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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 weeks 8 hours ago||I hope the NCAA cracks down||
I hope the NCAA cracks down on this. It's hard to imagine that it's good for a 13-year-old to believe that he's already guaranteed a scholarship in college..... not to mention to have to interact with college coaches and recruiting reporters. There's no reason this couldn't wait at least until high school starts.
Plus, even if it isn't "dirty," I'm skeptical that the offers are sincere. Coaches know they can just back off of a kid who doesn't develop as they hope.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Correction: a fake breasts||
Correction: a fake breasts appreciation site that fills leftover space with Michigan football content.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It'll be interesting to see||
It'll be interesting to see whether this affects Sam Webb's ability to get information. IMO, Sam is hands-down the best at what he does among the Michigan guys, but people have said that his primary source is Singletary.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||A sense of joy and wonderment||
A sense of joy and wonderment
|3 weeks 3 days ago||It's amazing how far out of||
It's amazing how far out of its way boxing goes to ensure that no one watches its sport.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Oh, got it. I didn't realize||
Oh, got it. I didn't realize that the NCAA just gave its approval. Damn.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||But why announce the Hatch||
But why announce the Hatch medical now unless you're pretty sure someone is coming (Brown or Williams)? If we miss on both, we'd might as well just keep Hatch on an athletic scholarship, and that would be weird after yesterday's announcement.
I think another possibility is that they want to announce the Hatch thing now so that a commitment doesn't lead to a wave of "Brown/Williams forced out Austin Hatch" stories.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The good news is that we're||
The good news is that we're still in the running for Robert Washington's brother.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Page views. Bluecrush is||
Page views. bluecrush is getting rich from this shit.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Sure. What's your position||
Sure. What's your position on the battles in American Sniper?
|5 weeks 2 days 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.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm adding "The Children of||
I'm adding "The Children of Shawn Kemp" to my list of possible band names.
|5 weeks 4 days 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.
|6 weeks 14 hours 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.
|6 weeks 17 hours 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.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||Dude, careful. You might||
Dude, careful. You might have just cost yourself $6 million.
|6 weeks 3 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.
|6 weeks 4 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.
|6 weeks 4 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.”
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not trying to be flip,||
I'm not trying to be flip, but why is that sad?
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Then what happened?||
Then what happened?
|7 weeks 3 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?
|7 weeks 4 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).
|7 weeks 4 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:
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Fire him?||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||At least he won't be getting||
At least he won't be getting Brian in trouble with Google anytime soon?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||True, but you get elite||
True, but you get elite football players for three years and elite basketball players for one.
|7 weeks 4 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).