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|1 day 10 hours 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.
|1 day 10 hours 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.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Different perspective||
Filthy rich people get to do things for fun - ignoring ROI - that most of us don't get to do.
|2 days 9 hours 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 days 3 hours ago||Well, there goes any hope I||
Well, there goes any hope I had of sleeping well tonight.
|3 days 3 hours ago||LordGrantham?||
|3 days 7 hours 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.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Where do you see that it will||
Where do you see that it will be Red's final year?
|4 days 5 hours ago||An idea||
I was thinking about Brian's point that it'd be nice to save stickers for uniformz games but that's not how these things work. Maybe there's a way to do something like that. It'd be pretty cool if players earned their stickers all season long but didn't apply them until the OSU game (or even the bowl game). That would keep the helmets clean for most of the season, establish a unique, throwback-based tradition for the OSU/bowl game, and preserve the incentive value of the stickers.
|5 days 8 hours ago||The Casey DeSmith thing could||
The Casey DeSmith thing could be a pretty fascinating story to follow this summer. He's potentially a major upgrade who could single-handedly change the outlook for 2015-16, but Michigan will have to do its homework on that one. It'll be interesting to be on the other side of one of these things after the Athletic Department has dismissed a few guys itself.
|5 days 8 hours ago||This, to me, is the primary||
This, to me, is the primary distinction between our UTL and bumblebee uniforms. If we had lost to Notre Dame and beaten MSU, there's no way that so many would believe that the UTL uniforms were pretty cool and the bumblebee uniforms were hideous.
FWIW, they were both hideous in my opinion, and if we're going to crap all over our uniforms, I'd rather crap on our road ones than home ones, since our home uniforms are the best in college sports.
|5 days 9 hours ago||What's frustrating about the||
What's frustrating about the Legends jerseys is that this came so close to being an excellent idea. I love the idea of not retiring numbers but rather honoring past players who wore them with a patch. It keeps numbers in circulation, keeps those former players in present conversations, and is an interesting, unique way of handling that process (one that could grow into a cool, quirky Michigan tradition).
The mistakes were (1) encouraging players to switch to those numbers and (2) making it such a big deal to wear one of them. If a guy who's wearing #21 drinks too much on St. Patty's Day, no one would seriously think that he disgraced the legacy of Desmond Howard. They should just make those patches permanent fixtures on the jerseys and then not worry about who ends up wearing them.
|1 week 22 hours ago||My apologies in advance to||
My apologies in advance to anything, or anyone, that I yell at or break in the next half-hour or so.
|1 week 1 day ago||The tone seems off here||
The tone seems off here because it's an injury, but I'm pretty impressed that the superscript "TM" somehow makes it into the URL as a superscript "TM" (at least in Chrome).
|1 week 3 days ago||Kudos to Ferentz for doing||
Kudos to Ferentz for doing this, though it's probably the right decision for him strategically. Let's say he thinks that Rudock would likely go to Michigan and that he'd improve Michigan's roster. On balance, it's almost definitely good for Iowa for Rudock to go to Michigan, since we don't play Iowa, we do play a bunch of teams in Iowa's division, and it's the overall Big Ten record that counts for the standings.
|1 week 3 days ago||He started his account 16||
He started his account 16 hours ago and in seven posts he's already has managed to tell us that he went to Harvard, made a six-figure salary right out of college, has a large TV screen in his office that would make basketball-watching easy (though he's not going to bother), and is a Ross MBA (with a reminder of that in his user name). That's not even to mention the stupid comments about Norfleet, nor the $100 bet that he offered.
So yeah, I think we're going to love this guy.
|1 week 5 days ago||What exactly is the worry||
What exactly is the worry here? That Meyer and Dantonio will reorganize their spring practices to prepare for a slightly higher probability that Alex Malzone is the starter eight months from now?
|1 week 5 days ago||Before I sink any more time||
Before I sink any more time into writing it, should I not post about my balls performing an Abbott and Costello routine in my dream last night?
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||With a +27 in a win, which||
With a +27 in a win, which was easily the best on his team.
The dude is good.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is good news partly for||
This is good news partly for the reasons that everyone is saying (getting guys in shape) and partly because it suggests that we don't have many, if any, guys who plan to leave us unexpectedly this offseason. We've had a few of those during the Beilein years (Smotrycz, Horford, etc.).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||At the time you posted, I||
At the time you posted, I count zero "Really? ANOTHER QB?" posts and quite a few posts that say the exact opposite. Maybe my memory of past threads differs from yours, but my sense is that most here would be fine/happy with Rudock transferring in.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You probably aren't referring||
You probably aren't referring to me, though I like the idea that someone would demand I leave a room I'm not in.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That's a poor comparison.||
That's a poor comparison. Our decision point is right now, and we're realistically talking about one more season, not one more decade. No Michigan fan would want another 10 years of this, but whether to accept a farewell season is a totally different question.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I wouldn't go that far, but||
I wouldn't go that far, but if (1) Red wants to finish this contract so that he can give and get a proper goodbye and (2) Michigan doesn't believe that waiting a year badly hurts their prospects for the next coach, then I think giving him one more season is fine. There's no way I'm extending that contract - so none of this "he tells us" stuff - but there's something to treating a legend with respect and crossing our fingers that 2015-16 might write a happier conclusion to Red's career than 2014-15 seems to be writing. Next year could be even uglier, obviously, but at least we'd go into it knowing that it's the end, saying goodbye, and hoping for one last glorious run. If that run somehow happened, it'd be a lot of fun and would help make our memories of Red's time more wholly positive.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's not really about||
It's not really about trusting Schefter as much as it's about trusting his source. I'm sure that Schefter heard that. Then again, that's the only logical response for a "well-placed 49ers official" whether the 49ers are trying to trade Kaepernick or not.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with the critique||
I agree with the critique that there's a big difference between the top few guys and everyone else but for a different reason. Think about a bell curve. The top few guys tend to be extreme outliers, standard deviations removed from the rest of the distribution. Even as you get into the middle of five-star territory, you're getting back into normal human range. If I remember correctly, Peppers ended up as the #2/#3 recruit in the country. In my mind, that's in the range of the potentially wild outliers, not just the crazy-good prospects that you'll get lower in the five-star range.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Every year I'd be paranoid||
Every year I'd be paranoid about this B1G South (Duke, Illinois, Indiana, UNC, Purdue) ascending to the NFL because it's just too good and too powerful to compete against mere college programs. Same goes for the B1G East.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe I misinterpreted your||
Maybe I misinterpreted your post. I thought you were arguing that Hoke/Borges didn't adapt to RR's players. I think the numbers suggest that they adapted pretty well (with early success) but didn't adjust well after Denard and the other RR guys left. Hoke's staff was worse at running their own offense with their own players than they were with keeping the RR/Denard machine going.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Questionable. Here are||
Questionable. Here are Michigan's offensive efficiency (FEI) ratings for every year for which Football Outsiders has data:
2007 (Carr): #56
That trend is much more consistent with the story that Hoke's offense faltered when RR's recruits left than it is with the story that he and Borges didn't adapt well to RR's talent.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||For that reason (and the||
For that reason (and the possibility of injury), I'm a little nervous about designing an offense according to the Week 1 starter's strengths. Maybe Malzone, Speight, and Morris are more alike than I think, but you obviously don't want to be in a situation where Speight's being asked to run a Malzone-based offense or vice versa. Then again, I'm sure the staff is on top of that.