Peppers at 10, which seems low.
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|5 days 10 hours 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.
|5 days 12 hours 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.
|5 days 15 hours 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?"
|1 week 11 hours 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||Section 1||
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 6 days ago||Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?||
Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Actual footage of Mitch in a pool hall in OKC|
|2 weeks 5 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.
|2 weeks 6 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.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Is this a story from a movie||
Is this a story from a movie that I'm not aware of?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Calmer than you are.||
Calmer than you are.
I think he's channeling his inner Walter.
|5 weeks 2 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)
|6 weeks 6 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.
|6 weeks 6 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.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||Girls, this is Lou.||
Lou, these are girls.
|7 weeks 2 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."
|7 weeks 5 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.
|7 weeks 6 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.
|10 weeks 2 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.
|12 weeks 4 days 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).
|12 weeks 4 days 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"
|12 weeks 6 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!
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Good post. I watched this lecture a couple weeks ago||
For those not much into the reading of words
|13 weeks 2 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.
|13 weeks 2 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.
|13 weeks 6 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.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I'll allow it||
I think it is just a (slightly mangled) version of "smart cookie", which is a well-known idiom.
|13 weeks 6 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.
|13 weeks 6 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.