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|3 weeks 3 days ago||I live in the same||
I live in the same neighborhood as some of the coaches. I have friends who live in the same neighborhood as most of the others. None of us -- including the coaches -- live in mansions.
Yes, the head coach and coordinators are paid extremely well. The rest of the staff, while well paid, are not earning "I don't worry about being out of a job" money. That's not to mention guys you've never heard of -- like S&C coordinators who work under Wellman -- who make a whole let less and who are likely out of a job if Wellman goes.
Yes, most of the people likely to be impacted will probably catch on somewhere else, and if they don't, it probably means they aren't that good. It's hard on their families either way, though. If they're lucky, they're picking up and moving and leaving all their friends behind to start over again. If they're unlucky, Dad's out of a job and looking for a new line of work.
I'm not suggesting you should shed a tear for any of these guys, and I'm not saying I don't think that relieving Hoke of his HC duties isn't the right thing to do. I do think it's wrong to pretend all of these guys are being driven home in their Rolls where they'll relax by their indoor pools as long as they want and light cigars with $100 bills. There definitely is a human element to this.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||CRISP = Course/Class||
CRISP = Course/Class Registration Involving Student Participation IIRC.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||You lost me. Looking at your||
You lost me. Looking at your original chart, it seems there could be a maximum of 23 guys who wound up being All-Big+, and it seems unlikely there would be many more than 13. Is this list of 30 guys maybe the ones who were either solid or All-Big+? 30 sort of seems a little high even for that crowd.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||That is very generous||
Honestly, though, even though it's the Orange Bowl and not the BCS Championship game, I think NIU giving any students who will be attending a free ticket is a better deal.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Release the Heiko||
Heiko and his badgering/mind control got Borges running bubble screens early in year 2. I assume you'll be deploying Heiko against Hoke and traditional punt formation immediately, and I further assume Michigan will be punting from the spread (although Hoke will initially call it something cooler like "X-Ray punting") no later than the start of next year's B1G season.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Sagarin's algorithm says||
Sagarin's algorithm says Michigan is the 9th best team in the country. I think that's pretty favorable. I'm a MIchigan fan, and even I don't think we're the 9th best team in the country.
The problem is the BCS doesn't want to incent teams to run up the score to improve their rankings, so they removed margin of victory from all BCS computer rankings. So, Sagarin computes a second rating that takes a key component of his algorithm out, it becomes politically correct, and the results are completely wonky.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||BCS uses ELO CHESS. Michigan||
BCS uses ELO CHESS. Michigan fell from 22 to 23. Baylor held steady at 7.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||In fairness to Sagarin, the||
In fairness to Sagarin, the BCS elects to use the politically correct ELO-CHESS version of Sagarin's ratings. In Sagarin's "pure" ratings, Oklahoma is 3 and OK State is 4, but Wisconsin is 7 and Michigan is 9. Missouri, TAMU, and UT are next at 10, 11, and 14, but then we get Nebraska at 17 and Sparty at 22. K State is 23 and Penn State is 25. Then we get Baylor at 29, but Ohio (33), Illinois (40), Iowa (45), and Northwestern (53) are all ahead of iowa State at 62. Purdue (66) is ahead of Texas Tech (68). Minnesota (101) is ahead of Kansas (106).
|3 years 9 weeks ago||I got the book today||
I got the book today and had time to read just about the same number of pages. It's definitely been an interesting read, and it seems I had repressed memories of most of the 2008 season. I had forgotten many of the details of those 2008 games Bacon described, so I went back and pored over box scores. I am a bit dismayed by how very inaccurate Bacon's recounting of the facts of the 2008 Purdue game are. He writes Michigan led 42-35. They did not. Purdue led 42-35. He writes that Purdue scored a TD but missed a 2-point conversion, leaving Michigan with a 42-41 lead. That, obviously, did not happen. He writes that Michigan only needed to get a first down to run out the clock, when in fact Michigan scored late to tie the game at 42, kicked to Purdue, surrendered the TD on the horrific hook-and-lateral, and got the ball back with 26 seconds left. Threet and Mathews actually drove us to the Purdue 47 for a Hail Mary attempt that failed.
I recognize the book is not an epic retelling of the 2008 Michigan-Purdue Clash of the Titans, but I'm not sure I understand how something so inaccurate could have been missed prior to publication.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Small correction: I believe||
Small correction: I believe the odds of Michigan winning the Nebraska game should be -13% rather than +13%.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Unless I'm mistaken, the||
Unless I'm mistaken, the unadjusted percentages assume the two teams are equal (i.e., each has a 50% chance to win the game at kickoff). The spread percentages are modified using the spread as an indicator of how comparable the teams really are. So, once Fitz lost 4 yards to bring up 3rd and 5 from our own 25, we'd have been slightly more likely to lose than to win if Minnesota had been as good as us.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I can't speak to any||
I can't speak to any complexities specific to your situation. It's also been several years since I had to rely on ESPN Gameplan to watch a Michigan game. However, if the service works now like it did then, it was just like any other PPV event on cable and was indistinguishable from any normal Michigan broadcast. The $15 cost included all-day access to all available games, and once or twice I even took advantage of that and watched some other games I wouldn't normally have seen.
So, if you determine Gameplan actually allows you to watch the game, and assuming the service hasn't changed, I believe it's a very good option. Personally, given the choice between paying $15 for Gameplan and trying to find a consistent and high quality stream, I'd spend the $15 every time.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||I'd say not so universally higher rated||
Wormley is rated higher by Scout, ESPN, and 24/7. Wormley is the #13 DE to Scout while Strobel is #24. 24/7 says Wormley is the #3 SDE and #57 overall, while Strobel is the #14 WDE and #169 overall. ESPN says Wormley is the #16 DE while Strobel is #56. Only Rivals prefers Strobel; Strobel is a 5.8 and #231 overall to Rivals, while Wormley is a 5.7 and not in the top 250.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||No disrespect intended, but||
No disrespect intended, but honestly, reading about a UM-trained (or in training) physician who doesn't want to treat OSU fans ranks awfully low on my list of things that make me proud to be a Michigan fan. I'm pretty firmly in the camp of "I want to crush OSU in any and every sporting event, but in the grand scheme of things, UM and OSU fans are vastly more alike than they are different, and extending the 'hatred' beyond the confines of the playing field is ridiculous." I like to think OSU fans are that ridiculous much more often than M fans. I should note that my OSU-educated co-worker disagrees.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||I understand Coach Jackson||
I understand Coach Jackson agrees, saying "He's like me but with more hyperbole."
|3 years 38 weeks ago||For my money, the proper||
For my money, the proper response to "We are...Penn State!" Is "We own...Penn State!" At least it was until we stopped beating them every year. We yelled that until I was hoarse after the famed "Branch KOs Morelli" White Out game.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||That is very impressive. It||
That is very impressive. It also reminds me of something I noticed in 2010 but never got around to mentioning, and even though it's old news and nobody cares now, I'm going to mention it, anyway.
In 2010, Byrnes HS in Duncan, SC, had 3 of Rivals top 69 players. RB Marcus Lattimore was #10, DE Corey Miller was #66, and DE Brandon Willis was #69. I find that amazing. That Byrnes graduating class also featured 4 other I-A commits. Byrnes is a perennial state power and nationally ranked team, but even for them that 2010 class was incredible.
Glad I finally got that off my chest.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||http://www.msnsportsnet.com/p||
The other two are white as rice.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I'd just like to point out||
I'd just like to point out that Graham Glasgow is coached by Kurt Becker, former Michigan captain, two-time All-Big 10 guard, All-American, and Lombardi Trophy finalist. Becker says Glasgow has NFL potential, although potential is almost all he really is right now (my caveat, not Becker's). Also, Marmion Academy -- Glasgow's high school -- is a military school run by monks, which I think sounds tremendous.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||As was noted elsewhere, I||
As was noted elsewhere, I think the title set some people off (probably mostly those who aren't familiar with the original song). Add in the fact that the length probably kept most of those people from reading it and discovering it didn't really have anything particularly negative to say about Rodriguez, and I guess you get a negative backlash. Regardless, as a work of parody, I thought it was spectacular. That was either a fair amount of work or you have a gift.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I'm neither agreeing nor||
I'm neither agreeing nor disagreeing with this, but I heard a report on the radio about this on the way home from work tonight. This was described as important economically. If people are viewing free streams illegally instead of paying for them (PPV, or subscribing to cable, or whatever), those companies are losing money, and the government is losing the tax revenue. So, the government would tell you that they're spending your tax dollars to crack down on this to stimulate the economy and get other people to pay more tax dollars.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I believe Mike was the eldest||
I believe Mike was the eldest brother and the pick of the litter as far as football players go. He was a captain of the great 1985 defense. He was also All Big-Ten and a Butkus finalist. I know he coached DBs and was the DC at Illinois for a while in the early 2000s, and I looked the other day and saw he has some screwy title like Assistant Special Teams coach for the Saints, so I thought he might have been the Mallory we were targeting for our DB coach.
The Mallorys are certainly Michigan Men for those who care about that, and they're also a coaching family, so getting any of them seems like a reasonable hire. (I'm actually fairly certain Curt, Doug, and Mike have all coached DBs at some point in their coaching career).
|3 years 49 weeks ago||But he wasn't coaching a||
But he wasn't coaching a completely different sport. He was coaching Michigan football, and he took a once proud team that had grown accustomed to being punked by Woody Hayes and immediately made them a Big 10 power and competitive with their arch-rival again. Honestly, as a fellow Michigan fan, I'm not sure how or why you can be tired of people talking about the guy who revived the program.
Regardless, given the current circumstances, I think you can expect to hear people talking about Bo a lot more as they hope Hoke is the second coming. I don't see how fans remembering and discussing Bo has anything to do with what happens on the football field. If your point is that Michigan has to get away from "3 yards and a cloud of dust" to compete these days, I think that's irrelevant. Many people were crafting comparisons between Bo and Rodriguez when RR took over.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Not saying I'm a big Hoke||
Not saying I'm a big Hoke supporter, but Gary Moeller was 6-24-3 at Illinois, and he worked out OK (minus the bender). And Bo never had a 12-1 season in his 6 years in the MAC. He was 9-1 one year but just 6-4 and 7-3 in the two years immediately preceding his Michigan hire. Like the stock market, past performance is not a guarantee of future results, particularly when those results came at bottom feeders.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||I think people were expecting||
I think people were expecting to see improvement after weeks to prepare for one opponent and to get healthy. The defense being awful wasn't a surprise, and we knew we couldn't kick, but the offense falling off the face of the earth (again) was bitterly disappointing.
Had we lost 52-35 or something like that, I would have continued believing RR deserved another year. A 38 point margin of defeat though, was atrocious. I've looked through past seasons a couple of times, and 38 points appears to be our largest margin of defeat since the end of the 1935 season.
I was hoping we'd see new wrinkles and better execution and...something to make me believe the offense really was on its way to becoming a juggernaut. Instead, it was a few moments of brilliance coupled with mistakes, poor execution, and lack of scoring.
In short, I expected to see a team which was motivated and seemingly well prepared to put its best foot forward. I didn't feel at all like that's what was on display. For me personally, that was what prompted me to throw my hands up and say "I give up. This just isn't working."
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Slight correction||
Denard, being a true sophomore, can redshirt the year he has to sit out and still play two more years if he transfers to an FBS school.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Thank God. I thought I was||
Thank God. I thought I was the only one.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Best thing about Laphroaig is||
Best thing about Laphroaig is that the briny taste will mask the salt from your tears falling into the glass.
|4 years 1 week ago||My question with regard to new DC||
I'm still wondering what DC with a proven track record wants to come to Michigan to become our fourth DC in five years knowing that the head coach is on the "hot seat" and the entire staff is likely to be dismissed if 2011 results disappoint. I think the problem is further complicated if the theoretical new DC doesn't have the ability to select his own position coaches.
I'm on board with giving Rodriguez another year, but I agree that something needs to change on the defensive side of the ball, and I'm not convinced we can hire a known commodity at DC. That leaves us rolling the dice with some unproven DC or pulling someone off the scrap heap.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Dee Hart will be an early||
Dee Hart will be an early enrollee