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|4 days 10 hours ago||I personally care just a||
I personally care just a *little* about the Lions. I've gotten bit so many times that the investment is minimal. Back in the late 90s when the Lions hired Bobby Ross, I thought "wow, here's a guy who won a national championship in college...surely he can turn the Lions into a winner". They had Barry Sanders and went out and got Scott Mitchell who was a promising QB and pretty hot commodity that year. So my friends and I got season tickets. I tried to support them and then this happened in 1998:
Lions come back, get to OT, then Mitchell throws a terrible pick that's returned for a TD. That was it for me. I knew then they would always be losers, would always find a way to blow games. I finished out that year as a season ticket holder, but I wasn't into it. I honestly slept at times during games they were so dull. And that was it for me. I still care a little, but it's not a big disappointment when they suck. It just is what it is. The sky is blue, the Lions will always suck.
The Lions have pretty much always been built on offense in a league where defense wins titles. Can you remember the last time the Lions had a shutdown defense? Closest I can come up with was when they had Bubba Baker back in the 80s. Their defenses always let the team down at the end of games and the offense never manages to put enough points on the board to win. It's the same old story for every road game I remember. Home is sometimes a little better, but not enough to make a really good team.
So here we are in 2014, and the same old recipe. We have a good - not great - offense in a league where D wins championships. We have a medioce defense that will never win playoff games. We know they aren't going to contend for much of anything. The only real interest in watching is like gawking at an accident...how EXACTLY will the Lions manage to lose games? And whose careers will be ruined by being associated with this franchise?
|4 days 11 hours ago||Yeah, I hear you. Every year||
Yeah, I hear you. Every year I get a little excited about the Lions. The hype train is almost believable every time, but in your heart you know better. This is hilarious:
This just tells you how little the so-called "experts" know. Have they been followig the Lions at all over the years? I could have guaranteed you they would not win this game. They rarely win on the road, especially when favored.
And to think I almost switched to DirecTV to get Lions games here in DC. Thank god I didn't spend the extra money.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is truly depressing. I||
This is truly depressing. I was content to wait until the Oline matured before getting rid of Hoke, but how can the *defensive* coaching be this poor? Mattision is an NFL coordinator. I know he's not a DB coach but can't he see poor technique and call out his assistants when it's happening? If this is all accurate then this staff is done. They'll be fired at the end of the season. You can't expect the D to improve if they are getting incorrect instruction in practice.
|1 week 3 days ago||I *wish* I were there. Most||
I *wish* I were there. Most of the summer, I didn't follow any football-related stuff, but then as the season approached I listened to the hype again. Brian's preview made me optimistic, especially on defense. But I think at the core the D still can't pressure the QB. And how can we expect them to really improve when the OLines they go against in practice are mediocre at best? This team won't get over the hump until the Oline is good again. And who knows when that will be.
Dierdorf is spot on. This team has so many flaws that were exposed on Saturday, and the same flaws as last year. The Oline is marginally improved but should improve during the year given scheme and the age of the players. And that's the key to me. But a *really* good line is probably at least two years away, two years of watching painful games.
I stepped away once before for a couple of years during the Moeller era when it became clear the team was completely disorganized and wasn't improving; it was degrading. My sanity returned when I stopped watching. I feel like we're in the same position again. I really don't think firing Hoke will accomplish anything at this stage. Let;s just let the OLine mature and see how that affects the team. Any new coach would have the same issues with the Oline. I don't think Brady is the right guy at all, but are we prepared for a new coach and new systems *again* that the players must learn? Will this really be progress? Man accepting mediocrity is hard.
|1 week 3 days ago||"Ties to Michigan" and the mysterious "Michigan Man"||
I really think we are screwed as fanbase for a while folks. I've been a Michigan fan since 1979, when my step-dad introduced me to Michigan football, and my passion for Michigan runs deep. But I'm reaching a breaking point, at least as far as football. Let's be honest here. Take off all rose-colored glasses and pretenses. Since Bo retired, Michigan has won exactly eight Big Ten titles, only 4 of which are outright. So in the last 25 years, that's one championship every three years or so. And none since 2004. Yes, we had that magical 1997 year, and I think for many that clouds our judgment and makes us think Michigan was more elite that it really was, even in 1990s. The 90s were filled with great OSU teams that we managed to often derail, but outside 1997 no real "great" Michigan teams.
So that's it. 25 years of mostly good to mediocre teams, with the last 8 now taking us from mediocrity to outright poor play. We are where we are. I for one have a tough choice to make. I love Michigan football like a child of mine, but it's terribly rough for me to watch them suck. I'm reaching the final grieving stage for the passing of the Michigan that once was - acceptance - but I'm not there yet. I watch these games and I'm filled with anger. All the talk, all the promises, and 2014 Michigan looks identical to 2013 Michigan. And the people in charge look clueless to fix it. And you have to wonder, is it really, solely coaching, or is there some type of cancer eating underneath all of this? Greg Mattison did not suddenly become a terrible DC, nor - if we are honest here - did Greg Robinson the moment he set foot on Michigan's campus. Yet watching Michigan's defense on Saturday was nearly identical to watching it in 2013. The problems that exist on both sides of the ball remain the same with only minimal improvement. I'm not sure what the causes are, but I suspect the infighting in the Michigan fanbase, the inability to decide what we want Michigan to be, is the root cause of the current malaise. And it's not going to get better soon I don't think. Granted we have (and will have) talent. But when there's some unwritten rule that Michigan is supposed to win a CERTAIN way and no one can even define for sure what that way is, we are in trouble. Is it the Lloyd Car way, the pro-style offense with the drop back passer and the balanced rushing attack? Is that what Michigan football is? Is it Bo's option attack, which to a certain degree RichRod brought back even though it was labeld contratry to what Michigan football really 'is all about'?
It's really discouraging to me how RichRod was treated from the moment he got to Michigan. Here he was an offensive football savant and from the moment he was hired we were always reminded he was not a "Michigan Man", which of course no one can define because it means something different to everyone who says it. He got little support and while he made his own mistakes for sure, I imagine things might have turned out differently if he had received full fan, alumni, and administration support up front (like maybe paying Casteel the less than $300k he wanted...which is peanuts compared to what we are paying Mattision). So then we turned to a backup Michigan man because we couldn't get the guy we really wanted (Harbaugh) and the other guy who maybe could have made it work (Les Miles) inspires a lot of hatred around here. So we got Brady Hoke, a .500 career coach, mainly because he's a good guy and coached here before. And shockingly, it isn't going to work out. To me this ND game was Hoke's Richrod PSU moment. The game when I and many others realized he just couldn't get it done. All optimism - at least for me - is gone. Maybe as Bronxblue says we should just let Brady get us back to mediorce+ (if he can do that) and THEN hire someone better. Who knows. I for one don't think I'll be watching this season. I can't take the pain anymore.
But *when* we go looking for a coach again, we must jettison this "Michigan Man" BS. John Beilein had no previous ties to Michigan but I think he's worked out splendidly. But based on the "ties to Michigan" criteria, he should never have been hired in the first place. Let's just all agree what we want someone of good character who is a good coach and get rid of this idea that the new coach has to somehow "get" Michigan and tell us how "great" we are, even when the evidence shows we are not anymore. We need someone to *make* us great, not sycophantically kiss our collective asses as Brady always does with his “this is Michigan” emptiness. Sadly, I think this is impossible for our current fractured fan base and the AD will have to find someone else with these mysterious "ties" to Michigan and we'll be screwed yet again. So we all must decide, can we take the pain?
|26 weeks 10 hours ago||Morrissey put it||
Morrissey put it best.
This goes out to CBS and all the other media for their awesome coverage of our man Aaron.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Sagarin||
FWIW, Sagarin ratings have us fifth, with THREE Big Ten teams in the top 5:
Not sure I understand how Iowa can be ranked ahead of us given an almost identical record, much stronger SOS, and the head-to-head win, but guess that's just a nit.
I expect maybe #10 in the human polls because the low information voters just can't accept the fact that we are honestly *good*. I think they still see this as an "overachieving" team minus arguably its best (and definitely its best known) player.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The other thing I noticed is||
The other thing I noticed is that any event that is broadcast on one of the ESPN cable channels (or ABC) is blacked out via streaming. A couple of years ago, this was not the case. Now on football Saturdays, pretty much the only streaming content you can get is games that are exclusively on ESPN3. I'm sure this is because local advertisers were complaining that they were losing customers to streaming, and those streaming customers were not seeing their ads.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Quality of streaming video||
Not sure if this has been covered. There are too many posts to read through.
I have not cut the cord. I still have cable. However, I also have lots of experience with streaming. I have a PC hooked up to my TV. I also recently bought a Sony Blu-Ray player (which I absolutely love) that has streaming capabilities built in. The interface, FYI, is very similar to the PS3 interface.
Anyhow, what I figured out was the first time I hooked up my Blu-Ray player to my TV and watched Netflix the picture was MUCH clearer with the Blu-Ray player than on my PC. I researched the difference, and from what I found, web streaming of video content on Netflix is 720p. I think it's similar for Amazon prime and some other services out there. However, Netflix via the Sony Blu-Ray player streams at 1080p. Not sure why the difference, but I imagine the webstie streams over HTTP and the player streams over another procotol which can carry data more efficiently, thus more bandwidth. The Blu-Ray player has lots of cool streaming apps, probably 40 or so. Some of them are sports apps, but I don't think it has ESPN, ABC, or the major sports networks. However, for streaming movies and TV, you'll find the Blu-Ray player is far superior to a PC.
Now one other item. I've noticed that even streaming sources that claim 1080p are often not as good as the 720p I get when watching cable. This is because the number of "dots" (represented by "1080p" for example) is not the final arbitor of the quality of the image. The "bitrate" is what really matters, as this determines the amount of data in each "dot". Streaming video sources do lots of data compression and this degrades image quality. For example, you'll get maybe 1mb/sec bitrate out of Netflix over the web. This may increase slightly for some better quality HD sources. It must be that the Blu-Ray player exceeds this 1mb transfer rate, giving a better image. However, if you watch a Blu-Ray disc, you'll get like 40mbps+ bitrate. This is why sound and picture quality is so much better with Blu-Ray disc. I don't have the stats on the bitrates for cable, but I imagine they're relatively uncompressed on the major networks, given the quality of sound and picture. I can tell you the picture I get from watching ESPN over cable (720p) is much better than the picture I get watching ESPN3 streaming, even though the streaming has 720p resolution as well. I notice an audio quality difference as well. This is due to data compression. If image and audio quality are important to you, then this advice will help.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||This could be and time will||
This could be and time will tell, but I'm not aware of any crime spree (more so than Michigan) since Meyer took over at Ohio. And I really haven't seen any difference in discipline - responses to criminal activity - between Hoke and Meyer. I don't follow every bit of news, but I can't remember any really egregious actions by Meyer in this regard.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Removed.||
|1 year 12 weeks ago||"Types of kids that Meyer recruits" meme||
Meyer's past with Florida is troubling, but I'm not aware of any evidence that this is happening at Ohio. I hear this "types of kids that Meyer recruits" meme, and it occurs to me that Michigan recruits largely the same players as Ohio. There are very few guys who commit to Ohio that Michigan has not actively recruited. How is it that the kids that U-M gets are "great people" but the ones who choose Ohio (who we also recruited) are "questionable"? I realize no one has out-and-out said this, but it's implied by the Meyer-bashing and the facts of Michigan recruiting.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I work in the defense||
I work in the defense industry and defense companies are always on the lookout for engineers who are: 1) U.S. citizens; 2) Able to get security clearances. This gives any potential candidate a leg up on the competition; in fact for many jobs these are employment requirements. It's no secret that science, math, and engineering college grads (US citizens) are on the decline here, with international students on the rise in those fields. The defense companies are swimming in jobs that they have difficulty filling due to those limitations. I see lots of defense jobs on Dice, but try going to the indivudual company job search websites like:
You will have to be open to relocation. Good luck!
|1 year 36 weeks ago||You made me think of this||
I'ts a trap! Your taste buds can't repel flavor of this magnitude!
|1 year 38 weeks ago||So I would love to quit||
So I would love to quit cable, but I'm locked into paying for it through my HOA dues. However, my cable company recently got sued and we *might* be able to opt out of the cable contract at some point. However, even if I *could* quit cable, my big conern is sports. It seems that the ESPN3 content now:
1. Is blacked out for any event televised on an cable ESPN network. (ESPN / ESPN2 / ESPNU).
2. Requires a logon (which I guess I could get from a family member).
Also, I don't think I've seen Internet-streaming live sports from ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. I know you can get sports from those "alternative" live-streaming sites, but it's not usually very good quality. Any suggestions?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||All of these things link||
All of these things link Terrance to the murder: hair fibers, blood samples, nail clippings, a piece of his shirt, a watch with his initials on it, a day planner with the murder scheduled, a haiku called, "Time to kill Dr. Jeffrey O'Dwyer"
|2 years 50 weeks ago||"Greg"||
Did anyone else read "Greg and the defensive staff" and have a bout of PTSD? Mattison is a totally different Greg, but the memory of GERG is too fresh in my mind to react rationally when I hear the words "Greg" and "defense" in the same sentence together.
|3 years 1 week ago||Avery math||
Great UFR as usual, but unless I totally don't understand your methodology, it seems the math on Avery is off:
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Good comment||
I never worked in journalism, but I've always loved writing. Writing well is absolutely critical to success in many professions, inlcuding journalism. I'm currently an IT auditor, and it's the ability to write that sets people apart. There are plenty of people who understand technology who can't write a coherent report, and they'll never make good auditors because of this.
Writing is very important if you want to be in managment as well. I've seen plenty of people write crappy emails complaining about how they can't "get ahead", yet when you read the email, you see why. They don't take the time - or have the knowledge - to write intelligently. And as a manager, you'll write a lot, and be judged based on that writing.
Back to Woody. It's interesting that he does not care about sports because he is on shows like Around the Horn where he has such strong opinions on sports. Which demonstrates that most of it is an act. Drew Sharp is an act. I remember reading once that somone claimed to have met Michael Savage and he said that most of his show is an act. There is a market out there for opinions, so people give it to them. But many times it's really not even that person's opinion, it's just a show to attract attention. It's smart when you think about it. And it makes you wonder why we should listen, or get angry listening to commentators of all sorts.
Now that's totally different from objective journalism, and yes, journalists should try not to have strong opinions (like be a fan of a team) in the field they are covering. One of the criticisms of jounalists in general in the younger generation is they don't care about objectivity any more. But I'm more inclinded to go with what Brian says: bias is unimportant because everyone is biased; it's being accurate that matters.
End self-important pompus post.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||I think your wrong||
|3 years 26 weeks ago||The more I think about it, I||
The more I think about it, I think this is a reflection of the balance of power. Most of the good teams are in the Big Ten, Big East, ACC, and Big-12. There are a few good clubs in the SEC, PAC-10, and true "western" conferences. Seems like since we have West and Southwest regionals, the NCAA is trying not to punish power teams from the east by sending them out west. After all, it's not their fault that they happen to be located east of the Mississippi. So, even though Duke gets early round games in Charlotte, the regional semi-finals and finals are out west (I think). Honestly, given the current balance of power, I'd be in favor of West, Northeast, Southeast, and Central (plains) regions. True "west" teams haven't been that competitive in a long time. There are excpetions (Arizona, UCLA, UNLV), but they do no represent the competitive power of the conferences in which they compete. Actually, since the turn of the millenium, the only team west of the Mississippi to win the title is Kansas (2008), and you'd be hard-pressed to consider that a "western" team.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||West region||
I just wondered how the NCAA put 2nd and 1st round west region games in Charlotte. I admit, I haven't followed college BB in a while because Michigan has been so poor for so long, but I remember playing west games out west. You know, like in CA or AZ or WA. Not that I am complaining, but it seems like BB fans out west are kinda getting shafted. I guess it's just about money. Keeping games in primetime for easterners and ensuring sellouts at the same time.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||CWebb||
I'm from the same timeframe and I have similar memories. To this day, watching the Fab 5 play was one of the most thrilling things I've ever seen as a Michigan fan. Seeing five true freshman start by the end of the season and then go all the way to the NCAA championship game was unbelievably thrilling. I suppose it's kind of hypocritcal to resent them for knowingly breaking the rules and still take pleasure if watching them do what they did, but there it is.
With Webber, what rubs me most the wrong way is all the hypocrisy. Interviews with Albom about how he "couldn't afford to eat yet the U is making all this money off my jersey". Lies to grand juries. To this day, he's never admitted taking any money. Yet he lectures us about the "injustices" of the system. If it's so unjust, just say "yeah, I took the money and I would do it again and here's why". Instead he just keeps lying when anyone with a pulse knows he took serious cash. And regardless of what you think of the system, he agreed to abide by its rules and then blatantly broke them. This is not honorable, no matter how you look at it, anymore than what Jim Tressel or Terrel Pryor did. He did this for himself alone, without any thought about the consequences to Michigan or his teammates.
I do want an apology from Webber. Admit you lied, admit you broke the rules, and show actual contrition for what you did to Michigan's reputation. To this day, he still can't be bothered to admit he was wrong and he holds this bitterness in his heart. Reminds me of the Micchael Jordan Hall of Fame speech.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||This is all just so stupid.||
This is all just so stupid. It's as if OSU went to a PR agency and decided to do exactly the opposite of what they said. The NCAA, an organization run by politicians if ever there was one, will not be mollified by a non-apology, nor will the be amused.
I mean think about this for a second. Tressel knew he had to say something to these fans. He spent actual mental energy trying to figure out the best way to pretend to apologize without really apologizing. That's absolute proof that he thinks he did nothing wrong. I honestly think, based on his actions of late, that we get deep insight into the man's soul. He's a man who is completely full of himself, a man who thinks following the rules is optional. I'm more hopeful than ever that OSU is going to get crushed.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||He said "I sincerely||
He said "I sincerely apologize for what we've been through." The word apologize is in the sentence so it must be an apology. Similar "apologies": sorry you are such a bitch, I'm really sorry I tried to do the right thing and you just can't see it.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||This is the attitude of||
This is the attitude of someone in complete denial. In his mind, he did nothing wrong. He feels the need to say something to the fans, so he comes out with this lame "sorry about what happened" as if this magically just happened and he had no role in it. Stunning. Arrogance.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||JT||
|3 years 27 weeks ago||JT||
1. Tressel is clearly not sorry what he did. Is it just me, or does he sound exactly like a politician who gets caught doing something wrong and has to make an apology. It's never a real apology, just a back handed slap at everyone couched in the form of an "apology". Same thing at the press conference last week. He never once owned up to what he did.
2. JT is a legend in his own mind. Let's start with the self-congratulating he did at the press conference last week, talking about hospital visits, playing for sympathy regarding former players being murdered, and god knows what else before getting to the point of acknowledging that something or other happened. If we didn’t read the press releases and the emails, we would still not know what "it" was that happened b/c JT sure wasn't going to tell us. And let's be honest here. As a Christian, JT knows that pride is not acceptable, yet here he was telling us that after he lied, deceived, and covered up, his inflated self-image was in tact ("I don' think less of myself"). Where is the humility? I can imagine the conversations where the AD told him he needed to have a press conference and arrogant Jim was saying "why, I did nothing wrong!” I really wonder if much of the charity work he does is not for the sake of charity itself, but for the congratulations he gets. When no one is looking, does he do the same types of things?
3. I cannot see this ending well for OSU. Anyone who suggests that the current self-imposed penalty is close to enough is failing the common sense test. If a two game suspension and fine are enough, tell me, what school faced with a similar situation wouldn't do EXACTLY the same thing as OSU? The penalty is worth it then. If playing players you know to be ineligible is rewarded with a two game ban the following season against inferior competition, you'll see plenty of schools lining up for similar "punishment" in the future. It just amounts to a cost of doing business then. I'll take my minor lumps next year in order to have a shot at winning this year. Seriously, this is a middle finger to the NCAA and OSU is just goading them into kicking the teeth out of the program. No vacating of victories? Less of a suspension for the coach than the players? No scholarship reductions? This is less of a penalty than Michigan took for not understanding practice rules and OSU thinks it will stick? With all of the secondary violations and near misses in recent years, OSU should be terrified of an in-depth NCAA investigation, yet they seem to be begging for one. Are they this arrogant, or do they think they have a “get out of jail free” card from the NCAA?
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Good point||
But I don't see why he would have had to report this to the NCAA to punish the players. "Team rules" violation. Suspend them.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Certainly possible||
Tressel said "yes" when asked if he forwarded the emails to anyone else before the AD stepped in and stopped him from saying anything meaningful. So the idea that he kept this enitrely under wraps is at least partially untrue. Who knows where these emails went and what happened as a result. My best guess would be: 1) a university lawyer; 2) the AD. From there this was squashed. The only other explanation that does not implicate a big swath of athletics management is that he just sent it to a lawyer, who advised him he could use the confidentiality request as an excuse not to report this stuff.