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|6 hours 22 min ago||A little rough on Ramzy,||
A little rough on Ramzy, there. He's the closest thing there is to a "Brian Cook of [Name of Team]" on the interwebs. I've seen him rip on Smith before, especially for his handling of Tressellgate.
|18 hours 58 min ago||Nothing there||
I have a vague memory of the details only because I was on the Michigan Daily when the allegation came out. In 2001 they were investigating a shady agent who misused players' money or something and it appeared Woodson had a relationship with him going back to summer 1997. The agent said he'd loaned Woodson $10k or $14k (the former is what the rumor always says, the latter is from my memory) after the Ohio State game that year. Woodson flatly denied it.
The university investigated and found nothing and since this was the same athletic department then in the middle of committing seppuku over Ed Martin that was good enough for most. I didn't know the Daily reporter who covered it at the time so I didn't know details. Mostly I remember being asked my opinion of it by Heather Kamins, then news editor, future EIC, because I was always "the guy who likes sports" guy in the room.
|19 hours 33 min ago||ok||
Here's last year. Funchess is a TE in these stats until Minnesota, obviously.
|19 hours 56 min ago||Alabama was 70% WRs, 13% TEs||
Alabama was 70% WRs, 13% TEs and 17% RBs in attempts; and 76% WRs, 12% TEs and 12% RBs in yardage. That's average.
Calling Funchess a TE is dubious but that makes it 78/12/10 in attempts and 79/12/9 in yards. Still not much from TEs.
|20 hours 33 min ago||Marlin brought them.||
Marlin brought them.
|2 days 1 hour ago||I went to mark my calendar||
I went to mark my calendar for Rutgers-Michigan, but it was already marked Yom Kippur, just the most important holiday of the year.
Actually, making it a night game helps some in that regard. Day games will be lost to services, but the night event is just a breaking of the fast meal at someone's house.
|3 days 2 hours ago||kate upton easter thing||
We're not a titties blog. 10% of our readership is female, a large portion of our readership have culturally conservative sensibilities, and almost half of our readers during the daytime are at work. Despite my personal appreciation of Kate Upton dancing around in underwear--and that appreciation is very great--it doesn't add anything to the site.
Kate Upton's a Michigan fan and Brian made an explicit exception for her. Were it up to me I'd just rather not have this sort of thing on here. It's not like you can't find half-naked women on the internet elsewhere.
Main point: Responding to people who are offended tends to just make it worse for everyone--if they have to put up with our tastes and sensibilities, at least let them make their feelings known without coming down on them for their religious feelings.
|6 days 22 hours ago||This goes back to our "who's||
This goes back to our "who's at fault" arguments in the first This Week's Obsession. I pointed out that Barnum and Omameh were very effective guys for Rich Rod's offense, and that it was conceivable that, with such a huge 2008 class of OL he could spend scholarships elsewhere in 2009 after reeling in Schofield and Lewan and then get his next generation of OL in 2010 and 2011.
But OL want stability, since they know they probably won't be starting for several years at least. And in fall 2009 the program was rocked by the Practicegate crap and subsequent rotten season right when it was most important to nail down those 2010 recruits--lots of targets who ended up good OL elsewhere slipped away. Then in 2010 Rich Rod was walking dead, more so with every loss, and that stink kept the 2011 OL away. Jake Fisher decommitted when Rodriguez was fired. Hoke didn't have time to patch that up as well as find DL and DBs and re-recruit Denard, etc.
So it was we went two years without recruiting any Michigan-level offensive linemen, and lo and behold going into 2014 there are no plausible senior or junior starters on the offensive line.
It wasn't shit that happened overnight. We're eating the fruit of 2009 and 2010.
|1 week 4 hours ago||I mean, Patrick Omameh was||
I mean, Patrick Omameh was one of the best linemen I've ever seen at releasing and finding and pulverizing a guy downfield on a zone block, but he was the worst puller football's ever had.
Barnum couldn't pull. Mealer couldn't pull. Taylor Lewan couldn't pull.
It is true: no offensive lineman under Funk that I can think of has EVER been able to pull correctly. As to your conclusion from that, well, um...
|1 week 18 hours ago||Way less than now according||
Way less than now according to Jack Weisenberger. The players back then didn't have practice limits and splitting defense and offense was new, so they got an advantage by the offensive guys getting together and having extra practices. They also ran fake plays in their dorm hallways and on the train. Thanks for the excuse to ask.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Nebraka's offense had this.||
Nebraka's offense had this. It's a fake sprint option. The RB maintains pitch relationship then stops and upends the pursuit. Then Martinez would square and pick a level on the resulting flood route.
|1 week 2 days ago||Sometimes the jump takes a||
Sometimes the jump takes a few minutes to upload for some reason. I published directly to the page today instead of publishing a draft last night like I usually do.
|1 week 6 days ago||I don't think it's my place,||
I don't think it's my place, either to speak for everyone, nor subject authors to readers' judgments based on their politics.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Among many interesting||
Among many interesting tidbits, one near the top caught me the hardest: even if they did start paying the players, this shit would go on, because they're so much better at it than any university is equipped to be.
We've been under the assumption that if you could pay players, say, a % of their jersey sales, Michigan wins because our fans can buy so many more jerseys. But these guys figured out a player's dad needed his tractor fixed, and got the tractor fixed. How the hell do you compete with that?
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Thanks for the assist. I||
Thanks for the assist. I haven't coached or played the game so I've had to pick things up from lots of myriad coaches who, as SC pointed out below, call things all sorts of things. "Frontside" makes more sense for a passing play, is why I used it, since "Playside" suggests the direction the play went (which was to the backside). I've given up on ever having one set of lingo for things and just go with whatever will convey what I'm trying to communicate to lay people.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||You guys don't have Devil's||
You guys don't have Devil's Night outside of Detroit?
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Yeah, pretty much. I mean,||
Yeah, pretty much. I mean, people who come to a blog that's writing about Michigan's spring game sound pretty disingenuous when they complain something with obvious social ramifications isn't newsworthy.
On the other hand approval is basically code for "Horray I hope this leads to all gay athletes being accepted."
I don't find it objectionable that people on this site have opinions that a lot of people have. I find it more objectionable when people either a) suggest that having those opinions makes you a bad person, and b) people who respond to the hint of a suggestion that they're masking their true feelings with bouts of outrage and calls of slander.
If you're looking for bigotry I'm sure you can find it. If you're looking for someone who slandered you as a bigot you can find that too. My recommendation is to look for basically good people who are trying to get their opinions in amongst a testy, politically charged bed of weeds.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I bet you $1.35 they will||
I bet you $1.35 they will title it "10 Athletes With a Secret You Won't Believe"! And I'll bet another $1.35 I can find ten more articles that day which are less relevant or worth covering.
We're not there yet--we're so far from there in fact that your complaints at this juncture make me want to bet a buck-thirty-five that you're just trying to share your frustration with the fact of the societal shift, and not actually just upset over what went into the news today.
I imagine coverage of future outs will be less about firsts and more about how famous the guy is. Sports are a natural platform for proving equality, because they're the nearest thing we have to a pure meritocracy.
My perspective on it is hearing my grandpa talk about Hank Greenberg. A lot of Detroiters in the 30s didn't want to get dragged into "Europe's War" and they ragged about the "Jewish agenda" trying to goad them into it. Naturally a version of rather tame anti-semitism was quite strong in that place and time. People tried to make him feel awful about not celebrating Christmas and the like--I don't think he got beat up or anything. But that was why he loved Greenberg. Hank was neither the first nor only Jewish guy in sports, but to my grandpa every home run was an act of heroism because it further proved that you could be a Jew and All-American.
I don't think this news is about you. I do think it will keep coming up as more athletes come out, and that gay guys will be glad of every announcement because each one is further proof they're normal dudes even if they would rather play H.O.R.S.E. than style hair. And that people who want gays and lesbians to feel welcome to be such will be glad of the news too, and those who don't will keep cringing.
And again, that's all in the future. Today for the first time a guy who might be in your bracket is openly gay, and I bet you there's 135 more who breathed a sigh of relief that it wasn't them.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||1. "The Media" is a pretty||
1. "The Media" is a pretty big place, and we don't really all talk to each other about how to portray things. Right or wrong, what's covered by "the media" is a reflection of peoples' interests, not some great collusion. Newsflash: people like to read about sex. A lot!
2. My experience talking with big-time athletes has led me to believe--with the caveat that each place is different--that a football or basketball or hockey locker room is generally way more homophobic than most places. College locker rooms especially. They're also notorious places for raunchy sexual details concerning women, and all other manner of talk that isn't considered appropriate in most places. The military too. Comraderie and mutual trust has an effect of loosening the tongue, and all sorts of attitudes that aren't allowed in polished public society creep out. Also Newsflash: young men like to talk about sex. A lot!
3. We've seen one NBA player and one NCAA football player come out before the NFL draft. I'm not saying every athlete in a new sport who comes out should get a day named for him, but to think it doesn't even warrant mention in the national press that the first D-I basketball player is gay. I mean, we discuss a lot less interesting shit than that on the front page, like Michigan's spring game for example.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yep, actually I saw the same||
Yep, actually I saw the same weakness in my argument and was editing my response to cover it when you responded. Apologies for altering the original--go read the 2nd paragraph through the basketball analogy.
Or just read the basketball analogy.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Why it's news||
A lot of people have questioned why it's a big deal, a question that's increasingly relevent the more barriers are broken down.
To deny it any consequence is to deny either the prevalence of anti-gay sentiment in American culture, or deny the prevalence of gay people in America. To the former, note that EVERY state and U.S. territory has had either a statute or a constitutional amendment concerning gay marriage (for or against) on a ballot in the last 4 years except Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Nationally, 34% of Americans oppose allowing gay or lesbian couples to adopt a child (another 9% are "unsure"). Sixteen percent think businesses should be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians.
To the latter, 3.5% of Americans currently identify as homosexual, 8.2% say they've tried it, and 11% have admitted some same-sex attraction. If homosexuality is random, it is highly likely on a team of 115 players that someone is gay. Given these odds, and the number of people who have actually come out among thousands of Division I athletes, it is an almost certainty that there are gay players who remain in the closet, and that they're doing so because they have a reasonable expectation of being ostracised for it, because over a third of Americans apparently would ostracise them for it.
When there's a first for a sport, that's still big news. Before Larry Doby and Roy Campanella and Willie Mays can be baseball players, someone has to be Jackie Robinson. Derrick Gordon is now and shall be for the rest of his career known as the gay guy who plays basketball. The next guy will be a basketball player who happens to be gay.
In basketball terms, social acceptance of homosexuality may have built a 15-point cushion, but there's still a lot of time on the clock, and every score still remains relevant to the outcome, whether it's a layup or a dagger three.
It's not just some people, and--this is important--it's not just bad people.
Over the last few years I've been in contact with more and more high-level athletes, and occassionally discussed their feelings on gay teammates, or gay opponents. None of those I've brought it up to personally give a damn, but they all admitted they have a lot of teammates who have very strong anti-gay feelings. Specifically, there are lots of athletes who used Christianity as their ladder out of terrible situations, because there is no institution in the country that does more good in the terrible places in America. As a consequence, there are lots of athletes who carry very orthodox Christian beliefs with regard to their definition of sexual morality. That orthodoxy was for many years essentially unopposed within major sports, but now it is being heavily challenged by society's growing sensitivity toward oppression within its ranks. In every locker room--and I guarantee you Michigan's is included--this is a thing.
Regardless of how you feel about it, the more players in more heavily-watched sports who are openly gay, the less of a target any openly gay player in any revenue sport will be, and the easier it will be for other gay athletes to come out. Whether you're for this or against this is up to your political feelings. The fact of this social shift and how it interacts with sports is undeniably a big deal.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Bolivia until November for||
Bolivia until November for both of you.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||You ought not to make fun of||
You ought not to make fun of Texas's CEO without making fun of ours for slapping his own name on Roy Mannings's office.
Also: I still feel weird with our MGoStyle of apostrophe-s'ing possessives that end in 's'.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||If I wasn't a Michigan homer||
If I wasn't a Michigan homer I wouldn't watch the Pistons because they aren't fun to watch, they don't complement each other, they're not interesting or particularly likeable players, they don't win very much, and there's always a better sport (college football/hoops/hockey, NHL, baseball) than David Stern's milquetoast, mostly rigged squeak-a-thon. But I would feel bad about it.
Since I am a Michigan homer, not drafting Burke because it was too obvious was a moderately bad basketball decision and a collossal marketing disaster, since it left absolutely zero room for Michigan fans to take it as anything but a middle finger to Michigan fans. Given the rest, not drafting Burke was exactly the excuse I needed to finally get off the 2004 bandwagon.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That was it.||
That was it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||7 seasons as opposed to 9||
7 seasons as opposed to 9 isn't off by all that much.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||EDITS||
I noticed my mistakes on Beilein's section but needed Riley pointed out -- redshirts throw me off in basketball; I remember Riley as a Fisher guy but I guess you're right. Edits made.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||There appears to be a big||
There appears to be a big oversight in the understanding of his situation. He can't get a scholarship because the signing deadline has passed. He can still walk on the team and earn a scholarship next year, as walk-ons regularly do. In this case it's probably all but guaranteed.
This is the process of going around the LOI that his mother wouldn't sign. Come a year from September he will be a scholarship MSU RS freshman and Ohio State fans will think he is transferring just after Dymonte Thomas does.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yes--i meant that but didn't||
Yes--i meant that but didn't clarify the reasoning. The whole point was to compare it to the Rose Bowl hosing.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I started a reply that became||
I started a reply that became Hokepoints this morning instead of the Spring thing I was writing. Nice going.