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|2 days 5 hours ago||I think that I will enjoy a||
I think that I will enjoy a long and prosperous career for Denard more than any Michigan player I've gotten to watch yet in the NFL. I know we have Tom Brady, but I guess I wasn't as invested in him by the time he graduated. The closest thing I have is Woodson, but it was never really a question whether or not he would excel in the pros. Something about seeing Denard Robinson succeed is just so satisfying. I'm sure it has a lot to do with his character, but also with the circumstances of his remarkable journey at Michigan and the adversity he faced in transitioning to professional football - hell, even in college. That famously unwavering positivity of his just makes him so darn endearing, and the success he's found is the icing on the cake. Long live Denard Robinson.
|4 days 12 hours ago||From a purely logic point of||
From a purely logic point of view, Dr. Schlissel's quote only truly asserts that some student-athletes wouldn't be at Michigan if it weren't for their talents on the field. Regardless of his intent, he didn't actually stereotype or generalize anyone. I know we're not robots, so it's natural to read between the lines, but I think the reaction to this is based more on historical frustration than any present reality. I also think the student-athletes are leveraging this comment as an excuse to express their displeasure at not having a say in the fate of Dave Brandon.
|1 week 2 days ago||Is this representative of||
Is this representative of Tosh.0 these days? He seems sharper than what I remember watching in the past.
|1 week 3 days ago||The overall tone of BBW's||
The overall tone of BBW's diary and subsequent comments was SUPER weird. He came across like an insecure android with a programming conflict - on the one hand he really really wanted us to know that he's an expert and he's smarter than Michigan's trainers, but on the other hand he needed to maintain a pretense of "inviting discussion" to keep his unsubstantiated claims from being challenged. They were naturally challenged anyway, because it's a diary and diaries are meant to be informative. This caused the android to malfunction and enter into a repeating loop of uttering meaningless buzz words like "integrative", "compensating modalities", "innovative", "advanced", and "kinetic chain."
|1 week 4 days ago||Innovative. Advanced.||
Innovative. Advanced. Integrative. Compensating modalities. Neuromuscular. Explosive. Kinetic chain. Qualified.
|1 week 6 days ago||This is all true. This||
This is all true. This segment is being hailed critically for it's comedic value right now by a LOT of people, so I mean, to each his/her own. I think a lot of good art is not easily digestible or immediately satisfying (OMG 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY DRAGGED ON WAYYYY TOO LONG AND I DONT GET WHATS UP WITH THE BABY AND THE LIGHTS???). A lot of the times you don't appreciate something right away, but that doesn't mean it sucks. Or maybe it does suck, but that's still just your opinion. Except Ohio State sucks, and that's a fact.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You're the best.||
You're the best.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||☞( ﾟヮﾟ)☞||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ah yes, my bad, thanks.||
Ah yes, my bad, thanks. Sometimes I mix up Buckeyes and assume they all suck.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I realize that Division III||
I realize that Division III exists (after all, I too graduated from a Division III college), so perhaps it's a testament to the format that I wish it could be extended to all universities.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I would actually be ok with a||
I would actually be ok with a world where the NCAA football system as we know it is dissolved. Allow my imagination to run wild for a moment ...
The distant future looks a lot like the distant past. When a talented high school football player graduates, he can go to college to get his degree, or he can join a football club and make money doing it. It's a job, he's an adult. If he wants to make it in the NFL, he could theoretically try out immediately. But more than likely, he'll need time to mature and gain experience in a lower league club team before getting the attention of NFL franchises.
If he decided to go to college, there are absolutely no athletic scholarships. He goes to get his degree, and there is no financial incentive whatsoever to play football (or any other sport). These students are 100% students, and the school's athletic teams are truly, purely created from the men and women who choose to attend that school. To me, this sounds like the legendary days of football yore. The quality of football would never be as good as it is today, but the sense of identity to the men on the field would, in my opinion, be strengthened. Students would watch the games and cheer on their classmates; alumni would think "that could have been me out there battling for my school!"
Now, if a guy chooses to enroll in college and later decides he wants to go pro, he has to quit the college team. He can join a paying club team, and he can even stay in school if he wants.
What are the obstacles to making this world a reality? I wonder if/how the lower league of semi-pro clubs would be financially sustainable. Would it make money by itself? Would people watch it? Would it be supported by NFL franchises? Secondly, would a player ever go to college as a way to get attention for football? Would he maybe think "I could really demonstrate my skills in college in order to make a club team and eventually the NFL" Would college still just be a feeder system to the NFL through a 2-step, rather than direct, process?
All right, that's all I had. I just think it would be cool to regain that vintage sense of "true" students representing the schools competing on the field. I know the guys we have now really are students, so I don't want to take anything away from them. But people like J.T. Barrett remind us that not all student-athletes are made of the same student-to-athlete ratio.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Happy birthday! Seems||
Happy birthday! Seems fitting that Coach was born in the heart of football season.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well, look ... the board is||
Well, look ... the board is who has been hyping WD up so much - not WD himself. I mean, we created a thread inquiring as to whether or not he is alive or dead, banned or not banned. The board has definitely been the dramatic party here, so "I'm no hero" seems like an appropriately absurd response to the absurb behavior of all of us. My opinion.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The internet is weird, don't||
The internet is weird, don't worry about it too much. Enjoy the blog, WD.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Have you tried turning it off||
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This thread needs Rotel with||
This thread needs Rotel with cheese.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Those uniforms would be||
Those uniforms would be pretty nice except for the green striping on the sleeves ... adds a touch of "Christmas Elf" or something to the vibe.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not saying that our||
I'm not saying that our loyalty makes everything else excusable or tolerable - it doesn't, and I even suggested that our A.D. may (should) be ousted before long. The university, the fans, and the alumni create the opportunities the athletic department has to succeed, and if they squander them then they should be replaced. But our loyalty makes it possible to offer better than average facilities, resources, and hopefully even talent to the next leadership as well.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This is a good article,||
This is a good article, written by someone who is clearly used to hating us but by now is kind of standing back going "well, what do I do now?" It's certainly not pity, but curiosity. He makes some observations about college football at a major institution (it could very well be any struggling, historically excellent program) which suggest that the tradition behind the team simply has too much steam to be killed, no matter how grim the short term situation is. The fans are unhappy, but we are still here. Our current leadership may get vanquished, but the essence of what Michigan is will be intact. I think that the fans, more than anything else, are the continuous lifeblood of Michigan football. The players and coaches determine the success of the team at any given point in time, but I think the fans provide the base, generation in and generation out, upon which everything is built.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Caning||
I first read that as "caking" Brandon and I thought "Well, it's either that or death."
|7 weeks 4 days ago||As Brian quoted Genuinely||
As Brian quoted Genuinely Sarcastic earlier today:
"I understand how reprehensible that will sound to some. Many will say that it is still a fan's obligation to support these players. I implore you to reconsider. I beg of you to support these players by putting pressure on those who are destroying them. These players are having their careers derailed by people who are in painfully over their heads ..."
I agree with this sentiment. I think the best thing we can do for the players is to demonstrate our disapproval of the program to which they are entrusting their careers. All of our guys appear to be stand-up gentlemen with talent and bright future prospects, and nobody faults them for their efforts. But as fans, we have only one avenue of communication with the program's administration: our money and our tickets. Witholding our attendance sends the message nonspecifically, to everyone - the players, the coaches, the athletic director. But Dave Brandon only speaks in dollars. If anyone can pick up on the distinction of the Michigan fan base between our disdain for the administration and our appreciation for the players, it's the players. They are not rich ex-CEOs hidden away in piles of money, they're young men living amongst their fellow students who know how to interpret social media, they are in tune with their communities in a way that the higher ups are not. We have to reach those in charge, even if it means not showing up to watch the kids we care about. It sucks, but I think it's probably for the best.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I like how the commentator||
I like how the commentator accused Morris of "acting" with a tone of utter disgust.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Yep, not a lot to see here.||
Yep, not a lot to see here. Hopefully the men on the field and the coaches are able to learn and improve quickly this season.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||It's true - MSU is a fine||
It's true - MSU is a fine academic institution. Stratifying the top 200 can separate "super elite" from "still pretty great", but how meaningful is the difference? It's hard to say ... I think you'd have great career opportunities graduating from MSU, and great career opportunities graduating from UM. At that point, variance in success would most likely be explained in larger part by the individual than the institution. In any case, we shouldn't disparage MSU as being "not good" because that's patently false. If you want to disparage them for being "not as good as us", then that's fine I guess, but still pretty petty.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||And our tailbacks will be||
And our tailbacks will be cutting their teeth on a tough D every weekday, too. Win win?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||If possible (on top of, oh,||
If possible (on top of, oh, everything else you guys already do), it might be neat to have some more crossover/perspective from other Big Ten blogs, a la the relationship we have with 11 warriors. I know mgoblog is a Michigan blog first & foremost, but I get a kick out of the conference comeraderie & the idea of mgoblog as a go-to source in broader sports media. I know, I know, I'm being Dave Branding - er, Dave Brandon. Really though, everything is great as-is.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I'm excited about having a||
I'm excited about having a defense that inspires confidence as a fan, and I'm excited about having dangerous WRs that could break games open with big plays.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||What he said! Also, I'm||
What he said! Also, I'm going to the game. I'd prefer to be happy afterwards if I have to endure South Bend either way.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||The classic "feign||
The classic "feign misunderstanding" ploy. Hoke, you wiley fox, we can never know how deep and vast is your mastery of human psychology.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Those sprint cars don't turn||
Those sprint cars don't turn on dirt the same way your car turns on ashphalt - those drivers actually have to accelerate during turns to force their car inside due to the low friction environment. Braking causes wobble and a skid towards the outer edge of the track.
It's extremely difficult to interpret the driver's intent based on the behavior of the vehicle. Perhaps Stewart only had a moment in time to actually spot Ward - what would he do? If he coolly stuck to his racing instincts, maybe he would gun the engine to turn left and avoid him. Maybe he panics and slams on his brakes, causing an outward skid.
As a juror, your self-assuredness would be a detriment to a fair and accurate trial.