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12/17/2018 - 10:05pm Great stuff as usual. What…

Great stuff as usual. What kinds of tactics are available to coaching staffs to mitigate unwanted transfers? 

12/16/2018 - 12:14am Great list, but incomplete…

Great list, but incomplete. Let's complete it:

7. His dad

8. His dad

9. His dad

10. His dad


There, that should do it.

12/13/2018 - 11:05pm Dantley's D was worse than…

Dantley's D was worse than Aguirre's. But more importantly Aguirre got his points in the flow of half-court O. Dantley ate up the shot clock as the guards stood on the perimeter to bail him out if he couldn't find what he wanted. The pick & roll between Bill & Zeke had improved to the point we couldn't let Adrian run his isos 25x/game anymore.

12/13/2018 - 10:58pm If not for the refs calling…

If not for the refs calling the phantom foul on Laimbeer late in Game 6 the Bad Boys titles would have been #2 & 3.

12/09/2018 - 2:37pm Killer was on the leading…

Killer was on the leading edge of sportswriting. He spent a lot of time learning how to break down film and talk to scouts in their own lingo. Also saw how technology was changing his job and how he could use it to get closer to his fan base. Really really miss him still. He was taken far too early.

12/06/2018 - 10:57pm All true. Much of this had…

All true. Much of this had been reported in the local papers. I had a chance to ask one of the beat reporters this summer about Prince. Caldwell was well liked & respected in the locker room. He treated players like men and demanded his assistants do the same. Everyone on the OL couldn't understand his blind spot for Prince. He was detested by every player under him.

Some may remember the unceremonious dumping of OC Joe Lombardi. His scheme did not work and players were not sorry to see him go. But he was not hated.

This will not go well for Howard.

12/03/2018 - 8:31pm Ok, I'll bite. Why RG?

Ok, I'll bite. Why RG?

12/01/2018 - 2:57pm History has proven out that…

History has proven out that choice pretty well.

12/01/2018 - 2:55am I can assert with 100%…

I can assert with 100% certainty OP is not George Will. 

11/29/2018 - 10:59pm But where is my hair brush?

But where is my hair brush?

11/11/2018 - 6:20pm Do you mean Chief Jay…

Do you mean Chief Jay Strongbow? Saw him in a Texas Death Cage match at Cobo. I was maybe 11.

11/04/2018 - 12:05am The 8:28. Oh my.

The 8:28. Oh my.

11/03/2018 - 11:13pm Let me help you with that:

Let me help you with that:

Good teams win games. Great teams win games easily.

11/03/2018 - 11:11pm And Oakland may well be in…

And Oakland may well be in play.

10/29/2018 - 10:23pm It's "carioca".

It's "carioca".

10/27/2018 - 12:45am He never got hit cleanly?…

He never got hit cleanly? You must have missed the Dan Henning years.

10/18/2018 - 7:31pm #makethempayforit


10/10/2018 - 7:06pm Every time I remember Smith…

Every time I remember Smith's pickups the blitz is coming from the outside. Seems like all of Wilson's are A gap.

09/27/2018 - 8:06pm "fictional"?


09/26/2018 - 12:47am No, Mason is not Mike…

No, Mason is not Mike Alstott. Go to YouTube and bring up some Alstott highlights with Purdue.

If Mason were the next Alstott he'd be the leading ball carrier. Could Mason become the next Alstott? Possibly but not likely.

09/06/2018 - 6:38pm Second deck!

Second deck!

08/21/2018 - 6:25pm There is a name missing in…

There is a name missing in the RB list. It belongs at the *top* of the list:

Ed Shuttlesworth

<drops mic>

08/20/2018 - 7:52pm If this leads to major…

If this leads to major discounts on Cheez-Its I'm all for it.

08/20/2018 - 7:50pm No. The best USSSA…

No. The best USSSA tournaments (NIT/Dual NIT) in Georgia and surrounding states are a step up from the Cooperstown affairs.

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.