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|10 hours 57 min ago||They're huge in Michigan||
I'm not sure if all the commenters are from the Mitten State, but BNL regularly plays Pine Knob (a 14,000 seat facility), while other parts of the country are about 2,000 seaters.
I'm a moderate fan, but I will say their Christmas/Holiday album is one of the best of all-time.
|1 day 17 hours ago||The freakish athletic ability and football IQ||
Sean Taylor is really an excellent comparison -- both had great instincts, violent hitters, superior strength, explosive speed.
Taylor had better ball skills (e.g., he was leading the NFL in INTs when he was tragically murdered; he also had 10 INTs his junior year) but that is, in part, b/c he played S instead of LB.
Peppers plays more on offense and special teams (though Taylor did that a bit early in his career) so Peppers may be a better with the ball in hands. But Taylor had enough long INT returns to show he blow by / juke at a high level.
|1 day 17 hours ago||He's not like Peppers||
While "Vai Sikahema" is one of my all-time favorite football names, and an excellent special teams player, he was much shorter and smaller than Peppers. Sikahema also didn't play defense.
He could punch a goal-post, though.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Was it because he looked too much like a pirate?||
Who had also went way overboard on using "Just for Men" coloring on his goatee?
|6 days 12 hours ago||I've got some bad news...||
I've got some bad news...
|1 week 1 day ago||Dump Rutgers, get Pitt||
Pitt is a better school (academically), better sports program, doesn't constantly have its administration do embarassing things, and "Rutgers give the B1G New York City" is BS anyway.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yeah, why don't we let Georgia have him||
Who wants a guy who (if reports are accurate) punches his head coach?
|1 week 3 days ago||It's also incorrect||
In 1992, we were undefeated heading into conference play: we were 2-0-1 and ranked #4.
|1 week 5 days ago||Basically, the team is who we thought they were||
<says in Dennis Green voice, RIP>
- Peppers: From outer space, via New Jersey
- QB: Growing pains, but definitely enough to win with
- K/P: More than a bit disappointed here. Hopefully a short term glitch
- Coaching: Seriously prepared, ready to adjust
On to Penn State.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"Targeting" does not require helmet to helmet||
"Crown of the helmet" is only one of the possiblities.
If you instead do "Contact to the head or neck area—not only with the helmet, but also with the forearm, fist, elbow, or shoulder—these can all lead to a foul."
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Honestly, I find this stuff kind of depressing.||
I know UM and all our peers (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oregon, etc) will do this, or already do, as its an arms race. Additionally, we have the money, as UM fans (and the fans for about 30 other programs) seemingly have bottomless amounts to give to make sure little to no general fund dollars go to it.
But I still find it ridiculous. The Power 5 schools should break into their own conference, where they can spend $100 million-plus to compete with each other (at least until the TV money gravy train starts reversing in 5-10 years), and the other 60-70 schools need to GTFO of D1-A and stop trying to "compete" with them. I'm looking at you, EMU, WMU, CMU, etc.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed - the product is fully priced||
They have sold 90,000 of them (incl students), so that's a big success, considering how expensive season tickets are.
But if there is any hiccup (e.g., God forbid, we go 2-3 more years without at least winning the B1G East, let alone the B1G title), we'll dip down, significantly.
But even with expecations sky high, season tickets are definitely not a "deal."
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Well, actually that's Cazzie Russell||
Cazzie has more hardware (National Player of the year; 2-time first-team All-American; 3 B1G titles; two final fours). Glen's second best for leading UM to its only national title in record-setting fashion.
But both of them are ranked outside the top 10, for some reason, so I guess people like Zoltan Mesko are above them.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Brian is showing his current stage of parenting||
It is one of the best board books (i.e., books for kids 0-3) of all time.
And I mean that. I literally have read it over a hundred times to my kids, when they were younger.
For those who care about this sort of thing, Peggy Rathman's other, less available at Meijer/Target/etc books are top-notch as well. I particularly recommend, "Officer Buckle and Gloria."
We now return to non-kids book programming.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I still don't know what Belk is||
My guess: a tire company.
Nope. They sell "Modern. Southern." clothing, shoes and more.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Never been, but sounds right||
A Family Dollar opened about two years ago in Ypsi, just east of Downtown.
Even though it's basically brand new, it already looks like it's a couple decades old and fits in just fine (unfortunately) with the rest of the hard-scrabble, run down buildings that are its neighbors.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||Regular reminder: EMU subsidizes this by tens of millions||
This would be funny, if it weren't so sad, and there weren't real effects on EMU's budget (which has led to job cuts).
EMU spent $52 million (much of it on football, which basically no one watches) over the past two years from its general budget.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||UCLA is not a big name in college basketball?!||
That is crazy. They had one bad year. They are a top 5 program in the history of college basketball.
But who cares about history; let's look at next year and why scheduling UCLA should be good for our RPI:
I'm not thrilled about UM playing Furman either. But to complain about playing UCLA, a team universally expected to be better than UM, and has a history basically only exceeded by Kentucky, Kansas, NC and Duke? Get some perspective.
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||"with - basically - one marquee non-conference game (Texas)."||
UCLA called -- they wanted to let you know their non-marquee program just the biggest athletics dept deal (w Under Armour) in NCAA history a couple months ago.
|9 weeks 6 days 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.
|9 weeks 6 days 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.
|9 weeks 6 days 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?"
|10 weeks 1 day 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.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Section 1||
|10 weeks 3 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.
|11 weeks 18 hours ago||Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?||
Teddy Roosevelt, is that you?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Actual footage of Mitch in a pool hall in OKC|
|11 weeks 6 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.
|12 weeks 13 hours 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.
|12 weeks 15 hours ago||Is this a story from a movie||
Is this a story from a movie that I'm not aware of?