"He makes it really easy on you as a coach because he has tremendous football instincts," Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh said. "Things come really naturally to him. He doesn't have to see things too many times. He has a good sense for how things should look and feel, and he's a tough, physical guy."
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|1 day 8 hours ago||Jim Delany thanks you.||
Jim Delany thanks you.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Hell no -- that field will be a mess||
Heinz Field has one of the worst fields, if not the worst, in the NFL. If they play a game on Thursday, our game two days later will be on a joke of a field.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Nope. No domes nearby to Maryland||
- There are only 8 in the NFL (4 fixed and 4 retractable) -- Detroit, New Orleans, Atlanta and St Louis, along with Dallas, Houston, Indy and Arizona. So none on the east coast, or near it.
- In college, you've got the Carrier Dome and the Alamodome (which hosts a bowl).
So unless they want to go to say, Syracuse (who is coincidentally off this week), a dome's not an option. And I have no idea why'd they'd go to Syracuse, where they'd play in front of less than 10,000 fans, and it's not close to either team (which I guess is fair, but I'm sure a huge pain in the butt).
|1 week 1 day ago||I need a pic of how low he was to the ground||
You couldn't really see him, but it appears he had his hand down and was close to the ground, which made him difficult to see (for us and for BYU). I'm wondering if anyone got a still photo of it, b/c I don't think the video does it justice -- it looked like he literally disappeared for 2 seconds, which is hard to do when you are 200+ lbs.
|1 week 2 days ago||I just started one in my office||
Will that help?
|1 week 2 days ago||Some of those fields are atrocious||
I like the tribute, as Messner was a beast, but some of those artificial fields are frightening.
The Minn. field towards the end -- if my stone deck was glazed that well and looked that rock solid, I'd be a happy homeowner. The amount of rug burns and bruises (not to mention more serious injuries) that they all must have had could not have been fun.
EDIT: to be clear, that was a U of M home game against Minnesota. Our artificial turf in the 80s was very artificial.
|1 week 2 days ago||One of the greatest movies of all-time||
Though I have far fonder feelings for the late, great Leslie Neilsen than I do for Jim Delany.
|1 week 2 days ago||Short term thinking - a commissioner should have some foresight||
In 5 years (give or take a couple), BTN, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, etc aren't going to be able to rely on non-sports cable subscribers to provide the vast majority of the money for the large checks these networks send the conferences. There is a reason ESPN has been cutting costs furiously -- people are cutting the cord.
In the very near future, these networks are going to have to primarily sink or swim, a la HBO or Showtime, on their own. And Rutgers is no Game of Thrones (it's not even Veep) in terms of appeal to subscribers.
So using Rutgers to "get on" Time Warner Cable in NYC is not going be a thing very soon. BTN will have to have appealing programming that people will want to pay $3/month extra. And leaving aside their joke of an athletic departement, I can't see Rutgers and their unispiring football program and abysmal basketball program being that appealing -- in NYC or elsewhere.
It is, and was, a dumb move. Winter is coming.
|1 week 4 days ago||Was it on purpose?||
I have to imagine it was. Cameron Crowe, who literally went on tour with band's like Zeppelin, wrote the script so he would have known those albums cold.
Perhaps they couldn't get the rights to Black Dog or something? Or maybe they wanted to show what a screw up Ratner was? I have to imagine it was intentional.
|1 week 4 days ago||Just go with Black Sabbath (song) to really set the mood||
You have the rain, the doomy bells and then the devil's triad guitar (along with the bass and drum) come crashing in --- that would get everyone gloomy in a hurry. It would be perfect for the next M00N game.
|1 week 4 days ago||No idea why it's not a thing||
Yeah, I've attended a lot of sporting events, but not sure I've ever heard this song. I have no idea why -- the album/song/band were huge at the time, it doesn't have offensive lyrics, and the song is perfect for a stadium.
|1 week 4 days ago||Some songs just work; and some listed aren't dad rock||
Lose Yourself, Seven Nation Army, Let's Get It Started are not 'dad rawk' -- they came out in the early 2000s, so today's college students would have been aware of them when they were new as little kids. I guarantee most the undergrad girls danced to "Let's Get it Started" in a dance class or cheer competition while they were growing up. They'll associate those songs with their youth, not with their dads.
Much of the rest of the list *is* dad rock, and like you, I'm sick to death of much of it. That said, some of those songs just work. The intro to Hells Bells, Welcome to the Jungle, Enter Sandman, We Will Rock You are finely crafted by artists to explode in a stadium format -- and thus, they work at a football game.
Beyond "Enter Sandman", you also forgot "Crazy Train", "Fuel", "Right Now", "Living on a Prayer" and "Slow Ride".
The grunge/alternative-era largely gets skipped, mostly b/c of its use of minor keys/dissonant tones and depressing and/or personal lyrics, I suppose. But "Smells Like Teen Spirit" gets some play. I'd be up for some "Cherub Rock", "Animal" or "Thunder Kiss '65" and think they would translate.
..and We Built This City should never be played unironically. I don't know if I've ever heard it a stadium. Because it is god awful.
|1 week 5 days ago||It costs $49k a year to go to BC!||
...and that's before room & board? I know college is expensive (and that there are numerous colleges more expensive than BC) but it never ceases to amaze me when I set it in print or on the screen.
And you out-of-state folks who attend U of M (which isn't much cheaper than BC): thank you, and (very likely) your well-off parents for subsidizing the Michiganders.
|1 week 5 days ago||Are pro football writers higher than Jim Irsay?||
Do they really think Harbaugh, after having such a bad ending experience with the bumbling son of a former owner, would almost immediately go work for another bumbling (and drug-addled) son of a former owner?
Jim Irsay does (did?) have the smarts to generally hire really good football men (e.g., Polian; Dungy) and the good fortune to fall into Manning and Luck, but with their current GM apparently about to win a power play on Pagano, the only way I see Jim leaving U of M is if Irsay says, "Here Jim -- you can be coach; pick the GM; have $8 mil/year; and I will give you controlling ownership interest in the Colts and I'll step to the back."
Since that has a 0% chance of happening, it's pathetic it's being discussed. I know PFT, etc need page-clicks, but please.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Inigo, he's actually correct||
If/when Rudock next completes a long throw to a wide-open guy, some people might sarcastically cheer him, as if to say "Finally!"
That's a common definition of a Bronx cheer.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||GMI is now Kettering University||
Changed awhile ago -- 15 years or so, in order to make it less General Motors focused.
Lawrence Tech is still Lawrence Tech.
Both are not party schools.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm a no to changing to "Harbaugh Meltdown epic"||
One of the things I've noticed about Harbaugh, is while he will go off on a ref (or an opposing team's coach), he doesn't seem to do that to his players when they make football mistakes (e.g., throw an interception). I find that a good thing. He coaches 'em up.
So I wouldn't want a pic of him yelling/throwing a clipboard to be the image associated with the UM player who goofed up royally.
If it needs to be a Harbaugh image, perhaps one of his vacant death stares (usually in response to a goofy question).
Just my two cents.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not on Wow||
It's a (tiny) thing I miss about Comcast.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Shockingly, this person wasn't informed||
...and I'm not even talking the obviously ludicrous idea that Mr. Squeaky Clean John Beilein would employ a bagman; this guy was referring to the "fact" that Simpson committed to UM a) having ever visited (false) and b) was not even considering us until a couple days ago (again, also false as his dad contacted Bacari over a month ago, and the family has been in touch ever since).
So I would hope if UM lost a player to someone in similar circumstances, we wouldn't make those claims.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know about terribly slow...||
...but he certainly didn't look fast. Perhaps he's on of those guys who glides and you can only tell he's going fast in the open field when someone is chasing him.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||You know it's gone bad when you see this headline||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||It's a complicated subject||
I generally agree that adult prostitution should be legal, but it's a tough call. If you're interested, there was a recent public radio show on it,
I recommend you listen to the whole 47 minutes, and I generally came away from it thinking legalization would be worth exploring on a legal basis.
But if you're pressed for time, just listen to the last 5 minutes. There are two callers -- one who sounds a bit unhinged (which worried me about the type of "johns" these legal sex workers attract, which I hadn't given much thought), and another who makes similar points in a much more rational and thoughtful way --- it gave me pause.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||If true, I don't think QB choice is difficult||
There was the tweet, " Morris has a great arm. Rudock doesn't make many mistakes. Tough call."
I'm interpreting this quote a bit, but if this means Morris is more likely to turn the ball over, then I don't think it is a tough call - you definitely go with Rudock. The defense should be very good, and perhaps great, this year. When you have that, you don't want to blow a 17-13 game in the 4th Quarter with a pick-six.
Besides, it doesn't seem like (except for perhaps Jake Butt) that UM has any game-breakers that a cannon-armed Morris would be hitting anyway. Best to matriculate that ball done the field, and beat some teams 17-10 etc. If we fall behind significantly, then maybe bring in the higher risk/high reward QB. But otherwise, go with the more sure/accurate thing.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Would it help if I shaved?||
You know, cleaned myself up a little?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||That's a great point||
Canton is a (fairly) big city and thus has some serious economic diversity to it. To generalize:
- East of Haggerty, you have older homes and even some trailer parks.
It will be interesting how these different constiuencies will affect how the city and schools are run.
Plymouth, in my experience, is not snobby at all.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||They aren't cities?||
They aren't cities?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Are you serious? Northville is very snobby||
I have friends in Northville. I like my friends; they are nice people. I also enjoy visiting Northville -- it's beautiful. And I'll eat at Rebecca's Family Restaurant any time I have a chance.
But I've been to a few dinner parties and social events there and let me tell you, it is snob city. I heard more smack talk about public schools than I have ever heard in my life -- and Northville has great public schools! If you mention Plymouth-Canton, Livonia, etc schools, forget it.
And someone once regaled me (before I faked a phone call and left them) with how their house was going through a renovation and they can't believe some people live in houses that are less than 2,000 square feet. She was serious.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||Mind...blown||
I've literally watched over a hundred UM home games -- if you would have said, "What color are Michigan's goal posts?" it would have never occured to me that they were white until just now. I would have said, "Yellow...duh!"
Is this a real-life version of that "What color is this dress" thing that was going across Facebook like wild fire a few months ago? I didn't participate in that, but maybe I should have.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||"from a roster that had more talent than 50% of the B1G"||
I'm going to need some evidence for this claim. I'll take NFL draft position ; how they did once they transfered. Anything.
I recently watched the UM-Wisky game (one of the few "highlights" from that year). I forgot how bad our offense was (or blocked it from memory). The plays were often there to be made* -- people would pop open, but Threet would regularly over/under throw them, or just not see them. The OL wasn't much better.
It's not Threet's fault. He was a RS Fr and would have made an excellent backup later in his career. But a "workable offensive system" with no QB and no OL does not exist.
* It's funny, in 2008, everyone was afraid of this new-fangled spread football. Now looking at it, you see the plays and you're like, "This looks like a typical 2015 offensive scheme."
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Advertisers are already paying that premium||
That's key -- with the huge contracts, the NFL, NBA, etc have *already* maximized (or nearly so) the money from all sources. And in the future, they still likely will get big money from advertisers. But that's already in the budget; there is only so much they can increase it.
And they can't increase it enough to account for the (likely) precipitous drop-off in cable user fees.
Oh, btw: Disney's stock is down 9% this morning. They're blaiming ESPN. If I had the skills, I'd insert the "It's Happening!!!" gif here.