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|3 days 15 hours ago||Can we get some daylight?||
I know it is more dramatic to use a black background, but how about showing the uniforms in a setting that, at least somehwat, represents how they will actually be seen? Perhaps on a football field in the daylight?
As it is, they look fine, but you can't really tell because there are shadows all over everything.
|4 days 5 hours ago||What I like is how the Pistons game ended||
Didn't see it, but check the box score b/c of this KCP stuff. The Pistons (shockinigly!) blew a late lead to lose by one. Their final three shots:
- Brandon Jennings misses a 3-point jump shot from 29 feet out.
- Derek Fisher blocks a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope layup from 2 feet out.
- Brandon Jennings misses a 3-point jump shot from 31 feet out.
Surprised Jennings wasn't shotting from half-court with his great shot selction.
An appropriate way to end an atrocious season.
|5 days 8 hours ago||I doubt this is true||
They play a type of music (blues-based hard rock) that ages as well as any "popular" music; many of their heroes played in to their 70s and 80s.
More importantly, they still make tens of millions of dollars through touring. If they announced an arena/stadium tour tomorrow, they could sell 10-20,000 seats in most markets, and many times that in LA, NYC and most Europe and South America. Bands "retire" and then realize, "Hey, I could be making millions!" and then they are back in the game.
I will say, I just happened to watch a bit of a ~2-3 year old concert of their's on AXS last night (totally random; didn't even realize I had that channel). I thought the drummer was going to have a heart attack/stroke from the 2nd song on; he looked gassed. Of course, it didn't help he smoked a cigarette (with no hands) thru their entire 3rd song, but I'm sure that's not their worst vice.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Thought the same thing re Borges||
When I read in the post"...the folks around here who fought the rearguard action for Team Borges with such heroic ferocity last season..." I thought, "Brian just put up the Space Coyote bat signal."
|6 days 14 hours ago||Interesting comparsion, but only goes so far||
In terms of "legacy", I agree that both somewhat underachieved, but GRIII hit far more big shots at UM than Jamal, and will have a prominent place on any highlight reel for two different teams that accomplished a lot; Jamal didn't have that. Thus, I think GRIII easily made more of a mark and will be remembered fondly by most in a couple years (while many don't even remember Jamal at all, he was here for such a short time for a team that didn't really do anything).
Beyond that, as you probably know, Crawford had eligiblilty issues that GRIII did not, so that affected Crawford's tenure at Michigan. More importantly, I think, is Crawford was a better player. He was a Top 10 pick and he's justified it by being a vet who regular scores 15pts + a game. Not an all-star, but a very valuable sixth man.
GRIII has as much talent, but there is no way he will be a Top 10 pick, so I'm less sure about this decision. Heck, I agree with many others who think there's a good chance he won't be a 1st round pick at all (though I could certainly see some established team, e.g., San Antonio, taking a late 1st rd flyer on GRIII b/c of his pedigree, talent and good citizenship).
In any case, best to GRIII. Hope it works out and he has a 15-year career like Jamal.
|1 week 6 days ago||Hugely different era - teams are not as good now||
This can't be said enough. It's like when people (e.g., ESPN) were making a big deal out of Doug McDermott being the 7th (or whatever) highest scorer of all time. Players today play 5-10 more games per season AND many great scorers (e.g., Pete Maravich, Oscar Robertson) were not allowed to play their freshman year. So it's not that meaningful.
I mean compare this year's Florida team (the consensus #1) with Duke in '91-'92 (the consensus #1). Even though both teams are/were senior/junior-laden, they are not even comparable in terms of talent.
- Duke had Laettner (very hateable, but one of the best college players of all-time and a solid pro), Grant Hill (great in college & pros), Danny Hurley (great in college, #7 NBA draft pick), Cherokee Parks (good in college, #12 NBA draft pick who played for 10 years) and a few other good college players.
- Florida has a bunch of very good/good college players with experience, who worked hard as a team, but none will be considered an all-timer in college, let alone the NBA (e.g., none will be a first round pick). Yet, b/c they had good talent and great experience, along with an excellent coach, they were #1 in the nation and made it to the Final Four.
And '91-'92 Duke barely made the Finals! That's b/c they had to tough out wins over other experienced/talented teams (e.g., Calbert Chaeney's Indiana).
|1 week 6 days ago||This was not misinterpreted ; people are/were losing jobs||
She was not saying this in a vacuum. It wasn't like she was saying, "I'd kill for a bologna sandwich" and (of course) she wouldn't literally kill somone.
If you look at her full quote, she referenced "The Ledger almost died in June, right?" That was in reference to the fact in June 2013 the Star-Ledger's publisher said that the paper would close if employees didn't give big concessions.
Now, 9 months later, she brings it up in a journalism class. So she knows the Ledger is on shaky ground and people are/were getting laid off. Of course, she didn't know over a hundred people would be fired a month after she talked to this class, but it's not like it wasn't on the table.
Now, your larger point whether they DESERVE to lose their jobs (e.g., if they are making up stories or spinning things excessively negative) is not something I can comment on. But this sounds like it was personal -- she is mad that some sports columnists/reporters thought she and her coaches were doing a bad job should be fired, so she thinks all of them should be fired.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Wolverines!||
Nice pic. Does this mean we will see Papa Hewlett some day at a chain link fence, right before the OSU game, yelling at his son, "Avenge me! AVENGE. ME!"
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Really? If so, sorry.||
I thought I kept it pretty general, but honestly I wasn't really worried about spoilers for an epsiode that's about 10 years old.
If you are watching the show -- hope you are enjoying it; I sure did. I wish I had the time to re-watch old episodes, but perhaps that will be better 5/10 years from now, as I will have forgotten much of what went on.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Why be mad?||
As the only mgoblog person with a Lost avatar, I feel I need to comment here.
G4 (I think that's the channel) shows re-runs of Lost and the other day I caught the finale to Season 2 (the hatch exploding) and I was caught up again. Great acting, set design, interesting characters, etc. I then went and re-watched "The Constant" for the first time in three years and had to leave the room toward the end b/c it was getting dusty in there.
Now, I liked the series ending, and loved the show overall, so perhaps it is easier for me to view old episodes (which I rarely do, b/c I don't have the time). But give it a whirl -- Locke is still Locke, Desmond is still Desmond. Regarding the last episode, you can just refuse to listen to Jack's father and pretend it never happened, if that works for you.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting||
I don't think that at all, but OK. The more, the merrier.
I guess my thought is that considering yourself a Wolverine has to come from a place of meaningfulness or passion -- attended the school, worked there, attended games, etc -- not just, say, having a good customer experience at a health care clinic for a routine checkup.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||What a mess of examples||
People who "live in Ann Arbor"? Why would they be Wolverines? Did U of M annex the entire city (I know it may seem like when you drive by campus with the constant construction, but I don't think they have yet)?
If you work for or attend the school, obviously you can call yourself a "Wolverine" ; you are directly affilliated with the university.
As far as the literally hundreds of thousands of people who go to U of M Health System for treatment, I don't even know what to say about that. I am certainly not going to care what a family of a kid with cancer calls themselves; they can literally do whatever they want. But if someone goes to get a mole checked out the UM Health Clinic in Canton, are they all of a sudden "Wolverines"?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"...and at times looked unmotivated"||
Any time you here that from outside observers, it's not a good sign for the coach.
Red needs to figure out the next step for him and thus the program -- is he (planning) on being here one more year? Three? More?
This is where David Brandon gets to earn some of his money -- helping a living legend figure out how to go out gracefully, and hopefully (but not necessarily b/c the last two seasons have shown nothing is guaranteed) on top.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I don't see that - I'd be fine w ~60 teams||
The NFL has 32 teams. Interest in it is sky high.
If Div-1A all of sudden went from 110 programs to 60 programs, why would interest in those 60 programs (UM, OSU, USC, etc) go down? There is now less product, and that scarcer product is now (on avg) of higher quality -- I would think interest would go up, if anything.
Plus, as stated, Div-II and Div-III schools are unaffected by this. That's still hundreds of programs.
What truly matters in terms of wide-spread interest is at the high school level. That feeds into college, which feeds into the NFL.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Fine by me - this is big boy stuff, as it always has been||
There is no law that requires EMU, WMU, etc to play Div-1A football. They already are being bled dry trying to keep up with the Phil Knight's (oops, I mean Oregon) and T Boone Pickens' (oops, I mean Ok State) of the world. This ruling is just another (large) pebble on the scale that already is heavily, heavily tilted to favor "BCS" teams.
My desire to watch UM football will not be changed one iota that if instead of playing EMU, Miami (YTM), Ball State, we played BCS schools instead. And that assumes cross-division games would be banned, which they are not now (hello, App State!) so I'm not sure why they would be in the future.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Did free agency & unions lead to the demise pro sports?||
I need to know, exactly, how this will lead to the 'demise' of college football.
Is U of M, OSU, MSU, etc going to drop football now that they might need to direct a few extra million directly to the players, in the form of stipends and or better health care, instead of buiding ever bigger and fancier edifices for non-revenue sports and giving extra $$$ to coaches & admins of all stripes?
The fact is, just like with baseball players in the 1970s, players deserve a larger cut of the literally billions of dollars floating through the sports landscape. Just b/c you feel a scholarship, room & board and academic support is "enough" doesn't make it so. It should be up to the workers (and that's what they are -- workers) to negotiate with their employers to figure that out.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Size matters||
Van Andel fits 10,000 people. What are the average amount of people that attend a D-League game -- 2,000? 3,000?
From a size perspective, the DeltaPlex is perfect. It's holds about 6,000 and won't have scheduling conflicts like Van Andel, which hosts big time acts when they come thorugh town.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Didn't need to expand the conference to do that||
I can appreciate it being convenient for UM's sizeable alumni base on the East Coast. But if that was important, why not schedule regular out of conference games there - Rutgers, Maryland, BC, Virginia, etc? For bball, it's even less important to add them, as we regularly play in NYC now (not to mention road ACC/B1G games).
Instead, we get to add Rutgers home/away in bball, and only get to play teams like Indiana, Wisky, Iowa, and Purdue once. That is not a good trade, in my opinion.
I will hate this move, always. I hope it falls on its face and we can spin these two schools off (Rutgers especially) to some super-duper ACC/Big East conglomerate mega-conference in 2025 or something (pipe dream, I know).
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I agree it's much better -- and interesting group dynamics||
This is much better than the screwed-up policy they had last year.
I do find it interesting, how for smallish groups (say 4-8 people), you may have to dump a friend/roommate who will significantly bring down your average. "Sorry, Braden. You'll have to sit with another group of people b/c you only attended two games last year." The peer pressure (to go to games) and resentment (if you are shunned) should be worth a few MGoBoard board posts.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||No question it works||
Look at the top NCAA Div-1A winners of all-time: Coach K, Boeheim, Knight, Dean Smith, Rupp, Calhoun. All are/were famous for getting on refs. There's a reason for that: it works, especially when you are a respected coach, which Beilein certainly now is.
I don't want him to become Knight (or Izzo or Ryan, for that matter). Hopefully, Beilein will do it judiciously, as he seems to do now (e.g., I think flipping out after they missed two obvious travels, and might have missed that charge call, makes sense to me). But I would argue that, before this season, he didn't do it enough. Because again -- it works.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||No need. I'm good with||
No need. I'm good with Woodson.
|6 weeks 3 hours ago||I agree. But "C-Wood"?||
It was great seeing Woodson there and fun he briefly got in the photo.
But does anyone really call him C-Wood? If you said "Woodson", would any UM fan, even a casual one, not know who that is?
And are we calling Desmond Howard "D-Ho"? And Tom Harmon "T-Harm"?
Small thing, but just seems weird to me.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||More to fonts than size||
Go look at that picture again. Lucky for us, the "Wolverines" and "Louisville" guys are the exact same distance/placement. You can read the "Louisville" one, but the "Wolverines" one looks decidedly more blurry. Why? The difference in font type.
Louisville's is more thick and "blocky" which makes their letters more distinct. Ours looks more like an italicized, curved version of something, which doesn't work as well when the letters are already on the small size.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Correct - visibility is key to uniforms||
These are fine, I guess, and aren't nearly as bad as our "hideaway numbers when exposed to sunlight" Outback Bowl jerseys. But "Wolverines" has too many letters for the amount of space with that font choice. Does adidas not care whether you can easily read what's on their jerseys?
Just look at Kansas or Louisville -- you know who that is.
That said, these are better than "Sic 'em Bears". Uggh.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||They beat Georgia in the||
They beat Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, 38-35.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||It's not the 1970s; U of M takes hundreds a year from CCs||
Personal experience is always helpful, but bringing the example of one person from 40 years ago doesn't show anything, one way or the other. I had two friends -- one 20 years ago and another 10 years ago -- who successfully transfered 60 credits, each, from Michigan CCs to U of M.
But beyond our anecdotes, college has changed a great deal due to costs, shared degree programs, etc. For example, about a year ago UM formalized a program with Washtenaw CC to allow ease of transfer credits from both schools. More importantly, this story notes "100 students transferred from WCC; overall, 377 students transferred to U-M from community colleges (in 2012)".
So you're telling me U of M has the ability to take 350-400 kids a year from CCs, yet somehow can't figure out how to have any of those kids be football players?
I'm not naive. I am 100% positive some of the HS seniors we take only got into U of M b/c they are very good at football. Hopefully, they are succesful students while at U of M, but football was the reason they got in. The same standards can be applied to junior/community colleges.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Oh, I agree it unlikely we||
Oh, I agree it unlikely we pass Syracuse (unless we go 7-0 down the strech). But my main point is I think Syracuse is far from a lock as #1 seed, as they are 50/50, at best, to win their conference.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Syracuse locked?||
I might be misreading what Brian means by "locked", but the statement "Syracuse is locked into one spot" in Buffalo does not seem accurate, to me. Syracuse is not even #1 in the ACC standings and if they lose at Virginia, they definitely will come in 2nd. I find it hard to believe the committee will give a #1 seed to a team that finishes second in a league that has only 5 bids, and that has not exactly lit the world on fire in its last 10 games.
Meanwhile, if we go 3-1/4-0 to win the B1G outright, and then get at least to the finals in the B1G tourney, I can easily see us being seeded even, if not ahead, of Syracuse.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I know - and it's lazy reasoning||
1) We've had Juco's in the past - not very many (e.g., Russell Shaw, Austin Panter) but we've done it.
2) Beyond that, if you look at that list of Juco recruits, you'll see schools with similar academic profiles as U of M -- Cal Berkeley, Indiana, Purdue, Florida (along with UCLA and Penn State offering a couple guys, just not getting them).
I find it unbelievable that those schools can figure out how to find guys whose credits transfer to their schools, but U of M is flummoxed on how to do it themselves. I can understand not being able to find many guys who qualify, but not being able find any means the coaches just aren't looking.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Recruiting this year was mystifying||
Why we ended up being so short and knew it was quite possible we would lose Bryant is mystifying.
I have brought this up before, but will keep doing so b/c with Bryant out, it increases the already high-likelihood of mgoblog posts about how young are OL is and that it is a valid excuse for Hoke if we go 7-5/8-4 this year.
Here is the list of the top JC OL tackles: http://247sports.com/Season/2014-Football/CompositeRankings?InstitutionGroup=JuniorCollege&Position=OT
Notice the schools who brought these folks in: Alabama, FSU, A&M, Tenn, Maryland, Arkansas, Indiana and hey...Michigan State (two of them)!
When you have lack of experience/size/depth at a position, and scholarships to use, you should do something about it, especially when some of your main competition is. Nothing short of malpractice by Hoke & co.