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|4 days 18 hours 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||There's nothing...||
more dangerous than a closed mind.
|5 weeks 19 hours 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Mods please delete..||
whiny threads calling for deleting other threads.
|5 weeks 5 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.
|5 weeks 5 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.
|5 weeks 5 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.
|9 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.
|11 weeks 2 days 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.
|11 weeks 4 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.
|12 weeks 22 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.
|12 weeks 22 hours ago||There are unrealistic expectations||
from some but most people realize it's a rebuilding year. I also think 7-8 wins is most likely this year. But otherwise I'm much more optimistic. We could still do significantly better than 7-8 wins this year if Harbaugh gets better QB play - which is likely with his track record. And going forward, I think we will do very well once Harbaugh has his type of players in place. I don't think it will take "a few to several years."
I see at least 9-10 wins next year and a top 20 finish. And I see a top 10 caliber team by the following year. And I wouldn't be surprised if the time table for these predictions are moved up by Harbaugh.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Disappointing loss||
but reasons for optimism. We were playing a quality top 25-30 level team on the road. Unexpectedly, we had horrible play from the QB position which literally cost us the game.
Our defense played very well. Our receivers played well. Our o-line provided execllent QB protection.
And we are already benefiting from a more intelligent coach in Harbaugh. The only quibble I had was with the unimaginative plays on 3rd and 4th downs late in the game on the drive where we were stuffed on 4th down.
QB play will improve and we should have a good year. And every year should be better. We will be elite again and it won't take more than 1-2 years.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||There are no great options today...||
If you wish to have both safety and a good return over the short term. The safest approach is probably a 2 year CD but the return is negligible. If you don't mind some risk, a broad stock market ETF will likely do better. Even if there's a bear market or deeper correction, it usually will recover over 2 years. A very diversified bond fund might be a decent bet but has risk too with rising rates (some are better insulated). A mixture of the above would lower your risk. But if you can't bear any risk to capital, stick with a CD.
|14 weeks 15 hours ago||The relevant quotes...||
"I'd flip the fuck out... and punch the lights out of the AD"
Sounds like more than a punch in the face to me. And by the way, punching somebody in the face and/or head can cause serious injury, often more than a simple concussion ironically, resulting in disability, disfigurement or even death. And if you do it to cause unconsciousness ("punch the lights out"), then the latter is even more likely.
As an emergency physician, I can speak professionally on the matter. Then again, it's common sense.
Besides, it would be just fucking wrong, far more fucking wrong than any alleged mistake or mishandling of the Morris incident. But every day at work, I see plenty of people who, like the poster with violent tendencies, don't understand this simple concept.
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||Yes..||
unfortunately I understand how irrationally angry parents can be. And I am familiar with how horribly destructive and damaging such irrational anger can be. As far as signing the medical release, none of us know whether he was "pressured" or not, whether there was anything inappropriate about doing so.
Look, we're all supposed to be mature responsible adults and letting our emotions drive us into a violent rage is reprehensible, far more reprehensible than anything that possibly was or was not done by anybody involved in this matter.
Even expressing such violent tendencies is reprehensible in this case... in my humble opinion. But then again, I find violent sociopaths to be reprehensible.
|14 weeks 19 hours ago||Yes...||
a violent assault/attempted murder of the AD would have been a brilliant mature way to handle the situation, a perfect example for your son and other young men to follow. /s
|14 weeks 19 hours ago||Completely overblown||
While the incident was obviously mishandled on multiple levels, it was completely overblown by the media and others. Moreover, the Michigan Daily should never be cited as a reputable source of news or opinions.
And it's a classic case of Monday-morning quarterbacking. Everybody's an expert when sitting in front of their 42 inch tv with every vantage point imaginable and especially 1-2 days later.
There should be better procedures in place to identify possible concussions early. Michigan was not alone in having inadequate procedures. Please refer to the far worse MSU Gholston head injury 2 years earlier... which despite being a far more serious incident (Ghoulston was allowed to play after being knocked out for a minute or more), did not receive similar media attention.
The Big Ten is much to blame, in my opinion. The refs missed an obvious textbook targetting call which would have drawn attention to the possible head injury. And there should be latitude given to coaches (time outs, etc.) when player safety is at all in question. This allows them more time to assess players and would have allowed time to realize Morris had a head injury.
|14 weeks 19 hours ago||Dantonio and company are the worst examples||
to use for comparison.
They are either far more incompetent or unethical than Hoke on this matter.
Three years ago (only two years before the Morris incident), MSU's William Gholston was completely knocked out for over a minute in a game.,, and then was allowed to play later that game.
With this in mind, the overblown hysteria about the Morris incident is bizarre.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||6-6 is...||
probably the very bottom of our likely record this year.
I'm actually very optimistic. I can see us being competitive in every game this year. So much hinges on two things - our QB and OL. If our QB and OL are decent and we avoid silly turnovers and sacks, we should have a good year. And I am confident that Harbaugh and his staff have an approach that will produce at least a decent QB and OL. So the sky's the limit. But it's hard to say whether we will win or lose close games in Harbaugh's first year. So we might lose a few games but Michigan football should be fun to watch every Saturday.
|16 weeks 21 hours ago||Not completely dried up but...||
definitely a major regression in the past couple years when the program should have been the most attractive. And I think you're overselling the rankings of recent recruits. I would group recruits into 5 stars, top 50 4 stars, lower ranked 4 stars and then all the rest. In 2013, we landed two top 50 4 stars with one (Irvin) a borderline 5 star. In 2014, we landed only one top 50 4 star. In 2015, we landed zero ranked recruits. But 2015 may still end up being a good recruiting year despite striking out on all ranked recruits. We picked up a German player who would probably be a top 50 4 star and a transfer who might be a top 50 talent as well.
Our classes were ranked #7 in 2012, #12 in 2013, #26 in 2014 and unranked in 2015.
That's a siginificant decline over the past 4 years.
That being said, it's not all about rankings. We have picked some good and possibly great players every year and should have the pieces for some great teams. But reaching the Final Four is harder without a little more success on the recruiting trail.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Stauskas...||
was a "sleeper." Although he was a top 100 4 star, he was a lower ranked 4 star near the bottom of the top 100. He rose much higher to the level of a lottery pick under Beilein. So he was seriously underrated. I'm not sure why or how. I had him pegged as an elite 5 star talent after just watching his recruiting tape for a few minutes.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Another Tate at QB?||
Taters are gonna tate!
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Every opinion doesn't||
need to be respected. At the same time, every opinion which might be controversial, insensitive or even stupid doesn't warrant self-righteous condemnation and/or loss of employment.
And you're half right. Idiots with opinions are a big problem, even more so when they have the power to inflict their idiocy on other people. At the same time, PC people are a huge problem today. They suppress honest debate about uncomfortable truths. In the process, both society and individuals are greatly harmed.
|18 weeks 33 min ago||I'm not a fan of Cowherd||
but I'm also not thrilled when somebody is fired just because they might have offended somebody. We are becoming too thin-skinned and politically correct as a society.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah..||
I forgot about the knee problems. That certainly hampered his development. But even when healthy, he didn't look anything like the #1 player in the country as he was rated. He was athletic but less than fluid when attacking the rim. He wasn't a great shooter. And he was very passive as well. Maybe he deserved a top fifty ranking but not anywhere close to #1 (even discounting the knee issues).
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Good points...||
but he was a very late commit after we whiffed on many other targets. Who knows though? Maybe Beilein wanted him the most all along. And again, I don't think Beilein would have taken him if he didn't believe he had great potential. Maybe those flashes last year were just a glimpse of greatness to come. I'm anxious to see him play this year and root him on.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||A huge disappointment||
last year to say the least. I am left wondering why he was rated so highly. Another poster brought up Jerod Ward. The disparity between ranking and performance is similar. In both cases, I don't see superior skills or physical ability to warrant 5 stars. I don't know how recruiting gurus could be so wrong. I suspect Beilein didn't think he was a 5 star and only picked him up after other top targets went elsewhere.
That being said, Beilein and others obviously see a potential star in Chatman. And Chatman has plenty of time to improve and live up to his lofty ranking. I do see his potential as well. He's shown flashes at times. If he gains confidence, I think he will improve significantly. I'm rooting for him.