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|1 day 2 hours 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.
|1 week 5 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.
|1 week 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||No love for Ace?||
No love for Ace?
|3 weeks 1 day 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.
|3 weeks 2 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.
|3 weeks 3 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.
|3 weeks 3 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?
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|4 weeks 2 hours 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.
|5 weeks 3 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.
|5 weeks 4 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.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Tip: don't read the mgoblog||
Tip: don't read the mgoblog open threads. The only people who post are the ones who are upset enough at the way things are going to expend their frustrated energy here. The overly-optimistic posters get shouted down by the negativity.
And the even keel, reasonable people who might say "hey, it's basketball, a lot of it comes down to luck, we're halfway through a 40 minute game it should all even out in the end, and if it doesn't, it's just a game and not the end of my life" don't even bother.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||http://www.cbssports.com/vide||
CBS sports stream of the game
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Uh, successful as Izzo||
Uh, successful as Izzo assistant, Final Four coach at Marquette, took Indiana from disaster to Big Ten champions...he's not a bad coach.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Not that I don't appreciate||
Not that I don't appreciate the effort, but isn't that all a fancy way of saying, "the good (4 of the top 5 seeds) in the BTT are good, so they are likely to win? Of course you are likely to see Michigan or Ohio play Wisconsin or Michigan State, they all did well during the season and are better than the teams they are playing.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Probably the first time||
Probably the first time anyone has beaten 11 B1G teams in one season, no? Last year I think Indiana beat everyone but Wisconsin. Maybe OSU or MSU in 2012, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting that they have so||
Interesting that they have so many close wins this season, given this kenpom article from last season which talks about how they were 0-6 in close games last season, and "predicts" that they will lose a close game in the tournament. Of course they did lose, but it was gloriously not close.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||It's probably selfish and||
It's probably selfish and short-sighted to think of our team as the most interesting, because every team has good stories when you study them deeply enough, but I have to believe the last few years of M basketball have been some of the best. The cast-off/underdog stories, the quirks each of the guys have, the famous relatives, nearly everyone has something interesting about them.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Not only is Notre Dame not a||
Not only is Notre Dame not a tournament team, they also just dumped adidas to go to Under Armor, IIRC. Maybe adidas has a contractual obligation to include them in the special uniform programs until their contract runs out, but I don't think adidas would be inclined to go out of their way to promote ND.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Has Kenpom ever applied his stats to the NBA? You||
Has Kenpom ever applied his stats to the NBA? You would think with more games and fewer teams it would be much more effective (I'm not sure accurate is the right word).
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Brian writes his best by||
Brian writes his best by thinking of what makes him sad, or at least putting things in perspective. He being happy usually just ends up sounding like the Michigan Tube guys.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I wonder how much it helps||
I wonder how much it helps though. How many olympic sports really benefit from the college training athletes receive? Right now I can't think of many, especially in the winter olympics--hockey to an extent, maybe skiing? In the summer there's track, swimming, gymnastics, crew, wrestling, maybe a few others? I feel like most olympic level athletes in the U.S. skip college to concentrate on the sport full-time. Michael Phelps, remember, never swam competitively for Michigan. So while our college system probably helps in a few cases, overall I don't think it has a very significant effect.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Not until we beat them again||
Not until we beat them again in the B1G tourney.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Babcock is the best hockey||
Babcock is the best hockey coach in the world right now (even though he has criminally never won a Jack Adams). He's 50 and been with the Wings nearly 10 years. They seem to be going down rather than up right now, and it's plausible that in a couple years they might "want to go in a different direction." If Babcock decides he has nothing left to prove in the NHL (a Stanley Cup, two other trips to the finals, plus whatever he does between now and then), maybe he'll want to go to the relatively low-key college job, where you have 30 games a year instead of 82 plus playoffs.
I don't think the pro to college jump is as big a deal as people are making it. Hockey is hockey, the only new issue is recruiting, and keeping guys from going to the OHL. I think he can handle it.
I know the whole Babcock-to-Michigan thing is kind of a pipe dream, but there is enough smoke around it that I want to believe. If it happens it would be awesome, but I'm not really counting on it.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||No, IIRC Belichick resigned||
No, IIRC Belichick resigned on a handwritten note the day of his press conference introducing him as coach of the Jets, and took off to coach NE. I'm not gonna look it up either, but there is a good story about it out there somewhere.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||When they resume the series,||
When they resume the series, they'll make a big, surprising announcement:
"FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE TATE FORCIER'S FINEST HOUR, MICHIGAN AND NOTRE DAME WILL PLAY IN MICHIGAN STADIUM DURING THE DAY, ALLOWING ALL FANS TO ENJOY SUNLIGHT AND TRADITIONAL MICHIGAN FOOTBALL"
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||appropriate||
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||I hate how like half the||
I hate how like half the countries in the world have red white and blue in their flags too. Get your own colors, world.
Sweden has the best colors, obviously.