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|5 days 9 hours ago||Glossary||
Love this thread. Note: we do have a glossary I try to keep up to date, if you ever have suggestions for things to add to it.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Keep in mind the round I just||
Keep in mind the round I just posted actually occurred around the 4th of July.
|1 week 2 days ago||Maybe Brian should have||
Maybe Brian should have ordered his entire staff to obsess over this YMRMFSPA for SIX weeks instead of the three we all spent watching old RB tape and trying to talk ourselves into comparisons that weren't correct.
|1 week 3 days ago||Only Cazzie's number is||
Only Cazzie's number is officially retired; the others in the rafters are being honored but can still be assigned. Duncan Robinson wears 22 for example.
|1 week 3 days ago||PFF admitted their safety||
PFF admitted their safety ratings, like Brian's UFR numbers, are not very useful. Nate Gerry is a very good example of that because he wracked up pass pro points by getting targeted a lot, and lost a lot of them by being terrible at tackling. And he regressed last year.
The best safety in the conference may well be whoever is the new starter at Ohio State but we hate taking guys in position battles because it ends up looking bad if your player is on the bench.
|1 week 4 days ago||We've got Axel on the case.||
We've got Axel on the case.
|1 week 4 days ago||Until we launch the new site||
Until we launch the new site (still in production) we're not going to make any substantial changes to this one.
|1 week 4 days ago||The same way the Tigers, Red||
The same way the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and Lions left WJR: they were dicks. Bill Martin was negotiating with them in good faith when MSU sensed an opportunity and offered to give WJR everything they wanted if they'd dump Michigan right away. I don't think Martin even got a chance to respond. Then he had to go to CBS hat in hand, and the current radio structure was born.
WJR thought they were naturally the kinds of sports radio in this town, so IMG went around proving them wrong. The Tigers and Red Wings were the biggest deal, because that gave the station 200+ games to broadcast all year long. Once that happened, 97.1 became the station Detroiters listen to for sports.
Sparty got their petty moment; WJR is now a wasteland. Since the deal comes up every 5 years this was Michigan's 2nd opportunity to take advantage of the shift and try to reposition themselves in the radio market as the big kahuna. The biggest thing standing in the way of that is 97.1 is full of Sparty slappies.
Sports talk's format lends itself well to hot takes and the morons who love them, so it's not too much of a surprise that Michigan State fans are a better fit. However it also means that if you're either a Michigan fan, have a functioning human brain, or both, you have to live on fuzzy bits of Sam & Ira or stream it.
Or download the MGoPodcast.
|1 week 5 days ago||My 2-year old will come up to||
My 2-year old will come up to me and go "Okay Daddy, I say 'Go' you say 'Blue'" and then we do the Go! --> <---Blue! pointing cheer. But she constantly messes up and starts saying "Go" so then I switch to "Blue."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||https://docs.google.com/sprea|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Depends who you follow. I'm||
Depends who you follow. I'm mostly interested in Michigan recruiting and a few players that go to rival schools who are so good we'll have to face them more than once. I would personally prefer a site that gets an A in Michigan recruiting and averages a C across the country than get B Michigan coverage from a nationally B average site.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nationally I would agree but||
Nationally I would agree but their Michigan scouting has, by the measure of finding starters, exceptional.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Miss by ESPN, who had him||
Miss by ESPN, who had him pegged for the kind of career that ends with only a few starts and no NFL. Rivals and Scout said he was a 4-star TE, the kind of guy you get multiple years of starter quality from. They were correct.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You have to judge these on||
You have to judge these on the actual ratings though. For example Hemingway was pretty good but not the first rounder they pegged him as.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'll send em to you when i||
I'll send em to you when i get a chance. I'll also edit that chart with a duplicate
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes. The second book is||
Yes. The second book is signed and comes with the shirt.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Different. The book is||
Different. The book is painstakingly edited to convey the information succinctly. The previews come right before the season and Brian blurts them out with video links and tables--things the Internet is good at. The preview before the season will end up a lot longer actually.
But i do notice Brian will repeat or build on themes.
HTTV aims to be definitive; the late August previews aim to be thorough. Also they are in late August.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I ordered the spreadsheet for||
I ordered the spreadsheet for printing the labels and stuffing the mags by:
|3 weeks 5 days ago||We're not going to be||
We're not going to be motivated to research this nearly as much if it doesn't have the competitive aspect. And that research informs the rest of the season.
I've thought long and hard about Beilein's autobench policy and I believe he does have a rationale behind it: I think it's a program motivational tool. The players know about the policy, so if you're Spike Albrecht behind Trey Burke, you know that it doesn't matter if it's literally the National Championship game: you have a shot to get on the court. As fans we can sit back and say that's silly: Spike ought to be motivated regardless. But as I can attest personally with Draftageddon, that isn't how a human brain works. Competition and the chance to show up your comrades is a helluva drug, and every year it gets me to give up time with my family watching film, which serves you not just in a better Big Ten preview but as the year progresses with better information.
Anyway good points. Unfortunately you called Draftageddon a fantasy draft so I'm negging your ass for repeating the Draftageddon comment equivalent of "Caris is soft."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I skipped a Beathard photo||
I skipped a Beathard photo and went with my favorite of Glasgow.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||3 1/2 days in college.Awoke||
3 1/2 days in college.
Awoke Wednesday 8 a.m. with my usual 6 hours of sleep: History classes tended to have two semi-term papers and a big term paper, so the second half-term papers and the term papers were all due the same week, the week before finals. And I'd fallen behind in a French class and had some of the papers from that to make up to finish the class. I spent the week before putting together one big term paper, then did all the French ones boom-boom-boom-boom-boom from my last class (1pm) through the night.
24 hours awake: French class was 9-10. I chugged down cigarettes then accompanied my smoking friend to the top floor of the Union. She was the leader of a Native American group on campus that was occupying Michigamua's secret rooms that week and since I was curious to see the rooms (and yes of course I had a crush on her) I did that.
So I didn't get back to my place until about 4pm, kicking myself for wasting precious paper hours. It took me a few hours to get caffeinated and settled in, and I spent too long on one of the mini-papers. It was already 10pm and now I had two big papers and one little one still left to go. I gave myself an hour to do the other small one. It took me until 2 a.m.
48 hours awake: The first crack of sunlight gave me a second wind, so from 6am to 8am I had made up all the ground I'd lost staring at the screen and reading too much of the coursepack for quotes overnight, and finished one of the big papers at precisely 8 a.m.
That was due at 10, the other one at 4, but I didn't have it in me to start the last paper. I emailed the professor to say it would be late and attached/alluded to some research with an explanation that we'd only covered the period I was writing about at the very end of the course. Shit excuse, beating myself up.
I went to the Union, bought a rice bowl from the really crappy chinese food place that used to be down there, tried to get upstairs, couldn't get in, and then I dropped the contents of the rice bowl on the Angell steps. I went to class, and found there was no class--just a note to put the paper in the professor's mailbox.
This was a miracle--between that class and the section I didn't have to go to, I'd gotten back 3 hours to finish the last paper. I went home, downed another 2-liter of Coke, and typed the shittiest paper I'd ever written. My professor responded to my email around 2:30 that he wouldn't take it late so that free 3 hours saved my college career. I was still 20 minutes late to class, but I had the paper (it got a very undeserved C).
That class session was a Final review. I zoned out, and either dreamed or hallucinated a polar bear walking in and eating a Klondike bar. That ended around 6pm. I hadn't ingested anything but pop for all this time so I broke my No-Wendy's rule and ate Wendy's, incidentally meeting Shantee Orr in line (you'd have no idea he played DE; he was shorter than I am, and built more like a running back). Then I walked home planning to crash, but at this point i was so wired up with caffeine and cigarettes I couldn't sleep--just stare at the TV for hours with a blanket on.
Around 11pm my friends made me get up because they were having an epic awesome drinking time one floor above me, so I kind of sat on the floor in there like a rag doll. Drinking while that tired gave me a weird high and the night descended into one of those nights we still talk about: a sermon on the evils of Swedish fish and "flippin' fornication material" (futon chairs). One friend lost his poli sci girlfriend when she got fed up trying to argue politics with the one guy you shouldn't do that with. We broke into and ran around Michigan Stadium, which had a section torn up for repairs. We wore beer boxes on our heads. We mixed RC Cola and Richard's Wild Irish Rose. NEVER DO THIS!
36 hours awake: The sun rose on us as we were on the train tracks. I kept thinking various dark spots in the wood chips were good places to lie down. My cargo shorts were weighed down with something heavy I'd found that was cutting my leg with every step. Then one of the guys mentioned Fleetwood. We had two hard and fast rules: You can't bring up Fleetwood before 4 a.m., and if you bring up Fleetwood we all have to go. That morning, sitting outside at Fleetwood, was the day I became a coffee drinker.
I still have the bit of Michigan Stadium concrete though.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Braden got a horseshit||
Braden got a horseshit holding call on 1st down.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hey Julian, yeah there||
Hey Julian, yeah there is.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Such is life in screen city.||
Such is life in screen city.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I'm leaving this thread up||
I'm leaving this thread up just so I can refer to its existence sometime in the future.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||They're very different. A 5th||
They're very different. A 5th year you just have to convince your conference that he was hurt one year. But a 6th year requires you to submit a formal case to the NCAA and have a special committee review your case to waive their 5 years to play 4 rule. That case has to show the player was too injured to play both seasons, and the rules specifically say a redshirt year cannot count, and use the example of a player performing on the scout team for when a player is not eligible.
Clemons got a 5th year the same way Gardner did--he played then they made up an injury. The way they got a 6th year was by submitting contemporaneous medical reports claiming Clemons was too hurt to play for all of 2011, and they had those because they had already pulled a Devin Gardner to get him eligible LAST year. Ironically this is what made the 6th year possible.
With Ed Davis they're going a huge step further since medical records would have to be forged long after the fact to turn his redshirt year into a medical hardship year, and there is ample evidence on their own friggin website to show he was able to play all year.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I think they're counting on||
I think they're counting on the fact that a lot of schools (yes including Michigan) do it to get 5th years on freshmen who played a few snaps early in the year. Until Brian Cole left the program Michigan was going to get one of those fake injury medicals on him if you want a recent example. Gardner is the classic example because yeah right back injury uh huh.
However I don't think anyone's tried this gambit with the NCAA before. Getting a 5th year is an informal process of having the conference approve it, and the conferences generally want to keep the players eligible. But submitting falsified documentation to the NCAA is a big gamble since you don't know how used they are to looking sideways at such transgressions. And it's a committee that doesn't necessarily want you to have those players.
It's the difference between telling your local police officer that you were going the speed limit when you got in your accident versus telling the FBI you were going the speed limit when you damaged a military vehicle. Both are crimes but your local cop is likely used to letting drivers off, but who knows how the Feds will react if they find out you're lying.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It's B.S. but fortunately just the usual B.S.||
So....Clemons wasn't really hurt in 2011. Here's an article from the bowl practice that season where Narduzzi is talking about the true freshmen they're redshirting:
Dantonio also brought up Clemens in late January as a guy competing on DL, again with no hint of an injury that would have held him out that season: http://alumni.msu.edu/newsarticle.cfm?id=431
However there's a mention in a 2012 rivals article that Clemons played against CMU in 2011 "but retained his redshirt." That means they came up with an injury that year, which is a common enough practice. The NCAA let themselves be made rubes in using that as a basis for a 6th year, but at least they're going with a precedent. It also means MSU was prepared back in 2011 to present a medical case for Clemons being unable to compete as a true freshman. So it wouldn't require fabricating new records long after the fact like it would for Davis.
That means this ruling doesn't signal Ed Davis will get his 6th year, but it suggests how MSU is going to try: ironically to get the 6th year of eligibility they have to show he PLAYED in 2011 The problem is there is no evidence Davis played a snap in 2011, and since Davis was just normal-redshirting they would have had to have had some major foresight to fabricate medical documentation.
If they did, it suggests they were doing that for a lot of players, which is not only a MAJOR major violation, but the conspiratorial nature would up it to nuclear levels. I twittered today with a D2 compliance guy who writes on compliance issues and the gist of that conversation was that MSU's liability if caught making up injuries and presenting them in a 6th year case is "huge." The ol' play him them shelf him gambit is common, but getting caught would be more than a Tressel-level offense.
This whole thing is still very weird but unless Davis is actually cleared for a 6th year in fall it seems it's still just the usual weird.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan State's old helmets||
Michigan State's old helmets