Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
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|18 hours 45 min ago||Whoo-hoo!!!||
Made it to 3K! You can just call me ST3K from now on...
EDIT: almost forgot to thank you guys. I couldn't have done it without you.
|20 hours 27 min ago||3K?||
Yeah, can someone posbang me to 3000 points, please? You gotta get a free t-shirt or something for that, right? right? (crickets...)
|22 hours 44 min ago||The helmets||
remind me of Indiana.
|1 day 17 hours ago||7||
Yes, normally 7 is too high, but we were in a situation where we couldn't hold a spring game because we had less than 10 scholarship linemen. Another factor that is overlooked is how many "man-games" can those scholarship players give you. It's been discussed that RBs are more likely able to contribute from day 1, or at least in their freshmen season. Canteen is showing a frosh WR can contribute. (Walk-ons are more likely to be able to contribute as WR than OL just because of sheer numbers - there are plenty of 6', 180lb guys walking around, not many 6' 7" 300lb'ers.) So a RB can give you 12 games over 4 seasons, or 48 games total. Ideally, we'd let our O-linemen develop and mature and start their 4th and 5th years, for 24 career games total. So why do I want to stack my roster with tons of wide receivers (like Rodriguez seemingly did) and ignore the O-Line? Think of it this way, if you go four deep at split end, that's a capacity of 48 career games * 4 guys = almost 200 games. Four deep at Left tackle gets you 100 career games. I think you need more offensive linemen, and taking 6 or 7 ONE year to get you back up to 15 certainly doesn't create roster balance problems any more than taking 4 or 5 wide receivers does.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Depth||
I understand your point, but if your depth is insanely thin, I think you have to take 6 or 7 guys to make up for it. We all know there are only 5 spots, but we can't be sure which of the 6 or 7 guys develops and become starters. If your hit rate is 50%, your 7 recruits get you 3.5 starters. You are then depending on the guys already on your roster to make up the rest of the starters, but they just weren't there. You can redshirt to spread the seven across two years. Also, in a couple years it'll be obvious who is better than who and you'll get some attrition. You don't want to plan for that, but it is likely to happen.
There are 85 scholarships to give out. There are 5 OL out of 22 positions (let's have the long snapper, fullback, punter, and kicker walk on for this discussion.) So 5 of my 22 starting positions should be reflected in 19 or 20 out of 85 roster spots. We were down to <10 scholarship linemen. If you take 7, you get back to 15 or so. That's still too few, in my opinion. And yes, I'm making a SWAG at some of these numbers.
(Tangent: do you say WAG - wild ass guess? or SWAG - scientific wild ass guess? I've heard both.)
|3 days 11 hours ago||One||
I recently taught my 9 year-old son how to play air guitar to One. Ah, the joys of fatherhood.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Thunderstruck||
The two cellos version of Thunderstruck has 16 million views in just a month.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Spring game||
I watched two minutes of their spring game. A cheerleader was calling the plays. It was a wow moment. And yes, she did a better job than Borges.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Bielfeldt||
I hope his outside shooting improves, otherwise, he reminds me of a shorter Blake McLimans.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Horford fathead||
shouldn't the Horford fathead also be blacked out of that photo?
|1 week 22 hours ago||Seth||
Seth opened the box. I'm far more interested in the differing opinions within the MGoHierarchy alluded to by Seth.
|1 week 2 days ago||Lunardi||
is an idiot, or the tournament rules will change? Occam's razor, anyone?
|1 week 2 days ago||section 1||
In his own mind, I'm sure...
|1 week 2 days ago||Ace||
Magnus has more MGoPoints than Ace. He's third among active users, and first among non-site affiliated people (Brian, Seth, Ace, Brandon.) I have love for Ace, but Mount Rushmore is for Presidents, not Vice Presidents, or something like that.
|1 week 2 days ago||Meta: MGoRushmore||
Brian, because it's his site
Misopogon, but not Seth
TomVH, because he held us
That fourth spot is up for grabs, but I'm going with Magnus as the representative of all the MGoUsers. Had Heiko spurned the medical millions, he would have been a no-brainer.
|1 week 4 days ago||if that's the case||
it means Nik is coming back! Just kidding, but if Mitch and GR3 come back OR Nik comes back, we're a top 10 team.
|1 week 4 days ago||Calipari||
There were two reports from the sideline reporter that stuck with me. First, she said during one huddle, Calipari told Harrison to drive more and shoot less. That is the exact same advice I gave the fourth graders I coached this year. Second, she said Calipari scolded Harrison about his body language, and two minutes later they show Calipari on the sideline whining for a call.
|1 week 5 days ago||Coaches||
I thought the part about going to Europe for a few years and returning to the states to become a coach was funny.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Talley||
Lived on my floor in West Quad one year. He spent a lot, and I mean A LOT, of time playing video games.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Fisher / Frieder||
I went to UofM's summer basketball camp in 1985 when I was 15 years old. Frieder was the head coach at the time, but he mostly sat back and watched everything. He glad-handed the better players and made sure he was the one to introduce Gary Grant to the campers. Fisher, as the assistant coach, demonstrated all the drills. I'm sure it's that way at almost all basketball camps, but I also went to State's summer camp when Heathcote was the head coach, and Jud was out there on the court demonstrating how to shoot a jump shot. Frieder's teams were a lot like that Kentucky unit we just saw - lots of individual talent, not much teamwork or team concepts on display. I still remember Fisher demonstrating how to play post defense at that camp, and I see his guys play that way even today. His offense was also not up to par with Beilein's, but I think Fisher is an underrated defensive coach. If you are ranking coaches, I think you give points to guys who do more with less. So I put Beilein first, Fisher second, and Frieder third, just considering those three. Orr was a tad before my time, but he probably would slot between Beilein and Fisher.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Don Nelson||
disagrees with you
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Kenturkey||
True story, I went to grad school at UofM with a guy from Kentucky. He got his Ph.D. and accepted a faculty position at UK, thinking it would be nice to move back home and live near his family. The students were so awful he left UK. He said they could barely write coherent sentences and he was spending most of his time correcting their English. He became a professor at MSU. He told me the quality of students at MSU was better than at Kentucky. Imagine that, some folks are even dumber than spartans.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||6:37AM?||
Was it 6:37AM? That would explain why they both have bed head.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Salaries||
The law deals with salaries:
Executive, administrative, professional and outside sales employees: (as defined in Department of Labor regulations) and who are paid on a salary basis are exempt from both the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the FLSA.
But those are still wages. I can go buy whatever I want with money. I can't do that with my scholarship. If they change the system to say, here's X thousand dollars, now pay for your tuition with it, OK, that's reasonable. What they are doing instead is providing you with a benefit in lieu of a wage. It's akin to claiming that health insurance or retirement benefits are part of your total compensation and can sum up to the minimum wage. I've never heard of any company trying that.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||that's not an hourly wage||
A scholarship is not an hourly wage. Maybe the NCAA and Congress will rewrite some laws to try to maintain the status quo, but as is, I think the Northwestern players who filed the suit can now rightly demand that they be paid, in actual dollars.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||media blog||
Has anyone checked to see if he's using that media blog that Seth set up for him? His banhammering might be just the push he needs to start his own Blog-Empire.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||minimum wage||
I found this at the department of labor website
It's pretty clear they have to be paid. I don't think scholarships count. Exceptions are made for tips for waitresses, but that's still monetary compensation. If they are paid, they are no longer amateurs. The NCAA and/or Congress is going to have to deal with this.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||meet the definition of employees||
If the players, "meet the definition of employees," won't they have to be paid under federal minimum wage laws? And if they are paid, they are no longer "amateur athletes," meaning they are no longer eligible to play NCAA football. Frankly, I could see Northwestern deciding to go the way of the University of Chicago and the Ivies.
Pandora's box has been opened. College football 10 years from now is going to be vastly different.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Spartan fans on steroids||
Isn't that redundant?
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||Harvard of EL||
The Harvard of East Lansing is East Lansing High School where I went to school. Trojans represent!