"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
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|23 weeks 6 days ago||Visual representation of OP||
Perhaps the emphasis is misplaced?
Also, why victims don't leave - perhaps that should influence how we talk about domestic violence?
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Don't write them off so||
Don't write them off so easily... ;-)
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||Problem with waiting for details||
There's a perception, accurate or not, that star athletes get special treatment by law enforcement. That perception then leads to a presumption - when law enforcement does take action against a star athlete, it is probably an under-reaction rather than an over-reaction. Hit-and-run turns into a traffic ticket, body slamming a security guard becomes a "Youthful Trainee" sentence, whipping a child until he bleeds becomes a no contest plea to a misdemeanor, etc.
Frank Clark's arrest occurs in this context. We can all advocate for innocent until proven guilty, waiting for the legal process to play out, making sure all the facts are in before jumping to conclusions, etc. However, I think we also have to recognize that the law isn't always blind when it comes to star athletes, and we can't always rely on the outcome of a legal process to completely define how we should view, or judge, a particular situation.
It's fair to hold our legal system to a standard that the accused are innocent until proven guilty. It's fair to hold reporters to a standard of framing their reports with the word, "alleged." But I also think it's fair for the public, including people who post on fan blogs, to view events like this within the context of how star athletes are treated by law enforcement in our society.
|27 weeks 14 hours ago||Leaders and the best||
Well, they did their best.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Hate to say this||
but we have actually become "good" at losing. That's the problem.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Anything other than good play on the field||
will be used as grounds to run up the score. That's the basic problem with stuff like this.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Defense came to play||
at least for most of the first half. But the problem with this motivational tactic was that it effectively motivated the opponent even more.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Fair enough||
I hope we're willing to recognize that "running up the score" is inappropriate even when it's done by someone (we want) on our side. However, just as some want to down play the "spear" because it was done by our players, I also suspect some are complaining about the last TD because we weren't the ones scoring it.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Kinda agree with Spielman||
MSU went up 21-3 on Gardner's pick 6 - that wasn't the defense's fault. Except for the drive at the end of the first half, I thought the defense did a decent job with how little help it was getting from the offense - 2 net yards in the first half, only 10 minutes ToP, etc.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Defense put up a fight||
for most of the first half. Giving up a TD on the last drive of the 1st half was a killer. But without some life from the offense, the defense couldn't keep it up.
Michigan 1st half drives:
4 plays, 17 yards, punt, 2:01, 0-7
1 play, -9 yards, fumble, 0:07, 0-7
9 plays, 25 yards, punt, 5:46, 0-7
3 plays, -3l yards, punt, 1:43, 0-7
3 plays, 0 yards, FG, 0:48, 3-7
At that point, MSU had a 2:1 advantage in ToP. And Michigan had gained all of 2 net yards. Any defense would be hard pressed to keep up the fight in that situation.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||I guess the point hasn't been made yet||
Harbaugh is now apparently a DB, too:
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Ironically,||
as many times as Harbaugh would - which is every time someone complains about Dantonio running up the score.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh would have done the same thing Dantonio did|
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Jim Harbaugh would have done the same thing Dantonio did|
|27 weeks 2 days ago||So Harbaugh is a little brother, too?|
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh will|
|27 weeks 2 days ago||So Harbaugh is a d**k, too?|
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Apparently Harbaugh isn't like most coaches either|
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Apparently Harbaugh is childish, too|
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Apparently Harbaugh is dumb, too|
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh would|
|28 weeks 5 days ago||DB out||
Administration matters. A good coach with a bad AD will have a difficult time being successful. A bad coach with a good AD can be replaced.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Possible cause?||
|28 weeks 5 days ago||edit - straw that broke the camel's back (IMO)||
There's more to Michigan's reputation than athletics. How Shane Morris was handled does matter. Anyway, I'll post in Ace's thread - I had seen this one first (hence the edit).
|30 weeks 13 hours ago||Good point - records retention allows email to be deleted||
The law doesn't require the public agency to retain email forever, so it's possible that the email was deleted prior to the FOIA request.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Tricky||
Yes, the regents probably could do with a little more sunshine. But realistically, if the other regents believed that anything they said could end up posted on MGoBlog, they would stop talking to Brian except in the formal meetings. The closed doors would just move somewhere else, and exclude Brian.
Also, Brian would probably be forced to start editing himself on MGoBlog to avoid creating legal liabilities for the University. As a regent, he would have a duty to the best interests of the University, not to us, and would have to honor things like FERPA and HIPAA, legal counsel's opinions, etc. Then we, the readers of MGoBlog, would stop trusting Brian as much because we would sense he's not telling us everything.
It's very tricky to try and be both an outside advocate and an inside policy maker. Usually, it doesn't work out very well for the person in the middle.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Or aggressiveness / trust||
Maybe going for 2 right away is seen as being aggressive and trusting your offense to get the job done, and trusting your defense to get an extra stop if necessary? Feelingsball can always go in multiple directions.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Hypothetical||
You're being hypothetical, and we're not going to work in hypothetics.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Sustained discipline||
Win or lose, I'll be looking for sustained discipline. I think that playing with emotion, but keeping those emotions under control, will be the most challenging part of the game this Saturday. Given all the distractions and emotions of the week, I could see emotions running high but losing discpline (penalties, miscues, etc.). I could also see emotions running low, and a flat performance or folding in the face of adversity.
Even if they lose, if they appear to keep their emotional edge but stay in control, that will be a good sign for the direction of the team.
Even if they win, if they appear to be undisciplined or flat, that will be a bad sign for the direction of the team.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Witch hunts are not based on facts||
If people were calling for Brandon to be fired by claiming he slept with a student assistant, or claiming he embezzled funds from the University - that would be a witch hunt. Calling for him to be fired for factual aspects of his job performance is not a witch hunt. You can debate whether his job performance merits being fired or not, but you can't dismiss those calling for his ouster by claiming they are conducting a "witch hunt."