Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
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|6 hours 58 min ago||In two days they sold||
In two days they sold everything that they wanted to move. Maybe "fire sale" isn't the term that strikes people as the best option, but it was a pretty thorough selloff.
|9 hours 58 min ago||This is kind of new territory||
This is kind of new territory for Minnesota, which hasn't been good in a long time and never at TCF. Last time Michigan played there, Gardner's first start at QB, attendance was pitiful, and so was the home team on the field.
|10 hours 19 min ago||I like this feature. Buying||
I like this feature. Buying second-hand tickets was my life for many years and there was always some excitement to it. The stubhub marketplace is a big change from my early days, but it makes things much easier to track. Of course, costs have gone up--it used to be that $200 could get you into even the hardest ticket games, and often less was sufficient. That's not the case anymore.
|11 hours 25 min ago||Could be. It's pretty obvious||
Could be. It's pretty obvious some rebuilding is required, and at least one side didn't want to do the same thing over again.
|11 hours 27 min ago||This is not just this year.||
This is not just this year. The bullpen has been a disaster for years and has never been fixed. Remember, Joe Nathan was supposed to be the closer going into this season. It was insane from the get-go.
|11 hours 29 min ago||Dude. I'm not as much of a||
Dude. I'm not as much of a Holland-hater as some, but this comment is indefensibly false.
|11 hours 31 min ago||Just checked on the Avila||
Just checked on the Avila quote. According to Slonskis, it is: "We're confident we can make a strong push to win this year." That's not a vague platitude; that's a repudiation of last week's fire sale, which was an admission of futility.
|11 hours 41 min ago||Maybe true, though through||
Maybe true, though through recent years much talk has always centered on Mike's desire to see a title before he dies.
|11 hours 51 min ago||Avila just quoted saying he||
Avila just quoted saying he "believes we can win this year."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That 88 team was really,||
That 88 team was really, really good. Two soulcrushing heartbreak losses to ND and Miami, who would finish ranked 1 and 2 in the nation. USC was really good that year, too. One of Bo's best teams.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'm sold. I want to see this||
I'm sold. I want to see this game now.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The wishbone does succeed||
The wishbone does succeed today; it's called the flexbone, and it is run by Paul Johnson at Georgia Tech and a couple of other notable schools. They've modernized the positioning (obviously they don't line up in a "wishbone" anymore) but the concepts are very similar.
The problems you mentioned are all real, but most offenses could be run in the right circumstances. There's a larger issue, though, one particularly significant in programs that expect to win a lot: You can win in less ways with the wishbone. The best offenses in concept are the ones that can succeed in any scenario--regular play, comebacks, running out clock, third-and-long, etc.
As recently as January 1 we saw that a team like Baylor that does some things really well but has weaknesses in other areas is vulnerable when those scenarios become real. And that is not to say that an offense like Baylor's (or 90s Nebraska and so on) is bad. Just that there are scenarios that are very problematic for them. In some years it doesn't matter--in 1995 Nebraska was never even challenged, so their ability to come back from two scores in the fourth quarter was irrelevant. But often it becomes an issue, and the ability to adapt when one thing isn't working can be crucial to even the best offenses.
Frankly, Oregon kind of has this problem, insomuch as their offense has trouble adapting when a dominant defensive front clogs up their base spread run package. Contrast that with how USC adapted in the 1/1/07 Rose Bowl when their running game did nothing and you see the difference.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Maize is not and never, ever||
Maize is not and never, ever has been an "orange-y yellow." That is patently and objectively false.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||That's the landscape of||
That's the landscape of Soccer in the 21st Century. The best players all play on a small handful of the richest clubs. Real Madrid is actually the worst example of this--since the days of di Stefano and Puskas, they have always hoarded as much of the best talent as they could get. True to this day.
What is remarkable is that even in this environment, the offensive results that Messi and Ronaldo produce every year is staggering. And they are producing in the biggest games, at least for their clubs. Netting 60-70 goals in a season simply isn't done, and yet these two have been doing it for YEARS.
Many all-time greats have played with other all-time greats. It doesn't get results like this. The Messi-Ronaldo rivalry is a golden era of Soccer, one that we will tell our grandkids about. It's a pity that it gets so little attention in the States. This isn't just greatness, it's all-time greatness.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Same reason that doping is||
Same reason that doping is widespread and effectively overlooked across major sports: the benefit is huge.
Flopping happens in basketball because the challenging nature of the block/charge call means that it can directly benefit the team. Low cost, good upside. Flopping in Soccer probably has a lower success rate, but the cost is still low. And the benefits are huge--penalties or free kicks near goal; further out, yellow or red cards that neutralize or remove opposing players for the entire game. That's a huge benefit. Even if it only works one out of ten times, that one success is worth whatever it takes.
So it will continue.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||I'm with you on this. I||
I'm with you on this. I watched and enjoyed the Super-Regional last year and tuned in again (vaguely familiar with the players) when national TV did. And it's been a lot of fun to watch; this is a very likable team. I have vague hopes that the pizza meme crosses over to a big-time sport next year, say as part of a team TD celebration.
Hope they win tonight.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||That play at the plate,||
That play at the plate, between two teams I don't care about, in a sport I am usually indifferent toward, was electric. Awesome. This is why sports are great.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||You two are arguing about||
You two are arguing about something that you basically, vaguely, agree about.
Tony George was an idiot.
Tony George held the trump card, the Indy 500.
The breakaway had all the best drivers, a great collection of cars, a fantastic format, a brilliant stable of races... But no Indy.
And that mattered. And now the Indycar series is still a thing, but it's much more of a niche. And insomuch as it has success it has success by being basically what the series was before the split. The big event is a huge, huge issue. The best teams needed Indy.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I love the way Richard||
I love the way Richard Rothschild concludes his article ( http://www.si.com/more-sports/2010/05/24/owens-recordday ) on the Owens moment:
"Ferry Field still stands. Outside the track a plaque commemorates Owens' record-shattering day. It is, perhaps, the ultimate compliment in college sports that a University of Michigan athletic facility continues to honor the achievements of an Ohio State Buckeye."
Some things are bigger than sports rivalries. What Jesse Owens did in the '36 Olympics, repudiating in symbol and in fact Hitler's Fascist philosophies that took the world six years to militarily defeat, might be the highest possible achievement in sports.
To have such a transcendent athlete achieve one of his greatest accomplishments in the home of his school's greatest arch rival is fitting: to be so great that said arch rival is happily compelled to memorialize that achievement on its campus is appropriate. A proper tribute to his greatness.
May he be long remembered.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Didn't the tournament do||
Didn't the tournament do pretty well in Nebraska? You know, where there's an established college baseball fanbase.
I wish I had some extra time, because I would actually love to catch a game at Target field this weekend. It's a selling point for me. But then I root for Michigan and don't always have a local MLB team to see whenever I want.
And two hours is a bit too long to drive.
I think the smaller-town idea is pretty good. But honestly I don't think this well draw very well anywhere. Smaller venues at least look respectable.
In fairness, WD, the B1G hockey tournament at least had the reasonably successful CCHA finals to use as a blueprint for holding games at the Joe. There is no similar record of success for college baseball.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||College players who sign||
College players who sign before the end of the NHL regular season almost always get called up to the top level for a game or two, whether they have an NHL future or not. Shawn Hunwick dressed for Columbus and was out of hockey a year later, etc. It's a standard practice that gives young guys a game or two of top seasoning and the organization a chance to learn about them. Teams that are in the playoff hunt can rest guys that they will need later, since the college kids aren't eligible for the playoffs anyway; basement teams have nothing better to do. Been this way for years.
Your logic is flawed. Red was a great coach, had forgotten more about hockey than any of us will ever know, and still doubtlessly knows a lot. But the results are simply beyond dispute; the team isn't winning. Further, talented guys aren't developing, and the locker room has been a problem for several years (we thought we had lost bad apples after last season, and maybe we did, but the loss of Copp, who was a big Red supporter in past seasons, suggests that things are still unpleasant).
This doesn't invalidate Red's contribution to the program, his greatness, or his quality as a person. And nobody is calling for him to be fired; he has earned the right to choose when to retire.
But he's going to retire on a four-year streak of no tournaments. Coaches of top programs who miss that many tourneys in a row aren't doing that well.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||It's not just Larkin; it's||
It's not just Larkin; it's also Andrew Copp, an Ortmeyer-type with a much harder road to NHL success, the local kid who went to Skyline and loves Michigan as much as anyone, also leaving early.
They're not just leaving because they're good enough; it looks to me and others like they're leaving because the Michigan Hockey program isn't that great to be around right now.
Either the program is terrifically talented and has massively underachieved for three years, or it's not as talented as we think. Either way, the results speak for themselves--a program unequalled in its consistent record of success under Red has suddenly become, in a massive conference downswing no less, a mediocre team that can't make the NCAA tournament.
As Brian has said, no program in hockey is more patient than Detroit. They out no pressure on Larkin. He left anyway.
After next season it will be four consecutive years without a Tourney berth. If that's not a rebuilding job for this program, I don't know what is.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Can't blame the guy. Very||
Can't blame the guy. Very discouraging as a fan. It's clear that Red has lost his fastball; whomever comes in next will have to completely rebuild the program.
Going to be hard to follow hockey next season. At least basketball is good.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||Bad calls can happen in any||
Bad calls can happen in any game in any situation, in any sport. It doesn't need to be a play-in to cost a team dearly, either.
The Braves put themselves in the position of relying on one game by not winning their division. The game itself may be capricious, but they exposed themselves to that by not winning. Their downfall could just as easily come from a bad pitch by a good pitcher, a freak error, or a relief pitcher who just "doesn't have it." That's baseball on any given day. Avoid it. Win your games.
The Giants won it that year BTW. I don't blame you for messing that up, I've tried to forget about that World Series myself.
|11 weeks 13 hours ago||Posted before I posted mine,||
Posted before I posted mine, and well put.
|11 weeks 13 hours ago||I'm a bit confused--you are||
I'm a bit confused--you are praising a response that says that suggests less randomness would be a good thing, and that it can be achieved by adding teams and going to full 7-game series for all rounds.
I agree with you that there is value in rewarding regular season success with a playoff berth. Too many teams dilute the product, and baseball is one sport where the long regular season really has to mean something.
...Which is why the one-game playoff, while gimmicky and bizarre, works for me. It is reserved for Wild Card teams, which makes a division title a real and valuable achievement. Basically, it's a one-game coin flip that throws off your pitching rotation.
To me, this is superior to the old days of the past decade where the Red Sox and Yankees would both make the playoffs and the games played in the last two months meant nothing. Last year, the A's faced a real consequence for their late-season collapse, and the Tigers earned a real reward (which the bullpen, naturally, gave back) for how they played in the regular season.
The season mattered.
One thing I do agree on: all series should go 7. 5-game series are silly.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||The major question, I guess,||
The major question, I guess, is how aggressive you want to be with a 7 and an 8-year-old. A lot of suggestions anchor around Traverse City, and there's a lot of stuff nearby, but if you play it right you can stay somewhere close to that and still make a manageable day-trip to Mackinac for the sights and experience. My family spent a week at Shanty Creek in Bellaire 20+ years ago and we had a great time: not on top of everything but close to a lot.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I wasn't quite as limited in||
I wasn't quite as limited in my state travels as you were, but I never saw the Mackinac bridge until after I turned 20, and didn't go to the island until after 30 when my wife and I went.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Isle Royale is surely a||
Isle Royale is surely a magnificent destination, but it is waaaaay more remote than most of the other ideas here. It can only be accessed by boat, and one must either go to the northern fringes of the UP or swing by me on their way to the Minnesota arrowhead.
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||Duluth is home to one of||
Duluth is home to one of those wood-bat Independent Summer League teams and it seems like a nice setup. FWIW they play something like 70 games from late-May to early August, with the bigger-college players joining a few weeks into the season.