"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
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|2 weeks 17 hours ago||this is important||
While we here on the website obsess over facility upgrades for water polo coverage, schlissel's got a lot coming at him as soon as he steps in the job 15 July. There's issues with aca compliance in the M health system, a potentially huge re-org in the College of Engineering, potentially two college deans needing to be replaced in succession within a year, and I've heard that he really wants to get on a national stage in establishing better nat'l security credentials for the university in concert with Simon at MSU. Those are issues far outweighing the potential replacement of an AD who has the department in the black, has grown nonrevenue sports, and has not presided over major scandal. Caveats apply (one being if 100k streak stops and/or Brandon pisses off one huge donor), but by in large i think Brandon is safe on the argument that the new pres has bigger fish to fry right away.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And the East gets weaker!||
Yay Red Wings!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Got it.||
Thanks. Mods, feel free to delete the thread unless there's dissenting opinion.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I just checked the Trade Machine||
and Greg Monroe & Rodney Stuckey for Anthony Bennett and Dion Waiters + #1 works.... Just sayin'.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This is my wonder||
At this point, Lebron has his two rings and four "The Finals" (TM) appearances in a row. Wade is breaking down, looking like Melo to Chicago. Does Bron's guilt/hubris/irrational desire to be loved by "everyone" think that to cement his "legacy" as the all-time great he can go to Cleveland and try to break a long standing curse by winning a championship with the Cavs? Or 2? Or 3? or 4? (oh stop me now...). I've always been hesitant to the idea LeBron's going anywhere but the easiest path to the finals, but let's be honest, if Derrick Rose isn't Derrick Rose anymore and Indiana can't get mentally tougher / better, is there another team in the Eastern Conference that could challenge ANY team with LeBron right now? Add in Cleveland can pick whoever it needs to compliment LeBron (or trade assets and the pick for other assets... last year's #1 to the Pistons for Greg Monroe? This year's #1 and last year's #1 to Minnesota for Kevin Love?), and if LeBron can be happy with the coach (which by the media reports out of Miami by the end of the year last year, LeBron thought he WAS the coach), why not to Cleveland where he can sandblast out the biggest blotch on his legacy?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Concede on the overhype||
But I honestly thought Bradley was probably 1 or 2 on the squad coming out of our qualifying campaign with Altidore; Dempsey, Howard, and Cameron as next best tier. The fact that we're in position to advance (and should have!) with next to no Altidore, Bradley playing poorly, and Cameron playing like a roller coaster actually has me feeling kind of good. Besler, Beckermann and Jones playing as revelations with Dempsey reverting to his killer form has been a hugely surprising balance to the poor play from others. And Howard I would say has been good not great-- what I expect out of Howard.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Totally missed the point of my post||
He isn't on the team because of his dad, he's on teh team because of the long haul he's one of the top 1-3 players in our nation. My point was his play has been so uncharacteristically bad, it's like someone kidnapped Bob on his way back from Egypt and was holding him ransom for Michael to play bad. The comment was a tongue in cheek criticism like BRadley's been tanking on purpose. I'll include appropriate hashtagz and sarcasm markers for you next time.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||worried about Bradley||
Two late game gaffes from our supposed most heady player. Anyone see if his dad is being held hostage by some nefarious peeps after coaching Egypt? Our hopes in advancing lie in Bradley being able to outplay top Euro and South American midfielders. If he can't, then we're in worlds of hurt.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Question(s) on rooting interests||
So the first game is easy... Waffles over North African deserts all day.
Second game: Do I reflexively cheer against Mexico, or do I cheer for chaos inducing upset if Brazil loses? If Brazil loses, do the people sacrafice the coach to a river teeming with man eating piranhas? Cause that'd spice things up a bit.
Third game: We are SO anti-Russia still, yes? I mean for what they did to Apollo Creed? And how can you cheer against Korean girl pop groups? Can CRex comment on whether his wife is going Korea-zy? (get it? Crazy? Korea-zy? huh? huh?)
|5 weeks 2 days ago||so that happened||
I guess we don't have to worry about:
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm thinking 3-4 seasons||
As mentioned below the culper story basically starts at Washington's defeat in new York and ends after Arnold's defection (sorry, spoiler alert for those of you fell asleep in American history). I think that and the way they set up Tallmadge v Andre for Season 2 lends itself to 4 seasons max. Any more and they'll have to start psuedo history revisionism
|6 weeks 2 days ago||yep||
Turn uses that book as source material for the show. I like it- its not over cgi'd the drama is relatively historically accurate, and I like the character interplay. Its a lot of point counterpoint which was the nature of warfare at that time. In addition, we are probably spoiled in terms of what to expect from intelligence operations what was considered earth breaking Intel then is assumed to be known now in the age of NSA wiretaps and spy satellites. I think the series picks up pace nicely after the introduction of major Andre. I'm hoping for at least a three season run because I want to see how they treat the entire Benedict Arnold story- that and Trenton were the Cupper ring's two biggest contributions to the war.
Amazingly the info we have on the Culper ring wasn't really known until the mid-20th century. And we still don't know for sure who Agent 355 was. (Read a history book). The culper story really illustrates how Washington was ahead of his contemporaries and that he really was a key figure in defeating the British.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||So you're saying there's a chance||
So if I'm Landon Donovan's biggest stalker fan, who am I aiming a sniper rifle at...errrr, hoping gets hurt... errr, hoping plays well in the upcoming friendlies? Davis? Green? Wondo?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Question for the Soccer-illuminati on the board||
Is there a taxi squad or injury replacement allowance for rosters leading up to the WC or is this 23 it come hell or high water? US still has a couple friendlies before Brazil and should someone on the lower half of the 23 get hurt, is Donovan a possible late addition? He's taking this well in the media so I'm wondering if he thinks there's still a shot to make on the final plane as long as he plays good soldier..
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I've read a lot of pieces on Donovan the past day||
And I'm having a hard figuring out why he was left off the roster as he:
1) Does still have value in VERY limited minutes when you're looking to go all out offense
2) Was still seen by active players as respected
and (3) made no bones about the willingness to come off thebench and not be a head case.
You would think that for team unity, JK would have found a ceremonial sit-on-the-bench 23rd spot for him like England tried to do for Beckham. That said, the piece on SI by Grant Wuhl that talked about Klinnsman's penchant for guys that go all out (see the quotes from Jurgen about Wondo) may just speak that JK's going for a culture change of guys who would run through a brick wall for the national team. Donovan's sabbatical and his somewhat reluctant desire to get back to national team competition didn't speak for the intensity that JK has been looking for. I gotta think that either in body language or how he was preparing, Donovan just wasn't showing the balls to the wall despiration that JK was seeking. Remember Eddie Johnson was left off the invited 30 for the training camp too. Message should be received now by Altidore, Dempsey, et al that any slack will not be tolerated.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Next on the mound is hard throwing rookie Rick Vaughn||
He was a juvenile delinquent in the off season.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Just remember when you watch it||
1) This was made before Charlie Sheen, Rene Russo, Wesley Snipes, or Dennis Haysbert made it big. Tom Berenger and Corbin Bernsen were the star power.
2) This was made BEFORE the Indians went through their 90's renaissance with Albert Belle, Jacobs Field, etc. When this was released, the Indians were basically the Cubs with a shittier stadium, and less passionate fans. After this movie, it took on a bit of apocryphal context since the Indians ended up turning into a respectable powerhouse for a 5-10 yr period.
3) Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn was the inspiration for multiple nut-case hard throwing relievers in the 90's like Rob Dibble, Mitch Williams, John Rocker, etc. This movie came out right as was playing Little League and so an entire generation of 30-40 yr olds now naturally assume that to get out of the biggest jams in life, you always fuck the curveball and give 'em the heater.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||(You all aren't going top believe this)^2||
I believe both of you and will raise you that someone has written a doctoral dissertation on how Dennis Haysbert's rise in portrayals from Pedro Cerrano to President David Palmer enabled the election of Barack Obama as POTUS.
"Hayworth hit that ball a mile"
"You know that ball wouldn't have been out of a lot of parks"
"Oh, yeah? Name one."
|8 weeks 5 days ago||The comments add to the fun||
After I forwarded him the link, my coworker who is a Mich grad and Iowan just looked at me with Lee Trevino face from Happy GIlmore and rolled sadly back into his cubical.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Stauskas is borderline Top-10 pick||
According to reports out of the draft combine and other workouts, Nik is showing enoug ball handling skill that NBA types think he can play limited minutes in a 1-spot, is most likely a 2, but could also go to a 3 in a small ball lineup. His athleticism he's showing in workouts along with his rep as a "smart" player is easing GM's concerns about his defensive prowess, in that if he's in a consistent system, he'll likely be able to fill his role in a rotation heavy defensive scheme. The performance in the tourney where he showed he can play the passer out of a pick and roll set as well as a pull up shooter has many NBA types saying he could be highly effective in either a analytics-influenced motion offense or a set play pick and roll. As long as he lands with a coach who has more knowledge than "give it to my 3 and get out of the way" offense, he should be successful. My personal feeling is he'll be a taller Vinnie Johnson or Micheal Cooper type. Borderline starter / definite 6th man with high offensive ceiling and valuable because of positional versatility.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||good one||
I was in a pub in Mayfair in london watching this. The Brits lost that game and the bartender as he was filling up my pint glass looks at me and says "it was fun but frankly we haven't beaten the Jerry's without you yanks since before the kaiser.". Ah yes, British bartenders versed in historical fact.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||soccer is known for this||
Likely best military history related trolling of a soccer fan base since english fans started chanting "if you won a world war please stand up?" During a Germany friendly
|16 weeks 5 days ago||maybe its just the bellaire brown talking||
But if I'm a new age NBA gm with a team of outside gunners, I'm watching that game figuring out how to get a 6'9" guy who's strong, plays baller low post defense without being a shot blocker, knows how to defense pick and roll from multiple concepts, has a great grasp of big man pick and roll action including a savvy ability to slip the pick action, has a couple low post moves with soft touch, AND has improved every year he's played on my team. Yes I'm looking at you Golden State and San Antonio and Miami.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Stauskas dunk||
Waching that Stauskas dunk attempt was the most amazing miss I've seen in Michigan basketball in 20 years. Even with that miss he probably moved up 2 slots in NBA draft projections by showing that he can take guys off the dribble with pure athleticism and has the ups to finish at the rim with a strong take. That was not a 6'6" stringy frosh tweener exploiting a wide open blown assignment... that was a MAN move with some power. If any draftnik mentions Stauskas's lack of athleticism, dude should be flat out called racist.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I like the fact||
That we're in a place where Sweet 16 is expected. Yay for superior coaching. Yay.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||agreed||
My reading is one win next week we're back on the good side of the bubble barring conference tourney miracles. Two wins next week and we're in for sure.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||LeBron couldn't play back then||
The tight shorts would affect his jumpshot much like the sleeved jersey from last week..
Plus, do you really think Mahorn would allow Bron to just storm down the lane with his shoulder down? HELL NO.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||If you want a great treatment of the 90's Bad Boys||
Get the NBA produced video "Motor City Bad Boys" from 1989-90 or the official NBA recap video from the 88-89 season. That had awesome behind the scenes access and quotes, the game footage and music really brought you the drama of those years. As a special treat, the Motor City Bad Boys video has the championship montage after the Pistons won their first title that was shown on CBS immediately after the game set to The Temptations "The Way You Do the THings You Do". Still makes my shed a tear in joy.
I'm hoping the 30 for 30 captures the rise of the Pistons and not just the "they ended Bird & Magic's era!", "They hated Michael Jordan!" memes that seem to dominate talk with the "experts". As much as those guys were hated around the rest of the league, they generated a fierce loyalty in Detroit unlike any other team with the possible exception of the '84 Tigers.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Wasn't a big fan||
Some of the interviews I read before hand with NdeGT didn't give me a positive feeling of real scientific debate and spark during the show.. (his treatment of "climate science" debates went down to "people burn coal and that heats up the atmosphere"-- what a overly simplistic explanation that does a disservice to the real debates going on about the observed data not matching the IPCC sanctioned models by a factor of 2, etc).
The show itself felt like a science version of the CGI overload that's apparent in production today. Apparently we can't actually discuss science anymore without HYPERVELOCITY COMPUTER GRAPHICS BECAUSE KIDS HAVE NO ATTENTION SPANS!!!! I'm apprehensive about the rest of the show, although I will give it a couple more eps. Seems like he wants to be a TV star instead of the science being the star. As to the religion debate, of course its all religious people's fault, because scientists are ALWAYS to be believed, because you know, they're scientists. Hey guess what, I'm a practicing Roman Catholic and a PhD engineer who believes that God and science co-exist, b/c God set it up that way. But I'm not to be listened b/c I don't reject religion wholesale. FAIL.
Plus, he really f*d over Pluto, and I'll never forgive him for that.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||road is pretty much defined||
We lose both next week, we're not in.