he grew a beard
|7 hours 36 min ago||your mistaken||
So NOT OT.... anything about Denard is, and forever always will be, completely On Topic.
|3 days 23 hours ago||but the REAL question is...||
Well this is all fine and dandy, but before they drop $5M or whatever, I JUST want to KNOW:
This won't affect our compensation for Jim Harbaugh, riiiiiight????
|4 days 1 hour ago||I know when!||
When we finally had enough clues to figure out, BRADY HOKE is an INHUMAN!!!! That Kree corpse is thousands of years old, and the weird carvings are a map to a city -- which is Attilan, which we know from the comics was in China, which is where the raging doctor/father is from.
Wait, that's Skye, not Hoke... Uhhh, nevermind.
|5 days 4 hours ago||just the fax, ma'am||
Again, let's revisit.
Jim Henson = creator of endless entertainment for children and adults alike
Drew Henson = creator, indirectly, of the greatest QB of all time (by pushing Tom Terrific never to miss a throw in practice for 2 years)
Greg Henson = douchebag
|5 days 5 hours ago||YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST||
After winning his 4th superbowl this upcoming February 2015, Bill Belichick will decide that the NFL has been too easy for him, and he wants to accomplish a feat he's never done before -- win the national championship in the FBS.*
*Pardon my naivete, isn't that an FCS now too, aren't there two FCS's, because the FBS has a championship now and even the FCS has bowl games, although not as many???.
And where else would Coach Bill wanna coach, than Michigan... he's been hearing about it for eons from his QB.
The downside is, under Coach Bill's regime, his press conferences will make Hoke's look like open brain downloads. ("Yeah, we play Ohio State next. Uh huh. I think they are in Columbus, Ohio. Probably will take a bus to get there. They play offense and defense and have special teams too. Thanks for coming.")
|5 days 5 hours ago||gaping hole||
It's a pointless statement... they don't mention whether they think Harbaugh will take the job.
|5 days 8 hours ago||sooo....||
That was obvious. Contrast to the Gibbons situation -- here it was public and forced Hoke's hand. Anyone shudder to think what would have happened if no one picked up on the police report. (Not that that ever happens in 2014.) Would we have gotten a "left team for personal reasons" excuse? We can only speculate, and it's kind of irrelevant, as Hoke won't have a job past early January here.
But more interesting is what the NFL will do. Two years ago, heck even a year ago, Clark gets drafted. But in light of the Rice/Pederson situations... is he toxic? Does he come in as a free agent? I guess he can't be suspended under the CBA b/c he's not an employee at the time of the transgression. So what do teams do, do they all have to pretend he doesn't exist?
After all due respect to the victim and the perp, I think on a bigger social/sports viewpoint, this is a fascinating problem for the NFL. What they heck do they do with a guy like this who clearly is good enough to be in the NFL talent-wise, but, is a PR nightmare.
|6 days 7 hours ago||easy for him to say||
He is on verge of playoffs this year, would be crazy to fire his coach to take a chance at Harbaugh.
|1 week 1 day ago||and and and||
Dude already has cayshe in his bank account, I'm sure. I don't know if he reaped it in as an NFL QB -- salaries weren't what they are now -- but he's been making multi-millions for a few years. Probably $28M over the last 4 years at SF. After taxes, he's probably banked $15M already. Plus, it's not like he stops earning money after he stops coaching at UM -- if he wins the Natty, he can go pro again, or get a TV gig that'll pay somethin' somethin'. He's set for life I'm sure.
I mean, yeah, taking $4M will probably feed the family.
I think the huge $$$ is all about macho pride -- hey that dude makes $X, I'm better than him, I deserve $X+Y. I think Harbaugh comes to UM not because of financial considerations, but to have statues build in his name -- frankly, to have a stadium named after himself, that level of ego.
|1 week 1 day ago||ehhh||
Miss State's got three very big problems that Florida doesn't: Alabama, Auburn, LSU.
Mullen has a team with a lot of senior talent, next year's team will be starting over in a lot of places. New QB for sure. His division will continue to be ach-ee-double-hockey-sticks into the future. This is his one shot to cash in, he's not going to duplicate this season anytime soon. Florida is just too obvious a result here.
|1 week 1 day ago||show me the $$$?||
There is this rampant theme in many posts on mgoblog that UM has massive piles of disposable cash and can throw mega-millions at a new coach. $7M a year? Why not! We want to win!
Ok, look, this isn't Alabama or FSU or the NFL. Winning is not "at all costs." Winning is not the primary goal of the athletic department at UM. If this comes as a shock to you, check yourself, you might need to find a new team to root for, I think you've missed the point of UM athletics.
While UM has a huge budget, it also has huge costs. All of the facilities investments going on; numerous sports; stipends on the way; buyouts for DB and, soon, Hoke. $7M is a freaking big piece of the overall pie. And does UM want to be paying $7M a year for a football coach? I don't think so.
I'm not making an economic proposition. Jim Calhoun can provide you those details. I'm sure that $7M for a coach is "worth it," if the coach wins a lot and suddenly donations to the school skyrocket, and the added exposure of the team (from success) brings in lots more licensing revenue. Is Saban "worth" the money, in terms of return-on-investment? Perhaps, and even, probably. But I don't think it's about return on te $7M. There is a clear signal here -- you're a public academic institution, an elite one, do you pay $7M for a football coach? No. The primary mission is academics, and winning many football games hasn't made FSU, Alabama, Boise State, or MSU(YTMSU) a better school. In fact, there is a price of prostituting out your soul -- ask PSU and UNC and Miami(YTM) fans all about that.
|1 week 1 day ago||problem is...||
But I heard from a source that the accredidation review will be conducted by the same FIFA staff that looked into Russia and Qatar. Nothing to see here, people, move along.
|1 week 2 days ago||its not a worry||
Jim Harbaugh doesn't need WR's or TE's. He will field 10 FB's and 1 RB and decimate the opposition into rubble. That is all, carry on.
|1 week 2 days ago||or this||
Three words pry Stoops out of Norman:
(And all the $$$ that comes with.)
|1 week 2 days ago||wild @$$ guess||
Sometimes things are obvious, sometimes things also make too much sense (and cents) not to happen.
* The guy with NFL ties and a first name that starts to "J" to UM. (Of course I'm referring to Jon Gruden.)
* Mullen to Florida.
* Stoops to the NFL.
* Rich Rodriguez to Oklahoma. (Think: his offense in a league that doesn't play defense.)
(I am guessing that, after seeing what B1G defenses did to his offense, RR doesn't want any part of SEC defenses.)
|1 week 3 days ago||nothing to see here||
Translating what Bates said:
"I'm here right now and really like it, and as things are right now, I hope I can be here a long time. But I won't deny that I've been contacted about UM directly or indirectly. I'm not going to speculate on what UM is doing nor speculate on myself at UM because they haven't formally offered me the position. Of course I am close to UM. If they offer me the position... all bets are off."
That's how I read it.
|1 week 4 days ago||not in the real world||
Change is coming...but not in that direction. Pay-for-play seems inevitable in the next 10-15 years, with the O'Bannon lawsuit (and even the NU NLRB proceeding) being a driving force. Now that players will be paid these "stipends," then they'll be allowed to make money on the side like from signatures, speaking engagements, etc.... and we're quickly on the slippery slope to minor league franchises. Which is what they've been all along, just with "strings attached." This will be like the Ultron League -- no strings.
How universities that prefer to athletics to be second to academia (Stanford, Rice, etc.) handle this new regime remains anyone's guess. You'd think they won't want to compete and will drop to D-IAA or create something more akin to D-II. The Ivy League model is probably going to become more of a standard for those who don't want to compete with Alabama and FSU etc.
And how schools that want to be good at both (UM, Vandy, etc.) handle it is even more intriguing.
But that's the future here, not cleaning it all up. Waaaaay too much $$$$$$ to see that happening.
|1 week 4 days ago||Most Offers||
If he ever hits the winning shot in a B1G game in his career, he's going to set a record for the most offers in one night from potential girlfriends. And because there's nothing wrong with it, may be a few boy offers thrown in there too.
|1 week 5 days ago||disagree||
Its refreshing that D-I coaches actually talk about prioritizing academics, esp at institutions like UM. You wouldn't criticize Boise St. or Mississippi State for pushing football players thru... and we are all shocked, shocked to find UNC was doing it.
To me, if/when he comes here, we can measure him by his words at the time. He's set a standard for UM, and he'll need to live by it.
|1 week 5 days ago||do note the parallels||
Team looks horrible and head coach says, "Well we practices really well this week."
Hoke? No, that was Mark Trestman last night. As a Bears fan and UM alum, the parallels of the two teams couldn't be more obvious.
But being a lawyer, the case "for" Hoke is more procedural than substantive. (Thems big lawyereeze words.) If the new AD won't be in place in time to hire a new HC, then Hoke has to wait it out another year. Plus, give Nuss a year more to work with Speight or Morris, and the D hasn't been godawful as in the RR years. That's the only outcome I see.
But I think Hoke is gone after our last game, and given the way it looks, that'll be the day after OSU. Don't see us beating UM (the other other UM).
|1 week 6 days ago||let it be said||
RR took bullets for our program. He was trying his best while forces within the house were eating him, media was circling around him, then Pimp Hand let him out there to hang for a MONTH before finally pulling the trigger. RR lost job oppourtunities (eg Maryland--he'd be awesome there) because DB let him hang too long.
Say what you will about his coaching style in the B1G and at UM etc, but, that guy took off years on his life for US. For YOU, whomever is reading this.
I for one will never, ever root against him, and if UM ever has to be matched against one of his teams, I will face Infinite Sadness from having to deal with that game.
And if we had to play them in a bowl game this year... 38-3 seems about right. At halftime.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||meh||
I know UGa fans think he's holding them back. Of the past 8 years with ESS EE SEE teams in the championship game repeatedly, UGa is the only bigname program of the group not to be there -- UGa, Kentucky, Vandy, the two Miss schools, USC(NTUSC). Hard pill for them to swallow.
BUT -- look at what he brought UGa. Prior to his arrival, they were perennial 8-9 win teams, if even. Regularly losing the FLA game. Meanwhile, he was Bobby's OC at FSU, and FSU was on top of the world.
Almost as soon as he left FSU for UGa, fortunes flipped in both places. UGa started getting 10-11 win seasons; and Bobby's FSU teams couldn't win over 8 a year.
Also, a couple years ago, UGa was just about every bit as good as 'Bama. Just a play away.
Richt is really a good coach. But:
-- UGa seems to lose a game they shouldn't, each year
-- He hasn't stepped foot outside the Deep South AFAIK for about 8234.3 years (adjusted for time inflation).
-- He's not a young buck.
-- The ESS EE SEE East is a lot easier right now than it used to be; might be easier to put a winner together there than against OSU, MSU, PSU, and Mighty Rutgers.
So: Even if he's let go, he's more likely going to the ACC or a lesser ESS EE SEE school and not up north where, you know, we have SNOW.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||landshark! er, landmark!||
I grew up a 5 min ride from the stadium, one of my debate partners lived right next to the parking lot adjoining the stadium.
Note around the 0:30 mark a big, pointy white building close to Lake Michigan. That's the Bahai Temple, the international center for the Bahai faith (a small sect of Islam). We used to call it 'God's orange juice squeezer," given its shape. It's hollow inside -- one big tall space, very ornamental.
You might recognize the Temple from a movie. In Risky Business, when Joel is being chased by Guido the Killer Pimp, they are driving fast up Lake Shore Drive and then Sheridan Rd. There is a night-time shot of their Porsche ("there is no substitute") racing past the Temple.
So, there you go.
If you go up Sheridan Rd. for about 10-15 minutes, you'll get to Glencoe IL, which has a few places John Hughes shot other scenes for other movies. (In Risky Business, Joel gave his address on the phone to the call "girl," mentioning Glencoe by name.) There is the church from Sixteen Candles, which is near the lake (where Jake Ryan (NOT THAT JAKE RYAN) was waiting by his car in front of it). Go two blocks to the lake, and you'll be at a stone area overlooking Lake Michigan; that's where they shot a scene from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the part where his buddy is lying on his back after his dad's car went through the window.) (By the way, that girl from Day Off was sooooo hot, what ever happened to her?)
Ok, so, some really useless info for all yunz.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||soooo old school||
He gets his name in one police report and he's thrown off the team?
Fast forward to 2014, circa Tallahassee. "You got your name in your 86th police report? Damned it Jameis, if you end up in 100, I might have to suspend you for, what, a couple plays, you need to really clean up your act, and by that I mean, stop gettin' caught while you're doin' your thang."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||r u a commie????||
Ummm... for what effing reason do we "need to stop fantasizing about Kate Upton." ?????????
How ELSE am I supposed to get through my day???? Or a night alone with the wife???
|2 weeks 2 days ago||my takeaway||
The biggest news of everything Brian posted, including everything he linked?
That Tom Creen's agent deserves a Nobel prize for economics or something.
Creen has a $12 million buyout. Dang. There are universities with lower buy-outs from their conferences. (OK, not in the ACC.) You can get two top-notch coaches for a year for that kind of money. That's just... sick!
I suppose, IU could fire him for cause, get sued, and then negotiate a lower buyout. Like $11.5M.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||legit question||
Who is this "Bo" fellow and why can't we just hire him to coach again?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||now my world makes NO sense||
I'd prefer to still think of mGrowOld as that blonde hottie in his profile photo. If it's his wife, mGrowOld is probably the world's greatest success story. If it's his daughter, well... ewww. If it's his nanny, I wouldn't be surprised, our family's nanny is a blonde model too.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||(re)HASH BACH||
Can't let it go... the reason RR "failed."
I think Brian missed the most important reason. Why did we fail? His teams were weak -- as in, physically. They got pushed around all the time. Opponents who could run well just, well, ran all over us -- MSU, PSU, Iowa, Wisconsin, Mississippi State. Hell, Wiscy ran the ball every play that second half and scored a google points. We were down 10 points or more in the first half of every game against stout teams. We literally couldn't stand up to opponents.
And that was by design. Everyone drunk the Barwin koolaid b/c he talked in long, rambling, incoherent passages that made him sound like he was the brightest trainer on earth. In fact, he was great, it seems, at making flexible players with fit and strong bodies. He didn't, however, churn out linemen who could stand up to Wisconsin or PSU or Iowa etc etc etc. Our best, Molk, was deemed small.
I remember the pizza story. How our prior trainer told a lineman to eat a pizza a night, to get beefy. And RR and Barwis laughed at that. They molded really fit linemen..who got ran all over. And now our current trainer has guys intaking a billion caleries again.
We literally were just too small to compete in the B1G. We weren't tough, as a result, that's why we got embarrassed repeatedly. And why Denard could run all over bad defenses, but would get stoned by good ones (eg OSU, MSU).
Or is it politically incorrect to every say anything bad about Barwin?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||uh yeah well uh||
As long as by "you get to choose your football coach" you really mean, "you get to choose where to build a big bathroom for Jim Harbaugh."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||i dont get it||
The article linked in the article, about Long, turns on the theory that if you take Long, you get "dark beer" too (former Wiscy coach whose name I can't remember how to spell so I won't bother looking it up).
I don't understand that logic. Why would he "bring along" his Arkansas coach? Especially if you have the ability to get an NFL guy who went to the superbowl and whose first name starts with a "J." (I'm talking, of course, about Jon Gruden.) I don't see Long as being the same as "Long plus dark beer."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||giva ya two.||
Hollis. And Smith (of the Gene variety).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||meh||
I have two siblings who are BC alums. I think that is always the state of BC fans -- they pretty don't much get excited about BC sports, except when something big is happening (eg hockey Frozen Four). But they don't get down about it either, they just have zero expectations. it's not a place where sports is all that important; they go, but, just something to do, not to live and die for.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||listen to the tone||
Which do you think POTUM wants: (1) AD at an ESS EE SEE school which is a "Tier III" (i.e., crappy) institution that is in Arkansas, a state that is not exactly equated with academic rigors, or (2) AD at a decently-respected Catholic school (Jesuit, in fact) run by priests who daily stress that moral ethics are more important than life itself.
If you're listening closely, Mr. Long is so not a candidate for our position.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||henson lesson||
Jim Henson = directly responsible for sooooooo many wonderful memories. Kermit. Ernie.
Drew Henson = gets an "assist" with sooooo many wonderful memories -- namely, Tom Brady's NFL career, honed by the daily competition with Drew at UM practices for 2 years (Tom once said, he had to practice never missing a receiver, or else Drew might start the game)
Greg Henson = douchbag.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||UF 2014 -- flukiest team EVER?||
Their two marquee games this year have to be the weirdest in SEC history, right? Well, in a long time.
On the scoreboard, they got THWUMPED by Missouri -- 42-13. But look at the stats, they only gave up 119 yards to Missou's offense. Say that again!!! 42 points from 119 yards! Only 20 yards passing! For six touchdowns! You've never, ever seen that before, I promise. Missou's 6 touchdowns were a grand slam -- KO return, pun return, fumble return, interception return (pick-6). I'm not sure anyone's ever done that in a game before. Or a season. (Well... ok yes a season.)
Then of course, they massacred Georgia. But they ran the ball 60 of 66 times. What, did they invite Paul Johnson as their honorary coach of the day? Did they suddenly wake up and think they were the Midshipmen? That's not sustainable. They can't have a go-forward plan in the SEC thinking, we'll just run the ball 91% of the time and everything will be fine.
So I'm not sure what to make of UF. Very good defense, probably. Horrific passing offense and not so great special teams.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||BUT||
that is the brother in law of our next football coach, you know.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||waa?||
So...Stanford gets so many great students and professors there because of their great athletics?
No, dude -- real knows real. A great academic institution will get plenty of students and professors.
Having a good football team means NOTHING to that. Read again. NOTHING. Has having a good team suddenly made Boise State and Florida State into really great schools? Hahahahahahahahahahahah. Has having crappy football teams hurt top-notch schools like NU, Rice, Vandy, Cal? Or ANY of the Ivy Leagues?
If you picked a school based on its football team, you're a moron. If you go b/c of "tailgates" but not academics, your priorities are a mess and who cares if you don't go -- there are PLENTY of others waiting to get in. Plenty.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Change you can't believe in (NO POLITICS)||
There is change coming, my friend.
The O'Bannon case and even the NU/NLRB thing is going to guarantee something -- major changes are coming to NCAA football. Pay-to-play is inevitable. INEVITABLE. Players are going to be allowed to make money signing footballs, and that'll lead to endorsements, speaking engagements, and... money to play. INEVITABLE.
I'm not sure UM or NU or Stanford will want to be part of it. I'm not sure anyone in the B1G will want it, other than tUOS. It's like admitting you're really just a farm system for the NFL (and NBA). It's completely off the path of what an academic institution is supposed to be about. It's like a phone company suddenly deciding they want to make bazillions of dollars with really tasty lemonade stands. I mean you can do it, but you're not a phone company anymore. So what do you wnt to be?
So whether we want to pay $6M a year for JH or $2M for someone else next year, that's not really the issue -- it's the question this year, but I thinkyou have to ask the bigger question -- where do we want to be years from now, do we want to be spending millions on the football program to compete to FSU and Alabama, or do we want to remain an academic institution for which athletics on the side is nice and successful against our peers but not the school's mission (eg gymnastics, swimming).
I know what the POTUM would say to this, and I think, the big-money for a guy like Harbaugh is maybe not the future of this University.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||THIS IS IT||
Harbaugh gets hired after January. here is why.
1. Bowl game. We beat a horrific NU (the first one) team, then golly knows about UM (the other one, actually, the other other one), but if we win that one, we will get to 6-5. And play in mid-December.
2. Hoke's buyout goes down significantly after Jan. 1.
3. New AD won't be on scene until early Dec. or mid Dec. anyway; I take the POTUM at his word that he will be deliberative. Plus, even if we hire by Dec., how long will it take the AD to come over? Won't he want to transition out of the old job a bit?
4. Team won't want to have a vacancy that long and have Jim and Mullen and other peppered.
5. New AD, or even the interim, will want to at least talk to other CC's who likely will be coaching into January (lqqking @ u Dan).
So... sit tight fellas and gals, we have another 2 months to go.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||i am certain||
This has Pimp Hand's fingerprints all over it. What, the very day Pimp Hand is shown the door, two days after Brian and Ace hammer the final nail in his coffin, eviscerating any last hope that Pimp Hand's defenders had... right when Pimp Hand has to leave, suddenly Mgoblog's front page is inaccessible...??? Sheer coincidence? I think not.
If you look closely, the hacked website has pizza sauce stains alllllllll over it...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||can't have 'em both syndrome||
This goes under the old adage, you can't have 'em both at the same time, like Kate and Edith. (You know, man married to Kate, he starts cheating with Edith, Kate leaves him, becuase you can't have your Kate and Edith too.)
Applied to college football, if you look historically, it typically has been the case that a state with predominantly two large D-1A football institutions and not a massive population does not have both programs extremely good at the very same time. There's this concept that, if a state has a relatively limited number of high-end football playes whom you need to round out an 85-man roster, most states can't support enough players to create two college teams that are great at the same time. Historically, that is.
UM / MSU is like that -- when one is up, the other is down. Rarely are both top-10/top-15 for a few years at the same time.
Virginia suffers the same problem. As long as the Hokeys are going to be the best football team in the state, UVa is going to get crumbs in terms of local athletes. UVA's opening is coming due, Beemer is getting long in tooth, Tech is in a bit of a down time, UVa needs to get someone to step in and take over the state from them.
(For instance, Alabama used to reflect this -- the Tide and Tigers weren't usually both great at the same time. But now the SEC footprint, basically, supplies 99% of all talent in the country, so, all 38 of the SEC schools are the top 4 teams in the country all at once. In other words, the Kate/Edith rule probably still applies just not in the Southeast, where you can marry Kate and date Edith as long as they are both your first cousins.)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Will. Never. Happen.||
UNC athletics won't get nuked. It would put ACC in breach of contracts with its TV partners. UNC/Duke alone probably gets ESPN some nice coin for their two rivalry games a year (the Brits would say "derby" and pronounce it "darby").
UNC accredidation won't get nuked. Too many other schools would be worried about setting that precedent. We're only talking, sorry, 3100 students over a couple decades, and just one or a few classes for most of them. It's not like every course they've offered has been tainted.
The reality is, with change a'comin', and based on the Miami(YTM) precedent, they'll get a slap on the wrist. Two year bowl ban, but, they aren't good enough to go to one anyway.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||HEY TAMU||
DB called and wants his football helmet back.
Actually... DB just wants royalty rights for a 20 year period with an escallation clause adjusted to prime rate and market performance. And wants a letter of support. More the letter than anything else, really. Although doing it via skywriting instead of written letter is fine too. Just don't usre his personal email, he cleans that out regularly. Just don't tell anyone that, shhh.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||are you saying...||
MGoBlog has no strings???
|3 weeks 4 days ago||utterly bizarre||
"Nothing to say"? What organization w/ a Fortune 100 CEO and a $115M budget has "nothing to say"? And I can't imagine they are hoping this blows over, not with the frenzy out there.
My guess -- but just some random guy, don't have any real insight here -- the POTUM has muzzled DB and the AD, so they have to remain mum. The POTUM will respond to all of this himself at some point. And that response is probably going to be announcing the resignation of DB. So why say anything now. No reason to defend a guy who's not going to be around much longer.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||nice guys finish last||
He seems to have more respect for our rival's coach than for his own team's fanbase.
Such nonchalance. Eh, we're disappointed, eh, we practiced hard, eh, don't know why we dropped 7 balls, eh, I don't agree they blew up all over us. But oh yeah, I made DAMN sure to publicly apologize for us sticking a short stake into their turf cuz, you know, that's sooo damn disrepectful and bad and probably a crime in certain parts of ISIL-held territory (although, what isn't).
Too much to ask? "Hey I know things look really aweful and seem to be going downhill this year and over the past 4 years, and I get it, and look, there's only so much we can do this year, and I know I"m making $4M and don't seem to be earning it, but [insert whatever defense allows him to wake up in the morning and look himself in the mirror]."
Just thank god my favorite professional football team isn't going thru a mess like this this year (Bears fan here). Wait, what....
|4 weeks 3 days ago||not sure what this means||
I have seen tweets of white suburban high school students in the metro DC area -- very mixed-race areas, although mostly mixing white and Latins -- and the five-letter variant of the "N" word (replace the last ER with A) is used all the time. I mean ALL the time. I'm not reallhy sure what it's a reference too - just African-Americans, or anyone, any race/sex etc. But it was kind of shocking, the way it's used constantly. And not done in anger or to belittle, it's, like, just a common word. Almost used like the word "homie," although I'm not sure if it's intended to be slightly derogatory or whatever.
It's almost like, if you tell people you can't use the word... they use the word. You know, forbidden fruits, etc. Kids, immaature, no sense of history, etc. etc.
And then you have the problem of black people using the word amongst themselves, or even in mixed company. It's got a different connotation, although not always something you can give a pass to. However, I think some whites see blacks using the N word and it justifies the use of it by others.
So the use of the six-letter variant by (1) uneducated white trash and (2) highly educated white elite is not surprising, and it just shows, it's going to take generations to really eliminate the stigma and roots of these attitudes (and the words reflecting them).
|4 weeks 3 days ago||not sayin in jus' sayin||
The Superbowl is early Feb, right.
Maybe we do make a coaching change in February. Yes yes yes, NSD and all that in early Feb, screws this year's class, etc. But if you could choose (1) a guy whose first name begins with the letter J and a screwed up first class, or (2) someone else hred in December/early Jan ... really, you'd go for door #2?
I'm not saying, I'm jus' sayin', the timeline is fine if you're chasing a guy who is gainfully employed through January.
Obviously, I'm referring to Jon Gruden.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||whoops||
dreaded doublepost. but two helpings of Tom Terrific ain't so shabby!
|4 weeks 6 days ago||amen||
If you saw the interview of Tom on NFL Network after the game Thursday, you'd have been proud. Such a professional, likable, humble if that's even possible (when he has the greatest life ever). Total class. And ultimately a quiet nerd, he admitted he has no hobbied, doesn't like music or art or anything, he just likes "the grind" and being with his family. (Although, if she was your wife, kinda hard to imagine any other hobby you'd want to have.)
Loved Rich Eisen's question near the end -- "So since you left playing for the greatest institution of higher education on the planet...."
Denard and Charles and Tom... who you got, Sparty and Buckeyes? Tyrelle Pryor? Kirk Cousins?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||srsly sad||
If we'd have beaten ND, we can take glee in their misery. They put the major beatdown on us, so, I think as a fanbase we have 0.000% right to enjoy any ND misery.
Besides, they can still make the Final Four. They looked good, almost beating the undefeated defending champs on their home turf. If they win out including beating the Trojans, I think they make the playoffs.
I don't think true ND fans should be upset. That 4th down TD was absolutely a penalty. Had Robinson caught the ball behind the LOS, it would have been fine -- a bubble screen, effectively. But you can't block downfield on a pass, and those were totally blocks.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This applies||
In the fine words of two giants:
What's your DEAL?
What's YOUR deal?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||thats absurd||
Jim Harbaugh is NOT going to declare himself AD and HC.
Instead, Jim will declare himself AD and appoint John to be HC. So Jim finally will have the last say over his older brother, and daily get to extract payback* for the Super Bo Bowl.
* upon declaring that the whole Anquon Boldin "trade" -- 7th rounder, gimmeabreak -- was not sufficient payback.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||nono||
I think "necessary" means "if we didn't have enough other able bodies." If he has a sufficient number of players in the rotation, you sit the guy who's recovering. If you're out of anyone else to play, then Henry plays. I think that's what he meant.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||are you SURE||
that Dave Brandon wasn't responsible for the drone? I just don't buy the brother-of-the-PM story.
In which case, this is so NOT OT.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||postcard from helsinki||
It could be nothing. Lots of bad pub, students talking about boycott, etc., so the POTUM decided to just show support for the student-athletes* who have to labor on. (*=Phrase not authorized by federal courts.)
Brandon goes twitter-silent. POTUM sent out that blistering public statement implicitly taking issue with DB's prior message. Negative waves all around. If you're the POTUM, you go show the students you have their back, it's not about them... right before you whack the AD, or more likely, accept his resgination after a negotiated buy-out.
DeBord gets the interim tag for now, while Bates or Long someone else is hired and in place by December. Hoke let go by DeBord (again probably a negotiation), so the new AD hires the new HC.
Notwithstanding the prognostication by THE KNOWLEDGE, I just have to say, this scenario... makes waaaaay too much sense.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||exactly||
Just as a hypthetical and not a prediction, if we hire one of the JH's by, say, mid-December, that 6 weeks of recruiting and you'd think we pull in a pretty decent class. Now they might be different kids than whom we have now, but they'll get who they want. If we hire Cam Cameron, say, then we'll be calling Illinois and CMU recruits. So it all depends on the hire.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||its only funny if its realistic||
I used to like THE KNOWLEDGE's postings b/c they had the aura of invincibility, PLUS usually predicted something not entirely unrealistic so you'd think, hmm, maybe he is from the future.
But he "jumped the shark" here, if I'm using that idiom correctly. By predicting that OC/DC combination, which I believe would VIOLATE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS (because of the nuclear reaction that would be caused by Saban and Meyers being in close proximity for so long, like smashing two protons together too closely), it's obviously a joke and can't even be remotely taken seriously. So, THE KNOWLEDGE, you're getting a little wild as you get longer in tooth. Color me not impressed.
HOWEVER.. if you remove the OC/DC nonsense...the prediction that the AD and HC stays the same for next season is, well, both sobering AND sadly realistic. And if that's really just what the prediction is, I have to give THE KNOWLEDGE credit for saying our darkest fears that, unfortunately, are likely 49% probable.
But I still put my 51% probability on the AD being fired sometime in the next month or two.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||further comment from another litigator||
Here is the succinct message that is true for every persuasive argument:
Don't just have conclusions. Have specific events that occurred -- usually, 3-4 is good. Make an argument, list 3-4 factual points (not opinions, but events, that are unassailable), and say 'thanks' and sit down.
I actually think the worst thing he's done -- so, someone please mention this -- is relocate long-time season ticket holders b/c they didn't want to pay massive fees to keep their long-time seats. That's like... just not right.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||concur on email address?||
Google that email address -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- and you get a lot of websites showing that it was his email, including a tweet from Ace in 2012. I will say, I'm not finding current websites showing it's still his today. Like, it was his when he was on the Board of Regents. (Which I didn't know he used to be, and which, makes me think the BOR isn't likely to see him as the Pimp Hand that he is.) I would guess it's still his, I mean, why would he stop using it? But if that response is really from that email address, I can't imagine he actually wrote it. What fool would do that?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||HEY -- you're making that UP!||
That is obviously madeup, becuase my sources, which are clearly superior to yours, have told me that our next coach will be KATE UPTON, with our OC being Kiffen -- as in ,his wife, not Lane -- and the staff will include also Lucy Liu, Madonna, and a former Miss America. So, while the team won't be much to look at, the staff will be.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||M.O.N.E.Y. is Y||
If they can him now, they owe him the entire rest of his salary for years. That's what the contract says.
If they fire him for cause, they can get out of all that.
So -- they are either (1) lawyering up a good excuse to fire for cause, and/or (2) negotiating with him to take some severance in exchange for a release of claims, and he'll resign.
I'm coming around. This smells of a poop-canning on the way. It's the quiet before the storm. If nothing was going to change, the POTUM would have said somthing. But the gravity of this situation -- really unprecedenced since the Petrino thing -- is going to call for a huge reaction, and I feel that's what's in the works.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||wow... just... wow||
I see the two camps. my first reaction, as a non-academician but a lawyer who thinks the best argument is to say what you mean, is that this is more of the same. no change, status quo. we'll do a study and get back to you. "thanks for expressing your thoughts" means "stop emailing me about firing the guy."
I'm initially saddened by the fact that the POTUM has no real athletic background, meaning, he's very much academician and had that line earlier this year that the "balance" of athletics and academics is out of whack. So, like, he really doesn't loose sleep over a 2-10 season. He's not consternated that DG hasn't gotten better in 3 years.
The guy CANNOT be happy seeing UM dragged thru the mud on national television -- its a lead story on CNN, GMA, Today, etc. It has to make him sick. All the good academics the U has, and what's the public line? We're trying to win games (albeit badly) and the AD and HC are a bunch of [fillintheblank].
And there is NO support for the AD or HC here. None. It's a thinly veiled, "I'm pissed, you guys screwed this up royally."
So... I do think heads are going to roll, probably within a few weeks. Brandon goes first, a new AD is appointed in the interim (Carr?!?!), and his first job is to fire Hoke and appoint a caretaker HC for the rest of the season (Moeller?!?!). Then we get a permanent AD and a permanent HC in Dec.-Jan.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||DERP||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||so much for that||
So, tried it, but got this message:
Our Apologies: We Are Unable to Process Your Request
We are currently unable to accept the information you provided as ID verification due to a problem with the Alumni Uniqname Management system. This problem may take some time to fix.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
So... so much for that. Either it's being inundated, or, they realized what's happening and turned it off.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||VOTE FOR MOE||
Moeller is the obvious solution, if he'd take the gig. Experienced, an M man, won't mind being the interim with no chance of applying for the job after the season.
Whether he'd try to put out this tire fire, well, you'd wonder about that.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||another word to define||
KLU - less
adj. In the state of miissing the facts in front of your nose. Example: The OP.
I've watched a dozen football games a weekend for 40 falls. I know what my eyes tell me. This team stinks and has gotten progressively worse year to year. A 4th year coach has no excuse for (1) an undeveloped 5th yr snr QB and no meaningful backup option and (2) an O line that has been offensive for 2 years now, and (3) no development of talent at the skill positions (see: last three NFL drafts).
So while you play Neidermeier and scream "ALL IS WELL! ALL IS WELL!" the rest of us will live in reality.
(And, maybe, drive off with the hot blonde and become a Senator some day.)
|8 weeks 1 day ago||sorta||
I wish our team played football.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||OR||
Reminds me of these lyrics:
In my dream I was drowning my sorrows
[You gotta really be a fan of that band to know the band/song.]
|8 weeks 4 days ago||wht about....?||
[C]an you name one coach with a better resume who would even consider us right now?
What about: John Harbaugh?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||uhhhh||
I have watched him throw like 478 chairs and I keep waiting for him to run out but he doesn't seem to be running out. How did they fit all the chairs under the ring? Is there someone pushing them forward? Is someone taking the thrown chairs, out of camera view, and putting them back underneath? Won't this guy get tired, or is he on PED's? WILL IT NEVER END? It's like these postings on Harb...
Oh. Point made, Sir.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||guhhh||
Did the author of that 'news' article get paid? He should be arrested for robbery or larceny or some other crime that ends in a "y." He didn't say a freaking thing that anyone making WAGs hasn't already done.
I actually feel dirty for reading the link and then posting this. Do we HAVE to live with all this stupid Harbaugh (him or the other one) speculation for THREE MORE MONTHS? Guhhh.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||awww puppies!||
Puppies make me think of... kitties!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||but but but||
Do you know to whom he's actually married? B/c Kiffiny would be an outrageous several steps downward for Lane.
Whatever else he screws up the rest of his life, he'll always be able to put on his epitaph: "Yeah but did you see who I married?"
|12 weeks 4 days ago||i would||
if that tree was Groot, I'm all for saving. But he probably doesnt need my help anyway.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||ibelikedang||
Wow... who cares about lack of video from Italy. That was amazing.
Also love how (I don't know who that was) the UM grad at the table (at least I assume he was) had to sneak in a "Go Blue" at the end -- although it was ignored by the others at the table.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||dubbletake||
Are you sure that the train has sailed? Yes, I'm pretty sure Rick was standing there on the train, watching Paris recede into the distance, his beloved Ilsa somewhere, nowhere... as the train puffed up its sails into the French wind and, uh, tracked a course southward to Nice and the Med.
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||Yup||
Got into BPL about 3-4 seasons ago and Drogba stood out to me as a guy to follow and root for. Liked how he played so I sort of rooted for Chelsea unless a Yank was on the pitch. Glad to see him back but with Costa there I dont think he plays a lot.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||very very very very excited about this O-Line||
Assuming no defections to the league that pays on Sunday -- who knows, maybe in a year or two, B1G will be a league that pays on Saturday -- then that entire line will be 5th and 4th year guys with 3+ years of starting. Unless some beast shows up who's even better. It'll look... Wisconsinish. Even, dare I say... Alabamaish (Alabamish?), and Nuss might have something to do with that.
As for 2014, wellllll... I have to see it to believe it, because based on what I saw last year, I'm not believing right now.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||my question||
Can Beilein coach offensive lines?
|18 weeks 2 days ago||actually||
An "enthusiastic and organized" offense line is all I'd ask for, frankly.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||MLS games rock||
SKC has done very well on the pitch the last few years, and attendance might reflect that.
But even teams that have dropped on the field -- DC United is my team -- still do pretty good in the stands, and DCU doesn't even have a soccer-specific stadium. The experience is just very, very family-friendly -- cheaper tickets, no a-holes screaming obscenities (think: NFL), nonstop game (no commercials!), and a set 2-hour time limit you can depend on (MLB not).
There is also the atmosphere, I'd imagine Houston and LA and Chicago are like DC -- tons of Latin fans. They are different from the normal football or baseball crowds b/c there is CONSTANT noise and motion. People bring drums, they coordinate, they chant, they bounce up and down, for 45 minutes nonstop each half. The stadium has a constant vibe, not the buzzzzing noises of fans talking then raising their voices time to time.
And we haven't even mentioned Seattle or Portland -- they literally have European-type crowds. People from the BPL have said, MLS games at Seattle are like Chelsea or MC games, except there are way more people at C'link Field.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||what is it about this show?||
My family never watched this show before this season, but each time it's on, my three kids (15, 13, 10) and myself all are riveted watching it. It's such a simple show -- people repeatedly running the same stupid course -- but wow, it's like a drug, you can't stop watching it.
My 13yo is a Level 8 gymnast and has been stunned by what Kacy was doing -- so this isnt just gymnastic skills, because the course requires the finger strength of a rock climber, and gymnasts don't have to suspend their whole body weight with their fingers. (On bar, it's a hand grip, and momentum keeps the girls to the bar as much as anything). To any hater who says she had it easy b/c of her body size -- well, if she is the FIRST WOMAN to ever accomplish it, doesn't that mean, it's not easy. There have been plenty of female competitors in the past, apparently. A former MSU gymnast was even one earlier this year.
The way Kacy climbed those last 25 feet or whatever in the verticle elevator-like shaft -- she went up it like Spiderman, seriously. After burning all her energy for 8 minutes to get to that point, THAT was the most amazing part of it all. It was like, "Can she climb the whatever and be the first woman to... oh... yup, she did it."
|18 weeks 5 days ago||THIS||
is something no prized SEC recruit ever has to say.
And it's ironic that it's a player at SMU -- which, "back in the day," used to take care of its prized recruits, before they (allegedly) used to take care of hookers (allegedly).
Doing my math -- from this, I conclude that SMU is now clean. Phew, the NCAA can call off those dogs now, huh.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||even bigger push||
The last month might have actually provided impetus. Apparently the brass at FIFA has been noticing the massive crowds and TV ratings in the US following our team. Based on that, they have already made comments about encouraging USA to bid on 2026 WC (we lost in final four to Qatar for 2022, were the first of the four eliminated IIRC). If Qatar is pushed to the bubble due to the temperatures and the vote-buying, there is going to be something of a clamor to just hand it to USA. Frankly, the 2016 Copa America Centennial tournament, to be held in USA, might also give that even more of a push.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||folly||
It's interesting to play these games, but really, it's just a picture of who is where right now -- not who is realistically going to be on our team in 2018. In this sport, that's just not possible.
Go back 4 years ago, try and do the same exercise in hindsight. How many of the 20 would anyone have projected? (Leaving keepers out of it.) Dempsey, Bradley... and you'd have put money on Donovan. Would you have thought Beasley was likely to make it?
Any chance that in 2010 you had any of these names on your list of the projected 2014 team: Green, Zusi, Diskerud, Johannsson, Yedlin, Besler, Bedoya?
This is really shooting fish in a barrel, and all of the fish aren't even IN the barrel. Who knows what youngster who's just 14 or 15 now will bubble up (next time's Green). What foreigners are we going to flip (several Mexican-Americans currently on the fence) -- or flip away (Rossi, Subotic) (pains me just to type those two names). What midling guy who's not quite good enough for anyone to project to the MNT is going to have a burst of opportunity at the right time (Zusi). What developmental prospect we think is the sure thing who is going to flame out.
Even at keeper -- will Tim be playing internationally? If not, Guzan seems like the obvious next-man-up -- we've always had them, it's been a long chain of keepers paying their due then stepping up: Meola, Friedel, Keller, Howard. But if not Guzan, who? Some MLS guy? Or...
Cody Cropper. If you haven't heard that name before, you've heard it here first. He's 21, just today signed a new deal with Southampton in the Premier League, been on their developmental team. He's the next Big American Keeper, probably. Likely he's Guzan's backup in 2018, but... who knows.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||belgium smelgium||
Without Lukaku in top form, Belgium hasn't looked invincible. On the other hand... we didn't look even vincible today. But if we play in R16 like we played against Portugal, sans the first 5 min and last 30 seconds, we have a legit shot at Belgium. Although that 4-2 friendly loss a year or two ago is on my mind too.
I believe that we will advance on total goal differential!
I believe that we will advance on total goal differential!
|21 weeks 2 days ago||whattodo, whattodo||
If you're LFC, what do you do -- still try to sell him? Who's buying? What are they paying? Do you plan for life without him? Do you hope he'll get you through the year when he gets back, and improve his cash value a bit by next transfer window (if not Jan 2015, then June 2015)? I would think the English fans are going to be extremely down on him -- he has embarrassed a truly proud franchise, and only a couple days after single-handedly knocking England out of the WC. If you're LFC, my guess is, you don't want him near the club and just say, off with you.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||recycled but worth it||
This was NBC's add when they acquired the Premier League a couple years ago.
It's matched by a video -- I can't find it, someone else post? -- of an English announcer pretending to be covering the super bowl, when it's really a college football game. Outrageously funny. On a fake handoff to the running back: "He shows him the ball but the chap doesn't want it" (or somethign like that). So the yuck-yucks go both ways.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||lets be serious||
If he really wants to be a multiple repeat champion... he has to go play for the Spurs.
Can't beat 'em, join 'em.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||dunno||
Belgium wasnt that impressive in first game. No Lukaku makes a huge diff. We couldnt contain him when we played them last year.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||epic||
Ochoa was Kasey Keller-esque, speaking of great keeping vs Brazil.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||just wondering||
So, from what I understand leading up to the world cup, the final would have been 5-0 in favor of USA if Donovan had been on the squad? Phew, glad he wasn't, I prefer the tense up and down of a game like this. Now if you excuse me, I need to find the defribrilator.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||interesting!||
The most important thing I learned from reading the 11W article on @$$holery is that.... the CEO of Twitter is a UM grad. Thanks, 11W!
|23 weeks 3 days ago||definitely||
the Dutch ... field hockey team.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||BRA v FIELD||
The data actually gives more credence to my question the last few weeks I've been asking soccer-inclined folks -- are you taking Brazil or the field? (Like back when Tiger could actually play golf well, the old "Tiger or field' question at a major.)
I got some screwy looks like, of course the field -- but the data (45% v 55%) makes a pretty good case that it's a legit question.
May I'm overrating what I saw in last year's Confed Cup final, but I'd take Brazil vs. the field.
The one nagging question: Is Brazil's ultimate weakness that its goalies suck, including a guy who plays in MLS. (!!! Just think about that for a second.) I would think Brazil would, if they had the opportunity, trade one of their starting 10 field players for Tim Howard, or even our backup Guzan.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||but really||
This to me isnt really about academic fraud. Its about the players really being employees and not students. Im not a union guy and Im not making a comment in the NU thing, but I am sure that many D1 althletes see classes as a joke and only a necessary evil to olaying (Insert Cardale Jones tweet). While others I am sure relish their educational opportunity, the fact is that even at good achools the football and hoops programs are more akin to businesses to gereate cash (donations) and good publicity and many althletes are there primarily or solely for that purpose. The "student-athlete" thing is true only for some of them, definitely not all.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||whaaaa?||
So, you're saying, the entire FCS can sue the SEC for "colluding" not to play any FCS teams anymore?
"Collusion" is illegal only among entities with market power. ND has 200 scheduling options besides B1G teams, meaning every other FBS team and the entire FCS. B1G does not have market power. It is not illegal collusion.
|25 weeks 6 min ago||new world order||
Its like free agency. But unions and pay to play is on the way, eventually, its just going incrementally for now. We just have to get used to it.
|25 weeks 1 hour ago||soooo||
In other words, when US scores zero goals in our 3 group games, we can blame a Singaporean crime syndicate? Landon Donovan will be relieved to hear that.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||stunner||
R, Van Persie
Of these four players, ONE of them has the same total of World Cup career goals (5) as the other three combined. Guess which one that is? It's in this thread for a reason.
We're not getting out of this group anyway, I think at least putting Donovan on the squad would be the right thing to do as a career capper before we move onto the 2016 Copa America. Now he's created all this hostility -- sort of reminds me of Harkes being left off the team years ago, which created a cloud of hostility that hovered over an aweful performance (although in fairness, that was for sleeping with a teammate's wife, so now we all understand why it was done).
|26 weeks 2 days ago||is our coach German?||
Lots of Germans / ties to Bundesliga. Brooks and Chandler, they haven't even figured on the USMNT for the last few years. The 18yo wunderkid who, last (only) time we saw him, wasn't close to being ready. You wonder if the fact Germany is in our group played into this at all? Or, just that, our coach knows what he likes, and he's German.
My immediate concern -- lots of less-experienced guys (all mentioned in first paragraph) or one-trick ponies (Brad Davis) makes me concerned about the all-around depth of this team.
Any chance we can trade Guzan to Brazil for one of their field players? Brazil would take that straight-up I'm sure.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||notsofast||
Then you, kind sir, did not get to see Jennifer Hough or Anna Trebunskaya parading around in unbelievablytinytight costumes.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||welll||
I didn't see his name yet?
Might not be the most athletic; but he could be the "greatest Michigan athlete." Really hard to compare most dominant NCAA male gymnast ever to a football running back or QB from decades ago (or, say, one from a couple years ago).
And -- are we talking only about performances while at UM? Because that would exclude Phelps. If it includes any athletic performances, and a former UM guy, then
probably shoots to the top of the list. Best player ever at the most important position of the most popular sport.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||ya but||
Revenue > cost + ? = PROFIT. Literally.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||huh?||
Ok first you arent watching much. I have seen a hundred Prem games on NBC this year and cant remember even one obvious fake. Thats an urban myth.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||yeesh||
How ironic does that sound after last year.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||cmon man||
What, so many posts and no mention of the two primary UM connections to Star Wars:
1. Darth Vader himself, or at least the best part of him -- his voice -- a Michigan Man, like I even need to name him.
2. Author of the screenplays of Epi V and VI, and now also Epi VII, Lawrance Kasdan, another Michigan Man. And while Michigan fandom probably best remembers Kasdan best for Big Chill, I personally want to think him for writing and directing Body Heat -- which, I mean, Kathleen Turner in her prime (and topless), vavavavooom. Body Heat was such a scorching, intense movie.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||video or it didnt happen||
I demand video proof that she's a cheerleader, before I entertain any further thought on this subject.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||mystery||
Every time I see him play, I wonder if I should consider him a Michigan Man. He was here for such a short period and, to be frank, he should never have been recruited. Ellerbe was clueless and desperate. I dont mean to slight Crawfrd personally, but his sutuation at the time screamed DO NOT TOUCH. As I recall, Tark was the only other coach recruiting him. No legit UM coach would have let him on the squad. Still... he WAS here or a short time, played well, didnt disrespect himself. So-- Michigan Man or not?
|29 weeks 3 days ago||disagree||
Seeing J-Law in anything, period, is a good thing. Esp naked painted in blue.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||DOOOOOD||
Amadala (NATALIE!!!!!) in that skintight white top in Epi 2 >>> Leia & Hermione together.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||dontlooknow||
Well, as of yesterday or whatever, there isn't any canon anymore. If it wasn't in Epis 1-6, or Clone Wars, or upcoming in Rebels, it officially didn't happen. So Says The Mouse.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||THiS||
Totally agree. We have had some of our smartest researchers on this disease for 40 years and progress has been incremental at best.
|31 weeks 7 hours ago||NOT rocket science||
My aero engineering degree from UM allows me to readily identify two culprit factors causing the student ambivalence.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||here is why||
NBA execs cant trust themselves to evaluate kids who only had 1 year of college. They come into NBA immature and not as developed as they need to be. Too easy to pick wrong. Giving them 2-3 years in their FREE FARM SYSTEM called the NCAA alleviates that.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||its like college football||
I made this comparison a few years ago. European professional leagues are like US college football conferences. Several power leagues/conferences, some dominated by a handful (or one or two) teams with lots of lame teams, some more balanced; then more and more conferences with lamer and lamer teams, down to "minnows" that you'd hardly recognize compared to the big ones. The best teams of the best conferences find ways to compete with each other for a championship. Bayern winning the Bundesliga, or FSU winning the ACC, wasn't what they really wanted to win -- UCL and BCS -- because that proves they are the "best of the best." Lesser teams, or teams in lesser leagues/conferences, are happy just to win their league/conference (Liverpool/Michigan State) (I am not equating the two, LFC fans).
There are, what, about 2000 or so college football teams? Not just D-I, but D-II, D-III, NAIA, etc. Europe is, geographically, roughly the size of the US, and there are probably somewhere around 2000 pro and semi-pro European soccer clubs. Germany goes down to Division 8 -- meaning, about 8 leagues with about 20 teams eac.
Sometimes small-time teams -- Hoffenheim, or Boise State -- come out of nowhere to get very good in a few years. In pro soccer, it's all about $$$. In college, of course, it's never about the $$$. I mean, there is that difference, right.
Obviously I'm ignoring numerous differences, including promo/relegation, soccer's cups played in addition to domestic leagues, etc. But in terms of number of teams, and the spread of talent and importance of teams, Euro soccer will be more familiar to college football than anything else. If you think about it, the European population of athletic men around 18-25 years old don't have our equivalent of college sports; so, pro soccer is their version of it.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||butbutbut||
Where are the cash handouts from Nevil (orwhateverhisnamewas) before the game started?
Or, what, they just clipped out that part?
|31 weeks 3 days ago||wow!||
I did not realize that Greenie single-handedly got Winston the Heisman last year. Dang that's pretty good for a self-admitted wimpy metrosexual NU grad.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||homage to Nik||
Here might be Nik's best achievement, on one webpage.
Yes, that's right, some pseudo-barely-SFW page has assembled a collection of pix of Nik's GF, Taylor Anderson. Congrats, Nik!
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Prefer the autopoint||
Screw kickers' feelings.
Totally better idea is what's been floated as the no-kick alternative -- all TD's are worth 7 points, but, if you "go for 2" (really, now, "go for 1") you get 8 points if you make it and 6 if you don't. So the economics are the same -- the 2-point conversion represents a difference of 6 versus 8 points; if you don't try the 2-pointer, you get 7 points. So no kicking XP's, no stupid extra play that's automatic anyway.
But what can I say, I also like the idea of replacing the kickoff with a 4th-and-25 at the 35 yard line, so you normally would punt (not kick off) or, instead of the "onside" kickoff, you would line up with your offense to go for it (but only Ray Rice, however, will actually be able to make that conversion, if he's not, you know, in jail).
|35 weeks 3 days ago||trip down memlane||
I was a first year in law school that year. A fellow student, big hoops fan (Gtown grad, as I recall), came up to me the Thursday morning the tourney started, and he was like - "Michigan is either gonna lose first round or win it all, they're the ultimate wildcard now."
I was watching the final game w/ a roomful of fellow law students, 95% of whom were rooting for the Hall. Sweet, sweet victory.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||better||
Putin says, hold it every time in places that are historically part of Russia -- Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Crimea, etc.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||plz clarify||
Last week when this was being rumored, it was suggested this would be proof of the "multiverse" theory.
The NYT article suggests that this proves the universe is probably wider than we can see -- we only observe our little area that's 13.77 billion lightyears radius around us. But there could well be stuff beyond that 13.77 billion lightyear line -- frankly, trillions of lightyears or farther -- but we can't see it because it's too far away, light signals haven't had time to get from that stuff to us.
Is what the NYT describes the same thing as "multiverse"? I thought multiverse meant, multiple universes with potentially different laws of physics, sort of in separate 'places.' But the NYT description suggests one set of laws of physics, just something so big you can't see the whole thing.
Anyone who's more geek than me able to explain?
|36 weeks 2 days ago||THIS||
According to Izzo, this Wofferd guy's season-long knee injuries and massively decreased productivity helped contribute greatly to Staee's failure to go 18-0 in the conference.
Sparty just could not catch a break this year, man.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||ooor||
or as Katniss's personal man-servant. J-Law, baby!
|36 weeks 6 days ago||eh||
While its nice to win a little 3-day tournament (4 for some), I really don't emotionally care about it. Would rather no one gets burned out or hurt. If we lost first game, seriously, I'll get over it. Two or even three game margin in winning the regular season? Yes, more of that please. A six-game winning streak starting a week from Thursday or Friday is what's way more important.
Furthermore, THERE IS NO PRACTICAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A 2 AND 3 SEED, PEOPLE. The 2 plays #15 and #7, while the 3 plays #14 and #6. HARDLY a big diff between 14/15 and 6/7. Then, THEY PLAY EACH OTHER in the regional semis (third game) (used to be the third round, but you know, not anymore, because the first round really isn't the first round).
So... color me largely indifferent to all of this. I'm just so proud of what they accomplished -- massive, really, is what a Premier league announcer would say -- and look forward to the Dance.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||me worried||
I made this comment a year ago, and now the thought is back.
Any fear that Coach B is going to be stolen by one of the "bigger" hoops programs with bigger budgets?
Not necessarily at the end of this year. But, at some point, Coach K has to call it quits. Ditto Roy @ UNC. More near-term, UCLA continues to suck. I don't see Kansas (Self is still relatively young) or IU (same conference + Crean is young) being threats, at least for many years.
My biggest fear? Boeheim can't coach forever... and if Syracuse threw the caysh (or, instead, money) at Coach B, given Coach B's roots, anyone think he'd turn it down?
I know, I know... live for the moment, etc... still, he is CLEARLY a freaking awesome coach. I would imagine, we aren't the only ones who've noticed it.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||gotta go hard||
Might play IU in the very next game we play, in Indy. Plus, its payback time. I would have to think the entire crew, minus Morgan, will be out there playing hard.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||me too||
That game wa electric. Place was so loud, attempt to drown out CBS coverage when they cut into the game. Also a 30-point beatdown. Difference was, it was a de facto championship game -- winner take all between the two top teams, and no conf tourney to water it down.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||nonono||
I think most althetes go to the games to hook up with other really hot althletes. On a totally unrelated note I am thinking of moving to Scandanavia.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||wrong||
Cazzy Russell wanted the job. See my earlier post above.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||disagree||
Ellerbe was a very disputed hire. Ellerbe had zero credentials -- he had never recruited or been on the staff of a "BCS" program. If you want proof, ask yourself, what did he do AFTER the UM job? Yes, he's VP at a construction company in Vegas. Great hire.
Let's call it straight: Goss, an African-American, wanted to hire a black head coach. He only interviewed black candidates. That's fine, I literally had no problem with that at the time, it was a moral stand for him and entirely a proper idea. But, Goss layered other "requirements" on the job, and it screwed him.
The obvious candidate, and who wanted the job, was Cazzy Russell. He was a very successful coach in the CBA, or whatever they called it in those days. Former Man of the Program, fit Goss's "look," had successful coaching experience, would have been a great hire at the time. No one would have second-guessed hiring Cazzy.
But... Goss also thought he was running Harvard, er, strike that, Yale. He had some high-minded ideas of "righteousness" and "fairness." He said at the time, he couldn't hire a coach -- literally a month or two before the season started, it was like September or something -- who had to leave another program, and thus breach ties or promises to someone else. In other words, any candidate with a job at another school or, even, professional organization, wasn't "available" for the job, in Goss's mind, because it would mean he'd be hiring a guy who was breaching a contract.
So, that ruled out Cazzy. Crazy as it sounds, for the dumbest of reasons. How different would history have been?
That left Goss in a box, he could hire only a Michigan staffer, or someone unemployed. He went to Ellerbe. Personally, I think he should have looked for someone unemployed, anyone, it would have been a better hire.
Goss was a COMPLETE DISASTER. He oversaw the trainwreck situation that was Jamal Crawford that, of course, led to himself being fired. He had that huge disaster with the department's website - letting himself get talked into a for-profit site by a guy who was a personal friend (and who'd declared bankruptcy 2 times). Goss was Mr Nice Guy, no question about it... and was a former Bo player... but when it came to being an AD, he (1) had no ability to be practical, (2) had no sense of finances, (3) had no backbone, and (4) no clue what he was doing. Otherwise, great AD.
Soooo... Ellerbe was a hugely bad hire and we all knew it at the time.
Anyone remember the game at Dook ... it was, what, 32-2 in the first half? Why Ellerbe wasn't fired at halftime of that game, I have no idea...
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Charlie!||
This probably isn't worth its own post. Charlie's lovelife with Tanith is in the news, kinda again sorta. All MGoBloggers paying attention 4 years ago knew this.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||HROC (Hot Russian Olympic Chicks)||
SIAP... but when it comes to hotties at Sochi, the Russkies got us all covered -- not only are they hot, but they have no compunction about undressing them for the camera.
These are just a few of the available pictures (SFW, unfortunately).
|40 weeks 6 days ago||no no||
That hookup only happened in La Bomba's fantasies (daily, apparently). When he met her, she gave him the ultimate cold shoulder. Katarina is the classic bee-yatch of all time. Props to her.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||guhhh||
What's the motivation here?
Uhhh, Florida State's quarterback missed the only game they lost, but he's healthy now, so we think FSU should go to the championship game instead of NC State, which beat them in that game and thus owns the tie breaker.
Is this the kind of situation they have in mind?
Color me a cynic (or a bad speller -- cynic???), but why do I smell MONEY at the root of this evil. Ohhh, NC State, bad TV matchup with Miami... hmmm, if we said FSU would have won that game if they had Winston, and if it hadn't rained, and if....
|41 weeks 3 days ago||once chicken, two chicken...||
Like Hoke is even ever going to have the choice.
|42 weeks 3 hours ago||wow.... you must be a LOT of fun||
I rarely neg but had to do this one. Srsly, some people have such a holier-than-thou attitude that they feel they HAVE to share their superiority with everyone.
As someone with a STEM degree... Aero engineering, and "STEM" makes me think of stem cell research, but, no politics on this site... anyway, I submit there might be another explanation, one the OP failed to consider.
Sometimes, idioms and the meaning of words change by usage. He didn't stop to consider that the phrase, "It begs the question," no longer has the same literal meaning as those particular words. I submit that it's common meaning now means, a problem or question whose answer immediately gives rise to a second, underlying or more important question. When you hear that phrase REPEATEDLY used, and always in that context, then it's got a new meaning.
That's how language changes, right. Or how phrases / idioms take meaning different from their literal words. Like, "Take a shower"? Where are you taking it to? Etc. (That's probably not the best example but it immediately came to mind.) (Along with Jessica Alba in the shower, but, I digress.)
That someone felt the need to ridicule everyone for using a very common phrase, it's nonsense. OK Mr Grammar Nazi... your concern is duly noted, and, ignored.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||??||
Glad you see what I did there... cuz um... I have no idea what I did there....
|42 weeks 3 days ago||depends||
If it's the part of NASA that has contracts with Boeing and Lockheed, you get a couple toilets for $1M apiece.
If it's the part of NASA working with SpaceX, you get 4,000 luxury seats, 82" TVs for each seat, and a robot that'll hold your beer for you while getting you the private phone numbers of each of the blonde cheerleaders, all for $10 a head.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||BAD WEEK for colleges||
UM and UNC are now major embarrassments to their alumni. Both schools are academic powerhouses, and both fan bases assume -- rightly or wrongly -- that we win "the right way," that the schools' academic excellence is not tossed aside for purposes of winning games or protective players.
UNC has been festering this academic evil for years; ignored it or covered it up or simply failed to pay attention to the fact that their players couldn't read English; and then now finally is dealing with the truth.
UM has allowed a rapist to play on our team, and the Coach lied to the public about it. Maybe to protect the kid, perhaps, but Hoke doesn't come off well here. I, like many of you, are sick to the stomach that "I Like Brunettes" (which, alone, creates a point of disgust) has been playing for 3 years after what he did, and no one seemed to care. So much for being "Leaders and Best." It's beyond embarrassing and shameful; it's outrageous.
And, one more example: Penn State.
If three of the top five or ten public universities in the country can have their prestige and leadership not merely sullied but scarred with these kinds of evil... then we all have to ask, just WTF has college sports done to public universities. And when we buy tickets, buy licensed apparel, or just watch the TV and add to ratings... we're ALL a part of it, aren't we?
|42 weeks 4 days ago||i want YOUR drugs!!!!||
Like... where do we begin... I mean, you're seriously a "glass is kinda a bit tiny full" guy aren't you?
Bobby, bobby bobby... he interviewed for a job (Auburn) WHILE THEY STILL HAD A HEAD COACH (Tuberville). I mean... who in the coaching profession DOES that?
And, oh, he was pushed out at Atlanta. Hmm. He put letters in everyone's locker, "hey don't mind me I only used to coach here." He might have wanted out, but, he showed NO class when he left. If he really wanted to rub it in the owner's face, he needed to act classy and at least speak to the team.
And then... wow where to begin..
You say at Arkansas he "got filred for off the field mistakes."
Let's inventory the mistakes, shall we?
-- Affair with hot blonde. Um, ok, kinda give him a minor pass on that -- "everyone does it," right, TP.
-- Hired the hot blinde. Ummm... wow, what bad judgment.
-- Hired the hot blonde over 150 other applicants. Guy's a cheat and a real, real idiot.
-- Lies to his boss about the accident.
These are "mistakes"??? No, dude, these are SERIOUS MORAL FLAWS. Not "mistakes."
So, you can act like you know better than everyone else and think Bobby is a stand-up great coach who made "mistakes." I say, your view of the standard for the highest-paid employee at a non-profit university is seriously awful.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||better way to lqqk @ it||
Apologize that I'm not good at embedding tables.
Instead of just putting schedules side by side, how about we sort them by degree of difficulty? And I'll assume that the same trip (e.g. "at Minnesota") is the same for everyone in terms of difficult, even though logically, it varies based on days of prep, prior opponent, and potentially emotional games (rivalry).
Divide up everyone's schedule into four categories:
"Not favored" -- road games against tough opponents
"Favored but hard" - home games against tough opponents, or road games you really don't want to have to play. The game at Illinois is debatable, but it's on 3 of the 4 schedules, so wherever you put it ends up being a wash.
"Favored but dangerous" - games you really should win but it IS the B1G after all.
"Easy wins" -- easy home games and/or the trip to Penn State.
I think our three competitors have it WAY too tough. MSU is banged up and has four hugely difficult road games. Iowa has eight really difficult games left. Given that Iowa is two back of us, it looks like too much for them. Wiscy's schedule is NOT that easy, it certainly isn't really any easier than ours.
Wow... all this means... we'd be the #1 seed in the B1G Tournament. And as of that point, it doesn't matter at all...
One other weird thing. The teams likely to have the LEAST impact on the conference champion? NW plays only two games against the top 4 the rest of the way! And Nebraska plays only 3, with 2 of them on the road.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||betcha its not a billion||
If it comes to be that someone is 62 of 62 heading into the final game -- or 60 of 60 going into F4 weekend -- then Quicken probably negotiates a settlement. Like guarantee the guy $250M instead of taking a flier on the $1B. Most of us would take that deal. So its not only the impossible odds of someone going perfect -- its also got to be aomeone so stupid they will let it all ride.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||insane||
THIS was indeed hilarious. Does this bloke do other commedy commentaries? Say, Man U's season so far? Oh, wait, they don't need help to make you laugh.
About the funniest thing I've seen done with football replays, evah. The fact its a British guy who pretends not to understand the game/sport only makes it more funny, I mean, you couldn't have someone from the US do these jokes.
It's funnier than NBC's 5-minute promo for the Premier League this year, when a US football coach is hired to coach Tottenham. Although that is awesome too.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||with me?||
Anyone have the same reaction I did. Not knowing what position this kid is or his relative skill level, I assumed a post about this kid would be, you know, actually worth all of us knowing. Five-star, something like that....
And then I saw, he's a WALK ON. And it's like... ok, why am I reading this?
So there goes a minute of my life I won't get back. And you can't say, "well you didn't have to read the post." I only realized this was a waste of electrons until after I started reading it.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||well i heard...||
Think of the NCAA as a marching band, following a student-athlete everywhere he/she goes.
No, better, think of the NCAA as a spirit squad.
Well, just know they are there to support student-athletes.
So I hear.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||ironically||
The fact that every single little recruiting tidbit is now massively hyped, overplayed, and analyzed to death on Internet blogs, like... like... hmm well an example of one doesn't come to mind immediately, but ... the point is, recruiting has become its own business -- for the schools, the kids, AND the fans and media. Horse is out of the bottle, genie out of the barn, bridge under the water, etc. The fact we read a post about the update on Marlon Mack this morning shows how out of control this is. Kid has a UCLA offer, no Michigan offer, but got contacted about a possible visit... and THAT is worthy of an update on the main site? My point is, if that's news, then, recruiting is "way out of control" and let's all stop acting aghast about it.
If you don't like it, bury your head in the sand and go search for bewb pix. Kate solves every problem, you see.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||noT True||
No, the D gave up no more than 38 points, b/c the last touchdown for OU was an interception or fumble return. Not the D's fault.
And, obviously, it was the OC's fault, b/c I'm sure Nuss called for a fumble that he gameplanned to be returned by the offense, not OU, for a touchdown.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||hey is CAN get worse||
I mean, the Lions could do something stupid like hire a coach from the Canadian league...
Wait, no, nevermind, no one would ever do that, nevermind me even remotely suggesting that.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||too new?||
We all think of Dook as a traditional power...but before the mid-1970's, am I right, they were a nobody in basketball? I know, that's 40 stinking years, but... UNC has been a hoops power for twice as long, IIRC, and certainly UM/OSU football goes back 100(ish) years.
|45 weeks 3 hours ago||Torn||
On the one hand, I hate Arod for being the consummate self-involved jerk.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||sooo||
Chuckie's Little Bro?
|45 weeks 3 days ago||dont i wish||
Man, I sure wish I had your life.
For you to say, "she's not even very good looking," you clearly are dating Jennifer Lawrence or Jessica Alba or someone of that ilk. For 99% of us mortals, um, she'd be a massive upgrade.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Eff Him||
When he took the WKU job, some talking head on Espan said, WKU knew it was only for a year or two -- before he did well enough to get hired by some other school.
It really puts the lie to what a UNIVERSITY football program is all about -- it's about money, if any of you have ignored the previous 1,231,345 indications of that point. Guy has no ethics and no credibility, and frankly probably broke state laws at Arkansas. He's a total sleezebag, as proven by his time at Atlanta and Arkansas and his prior jobs too. He even interviewed for a job at a school years ago when that school still had a coach (shame on that school too) (what that Auburn, I think, when Tubs was coach?). Yet... well, if he wins games, that's all that counts. This isn't about a public university, you know, actually trying to lead by example.
But that said... some of the coeds at UL are pretty hot.. he'll enjoy his time there. Before he moves on in 2-3 years to some bigger gig.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||not true||
My inlaws live halfway between State College and Pittsburgh. The people in that whole part of the state are crazy nuts insane for the Steelers. PSU gets a subset of rooting interest but nowhere close to the passion the Steelers get. I have lived all around the country and Steelers fans are bar none -- well maybe tied with Packers fans -- the most emotionally tied to their team of anyone anywhere. Its borderline religion. PSU isnt close to that.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||i go ya one better||
HEre is proof of how insane Alabama fans are:
Yes, that's a real website. Some of the commenters on it actually appear serious.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||whatif...||
If Auburn wins and SEC makes it 8 in a row... then, the sucky SEC defenses don't really matter, the conference is still the best. Like, in the B1G, there are 11 sucky defenses but also MSU's.
For that matter -- if this year was next year and Sparty was in the 4 team playoff -- doesn't everyone agree, they'd have a fighting chance to win it. They have the best D in the entire country.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Emily Natilla||
Well, then... we're all idiots.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||geesh||
Was it worth calling a guy an "idiot" b/c he had a typo? Hypercritical posts criticizing spelling and grammer just make us look way too uptight. I get that we don't want posts with such bad English or godawful spelling that it makes us look like some hillbillie school (uh, no offense to hillbillies) (and I'm implying no references whatsoever to Duck Dynasty etc), but, guy leaves off one "e" and now he's an idiot?
|48 weeks 2 days ago||no no||
Those are, in respective order, Rice and T Tech guys.
|49 weeks 22 hours ago||yup||
That is exactly my situation. My 9 yr "drags" me to Avengers, IM3, Thor etc. Those I like. This... its like Installment No 5 of LOTR. Pretty much same thing over and over with less interesting characters. The ONlY saving graces are the hot badass Elf chick, and Khan the Dragon (if you know the reference). But if you arent really intothese movies... you still wont be after this one.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||ugh||
First, the "music" (well, those wailing voices) came straight out of 2001.
Second -- ok, major city getting trashed -- haven't we seen this for like ten times now? ID4... Transformers 1, 2 and 3... Avengers... Man of Steel... it's been done again and again, and it's lost its shock value.
Just nuke the thing and let's move on already. There, you don't need to see it now.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||actually||
That event (Carr stepping down) was what made me a devotee of Our Fearless Leader (aka the Man with the Beard). Brian called it a week before it happened, about the Mon-Tues of The Game that year -- that on the Monday following the game, Carr would step down. And that's exactly how it went down. Brian said he had a boy in the office (so to speak), the proverbial unnamed sources.
So it wasn't merely an "open secret," it was actually PUBLIC.
|1 year 1 week ago||dis crap iz outta kontrol||
$6M for a UNIVERSITY to pay ONE GUY A YEAR. I know, private school... until Alabama pays more....
The argument is, whomever Mr. Six Million Dollar Man is, he'll bring in more than $6M -- by multiples -- in terms of donations, licensing, and general goodwill for the U. But its just obscene that an organization supposedly for the public good and education -- and located in the middle of a slum -- pays all that to one guy. Then he'll have an OC and DC each prolly over $1M/yr, etc.
Not to mention ,his multiple all-star players won't get a dime of it....
Maybe its because our own program has gotten so pathetic, that I'm no longer blinded by the victories my alma mater produces. The drug of victory is worn off ,and I can see the real world...and frankly, it's ugly.
|1 year 1 week ago||calm down||
Jones never played a lick. Brandon played for Bo. Its not like he's Dan Snyder pretending to be a football guru.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||IIRC||
IIRC, I do believe RGIII had an LCL tear -- along with the ACL I think. Or he "tore them all," or whatever.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||serious question||
Do we have any data on MSU's D this year against athletic, scrambling-types. IU's guy isn't quite a Gardner-type. I don't know about the other offenses Sparty faced. While our RB's are likely not going to get much yardage, Gardner is a different question entirely.
I hate saying this... there is so much debbie-downer attitude not only out of the fan base but even the coaching staff, I wonder, is it all a mirage. The Detroit News gave MSU a 98% chance of winning (albeit somewhat in jest). Hoke talks about "hoping" we come to play tough, etc. Our entire fan base doesn't want to actually watch the game. Are we being set up? We did just score 63 on IU, and 40 against PSU, and MSU's QB isn't Hackenberg (they wish). Maybe all of us -- especially an overconfident Sparty -- are going to be shocked when Gardner sprays the ball all over the field, throws for 350 yrds, rushes for 50-80 himself, and when Sparty has to start throwing to get back in the game it all goes to pot for them. Good guys win, something like 38-17.
That's what I'm telling myself, at least.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||not so fast my friend....||
There's a second "relevant common opponent" -- Indiana. Sparty whooped the Hoosers 42-28. That would suggest, MSU's defense is significantly better than ours (28 v. 47). It also suggests, our offense is significant better than MSU's (63 v. 42). But their D v. our O, and vice versa....?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||fred says...||
Looks like he'll be better than Lebron, except, he'll be better.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||so um||
you're saying GRIII is Graviton in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Does that mean, he knows that hot young computer hacker on the show?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Other question||
I was wondering this weekend about the effects a high-tempo offense has on that team's defense -- especially when it plays road-graders like Bama, Wiscy, etc. It was thought in the RR years (not knocking them) that having a "D" constantly practicing against a high-tempo spread offense killed the D's ability withstand a punishing, plodding run offense. I'm sure, though ,that had no effect on Wisconsin's 31 rushes in a row that one year recently against us. (And all 28 plays in the second half.)
IU's defense isn't good, but, are they particularly bad because they aren't used to more plodding teams, e.g., MSU? (Not certain if we're in that category.)
In other words -- a defense which has a low-tempo offense, apparently, isn't necessarily at a disadvantage facing a high-tempo offense. But, is the defense with a high-tempo offense at a disadvantage to the low-tempo offense?
Seems this chart answers the question -- "No." Weirdly, the far right of the scatter plot looks like the data is mirrored over the x axis. No correlation at all.
CONCLUSION: IU defense simply sucks, period.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||The Plan||
Dudes... based on this, here's my idea.
My oldest goes to HS near Woodbridge HS. If everyone reading this sends me a $20 bill, I'll compile them and drop them in a big maize n blue envelope with DaShawn's name on it, and hand it over to him. Match that dope, 'Bama!
And in, what, 7 years, the NCAA will release its findings, and give our alma mater a, oh, 1.5xPI scholarship ban for SQRT(0.65) years, and we won't have to give back the 2 NC trophies in the glass case.
Who's wit me?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Yow||
This stat means nothing. two of the top three don't have the forward pass as part of their offense.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||We play New England this||
We play New England this year? F'!
|1 year 6 weeks ago||ya||
You are suffering from post-UCONN/Akron malaise. Jimmy Carter described the same thing in 1979 about the 70's. It's like: We now know we aren't as good as I thought we were, so, I'm not going to emotionally invest in this thing.
Basically, you're protecting yourself, aren't you. You don't want to get too excited about a team that suggests it's going to crash hard at some point, and when it's really painful -- e.g. against Sparty (who'll only complete 2 forward passes that day).
What will change that? The team getting f'ing good. If we crush PSU by 24, then start smashing our November opponents similarly towards the Deathmarch with The Evil Empire, your interest is going to go up, up, up.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||too much scoring there, Chief||
Don't see the winner in the 30's here, nor the loser in the 20's. Think this is more like 20-16 kind of game -- but turnovers will dictate who gets the 20 and who gets the 16.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||my idea||
Every helmet should have a huge electromagnet wrapped around it. That way, no two helmets can collide at all -- they 'd magnetically repel each other. And have similar magnets on each player's hands, elbows, and knees, so they'd repel helmets too. Hell, just have every player surrounded by a massive magnetic field. Then no players can ever touch each other, they just repel each other and bounce around the field. It would be funny as heck, and NO concussions. And the football can be reverse-charged, so when the QB throws it, you can't miss -- it's magnetically attracted to the receiver's hands. Or the lineman's butt, whatever.
OR -- they cancel football forever and just play soccer. I'd lke to see Derrick Green as a midfielder, barrelling down the field over scrawny Mexican defenders...
|1 year 6 weeks ago||as long as we're on the subject...||
Not worthy of its own forum posting -- but this Friday night at 9:15pm ET (ESPNews, I think) will be Game of the Year in CONCACAF -- Panama at Mexico. If Mexico loses, they are about 99% likely to NOT GO TO THE WORLD CUP. Talk about total meltdown. Even a Mexico win doesn't put them out of danger -- all they really can hope for is the two-game playoff v New Zealand. And if its a draw, Mexico and Panama will be scoreboard-watching in their last games this weekend (both against disinterested Costa Rican and US teams).
Panama tied Mexico 0-0 at their earlier Hex game in Panama City, then of course twice beat Mexico "dos-a-uno" in games in the US. So Panama will have more than enough confidence going into the game.
If you're the US team -- and Panama only needs a result against the US in the last game, to knock Mexico out of the World Cup entirely, when we've already qualified -- do you basically deploy 11 realty young guys who've never really played internationally before, to give them some flavor of the game. Or sprinkle in some retired veterans just for fun. That would be so "screw you" against El Tri. ("Hey Mexico, I know you need us to beat Panama for you, and we're sending out Tony Meola as our keeper... He's really fresh, he hasn't played a competitive professional soccer game for 12 years...")
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Just think||
how scrawny would this kid be, if he DIDN'T eat that 6 lb plate of ice cream?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Uh||
why is IU easier than PSU when the former just nuked the latter yesterday?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Well said.||
|1 year 7 weeks ago||durrr||
Get it right... that's JMFR to you, Sir.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||there you go||
From those stats you expect a close game or even Purdue winning... until you get down to turnovers. And that says it all.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||idunno||
Why, who are you referring to -- Mich QB, #16, 6'0" 190# with dreads from Fla -- that's so vague and ambiguous it could be just about anyone. Like, the game doesn't say, "fueled by dilithium," you know.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||avert ye eyes!||
Bad, bad bad. But I dunno, it just makes me feel dirty when a basically all-white group of people puts a single black guy out there to do a rap song, when, like, probably 0.01% of the adult Indiana fan base actually listens to rap. It's like, "hey we're cool, we got a black rapper on our side, see we're with it." Ugh.
Frankly, if they want to promote anything at IU, just... have a montage of the IU coeds, that'll sell your school plenty enough.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||bodysnatched!||
That didn't read like a typical Hoke presser. Has he been getting lessons from Bill Belichick? And, you know, never recognizing the STATE OF PANIC everyone else is in, for what is obviously an offensive line in massive disarray -- it's the opposite of reassuring. I don't doubt that back in the locker room and film room, they recognize the deep doo-doo they're in. But circling the wagons like this -- it's just so not him, and it comes across very badly.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||things i believe||
I believe it's not "RGIII (and out)," this week it's "RG-oh-and-three."
|1 year 9 weeks ago||one example||
When Kevin McHale was GM of the Timberwolves, they got reamed by the NBA for making exactly that kind of under-the-table deal with a player -- I can't recall his name, think it was a guy who used to play at UM (NTUM) (no, the other NTUM) (meaning, Terrapins). He skirted salaray-cap by having an under-the-table promise. NBA somehow found out and suspended McHale, etc.
So it probably does happen in the pros, but at least the home office can really bring down the weight of God, er, Stern, er, same thing.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||nothign to see here||
I'm sure it was an NCAA violation. I also have no moral outrage. Jalen took exactly this kind of money from Ed Martin, back in the day, and in the Fab Five documentary, he stood up for it.
Plus, the ESS EE SEE and the BiG tried to get players' spending cash, for EXACTLY the reason Foster discussed. And the Indiana States of the world were outraged that they couldn't afford to compete, so they nixed it.
Thus, while I love anything that brings to light the $500 money handshakes and free hookers that the ESS EE SEE gives to recruits -- this ain't it. This is morally entirely proper.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||*tapping watch*||
Wait... this is 2013, right? How did this post from 1963 get errantly put on MGoBlog? Brian, your code has a bug or something. Cuz surely this isn't happening now.
And sometimes we wonder why we still scoff at the South... And, here's why.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||*scratching jaw*||
So.... you're saying it IS reverse mirror?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||COMMENCING PANICK!!!!!||
East coast (DC here) showing GERG on the TV listings. Does that still count as Michigan football? Er -- did it ever? I think not.
But srsly... PANICKING!!!!!
The game isn't being shown on local ABC affiliate (we won't mention WJLA-7's name) (oops), and it's not on The Deuce (does anyone call it that anymore?) (did Clint Dempsey somehow trademark that or something?). Sooo... ESPN3, you'd think, at least watch it over the Internets invented by Al Gore? No, it's not on those listings for Saturday night...dozens of FCS games are listed, and I'm sure most of those teams could take us to the wire too, but, not our game.
Where do I find the game??? Short of flying out of town??? And don't gimme this garbage streaming from some European Trash Website Invented By Some Swede Version Of Al Gore, I want a direct feed from good ol' ESPN. 'Murica, damned it.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||chickens...!||
The latter being known as a "regional" missile.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||butbutbut||
So...what about... the $500 money handshakes? The roomful of coeds with Miley Cyrus's morals? WHERES THE DAMNED FREE TATS??? THE TATS!!!
No wonder we're not an SEC school. And I couldn't be happier!
|1 year 10 weeks ago||ya know||
This post reminds me of similar weekly updates on ESPN and SI with "Americans Abroad" -- updates on US soccer players who play overseas or in Liga MX or down somewhere in CONMEBOL. That list, over the years, has gotten uselessly large (I guess a good problem to have). By contrast, this list feels... too small? (One only wonders how long it will be, however, in the NFL's 2017 or 2018 seasons.)
I'd also recommend, players who sustained injuries, or are in PUP or IR or something, be put in a separate list.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||wassup wit dat!||
Those crazy stats from the 40-0 win over tOSU... concluding with 3 punts averaging 50 yards per punt!!! Ibelikedang... was there something different about punting back then, did they not stand 15 yards behind the LOS when receiving the kick? Did they measure it at the time as the distance from the foot to where the ball lands, instead of LOS to where it lands? Or, was he merely Captain America in Maize n Blue?
|1 year 10 weeks ago||ahem||
As a fat, late-40's couch potato, I hereby throw my hat into the ring as MSU QB. Seems like I got a legit shot at it -- no passing or running skills required. And let's be clear, I'm not trying to get MSU to win or nothing, I'm strictly in it for the free money and sex with coeds.
Oops, wait, that's probably for Mississippi State, not Michigan State. My bad. Uhhh... nevermind.