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|2 days 4 hours ago||Syracuse isn't exactly a||
Syracuse isn't exactly a minor league team, now. Jim Brown went there. Ernie Davis died too soon but he was great. Donovan McNabb is no Marino but he's not a scrub, either. I would say that except for Pitt's title the two programs are roughly equal.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I might be leaning against||
I might be leaning against the grain here, but when I visited Nebraska I wasn't especially impressed with the friendliness of their fans. Now it is true that they applaud the opponents, and I like that a lot; however, my visit there (Kickoff classic or some analogous game that used to happen the week before the rest of the teams started, August 2002) the fans around me weren't particularly friendly. The ones behind me were downright arrogant, and when I introduced myself they launched into an obnoxious and rather delusional rant about who they felt should have won a unified title after the 1997 season. It wasn't something they actually wanted to be friendly about.
Now it may be that I happened into a bad apple, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Finger wasn't a function||
Finger wasn't a function unique to pine, and was pretty common on the systems of the day. Some message boards still have very similar functions available.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Ok, I'm late to the party||
Ok, I'm late to the party here.
My view is mixed, but in an odd way: I actually really like the original, pre-move (and immediate post-expansion) Browns unis. I love the blank helmets. I like the all-white look with the brown numerals and white socks with stripes. I thought it all worked. Yeah, a bit plain, but so what? It was sharp to me.
The little modifications over the years always bothered me a bit, and I never liked the gray face mask or the dulled orange they introduced or the brown socks or the weird varied striping they had on the pants for a while. But they didn't totally modernize the uni in those instances, so I wasn't offended either.
So now it's time for a major redesign. I've been looking forward to it, here it is, and...
I don't hate it. I'm not crazy about it, but I don't hate it.
What I like is that they are mostly sticking with the no-frills design ethic and they left the helmets empty as they should. I prefer a white mask, but brown is fine; I love the brighter color of orange. I think it will really pop, especially in person. None of the design elements, except the stupid pants wordmark, are offensive to me, and they make sense in the Browns uni paradigm.
I'm just not crazy about it. Not crazy about the orange numbers on either the white or the brown jerseys; don't like the orange socks much; miss some of the old elements that made the original uniform really crisp.
I wish they had done some things differently, but when I compare this to, say, the abomination that was inflicted upon Tampa Bay last year, I can't complain that much.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Okay, since I began typing||
Okay, since I began typing (tablet, it's a legit excuse) several have posted that are contemporary to or older than my experience. So some of you are old fogies like me.
|3 days 1 hour ago||You guys are (almost) all||
You guys are (almost) all young whippersnappers. I began using the ancient Prodigy service no later than 1992, and possibly in '91. There were lots of geeky message boards to plug into. I remember the glorious early days of the World Wide Web with its all-gray backgrounds and images that didn't automatically load because your 14.4 dialup couldn't handle it. Back then the best sites were places like "Star Wars at UPENN" and various converted Usenet resources.
In '94 I started using Grex, an Ann Arbor-based conference/chat/open Linux system that offered free email (I'm a fellow pine guy, Sharik!), a well-designed "party" chat system, and the attractive address of "cyberspace.org." It was a split from the older m-net (arbornet.org) that offered substantially the same services but differed wildly in financial stability (both ran on donations), governance, and culture. I used Grex more, but I was involved in both and the culture was pretty involved. I believe grex still exists, but it is a shell (ha ha Unix joke) of its former self.
I learned a great deal from these early immersions in net culture, and I retain a number of skills (rapid typing, for example--posts like this, composed on an iPad, would be triple the size if I had a regular keyboard) and holdover predispositions that were learned the hard way, through years of discussion and conversation and debate and hurt feelings and misunderstandings and adaptation. I encountered and dealt with abusive posting, gutless anonymity, fake accounts, way-too-personal flame war, grammar fascism (I was a big offender--I still do not respond well to a question that begins "r u") and robust debate before it was cool.
I feel old. But I'm grateful for the experience. Prior to entering ministry I worked in a hospital support career that has stretched to 14 years (I still fill in every so often at a scheduling office) that I started entirely because I was able to type very fast, thanks to spending hours every day talking to people I had never met.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Hey, I gave you some heat for||
Hey, I gave you some heat for being a bit quick on the trigger when you posted that you were cancelling, and of course you got much more from other sources. But props are in order from me, as this follow-through demonstrates that you weren't just being dramatic. You are, after all, just exercising discretion in your recreational choices. So this is a mild mea culpa, even if I might not make such a choice myself.
|1 week 1 hour ago||This is a radical change from||
This is a radical change from the old status quo; "the same teams playing in the FF every year" used to be a common, if slightly overstated, complaint. I want to say that the last first-time champion before UMD was Maine in 1993, a massive stretch of relative predictability.
The improvement of smaller schools is great for the sport. Sooner or later the B1G will be in the mix.
|1 week 1 hour ago||He loves college hockey.||
He loves college hockey. Pumps it year-round. That counts for a lot.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes they have, and it has||
Yes they have, and it has occasionally gotten silly, but in fairness politics aren't actually being discussed. They are being identified to illustrate the person's perspective. Little arguing over merits.
And the fact is that this blog focuses on football more than anything else and the football coach has made pretty significant waves on this. You can't pretend it didn't happen.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's gone national in certain||
It's gone national in certain political circles, FWIW.
|1 week 3 days ago||There was a double. But the||
There was a double. But the Twins haven't made it past second base yet this season.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well, in better news, it||
Well, in better news, it looked like Joe Nathan is headed to the DL today as well. You hate to have JV on the line, but a Nathan drop has to almost completely cancel out any WAR loss here, right?
Best case scenario here is that the Tigers start well and win a handful of tight games with someone like Soria getting the saves, so that by the time Nathan comes back the closer position has been "won" by a better player.
|1 week 3 days ago||Totally agree that those guys||
Totally agree that those guys producing would be huge... But I doubt we see three other games this year where they produce like this. Unfortunately this is probably a fluke.
That said, I have some hope that the 8-through-1 turn of the order might be able to manufacture some runs at key moments late in games when the heart of the order comes up empty. We'll see.
|1 week 4 days ago||This is not college football,||
This is not college football, where the stars of next year are almost always guys whom everybody knows this year. There is no predictable progression in mbb the way there is in football; every season is a fresh, new creature with a completely different landscape of star players and competitive teams.
Media types know this. They watch the games, they know who teams have. And they know that things change in a big way.
In this environment, Michigan returning all of its key players and getting guys back from injury is huge. They're going to make a leap. That's how the sport works now. You are using a paradigm of a different sport.
|1 week 4 days ago||Developing a pipeline of pass||
Developing a pipeline of pass rushers is something Hoke worked hard to accomplish, and failed. And, unfortunately, I don't think that is precisely on him; the type of player needed is very hard to come by.
Michigan needs to start coming by them to keep up with those guys on the Olentangy.
"The defense is designed around his uncommon abilities" sounds really, really awesome. If Peppers stays healthy, it sounds like he will be a terror for two years. Then, perhaps, he hits the draft just as similarly-skilled recruits are breaking down the door to replace him. Legit optimism here.
|1 week 4 days ago||I would prefer 92-93 Michael||
I would prefer 92-93 Michael Jordan, but that's just me.
Then again I would settle for 94-95 Hakeem Olajuwan.
|1 week 5 days ago||I read what he said to mean||
I read what he said to mean the how strong the B1G will be in the coming season, since we are looking to a hypothetical future title. FWIW.
And if that's the case, I think he's got a point. Next season the B1G is going to be a monster. Wisconsin comes back to the pack, so the proverbial head gets cut off, but teams like Maryland and of course Michigan are going to be massively better. Game on.
|1 week 5 days ago||I hope the OL is further||
I hope the OL is further ahead than it looked, and that the running game problems really were just a result of the OL's mix & match nature. Because Michigan has a serious skill problem on the outside, and we have seen nothing in the last few years to suggest that the performance was just a blip.
Home did a good job recruiting players, but there was always one area in which his hauls were less impressive: explosive skill players. "SEC speed" talk has generally been overblown for 20 years, but Hoke almost totally failed to recruit any explosive players in his entire tenure. The isolated exceptions (Drake Harris sadface) kinda prove the rule. Jeremy Gallon's evolution from slowish slot ninja to terrific route-runner and the massive Devin Funchess sort of papered over this issue, but it has been a real problem.
As a consequence, Michigan's offense needs to be able to grind opponents in a big way. A decent, build-for-the-future 8 or 9-win season is going to have to feature a lot of ugly, defensive grindfests.
This wasn't exactly an encouraging offensive performance in that regard. But, at least, I believe we have the staff to mold the guys at the point of attack to become the kind of front line we need. And, in fairness, it's quite possible that many of the blocking failures were instances of experienced defensive players that we know can play beating less experienced backup OL guys that aren't ready yet.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think conference success is||
I think conference success is good for us. I am, however, just as happy to see MSU lose.
FWIW a quick scan of the last thirty years suggests that six teams in the final is the largest number of any conference in the entire 64-team-tournament era, edging the Big East which has five thanks to Villanova and Georgetown's appearances in 1985. No other B1G teams appeared in that timespan, but existing teams appear more frequently (Michigan, obviously, has appeared four times total in the 64-team era).
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Yes, he was on the team.||
Yes, he was on the team. However, McGary has been hurt for portions of every season (including this one) since he came to Michigan. He was hurt early this year in OKC and there's no reason to think such a thing wouldn't have happened if he were in Ann Arbor instead. So it's not exactly a random, unusual gut-punch that stripped Michigan of his services last season.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Of course if Trey Burke and||
Of course if Trey Burke and THJ were still in school...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||He's not a "top level talent"||
He's not a "top level talent" and never was. He's a good player, the kind of guy who could make the NHL if he develops and finds the right niche, but nobody has ever considered him a dynamite prospect.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Even the best case||
Even the best case interpretation of what's "really going on" is bad. That would probably be pressure from the Jets to sign with the loud hints that he is unlikely to develop enough to be worth signing next year. So this would be, possibly, Copp's only shot to catch on with a team that will offer a track to the NHL if he develops.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Money? When the realignment||
When the realignment occurred, one of the few negatives I anticipated was the annihilation of existing, robust conference tournament traditions. Particularly the Final Five.
So we knew this could be a negative. But I did not imagine it would be this bad. It seems that the compromise option to alternate locations between locii at St. Paul and Detroit (which I favored) has made the tournament less than the sum of its parts. People have gotten out of the annual habit of attending, and they can look at the prices and decide they won't miss it too much.
This is not a college hockey fanbase problem. Michigan and Michigan State sold out a Friday game at the Joe merely weeks ago. And it's not specifically a basketball problem (though I'm sure many fans who saw the game from home appreciated having games to flip to) because MSU played early in the day and Michigan isn't participating at all.
It's alienation of the customer base, I guess. I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Different culture, different||
Different culture, different situation. The MN high school tournament is a unique event that does not translate to anything else. Meanwhile, the Joe sold out for UM-MSU earlier this year. Won't be close to that tonight.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This post makes me angry.||
This post makes me angry.
Not because I disagree with the content, because I don't. I have long been on the fix-the-NCAA wagon.
It angers me because I was considering a long, exhaustive diary to post next week, arguing for a change of NCAA tournament format.
My anger is completely selfish. And, really, unnecessary--Brian here makes very good arguments that don't overlap with mine all that much. Save for one crucial exception--the fans are getting the shaft, and it is ridiculous. The NCAA hockey regional system is a complete and total embarrassment to the sport.
It's worth mentioning that prior to the formation of B1G hockey, the WCHA held a Final Five every year in St. Paul that frequently sold out. There is, therefore, precedent for a big one-weekend championship. However, that tournament worked because so many large fanbases lived in close proximity to the site. Even if Minnesota didn't make it, NoDak, UMD, St. Cloud, and others were likely to and would draw well. The B1G has none of this available. It can't work in any venue.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Prediction? ...Pain.|
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah. Trolling the media is a||
Yeah. Trolling the media is a jab comment at a presser. Practice time is important; there's no way any competent (or even incompetent) coach wastes a fraction of the time and effort needed to rep a player at an unusual position just for the benefit of someone not on the team.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||The problem is that you have||
The problem is that you have six teams and you want them all in a playoff. And, frankly, you want Minnesota in St. Paul and both UM and MSU in Detroit. So they regurgitated the "Super Six" concept and here you are. They'll probably draw 6-8000 for the nightcap with Michigan in it, and MSU's presence tomorrow guarantees a fair gate (but not necessarily half-full) tomorrow.
Assuming you have a neutral site final, a best-of-3 format would not involve all teams. The play-ins would have such a series, while the top seeds would not. Even so it would be more fair to lower seeds, because they wouldn't have to win 3 games in 3 days in the final.