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|1 day 6 hours 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.
|1 day 10 hours 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.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Yeah...||
That was some serious Lloyd ball at the end of the first half.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Morris..||
Is looking good.
|4 days 11 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.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Innocent||
Until proven guilty. But it looks pretty bad. He supposedly used the alias "Patrick Ewing" to book an appointment with a massage therapist who told him she wouldn't see him.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Great analysis||
I had the same impression after watching the game. It looked like it should have been a close game which ended up 31-0 due to a fluky confluence of factors.
To simplify the analysis a little, Michigan was only really stopped by ND on 3 of 10 meaningful possessions/drives. Michigan stopped itself on 4 drives with 3 unforced turnovers (Gardner errors) and the helmet fumble (again a Gardner error although the line could be faulted). 3 other drives should have netted 3 FG's. Moreover, Michigan actually moved the ball decently on one of the 3 drives where ND stopped them but started in too much of a hole at their own two yard line.
So I think the o-line played reasonably well and we moved the ball well. Problems with FG kicking and QB decision making kept us from scoring and killed about 7/10 scoring opportunities.
On defense, we weren't that bad either. We kept ND to only 280 yards of offense. Admittedly, the secondary was weak but should be better if healthier. The biggest problem was ND's remarkable efficiency capitalizing on scoring opportunities aided by a few key penalties (2 PI's which literally gave them a TD and a highly questionable roughing the passer which greatly aided another). Every single time they crossed the 50 they got 7 points and added another 3 courtesy of a Michigan turnover. That's a combination of good play and a good portion of luck.
So we shouldn't lose hope. If the team doesn't get demoralized by such a bizarre loss, it can still have a good season.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Great analysis...||
It was a bizarre game since it should have been a very close game except for an amazing confluence of every break going ND's way. After watching the game, I sat there wondering how the apparently competitive game ended up 31-0. A thoughtful analysis shows why. So it's best not to draw too many negative conclusions from such an outcome. Although your summary is on the spot, my key factors leading to the final score would be a little different:
#1. Losing the turnover battle 3-0 with unforced turnovers. (The 4th one wasn't meaningful.)
These add up to 12 plays which all went ND's way. I can't think of any random or chance factor that really went Michigan's way. The missed FG's, helmet fumble and squandered FG chance are essentially turnovers so Michigan lost the turnover battle 7-0.
Eliminating all of the above and balancing out the breaks, ND probably only scores 10 points while Michigan scores at least 9 points. And that's assuming Michigan doesn't do anything on it's four squandered drives. So it should have been a toss-up at the end if randomness was balanced out. But It wasn't all luck - Gardner needs to make better decisions, our kicker needs to make FG's, our defense needs to make key stops and our coaches need to up their play calling.
|1 week 2 days ago||Whoa...||
When is it wrong to just tell the truth? It is possible, believe it or not, for multiple factors to determine a final result or outcome. In this case, some lopsided officiating widened the margin. Just look at the box score. Did it determine the winner? No, of course not. But if you want to explain why there was a 31 point loss despite greater yardage, you can't ignore this factor. It's not an excuse. But it's useful when deciding how significant a loss it really was. Go back and look at the "dropped" ball by Funchess on a key failed 3rd down conversion. It was a PI that wasn't called - right after two PI's literally gave ND a TD.
If you prefer to stick your head in the sand and ignore reality, go ahead. But don't criticize others who prefer not to do the same.
It's important for Michigan players (and fans)to realize that the final score wasn't a true measure of how competitive they actually were.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very good points...||
Despite the lopsided score, ND wasn't that much better than Michigan yesterday. Three boneheaded turnovers killed 3 Michigan drives and led directly to 10 ND points. Gardner's pass/fumble killed another drive. Three huge scoring opportunities ended in 2 missed FG's and a boneheaded decision to run on third and long and then go for it on 4th and long. Two ND TD's were created or aided by the refs.
That's why Michigan lost 31-0 despite outgaining ND in yards.
So all is not lost. Gardner still can be an elite QB at times. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the best instincts and doesn't know when to get out of the pocket, when to run and when to get rid of the ball. But the OL is better. And the defense can be good to great.
Let's hope Michigan doesn't get demoralized by such a bizarre outcome. Let's hope recruiting holds up. And let's hope Michigan learns from this setback and has a good year. Like it has in the past.
|1 week 2 days ago||Agreed..||
I was thinking WTF at the end if that drive. A run into the line in 3rd and 9 and then going for it on 4th and long. WTF??? Why not try to get better position for a FG on 3rd down and then why not try a FG?? It's like the coaches just didn't have any pride and didn't give a f$&!.
Michigan outgained ND but still lost 31-0. How??? By squandering every scoring opportunity. Lopsided officiating and multiple boneheaded turnovers also padded the margin. ND was better but not by a wide margin today despite their margin of victory.
|1 week 4 days ago||The application..||
of Title IX to alleged sexual assaults by fellow students seems to be somewhat bizarre in my mind. But much of the legal system involves bizarre contortions or stretches of logic to misapply or misinterpret already badly conceived laws such as title IX.
The end result of such "investigations" seems likely to be an extremely oppressive environment where schools are coerced into monitoring and policing all private sexual activity. And they have neither the framework nor the resources to do so adequately and justly. Actually, I think we're already there and it's going to get worse.
|1 week 4 days ago||Really cheap shot||
That hit on Cook's looked like it could have resulted in a pretty ugly injury.
Although I hate Sparty, I'm glad he wasn't injured since I prefer to play them at full strength without excuses. And although I hate to do it, I'm hoping Sparty fares well against Oregon since the Big Ten needs wins to better it's rep - especially after Wiscy blew it's game against a typically overrated SEC team last week.
|1 week 6 days ago||Kudos||
to McGary for telling it like it is.
I bet all those hypocrites tweeting him about "doing drugs" don't feel bad about drinking alcohol.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I agree...||
Swanigan seems like a long shot. Beilein's sweet spot in recruiting seems to be just outside the top tier (top 20). I don't think the coaches recruited lightly this year. In fact, I think they've been quite aggressive. In addition to the 8 elite guards they aggressively pursued, they have gone after several big time front court prospects including Swanigan and Zimmerman. Beilein and company have been working tirelessly on the recruiting trail. But basketball recruiting can be very hit or miss since it comes down to just a few recruits. And for whatever reason, recruits are more dazzled by a flashy guy like Calipari than a Beilien. But Beilein has been able to pull in a few highly rated recruits while uncovering lower rated gems.
So I agree. I trust that Beilein will get the players he needs. And this year and/or next year, we will likely get a few elite players, highly rated and otherwise.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||2015 BB recruiting has been surprising..||
To say the least. At various times, Michigan has been pursuing numerous elite guards - Kennard, McQuaid, Grandstaff, Brunson, Coleman, Davis, Ali and Dozier - and now is only in the running for Dozier apparently. I thought it was a foregone conclusion that at least a few of these targets would be overjoyed to play for the coach who has been the premier developer of guard talent in the past couple years.
Maybe Robinson is just that good.
Maybe we'll end up with Dozier or Swanigan and it'll be a decent recruiting year anyway.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||It is puzzling...||
By all accounts, Beilein is a great guy and a great coach to play for. He shows real dedication to his players - as shown by being the last one in the green room waiting for Morgan to get picked. And his results in terms of player development and on the court success are the best in the country. Yet he struggles to land elite recruits. The team that made the Championship game had only one player who was ranked in the top 50 when he committed to Michigan (McGary). Since then, he did land two top 50 recruits in the 2013 class and it looked like he was finally recruiting at an elite level. But in 2014, he whiffed on about 9 elite recruits before landing Chatman. Ironically, Chatman was better ranked than many of their previous top targets. This year, he's pursued multiple top 50 guards including Kennard, Grandstaff, Coleman, Brunson, Davis, Dozier and Ali without success so far. He's such an amazing talent evaluator that it may not matter. And I don't fault Beilein. He cobbles together great teams without the highest rated recruiting classes. But you have to wonder about the judgement of players turning down a chance to play for Beilein. I would think that any of the above guards would leap at a chance to play for him.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Disappointing...||
So far, 2015 basketball recruiting has been a huge disappointment. We haven't landed a single elite recruit despite pursuing and offering several. Unless we land one of the top 50 guards we've offered, it will be a failure. Given Michigan's unparalleled success in grooming guards for the NBA in the past several years and elite results on the court, it's shocking.
That being said, Robinson is a very promising transfer. Also, there is still plenty of time left in 2015 recruiting. And Beiliein is the absolute best at both finding underrated recruits and turning them into champions.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||That averages out to...||
27.1 recruits per year. Over the same time frame, we averaged 22.6. And there will be another gap in numbers this year.
That's a huge disadvantage for Michigan. That's 4-5 extra players per year that Bama can try out and see if they pan out. In football, the uncertainty of development for even elite recruits amplifies the disparity.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||It means||
he probably won't get a fifth year. Michigan has already sent out 3 offers for 2015 and they have only one open scholarship without attrition. Right now, the only likely early NBA entrant is Levert. So they probably need his schollie for another recruit.
But who knows how much attrition MBB will have this year? Levert, Chatman, Irvin, Walton and even DJ Wilson have the potential to blow up and leave early. And who knows if Hatch is healthy enough to be in the rotation?
I suspect Levert and maybe Irvin are the only ones who leave early. With Bielfeldt gone, that would leave 3-4 open schollies (maybe 5 if Hatch is a medical). they will probably use 2 of these for a couple elite guard recruits and a third for a PF or C. If they end up with more open spots, they will probably leave at least one spot open for 2016 which looks promising with several elite recruits on the radar.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||Do you find..||
It disturbing that a large percentage of the population still engages in other activities that may be significantly riskier than playing with a concussion?
I'm thinking of smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol until passing out, riding a motorcycle, extreme sports like rock climbing, eating to the point of morbid obesity, etc.
Life has its risks and perhaps its best for the individual to have the freedom to decide which risks are worth the benefits.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I wouldn't put a ceiling||
On this team. They made the elite eight without McGary. They lose three starters (Morgan, Stauskas and GR3) and a solid bench player from last year's elite eight squad. Two of these were stars and two were role players. They gain at least two likely early starters (Donnal and Chatman), two possible eventual starters (DJ Wilson and Doyle) and 2-3 backup role players with greater potential. Of these new faces, at least 2-3 are potential stars ( top 30 recruit Chatman and top 100 recruits Donnal and DJ Wilson). And who knows if one of the less heralded recruits will be another diamond in the rough? So while they may have a big learning curve and expectations shouldn't be too high, this team has huge potential again thanks to Beilein's genius.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Roddick was a great player||
who had the misfortune of playing at the same time as perhaps the two greatest players of all time, Federer and Nadal. The 2009 Roddick-Federer Wimbledon final was one of the greatest matches of all time with Roddick finally succumbing 16-14 in the fifth set. Roddick did make it to #1 for a brief time. There is a fine line between the top players in tennis and that fine line can be the difference between winning many Grand Slams or finishing just short many times. Tennis is a very international sport and it's only been 5 years since the last great American player, Roddick, so I wouldn't call the US a slacker in tennis. I think US fans were spoiled by so many great American players in the past and are too provincial for my taste. I'm a big fan of Nadal but also appreciate the great talents of Djokovic, Federer, Murray, etc. And I've been a big fan of past greats such as Borg, Becker, Wilander, etc. The level of tennis at the top has been steadily improving and it's wondrous to watch.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The NCAA..||
has been improperly exempted from anti-trust laws. At the same time, professional sports leagues have been granted similar improper exemptions. This has created a monopolistic environment where there is little or no competition. In this environment, these institutions have accrued immense power and monetary resources. They will do anything they can to protect their power and profits.
So they restrict the rights of their employees by restricting their ability to profit from their labor/talent and restrict their freedom to seek employment in athletics.
This arguably violates basic constitutional rights, namely the guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" under the 14th Amendment. But the 14th Amendment is routinely violated while courts look the other way.
In my mind, any theoretical benefit of this unjust arrangement is irrelevant.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah...||
Making it to the championship game both years all five were present is "underperforming." Lol.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The average projected draft position for GR3||
Is #29 according to the 6 draft prognosticators cited by UMHoops. That's the late first round. The 6 predictions are split evenly between the first and second rounds ranging from #21 to #39.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I figure this makes us even||
with USC after the Justin Fargas (Huggy Bear's son) transfer many years ago. I hope he has as a good a career as Fargas who was a pretty good back for the Raiders for a few years.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||In answer to the OP...||
#1 Yes, these lawsuits should become more common so that universities are forced to respect the rights of the accused.
#2. No, university employees should not be handling criminal matters.
#3. The only "sexual misconduct" universities should be penalizing would be criminal convictions handled appropriately through the justice system. Beyond that, universities should not be "sex police." Period.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||There is a difference||
between a rape conviction and violating a university's "code of sexual conduct." But think about how ridiculous this whole "code of sexual conduct" really is. How is a male student "violating the code of sexual conduct???" According the university standards, he violates it by #1 being male #2 having sex with any female who has imbibed any amount of alcohol #3 having sex with a female who decides she was "raped" even if she consented to sex with him. So he's basically judged guilty by being a normal sexually active heterosexual male who was unfortunate to hook up with a crazy or vindictive female. His whole life is then turned upside down and he's forever stamped with the scarlet letter of "sexual offender" or whatever label you prefer.
That's immoral and should be deemed illegal conduct by the university. And it's obscenely sexist. Why isn't the female judged equally guilty of "sexual misconduct" or "rape" or whatever you wish to call it and expelled as well???? If we're being fair and just, that would be the appropriate result. Universities would become sex-free zones with sex police running around. We're already headed that way. That's totally #$%^ed up.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly...||
Universities currently classify all "drunk sex" (any sex after an alcoholic drink) to be rape by the male. That makes essentially all sexually active males rapists. That's insane. Obviously, sex with someone who is so intoxicated as to be physically and mentally incapacitated is rape. How do we determine when somebody crosses this point? It's often impossible. But the solution to this dilemma isn't to criminalize all sex and classify all males as rapists. The only just solution is to only pursue criminal charges for clearly provable cases of rape of an incapacitated person and accept the reality that we can't punish every wrongdoer.