that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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- It honors past Michigan players in a way that's more active than just putting their names in a book or hallway somewhere.
- It keeps numbers in circulation. That's valuable partly because there are a lot of guys on a college football team, and partly because it's nice for recruiting that a guy who has worn #11 his whole life and wants to wear it in college won't be told, "Sorry, not happening."
- It's a unique, creative way of honoring the past, and that's a recipe for what could become a nice Michigan tradition.
- Don't ask guys to change numbers. If someone wants to wear a legends number, that's great and that should be encouraged. But don't urge our best players to switch, because that undermines the possibility that one day we'll be able to associate them with a number.
- Don't make it such a privilege to wear one of these jerseys. Let them be permanent fixtures on those uniforms, but don't take so seriously the privilege thing. No one will seriously think that Desmond Howard's legacy is tarnished if a kid wearing #21 gets a DUI.
- Make them a little smaller and more succinct. You don't need to squeeze a block M in each one, nor do you need to squeeze the words "Michigan legend." Just put the guy's name and years in there (if that).
|2 days 22 hours ago||Honestly, I think the||
Honestly, I think the likeliest path for Bielfeldt to return is by paying his own way. The Bielfeldt family is exceptionally wealthy... like this wealthy... and we have a clear scholarship crunch right now. I'd hope that Max would be welcomed back if he doesn't take up a scholarship - and offered a scholarship if we somehow end up with an extra one - but I think it's fair for Beilein to make paying his own way a condition for a fifth year. That fifth year really isn't guaranteed to anyone.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Page views. Bluecrush is||
Page views. bluecrush is getting rich from this shit.
|4 days 36 min ago||Sure. What's your position||
Sure. What's your position on the battles in American Sniper?
|4 days 47 min ago||Politics, sports, and the||
Politics, sports, and the internet just don't mix very well. Anyone familiar with the "end of the internet" sites that got some attention here during the Harbaugh hiring could attest to that.
Honestly, I hope that Harbaugh (and every other coach) steers clear of politics. Even if this isn't the most controversial issue, there are plenty of landmines out there for coaches who want to talk politics.
|4 days 11 hours ago||I'm adding "The Children of||
I'm adding "The Children of Shawn Kemp" to my list of possible band names.
|5 days 10 hours ago||It's not really similar to||
It's not really similar to either one (Northwestern or Michigan). Cal is excellent at a lot of sports other than football and basketball, sometimes pretty good at football and/or basketball, and rarely great at either.
I think it's hard to find a good comparison for them, but if anything, I'd say Cal is the West Coast's University of Virginia.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm getting the sense that||
One benefit of having an NFL coaching staff could be that these guys have thought about how to improve a team via free agency. It'll be interesting to see whether this is a one-time thing to plug immediate holes or we see a lot of it while Harbaugh's here.
|1 week 1 day ago||I realize there's about a 1%||
I realize there's about a 1% chance of Babcock in Ann Arbor, but can you imagine having our flagship programs in the hands of Jim Harbaugh, John Beilein, and Mike Babcock? That would be unreal.
|1 week 2 days ago||Dude, careful. You might||
Dude, careful. You might have just cost yourself $6 million.
|1 week 5 days ago||I respect the outside-the-box||
I respect the outside-the-box thinking, but saying that Lee Humphrey would be your choice from all basketball players, past or present, really might be the most ridiculous statement in the history of MGoBlog.
In the guy's senior season, he averaged 10 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist per game at Florida. He then couldn't stick in a Lithuanian basketball league and apparently is out of basketball at the age of 30.
I'd probably go with Michael Jordan over Lee Humphrey. Hell, I'd take Sauce Castillo over Lee Humphrey.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'd add STAEE, partly because||
I'd add STAEE, partly because I think it's unclear to a lot of people and partly because I love that shit.
Actually, though, I'd like to propose an amendment to STAEE/Staee. I think it should be "StAEE." One of the special things about that photo is that the "t" is inexplicably not capitalized.
|1 week 5 days ago||And possibly for good||
And possibly for good reason. Here's Drevno last week:
"That’s what coach Harbaugh does so well. I’ve never been around a guy that’s better than him at evaluating talent. Outstanding. And he can pick a lineman, he can pick a receiver, running back, DB- I’ve never been around a guy [like that]. He was a great player and he was a coach’s kid and they’ve been around it all their life. They don’t know any different.”
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not trying to be flip,||
I'm not trying to be flip, but why is that sad?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The criterion is only||
The criterion is only perplexing because this isn't our world and isn't the way that we chose colleges. Right now Jaylen Brown is projected to be the #1 overall pick in the 2016/2017 NBA Draft. If that happens, he'll likely get a very large shoe contract. I mean, Derrick Rose got a guaranteed $185 million over 14 years from Adidas. Even if Brown doesn't come close to those figures (and he probably won't), there's massive money there.
Now maybe the college he goes to doesn't matter because there will be a bidding war regardless. But if you were his age, with a relationship with Adidas that likely would lead to tens of millions of dollars a couple of years from now, wouldn't you be tempted to stay the course with Adidas and minimize the possibility that they look elsewhere? Add to that that people around him are likely steering him to Adidas schools and it's really not perplexing.
Honestly, if you're a one-and-done NBA superstar, your shoe company means a lot more for your career than your college does.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Then what happened?||
Then what happened?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||As one who finds a lot of||
As one who finds a lot of recruiting stuff creepy, this really doesn't bother me. A photo of adults on the Diag (or wherever that was) seems much more innocuous to me than grown-ass men tweeting 14-year-olds to try to get "intel."
With that, I am curious about the OP's question. Do we know about a recruit who was on campus today?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I like that idea, too.||
I like that idea, too. "Unretire" them for one game per year in which we actively honor those guys. That's also pretty creative, and it'd be a nice addition to our homecoming traditions. If that's the plan, then I would make them something that players earn (via good behavior and strong play).
|2 weeks 5 days ago||My two cents||
I've said this before, but I love the idea of legends numbers and dislike the execution.
What I love about them:
What I would like to see change:
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Fire him?||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||At least he won't be getting||
At least he won't be getting Brian in trouble with Google anytime soon?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||True, but you get elite||
True, but you get elite football players for three years and elite basketball players for one.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That's what she said.||
That's what she said.
It's nice to see fluff articles written for an audience other than 70-year-olds who only get information from News/Free Press fluff articles. Baumgardner does a good job of speaking to more engaged Michigan football audiences (e.g., most of MGoBlog).
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Wasn't planning on drinking||
Wasn't planning on drinking tonight, but after seeing what Auerbach did to the spring game draft thread, I'm reconsidering.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||But that's his point. I||
But that's his point. I think it's an interesting question. My guess it they aren't that forward-thinking, and they'd be fine filling a football-less summer with concussion stories if those stories generate a lot of viewers and page clicks. It's also Michigan and Michigan sells. I mean, on the ESPN college football page sidebar right now, 4 of the 14 stories are about Michigan even though not much has happened with us lately (Wayne Lyons, Jack Miller, Jake Rudock, and Harbaugh's salary). And Glasgow just fell off the front page.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||That's not nearly as relevant||
That's not nearly as relevant as the fact that Borland quit for concussion-related reasons and Miller did not.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Different perspective||
Filthy rich people get to do things for fun - ignoring ROI - that most of us don't get to do.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I think you're half-right.||
I think you're half-right. NFL teams aren't dumb enough to avoid drafting the guy they want because he smoked marijuana. They probably will consider whether he's exhibiting behaviors that will likely get him suspended during his NFL career. The NFL penalties for failing drug tests are pretty harsh, and a lot of NFL careers are being disrupted by drug test failures. Gregory failed two drug tests in college and now this one, which he probably knew was coming and important. Even if the actual transgression here wasn't serious, teams might worry a bit about the behavior pattern.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well, there goes any hope I||
Well, there goes any hope I had of sleeping well tonight.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||LordGrantham?||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I wonder if Bielfeldt would||
I wonder if Bielfeldt would be welcomed back if he pays his own way. If that's a scholarship crunch issue and Max wants to return, then it doesn't seem out of the question. Partly that's because Bielfeldt's family is extremely wealthy -- as in there's a Bielfeldt Athletics Administration Building at the University of Illinois.