OT: Why MC Hammer won't make a new album and other stupid thoughts

OT: Why MC Hammer won't make a new album and other stupid thoughts

Submitted by Darker Blue on May 7th, 2012 at 10:10 AM

I tought nobody could touch him? I miss the baggy pants. Its a sad day when you wake up and realize those pants aren't cool anymore. 

 

Also whats up with all of the hipster pages on facebook. I can't even interact with people I know anymore without seeing some stupid picture pop up all over my newsfeed. 

 

Also I want to have a late breakfast but I'm not sure if I should have bourbon, beer or just get an 8 ball of blow and some hookers. HELP ME MGOBLOG. 

 

(If you can't tell I'm bored as fuck, I'm looking for you to help me kill time. I accept all of your negs with love)

OT: New D1 Sports Training Facility owned by Suh and a Michigan Man

OT: New D1 Sports Training Facility owned by Suh and a Michigan Man

Submitted by readyourguard on May 7th, 2012 at 9:37 AM

My old roommate is one of the owners, along with Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh, of a new D1 training facility opening up in Bloomfield MI.  Dr. Kyle Anderson went to Michigan undergrad and Med School, is the Lions orthopedic surgeon, and is a former walk-on for the Wolverines.  His career was cut short by TWO blown ACLs, so it's fitting that he became an ortho surgeon.

Check out their site. 

http://www.d1sportstraining.com/trainerfinder/websites/60037/detroit/index.html

OT: Should the NFLPA push mandatory counseling?

OT: Should the NFLPA push mandatory counseling?

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on May 6th, 2012 at 7:40 AM

 

 

As stories about the self destruction of former NFL players pile up, questions about mental health services for NFL retirees are arising.  Currently, assistance is available to former players through the University of Michigan Depression Center, but they have to ask for help:

Nolan Harrison, senior director of former players for the NFLPA, sent out a message Friday offering assistance through the University of Michigan Depression Center if someone reaches out to the NFLPA.

 

But some do not think such a voluntary system is enough.  At least one former player is calling for mandatory counseling for NFL retirees.

“I think it has to be mandatory, because no player, not one, is going to volunteer to go on his own,’’ said former Chargers linebacker Gary Plummer, who was a teammate of Seau’s and played 15 years between the USFL and NFL before his retirement in 1997. “It’s not going to happen.’’

http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2012/05/06/mental-health-retired-nfl-players-needs-attention/gcpuD1VYzWUPTkCq6m34VJ/story.html

 

So, what do you think?  Should the NFL or NFLPA require mental heath counseling for its retired players?

 

 

M Softball wins second today; remains in 1st in the B1G.

M Softball wins second today; remains in 1st in the B1G.

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 5th, 2012 at 6:47 PM

M SB won the second game today at Wiskey 7-5.  The top half of the order was really clicking in this one.  Bree went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored, Colie went 3 for 5 with an RBI and run scored, Chiddy went 4 for 5 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored and Sara Driesenga went 1 for 2 with a run scored.

Sara got the start and things were looking very good for her.  She got the first batter to line out then gave up a single.  Hutch pulled her for Haylie: reason unknown.  Haylie struggled a little in the 3rd and Wiskey score 4 runs total.

Haylie steeled in and only gave up 1 more run in the bottom of the 7th to pick up her 26th win.

Purdue lost to Minny today in their first game.  These two play again later today.  Nebraska lost 2 today against Indiana.  So M will be a full game ahead of Purdue, maybe 2 if P loses tonight.  Nebraska and Purdue did not help themselves at all; while we took care of business.  Here are the current B1G Standings:

1) M 15-5

2) Purdue  12-6 (plays later tonight)

3) Nebraska 12-7

4) Wisconsin 12-8

M SB stays atop B1G with 5-1 win @ Wiskey

M SB stays atop B1G with 5-1 win @ Wiskey

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 5th, 2012 at 3:09 PM

The University of Michigan Softball Team stayed on top of the B1G standing by beating Wiskey in Madison 5-1.  We scored 5 runs in the 3rd inning off Ashley Lane's Grand Slam to Center Field.  Chiddy hit a RBI single earlier in that same inning.  We play the second of the DH at 3PM.

Haylie Wagner pitched an almost flawless game.  She gave up 1 ER off 7 hits.  She walked 2 and struck out 4.  She pitched a complete game too.

Overall, that is the Michigan Team we know and love.  We jump out early, putting the opposing team on the ropes.  Then let the pitching settle in and work magic.

Coach has to be very pleased with the ladies performance today.  Minny helped us by beating Purdue.  Indiana is currently beating Nebraska 3-0 in the 4th Inning.  So we should be able to but some room between us and the rest of the B1G.

OT: The PED Principle--Doping in Modern Sports

OT: The PED Principle--Doping in Modern Sports

Submitted by stephenrjking on May 4th, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Discussion about the dangers of football as it is currently played and the current, unprecedented levels of speed and strength in the game prompted my thoughts on the existence of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in football and other sports. How widespread is doping in major sports?

It used to be that doping was only something "bad guys" did. Ben Johnson. East Germans. Crazy European cyclists. For years I thought that PEDs were a dirty trick that only bad guys would indulge in--my favorite athletes and teams were all good guys and thus ethically incapable of such moral transgression. 

However, Western sports are not immune to performance-enhancing drug use; see baseball, for example. When Jose Canseco threw syringes at every significant baseball player of the 90s I piled on baseball as a sport and arrogantly checked off a box on my list of reasons why football is superior to other sports. After all, the NFL tests for drugs!

I was being naive. In truth, I already knew better: The BALCO scandal shockingly revealed that the most sophisticated PEDs were invisible to contemporary tests. An athlete could dope wihout any limitation and never test positive. This inherent flaw in drug testing was and is a big deal; the most determined dopers are capable of defeating whatever tests are in place.

Lance Armstrong never tested positive. He won 7 Tours de France in a row, an unmatched  record in cycling. I actively rooted him on, roping me into the small world of cycling fandom. Interesting fact you might not have known: virtually every cyclist that he shared a podium with from 1999-2006 was linked with doping (the lone exception was Fernando Escartin, placing third in 1999). That means that Lance beat riders that were actively cheating every year. Either he was also enhancing his performance... or it is the greatest athletic feat of all time. 

I liked Lance. Accepting the possibility that he may have cheated was a difficult conclusion for me to draw. And that led me to an important conclusion about us as sports fans: We do not recognize the breadth of PED use in sports because we are asking the wrong question.

When we consider the possibility of PED use, what we want to do is ask ourselves whether or not we think someone would use it. We ask this about our favorite athletes: Would Steve Yzerman dope? Of course not! He's such a great guy. (This is still my actual position). We ask that about other athletes, too; people generally think Derek Jeter and Ken Griffey Jr. managed to get through the steroid era without juicing, and there may be good reason for that. However, I think this belief is at least partly held because people think highly of Jeter and Griffey as individuals.

That is part of the reason that so many people find it so easy to accept that Barry Bonds juiced at the end of his career: we don't like him. Sure, Goodyear recruited his head to join their blimp fleet, but he's a jerk, a villain; of course he'll dope.

But this is the wrong question. We take an incomplete understanding of the character of an athlete and, based on our conclusion of their behavior, make a wider judgment about the status of sports as a whole. "Barry Sanders wouldn't dope, therefore doping isn't a big deal in football, probably just a few bad apples."

But we don't understand the character of most athletes. In truth, a successful athlete is almost certainly driven by a level of competitiveness most of us will never comprehend. The drive to win, to succeed, to prove oneself to detractors, to get better, to achieve, is remarkable. That's what compels Kobe Bryant to  spend hours in the gym before and after practice perfecting his shot. That's what compels Peyton Manning to spend hours and hours each week studying film--in the offseason. Victory. Success. Winning.

And individuals who seek to win will, often, go to any length available to succeed. Slightly late hits after the whistle. A whack at the hands at the base of a jump shot. A stick in the shins when the ref looks the other way. A rub of a dirty hand before a pitch.

PEDs can increase strength. They can increase speed. They can increase endurance (cyclists don't use anabolic steroids, but directly alter their blood chemistry to increase their cardiovascular efficiency to astonishing levels). What are sports if not tests for speed, strength, and endurance? PEDs can give a soccer player the endurance to win a corner in the 87th minute, a baseball player the extra length on a fly ball to hit a home run, or a running back the extra kick to make it to the second level. A basketball player gets extra height on their way to the basket, a hockey player recovers quicker for the next playoff game, a swimmer has the extra wattage to win at the wall. 

If you want to know if there are PEDs in use in a sport, just figure out if their is a tangible benefit to them. Football, a game of speed and power, clearly benefits from PEDs. Baseball, where power hitting and power pitching are million-dollar attributes, also benefits. Cycling, swimming, distance running, soccer, and even tennis are sports where endurance can make the difference between winning and losing; they benefit. Basketball? Strength and particularly speed. Hockey? Strength and speed. 

"But wait," you say. "Nobody in the NBA/NHL/EPL has tested positive." There are drugs known to beat tests, and sophisticated doping programs are brilliant at evading detection. If a sport has not had any positive tests, that doesn't mean nobody is doing it. In my opinion, that means a lot of people are doing it, and nobody has been caught. 

I've settled on a principle for determining whether or not I think there is doping in a sport. The PED principle. I use it for my own opinion only, as much for a protection against future disappointment as anything else. It allows me to appreciate a sport, recognize the potential problems, and enjoy the athletes or teams I like without having to worry myself asking "Is so-and-so doping?"

The PED principle is this:

If there is a benefit to PEDs in a sport, athletes will use them. Unless the risk of consequences outweighs the benefits, many will do it. If I hold it against one sport, I must hold it against all of them... or none of them.

OT: 2012 Kentucky Derby

OT: 2012 Kentucky Derby

Submitted by BrewCityBlue on May 4th, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Well the first Saturday in May is upon us as of tomorrow and that means the annual Run for the Roses is here. 

I realize the great majority of this board probably doesn't care but I have to imagine there's at least a few other degenerates like myself who enjoy bettin' the ponies. This is your place to discuss with your fellow M brethren what you think will go down in the fastest 2 minutes in sports (outside of Denard running the 2 minute offense of course). 

I think Trinniberg will get out front early and set a blistering pace through the first 6-7 furlongs before fading. Hansen and Bodemeister will be right behind him slightly off the pace. I don't think Hansen has the distance anyways but even if he did I don't think he'll be able to resist the temptation of trying to keep up with Trinniberg early, further burning him out before the finish line. If Bodemeister breaks well he has a chance (duh, he's the favorite) but I don't know if he can rate off the pace like he'll need to to win this race. Bode will want to go early because of Trinniberg and Hansen, and his rider will want to hold him back and save something for the longer classic distance of 1 1/4 miles. This will waste valuable energy for Bodemeister, though, he may just be good enough to win it anyways. 

This frantic early pace sets up the race perfectly for a middle of the pack stalker or a deep closer from the back. Anytime you have 20 horses racing on a track meant for 14 things are going to get crazy and luck will play a big part. I like Gemologist and I'll Have Another's outside post positions because they'll be able to settle in nicely coming into the first turn and not get caught up in the mix inside. If they can be placed favorably I like their chances for a stretch run as stalker types. 

Union Rags is probably the best horse in this field and if he gets the right trip should win the race. However the right trip is tough to get in this race as it is, much less with starting from the 4 post. This leaves his connections an interesting decision. Try to get in a good stalking position early but risk being bumped and closed off, or, sit back early if the horse isn't fighting and try to come from further off the pace than they'd probably like. I don't know what they'll do, but he's a horse that can win this race from either scenario if it breaks right for him. 

Daddy Nose Best has been the hot training horse this week and it seems like he's setting up for a real good race. 

Dullahan is a deep closer who I like but he's been much better on grass and synthetic surfaces - I just don't know if he likes dirt all that much, and being a closer, he'll have plenty of dirt being kicked in his face the first mile of the race. 

Alpha had a bad trip in the Wood Memorial and still almost beat Gemologist, but he missed a critical work due to an infection after that race and he starts from the 11 gate, which gets loaded 1st with the 1, and he has had gate issues in the past. 

Creative Cause has been very consistent but lost a shoe shipping and hasn't trained well this week. He's still very capable, but I don't like seeing things "not go to plan" the week leading up to the derby when everything has to fall into place perfectly to win. 

El Padrino will go off at longer odds just because of a bit of a dud in his last prep race the FL derby, finishing 4th. I don't put too much stock into that. He's a good horse, and can come from the back late. If it's raining, I'll have him involved in more tickets, his Mudda was a mudda!

Wow I can't believe I've typed all this and I've barely broken down half the field. Sorry for so TL;DR - I've got Derby fever!!

I'm sure I'll change my mind 5 times before actually placing my bets, but, currently I have it...

I'll Have Another (12-1)

Daddy Nose Best (15-1)

Union Rags (9-2)

Gemologist (6-1)

El Padrino (20-1) (you can't bet on 5th place but I couldn't decide between him and Gem)

OT: Coaching & ContactIng Colleges

OT: Coaching & ContactIng Colleges

Submitted by MGrether on May 4th, 2012 at 5:50 AM
This is my first year as a Track & Field head coach and I have some athletes with some serious potential. Maybe not top level, big school D1 potential... But could be an asset on the average college team. Question: What can I do as a coach to promote them to schools? Is there a recommended resource that spells out the guidelines for HS coaches? Anyone with experience with this care to share? Watching Ginn Sr in Cleveland over the past decade of recruiting has shown me the value of a coach promoting their players and getting them recognized and I would like to be that resource for my kids. Thanks!