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|1 day 13 hours ago||As much as I love Lytle and Michigan I can't say it was worth it||
Perhaps the book will give me more perspective. What a sacrifice for the love of football. I get that but the sense of loss is strong on Kelly's site, these excerpts and, I assume, the book.
No game is worth giving up 30+ years with your family. Reading the website greatly mellowed my love for the game from fanatical to desperate. I hope we can play without such losses. It's very hard to read.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Wal-Mart Wolverine cuts deeper than Little Brother||
Football doesn't mean much in the real world. Neither does sport. Yet we watch and cheer. We'll talk about a team with a nostic "we" that can be patronizing and vilifying but is bred of a collective identity. Since sport defines winning and losing it provides a tidy contrast for anyone to draw a sense of identity.
If someone calls some Wolverine fans Walmart Wolverines I wouldn't think any more of it than Michigan players calling fans muggles or collegians gathering for an alumni celebration. Part of it is identity and part shared experience and nothing more. Collegiality can be defined on any boundary.
Personally I'm a stoic. Ultimately life is suffering with a brief interlude of knowledge and joy. If you are a Michigan fan - I'm sure you can appreciate the suffering at least. Let's drink to the gridiron knowledge and joy to come whatever your background. In the end it doesn't mean as much as we let on.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Pick your degree...Pick a CC... Find a path - 2 links||
LS&A General studies graduation checklist
Equivalency - pick your 2 yr. school (with a football program) and build a path
It's work...especially when you consider that not all classes are offered when you need them.
|2 days 7 hours ago||This isn't a False Alarm ...||
it's just False.
|1 week 3 days ago||This analysis was done in 2011 showing B1G development of NFL||
talent. Despite wins and losses - the B1G developed talent - at least in this studied period.
Note this kind of thinking is, in part, why Ferentz is loved by Iowa fans.
|1 week 3 days ago||The turn around for UCLA is heartening...||
The systematic winning at Navy and Air Force is also a testament to scheme, coaching and teamwork. The Air Force style of play and JV like teams makes for wins. Spring ball will be very interesting.
This was a very interesting read about how Air Force breeds success - basically by over signing in a way only a service academy can.
|1 week 3 days ago||Agreed ... "slam" was overkill and "stupid" uncalled for...||
Bellomy doesn't deserve to be slighted that is all.
|1 week 3 days ago||This^^ All respect to OSU but||
TCU could have beaten them. We will never know.
The logistics of an 8 team playoff are not difficult. Extend the season one game and all the bowls still have the pick of the losers.
|1 week 3 days ago||You are being called stupid for not spelling his name correctly.||
Suck it up sadeto.
If you are using the Nebraska game (which is the bulk of the stats and playing time Bellomy has seen) you are being called "stupid" for slamming a kid who came into a game plan premised on the best running QB in college football history.
Once he came in Nebraska no longer had rushing lanes to protect. They came full bore for Russ. That is not something he was seeing in practice. Denard didn't need hot routes to protect against sacks because his legs kept DLs honest. Bellomy came into a plan denuded of outlet routes. He was setup for failure.
Competition is good. Bellomy will probably not get to the field again. He deserves respect however for what he's done and doing for the team. Anything else is stupid IMO.
|1 week 3 days ago||TCU should have been in ... not disrespect to OSU||
the sooner we get to 8 teams the better. Add one week post the conference championship games in the high seed home stadium and all the teams get in who should.
If OSU demonstrated they were worthy then TCU did as well.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bellomy not Bellamy||
Neg for stupidity not necessarily spelling. Bellomy is a member of the team...WTF. Learn the fan speak... ie "Competition is good!" Slamming kids who are working with the team is neg worthy. Sincerely, Stupid Internet Tough Guy.
|1 week 3 days ago||I was going to make a 96 69 joke||
but this thread is already out to pasture.
I do appreciate the content though.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Baylor T-shirts||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||While is plain text editor...||
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|2 weeks 1 day ago||Reposting this for any who have not read it...||
Lytle was as tough as they come...lots of anecdotes here...
If you gotta go, Go Blue.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Agree... I read them to keep myself current and don't regret it||
by the second book I too was taken. GoT was my 2014 summer escape - it kind of set me up for the Blue wedding that was the ND game. I did not see that coming. Then the blood really started to hit the field. Reading them all is not a small commitment in time. Having done it - reading them twice is a real luxury. Perhaps required reading for the modern world (have I lost perspective?... maybe.)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I read a few negative reviews and shied away...||
I'll add it to my waitlist at the library on your recommendation.
Seth - your latest peice was a great. Thanks for the content.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Name of the Wind was a good read...||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Singletary is getting mentioned quite a bit here...||
is he staying on or not? Sounds like he is.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||College athletes are allowed to train as much as they want...||
they just can't be coached while doing it outside of the proverbial stretching hour, not to mention concomitant school playing. College athletes sacrifice well beyond the NCAA limits on coaching. In fact many of Michigan's athletes study the human body and how to train it - in their school playing time. (Admittedly that is a small part of what they study.)
It's how you train that matters - most people think - not how much. But somehow no one really knows the way to do that definitively - despite all the kinesiology majors out there.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Oregon rules||
Go Ducks. It's crazy the amount of Oregon swag on the streets here in Portland. Plus the guy with the fireworks after the FSU game laid out some bucks. Hopefully they will lay out some more Bucks soon.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||In conclusion||
potato salad muthafawkers!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||William Saffire would disagree...I don't either...||
"- gate" has meaning not because fo the etymology but rather because of the usage.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Pipkins BWC comparison is weak...||
Both had very different paths with injury to Pipkins and position change for BWC. Pipkins has had the same role throughout. Ultimately he is likely to leave with fans wishing he had another year like BWC however (IMO).
I like these two posts O and D, but I think the player evals are too harsh for athletes who haven't finished their college careers. Some players only get one season in the sun. That season can be worth all the the work.
New eyes on the players will allow the cream to rise to the top. I'm wondering if we are going to see leadership in the winter workouts like we have had recently. I'm curious to see if the team runs together (like Seniors in past classses have organized) and how often the QBs work on routes with the WRs/TEs. I have no inside info - most of that comes with little to no reporting. The S/C hire will take what he gets from the players at this point as the players are back.
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|3 weeks 5 days ago||We may have to agree to disagree...||
I'm not taking an absolutist position you are (!??) by putting your respect for free will before concern for the athletes and the good of the game. Certainly in your most recent posts you are saying that you would change the game to make it safer but not so in your initial post. Here is the evidence that you don't support changes to the game... your own words...
If that is subtly misstating your argument then thanks for wasting my time by posting your argument to begin with. It is likely I wouldn't have even commented had you qualified that statement with a willingness to change the game. There is no willingness in those absolutist words.
Why is it curious to you that I would not support parents either allowing or preventing their kids from playing football? I don't. I personally think there is enough anecdotal and scientific evidence to question any parent who allows their kids to play football. That, 87, is a judgment call and not an absolutist position. That is my point in responding to your post to begin with.
Am I asking my representative in congress to legislate that kids not play the game... no I am not. Not because I respect their rights but rather because it's just not feasible. The evidence is not clear enough for people to understand and change their behavior. Contrary to what you have read or believe, hard hits that cause damage do not likely lead to CTE rather repetitive hits do following soon after hard hits (and what constitutes "hard" is very much in doubt) which pretty much summarizes the game of football. Sooner or later the evidence will, I think, bear this out.
There is no test for CTE other that autopsy. The NFL has obstructed the post mortem studies of scientists who sought to bring data to bear on the incidence of CTE in professional football players. With the lack of data comes interpretation and bias. Football is a cultural, economic and social bulwark of our time that resists change for many reasons (not unlike the carbon producing energy and transportation sectors.) It's likely we will never have consensus on CTE and sport - just like we will never have consensus on global warming. Instead individuals will take action in their personal lives and some public policy will be instituted where feasible.
Changing the game of football which has been changing every year since its inception anyway - is a feasible and active pursuit. Moving the kickoff, the forward pass, helmets and pads are all examples of this. The fact that players have choice to participate or not does not obviate this change.
When professional players say they wouldn't let their kids play the game. We need to listen.
Governments protect our freedom as well. It's a fundamental part of our own government. When people start waving freedom flags though... that is where freedom often takes a hit.
Laissez-faire policy doesn't support freedom. It advocates letting things take their own course. That is not the same as freedom. Sierra Leone is a case of laissez-faire gone awry.
Where did you get gay marriage out of all this? Unprotected sex applies to all sexual proclivities.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||What are you basing this on?||
I'd like to dismiss this as dumb but did I miss something? Bosch's biggest concern is Bosch. Michigan has been very good to him. Prior to picking up the recruiting torch JH is going to assess what he has in the fold. Turning away Bosch would be an act of incredible stupidity and would give me concern that JH is an idiot ...which wrt football... JH is not.
This isn't RR coming in and having Alex Mitchell and Jeremy Ciulla opt out - not to mention Mallet and Clemons. JH's biggest priority right now is keeping the players he has. Desmond Morgan will be getting a call along with each and every player on last year's roster. I doubt he waits to hire position coaches before talking to the players.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Something along the lines of ... come play for me...||
or maybe ... come coach for me.
Everyone else is already on board. In fact everyone else is so desperate for success that they will not hear anything but brilliance in whatever he says. There is no critical take on this until the fall.