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|2 days 12 hours ago||AFCAA? Cumong, man.||
My ongoing efforts to get you to a Detroit City FC game have failed (as far as I know) and instead you're going to follow a team that doesn't even have an actual league? I get geographic loyalty and all, but you wouldn't go to EMU rather than UM games just because you lived a few blocks closer to Ypsi on Washtenaw.
As for your Michigan rooting interests, your Wolverine contingent for DCFC this season includes Colin McAtee, William Mellors-Blair and Andre Morris plus former greats Latife Alashe, Zeke Harris, and former UM captain and current Pioneer head coach Kevin Taylor. Maybe you can carpool?
(Oh, and the instant he graduated Sparty's former captain Ryan Keener fled Lansing United to come play for DCFC as well this season.)
|2 days 13 hours ago||Because the only thing that's||
Because the only thing that's a remotely comparable experience to being in a good soccer supporters' section is being in a good college student section. All the stuff that makes those so much more fun than the boring people sitting elsewhere in the stadium is magnified. Then, add flags and banners gratuitously insulting the opposing team.
|1 week 4 days ago||I prefer to have rooted for||
As a fan, of course that's true. But in making and enforcing these rules, the NCAA's blatantly putting school and fan interests over those of the players.
Would Denard have had more success playing for non-Borgesian OC? Almost certainly. (Remember the "al borges denard fusion cuisine is not made to order" MGoBlog tag?)
The NCAA says that it's committed to "The collegiate model of athletics in which students participate as an avocation, balancing their academic, social and athletics experiences." Making a young man forgo a year of that avocation just because he decided he'd rather go to a different academic, social and/or athletic experience puts the lie to that statement in my mind.
|1 week 5 days ago||There are two people from||
There are two people from whom I received an email in my life that made me feel truly special. The first was Vint Cerf, which was like getting a phone call from Alexander Graham Bell.
The other was Terry Pratchett -- he was an early USENET aficionado and I'd sent him an email after I discovered his books, he responded very kindly. (I do remember one line from it -- I'd apologized for not knowing whether it was good manners to email him, he responded in part with "It's OK, I don't have manners. I have mannerisms.")
His death opens the "Greatest living writer in the English language" race up for meaningful competition again.
|1 week 5 days ago||Moving Pictures is a fairly||
Moving Pictures is a fairly simple standalone as well, as is Monstrous Regiment. Unseen Academicals is relatively standalone but IMO ties so much into his latter series of books that deal with prejudice -- Fifth Elephant, Thud, Snuff, even Raising Steam -- that it benefits from being read together with them.
|1 week 5 days ago||Vetinari||
"Don't let me detain you."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Calling Gardner "experienced"||
Calling Gardner "experienced" minimizes how jacked around that poor guy was:
Year 0: QB (medical redshirt) for RichRod
Year 1: QB for Borges
Year 2: Wide receiver then QB for Borges
Year 3: QB for Borges
Year 4: QB for Nussmeier
He never had two full seasons in a row in the same role for the same offensive coordinator at Michigan. The fact that he was functional at all is a testament to his adaptability.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Except that it's not really a||
Except that it's not really a "transfer" when it comes to grad school, right? You''ve gotten your degree, you graduate, you select another institution for graduate school. You wouldn't say that you graduated from Michigan with a B.A. and then transferred to Duke for law school.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I also think Harbaugh is in a||
I think Harbaugh is in a "win always" mentality.
See: Tag, laser-powered variations on.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||When will he commit?||
Someday, I suppose.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I’ve already transcribed over||
So Rosenberg wouldn't return your calls?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Not an MGoLawyer, but I think||
Not an MGoLawyer, but I think Brian's pretty safe under the "rhetorical hyperbole" test for defamation law.
As an aside, US courts have held all of these words/phrases to be protected statements of opinion and not defamatory statements of fact: "idiot," "raving idiot," "stupid," "moron," "nincompoop," "raving maniac," "pitiable lunatic," "wacko," "nut job," "crazy" and "crank." So, there's plenty of words left for further discussion of Dave Brandon.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly. Brandon thought that||
Exactly. Brandon thought that Michigan sports were the product being sold and that black numbers on the balance sheet were his desired outcome.
His mindset should have been that the numbers on the balance sheet only have meaning insofar as they allow Michigan sports to achieve sustainable excellence for the benefit of the athletes, the students, the alumni and the wider community that gathers around them (with maybe some money thrown into the university's general fund once we're done building Olympic sport palaces).
|5 weeks 4 days ago||The thing that got me about||
The thing that got me about Brandon is that for a marketer, he was fucking terrible at marketing. I could not tell you to this day who his target demographic was for the loud flashy shiny bits he instituted. When you're standing at a tailgate and the 10 year old, the current student, the 40 year-old and the 70 year-old are all complaining about the gameday environment, who's left to impress?
Being a Power 5 athletic director means that your job is conservation, not reinvention. It's the difference between selling Coke and selling Red Bull or Monster Energy. Dave Brandon tried to sell us New Coke and Crystal Coke and Vanilla Cherry Caffeine-Free Coke and special commemorative Coke cans and experimented with different-shaped bottles when all we wanted was a goddamn Coke in a red can like we've been drinking for decades. We spent decades thinking that maybe we'll have kids and they'll be Coke drinkers too since they grew up with it in the fridge, or maybe we'll get our new spouse to change from Pepsi to Coke, and along the way Coke will grow its customer base and make more money and everybody will be happy. But Brandon pissed us off so much that we're finally saying "Yeah, sure, whatever" when the waitress asks us if Pepsi is OK.
Now, we're looking forward to attacking that ice-cold Coke with enthusiasm unknown to mankind.
 - Mileage may vary in State College, PA.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, with the caveat that it||
Yes, with the caveat that it be done sustainably and in a way that keeps the culture and the soul of the club and its supporters intact. The owners had a Q&A session a few weeks ago when they said that they'd "like to play other teams that have fans," but also that they want their kids growing up cheering for DCFC. That's a fine line to walk.
Anybody who wants to get the full DCFC experience: Come to Harry's Bar before the match, tell people it's your first time, join the march to the stadium. The atmosphere is great college student section with more flags, pyro and profanity and no TV timeouts.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I can't imagine an SID doing||
I can't imagine an SID doing an embargoed release for the departure of an assistant coach and it'd be hard to imagine a media outlet accepting that embargo.
More likely, you've got the situation of reporter(s) whose livelihood depends on access to the staff and players and who made the decision not to become Public Enemy #1 in the program by throwing a grenade into a recruiting class. (If we're looking for a name for this kind of journalistic earth-scorching, I nominate "Rosenberging.") Reporter's got the choice of blowing up his cushy and increasingly-rare sports reporting gig or breaking a story that nobody will remember in six weeks, self-preservation wins out.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||You're no longer||
You're no longer getting your money's worth.
Well, that depends on what I'm spending it to achieve. If I'm just paying taxes to educate my child (and that gets into Michigan's public school funding, which is overwhelmingly state and not local dollars), then you may have a point. But if I believe that educated children in my community are a societal good that I'm willing to pay taxes to achieve, then no, I'm actually getting exactly what I want.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I spent way, way, way too||
I spent way, way, way too much time in that damn pool. I went to ULS but we didn't have an indoor pool of our own so we used GPS and Parcells.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I'd much rather have a safety||
I'd much rather have a safety making downfield irrelevant than a corner making field or boundary side irrelevant.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I live in Grosse Pointe, have||
I live in Grosse Pointe, have my whole life. There is, yes, both subtle and unsubtle racism but it's honestly getting better as the Old Guard starts dying off.
Stats I've seen suggest that something like 15 percent of GP South and 30 percent of GP North students are African-American, which is much higher than when I was going to school back in the 80s. My son is in public elementary school and has a multicultural range of friends and classmates, and his Little League/community sports teams are a much healthier mix than I remember growing up.
The thing about the school rankings is that you've got more kids than we used to who transfer into the schools later in life and don't have the same K-6 or K-8 or whatever prep, so their test scores will inevitably be lower and that brings down the averages. That's not a complaint, that's just the truth, and the district's making a concerted effort to address what's a pretty new challenge for them.
What that doesn't do, though, is bring down the achievement of the individual students who have been in the Grosse Pointe schools their whole lives. In other words, a kid like my son who's lived in Grosse Pointe and been in its schools his entire life will do as well as he's going to do regardless of whether there's a kid from Harper Woods who didn't read until 3rd grade or a 9th-grade transfer from Detroit whose parents wanted to get him out of Denby or whatever. They don't affect his achievement.
So, to answer your original question, yes, the GP public schools are punching out just as many U-M qualified students as they ever have. They're just dealing with more kids at the lower end of the educational spectrum at the same time and that shows up in rankings.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Hope he gets a #1 back job||
Hope he gets a #1 back job someplace. Was never really the right situation for him, but he stuck it out, got his degree and leaves with class. Best of luck, man.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||It's like Calvin Johnson.||
It's like Calvin Johnson. Dude never looks like he's running all that fast until you see the DBs dropping further and further behind.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Agree. He's got redshirt||
Agree. He's got redshirt written all over him.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||As a fan, you love people||
As a fan, you love people like Rob Lytle.
As a parent, I would not want my son to have his life. I would not want to have lost my father so soon. I wouldn't want to lose a brother or friend or teammate like this.
I'm glad that we are slowly, painfully and incrementally starting to realize that there's life after and apart from sports, and trying to protect young men and women -- sometimes from themselves -- so that they don't sacrifice their minds and bodies on that altar. As a Little League coach, I've pulled kids from games and started the concussion evaluation protocol that sends them to their doctor before they play again and I've never, ever regretted it even when their own parents thought I was being overprotective. It's just not worth it.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Some of my most vivid||
Some of my most vivid memories of 1997 are that bootleg to Tuman ALWAYS being open.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Also||
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly.||
Despite what other issues there may have been, our world is better for having had Denard Robinson in it as a player and as a person.
He was a happy warrior during some tough times and while he may not have played pure Michigan Football, he was, is and ever more will be a Michigan Man.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh to Michigan reminds||
Harbaugh to Michigan reminds me of when "movie stars" first started taking roles on great TV series, like when Martin Sheen did West Wing, Glenn Close went on The Shield or Alec Baldwin did 30 Rock. The Hollywood insiders couldn't believe that they'd take "lesser" jobs, and that of course they'd come crawling back. But some of these great actors have decided that they prefer the creative environment, the work style, the comfort of a multi-year engagement, whatever...and it's become common. Nobody blinks now when Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey do a season of True Detective, or when they build a TV show around Oscar winners like William H. Macy or Kevin Spacey.
You've always had a couple of great coaches who preferred college to pros, but I think you'll be seeing more and more who look at the meat grinder that is the NFL coaching carousel and the statues they put up for people like Nick Saban and think "You know what? I might not love recruiting but I sure as hell don't like trying to make a cornerback who makes more money than me show up for practice, I'm gonna go make millions at a college, win the conference championship that NFL fans don't care about but college fans love and let my daughter graduate from the same high school she started at." (Next season, at least 25 NFL teams will have changed their head coach since 2010.)
The TV/film analogy also extends to the idea of the "quality" of the gig. Harbaugh's an insane competitor. So be it. But just as a Kevin Spacey can stretch himself on TV because Frank Underwood's such a great role, so can a competitor like Harbaugh measure himself on the recruiting trail and on the playing field against other insane competitors like Meyer and Dantonio on a regular basis. Does anybody really get worked up over beating the pants off Jim Caldwell or Joe Philbin or Doug Marrone? Once you start getting a critical mass of great coaches in the Power Five who are making equivalent money to the NFL, the idea that a college coaching gig is "lesser" than an NFL job will go the way of the "movie star" concept.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||Well said||
And with that...yes, your wife is correct, that's enough Internet for today. Merry Harbaughmas Eve to all, and to all a good night.
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||Oh, so that's what leaders||
Oh, so that's what leaders and best look like.
I'd forgotten, it's been a while.