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|1 day 4 hours ago||I actually thought this||
I actually thought this sounded like Section 1. It reminded me of the Frank Beckmann appreciation thread a few months ago, which I thought had nauseating political undertones but on the surface seemed pretty positive and innocuous.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I'll represent the extreme||
I'll represent the extreme position, because it's what I believe. I think Dave Brandon, above all, wants what's best for Dave Brandon. Where that overlaps with what's best for Michigan, we're in luck. In general, I think he's willing to accrue severe long-term costs (for which his successors will get most of the blame) for fleeting, short-term benefits (for which he gets most of the credit). We all look out for ourselves to some extent, but I trust guys like Hoke and Beilein to consider Michigan's well-being even at the expense of their own interests far, far more than I trust Brandon to do the same.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Technically, yes, Hill was||
Technically, yes, Hill was traded, but really he agreed to terms with Orlando and the Pistons said, "Well, shit, do you want to give us a couple of bodies and we'll call it a trade?" That definitely wasn't a trade the Pistons wanted to make, though it ended up getting them Ben Wallace (and I think Chucky Atkins). I don't remember the A-Rod situations well enough to comment.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I disagree. It's hard to find||
I disagree. It's hard to find a fair comparison because he's local to Cleveland/Akron (and because of "The Decision"), but I can't think of any other fan base responding to a player leaving in remotely the same way. Lions fans certainly didn't when Barry Sanders walked away at a horribly inconvenient time (while arguably the NFL's best / highest profile player) and Pistons fans certainly didn't when the NBA's top young star, Grant Hill, left right before we all expected him to enter his prime. Orlando didn't when Shaq left, Seattle and Texas didn't when A-Rod left, and I can't think of a remotely comparable reaction.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You should see the new||
You should see the new SportsCenter / SportsCenter set. Watching it makes me feel like I'm having a seizure on a spaceship with sports vaguely involved in the background.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I really like our Cleveland||
I really like our Cleveland fans here (including/especially you), so this isn't intended as a personal attack, but after the city of Cleveland's ridiculous reaction to LeBron leaving I'd rather not see them get him now. That reaction just seemed so nasty, childish, and over the top.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||There's probably a strong||
There's probably a strong case that this is the worst conference schedule in modern Big Ten history. Thanks, expansion.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Whoa, I love that clutter the||
Whoa, I love that clutter the brain quote. I don't know much about this guy, but I'm a fan so far.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"dropped the ball"||
Your negativity strikes again. I guess OSU and MSU really dropped the ball when they didn't hire LaVall Jordan, right?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The kid changed his mind||
The kid changed his mind about a decision that means a whole lot more to his future than ours. Whatever. I hope he has a wonderful life and a terrible college football career.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||IMO, they got really close to||
IMO, they got really close to a cool, novel tradition but screwed up one detail. I like the patches as a way to honor past players while keeping numbers in circulation. I just don't like that they're a privilege to wear and guys earn them after starting with different numbers. Personally, I don't care if a true freshman gets #11 and I don't think it harms the program if the guy never becomes a great player or ideal citizen. I just don't like all the changing around of numbers, often with staff encouragement/inducement.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not sure what would||
I'm not sure what would stress me out more, being president or being secret service to the president.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||If you want to feel even||
If you want to feel even worse, know that we almost got Luke Hancock - and kept him from Louisville - when he transferred from George Mason.
Then again, that run was awesome and this is the kind of sports pain that I welcome.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||OP, I think I'm too old or||
OP, I think I'm too old or dumb to understand your explanation of where you saw this. Any chance you could point us to the particular tweets/URLs you're looking at?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Wow. Thanks. Everyone: read||
Everyone: read that article.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Where are you hearing this?||
Where are you hearing this?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, maybe this means||
Actually, maybe this means that we're living the same life but I'm 14 minutes ahead of you. Let me know if you have any questions about your near future.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||In addition to that guy not||
In addition to that guy not having much business telling recruits what to do, I think it's a bad point. Let's say that my favorite offers are Wisconsin and Northwestern but I'm waiting on Michigan because that's where I'd go if offered. Then why can't my final (or top) three be Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Michigan? Isn't that more honest than saying that my final/top two is Wisconsin and Northwestern if I'd then pick Michigan if offered?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This occurred to me 14||
This occurred to me 14 minutes before it occurred to you (see above). I can report that if you respond like I do, you won't feel much better about it 14 minutes from now.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It's hitting me that we're||
It's hitting me that we're about to hit the point in recruiting when kids were born in the 21st century. I'm not sure I can handle that. I still have my Y2K party hat in my bedroom.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I'd ask Hoke||
I'd ask Hoke how he feels about the wow experience stuff. It'd probably put him in an awkward spot with Brandon there, but it's hard for me to believe that he's thrilled with all of the changes since his last stint at Michigan.
I'm interested in his (honest) answer partly because coaches who become very high-profile often become much more powerful than their ADs. If Hoke can strengthen his position and stick around, his voice on the game day experience could become the dominant one.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know. Sam's a||
I don't know. Sam's a reliable source and that's a pretty specific explanation. I'm inclined to believe it.
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||I see some of that as||
I see some of that as people's wildly unrealistic expectations for underclassmen contributions. I think there's a group here that decides that guys are busts if they aren't major contributors in their first year or two on campus. I find that ridiculous. More often than not, the experienced 3-star is a much better option than the inexperienced 4-star.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||Can you help me understand||
Can you help me understand the (or at least your) "star-gazing" critique? Is it:
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||In fairness, the 247||
In fairness, the 247 composite rankings have Green as the #5 RB, Isaac as the #8 RB, and Smith as the #21 RB. Not sure where the "consensus #1" thing comes from.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||I don't know if you're||
I don't know if you're intentionally misrepresenting my point, misreading it, or misunderstanding it, but please point me where I said that "everyone takes time to develop" or no one has ever contributed as a freshman. Obviously exceptions exist, but many, many, many great college football players did not do much on the field as true freshmen.
I don't have any idea what "plan" you're talking about and I see that you're still unwilling to consider the possibility that maybe Isaac is transferring for reasons other than playing time (e.g., like the apparent fact that his mom can't come to see him).
Whatever, though, this conversation isn't going anywhere.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||Yes, because it's||
Yes, because it's inconceivable that an 18-year-old who moves away from mom and dad for the first time (2000 miles away, in fact), into an entirely unfamiliar offense, set of pressures, community, etc., might require more than a few weeks to get acclimated. I'm sure that you, being PurpleStuff, are perfectly able to project how a guy will perform over his 4-5 years in college based on his first few months. Are you also one of the guys around here who thinks that guys like Kalis, Magnuson, Bosch, and Kugler were total busts in college?
Plus, isn't it just a little bit possible that the fact that his mom apparently can't fly to see him - to visit, to watch his games, etc. - might have something to do with his transfer? Or that he was uncomfortable there in ways that might not reflect how he'll perform as a Michigan running back?
Again, though, don't let that stop you from making the most uncharitable, dickish interpretation possible, as you often seem to do.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||He was also a true freshman||
He was also a true freshman getting acclimated to an entirely unfamiliar offense... not to mention in his first semester of college all the way on the other side of the country.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Fire Bower. The guy has||
Fire Bower. The guy has done nothing notable since Detroit hired him today.
(Sorry, nothing against the hire... just want to be the very first person to call for his firing.)
|5 weeks 2 days ago||i think someone at adidas||
i think someone at adidas accidentally hit the bold button on those women's uniforms.