Peppers at 10, which seems low.
|5 days 2 hours 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.
|5 days 4 hours 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.
|5 days 7 hours 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?"
|1 week 2 hours 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||Section 1||
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 6 days ago||Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?||
Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Actual footage of Mitch in a pool hall in OKC|
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 6 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.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Is this a story from a movie||
Is this a story from a movie that I'm not aware of?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Calmer than you are.||
Calmer than you are.
I think he's channeling his inner Walter.
|5 weeks 2 days 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)
|6 weeks 6 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.
|6 weeks 6 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.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||Girls, this is Lou.||
Lou, these are girls.
|7 weeks 2 days 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."
|7 weeks 5 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.
|7 weeks 5 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.
|10 weeks 2 days 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.
|12 weeks 4 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).
|12 weeks 4 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"
|12 weeks 6 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!
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Good post. I watched this lecture a couple weeks ago||
For those not much into the reading of words
|13 weeks 2 days 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.
|13 weeks 2 days 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.
|13 weeks 5 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.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I'll allow it||
I think it is just a (slightly mangled) version of "smart cookie", which is a well-known idiom.
|13 weeks 6 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.
|13 weeks 6 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.
|13 weeks 6 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?
|14 weeks 6 hours 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.
|14 weeks 6 hours 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."
|14 weeks 7 hours 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?
|14 weeks 1 day 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.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||My default is usually 'yes' when asked to do things."||
|15 weeks 4 hours 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.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Still waiting for the director's cut||
It will likely never come, but one can always hope.
|15 weeks 2 days 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.
|15 weeks 3 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.
|15 weeks 3 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.
|15 weeks 5 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?
|15 weeks 5 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.
|15 weeks 6 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.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||He has the right color shirt.||
He has the right color shirt.
|15 weeks 6 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.
|16 weeks 4 hours 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.
|16 weeks 6 hours ago||Were those spots||
Were those spots approximately 20-30 seconds long, and never included any time on defense?
|16 weeks 9 hours 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.
|16 weeks 9 hours 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.
|16 weeks 3 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?
|16 weeks 3 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.
|16 weeks 3 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!
|16 weeks 3 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.
|17 weeks 1 hour 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.
|17 weeks 5 hours 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.
|17 weeks 5 hours 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.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||No||
If he starts doing it when we play IU in football, then I'll worry.
|17 weeks 6 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.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||End of Shawshank||
Even though that hug is not in the book.
|17 weeks 6 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.
|18 weeks 3 hours 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.”
|18 weeks 5 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?
|18 weeks 5 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.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Found a video explaining it|
|21 weeks 1 hour 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).
|21 weeks 6 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).
|23 weeks 5 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."
|23 weeks 5 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.
|23 weeks 5 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.
|23 weeks 5 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.
|23 weeks 5 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.
|23 weeks 6 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.
|23 weeks 6 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).
|23 weeks 6 days ago||One big positive||
Better conference record than MSU and OSU!
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Chazz needs at least one, if||
Chazz needs at least one, if not two, more z's to be sufficiently broseph.
|24 weeks 5 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."
|24 weeks 5 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.
|24 weeks 5 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.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I did this drive once||
|26 weeks 6 hours ago||Was Durkin in his room,||
Was Durkin in his room, jamming on a Sony Walkman, when he said this?
|26 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 2 days 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.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Depends||
How's your compete level?
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Why we haz no||
Why we haz no LBs?
Regardless, good luck to Mr. Gant in his future endeavors.
|26 weeks 5 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.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Go to Touch the Banner||
Magnus/Thunder has the breakdown.
But the summary is -- no, he's not a 4-star LT.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||"So, basically, it seems Swenson was aware..."||
...but not fully aware, apparently.
|26 weeks 6 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.
|26 weeks 6 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 2 days 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.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Answer the question!||
Answer the question!
|27 weeks 6 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.
|27 weeks 6 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.
|27 weeks 6 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.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Yep, you're right.||
Tommy Lee Jones won the Oscar in 1994, but it was 1993 movie. Thanks.
|28 weeks 6 hours 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).
|28 weeks 6 hours 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.
|28 weeks 7 hours 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.
|28 weeks 9 hours 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.
|28 weeks 9 hours 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.
|28 weeks 12 hours 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.
|28 weeks 12 hours 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.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Seriously||
That Outback Bowl one looks like one of those cheap knockoffs you see at Meijer that cost $9.99, $15 for 2.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Sweet sixteen.||
|28 weeks 6 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:
|28 weeks 6 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).
|29 weeks 10 hours 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.
|29 weeks 1 day 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).
|30 weeks 18 hours 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.
|30 weeks 18 hours 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.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Why aren't you popular with||
Why aren't you popular with the Chicago Police Department?
|31 weeks 7 hours 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.
|31 weeks 7 hours 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.":
|31 weeks 5 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.
|32 weeks 4 hours 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!"
|32 weeks 6 hours 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.
|32 weeks 1 day 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
|32 weeks 1 day 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.
|32 weeks 6 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.
|33 weeks 5 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.
|33 weeks 5 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.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Thomas is much rougher than you realize...||
...there will be blood.
|33 weeks 6 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.
|33 weeks 6 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).
|33 weeks 6 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?
|33 weeks 6 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"
|34 weeks 10 hours 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.
|34 weeks 1 day 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.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Good call...but I think you mean Robert Patrick||
Jason Patric was the guy in Speed 2, Narc, Rush, Lost Boys, Sleepers, etc.
|34 weeks 1 day 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.
|34 weeks 2 days 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.
|34 weeks 2 days 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.
|34 weeks 2 days 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.
|34 weeks 2 days 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?
|35 weeks 9 hours 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.
|35 weeks 1 day 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.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Welp, this confirms that game went how I thought||
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Test||
|36 weeks 1 hour ago||Blowing the tackle on a punt||
Blowing the tackle on a punt return for a TD doesn't help, either.
|36 weeks 5 hours 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
|36 weeks 19 hours ago||Saw one at EMU today, on||
Saw one at EMU today, on campus. He was not dressed as Darth Vader, unfortunately.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Even "Wang, Dang, Sweet||
Even "Wang, Dang, Sweet Poontang"?
|37 weeks 5 hours 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.
|37 weeks 6 hours 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 3 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.
|37 weeks 5 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.
|38 weeks 1 hour 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.
|38 weeks 3 hours 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.
|38 weeks 4 hours ago||You son of a...||
One of the all-time great sketches.
|38 weeks 2 days 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.
|38 weeks 2 days 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.
|38 weeks 3 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.
|38 weeks 3 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!
|38 weeks 6 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.
|39 weeks 7 hours 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.
|39 weeks 8 hours 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?
|39 weeks 9 hours ago||This seems unfair to Clark||
While the young man seems (to put it mildly) like he has some growing up to do, Syracuse has put him in a bad spot. By publically accepting----ooops, no wait, rejecting---him, and then "not being able to comment due to NCAA rules, they've opened him up to worse rumors than him just being immature and indecisive.
If Syracuse didn't want him, they shouldn't have offered him. They should have done their due diligence beforehand, not after the fact.
|39 weeks 9 hours ago||As reference, we beat them 42-13 (at home) in 2013||
That was the first game Kill missed as coach. Minn won the next four games with Kill in the booth, and then lost their last three games.
So purerly from a football perspective, FWIW, there is no guarantee this will help them. I am sure in 2013 they wanted to win the Brown Jug for Kill and it didn't come close to happening.
Minny will be fired up, but there should be no way they are more fired up than a Jim Harbaugh-coached team coming off a gut-wrenching loss. We just need to play our game, and we should beat them handily.
All that said, it's been a tough week for coaches from the state of Minnesota. I really, really hope this doesn't turn south quickly as it did for Flip Saunders and that Kill can live a long, productive life outside of football.
|39 weeks 22 hours ago||Ah, a young lad from the||
Ah, a young lad from the McDoom's of County Cork, I am sure.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||It was a fantastic play design/call||
As noted by Brian, that play was going to work pretty much no matter what. The screw up was making a 30 yard gain into a (essentially) a one-play TD.
While Hill was watching the fake end around (which is logical, given how much we were focusing on the run), the FB (who, if I recall correctly, had *never* had a ball thrown to him this season) leaks out the back; he's in Hill's blind spot. Hill should have been further back, but that play was going for 20-yards plus.
I hate the end of that game, and get angry if I think of many aspects of the game in total (e.g., Bolden's egregious ejection), but this one is different: it was the only real RPS "dammit!" of the day. They got us on that one.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Millions of people read it||
I'm not going to respond to all of these uninformed comments, but tens of millions of people read the NYT. Every day around the world. They are one of the very, very few media organizations that has made a plausible transition from the solely print world to the multimedia world of today.
Your life will be just fine if you don't read the NYT; it's far from perfect (e.g., employing a few dopey columinsts, like Easterbrook) and there are some other good news organizations out there. But if you're going to comment about it, you should know something about it.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||It wasn't the "NYT" that slams Harbaugh...||
...it was one of their (many, many) columnists, the ever-pompous Gregg Easterbrook. It was just one opinion, amongst many.
The New York Times isn't like mgoblog or edsbs, where if Brian or Spencer said something about Harbaugh you could plausibly say "mgoblog slams..." or "EDSBS slams..."
Perhaps if the NYT reported something, and it was wrong, then you could slam the organization, as reporting is supposed to be factual and thus goes through a layer of editing and proofing from the organization. But opinions by one columinst aren't the same thing, as long as its not libel or 100% wrong (and my opinion is that Easterbrook is mostly wrong -- but again, that's just my opinion).
|39 weeks 2 days ago||For what it is worth...||
...if being a Rhodes Scholar was his goal, it seems going to U of M would have been a good choice: U of M has had 25 Rhodes Scholars; Florida State has had 5.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||That all makes sense||
I'm mentally penciling him in as an LB, until I hear differently.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||That's what I thought||
Again, I've haven't tracked it closely, so I don't know what, if anything was promised him.
But considering our bevy of QBs (even assuming 1 or 2 transfer) and our lack of depth at LB (esp in 2017, as laid out nicely by alum96), it seems he could be real asset there.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||So Viramontes is most likely a QB?||
I haven't followed him closely, except that his name pops up in comments about how versatile he is. Is QB still his most likely position at UM (as I assume it is based on this chart)?
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I guess we just need to execute better||
No improvements in the formation or scheme No being ready and in position if things go wrong. You're OK with 5 Wolverines running down to cover zero Spartans. Why you need 5 people to down a ball, when only 2-3 running free would easily cover it, I don't know.
And what's so shocking about having a 2-3 people shading backwards towards your own endzone --that's allowed right? Teams do try to protect their own endzone, right? That is where the main danger was -- it wasn't downfield, where there wasn't anyone from the opposing team. Can't we agree this was not a regular, do things the usual way situation? It was an all-out punt block with maximum stress/choke-potential for the snaper & punter. More likely than not, the action was going to happen on our side of the 50.
In any case, we saw how it worked out the standard way. Perhaps getting a little creative would be warranted, instead of just crossing our fingers and only relying on Plan A, and having no Plan B.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I agree totally with the positivity with the punter||
Coaching kickers and punters has got to be the toughest, as so much of what they do is mental and confidence-based. So I am sure most, if not all, coaches stay very positive with them.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Nothing to fix?||
- UM had a gunner at the top who was doing nothing. Nothing. That seems like a bad move, in need of fixing.
- Five UM blockers were racing down to the south end zone, towards nobody, rather than seeing if the punt/snap was successful. Why was that? Seeing as there were no MSU players back, this seems like a bad move.
The main danger on this punt for UM--in this unusual situation--was either immediately in front of them (MSU players going for the block) or behind them (more MSU players and the possibility, which was not 0.2%, of a bad snap; catch; or blocked punt). The most probable "oh shit" scenario to lose this game wasn't way down at the south end of the field with zero MSU players.
So while I do *not* think there should be a "safety" behind Blake (everyone should have been blocking), there should have been at least a 3 or 4 of those five UM guys on the line peeling backwards, hard, after their initial block, instead of running down the field to cover non-existent MSU players. Yeah, that's unusual. But this was an unusual situation.
The main issue is, of course, Blake dropped the ball and then didn't fall on it. The punt, as designed, would have worked most of the time. But the coaches should have had the non-punters ready for the disaster scenario -- of which there was more than one possibility and aren't exactly unprecedented.
|40 weeks 1 hour ago||Wow, you are touchy on this||
You even took only part of my quote, which in full was " the reality of the play proved you wrong. There was reason to be nervous, excellent punter or not." Punting is, relatively, higher risk due to its lengthy mechanics with dramatic negatives (if things go wrong): a snap over the head; a block; a fumbled snap are all worse because of how far back *and* how alone the P is. Moreso than a QB fumbling a snap, throwing incompletion or an interception (a sack is clearly bad though). That's true, regardless of the punter.
Again, I personally would have max protect punted it. However, punting made me nervous -- you said, for you, it didn't. Thus, since there was no reason to be nervous, punting was (essentially) easily the right choice and to you, all other options are ridiculous.
I disagree with that. I don't think punting was easily the right choice. I think a short play-action pass, over the middle (i.e., no passes in the flat for a ready-pick six) would have been a reasonable alternative. That's all I am saying.
|40 weeks 3 hours ago||"I was not nervous at all about the punt"||
Wow. You're much calmer than I am, and I'm pretty calm. I literally said to the screen "Game's not over!" when they were discussing UM's upcoming schedule in the 1/2 minute before the punt.
Though, from what you are saying about Rudock, you were much more nervous about him executing a snap and handoff on the previous 3 plays. I wasn't so worried about that (more worried about Smith getting stripped). So maybe we get nervous about different things.
I agree the punting unit was (before this unfortunate event) easily better than Rudock. But you're not just putting the game in Blake's hands -- it's the snapper, the blockers, etc. Plus, Rudock's biggest weakness is making downfield throws (and missing wide-open guys) -- that's not an issue with this between the hashes, play action play. Even an interception (which Rudock has done much better at, since Utah) would not be as bad as punt block/bad snap, b/c there'd be 11 Wolverines who could have a chance to make a tackle.
And in the end, unfortunately, the reality of the play proved you wrong. There was reason to be nervous, excellent punter or not. Thus, other options become reasonable alternatives...at least to me (and Brady Hoke, I guess, though I don't really care what he thinks).
|40 weeks 5 hours ago||I agree about the punter ; I'm talking about others||
I agree with the idea you "stay positive" with the punter. Kind of like telling someone "Whatever you do, don't think of something from your child hood" and then, of course, the Stay-Puff Marshmallow man pops in your head. You want the punter focused on "catch ball, then kick ball...catch ball, then kick ball."
I am saying that it appeared no non-punters on UM were ready for the snap/catch botch situation. There was no one back to receive from State -- if that punt gets in the air, there is no point for more than a couple UM players to go forward to down the punt.
However, since State was bringing the house, if:
...we need at least a couple people who, after finishing their blocks, aren't going down the field, but are going back towards the punter. Heck, that "gunner" at the top of the screen would have been perfect for this.
It's a unique situation. 99.5% of the time, you don't do this. But the disaster in this situation was any of my 1, 2 or 3 happening. And we were not as prepared as we could be for that.
|40 weeks 5 hours ago||You're not reading what I said||
My preference, as stated, was to punt. A max protect, safe as humanly possible, punt (which we didn't do). Blake was having a great day, and if the ball gets in the air, I think 10 seconds go by.
However, I've seen these stats about 0.2% chance of MSU winning. That suggests that in a college game, high stress situation, there is only a 1 in 500 chance of a botched snap, catch *or* a blocked kick (with potentially, the need for a successful FG or TD pass after). I think that's ridiculously low. It has to be much higher than that.
To put it another way, how nervous were you about the punt? Were you thinking there was only a 1 in 500 chance of there being a screwup? I was much, much more nervous about the punt than I was for the three straight QB snaps, then handoff to Smith right before it b/c I think we all know punting is a higher risk activity.
So, if U of M decided to go for it, I think a play-action pass would have been reasonable (a run would have been stuffed, IMHO). I give the pass a 40% chance of success for us, and failing that, the hail mary is, say, 95% for us. That's 97% chance of winning, which I don't think is appreciably different than the chance of a non-screw up punt in that situation. So I think going for it is a reasonable alternative, and I can see why others might have preferred it.
|40 weeks 6 hours ago||I see we're killing the messenger||
...which is completely understandable. Hoke has earned it.
Hoke would not have had the team ready for the first 59 min and 50 seconds, so him commenting on the last 10 seconds is not going to get much of a response.
That said...I think his comments, on their own, are reasonable. If I were head coach, I would have punted, but I would have had on the super max punt protect *and* I would have covered what to do if the snap/catch was botched. Neither of those things happened. While there has been a huge upgrade, overall, in the coaching staff this year, that was a failure on U of M's part.
Though not my preferred course of action, I would have been fine with a play-action pass in that scenario. It has its own risks, but I think slightly less than punting (see end of Texas-Ok State game, for just one example). But I still would have punted, as properly prepared, a decent kick ends the game and botched snap just gives them a long field goal/haily mary.
Oh well. Good times.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Any video of this yet?||
I still haven't seen any. I assume that would help greatly in sorting this out.
Did this event happen in 1983? Was there some sort of mobile phone ban at the game? What gives?
In this day & age, when there is video of everybody & everything, I can't believe there isn't some video of this melee (shot in portrait, with people yelling "Ooooooohhhhh!", etc) on Deadspin, The Big Lead, etc.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Yost is not priced at all sensibly||
This is so true. For the quality of the hockey, they have way overshot the target.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||When is he healthy?||
When is he healthy?
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Nothing on the YouTubes||
...or the Twitters. Which is pretty amazing -- people record themselves brushing their teeth -- they don't get out a phone when a huge brawl is going on?
And I'll know you'll never believe it, but on Twitter, King people are blaming Cody, while Cody people are blaming King.
What a mess.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Again, how did it work out for the player?||
OSU took no risk -- if Dean's knee was fine enough (in their opinion) that he could get back to a 4-star performer, they had control of a very good player; if it wasn't, they could dump him easily in time to get their head count limit. OSU put themseleves in a win-win and Dean in a win-lose. Dean wants to be playing in 2015; he can't b/c of the NCAA and OSU.
UM is "medicaling" Falcon before he is on campus, and while that benefits UM, it also benefits Falcon. If he wants to play in 2016, he has the chance.
Both players are not ending up playing for their first choice, but only one is sitting out a whole year while he wants to play.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||That station is floundering||
Hard to believe, in a town as sports crazy as Detroit, you can't easily assemble a roster of solid on-air talent. But 105.1 has struggled, mightily. Ryan and Rico are terrible lowest common denominator stuff, and Dery only really knows pro basketball.
Oh well -- that's why podcasts, Pandora, etc were invented.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Timing is everything||
In recruiting, and in life.
Jamel Dean has to sit out a year b/c OSU accepted him on campus before saying he couldn't play for them. That is causing him to sit out a year at Auburn, and he wanted to play (e.g., he request an NCAA waiver from the one-year transfer rule, which was rejected).
If Falcon can play, he can play next fall for Toledo, Purdue, whatever. I have my doubts after two different ACL tears and a season-ending MCL sprain, but hopefully things work out for him.
I have no doubt the fact UM and OSU have other players in mind, that are less injury prone, played a factor in their decision. But the timing leaves Falcon with plenty of options for his freshmen year; for Dean, it didn't.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||You absolutely can second guess it||
A bad snap and/or dropped snap, not to mention a blocked kick, in that situation was something we absolutely should have been prepared for; we were not.
We had at least one UM player who literally did nothing on the play -- didn't block, far too removed from the play to make a tackle -- the gunner at the top of the screen. He should have been the "safety" to help clean things up on the chance the punt is dropped/blocked. He may not have been able to line up behind Blake, but he should have been running back to "cover" the snap ; there was no point in covering the punt returner -- that person didn't exist. Additionally, it looks like the UM blockers were focused on getting down the field -- for what purpose?
In that situation, it's up to the coaches to prepare for the most likely bad scenario when there is no one back from the receiving team. It's the coaches job to have the team ready for the "what if" situation.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Well, Jabril can't be behind the punter||
You need to have so many folks on the line of scrimmage.
But the larger point is we needed to adjust to the fact they *clearly* were going for the punt block. We should have everyone (except for perhaps one person who goes down to cover the ball when it bounces, and prevent MSU from getting it) focused on blocking, and only blocking -- not going down to cover the kick. MSU didn't have anyone back, so there was no one to tackle.
Additionally, Jabril/whomever could lined up on the line, but backed up & kept his eye soley on the snap -- essentially playing the role of the victory formation 'safety'.
Getting the kick off, and if that doesn't happen, covering the snap/drop, was job #1. We were only focused on the first part of that, which is bad coaching.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Define "couldn't do shit"||
- Their running game was ineffective
- I don't have the stats (and I'm not looking up a box score) but I'm guessing we had 4 sacks, and a number of other pressures, particularly when it counted in the 2nd half. We were getting pressure/sacks with 3 guys!
- MSU's yards were from a massively blown coverage by Delano Hill (i.e., not on the DL) and some truly pinpoint passing by Cook and/or great catching by Burbridge (and a couple other guys).
Were you expecting 6+ sacks? Letting them run for under 50 yards?
Regardless, the DL is low on my list of issues. That's pretty much occupied by various parts of the offense, penalties (both stupid and undeserved) and (now) the punting game/special teams coaching.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Coaches treat kickers/punters different||
I know it makes 100% sense, now, to say "why didn't you drill into his head, multiple times on the sideline, that if you drop the snap, just fall on it" but I'll be interested to learn if Baxter actually did that.
My guess (and it's only a guess) is he didn't b/c of the reason I said -- he doesn't want to plant failure in his mind. Coaches handle kickers (and I assume punters) psychology in a weird way.
Regardless, I still think the biggest failure of coaching was our formation. We should have done whatever is the punt formation equivalent of the victory formation - maximum blocking, with a fail-safe player in case something gets botched.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Then that's a coaching fail||
If no one for State was back, it should have been punting 101 to cover with the gunners "Ok, if there is no one back to return the punt, you back up as far as legally possible and as close to the punter, and block/get ready to tackle someone if there's a bad snap or catch"
A bad snap/catch is not remotely unprecedented -- hell, Oregon State almost gave us the a TD on a bad snap just a few weeks ago! And at the end of the Texas game a few weeks ago, almost the same thing happened as what happened to Blake.
I'm going to expect a War & Peace length analysis of why UM was lined up the way they were.
We seem to have made great strides in normal punting situtations, this was not normal. In the circumstance where a team is going all-out to block, I can NOT believe that was the best, safest formation.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||It wasn't the snap||
I watched the play (well, not the end of it -- just the actual formation, snap, fumble and "kick") multiple times on my DVR, as I couldn't believe what I saw. Even in slo-mo.
The snap was fine. Not perfect, but fine. It just bounced right of both Blake's hands. He then had a chance to fall on it (MSU was not on him at the point) but he tried to kick it. While trying to do so, he was tackled, and flung the ball to the guy who eventually scored the TD.
I even watched the 3-4 UM "middle" blockers to see what they were doing, but except for Butt, they all couldn't see that the snap was botched.
The biggest problem I have (well, beside the snap being dropped, of course) is that we had a gunner at the left (top) of the screen who literally jogged a couple of steps and then just stood there. If MSU had no one back to receive (which I've heard is true, but can't confirm), what was the point of him being up there? He should have been either a) blocking or b) doing the job of Peppers in the victory formation -- playing behind the snap in case something awful happens.
I really need to hear a good explanation from the special teams coach. UM should have been in whatever the punt equivalent of "max protect" is, and unless I'm missing something, they were not. Seems like a tremendous coach fail.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||You have to ask - *why* are you so involved?||
It's good you're asking those questions. Are you in it just for the potential winning (e.g., if UM football is a winner, than I am a winner)? Because you went to school at UM and/or attended games growing up, so it makes you feel young? For the camaraderie and atmosphere? So you don't have to focus on some other aspect of your life? Because you enjoy watching the game itself (e.g., to see great plays or interesting football)? Something else?
For me, it's a bit of everything. But in the last 5-10 years, not coincidentally since I've had kids, I've forced myself to get over much of it, except for the camaraderie and the enjoyment of the game play itself. There are literally more important things. I''ll never be completely successful, but I'm making progress.
I suggest you do it in stages. For example, ignore recruiting, for the most part (e.g., pay attention to no more than 3 players, and then signing day -- ignore the rest. Sorry Ace).
Generally speaking, I like it when U of M is good in football or basketball, b/c that gives me more opportunties to hang out with my friends (e.g., viewing parties for the Final Four), which is harder to find time to do as you get older.
But if you're a fan, it will always hurt, esp (literally) unbelievable losses like this. But if it ruins your week (or more), then you need to really evaluate your approach to fandom: is it making your life better, or worse -- in all aspects? Do some thinking, and figure out what works, for you.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, my viewing/drinking plans for tonight have changed||
I was planning on watching a game or three tonight, but I doubt I'll even watch any sports for a good week or so, let alone watch ESPN, talk radio, etc. Gotta get away from the stupidity that I am sure that is out there.
Instead, I am drinking a Vernors while watching a PBS documentary on the Ku Klux Klan. Now *those* people have problems.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||He panicked, obviously||
We'll see what he says, but whether he "knows" or not, I am sure he was focused on "catch ball, kick ball quickly" and when he screwed up the "catch ball" part (perhaps b/c he went to the "kick ball" part to early), he panicked and tried to kick it to salvage the play. I'm sure his mind was going a million miles an hour.
I am guessing the coaches didn't even cover "Ok, if you drop the ball, just fall on it..." b/c they don't even want him thinking about that. They want him focused on success. Again, we'll see what they say.
I'd love for college football players to be rational, but they're not -- they make stupid mistakes all the time, particularly ones without a lot of game experience.
Hell, we just watched this week Elvis Andrus botch *two* easy grounders in a deciding game, and he's a professional. It happens. I wish to the heavens it didn't happen, but it did.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Who's this "we"?||
I don't back this spray painting stuff, but who is doing it? Is it a UM frat? Band members? Just some local folks deciding to stir up stuff? We don't even know if this was anyone affiliated with UM, or even a UM fan.
Harbaugh *and* Dantonio should issue a joint statement that they love passion, but people should cut this stuff out (as both schools have had things painted, multiple times). It's not a big deal, as it involves 0.00000001% of the fan base, but it's annoying.
|41 weeks 6 hours ago||It's a bit challenging, but you can manage||
As the father of an 8-year old, I can tell you that you have to adjust your expectations (a bit) and make conscious choices. For example, soccer is one of the most time-intensive and parent-obsessed sports -- there are travel teams almost as soon as they can walk. Unless your kid *really* likes soccer, just avoid them. There are rec leagues, and if those don't work for you, plenty of other sports. Parents sometimes sign their kids up for travel leagues b/c the parents want it ("hey, my kid is on a "club team" ; little Johnny is awesome! Therfore, I am awesome") but I've easily gotten past that; I'm sure you can too.
Flag football is one that has become much more popular in the last 5 years. The league is, overall, well-run with the SE Michigan director explicitly telling coaches during the rec-league coaches meeting that if its important to them that their team win, they should either sign their team up for the competitive division or resign. That doesn't totally nip things in the bud, but I've been through about 8 seasons and found that coaches and parents essentially respect that.
If you have a bad experience with a coach (e.g., he's not playing your kid b/c he wants to win), just inform the league -- trust me, they'll talk to that coach. It might stink for that season, but chances are, it will be better the next time.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Canton HS runs it now||
I went to their District Final game against Livonia Churchill last year. They literally just ran them over -- they had over 600 yards rushing.
It wasn't like they had D1 offensive lineman just mowing people over -- they just knew their offense to a T (pun) and Livonia didn't know who was doing what. There were a ton of fakes.
It was a bit montonous at times (6 yards; then 8 yards; then 2 yards; then 15 yards; then 6 yards...) but it was mighty impressive.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||College ebbs and flows||
...unless you're Saban or Meyer (and hopefully Harbaugh).
TCU has been a top 5 team these past two years. Does anyone remember they went 7-6 in 2012 and 4-8 in 2013? Did Gary Patterson suck then and not suck now? There are other examples.
Arizona won their division last year in a very tough conference; they went to the Fiesta Bowl. They beat a Top 5 Oregon team for the second year in a row, and also beat their archrival, ASU. This year, they've pooped the bed for two games in a row. Who knows how they will do when they get their starting QB and player of the year candidate LB back? Or maybe they'll still stink and go 6-6? I have no idea, but there is nothing defnitive after a couple of games, let alone one or two seasons (see Hoke, Brady -- first year as Michigan coach).
I'm just enjoying the fact we're winning games and people actually think UM has a chance at a national title(!) in year one of a coaching transitition. I hope that doesn't look stupid in two weeks.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||We really don't disagree - but you can get hurt||
I certainly respect Drake. My point is that on the play in question, he was *already* going out of bounds. He was not trying to stay in bounds -- the play was effectively over, by his own actions.
But I do disagree "shying away from contact is a good way to get hurt" -- RBs are no different than QBs, in that the more hard hits they take, they more likely they are to get hurt.
So if Drake is in the open field and running over some defender is a good way to get an extra yard or three, go for it; it's good way to make sure you're running hard and also benefitting the team. But, OTOH, if you decide to go out of bounds, go out of bounds.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||I agree, but it's true||
I have no ill-will towards Bellomy, but he just looked completely out of place on a D1 football field. It's not like he was 1-star recruit -- in theory, he should have been somewhat competent. It was a bit shocking how he performed (or didn't).
I hope he has success elsewhere in life, but his football skills were....less than optimal.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Not sure how much Johnson needs to feed shoulder pads||
I'm all for tough running, esp from RBs, but at least once against MD Johnson "fed" a shoulder pad into a defender when Drake was already going out of bounds. I thought, from the way he got up, he might have separated something of even given himself a concussion.
If you're Earl Campbell or Adrian Peterson, OK. But if you're a kid who has already missed significant time for injury, twice, perhaps only lay the wood when you have a chance to get more yards after the contact. I'm not saying avoid contact, but just be smart about it.