the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
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|1 day 16 hours ago||Was this from a previous||
Was this from a previous thread? I want to make this the centerpiece of DD. Also that cropping job of Branch is supurb -- could use the png file if you have it.
|1 day 16 hours ago||The Okie Package. Man I love||
The Okie Package. Man I love the Okie Pacakage one!!!
|3 days 9 hours ago||No matter how low your||
No matter how low your opinion of a free degree from Michigan State, it has to be higher than the potential for this guy to make it as a rapper:
|3 days 11 hours ago||Not Bentley's stats -- the||
Not Bentley's stats -- the targeting stats.
|3 days 11 hours ago||I pulled mine from the||
I pulled mine from the SBNation site, which was last updated a month ago. The other--somewhere I made a copy error and just repeated it a lot it seems.
|3 days 15 hours ago||No, just a guy I watch Red||
No, just a guy I watch Red Wings games with who asked not to be named in person.
|4 days 17 hours ago||People are far more alike||
People are far more alike that you're crediting them for, and FAR more genetically mixed than most people realize. Scientifically speaking, the gene pool is far too mixed up for there to be any plausible relationship between race and certain abilities, especially in African Americans, of whom nearly all have European ancestry in multiple spots on the tree (having lived in this country for quite some time). Furthermore, African population groups are more genetically distinct than any other continental sample (e.g. N. Africans share ancenstry with Greeks more than they do people from Kenya), so what you're calling "black" is actually humanity's most melted pot (another being European Americans, Mr. Kettle). Other than skin pigmentation there aren't any shared traits in that population. And skin pigmentation doesn't make you jump higher, run faster, or catch better.
Meanwhile sociologists have shown fairly demonstratably that circumstance, not genetics, is the largest contributing factor to demographic differences in athleticism. A century ago people were talking about the Catholics the same way, believing that something about being Irish made you tough enough to be a football player that you didn't see very often in "white" people. Turns out it's just that Irish were poor with few opportunities available to them, and that meant a few more were very motivated to take advantage of one that provided a free college degree. Sound familiar? Athleticism isn't just born--it's a honed skill that requires a massive level of dedication from an early age to utilize. All those fast and agile kids from Pahokee didn't get that way because they're part of a predisposed athletic genetic group; they got that way by chasing rabbits while most of the kids their age were playing video games, and of the rabbit chasers the few with athletic talent honed commitment to the sport and agility to a level that made them very useful to college teams.
It's mostly bullshit--not entirely bullshit because there's certain adaptive traits that remain--but bullshit enough that race as a determining factor in a person's athletic ability is more damaging as a stereotype than useful as a predictor. Comedians who play on stereotypes have been around as long as stereotypes have been taboo--Chapelle does nothing Richard Pryor didn't come up with. But then there's a very good reason that stereotypes are taboo: they're damaging, while also being not correct.
|5 days 5 hours ago||BO'B seems to know what he's||
BO'B seems to know what he's doing. That said the last recruit before this was Wangler's other kid, a 2-star linebacker who had interest from MSU and would flip to Michigan if he manages to play his way into an offer his sr year. Recruiting like Sparty at their peak when they have such a small class is not going to make them a threat without finding a LOT of diamonds.
|6 days 15 hours ago||oh man. I didn't want to give||
oh man. I didn't want to give it out to something O.T.
|6 days 16 hours ago||I think it depends what||
I think it depends what you're saying. Was J.T. Floyd a great cornerback on par with the chain of next-Woodsons? No. Was he better than Morgan Trent? No. Better than Troy Woolfolk? No. Better than James Rogers? Yes.
For my part I was very happy with Floyd because he played his ass off, and because he did a great job covering the man beast receivers we faced, and most of all because most of Floyd's cornerback contemporaries I wouldn't put in Buffalo's backfield.. Floyd had a bit more athleticism than Rogers, but he played smarter i thought. Rogers was, to me, a "oh thank god he's not a steaming pile" starter, but he had to be covered for because his skills were so limited, and that opened up all the freshman corners to getting picked on.
I see Floyd as the kind of corner Michigan State or Iowa typically plays with: a guy who's alright and can actually do a great job against a certain type of player, but has holes in his game and won't be an NFL guy. Rogers is more like that occasionally decent senior cornerback on Indiana who can do one thing well and some things not well at all, but looks better because of the tire fire around him.
Rogers did all he was asked to do and I don't think you'll find a single Michigan fan who'd ever be upset he earned that camp offer, since the option after him was basically Cullen Christian. I also don't think it's a personal knock on him to say he didn't have nearly kind of ability that Michigan wants out of its starters.
|1 week 17 hours ago||There's actually quite a few||
There's actually quite a few former players, more lurkers than contributors. Team 123 is particularly well-represented here.
|1 week 18 hours ago||It's him.||
|1 week 1 day ago||The other day Ace was||
The other day Ace was interviewing a former recruit and he said
"Well I was going to pick Michigan but then I saw some internet obsessed fan walking around with a t-shirt that calls my home state the "worst state ever" and I thought to myself "that is so inaccurate: by every available metric Alabama is clearly the worst state ever" and let me tell you it really made an impression on me because I care so much about academics, so I'm gonna go to Ohio State instead. Wait, they call it THE Ohio State University? ARRGGH SUPERFLUOUS ARTICLES! Where's that Northwestern hat?"
|1 week 1 day ago||Sharing mine.||
They had a phone number you could call and find out, and every day after school I'd come home and call (on a house phone--remember those things?) the admissions office and it would say in the CRISP lady's voice "You have applied for ... L-S-A. Your application is being reviewed."
After several weeks of that I rushed home from school on a Friday because I was going up to East Lansing for the weekend. I used to hit up extracurricular journalism programs the way recruits hit the camp circuit, and MSU's journalism school had a (very easy on the eyes) mentor girl recruiting me, and she invited me to the Michigan-Michigan State game, so the plan was to drive up to East Lansing immediately after school, stay at a friend's house, go to the football game, then I was gonna get a tour of the campus and stuff.
I was already packed, but I got home and my parents were both home in their bedroom so I went in to say goodbye and while up there I figured what the hell and did a quick call to the CRISP lady. We put it on speaker, entered all the stuff, and got..
"You have applied for ... L-S-A. You have been accepted to ... L-S-A."
Whoopin. Jumpin on the bed. More whoopin. We sang "The Victors" -- doing the Champions of the West verse a second time because CHAMPIONS!!!
Then I drove up to East Lansing (with five friends piled in the Honda because in high school that's how we do) and sat in the student section and tried to act like a good Sparty recruit until Woodson leapt what had to be 35 feet in the air and one-hand-intercepted a ball Sparty was trying to throw away, and that gave me away. I ended up trying pot for the first time at my friend's house instead of taking the tour afterwards. Go Blue!
The letter itself finally came the week before the Penn State game. I was on campus visiting Ann Arbor that Saturday, and watched the game in basement of the Union--in that big room I can never remember the name of--and I had my acceptance letter in the pocket of my varsity jacket.
|1 week 1 day ago||Um...should be free shipping||
Um...should be free shipping with an order that large. I'm asking the store.
|1 week 3 days ago||I tried crossing the blocking||
I tried crossing the blocking power of Jake Long with the nasty hitting of Daydrion Taylor, and the looniness of Les Miles just to see what would happen. We were gonna call it a Taylor LesLong. Then the thing escaped my top secret lab in the Arizona desert, and was last seen riding a twosie bicycle in the direction of Ann Arbor.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah technically Welborne was||
Yeah technically Welborne was the strong safety. But he was a fantastic cover guy (and built like one), and Michigan used him kinda like how modern quarters defenses use their Ed Reeds (and the Colts deployed Marlin as a nickel), bringing him down to the box, threatening blitzes sometimes, and having play robber zones, hence all the interceptions. If you ask me the 1989 defense was perhaps Lloyd Carr's best coaching job. We talk about these great defenses that people run nowadays and the things they do with safeties, and forget we had a pretty high-tech thing running around these parts.
|1 week 3 days ago||More like was editing HTTV||
More like was editing HTTV stuff until late last night, got up at 4 to write this one this morning, and was running out of time after spending too long making SHAZORVACS
|1 week 4 days ago||OTish: 5star FSU recruit wants out|
|1 week 4 days ago||Big difference: Perry and||
Big difference: Perry and several other Ducks have a history if intent to injure. You have to consider the player and his history to gauge intent, and from watching Abdelkader since college I have never known him to be a dirty player (he left that to his teammates).
|1 week 4 days ago||A charge is when you keep||
A charge is when you keep skating. Abdelkader stopped skating 10 feet away and glided into the hit. The one thing everyone can totally agree on with this is that it's not at all a charge.
I don't put this one on Shanahan and get frustrated when people complain about him. He picture pages every decision and puts it on the Internet. He has also intimated as much as he can without getting fired that sometimes the league interferes with his rulings (eg Weber's hit). Bettman is an NBA slamma jamma, superstar oriented David Stern acolyte whose mission is to make hockey palatable to Southern Californians, ie more like the NBA. I bet you anything this ruling (and the weak-ass way they called the penalty on review as soon as they saw the head was impacted) came from upstairs.
Give Shanny a break. He's trying to make the NHL better and keeps his process for doing that as open as he can, but he works for an impish David Stern student. Anybody in that job would do worse.
|1 week 4 days ago||I couldn't be happier they're||
I couldn't be happier they're moving away from the books. George Martin is a creep, and a lazy, not very good writer. He specializes in writing evil and seems incredibly clunky when his characters need to be motivated by altruism, killing them off when any one force for good might be coming to a victory. I wondered more than a few times before I gave up on the books if Martin spends so much time on sadomasochism because maybe he's got those ideations.
Anyway if they are changing up things from the books, now that we've come to the torture and ruination of Theon Greyjoy, perhaps we'll have a point to it now instead of just so Martin the creep can vicariously get off.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||The coaches above touch on||
The coaches above touch on those challenges. You are going against great athletes at this level who can adjust ther routes on the fly if they recognize the coverage. The reads have to be a lot quicker and everyone has to make the right read or you've busted something big. If read 2 is your base defense then yeah you can get really good at this. But if your base defense is a Tampa 2 or Quarters, this is a wrinkle, and takes some time to teach all the mechanisms, especially with the linebackers. I guess I've seen too much awful defense in college to take it for granted that the team will pick this up with all the important nuances in just a few practices, especially when most of the backs are still relatively new to your base defense.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||They play a lot of||
They play a lot of quarters: http://mgoblog.com/diaries/pat-narduzzi-quarters-coverage-and-evidently-extant-msu-defense-rope-sand but they do a lot more man to man coverage than trying to salvage zones. It's not as sound because you open yourself up to mismatches potentially, and you also turn your back to running QBs, but it's a good college answer when you're dealing with college kids. MSU also doesn't coach dummies: their secondary hasn't had many underclassmen getting playing time, and Dantonio has demonstrated he's willing to pull guys directly out of jail in order to make sure he's got his experienced guys back there.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Thanks. Just a typo -- I had||
Thanks. Just a typo -- I had the tag right above.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Okay so my excuse is I was a||
Okay so my excuse is I was a 1-year-old. Fixed:
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||i've kept going on this and||
i've kept going on this and will have it in dear diary today.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Rediscovered this thread||
Rediscovered this thread while back-researching the Renaissance thing and was surprised to find us talking about Hondo Carpenter, who's the Sparty who donated the pics for last year's HTTV. Yeah he's an MSU homer, just like we're Michigan homers--now he's a blogger because blog readers expect you to be a homer. It isn't any more weird that he gets credentialed than that Ace does.
He's also a guy who's nice to Michigan fans, and that's why he gets derided on RCMB so much. Brian was too rough on Hondo on the front page at this time. I figure he didn't know the specifics of Criswell and Butler. The coach, Watts, turned out to be a really bad dude.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||A is for the Andersons, who||
A is for the Andersons, who called each other "bro." Kurt played center in '01, Erick starred for Mo.
B is for the Brackinses, we'll never give them back. No matter how you spell the name the player is all-MAC.
G is for Glenn Edward, a name you'd never know. For though he was our greatest man, we always called him "Bo."
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Naw. It was interesting. But||
Naw. It was interesting. But I'm still not sure it wasn't from somewhere else. In general be very wary is all.