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- 1997 at MSU. I was in MSU's student section for Woodson's one-handed INT. I may have started talking loudly about the Heisman Trophy at that point.
- Under The Lights I. Tied for most insane finish to a football game with...
- 2004 three-OT Braylonfest against MSU.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Akron and UConn would like to||
Akron and UConn would like to have a word about discounting cupcake nonconference opponents.
I mean, yeah, in a rational world you're correct. But rationality's been in pretty short supply around these parts in recent years.
|4 days 17 hours ago||+1 (maybe) for dealing with||
+1 (maybe) for dealing with this correctly, minus several million for Lizzy Seeberg.
Notre Dame has a long way to go until I can pat them on the back for anything involving player discipline for off-field infractions.
(Edit: hadn't seen that others had already raised that situation. Didn't mean to pile on, but my issue with ND stands.)
|5 days 15 hours ago||This is one of those||
This is one of those situations where it's strange to be a college sports fan, in that I found myself relieved that this young man is injured. I had to remind myself that the normal human reaction should be, "Oh, how terrible for him, that sucks, I hope he gets better," not "Phew, good to know that his performance might improve at some point."
As I get old enough to plausibly be a college player's father, it's interesting to watch my viewpoint on this stuff change.
|6 days 15 hours ago||"Coach really stresses it’s||
"Coach really stresses it’s not about what we know as coaches, it’s about what they know because they’re the ones that have to play."
I wonder if Hoke ever said that to Borges, and if so what response he received.
|6 days 15 hours ago||What toppings may he receive||
What toppings may he receive on his bagel given his current status?
|1 week 18 hours ago||Shame||
One moment of abject stupidity and the arc of his entire life is changed. No excuse at all for what he did and he has to be gone immediately from the program as well as face the legal music, but I can't help but think of all the hard work he put in over years and years to get to the point where he's a Michigan football player on scholarship to a great university...then poof, it's all wasted.
|1 week 1 day ago||That's where the Air Force is||
That's where the Air Force is supposed to be, no?
|1 week 3 days ago||I was wondering more who was||
I was wondering more who was driving the Shane Morris bus.
I like Shane, and I look forward to seeing him lead Michigan. Next year.
|1 week 4 days ago||All I care||
Is that they don't fuck with the helmets. I barely kept myself under control with the matte helmet for the 2013 Outback Bowl, and there was juuuuust enough tradition to get away with the helmet numbers that showed up in UTL1 and that the players liked, but the first chrome helmet I see...I riot.
We've gone through enough jerseys over the years that I don't feel too strongly about playing around with them every now and then as long as they don't go Full Maryland, but the helmets are neck-and-neck with The Victors for me in sacred Michigan symbology.
|1 week 5 days ago||Let's just remember what||
Let's just remember what binds every Michigan and Michigan State graduate together:
They all applied to Michigan.
|1 week 5 days ago||Forget Hoke||
Where is Dave Brandon and what have they done with him? I would expect it to be the Michigan Football Wow Experience Open Practice Sponsored by Kraft, and we find out about it by FOIAing the fireworks permit and jet fighter overflight documents and cross-referencing with Beyonce's scheduler.
Oh, and some guy in the band Tweeting that Brandon's charging them $5/apiece to attend.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I went||
I had free tickets.
It was ungodly boring. Boring soccer, boring crowd outside of tiny supporter groups. Pick the most sedate Michigan Stadium crowd you've ever heard and then remove a rooting interest from at least half of them.
There may have been 109,000 there (and that seemed like a relatively legit number, not UMAD greasepenciling) but I swear we're louder in the stands at Cass Tech for Detroit City FC matches with 3,000 of us than 109K were unless A) somebody scored or B) Ronaldo moved from Point A to Point B.
Also: They played Seven Nation Army to start the match and after each goal. Add fireworks and you've got Peak Brandon.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If he's going to go to UCLA,||
If he's going to go to UCLA, I hope he's a strong swimmer.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The "25 players, 25 cabs" Red||
The "25 players, 25 cabs" Red Sox teams of the mid-80s are the traditional rejoinder to this.
Hell, Shaq and Kobe won three rings together and couldn't stand each other.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||He manages to prove himself||
He manages to prove himself ignorant of an entire Jeopardy! board's worth of topics in that column. Law, psychology, marketing, economics...
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Yeah||
I'm really feeling a lack of "wow experience" here.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Based on a friend's son's experience||
And not on any deep research into the rules, once you've enrolled in a DIII school you have to sit a year before playing for a DI school in one of the Big Four sports. (Although my understanding is that if it was an NAIA school the NCAA wouldn't care.)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You can have an outside job||
You can have an outside job but you're not allowed to earn more than $2,000 over any academic year if you're a full-ride athletic scholarship student.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I made money in college||
Working as a theater tech. When it was a school production, I worked for free as part of my schooling. But when an outside production came in and paid rent to use the theater and we worked lights or sound for them, then I and my colleagues got a check through the school.
I did not feel like I was being taken advantage of when I made sure that our drama department's Henry IV/2 went off without a hitch, and I did not feel like my education was diminished by getting paid to run sound for a local nonprofit's fundraiser at which I mic'd up Spike Lee.
Teaching someone to make a living does not preclude you from compensating them when their work helps you make your living, Coach. That's why I pay my interns today.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The closest I've come to||
The closest I've come to being in an actual fight since I was 12 (short maybe of the time when I got in a scuffle with a German ex-con in a Strasbourg bar) was walking into the Horseshoe in 2002 when a drunk Ohio fan in a mesh jersey over his camo overalls took offense to my good-natured trash talking with some OSU sorority girls and took a wild, drunken swing at me. To their credit, the other OSU fans in the line shoved him away and I was able to watch that heartbreaking game physically unscathed.
For the record, the line that really pissed him off was when the girls asked what I thought of the Horseshoe and my response was, "It's like a real stadium, only smaller."
MSU was terrible. Notre Dame was pleasant. Honorable mention to going to see Syracuse at Toledo, most Texas high school games have more pomp and organization.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||At the end of the day, the||
At the end of the day, the decision needs to be made as to whether we're trying to grow soccer or grow soccer players. This proposed change would be good for the development of college players, but would pretty much eviscerate the PDL and NPSL amateur leagues if they couldn't get any college kids over the summer.
As clownshow as those leagues can be at times, I think that'd be a net negative to growth of soccer in the US because there are clubs in those leagues having success in bringing fans out to watch soccer in markets like Detroit, Chattanooga, New Orleans, Tulsa, etc. (Heck, a Lansing United-Detroit City FC match at MSU's DeMartin Stadium drew more than 2,000 fans, at least double what MSU normally draws there.)
If soccer's going to be truly successful in the US it can't solely exist at the MLS level. The rest of the pyramid needs to be healthy as well, and that means amateur outdoors summer leagues that can attract casual fans with NCAA-quality soccer and give them that $5 ticket option to take the family on a Sunday afternoon. If the NCAA is finishing its season in June and shut down until fall but the players are training with coaches year round, you're saying "no soccer for you" for the summer in any community that doesn't have at least USL-PRO.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Brava||
Love your work on EDSBS (and random Twitter snark) and would love to see more of it here.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, I'm moderately||
Yeah, I'm moderately optimistic about the interaction between a competent pass rush (with depth) and a competent defensive backfield (with some depth).
More coverage sacks, please.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Tough one||
Honorable mention to the 1995 5-0 Purdue mud-sleet-snow-crap game, which went through misery all the way through the other side to a strange kind of awesome. Only game that came close for me in terms of weather was the 1996 Boston College game when Matt Hasselbeck was their QB and it rained so hard at times that you couldn't see a third of the way across the field.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||My understanding of NFL||
My understanding of NFL licensing is that individual NFL players sign their image rights away to the team for anything NFL or team-related but retain those rights for other endorsements. The NFLPA only gets involved when there's six or more players involved.
As far as individual players getting paid, my understanding is that the NFLPA gets something like a 10 percent cut at the wholesale level of jersey sales, with (IIRC) 75 percent going to the individual player and 25 percent going to a pool for all active players.
(Note that this is possibly outdated info from a one-time engagement on behalf of a potential sponsor. I am neither Darren Rovell nor a lawyer.)
|10 weeks 5 days ago||DCFC||
Brian, given your soccer nerdery have you ever made it into Detroit for a Detroit City FC match?
|12 weeks 13 hours ago||I blame the US Soccer "Grow||
I blame the US Soccer "Grow the Game" mindset. They've got this belief that you have to be a "soccer supporter" and get behind whatever the highest level of soccer is in your community, as well as support whatever barnstorming friendlies might show up.
What they're not doing is growing clubs, which are the core of the sport everywhere else in the world. The cities where there's been organic growth of soccer in the US tend to be the places where an ownership group has decided to grow a club rather than The Game, and the fans/supporters have built a community around that club to the point where it's moved up the tiers of the pyramid (a.k.a "faux-motion.")
Here in Detroit, we've got 3,100 people showing up for Detroit City FC's fourth-tier NPSL matches played on Cass Tech's football field because the owners decided to grow a club and a culture and the people showed up in droves, while "better" soccer across town draws 100 people to a match at best.
(For the Michigan connection, UM incoming transfer William Mellors-Blair is playing for Detroit City FC and he's an absolute stud. Chaka's got a great one there.)
|12 weeks 13 hours ago||I wish the kid well and hope||
I wish the kid well and hope he decides to end up at Michigan after all, but I'm also on your side in thinking that there's a certain Inigo Montoya "I do not think that word means what you think it means" in the use of the word "commitment" when it comes to college recruiting.
It's got the same relationship to the everyday meaning of the word as "dating" does in middle school to what you do after college.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Oh Lord||
"Oh Lord, but what about the times when there was only one set of footprints in the sand?"
"Those were the times that Jim Delaney wandered off in search of additional revenues."
|18 weeks 17 hours ago||That's where I am as||
That's where I am as well.
Stauskas had virtually nothing left to prove or accomplish. GRIII less so, but I don't begrudge either of them their decision or think they're making a mistake.
I do, however, think Mitch only had a flash at the end of last season and hints at the beginning of this year of his personal Beilein-Assisted Breakout (tm) and he really would benefit from showing a full season to NBA talent evaluators.