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- We go extremely far, further than this year, and could win it all.
- It really turns the tide with recruiting.
- It is important to Beilein, to Jeff Meyers, and to a number of kids on the team. They have not been in your face about it, (a la Tebow), but they haven't hidden it either.
- It was noteworthy enough that Wagner wrote about it.
- It undoubtedly shapes the team, and who they are, and how they relate to each other.
- When you want to gain a deeper understand of something, you need to ask more than the obvious on the surface questions. You being in academe would understand that.
- It is something that is of interest to some portion of mgoreaders.
- In my limited experience, it often is the case that there is blame to go around. That is to say, it often isn't a clearcut case of who is at fault.
- The general assumption is that the bigger, stronger male is at fault and is the one guilty of assault. I can support this assumption . . . but it isn't always the case.
- There is one thing you said which I strongly agree with: we need to be fair in where we draw the line. More specifically, I won't make the assumption that male athletes at MSU or OSU or Louisville or Alabama are "guilty" but athletes at Michigan aren't. I really dislike the presumption of guilt and thuggery this board throws at MSU. Really think this is out of line.
- Some of the legal terms and definitions get pretty slippery. I know of a 14 year old Freshman who threw an apple down the hallway at his school. The apple hit a female teacher in the back about 25 yards down, and the student has a pending charge of felony assault. Hopefully it will be pled down to a misdemeanor. This is completely irrelevant to Lewis . . . except that it has opened my eyes to what the phrase "felony assault" can mean. Is it wrong? Always. However, I can easily understand that such a charge can mean different things.
- The best scenario, in my mind, is for the parties involved to work together calmly, sensibly, rationally, for a mutually agreeable solution. I really don't want to speculate about the particulars of this case. But I strongly suspect that this case could have been resolved without the involvement of the police if both parties had worked together towards compromise. That would have been so much better than for public charges like this to be out there.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Not just about Mo and DJ||
This isn't just about Moe and DJ, but about Beilein and development.
Of course, you want every player on the team to develop. However, I could easily envision the following five - six guys all developing, and making this a monster team:
If that happens, it has two results:
Regarding help with recruiting, Mo Bamba already gets the importance of development, given his comments yesterday. This is true regarding Bamba regardless of where he goes. The more that 5 star talent (and their handlers/parents) see the benefit of development, the better recruiting goes at Michigan. If the five guys above, along with Rahkman and Robinson, lead us to the promised land, you would have a team with really only one 5 star (Matthews) going all the way, and with half the team at least getting a crack at the NBA. That, along with Camp Sanderson and the strength and conditioning facilities, make Michigan a very attractive destination. Maybe not with one and dones, but with guys who can live with and see the positives of two and dones.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Glad to read this again||
I read this the first time, and was very happy then. Glad to read it again, and to know that we have someone who can potentially fill Irvin's shoes.
There is one brief quip that I am very happy about:
Beilein and Michigan have not done a great job recruiting in Chicago and Detroit. I am very glad to hear that Beilein has a relationship with DeCesare. If Matthews does well at Michigan, this could bode very well for the future. We want some of the 5 star talent in the Midwest to consider Michigan. Ultimately, we want some of those 5 stars to actually, you know, come to Michigan, instead of having us come in second place. Matthews and DeCesare could help us in recruiting other 5 star talent in Chicago. Getting that door cracked open is important.
|6 days 3 hours ago||IIRC, wasn't given the option to return||
I believe Beilein said, "Thanks, but we're going in a different direction." It is what it is. Correct me if I'm wrong.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Vast Chasm of Cultural Divide||
Wow. What a huge difference from the current culture at Michigan. I love Beilein, and the current student athletes, and how they conduct themselves. And yeah, if Louisville antics are what it takes to get 5 star athletes, I don't want them.
|6 days 10 hours ago||85 - 74||
85 - Michigan.
74 - Oregon
|6 days 13 hours ago||Several reasons to bring it up||
There are several reasons to bring it up.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Yep||
I won't comment at length. Nor will I investigate further. But it is obvious from already published articles that Beilein, Walton, Irvin, Wilson, and Xavier have a strong faith that sustains them and that shapes this team significantly. There probably are others on the team as well, but that is their business and not mine.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Possible a second tip||
It is possible he gave an additional tip out of his pocket. Claim 15% on expense acct. Add another $50 from your own pocket. I have been in groups of a dozen guys where someone picks up the tab and everyone there chips in for the tip. I wouldn't put it past Harbaugh to strongly encourage guys there to tip generously.
|1 week 10 hours ago||What are his coaching credentials?||
What are his coaching credentials? Seems an odd hire. He's a broadcaster, not a coach, as far as I can see. Although I guess he has a lot of basketball knowledge.
|1 week 10 hours ago||In response to Bo248: Is "Fake News" now a regular phrase?||
Is "Fake News" now a thing? Yeah, if you read the article, it said Spring. I remember gorgeous sunny days in April. Perfect time to be outside.
The story is actually somewhat probably to me because of that good sized patch of grass right across from Dominick's and above the underground part of the library. That would be a relatively flat area with grass that not all that many people walk through, with few trees overhead, and completely visible from sitting outside in front of Dominick's. Perfect place for Harbaugh to toss a football with several students.
I'm curious how Dominick's is doing. It always has seemed kind of quiet . . . never the buzz of a place like Zingerman's. But still, steady solid amount of business. Always a nice place. I love a place like that with character, not dead, but not "hot," so that you have to wait in line to get in. I always liked quirky local places that did plenty of business, but weren't slammed with people. I read a piece on how the chains have really overrun America. I don't like that, but I guess if you have one really successful restaurant, you want to keep on adding more.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Would love lots more stories||
I'd love to hear lots more stories . . . about Harbaugh, about interactions with athletes, about Beilein, about Bo and Carr and all kinds of stuff. If you personally had interactions with athletes, please share them!
|1 week 16 hours ago||Interesting topic||
I actually find the topic interesting.
On the one hand, some people need to lighten up. It is just an intense game, and celebrations seem right when you score a TD.
On the other hand, it is easy to say "lighten up,Francis" until you are the one being offended. I think many of us have seen a mean bully excusing themselves and their mean spirited actions by saying, "lighten up. It's just a joke."
What I think probably crosses the line are celebrations that really are about taunting and demeaning your opponent, and maybe celebrations that are full of sexual innuendo? Would be interesting to see the video.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Yep, I did||
Yep, I saw the dateline right away. That's why I searched for the story. I don't post all the time, because I really don't have a whole lot worth posting, other than occasional links. However, somehow, I never had seen this account, and thought it was hilarious. For several years, I lived about a quarter mile away from Dominick's, down on Hill Street. More than a few occasions, on a warm sunny day, I sat outside with friends at Dominick's with a mason jar of beer and something to eat. So I could easily imagine something like this happening.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks||
The lesson is to keep on searching with different parameters. Harbaugh and Dominick's makes sense.
Now, I'd really like someone to confirm the story besides the storyteller.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes, I did notice that||
Yes, I did notice that. Seemed very odd. All I can surmise is that something self-referential like that is allowable. Still weird. And still a great story.
|1 week 1 day ago||Per Magnus, OSU strong favorite||
According to Magnus, 100% of Crystal Balls for Ruckert are to Ohio State. Of course, Michigan should still pursue him, but a lot of work needs to happen before he actually comes here.
|1 week 1 day ago||Large basketball arenas are appropriate||
I'll agree about avoiding football stadiums. However, you really want a basketball stadium that holds at least 20,000. The United Center in Chicago is a good venue, as is Banker's Life in Indy,. The new Little Caesar's venue in Detroit will hold 21k for basketball. I like the improvements made to Crisler, but it really is just too small.
|1 week 1 day ago||I won't make any assumptions||
I won't make any assumptions regarding who is guilty and who is innocent. I am not a lawyer, nor an officer of the peace, nor someone who knows the facts. As to who knows the facts, I suppose really only Lewis and his girlfriend.
There are a few observations I will make:
|1 week 1 day ago||Hahaha||
Yeah, I always give the obligatory tip of the cap and blockquotes for the Freep fanatics. Lucky for me that Section 1 has either been banned or just decided to go elsewhere. Have to say, if the Freep still has it in for UM, I haven't been able to tell.
I kind of suspect that both the Freep and Det News get some story ideas from mgoblog. More than once I've seen an article that seems suspiciously like something posted at mgoblog. I also assume that most local reporters are users at mgoblog. Helps them to keep their finger on the pulse of the current Michigan Zeitgeist. However, where the MSM still is helpful is in some of the info in this article. They have the phone contacts and ability to actually interview coaches in in the NBA or former Michigan athletes or others with information beyond the ability of most mgousers to find out.
I wonder in addition to the media how many Michigan coaches and athletes have accounts, and also celebrities, alumni or otherwise, pro athletes, university administration, etc. I would assume that the proprieters often, but not always, know the identity of certain users. And that such information is tightly guarded.
|1 week 1 day ago||Now if just more players heard that||
Now if just more players heard that . . . we need someone in Mo Bamba's ear telling him that if he really wants to play in the NBA, Michigan is one of the best routes. Even as a one and done, he would learn and do more than at KY or Duke. And if he isn't ready after one year, and is advised to stay, then do two years at Michigan. A win win situation for him and for Michigan.
|1 week 1 day ago||"The things we argue over"||
"The things we argue over." Amen. If it isn't one thing, someone who is unhappy and wants to argue will find something else.
Having said that, we are gradually switching over to LED bulbs. Supposedly they last 22 years. And supposedly an LED bulb putting out 100W worth of incandescent light only takes 15W. Technology.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes||
If I recall correctly, Beilein regrets redshirting Austin Davis. It sounds like he is doing a better job than Teske, but they weren't going to burn the red shirt so late in the season.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm no strategist||
I'm no basketball strategist . . . that's why Beilein is a coach and I'm not! Still, I really like what Mo said about Louisvile. Let the game come to you, and take what they give you. Looking at their size (or lack thereof), I think that the three point line will open up quite a bit. Which opens up things for both Moe and DJ. But Michigan is so good, let Oregon pick their poison. Michigan will take the open shot, wherever it is. Against Louisville, Pitino said, we're not going to let you shoot threes, and so that opened things up inside. I don't think that Oregon has the length and quickness to do that. But they can't defend everything, and something will be open. I absolutely love that as a team, Michigan doesn't depend on just one star. Moe has been off. Walton has been off. Irvin has been off. DJ has been off. Last game, Robinson was way off. Rahkman isn't flashy. But all of them have their day.
Regarding Donnal, he will never be great. But as a role player, he gives Moe (and less, DJ) a breather and a bit of time off and protection against fouling out.
Regarding Duncan Robinson, it would be great to see Oregon forget about him, and for Dunc to have his day, raining threes over a smaller and slower defense than Louisville.
|1 week 2 days ago||Over sensitive||
You've let all those endless Masters ads go to your head. This isn't golf.
|1 week 2 days ago||And Beilein can't recruit||
This is great. However, I would still love to see Mo Bamba decide to come to Michigan instead of to Duke or Kentucky.
|1 week 3 days ago||Basketball||
The big thing in football is to beat Ohio State. To some degree, it won't be a successful season again until that happens.
|1 week 4 days ago||Thought this meant he got outta Dodge||
I was thinking, he was booking out of AA to Indy to see the game tomorrow.
|1 week 4 days ago||Whatever is best for Michigan||
The OP has conflated two things. Rooting for Sparty, and wanting what is best for Michigan. Wanting what is best for Michigan trumps everything. I will NEVER root for / cheer for / support MSU. But in this case, I like the match up with MSU better for Michigan. That means I am rooting for KU to lose. Beyond that, there are two lesser items to consider. Personally, I want the Big Ten to win as many games as possible. It is better for the conference, and therefore better for Michigan. Second, I believe that for Michigan State to lose to Michigan will cause them much more pain than losing to Kansas.
|1 week 4 days ago||Actually, no||
Actually, Michigan has a particularly good record in rematch games this year. Perfect, iirc.
|1 week 4 days ago||Perfect for Moe Wagner's folks!||
Perfect for Moe Wagner's folks! I'm assuming they'll find a TV and watch the game. Hopefully he stays out of foul trouble and has a great game.