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|23 weeks 2 days ago||Taxable..||
Scholarships,football scholaships and basketball scholarships, probably should be taxable now. However, I completely agree with LordGrantham, and have made the argument to several colleagues that if this current movement for doing away with the notion of 'student athlete' to one of an student employee, deserving of 'fair' compensation persists, then too comes the dreaded tax man.
It isn't hard to calculate the financial benefit that the student athlete receives. For a school like Michigan, easily > $30k p/y. If this is treated as compesation to the student 'employee', the student would be required to pay taxes on that amount. Also, this could have a profound effect on the student's parents, who are likely still claiming this 'well compensated' individual as a dependent.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Mario Cristobal - OL?||
If Michigan can manage to grab Mario Cristobal for the OL coach, that would be a huge recruiting coup. MC was the mastermind behind Rutgers recruiting success under Greg Schiano and he recrutied both TY Hilton and Jonathan Cyprian (Jacskonville Jaguars starting safety) to little known FIU. He has huge huge ties to South Florida and is regarded as a masterful recruiter. Previously was head coach at FIU.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||X1||
The difference between the PS3 and the PS4 is that the PS4 has better internals. Interface wise, the PS3 and the PS4 are very similar. The upgrade from PS3 to PS4 is not that significant because game play hasn't changed between the two consoles.
The difference between the Xbox 1 and every other gaming machine is very significant. I have my cable box plugged directly into my XBox and I use my Xbox 1 controller (or Kinect) to control everything. I can go from playing a game to watching TV without ever havign to put my controller down. On Saturday, I was watching the Alabama/Auburn game while using the ESPN app to scroll through all the other games that ESPN was showing...using my Xbox. The sheer amount of things that you can do with an Xbox 1 is staggering. Plus, Microsoft is indicating that the apps available on Windows 8.1 will be available on the X1...crazy.
Video game programmers didn't need more processing power to make video games. The Xbox 360 and the PS3 both had more than enough power to do everything that video game makers wanted to do with video games. After a certain point, game companies start losing lots of money trying to make a game too complicated. While the graphics may be better on the new systems, I don't expect to see a huge jump in actual game play between either the PS4 or the X1.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Get in the hole||
Fitz is not hitting the hole hard at all. He's looking at the blocks before he even receives the ball. If he explodes through the hole he has a chance to break a long one here. Instead he pitty pats in the backfield and the blocks collapse around him. This was something that he consistently did all day.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Whenever I see Stauskas I||
Whenever I see Stauskas I instantly think of American Pie and Stiffer's mom....
|1 year 43 weeks ago||That makes sense||
But it leads to the question: Why is Kovacs setting the edge??!? I wanted to scream at the TV. It felt like I was watching the Indiana game with GERG all over again. Brian writes it up as if Kovacs was supposed to be setting the edge. That can't possibly be true...can it??
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Setting the edge||
If I remember correctly, the sideline reporter spoke with Mattison at half time and he said that the CB weren't coming up fast enough to stop the run. When you look at the CB alignment, the CBs were playing around 10 yards off the ball as if they were afraid to get beat deep. That seems crazy to me against a triple option team. I'm not sure why the corner's weren't playing more press coverage, reading through to the backfield and setting the edge with S giving over the top help. That seems a more preferable than having the CBs catching blocks 10 yards down field with the S being forced to set the edge coming from the middle of the field. On a number of plays there was backside pursuit if only the edge had been set. Frank Clark consistently was chasing on the backside when the ball went away from him.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Yeldon Play||
I've watched the Yeldon run where Brian conclude who was actually at fault, over and over. I've concluded that it has to be Demens. Either the TE or the tackle releases on Demens but basically is stumbling and makes no real contact. Gordon comes up and forces the run back inside. Demens has to get through the 'very' weak block and stuff the whole right there. Instead, he trips over the offensive player's fingernail and leaves a gaping hole.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Slight Guy||
Roy is not very physical and gets pushed around around by physical DBs. He struggled to get off the line and to get seperation. On slants, DBs routinely beat him to the ball (see Iowa, etc). When Dbs would get physical with Roy, often he would break off his routes and look for a pass interference call.
Roy needs to be in the slot to be effective. Michigan desperately needs another outside guy, someone with speed preferably.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Roundtree||
I don't know how anyone can have confidence in Roundtree. The kid is too small to play wideout. He consistently gets thrown off of his routes when he is jammed at the line. If Roundtree is to be successful at all, it will have to be in the slot where he can get a free release. The reason why he didn't have more catches this year is because he couldn't get open.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Awesomeness||
Anytime I am left with my afternoon coffee dribbling down my chin, I have to say it was a damn good post. Great anaylsis and truly TBS.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Reverse Bias||
Looks like Michigan is getting dinged because their game film is actually broken down frame by frame and we see the weaknesses of the team. However, it is extremely hard for me to believe that a person can look at Illiniois game film and come away thinking that they are a better team than Michigan.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||'Jump Balls'||
I wouldn't necessarily call them 'jump balls'. Notre Dame was playing man to man almost the entire night. The defenders had their back to the ball and couldn't see when the ball was in the air. All the receivers had to do was locate the ball.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||In the Big House||
Sport is a contrived event. It sits atop Maslow's pyramid. To the individual, sport is relevant as long as a person relates and cares about it. People care more when the team they follow does well, is admired, or hated. Losing, especially prolonged losing, doesn't cause anger, it causes apathy. Apathy is death of any sport (see NHL).
Is Rich Rod a good man? Was Bo a good man? Jim Tressel? For us, those questions are meaningless. What we care about is whether those individuals won games. Did Rich Rod cause people to care more about Michigan or did he inspire apathy? Is Michigan more or less relevant after RR. I hate Jim Tressel. Not as a person, but as a winner/cheater/Suckeye. John Cooper? I could care less.
I don't know if Rich Rod is a loving father, a caring husband, a thoughtful son. What I do know is that there was a fuzzy stuffed animal on the sideline during the year Michigan had it's historically worse defense ever. Once overheard at a gentleman's club: Her 'I'm just doing this to pay rent', Him 'I don't care'.
Win Baby, Win.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Class of '28||
Doesn't seem so far off any more.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Hustle Hard||
Not that Ace?
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Congrats||
Congrats to the new guys but you have some big shoes to fill. Congrats to the Mathlete, I've always enjoyed your posts. Onward and upward!!
|2 years 50 weeks ago||If taking the Bar tomorrow...||
You should probably be doing some last minute studying, praying, breathing exercise, ...or at least that's what I was doing (probably a combination of all 3). Good luck, relax and look forward to the time of no worries while you wait for the results to come back.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||The Voice Treatment||
If I didn't have to look at the video, I can dig the song. I had to channel my inner Cee Lo. Not a bad use of Lupe.
The video however... Can someone order up a Mulligan? Wowzers.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Well Played||
I almost spit up @ Sandra Bullock being through enough...
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Thank You||
I've been a guest on this board for a long time. I've enjoyed reading the Blog post as well as the responses from the faithful commentators. This is the only sight that I've been on, for any sport, where the content is driven by complex analysis and detailed review rather than selling access to players/coaches.
But I was compelled to create an account today after reading the Michigan Preview. I do a lot of writing and legal analysis for a living. I know what good writing and analysis looks like. I know when a person has put in time, effort, and energy into a work. I know these things and I can say confidently that hands down, the Michigan Preview this week is one of the Best Previews I've ever read. Insightful, funny, detailed...
We are what we do. You, my friend, do Michigan, therefore you must be a Michigan Man. Thanks. I appreciate what you do and I know others do as well.