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08/14/2018 - 12:22am You're thinking of Cedric…

You're thinking of Cedric Patmon, whose dad owned an Olds dealership. He graduated '84 I think. Was on the wrestling team with my brother. 

Mr Patmon was *very* well liked.

08/14/2018 - 12:19am Dr Benjamin Gravel is…

Dr Benjamin Gravel is unavailable for comment.

08/13/2018 - 7:30am Monteith thru '76.

Monteith thru '76.

08/13/2018 - 12:31am Financial capital isn't…

Financial capital isn't nearly as important as social capital when it comes to building a good environment for youth baseball.

08/13/2018 - 12:18am Actually Almonte is a great…

Actually Almonte is a great story to show how things have changed. Almonte's FB was sitting around 69. This week in Williamsport every single US team's top arm will sit 69 or better. The better US teams will have multiple arms at that velo.

The Korean & Japanese teams won't put kids below that velo on the mound until maybe the fifth kid in the rotation, if then.

Just as in MLB has seen a major increase in velo so have the youth ranks.

Though I do believe certain aspects of today's youth game is significantly worse than in my day, the strength and velo has gone way up.

08/13/2018 - 12:10am Wendy, you're talking about…

Wendy, you're talking about house league All-Star travel teams. Some of them can be pretty good. Many are not.

Yes, most of the best travel teams are not associated in any way with house leagues, LL or otherwise. Sill, there are players on good and even elite non-house travel teams who play weeknights in local house leagues.

The LL All-Star team my son played on 3 years ago had some elite travel players on the squad who were there specifically to take a shot at going to Williamsport. In fact, had we kept all the kids together who played on our 11u team we would have been the odds-on faves to win the state tournament.

Every year some of the better Michigan LL teams are put together in a similar manner. Midland, Rockford, Rockport, GP (both Farms & Woods/Shores), Midland and others follow a similar blueprint.

08/13/2018 - 12:02am I don't know what AAU teams…

I don't know what AAU teams there are for 12-yo's in SE MI. And generally the best local travel teams are *not* Fed ball teams. Usually if a Fed ball team kicks major butt the parents want to ditch Fed ball the next year and go all tournament play.

Year to year MABF is able to keep more of those real good teams. But KVB, NOBF or GFBL? Not a chance. 

08/12/2018 - 11:55pm I'm old enough to remember…

I'm old enough to remember when those diamonds were gravel. I helped lay the grass myself, especially diamonds #2 & 3.

In fact, my brother & I set candy-selling records that helped in great part pay for that grass. The LL has been run quite well for a long, long time. Was sad to hear one of the Rini brothers died last year.

08/12/2018 - 11:45pm Actually, thanks to the…

Actually, thanks to the group home further up Cook Rd, we saw black kids on the regular in grade school.

No one ever hassled them.

 

08/12/2018 - 2:55pm I have just a minor quibble…

I have just a minor quibble with his sliding technique. Needs to get down earlier and is risking injury.

08/12/2018 - 2:54pm Yeah, my uncle & dad coached…

Yeah, my uncle & dad coached against Hamtramck and told similar stories. Including the title run in '59. Both deceased now; my uncle was something of a youth coaching legend in Harper Woods.

08/12/2018 - 2:07pm I highly doubt that GPWS…

I highly doubt that GPWS didn't get their i's dotted and t's crossed on the necessary documentation. And having been through this 3 years ago with my own son, Williamsport does require plenty of documentation.

08/12/2018 - 2:05pm GP environment for youth…

GP environment for youth baseball has always been quite good. Back in my day there wasn't much in the way of private lessons there. I do wonder if that's changed. 

Frankly though, the Great Lakes region was complete crap this year.

08/12/2018 - 1:59pm Not sure about now, but a…

Not sure about now, but a couple years back the LC team was comprised of players from GP Farms, not Woods/Shores.

08/12/2018 - 1:57pm Grosse Pointe *Woods*. And…

Grosse Pointe *Woods*. And Shores. We don't like to be grouped with those cake eaters in the Farms.

08/01/2018 - 11:29pm You're gonna get hop ons.

You're gonna get hop ons.

05/02/2018 - 11:41pm the Long March continues

What could go wrong?

02/15/2018 - 9:05pm ahem

Perhaps you should familiarize yourself with McElwain's work at Colorado State. Took the Rams from 114th in offensive S&P to 33rd in his 3rd and final season. It was well known that JM didn't take kindly to Saban's restrictions on his offense and he wanted to show what he could do unshacked in Colorado. It worked and they were a fun O to watch at the end.

 

 

01/26/2018 - 12:16pm give them credit

ESPN screws up indecent causes too.

01/24/2018 - 9:17pm facepalm

The article is referring to the Michigan Senate. Not the US Senate.

01/24/2018 - 9:03pm napalm would be my 2nd choice

Nuke it from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.

01/24/2018 - 9:00pm a true PR wizard

Best part of this is Ferguson's timely interview on Monday helped speed up this resignation.

Way to go Joel!

01/05/2018 - 8:10pm eh, fire up

As someone married to a Chip who roots for the football team but can't spend the time on details, I'm contractually obligated to keep up on doings in Mt Pleasant so I can intelligently answer questions each fall. Yeah, Enos was a tire fire as HC. Enos' career trajectory at the time pointed to an eventual HC position but he really needed some seasoning.

But I was surprised at how decent the Arkansas numbers were. Given the growing problems Bert couldn't get a handle on Enos really did a decent job there.

I'm curious to find out whether Enos has matured personally. The details are foggy now but he was a real jackass in Mt Pleasant.

12/06/2017 - 9:01pm Louie was cool too

Great minds something something.

12/06/2017 - 8:59pm Ella was cool

Potato, potahto.
Tomato, tomahto.

 

Let's call the whole thing off.

11/21/2017 - 8:40pm um

No, the position of Space Emperor of Space is already taken.

10/31/2017 - 12:16am mmm... radishes

They're good radishes, Brain.

10/29/2017 - 12:09pm mea culpa

Yeah, I wasn't clear with my point. Someone around here yesterday said the reason our running game worked yesterday was Peters showed the Subscribers they had to back off their safeties. No, the running game worked pretty well before the safeties backed off.

And that's why I needed the "its still Rutgers" caveat.

10/29/2017 - 1:41am its still Rutgers

Based on the highlights, the Cable Subscribers didn't start backing off their safeties (in normal down/distance) until the 4th quarter.

10/28/2017 - 9:24pm Dilly Dilly!

Would you prefer a spiced honey mead wine instead?

10/28/2017 - 9:02pm Dilly Dilly!

May Staee reside in the Pit of Misery evermore!

09/26/2017 - 10:09pm ok with the others tho

Terrible list.

I had Cissoko at #176.

09/19/2017 - 10:22pm what I really want

The best retro Nike shoe should be a re-introduction of the tough white canvas swoosh pre-Jordass era. Light blue swoosh on white canvas and heavy, tough sole that lasted forever. My last pair lasted me over 20 years and I'm sorry to this day that I threw them away.

09/19/2017 - 10:15pm thank you

Bill Laimbeer said it best when a TV reporter came to his house to get his reaction to the news that famous Bulls' player was retiring:

"Michael who?"

09/15/2017 - 10:32pm as a Navy fan I'm going to enjoy seeing Howdy Doody crushed

I look forward to seeing what Hurst does when AF tries to Midline him. I also expect AF to call a good number of tosses when we use 4 DL.

 

09/10/2017 - 12:51pm where did Army get their game-changing coach again?

Monken is a good coach; Army is definitely on the upswing. They are still a ways off from getting the kind of recruits Navy snags - guys who if they get a crease can occasionally take it to the house against non-tomato can opponents.

Go Navy!

09/09/2017 - 9:03pm I thought someone would have done this by now

Shane! Come back!

 

I'll see myself out.

09/06/2017 - 11:23pm awesome!

Every time Chipotle makes someone sick I get BOGO offers. It's practically clockwork at this point.

08/29/2017 - 12:40am true

This. Jud was a good man and a fine coach. And when his teams had a PG they were awfully fun to watch. Jud never had a problem giving a good point the keys and allowing him to drive the car as fast as he wanted.

RIP.

08/17/2017 - 10:03pm maybe he ended up there

Pretty sure Montgomery went to Eastern.

06/06/2017 - 12:57am well......

In "Donnie Brasco" the focus of the story was changed to feature Pacino's Lefty character far more than the true story warranted. In fact, it took a lot of work to persuade Pacino that Lefty was the only part in that movie that fit him. The price of getting Pacino to play ball was to give Lefty more lines and make him more sympathetic.

The Brasco/Sonny Black relationship was in real life the far more important one, and Sonny Black was also a much more interesting character, with a few traits that go against the typical mob crew boss persona.

05/15/2017 - 11:13pm be happy

Don't worry; there are plenty of teachers who are no better at their jobs than Weis was at his.

04/11/2017 - 11:11pm classic

Its one of the best intros in TV history.

02/01/2017 - 8:25pm let's fix that

*Cindy*.

01/21/2017 - 12:41pm it was

The boy suffered a scrotal torsion this past spring. That made a football ban easier to sell.

Realisitically the kid could not ever be a D1 prospect anyway. He inherited his dad's lack of upper body strength. He squatted 255 this morning but missed reps in his 110 lb dumbbell bench. And he has major flexibility issues in his hips. Pad. Level.

01/21/2017 - 12:32am i love the game but.....

.... my 14-yo freshman is 6' 2", 245 lbs and we are not letting him play HS football. He played 8th grade ball and loved it. That's it.

Problem is damn near everyone in town thinks he should be playing. The cajoling doesn't stop.

01/11/2017 - 5:36pm it would be fun

I think Jasper can hold his own. 

01/11/2017 - 5:35pm not as easy as it looks

That would be the assumption. Though there is a transition cost; not all slot ninjas can master the blocking skills necessary from an A-back. Its a tough position to play. The blocks themselves are not the only responsibility. Knowing who to block and how that changes based on how the OC sees the D divvying up the dive/QB/pitch responsibilities is just as important. Navy has had to throttle good running A-backs in the past who just weren't reliable enough in their blocking assignments.

Prime example would be Shun White, who thru one 14-game span over 2 seasons once had a > 10 y.p.c. But he couldn't stay on the field 100% because he kept blowing assignments.

 

01/11/2017 - 5:27pm but who is OC?

If Kenny leaves Navy then current OC Ivin Jasper almost certainly gets his old job. Big question is then who does Ken get to run the flexbone? Because he's a defensive guy, not a flexbone O guy. Though he does know it far better than non-flex OC's.

01/11/2017 - 5:23pm well.....

True, but PJ walked into a ridiculous amount of defensive talent at GT. Also Demaryius Thomas.