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|2 days 15 hours ago||Deserting the program?||
They put up multiple banners to a program that was banner-starved, and are now going pro. They'll likely be carrying the UM banner in the pros, and continuing the trend of pro-UMBB vibes.
They have done far more for the "program" than 99.9% of students that come to UM. Come on.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Same was said of THJ||
Fact is, no one is truly NBA ready (maybe Lebron?) until they get up to the league, log some practice time with the big boys, work on the holes in their game that can only be fixed by playing top competition, etc.
GRIII is going to be fine. Wish he had come back, but he's an NBA player. Might be a rough adjustment in year 1, but by year 3 or so, I bet he's rolling.
|1 week 2 days ago||This is probably semantics||
Yeah, OP overstated "greatness" here, but your response seemed overstated, too.
Let's try again -- (1) for a rookie point guard, (2) on a really bad team, (3) going against one of the top 10 players in the league, and (4) perhaps one of the 3-4 best pure scorers, and (5) KNOWING that Burke's got a long way to go on defense,
Trey Burke had a good game last night...
No one is protecting Trey Burke. That's silly. Criticize all you want; I just thought you were being a touch pedantic towards the OP. Curry went for 37 and 11 in a loss to OKC in January. I would say Curry had a great game offensively against OKC and a great game offensively against Utah, too, despite the different results. If Curry poured in all of his points against Burke on isos, then so be it, maybe Burke is a net negative on the court despite what he brings offensively. Nonetheless, for a rookie going against a certified offensive star and on an out-matched team, Burke had a good game last night.
|1 week 2 days ago||No.||
Of course he wouldn't. But standard athlete/coach-speak doesn't override the objective evaluation of a player's performance. Bball is a 5 on 5 game. Believe it or not... sometimes 1-2 guys play objectively well but the overall 5 man team gets trounced
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I am shocked the finale has gotten heat||
My wife and I thought it was one of the best series finale we've seen.
I'm being serious; it reminded me why I used to like the show. The past few seasons have been incredibly dumb, but the finale got back to elements in the early seasons that worked.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It is decidedly unweird||
That after watching UM's OL play the past couple of years, this thread topic isn't met with optimism.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Major thanks to the site||
I get "over" tough UM losses in a different way in my early 30s than I did in my youth, but I was heartbroken for Morgan/Stauskas/GRIII, etc. yesterday. Ace and Brian's posts were fantastic, and the site's coverage of all things UM (with it's refined focus on football/basketball) is as good as ever. Thanks to the whole crew.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It seems like you object more to the certainty in his tone||
Than any bias. If BISB thinks things that walk like a duck, quack like a duck, and swim like a duck are ducks, I don't think presenting it in a softer sense shows he's being "unbiased."
The tone may turn you off, but he's not shading facts -- he's addressing them head on and reaching the only logical conclusion he thinks one can.
Bias is more, "BISB wants NU football players to unionize because of Y, so he's shading his arguments by cherry-picking some facts to support X." Here, BISB is laying out facts 1, 2, and 3, and saying he's not sure how anyone can add those up and reach anything but 6.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||America||
Fuck yeah, brother.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Here's the thing||
I got about 5% in and didn't see anything that interesting. I then realized this was War and Peace, unedited, and stopped. I know, TL;DR, but my point is, if there's something in there you think is worth posting, edit it down. Just copying/pasting an novel from another message board is... less useful.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Nice piece, and as someone else said (re: kids)||
It gets pretty great when they're old enough to cheer along with you. My son isn't yet 2 and a half, yet everytime a sporting event of any kind is on, yells some combination of " GO BLUE DADDY" or "WOLVERINES!' or, perhaps my favorite, the Ufer-like "Meeeeeeiichigan is on!"
I'd be lying if I said my sports consumption hasn't taken a huge hit since fatherhood, but since I married a non-sports loving wife (UM grad, thankfully, but not interested in sports), I'm actually looking forward to when my son is truly old enough to watch entire games -- we'll outflank her and dominate the TV together.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||As others have said||
The "people will be surprised" or "I'm going to shock the world" language is boilerplate nonsense. I have no problem with kids doing it, and it's true in some sense (whenever there are 3 teams with massive fan bases hoping a kid will choose their school, I'm sure the recruit sees so many tweets/comments etc. from other fan bases that he does, in fact, think he'll be "surprising" a lot of people). But all it does is unwittingly help the myriad recruiting databases churn out more content and BS to sell subscriptions.
Which is why I really dug Josh Rosen's approach. Maybe it didn't help Rivals/Scout/247 generate "IS CA QB 'DREAMIN' ABOUT A NEW SCHOOL???" articles for a week, but who gives a shit. Checks out a school. Likes the school. But admits that it's probably not going to change his mind.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||For the record||
Listening to people talk about their brackets at the bar during a game is high on my annoying list. People talking about their brackets in a thread... about the NCAA tournament... on a sports blog? Less annoying.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||If I was making a bracket of "Hackneyed complaints and whines"||
I'm pretty sure "complaining/whining about people talking about brackets during March Madness" would be a 1 seed.
For those wondering, no, complaining about people talking about their fantasy football teams didn't make the 1 line. Dropped all the way to a 3. Tough matchup though.
"Complaining about people telling me to suck their unshaved balls" would be a tough out as a 13 seed.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There was a time when I was no fan of Dan Dakich||
But I'm sorry, if you've raised a kid that does that, you've done something right.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Retiring those jerseys is probably an overcorrection to||
our outdated "This is Michigan" expectations. I'm all for appreciating this success; not sure hanging all the jerseys from the rafters is necessary, with the exception of Burke -- two years or not, winning POY and leading team to the Finals is a big deal historically, new expectations or not.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The OSU section||
Was straight heat. Nice work.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Ha, yes||
Opinions are formed in perfect vaccums, and can NEVER benefit from outside reasoning.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||It's CHRISTOPHER||
|9 weeks 2 days ago||THIS IS FRONT PAGE CONTENT||
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Classic straw man.||
One can easily criticize over-signing WITHOUT lauding scholarship limits.
The exact same view could be taken to Bama paying players. "Bullshit. Restrictions on extra benefits to players are designed to limit student's compensation in the name of competitive balnace for those schools that can't afford it. Criticizing giving Bama players BMWs while lauding restrictions on extra benefits is hypocritical."
Shorter version of the editor's response: "Fuck you. Roll Tide."
I don't laud scholarship caps. But if such caps exist, taking advantage of a 17/18 yo's ego and feelings of inconvincability all while knowing there's a 10%+ chance you're going to give him the boot down the line is straight up dick.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Contrarian is fine||
But your post is half obvious, half overstated. Yes, he has to improve. That statement applies to 100 % of rookies/young players.
But stick around the league? If Burke doesn't improve at all, he will have a 10 yr career as a lower level starter or backup. PG is currently very thin in the league, and Burke's current skillset is solid.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||American Football Coaches Association||
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I didn't neg you with deadly force||
But I had to neg. Man, kill that thing with fire.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||But comparing MLB regular season to CFB/CBB regular season||
Isn't an apples to apples comparison.
Hell, I'm a diehard Tigers fan, but how much do I care about every TIGERS regular season series? Admittedly, not a ton at times.
MLB regular season is just generally diluted, but saying outsiders only care about BoSox-NYY in the playoffs isn't really a damning statement.
In other words, your comment seems to suggest less that people don't care about BoSox-NYY and more that you can't really care about MLB rivalries because of how many games are played. Honestly, that's fair, but I also think it's more fair to compare rarer rivalry contests (CFB; typically only one game per year; CBB; typically only 2 games per year, at most 4 [conference tourney + outside chance at NCAA tourney game, too]) to MLB playoffs than every MLB contest. In that regard, BoSox-NYY holds up well, I think.
Note: I fucking hate both Boston and NY. But hard to argue that their rivalry isn't compelling.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||You were referring to Ace.||
Man, Ace. What a pandora's box-opening a-hole, AM I RIGHT GUYS?
/negged to death.
edit: /lifeless body still being negged
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Haha, then shut the box! SHUT IT||
I hear you. Obviously you have more limited possessions in football. I guess I was thinking that a rash of missed early FTs would alter one's style a bit (more pressing, etc.), but fuck it, I don't argue with math. Particularly math from 2004, when this debate was probably relevant.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||"Not even close?"||
If I've learned anything about block/charge over the past 20 years, it's that every single one is close depending on the officials. That was close.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||FTs early v. late||
FTs late do hurt more ("all worth 1 point"), right? Isn't it similar to the reasoning in why one goes for 2 earlier than later? Because the miss/make informs your strategy when you have more time to alter said strategy?
Great post. Just asking.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Or maaaayyybbbeee||
It means we evaluate a man in full? That treating a guy decently, who, regardless of his salary, seemed like a decent guy, isn't fake but, um, normal?
That latter point is so fucking played out. Where is the line drawn? Be a dick to a coach if he fails because he didn't just fail but got PAID A LOT. Be a dick if a pro player fails because he failed and he gets PAID A LOT. Be a dick to a college player if he fails because he failed and HE GETS PAID A SCHOLARSHIP, and on and on.