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|2 weeks 3 days ago||Great call...||
right on the money! 31-17 49ers
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great fight..||
in this team! Nice to see.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The announcer||
needs to STFU.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hope DG doesn't stagger...||
after that headshot.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Now..||
we have a chance with DG back in.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What's the point in even playing now?||
All our players are made of glass. We're playing our 3rd string QB who's so bad we're just running the ball. Our o-line is still somewhat crappy so we don't even have a running game ..... Even when they didn't know when we were running.
This is pathetic.
Guess the D will have to win it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Did you know...||
how to read?
Let me repeat:
"But it's an individual's choice. Good luck to him."
A student or athlete's choice of schools is extremely complicated and a personal choice.
I was just accurately noting the comparative traditional strengths of the two institutions with regards to football and academics, arguably at or near the top of reasons why a student-athlete football player chooses a school.
Michigan will continue to be superior to NC State academically. And despite recent troubles, Michigan's traditional football-power status gives it a signficant advantage over the NC States of the football world.
And if you can't see why "any kid with any kind of talent would want to come to Michigan right now," I could give you plenty of reasons.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So...||
he's decommits from a school that is a traditional football power (albeit going through some down years) and academically elite institution and commits to a school that is traditionally crappy at fooball (and who just got destroyed by Clemson 41-0) and very average academically.
Yeah, that makes sense.
But it's an individual choice and good luck to him.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Guilty until proven innocent...||
seems to be your standard.
He/she is arguing that the same standards of guilt should apply to rape as in any other case. So the eyewitness testimony of the alleged victim should not be enough to charge or convict somebody. Unfortunately, such an insanely unjust "guilty until proven innocent" standard is often applied in the case of an alleged sex crime. And it's now being applied regularly on college campuses at the insistence of the federal government.
And unfortunately, people like you send innocent people to prison for alleged sex crimes all the time.
And maybe I can give you a little advice. A "moral crusade" protecting the rights of the accused is definitely worthy of somebody's time.
And when you get a jury summons, please for the love of God and humanity, do everything you can to get out of it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I had a serious concussion||
when I was about 15 after slipping on ice and hitting the back of my head. I had no loss of consciousness and didn't think anything of it right away. I had a gradually worsening headache and worsening memory. I lost all memory for 3-4 days (anterograde and parital retrograde amnesia for that time) and woke up after that time with my memory finally intact. Initially, nobody recalled I had hit my head and neither did I. No tests were performed. I now have recollection until shortly after the fall and head injury. I don't think it's had any serious lasting effects since I was able to obtain a medical degree but mabye it has affected me. Now that I'm in medicine, I speculate whether I had a intracranial bleed (like a subdural hematoma). It is bizarre to wake up and have no recollection of that period of time even to this day.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Gardner starts tomorrow..||
with something to prove so the numbers don't mean much.
Michigan will win tomorrow.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||They were not wrong..||
to keep Zona unranked so far. Before this game, Zona had beaten up on some creampuffs, barely squeaked by a crappy UTSA team and required an unbelievable miracle comeback to beat a not exactly great Cal team.
But yes, in all fairness, they now deserve to be ranked above Oregon. But polls are not fair or logical so who knows what will happen. It will be hilarious if Oregon is ranked above them.
I still doubt Zona is for real. I wouldn't be surprised if they lose a bunch of games to finish out the year.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks...||
for the link.
So yeah, an extremely dangerous textbook targeting hit leads to no ramifications or appropriate penalties.
But no scandal here! Not worthy of a board discussion. Carry on folks.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This not a random thought...||
but probably the most serious issue which directly affects player health/safety and it has been almost completely overlooked.
It is more relevant than the majority of Board posts and more worthy of discussion than another fire Brandon or fire Hoke post.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||There was no targeting penalty..||
which warrants an immediate ejection. It was the textbook example of targeting.
And there has still been no decision on whether it was targeting although it would take one viewing for anybody with a brain to reach this conclusion.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yes but..||
as I just pointed out, there were mitigating factors - he might have stumbled due a leg/ankle injury and your vantage point was probably much better than those on the sidelines.
The lack of an appropriate penalty for such a hit weakens the deterrent for such hits.
And I think that paralysis from a serious cervical spine injury and or an even more serious brain injury than a concussion (say an intracranial hemorrhage) is probably more significant than the risk of a recurrent concussion. But maybe that's debatable.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Good point but..||
#1. He might have stumbled because of the ankle injury.
#2. Her vantage point (ironically) was probably much better than those on the sidelines.
As an aside, I am a boad certified practicing emergency medicine physician ( UoM residency trained) with almost 20 years of experience.
And I immediately came to the same conclusion - "Hey it looks like he might have had a concussion. They should pull him immediately and do appropriate testing."
But there are the above mitigating factors. It raises several questions - Is there a medical person above the field watching the action on video? If not, why isn't there? Why isn't anybody who might have the best view ( a referee, player, assistant coach, etc.) empowered to call an injury TO in such a case?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yes but||
it was clearly targeting and should have resulted in a targeting penalty and an ejection.
The hit clearly violated both rule 9-1-3 (No player should target and initiate contact against an opponent with the crown (top) of his helmet. When in question, it is a foul.). and rule 9-1-4 (No player shall target of initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.)
The very first example of a defenseless player in the rule book even fits this play exactly -
"a player in the act of or just after throwing a pass"
The very first key indicator of a targeting hit fits this play perfectly -
"launch - a player leaving his feet to attack an opponent by an upward and forward thrust of the body to make contact in the head or neck area"
This was the most flagrant and obvious targeting hit I can recall in a very long time. It's a textbook example. Yet it wasn't called targeting.
It should be reviewable and should have resulted in immediate ejection.
In this case, it should take less than a day for the NCAA to review the play, conclude that it was targeting and suspend the player for the next game.
Why hasn't this happened?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||So the illegal hit which caused the injury...||
and a complete failure to address the "obvious" illegal targeting hit at the time or after the fact isn't as scandalous???
And supposedly missing the "obvious signs" of a concussed player??? Are you a medical professional who evaluated him shortly after the injury???
So how the %$^& can you claim there were "obvious signs" of a concussion at the time??
Heck, medical personnel couldn't even diagnose a definite concussion after a couple more days of a detailed history and exam.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||A very irrational blog post...||
I know I will probably get neg-bombed into oblivion but the irrational hysteria on this blog has reached epically ridiculous proportions with this last post.
Calling references to the Gholston incident only 2 years ago "irrelevant" is beyond insane. The Gholston incident was 1,000 times worse and received 1,000 times less attention. Gholston clearly had a severe concussion. He was knocked the fuck out for about a minute and then was allowed to complete the game. In contrast, Morris had at worst a questionable mild concussion. And he played one extra play.
Concussiongate is a media fabrication. Objectively, it is a minor incident compared to the crap that is and has been happening in college football routinely. The flogging of Michigan over it's handling of Morris' injury in the media and on this blog as if it was some horrible anomaly is insane.
The disparate treatment of these incidents is similar to charging somebody with a felony for going 75 mph in a 70 mph zone and not even ticketing somebody for driving highly intoxicated at 120 mph. Drawing attention to such disparate treatment is completely relevant.
Secondly, pulling the Gibbons incident into this is more journalistic malpractice. They are completely different issues. Nobody but Gibbons and his accuser know the real facts in that case. Gibbons wasn't even charged with a crime. It is an issue so fucked up by political bullshit that it is impossible to know how Hoke should have handled it.
Brian is a genius when it comes to analyzing football. I generally love this blog. But he has gone off the rails on this issue. He should step back and realize he's gone overboard. He should show some moderation and discretion in his statements.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Great input...||
As an emergency physician, I appreciate your thoughtful insights and comments.
I agree with your feelings about the use of grading. It can be useful in some cases to allay patient and family anxiety by communicating to them that the brain injury does not appear "severe." Lay people often fear the absolute worst. Alleviating some of their fears is likely very beneficial to their mental and physical health.
I also suspect the use of grading systems may possibly be more useful in time with greater research and modification.
As for the use of the word "probable," I do think it's different from a heart attack. Unlike a heart attack, there is no laboratory or imaging study to determine whether you have had a concussion so it's purely a clinical diagnosis based on the history and exam. In some cases, there can be clinical uncertainty so the use of the word "probable" may be appropriate. And even in the case of a heart attack, our tests are not always definitive in some rare cases.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||As a fellow emergency physician...||
I generally agree but not entirely.
#1. There is some prognostic value to the degree of concussion according to some studies. But as you point out, a "mild" concussion may have more significant long term effects than a "severe" discussion. So yes, it's not of practical use in individual cases.
#2. I think it can be valuable to reassure someone or their family that they do not appear to have had a "severe" brain injury in some cases but at the same time, emphasizing the difficulty in predicting the degree or duration of symptoms, the serious risk of recurrent concussions (the high prevalance within 10 days of a recent concussion and the higher risk of long term sequelae with such a recurrence), the need to avoid the risk of a recurrent concussion and the need to have close follow up and clearance by trained medical personnel before returning to higher risk activities. Patient and family anxiety regarding these injuries can be extremely problematic since they often literally fear the absolute worst. I strongly suspect allaying some of this anxiety can be beneficial for their overall mental and physical health. Acceptable physician practice may vary.
#3. I disagree with you on the use of the word "probable." Although the word is not acceptable in "codable" diagnoses anymore, there are many clinical situations where there is not diagnostic certainty and this may have been one such case.
I think our knowledge about and management of brain injuries is constantly evolving and it's important to realize this and follow conservative guidelines.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||A few suggestions..||
let's all take a deep breath and try to put things in perspective. Stop throwing around epithets without all the facts. Stop blowing things out of proportion.
For a variety of reasons, it was not immediately apparent to coaching staff that Morris might have suffered a concussion. They didn't see the hit. He didn't have a loss of consciousness and wasn't obviously disoriented when trainers took a look at him shortly after the hit. He might have stumbled from his known ankle injury. He played an extra play. $%&^ happens.
Even now, medical personal can only diagnose him with a "probable mild concussion." That means they still don't know whether he really had a concussion and if he did, it was mild.
I call on all posters and bloggers here to show a little common decency and restraint toward all involved including Hoke and Brandon.
A change in athletic director and head coach would be best for a whole lot of reasons (a terrible product on the field) but not specifically due to "probable mild concussion-gate."
If you want to get all fired up, focus on more important things such as a poor kid with cancer mentioned in the blog.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I have some suggestions...||
We should put away the pitchforks and stop calling Hoke names and calling for his head. We should take some time for all the facts to come in. We should put things in perspective.
Hoke was clearly oblivious to the possible head injury. Is that a fireable offense? I don't know. Morris didn't appear to have any loss of consciousness. He apparently didn't have obvious signs or symptoms of a concussion when medical personnel evaluated him for the apparent leg injury. Ironically, Hoke probably doesn't have the same vantage point as fans in the crowd or at home and likely didn't see the hit on Morris clearly or his wobbliness at one point.
We need to review the procedures in place for any possible on field injury including a possible head injury/concussion. Why didn't anybody on the sideline call an injury TO? Why isn't anybody (refs, players, assistant coaches, trainers/medical personnel) empowered to call some type of injury TO in a case like this?
Regardless of the Morris possible concussion incident, I think the overall evidence indicates we need a new head coach. We have a declining record. Hoke isn't managing players well - even before the possible head injury, Morris had not been ready to start and then had a limp. And there are many other issues we've discussed.
But I think some of the vitriole here is overheated and would not be as overheated if Hoke's on the field results were better. And while I don't think Hoke is a genius, I don't think he's "stupid" and he's proved capable as a head coach with two "conference coach of the year" honors before he came to Michigan.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Completely bizarre game..||
This was quite possibly the most bizarre and utterly lackluster Michigan performance I've ever watched - although there were a few games under RR which were similarly awful.
I thought Morris had looked good at times and was anxious to see how he would do with a chance to start. But he obviously wasn't ready. And the conservative playcalling seemed to concede this fact. I'm left with a several questions:
1. Why leave him in the game when it was obvious after the first 2-3 series that the Michigan offense couldn't produce with Morris at QB? Was it sheer stubbornness?
2. Why not pull Morris when he was limping? I'm not sure about a concussion but he was obviously limping. Was Hoke just oblivious to the possible injury?
3. How can the team be so bad with their talent level and two of the best coordinators in college?
4. Has Hoke just given up?
Hoke deserves a chance to explain what happened. But he seems so clueless about so much that I don't think ignorance is an adequate excuse at this point.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||We have done well||
Against a couple cupcakes which isn't saying much until you remember our recent history of barely beating or even losing to cupcakes.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Shane looked..||
Very very good. I'd give him credit for two great (if not absolutely perfect) throws and a great run.
It is a small sample size but so far he looks like a better passer than Gardner and has good mobility. I'd still stick with Gardner since he's more experienced. It's unfortunate that Gardner hasn't reached his potential (except for a couple games) due to a variety of factors, most notably injury, a porous offensive line, a switch to receiver, less than stellar passing accuracy and poor decision making. He still seems like an athlete but without the mind and arm of a QB. I was a big believer in his ability to become a complete QB but not so much anymore.
It's also unfortunate we burned Morris' redshirt last year. He seems to have the potential to be a truly elite QB, a pass first run second QB we haven't had in awhile.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah...||
That was some serious Lloyd ball at the end of the first half.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Morris..||
Is looking good.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||OSU isn't hurting||
In recruiting. They're bringing in a great 2014 class with the #18, #26 and #79 players (a 5 star and two 4 stars) and have already locked up two top 50 and one borderline top 100 player (all 4 stars) in the 2015 class. Matta is outrecruiting Beilein despite Michigan's superior player development and performance in the past few years. I'm not sure how he does it. It's a mystery. But Beilein's 2014 class will probably outperform its ranking and he'll probably still reel in an elite player or two in 2015 and/or 2016. And the transfer Robinson should be another diamond in the rough. That's more than he needs for another Final Four run.