“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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|14 weeks 6 days ago||Not everyone can be the next Caris Levert.||
I trust our coaching staff as much as anyone. However, maybe we should stop referring to every unheralded or too skinny recruit as the next Caris. Caris is his own guy. The team caught a lucky break, even they didn't think he would play his freshman year. So maybe we should stop declaring all these guys the next Levert and let them be them. They have enough on their plate.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||UMHoops||
From the story it sounds like Beilein is developing some ties with AAU guys in Indiana, or at least one specifically. Assuming there is nothing shady about that guy, and I would give the honoroable Mr. Beilein, the benefit of the doubt this could be really good. An AAU pipeline out of Indiana would suit our program well. Now maybe we can get a pipeline out of Chicago or somewhere else in the Midwest. Hopeful thoughts.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Gold is tied to affluence in Asia.||
While Gold will never be standard currency again, (unless that doomsday preppers show is right) I think the price has much more to do with the demand in emerging markets like China and India, and since those 2 countries seem to have tremendous upside over the long term, I am not too worried about the stability of gold prices going forward.
Of course stocks on bonds are where to put the majority of one's savings and retirement, just saying that gold seems no more volatile to me than the companies that make up the dow or nasdaq.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I am suspicous of GLD as well.||
Even though they are the ETF I use, I have heard the rumors about them not actually holding physical gold. Can you imagine if that was really the case? Madoff would look like small potatoes.
Luckily a scam that big would lead to serious reforms of our economic checks and balances and recalibrate the fundamentals of our economy like the Madoff scandal did...oh wait.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||My sympathies as well.||
I apologize. I also misunderstood your OP. I lost my father a few years ago as well. Only time can heal. Glad you have that memory of him and that you realize what a wonderful thing you have.
Maybe a jeweler is more what you are looking for. If that is the case, I have bought jewelry for loved ones from Lucido's in Sterling Heights (not sure your location) a couple times and I have always been happy with what they produced and their customer service. I believe they can replicate jewelry as well. Just shop around because jewelery is a notoriously high margin business, so you may get some very different prices. Also, don't be afraid to negotiate hard with them, just like a house or a car dealer, jewelry is one of the few areas where you can negotiate really hard. Finally, if you can, find a place that does the work in house, versus sending it out, usually that results in better quality.
All common sense stuff I know, just hope it helps. Best of wishes to you during a difficult time.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Is there a brick and mortar store near you?||
I am no gold bug, but I do buy gold and silver regularly (try to keep it around 10-15% of my portfolio). I would echo the suggestion that silver may be a better commodity to buy if you are just starting since it is actually very usable (as I understand, it is one of the best conductors of electricity around) and may have a higher upside in the long run. I buy most of my silver in American or Canadian coins, and I buy them from a local coin shop. They come with a little markup, but they are the easiest to unload in a pinch and the most widely trusted. I am not buying them for any numistatic value but simply as bullion and I also don't plan on selling them for many years, so an extra $1 an ounce doesn't bother me.
That being said, if you don't want to go that route, I sometimes buy 1 oz gold bars online from Apmex. You can find gold cheaper by a fraction elsewhere, but that is not something I am willing to risk. That site has an impeccable reputation and in the half dozen or so transactions I have had with them they have never been anything but relaible. I simply hear too many horror stories about Ebay to ever buying anything from a seller there. Pennywise and poundfoolish, as they say. Finally, you can just buy the gold ETF (GLD). You buy it on paper like you would any stock and it is easily the most liquid way to get in and out of buying gold.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||You sir have not been paying attention||
Dave Brandon will succeed Brady Hoke as head coach.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Kiffin!||
If a respectable coach had retracted an offer, I could live with it, but the fact that it was Kiffin, makes me dislike the move (if that is indeed what happens). It is almost as if Kiffin can't help but be a villian. I also don't get this charisma that the guy has in recruiting. He talks in a monotone, says dumb stuff all the time, and seems to be staring mindlessly into space whenever he is talking to someone. He is like a perfectly programed jerk robot.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||What I love about College Basketball||
is that there is an amazing tournament that decides who will be the champ, and one loss either way, won't be the end of the world. What seed we get in the tournament and what region we are in matter a little, but only to a certain level.
So who cares about our ranking, last year we were the pick de jour to be upset in the first round, and everyone had us going down to VCU if we survived the first game, so I will save my speculation for the Football season.
When it comes to basketball, I am more concerned with how the team is progressing as a unit, how individual players are getting better throughout the seasons, and if we are playing our best ball at the right time.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||WIth all the added offers to||
WIth all the added offers to RB's not exactly a shock. WIsh him well and hope he gets quality playing time at Central. Now on to the recruiting speculation and what this means for Michigan in the future.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Sherman is great.||
However, guys like Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Darrell Green, Reggie White, Rod Woodson, Steve Largent and about a thousand other guys were better at what they did than Richard Sherman is at what he does and they did it for longer. Even Champ Bailey was the best CB in the game for about 3-4 years. None of them talked like Sherman does. What he does is so over the top that he takes away from his what he does on the field.
I respect a guy who can be great and not shove it in everyone's face. His behavior is childish, he may play like a man on the field, but he acts like a brat off of it.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||One and done.||
I think the one and done crowd, doesn't think about Beiilein and his proven ability to make his players better, trust freshmen with playing time, or his incredible final four run. I think a lot of those guys think about where they can go and get the most attention for a short while before they bolt to the NBA. I also think our coach, doesn't really recruit those guys too hard. It is totally different than Football recruiting, because of the one and done rule. Having said that, I am fine with us not getting the one year guys. Getting a guy who stays 2 or maybe even 3 years, watching him develop, and gain consistency is great.
The fact that this all happens while Michigan still has great success, makes it especillay pleasurable. I am really happy for guys like Morgan and Horford, who have stepped in for a much more heralded recruit and done well because of their time in the program. I am glad to see Trey Burke surpassing all expectations in the NBA (though I would be much happier if he were doing it in a Pistons uniform), and I am ecstatic that we can trust the evaluation of our coaches. I have totally forgotten about stars and recruit rankings when it comes to basketball. If our coaches like a player, I have full confidence that he will fit our system and excel.
We Michigan fans are often accused of being pompous, well that will soon extend to Basketball, as I think we are doing things the right way. I am also happy that whenever our coach steps down, he will leave the school as a premium destination for whoever follows him.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||So doe that mean...||
that we hire a guy with Devin and his strengths in mind or a guy with Morris/Speight and their abilities in mind? If we hire a manball guy, do we lose another year trying to put square offensive pegs in circles?
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Worst autocorrect ever.||
Unless of course you really hate the guy for some reason and have some personal vendetta and refuse to say his name correctly.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||No.||
I also am not rooting for Bernie Madoff, Satan, or the government of North Korea, and all other bad people/ things. Btw, Ohio is worse than all the things I mentioned.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||If this were a ND blog||
I would say a hail mary every time I clicked a link, it all seems to be bad news.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Death by a thousand OP's.||
Luckily by the 3rd sentence I could tell the post was crap, so I didn't have to waist any more of my time reading this.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||You don't need another year of transition or 5 years of excuses||
You just hire a guy who does what Hoke does but does it better than Hoke. That is one option. Or you can hire a guy who can win with talent in any system because he knows how to maximize results. That is another option. Or you hire a guy that is brilliant when it comes to one side of the ball to be the head coach and just pay an obscene amount of money to the guy who coordinates the other side of the ball and also happens to be brilliant. These are all options to be a top 25 team next year, and dare I say, in the hunt for a league title.
The problem is the mythology of the Michigan Man has so overtaken the program, that almost none of those type guys would be considered. I fear we may have missed the forest for the trees on that one. Alabama has tons of tradition, yet they hired the ultimate mercenary in Saban, it didn't cost them tradition.
I simply cannot accept that this team doesn't have the raw talent to win a league comprised of teams like Minnesota, Iowa, and a flawed Ohio.
This idea that there has to be more rebuilding and great pain and gnashing of teeth if we hire a new coach is absurd to me. Switch our staff with BOB or Urbz staff right now and double digits wins looks very realistic.
I am all for Hoke getting 2 more years to flush out his vision. But, this season didn't have to go down like this. I think most of us know that in our gut.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Your argument is really the only hope at this point.||
Hoke does look lost, Borges does look stubborn, Mattison does seems to have regressed, and the players look talented but lost. Even to the casual observer of the season, something seems amiss, a fire has been quenched. This whole seasons leaves one with a question mark. It is just beffudling.
The only hope we have is that Hoke does not look lost next year, but that he someohow takes the ship by the wheel and navigates it perfectly through the season (because he is not getting fired). That Borges and Mattison work out their issues, and that the team looks talented not just physically but mentally. Maybe something "clicks" during the offseason. It has happened before, worst to first and all that. But honestly that is the only hope I have at the moment. There is little to convince me that next year won't be another mediocre year that ends with the departure of Hoke or Brandon and Hoke and a lot more pain and suffering as we lement what we once were.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||You cant go for it on 4th&3 at the 50.||
Glad to see this staff has some hope of actually winning this game. Too early to be desperate. Maybe the D makes the mother of all adjustments and we have a shot in the 2nd half.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Did not expect Shane to look this good.||
Trying to contain my urge to make him the next great thing, but I am pretty sure he is Tom Brady with a stronger arm.
Is this what Fred Jackson feels like all the time?
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Ron Wolf||
Long time GM for the Packers, and a pretty good one at that, said that if you get half your decisions right you are a good GM, 60% gets you to pretty good, and 70% gets you to great, and that he hadn't seen anyone get past 70%. (paraphrasing here)
Mayhew is not a bd GM, in fact I would be happy with him being our GM for a lot longer. His drafting along with his free agent finds have been solid enough for us to acquire a baseline of playoff caliber talent and he seems to be getting better at it with practice.
Schwartz probably was a bad hire, but he also may have been a stepping stone. Like when Gruden climbed the hill Dungy left behind. It could be argued that you needed a guy to get you to the guy who gets you to the Superbowl since there was so much transition needed. Yet to be determined.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||No assumptions.||
However, I am pretty sure that is the same computer Ivan Drago used to become the greatest physical specimen in the world. So I have no problem with it.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Double checked the DVR||
At the end of regulation when the Lions just sit on the ball to go into overtime and the crowd starts booing, Schwartz seems to look back at them and start swearing/arguing with them. If that is the case, give him the Lane Kiffin treatement and get him out tonight.
Oh and the collapse is another reason to get him out right away, that coupled with the fact that we can get an early jump on the coaching search.
|32 weeks 6 hours ago||Maybe not on him completely.||
I do wonder about how catchable some of Stafford's throws are. The screen play to Joique was a good example. I know other recievers in the league will talk about how a QB throws a very catchable ball. With Stafford throwing a lot of fastballs, at all kinds of arm angles, I think it makes it harder for recievers to catch the ball. I think his inconsistency may effect the psyche of some of the recievers.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||I disagree||
I bet this game means something to ultra-competitive Taylor Lewan. He stayed, and I bet he wants to leave with a win. Not to mention the other Seniors.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||I wouldn't mind Coughlin||
My two worries would be that he is a little burned out at this point. He has either been coaching deep in the playoffs or having a tumultuous season every year. I would think both have to wear on a coach, especially in the fishbowl that is NY. He may need a year off just to unwind from it all.
Also, with someone who is as big on organization and discipline as he is (I realize he has mellowed over the years), I would envision a really tough transition. It could get worse before it gets better.
I also, heard that no head coach who has won a Super Bowl with one team, has gone on to win it with the next team he coached. The closest was Bill Parcells. Since winning it all should be our goal, it seems like another thing we would have to overcome. I get sick of hearing all the talk of...the Lions haven't won in Philadelphia since (insert year)...or the Lions haven't won a playoff game on the road in (insert year)...and all the other ridiculous things this team is supposed to overcome like most of these guys were on those teams.
And to answer the original question, if we don't win the division this year, there is no way we should come back with the same coaching staff, the roster is good enough at this point to win a weak, injury riddled division. Let's start the Jon Gruden to Detroit rumors, because they are coming if we don't make the playoffs.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||If I had my druthers||
I would rather go 7-5 and win the last game of the regular season, than 9-3 and lose the last regular season game. I realize you didn't say it was an either/or, I just wanted to make sure everyone knows how much I hate the Buckeyes. Beat Ohio.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Debatable?||
So now it is our fault that there was no BCS or Playoff in '97? We won every game, against a difficult schedule, that was all their was to do then. Besides, we don't have to go back to '97. In 2006 we were one Shawn Crable dumb late hit penalty from being in the National Championship Game, and we also happened to be winning a lot between 1997-2006, not to mention a BCS win 2 seasons ago.
We misfired on one coach, and had some lean years because of it. You guys have missed on every coach since Lou Holtz, and even he has been reduced to a lame talking head, with a lisp and too many stale motivational one liners. If we are living in the past...well pot meet kettle. You better hope Brian Kelly is not a one year wonder ala Tyrone Willingham, because despite his big red spittle oozing sideline demeanor, he is a very good coach, and if he can't pull you out of the mediocrity you have been mired in for the last 2 1/2 decades your program may be past saving.
However, if Hoke is indeed who we think he is, and recruiting holds pat, our players will develop just like they did back in '97. People forget that we are playing with a patchwork of young kids, and even the upper classmen weren't guys that were condsidered anything special. Go look at the offer sheets for guys like Jake Ryan, Desmond Morgan, or Jeremy Gallon, not exactly a list of premier schools. So despite all of the complaining on this board, this staff has shown they can develop talent. Our relevancy won't be something that NBC has to pump up. People forget that USC, Oklahoma, Alabama, and many other storied programs had lost decades. Michigan by comparison has been the model of consistency for many years.
Yeah I hate waiting for next year and I hate how much we talk about it, but I would rather root for a Michigan team that drives me mad and plays their hearts out, like they did this year, than a program that chronically underachieves. Give me a Denard Robinson or a Devin Gardner gutting it out and leaving every ounce of effort on the field, over guys who make up online girlfriends and look scared to tackle when they do make it to National Championship, or QB's that can't pass a test without a cheat sheet.
Now don't get me started on the scumbags to the south of us.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Dare to dream my friend.||
Dare to dream.