|1 week 2 days ago||That first play in the X film clips...my goodnesss||
I appreciate Zak Irvin for his contributions, as he has had some big games for us....but man. That is a microcosm of why he is a problematic player -- clears out the guard, at the top of the key, tries to dribble by his defender through traffic and falls on his face.
He needs to embrace being the homeless man's Paul Pierce, when he was in Brooklyn and then Washington -- Irvin is not "the man". The primary shot takers should be Walton, Wagner and Wilson -- then comes Irvin (with the flow of the offense, which he too often stops).
He should aim for 10 pts, 5 rebs and 5 assists with low turnovers and good defense. If the game is coming to him, and he can score 15-20 pts with an array of layups and short jumpers, great. But his one-on-one and hero ball stuff, along with his too many 3pters, needs to be in his rear view.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Don't forget Gentry.||
Don't forget Gentry.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I hope you have your immigration papers in order...||
...for when you need to make your trip back from Bolivia.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Has he tried applying under||
Has he tried applying under the name "Ed Davis"?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||CTE is not the only concern||
It's not even my main one for kids, as the science on it is so uncertain (e.g., what exactly causes it; how to do you tell - besides an autopsy - who has it). Multiple concussions are bad, on average, in their own right.
As shown by those stories I just posted and from my own personal experience talking with teachers, kids can miss significant amounts of school due to the fact they can't literally think hard enough for school, due to concussions. They get head aches and tired, and since they can't keep up, they miss class. This can go on for months.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Soccer (and other sports, e.g., lacrosse) have concussion risks||
Are people not aware that itss not just boy's/men's football, boxing and ice hockey that have significant concussion risk? If not, people -- particularly if you are a parent -- need to get educated.
Soccer is not nearly as dangerous as football, but girls' soccer definitely has a concussion "issue" (even more so than boys, though the reason for that is not clear) -- leagues are making changes because of it.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Short-term memory on Donnal||
"It took a long time for Beilein to realize that Moe Wagner, now the focal point of his team, needed to start over Donnal, let alone get the lion's share of the minutes."
I'm a huge Moe Wagner fan. I think he'll be a first round pick after next year. I am glad he is now getting 28-30 minutes a game, as he should be. But when, exactly, was the "long time" that Beilein should have put Wagner in as a starter over Donnal?
- Was it against Marquette? Donnal played 21 minutes, 6-8 FG (1-1 from 3pt), scoring 15 pts with 3 Reb in a 79-61 win
So Donnal was bad against SC; Moe was worse: in his 16 min, going 0-2, scoring 2 pts with 3 Reb.
Still Beilein recognized Donnal had limitations, and Moe had more upside and UM needs his athleticism now, and it was at that point he started working in Moe more. He should have, in retrospect, played Moe 25-28 minutes against VT (instead of 18), when he had a good game and Donnal had a horrible one, but a) UM lead that whole game and shockingly (at the time) blew it and b) as shown above, Donnal had a body of work which showed he could meaningfully contribute to big wins. But immediately after VT, Moe started getting 25+ minutes a game (except UCLA, when Moe had 4 fouls). So again, what was the "long-time"?
I know people like to bag on Donnal b/c he looks so unathletic, but it wasn't just last year he played good games which helped us win against quality opponents. Still, he appropriately has been moved to the bench as Moe has developed, as Moe is just plain better than Donnal, now (though neither of them is good at defense or rebounding). We don't have to keep bagging on Donnal that it was obvious that it should have happened basically at the beginning of the season.
*Moe also did basically nothing in his 11 minutes against SMU, scoring 3 pts, which matched his 3 fouls.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Tops are not good on basketball uniform||
They look like they don't fit -- they're too tight/don't have enough material for the top half.
At least they haven't gotten torn or ripped, so far.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Here's some info for you||
"“Once they figured out that I was actually hurt, I’d say the entire attitude of the trainers and the coaches completely changed for me,” he said. “They were a lot nicer, more caring, wanting to help me with my injury. Everybody except Wilson.”
Under Wilson, IU maintained a tent in one corner of its practice field where injured players would spend practice doing light workouts under the supervision of the strength staff.
The workouts, Carovillano said, were always designed with players’ injuries in mind, and he believed them safe. But, he said, Wilson’s attitude toward players in the tent demoralized him.
“He would come over and yell at us, saying, ‘I’m paying $70,000 a year for you to sit on your ass,’” Carovillano said. “That happened about halfway through the season and carried on to the end of it. If you were injured, he just wanted to make you feel like crap. He just wanted to make you feel bad, so you basically would stop being injured.”
And there's more of him generally not giving too craps if a player is injured. At least at OSU he will literally be paying players!
If Columbus has a press core that gives a hoot, or if alumni get aggravated, maybe this will make Urban uncomfortable. But that's doubtful.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||This is the correct answer||
USC is way to high; Michigan should be ahead of Wisconsin (same record -- go to head-to-head; it's not like Wisconsin had an impressive bowl victory).
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Yep, per recruit ranking, is basically all the matters||
Granted if you have 32 recruits and another team has 19 recruits, the 32 recruit team with a similar per recruit star average clearly did better.
But take 2015: Tennessee "ranked" #4 and Clemson "ranked" #9 -- big "win" for Tennessee's future, vs. Clemson, right? However, Tennessee had 30 recruits at 89.43 (with one 5 star) and Clemson had 26 recruits at 89.19 (with 3 stars). For #5 Georgia, it was basically the same, and so on. I would argue these schools all had the same class.
It would be more accurate if these sites put the teams in tiers (e.g., in 2015 Alabama, USC and FSU would be Tier #1; Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson, etc would be Tier #2), but that would eliminate marketing and discussion opportunities (e.g., "We've got the #4 recruiting class! We beat you guys -- you finished #6!), so that will never happen.
But when looking at the state of certain programs, it's useful to keep in mind.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Yep, it's basically three things||
1) Watson was an elite recruit (#1 Dual Threat) and he played, when it counted, like an experienced, uber-talented QB should. He had issues this season with turnovers, but in terms of the "MAKE PLAYS" category, he did so when it counted.
2) Clemson recruits at a high level -- just not Alabama / OSU / LSU level. But that's basically the only schools clearly in front of them, on a per recruit basis, esp getting 5-stars.
And if your overall talent level is not quite the same as your opponent (as Clemson was vs Alabama), see point #1.
3) They were lucky. Clemson "should" have lost to NC State. The guy missed an easy FG to win the game. For us, we "should' have lost to Iowa -- our problem is we actually did, b/c the Iowa guy made the kick. Thus Clemson goes to the playoffs; we go off to the Orange Bowl.
Since we can't do much about #3, we need to focus on #2 and #1. We're getting there, but as shown in our 3 losses (which all had inadequate QB play), we're not there yet.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I guess it's odd, but no idea if has an effect||
Bill Laimbeer looked like he just rolled off the couch, in terms of muscle definition. He also couldn't jump over a large phone book. Still, he could rebound & scrap with the best of them.
What's most surprising about Donnal is he has never displayed, in a big way in games, the outside shooting that everyone raved about during his practice years. You definitely don't muscle definition for that.
Donnal is who he is. He still has value, as a reserve, to this year's team and I just hope he make some more key contributions to a tourney team. He showed last year that he can hae some big games, when it counts.
JB has already correctly made the decision that this is Donnal's last year at U of M, and let's hope Teske (who's not exactly a muscle-bound strongman himself) and others can provide a bigger contribution next year.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Possible, but unlikely||
He plays in a mid-tier division in Pennsylvania, so his competition is not top-notch or high-profile. So even if he, say, averages 30 points a game, it won't cause his rankings to sky-rocket.
Not say he isn't a good player. People thought he was going to Villanova before he signed with Michigan.
But unless he blows up in the camps/AAU after high school, he'll likely move up a bit but stay a 3-star.
I do like this from the story.
Good to see another "tedious" game was being played last night, along with our game with Penn State.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Great quote||
I watched that move approximately 324 times in college.
It made me the fake lawyer and Cuban expert I am today.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Shows recruiting scores are pretty accurate||
Not perfect, or close to it, of course. But when you look at it, you say "Yep, Gary is our best & most promising DL; Asiasi is our best TE; McCray is our best LB; the OL looks about right."
Of course, Hurst is in actuality clearly better than Marshall, and McDoom and Harris could probbaly switch places, etc.
But overall, it shows (again) that having high-level recruits leads to more chances of high-level success on the field. Not earth-shaking info, but good to see some actual data in a year that will have a lot of turnover where will be relying a lot on young, high-level recruits (a la OSU and Alabama, though our recruiting is not quite at their level yet).
Thanks for putting it together.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly...OSU does not want that blowback||
At Indiana football, you can do that stuff and get canned, but it goes away. It doesn't affect much beyond a very regional fan base and the Big Ten Network.
But that same person at OSU football? That program is cared about (one way or the other) by literally millions of people and is key for ESPN, ABC, etc.
The stories that would come out would be legion. Urban does not need that drama. He can find a good OC somewhere else.
Thus, why I would be shocked if it happens.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Riger is a bad troll||
Valenti is a troll, but I admit he is very skilled at radio broadcasting. He knows how to frame his position and give it enough backing with some facts to make you think he isn't just doing a radio bit.
Riger has a decade-plus less experience and it shows -- you can tell he's being ridiculous, which doesn't make him worth the time. I liked him in small doses, but as a regular host, he doesn't remotely have what it currently takes.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'll believe it when it is confirmed -- seems real unlikely||
A huge public university, even one with an insane, forgive everything, fan base, is going to have problems hiring someone who (allegedly) abused players. There would be a shit storm of huge proportions that would give Urban serious heart palpitations he does not need.
Unless Wilson has been cleared (which I don't believe he has), I can't imagine any major program will hire him. This isn't the Woody Hayes / Bobby Knight-era anymore.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I honestly thought this post||
I honestly thought this OP was missing a (SATIRE) tag.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I will be very surprised if Wilson is hired||
People have made reference to Woody Hayes etc, but times have changed -- dramatically. Coaches can not lay a hand on players or abuse them.
OSU football is huge, but even at big-time programs, state legislatures, alumni and college presidents are going to have a serious problem hiring someone who is alleged to have abused players.
Unless Wilson is cleared of the charges that got him fired (which as far as I know, has not happened), I can't believe he would go to OSU.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Not just talking stats||
By YPC, Mikel Leshoure was a better back than Herschel Walker. That's obviously silly. And I liked Leshoure as a college player.
I'm talking elite skills and measurables, and high usage across more than one year. A real workhorse. That was Wheatley, not Venric Mark. That's Dalvin Cook, not Justin Jackson (the B1G rushing champion this year.)
I will gladly take a Leshoure or a Mark, though. UM has to get better at running the football to salt away games.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yep, and not just the kids||
Those few with some years on them ,though not necessarily playing time years, need to show they are at least B1G-level players.
But honestly, looking at this depth chart, we will need to run to the right...a lot
|7 weeks 1 day ago||It's been awhile||
Honestly, I'm a little surprised by Timmy B matching Ty's YPC, but 300 plus yards against OSU will help with that.
But, yes, since the O.G. Ty Wheatley roamed the Big House, we haven't had a, "Dear God, will you look at THAT guy!" back. Even now, looking at his Wolverine Historian YouTube video, Ty's size, strength, speed and power are literally awesome.
Hopefully Evans, Najee, Walker, SOMEONE can be that back soon. But I won't count on it, because history has shown those talents are very rare.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||So true. No idea what he's doing||
There was one edge play where I startled my son yelling, "BLOCK SOMEONE! ANYONE!", when Braden wandered down the field, leaving any FSU player untouched, letting FSU make a one one tackle.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||What WRs were you watching this season?||
The Iowa game was plain bad. Chesson's whole season was a massive disappointment, considering how great he looked at the end of last year - he had something like 500 yards and 3 tds. A bit of that is on Speight / chemistry issues, but I watched every game and he very frequently just wasn't getting open. Maybe it was injury-recovery, but he just didn't have a good year.
Darboh had some big catches, but he had plenty of chances to make plays and just didn't, e.g., the 1st quarter non-catch that he couldn't focus on getting a foot in because he bobbled the ball when he didn't cleanly catch the ball at the highpoint.
I'm worried about a lot of position groups matching this year's production next year (e.g., CB, DL, even our soon to be very young OL), but our young WRS have a great chance of matching, if not improving, over this year.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Very good signing||
The kid has talent and he's excited about Michigan. A good combo.
He puts up a few more games like he did against Dakota, and he'll sky-rocket up the rankings. He'll have high-profile chances, as his HS team will compete for the Class A title.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Well, it wasn't actually a member of the bball program||
It was Ant Wright, who played here and now works as an "insider" for Scout.
But yeah...I'm all for being positive, and think this is a good signing, but that quote was ridculous.
Trey was Mr. Basketball in Ohio (a better basketball state than Michigan) and then came in and averaged 15 and 5 a game his freshman year. He was plenty college ready, though obviously he improved the following year (to be national player of the year).
|8 weeks 3 days ago||DCFC is perfectly fine. Some of their fans?||
As pointed out, delusional. They literally act like they own soccer in metro Detroit.
I've been to DCFC games; they are fun. They've done great work in Hamtramck. But it is decidedly minor league soccer, as far as product.
If MLS wants to come here, it will be a different product and they'll draw a different fan base than DCFC -- they can easily co-exist. But the Northern Guard et al somehow don't want to be coopted, yet want to have control. Just enjoy your league, your team, and let the MLS folks do their thing.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||"...absurdly self-important and aloof"||
As someone who has a) attended DCFC games and b) is related to a DCFC supporter, and has seen him at recent Christmas parties, this is accurate.
Their supporters act like they invented being a fan.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Or Lethal Weapon||
It's not Christmas without rampant, knock down, fist fights and gun battles.
Oh, and if you want something fun to wear for your next Christmas Party:
If you need me, I'll be sitting on the beach, earning twenty percent.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I get where you are coming from...||
...and you are correct on a few things (e.g., no "inalienable right to attend a university'), but you are significantly overstating some things.
For example, "you do not have a right to due process...":
"The student accussed the university of violting his due process rights by presuming his guilt ahead of a hearing, not allowing the accuesed student access to witnesses and evidence...The judge in the case agreed."
I have no comment on this Minnesota case, as I have not read any details.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Of course it's for TV||
They drive the bus, and it's their dollars (along with super rich alum donations) that essentially built all those shiny facilities, including the revamped Crisler Center.
And, based on previous games, do you think we'd have had much of a different turnout if it was 7pm start? Instead of about 2,000 people, maybe we would have had about 2,500.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Everyone (literally everyone) does it||
Do people not follow college basketball? Literally every Power 5 team schedules "garbage" teams like this.
Here is Michigan State's home non-conference schedule:
Here's Ohio State:
Home games, in December, are basically always going to be against medicore to bad opponents -- there might be one exception (e.g., when we play UCLA next year), but that's it.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Orr wasn't fired||
So you are comparing him (correctly) in my view to Johnny Orr -- a guy who won two B1G titles and also lost in the finals. Orr left UM because he figured out it is a football-first school; UM didn't fire him.
And if you think Warde is going to fire one of the most respected coaches, among his peers, who is the best coach UM has had since Orr after a .500 B1G season, you are legit crazy.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Fine, critique the style of play||
I don't disagree with that. Sports should be fun to watch, and this team plods way too often. If UM would have lost to UT, I would have been ticked.
But, ultimately, programs are judged on wins and losses, first. And I am just pointing out wins and losses, recognized by the NCAA, were very hard to come by at UM for quite a long time before Beilein gets here.
Also, as I pointed out elsewhere, we have more athletes coming. I am excited to watch a team with Wagner, Wilson and Matthews next year. If Simpson improves (most people loved him as a recruit, because of the "dog" in his game) and Poole is as good as advertised, supplemented by "traditional" Beilein players like Robinson and Teske, the team next year should have more wins and also be more exciting.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Fine -- but again, Detroit basketball (currently) sucks||
None of those players is from later than 2013- -- which was a time when Beilein led the team to its greatest success. It would have been great to get Young or Nix -- but during that time, we were getting GRIII, Trey Burke, Mitch McGary, and Nik Stauskas, who were elite players.
My point is simply Detroit-area basketball is not a solution to our problems. The school system has collapsed and so has the level of basketball. The state of MI is not much better (as shown by those links I posted; they are pathetic compared to 20 years ago, or even 10 years ago).
I agree Beilein needs to be able to recruit in other cities, it would be awesome to recruit in Chicago, but beating Calipari and Coach K there is tough for literally anyone. But we seem to have a pipeline to Columbus, which has turned out well. He just got Jordan Poole from Milwaukee and Livers from Kzoo.
Our two most exciting players are from Germany and Sacramento. I don't care where Beilein gets his players, as long as they are good.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not cherry picking anything||
We also got to the final game in 1992 and 1993.
I pointed out if you are critquing Beilein (as the OP did), you can't leave out he's won two B1G titles.
Because winning a B1G title is hard. You need sustained success, against a Top 3 in the nation conference. Personally, I put a lot of value in a B1G regular season title. The only thing I put above it is a) a trip to the final game and b) obviously, winning that game. It's worth as much to me as a trip to the Final Four.
But fine -- from 1990 until 2007 (when Beilein was hired), UM didn't even make the Sweet 16 for a non-probation year. That's close to 20 years of nothing. Tommy Amaker is a good coach, and he did jack here.
We have, under John Beilein, been "good at basketball" in very recent memory. I agree he is not at the level of Calipari, Coach K or Pitino. But the list that is definitively ahead of him is quite small. Hell, Izzo hasn't won a B1G title since 2012, nor won a game in the Final Four since 2009 -- and he's a legit hall of famer.
Beilein doesn't get unlimited rope; basketball is changing and he needs to adjust. His hiring of Donlan shows that is happening. But if he doesn't make the tourney this year, or next, he should be fired. But that's a long way from now.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||That's fair - but the team is changing||
- Wagner is special. His offensive moves (including a behind the back drive to the basket against Texas) show an elite talent. He's got to shore up his defense and continue to refine his offensive game, but he is a first-round draft pick, next year.
- DJ Wilson is exciting. Needs to get more body awareness (e.g., offensive fouls) but he plays above the rim.
- Don't forget transfer Charles Matthews, who will play next year. He's a serious athlete.
- Jordan Poole is also a good athelete, with some quicks.
UM is never, under Beilien, going to a team stacked with high-flying athletes, a la the Fab 5. But I think Beilein has realized the mix has gotten off, and the team is changing to reflect that.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Go to Detroit? What year do you think this is?||
Uggh -- have you followed basketball recruiting since the Fab Five? There hasn't been elite talent, with very rare exceptions, in Detroit (or even southeast Michigan) for over a decade.
Go look at the 2017 state of Michigan group: a whopping total of 3 four-stars. That's it. UM has one of the three, the #2 player in the state.
Or 2016: There was superstar Josh Jackson, 4-star Cassius Winston, and that's basically it. Jackson didn't even play in the state his last two years and (not surprisingly) rejected UM and MSU
Or 2015: A whopping two 4-stars in the state.
Critique Beilein's recruiting (e.g., the 2014 class was a disaster) but no, he can't "Go to Detroit."
|10 weeks 3 days ago||These stupid threads / posts need to stop||
I am all for critical, thoughtful posts on any of our coaches. It can make the board interesting.
But how can you make a post, analyzing John Beilien, without freaking mentioning he has won two Big Ten titles! It's not like he won those 10-15 years ago -- the last was 3 years ago.
As a reminder, UM had not previously won a B1G title since 1986. There was 25-plus year gap. So it's not a regular occurrence around here.
So please, continuing critquing Beilein and the team -- but don't leave out basic, pertinent info.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I get what you're saying...||
...but John Glenn had a great, great run. I don't put a 95-year old remotely in the same ballpark as a 23-year old.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||The original Russell Wilson.||
The original Russell Wilson.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||They definitely ruined the Rose Bowl||
It's just another game now, regularly featuring 2nd or 3rd best teams in their conference.
Just for kicks, here's what (I think) the "traditional" (i.e., pre-2005) matchups would have been:
- Rose Bowl: Penn State (5) vs Washington (4)
These would be good, but I don't think those are any better than what we got. Again, the Rose Bowl would have been better, but that's about it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Replacing senior year Chesson won't be hard||
It just won't. I know we all thought he'd build on a very good junior year, but he didn't. He had a so-so year, at best. The numbers don't lie, and neither does the eye-test (he was covered, more often than not, and had some key drops, e.g., Iowa).
And as I said, we won't have any one player who can replace Darboh or Butt, but the large number of talented underclassmen coming up should be reasonably enough to replace them.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Generally agree, except for WR & TE||
- WR: Darboh was a true #1, but not at an Edwards or Manningham level. Chesson was utterly average, unfortunately -- will it be that hard to replace 31 rec, 469 yards and 2 TDs? Perry got in the dog house and didn't build on a good end to 2015.
So *if* we get DPJ, I feel good that Crawford (awesome blocker), Harris, McDoom, DPJ, Perry and Johnson can absolutely give us much production as the 2016 group.
- TE: Pretty similar to WR, except Butt was an All-American. That said, a healthy Bunting (a former 4-star recruit) along with extra years for Asiasi (whom I love), Wheatley, etc should have an awesome blocking group with good receiving skills. So no one player as good as Butt, but overall the group should be as good.
So overall, I think instead of 49-10 and 41-3 games, we'll have a lot more 49-28 and 41-21 games, i.e., wins but not by as much.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Absolutely. People need to look, again, at the 2015 commits||
It is middle of the pack, Big Ten, at best. Brian Cole was its best player. Four of the top 5 are unlikely to get much, if any playing time (b/c they left the program; are injured; or are buried on the depth chart) -- which is not good for the 3rd year.
If we're successful in 2017, it will be because the top ranked 2016 and 2017 classes achieve at a very high level. It's possible, but you typically don't want to count on that so much.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||If true, more evidence of an F'up system||
WMU currently loses $25 million each year on athletics. That's $1000 from each student at the school.
WMU (and EMU and CMU) need to be looking at ways to be cutting tens of millions of dollars from their budget deficits (e.g., dropping to FCS; getting a huge endowment from some rich dude), not potentially adding to it or just keeping the status quo.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly. That's why Paul Stanley of KISS is my financial advisor||
His quote, "All (that having a lot of) money makes possible is for you to stop worrying about money. Then you have freedom to live your life."
It's why college kids like Andrew Luck can come back for a 4th year -- the media prattled on about his love of architecture and his degree at Stanford, but he could come back b/c his dad is a well-off former NFL player/current big-time AD. He didn't have to worry about money.
So...with that in mind, hopefully Mo Hurst Jr has a good relationship with his dad, who I would guess made some nice money in the NFL. But for Cole, I have no idea of his money situation; I think more important is the fact he does not seem NFL-ready and does not seem like he'd be a Day 1 or even Day 2 draft pick, right now.
The financial reward is great and I love the life I have, but all money makes possible is for you to stop worrying about money. Then you have freedom to live your life.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/paul_stanley.html
The financial reward is great and I love the life I have, but all money makes possible is for you to stop worrying about money. Then you have freedom to live your life.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/paul_stanley.html
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Rawls looked like an all-pro||
I, mean, literally. People talk about holes and the OL...but on some of his big runs, the (initial) holes weren't there. He made amazingly quick jump cuts that found another hole and he just exploded through the line. This wasn't like Zeke Elliot and the Cowboys; this was a back who was making it work.
He looked amazing.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I understand, but do this in the first half||
That way, if it is close, you have plenty of time to adjust. Additionally, that game was 33-16 in the first half.
It's a risk, but a small one. Teske brings something to the table (he was 1st team, All-Ohio) and can (I think) help the team this year. He's not going to get better unless he plays more (4-8 minutes a game instead of 0-4 minutes).
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Time for a twin towers lineup||
Beilein's (accurate in my view, esp if he actually can shoot) quote, "We have to really find minutes for him" is more reason why I'm annoyed by our game against Mt Saint Mary's: that's a team where there is no reason Zak Irvin should be playing 40 minutes. We should be seeing more of what Teske can, and can't, do.
If Ibi Watson is not ready, sub out Irvin and go with some combo of Wagner/Donnal/Teske for 5 or so minutes at the 4 and 5. Play zone (or whatever you have to do) on defense and then come up with an offense package that works the inside. Get creative. It might be choatic and messy, but I'm not the one who loaded the team with big men. You've got 'em, use 'em.
Also, unless something majorly changes, Wagner and Donnal should not split minutes -- instead of 18 and 18, it should be 20-22 Wagner and 14-16 Donnal (if not more, depending upon results). We need to win now and build for next year, and playing Wagner more (esp since Donnal's supposed 3-pt shooting prowess is not an in-game thing) is the way to do it.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Right - if you have them, consistently, you're in great shape||
...because the 4-star doesn't have to start (typically) as a freshman. Just two examples:
- What QB would we rather have for our system than (4-star) McCaffery? I can't really think of anyone. More importantly, he won't need to start next year, or even the year after that with the talent we currently have on the roster.
- What young TE would you rather have to replace an All-American than (4-star) Asiasi? If he had to start in 2016, that would have been suboptimal. But he should be ready to kick butt (no pun intended), at a high level, next year.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||"This was a mediocre group..."||
Er... no. Our defense (the strength of the team) is stacked with high-quality, high-rated talent. It's experienced, which obviously helps quite a bit, but this was not remotely a "mediocre" group.
- Taco: 4 star
|11 weeks 3 days ago||You're underselling our class||
I understand your point about 3-stars, but this year's class will be far better than "pretty good." It will be jammed with 4-stars (many on the high side, like McCaffery) with a sprinkling of 5-stars and 3-stars.
A Top 5 class, perhaps Top 3, will definitely give us a base to continue to build upon.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Eh, we already knew they had a great class||
It stinks that Alabama and OSU are putting together some historically great classes, but with so many top programs (Texas, LSU, Notre Dame) in flux, the stable elite programs are cleaning up.
...and that means us, too. While our class won't quite equal OSUs, it will be in shouting distance if we land the recruits that were listed in Brian's post today.
We're going to have an awesome class with plenty of top talent. While it is great (and necessary) to get 5-star talent like Peppers and Gary (i.e., we need to get DPJ this class), our best players this year were people like Lewis, Taco, Butt and Wormley -- 4-stars who I would take over basically anyone in the country. I think we'll have plenty of those folks in this class, so I'm not going to worry about other teams. Harbaugh & co are doing great.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Never is longer than it used||
Never is longer than it used to be.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||That's funny! I'm sure he did||
That's funny! I'm sure he did that, and I seem to remember that too, now that you say it.
But listening to these clips (thanks Wolverine Historian), he really doesn't say much of an "H" -- if he does, it subtle and not distinct. If anything, Musberger does it more. Regardless, it's great.
For example (2:23 mark):
|12 weeks 4 days ago||It's not "whatever man"||
I know people who have lost their jobs b/c of the cutbacks. If you think that makes me not as excited about EMU going 7-5, well, you got that right. Because whether they went 10-2 or 2-10, EMU still would be wasting millions.
EMU (and CMU and WMU) need to get real. Spending $20 million, per year, on Div 1A athletics when funding for higher ed is not getting any better is shameful.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmm...I think you are right, now that you mention it||
I probably was blocking that out. It also might be b/c I didn't see many of his game when he quasi-unretired in the early 2000s to do west coast games.
Regardless, he was certainly at the top of his game during the Desmond and Woodson years. I could listen to the man pronounce "WHEAT-lee" while Tyrone smashed and zoomed past people in the Rose Bowl for hours.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Yep - he was the total package||
- He was enthusiastic, but not over the top (e.g., his wonderful, almost under his breath "Look at that!" when Desmond begins juking people)
- His accent/tone were wonderful (southern, but easily understandable wherever you came from, with a nice tone ala Ernie Harwell)
- He was correct (I don't recall him going through a phase like many older announcers when they frequently misidentified people)
- He was descriptive, but not overly wordy (again, the Desmond clip was perfect).
There are some good announcers today, but he was literally irreplaceable.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Here's why I don't like EMU: they waste money on sports||
EMU spent $27.3 million of general fund (i.e., money that could have gone to student services, teaching faculty, etc) on atheltics just in 2015.
It's nice that the team is 7-5; I hope they go to a bowl as a reward for their hard work (as long as EMU is not forced to buy and eat 10,000 tickets).
But I'm not going to cheer on a program that's existence literally has required staff and faculty to be fired over the past few years.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I stayed at Good Time||
I stayed at Good Time Charley's the whole day. Still happy with that decision.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||It even fooled the announcers||
(Shocking, I know)
Wormley was running step-for-step with Redding and if he had turned around (though I'm glad he was focused on covering; expect DB /Jourdan Lewis-level ball skills for a DL is a bit much), he could have picked off the pass; the announcers said Peppers could have done this.
Peppers was in the area, but didn't have a chance at it, and didn't need to, b/c Wormley had it locked down.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Are we considering Steve Mariucci high-level?||
I guess so; he did coach in the NFL with some (non-Lions) success.
Other obvious example is Tom Izzo.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I, for one, am not going to||
I, for one, am not going to stand here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America!
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||Throw it....to what open player?||
ESPN's production rarely let us see how the receivers were doing, but one sack (where I also yelled, "THROW IT") on the replay they showed O'Korn was getting ready to throw it to Harris and then Harris trips, so O'Korn has to double-clutch and eat the ball. Besides Harris, there was no one to "THROW THE DAMNED BALL" to.
I am sure there were at least a 2-3 plays where a ball could have been thrown, but our receivers sure did not seem to be getting open.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||Great point - the cuts are really showing up||
I had forgotten all the cuts to producers.
There used to be a large difference btw your average ESPN or ESPN2 broadcast and BTN, but now there really isn't --- slow or no replays, missed start of plays, shoddy production. It's too bad.
I'll give one example -- when UM was counting down the seconds to the win, you could see the players were getting amped up & ready to rush the field -- presumably to roll in the snow (which they did). However, the genius producer cut away to a basic field shot of Peppers (who was already on the field), and missed the rush. It was Production 101 -- football viewers love snow & players goofing around in it, and ESPN couldn't get that right.
|13 weeks 12 hours ago||Recruiting is serious business!||
If grown men can't obsess over the life choices of 17-year old boys, what hope is there in this world?
|13 weeks 12 hours ago||Yes, this is an ESPN problem, not an announcer problem||
Both announcers are, on their own talent, good. I have heard them in other contexts where they've done a fine job. But for this game? ESPN's desire to push "the narrative" and basically any story besides the (close) game we were watching was maddening.
- I like Les; I hope he finds a good job. But he was in the booth *way* too long. I think it was 2 entire series. Thus, there was basically zero analysis or good replays of what was going on on the field.
Overall, a trash production.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Still not sure if serious||
What in god's green makes you think that would work? Have you seen the Pepcat lately? He can't even decide correctly when to handoff, let alone actually throw the ball.
And who would you replace him with on defense? No player can play QB (all game) and defense (all game).
I swear, we get one major injury and people act like they've suffered head injuries.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Well, we don't know how Shane would do yet||
Jones had played in multiple OSU games. When he was 3rd string, he was a redshirt sophomore who was 21 years old.
That is not Brandon Peters.That is essentially Shane Morris. Which is my point to the OP, who is foolishly wondering about other options. There are none. It's Shane.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||No backups to O'Korn should provide you with comfort||
They are 3rd string for a reason.
The backup is Shane. He's (obviously) got flaws, but he's been 3rd man in all year, and there is nothing that would change that now.
For example, I don't care how mature Peters is -- having him play, on the road against the #2 team in the nation, in his college debut would have an extremely low chance of having a positive outcome. Plus, you will have burned his redshirt.
Hopefully, O'Korn will be healthy and play at an acceptable level. God forbid there is an injury, it is Sugar Shane time.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I have not understood our sub use in blowouts all year||
We have been very fortunate to have so many blowouts, so it's a high-class problem. But frequently at the end of games, even when we are up 40-plus, you'll see Peppers, McCray, Gideon, etc still out there. We have basically zero depth at that position, so if they got hurt then, it would be incredibly stupid and pointless.
An example of this was Peppers fair catching a ball against Illinois late in the 2nd half when it was 38-0 (or whatever). He had room to run, and the staidum audibly sighed when he didn't run, but I was figuring he was saying, "This game is over. WTH am I going to return a ball and risk injury?"
On the offense, O'Korn should have gotten many more reps, considering all the blowouts. Thank goodness he got a few, but unless he is significantly worse than Speight (which supposedly he isn't and we now all hope is correct), O'Korn should have been playing and throwing much more when we were up 35-plus.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Yep - and it's mostly playcalling and our OL||
1) If we had a great, or even good, OL -- then you could just say, "Screw it. We are going to run over you, again, even though you know it is coming." We do not have said OL, so that's been a problem for a Bo-disciple like Harbaugh. It's like he is trying to will it to happen.
2) The playcalling is mystifying. Speight was clearly hurt, so it was crazy he was out there on the 2nd and long Pepcat. If Peppers reverses field, does UM want its starting QB who -- at minimum -- has a very hurt shoulder to have to block someone and likely hurt it further? He was useless as a decoy and useless as a productive player. That play should get a RPS: minus-infinity.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Good god, no||
If we need to play, let alone start, a true freshman making his debut in Week 12 in an away game at OSU, that would be full blown panic time.
The system would have failed. Let us never speak of this possibility again.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Mostly agree -- except with awful luck for the team||
QBs get injured regularly. Heck Alabama has a different starter (albeit not b/c of injury) than it did at the beginning of the regular season. Wisconsin, MSU, LSU, Texas A&M, etc all have had injuries to the QB. You've got to have 2 of quality.
Awful luck would be if (crosses-fingers) O'Korn now gets hurt. That would be awful luck. But as shown by MSU and Illinois (just to pick two) it happens, and as shown by OSU two years ago, if it does, you can still win big things.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||That's why you have a backup -- we can do this||
Honestly, I feel bad for Speight -- he worked hard, turned himself into a quality player who rightfully earned the starting job, and performed (mostly) well.
But, as pointed out, OSU and MSU both won B1G championships with their backups. While it would be great to go all 13-14 games with the same QB, that can't be the expectation.
No one will feel sorry for us, and we shouldn't either.
O'Korn came here to play, and win -- now is his chance. Where he doesn't succeed, it will be up to the rest of the team (which has a ton of seniors, esp at WR and TE) to pick him up.
|14 weeks 11 hours ago||True...||
...but that UM-Minn game allowed us to fill our required quota of losing to a running QB at least once per year. It's in the state of Michigan constitution.
BTW, while quickly Googling Rickey Foggie, I came across this. Be careful with the "Like" button on Twitter, everyone!
|14 weeks 11 hours ago||So what if there is?||
Aren't there more than one wrinkle possible -- one for Iowa, one for OSU? And don't we want to beat Iowa? Up 2 points with 1:30 left, needing one first down to win the game, would have been a good time to use any non-insane "wrinkle" (e.g., no way should Peppers throw his first pass of the year at that point).
Speight should have still been the QB, so the Michigan "pass / run" option would have actually existed. Instead Harbaugh put up a big "HERE COMES A PEPPERS RUN!" sign, Iowa reacted accordingly, and the play got stuffed. A play completely wasted when plays were at an absolute premium.
|14 weeks 11 hours ago||Don't forget the over & misuse of Peppers||
He had 4 Carries for 11 Yards.
I will bitch about that 2nd and 9 Pepcat play until the end of time (or at least, the end of this week).
Why the Harbuah and/or Drevno thought, "Hmmm....we need to pick up at least 4 or 5 yards here. Let's run Jabril again --- he's racked up 10 yards on 3 carries so far. Even better, we'll keep a hurt Speight on the field, so it's 10 on 11, and rely on all-world-receiving but mediocre-as-heck-blocker Jake Butt to key the play. Sound good?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Lyrical content, I believe||
"You had to piss on our parade
You had to shred our big day
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, especially on the last drive||
- On 1st down, I would have given anyone 10 to 1 odds that Smith would get the ball. Unfortunately, so would have Iowa.
- On 2nd down, once Peppers came in, I wouldn't have even bet, because I thought "Surely, hes not going to run the same fake/keep it that basically haven't worked for the last few weeks, esp tonight. Is he going to let Peppers throw, or have some crazy formation? " Um, no. Same 'ol.
I would be much more OK (though still disappointed) if we would have done play action on 1st or 2nd, any or done a new variation on the jet sweep (a la the Peppers to McDoom one against MSU; but again, something different) and failed. Go down swinging.
But nope -- it was like Debord was back. I love our coaching staff, overall, but that is worrying.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||14 points, on the road, at night is perfectly acceptable||
Sure, they could do things better. They still get gashed on the run (a la MSU game) more than I'd like and also susceptible to short passes.
But Charlton, and then Stribling, made the big play when it counted. That should have been enough.
(and yes, I know 2 pts were scored on a safety, but Iowa missed a wide open 2 pt conversion with a ball bouncing off the hands, so 14 points is fair).
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Pepcat is so uncreative at this point, as is end of game||
Hasn't been working, really, for weeks b/c there are no wrinkles to it (unlike the jet sweep, which continues to get refined). To break Peppers out on 2nd and 8 on the last series was coaching malpractice. Shockingly dumb -- you're relying on a 10 on 11 play to win the game, keyed by a Jake Butt block? You think a single Iowa player was focused on Speight, esp with his bum shoulder?
That literally could be the dumbest play call I've seen under Harbuagh. Can anything top it?
Sure, Speight played poorly -- one deep ball would have changed a lot; but that's the hard part. Our play calling gets so conservative / uncreative at the end, and that didn't give the players a chance.
Would a play action pass on 1st or 2nd down kill you when they're stacking the line?
Man, what a bummer.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Well, to be honest, it's about what I expected...||
...except I thought Mitch would be an impact player and and was unsure about THJ. That's basically flipped, with Mitch out of the league (injuries and dope) and THJ a valued sixth-man on a playoff team. GRIII left too early and didn't have a standout skill, and Trey is too short and not athletic enough to be more than a quality backup.
I did think Nik could at least be 3-pt specialist with occasional drives to the basket (I had/have big defensive concerns), but the hasn't found the range yet. Hopefully he will.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Are you a fan of Michigan sports?||
You don't root for recent players, who helped deliver a B1G championship and a long run in the NCAAs, to do well in the pros? If you don't care about Nik, in and of himself, wouldn't him doing well at least help recruiting?
Pair this with your "Fire Beilien" comment in the Howard game post, and you seem very down on UM basketball. Just 5 years ago, we hadn't won a B1G championship since 1986 and had almost zero people in the pros. Things could be better, but enjoy the progress. It's been significant.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I thought you were joking||
Then I read the article. That phrase could be an MGo shirt, with a jet making chemtrails across the typeface.
Also maybe the "Go"...."Blue"...."Go"...."Blue" chants at the stadium can be replaced with "Wu"..."Tang"...."Wu"..."Tang" if McDoom becomes a superstar.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I think he'll be available||
I think he'll be available soon
|14 weeks 5 days ago||By "couple weeks" - were you being literal?||
I'm not sure how precise you were being, but -- obviously -- 2 weeks is a lot less than the time he was actually in there, which was 5 weeks. So does that longer time period fit your scenario (generally speaking)?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not going to assume anything||
Once something gets normalized, it get's easier to do it.
I put the chance of a home game at 0%, as a Friday game could really hurt attendance.
But, say, a Michigan game at Northwestern or at Indiana? Who knows? Delany could bring some pressure after 3 or 4 years and say, "C'mon everyone else is doing it. If you don't do it, maybe you shouldn't get as much money as everyone else" or some crap.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Or we're complaining b/c we don't like it||
"Michigan doesn't have to play on Fridays"
- That doesn't mean they won't, eventually. We've seen UM do plenty of strange things schedule wise (e.g., the recent resumption of the ND series, to pick just one example)
" I'd rather watch Northwestern-MSU live on a Friday night "
- I understand that. But if I am a fan of either of those teams, going to a game on Friday night sucks. If I'm the home team, it means leaving work earlier (not always possible) and if I'm the away team, it means the chance for a road trip is significantly reduced (e.g., I always love when UM plays at NU -- gives me an excuse for a Chicago road trip; I couldn't do that on a Friday).
Additionally, I tend do non-football things on Friday night. I'm not a college student, so if this works in your schedule, that's great. But there's only so much time I can block off for football. Having it be Friday night *and* Saturday day *and* Saturday night *and* Sunday (for NFL) is not possible. I'd much prefer going to a bar on Saturday and watching multiple games, at once.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Well, that's one. I sure hope||
Well, that's one. I sure hope you are a Nielsen family.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||How much better is this than MAC-tion?||
Washington vs Rutgers? Utah State vs Wisconsin? And (uggh) Ohio vs Purdue? Who, outside of the fan bases for these schools will watch this, except in passing?
The regular season games are all middling, except for (maybe) MSU and Northwestern.
This type of crap seems like it degrades the B1G brand more than it benefits in the additional revenue that a couple hundred thousand people watching will bring in.
Michigan better stay far away from this junk.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||There is no "increase in support" - that is wrong||
This line is false: "...far outstripping the increase in support they're getting..."
There is no increase in support; in real terms, support has decreased by one-third.
"In 1990, Michigan sent $1.06 billion to the state's public universities. If state spending on higher education had remained steady in 2014, when adjusted for inflation, universities would have received $1.92 billion. Instead, colleges got $1.26 billion, a 34 percent decrease."
Administration costs certainly have increased significantly -- that is b/c admins like to hire admins, so there is bloat and I would be fine with a 10% cut across the board -- but that's only a 10% cut out of 10% of total costs (i.e., 1% total).
But admin also increased because parents & students expect a *lot* more from universities these days. Parents used to just send their kids off to school and check in every once in a while; now they expect regular communication & support throughout the process, from application to graduation. Heck, just think of how many admissions U of M gets each year -- there were 55,000 last year; just 6 years ago it was 29,000. Someone has to review all those apps, communicate with all those students, etc.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Your information is not correct - support is declining||
U of M gets 16% of its money from state support, not 8%.
And it hasn't "been that way for a long time" -- it has steadily decreased.
As this chart shows, it is a ski slope, steadily going down.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Those aren't the only two candidates||
Carl Meyers is the other Republican running. A brief rundown of the candidates (including him) here:
FWIW, he was endorsed by both the Freep and DetNews.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||This is not made up -- the actual, full quote||
"There's no machine to go to the pool halls and the barbershops and put those people on buses and then bus them from precinct to precinct where they vote multiple times," Weiser says in the video. "And there's no machine to get 'em to stop playing pool and drinking beer in the pool hall. And it does make a difference."
He added: "Obama has hired a lot of people to help him get that vote out. But if you're not from Detroit, the places where those pool halls and barbershops are, you're not going to be going at 6:30 in November. Not without a side arm."
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, Weisner is very involved with Trump's MI campaign||
"Former Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser touted his role as Vice-Chair of the RNC's Trump Victory Fund in a recent email."
|15 weeks 2 days ago||This may be Top 5 in the||
This may be Top 5 in the "MGoBoard Topics, that are not OT, that had never crossed my mind."
Still, I clicked on it, and enjoyed the video. Another bonus -- I think now know where Mattison got his shirts.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Wow, you are nervous about this game?||
Even if UM's defense plays very poorly, which is possible but very unlikely, the most I could ever see Maryland scoring is 28 points (best-case scenario for them).
Maryland's defense is atrocious -- we will be able to run & pass on them. We're at home. The weather will be fine (i.e., so no sloppy, turnover condition). I'd be shocked if we didn't score at least 35, and I expect more than that (worst-case scenario for us).
I'm nervous about a lot of things (e.g., the election) but not this. UM has something to prove after letting the MSU game get close, so I don't think this will be close.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I don't want to lose O'Maury Samuels||
I know there are higher rated backs out there, and it would be obviously be great to get one (or two) of them, but Samuels looks like a powerful, elite athlete.
I really hope he sticks.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Peppers tackling is so impressive||
His strength is off the charts, so even when it looks like he doesn't have a good angle and/or grip, he still can throw people down with authority (e.g., the first 4th down play). Top that off with his insane acceleration (e.g., when he explodes from his stance to tackle Lewerke, in literally one second, on the 4th and 5 play with 2 minutes left; just engulfs him).
We obviously knew he'd be sorely missed next year, but even with a very good defensive line, it's going to take a village of need-to-be high-performing soon-to-be-sophomores in the back 7 to even come close.
The hype is real.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||They haven't been playing||
They haven't been playing long enough.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||That's actually a good question||
I *think* I would give a slight edge to Pitt, but only slight.
- Both teams have big trouble filling up their stadium (Pitt's stadium, the Steelers' Heinz Field, is not on campus; Ross-Ade is old and hasn't been renovated in close to two decades).
- Both haven't been very good, with any consistency, for quite some time (Pitt's glory years were the 1970s; Purdue's were the 1960s)
- Both play in the weaker division in their conference (ACC -- Coastal does not have Clemson, Louisville or FSU; B1G -- West doesn't have Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State).
I guess I would give Pitt the edge b/c of Western PA recruiting, but any standout recruits can stay "home" (or close to it) by going to Ohio State, Penn State or even Michigan.
So I would think it would come down to the quality of the AD and whether Narduzzi wants to get back into the B1G. But my guess is he'd stay at Pitt.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||That's the second mention of||
That's the second mention of Buchanan in a week on this blog -- how many people do we have living in the sticks?
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Never been a sellout - largest crowd has been 25,009||
"A single-game record crowd of 25,009 was on hand, Sept. 16, 1996, to watch the Eagles dismantle UNLV, 51-6."
"During the summer of 1992, seating was added on the east side to bring capacity to the current total of 30,200."
To be honest, unless Kentucky brings a lot of fans, I don't think this game will sell out either.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Speight and Darboh were huge||
Higdon also seems to be our best runner; I'm glad he's getting the ball more. The rest? Some good plays, some clutch plays, but not enough.
Evans was unimpressive (seems like he should have sat?)
Good job with the win. Hopefully they'll realize they've got to go, full bore, for 60 minutes and pound the snot out of Maryland. I'm hopeful, as by biggest concern was Speight was just "OK" and, while not perfect or great, he is already a good QB.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||DL didn't get much pressure. And why the DL jumping?||
At least twice, our right end (couldn't tell who it was) jumped high in the air while rushing the passer. I assume he was trying to get over a cut block, but the jump was so high and out of control, he took himself completely out of the play. Our DL might have been blocked.
Just weird stuff.
Thank goodness for (a few) big 4th down stops and some early nice red zone defense.
Hopefully this will light a fire under their butts.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Good point, but MAC don't have an out in D1-A||
MSU could be profitable pretty easily -- for example, they were only $700,00 in the red last year; you fire a few six-figure admins, and boom, you are there.
And I'm definitely aware Power 5 schools, like Maryland and Rutgers have issues -- after all, that's a big reason why the B1G is blessed with having freaking Rutgers in our conference.
But MAC schools aren't joining the B1G; they don't have access to BTN money. So they need to cut, and cut soon.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||27 sports -- that means 12 coaches / staffers per team||
That seems like quite a few, considering many of them would seem to only need a couple of coaches to oversee (rowing? men's water polo? women's water polo? men's golf?)
Even considering how many you'd need for football (40? 50?), that's still 300 admins/coaches to cover sports you'd figure need 4-8 people, at most, per team (which should only give you 150-200).
|16 weeks 2 days ago||This guy gets it||
The "administrator / assistant coach" industrial complex is how programs like EMU, WMU, CMU, etc get buried by programs like U of M, who can find ways to spend our $100+ million, and still not have a deficit. Combine that with the difference in facilities, and the budgets are crazily out of whack.
I'd love to see some regents from EMU, WMU etc, say "We can't continue to do this. Losing $15 million/year to play D1 football and basketball doesn't make sense, esp when we are firing academic employees to make up for that."
But they don't. They appear to believe in magic, and the "branding" of D1 spots, so $15-$20 million gets diverted every year.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Because it was easier for him||
Connecting the dots, a lot of the heartfelt columns from his fellow writers extolled some truly nice things that Sharp did for them (e.g., agreeing to travel to an away game in another columnist's place, so the other columnist could watch his kid play high school football that night). Having to do so much work, already having an "angle" -- which is the toughest part of a columnists' job -- saved time. As a default, he'd go negative and assume the worst.
Probably also a reason he plagizarized last year (for which he, nor the Freep, ever apologized for, though it was the main reason he was let go at 105.1) -- it's a time saver.
Reading his co-workers obits, Sharp seemed like a great co-worker, friend and someone who looked out for his fellow man. It's a shame that didn't come through, at all, in his columns or media appearances.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||He trolled everyone||
The Lions were his number 1 target. If he didn't originate "SOL" (Same 'Ol Lions), he certainly popularized it.
But as Brian pointed out, being negative -- when deserved -- is not bad. For example, the Lions typically deserved it. But he took great pleasure in trying to find the negative angle, regardless of Detroit-area team.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||This is sound reasoning||
I like Mandel, generally, and it's hard to dispute what he wrote. Washington looks impressive, but they have not played anyone at all yet -- no one as good as Colorado, let alone Wisconsin; their non-conf was Rutgers, Idaho and Portland State, for pete's sake.
That said, if someone ranks UM 4th or 5th, I don't really care. UM wins the rest of their games, they'll be in the CFP -- one game at a time, blah blah.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||That's reason enough to root against them||
Way too many Cubs fans treated one of their own like complete shit, instead of properly blaiming people like Alou (for pitching a fit like a 3-year old), Alex Gonalez (for blowing Miggy's easy double play ball) and the Cubs' pitchers. Bartman didn't do anything differently than a good majority of fans would have done -- reached for a ball that went into the seats; hell, there were literally other people right next to him also going for the ball, but they just happened not to get it.
I don't really care about the Dodgers, one way or the other, but I hope they win this one.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Why? MAAR is our best finisher.||
MAAR should start at the 2. He was often the only one who could reliably take the ball to the hoop and get a 2 last year. Plus, he's a junior, who won't be jittery against anyone. I'm excited to see how MAAR continues to improve.
Start Walton and MAAR, and work in Simpson--for either of them--depending on matchups, foul trouble, etc.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||A Michigan win, announced by Keith Jackson?||
I'll definitely take it.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||That sounds right - anyone got a chart?||
I try not to follow recruiting too closely, as it has so many false hopes and weird stories, but what you say sounds right. I went to 24/7 to see if they listed when everyone committed, but for old classes, they just list one the "home page" when people signed -- you have to click on each person's name to see when they commited (e.g., Wormley was in August, to pick just one example).
In the off-season, that would be a great diary, if it hasn't already been done: see how team rankings for coaches (e.g., Carr, RichRod, Hoke, Harbaugh) changed over time (e.g., in August; in November, on signing day).
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Or, maybe they just aren't as good as we thought||
Derrick Green left for TCU. He's averaging 3.7 yards a carry hasn't hit 100 yards yet, total, playing against MAC-level competition (TCU's early schedule is atrocious). His main problem was, as a big guy, going down way too easily; not sure how much coaching can help that.
Recruiting is (obviously) inexact and while an average 5-star is better than an average 4-start, etc, sometimes you just miss. Hoke did more than his share of missing, and his tremendous hits didn't make up for it (e.g., Peppers, who he never got a chance to coach more than a game or so).
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Where'd they print that?||
That's not real, is it?
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly. Paul Stanley is KISS's front man.||
HOW YA DOING PEEE-PUL?!
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I don't get any eye-rolling, at all||
Harbaugh seems to genuinely appreciate how special Peppers is. He seems thrilled to coach him and excited about all the possibilities Peppers' skills presents. He was dead-on that this game was looking like a slog (two straight 3 & outs) and then Peppers comes in and, even though the play/fake handoff got mixed up, his sheer skill/speed allows him to rip off a 60-yard-plus run and the domination was on.
Regarding the players, they don't seem tired either -- in my reading of it, team mates do not mind, at all, talking about a player that is truly great. They recognize how great he is, and how rare that is, so they're just as thrilled as Harbaugh.
Now, this can backfire and/or cause dissension if you have someone like Tebow (in the pros) or Manziel who get way too much attention for their talent/production. But Peppers? The dude is an all-around wonder as a player.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I miss the Saturday game threads||
It was an excellent way to get a good sense of the fan bases around the country (or at least a selection of them) in one spot, along with some funny content. They used to have one for noon games, one for 3:30pm, and one for night -- all user-generated content, so I don't see why those went away. Seems like it would be cheap & easy. Do they not have a moderator, even a volunteer? Did something else happen (e.g., they are gun shy b/c of some incident)?
It's a real bummer there are so few posts now (no Hatin' Ass Spurrier; can't recall any LSU Freek gifs this year, etc). Not the end of the world, but it was my third favorite CFB site (after this and TTB), but now I just occasionally drive-by.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||That's nice, but he's no||
That's nice, but he's no Weston Steelhammer (one of the 2013 recipients). That sounds a D&D character name.
Also past recipients: Drew Henson, Brandenton Englemon, Zoltan Mesko, Andrew Luck and Josh Rosen.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Whistles were blown; the hit was after that||
The Minn player should have heard the whistle; everyone else did. Instead, he went looking for payback (these two had tangled early in the game) and hit the kicker clearly after the whistle.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||It really should not be confusing (at least in this case)||
As noted above, this is actually covered exactly in the rule book.
- Can't use the crown (top) of your helmet (McDowell did)
The problem is football culture (particularly commentators) has internalized that "targeting" just means a hit to the head, and they haven't read the actual rule book.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||The play was over; it was definitely late||
You can't "block" someone like that when the play is over.
Watch here -- you can hear the whistles being blown (it was a touchback), the other players slowing down and the Minnesota player was still at least 5 yards from the Penn State kicker. A second after the whistles were being blown, the Minn player levels him.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Brian needs to quit linking to that SB Nation article||
It tries, but by not quoting the entire rule book, it doesn't clarify much.
The rule is confusing in spots, but it's simpler to read the actual rule book -- it makes McDowell's case easy (at least to me).
It simple -- don't hit a player with the top of your helmet when they are defenseless (as defined by the rule book).
I don't think that's even questionable in this case -- McDowell rams the top of his helmet into the midsection of the QB who has just thrown the ball. The rule specifically mentions that you can't use the crown of your helmet and one of the "indicators" specifically states that a defenseless player is "A player in the act of or just after throwing a pass."
That commentary (by Glen Mason?) in the gif is way off base and if the NCAA were smart (which it isn't), they'd educate these folks. Targeting involves far more than just helmet (or shoulder) to helmet hits.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Bowling Green is terrible||
Their previous game was against Memphis. The score was 77-3.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||You defected from||
You defected from Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia for the freedom to post this nonsense?
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Mo Wagner's chance to dominate||
Just another reason why Michigan's season will, in large part, depend on whether Mo Wagner makes a big leap -- his size, energy level and (hopefully) skill are not in big supply around the country.
Throw it down, big man!
|19 weeks 6 days ago||It seems it is unproven, and left up to the player (or coach)||
I googled a story I remembered from last year about the Lions, "Lions offensive lineman switching to knee braces following injuries in 2014" and in it, there's this nugget.
"A 2010 study by the National Institute of Health showed no significant difference in ACL and MCL injuries among players who wore braces and those who didn't."
I'm not sure what Newsome's injury is, but my guess (from Harbaugh's description) is that at least the ACL is involved, and likely more. Hopefully, since knees injuries are likely (I assume) to become more prevalent as people start to go low (as the head/upper body is increasingly not an option), a more up-to-date study could be done.
Of course, then you have football-obsessives like Belichick who swear by them. Obviously, he's not a doctor and this isn't a controlled study, but it again goes to people's preferences.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Knowing this, how are OL coached to prepare for this?||
When they see a DB in front of them on long-developing play like this, are they taught to "block down" (e.g., lean forward) so they are more ready for the DB going low? Or would that take the OL off-balance? Or is there another technique?
|20 weeks 3 days ago||They're huge in Michigan||
I'm not sure if all the commenters are from the Mitten State, but BNL regularly plays Pine Knob (a 14,000 seat facility), while other parts of the country are about 2,000 seaters.
I'm a moderate fan, but I will say their Christmas/Holiday album is one of the best of all-time.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||The freakish athletic ability and football IQ||
Sean Taylor is really an excellent comparison -- both had great instincts, violent hitters, superior strength, explosive speed.
Taylor had better ball skills (e.g., he was leading the NFL in INTs when he was tragically murdered; he also had 10 INTs his junior year) but that is, in part, b/c he played S instead of LB.
Peppers plays more on offense and special teams (though Taylor did that a bit early in his career) so Peppers may be a better with the ball in hands. But Taylor had enough long INT returns to show he blow by / juke at a high level.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||He's not like Peppers||
While "Vai Sikahema" is one of my all-time favorite football names, and an excellent special teams player, he was much shorter and smaller than Peppers. Sikahema also didn't play defense.
He could punch a goal-post, though.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Was it because he looked too much like a pirate?||
Who had also went way overboard on using "Just for Men" coloring on his goatee?
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I've got some bad news...||
I've got some bad news...
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Dump Rutgers, get Pitt||
Pitt is a better school (academically), better sports program, doesn't constantly have its administration do embarassing things, and "Rutgers give the B1G New York City" is BS anyway.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, why don't we let Georgia have him||
Who wants a guy who (if reports are accurate) punches his head coach?
|21 weeks 6 days ago||It's also incorrect||
In 1992, we were undefeated heading into conference play: we were 2-0-1 and ranked #4.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Basically, the team is who we thought they were||
<says in Dennis Green voice, RIP>
- Peppers: From outer space, via New Jersey
- QB: Growing pains, but definitely enough to win with
- K/P: More than a bit disappointed here. Hopefully a short term glitch
- Coaching: Seriously prepared, ready to adjust
On to Penn State.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||"Targeting" does not require helmet to helmet||
"Crown of the helmet" is only one of the possiblities.
If you instead do "Contact to the head or neck area—not only with the helmet, but also with the forearm, fist, elbow, or shoulder—these can all lead to a foul."
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly, I find this stuff kind of depressing.||
I know UM and all our peers (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oregon, etc) will do this, or already do, as its an arms race. Additionally, we have the money, as UM fans (and the fans for about 30 other programs) seemingly have bottomless amounts to give to make sure little to no general fund dollars go to it.
But I still find it ridiculous. The Power 5 schools should break into their own conference, where they can spend $100 million-plus to compete with each other (at least until the TV money gravy train starts reversing in 5-10 years), and the other 60-70 schools need to GTFO of D1-A and stop trying to "compete" with them. I'm looking at you, EMU, WMU, CMU, etc.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed - the product is fully priced||
They have sold 90,000 of them (incl students), so that's a big success, considering how expensive season tickets are.
But if there is any hiccup (e.g., God forbid, we go 2-3 more years without at least winning the B1G East, let alone the B1G title), we'll dip down, significantly.
But even with expecations sky high, season tickets are definitely not a "deal."
|26 weeks 13 hours ago||Well, actually that's Cazzie Russell||
Cazzie has more hardware (National Player of the year; 2-time first-team All-American; 3 B1G titles; two final fours). Glen's second best for leading UM to its only national title in record-setting fashion.
But both of them are ranked outside the top 10, for some reason, so I guess people like Zoltan Mesko are above them.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Brian is showing his current stage of parenting||
It is one of the best board books (i.e., books for kids 0-3) of all time.
And I mean that. I literally have read it over a hundred times to my kids, when they were younger.
For those who care about this sort of thing, Peggy Rathman's other, less available at Meijer/Target/etc books are top-notch as well. I particularly recommend, "Officer Buckle and Gloria."
We now return to non-kids book programming.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I still don't know what Belk is||
My guess: a tire company.
Nope. They sell "Modern. Southern." clothing, shoes and more.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Never been, but sounds right||
A Family Dollar opened about two years ago in Ypsi, just east of Downtown.
Even though it's basically brand new, it already looks like it's a couple decades old and fits in just fine (unfortunately) with the rest of the hard-scrabble, run down buildings that are its neighbors.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Regular reminder: EMU subsidizes this by tens of millions||
This would be funny, if it weren't so sad, and there weren't real effects on EMU's budget (which has led to job cuts).
EMU spent $52 million (much of it on football, which basically no one watches) over the past two years from its general budget.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||UCLA is not a big name in college basketball?!||
That is crazy. They had one bad year. They are a top 5 program in the history of college basketball.
But who cares about history; let's look at next year and why scheduling UCLA should be good for our RPI:
I'm not thrilled about UM playing Furman either. But to complain about playing UCLA, a team universally expected to be better than UM, and has a history basically only exceeded by Kentucky, Kansas, NC and Duke? Get some perspective.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||"with - basically - one marquee non-conference game (Texas)."||
UCLA called -- they wanted to let you know their non-marquee program just the biggest athletics dept deal (w Under Armour) in NCAA history a couple months ago.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||He's not donating...b/c he didn't get the product he wanted||
He was most definitely buying something -- publicity & good will for himself and his wife by getting his name on the building.
Once that was off the table, so was his donation.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Not sure if this blog is the place for that argument||
To all UM season ticket holders: Spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on UM football is not exactly a noble cause. How about if instead UM fans donate that money to inner city schools who could use the cash? There is no need to spend tens of millions on sports; UM athletics has money coming out of every orifice.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Bernstein just did an interview, which muddies things further||
"“It was not our intention to diminish the Trotter name,” Bernstein said the day after he announced he would be withdrawing his gift after complaints about his name replacing William Monroe Trotter’s name.
So far so good.
"“When we realized that it (the gift) was not necessary for the building to be built..."
Ummm...what? Who has said the gift of $3 million was not "necessary" for the $10 million to be built? Is he saying someone from U of M came to him and said, "Look, Mark. We more money than we know what do with for this center. Why don't you take the $3 million back?"
|30 weeks 4 days ago||This pickup makes more sense, the more you look into it||
I don't follow AAU basketball much, but like many of you, I hear how rife with bagmen, "friends", 3rd-cousins, etc all looking for a payday; all this while kids just jack up shots and don't learn the fundamentals.
I have never heard of Brooks' AAU coach, Tony Sagona, but his quote -- about knowing Belein for essentially 35 years -- made me do a quick Google
Here's the lead article:
This guy sounds like the AAU version of Belein: a guy with ethics beyond reproach who (for better for worse) focuses more on players right for his program rather than sheer athelticism.
Key quote: The Warriors "base their system around playing smart basketball: running an offense, spreading the floor, making the right pass." Based on this, I'm surprised we've never gotten a player from this group before, but it sounds like a) it has a pipeline to Notre Dame and b) doesn't necessarily have multiple Top 150-200 players every year.
In any case, glad to have Eli, and just as important, I'll think he'll stick with UM. He sounds like a Coach Belein kind of player.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Section 1||
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Shawn Crable had 28.5 TFL in a season?||
Somehow, I'd never heard that number. That's insane. Heck, Ndamukong Suh had 'only' 20.5 TFLs during his all-world senior season (though obviously he was double-teamed more) and Brandon Graham had 'only' 26 TFLs during his super-duper senior year. I remember Woodley, Branch, Harris and Hall much more from that 2007 team than Crable; heck, the biggest thing I remember from Crable in 2007 is him hitting Troy Smith out of bounds (which is obviously unfair).
...and on a related note, while Googling Mr. Crable, I learned he is now a Coordinator of Parent Engagement at an Early Child Development center in his hometown of Canton. As he states, not what you'd expect of someone who was an all-star recruit who was drafted into the NFL, but he seems to be enjoying it, as he's been there for three years now. Good luck to him.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?||
Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Actual footage of Mitch in a pool hall in OKC|
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Not good - hustle should be his middle name||
For a guy whose appeal has been, in significant part, and his ability to hustle and scrap, he needs to be 100% full-go, all the time. He's not athletic enough to coast -- when you're a 13th man, fighting for a roster spot, you need to be all-hustle, all the time.
Carmelo et al can get away with dogging it b/c they have an elite skill (or two) such a shooting, scoring, etc -- Mitch is just another guy scrapping for playing time.
I really hope he gets fully focused and can get playing time.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||That kick was so money||
Usually for a game-winning kick, you have to wait until it goes through the uprights to be sure it's in -- but Hamilton hit that ball so well and so straight down the middle, we could start celebrating while it was on the way there.
I enjoyed it thoroughly.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Is this a story from a movie||
Is this a story from a movie that I'm not aware of?
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Calmer than you are.||
Calmer than you are.
I think he's channeling his inner Walter.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Is every kid named like an action hero now?||
I know that short, punchy names are popular now, but still, that QB list sounds like an action movie waiting to happen...(voice over)
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Why? He won't be playing football in AA then.||
He'll be in Pasadena or Miami -- somewhere like that.
Thus, he can just skip right over January-March weather in Michigan. It doesn't exist.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Good article with one correction - Jeter's a Wolverine||
They call Jeter a "near-Wolverine" -- I understand that, as he was going to play baseball with UM but signed with the Yankees instead. However, Jeter did enroll and take classes during the fall of 1992.
So whether he played for UM or not, he attended school at UM, so he's a Wolverine in my book.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Girls, this is Lou.||
Lou, these are girls.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||He reads minds||
That's just how good he is.
Seriously though, I know I shouldn't have any admiration for the scumbags, but I gotta admit this is quite creative. I can just imagine someone coming up with the reasoning:
- "But they're going to ask for the report. You know, a written down actual thingy!"
- "How about if we say it was just an oral presentation, not written?"
- "But couldn't an oral presentation still have a PowerPoint deck? A video recording of the meeting? Or a transcript of what he said?"
- "Nope. The report was given in the cone of silence. Pepper Hamilton doesn't even remember what he said. He was speaking in tongues."
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Definitely Brady in Connecticut||
- That's New England's turf -- they almost moved there before getting Gillette Stadium.
- Dolphins I think will be Jim Mandich.
- For Detroit, I think he will go with a Tigers jersey - Al Kaline, perhaps. If he does go with a football jersey, he should wear an Anthony Carter jersey from the Michigan Panthers.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I'd love that, but the camp is in S Florida||
Thus, I think it will be a Dolphins player. My prediction?
Jim Mandich - captain of Bo's first team, and a legend down in Miami.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||One of the things I like most||
One of the things I like most about that video is Nix saw it and thought it was genuinely funny.
I'm all for blood & guts and hatred of rivals, but some good-natured ribbing is also appreciated at times.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||That can't be the same Spencer Hall, can it?||
I know he watches college football, but he does *not* seem like the type to break down film on 4th thru 7th rd NFL draft picks. Plus, I don't think SBNation is a part of CBS (could be wrong on that).
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Blake giving proof this instant draft grades are crazy||
Here is the CBS Sports instant comment and grade:
"A CB/S who transferred from Michigan to Auburn, is a bit undersized and is inconsistent and tough to trust. He will develop into a reliable defender."
That all sounds fair, though the last part doesn't quite match (if he's undersize and inconsistent and tough to trust, how will become "reliable").
Grade? An "F"
|42 weeks 3 days ago||That's correct||
And the FSU game basically sucked, as it was a) hot, b) I accidentally smacked my good friend in the head while throwing a marshmallow and c) I think FSU returned two Grbac passes for TDs, amongst other big plays.
The ND game made up for it though -- Desmond's catch!
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Good post. I watched this lecture a couple weeks ago||
For those not much into the reading of words
|42 weeks 6 days ago||One eye-opening stat worth repeating: expansion of Athl Dept||
"The study points to an increase in the total full time equivalent athletic staff from 64 in 2006-07 to 85 in 2015-16, doubling staff salaries from $3.2 million to $6.4 million... During that same time period, the report indicates EMU's entire faculty increased by just 15.78 full-time equivalent personnel."
So EMU added *more* athletic department jobs, at a high-salary, to serve perhaps 500 students, than EMU did faculty to serve 20,000 students.
That is not right.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||This is they key -- what are the rules/options for conferences?||
I don't believe you are allowed, for example, to stay in the MAC for all sports *except* football, but I don't know for sure. EMU does reasonably well in the MAC (again, except for football) and likes its status as a MAC school (putting it with peers WMU, CMU, Bowling Green, etc), but I don't know if playing as an FCS school for football only is an option.
It would be ideal - join the Missouri Valley or Pioneer for football, stay in the MAC for the rest. Dayton does this - they're in the Pioneer for football and the Atlantic-10 for all other sports.
Regardless, this is coming to a head. EMU, like all schools except for a few handfuls (e.g., Michigan; Stanford; Harvard) is coming up against yet another budget crunch and spending $10-$15 million a year on football is not sustainable.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||An O.D. doesn't make sense||
He was widely reported as being ill, and in fact had talked with people (within the last day or two) about being ill with the flu. That indicates something viral or some kind of other infection, not a sudden, external event like an O.D.
This has been a good thread. Let's not sully it with wild speculation on the cause of his death.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||I'll allow it||
I think it is just a (slightly mangled) version of "smart cookie", which is a well-known idiom.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Man, Prince was the best||
I got kicked out of a house party (on Tappan Ave, I think) for demanding, too often & too loudly, that more Prince songs be played for us to dance to.
I don't regret it.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||My old roommate had that song's chorus as a ring tone||
He was a weird dude in his 20s. Not as weird & wonderful as Prince, but still.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Do I have to give you a||
Do I have to give you a chainsaw? Or will you be acquiring one on your own?
|43 weeks 4 days ago||It's a point of pride||
- First, people like athletics, even when it is fiscally dumb. There are literally thousands of examples (e.g., giving Mike Ilitch, a multi-billionaire, over $200 million in tax money to build his arena, which will make him even more rich).
- Second, EMU considers it's comparable schools CMU, WMU, Ball State, Toledo -- all of which are in the MAC. It would be a considerable hit to pride if EMU says, "Well, we're really more like Ferris State or Saginaw Valley.
I agree EMU needs to suck it up and fix football. Trust me, that day is coming, whether the regents like it or not.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||He didn't say football; he said athletic program||
The working number is that EMU atheltics is about $11 million in the hole, each year.
Not included in that $11 million are the price of scholarships, which also come from the general fund, so that's another $8 million a year.
Plus, there was $4 million for the practice bubble (which I'm guessing comes from another fund) and I'm sure other costs. So that's at least $20 million a year.
I'm not sure where he got $52 million/2 years, but he is correct that EMU students (which number about 21,000) definitely pay about $1000, per year, in an atheltic "tax."
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Because he's politically connected||
Stapleton was appointed (twice) by former Gov. Granholm. What does he do for a living? Well, he's a lawyer (formerly at one of the biggest firms in Michigan) who has parlayed his skills into helping other people (who are not as politcally connected) get public funds.
How do I know connections are his value? Here's his company's "website":
In other words, he doesn't have one. Not a Facebook page, Twitter account -- nothing. Why have a public presence when all the deals you are involved in are behind closed doors?
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, this seems like a good option||
He's a Top 10 grad transfer and will provide depth at both guard positions and even the 3 against smaller teams. He'd use just the one year of open scholarship, and that's it.
I hope we get him.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||My default is usually 'yes' when asked to do things."||
|44 weeks 4 days ago||"He'll play this year.||
"He'll play this year. Michigan is probably losing their entire secondary and must blood the new generation."
I'm excited about this player, but that sounds kind of gross.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Still waiting for the director's cut||
It will likely never come, but one can always hope.
|45 weeks 3 hours ago||I do. So?||
"Ohio vs Kentucky" means the best high school players in each state. UM has the best HS player in Ohio (certainly the best PG); he played in this game, along with a C who looked athletic (from a shot blocking perspective at least, which we haven't had since forever) -- that should get UM fans excited.
"Duke, Kentucky" refers to college programs. They are very, very, very good. If we need to have recruiting classes as good as them for a UM fan to get excited about the future, you're going to be waiting a long time.
So....I don't understand your point.
|45 weeks 10 hours ago||Thornton said he left b/c he wants to be "closer to home"||
He's from California (and Nevada). And while Michigan (Champions of the West) is closer to CA, it ain't that close.
So it will take some doing to get Thornton here.
|45 weeks 10 hours ago||"Some kind of joy"? Dang, you are negative||
How about the actual incoming PG we have next year was the starter for the Ohio vs Kentucky All-Star game?
How about one of our incoming centers had "at least 5 blocks" in said game?
I'd know we'd all love 5-stars to come in every year (a la Duke and Kentucky), and I'd certainly take Thornton if he wants to come here and fits along with Xavier, but we have plenty of hope for the future, even without Thornton.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||I like the way you think||
Unless there is some, otherwhere specified, definition of "regularly", you can just hold a practice in Prattville (or Florida) every year, and then a satellite camp. That would be "regular".
It would lessen the camps, but still allow you to have 1 or 2.
Also -- what's the penalty for breaking this rule? Having to listen to Delaney explain to you for 4-hours why adding Rutgers was a good idea, with no breaks?
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Why doesn't the state of Michigan do something like this?||
I know the MHSAA is famously strict on travel and all-star teams, but these type of games seem like fun.
Since Ohio is taken, and Indiana would blow our doors off, how about a Michigan-Ontario matchup? I have no idea how good Ontario schools are, but I assume they are quite good, considering all the talent that has gone into the NBA from Toronto and the rest of Canada.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||You're right -- he's not rated||
That's weird. He has offers from numerous Power 5 schools, and they don't even slap a generic two or three star label on him? Plus, it's not like he plays in the U.P. -- he plays in Metro Detroit for a good program.
Regardless, I am 100% sure, if Jermaine Sr. is hired, it is not b/c Beilein wants to lock up Jr.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||He has the right color shirt.||
He has the right color shirt.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||I'd say Plan B, at least||
If this hiring is true, Beilein is definitely not hiring dad to get the son -- you only do that with 5-star recruits.
Jermaine seems to be a pretty good player, though. Already has offers from EMU, Auburn, Georgia Tech and SMU.
Update: coincidentally, I was just reading the News, and Mr. Jackson (Jr.), along with Austin Davis, made the All-State "Dream" team.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||MAAR may not be our best player...||
...but I would consider him a legit, B1G starter next year. I assume he'll improve at least a little on defense, and at least a little on offense (e.g., passing) and combine that with him already being 47% FG, 37% from 3PT and demonstrated ability to get to the hoop? That's a starter I'm glad to have on the team.
Wagner -- I agree, it would be better from him to be super sub next year. However, I'm excited to see what he can bring.