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06/05/2017 - 12:10pm Would Happily Edit

But I have no idea how to. I'm not exactly a frequent poster, so I don't know if I don't have permission or if I'm just missing something obvious.

06/05/2017 - 11:37am Yes He Did

My stepson's dad works at the hospital and he told me Speight was in there for an outpatient procedure a while back. Sounded like a relatively routine shoulder cleanup.

01/06/2015 - 10:39am Street Cred!

From 20 year ago...

12/16/2014 - 8:58pm A Coaching Search is No Place For Rational Thought

But I really think it would be to the benefit of everyone's mental health if we look at this objectively. I don't think anyone can seriously argue that, from a pure prestige standpoint, being the head coach of Michigan would be a better job than being the GM and Coach of the Bears.

Michigan is great. We all love the school and the team and the helmets and the fight song, but it's still just a college team, in a lovely, but small college town. The Bears would give him the chance to win football's ultimate prize, as the head of one of the most storied franchises in professional sports, in one of the best cities in the entire world.

We can make the argument that the Bears are a mess right now, and he'd be walking into a reclamation project. But the NFL is the league of parity, and teams are always turning things around in one year. Hell, the Lions are doing it this year, and Harbaugh has already done it once with the 49ers. Perhaps the lunatic fringe of the UM fan base can see them reaching the CFP next year, but I think realistically we're looking at 2017 at the earliest.

Which brings us to the final argument: Things are different, because Harbaugh loves Michigan. This may be true, and as fans we can all relate to that. But then the question becomes, if Harbaugh loves Michigan, then why isn't he here now? His season with the 49ers is effectively over. They can't make the playoffs, and no one would blame him if he left a dysfunctional situation before coaching two final, meaningless games. The Michigan job would be his right now, if he truly wanted it. Maybe it is a sort of pride, and he doesn't want to give up on his team. But to me, the only natural conclusion is that he's waiting to see all his options. And if that's the case...if his love for Michigan isn't automatically going to override any other job offer, and it doesn't happen this week, then I have to believe it's not happening (.gif)

03/07/2014 - 12:32pm The Rivals board

Seems to be fairly optimistic about him coming to Michigan. Such a strange recruitment.

08/26/2013 - 11:36pm I was there with my dad and granddad...

Both graduated from UVA, but my dad moved up to Ann Arbor to do post-grad work at UM. We were in the middle of the UVA section though, and the guys in front of us literally started crying after that play. Tears of unfathomable sadness.

My brother, who had turned 21 one week earlier, was so happy that he bought the 14-year-old me a 40oz. to celebrate. Cool story, brought to you by my bro.

04/17/2013 - 2:07pm Teams Choose Free Throws or Out of Bounds Plays

I've been throwing this idea everywhere I can. I hate the way teams can intentionally foul themselves back into a game (It's especially bad in the NBA, with the hack-a-shaq stuff).

My solution is to let teams decide if they want their player to shoot free throws, or if they'd prefer to take the ball out of bounds, sort of like declining a penalty in football. The current argument is essentially "make your free throws and it isn't an issue," but that doesn't work for me, because the best shooters in the world miss 10% of the time.

If this rule was in place, UM probably loses to Kansas...but they also probably beat Indiana and Wisconsin. And I don't think it will completely kill miracle comebacks, because coaches can still elect free throws if they want, and inbounds plays can be tricky.

 

04/09/2013 - 1:52pm With you 100%

I find it hard to believe that none of the coaches realized they weren't already in the 1-and-1.

01/30/2013 - 10:50pm He ran a 4.61 as a freshman...

according to this site http://www.nationalunderclassmen.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=23100&ATCLID=204977726

Probably hand timed, but that would make the 4.48 time I've seen floating around seem a bit more realistic.

 

01/21/2013 - 11:23am Ha, they measure by 8ths

So Denard is 5'10 and 4/8, or more simply 5'10.5

01/18/2013 - 9:54am From what I can tell

He ended up at Butte College in Chico, California. Here's an article about him from the Seaholm school paper http://seaholmhighlanderarchive.com/sports/football/1211-conways-untold-story

He was also identified as the primary assailant in an assault when a bunch of Butte players allegedly showed up uninvited to a party and started a fight . http://www.newsreview.com/chico/off-sides/content?oid=5763331

He no longer appears on the Butte roster, so he has either transferred again, or was kicked off the team after the incident. http://www.butte.edu/departments/athletics/football/Roster.html

 

01/14/2013 - 10:31am Article at ESPN on Dawson...

...gives me a slight impression that he might stick with Illinois. He likes the academics at Illinois, and apparently they've told him he can play early, which probably wouldn't be the case here. I'd like to see the kid land here though...he's tall and has legit speed (claims a 48.8 400).

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/ncfrecruiting/on-the-trail/post?id=29264

 

02/22/2012 - 8:22pm Dukes went to a Combine

The Next Level Football Combine in Columbus last May

http://www.nextlevelfootball.com/2011-combines/columbus-combine-results…

He measured in at 6'4, 187.6 lbs - 4.95 40 - 4.47 Shuttle - 28.8" Vert - 106" broad jump

He was just a sophomore, and nobody at this combine was particularly fast (only three kids ran faster than 4.7), but I'm thinking 4.6 might be a bit generous.

01/31/2012 - 4:56pm Hmmm

Seems to be two different guys, maybe?

TomVH mentions one, and says to keep it there.

But Hemholdt repsonded to a tweet about Draper wanting to play with Willie Henry, so who knows.

01/18/2012 - 11:57am duplicate

please ignore

01/18/2012 - 11:56am Burke Diggler?

Why not, he's got the touch.

05/31/2011 - 11:31am I've lived in two..

...of those cities. Spent the first 10 years of my life in Ypsilanti, but my parents moved us to Brighton because they didn't like the Ypsi schools at all.

- Ypsi is more of a blue-collar town. It's far more diverse than Dexter and Brighton, thanks in part to EMU, but there is more crime, and as I mentioned, the schools aren't terrific. The cost of living is fairly low, and housing is very inexpensive for the most part. I can't tell you much about the city taxes, I'm afraid.

- Brighton has been one of the fastest-growing areas in the state, and as such there is a fair amount of "new" money there. The cost of housing is going to be higher, and possibly much higher than in Ypsi, but in general you'll end up with more property. The schools are pretty good, though probably not at the level of Ann Arbor. And depending on what you'll be doing at your job, Brighton could be an ideal location, as it is right as the crossroads of US-23 and I-96...it's 45 minutes or less to Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor.

- I can't say much about Dexter...but I drive through it fairly frequently, and it seems like a quaint little town.

 

05/18/2011 - 3:00pm Nice class for Indiana

Headlined by none other than Peter Jurkin.

 

Best name ever.

02/16/2011 - 5:16pm Podcasts

It appears to be available on the WTKA site:

http://www.wtka.com/index.php?fuseaction=home.podcasts

 

01/18/2011 - 9:55pm Chet Hanks is fired up

01/13/2011 - 9:19am Time to

Let RichRod go, I think. I loved the promise of the Spread, but I'm not sure the upside of that offense warranted stomaching the ineptitude of the defensive staff for another year.

01/12/2011 - 9:54am (No subject)

01/05/2011 - 5:38pm I guess the assumption would

I guess the assumption would be that he brings Diaz with him? I'd prefer to up the level of talent to the point that they don't have to run a blitz-happy scheme like Miss St., but at this point, I'll take whatever works.

01/04/2011 - 12:21pm Hoke