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|1 day 10 hours ago||"marques slocum's fuck lion"||
"marques slocum's fuck lion" is one of those things everyone ought to google for themselves one time. I recommend the EDSBS link.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Yeah I know. Actually it was||
Yeah I know. Actually it was Kryk's article on the 1973 duking in the fartbox (and in general three great teams that didn't get to go to bowls because the refs didn't count a field goal that was good and because the Big Ten didn't go to non-Rose Bowls back then), that got me thinking of that play. Forget everything that came after, and think of how the big house was ROCKING after that TD.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Forget who it was, but for||
Forget who it was, but for December 2002 graduation we had a poet laureaute who kept talking about how well he knew "Mary Sue Johnson." It was Mary Sue Johnson this and Mary Sue Johnson that. And someone finally leaned forward and tried to whisper (but it got picked up by the mic anyway): "It's COLEMAN!"
|2 days 9 hours ago||Before you commit to placing||
Before you commit to placing your knowledge below Mr. Yang's, read last year's draft-o-snark. Would YOU have drafted an offense made up of 3 quarterbacks, 4 offensive linemen, 3 tight ends, and a linebacker?
|2 days 10 hours ago||It's Culture, not People.||
Nobody's denying that racism exists, or that race as a social construct exists--it's on all the forms. What I'm saying is that it's not a genetic distinction, just a cultural one. It's just one of those things in science where the observed traits don't match the genetics.
You know where we find that the most? In humans--because humans more than any other species like to go around modifying nature to suit our needs.
The greatest example is how non-genetically diverse we are (most species have WAY more diversity) versus how different we see ourselves. Also more than any other species, we build social constructs out of extremely subtle differences in looks. You'll note most animals have minor differences in facial construction but you can't really tell one racoon from another on sight. Your brain is hardwired to make distinctions between human faces, and human faces have developed a lot of different configurations to be able to sexually present as "like you."
Yes there are some specific genetic traits of recent origin in certain populations. Ashkenazi Jews, for example, have several traits we need to get tested for when having children that others don't because there's a couple of mutations prevalent in our gene pool that can cause cancer or birth defects if repeated. People of lighter skin (because solar heat soaked into skin cells is how bodies break down lactose) are far more likley to be lactose intolerant except those of west asian origin because they've been living the longest off of domestic animals' milk (northern europeans were about the last to do this). And the classic example of population differences in genetics is the sickle-cell gene, because while having two sickle cell alleles gives you sickle cell anemia, being heterozygous in that gene makes you immune to malaria, therefore making carriers the healthiest people (and thus most likely to reproduce) within populations that live in highly malarial regions. Except for the pigmentation thing, you're talking about fairly recent mutations that persist in the population where it started. And pigmentation isn't one gene but many, and those are supposedly activateable, meaning dark skin is something any population will get in just a few generations if they're living near the Equator and remaining physically active, and vice versa (if you wanna see this in action go look at all the 3rd generation descendents of Germans and Poles living in Israel).
For a very long time nobody seemed to notice that across all cultures, people draw the "boogie man" or more generally their idea of a grotesque human being the same way. Indadvertently, even as kids, we retain visual stimulations from our dealings with Neanderthals, who were the same species as us, yet on the extreme of recognizable divergence.
The science says we're all the same. The hard evidence is all on the side of "race" being just another social construct of beings that love to create bullshit social constructs. Maybe it's unfortunate that the facts, in this particular case, support something that other people (who don't care about the facts anyway) use to justify breaking down cultural differences between groups of different historical background. But they're the facts. African Americans are nearly 12% European. Spotted eugenic breeding attempts during slavery were so unsuccessful (because people have always found ways to fuck whomever they want) as to leave no more effect on the population than the Nazis' attempts to do the same turned Germans into healthy blond people. Other than skin pigmentation and the persistence of multi-allele cosmetic features, there is very little difference.
What you're really talking about is cultural distinctions, and those, I agree, don't need to be force-homogenized because there's a lot of value in maintaining our mini-cultures within the larger one. I do think it's very important, however, that when we start talking about physical differences between humans, we can be honest with each other about how little difference there really is between us.
With sports it's not so hard as it seems. Ever notice that most hockey players come from countries where hockey is the biggest sport, and baseball players the same? Do you think that's because there's a Canadian hockey gene, or because Canadian culture pushes kids with hockey talent to start developing that? How about all the basketball players that come from Indiana? So why are black southern players dominant in football? Because football is dominant in black southern culture.
As for eliminating racism, what goes on in science probably doesn't matter since white supremicists are probably the last people who are going to give a shit what science says. You're fighting against somethingt that is very hardwired in humans--tribal defensiveness--and certain learned behaviors passed down from parents and role models used to identify race as one's tribe. The trigger for this kind of defensiveness is usually something else entirely, an individual's feeling that they don't belong, so therefore they use identification and tribalism to make someone else not belong. We fight this the way we have been: if there's an opportunity gap, try to help close that gap, and just keep being not accepting of racist shit, keep being honest about our dark history, and keep avenues of opportunity truly open.
|2 days 21 hours ago||So-so||
Will he come though?
Just so you know,
|3 days 4 hours ago||Heiko's a very genuine guy||
Heiko's a very genuine guy and not a half-bad writer, and that's what Brian likes about him, and Borges as well.
He's not at all a "football junky" or student of the mechanics--not that I was until I immersed myself in it either.
He's a very good journalist, and unlike some of the other people in the room Heiko comes off like he's really just trying to get correct answers to his readership, as opposed to framing a story or emphasizing the author's intelligence. That's why Borges likes him.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Still working on the bipeds||
|3 days 5 hours ago||You win 10 orphans.||
You win 10 orphans.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Does Beilein have a||
Does Beilein have a recruiting service? I'd rank that one 1st.
|4 days 1 hour ago||I was talking a few months||
I was talking a few months ago to my wife's cousin (from Texas) who said his company was going to be making Michigan's new footballs. I'm trying to find out if this was his doing. I can't think of another Michigan fan there.
As always: all meat is good meat.
By the way, if it is his company I may be able to swing a few of them. Not promising anything.
|4 days 3 hours ago||baby announcements||
I tend to look the other way, unless it gets out of hand. If there's anyone who can be forgiven a moment of insanity (other than sports fans) it's new parents.
|4 days 4 hours ago||really Mike, we're gonna||
really Mike, we're gonna freeze our asses off outdoors in December for the MAC champ?
|4 days 5 hours ago||You don't remember 2000? As a||
You don't remember 2000? As a refresher, Drew Henson was quarterback and passing to David Terrell and Marquise Walker and Braylon Edwards and Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson, who was also the cornerback, punt returner, kick returner, running back (behind Chris Perry and Anthony Thomas and Tom Harmon), and strong safety, free safety, and all three linebackers. The defensive line was the 1987 season of Superfriends. Michigan went 12-0 and won the Rose Bowl over FloridaMiami State or something, and the offensive line of Steve Hutchinson, Jeff Backus, Maurice Williams, Jake Long and David Molk lifted Henson on their shoulders at which point Drew yelled "We're all coming back next year to win again! Fuck the Yankees!"
And then the Yankees were fucked and the Tigers won seven World Series in a row.
It was kind of a 3-4 defense that year but it's really easiest to make it like a 4-3 under:
NT: Eric Wilson and Grant Bowman
3T: Shawn Lazarus
5T: Dan Rumishek
WDE: Larry Stevens and Evan Coleman
SAM: Victor Hobson
MIKE: Eric Brackins and Carl Diggs
WILL: Larry Foote
FS: DeWayne Patmon and Charles Drake
SS: Julius Curry
Boundary: James "Future Star of the XFL" Whitley
Field: Todd Howard
Nickel: Brandon Williams
If you don't remember what the XFL was, be thankful you remember 2000 way less than I do.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Let's all get football||
Let's all get football coaches to call things things that make sense.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Great Stuff!||
Congratulations Heiko on scoring this interview!
People should know there's a little bit of backstory. Whhen Heiko was gunning for this interview last November, the guy who decides these things said he was a little worried, because we had a reputation for being kinda hard on coordinators when things go sour.
So Ace, Heiko and I are driving back from Columbus after The Game last year, Heiko is driving and I'm reading Ace's postgame column out loud. You know the one. And every damning word Ace is going "I'm sorry, I'm so sorry" and I swear you can see Heiko's shoulders drooping a little bit more.
How did it happen anyway? Because Borges wanted it to.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Ruling is no. People coming||
Ruling is no.
People coming here wondering what type of site they're viewing will get the wrong idea if there's breasts staring at them from peoples' avatars. Remember we have female readers too.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Way OT: Need help with laptop & printing to work printer||
Not a kiosk.
|1 week 2 days 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 week 2 days ago||The Okie Package. Man I love||
The Okie Package. Man I love the Okie Pacakage one!!!
|1 week 4 days 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:
|1 week 4 days ago||Not Bentley's stats -- the||
Not Bentley's stats -- the targeting stats.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 4 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|1 week 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||oh man. I didn't want to give||
oh man. I didn't want to give it out to something O.T.
|2 weeks 8 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's him.||