further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
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|3 weeks 7 hours ago||I'm watching the Runnin'||
I'm watching the Runnin' Rebels HBO documentary right now and I didn't realize Tark and Smith coached against each other in the 1977 Final Four. Both now gone. Sad day for basketball and my fellow Armenian-Americans who really looked up to Tark (and Tark was proud of his Armenian roots).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This||
In the interest of full disclosure (even in the danger of getting flogged on this forum): I used to work at USA TODAY in the sports department (my boss was an ex-Daily editor who initially wrote "Go Blue!" when he responded to my CV/resume for that gig). In fact, at one point there were quite a few ex-Michigan Daily writers/editors employed by the paper. If I were still there, I probably would have had to publish this article since I used to work with the college sports desk.
The National sports media won't delve deep into this stuff--they only write what they can see. Like a few others have mentioned, they won't think about what the future may hold. Only that "Michigan lost out on Clark and Marshall...UCLA grabbed a whole bunch of highly-ranked players...etc." It's very superficial and I'm not a big fan of it either. But like stated before: It's all clickbait to rile up the fanbases. We know better--Harbaugh can develop these guys to play like studs. That's all there is to it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||SI also put Michigan in the loser column||
Sports Illustrated put Michigan in the loser column as well.
Let's be honest: We won't know if we're a "winner" or "loser" for another 2-3 years when this class develops and shakes out. So I take these recaps with a grain of salt just like the NFL draft grades that come out one day after that's all said and done.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Jim Harbaugh will flip these recruits for real||
He'll flip ya for real
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Legend of Dave Bergman video embed|
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I feel like the Josh Smith||
I feel like the Josh Smith signing happened because of Gores' "win now" ultimatum and the fact that Dumars had the money to spend. It was a poor signing.
Darko was high on many draft boards that year and, yes, history shows that was an awful pick. But let's not forget Darko was also a primadonna who let all the hype get to his head. That hype let him think he had the right to play regular minutes each game from the start of the season. When he didn't get regular playing time under Larry Brown (another factor you have to throw in because Brown wanted Darko to play more a traditional post game instead of the inside-outside shooting big-man Euro style Darko was used to on top of the fact this was an NBA Finals bound team with a strong, tight starting nucleus already forged), he sulked. The sulking affected his attitude which affected everything else. He was talented--perhaps not at a No. 2 pick level--but it's not like the guy didn't know how to play hoops. He had a crappy attitude.
I mean...look at his choice remarks after this EuroBasket game in 2007 that didn't go Serbia's way. Talented kid, horrible mindset.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Here's the link to his||
Here's the link to his Youngstown State coaching bio.
There's also a "mic'd up" video on the bio...embedded below.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Minnick on Harbaugh from Dec. 2011||
This is from December 2011 from the 49ers' "Harbaugh Interviews" ... some very cool Harbaugh anecdotes if you click on the link.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||My best explanation of what went wrong||
In case anyone cares, I talked to a former colleague of mine from a "sister" paper of the Freep. (Full disclosure: I worked at a Gannett paper for five years on the online sports desk with at least one other Michigan alum--it was NOT the Freep).
He said that Gannett, the parent company, has been centralizing page/photo/copy editing at regional "design centers" for the local papers they own (Freep, Indy Star, Louisville, Arizona Republic, etc) except for USA Today.
So it's quite possible somone not in Detroit AND not well-versed in sports (which the latter has to be the case IMHO) picked the faux photo and edited the page. It's still a massive failure and ultimately falls on the Freep editors for not getting it right, but this is another sign of the downfall of the old-school newspaper business: Local papers that aren't produced locally for the sake of corporate economic efficiency.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Not only that...last I||
Not only that...last I checked, you can actually run the ball out of the spread and pistol and any other spread type of offense. Heck, we ran the ball pretty well in the 2008 Capital One Bowl game vs. Florida when we went to that spread-style design for that lone day.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I hate to say it but this game could very well be||
I hate to say it but this game could very well be M00N II: The M00M.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I believe it was mentioned in||
I believe it was mentioned in Three and Out that Bill Martin had Dungy on his initial wish list. The man is not coaching football again, period.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||My post on Diggs went up probably the same time as this one||
Here's a link to a Baltimore Sun article that details what happened. I hope he gets well soon.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Go Back to the future for bowl sponsors||
Bring back USF&G for the Sugar, Sunkist for the Fiesta and Federal Express for the Orange.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||NY beers||
In Manhattan to run the NYC marathon Sunday ... First beer was St. Lawrence Liquid Gold, now on the Kuka a Pumpkin Dubbel.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Re Harbaugh being viable||
I think he is based on other track records. UCLA hired Jim L. Mora in 2012 and he had last coached college in 1984 as a GA at Washington and obviously was never a college coordinator. It's worked out OK for them so far.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Before Jaws...he was Kanamit||
In the Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man" ... and yes, it's still a cookbook.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I'll let the gif do my venting.||
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Olympic Stadium||
Montreal's Olympic Stadium back when the Expos were around. Went to a game there in 2002. The seats were awful and you could just tell the ballpark was awkwardly converted for baseball...Not to mention the issues they had with the roof for years and the financial boondoggle it was for Montreal, among other things.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||I would rather have been in Armenia doing what you||
I would rather have been in Armenia doing what you were doing (and visiting the motherland in the process) then watching the game at the Michigan bar in NYC. When you get sympathy from random Miami (YTM) fans in Manhattan ... It's bad.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Usually I don't believe in||
Usually I don't believe in coincidences, but this for this purpose it is...especially since I didn't make the connection that Bo indeed looks like Clancy here. I love those photos of Bo wearing those sunglasses in the 80s. Heck, I wish I owned a pair.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||"This business will get out of control"||
Although I was in diapers, this has shades of 1983 with the Korean Air disaster where the Soviets shot down the airliner after it strayed into Russian air space, killing everyone on board.
That all said, my only comment for this disaster can be summed up by Admiral Josh Painter from The Hunt for Red October.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Decommitment announcement on video||
Campbell spoke with WXYZ in an exclusive interview...2:16 is the decommitment admission. Video link is here.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||The Art of Film||
FilmVid 236 (In what is now the Screen Studies Program but was previously the Program in Flm and Video Studies) taught by Hugh Cohen. Yes, we watched movies...lots of them--especially Martin Scorsese films since his films were the focus of the class that semester. I decided to major in Film and Video Studies after taking it. Films watched included Chinatown, GoodFellas, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Mean Streets, Cape Fear (1991), Annie Hall and Terminator 2, among others. We were supposed to watch High Noon the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, but that was cancelled for obvious reasons.
|1 year 1 week ago||No other way to say it: That||
No other way to say it: That sucked. This team needs to take a long good look in the mirror.
|1 year 1 week ago||Nice to see a Troy native||
Nice to see a Troy native (even if he went to Athens) back on the Michigan roster.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||You got me.||
Meant McGary. Anger + forum post venting = name mishaps.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||That nickel/dime foul call on||
That nickel/dime foul call on McGrady pretty much sealed the game for Arizona. That leaves a more bitter taste in my mouth than blowing an 11-point lead because it's not like the team completely imploded at any one point of the game.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Not sure about the student wait list||
But there are always tickets being sold all the time. I will say the best bet for now in terms of buying football tickets (and probably basketball tickets at this point in time) is to check out the message boards, Craig's List, etc., and put out feelers to friends. Tickets always turn up so I don't think it should be a problem for you--even in the student section's brave new world.
Congrats on getting into Michigan Law...Go Blue (and Hoya Saxa from here on the Hilltop).