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- I'm curious about Wills, who I haven't heard much about.
- And I'm also curious why Magnus prefers Wills over Wilson and Slaton. Is it because he thinks he is a better OL?
- Or is it because he thinks it is unlikely we get both Wilson and Slaton.
- And I'm curious about how many guys we can take on the OL. We currently have 4 commits. I'm assuming we couldn't/wouldn't take 4 more (Wills, Wilson, Slaton, Ruiz). At least it is a nice problem to have.
- What is one thing we are going to see change?
- What is one thing you would change if you could?
- Is there anything we will be restoring from Michigan's past? If yes, what is it?
- Tell me one new thing we can anticipate this coming year (and this doesn't mean "We'll be competitive" or some other trite phrase that's used in these occasions).
- We have heard comments from both camps regarding ND. Obviously, details need to be worked out. When do you anticipate having details worked out, and in what kind of time frame could we see the rivalry resume?
- top group
- decent shot
- on the radar
- Jim goes to Peru. Sans Sarah.
- A week up north, maybe Charlevoix, maybe UP, on the water somewhere, time to fish, boat, be a family. I think this is the kind of thing he does with mom, dad, brother, sister, etc. Maybe off on location, but not concept.
- Somewhere out west. California, Wyoming, Montana. Just the immediate family.
- I can get to AA from Chicago area Fri. night, catch game, be back home Sat. night.
- I can get some work done Sat. morning, catch game, and have rest of day open.
- Generally a higher profile game
- Have a pretty full morning and early afternoon before game, and still have evening free.
- Of the excitement.
- Definitely a high priority
- Enjoyable evening entertainment.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||OL Recruiting||
Over at TTB, Magnus said he wants Ruiz as C on the OL, which makes a lot of sense. However, after Ruiz, his preference is Jedric Wills, an OL out of KY.
I am really looking forward to improved OL play. I also want to see the DL recruiting stay at a high level. I am a firm believer that the strength of the OL and DL go a long way to predicting the overall success of the team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Forget about banner: site update||
The banner is nice and all, but what I really want to hear the plans for site functionality. I don't even care that it doesn't happen now, or next mont: I just want to know the game plan.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Easter is more important||
Easter is the critical, or holiest holiday, for Christians, but your sentiment stands, none the less.
EDIT: This morning, while I was dropping my son off at school, I noticed several high school boys in full traditional Muslim dress (grey gowns). I suspect it has something to do with the holiday.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The problem is being too simplistic||
The problem with some readers her at mgoblog is being too simplistic. There are occasionally good articles or true news at virtually any outlet . . . including the Freep, BR, and Chatsports. In this particular case, it is hard to be overcritical about something written by a former player and athlete. People need to use common sense, and ask, is there good analysis? Is there news that isn't clearly covered elsewhere? If the answer is "yes," a link and a post should be fine.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Kitchen appliances||
The thing with kitchen appliances, you often don't use them, but when you need them, they are great to have. A microwave, a toaster oven, both are great. Full size ovens? Awesome. I actually have access to a full size commercial convection oven. Now that is incredible. . . you can cook for a big crowd of people with that thing. and it cuts a bit of time.
Also love my big old weber gas grill. If there was one appliance I wouldn't miss terribly, it would be the dishwasher. We hate to have dishes sit in there, waiting for a full load, so most of the time, we're hand washing a small sink of dishes. I love my coffee maker too. And we have both a food processor and one of those handheld wand cuisanart things. I use my grinder for coffee beans a couple times a week. Could live without most of them, most of the time. But love having them all for when you need them.
A rice cooker is something most Westerners don't have, but it is a convenient thing to have around. And an electric frying pan/griddle comes in handy. I wouldn't mind having an ice cream maker again, but not so much that I'm going out to buy one. If I had endless room, I would get a couple presses, one for making apple cider, the other a winepress for grapes.
Regarding the double oven, my sister still has my mom's old electric roaster. It was great for roasting a big old piece of meat (turkey, ham, etc.) and leaving the oven free for anything else. And you could put the roaster away down in the basement etc. for those few occasions when you needed it.
And regarding the toaster oven, it actually doesn't toast as well or as evenly as a conventional toaster. But because it is a "swiss army knife" of toasters, we choose it instead of a regular toaster.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Why choose?||
"So if you had to choose between Rashan Gary and Jabrill Peppers, who would you choose?" And I'd say, "BOTH!" Gary and Peppers are both great, they're just different. Peppers couldn't play on the DL. Gary couldn't play in the secondary. It doesn't make either of them less of a player.
And for me, there is a definite place for BOTH a microwave and a toaster oven. A toaster over is better for toast, and for general cooking. It is better for a small batch of nachos, or for melting cheese on toasted bread, or for garlic bread. But a microwave is better for reheating coffee, soup, warming something up, for leftovers, It is great for melting butter. It is good for cooking up oatmeal. If you take the chicken off the grill just a touch too soon, you can zap it in the microwave. I really never cook in a microwave, but it is a good tool to have in the kitchen.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I like it||
I read an article this week about these special prep academies where the basketball elite go to high school for a year or two or three, before heading to college. The sense of the article was that these kids are really training to be professional basketball players, and there really is little need for the sham of "going to college."
It is a crazy world. The reality is that if you are playing elite level basketball in college, your course schedule is pretty bizarre (in terms of being gone from school). Every now and then there is a post about whether or not you can be on the football team and actually attend one of the professional schools (architecture, art, nursing, education etc.) I think it would be even harder to do this in basketball. If you have a practicum or lab that is only taught from 1 - 5pm M - W - F, how in the world could you be on a sports team? The amount of tutoring and missed class time means that these guys are essentially pro athletes already.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting||
There are many things I'd ask.
I would love to see color on color with OSU, even with MSU, and also would love to see the OSU and MSU home/away schedule tweaked.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||State||
I am fully with the State Game being the critical "Must Win" for UofM this year. We have to establish dominance and change the pattern. If we win all the other games and lose to Michigan State, it almost doesn't matter.
I'm torn about OSU. Personally, I drank the Michigan Kool Aid last year, and feel snake bit. For me, the critical thing is a competitive game. While it would be torture to lose by a couple points, I could live with it. The game is in Columbus, they've been killing it in recruiting for years, and they curb-stomped us last year. If Michigan plays a competitive game and loses in OT, or by a last minute field goal, it would be a dong punch. But it would give me significant hope going forward.
Last year, we should have beat MSU, but lost on a fluke. Horrible way to lose, but I thought Harbaugh did a great job of coaching a team that was a bit behind MSU in terms of players on the field. This year, the talent disparity is gone with MSU, and we have to win that game. With OSU, I still feel that overall, they have more talented players. If Michigan manages to beat them, Alleluia! But if Michigan is competitive with them and has them on the ropes, but loses, well, I can live with that, for this year.
Addendum: I really hope that Michigan either runs the table, or loses only to OSU. A loss to any other team would be profoundly annoying and disappointing.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Very nice, EGD||
Very nice recap. Nice to have an informative answer and not just more snark. Of course, there are lots more recruits out there, but Drew Singleton is one to watch.
The other thing the OP might not be aware of is the 2017 Recruiting Overview . . . here on this very blog website! It is found under the "Useful Stuff" tab. The mods and proprietors keep it fairly up to date (still need to add Honingford). It breaks down prospects (by position) into the following categories:
LINK: 2017 Recruiting Overview
|3 weeks 4 days ago||UP, CA, & Peru||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'm StephenRKass||
I'm StephenRKass, and I've never created an alternate account, and never will. I'm too old and too lazy and don't feel the need to have alternate identities so I can write really snarky or rude or whatever things. Just not going to do that. Besides, it's my real name and I will stand behind what I write.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Be my guest||
Be my guest and paste it all. However, iirc, the mods frown on such behavior. That may have changed.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||yes||
yes I definitely believe there is intelligent life beyond earth.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Buffalo||
Buffalo is a rustbelt town. not a ton of natural beauty. Two teams. No success. Worst town for pro sports.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||totally agree||
I think that where good teams become great is in assessing boom or bust guys. You have to roll the dice, and take a chance on someone who could be a lights-out star. Sometimes you miss, but when you strike gold, it can make the difference between a good team, and a team that beats Ohio State and wins the national championship.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||One caveat||
There is one caveat I would give. If I was looking at where to go, and Michigan had a freshman who just completed a very successful year at QB, I'd think, do I want to go there? We always hear that the best kids aren't afraid of competition. Which is true. But if I saw that I was probably going to redshirt the next year (behind said freshman), and quite possibly be on the bench the next two after that, I'd think long and hard about whether or not I wanted to do that. Say, for instance, that Peters beats everyone out, and has a stellar year. Do I still want to come to Michigan? Maybe not. In this case, McCaffrey is going to come regardless. But if and when Harbaugh finds "his guy," that may change the dynamic for HS QB's looking at where they want to go.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||nurse?||
nurse? iirc, close to impossible at Michigan with afternoon schedule sophomore year? maybe a redshirt in that year? But with Harbaugh they will try to make it happen.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Other post was totally different||
The other post was about how Michigan football fans reconcile being football fans with being against their child's personal involvement. And FTR, I am not raising that question in the least.
This is the first time (in 8 years of playing football) that we've really looked at the question. Yes, it is an issue. We'll have to just see. I do think there are a lot of bright people on this website, and I was sure there would be links to some good information (which there was). At this point, I don't have data that is conclusive either way.
I get the "self-confirming bias" thing. But I am really trying to look at this with an open mind, and work together with my wife and son to come to the right decision.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Excellent!||
Normally, I smirk at the "posbang" stuff. But I'd gladly give you most of my points for this link. Exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Scary, but helpful. Thanks much.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Umm, I'm trying to do what is best for my kid||
Umm, I'm trying to do what is best for my kid. That's why I asked the question. I tend to think football is fine. My wife has significant doubt. So I'm just trying to find pros and cons in terms of information and studies that are out there. This is one area I don't want to just go with a "gut feeling."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Never heard of PubMed||
I never heard of PubMed. Just googled it. Glad to look there for articles on CTE, concussion, as regards HS football.
Thank you . . . not my field of expertise.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Pertains to NFL||
I think the studies are pretty conclusive that repetitive vicious hits to the head are not good for the brain. I would argue that there is a vast difference between the NFL and HS football. But looking for more substantive proof.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I think they all handled it well||
I think they all handled it well. I would be fine if Harbaugh largely did the same thing.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Son of David Robinson||
Corey is the son of David Robinson (I included that in my post, and it was also in the Chicago Tribune article).
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Asked to Gray Shirt||
Sibley was asked to gray shirt. OSU has an extremely, extremely highly rated class, and quite a few top 100 guys who want to buy in. One of their problems is they don't have a big class, and they're struggling to fit everyone in who wants to be there. So Sibley was asked to postpone his scholarship a bit. At least Meyer gave him lots of notice . . . it was easy for Sibley to land somewhere else.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Variety||
Variety is the spice of life. I am fine with noon starts, and with 3:30pm games, and with night games.
I personally like noon games because
I personally like 3:30 games because
I personally like evening games because
What I personally don't get is the people who bitch and moan because their personal preference isn't met. I especially don't get those who complain about not having enough time to drink. I don't care how bombed other people get. It's a free country. But kvetching about a start time because they don't have enough time to "party" and "get wasted" before the game? Get a life.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Obviously many reasons||
Obviously, there were many reasons for Michigan's demise, including those mentioned above. I am not a stats guy, but I think the ones to ask on this question would be Seth, Brian, WD, and others who track this. I do believe that the issue with RR was that he didn't recruit enough of them. I just think you need to recruit 3 - 5 solid guys on the OL year in and year out, and we didn't have that. You can blame our secondary, our wonderful QB who wasn't the best passer, and a number of other things. I would include among those things not having enough quality offensive linemen.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Great news||
This is great news. We've known Bredeson is good for a long time. What so many fans fail to see is how critical line play is on both sides of the ball. When RR changed the emphasis on the OL, Michigan cratered. Having a stable full of strong OL guys is essential to the future success of the team. We have bemoaned our lack of star RB's. The issue is more one of the lack of star OL. And this is one group where you've got to have five solid guys. When you have five solid OL guys, it changes the whole offense. We need more of these.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||First world problems||
I'm jealous of you . . . not in a bad way, but criminy, this kid is golden. What are you worried about? More than that: I trust he'll get in, but I think it is a mistake to have your heart so set on something that ANYTHING else is a disappointment. Just my 2 cents.