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|1 week 9 hours ago||I guess, but is the USMNT perpetual underdogs?||
I think your analysis is right, but it seems like there is no time limit on this status, which I find interesting. The US has had (some) World Cup success pretty regularly since 1994, yet the US is always the team of the future, it seems. It's a nice status to have with your fans.
I mean, Costa Rica (our CONCACAF brethren) just won a group featuring England, Italy and Uruguay (i.e., as hard as our "Group of Death"), and then beat Greece in the knockout round. Yet I haven't heard one article saying, "How come they do that and we can't? When will it be our year to shine?"
I don't have a problem with it. It's kind of nice to have a fan base that treats their team like a favorite puppy or something (not sure if it's the right analogy, but it's what came to mind).
|1 week 9 hours ago||Are US fans the only ones like this?||
I don't mean passionate -- that's a given for pretty much every World Cup squad. I mean that they don't seem to really get angry about their team.
I mean, I don't follow Mexican soccer blogs, but when they lost (again) in the knockout round, where they like, "Man, this is disappointing and I'm sad, but it's still wonderful -- can't wait 'til next year!"? My sense is they would be pissed off, but maybe I'm wrong. Same with other countries.
For an example of this outside of mgoblog (and there are many), there's the NY Times game story. There are 400 comments, and while I didn't read every one, it's a mix of "Wow, what a team! I had a fun! Too bad, and I'm sad we lost, but we'll get 'em next time!" and fans from other teams around the world saying, "Nice match, US! Good job, good effort!" It's the most positive comment thread in the history of humanity.
I can't think of another sport, college or pro, where this happens. High school, maybe?
|1 week 2 days ago||Not everyone has the money bags in your avatar's hands||
Obviously $500 is on the lower end, but if you're willing to a) share an apt with someone else (students still do that, don't they?) or b) live outside the actual city Ann Arbor (which many grad students do, e.g., in one of the adjoining townships or in Ypsi), you can find lots of stuff for rent of $1000/mth total, which equals out to $500 a month. And this stuff is not in the 'hood.
If you want to live in the city itself, by yourself, it's easily double (or triple) that, but as a grad student, maybe you don't care as much about being close to the night life and restaurants.
|1 week 2 days ago||Key question - what is the budget?||
If your budget is essentially unlimited, so are the options. If they don't want to spend, say, more than $500/month, that pares things down. So knowing (approximately) what they want to spend is key.
Also important -- do they have a car or will they be relying on bus/walk?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No they didn't -- OSU was not good (D-wise) last year||
You're remembering past OSU teams, perhaps. Last year, OSU got lit up on numerous occasions.
Against Clemson, Tajh Boyd threw for 378 yards (5 TDs) and ran for 127 more yards. Clemson had an RB who ran for 69 more yards (on 12 carries).
That's almost 600 yards of total offense. Heck, Cal had 500 yards in offense against them.
They weren't terrible, certainly, but they also weren't good. The OSU offense last year is what carried that team (as shown by Carlos Hyde running through our d-line at will, along with them being able to pass for copious yards).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Have a fun time and be prepared for 101 questions||
I took my 6-year old and it was a nice time, even though the Tigers lost. And that 101 questions is not an exaggeration -- everything from "Who's pitching?", "Is he any good?", "How fast did he throw it?" "Can you throw it that fast?", "How fast will he throw the next pitch?", "How can you tell it was a curve ball?", "Can you throw a curve ball?", and so on. Thankfully it was a not constant, just machine gun-like every 5-10 minutes or so when something new caught his interest and/or he was following up on one of my comments to my friend (e.g., "Boy, Verlander is struggling!")
And, of course, be ready to spend the usual excessive amount of money at the concession stands.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Looks good to me||
I stopped getting the U of M plates from the state of MI (which are "fundraising plates") b/c I couldn't stand they had a blue M on a yellow field. It looked dumb.
I just Googled it and see they finally switched it so it looks exactly like the Texas plate (in terms of the block M; the whole MI plate is not maize & blue). A point to the Michigan marketers who made sure our trademark was finally correctly being displayed.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||He's only 31 and he's making his own bad luck||
I was at the game last night, so I got to see his latest debacle first-hand.
- He's only 31. He still should be in his prime (not the middle of it, but def a couple more years). Plenty of pitchers (Halladay, Sabathia, Shields, Lee, Wainright, etc) have done very well/excelled at that age. Now perhaps JV is different, but if so, whoo boy -- the Tigers are in trouble.
- He did have bad luck last night , such as the sawed off, broken bat "hit" that loaded the bases. But Infante's homer was a no-doubter, and he's not exactly Babe Ruth. Plus, JV had plenty of good luck (e.g., guy leaving 2nd base early to get double off on a fly out to center field; Davis throwing a guy out at the plate).
So it's not really bad luck, but bad pitching. His control has been poor and he hasn't been stirking nearly enough people out.
If he doesn't fix it within the next couple of starts, I'd be all for the Tigers sitting him out for 2-3 weeks so he can rest / work on mechanics / whatever. Right now, he's really hurting the team (which is shocking thing to say for someone so talented).
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Fair point, but it's still a problem||
The NFL's tax evasion is nothing compared to, say, Apple's or Pfizer's, but it still terrible that the "NFL League Office" is a non-profit which saves ~$10 million a year in taxes and pays its "non-profit" CEO (Roger Goodell) $35 million a year.
With that in mind, I'm fine if people get upset about it. Just like I'm fine that people are finally realizing the "non-profit" bowls, which pay their chairman $1 million+, are also a joke and a scam. I'll take whatever might lead to little victories we can get.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I will yell that out loud||
I will yell that out loud this year/next year any time Ty Isaac has a run/catch of 25 yards+ (even if it is straight up the middle of the field).
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If these clips are any||
If these clips are any indication, I look forward to many productive runs by Ty when we are up 48-14 on teams midway through the 3rd quarter.
Seriously though, the Fresno State catch & run was quite nice. Hopefully we'll see a lot that in the future, as that would help Devin out a ton against pressure.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Wow, the Elite 11 stunk Devin's year||
First, congrats to Alex. Seems like a good kid who's on the rise.
Second, have you looked at previous Elite 11's? Usually, a good portion are truly "elite", but 2009 was a tire fire.
Hopefully Alex can be the best in his class, like Devin was, but have a better, more experience OL to lead us to some more W's and championships.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It's not your fault...it's not your fault||
I'd embed the Good Will Hunting Clip here, but I realized that came out the same year as Austin Powers, so I'll refrain to prevent a continued lack of hipness.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly - why analyze what you're not looking forward to?||
By this, I don't mean Michigan football (exactly). I mean the fact that it is EXTREMELY likely we will go 8-4 or 9-3 this year. Against an unexciting schedule. Which will likely put us behind two, if not three, of our big rivals. Which sucks.
Hopefully the team will surprise like it did in 2011 and go 11-2 (or better). But that's just it -- that would be a real surprise, and and any honest preview would treat it as such.
So I don't think--when we're 1,000 short--that it's "Meta" Blog stuff. It's UM football and it's performance (and lack thereof).
I just hope to enjoy the watching the games (and not overanalyze it), hope Hoke wins enough (pick your number; I know I have mine) to readily keep his job and thus we won't have to spend next off-season discussing whether Brandon should offer Jim Harbaugh $10 mil/year. That's my big-time goals for this year. Which is not exactly exciting when it's been 10 years since we've won a B1G title.
FWIW, I did support the Kickstarter to support the blog/content and I want to learn more about Nuss. But to find out if our 3rd string TE will contribute and how the LB rotation will develop, etc? Not something I can get fired up for to delve into this year.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Hmmm. I'll still wait for the||
Hmmm. I'll still wait for the Groupon.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||The team definitely uses 'Jag-wahrs'||
I just spent 3 minutes on their website and their official "Jaguars.com Live!" show and their coach both use "wahrs", so that seems official.
FYI: their most recent video (about the NFL draft) in their Jaguars Media Gallery has a subtitle that refers to QB Aaron Murray's "rock-hard confidence."
I did not click on that video.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||You changed your argument||
- You said "Many students and athletes..." My point is it is not many athletes.
- Regarding students: At U of M, which has a different than most public universities, the % of students from Michigan is still 60%. That 40% out-of-state comes from all over (every state, many countries). There is a huge concentration from NJ/NY/CT, and I'm sure hundreds of folks from VA/MD. But you know where those students will be during the B1G tourney? They will be...in Michigan. It's not much more convenient for them, just b/c their parents live in Greenwich.
- And the B1G is not just about U of M. MSU has 88% of its students in-state. Wisconsin is 75+% WI & MN students. Etc.
So this it all about "expanding the footprint" and alumni. I'm fine with alumni (I am one) but the students should be the primary consideration -- as many as reasonably possible deserve a shot to see their team.
And of course "everyone" wouldn't prefer Indianapolis. I prefer Chicago or Detroit over Indianapolis. Delaney is not calling me.
But this is just another step on the "brand building" of the B1G, that will eventually lead to not much of a brand at all. That's my point.
If you want to have alums on the east coast see games, great -- schedule non-conf games in CT, NJ, NY, MD, etc. But you don't need to add Rutgers or have your tourney (which is multiple games) far away from the vast majority of your fan base.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||'Many'? I don't think so.||
- UM's roster last year: http://www.umhoops.com/information/roster/
- Michigan State roster: http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-baskbl/mtt/msu-m-baskbl-mtt.html
All from Midwest (MI/OH/IN/IL), except a guy from Wyoming.
While I am sure there are one or two (on avg) guys from VA or MD on B1G rosters, the vast, vast majority of them are from the Midwest.
This has zero to do with students and their families. Please don't perpetuate that nonsense.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Mouton is not really an NFL player||
He has made precisely one NFL tackle. He was wildly overdrafted, everyone thought so at the time, and through injuries/lack of suffiicent talent, he essentially hasn't played yet and I would be surprised if he ever did (he didn't play at all last year).
You are right about Schilling -- I knew I had forgotten someone, so Schilling brings it to 5 players, i.e., the same amount of NFL players in 2 classes as 2009 had in one.
The 2006 did have more depth, but my point still stands: we have been doing below what we need to be in recruiting for almost a decade now. Sometimes well below, but typically below. This unfortunately isn't new.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Go look at the 2005 and 2006 classes - they're not good||
Except for a handful (literally) of gems/very good players, it's a mess. Not as big a mess as the 2010 class, but a mess nonetheless. Future (not) greats like Eugene Germany, Marques Slocum, Mister Simpson, James McKinney, Justin Schiafano (all alleged 4 stars) are all over the list. There's more where that came from.
You would figure if you truly have two Top 10 classes, that would give you a lot of NFL players, right? Well, out of the 42 players, there were basically four: B Graham, S Brown, M Manningham and Z Mesko. Two a freaking year.
The 2009 class alone (which certainly was not good overall) has four or five by themselves: Lewan, Schofield, Gallon (who will all get drafted), plus Denard and Will Campbell.
The really unfortunate fact is UM has been screwing up in recruiting for close to a decade. We've had our moments, but not enough sustained ones to be a top program -- which is why we haven't won a B1G title (and forget national relevance) in basically a decade.
Hopefully things will go our way this year and we can keep moving forward. If we have another coaching change, we likely will be looking at another mess for years to come.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Legality isn't the point - disproportionate penalty is||
As hundreds have pointed out, players get far lesser suspensions for far worse criminal activities (e.g., drunk driving, punching girlfriends, breaking and entering). If you want to have a week or two suspension, OK, I guess. But a whole year strike me of "Reefer Madness" type nonsense.
And I say this as a non-smoker. It doesn't affect me personally if pot gets legalized. But the penalties for it, in many avenues of life, are still ridiculous.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I thought of the union, too||
This type of ridiculous rule (and knowing the NCAA rule book, there are probably dozens of similarly stupid ones) is exactly why it's a good idea for players unionize, or at least to seriously discuss it.
- Driving while intoxicated, where you put yourself and other's lives at risk? No biggie, maybe miss a game or two.
- Smoke some dope on your own time, risking the lives of exactly zero people? Out for a year.
The sooner the NCAA gets blown up, the better.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Somewhat agree, but you're undervaluing Ducks win||
Under Hoke and under RR, and even under Carr for his last 5 years, UM has not beaten a late season Top 5 team in something like a decade. And not only win, but crush them (42-16).
Our "high profile" wins over ND were nice, but were against over-ranked, overrated teams. Oregon was a legit top 5 team last year when AZ beat them -- and U of M hasn't beaten one of those in something like 11 years (which makes me sad)
But even if that one win is a fluke (which is possible, though he's already beat other ranked teams in his two years at AZ), it's far, far to early to say "didn't work here, same result in AZ".
Arizona had a bettter year than Michigan last year, which stinks, and after reviewing our roster and watching the spring game, I'm not that confident we'll be a lot better this year. Hopefully I'm wrong and just depressed after watching our offense at the spring game.
|11 weeks 6 days 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.
|11 weeks 6 days 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.
|12 weeks 1 day 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.
|12 weeks 1 day 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."
|12 weeks 2 days 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.
|13 weeks 2 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).
|13 weeks 2 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.