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|2 days 21 hours 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."
|2 days 22 hours ago||I skipped a Beathard photo||
I skipped a Beathard photo and went with my favorite of Glasgow.
|6 days 20 hours 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.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Braden got a horseshit||
Braden got a horseshit holding call on 1st down.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Hey Julian, yeah there||
Hey Julian, yeah there is.
|1 week 7 min ago||Such is life in screen city.||
Such is life in screen city.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||Michigan State's old helmets||
Michigan State's old helmets
|1 week 2 days ago||I bet 2008 me would read who||
I bet 2008 me would read who got selected and the writeups on Michigan guys and one or two players I've heard of. Then one day I'd be in the men's room on vacant 4th floor and read like the entire 14th and 15 round on my phone and spend the rest of the season saying intelligent things about Nebraska OL.
|1 week 2 days ago||If we ever get PFF's numbers||
If we ever get PFF's numbers we might use them to judge it. Who won last year was too obvious to have a vote.
|1 week 2 days ago||<---this guy right here.||
[click makes big]
Lotta injuries last year but I waited to draft my front four until late while focusing on putting together the best offense by far, and then all those DL plus Schobert blew up. Meanwhile State's secondary imploded, and the carnage took out all my competion.
|1 week 2 days ago||I got tired of arguing the||
I got tired of arguing the same points, particularly the nonsense about this being just some guys' fantasy draft. I read this site for years while doing real work and skipped things I didn't feel I needed to know. Some people like it, and for those who don't it's free content they can skip.
For one, we're not going to stop doing it because it's the kind of thing we'd want to read and that's always been the guiding principle.
For two this preps us to cover the upcoming season, and I think I speak for all of us when I say I wouldn't put a quarter of the effort into it if we weren't doing it publicly. FFFF and Opponent Watch and opponent previews and Neck Sharpies all year are informed by the research we do in the offseason while trying to win the fake title of most informed MGoBlogger.
Skipping it is fine. Whining about getting this instead of Neck Sharpies is self-defeating, because I learned a lot of what goes into those posts while doing this.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interested to know where Neck||
Interested to know where Neck Sharpies, Dear Diary, FFFF and the rest fall in this graph.
|1 week 2 days ago||Oops. He wrote them up||
Oops. He wrote them up together so i was trying to splice and missed a spot.
|1 week 4 days ago||Email me. All I can tell from||
Email me. All I can tell from you posting on here is your email address, which does not match any kickstarter orders. THere are 5 people whose credit cards were declined whom I tried to contact.
|1 week 4 days ago||Soon. I was nearly done but||
Soon. I was nearly done but the opponent preview boxes were illegible and adding a good meg and a half in memory. So I have to rewrite all those, but I took yesterday off and spent today trying to track down addresses (and mowed my lawn).
|1 week 4 days ago||seth at [this site]||
seth at [this site]
|1 week 4 days ago||Well, you're getting just a||
Well, you're getting just a signed copy so I'm not needing your address yet. If you filled out that google form you're good to go.
|1 week 4 days ago||Why yes there is, totally||
Why yes there is, totally unscripted person asking for a link to my product.
You can get the book pre-ordered for $15 or the digital edition now for $5.
|1 week 6 days ago||Forward it. Seems fair.||
Forward it. Seems fair.
|1 week 6 days ago||I didn't. No no no I don't||
No no no I don't believe you.
|1 week 6 days ago||I skip right to my article,||
I skip right to my article, find a mistake we missed in 10 read-throughs, and torture myself over it for 365 days.
|1 week 6 days ago||FYI this will only affect a||
FYI this will only affect a few people who downloaded it super-fast but I thought the opponent at a glance boxes were illegible at the resolution I printed it at so I've replaced those pages. It added about a MB and a half to the PDF. If you redownload it now you'll have the higher res version.
|1 week 6 days ago||Pre-sale for print copies is||
Pre-sale for print copies is on now: http://mgoblogstore.com/collections/frontpage/products/ttv-2016-football-preview-magazine
We'll put the digital edition for sale early next week. Kickstarter backers get it first.
|1 week 6 days ago||email me. [my name] at [this||
email me. [my name] at [this site]
|1 week 6 days ago||Kickstarter only today. We'll||
Kickstarter only today. We'll make the digital edition purchaseable on the store next week but those who backed us get it a weekend early in gratitude.
|2 weeks 39 min ago||Please proceed in an orderly||
Please proceed in an orderly fashion to your nearest inbox.