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12/12/2018 - 6:40pm I think a portion of kids…

I think a portion of kids are not really all that interested in school, and this in turn leads to a lot of the shenanigans surrounding college football.  NFL should absolutely create a feeder league. They’ve had a free feeder league forever, and IMO it’s high time it’s stopped. It’s every bit as bad as getting stadiums built on the taxpayers’ dime (a habit that is thankfully fading).  Kids who want to get paid would then have an option to do that, without the facade of going to school.  Baseball and European soccer clubs pay for developmental leagues. Kids who genuinely want an education have that option too.  The quality of college teams may diminish slightly, but that won’t be significant because everyone is in the same boat. The current baseball model should be workable for football too. College baseball is still thriving, and I suspect there’s less under the table stuff going on than in football,  because kids have an option of going directly to the minors out of high school.

12/12/2018 - 11:21am Who’s more elite than Don…

Who’s more elite than Don Brown???  Please, give us a name...

12/11/2018 - 10:50pm Warum nichts?  I would pick…

Warum nichts?  I would pick Michigan.  My daughter knew several members of the team while she was at Michigan, and she was an Architecture major.  My time was in the 80s, and I often saw Harbaugh, Kolesar, Morris, McMurtry, etc around campus, on South University Ave, and at the usual hangouts.  The point being, at Michigan the guys on the team are part of the fabric of the student body.  I have no idea what it is like at Ohio State, but I do know of schools where the players are placed in a silo and have little interaction with Joe Average student.  I suspect OSU has a similar vibe, but again I’m not sure.  If you want a genuine college experience, go to Michigan.  The foreign trips are but one manifestation of that.  The OSU loss sucked, no doubt, and according to Sam it did bother him, but it’s one game.  Wasn’t the 29 point loss to a.500 Purdue team equally humiliating?  I am a homer, but I could easily rationalize Michigan over Ohio State, despite the loss.  He may choose to  see things differently, but I don’t think it’s hopeless to think that he may pick the Wolverines despite 11/24.

12/11/2018 - 7:35pm I’m assuming this is satire??

I’m assuming this is satire??

12/11/2018 - 6:39pm Hang in there-I went through…

Hang in there-I went through this in 2014.  She was wait listed on the first go-round.  A week later she got an acceptance letter.  Her graduation this last April was one of the highlights of my life.  So, be patient-it’s worth it!

12/09/2018 - 11:23pm By one point.  And although…

By one point.  And although they looked good for awhile, in the end ND had a disappointing season.

12/09/2018 - 11:16pm Totally agree.  Again,…

Totally agree.  Again, protecting SEC interests.

12/09/2018 - 10:12pm I wonder what their beef was…

I wonder what their beef was with how Karan was used.  I didn’t notice much difference from previous games.  He seems like a great guy, hate to see him leave with bad feelings.

12/09/2018 - 9:56pm Isn’t losing by 29 points to…

Isn’t losing by 29 points to a .500 team worse?  How would anybody want to go to Ohio State when they get shellacked every year by a subpar team.   s/

 

I dont think losing 62-39 helps, but it isn’t the whole story.  Why don’t other teams have consequences after bad loses?  Georgia got blown out by LSU.  Who would wanna go there??  I mean, LSU is only going to be better next year....Georgia isn’t gonna get any recruits.     This of course can go on adinfinatum, and obviously my comments re:Georgia are bullshit.  Just trying to make a point.  Not sure a more competitive showing vs Ohio State would have absolved us of all recruiting disappointments.

12/09/2018 - 9:21pm It’s high time that the NFL…

It’s high time that the NFL runs a developmental league, so those who choose to put all their eggs in the “I’m going to the NFL” basket don’t have to go through the facade of going to school.   There is just so much phony bullshit going on, and the NFL is killing college football, as it has become the tail that wags the dog.  I get it why some choose not to play, but the notion of student-athlete gets blown up every time someone  chooses not to play because it puts their chances of going to “ the league” at risk.  That simple notion, starting a developmental league by the NFL, would clean up college football to a great degree.

12/09/2018 - 3:13pm No

No

12/09/2018 - 2:18pm Your user name is just so…

Your user name is just so....appropriate.

 

re:Chancre

For those of you not medically inclined:  a painless ulcer, particularly one developing on the genitals as a result of venereal disease

12/09/2018 - 1:51pm I was forced to live in that…

I was forced to live in that part of the country for a year.  What people may not realize is that the Civil War is still being fought, albeit on the college gridiron rather than the battlefield.   Every time you hear the  S-E-C chant, it’s a semi-polite way of saying fuck you Yankee.  When you have that mindset, cheating becomes easy to rationalize.  Just win baby...

12/09/2018 - 9:42am The fact that the defensive…

The fact that the defensive backfield is an area of relative weakness (compared to the rest of the Alabama team)  further heightens suspicion....

12/09/2018 - 8:54am Yep, this^^^^.  By utilizing…

Yep, this^^^^.  By utilizing the “we lost to Ohio” logic,  Logan Brown should be clamoring to come to Michigan-Wisconsin is 1-2 against Harbaugh. And why wouldn’t the 29 point loss to Purdue ruin Ohio State’s recruiting?  Franklin is 1-3 against Harbaugh, yet they are getting Micah Parsons type recruits.  Having two DBs switch commitments in one evening stinks to high heaven.  If only we could subpoena their phone records, there might be a common number in there...

As someone who grew up in CA, and is old enough to remember George Wallace on the steps of of the University of Alabama preventing the admission of Vivian Malone and James Hood, the admission of California kid Najee Harris to Alabama also raised my eyebrows.  California culture and Alabama culture are as divergent as French from German.  This whole thing is so pernicious because it becomes a positive feedback loop.  He gets the best players because of his “support”, which leads to victories, which leads to the best players wanting to go there, which leads to....   Why has Kirby Smart been such a better recruiter than Mark Richt?  

 

Just venting because I’m  frustrated this Sunday morning, but.... the loss to OSU hurt, no doubt, but I think other factors are in play, and the dual flips of defensive backs raises that level of suspicion to 11. And, there is no academic standard by which University of Alabama compares to University of Michigan.  Not...a....single....one.

 

 

 

 

12/02/2018 - 8:42pm This!!!

This!!!

12/02/2018 - 8:39pm I agree. Why not say any…

I agree. Why not say any conference champions with two losses or less, qualify for the playoffs. If a four loss team wins the conference championship, open up that spot to an at large team.  If I recall, an 8-8 team was in the Super Bowl a few years ago (Arizona Cardinals?). Once something like that happens, the relevance of the regular season is greatly diminished, ie college basketball.

11/27/2018 - 2:12pm Serious academic schools…

Serious academic schools drop sports?  Stanford would like to have a word with you...

11/26/2018 - 12:15pm I think that the “Revenge…

I think that the “Revenge Tour” mentality may have played against us.  John Wooden always promoted against playing with emotion, as being too up, or down, can bring inconsistencies into your game,  I think the team folded emotionally when things didn’t go as planned, and contributed to the margin of victory.  In particular, I thought that OSU last drive of the first half, after the Evans touchdown, was particularly deflating.  They had 45 seconds on the clock, and they walked down the field like they were playing against a high school squad.  Man to man works great, until you are required to cover superior athletes.  It was evident then that we had no answer for their offense.

 

Now, for a bit of perspective....  In Winston Churchill’s younger days, a matronly type came up to him and said, “ Winston, you are disgustingly drunk”.  Churchill’s reply was classic: “Madame, you are right. However, in the morning, I shall be sober. You, on the other hand, will still be ugly.”

10/11/2018 - 7:40am According to Braden Gall and…

According to Braden Gall and his colleague at Sirius XM (drawing a blank on his patrner’s name), Crouch rescheduled at Michigan’s request.  They speculated that they wanted him to visit closer to signing day, and they wanted to be able to spend more time with him, as there are a lot of recruits visiting this weekend.  My speculation is that he comes for Penn State.

10/09/2018 - 10:19am I didn’t know until now that…

I didn’t know until now that the defender that Tru Wilson supposedly held on the called back DPJ touchdown took a well acted soccer-like dive.   Maybe that guy has a future as a professional wrestler...

10/01/2018 - 11:58am Statistically significant…

Statistically significant absence of holding calls against Michigan’s defensive line has absolutely nothing to do with discipline of play.

10/01/2018 - 11:03am Could somebody with a…

Could somebody with a statistical program look at that;  to my eyeball test, that is a p<0.05 level deviation.  Also, what about the converse; are more holding calls called on Michigan?  That phantom call is like a bellwether event.  If statistically there were more holding calls called on us as well, the Big Ten has some explaining to do; there may even be a legal remedy (not that’s what we want, but in polite modern society legal remedies are the way to punch somebody in the nose who richly deserves it)

08/26/2018 - 1:10am I’m the physician that…

I’m the physician that described Newsome’s likely course, as posterior knee dislocation comes with a pretty stereotypical set of injuries.  I was not the one commenting on Crawford-I’m not on Twitter, so that ain’t me!  If rumors about Black’s injury are true, I wonder when it happened.  Let the dust settle and see what is going on.

08/07/2018 - 10:32am In some ways it doesn’t…

In some ways it doesn’t matter if they followed protocol.  Zach Smith works at the behest of Urban Meyer, and Meyer could fire him for any reason.  In fact, the OSU faithful prior to this widely held that he was a weak link; he could have been fired for any reason.  Just because Urban reported it doesn’t take him off the hook- he still had the power to fire him.  Coordinators get fired all the time, just ask Tim Drevno.  The fact that he kept him is on Urban Meyer, not the University administration.  There was a lot of smoke around Zach Smith-why keep him, particularly when he wasn’t a good coordinator in the first place?  To use an analogy- your teenage daughter is dating a guy that has been arrested three times on drug trafficking charges, but gets off each time.  Do you continue supporting your daughter’s decision to keep dating him, because “nothing has ever been proven”?

08/05/2018 - 1:58am The main question in my mind…

The main question in my mind is this:  If he followed proper procedure in 2015, why did he feel the need to lie multiple times at the press conference?  Usually lies are told to cover something up.  Why did he repeatedly lie if he wasn’t at fault?

 

The president of OSU needs to decide if OSU is to be taken seriously as an institution of higher learning, or is OSU merely a football team with a second rate university attached.   The choice is that stark.  What’s more,  I’m afraid the response of their fan base merely confirms every negative stereotype about Buckeye fans.  Winning uber alles.  I don’t understand the joy of winning if you cheat.

07/03/2018 - 11:04am The previous play, where…

The previous play, where Samuels reversed field and got to within one yard of a first down, is totally aggravating.  Look at it again; lots of holds and a gigantic, humongous, even a nearly blind person would have seen it block in the back on Jourdan Lewis. If that penalty was called, game likely would have ended differently.

That’s why I’m not really worried about the team, or Harbaugh- imagine if the “punt mishap” never happened, and we won 2016 Ohio State game.  The narrative would be completely different.  Sports fans often jump to conclusions based on a small sample size.  I’m not a statistician, but have a functional knowledge; sports and politics are two fields where the bullshit factor is high when supposed statistics are pulled out.

06/09/2018 - 6:55pm Time was 2:28, which was a…

Time was 2:28, which was a bit slower the Twice a Prince, who finished second in the 1973 Belmont

06/09/2018 - 6:52pm Secretariat’s Belmont Stakes…

Secretariat’s Belmont Stakes win is one of the most impressive accomplishments in any sport.  Time of this race will be approx 2:27; Secretariat’s time was 2:24. One second  ~ 8 lengths

05/03/2018 - 3:16pm I have no idea what his heart

I have no idea what his heart condition is, but I do know for a fact the default position for an independent physician (ie not on the team’s payroll) evaluating a professional athlete, if you’re not confident, is “do not clear”. Think about it- if you put your name on it and he collapses from an arrhythmia, it would not be a good look. It would be a very bad, no good, horrible look. What’s more, your name would be on every sports page in the country. If Hurst was cleared, he should be good to go. Everything else is just posturing.

05/03/2018 - 3:16pm I have no idea what his heart

I have no idea what his heart condition is, but I do know for a fact the default position for an independent physician (ie not on the team’s payroll) evaluating a professional athlete, if you’re not confident, is “do not clear”. Think about it- if you put your name on it and he collapses from an arrhythmia, it would not be a good look. It would be a very bad, no good, horrible look. What’s more, your name would be on every sports page in the country. If Hurst was cleared, he should be good to go. Everything else is just posturing.

05/03/2018 - 10:37am As a former physician at DMC,

As a former physician at DMC, I can tell you that a Tenet has irreparably fucked over DMC, especially Children’s Hospital. Chuck Shanley , CEO of the Physicians group, is a personal friend, and is as straight a shooter as there is, His comment about downstream revenues being used in academic medical centers for budding research projects, etc is completely 1000% true, and that is incongruent with Tenet ‘s desire to maximize profits. Tenet should do the DMC, and Detroit, a solid favor and sell DMC. BTW, this whole for profit thing was started by Mike Duggan, and falls into the construct of an idea that sounds good, but actually isn’t. Would not recommend going to DMC for anything right now. It is not the place it was prior to Tenet’s arrival in 2013...

04/19/2018 - 11:46pm Abomb4480

Is correct. It is HIPAA ( (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ).

04/19/2018 - 3:58pm Additional comment

Another vascular injury would likely lead to an above knee amputation, which just.....sucks. Below knee amputations are relatively well tolerated in non athletic life-above knee not so much. To reiterate, if he were my patient, or my kid, he wouldn’t play.

04/19/2018 - 3:50pm Posted this on another thread. I know the guys

At the Med Center. Pretty conservative bunch, appropriately so. Do not see him playing.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I’m a surgeon and it is highly, highly doubtful, in my opinion, that Newsome would be allowed to return. I don’t know the specifics of his case, so there is no HIPPA violation, but his injury is very stereotypical. Posterior knee dislocation, with popliteal artery dissection or thrombosis, leading to lower leg ischemia and compartment syndrome. Saphenous vein graft to re-establish blood flow, fasciotomies that may or may not require skin grafting, and a complex knee reconstruction. This accounts for his long hospital stay, his reports of “almost losing a leg”, which aren’t exaggerated bullshit, and his long rehab. Limb salvage in this case is an excellent result. Playing high level football? No fucking way would I clear him. Would be open mouthed shocked if he received clearance. I just want to lend some reality to those hoping he makes it back. He seems like a great guy, and I wish him the best. The education portion his experience here matters, and from what I can see he is taking that to heart. He should serve as an example for those who put all their eggs into the “making it to the NFL” basket

04/07/2018 - 11:37am I hate to be the bearer of

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I’m a surgeon and it is highly, highly doubtful, in my opinion, that Newsome would be allowed to return. I don’t know the specifics of his case, so there is no HIPPA violation, but his injury is very stereotypical. Posterior knee dislocation, with popliteal artery dissection or thrombosis, leading to lower leg ischemia and compartment syndrome. Saphenous vein graft to re-establish blood flow, fasciotomies that may or may not require skin grafting, and a complex knee reconstruction. This accounts for his long hospital stay, his reports of “almost losing a leg”, which aren’t exaggerated bullshit, and his long rehab. Limb salvage in this case is an excellent result. Playing high level football? No fucking way would I clear him. Would be open mouthed shocked if he received clearance. I just want to lend some reality to those hoping he makes it back. He seems like a great guy, and I wish him the best. The education portion his experience here matters, and from what I can see he is taking that to heart. He should serve as an example for those who put all their eggs into the “making it to the NFL” basket.

PS. If Shea plays, I think we’re gonna kick ass. Wish someone would stick a sock in Finebaum’s mouth for trashing Coach. Colossal failure? WTF!?

04/17/2017 - 11:24pm There is a huge difference in

There is a huge difference in athleticism between Speight and Peters. I know this sounds weird, but check out their tackling efforts on the pick-6s. Peters dove for Watson in a very athletic move- Speight looked like a stork with ankle cuffs when he tried to tackle Glasgow. FWIW- 2018 is looming as a potentially great year for a run at the national championship. I'm not giving up on 2017, but all likelihood our young but talented secondary and/or offensive line will cost us a game or two. Give Peters the chance to get to get experience under his belt this year IMHO.

12/17/2014 - 9:02pm I believe the formal offer

I believe the formal offer wasn't made until today, ie Harbaugh speaking directly to Hackett. I suspect Hackett is forcing Harbaugh to show his hand, and may be the source of the rumors. With the playoff possibilities for the 49ers over, there really isn't a good argument for waiting for the season to be over. Remember, for the next two weeks we are the only ones who can negotiate with Harbaugh. Once the season is over the NFL teams in the market for a new coach can get in the mix, albeit with the 49ers as an interested party. It would be good to get Jim sewn up before that could happen. If JH insists on waiting, we really haven't lost anything, but it does suggest that he is ambivalent about coaching our team. In short, I think this is a masterful play by Hackett, not a sign that he isn't coming. If $8 mill/yr doesn't flush him out, nothing we can offer will, and we may as well get on to the next candidate. FWIW, at $8 mill/year, I think guys like Bob Stoops come into play, despite their previous exclamations about their undying loyalty for their current job.

12/17/2014 - 7:32pm Double post

Double post

12/17/2014 - 7:27pm Whether Jim accepts the offer

Whether Jim accepts the offer or not, you have to say that Hackett is AWESOME!! Definitely trying, that's fo' sho'! My former AD contact said they were prepared to make him the highest paid coach in all of football-he wasn't kidding!

12/15/2014 - 9:17pm Did anyone catch the Harbaugh

Did anyone catch the Harbaugh quote "team played with valiant effort"? Hmmmm, where have I heard that term before....

12/15/2014 - 9:06pm I just heard John Clayton

I just heard John Clayton discussing Harbaugh's options on the Mark Schlereth Show. He didn't even acknowledge that Michigan is a possibility. This drives me crazy-Harbaugh may or may not choose to come here, but I am convinced that U of M is a serious consideration, and those freakin' NFL guys can't get it through their heads that they're not the best show in town. (Ya ever been in a foreign country the day of Super Bowl. I have several times, trust me, the rest of the world doesn't give a shit...)

College coaches are molders of men, they touch the future-we forget that most of those guys touching the banner are NOT going to be pro athletes. Most of them are gonna be CEOs, physicians, attorneys, etc. Guys that played for Bo, the Bear, etc get almost teary eyed discussing their time with those coaches. Bill Walton constantly talks about John Wooden-does he ever even mention his pro coaches?

Coaching pro athletes is liking screwing a porn star- they may be more proficient at it, but their heart isn't really in it and they are doing it for the money.

I realize this is just my opinion, but coaching a college team has got to be more rewarding than anything in the Not For Long league....

(Just placed this on a different thread- that just got deleted?)

12/14/2014 - 11:24pm I think if it's gonna happen

I think if it's gonna happen it'll be this week, next week at the very latest. There's no point in sticking it out with the 49ers for the remainder, and he can quit at any time. If it doesn't happen this week, he is probably weighing his NFL options....

12/14/2014 - 9:27am The guy writing that column

The guy writing that column doesn't even acknowledge the Harbaugh-to-Michigan possibility, so this is a superficial look at the situation. I don't know if we 'll wind up with Harbaugh (obviously hoping we do), but him taking a job at Michigan is a very, very real possibility, and for this guy to not even acknowledge the possibility labels him an NFL synchophant. FWIW, I think being a college coach is way, way more meaningful...

12/09/2014 - 8:13am They are prepared to offer

They are prepared to offer Saban/Sean Payton type money to the right person, so we will not be outbid...

This morning learned to the surprise of absolutely no one that the Borges to Nuss exchange was 100% a Brandon driven enterprise. Again, no surprise, but Brandon was an extremely toxic person in the leadership role. Brady definitely had to go, and has definite shortcomings as a coach, but don't be surprised if he does better than anticipated in his new job. Brandon was an anchor.

Also learned how BS like the Butch Jones caper went down. They started out with a list- I think I heard there are 14 names on it now, but it conceivably could have been more early on. They were very circumspect, so the list was pretty generous. The search firm then approached those on the list, and simply asked them if they would even consider the job-just sending out feelers, nothing more. After all, why waste time on something that'll never happen-kinda like my dating life at one point:) In any event, the interest was never beyond that, but Butch and his agent parlayed that into a nice raise and contract extension. To say that we contacted him has a grain of truth, but to say we were interested in him is a pretty sizable exaggeration.

12/08/2014 - 1:58pm Some good news and

Some good news and discouraging news...

New guy here- spoke to a former Michigan AD today at the gym-I won't say which AD, but you can probably figure it out. Don't ask, I'm not gonna say who it is He is an acquaintance, have chatted with several times before, but I had the sense that there were definitely some boundaries in our discussion, which I tried not to cross. This is what I gleaned:

1) He knows Hackett well, and actually gave him his first job. He thinks very, very highly of him, and has spoken to him very recently (I had the impression this last weekend, but that is not definite).

2) He is confidant we are "going to get it right this time". Said that the previous situation wasn't right for a good hire (not so subtle dig at Brandon I assume...)

3) He said nobody in the media knows shit...all of it is idle speculation without any real basis in fact.

4) Now for the discouraging part-in regards to Harbaugh, it's still viable, but the wife issue is real. I am a bit sympathetic; I'm a native Californian that was formerly married to a New Englander, and it was very difficult to talk my now ex-wife into making a move from CA back to the Midwest for a career change. Once you get out of the 4-5 months of gray and cold, it's hard to go back. I believe Harbaugh's wife is originally from KS.

5). He thinks there are better candidates than Harbaugh out there. I'm not sure I'm there in regards to believing there are better candidates, but in our zeal for Harbaugh we are discounting his undeniable personality issues. I would love for Harbaugh to coach my alma mater, but I did meet him during his QB days, and he was in all honesty a bit of a tool back then.

6) I brought up Schiano and Addazio- he didn't respond, but his facial expression was along the lines of "fugetta bout dem". I have heard from somewhere else that most of the Schiano buzz is coming from his agent.

7). He said some very, very big names were in play. No other info:(

8). Finally, he said that they were PREPARED TO MAKE THIS COACH THE HIGHEST PAID COACH IN FOOTBALL, PRO OR COLLEGE, if the resume warranted it.

That's it, I have no other details, but I was feeling pretty good in general, although the Harbaugh situation wasn't as good as I had hoped. His comments jives perfectly with what Brian said above, and also corroborated what Sam said about pulling Harbaugh out of CA. All I will say is this search seems to be so much better than the last one....