the back end of that contract was going to be ugly.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Its great rhetoric, and I||
Its great rhetoric, and I will believe it when MSU gets in the top 4 at the expense of a traditions power like ND or USC or Texas. Or if Baylor gets in over FSU or Bama or UM.
Reputation is still a tiebreaker, at least. Smaller schools are performing better and getting more respect than ever, but there isn't a single case of the smaller schools pushing the old guard out. Baylor is outplaying Texas and Oklahoma, but as soon as there is a tie in that conference, we will see who gets the playoff bid.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The guy likes Pulp Fiction.||
The guy likes Pulp Fiction. We all do.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed. Maybe I'm just too||
Agreed. Maybe I'm just too pedantic, but I wouldn't call the drills useless. I would have just stated the last sentence of the above post, which is a perfect description.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The results of individual||
The results of individual reps might not mean much, but you can still tell a lot about a guy from watching them.
That is, knowing he is facing an elite speed rusher (man, he gets a tremendous jump) how does Onwenu adjust -- does he rush his set? Do his feet come too close together, is his kick too long? Does he try to hurry back and pop straight up? Does he turn his shoulders early expecting the edge rush, giving up a lane inside? Etc.
I agree that most fans shouldn't put too much stock in who wins what rep, but these drills are very helpful for coaches. I'm surprised you feel otherwise.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||For about 50% of kids who say||
For about 50% of kids who say academics are important, what they really mean is they want a program that will keep them eligible come hell or high water. The value of the degree is less important than the "quality" of the academic support staff.
Words mean different things to different people.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Those shoes doe.Lost amidst||
Those shoes doe.
Lost amidst all of the hubbub about jerseys and stuff is that Nike is the undisputed king of basketball shoes and has really earned that reputation.
And although I've never worn Adidas cleats, the old Nike stuff was much better than Reebok and the cheaper competitors of my day, so I would imagine they still make a great spike.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Until we get a Pro Combat||
Until we get a Pro Combat uniform.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know if there is any||
I don't know if there is any truth to the rumors that Brandon forced Jonny into retirement, but if so, it would be the worst of many bad things that Brandon did to the program. Jonny was a treasure.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Nothing shady except the kid||
Nothing shady except the kid in the middle of it feeling like he was being pressured to retire.
That's why all of my comments have been about the perception of the kid himself being super important. He has to live with it for the rest of his life. And obviously, Michigan didn't handle that part of it very well.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I dont think OP is proposing||
I dont think OP is proposing any new system. He is trying to describe what actually happens, every day, in every program, right now. And he's on to something.
If you really think that coaches dont weigh these concerns ever time a guy gets injured, you are naive. Again, there is nothing nefarious in most of these situations. The two year starting QB will get every opportunity to heal up and come back, whereas the 13th best OL will be on a shorter leash. That's just how it goes.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I like that option, but it||
I like that option, but it makes for the possibility of unscrupulous coaches forcing injured kids back into action early, risking further injury. The old, if you're costing me a scholarship, I'm going to get something out of you. I'd like to think this wouldn't be common, but you never know. Just a thought.
I think they should go with 4-year scholarships, 30 per year, no overall limit. The kids are guaranteed 4 years, you bring in a lot per year, which leaves room for injury, and there is no total limit so no one is ever pushed out early.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Obviously, medical hardships||
Obviously, medical hardships are perfect for guys who suffer a debilitating injury and can no longer play. That is the reason these things exist. A guy breaks his neck playing for you, you at least let him get a free education.
The controversy arises because those situations only make up a fraction of total medical hardships that are granted. The majority are in a grey area -- the kid is physically capable of playing, just not at a high level. In most cases, the kid realizes that even if he can play, he isn't going to be a huge contributor and he isn't going to play on Sundays. And lets face it, as much as most guys love practice, they do it because it is going to pay off at the end of the week. When that's gone, a medical looks really appealing. So most medicals are willingly signed by the player, even though he is capable of continuing as a player.
Its a really complicated issue. Particularly in the Pipkins case, which is not about freeing up a scholarship. My hunch is that this is all about a spot on the camp roster, which makes me upset at the NCAA for having a camp limit. Why only 105 if you've got more players than that?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry, I thought there was an||
Sorry, I thought there was an implied "I think" before all message board posts.
Disclaimer: I'm not a coach, doctor, or trainer.
But I have read the same articles the rest of us have, and there seems to have been no discussion of concussions between the player and staff. Arthritic knee, consultation with knee specialists, being told by his specialist that he should take 6 months off to rest his knee, etc.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The concussion thing is a red||
The concussion thing is a red herring invented by us fans to make this situation palatable. All of the discussion in the Pipkins articles has been about his knee.
I'd wager that if concussions were the issue, Michigan would not even give him a release to transfer -- concussions could leave him dead. For M, this is a knee issue. Paul Schmidt wouldn't suggest Pipkins quit if it was about concussions, and Harbaugh wouldn't have had NFL discussions with him. They would tell him that he is at risk of death and football is out of the question, not just soft-peddle the pressure that Pipkins is talking about.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Further muddying the waters||
Further muddying the waters is the discrepancy between the players belief in himself and the coaches' belief in him.
Pipkins thinks he can crack the lineup and make the NFL. The coaches do not agree. This is where feelings get hurt and the media gets involved.
I'd bet Harbaugh would say Pipkins is a 4, but Pipkins feels he is a 1-2. That's the real problem. What category a player actually falls into is less important than what category he FEELS he falls into.
You could also imagine a situation where a player is actually a 2, but has lost confidence in the stability of his knee and so doesn't cut real well and plays at less than full speed. Medically, he is a 2, but he thinks he's a 5. He would want the medical. Pipkins isn't one of those guys, so here we are.