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|1 week 2 days ago||That is a really good point.||
That is a really good point. Harbaugh commented how in his time athletes were "persuaded" to take certain classes, and how disappointing would it be for Myron Rolle to be forced into a football curriculum? Studying communications turned out to be perfect for Desmond Howard, and I've always thought it made so much sense that so many athletes were drawn to movement sciences, since they were forced to learn so much about their bodies.
|1 week 2 days ago||When I was in Japan, I||
When I was in Japan, I regularly attended alumni association meet ups and had the privilege to meet a gymnast who graduated from the school or art and design. He was (and still is) a performer for Cirq du Soleil - apparently they recruit collegiate gymnasts. It seems that Michigan Athletics prepared him for his next career despite the fact that he wasn't a professional gymnast.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Didn't he also have one about Peyton Manning||
That went something like, "I know why he came back for his senior year - to be the Citrus Bowl MVP!"
|2 weeks 6 days ago||With the BCS I used to always||
With the BCS I used to always root for chaos. Not so sure I want it with this system just because I don't really want an expansion of the play off, but I guess it is inevitable.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Awesome pic - South Africa?||
Awesome pic - South Africa? Looks like Table Mountain in the background
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That was definitely worse||
That was definitely worse than this. He's basically saying "no comment," which is not a bad move especially as this hasn't been picked up by ESPN just yet.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Is there an SEC bias? Kinda,||
Is there an SEC bias? Kinda, yes. What's the motivation? There is none. It formed naturally because they won seven straight national titles, performed well in out of conference play, and haven't gotten embarrassed like their biggest competitor has (the B1G).
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'm surprised to see Auburn||
I'm surprised to see Auburn so high considering their loss was a blowout. Although to a high ranked team.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Perhaps this is naive, but I||
Perhaps this is naive, but I see this as one major point in favor of Michigan's culture. Obviously the feeling around here is that our athletic department is toxic, as are our alumni. And the "Michigan Man" meme backs up that assertion. But maybe we do some things smartly - like our powerful alums don't hold the school hostage to get their way.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Without looking it up||
I'm guessing 2012 - and only because we beat ND in 2013
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Agree with a caveat||
It depends on the level of asshole. If his asshole-ness is "I don't really care about a stupid stake and if he's butt hurt he can get over it," that's cool. If his asshole is being okay with his players twisting folks' necks, going after guy's knees or acting like buffoons off the field, then I disagree.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||"And they'll never catch him"||
"Shoelaces flapping in the wind"
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Cumongman||
Are we really talking about how hard he's trying? Do you think Rich Rod wanted to lose? And John L all those years? And Cooper before that? I get that winning isn't everything - even in big time college football, there is something to be said for character building of student athletes. But I'm not going to feel bad for saying Hoke's performace has been bad and that it's unacceptable for this product on the field four years into his tenure. Let him try somewhere else.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You're sorta right||
2008 was brutal to watch as it happened. But even then, we still didn't expect much more than a bowl. Yes Toledo was horrifying, but before the season if you'd tell me we wouldn't be bowling I would not have denied the truth of it - I just thought that "good things happen for Michigan" and we'd be all right. In 2014? I was thinking our floor was 7-5, that 8-4 or 9-3 were the most probable results, and that we might even have the talent to win the Big Ten. I was obviously wrong about my outlook, but I acttually still believe that we are talented enough to win the Big Ten.
So I gess while 2008 wasn't exactly expected or easy to deal with - it was still more so than this season.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This team isn't young, and the talent is deep||
In 2008, most of our starting OL were having their first starts against Utah. That's not the case today. The "square peg" QB was a freshman transfer or a walk-on, not a 5th year senior. Additionally, I think Greg Mathews was our only upper-classmen back or receiver. Today we have Funchess leading a veritable stable of capable receivers, and all our RBs have been on campus for some time now. While we had high recruiting classes in 2008 and 2009 (many who didn't stay on campus), we did not have that recruiting in 2006 or '07, did we? Which is why we expected *SOME* defensive struggles in 2009 but not to the extent that we had.
I think there is talent on this roster, which is what makes 2014 so much more disappointing than 2008. Spielman said it best yesterday when he talked about how this team keeps coming up just short, play after play. On a young team in a program's first year after a transition, that's understandable and expected. But when a senior QB throws to a senior WR and they both keep coming "close" to making big plays? Let's just say it gives me hope that the right coach can come in and improve things right away. There will be holes on the team - even Alabama and Oregon have their holes - but team 136 should be more competitive than 129, 130 or 135.
|4 weeks 9 min ago||Thanks for posting. The||
Thanks for posting. The decade before Bo, and the short stretch of late Kipke (where he followed up back to back national titles with 1-7 and the Willis Ward season, followed by mediocrity) were bad. That whole '51-'68 period was bad, and not coincidentally MSU was a national power at the time too.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||Not just that the defense||
Not just that the defense sucked - there was no indication it'd be getting any better. His recruiting held no hopes on D either
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I hated them. I hate that||
I hated them. I hate that alternates are now an acceptable thing at Michigan, and these ones, with their weird "striping" on the shoulders and pant legs were terrible. But still ahead of the bumblebee look we lost to Sparty wearing, and the bowl game unis where you couldn't read the numbers.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||Also his bellyshirt look made||
Also his bellyshirt look made me feel like it was the early '90s again. Hopefully he's dancing in the end zone before too long!
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||How awesome was that, seeing||
How awesome was that, seeing Devin wear his emotions out there tonight? I think it means even more since he's usually so placid. I know he's had a rocky tenure, but I'm going to miss New 98
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Stanford doesn't have a||
Stanford doesn't have a hockey team, but they have won national titles in basketball, football and baseball. They're on the other two facts too, which means they're basically a private, warmer version of us.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||We got a pretty bogus PI in||
We got a pretty bogus PI in our favor. Bad calls happen but they are one play in a game of usually over a hundred. We played a close game and lost to Rutgers. It is disappointing. We weren't screwed though.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||I come at this in a different||
I come at this in a different way - I'd want to watch old timey football to see how different the game was. Someone posted a video of one of Yost's point a minute outfits, I'd like to see them go at it. Or maybe the 1940 team - didn't win the Big Ten but Harmon won the Heisman and the team had the right kind of helmets. Or maybe the 1918 squad, Yost's only team to win the national title in the era of the forward pass, and right after rejoining the Big Ten.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||Thanks for posting - it's||
Thanks for posting - it's always fun to see how much football has evolved. Unlike baseball, it really is a very different game from what was played even in the early seventies - the rules themselves have changed significantly
|7 weeks 1 day ago||This Alaskan||
has "liked" the wolverines on facebook
|7 weeks 1 day ago||You've got to respect Oregon||
If you looked at this map circa 1995, I bet Oregon would barely dominate their home state - I bet the Huskies would be doing to them what Wiscy is doing to the Gophers. But from their unique style and outlandishness, and a heavy dose of excellence and annual relevance on the field, they now don't just dominate the hearts and minds of their home state, they've also got a swath of the northwest that stretches from NorCal all the wayto North Dakota! Good on them.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is diary worthy||
Recapping all the non-revenue sports every week is pretty awesome. Thanks!
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Brandon HAS done a lot of||
Brandon HAS done a lot of good, I'll agree with that. There's a reason Ross likes him. But you're understating the bad he has done. As John Bacon said, Michigan hasn't gone from 110k to barely 100k because of the losing, they had a long wait list that puts the true number at like 200k, in the heart of a recession AND rich rod's abysmal seasons. Add to that the bungled search that led to Hoke and his notorious micromanagement of the team (the AD sits in every film session?) and responsibility for the football program and attendance has to lay entirely at his feet.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Well put||
I especially love how you address the "this matters" portion. It matters because it is a cultural event dating back to 1879. It matters because we care.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I still think this is different||
I think those of us who've played ball know that a) the definition of a concussion has changed in our minds over the last ten years and b) concussions are a part of the game that everyone who's played seriously has suffered. Like you, I've seen stars and had my "bell rung" and ten years ago did not consider those as concussions. Today they would be, and I wouldn't have told anyone about them had I known that. And you're correct that we shouldn't get too high and mighty considering that even with the tighter policies and new standards and higher awareness, people will still play through concussions. And the higher the level, the more likely they'll be playing through it. I remember when Tebow was puking on the sideline after a headshot when the concussion concerns first got big, and he played in a game against Alabama or someone of that nature the very next week. There was concern about how the Dayne Crist situation was handled, and while I don't remember the Gholson situation I do fine that to be pretty appalling as well.
All that being said - what happened Saturday was different than the kinds of concussions you and I have suffered. Shane Morris took a shot to the head and got up wobbly. There was nothing mild about it. Even ten years ago we would've called that a concussion. Even ten years ago, there would've been concern with him staying in for a few plays, and there would've been concern on him going back in. As much as there is today? No. If he played next week would folks be as concerned? Probably not (thinking of the Tebow example here). But he went in just three plays later. The world has changed, football is changing, and Morris took a brutal hit and got up wobbling. There wasn't any question as to whether he had a concussion, and in this day and age society is no longer okay with that. Those of us who've played probably have a different line than those who haven't, but I think the Morris situation crosses everybody's line.