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|2 days 39 min ago||It's a thread...||
about basketball. Unfortunately, we don't live in a world where sports isn't affected by politics, etc.
And anybody with enough points should be able to post.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Thanks...||
for bringing this up. I had read about this egregious case of injustice. This poor guy was totally screwed. From my research, it appears there was no objective evidence against him. Zero. And there were many facts which strongly discredited the accuser's story. Yet he was still expelled. So we have a classic case where the alleged offender was not only likely falsely accused but totally screwed over by the University.
Fortunately, he had recourse through the courts and some partial justice. But he was still completely screwed. He will carry this stigma the rest of his life. His schooling was disrupted and delayed. And it must have been horrific to go through. I can't even imagine it. His entire life was turned upside down - his career aspirations, his relationships, etc. At least he didn't end up in prison like poor Brian Banks. Hopefully, he got a multimillion dollar judgement against the University. But it sounds like he only got the expulsion reversed.
And those who screwed him (the accuser, the school administrators) get off scot free. There's no accountability. The unjust system remains in place to victimize others who are often not as successful in getting their day in court.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Great points...||
especially regarding the damage to everybody including those falsely accused and legitimate rape victims.
|1 week 13 hours ago||This film...||
has been greatly if not completely discredited. The sensational title of the film says it all - "The Hunting Ground?" Seriously? Objective data and logic doesn't support the idea of college campuses as "hunting grounds." It contains many accusations which have never been proven, some of which have been greatly cast in doubt or even discredited. And to make matters worse, it only includes the accuser's side of the story.
It's indefensible propaganda.
We need more honest reporting on the issue not sensationalism and dishonest propaganda.
|1 week 14 hours ago||An interesting discussion here...||
I'm glad the mods chose not to censor it. This is an issue which will continue to affect college students and student/athletes.
Unfortunately, we do have a civil legal system which enables people to extort money and many settlements, including this one, may ultimately be just that.
As for the allegation itself, there are a few here who don't understand the presumption of innocence and also don't understand (despite numerous high profile cases such as Brian Banks, Duke lacrosse, etc.) that people will lie about anything, including rape. And they also don't seem to understand how prevalent these false allegations might be due to obvious incentives (money, revenge, etc.) . Most importantly, they don't seem to understand how these false allegations destroy innocent lives, especially due to the current standard of guilty until proven innocent being perpetrated on campuses. The false allegation, even when disproven or discredited, mars the person for life - they often have to switch or quit schools and explain what happened to future schools or employers.
But it is encouraging that many here do understand these things.
And no, presuming innocence until proven guilty does not make light of the terrible crime of rape or make somebody a rape apologist, etc.
|1 week 2 days ago||What?||
Obviously you haven't been paying attention. This team was 7-2 in the BIg Ten with a win over one of the top teams in the country.... without their top player, a possible lottery pick.
And Beilein's record speaks for itself.
Using your logic, we should have fired Beilein when the team had some bad losses just before they made their run to the National Championship and then the Elite Eight (again without perhaps their top player).
Sheesh, maybe many bandwagon fans here should just stick to football.
|1 week 2 days ago||Just one game...||
It's ridiiculous to read all the comments from basketball illiterates on the game thread talking about how Beilein and this team suck.
That's the way the ball bounces sometimes. Sometimes, you're out of sync and the other team is in sync.
It wasn't really even one game, just a 10 minute stretch with a 28-0 run leading to a 13 point loss. Michigan even missed 5 straight free throws (including the front end of a one and one) and Indiana kept hitting ridiculous threes, including one by Bielfeldt. That is unusual.
Even Kentucky went through a similar drought tonight blowing a 21 point lead to a crappy Tennessee team and losing by 7.
Michigan probably isn't a top 20 team this year without their top lottery pick player. But he should be back. They will play a lot better. They should make they tourney.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||A civil lawsuit...||
Has littlle or nothing to do with guilt or innocence. Heck, even a criminal trial with a much higher standard of evidence often sends an innocent man to prison in sexual offense cases.
And none of us were there when the alleged incident took place. So I won't take part in your self-righteous lynch mob.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Mostly agree..||
except for the last part -
<i>The GOP lost it's soul in that bargain with the devil. That signified in reality that it was no longer the party of Lincoln.</i>
Unfortunately, this is the mainstream narrative and a false one. A case can be made that both major parties have no soul. But when it comes to race, the party that advocates color blindness under the law and adherence to MLK's "dream" is still the party of Lincoln.
Then again, I'm an independent. And this is a sports blog not a political one.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I figure...||
good luck and bad luck usually even out. So winning the lottery would probably increase my chances of being struck by lightning or even a meteor.
But I respect the choice of others to play the lottery if they so desire. Everybody has their vices.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||On principle...||
I don't play buy state lottery tickets. It's completely corrupt for the government to prohibit most people from running a gambling business then allow a select few to do so based on their race, political connections or wealth and then to top it all off, start its own gambling operation.
And to add insult to injury, the government falsely advertises an $800 million jackpot when in reality, it's a small fraction of this after taxes and if paid out right away rather than many decades.
And the poorest people buy the most lottery tickets and often piss away what meager income they have.
Yeah, that's about as corrupt and unethical as it gets.
And you have a greater chance of being hit by lightning than winning the lottery. So if you win the lottery, you better hope your luck doesn't even out.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Awesomeness...||
even a cameo by Zach Novak, I believe, another one of my favorite Michigan players.
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||I was in the same class..||
as Sanjay as well, '93. I took an unusual path by transferring to the UCLA school of medicine after my second year.
|9 weeks 3 hours ago||Even brilliant people||
often have strange ideas or opinions. Religious belief, in this case, plays a role.
But we are straying into forbidden territory here.
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||Sanjay Gupta...||
was a friend of mine when we both attended UofM med school. While he is a fine neurosurgeon and a brilliant man, I don't think calling him "one of the top neurosurgeons in the country" is entirely accurate. He has gained celebrity and fame more as a media celebrity/television medical expert than as a neurosurgeon. More important than his celebrity, he is a good and decent man.
Ben Carson, on the the other hand (mentioned in replies), is generally regarded as one of the top pediatric neurosurgeons in the world. He was a pioneer in the separation of conjoined twins. He was the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, arguably one of the top medical centers in the world. I had the good fortune of interviewing one on one with him when applying to Johns Hopkins for medical school. He is brilliant and humble. He also is a good and decent man.
I don't agree with many of the political views of both. But that doesn't negate their brilliance or good character.
We should all be proud of these two as Michigan alums.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I've been a fan of Michigan BB through all of it...||
Beilein is easily the best coach Michigan has had since Orr and probably the best coach Michigan has ever had.
Frieder was a good coach and so is Fisher (despite the controversy).
Ellerbe was probably the worst basketball coach to ever coach in Division I. Michigan did have sanctions but his horrible coaching, not the sanctions, held them back. It was painful to watch. I'm still puzzled by his hire.
Amaker was an improvement but he wasn't a good coach here. He brought in elite talent which seriously underperformed. I think he's a better coach now than he was at Michigan.
So.... while Beilein has his flaws (notably recruiting/coaching front court players), he has pnenomenal strengths (identifying underrecruited talent, coaching fundamentals/shooting, offensive genius) That's why we made a Final Four run and nearly repeated even without our star player.
I'm happy to have Beilein as our coach for as long as he wants to coach. It is likely that we will make more Final Four runs if just one or two of his big men are adequate.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Disappointed||
In fans here. One rough loss and they're badmouthing the entire coaching staff. We overachieved this year. Harbaugh needs time and better players to build an elite team.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||So heartbreaking..||
Even though I've seen a lot of tragedy as an ER doc, I remember the loss of every young life as vividly as if it happened yesterday.
There are no words for such sorrow.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Appreciated the additional take on the refs..||
since it clarified some of my questions from Seth's analysis. There will always be missed calls but the big and blatant missed calls seemed to be heavily stacked against Michigan, namely the phantom holding that negated an early INT, the targeting call against Bolden that removed our defensive team captain/leading tackler early in the game and directly led to their first TD and the bear hug on the one TD.
As far as the egregiousness of other calls, I will have to trust your expertise.
As far as I can recall, the Bolden targeting call was probably the worst call I've ever seen in my entire life of watching football. Not necessarily the worst when called live but clearly when upheld on review. Everybody in the stadium except perhaps the review official seemed to know it was a horrible call. And the impact was probably huge.
As Desmond Howard stated, the game had a "weird vibe" after that call and I had a sense all day that Michigan was going to get screwed in the end.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||There's nothing...||
more dangerous than a closed mind.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||No, you are incorrect..||
since you fail to understand the difference between good and great. There are many things that make Hoke a good but not great coach. In your black and white universe, a coach is apparently either great or bad. We don't live in a black and white universe.
|16 weeks 5 hours ago||Brady Hoke||
is a good man and a good football coach. He wouldn't have won two conference coach of the year awards or led Michigan to an 11-2 season and a bowl win if he wasn't a good coach. But he has his flaws. He doesn't seem to have a brilliant football mind and this led to an underwhelming record here.
That being said, some of the comments about him here are either inaccurate (especially regarding the Shane Morris incident) and/or just plain mean-spirited. I don't think any decent person or real Michigan fan would make these comments.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Mods please delete..||
whiny threads calling for deleting other threads.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Wow...||
pull that stick out of your ass. I just half-jokingly stated it seemed more likely not the only possibility. And I'm all too aware of some of the assholes who call themselves Michigan fans. I've had the misfortune of conversing with a few here. Your totally classless reply is exhibit A.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||This is awesome..||
Unfortunately, there are always a few nutjobs in every crowd and in this case, they decided to make death threats. Who knows, maybe it was some sick Sparty fans idea of a joke. That seems more likely than a real Michigan fan making such threats.
We often forget this is just a game.
Sure I felt a little letdown after the game but there are much more important things than the score of a football game, like the mental health of this young man or the physical health of others like the fan who had a heart attack on the last play.
Count me in as one of Blake O'Neil's biggest fans.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Why give any attention...||
to this idiot?
I seriously doubt this clown makes the same criticisms when MSU coaches have gripes about the officiating.
He takes Harbaugh's comments completely out of context. Harbaugh was asked about the officiating and it's his job to evaluate whether the officiating was fair or not, especially if one of his players is ejected. And any rule that prohibits complaints about grossly incompetent and/or corrupt officiating is unsportsmanlike, not breaking that rule.
I never understood why validly questioning corrupt and/or grossly incompetent officiating is somehow considered unsportsmanlike anyway. By that logic, cheating is just fine but complaining about cheating is unsportsmanlike. WTF? That's insane.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Rudock has been horrible||
...plain and simple. He's averaging 2 turnovers a game. And his poor accuracy has cost us TD's and ended drives. His poor play singlehandedly cost us the Utah game.
But his longer term track record indicates significant upside from here. As he gets in sync with his receivers, I think he will improve significantly over the course of the season, hopefully in a linear fashion.
As for Morris, I don't think he's a legitimate second option right now or he'd be playing. At the same time, I think it's premature to call him a bust. I hope he gets a redshirt year, has more of a chance to learn under Harbaugh and prove himself.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Looking like a solid class...||
We now have quality recruits at PG, wing and in the front court. Their rankings may not be dazzling but who cares? These are players that Beilein likes fairly early in the recruiting cycle not late additions. So they're likely much better than their rankings. And even with late additions, Beilein finds gems in the rough.
Simpson (if he sticks with his commitment) is an excellent fit. He's highly regarded as a borderline top 50 4 star but will likely stay a few years. He's high energy, fearless and ultra quick with an elite handle.
He's not a consolation prize. I bet he will be as good or better than Winston.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||There's nothing wrong..||
with the Michigan basketball program. Although Beilein is an elite coach, he isn't recruiting anywhere near an elite level. But that's not a knock against him. It's a combination of bad luck on a couple recruits and primarily a reflection of the dirty world of basketball recruiting. Beilein's high integrity works against him. He expects players to be students and have high character. He won't take known bad characters. And I'm sure there's a lot of unethical behavior by other coaches and programs that he won't engage in.
I'd love to land more highly ranked recruits. It would make another Final Four run more likely. But I prefer a clean and ethical coach even if it means we aren't going to the Final Four most years. And we will still have the talent and coaching to make Final Four runs anyway.
|23 weeks 3 hours ago||Not a bust yet..||
He's only seen minimal game time. He has only had a short time under Harbaugh and still has great talent.
I wouldn't count him out yet although I agree, he's looking like a long shot at this point.