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|3 days 18 hours ago||I was gonna say that. And||
I was gonna say that. And John Gibson - I believe they were consecutive years, right? I know Gibson has been in the NHL for a couple years now, what happened to Campbell?
You're right, after Hunwick left, the goalie situation has been rough. Not that the rest of the team has helped much to fix it.
|1 week 12 hours ago||I think it's actually kinda||
I think it's actually kinda cool for an NFL team to play in such a small stadium. Better a small crowded atmosphere than an huge empty bowl (like the Rams in the Coliseum)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I never understand why fans||
I never understand why fans get so upset over the back end of the roster. Newsflash, every team has some shitty backup catcher/25th man who can't hit. It really doesn't matter. Avila will play in maybe 25% of the games, if that.
The Tigers season will depend on how JV and JZ pitch/stay healthy, whether the three young starters keep growing, and getting continued excellence from the big stars in the lineup. Their performance this season is far more high leverage than whatever happens with AA.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||As a fan I don't like it but||
As a fan I don't like it but as a fan I hold a lot of selfish, ridiculous positions. I think they should play year round and have a 4+ round tournament and have the Rose Bowl be the permanent championship game location. But I also live in the real world so I accept that this makes sense for McCaffrey.
On the other hand, if this is a slippery slope that leads to players skipping important regular season games, then I'll be pretty upset because it kinda undermines the integrity of the sport (which I acknowlege is built on a house of cards under amateurism rules anyway). Like they said, Gardner vs. OSU and other memorable moments mean something to the fans and players alike. A late December bowl game between teams that didn't come close to winning their conference - eh, not so much.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Come on guys, we're better||
Come on guys, we're better than petty attacks on former athletes for speaking their minds on a difficult subject.
It was during the Iowa game, and I actually engaged with him a little bit. I was disappointed as well but his tweets were thought-provoking and not really inflammatory. He went through the meat grinder of the Michigan basketball program, and has a perspective most of us will never have. You don't have to agree with everything he says (and I don't) but you should listen and respect him.
I'm not going to try to summarize but you can probably go back in his timeline to see them.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This interests me but not||
This interests me but not enough that I want to spend the doing my own research on it. Could someone please give a short ELI5 summary of current VR? What's the difference between the expensive systems people have mentioned compared to what seems like the low end Google cardboard and Samsung Gear I see commercials for?
Also to relate this to Michigan, what system did the football team use for practice in the spring? I remember some articles on how the team got to train with an experimental VR setup.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I disagree. The Lions had a||
I disagree. The Lions had a Thursday night game last year the week after Thanksgiving. To me it's a good compromise: you get a short week, then a full week to recover, then the 10 day break following the Thursday night game. Why "screw over" two teams for the Thursday night short week when you only have to do it to one?
Side note: I was reading about the CFL during the Grey Cup last Sunday. They play (1) 18 games per season (2 bye weeks for 20 week season plus playoffs) and (2) because there are 9 teams, one team has to play two games in one week (they do Wednesday/Monday night). It's pretty crazy.
|7 weeks 11 hours ago||The color commentator is even||
The color commentator is even more insufferable with his catchphrases than Buccigross. Both are trying way too hard.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||According to my||
According to my calculations*, he will make $168,750 if he stays on the active roster the rest of the season. Not bad for warming up and holding a clipboard. For the sake of the Lions, I hope Stafford keeps playing like a star and Rudock doesn't need to see the field.
*Showing my work: 2016 rookie salary is $450,000. There are 6 games remaining of the 16 total. $450k/16*6 = $168,750.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||This actually validates the||
This actually validates the "he would stay in SF for Sarah" line of thinking. If he was willing to leave Andrew Luck go to freaking Kansas because of her family, it's reasonable to think he would stay in SF because [edit: IF TRUE] she wanted to.
In 2014, either her desire to stay waned or his desire to head home to AA won out, but I think we probably discount how important her preference is. As others have said, Harbaugh thinks differently than others, and his decisions don't always "make sense" in our existing coaching decisions paradigm.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||More fun facts: in the 16||
More fun facts: in the 16 seasons of the BCS (1998-2013 seasons) Kansas won as many BCS bowls as Michigan State.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Kansas was only two seasons||
Kansas was only two seasons removed from the 12-1, Orange Bowl winning 2007 season. It wouldn't have been a total rebuild. They started 5-0 in 2009 before losing the last 7.
Fun fact I had forgotten until I read the Kansas football Wikipedia page: Fielding Yost was coach there for the 1899 season, before his 1900 season at Stanford, and of course coming to Michigan in 1901.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting to see the change||
Interesting to see the change in Brian's writing over the last 11 years. Since this it's gotten more sophisticated and refined. Also he's adopted some internet snark, that was there but in a different way back in 2005. Also he was willing to be more personal back then, in a way I don't see as much nowadays. Bottom line is his writing talent is pretty special, was then and is now, and is the secret key to the MGoBlog success. Appreciate Brian Cook.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||"We will beat Ohio State and||
"We will beat Ohio State and go to Indianapolis" doesn't have quite the same ring to it.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Rebuttal: the Calvin Johnson||
Rebuttal: the Calvin Johnson rule/catch. Lots of instances of a catch complete and secure while the player is upright but incomplete because it came out when the player hits the ground.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Who in their right mind would||
Who in their right mind would design a stadium like a toilet seat? Like what's the point of opening the end?
|9 weeks 13 hours ago||There is a distinct lack of||
There is a distinct lack of Bofa in this thread
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The hockey experts like||
The hockey experts like Alton, Stephenjrking and Brian could explain better than I can, but here's my attempt: Hockey is and has always been a regional sport. Especially in college, where it's Michigan, Minnesota (the state, with several successful schools plus North Dakota nearby), Boston (BC/BU plus other Hockey East schools), and that's basically it, as far as traditional power bases. Until recently almost no games were on TV, so the big schools like Michigan didn't really have an exposure advantage to recruits. And even with the B1G hockey conference (only in it's fourth year), the conference full of big schools still haven't been able to leverage their money and fame advantages to get better coaches or recruits. PSU is a notable exception as they have gone from club team to competitve in the B1G - that's what actually committing to having a good program will do for you (ahem, MSU, OSU, Wisco).
In that environment, a "small school" (often where hockey is the only D-1 sport) can build a successful program with a good coach and local talent. I'm thinking of LSSU's early-90s run with Jackson, North Dakota with Hakstol and the new coach, and BU, etc.
Until four years ago, there was no B1G hockey conference, so M/MSU/OSU competed with Western Michigan, Northern, Lake State, and Ferris State in conference, and Wisconsin-Minnesota were in the WCHA with small state schools in the West (Minnesota and Colorado). After the B1G-caused realignment, one interesting storyline will be to see if/when a dichotomy develops in hockey between "power" and "minor" conferences, as exists in football and basketball. It already existed to a certain degree but will the gap grow, with the WCHA becoming a perrenial one-bid conference?
Also - only about 60 teams total in D-1 hockey. So yeah, there are opportunities for the small schools to be successful.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||Are you saying the Lions||
Are you saying the Lions should hire him?
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Some variety of Reese's cups||
Some variety of Reese's cups are clearly the best candy (my favorite are the Easter eggs for optimal PB/chocolate ratio). But the question is what is best to receive, I assume in a trick or treating scenario. There, the ubiquity of the Reese's brings their score down. Nobody gets excited for a handful of mini-cups when it's the fifth house on the block that has them.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||B1G has more money than ACC.||
B1G has more money than ACC. Not sure how much and whether that makes a difference to the HC at Purdue. Unless Clemson makes it back to the NC game this year the B1G is probably a higher prestige overall, though again that doesn't necessarily apply to Purdue.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'm curious how you see||
I'm curious how you see Louisville getting in. They would have not even won their division and haven't looked great recently either (the FSU win lost some luster when they lost to UNC and Clemson). I think the committee would take a Pac 12 or Big 12 champ over UL unless some really crazy stuff happens.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I'm just confused why they||
I'm just confused why they waited this long to decide this. Wouldn't it have made more sense to include the basketball facilities from the ground up, instead of less than a year from completion? Maybe it doesn't matter since they always had the plan to make it basketball-convertible (for Horizon league, NCAA, and maybe Big Ten tournament games).
Still seems to me that this could have been worked out a while ago.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||That's why the OSU players||
That's why the OSU players are going along with it...
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Wore those through the '11||
Wore those through the '11 championship game I think. I actually like them better than the script. The simplicity screams college hockey.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||If OSU inexplicably loses two||
If OSU inexplicably loses two games before the Game and Michigan is 11-0, we would clinch the East before the Game. Otherwise, Michigan has to win the game to win the east.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Bell's closed!||
|14 weeks 17 hours ago||Best line in the artice||
He's the Visa card of the Michigan defense, everywhere you want to be.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Don't drink Hawkeye vodka||
Don't drink Hawkeye vodka
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Would Kelly and Strong be||
Would Kelly and Strong be candidates for any of the potentially open jobs? I know that this isn't the NFL where guys get fired then immediately hired by a new team, but it seems like their track records (and reason for failure at the current spot) should get them another high level job soon.