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|6 hours 41 min ago||Don't think of a pink elephant||
What are you thinking about now?
It's too late -- once "cleared to play" got out there before Minnesota, unless Beilein says *why* that has changed, nothing he says will get media (and many fans) to "back off."
|7 hours 13 min ago||No he wasn't clear today -- the story has changed||
- Before Minnesota, Caris was "cleared to play" by the UM med staff and Beilein said, "This is his call. It isn't my call."
- Now, Beilein says, "He's cleared to play when he feels 100 percent and I feel I am on board 100 percent...He will be cleared to play when he feels good and I agree with him."
Where were those "and's" a few days ago? Why is Beilein involved in the call -- now -- when before he was not?
Unless I learn differently, I assume Beilein is now taking cover fire for Levert, because he realizes how it looks when someone is "cleared to play" and then they don't. That's what head coaches do, particularly at college -- they take heat (warranted or not) for their players.
|7 hours 35 min ago||Again, not realistic||
Witholding judgement makes sense when we knew the injury was serious, but not how serious, just that it was keeping him from playing. We know his injury history and that it is/was reasonable for UM to be careful.
Once he was "cleared to play" and he has not played (and doesn't appear to be anytime soon), it is completely reasonable to expect an explanation, detailed or not.
|7 hours 54 min ago||That's not realistic||
UM sports relies on its fans being passionate about the team -- it literally pays the bills. That means they care about what is going on.
It is unreasonable to expect those passionate fans to be invested in the team (buy our shirts! cheer our team! travel to Brooklyn! buy our tix packages!), and then when the best player goes out for:
...for those fans to say, "Eh....come back whenever. We don't care."
Fans do care. He is not legally obligated to do anything; but if he doesn't want the scrutiny of big-time sports, don't play big-time sports.
He could easily release a statement, have Beileien says something for him, whatever. But saying absolutely nothing, once you have been cleared to play, is not good.
|11 hours 19 min ago||Your title doesn't quite work||
It's not that there will be "no funds for college athletics" (i.e., football, which is all people on this board care about). It is that:
1) The state of Louisiana has a two-year budget deficit of $3 billion (largest in history)
2) If the deficit is not closed, there won't be enough money to keep the universities open (e.g., the state already stopped payment on the TOPS program, the state's biggest scholarship program; it is expecting the universities to pick up the tab)
3) If the university is not open, the "student athletes" can't be eligible, and thus LSU et al won't be able to play. This is true even if a bagman steps up with $50 million.
With gas prices approaching $1 (La. relies very much on refining), and previous budget mismanagement, Louisiana is in for a world of hurt. You would assume they will figure out a way to keep the universities open, but as of right now, the money just isn't there -- not remotely.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I'll reply here -- you said conference record||
would be 10-8. We are 8-4 in the B1G right now; with 3 more wins in the conference (which is what you listed), we'd be 11-7.
Has nothing to do with the DII school.
|1 day 12 hours ago||I would take those wins/losseses in a second, but...||
...if Caris doesn't return until NW, which is well after he was "cleared to play" by UM's medical staff, there is a lot to be concerned about (both about him, and the team).
Plus, you got one stat wrong -- we'd have 11 wins if we beat Purdue, NW and Wisconsin. The only way I think we have a chance of getting to 11 is if Caris returns, starting with the very next game at Purdue (even if only to play 10-15 minutes at first).
|1 day 20 hours ago||One big positive||
Better conference record than MSU and OSU!
|1 week 8 hours ago||Chazz needs at least one, if||
Chazz needs at least one, if not two, more z's to be sufficiently broseph.
|1 week 8 hours ago||Mercury Hayes||
Martavious Odoms is good, but Mercury Hayes sounds like a blaxploitation star from a 1970s movie, e.g., "John Shaft has a new partner...and it's the fastest, roughest mofo on the block, Mercury Hayes."
|1 week 8 hours ago||My two PJ / Ann Arbor related stories||
1) I bought Ten, on cassette, at Wherehouse Records (we used to have record stores, kiddies!) on South U in September 1991. It was $5.99 and I bought it b/c I was/am a big Soundgarden fan, knew PJ was part of Temple of the Dog. I hadn't heard one song off of Ten. The deal-clincher: I got a free Mookie Blaylock t-shirt with purchase. Definitely a bargain.
2) I had tix to go see PJ at the Blind Pig in November. I did not go, because I had done zero work for a paper due the next day. So I spent my night/morning in the fish bowl, and missed an intimate show by a big band. Even better, I got a C+ (or maybe worse; I forget) on the paper.
The lesson? Either blow of your home work completely or get it done ahead of time. Plan your partying appropriately.
|1 week 8 hours ago||1991 was a recession year - "It's the Economy, Stupid"||
There's a reason that Ross Perot and Bill Clinton were debating Nafta, and George HW Bush was getting blasted for not knowing the price of a gallon of milk: the economy was in recession (not nearly as bad as 2008-2009, but still not good).
I distinctly remember reading a Newsweek (in print!) on the way to my freshman dorm, with a story about how Gen X'ers would be the first generation to do worse than their parents. I was not thrilled.
So in short -- there was some angst. Not to mention, grunge/alternative nation was a reaction to "SHE'S MY...CHERRY PIE!" and the like.
|1 week 1 day ago||I did this drive once||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Was Durkin in his room,||
Was Durkin in his room, jamming on a Sony Walkman, when he said this?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Baummmm...ba-do-baummm...ba-d||
Baummmm...ba-do-baummm...ba-do-baummmm....ba-do-ba-do-ba-do-ba-DO-ba...<enter keyboard and high hat>
One of the great bass lines in history. I understand time is precious, but I wish more TV shows still had theme songs.
RIP Fish and Tessio.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not necessarily - they don't insist on it||
That is generally the rule, but they'll make exceptions. This link is a bit old (5 years) but they are replies directly from Ross admissions, and I have no reason to think it is changed. Money quote:
"We don't have a minimum or maximum number of years of work experience."
So, if you are a "special" person of interest to the University of Michigan (say, the son of a big donor, the daughter of a high-ranking politician in China, or perhaps even a really smart, needed Offensive Lineman), they can figure out a way to get you in.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Depends||
How's your compete level?
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Why we haz no||
Why we haz no LBs?
Regardless, good luck to Mr. Gant in his future endeavors.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||That was a Letterman bit||
Per usual, when he found something funny, he went back to it again and again. If I recall, he even had James Earl Jones read it as the kicker for a Top 10 list.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Go to Touch the Banner||
Magnus/Thunder has the breakdown.
But the summary is -- no, he's not a 4-star LT.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||"So, basically, it seems Swenson was aware..."||
...but not fully aware, apparently.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Some specifics||
Edney is a perfect example -- an all-time play, and even then it *still* took basically 5 seconds. That was considered very fast. However, last night in the final minute allowed this:
- Nate Mason made Free Throws (5 seconds elapsed)
- Nate Mason made Layup. (4 seconds)
- Joey King made Three Point Jumper. Assisted by Nate Mason (3 seconds)
- Nate Mason made Free Throws (3 seconds)
- Carlos Morris missed Layup (4 seconds)
- Nate Mason made Three Point Jumper (5 seconds)
- Dupree McBrayer made Layup (4 seconds)
That is SEVEN freakin' "Edney fast" plays (six of them successful)! Only the last one was meaningless, b/c the game was over.
That can not happen - it was pathetic. If we didn't shoot the lights out from the FT line (10 for 10 - great job by Walton and MAAR), we could have blown this game.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I can never figure out Beilein's last-minute defense||
He rarely puts pressure on the ball, even when it makes the most sense (e.g., Evan Turner getting a free run to beat us a few years ago). This is just another example. No excuse for letting them roll the ball up. None.
The end of that game last night was an affront to all that is good in basketball -- it was terrible team (Minn) and a good team playing terribly (UM) extending the game in the most painful fashion. There is zero reason why Minn was having so many 3-5 seconds possessions in the final minute.
Overall, I am big Beilein backer and I glad that he's our coach, but just like Andy Reid needs to hire someone to help him with two-minute drill drives, I half-jokingly think some assistant should take over/give advice on last-minute defense. It boggles my mind.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Beauty and the Beast was||
Beauty and the Beast was nominated for an Oscar. Not the "animated" category, the whole shebang Best Picture. There's nothing embarrassing about liking that movie.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Does "everyone" mean someone in power?||
"Jim Brandstatter is a miscast color guy and I think everyone knows it." As shown by the comments to your post, it seems everyone actually does agree that Dickerson (or someone like him) would be a step, or two, up from Brandy.
However, considering how long it took them to replace Frank Beckmann (who was on the job, IMHO, at least 5 years too long), what are the chances Brandy will actually get replaced? Has anyone in the Athletic Dept actually voiced these sentiments, even in private? Or is it just fans, who don't actually have much of a say in these things?
I hope it happens. Heck, even make a 3-man booth, if you must, with Brandy and Dierdorf as color commenators. But Brandy is not in the right role and it shoud be fixed. U of M has too great a history to have had a mediocre radio broadcast for close to a decade now.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Answer the question!||
Answer the question!
|4 weeks 1 day ago||That's not accurate for Jobs' cancer, neuroendocrine||
"Jobs had a rare form of the (pancreatic) cancer, known as neuroendocrine cancer, which grows more slowly and is easier to treat, explains Leonard Saltz, acting chief of the gastrointestinal oncology service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. "Survival for many years or even decades with endocrine cancer is not surprising."
In short, he really made some bad decisions about his health. His diagnosis wasn't a virtual death sentence. His type of cancer wasn't the 2% chance of 5-year survival that most pancreatic cancers have.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Well...Steve Jobs isn't a great example||
He focused on "alternative and natural" treatments. He even later realized it was "magical thinking."
"In spite of pleas from family and friends, he tried to cure himself through acupuncture sessions, drinking special fruit juices, visiting "spiritualists" and using other treatments he found on the internet."
So he had all the money in the world (which did earlier help him get a liver transplant), but did not use it in a reasonable way.
I know, as I'm sure a good percentage of this board does, that treating serious illnesses is hard, as you are never quite sure what, and how much, to do. But drinking special fruit juices and cures you find on the internet for pancreatic cancer is clearly a poor choice.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Excellent Galaxy Quest oral history||
This was published on MTV.com, for some reason about a year ago -- but it's an excellent oral history of Galaxy Quest. Some good Rickman stories in there, such as:
"Parisot: You can’t get annoyed at Tim (Allen). Tim is like your little brother who comes in and just goofs around. Maybe it got annoying for Alan, but you could never tell whether that was Alan being in character or Alan actually responding to Tim.
Mitchell: They would call action four times, but we didn’t hear because we were laughing so hard. And Alan is looking at us like, “Really, man?”
Pyle: I think Alan had a great time, I just think he was like . . . what exactly are you doing?
I'm not sure what other actor could portray annoyance/disgust in such a wonderful manner as Alan Rickman. I'm sure he used that to his advantage in real life.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yep, you're right.||
Tommy Lee Jones won the Oscar in 1994, but it was 1993 movie. Thanks.