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|2 days 12 hours ago||Oh, these are (now) are real thing||
As you might imagine, anything that iconic having to do with Christmas can be bought, now that there is internet commerce.
I don't know how long this site has been available, but a work friend of mine got one of these a few years ago (the desktop version, not the $230(!) four foot tall(!) version). Fun was had by all when he brought it in.
|2 days 20 hours ago||And who's part of the Bill Walsh coaching tree?||
|2 days 20 hours ago||College and NFL are only more comparable recently - $$||
Not in terms of talent (obviously), but in terms of salary & perks.
In the past, a top NFL coach not only would be competing at the highest level of the sport (a big draw for competitive guys) but also would get paid a factor of 2 or 3 times as much. Thus, a successful NFL coach leaving for college would be taking a big step down in not only competition but in money (plus, they'd have to recruit and suck up to 17-year olds). Who would do that? No one, by choice.
However, colleges have started to drop the pretense that coaches shouldn't get paid a *lot* more than any one else on campus, and salaries have soared. It used to be something notable if a college coach made $1 mil. Now, at a big program, you have to pay much more than that (e.g., Saban, who makes $6 mil, not counting perks like the boosters who just paid for his $3 mil house). Heck, Bret Bielema makes more than $5 mil a year! That's more than Jim Caldwell.
Thus, if a successful NFL coach wants to consider college, one barrier has fallen away. Past examples are fine, but aren't as relevant, b/c the environment has changed. Jim Harbaugh will make $6 mil-plus at his next coaching gig, whether it is the NY Jets or UM Wolverines. That's couch cushion money for guys like Stephen Ross.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Yes, B1G is terrible -- which makes UM being bad even sadder||
The only MSU team of recent vintage I've been impressed with was last year's team, which had an excellent defense and a competent offense, which is a recipe for big success in any conference. But beyond that? More B1G high-class mediocrity.
They had their chance against Oregon (literally the only impressive team they'll play this year) and got beat by 20. The next best team, OSU, lost to Va Tech and need multiple bad calls to beat Penn State team we beat a couple of weeks ago.
All that said, many things look like giants to an ant. UM is likely to have another losing record in this worst-in-the-Power 5 conference. That's the sad thing. It would be one thing to go 2-6 in the SEC or Pac 12. But in the B1G? Horrendous.
|4 days 18 hours ago||One of my fave all-time scenes, but I see Hoke more as Fredo||
I mean, look at that quote. If Hoke finally lost it at a press conference, I can definitely imagine him saying something along those lines. Then, after that, he'd go on the proverbial fishing boat and never be heard from again.
Brandon is more like Barzini. Thinks he's in control, that his clever plan for expansion is foolproof and he's willing to get rid of anyone that doesn't make the most amount of money. But really, he's not the smartest guy in the room, doesn't truly understand the culture he's a part of (e.g., Barzini to drugs is like Brandon to marketing/selling every aspect of fandom) and he can be removed from the situation -- as hopefully Schlissel is Michael.
And yes, I just did compare our new prez to a cold-blooded mob leader. These are dark times, but this is the business we've chosen.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Agreed -- just a sideshow to the main event -- UM fball stinks||
How motivated do you have to be to beat UM football over the last seven years? The list of programs that have done so, a few consistently, is quite long. Whether we did/did not show proper respect to Utah, Toledo, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Miss State etc etc -- is not a story or relevant because the main point is numbingly the same -- we are generally not good at football.
But when the MSU game comes along, it can be spiced up in the telling, b/c re-hashing the same story is boring. Thus, taking umbrage at every perceived slight is a contributing reason for MSU winning and UM losing. Unfortunately, it actually isn't. Stake or no stake, UM typically loses in football to MSU. Because that's what we do these days against *any* halfway decent football team.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Double||
|1 week 2 days ago||Go watch Jimmy Graham "block"||
He barely does it. Even with that, he just signed a 4 yr/$40 mil contract.
Many "tight ends" are just oversized wide receivers now (or just plain 'ol wide receivers). Blocking is nice, and valuable, but being able to catch, run and jump with your big body is more important.
|1 week 2 days ago||Notice Mr. Tappan was long gone when these two came around||
It was literally over his dead body.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||We're not a #1 option for Jim Harbaugh||
Jim Harbaugh has made it pretty clear he is an ultra-competitive guy. People he loves (his brother) and hates (Pete Carroll) have a Super Bowl, and all evidence is that he wants one.
If SF doesn't win one this year, it seems he will be fired (due to issues with the front office). Harbaugh will then have his pick of NFL jobs, such as Oakland, Miami, and perhaps both New York jobs.
Unless Jim wins a Super Bowl this year AND decides to go out "on top" (seems very, very unlikely to me), he won't be coming to Michigan, regardless of whether DB is here. Why would Jim? Because he played here 30 years ago? He hasn't (with the huge exception of Bo) exactly expressed love with the program since then.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||AD yes; coach no||
You are completely right on the AD. People got WAY ahead of themselves regarding the regent meeting, but I still think unless Brandon resigns (which is possible, but I doubt his ego would let him) he will be here in 2015. He makes too much money to pay off, has support of big bucks Ross, and has support (as noted) from the coaches.
Hoke, OTOH, is absolutely gone unless we win out. There is no way David Brandon is going to want to try and sell tix next year for a Hoke-coached team that just went 7-5 or worse and lost to MSU and/or OSU again. He showed he is willing to throw Hoke under the bus during the Shane Morris thing. He will certainly do it after this season unless Hoke somehow gets this team to 9 wins (which has literally about a 1% chance of happening).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I can understand, but I actually didn't -- timing is too weird||
I mean, why would he transfer now? It's not like he can leave tomorrow, and go sign up for Rutgers, Penn State, OSU, whatever, next week. He would have to sit out the season, without access to proper training equipment, trainers, meals, etc. Anyone who transfers does so in December or in early January -- after classes and after the season
Not to mention -- I know he's a football player, but he's still a student, right? Why drop out in the middle of the semester unless there is a serious issue (and by "serious", I mean "death in the family", not "disagreement with coaches")?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, he has two sacks||
And if you're thinking about the last play of the game, he was near the the QB, but I believe the other person got the sack. There also was another play that he got the QB for a 1-2 yard gain.
Regardless, BG is having a good year -- and he need to, as he was concerned he would be cut coming out of training camp. He regularly grades out high for Eagles defensive players, so hopefully he keeps it up.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'm sorry, but that's plain crazy||
I will find whatever lemons and other citrus Brian has not eaten if Brady Hoke is here next year if we lose to OSU and MSU. Why on earth would UM keep someone who can't come close to winning the worst Power 5 conference in the country, can't beat our main rivals and not to mention got thrown under the bus by his AD during the whole Shane Morris debacle.
He may have goodwill with some former players, but he certainly doesn't with the fan base. I'd stop listening to former players -- their insularity and focus on a "Michigan Man" (as opposed to, you know, the actual best man for the job) helped get us into this predicament in the first place.
I too hope we beat MSU, but I'm also going to deal with reality.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It just wouldn't work - the narrative needs to change||
There is 0% Hoke comes back if they lose to osu and msu. 0%. At best, UM would be 6-6 and play in some low-rent bowl which no one would care about.
The off-season would be down right hostile, and if you think UM Athletic Dept had to come up with some crazy gimmick promotions for this year, try selling a team that went 6-6 two years in a row, can not beat its biggest rivals, yet for some reason kept the same coach.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Really?||
Was that b/c you were as drunk as Bill Murray is in that picture? I want to party with you, cowboy.
Wile did a great job, and deserves praise for this game, but based on past performance and the simple fact he's a college kicker, I did not consider his FGs (none of which were chip shots) to be "relaxing."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I blame the "Michigan fan" more||
GIlmore is going to relate a story that makes the telecast interesting. Wish it wasn't that way, but that's the way it is.
But that so called "fan" is the worst. It reminds me of one of the worst experiences in my UM fandom, when watching the the UM-ND away game at a house party (a big one; didn't know many of the people), and more than a few "Michigan fans" wanted us to lose b/c they didn't like RichRod and his running QB. I wanted to punch them right in the face.
In any case, due in no small part to their (lack of) support, they got their wish. And here we are, soon to begin another coaching search.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nothing personal...||
...but you posted twice, plus based on my avatar, so I am duty-bound to neg you.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Was that the announced attendance?||
Interesting. On the telecast, they said "109,000". Not sure where they got that from.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Yep, the wagons are being circled||
As much as I'd like to read into it that DB is gone, I think the most "Michigan" thing (based on past performance) is to circle them up and defend the block M (as they see it).
I hope I'm wrong, but I still think (unless DB out-and-out quits, which would shock me) that DB will be here in 2015.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not going to neg you, but there is talent there||
Take JMFR. Per knee, he looks like the second coming of Clay Matthews. Now he is well past his knee surgery, and he really doesn't look all that special -- is that scheme? Is that coaching? Is he still affected by injury?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not sure if Hoke thinks that much of Devin||
Hoke has obviously lost a lot of faith in DG. Some of that is understandable, based on his performances against ND and Utah, but he still has gone way overboard (e.g., starting an obvioulsy not ready Morris against Minn, and for whatever refusing to put DG in at the half when Morris was failing).
The FG is just another example of that -- he thought his kicker (who really hasn't done much, and had a bad game against ND) was a better option DG with the game on the line. I think that's foolish, but it shows Hoke does not have faith in DG.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||In the what, now?||
I seriously have never heard of this.
Apparently it's another attempt at a minor league (beyond college), which makes sense (I guess) as the NHL, NBA and MLB have them.
But why would you teams in Brooklyn, Boston, Florida and Omaha? Put them all within driving distance, for pete's sake.
Beyond that, I more seriouisly surprised Gallon hasn't caught on with an NFL team. I can't believe someone with his quicks, hands and hops can't make a roster.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I like this idea||
Ypsi guy, went to MSU, coached for the Lions (but not long enough to be defined by them) and has a bit of college experience at LSU under the best college coach of the era, Saban.
While I'd love (of the college guys) to get someone who has been an HC before (esp b/c so many of our problems have been "communication", which starts from the top, and setting the course of the program, e.g., modern offenses and punting formations), but of the group above, the only one I like is the CSU guy, and he is a) from Montana and b) would need to have a 10-win season this year to be an option.
Thus, a pro guy would be a nice option. Are there any quotes from Manning or the Thomas "brothers" about how wonderful Gase is? That would be great.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Twin Peaks is very hard to compare||
Which is what is so great (and sometimes so flawed) about it.
It's pretty easy to compare Breaking Bad to the Sopranos to Boardwark Empire to The Wire, etc as they are similar shows -- gritty, well-scripted dramas (with some humor), realistic violence, with compelling anti-heroes and villians.
Go search on YouTube for "twin peaks dwarf agent cooper" and watch those 7 minutes and 17 seconds and compare it to those shows. Sure, some of them had dream sequences (e.g., Sopranos) and some left-turns, but none of them were that completey unnerving and weird. You don't know whether to laugh or cry.
I don't know if the new episodes in 2016 will be good, but I am sure they will be interesting. I am in.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||He can't even get his gobbledegook answers right||
His answer about Drake Johnson (which was a good question about why we haven't seen him so far) was sheer nonsense:
“Well, I think we talk about compete and challenge and there's always that. Not that he wasn't competing or challenging but as you go through practice and the execution of everything, we just thought needed [to be] cleaned up a little bit.”
Sentence one: Drake is not competing or challenging, which would indicate a lack of effort or committment.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You are limiting your playbook -- we need every option||
The whole point of the "quick" QB sneak is that it is quick. You are trying to do it before the defense is set. It is more effective than a regular sneak, esp if your OL isn't great at driving people off the ball (i.e., U of M), b/c if you do it quickly enough, your OL is not blocking a DL or LB who is ready.
So that *was* the best play they thought to attack the defense. It didn't work, but it was reasonable. Just as a play-action pass play which, if it didn't work, would have also left much more time on the clock.
And your hypothetical question doesn't apply to UM -- they score so few points, I want them to run whatever play, at whatever tempo, they think will give them best chance at 6 pts. If all else is equal, for sure, run the clock under 5-8 secs, but again, pass plays stop the clock if they don't work and I would have been completely fine with a pass on second down.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||But that's the end point of his complaint||
Of course he wants Michigan to score. But his complaint is that they left too much time on the clock. If that's so important, they should have a) not ever considered passing the ball (too risky to have an incomplete) and b) been sure not to score until 3rd down.
Since we know Brian (and numerous other people who brought this up) don't think that, I'm not sure what they wanted. The only way we would have gotten to the ideal state (Rutgers having about 1 minute left) would have been, starting at first and goal, to both a) call all running plays with less than 5 secs on the clock and b) wait until 3rd down to score. That's not reasonable as "a" takes away play-action (which would have been a reasonable play call) and "b" is not something they want -- UM wants to score on first down, if possible. If not then, let's score on 2nd down.
UM scored at the end of the half. They did fine.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I don't get you not getting the end of the first half||
I don't get this -- Rutgers easily got the ball down the field and even with the "28 seconds" gone, still would have had at least two plays, goal to go.
But that aside, we do realize it is UM's offense, right? The one that has had severe scoring issues? They don't have the luxury of bleeding the clock to zero if doing so allows the defense to be set. Running a hurried QB sneak in a short-yardage situations is an actual, common play. New England runs it all the time (ran it just last night with Brady) -- you try and catch the defense when they're not set and sneak/push your way in with your big/tall QB.
And follow the logic -- it seems to indicate Michigan shouldn't have tried to score on the Gardner sneak -- after all, that would have left too much time on the clock. If they would have instead let 25 seconds more off the clock and then Gardner had actually scored (and we're OK with them trying to do that, right?), Rutgers would have had even more time remaining.
UM's offense is not nearly good enough to wait until 3rd down to try and score -- their entire focus was (and should have been) on whatever plays they thought would score 6 pts, each time. If it bled clock as well, bonus.
The score at the end of the half by Rutgers is on the UM defense, which based on Saturday's performance, would have found a way to give up a score with 1:13 or 1:43 left.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I think 3-9 is more likely than 2-10||
Even in 2008, we somehow pulled it together to beat Minn. I would think there would be one game, at least, where we'd play pretty well while also getting the call/get a gift interception/something where we'd win.
But I'm not going to spend much time thinking about. Bad is bad.