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|14 hours 8 min ago||He might. But does he want||
He might. But does he want to? He's draftable. Wouldn't be a high pick, but just based on history (and a hypothetically good workout) someone would take a chance in the third or fourth round.
|14 hours 34 min ago||Bring back BlueSeoul's game||
Bring back BlueSeoul's game recaps (with pics!), the raison d'être of diaries.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Unlike the worrying||
Unlike the worrying uncertainty at OL, I have some confidence that Countess running with the 2s isn't so much an issue of him underperforming as it is an issue of real talent emerging at the position. I'm kind of excited about our secondary this year, even apart from whatever Peppers is becoming.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Me too, in Duluth. I feel bad||
Me too, in Duluth.
I feel bad for all the logistical problems Seth has had to tackle with this, much less the personal tragedy he dealt with on top of it. What headaches. I'm just glad I have it a couple of weeks before the season, when it matters most anyway.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Fair rejoinder.||
|4 days 12 hours ago||Nonsense. This has apparently||
Nonsense. This has apparently been under university investigation for a while, and now the results are in. The difference is that they didn't get arrested for a crime at the beginning of the process. If York were participating, you'd have a beef. He's not. You don't.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Well, good for them for||
Well, good for them for finding and dealing with this on their own, before someone else forced their hand. SEC schools probably have bag men that deal with whistleblowers.
Looks pretty bad, though.
|4 days 14 hours ago||What I was doing was refuting||
What I was doing was refuting the idea that Notre Dame must be a hotbed of academic dishonesty because they catch people engaging in it, when in fact catching people involved in it is a sign they take it seriously. I used Auburn and LSU as examples of schools widely believed to be engaged in unethical practices who probably don't take class all that seriously--they don't seem to have a lot of academic scandals, and that's not necessarily a sign that they are morally superior in this area.
This can be a key issue, because if people bash schools who catch cheaters while assuming that schools who don't catch them are clean, the net effect is that schools will actually enhance their academic reputation by covering up scandals and acting like they don't exist. That was a serious problem with doping in cycling, for example--the UCI did not want Lance Armstrong to test positive because it would taint the public image of the sport. As a result, the sport was much dirtier.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Given what surveys say about||
Given what surveys say about rampant cheating and plagiarism throughout American academia, the culture is pretty much ubiquitous in this country. I think that's bad, by the way. I don't think we can consider Notre Dame worse than most other places, just better at actually dealing with what they find.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Let's be fair: If this is||
Let's be fair: If this is true, it gives credibility to the idea that Notre Dame takes academics seriously. Remember when Auburn and LSU had to sit all those guys for academic issues? Of course not, because... obviously.
Notre Dame takes academics seriously, thus guys who don't make the grade actually sit out, even if they were going to be a starting quarterback. It's like sports that take doping seriously--the ones that do actually catch people juicing. The ones that don't never have a positive test ever, because they aren't actually trying to suppress it.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Per Angelique's twitter just||
Per Angelique's twitter just now, Kalis was held out of practice today. So, perhaps, maybe, possibly, he's banged up and that's part of the reason for interior shuffling?
|5 days 9 hours ago||I'm going to have to totally||
I'm going to have to totally disagree here. You don't bury a guy you're going to start for a week. You might, might drop him for a day, but not this long. These guys need reps, and at this point the coaches are going to give reps to guys they think can play. It's past any point that could be a motivational tool.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Well, if the guys out there||
Well, if the guys out there can get it done, it's not that big of a deal. The problem is that we went through this last year and it turned out nobody could get it done. So it was larger than just one guy--It starts to look like they can't develop players. And then the next 5* guy doesn't want to come here.
|5 days 10 hours ago||That would make sense.||
That would make sense. Basically the #3 scenario if true.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Do you think a football||
Do you think a football player who waved a gun around in a crowd, accidentally fired a couple of rounds, and didn't kill anyone, gets a one-game suspension at the start of the season?
If York issues a statement where he says "I was just mad, I didn't mean to break his jaw, I just wanted to teach him a lesson," that doesn't change anything in my view. Intent does matter, but so does taking responsibility for the potential impact of one's actions. Nobody asked Joe Paterno whether he intended for Jerry Sandusky to be allowed to continue to commit his heinous crimes; at some point the line has to be drawn.
I'm not really intending to zero in on you here, please don't get me wrong. I know what you're saying. It's the series of responses in this vein. It's a real issue to me.
|5 days 11 hours ago||It's starting to look like||
It's starting to look like Cole is the guy at LT. I can see a couple of possible reasons for how things are shaking out this way:
1. Cole is so good and so ready that he is already the best guy for the job, so the coaches have decided to move a very capable Mags around to provide strength and depth elsewhere. Thus the shuffling inside. A luxury of talent.
2. Mags wasn't cutting it outside, and Cole looks ok. So, they are trying to see if Mags will work somewhere else, particularly since the interior has issues. A disappointment in talent.
3. Mags is as good as or better than Cole, but Cole is acceptable enough. However, the interior is enough of a worry that the coaches believe that they are in better shape with Cole starting outside and Mags filling a guard spot than they are with Magnuson at tackle and the existing selection of guards. In other words, Cole at LT is better than (for example) Kalis at LG. A dearth of talent.
Hard not to like what any of these scenarios mean about our future at LT, if not the present. But I find scenario 1 unlikely, so it seems probable that there are some performance concerns.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Then don't post. This is an||
Then don't post.
This is an area of intense scrutiny and intense interest, based on the strengths and weaknesses of the football team. It was the Achilles heel of the offense last year and if it does not improve it could cost the coach his job.
And this is a blog that focuses on football above all else, at a time when football is the main concern. What else should we talk about? Premiership soccer?
|5 days 11 hours ago||This is actually one do the||
This is actually one do the problems I have with the narrative surrounding drunk driving in our country. Sure, you hear commercials against it on the radio and stuff, but the overall impression I have gotten is that people kind of wink at it as long as it turns out ok. People go home from a bar or a party and they're only a bit sloshed and they say they're alright and people just kind of let it slide.
But it's actually really dangerous. People are maimed or killed by drunk driving on a regular basis. NOBODY means for it to be that way, but it doesn't change the fact that it's careless.
If some guy pulls out a handgun and waves it around, laughing and joking, and they accidentally fire off a round or two, and maybe one of them hits someone, people don't go easy on them because they didn't mean to hurt anyone. They are, rightly, excoriated and prosecuted for acting carelessly with a deadly weapon.
Getting drunk and then getting behind the wheel should be treated the same way.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Drunk driving kills thousands||
Drunk driving kills thousands every year and is basically winked at in our culture. I don't like the standard at all. I'm not really sure how to equate the situations, though.
|5 days 12 hours ago||"Now, though, I just think of||
"Now, though, I just think of the times when I've been on the verge of a bad decision and struggled not to make it."
Excellent thought. Many have been in that place.
Now, that doesn't excuse behavior as bad as York's seems to be. In fact, we do him a disservice if we let him off with a slap on the wrist--as humans, we function best with boundaries defined from experience. Nothing will help York develop constructive patterns of behavior and coping with desires to do things like this as much as experiencing strong consequences for harmful actions.
But it's important to remember that he's a kid with much of his life in front of him. I've worked with kids his age and younger who have already done things as bad or worse than him--it's good to give another chance (without dodging the consequence) and it's important to stick with it. And it is important to believe that change can happen. York is in trouble and deserves to be; someday I hope he looks back at this as the moment where things started to turn around. Where he realizes there is a better way.
It can happen.
|6 days 8 hours ago||A half-baked idea multiplied||
A half-baked idea multiplied by a double-post is a quarter-baked idea.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Did you notice that he||
Did you notice that he mentioned Graham and "right tackle" in the same thought? Our starting center might play every position on the line at some point. Apparently.
|6 days 9 hours ago||I would agree with you if he||
I would agree with you if he were practicing and/or involved while they "waited on the process." But they aren't--he isn't practicing, there has been no suggestion of a flimsy one-game suspension, no hint that he is coming back soon. Who cares when he is "officially" kicked off?
|6 days 9 hours ago||Right. And didn't Douglas||
Right. And didn't Douglas move before Isaac transferred in? That would seem to be a factor.
|1 week 7 hours ago||3 hits, only one run in the||
3 hits, only one run in the first? It's over. No lead is safe.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Look, I'd be thrilled if they||
Look, I'd be thrilled if they moved a Michigan home game to Duluth, so I could take my kids. And one of the reasons I like the move to B1G hockey is that I'm guaranteed a chance to see them close by every year.
But that doesn't mean it doesn't stink for the A2 locals. Should they get some priority? You bet they should. Alton has been attending hockey games since before the tournament streak started. People who pay three and four figures are invested. They support the team. They get dressed and park and walk carefully over ice-covered sidewalks and cheer even when it's a February game against Penn State the night after Michigan choked away a lead in awful fashion.
Is their opinion more important than mine? Yes. And it should be.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Interesting point. And I'd||
Interesting point. And I'd have to believe that Red was at least consulted about this; if he and the players hated stuff like this, I doubt it would be Michigan who always seems to get these games.
Keep in mind that the "Big venue" draw is one thing that NCAA hockey has over the top competition in the OHL. The best OHL teams have rabid fan bases and great venues, but they never sniff big stadium games and never get to play in big NHL arenas. New Michigan recruits can look forward to at least three games a year in the new Red Wings arena when it opens and probably at least one or two stadium games.
|1 week 14 hours ago||I tend to agree that people||
I tend to agree that people get too upset at DB over everything. Sometimes he deserves it, sometimes not so much.
But I will say that MSU home games are more than just an important opponent: they are, at least in theory, the games where Yost itself is at its best, when all of the fans are excited and noisy. In my years at Yost (granted, it has been a while now) only NCAA tournament games had better atmospheres. This amidst an already grumbling fanbase that thinks Yost has lost some of the edge that made it so great. And Michigan had already lost a home game at Yost the last two years (understandable, but frustrating).
It's the fact that it's the mid-season home MSU game, easily the best game on the schedule. And it's not even in Michigan. I don't think people would mind so much if it were another opponent. Yes, some of this might be unfair DB-hate, but the move is genuinely strange.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Good thing the last weekend||
Good thing the last weekend of the regular season never has any lost intensity since post-season slots are mostly set... Oh, wait.
I don't mind the move to play a game at Soldier field at all. Michigan ought to be involved in this sort of thing.
But not against Michigan State. This should be against Wisconsin, which is close and travels well and isn't the FEATURE HOME GAME AGAINST THE BIG IN-STATE RIVAL.
This is just like when Alabama and Auburn played that Iron Bowl in Nashville. It's like that year Real Madrid and FC Barcelona played that key La Liga clash in Paris. Or that huge mid-season ACC clash between Duke and North Carolina, played in Atlanta. Or the pennant-riding 3-game series the Yankees and BoSox played in Pittsburgh. Or when USC and UCLA decided the best football team in LA at Candlestick Park.
Oh, wait--none of those things ever happened. I wonder why not?
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes, by far. White and a||
Yes, by far. White and a collage of other colors. That's just what people had. This was actually true at other stadiums, too--look at old games at places like Tennessee, LSU, pretty much anywhere. The modern trend of having everyone in a stadium wear one predominant color has gained steam in the last 20 years, but it isn't eternal.
It works best with teams that have one bright color and white. Tennessee became an all-orange experience effortlessly in the 90s, and Nebraska is very good at it.
Blue is a dark, background color. Other colors pop against it. There are no teams that I am aware of that successfully wear predominantly dark colors at home to every game--the closest you get is Texas A&M, but maroon still has some pop and they are another "color and white" team where you don't have a third color messing things up.