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|23 hours 39 min ago||My Theory: Walton has the||
My Theory: Walton has the higher ceiling, and Spike isn't a guy the coaches can see leading a team to a Sweet 16 and beyond. So while yes, Spike is probably better for winning games right now, the coaches will continue to play Walton as much as possible to get him the minutes he needs to be significantly improved by the end of the season. Work out the lumps, get the chemistry with the other guys, all that now, in non-conference games which don't matter as much as Big Ten and tournament games.
|1 day 10 hours ago||If you are looking at one||
If you are looking at one calendar year, I agree this was by far the worst. A combination of falling short of expectations, hopes for greatness dashed, and "general WTFness"--I stole that from Seth's tweet Monday after the Lions game.
In the angry aftermath of the Death to Backboards game against Wisconsin (2011 I think) I drafted a diary that traced Michigan (the state) sports from the moment Bo died in November 2006. From then, there is an almost neverending trail of pain. On top of what has been mentioned here:
Tigers lose World Series twice, plus the ALCS this year that they should have won.
Wings lose Game 7 of SCF in 09
Michigan Hockey: Air Force game in 2009, the Shawn Hunwick show ending 3 straight years 3-2 in overtime (lowlights including the Miami whistle game and NCG).
And probably more.
|1 week 3 days ago||It's the first time Ohio is||
It's the first time Ohio is playing Clemson since the Woody Hayes "incident." Drinking game suggestion:
Drink every time they mention Woody Hayes or Charlie Bauman.
If they show the video, punch a dude in the face.
|1 week 4 days ago||This game shows what great athletes these guys||
This game shows what great athletes these guys are. Running through six inches of snow, making cuts, and throwing. They are making something almost impossible look only difficult.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think Castellanos could go back, he was playing||
I think Castellanos could go back, he was playing there up until only a year ago, and now he'll have a whole offseason to practice again. Then there's still a hole at LF, but I think that's a bit easier to solve. Other alternatives: free agents (Peralta and Infante could both play 3B or SS, and put Iglesias at third), I can't think of any others off the top of my head. Other crazy ideas that probably won't happen: Don Kelly, starter (especially with Leyland gone), keep Cabrera there and find a first baseman/DH.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Check the schedule again. No Nebraska, but||
Check the schedule again. No Nebraska, but Northwestern in Evanston again.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||HTTV cover curse--Denard got||
HTTV cover curse--Denard got hurt last year, and now McGary.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Your first paragraph should||
Your first paragraph should be posted to the front page, top of every thread, and emailed to every reader. If everybody understood your point there, this board would be a much better place.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||"but you never want to give||
"but you never want to give up points if you don't need to. "
100% false. You do what it takes to give you the best chance to win. A few years ago New England did an intentional safety because they were down inside their own 10, and then IIRC did a successful onside kick and eventually won. Just yesterday the Lions declined a holding call that would have taken Dallas out of field goal range to save time, which they needed to come back and win. Sometimes giving up the points is clearly the right thing to do.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||OP, can you clarify what you||
OP, can you clarify what you mean by "later game"? I'm assuming you mean afternoon (3:30) start.
Also, did you mean to say "in November" in the first part of your post? It's kind of implied, but out of context "This is the first later game at Michigan Stadium since Minnesota in 1988" is clearly false.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||You can't call two timeouts||
You can't call two timeouts in a row, right? I think it's a delay of game penalty. So if it was right after a timeout, maybe everyone noticed but thought burning a down and possibly losing a couple yards was better than the alternative--calling another time out AND getting a penalty. Still a very bad, very obvious mistake, but at least it's an excuse for why no one called TO.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||State became what they are as||
State became what they are as a result of joining the Big Ten. Without admittance, they would be like Cincinnati, or maybe Iowa State or Pitt.
I still think it's unfair that Michigan is the only school in the Big Ten that has to deal with another large state school in the conference. Minnesota, Wisco, Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio all absolutely dominate their state. It's a significant disadvantage to M.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I've been using day.to for||
I've been using day.to for Tigers games. The feed cuts out every once in a while, but refreshing brings it right back. Looks like it has all the football games today. Quality is good and no ads if you use adblocker with Chrome.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||True, it's in Dallas. Which||
True, it's in Dallas. Which is still in Texas. I don't know about the geography (except that I know Texas if freaking huge, and Dallas and Austin aren't that close) but it still seems like the crowd would always favor Texas, even if it's just slightly.
I never understood the neutral-site rivalry games. Why would either team, especially the out of state team? give up the home game? It's the same with Florida-Georgia. It would be kinda like Michigan deciding to play someone in Detroit or Chicago every year.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Trey Burke was sooo||
Trey Burke was sooo close...:(
|11 weeks 1 day ago||It wouldn't be mgoblog without everyone||
It wouldn't be mgoblog without everyone complaining about Ken Holland, the best GM in pro sports. Of course Samuelson would score the first goal tonight.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Instead, 3 of the bottom 4||
Instead, 3 of the bottom 4 teams in ESPN's power rankings--Tampa, Florida, Buffalo.
I would take the over, but I wouldn't put too much on it. Some other ESPN computer prediction machine said they would have 88 points, IIRC, in an article I read yesterday. That seems really low.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Even without the fine print,||
Even without the fine print, the offered refund should give them an out. By not taking the refund, you implicitly accept the terms of the new contract. At least that's what I think the proper legal explanation would be.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I would argue that your last||
I would argue that your last paragraph is not only true, but a legitimate aim of the athletic department. Everybody wins when the stadium is full--it looks better on TV and feels more fun in person, which attracts recruits. Also, a full, fun student section is a more fun atmosphere for the students, which encourages better attendance. It's no fun to be a small group all alone for a Wednesday night game against East Nowhere State.
The point everybody seems to be missing is that the policy lets more students attend games! If they could only fit 3,000, in the student section, the adopted policy lets all 1,500 "extra" students a chance to go to probably as many as they can.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||Michigan wins 30-12||
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Can you explain that again? I don't follow at all.||
Can you explain that again? I don't follow at all. How did we jump from not having enough seats for students who want to go to transferring tickets to non students?
|13 weeks 1 day ago||If it's anything like the EDSBS charity drive,||
If it's anything like the EDSBS charity drive, Michigan fans will take losing personally and crush them.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I do listen to the students, also when they boo||
I do listen to the students, also when they boo the announcer who says the drinking age is 21, when they chant you suck toward the Air Force Academy, after being begged not to. I listen to what happens in Yost after Red told them not to swear so much, and who still didn't show up at games on time or at all even after Denard, Devin, or Brady asked them to. Pardon me for not really respecting the mob opinion of that group.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||You didn't answer the question though. Is flat out||
You didn't answer the question though. Is flat out denying 1500 students better than giving everyone who wants one a chance to go to the games?
Also, they do admit to breaking the contract, which is why they are offering an out. If anyone doesn't like it, they can get their money back. If they accept the new terms, then they accept them, end of story.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Android||
So you think that turning away 1500 potential customers (now and in the future) from all games is better than turning away a far smaller number from a selected few games? Let's be real, I bet there will only be over 3,000 tickets claimed and used for a handful of the total number on the schedule. I'm honestly curious if you think that's better.
Remember, the goal isn't only to make money. They athletic department is trying to encourage student attendance and enthusiasm. Obviously just selling tickets isn't enough, as evidenced by the 46% attendance rate last year.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||https://csg.umich.edu/executi||
What the president of CSG (Central Student Government) wrote about the policy: basically, he's in favor, as he sees it as a reasonable option given the issues and alternatives I happen to agree with him completely.
To everyone who is complaining, what is your solution to 4500 tickets being sold for only 3000 spots?
The only thing that really sucks about the whole thing is the way they sprung it on everyone, in the middle of September, only about a month before the season starts. It should have been communicated ahead of time, and it probably will be going forward. Then, they didn't know there was going to be any issue in April (five years ago they were selling 450 student season tickets, not 4500).
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Do you think that everyone in||
Do you think that everyone in the athletic department is so dumb they don't realize this? Are you so smart that you know more than they do?
Brandon does not seem like a seat-of-his-pants, do it because it feels right kind of guy. If anything, I get the impression he's extremely calculating and exhaustive in his analysis. I'm sure he focus-grouped and financial-modeled the heck out of every ticket price decision, and has pages of data that show that whatever level it's at will maximize whatever metrics they need to in both the short and long term.
Also, could you tell me where the "humongous surplus" and "gigantic mountain of profit" is? Also, you should probably copy the department, because I just read the AD's financials (surprisingly hard to find) for the last two years, and they had net decreases in fund balances every year. Yes, they're operating surplus is great, but they also spend all of that and more on capital expenditures.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||This is probably the correct||
This is probably the correct answer. The relative inexperience of almost all the offensive players is what is keeping Borges from going no-huddle.
The last two years have probably been too much about figuring out how to use Denard and dealing with the various O-line issues to really get a solid no-huddle package installed. Now, with talent and depth at OL, RB, TE, they should have time to get everyone plenty of reps and experience, and slowly build the playbook to go toward no-huddle.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Not a QB, but there was a||
Not a QB, but there was a pitcher in the Yankees system who was ambidextrous a little while ago. IIRC, he was trained by his parents to throw with both hands since he was a kid.
I imagine that anyone with the skill of being ambidextrous would naturally go toward baseball, where it is much easier to use the skill. And, it's hard enough for players to throw properly while practicing with only one arm, can you imagine if they had to split their time between both arms? I don't think it could work.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||That's not the point. Of||
That's not the point. Of course there are inherent advantages that you can't account for and correct--tradition, history, facilities, academics, location, weather, etc. The level playing field was referring to the fact that Michigan, Alabama, Toledo, CMU, and Indiana all follow the same rules--85 scholarship limit, no extra benefits, and on. Within the established system, the rules keep the competition somewhat fair.
Did Alabama beat us because they have more money to pay their players? Nope, pretty sure they beat us because they have a) better coaching and b) better players. We could have recruited some of those players, but we didn't, because (a) and also the other advantages Alabama has (close to home for SE players, recent success, better conference, history, fun school, good fanbase). I can accept that. I bet we would hate to lose to Ohio, Alabama, or anyone else even more than we have recently because their boosters can write bigger checks than ours can.
If the exploitation was so bad, why do 3,000 kids sign up to join it every year? They are free to do anything else with their lives, yet they choose to be a student-athlete, knowing the pros and cons that come with it. Kids are lining up to be a part, that doesn't sound like exploitation to me.