|7 hours 41 min ago||Because it was easier for him||
Connecting the dots, a lot of the heartfelt columns from his fellow writers extolled some truly nice things that Sharp did for them (e.g., agreeing to travel to an away game in another columnist's place, so the other columnist could watch his kid play high school football that night). Having to do so much work, already having an "angle" -- which is the toughest part of a columnists' job -- saved time. As a default, he'd go negative and assume the worst.
Probably also a reason he plagizarized last year (for which he, nor the Freep, ever apologized for, though it was the main reason he was let go at 105.1) -- it's a time saver.
Reading his co-workers obits, Sharp seemed like a great co-worker, friend and someone who looked out for his fellow man. It's a shame that didn't come through, at all, in his columns or media appearances.
|7 hours 46 min ago||He trolled everyone||
The Lions were his number 1 target. If he didn't originate "SOL" (Same 'Ol Lions), he certainly popularized it.
But as Brian pointed out, being negative -- when deserved -- is not bad. For example, the Lions typically deserved it. But he took great pleasure in trying to find the negative angle, regardless of Detroit-area team.
|6 days 8 hours ago||This is sound reasoning||
I like Mandel, generally, and it's hard to dispute what he wrote. Washington looks impressive, but they have not played anyone at all yet -- no one as good as Colorado, let alone Wisconsin; their non-conf was Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, for pete's sake.
That said, if someone ranks UM 4th or 5th, I don't really care. UM wins the rest of their games, they'll be in the CFP -- one game at a time, blah blah.
|6 days 11 hours ago||That's reason enough to root against them||
Way too many Cubs fans treated one of their own like complete shit, instead of properly blaiming people like Alou (for pitching a fit like a 3-year old), Alex Gonalez (for blowing Miggy's easy double play ball) and the Cubs' pitchers. Bartman didn't do anything differently than a good majority of fans would have done -- reached for a ball that went into the seats; hell, there were literally other people right next to him also going for the ball, but they just happened not to get it.
I don't really care about the Dodgers, one way or the other, but I hope they win this one.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Why? MAAR is our best finisher.||
MAAR should start at the 2. He was often the only one who could reliably take the ball to the hoop and get a 2 last year. Plus, he's a junior, who won't be jittery against anyone. I'm excited to see how MAAR continues to improve.
Start Walton and MAAR, and work in Simpson--for either of them--depending on matchups, foul trouble, etc.
|1 week 12 hours ago||A Michigan win, announced by Keith Jackson?||
I'll definitely take it.
|1 week 1 day ago||That sounds right - anyone got a chart?||
I try not to follow recruiting too closely, as it has so many false hopes and weird stories, but what you say sounds right. I went to 24/7 to see if they listed when everyone committed, but for old classes, they just list one the "home page" when people signed -- you have to click on each person's name to see when they commited (e.g., Wormley was in August, to pick just one example).
In the off-season, that would be a great diary, if it hasn't already been done: see how team rankings for coaches (e.g., Carr, RichRod, Hoke, Harbaugh) changed over time (e.g., in August; in November, on signing day).
|1 week 1 day ago||Or, maybe they just aren't as good as we thought||
Derrick Green left for TCU. He's averaging 3.7 yards a carry hasn't hit 100 yards yet, total, playing against MAC-level competition (TCU's early schedule is atrocious). His main problem was, as a big guy, going down way too easily; not sure how much coaching can help that.
Recruiting is (obviously) inexact and while an average 5-star is better than an average 4-start, etc, sometimes you just miss. Hoke did more than his share of missing, and his tremendous hits didn't make up for it (e.g., Peppers, who he never got a chance to coach more than a game or so).
|1 week 5 days ago||Where'd they print that?||
That's not real, is it?
|1 week 5 days ago||Exactly. Paul Stanley is KISS's front man.||
HOW YA DOING PEEE-PUL?!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I don't get any eye-rolling, at all||
Harbaugh seems to genuinely appreciate how special Peppers is. He seems thrilled to coach him and excited about all the possibilities Peppers' skills presents. He was dead-on that this game was looking like a slog (two straight 3 & outs) and then Peppers comes in and, even though the play/fake handoff got mixed up, his sheer skill/speed allows him to rip off a 60-yard-plus run and the domination was on.
Regarding the players, they don't seem tired either -- in my reading of it, team mates do not mind, at all, talking about a player that is truly great. They recognize how great he is, and how rare that is, so they're just as thrilled as Harbaugh.
Now, this can backfire and/or cause dissension if you have someone like Tebow (in the pros) or Manziel who get way too much attention for their talent/production. But Peppers? The dude is an all-around wonder as a player.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I miss the Saturday game threads||
It was an excellent way to get a good sense of the fan bases around the country (or at least a selection of them) in one spot, along with some funny content. They used to have one for noon games, one for 3:30pm, and one for night -- all user-generated content, so I don't see why those went away. Seems like it would be cheap & easy. Do they not have a moderator, even a volunteer? Did something else happen (e.g., they are gun shy b/c of some incident)?
It's a real bummer there are so few posts now (no Hatin' Ass Spurrier; can't recall any LSU Freek gifs this year, etc). Not the end of the world, but it was my third favorite CFB site (after this and TTB), but now I just occasionally drive-by.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That's nice, but he's no||
That's nice, but he's no Weston Steelhammer (one of the 2013 recipients). That sounds a D&D character name.
Also past recipients: Drew Henson, Brandenton Englemon, Zoltan Mesko, Andrew Luck and Josh Rosen.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Whistles were blown; the hit was after that||
The Minn player should have heard the whistle; everyone else did. Instead, he went looking for payback (these two had tangled early in the game) and hit the kicker clearly after the whistle.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||It really should not be confusing (at least in this case)||
As noted above, this is actually covered exactly in the rule book.
- Can't use the crown (top) of your helmet (McDowell did)
The problem is football culture (particularly commentators) has internalized that "targeting" just means a hit to the head, and they haven't read the actual rule book.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||The play was over; it was definitely late||
You can't "block" someone like that when the play is over.
Watch here -- you can hear the whistles being blown (it was a touchback), the other players slowing down and the Minnesota player was still at least 5 yards from the Penn State kicker. A second after the whistles were being blown, the Minn player levels him.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Brian needs to quit linking to that SB Nation article||
It tries, but by not quoting the entire rule book, it doesn't clarify much.
The rule is confusing in spots, but it's simpler to read the actual rule book -- it makes McDowell's case easy (at least to me).
It simple -- don't hit a player with the top of your helmet when they are defenseless (as defined by the rule book).
I don't think that's even questionable in this case -- McDowell rams the top of his helmet into the midsection of the QB who has just thrown the ball. The rule specifically mentions that you can't use the crown of your helmet and one of the "indicators" specifically states that a defenseless player is "A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass."
That commentary (by Glen Mason?) in the gif is way off base and if the NCAA were smart (which it isn't), they'd educate these folks. Targeting involves far more than just helmet (or shoulder) to helmet hits.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Bowling Green is terrible||
Their previous game was against Memphis. The score was 77-3.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||You defected from||
You defected from Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia for the freedom to post this nonsense?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Mo Wagner's chance to dominate||
Just another reason why Michigan's season will, in large part, depend on whether Mo Wagner makes a big leap -- his size, energy level and (hopefully) skill are not in big supply around the country.
Throw it down, big man!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It seems it is unproven, and left up to the player (or coach)||
I googled a story I remembered from last year about the Lions, "Lions offensive lineman switching to knee braces following injuries in 2014" and in it, there's this nugget.
"A 2010 study by the National Institute of Health showed no significant difference in ACL and MCL injuries among players who wore braces and those who didn't."
I'm not sure what Newsome's injury is, but my guess (from Harbaugh's description) is that at least the ACL is involved, and likely more. Hopefully, since knees injuries are likely (I assume) to become more prevalent as people start to go low (as the head/upper body is increasingly not an option), a more up-to-date study could be done.
Of course, then you have football-obsessives like Belichick who swear by them. Obviously, he's not a doctor and this isn't a controlled study, but it again goes to people's preferences.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Knowing this, how are OL coached to prepare for this?||
When they see a DB in front of them on long-developing play like this, are they taught to "block down" (e.g., lean forward) so they are more ready for the DB going low? Or would that take the OL off-balance? Or is there another technique?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||They're huge in Michigan||
I'm not sure if all the commenters are from the Mitten State, but BNL regularly plays Pine Knob (a 14,000 seat facility), while other parts of the country are about 2,000 seaters.
I'm a moderate fan, but I will say their Christmas/Holiday album is one of the best of all-time.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The freakish athletic ability and football IQ||
Sean Taylor is really an excellent comparison -- both had great instincts, violent hitters, superior strength, explosive speed.
Taylor had better ball skills (e.g., he was leading the NFL in INTs when he was tragically murdered; he also had 10 INTs his junior year) but that is, in part, b/c he played S instead of LB.
Peppers plays more on offense and special teams (though Taylor did that a bit early in his career) so Peppers may be a better with the ball in hands. But Taylor had enough long INT returns to show he blow by / juke at a high level.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||He's not like Peppers||
While "Vai Sikahema" is one of my all-time favorite football names, and an excellent special teams player, he was much shorter and smaller than Peppers. Sikahema also didn't play defense.
He could punch a goal-post, though.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Was it because he looked too much like a pirate?||
Who had also went way overboard on using "Just for Men" coloring on his goatee?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I've got some bad news...||
I've got some bad news...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Dump Rutgers, get Pitt||
Pitt is a better school (academically), better sports program, doesn't constantly have its administration do embarassing things, and "Rutgers give the B1G New York City" is BS anyway.
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||Yeah, why don't we let Georgia have him||
Who wants a guy who (if reports are accurate) punches his head coach?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It's also incorrect||
In 1992, we were undefeated heading into conference play: we were 2-0-1 and ranked #4.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Basically, the team is who we thought they were||
<says in Dennis Green voice, RIP>
- Peppers: From outer space, via New Jersey
- QB: Growing pains, but definitely enough to win with
- K/P: More than a bit disappointed here. Hopefully a short term glitch
- Coaching: Seriously prepared, ready to adjust
On to Penn State.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||"Targeting" does not require helmet to helmet||
"Crown of the helmet" is only one of the possiblities.
If you instead do "Contact to the head or neck area—not only with the helmet, but also with the forearm, fist, elbow, or shoulder—these can all lead to a foul."
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Honestly, I find this stuff kind of depressing.||
I know UM and all our peers (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oregon, etc) will do this, or already do, as its an arms race. Additionally, we have the money, as UM fans (and the fans for about 30 other programs) seemingly have bottomless amounts to give to make sure little to no general fund dollars go to it.
But I still find it ridiculous. The Power 5 schools should break into their own conference, where they can spend $100 million-plus to compete with each other (at least until the TV money gravy train starts reversing in 5-10 years), and the other 60-70 schools need to GTFO of D1-A and stop trying to "compete" with them. I'm looking at you, EMU, WMU, CMU, etc.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Agreed - the product is fully priced||
They have sold 90,000 of them (incl students), so that's a big success, considering how expensive season tickets are.
But if there is any hiccup (e.g., God forbid, we go 2-3 more years without at least winning the B1G East, let alone the B1G title), we'll dip down, significantly.
But even with expecations sky high, season tickets are definitely not a "deal."
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Well, actually that's Cazzie Russell||
Cazzie has more hardware (National Player of the year; 2-time first-team All-American; 3 B1G titles; two final fours). Glen's second best for leading UM to its only national title in record-setting fashion.
But both of them are ranked outside the top 10, for some reason, so I guess people like Zoltan Mesko are above them.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Brian is showing his current stage of parenting||
It is one of the best board books (i.e., books for kids 0-3) of all time.
And I mean that. I literally have read it over a hundred times to my kids, when they were younger.
For those who care about this sort of thing, Peggy Rathman's other, less available at Meijer/Target/etc books are top-notch as well. I particularly recommend, "Officer Buckle and Gloria."
We now return to non-kids book programming.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I still don't know what Belk is||
My guess: a tire company.
Nope. They sell "Modern. Southern." clothing, shoes and more.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Never been, but sounds right||
A Family Dollar opened about two years ago in Ypsi, just east of Downtown.
Even though it's basically brand new, it already looks like it's a couple decades old and fits in just fine (unfortunately) with the rest of the hard-scrabble, run down buildings that are its neighbors.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Regular reminder: EMU subsidizes this by tens of millions||
This would be funny, if it weren't so sad, and there weren't real effects on EMU's budget (which has led to job cuts).
EMU spent $52 million (much of it on football, which basically no one watches) over the past two years from its general budget.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||UCLA is not a big name in college basketball?!||
That is crazy. They had one bad year. They are a top 5 program in the history of college basketball.
But who cares about history; let's look at next year and why scheduling UCLA should be good for our RPI:
I'm not thrilled about UM playing Furman either. But to complain about playing UCLA, a team universally expected to be better than UM, and has a history basically only exceeded by Kentucky, Kansas, NC and Duke? Get some perspective.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||"with - basically - one marquee non-conference game (Texas)."||
UCLA called -- they wanted to let you know their non-marquee program just the biggest athletics dept deal (w Under Armour) in NCAA history a couple months ago.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||He's not donating...b/c he didn't get the product he wanted||
He was most definitely buying something -- publicity & good will for himself and his wife by getting his name on the building.
Once that was off the table, so was his donation.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure if this blog is the place for that argument||
To all UM season ticket holders: Spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on UM football is not exactly a noble cause. How about if instead UM fans donate that money to inner city schools who could use the cash? There is no need to spend tens of millions on sports; UM athletics has money coming out of every orifice.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Bernstein just did an interview, which muddies things further||
"“It was not our intention to diminish the Trotter name,” Bernstein said the day after he announced he would be withdrawing his gift after complaints about his name replacing William Monroe Trotter’s name.
So far so good.
"“When we realized that it (the gift) was not necessary for the building to be built..."
Ummm...what? Who has said the gift of $3 million was not "necessary" for the $10 million to be built? Is he saying someone from U of M came to him and said, "Look, Mark. We more money than we know what do with for this center. Why don't you take the $3 million back?"
|13 weeks 6 days ago||This pickup makes more sense, the more you look into it||
I don't follow AAU basketball much, but like many of you, I hear how rife with bagmen, "friends", 3rd-cousins, etc all looking for a payday; all this while kids just jack up shots and don't learn the fundamentals.
I have never heard of Brooks' AAU coach, Tony Sagona, but his quote -- about knowing Belein for essentially 35 years -- made me do a quick Google
Here's the lead article:
This guy sounds like the AAU version of Belein: a guy with ethics beyond reproach who (for better for worse) focuses more on players right for his program rather than sheer athelticism.
Key quote: The Warriors "base their system around playing smart basketball: running an offense, spreading the floor, making the right pass." Based on this, I'm surprised we've never gotten a player from this group before, but it sounds like a) it has a pipeline to Notre Dame and b) doesn't necessarily have multiple Top 150-200 players every year.
In any case, glad to have Eli, and just as important, I'll think he'll stick with UM. He sounds like a Coach Belein kind of player.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Section 1||
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Shawn Crable had 28.5 TFL in a season?||
Somehow, I'd never heard that number. That's insane. Heck, Ndamukong Suh had 'only' 20.5 TFLs during his all-world senior season (though obviously he was double-teamed more) and Brandon Graham had 'only' 26 TFLs during his super-duper senior year. I remember Woodley, Branch, Harris and Hall much more from that 2007 team than Crable; heck, the biggest thing I remember from Crable in 2007 is him hitting Troy Smith out of bounds (which is obviously unfair).
...and on a related note, while Googling Mr. Crable, I learned he is now a Coordinator of Parent Engagement at an Early Child Development center in his hometown of Canton. As he states, not what you'd expect of someone who was an all-star recruit who was drafted into the NFL, but he seems to be enjoying it, as he's been there for three years now. Good luck to him.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?||
Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Actual footage of Mitch in a pool hall in OKC|
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Not good - hustle should be his middle name||
For a guy whose appeal has been, in significant part, and his ability to hustle and scrap, he needs to be 100% full-go, all the time. He's not athletic enough to coast -- when you're a 13th man, fighting for a roster spot, you need to be all-hustle, all the time.
Carmelo et al can get away with dogging it b/c they have an elite skill (or two) such a shooting, scoring, etc -- Mitch is just another guy scrapping for playing time.
I really hope he gets fully focused and can get playing time.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||That kick was so money||
Usually for a game-winning kick, you have to wait until it goes through the uprights to be sure it's in -- but Hamilton hit that ball so well and so straight down the middle, we could start celebrating while it was on the way there.
I enjoyed it thoroughly.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Is this a story from a movie||
Is this a story from a movie that I'm not aware of?
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Calmer than you are.||
Calmer than you are.
I think he's channeling his inner Walter.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Is every kid named like an action hero now?||
I know that short, punchy names are popular now, but still, that QB list sounds like an action movie waiting to happen...(voice over)
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Why? He won't be playing football in AA then.||
He'll be in Pasadena or Miami -- somewhere like that.
Thus, he can just skip right over January-March weather in Michigan. It doesn't exist.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Good article with one correction - Jeter's a Wolverine||
They call Jeter a "near-Wolverine" -- I understand that, as he was going to play baseball with UM but signed with the Yankees instead. However, Jeter did enroll and take classes during the fall of 1992.
So whether he played for UM or not, he attended school at UM, so he's a Wolverine in my book.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Girls, this is Lou.||
Lou, these are girls.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||He reads minds||
That's just how good he is.
Seriously though, I know I shouldn't have any admiration for the scumbags, but I gotta admit this is quite creative. I can just imagine someone coming up with the reasoning:
- "But they're going to ask for the report. You know, a written down actual thingy!"
- "How about if we say it was just an oral presentation, not written?"
- "But couldn't an oral presentation still have a PowerPoint deck? A video recording of the meeting? Or a transcript of what he said?"
- "Nope. The report was given in the cone of silence. Pepper Hamilton doesn't even remember what he said. He was speaking in tongues."
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Definitely Brady in Connecticut||
- That's New England's turf -- they almost moved there before getting Gillette Stadium.
- Dolphins I think will be Jim Mandich.
- For Detroit, I think he will go with a Tigers jersey - Al Kaline, perhaps. If he does go with a football jersey, he should wear an Anthony Carter jersey from the Michigan Panthers.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||I'd love that, but the camp is in S Florida||
Thus, I think it will be a Dolphins player. My prediction?
Jim Mandich - captain of Bo's first team, and a legend down in Miami.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||One of the things I like most||
One of the things I like most about that video is Nix saw it and thought it was genuinely funny.
I'm all for blood & guts and hatred of rivals, but some good-natured ribbing is also appreciated at times.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||That can't be the same Spencer Hall, can it?||
I know he watches college football, but he does *not* seem like the type to break down film on 4th thru 7th rd NFL draft picks. Plus, I don't think SBNation is a part of CBS (could be wrong on that).
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Blake giving proof this instant draft grades are crazy||
Here is the CBS Sports instant comment and grade:
"A CB/S who transferred from Michigan to Auburn, is a bit undersized and is inconsistent and tough to trust. He will develop into a reliable defender."
That all sounds fair, though the last part doesn't quite match (if he's undersize and inconsistent and tough to trust, how will become "reliable").
Grade? An "F"
|25 weeks 5 days ago||That's correct||
And the FSU game basically sucked, as it was a) hot, b) I accidentally smacked my good friend in the head while throwing a marshmallow and c) I think FSU returned two Grbac passes for TDs, amongst other big plays.
The ND game made up for it though -- Desmond's catch!
|26 weeks 10 hours ago||Good post. I watched this lecture a couple weeks ago||
For those not much into the reading of words
|26 weeks 1 day ago||One eye-opening stat worth repeating: expansion of Athl Dept||
"The study points to an increase in the total full time equivalent athletic staff from 64 in 2006-07 to 85 in 2015-16, doubling staff salaries from $3.2 million to $6.4 million... During that same time period, the report indicates EMU's entire faculty increased by just 15.78 full-time equivalent personnel."
So EMU added *more* athletic department jobs, at a high-salary, to serve perhaps 500 students, than EMU did faculty to serve 20,000 students.
That is not right.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||This is they key -- what are the rules/options for conferences?||
I don't believe you are allowed, for example, to stay in the MAC for all sports *except* football, but I don't know for sure. EMU does reasonably well in the MAC (again, except for football) and likes its status as a MAC school (putting it with peers WMU, CMU, Bowling Green, etc), but I don't know if playing as an FCS school for football only is an option.
It would be ideal - join the Missouri Valley or Pioneer for football, stay in the MAC for the rest. Dayton does this - they're in the Pioneer for football and the Atlantic-10 for all other sports.
Regardless, this is coming to a head. EMU, like all schools except for a few handfuls (e.g., Michigan; Stanford; Harvard) is coming up against yet another budget crunch and spending $10-$15 million a year on football is not sustainable.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||An O.D. doesn't make sense||
He was widely reported as being ill, and in fact had talked with people (within the last day or two) about being ill with the flu. That indicates something viral or some kind of other infection, not a sudden, external event like an O.D.
This has been a good thread. Let's not sully it with wild speculation on the cause of his death.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I'll allow it||
I think it is just a (slightly mangled) version of "smart cookie", which is a well-known idiom.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Man, Prince was the best||
I got kicked out of a house party (on Tappan Ave, I think) for demanding, too often & too loudly, that more Prince songs be played for us to dance to.
I don't regret it.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||My old roommate had that song's chorus as a ring tone||
He was a weird dude in his 20s. Not as weird & wonderful as Prince, but still.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Do I have to give you a||
Do I have to give you a chainsaw? Or will you be acquiring one on your own?
|26 weeks 6 days ago||It's a point of pride||
- First, people like athletics, even when it is fiscally dumb. There are literally thousands of examples (e.g., giving Mike Ilitch, a multi-billionaire, over $200 million in tax money to build his arena, which will make him even more rich).
- Second, EMU considers it's comparable schools CMU, WMU, Ball State, Toledo -- all of which are in the MAC. It would be a considerable hit to pride if EMU says, "Well, we're really more like Ferris State or Saginaw Valley.
I agree EMU needs to suck it up and fix football. Trust me, that day is coming, whether the regents like it or not.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||He didn't say football; he said athletic program||
The working number is that EMU atheltics is about $11 million in the hole, each year.
Not included in that $11 million are the price of scholarships, which also come from the general fund, so that's another $8 million a year.
Plus, there was $4 million for the practice bubble (which I'm guessing comes from another fund) and I'm sure other costs. So that's at least $20 million a year.
I'm not sure where he got $52 million/2 years, but he is correct that EMU students (which number about 21,000) definitely pay about $1000, per year, in an atheltic "tax."
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Because he's politically connected||
Stapleton was appointed (twice) by former Gov. Granholm. What does he do for a living? Well, he's a lawyer (formerly at one of the biggest firms in Michigan) who has parlayed his skills into helping other people (who are not as politcally connected) get public funds.
How do I know connections are his value? Here's his company's "website":
In other words, he doesn't have one. Not a Facebook page, Twitter account -- nothing. Why have a public presence when all the deals you are involved in are behind closed doors?
|27 weeks 19 hours ago||Yes, this seems like a good option||
He's a Top 10 grad transfer and will provide depth at both guard positions and even the 3 against smaller teams. He'd use just the one year of open scholarship, and that's it.
I hope we get him.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||My default is usually 'yes' when asked to do things."||
|27 weeks 6 days ago||"He'll play this year.||
"He'll play this year. Michigan is probably losing their entire secondary and must blood the new generation."
I'm excited about this player, but that sounds kind of gross.
|28 weeks 6 hours ago||Still waiting for the director's cut||
It will likely never come, but one can always hope.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||I do. So?||
"Ohio vs Kentucky" means the best high school players in each state. UM has the best HS player in Ohio (certainly the best PG); he played in this game, along with a C who looked athletic (from a shot blocking perspective at least, which we haven't had since forever) -- that should get UM fans excited.
"Duke, Kentucky" refers to college programs. They are very, very, very good. If we need to have recruiting classes as good as them for a UM fan to get excited about the future, you're going to be waiting a long time.
So....I don't understand your point.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Thornton said he left b/c he wants to be "closer to home"||
He's from California (and Nevada). And while Michigan (Champions of the West) is closer to CA, it ain't that close.
So it will take some doing to get Thornton here.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||"Some kind of joy"? Dang, you are negative||
How about the actual incoming PG we have next year was the starter for the Ohio vs Kentucky All-Star game?
How about one of our incoming centers had "at least 5 blocks" in said game?
I'd know we'd all love 5-stars to come in every year (a la Duke and Kentucky), and I'd certainly take Thornton if he wants to come here and fits along with Xavier, but we have plenty of hope for the future, even without Thornton.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||I like the way you think||
Unless there is some, otherwhere specified, definition of "regularly", you can just hold a practice in Prattville (or Florida) every year, and then a satellite camp. That would be "regular".
It would lessen the camps, but still allow you to have 1 or 2.
Also -- what's the penalty for breaking this rule? Having to listen to Delaney explain to you for 4-hours why adding Rutgers was a good idea, with no breaks?
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Why doesn't the state of Michigan do something like this?||
I know the MHSAA is famously strict on travel and all-star teams, but these type of games seem like fun.
Since Ohio is taken, and Indiana would blow our doors off, how about a Michigan-Ontario matchup? I have no idea how good Ontario schools are, but I assume they are quite good, considering all the talent that has gone into the NBA from Toronto and the rest of Canada.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||You're right -- he's not rated||
That's weird. He has offers from numerous Power 5 schools, and they don't even slap a generic two or three star label on him? Plus, it's not like he plays in the U.P. -- he plays in Metro Detroit for a good program.
Regardless, I am 100% sure, if Jermaine Sr. is hired, it is not b/c Beilein wants to lock up Jr.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||He has the right color shirt.||
He has the right color shirt.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||I'd say Plan B, at least||
If this hiring is true, Beilein is definitely not hiring dad to get the son -- you only do that with 5-star recruits.
Jermaine seems to be a pretty good player, though. Already has offers from EMU, Auburn, Georgia Tech and SMU.
Update: coincidentally, I was just reading the News, and Mr. Jackson (Jr.), along with Austin Davis, made the All-State "Dream" team.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||MAAR may not be our best player...||
...but I would consider him a legit, B1G starter next year. I assume he'll improve at least a little on defense, and at least a little on offense (e.g., passing) and combine that with him already being 47% FG, 37% from 3PT and demonstrated ability to get to the hoop? That's a starter I'm glad to have on the team.
Wagner -- I agree, it would be better from him to be super sub next year. However, I'm excited to see what he can bring.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Were those spots||
Were those spots approximately 20-30 seconds long, and never included any time on defense?
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Fine to all of that||
Chatman showed signs of life towards the end of the year, and not just the IU shot. He was the #1 recruit from the state of CA. He's got basketball ability, he just needs confidence and to apply it. We should be putting him in a bigger (backup) role next year.
As you noted, I doubt we were planning on redshirting Ibi anyway. He's a good player -- he should play at least 5 minutes a game.
MAAR could play the 3, but he shouldn't need to. That should be Zak, primarily, backed up by Duncan and Ibi.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Welcome to (the new) college basketball||
It's been an adjustment for Beilein as well, obviously, but this is the way it works now. There is a high school recruiting season, a 'parting of the ways' season, a grad transfer season, an early draft entrant season -- many of these overlap.
MSU, which -- notwithstanding their face plant in the tournament -- had a very good year, but has two players with two years eligibility left (a la Dawkins and Doyle) leave this year. Ohio State has had at least two players leave; Indiana culls their roster like its a herd. That's just the way it is -- some years you'll have none, but most years you'll have at least one. Get used to it.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Alright, I'm going deep cut||
I wonder if O'Maury's favorite song to work out to is "Winner Takes It All" by Sammy Hagar?
|29 weeks 2 days ago||His picture didn't cause you to have post-traumatic flashes?||
I would have thought you would be frightened by a man with one arm that big.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Top recruit in New Mexico?||
I'm going to assume, based on just that one picture and the size of his biceps, that he is. That would mean UM has the top recruit in NM for two of the past three years (Zach Gentry in 2015).
Not exactly a recruiting hot bed, but it's always nice to dominate
On to Old Mexico!
|29 weeks 2 days ago||This dude has more muscle in||
This dude has more muscle in that one arm than I think I do in my whole body.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||What is a "healthy" Spike?||
- That is a huge roll of the dice for someone who said, at the time of his retirement in December, that he had a "genetic" hip issue and that he was increasingly worried he was going to re-tear his labrum.
Additionally, Walton had a rating of 109.9 in 2015-2016, even with his struggles. As you noted, he's a better defender than Spike, and a much better rebounder.
- No Power 5 coach is going to turn the offense over to Spike (well, maybe Rutgers). That's not b/c of ability -- Spike is a quality player. It's b/c no team can reasonably rely on him for 30-32 minutes a game, which is what you need from a starter.
He'll go somewhere that he can be the #2 PG and if he breaks down again, the team isn't screwed. We already have a #2 -- Xavier Simpson. You don't sign the best player in Ohio to have him sit the bench, especially when he needs to take over the offense in 2016-2017.
Spike is doing what's best for him; we're doing what's best for UM. That's how it has to work out.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||People want what's best for UM, not Spike||
Spike would have been, rightly, the #3 PG next year. Spike, understandably due to his considerable ability if healthy, wants to be more than someone's "break glass in case of emergency" option.
People are having a hard time understanding Spike leaving is a completely reasonable decision for both parties. Beilein didn't recruit the best player in Ohio to sit the bench next year, especially when he will need to run the team after Walton is gone.
We needed Spike this year -- unfortunately, he couldn't play. This year is over, and it's time to move on.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Here they are||
Columbia, like many schools, has a webmater who falls asleep and updates their webpages every 12-18 months.
Key stats: 13 pts a game, 44% from 3-pt land, 3/1 TO/Assist, 4 Reb, 3 Ast a game.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||No||
If he starts doing it when we play IU in football, then I'll worry.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Basically agreed||
Haven't read the book in a long time, and have seen the movie something like 20 times, so perhaps that says it all, but I may have to read it again to make sure how much better the movie is. I remember enjoying the novella/book.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||End of Shawshank||
Even though that hug is not in the book.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Saw that in elementary school||
Some wise administrator decided to have a group showing -- it was like 4th - 6th graders, so a whole bunch of kids.
Towards the end of that movie, they were dragging uncontrollably sobbing girls out of there like it was a mash unit. It was a not a fun viewing experience.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Perhaps Brian lives in "Michiana"||
...and hasn't told us yet.
Key quote: "“This ain’t South Bend. It’s good ol’ Michigan. I’m a Michigan boy.”
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Not me!||
It usually works against me, but I never pick MSU to go very far. I figure I'm going to probably lose my bracket anyway (just by the odds) -- why "root" for a team I hope will lose just so I can maybe, possibly, but not very likely win a few bucks?
|31 weeks 4 days ago||It's close, but I think MSU is clearly worse||
Both were completely shocking. But I say this MSU loss is worse b/c while UM was a favorite to win the national title in 2007, it was (obviously) very, very early in the season. Anything can happen. We don't know how good a team is in September.
With MSU, we've seen them for a whole season, and based on that they were the clear co-favorite (along with Kansas) to win the title. People took it as a given they'd reach the Final Four, if not the final game. To then lose in the first round (in a game you never, ever had the lead!) is absolutely stunning.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Found a video explaining it|
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Correction to title needed: he was 1B coach (not 3B)||
He mentioned it in the pre-game interview, and that picture from Tigers' twitter confirms it (unless spring training fields are laid out WAY different than a regular baseball field).
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Because he wants more tickets for students||
See the #expandmaizerage hash tag. I agree with him-- for most UM games, while most/all the tickets might be sold, there are scads of empty seats, and I'm not just talking 20 minutes before the game.
Our home court advantage would be increased, and it would be a better atmosphere with a larger Maize Rage and with an improved system to make sure other tickets are actually used.
(I've commented on the latter numerous times here, asking why it's nigh impossible to find cheap seats on Stub Hub etc when thousands aren't being used for some games, e.g., Bryant, but no one has an answer).
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Don't think of a pink elephant||
What are you thinking about now?
It's too late -- once "cleared to play" got out there before Minnesota, unless Beilein says *why* that has changed, nothing he says will get media (and many fans) to "back off."
|36 weeks 4 days ago||No he wasn't clear today -- the story has changed||
- Before Minnesota, Caris was "cleared to play" by the UM med staff and Beilein said, "This is his call. It isn't my call."
- Now, Beilein says, "He's cleared to play when he feels 100 percent and I feel I am on board 100 percent...He will be cleared to play when he feels good and I agree with him."
Where were those "and's" a few days ago? Why is Beilein involved in the call -- now -- when before he was not?
Unless I learn differently, I assume Beilein is now taking cover fire for Levert, because he realizes how it looks when someone is "cleared to play" and then they don't. That's what head coaches do, particularly at college -- they take heat (warranted or not) for their players.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Again, not realistic||
Witholding judgement makes sense when we knew the injury was serious, but not how serious, just that it was keeping him from playing. We know his injury history and that it is/was reasonable for UM to be careful.
Once he was "cleared to play" and he has not played (and doesn't appear to be anytime soon), it is completely reasonable to expect an explanation, detailed or not.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||That's not realistic||
UM sports relies on its fans being passionate about the team -- it literally pays the bills. That means they care about what is going on.
It is unreasonable to expect those passionate fans to be invested in the team (buy our shirts! cheer our team! travel to Brooklyn! buy our tix packages!), and then when the best player goes out for:
...for those fans to say, "Eh....come back whenever. We don't care."
Fans do care. He is not legally obligated to do anything; but if he doesn't want the scrutiny of big-time sports, don't play big-time sports.
He could easily release a statement, have Beileien says something for him, whatever. But saying absolutely nothing, once you have been cleared to play, is not good.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Your title doesn't quite work||
It's not that there will be "no funds for college athletics" (i.e., football, which is all people on this board care about). It is that:
1) The state of Louisiana has a two-year budget deficit of $3 billion (largest in history)
2) If the deficit is not closed, there won't be enough money to keep the universities open (e.g., the state already stopped payment on the TOPS program, the state's biggest scholarship program; it is expecting the universities to pick up the tab)
3) If the university is not open, the "student athletes" can't be eligible, and thus LSU et al won't be able to play. This is true even if a bagman steps up with $50 million.
With gas prices approaching $1 (La. relies very much on refining), and previous budget mismanagement, Louisiana is in for a world of hurt. You would assume they will figure out a way to keep the universities open, but as of right now, the money just isn't there -- not remotely.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||I'll reply here -- you said conference record||
would be 10-8. We are 8-4 in the B1G right now; with 3 more wins in the conference (which is what you listed), we'd be 11-7.
Has nothing to do with the DII school.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||I would take those wins/losseses in a second, but...||
...if Caris doesn't return until NW, which is well after he was "cleared to play" by UM's medical staff, there is a lot to be concerned about (both about him, and the team).
Plus, you got one stat wrong -- we'd have 11 wins if we beat Purdue, NW and Wisconsin. The only way I think we have a chance of getting to 11 is if Caris returns, starting with the very next game at Purdue (even if only to play 10-15 minutes at first).
|36 weeks 5 days ago||One big positive||
Better conference record than MSU and OSU!
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Chazz needs at least one, if||
Chazz needs at least one, if not two, more z's to be sufficiently broseph.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Mercury Hayes||
Martavious Odoms is good, but Mercury Hayes sounds like a blaxploitation star from a 1970s movie, e.g., "John Shaft has a new partner...and it's the fastest, roughest mofo on the block, Mercury Hayes."
|37 weeks 4 days ago||My two PJ / Ann Arbor related stories||
1) I bought Ten, on cassette, at Wherehouse Records (we used to have record stores, kiddies!) on South U in September 1991. It was $5.99 and I bought it b/c I was/am a big Soundgarden fan, knew PJ was part of Temple of the Dog. I hadn't heard one song off of Ten. The deal-clincher: I got a free Mookie Blaylock t-shirt with purchase. Definitely a bargain.
2) I had tix to go see PJ at the Blind Pig in November. I did not go, because I had done zero work for a paper due the next day. So I spent my night/morning in the fish bowl, and missed an intimate show by a big band. Even better, I got a C+ (or maybe worse; I forget) on the paper.
The lesson? Either blow of your home work completely or get it done ahead of time. Plan your partying appropriately.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||1991 was a recession year - "It's the Economy, Stupid"||
There's a reason that Ross Perot and Bill Clinton were debating Nafta, and George HW Bush was getting blasted for not knowing the price of a gallon of milk: the economy was in recession (not nearly as bad as 2008-2009, but still not good).
I distinctly remember reading a Newsweek (in print!) on the way to my freshman dorm, with a story about how Gen X'ers would be the first generation to do worse than their parents. I was not thrilled.
So in short -- there was some angst. Not to mention, grunge/alternative nation was a reaction to "SHE'S MY...CHERRY PIE!" and the like.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||I did this drive once||
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Was Durkin in his room,||
Was Durkin in his room, jamming on a Sony Walkman, when he said this?
|39 weeks 3 hours ago||Baummmm...ba-do-baummm...ba-d||
Baummmm...ba-do-baummm...ba-do-baummmm....ba-do-ba-do-ba-do-ba-DO-ba...<enter keyboard and high hat>
One of the great bass lines in history. I understand time is precious, but I wish more TV shows still had theme songs.
RIP Fish and Tessio.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Not necessarily - they don't insist on it||
That is generally the rule, but they'll make exceptions. This link is a bit old (5 years) but they are replies directly from Ross admissions, and I have no reason to think it is changed. Money quote:
"We don't have a minimum or maximum number of years of work experience."
So, if you are a "special" person of interest to the University of Michigan (say, the son of a big donor, the daughter of a high-ranking politician in China, or perhaps even a really smart, needed Offensive Lineman), they can figure out a way to get you in.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Depends||
How's your compete level?
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Why we haz no||
Why we haz no LBs?
Regardless, good luck to Mr. Gant in his future endeavors.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||That was a Letterman bit||
Per usual, when he found something funny, he went back to it again and again. If I recall, he even had James Earl Jones read it as the kicker for a Top 10 list.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Go to Touch the Banner||
Magnus/Thunder has the breakdown.
But the summary is -- no, he's not a 4-star LT.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||"So, basically, it seems Swenson was aware..."||
...but not fully aware, apparently.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Some specifics||
Edney is a perfect example -- an all-time play, and even then it *still* took basically 5 seconds. That was considered very fast. However, last night in the final minute allowed this:
- Nate Mason made Free Throws (5 seconds elapsed)
- Nate Mason made Layup. (4 seconds)
- Joey King made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Nate Mason (3 seconds)
- Nate Mason made Free Throws (3 seconds)
- Carlos Morris missed Layup (4 seconds)
- Nate Mason made Three Point Jumper (5 seconds)
- Dupree McBrayer made Layup (4 seconds)
That is SEVEN freakin' "Edney fast" plays (six of them successful)! Only the last one was meaningless, b/c the game was over.
That can not happen - it was pathetic. If we didn't shoot the lights out from the FT line (10 for 10 - great job by Walton and MAAR), we could have blown this game.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||I can never figure out Beilein's last-minute defense||
He rarely puts pressure on the ball, even when it makes the most sense (e.g., Evan Turner getting a free run to beat us a few years ago). This is just another example. No excuse for letting them roll the ball up. None.
The end of that game last night was an affront to all that is good in basketball -- it was terrible team (Minn) and a good team playing terribly (UM) extending the game in the most painful fashion. There is zero reason why Minn was having so many 3-5 seconds possessions in the final minute.
Overall, I am big Beilein backer and I glad that he's our coach, but just like Andy Reid needs to hire someone to help him with two-minute drill drives, I half-jokingly think some assistant should take over/give advice on last-minute defense. It boggles my mind.
|40 weeks 10 hours ago||Beauty and the Beast was||
Beauty and the Beast was nominated for an Oscar. Not the "animated" category, the whole shebang Best Picture. There's nothing embarrassing about liking that movie.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Does "everyone" mean someone in power?||
"Jim Brandstatter is a miscast color guy and I think everyone knows it." As shown by the comments to your post, it seems everyone actually does agree that Dickerson (or someone like him) would be a step, or two, up from Brandy.
However, considering how long it took them to replace Frank Beckmann (who was on the job, IMHO, at least 5 years too long), what are the chances Brandy will actually get replaced? Has anyone in the Athletic Dept actually voiced these sentiments, even in private? Or is it just fans, who don't actually have much of a say in these things?
I hope it happens. Heck, even make a 3-man booth, if you must, with Brandy and Dierdorf as color commenators. But Brandy is not in the right role and it shoud be fixed. U of M has too great a history to have had a mediocre radio broadcast for close to a decade now.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Answer the question!||
Answer the question!
|40 weeks 5 days ago||That's not accurate for Jobs' cancer, neuroendocrine||
"Jobs had a rare form of the (pancreatic) cancer, known as neuroendocrine cancer, which grows more slowly and is easier to treat, explains Leonard Saltz, acting chief of the gastrointestinal oncology service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. "Survival for many years or even decades with endocrine cancer is not surprising."
In short, he really made some bad decisions about his health. His diagnosis wasn't a virtual death sentence. His type of cancer wasn't the 2% chance of 5-year survival that most pancreatic cancers have.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Well...Steve Jobs isn't a great example||
He focused on "alternative and natural" treatments. He even later realized it was "magical thinking."
"In spite of pleas from family and friends, he tried to cure himself through acupuncture sessions, drinking special fruit juices, visiting "spiritualists" and using other treatments he found on the internet."
So he had all the money in the world (which did earlier help him get a liver transplant), but did not use it in a reasonable way.
I know, as I'm sure a good percentage of this board does, that treating serious illnesses is hard, as you are never quite sure what, and how much, to do. But drinking special fruit juices and cures you find on the internet for pancreatic cancer is clearly a poor choice.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Excellent Galaxy Quest oral history||
This was published on MTV.com, for some reason about a year ago -- but it's an excellent oral history of Galaxy Quest. Some good Rickman stories in there, such as:
"Parisot: You can’t get annoyed at Tim (Allen). Tim is like your little brother who comes in and just goofs around. Maybe it got annoying for Alan, but you could never tell whether that was Alan being in character or Alan actually responding to Tim.
Mitchell: They would call action four times, but we didn’t hear because we were laughing so hard. And Alan is looking at us like, “Really, man?”
Pyle: I think Alan had a great time, I just think he was like . . . what exactly are you doing?
I'm not sure what other actor could portray annoyance/disgust in such a wonderful manner as Alan Rickman. I'm sure he used that to his advantage in real life.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Yep, you're right.||
Tommy Lee Jones won the Oscar in 1994, but it was 1993 movie. Thanks.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||It's one of the greatest movies of all-time||
It's got action, humor, a plot that has (non-ridiculous) twists, great acting (esp Tommy Lee Jones, but everyone was very good to great). And of course, numerous quotable lines.
Plus, it has regularly been shown on cable TV, on multiple channels, over the last 20 years.
I would guess for men between the ages of 34-54, it's a pretty common choice for one of their favorite movies (not saying those younger/older couldn't appreciate it's greatness -- just it came out in 1994).
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Always loved that line||
I say it (way) too frequently for such a throw-away line, like when I'm looking for someone at a crowded party, but I don't care...always make me chuckle.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||But this is a different era||
In 1992, you didn't have StubHub apps or TicketCity websites. The re-sale market is much different.
I'm talking about seats that have (very likely) been sold, but thouands of people are not using them. It's 2016. U of M needs to use technology and marketing to work with their season ticket holders to get those seats in use.
I would have gone to a couple games this year, but I'm not paying $75 for two so-so tickets to see a game against Bryant. But I would pay about half that -- but there is litte inventory publically available, even though there are thousands of unused seats.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting, but not really||
That's interesting, and I checked Baron's stats to be sure -- Baron was a good rebounder (for a short guard) but was also a top asst guy and obviously a huge scorer. So that's not really it. Perhaps Walton is unique.
Random note: while Googling him, apparently Baron Davis just signed a D-League contract. Have no idea what that's all about.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||But it's not just one game||
I can understand the weather and time for tonight...but not in a big way. This was against the #3 team in the nation, not against Penn State. I would hope more people would have been able to figure it out. I think you are right about the possible loss -- our fan base seems pretty down after last year and the shaky start this year.
But aside from last night, there are many other games, mostly in the non-conference, where there are literally thousands of empty seats. I understand not wanting to bother listing your tickets on StubHub for just one game, but this is multiple. I have no idea about the upper bowl; I'm going based on what I see on TV, and the upper bowl isn't typically shown.
And I don't think you want to penalize people who resell their tickets; I think you want to penalize those who don't use their tickets. UM needs butts in the seats -- a larger crowd is a better atmosphere, and plus more money spent on parking, snacks, etc. UM needs to work with their season ticket holders to figure this out and make sure those tickets get used.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Where did you get seats for $10?||
I've always been perplexed by the lack of StubHub / TicketCity seats for U of M basketball games. Except for the top two rows of the arena, there usually isn't a good selection and I have no idea why. For example, the mid/late December games probably only had 5-6,000 actual people there, but if you go to StubHub, there aren't a ton of seats on there (e.g., only a couple hundred).
Do people sell them elsewhere (e.g., the couple times I tried in-person scalpers, they were overpriced, but maybe I've hit up the wrong guys)? Are there rules preventing resale? What gives?
I don't have this problem for UM football. I know there are literally 9x as many seats in that stadium, but still, when a UM baseball game has thousands of empty seats, you'd figure people would want to sell their tickets instead of eating them.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Who is an NBA/college comparable for him?||
I can't figure him out. He's right now, as 6 foot 1 guard, averaging 5.5 reb and 3.7 assts. That's crazy, esp in our offense where you'd figure the PG would get 5 assts a game easily passing to people on cuts to the basket and for 3s.
I never thought he'd be much of a scorer, and he isn't, but I thought he would develop into a very good distributor, and he really isnt', with low assts and 2 TOs a game. But as a defensive rebounder, he's like a mini-Andre Drummond out there. It's amazing.
|41 weeks 4 hours ago||Seriously||
That Outback Bowl one looks like one of those cheap knockoffs you see at Meijer that cost $9.99, $15 for 2.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Sweet sixteen.||
|41 weeks 5 days ago||My (relatively) quick reply||
Regarding point 1) It is lame when a #1 team continually complains about "lack of respect" and "no one" believes in you; by definition, the poll voters / committee thinks you are literally better than everyone else. I find that annoying.
Regarding point 2) I'm not sure you understand the law. A player doesn't have to "closet" anything; he is not employed by the state. If Joe Player is a Christian and asks his friends on the team to join him for bible study or to attend church with him after practice, fine. But state-owend facilities should not be used for religious activities endorsed by state employees, particular one's who are the boss. Overall, the coach is the boss, paid by the state; when he is on company time and/or in his company role, I don't want him "leading" or "encouraging" students to do any religious activities. Here's what I mean -- I'm not OK with this (and I think it's against the law, but it's the south and any public official who makes a stink about this is going to have hell to pay):
"Make (Church Day) as mandatory as you can make it," Bowden says now, proud he had only one player miss services in nine years at the school. Swinney, a former assistant on Bowden's staff, continued the tradition when he took over the program in 2008. (NewSpring Church Pastor) Noble has led so many players to Christ he has lost count. "Thank the Lord for this," he says, "but we've baptized so many I'm not really sure."
Again, it seems like Dabo is a more than decent guy, his players seem to like him as much as the next coach, and I'm sure he plays whichever player he feels is best (Christian or not) for Clemson. It still doesn't make the activities he is doing right.
Read more here:
|41 weeks 5 days ago||I don't care for him for two reasons||
1) He has increasingly played the "DISRESPEKT" card. Not as much as MSU/D'Antoni, who has seemingly built a whole philosophy around it. But I get bothered when the coach of a team that has been ranked #1 in the country half the year says, to quote him before the Okalahoma game, "nobody believes in this team except these guys in this room" (and there's more where that came from).
2) His religious advocation at a public school. Not his faith (don't care, one way or the other), but the fact that Clemson, a public university: 1) has an annual "Church Day" where every member of the team in strongly encouraged to go, 2) has had players baptized on the field after practice (I know the player asked to do so, but it's not the time or place), 3) has a Christian chaplain in the office who has special access to the players, 4) has taken the whole team to Fellowship of Christian Athletes event to watch a few teammates testify. Etc.
Overall, I think he's a fun interview (reminds of Spurrier, in terms of looseness, which is a good thing) and obviously an excellent coach. I'm also sure he treats all his players, , Christian or not, with respect But I won't be rooting for him or Saban on Monday (not that they care, of course).
|41 weeks 6 days ago||It doesn't appear to, but there are still pressures||
First, full-credit to UW-Madison accountants -- I have a finance background and their summaries indicate, but don't make clear, if they get state funding or not. It appears that they do not (though this USA Today summary indicates the opposite, so I'm not 100% sure)
At the direction of Gov Scott Walker, UW-Madison, as a whole, has undergone budget cuts that are much greater than many systems in the nation (e.g,. more than UM, MSU or OSU). As such, every department -- from academic to athletic --- has had to update their budget to either cut or "contribute" more to the University to meet the overall cuts.
For example, their LS&A equivalent had to suffer a $7.4 mil/year cut; Publich health a $3.3 mil/year cut; and "The UW Athletic Department will pitch in $7 million over two years to help the UW-Madison campus absorb its share of state funding cuts." It appears UW Athletics was not generating excess funds (unlike say, OSU, which kicks off cash on the regular), so this is a meaningful deal; they don't just have a few million lying around.
So while it seems like some real ineptitude going on at UW, their academic department also has budget pressures that the B1G big boys (OSU; MSU; UM) do not.
|42 weeks 4 hours ago||Receny bias for Rudock in effect||
Rudock was a high level player the last 4 or so games. But before that? Decidely average, perhaps below. That's likely not anyone's fault, as it takes time to get acclimated, etc. But it's the truth.
If we're going for the natl championship in 2016, you need to have good (if not great) QB play in the first half of the season, especially since it is no gimme we will have a top-notch running game (hopefully we will, but it's definitely not a sure thing).
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Saw that tour at the Toledo Speedway in 91||
Skid Row was excellent. Guns N' Roses was GNR -- incredibly late (I think they went on at 10:30pm -- maybe later? It was well over an hour in between bands) but they played a good show.
Unless this reunion gets great reviews, I'll think I'll sit this one out, if they come to Detroit. Tickets are going to be a fortune, and no Izzy is a let down.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Wrong tour. That was 2004.||
It was also the last tour with Sammy. I saw it at the Palace, and they were good (though not great) but apparently at later dates Eddie was a mess. He then went into rehab, got cancer, went into remission, etc.
The recent VH tours, with Dave, have been unbelieavably good musically, esp the one earlier this year at DTE -- the set lists are awesome, Eddie has been playing great, his son has become a true wizard at the bass, (and while no Michael Anthony on vocals, he's good) and I've always liked Alex's playing (even though he increasing looks like a zombie). Dave is hit or miss with the vocals -- good in 2007, so-so (to be charitable) in 2011, and pretty good in 2015. I paid $85 for a pavillion seat in 2015 and considered it money well-spent.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Why aren't you popular with||
Why aren't you popular with the Chicago Police Department?
|43 weeks 6 days ago||There is more market value in non-NFL types than you think||
College football needs at least 50 players for a competitive squad (and that's probably low, but we'll go with it; it's similar to the NFL). You need starters, reasonable backups for injuries and resting, special teamers, and a few developmental players. You need to be able to practice in full.
Thus, Alabama needs all 50 guys (not just the 7 NFL guys) in order to generate the $100 million in revenue their annual championship contending team requires. All 50+ guys have value.
So, beyond those 7 guys, there will be a market for the other 43(if we truly opened it up to copmetition). Alabama (unless they have Tom Brady, I suppose) can't just say "We'll keep the sure-fire NFL guys and for the remainder, we'll take anyone else off the street."
Alabama would compete for those non-NFL types with OSU, UM, Texas, etc and drive up those players' value. You could pay each of those 43 players, $200k/year, and still only be at $8.6 million. You think Alabama wouldn't spend that to keep achieving 11+ win seasons? They'd probably easily spend double or triple that, if unconstrained.
I could go on, but hopefully you see my point. A player's value is not just what he could earn in other "business" (e.g., NFL; CFL) but also his worth to the business he's in (e.g., the football factory team, a la Alabama).
Edit: I'll put it another way -- Jake Rudock has basically zero NFL value. How valuable was he to UM this year? I'd be happy to represent him in arbitration and argue that he was was worth well over $250,000, and probably a lot more.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||It will be interesting to see how this stuff is maintained...||
...once the collapse in TV/media contracts comes.
While PSLs and suites are costly, and donors (hello, Mr. Ross) do step up to help build these palaces, most of this money is coming from ESPN, CBS, NBC, etc. And they are running out of suckers to extract their monthly fee.
It's been discussed numerous times on the board, including by Brian, so I won't get into it again, but in 10-15 years, when the flow from the money spigot has been reduced, I wonder if we'll start to get stories of half-finished complexes and buildings left with little maintenance, a la the housing market when it collapsed.
If you'd like yet another news story showing this is coming, see yesterday's NYT. Money quote "“Investors must remember that at its core, Disney is a cable network company that has the highest level of fixed costs (sports rights) in the industry,” he wrote. “ESPN now appears poised to become Disney’s most troubled business as consumer behavior shifts rapidly.":
|44 weeks 4 days ago||I back this plan - DII for football; Horizon for rest||
EMU spends literally $10 million a year on athletics. Every year. That's money that could go to reduced tuition, improved facilities, better pay for adjuncts, etc.
A big reason is EMU has to spend that is to be "competitive" in D1-A football. Based on attendance, there is basically no interest in keeping the team at that level. But EMU regents need to keep up appearances, so that's the interest that matters.
EMU (which is quite good in some Olympic sports, like track and swimming) should either work with the MAC to see if they can get an exemption from the "all sports at same level" rule, or failing that, go GLIAC for football (where they can play peers Michigan Tech, Grand Valley, Northern Michigan, Wayne State) and Horizon for the rest (where peers Oakland, UIC and U of D reside).
EMU is directly at the same level as Oakland. In fact, during salary negotations, while it is mostly MAC schools who are used, GVSU is definitely in there. Heck, even U of M considering UWM, Wayne State, Wright State, Michigan Tech, Lake State, etc peers -- and their right, also.
All that said, unless there is a budget crisis (not just a deficit), this will never happen. And thus EMU will continue to go 1-11, 3-9, 4-8, etc in front of 5,000 fans.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||This is why it's tough to get *too* excited about recruiting||
I'm glad we got Bush, as he is a) looks like a very good player and b) is slotted to a huge position of need, but I'm sure Texas A&M folks were even more excited about this guy.
Last year: "Whoo-hoo! We got the top-rated high school dual QB in the whole country and one of the best players of any type in all fo Texas!"
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Related: 247Sports now acquired by CBS||
They'd been "partners" for the past couple of years, but CBS just bought them in total. So that makes:
- Rivals = Yahoo
Hopefully they'll stay independent in their rankings, but I wonder if (for example) 247/CBS will eventually get charges of "bias" towards the SEC (which CBS has a major partnership with).
I'm not worried about it, as it's just recruiting rankings -- just a point of info.
|45 weeks 3 hours ago||Thanks. So is there another replay angle?||
Because the only one that shows where his elbow is, the very last part of the replay, shows an elbow that doesn't hit the head (primary or secondary). You can see plenty of space between the head and the elbow as he finishes the check.
Maybe his elbow (or shoulder?) hit the head earlier in the check? I'm really trying to figure it out b/c I don't see it
|45 weeks 5 hours ago||I honestly can't understand college hockey||
I try to like it. I wish Michigan was better at it.
But I see a hit, like the one by Porikos, and I have no idea why that's a penalty. He didn't hit him the head and the guy had the puck. And they didn't penalize him for a "blind side" hit (is there such a rule?).
According to the ruling, it was for a play that "resulted in the player receiving a minor penalty for indirect contact to the head."
Is there another angle I'm missing? What is "indirect" contact -- you either contact it or you don't, right? Or does that mean unintentional or secondary contact (e.g., you hit his chest first and then go into the head)?
Bad calls happen (hello, football). But I fundamentally, even after watching scores of games, can't understand the seemingly random calls the litter college hockey. Pair it with the typically mediocre quality of play, doesn't seem worth much time.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||But Jaylen Johnson isn't any good (right now)||
I mostly agree with your larger point about who Beilein targets, but Jaylen Johnson is currently, as a sophomore, averaging 4.9 pts, 3.9 boards, and 0.1 blocks (and against real opponents, like MSU he did almost nothing -- 2pt and 1 board).
Perhaps Johnson will mature into something, but as of right now, we'd be complaining about him too, if he were at U of M.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||I just found out this existed...||
...while reading his NYT obit. To be honest, I think it is absolutely terrible (as someone in the comments says, it seems like an Old Navy commercial) but it shows what an odd, interesting dude he was.
Plus, beyond this 2011 Xmas album, his new album with the Wildabouts is actually good (at least the four songs I've heard, such as the one posted by Jerseyblue). And his recent live shows were the definition of hit or miss.
Too bad this strange, interesting, talented, flawed guy is no longer around.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||The man was a rockstar||
...and all the good, and bad, that comes with it. His death is not surprising in the least -- I'm a bit amazed he almost made it to 50.
I saw STP a few times, including once at the UIC Pavillion where he strutted and spun around the stage. I couldn't tell what was going to fall off first: his leather pants off his ass or his whole body off the stage. Amazingly, both stayed upright. I just watched in slack-jawed amazement the whole time.
I like all six STP albums (the DeLeo brothers are great writers), but the first four are truly a top-notch run.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Thomas is much rougher than you realize...||
...there will be blood.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||I'm open to an explanation -- and I need one||
I have no idea why he left FSU. None. Zero. Zip.
But if I'm AD (and I wasn't thinking of applying for the job, at U of M or Rutgers, but thank you for thinking of me), I'm going to need one -- a very plausible one. On its face, it does not make sense to leave an elite program, that just won a national championship, led it part by your highly ranked defense. Georgia is a very good program, but it's clearly not at Florida State's level.
Maybe that explanation is already out there (e.g., he wanted to be back in the SEC), but I haven't seen it. Until we do, I don't see why U of M should consider the guy.E
EDIT: Just saw BlueInLansing posted he left for essentially the same salary. So that reason is out.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||What?! That's certainly not good.||
I'm going to hope we get someone else. I have no idea if that's true, but unless I hear a real plausibe, public explanation for why he left FSU, I'm going to assume something was up (not necc co-eds, but perhaps something else like a conflict with the HC, which we also don't need).
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Why did Pruitt leave Florida State?||
I've not followed him at all, but he wins a national championship at an elite program with a top-ranked defense, and then immediately leaves for the same position at a lesser school, Georgia? Was he offered more money? Does he like the SEC better? Falling out with Jimbo?
|46 weeks 5 days ago||What? It had more than a few moments.||
Not saying it was nearly as good as I or II, but to you I say, "Zasa"
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Worse, EMU runs a huge deficit||
EMU charges $30/credit hour in "General fees" which includes "facilities, athletics, health center, computer labs, performing arts." Not sure how much of that goes to athletics, but I don't think it's a lot.
Much more important is the $10 million per year deficit the athletics program runs. That comes directly out of the larger budget, leaving less money for anything academic. It's a downright scandal.
If EMU can't, within the next 2-3 years, figure out a way to get that deficit way down, they should drop their football program down to FCS. I know that would cause issues with the MAC, but I don't care. EMU shouldn't be shoveling $100 million a decade at an athletics program when the school has so many other important needs. No one goes there b/c of football (which is the primary driver of the deficit), so stop spending so much money on it.
|47 weeks 4 hours ago||Agreed -- that's life in the big city||
I agree 2017 will be a young team, but if you want to be an elite program, you have to still be able to excel during those times. Maybe that's not the year you go 11-1 or 12-0, but 9-3 or 10-2 should still be a reasonable goal *if* you are recruiting at an elite level (which we haven't really done in a decade-plus).
Florida State is a perfect example. They won a title two years ago; got in the final four last year; tons of people left for the NFL and thus this year's team is *very* young, e.g. starting a true frosh at LT, SS and Buck and RS frosh elsewhere (see depth chart). They still went 10-2 . And next year they'll be a Top 5 team.
Harbaugh will have to bring in a top 8 class this year and next year for us to be a 9 or more win team in 2017. Not easy, but that's what he's been hired to do.
|47 weeks 7 hours ago||Good call...but I think you mean Robert Patrick||
Jason Patric was the guy in Speed 2, Narc, Rush, Lost Boys, Sleepers, etc.
|47 weeks 7 hours ago||Interesting...not sure what that means||
Jamaal Charles was very good to excellent all 3 years at Texas*, particularly has last (junior) year where he ran for 1600 yards at 6 YPC and 18 TDs.
So are you saying Kareem would be about as good as that? A bit worse?
It's not out of the question, as for a good 20 year period (mid-80s to mid-00s), UM every 2-3 years had a back who put up great numbers like that (Morris, Boles, Wheatley, Timmy B, A-Train, Chris Perry, Mike Hart). Seeing as that's where Harbaugh is headed, we need that type of back; hopefully Kareem is the guy.
* I assume we're not talking NFL, as there he's an all-time great back, so I assume you're not going there: he's the NFL's all-time leader in YPC at 5.5.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Again, go find me a worse situation||
You seem fixated on this, so I'll respond: I can't think of any remotely reasonable situation, for a Power 5 conference team, that would be worse. You haven't given any actual example, so I'm going to say you can't either.
So yes, Inigo -- that word "literally" means what I think it does. I can't reasonably imagine a scenario where a top LB recruit could find a situation with less competition for an immediate starting job.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, I'm going with literally||
- We have no returning starting LBs.
- The main backup, Gideon, is going to be a senior and (for various reasons) has not gotten much playing time and when he did, couldn't displace any of the starters on the weakest unit on the defense.
- Everyone other backup has barely played, switched positions, or was injured.
So seeing as there never has been a circumstance in the history of Power 5 Conf football -- I just looked it up ;) -- where a team had zero non-senior LBs on their roster, I'm going to go with "literally as high a need as you could ever have." If a top 100 recruit came here, why wouldn't he start? He would, because there is a tremendous need.
The LB situation for 2016 is dire. Our only hope is everything breaks right (e.g., Gideon turns out to be a player; McCray is not only healthy, but also pretty good; a couple of freshman are able to play significant minutes right away, etc). That's what I'm saying.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure -- just seems puzzling||
I've only seen Reese as an LB, but I haven't followed it closely -- I'm just going by what he is listed as.
In any case, If we pull Rashan Gary, Kareem Walker, etc along with the other good-to-great players already signed up, I'll be happy. But I'm just surprised that some LB, who is a top 100 overall recruit, wouldn't see the chance for immediate (and I mean, Day 1 immediate) playing time and say "Sign Me Up."
I know there's not many of those types; probably 10 in the whole country. May just be how things fell out (in terms of relationships, where the recruits are located, etc) this year -- I haven't followed closely. Again, just a bit surprising.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||What's going on with the LBs?||
Since that position is as a high a need as you literally could ever have, the fact that Reese seems to be moving on is a bit perplexing? Who are they replacing him with?
It seem recruiting is going great, overall, but even the (likely) best case scenarios I've seen do not have us bringing in an LB who seems ready from Day 1. Or am I missing something?
|47 weeks 6 days ago||No - but he had a very likely late hit, later||
- For this particular play, I get a bit worried about people saying a defender has "plenty of time" to do something; things happen fast out there. Taco hits Hackenberg backwards at essentially the same time as Henry drives forward to make the tackle. If Hackenberg stays upright (which he was until the very last split second), Henry hits Hackenberg in the mid-section/upper thigh.
- However, on Penn State's last drive, Henry should have been called for a personal foul / late hit when he took a couple steps and then lifted Hackenberg up and drove him into the ground. Again, I have sympathy for the defender who is trying to make a play, but the QB definitely didn't have the ball, Henry came clear (e.g., wasn't being blocked) and he should have laid off.
Regardless, Henry needs to be more careful. His personal foul against MSU was legit (in my opinion) ; he could have had another one against Indiana (when he jumped, late, on the QB after a fumble) ; and he definitely could have had one against Penn State.
He's a big dude -- if he gets on someone late, they are going to notice.
|48 weeks 7 hours ago||Not just Twitter, everything sports-related||
Can you imagine First Take after the banner incident? Stephen A and Skip would get days of shouting. Colin Cowherd would go nuclear. There would be thought pieces from the New York Times about the coarsening of the culture. ESPN would have special correspondants on it. It would be huge.
It's one of those things I think of when people talk about "Athletes these days" -- back in the day, things were often worse in terms of sportsmanship.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Welp, this confirms that game went how I thought||
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Test||
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Blowing the tackle on a punt||
Blowing the tackle on a punt return for a TD doesn't help, either.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Correct-a-mundo||
"During his sophomore year, Perry had wanted to transfer from Michigan after coach Lloyd Carr accused him of being selfish. Perry's mom wouldn't let him leave."
We can only hope Ty Isaac turns into something approaching Chris Perry, esp his senior year. That would be nice
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Saw one at EMU today, on||
Saw one at EMU today, on campus. He was not dressed as Darth Vader, unfortunately.
|49 weeks 18 hours ago||Even "Wang, Dang, Sweet||
Even "Wang, Dang, Sweet Poontang"?
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Hmmm...you're right on those two games||
Granted it was Indiana and a Bobby Williams-era MSU, but they still were shut outs.
I just remember, off the top of my head for that team, the near-loss to Illinois (where Henson and timely bad call from the refs bailed us out), the loss to Purdue, and the wins over OSU and Auburn. All of those were high scoring games.
Plus, the NU game was *so* bad. I just remember Larry Foote running around, trying to pump everyone up, and that defense not being able to stop a darn thing.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Well, he's the best we've had at least since Grbac||
Not only were his stats impressive, but as noted, he just looked the part. He threw tight spirals, had a good arm, could run with speed if he had to, and was accurate.
He also took part in the craziest game (in terms of offense) I've ever seen UM play against a good opponent -- the 51-54 loss to Northwestern (which I was at --- just go down Anthony Thomas! You already have the 1st down! Ugh...fumble. Flashback.) Yeah, the defense wasn't very good that year.
I'm glad for this video. Thanks for putting it together. He led us to victories over OSU and a bowl win, so while I'm disappointed he didn't come back for his senior year, he definitely made a big contribution to UM.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||This is a crazy story||
I've followed the move to Flint, as I went and saw the (formerly) Plymouth Whalers a few times. All the stories were about how they were fixing up the arena, hoping it would be a small, but meaningful, catalyst in helping turn around Flint.
This story will have all sorts of local politicians and local mucky-mucks commenting. Should get real interesting.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Those are some embarrassing tweets||
I can understand being upset...but "excepting all resumes"? "All you girls"? "Deliberately cheating"?
Maybe I missed it -- did Braylon Edwards or Anthony Carter go on a stupid twitter rant like this after the MSU game? I hope not.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Oh my||
I see what you're saying, but I hope you are wrong. It will tough enough against PSU and OSU with Rudock, an experienced senior who you can at least reasonably hope can manage us to a relatively low-scoring win. If Speight has to go against those teams? Whoo boy.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||That's b/c there wasn't any||
I upvoted you, as your point seems logical, but then I decided to do some checking myself. The Googles show five or six Duke blogs/school newspapers/ESPN sites. Absolutely none of them had any internet commenter spleen. In fact, on the ESPN site, there were 20 comments, and almost all of them were from Miami fans complaining about the 23 penalty calls.
So Duke wasn't there b/c Duke football fans apparently do not exist -- at least not on the Internet.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||You know who's more important than on-site sponsors?||
TV and the schools (all of them).
1) These are essentially made for TV events. This is not like the bowls, started in southern locales to get people to travel by horse and by train to visit Pasadena, New Orleans and Miami.
Look at bowl attendance now -- with certain exceptions, even the big bowls have tens of thousands of empty seats. And many people from the Midwest can't be bothered to travel all the way to Orlando, Phoenix etc to see a game unless it is for a top-tier bowl.
So ABC does not care where it is -- they will pony up the same amount, just the same. And they are the ones literally paying for this.
2) Beyond all of that, the schools in the north should give a rip about this. Their fans are the ones who are required to shell out for airplane tickets (instead of short car rides), take longer away from work, and are put at a disadvantage. And now they have to potentially do it twice in 15 days.
If having a game in Minny or Detroit makes it so all these conference commisioners have to dive into a 95-foot vat of ABC cash, instead of one that is 96-foot, b/c a few less sponsors want to host off-site events, I think they can spare the money.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||You son of a...||
One of the all-time great sketches.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Like the Jon Falk photo except for one thing||
It slightly depresses me to be reminded that you know has to have been around the program a *long* time b/c he can actually wear his UM apparel that has a Rose Bowl icon on it.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||That's not the product you are buying||
If you think spending hundreds of dollars on games gives you the right to know about internal disciplinary matters, you're going to have a tough time with sports. The most succesful American pro sports franchise of the last 15 years, the Patriots, say less than nothing and many, many teams in college and pro emulate them.
They are under no obligation to tell us anything unless, as a public university, they need to follow the law to release something (e.g., for FOIA). It's literally not our business, as much as we might be interested.
Our business is evaluating the product on the field (e.g., do I think this game is worth my time and money?) and how the players and coaches comport themselves off it (e.g., do I agree with how the team disciplines law-breakers?). If someone has a bad attitude or poor grades or has fumbling problems or something else, we have to realize we're on the outside of the team.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||And I was worried about our LBs in two years||
That was depressing, seing seniors getting played on play-action and missing straight-forward tackles on 3rd down.
Hopefully they all can bounce back next week.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't see anything but this||
Didn't see anything but this last play, but Miami had a program-record 23 penalties for 194 yards in that game. Who knows how many of those were good calls, but based on college football refs, I'm going to guess they blew at least a couple of them. So I'm not going to get to worked up over a block in the back (or not) on this last play -- Duke had a good 10-15 seconds to attach the ball, but the hung back like they were just hoping Miami would fall over. Go get the ball carrier -- it's the last play!
|51 weeks 5 days ago||It shouldn't make a difference||
They have a freshman center and a sophomore guard. Only their tackles are returning starters. If Henry & co aren't regularly caving in the middle of the defense, I will be shocked. In terms of skill players, Maxxxx Williams etc are no longer there.
UM's defense should be aiming for another shutout. I know that will be difficult, on the road, during a night game against a potentially fired up team. But UM has a serious experience *and* talent edge on defense against this offense.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Nothing to be sorry for||
I just saw many, many people mention "Wow, I bet Minnesota is going to be fired up for the game now ; It's going to be a trap game ; etc" and wanted to point out a similar situation happened just two years ago and it didn't seem to impact the game. In short, who knows how it will affect the game? The game will be what it was before this -- a game.
I don't need to go to a sports blog to know who wins or loses a particular football game, in the big scheme of things, are not that important.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Happening this fast seems unique||
I don't track recruiting nationwide, so I'm sure I missed something, but I can't recall having someone on campus (who you had previous discussions with earlier in their recruitment, so you know him at least somewhat), giving them an offer, which he then verbally accepts, and then the school pulling it within ten days. All with no reports of anything the player did during that time period (e.g., no arrest report).
I have no idea what happened and who is "at fault", but this is certainly unusual in terms of the speed. It suggests a bureaucratic screwup by Syracuse...but who knows?