"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
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|1 day 9 hours ago||Unless I'm misreading your||
Unless I'm misreading your post, it's almost as if you are longing for Pelini to come to coach Michigan. Which, if it were, like, a good coach, I would be okay with, but they way things are now I interpret as a shot at our current coaches.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||How do you get ESPN3 without||
How do you get ESPN3 without cable? I thought you had to have a cable account to access it. Unless I missed it when ESPN decided you could get ESPN3 a la carte.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan athletes named||
Michigan athletes named Robinson? Especially D. Robinson? Yeah, I'll take them.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with your sentiment||
I agree with your sentiment of liking the days when college athletes were really just students like everyone else. But I have to be realistic, and I don't think there is any way of putting that cat back in the bag. Players are celebrities, nationally, coaches are paid millions, TV contracts are worth billions. I don't think there is any way to reconcile that with the amateur "student-athlete" concept. We are trying right now, and the pressure on both sides is causing issues like the O'Bannon suit, the Northwestern NLRB situation, bagmen, and other school scandals. Something's gotta give somewhere, it's just a matter of where, and how far it goes.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I don't want to speak for the||
I don't want to speak for the post to which you replied, but total deregulation was (I think) obviously a bit of hyperbole. With total deregulation we're not all watching football anymore, just whatever game the two teams who show up decide to play that day. To me deregulation is cutting back on the rules in a couple major ways:
-restrictions on likeness rights/booster payments to players/payments from schools. You can't really eliminate one without dropping the others. Allow a school, or its boosters, to pay the players as much as they want. Allow the players or school to sell their pictures and jerseys.
-recruiting: let schools host and offer as many recruits as they want. One thing I will say is that there should be some common-sense restrictions to prevent the high school athletes, who are usually too young to protect themselves.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I am glad you are arguing||
I am glad you are arguing your side of Title IX, because it does often get ignored or trashed when discussing its effect on college football. It's a good thing to discuss that rarely gets the attention it deserves.
However, I still think you are mostly wrong. The law came about in a time when sexism was far more accepted than it was today. High school and college athletic directiors and administrators were nearly all male, and straight out denied women the same opportunities in athletics as they did the men. Not offering equivalent teams, providing better equipment and facilities for the men, etc. I think the law was necessary and useful in that era.
Now, though, some of the implementation of Title IX seems mostly like an obstacle, which, ironically, restricts access to athletics and education for males. You don't think M would have varsity men-s crew, plus maybe volleyball, if they could? Why did it take so long for the successful men's lacrosse team to go varsity?
I think there is a fix that can help everybody, as a sort of middle ground. I'll quote Letsgoblue2004 from above:
-Title IX receiving a legislative "fix" to no longer apply to football or men's basketball (it should only apply to the money wasters; if you want to flush money down the men's fencing toilet, you should have to flush the same amount down the women's fencing toilet).
with my caveat being that it should only apply to schools where the football/basketball programs actually are self-supporting. I.e. Middle Tenn State cannot take general fund dollars that now go to women to funnel it all to the football team.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||"wins a title in||
"wins a title in Cleveland"
does not compute
|7 weeks 2 days ago||So every group winner has won||
So every group winner has won the R16 game. Let's end that streak.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Best comment from the Oilers||
Best comment from the Oilers article on Nagelvoort: "I though we drafted Voldemort."
Congrats to Zach, to get drafted after what his career arc had been to this point, is pretty impressive. One of the scouts even said he had a chance to be a #1 NHL goalie.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||God Save the Queen is just a||
God Save the Queen is just a ripoff of 'My country 'tis of thee'
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|8 weeks 2 days ago||Is there another lost twin||
Is there another lost twin (triplet I guess)?
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||Who would have started the||
Who would have started the first two months of the season while Fister was injured, and with Smyly in the bullpen? And who would have started when Sanchez was on the DL and they had Robbie Ray to call up?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Before the thread gets into||
Before the thread gets into spoiler territory: I have a question for the people who read the books as well as watch the show.
I started reading last summer, and get through Game of Thrones and Clash of Kings. I just started A Storm of Swords. I started watching the first season after finishing the first book, but I decided I would rather continue reading the story than watch what I had just read. Now I'm getting a little bit bored with reading (I love the books, it's just a lot to get through). Also I've read and heard the quality of books 4-5 isn't quite up to the standard of the first three. Should I force myself to finish reading all the books before starting to watch the series, or can I start watching seasons 1-3 after reading books 1-3?
Obviously, please avoid major spoilers. I know some things that it was unavoidable to miss, but there is still enough of a mystery that reading is enjoyable. Thanks!
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||Correction: it was Amy||
Correction: it was Amy Schumer, no Poehler, who said every woman had been a little raped. If you google her name and "rape" you can see the full context of the comment. I'm glad you brought it up, because her view is much more nuanced and realistic than the polarizing, black-and-white words we see in the media and on this here message board on the subject.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||#6 is the big issue I have||
#6 is the big issue I have with Michigan at the moment. It used to be a great experience at football games, distinct from other live sporting events--no advertising, the band as the only source of music, etc. Currently, the experience is moving toward minor-league hockey, at professional football prices.
It would be one thing if the experience sucked but was dirt cheap, especially for students. That includes concessions. It would also be somewhat tolerable, at least to me, if it were pricey to get in, but there were no video board ads, and the gameday experience felt like "pure" college football. The problem is that it costs a ton, and isn't really that much fun to go. The "wow" experience has become mostly just "wow this sucks." And if the team/opponent were good it might be bearable, but they are both so poor it really can't make up for it.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||There have been whispers||
There have been whispers around it for years. Today from St. James. Last summer it was Darren Dreger tweeting about it. Before that it seemed crazy, but there's too much smoke to dismiss the fire completely.
He's nearly 60, has done nearly everything there is to do in hockey--gold medals, Stanley Cup. He's been with this team almost 10 years, maybe he doesn't want the stress of coaching at that level anymore. He has shown an affinitly toward Michigan in the past, and I believe his daughter is/was a student.
People don't always do things for money and career prestige, sometimes they do things for personal reasons that don't make sense to an outsider. This could be it.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||If Babcock comes, Michigan||
If Babcock comes, Michigan will not have an Adams award winner behind the bench.
I know you were talking about Berenson, but I just wanted to take the opportunity to bitch about the fact that Babcock has never won coach of the year, despite being pretty clearly the best coach in the world right now. It's super frustrating that douchbag Patrick Roy is likely to win this year.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||"I sometimes put the gloss on||
"I sometimes put the gloss on it that he's from the very poor streets of Montevideo and has learned to play football with the passion of someone whose had to kick and scrap for everything's he's ever received. And, by all accounts, he's a very quiet, low-key figure off the pitch who's devoted to his family. He's also arguably the best player in the league right now"
Swap Montevideo for some town in Venezuela, and football for baseball, and you basically just described Miguel Cabrera. I don't know why, but your paragraph just brought Miggy to mind, and the similarities between them. I had never thought about it before, but they're close. Both Latin American players playing across the world, receiving riches they never could have dreamed. Suarez has had his problems on the field, and Cabrera off (the domestic violence incident, drunk driving in FL, @DrunkMiggy), but we can all agree they are the top of their sports right now.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Don't forget about Andy||
Don't forget about Andy Dirks. He's hurt right now, and won't ever be an all-star, but he's another home-grown talent.
|19 weeks 18 hours ago||I had to look up soupcon, so||
I had to look up soupcon, so well done. That's my vocab lesson for the day.
I think I'm going to add a soupcon of the word to my speech. I hope it makes me sound more like a Michigan graduate.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||No love for Ace?||
No love for Ace?
|20 weeks 2 days ago||The ending was good, and what||
The ending was good, and what the writers wanted to do all along. I read last night that they had the last 10 minutes scripted since the first or second season. I do not blame them for sticking to the plan.
The problem is that the show went on too long in between. I think the audience invested too much time and emotion into the mother's legend, and it overrode what the show really should have been about, which is Ted, Robin, and the other characters we actually saw. Also going 9 seasons, I think, kind of forced the Barney-Robin wedding to happen, which obviously made the divorce have to happen.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Does the B1G-ACC challenge||
Does the B1G-ACC challenge match the teams in order of finish in league, the previous season, meaning we are all but guaranteed to play Virginia?
Or is there a provision to avoid recent matchups--we played UVa two or three years ago. Either way, I really hope we get a (good) home game.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Care less about what other||
Care less about what other people, especially Sparties, think of you and you're teams. It will help your health.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Seriously, were you (to the||
Seriously, were you (to the OP) just waiting for the moment they lost to declare our season better? And you had to post all that the minute their game was over?
We laugh when they obsess over Michigan teams and wish them ill in every game. Can we not fall to that level?
|21 weeks 18 hours ago||College sports started||
College sports started without athletics scholarships. I'm not a historian (and unfortunately never got to take Bacon's class) but from what I remember, the first sports teams were clubs that got together with others to compete. As it got more popular and organized, they hired coaches, athletic directors became a thing, then the Big Ten and NCAA were formed to regulate it all. Still, the athletes were still true "student-athletes," as in students who happened to be athletes at their school. Athletic scholarships started as academic scholarships schools offered to get better players, which started recruiting. Given how important recruiting is, and how competitive schools are for the top players, I don't see how we can go back to the days of all walk-ons.
This is all based on my recollection of the limited reading I've done on the subject. If anyone has more details or correction, feel free to leave them for me.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||To be fair, the money||
To be fair, the money argument drowns out a lot of other important stuff, which the OP correctly identifies as worth discussing. To use your analogy, if you put aside the burgers vs. hot dogs argument (I know what side you're on), maybe you can discuss and find common ground on sides, drinks, seating arrangement, etc. Yes you still have an elephant in the room, but at least you accomplished something.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||The BPI is ESPN's proprietary, secret rating||
The BPI is ESPN's proprietary, secret rating system. It's analogous to their QBR rating. Since they own it, nobody else can use it. It's better than RPI, probably not quite as predictive as kenpom.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Because he'll definitely be||
Because he'll definitely be as effective in his 40th minute as compared to his 5th. On the second day of a back to back.
Not to mention the game tomorrow.