to play football, not to play trumpet
|3 days 17 hours ago||Chazz needs at least one, if||
Chazz needs at least one, if not two, more z's to be sufficiently broseph.
|3 days 17 hours 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."
|3 days 17 hours 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.
|3 days 17 hours 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.
|4 days 19 hours ago||I did this drive once||
|1 week 5 days ago||Was Durkin in his room,||
Was Durkin in his room, jamming on a Sony Walkman, when he said this?
|1 week 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 17 hours 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.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Depends||
How's your compete level?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Why we haz no||
Why we haz no LBs?
Regardless, good luck to Mr. Gant in his future endeavors.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Go to Touch the Banner||
Magnus/Thunder has the breakdown.
But the summary is -- no, he's not a 4-star LT.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"So, basically, it seems Swenson was aware..."||
...but not fully aware, apparently.
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 4 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.
|2 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 15 hours 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.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Answer the question!||
Answer the question!
|3 weeks 4 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.
|3 weeks 4 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.
|3 weeks 4 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.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yep, you're right.||
Tommy Lee Jones won the Oscar in 1994, but it was 1993 movie. Thanks.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's one of the greatest movies of all-time||
It's got action, humor, a plot that has (non-ridiculous) twists, great acting (esp Tommy Lee Jones, but everyone was very good to great). And of course, numerous quotable lines.
Plus, it has regularly been shown on cable TV, on multiple channels, over the last 20 years.
I would guess for men between the ages of 34-54, it's a pretty common choice for one of their favorite movies (not saying those younger/older couldn't appreciate it's greatness -- just it came out in 1994).
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Always loved that line||
I say it (way) too frequently for such a throw-away line, like when I'm looking for someone at a crowded party, but I don't care...always make me chuckle.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||But this is a different era||
In 1992, you didn't have StubHub apps or TicketCity websites. The re-sale market is much different.
I'm talking about seats that have (very likely) been sold, but thouands of people are not using them. It's 2016. U of M needs to use technology and marketing to work with their season ticket holders to get those seats in use.
I would have gone to a couple games this year, but I'm not paying $75 for two so-so tickets to see a game against Bryant. But I would pay about half that -- but there is litte inventory publically available, even though there are thousands of unused seats.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting, but not really||
That's interesting, and I checked Baron's stats to be sure -- Baron was a good rebounder (for a short guard) but was also a top asst guy and obviously a huge scorer. So that's not really it. Perhaps Walton is unique.
Random note: while Googling him, apparently Baron Davis just signed a D-League contract. Have no idea what that's all about.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||But it's not just one game||
I can understand the weather and time for tonight...but not in a big way. This was against the #3 team in the nation, not against Penn State. I would hope more people would have been able to figure it out. I think you are right about the possible loss -- our fan base seems pretty down after last year and the shaky start this year.
But aside from last night, there are many other games, mostly in the non-conference, where there are literally thousands of empty seats. I understand not wanting to bother listing your tickets on StubHub for just one game, but this is multiple. I have no idea about the upper bowl; I'm going based on what I see on TV, and the upper bowl isn't typically shown.
And I don't think you want to penalize people who resell their tickets; I think you want to penalize those who don't use their tickets. UM needs butts in the seats -- a larger crowd is a better atmosphere, and plus more money spent on parking, snacks, etc. UM needs to work with their season ticket holders to figure this out and make sure those tickets get used.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Where did you get seats for $10?||
I've always been perplexed by the lack of StubHub / TicketCity seats for U of M basketball games. Except for the top two rows of the arena, there usually isn't a good selection and I have no idea why. For example, the mid/late December games probably only had 5-6,000 actual people there, but if you go to StubHub, there aren't a ton of seats on there (e.g., only a couple hundred).
Do people sell them elsewhere (e.g., the couple times I tried in-person scalpers, they were overpriced, but maybe I've hit up the wrong guys)? Are there rules preventing resale? What gives?
I don't have this problem for UM football. I know there are literally 9x as many seats in that stadium, but still, when a UM baseball game has thousands of empty seats, you'd figure people would want to sell their tickets instead of eating them.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Who is an NBA/college comparable for him?||
I can't figure him out. He's right now, as 6 foot 1 guard, averaging 5.5 reb and 3.7 assts. That's crazy, esp in our offense where you'd figure the PG would get 5 assts a game easily passing to people on cuts to the basket and for 3s.
I never thought he'd be much of a scorer, and he isn't, but I thought he would develop into a very good distributor, and he really isnt', with low assts and 2 TOs a game. But as a defensive rebounder, he's like a mini-Andre Drummond out there. It's amazing.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Seriously||
That Outback Bowl one looks like one of those cheap knockoffs you see at Meijer that cost $9.99, $15 for 2.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Sweet sixteen.||
|4 weeks 4 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:
|4 weeks 4 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).
|4 weeks 5 days ago||It doesn't appear to, but there are still pressures||
First, full-credit to UW-Madison accountants -- I have a finance background and their summaries indicate, but don't make clear, if they get state funding or not. It appears that they do not (though this USA Today summary indicates the opposite, so I'm not 100% sure)
At the direction of Gov Scott Walker, UW-Madison, as a whole, has undergone budget cuts that are much greater than many systems in the nation (e.g,. more than UM, MSU or OSU). As such, every department -- from academic to athletic --- has had to update their budget to either cut or "contribute" more to the University to meet the overall cuts.
For example, their LS&A equivalent had to suffer a $7.4 mil/year cut; Publich health a $3.3 mil/year cut; and "The UW Athletic Department will pitch in $7 million over two years to help the UW-Madison campus absorb its share of state funding cuts." It appears UW Athletics was not generating excess funds (unlike say, OSU, which kicks off cash on the regular), so this is a meaningful deal; they don't just have a few million lying around.
So while it seems like some real ineptitude going on at UW, their academic department also has budget pressures that the B1G big boys (OSU; MSU; UM) do not.
|4 weeks 6 days 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).
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Saw that tour at the Toledo Speedway in 91||
Skid Row was excellent. Guns N' Roses was GNR -- incredibly late (I think they went on at 10:30pm -- maybe later? It was well over an hour in between bands) but they played a good show.
Unless this reunion gets great reviews, I'll think I'll sit this one out, if they come to Detroit. Tickets are going to be a fortune, and no Izzy is a let down.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Wrong tour. That was 2004.||
It was also the last tour with Sammy. I saw it at the Palace, and they were good (though not great) but apparently at later dates Eddie was a mess. He then went into rehab, got cancer, went into remission, etc.
The recent VH tours, with Dave, have been unbelieavably good musically, esp the one earlier this year at DTE -- the set lists are awesome, Eddie has been playing great, his son has become a true wizard at the bass, (and while no Michael Anthony on vocals, he's good) and I've always liked Alex's playing (even though he increasing looks like a zombie). Dave is hit or miss with the vocals -- good in 2007, so-so (to be charitable) in 2011, and pretty good in 2015. I paid $85 for a pavillion seat in 2015 and considered it money well-spent.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Why aren't you popular with||
Why aren't you popular with the Chicago Police Department?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||There is more market value in non-NFL types than you think||
College football needs at least 50 players for a competitive squad (and that's probably low, but we'll go with it; it's similar to the NFL). You need starters, reasonable backups for injuries and resting, special teamers, and a few developmental players. You need to be able to practice in full.
Thus, Alabama needs all 50 guys (not just the 7 NFL guys) in order to generate the $100 million in revenue their annual championship contending team requires. All 50+ guys have value.
So, beyond those 7 guys, there will be a market for the other 43(if we truly opened it up to copmetition). Alabama (unless they have Tom Brady, I suppose) can't just say "We'll keep the sure-fire NFL guys and for the remainder, we'll take anyone else off the street."
Alabama would compete for those non-NFL types with OSU, UM, Texas, etc and drive up those players' value. You could pay each of those 43 players, $200k/year, and still only be at $8.6 million. You think Alabama wouldn't spend that to keep achieving 11+ win seasons? They'd probably easily spend double or triple that, if unconstrained.
I could go on, but hopefully you see my point. A player's value is not just what he could earn in other "business" (e.g., NFL; CFL) but also his worth to the business he's in (e.g., the football factory team, a la Alabama).
Edit: I'll put it another way -- Jake Rudock has basically zero NFL value. How valuable was he to UM this year? I'd be happy to represent him in arbitration and argue that he was was worth well over $250,000, and probably a lot more.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||It will be interesting to see how this stuff is maintained...||
...once the collapse in TV/media contracts comes.
While PSLs and suites are costly, and donors (hello, Mr. Ross) do step up to help build these palaces, most of this money is coming from ESPN, CBS, NBC, etc. And they are running out of suckers to extract their monthly fee.
It's been discussed numerous times on the board, including by Brian, so I won't get into it again, but in 10-15 years, when the flow from the money spigot has been reduced, I wonder if we'll start to get stories of half-finished complexes and buildings left with little maintenance, a la the housing market when it collapsed.
If you'd like yet another news story showing this is coming, see yesterday's NYT. Money quote "“Investors must remember that at its core, Disney is a cable network company that has the highest level of fixed costs (sports rights) in the industry,” he wrote. “ESPN now appears poised to become Disney’s most troubled business as consumer behavior shifts rapidly.":
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||This is why it's tough to get *too* excited about recruiting||
I'm glad we got Bush, as he is a) looks like a very good player and b) is slotted to a huge position of need, but I'm sure Texas A&M folks were even more excited about this guy.
Last year: "Whoo-hoo! We got the top-rated high school dual QB in the whole country and one of the best players of any type in all fo Texas!"
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Related: 247Sports now acquired by CBS||
They'd been "partners" for the past couple of years, but CBS just bought them in total. So that makes:
- Rivals = Yahoo
Hopefully they'll stay independent in their rankings, but I wonder if (for example) 247/CBS will eventually get charges of "bias" towards the SEC (which CBS has a major partnership with).
I'm not worried about it, as it's just recruiting rankings -- just a point of info.
|7 weeks 6 days 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
|7 weeks 6 days 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.
|8 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Thomas is much rougher than you realize...||
...there will be blood.
|9 weeks 4 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.
|9 weeks 4 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).
|9 weeks 4 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?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||What? It had more than a few moments.||
Not saying it was nearly as good as I or II, but to you I say, "Zasa"
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Worse, EMU runs a huge deficit||
EMU charges $30/credit hour in "General fees" which includes "facilities, athletics, health center, computer labs, performing arts." Not sure how much of that goes to athletics, but I don't think it's a lot.
Much more important is the $10 million per year deficit the athletics program runs. That comes directly out of the larger budget, leaving less money for anything academic. It's a downright scandal.
If EMU can't, within the next 2-3 years, figure out a way to get that deficit way down, they should drop their football program down to FCS. I know that would cause issues with the MAC, but I don't care. EMU shouldn't be shoveling $100 million a decade at an athletics program when the school has so many other important needs. No one goes there b/c of football (which is the primary driver of the deficit), so stop spending so much money on it.
|9 weeks 6 days 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.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Good call...but I think you mean Robert Patrick||
Jason Patric was the guy in Speed 2, Narc, Rush, Lost Boys, Sleepers, etc.
|9 weeks 6 days 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.
|10 weeks 13 hours 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.
|10 weeks 15 hours 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.
|10 weeks 15 hours 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.
|10 weeks 15 hours 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?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||No - but he had a very likely late hit, later||
- For this particular play, I get a bit worried about people saying a defender has "plenty of time" to do something; things happen fast out there. Taco hits Hackenberg backwards at essentially the same time as Henry drives forward to make the tackle. If Hackenberg stays upright (which he was until the very last split second), Henry hits Hackenberg in the mid-section/upper thigh.
- However, on Penn State's last drive, Henry should have been called for a personal foul / late hit when he took a couple steps and then lifted Hackenberg up and drove him into the ground. Again, I have sympathy for the defender who is trying to make a play, but the QB definitely didn't have the ball, Henry came clear (e.g., wasn't being blocked) and he should have laid off.
Regardless, Henry needs to be more careful. His personal foul against MSU was legit (in my opinion) ; he could have had another one against Indiana (when he jumped, late, on the QB after a fumble) ; and he definitely could have had one against Penn State.
He's a big dude -- if he gets on someone late, they are going to notice.
|10 weeks 6 days 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.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Welp, this confirms that game went how I thought||
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Test||
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Blowing the tackle on a punt||
Blowing the tackle on a punt return for a TD doesn't help, either.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Correct-a-mundo||
"During his sophomore year, Perry had wanted to transfer from Michigan after coach Lloyd Carr accused him of being selfish. Perry's mom wouldn't let him leave."
We can only hope Ty Isaac turns into something approaching Chris Perry, esp his senior year. That would be nice
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Saw one at EMU today, on||
Saw one at EMU today, on campus. He was not dressed as Darth Vader, unfortunately.
|12 weeks 6 hours ago||Even "Wang, Dang, Sweet||
Even "Wang, Dang, Sweet Poontang"?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Hmmm...you're right on those two games||
Granted it was Indiana and a Bobby Williams-era MSU, but they still were shut outs.
I just remember, off the top of my head for that team, the near-loss to Illinois (where Henson and timely bad call from the refs bailed us out), the loss to Purdue, and the wins over OSU and Auburn. All of those were high scoring games.
Plus, the NU game was *so* bad. I just remember Larry Foote running around, trying to pump everyone up, and that defense not being able to stop a darn thing.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Well, he's the best we've had at least since Grbac||
Not only were his stats impressive, but as noted, he just looked the part. He threw tight spirals, had a good arm, could run with speed if he had to, and was accurate.
He also took part in the craziest game (in terms of offense) I've ever seen UM play against a good opponent -- the 51-54 loss to Northwestern (which I was at --- just go down Anthony Thomas! You already have the 1st down! Ugh...fumble. Flashback.) Yeah, the defense wasn't very good that year.
I'm glad for this video. Thanks for putting it together. He led us to victories over OSU and a bowl win, so while I'm disappointed he didn't come back for his senior year, he definitely made a big contribution to UM.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||This is a crazy story||
I've followed the move to Flint, as I went and saw the (formerly) Plymouth Whalers a few times. All the stories were about how they were fixing up the arena, hoping it would be a small, but meaningful, catalyst in helping turn around Flint.
This story will have all sorts of local politicians and local mucky-mucks commenting. Should get real interesting.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Those are some embarrassing tweets||
I can understand being upset...but "excepting all resumes"? "All you girls"? "Deliberately cheating"?
Maybe I missed it -- did Braylon Edwards or Anthony Carter go on a stupid twitter rant like this after the MSU game? I hope not.
|13 weeks 3 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.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||That's b/c there wasn't any||
I upvoted you, as your point seems logical, but then I decided to do some checking myself. The Googles show five or six Duke blogs/school newspapers/ESPN sites. Absolutely none of them had any internet commenter spleen. In fact, on the ESPN site, there were 20 comments, and almost all of them were from Miami fans complaining about the 23 penalty calls.
So Duke wasn't there b/c Duke football fans apparently do not exist -- at least not on the Internet.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||You know who's more important than on-site sponsors?||
TV and the schools (all of them).
1) These are essentially made for TV events. This is not like the bowls, started in southern locales to get people to travel by horse and by train to visit Pasadena, New Orleans and Miami.
Look at bowl attendance now -- with certain exceptions, even the big bowls have tens of thousands of empty seats. And many people from the Midwest can't be bothered to travel all the way to Orlando, Phoenix etc to see a game unless it is for a top-tier bowl.
So ABC does not care where it is -- they will pony up the same amount, just the same. And they are the ones literally paying for this.
2) Beyond all of that, the schools in the north should give a rip about this. Their fans are the ones who are required to shell out for airplane tickets (instead of short car rides), take longer away from work, and are put at a disadvantage. And now they have to potentially do it twice in 15 days.
If having a game in Minny or Detroit makes it so all these conference commisioners have to dive into a 95-foot vat of ABC cash, instead of one that is 96-foot, b/c a few less sponsors want to host off-site events, I think they can spare the money.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||You son of a...||
One of the all-time great sketches.
|14 weeks 18 hours 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.
|14 weeks 18 hours 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.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||And I was worried about our LBs in two years||
That was depressing, seing seniors getting played on play-action and missing straight-forward tackles on 3rd down.
Hopefully they all can bounce back next week.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't see anything but this||
Didn't see anything but this last play, but Miami had a program-record 23 penalties for 194 yards in that game. Who knows how many of those were good calls, but based on college football refs, I'm going to guess they blew at least a couple of them. So I'm not going to get to worked up over a block in the back (or not) on this last play -- Duke had a good 10-15 seconds to attach the ball, but the hung back like they were just hoping Miami would fall over. Go get the ball carrier -- it's the last play!
|14 weeks 4 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.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Nothing to be sorry for||
I just saw many, many people mention "Wow, I bet Minnesota is going to be fired up for the game now ; It's going to be a trap game ; etc" and wanted to point out a similar situation happened just two years ago and it didn't seem to impact the game. In short, who knows how it will affect the game? The game will be what it was before this -- a game.
I don't need to go to a sports blog to know who wins or loses a particular football game, in the big scheme of things, are not that important.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Happening this fast seems unique||
I don't track recruiting nationwide, so I'm sure I missed something, but I can't recall having someone on campus (who you had previous discussions with earlier in their recruitment, so you know him at least somewhat), giving them an offer, which he then verbally accepts, and then the school pulling it within ten days. All with no reports of anything the player did during that time period (e.g., no arrest report).
I have no idea what happened and who is "at fault", but this is certainly unusual in terms of the speed. It suggests a bureaucratic screwup by Syracuse...but who knows?
|14 weeks 5 days 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.
|14 weeks 5 days 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.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Ah, a young lad from the||
Ah, a young lad from the McDoom's of County Cork, I am sure.
|14 weeks 6 days 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.
|14 weeks 6 days 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.
|14 weeks 6 days 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).
|15 weeks 14 hours 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.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||That all makes sense||
I'm mentally penciling him in as an LB, until I hear differently.
|15 weeks 3 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.
|15 weeks 3 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)?
|15 weeks 4 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.
|15 weeks 4 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.
|15 weeks 4 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.
|15 weeks 5 days 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.
|15 weeks 5 days 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).
|15 weeks 5 days 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.
|15 weeks 5 days 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.
|15 weeks 5 days 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.
|15 weeks 6 days 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.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Yost is not priced at all sensibly||
This is so true. For the quality of the hockey, they have way overshot the target.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||When is he healthy?||
When is he healthy?
|16 weeks 9 hours 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.
|16 weeks 17 hours 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.
|16 weeks 18 hours 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.
|16 weeks 18 hours 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.
|16 weeks 1 day 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.
|16 weeks 1 day 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.
|16 weeks 2 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.
|16 weeks 2 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.
|16 weeks 2 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.
|16 weeks 2 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.
|16 weeks 2 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.
|16 weeks 2 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.
|16 weeks 2 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.
|16 weeks 3 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.
|16 weeks 5 days 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.
|17 weeks 4 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.
|17 weeks 6 days 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.
|17 weeks 6 days 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.
|17 weeks 6 days 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.
|18 weeks 14 hours 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.
|18 weeks 14 hours ago||We need a "satisfied" t-shirt in the MGoStore||
Not sure of the design. Perhaps Harbaugh's face, with the death stare, with the words, "Satisfied" is not a word I associate with football" or maybe "Never satisfied"?
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Jim Delany thanks you.||
Jim Delany thanks you.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Hell no -- that field will be a mess||
Heinz Field has one of the worst fields, if not the worst, in the NFL. If they play a game on Thursday, our game two days later will be on a joke of a field.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Nope. No domes nearby to Maryland||
- There are only 8 in the NFL (4 fixed and 4 retractable) -- Detroit, New Orleans, Atlanta and St Louis, along with Dallas, Houston, Indy and Arizona. So none on the east coast, or near it.
- In college, you've got the Carrier Dome and the Alamodome (which hosts a bowl).
So unless they want to go to say, Syracuse (who is coincidentally off this week), a dome's not an option. And I have no idea why'd they'd go to Syracuse, where they'd play in front of less than 10,000 fans, and it's not close to either team (which I guess is fair, but I'm sure a huge pain in the butt).
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I need a pic of how low he was to the ground||
You couldn't really see him, but it appears he had his hand down and was close to the ground, which made him difficult to see (for us and for BYU). I'm wondering if anyone got a still photo of it, b/c I don't think the video does it justice -- it looked like he literally disappeared for 2 seconds, which is hard to do when you are 200+ lbs.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I just started one in my office||
Will that help?
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Some of those fields are atrocious||
I like the tribute, as Messner was a beast, but some of those artificial fields are frightening.
The Minn. field towards the end -- if my stone deck was glazed that well and looked that rock solid, I'd be a happy homeowner. The amount of rug burns and bruises (not to mention more serious injuries) that they all must have had could not have been fun.
EDIT: to be clear, that was a U of M home game against Minnesota. Our artificial turf in the 80s was very artificial.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||One of the greatest movies of all-time||
Though I have far fonder feelings for the late, great Leslie Neilsen than I do for Jim Delany.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Short term thinking - a commissioner should have some foresight||
In 5 years (give or take a couple), BTN, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, etc aren't going to be able to rely on non-sports cable subscribers to provide the vast majority of the money for the large checks these networks send the conferences. There is a reason ESPN has been cutting costs furiously -- people are cutting the cord.
In the very near future, these networks are going to have to primarily sink or swim, a la HBO or Showtime, on their own. And Rutgers is no Game of Thrones (it's not even Veep) in terms of appeal to subscribers.
So using Rutgers to "get on" Time Warner Cable in NYC is not going be a thing very soon. BTN will have to have appealing programming that people will want to pay $3/month extra. And leaving aside their joke of an athletic departement, I can't see Rutgers and their unispiring football program and abysmal basketball program being that appealing -- in NYC or elsewhere.
It is, and was, a dumb move. Winter is coming.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Was it on purpose?||
I have to imagine it was. Cameron Crowe, who literally went on tour with band's like Zeppelin, wrote the script so he would have known those albums cold.
Perhaps they couldn't get the rights to Black Dog or something? Or maybe they wanted to show what a screw up Ratner was? I have to imagine it was intentional.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Just go with Black Sabbath (song) to really set the mood||
You have the rain, the doomy bells and then the devil's triad guitar (along with the bass and drum) come crashing in --- that would get everyone gloomy in a hurry. It would be perfect for the next M00N game.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||No idea why it's not a thing||
Yeah, I've attended a lot of sporting events, but not sure I've ever heard this song. I have no idea why -- the album/song/band were huge at the time, it doesn't have offensive lyrics, and the song is perfect for a stadium.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Some songs just work; and some listed aren't dad rock||
Lose Yourself, Seven Nation Army, Let's Get It Started are not 'dad rawk' -- they came out in the early 2000s, so today's college students would have been aware of them when they were new as little kids. I guarantee most the undergrad girls danced to "Let's Get it Started" in a dance class or cheer competition while they were growing up. They'll associate those songs with their youth, not with their dads.
Much of the rest of the list *is* dad rock, and like you, I'm sick to death of much of it. That said, some of those songs just work. The intro to Hells Bells, Welcome to the Jungle, Enter Sandman, We Will Rock You are finely crafted by artists to explode in a stadium format -- and thus, they work at a football game.
Beyond "Enter Sandman", you also forgot "Crazy Train", "Fuel", "Right Now", "Living on a Prayer" and "Slow Ride".
The grunge/alternative-era largely gets skipped, mostly b/c of its use of minor keys/dissonant tones and depressing and/or personal lyrics, I suppose. But "Smells Like Teen Spirit" gets some play. I'd be up for some "Cherub Rock", "Animal" or "Thunder Kiss '65" and think they would translate.
..and We Built This City should never be played unironically. I don't know if I've ever heard it a stadium. Because it is god awful.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||It costs $49k a year to go to BC!||
...and that's before room & board? I know college is expensive (and that there are numerous colleges more expensive than BC) but it never ceases to amaze me when I set it in print or on the screen.
And you out-of-state folks who attend U of M (which isn't much cheaper than BC): thank you, and (very likely) your well-off parents for subsidizing the Michiganders.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Are pro football writers higher than Jim Irsay?||
Do they really think Harbaugh, after having such a bad ending experience with the bumbling son of a former owner, would almost immediately go work for another bumbling (and drug-addled) son of a former owner?
Jim Irsay does (did?) have the smarts to generally hire really good football men (e.g., Polian; Dungy) and the good fortune to fall into Manning and Luck, but with their current GM apparently about to win a power play on Pagano, the only way I see Jim leaving U of M is if Irsay says, "Here Jim -- you can be coach; pick the GM; have $8 mil/year; and I will give you controlling ownership interest in the Colts and I'll step to the back."
Since that has a 0% chance of happening, it's pathetic it's being discussed. I know PFT, etc need page-clicks, but please.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Inigo, he's actually correct||
If/when Rudock next completes a long throw to a wide-open guy, some people might sarcastically cheer him, as if to say "Finally!"
That's a common definition of a Bronx cheer.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||GMI is now Kettering University||
Changed awhile ago -- 15 years or so, in order to make it less General Motors focused.
Lawrence Tech is still Lawrence Tech.
Both are not party schools.
|21 weeks 19 hours ago||I'm a no to changing to "Harbaugh Meltdown epic"||
One of the things I've noticed about Harbaugh, is while he will go off on a ref (or an opposing team's coach), he doesn't seem to do that to his players when they make football mistakes (e.g., throw an interception). I find that a good thing. He coaches 'em up.
So I wouldn't want a pic of him yelling/throwing a clipboard to be the image associated with the UM player who goofed up royally.
If it needs to be a Harbaugh image, perhaps one of his vacant death stares (usually in response to a goofy question).
Just my two cents.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Not on Wow||
It's a (tiny) thing I miss about Comcast.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Shockingly, this person wasn't informed||
...and I'm not even talking the obviously ludicrous idea that Mr. Squeaky Clean John Beilein would employ a bagman; this guy was referring to the "fact" that Simpson committed to UM a) having ever visited (false) and b) was not even considering us until a couple days ago (again, also false as his dad contacted Bacari over a month ago, and the family has been in touch ever since).
So I would hope if UM lost a player to someone in similar circumstances, we wouldn't make those claims.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know about terribly slow...||
...but he certainly didn't look fast. Perhaps he's on of those guys who glides and you can only tell he's going fast in the open field when someone is chasing him.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||You know it's gone bad when you see this headline||
|24 weeks 4 days ago||It's a complicated subject||
I generally agree that adult prostitution should be legal, but it's a tough call. If you're interested, there was a recent public radio show on it,
I recommend you listen to the whole 47 minutes, and I generally came away from it thinking legalization would be worth exploring on a legal basis.
But if you're pressed for time, just listen to the last 5 minutes. There are two callers -- one who sounds a bit unhinged (which worried me about the type of "johns" these legal sex workers attract, which I hadn't given much thought), and another who makes similar points in a much more rational and thoughtful way --- it gave me pause.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||If true, I don't think QB choice is difficult||
There was the tweet, " Morris has a great arm. Rudock doesn't make many mistakes. Tough call."
I'm interpreting this quote a bit, but if this means Morris is more likely to turn the ball over, then I don't think it is a tough call - you definitely go with Rudock. The defense should be very good, and perhaps great, this year. When you have that, you don't want to blow a 17-13 game in the 4th Quarter with a pick-six.
Besides, it doesn't seem like (except for perhaps Jake Butt) that UM has any game-breakers that a cannon-armed Morris would be hitting anyway. Best to matriculate that ball done the field, and beat some teams 17-10 etc. If we fall behind significantly, then maybe bring in the higher risk/high reward QB. But otherwise, go with the more sure/accurate thing.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Would it help if I shaved?||
You know, cleaned myself up a little?
|24 weeks 6 days ago||That's a great point||
Canton is a (fairly) big city and thus has some serious economic diversity to it. To generalize:
- East of Haggerty, you have older homes and even some trailer parks.
It will be interesting how these different constiuencies will affect how the city and schools are run.
Plymouth, in my experience, is not snobby at all.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||They aren't cities?||
They aren't cities?
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Are you serious? Northville is very snobby||
I have friends in Northville. I like my friends; they are nice people. I also enjoy visiting Northville -- it's beautiful. And I'll eat at Rebecca's Family Restaurant any time I have a chance.
But I've been to a few dinner parties and social events there and let me tell you, it is snob city. I heard more smack talk about public schools than I have ever heard in my life -- and Northville has great public schools! If you mention Plymouth-Canton, Livonia, etc schools, forget it.
And someone once regaled me (before I faked a phone call and left them) with how their house was going through a renovation and they can't believe some people live in houses that are less than 2,000 square feet. She was serious.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Mind...blown||
I've literally watched over a hundred UM home games -- if you would have said, "What color are Michigan's goal posts?" it would have never occured to me that they were white until just now. I would have said, "Yellow...duh!"
Is this a real-life version of that "What color is this dress" thing that was going across Facebook like wild fire a few months ago? I didn't participate in that, but maybe I should have.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||"from a roster that had more talent than 50% of the B1G"||
I'm going to need some evidence for this claim. I'll take NFL draft position ; how they did once they transfered. Anything.
I recently watched the UM-Wisky game (one of the few "highlights" from that year). I forgot how bad our offense was (or blocked it from memory). The plays were often there to be made* -- people would pop open, but Threet would regularly over/under throw them, or just not see them. The OL wasn't much better.
It's not Threet's fault. He was a RS Fr and would have made an excellent backup later in his career. But a "workable offensive system" with no QB and no OL does not exist.
* It's funny, in 2008, everyone was afraid of this new-fangled spread football. Now looking at it, you see the plays and you're like, "This looks like a typical 2015 offensive scheme."
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Advertisers are already paying that premium||
That's key -- with the huge contracts, the NFL, NBA, etc have *already* maximized (or nearly so) the money from all sources. And in the future, they still likely will get big money from advertisers. But that's already in the budget; there is only so much they can increase it.
And they can't increase it enough to account for the (likely) precipitous drop-off in cable user fees.
Oh, btw: Disney's stock is down 9% this morning. They're blaiming ESPN. If I had the skills, I'd insert the "It's Happening!!!" gif here.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Glad to help ; eyeballs aren't enough||
The issue many have is that how many Rutgers fans are there really in NYC? And even more pointedly, how many will want to spend $5/month for a sport tier in order to watch it? Eyeballs are only valuable if they are actually watching your product.
If eyeballs, on their own, were truly the most important (i.e., if advertising paid enough), they'd move the games to free TV (e.g., ABC, NBC -- which really aren't free anymore, but that's another story). But sports overlords like Goodell, Stern, Delaney, etc want more than just that -- they want to get money even from people who don't watch. And until very recently, they got it. They got it all, with both hands. "Grandma" was paying, so was everyone else, and ESPN still was in the vast majority of homes so "eyeballs" didn't get hurt that much.
But ESPN maxed out at 100 million homes in 2011; they're now at 93 million. Even before unbundling really comes out, they're getting dinged severely by cord-cutting. Grandma is next.
So many of the eyeballs are going away. And then the question is how does ESPN, etc get back the money for the huge fixed costs they've promised the NFL, NBA, etc? That's the issue. We know many MGoblog readers will pay $30/month. But who knows if you'll continue to do that all year? Maybe you'll keep it Sep-Jan for football season, then cancel it, and when Sept rolls around you'll call back up and begin again.
I don't have the answers. I just know I wouldn't want to be in charge of ESPN right now. And over the past 10-15 years, that's been one of the best jobs around -- they made a ton of dough. But those times are fast coming to an end.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||That awful Minnesota game||
I'll never forgive Brandon and Hoke for that nadir in the history of UM football. The only benefit is I left right before the Morris injury, so I don't have an actual, physical memory of that disaster scarring me for life.
That said, I didn't have to sit in a 29-hour (!) meeting afterwards, so I won two times, I guess.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Comcast will make money a different way...||
... specifically on theme parks (they've literally recently invested billions) and internet services (you've got access, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, YouTube, etc in HD some way). They'll also make money on TV, but not as much as before.
For ESPN, you're not typical. Literally, you (and the rest of the readers on a U of M sports blog) are a small minority, perhaps 10-20% of the cable audience. It's not just grandma's -- the vast majority of the U.S. population don't care enough about sports to pay anything close to $360/year for it. They'll find that ridiculous to even consider.
Look at how far ESPN is down this list:
ESPN is in a bad spot - they've overpaid for talent (which is why there have been so many reccent firings) and for media rights (though, like a junkie, they can't quit it; they don't yet know any other way) and they can see the wave coming to crash down on them. Disney (their parent) doesn't own the pipes (like Comcast) or the airwaves (like AT&T or Verizon).
They're plenty smart, but unbundling is the death of ESPN's current model (pay huge rights for all sports; pass on costs to customers. Repeat). They'll need to find a new one.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Why are UM b-ball tix so expensive for those crap games?||
I'm guessing for 2015, as individual tix don't go on sale for a couple months, but the past few years when UM plays a patsy or three in December, tickets are *never* cheap. I can't believe even 10,000 people want to go see U of M play Youngstown State or Bryant, but when you go to StubHub, you very rarely see tix lower than $20/seat, and usually they are much more than that.
Is there some other way to get cheap tickets to these b-ball games that I'm missing, online or in person? I've even tried scalpers on the street a couple times, and found them to be high priced as well. Then I watch the game on TV and it looks 2/3 full.
I don't get it.
|27 weeks 18 hours ago||Small correction - that's not a library||
Not that I want to disagree with a very large young man who I'm glad is going to go to U of M, but there's no Rackham "Library" -- it's just the Rackham "Building". It's essentially for grad student services (e.g., admissions) and has a bunch of study rooms, etc.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Why would that be enough for some people?||
I'll bet if you asked 100 casual fans and asked, "Did the Patriots use inflated footballs in their Super Bowl win?" a high percentage would say "Yes." They have no idea what actually did or didn't happen, in large part due to the ineptness and leaking of false info by Roger G and the NFL.
The Patriots (led by an all-time great game by Brady) beat an all-time great defense in the Super Bowl when there were *zero* questions about inflated footballs. Yet people are still up in arms about an issue that wasn't important to them, or the NFL, for 99.9% of its history. But here we are today, talking about this *again*!
So even if Brady personally has Bill Nye the Science Guy weigh footballs, in public, before every possession this season, while leading them to a 19-0 record and throwing for 6,000 yards, people will still believe this stupid issue is somehow relevant.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Nice call back, but not handled the same||
- First, it's Shonte Peoples
- Second, when he fired his gun at those people (who I believe he thought were car thieves, but were really cops), he didn't play a game after that. It was in Feb or Mar of 1994, and he didn't play in the fall of 1994 -- not sure if that's b/c he had already left for the pros or was kicked off the team. I think it was the former, but not sure.
- Finally, I did a quick Googling, and it seems he has turned his life around (though he doesn't have much good to say about Lloyd, FWIW)
|30 weeks 18 hours ago||To be fair, he didn't say "most newspapers"||
...Zell specifically decimated the Tribune Company, which ran the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.
While pretty much every major newspaper has had big, big challenges, the NYT, Wash Post, and WSJ etc have weathered them far better than the Tribune or LAT (who went bankrupt b/c of Zell's financial machinations and loading them up in debt in an LBO).
He's been sued by employees b/c he used their retirement money (illegally) to fund the deal, and he's been pursued by the IRS b/c he structured the deals to "avoid" paying taxes. To top that off, both those papers (and in particular the Tribune) are nothing close to as good as they were, and are now far behind the other papers I mentioned, particularly digitally.
I could go on, including the sexual harrassment by managers he brought in, but you get the idea; there were more than "management issues traced to his ownership."
|31 weeks 3 days ago||He needs to consistently be more consistent in his consistency||
I love recruiting write-ups. Rivals: "...consistently dominating on the field is something he needs to show more consistently."
I'm sure he'll get right on that, soon, when he can.
Welcome, Mr. Hawkins.
|32 weeks 16 hours ago||Map geek here: Warner Bros left off Hilton Head, etc||
Yes, SC is north of Georgia, but if you look at the map, the state of Georgia is mis-shapen -- it doesn't go that far east at the top part of the map.
Essentially, Google the border for Savannah and Hilton Head and compare that map to Bugs' map. His map should have had a bit of SC in the eastern part.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||He was forced to leave after a whopping one semester||
...or go on medical scholarship. Either way, that freed up his scholarship for the 2015 class (and beyond).
What is so hard about this? Are you saying the scholarship Dean would have had is left unused by the Buckeyes for the 4 years he would have been there? Getting rid of Dean allowed that scholarship to be used on another player.
Again, Meyer certainly may have cut him b/c Meyer believes, medically, it's the right thing to do. But there is no doubt they had a use for his scholarship. We don't know that for Pipkins.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||That's still a difference||
It's simple. They didn't give a scholly to Dean. They then used that scholly for someone else (who will likely have it for the next four years, instead of Dean).
For Pipkins, there is (right now) no "someone else." He also only had only one year left.
I'm not even asserting what Meyer or Harbaugh did was wrong. I'm just point out the difference.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Facts aren't similar||
The huge difference is does UM need the scholarship? For the "school to the southeast" it was a situation with a (potential) new enrollee, so giving him (or not) a scholarship made a difference. They needed the scholarship (whether that impacted their decision or not, is another question).
For Pipkins, we don't have any evidence that they needed the scholarship this year (the only year it mattered). As noted in the article, Pipkins will count towards the 85 limit (unlike the other situation) and he will only count for this year, when (as far as we know) UM is not at the limit.
Maybe that fact will change and we'll find out a month from now that UM does need to get under the limit for 2015. But that isn't a "fact" right now, from all the best info we have.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Pro Tip: Don't Google "Ron Johnson"||
The top links are all about an Senator from Wisconsin angry about the Health Care ruling.
For *our* Ron Johnson, welcome aboard.
EDIT: OK, I googled the right Ron Johnson (football). His offer list may be literally the most impressive UM has had in, like, forever. Some should do a diary on it.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Seeing a Kyrie has been||
Seeing a Kyrie has been injured every year of his (short) college and professional life, I think a backup PG in Cleveland is quite necessary.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Not surprised -- also this is not OT||
Anything to do with a UM player, former or otherwise, is on topic.
Regarding the news item, this is not surprising. Trey, unfortunately, did not improve last year. I hope he can get on a roster and find a role and up his game (e.g., improve his 3-pt shooting; his defense). Perhaps he can get on a team which already has enough scorers and Trey can settle in as a high assist, low turnover PG who can get you a burst of points occasionally.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Not zombie enough. That||
Not zombie enough. That Louisville bird looks like it should be on the Walking Dead.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Sure it wasn't their vaunted||
Sure it wasn't their vaunted Civil Engineering dept?
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks to everyone for their responses||
My point is simple: when rankings get compiled and our class gets ranked (which a huge portion of MGoblog cares about, understandably), he'll go down as a 3-star. Which, again, is great for a kicker.
I think an argument can be made that 24/7, Rivals, etc underrate the importance of kickers (hence why 3-stars is the max, as they're seen as fairly interchangeable), but that's not what they do now.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||"...a 5 star kicking prospect"?||
This kid is very highly rated, but the OP should not get carried away. No kicker gets 4 stars, let alone 5.
He is a 3-star prospect, which is fantastic for a kicker. I hope we can get him.
|33 weeks 18 hours ago||Nobody knows anything.||
True for Hollywood. True for recruiting. True for life.
|33 weeks 23 hours ago||The Extreme!|
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Perhaps he was channeling Billy the Kid|
|33 weeks 4 days ago||test|
|33 weeks 4 days ago||To be fair, he only went there one year||
That one year is quite valuable to the UT golf brand, of course, but it's interesting that UT emphasizes him going there and there's a huge story in today's NY Times "Golf's Golden Droout".
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Well...sounds like it will be||
Well...sounds like it will be easy to get cheap tickets, at least.
What a dog of a schedule. It's depressing how much UM Hockey has fallen the past 3 years.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||My parking two cents - three steps toward the door||
As others have mentioned, getting into/out of the parking lot can be real pain. As I've attended 30-40 shows there, here's my super secret plan:
- Look online at the set lists for previous shows. See if the band has a sure-fire "show's over" closer (e.g., perhaps it's Chop Suey). Then, when that song comes on, I get out of my seat (if in Pavillion) / walk down the hill (Lawn) and start walking, slowly, towards the exit. I'm still watching the show, but I'm on the move.
- Then, many bands play a 30-120 seconds long "Thank you, good night!" type jam at the end, take their bows, etc. Once I get the sense that's happening, I'm walking out of DTE like my hair is on fire. I'm serious -- walk like you're in the Olympics.
- Of course, you can skip the last song entirely (I've only done this once). Maybe you're sick of a certain song, who knows?
If you do any of this, even though it only shaves 2-3 minutes off the show, it can save you 20-40 minutes of waiting.
...and if you don't mind waiting and/or really want to see the whole show until they turn the lights on, that's completely fine. Just realize you're likely going to be stuck for 30-45 minutes. Sometimes the last song is worth it, sometimes not.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||What's up with Dartmouth? Do they have a private plane?||
This may have been covered somewhere else, but I recall when discussing one of the S CA swarm dates, the schools were local (e.g., USC, San Diego) and then Dartmouth. Now, I click on that article about the Miami camp and the schools are FIU, FAU, USF and...Dartmouth.
Is there like one coach who's just going to all the camps and has hitched a ride on the UM plane, or what? Or did someone have 100,000 frequent flyer miles that were expiring and decided to burn them? Lot of travel for a 1-AA school.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||One of my all-time faves, who wouldn't fly today||
...and not just b/c he's a rooster.
Can you imagine a cartoon for kids being released today where the main character goes around talking like a stereotypical southerner, berating others and telling them to "straighten up" and regularly (w/o provocation) whoops dogs and others over the head/on the behind with a large piece of wood?
The internet would be in an uproar.
He's still hilarious though, for kids and adults. His verbal patter is unmatched, even by Bugs.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Dick Vital?||
I think that was the name for the bassist in either The Cramps or The Dead Kennedys.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||What a great 10+ years of men's tennis||
From the start of Federer's reign (and he's not quite done, though he may never win another slam; I just can't believe he's world #2 this late in his career), to Nadal, to Novak, to Murray and now Stan, the level of men's play has just been great.
Glad Stan has kept working all these years, improved his game, and now is firmly in the top echelon. He may win one or two more French Opens, assuming Nadal is on the decline (as it appears) and Novak can't get over this hump.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||It's his name, as much as anything||
If his name was "Pierre" or "Rafael" or "MIchael" (all fine names), that would make a difference.
But a relatively short, stock guy named Stan? I can have a few brews and party with that dude.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||My goodness I hope we win a lot next year||
We need to keep Harbaugh as long as possible. He makes me laugh and shake my head, in a good way, on a regular basis.
That said, I have the feeling if we go 7-5 (or similar) next year, these (to us) fun "quirks" will be taken as evidence by the mouth-breathers that he needs to 'get serious' or some other hot take.
I hope we win 9-10 games next year, and onward and upward from there, quirks and all.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Who wants "all" -- I just want "one" or "two"?||
Am I taking crazy pills? Give me one--just one--mistake he "acknowledged." Based on what he said in this article, what action did he take or decision that he made does he now regret?
|35 weeks 3 days ago||No negbang, but I think you're wrong||
You said "He didn't take any shots at UofM and did say he learned from the experience." Two things:
- He chose to spoke to Howes, who is not a reporter, but a columnist. He knows what Howes is going to say, as they have a past relationship. If he wanted to make sure there was no anti-UM stuff in there (e.g., "the Ann Arbor circus" "fan resentment"), he could have. But he didn't.
- More specifically, he did *not* say what he learned. Give me an example, from the article. "Never make the same mistake twice?" What does that mean? What "mistake" did he make at UM?
|35 weeks 3 days ago||So what did he learn? What were his mistakes?||
For all those "OK" with his quotes:
I think the OP went overboard, but Brandon's anondyne quotes are so inoffensive they are uniformative and thus worthless. I haven't seen Brandon say, specifically, what mistakes he made. What, specifically, did he learn?
Without that, this is just a puff piece where Brandon gets in contact with a pro-business writer (Howes) and has him say all the anti-UM stuff, while Brandon (allegedly) takes the high road.
If that wasn't the case, Brandon could have been more forthcoming ("You know, I've learned about customer relations -- even when you disagree with a customer, it's not a good idea to insult them via email and act like a know-it- all" or "I've learned the importance of making sure everyone in the organization understands we have a premium brand, like Toys R Us, is a premium brand. We should never give people the impression they can get a UM ticket for just two cokes, nor should they be able to get the hottest My Littlle Pony toy for a bottle cap.")
You guys are forgetting who Brandon is. You can't actually be humble and learn until you *actually* say what it is you did wrong and what you *actually* learned.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you, Fred Jackson. Good||
Thank you, Fred Jackson. Good to see you're out and about, posting on the board.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||WVU is/was never an option||
It's not close to being prestigious enough academically for the B1G and its self-image. It's not considered a close to Top 100 school.
For example, I just looked it up: WVU's acceptance rate is 85%. Both Pitt and UMD are around 50% (and UM is 33%, FWIW). Even MSU is 67%.
Plus, if you got Pitt, you don't need the (very tiny) WVU market.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||They're still in trouble, now and in the future||
- They're not getting a "full" share, but they are getting some. They'd still have a deficit with B1G money.
- More to the point, Rutgers seems to assume that when B1G Network money comes fully "on" for them, that it will still be as high (or higher) than it is today. I think that is a terrible assumption, as unbundling will very likely be in meaningful, if not full, effect by then (e.g., Verizon already fire the first big shot about a month ago, and is currently being sued by ESPN and Fox). Sports networks are going to have to make it on their own, and the B1G Network won't be able to ride the coattails of the 95%-plus viewers who don't care about their network.
- Finally, Rutgers administration seems incompetent, and has been for a long time. Even with more money coming in, it seems they would figure out a way to have many more millions going out.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||I don't necc disagree, but seemed like a package deal||
I agree Maryland is a) better academically and b) much better in revenue sports than Rutgers, and thus a better fit. But if I recall, one of the things Delaney & co trumpted about the expansion was that the B1G was adding *two* east coast teams, so they could link up with Penn State to form a nice set of "natural" rivalries.
So I'm not sure if the B1G would have added Maryland and, say, Pitt or Mizzou.
And if I had a choice, I'd rather take neither UMD and Rutgers than have to take both. UMD will be very, very good in b-ball next year, but they've never maintained their success for long. Perhaps this time it will be different, but still, Rutgers is such an anchor and the B1G is so good in basketball anyway, adding UMD was very nice, but not worth it.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Whoa||
So you're telling me at least they're running up deficits for a good reason, then?
I knew they had a good women's b-ball team but I didn't realize that's basically *all* they had.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||I like Wyandotte...||
...but it is not a short drive to AA, at all. You have to go to the Southfield (the non-fwy part) to even get to I-94, and then you still have a ways to go.
It's still a fun town to a visit, and a good place to live if where you need to go is places like Dearborn, Detroit, the east side, etc. But if you're heading west regularly, there's a lot better options.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||It's the okie-doke move||
The biggest story of the Super Bowl should have been Kam Chancellor's hit on Julian Edelman in the 4th quarter. Not only was a helmet-to-helmet hit not called, but Edelman was allowed to stay in the game when it is 99% sure he was concussed.
Thus, when it was important, the NFL didn't flag a brain-rattling hit, nor did it care that a very, very likely concussed player was still out there running around. Edelman literally could have been killed if he received another head shot like that, as 2nd concussions are very dangerous.
One positive: quietly, after the season, the NFL changed its rules (which, in theory would prevent Shane Morris or Julian Edelman situations).
But sure...let's focus on the proper inflation of footballs. Because, the children.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Love that show, but Shaq...||
...is just OK.
He actually makes good comments sometimes, and as shown on this clip, can contribute (not necc on purpose) to the comedy. But his extremely low voice makes him inaudible for good portions of the show. That is a problem when you are a commentator.
Webber was actually better with this group, but now he's moving up the ranks of TNT analysts (I think he's essentially co-#1, tied with Reggie Miller now), so he's not going to be there.
But Charles, Kenny and Ernie? Awesome.