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05/08/2018 - 10:53pm I am also in Houston a lot

I am also in Houston a lot during the year and have a house near the Montrose area (Memorial Park area)...You'll have to let me know when you're there, as you mentioned the weather is hot so the best things to do are play sports (hockey, volleyball, rock climbing, waterskiing, etc) and drink!

04/09/2018 - 1:46am Yeah, it's like a cow's

Yeah, it's like a cow's opinion. It doesn't matter. It's MOO

03/22/2018 - 10:01pm Hi, um, I'm here for the

Hi, um, I'm here for the posbang?

03/08/2018 - 1:55pm Not trying to be "that guy,"

Not trying to be "that guy," because I don't think we need to have this discussion on the blog every week, but you do realize this doesn't include many large sums of money and most importantly football revenues which go directly to the school right? Also, I don't think anyone wants to split up the money evenly to every athlete; the large majority of people that want to pay the players think it should be given to Football and Basketball players (maybe some smaller amount to hockey/baseball up north vs down south), and I've never heard anyone say that Div 2 or 3 athletes would be included in this. Again, this would be for profitable sports.

There are ~350 Div 1 schools, but more importantly there are 65 Power 5 schools in football, and there are additional schools which only thrive in basketball. So, let's assume 100 schools for this calculation. 

I believe that makes 85 football players and 13 basketball players; so 98 scholarship profitable players.

Next, I quickly googled Power 5 revenue last year and it was ~$6 billion total...and this only includes ~$560 million of what the NCAA gave back to the schools, so we will just accept that the NCAA costs $400 million to run and pay legal fees for this calculation.

So, let's just say the player's got 50% of the profits...like in other leagues CBA's with owners Lets also assume the costs of running these 100 programs is $20 million on average per school (remember 35 of these only have basketball).  This includes paying coaches in just the profitable sports, free tuition, recruiting, and other costs.

My math:

+$6,000,000,000 (Revenue) -$2,000,000,000 (Costs) = $ 4 Billion (Profit)

$4 Billion * 50% = $2 Billion (For the Players)

$2 Billion / 9,800 players = ~$204,000 per player

 

It is weird how math/finance can be construed to tell whatever message you want...

When I do this, I find it very hard to believe that schools can't run their non-profit sports for the remaining $2 Billion, and I definitely see zero explanation for why the players can't at least get $20,000 per year put into a 401k like system that they can access once they graduate or leave the school.

$20,000 a year would be ~$200 million total, but then Alabama might not be able to have a waterfall, and Michigan's field hockey facilities might not have been able to cost $13.5 million...but I digress.

 

 

 

 

03/06/2018 - 6:51pm As a former college hockey

As a former college hockey player, your Zero Sympathy section is spot on.

The current system makes a large percentage of schools to prefers players who lose one to two years of their lives just so they have a chance to get a scholarship. This has affected the entire recruiting landscape of college hockey. They need a rule that freshman are under a certain age, or otherwise come to campus as sophmores, juniors, or seniors based purely on age. Will this happen, no, because the NCAA doesn't care about the athletes. 

Getting rid of the gentlemen's agreement will help a little, especially if Michigan and other "big" schools start poaching the better older player's when they lose a top recruit to other hockey leagues.

03/05/2018 - 8:41am No escape from reality

No escape from reality

03/03/2018 - 1:49pm Great idea. Thank you.
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Great idea. Thank you.

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02/26/2018 - 2:25pm Dear Jo(h)n, 
I don't post

Dear Jo(h)n, 

I don't post often, but I read this blog every day and every fan of an opposing team takes a reasonable amount of hazing at first. No other sports blog is different and others have responded with what you will need to do to feel welcomed over time.

With that said, you joined 2/26/2018 - does quick calendar check - yep, that's today. How you think 90% of the board have been assholes in that amount of time made me laugh enough to post. If that's going to be your immediate response and thought process, then you already had your mind made up about this place well before posting.

Good luck in your quest to feel welcomed!

12/13/2017 - 5:59pm I think this is a good idea,

Double. Posting. Fail.

12/12/2017 - 4:27pm I think this is a good idea,

I think this is a good idea, but I know a lot of people that wouldn't want to give away their phone number just to get an "annonymous" account. Also, as other have mentioned below, it's easy to get a fake cell phone number on the internet now.

Here is my proposal: Make it so that you can't post for the first 30 days. Then once able to post, if their point total goes to -50 in the next 90 days, they get automatically banned and their posts disappear.

I think this would greatly reduce the requirement for mods to monitor 24/7, and would allow us "the people" to ban people in a short time period for some of the ridiculously inappropriate/trolling posts that appear. I do think that people would need to be careful of just downvoting due to "Joined" date (you're a perfect example) and guessing that it's someones second account though .

12/10/2017 - 8:02pm Congrats Brandon!

Congrats Brandon!

12/10/2017 - 8:01pm Nicely done. True speed,

Nicely done. True speed, "athleticism" and determination shown in the timing of this post. 

08/31/2017 - 7:28pm Yeah, I've had a few friends

Yeah, I've had a few friends use the car already just to get around or help others. The amount of damage that this storm has caused is still unconceivable; I don't think we will truly have any idea how long it will take for the area to recover due to damage to things like cars, houses, apartment buildings (some are 2 to 3 stories under water), electricity (there are a lot more fires than are being reported), and businesses which are the biggest draw for the city of Houston. It will be interesting to see how long it takes the medical district and major companies to go back to work. The hardest part is seeing all the pictures of freinds/co-workers whose houses are completely ruined. I am also on a rig with a lot of people who live in/near Corpus Christi & Port Aransas, some of their houses are completely gone. 

08/31/2017 - 7:17pm Any idea where we can get the

Any idea where we can get the shorts the players are wearing? Those are the best I've seen in a while other than just something very basic/plain.

08/31/2017 - 5:12pm Glad you and your family are

Glad you and your family are alright! I have lived in Houston the last 5 years and all the pictures are unreal.

08/31/2017 - 5:09pm I live in Houston, but am

I live in Houston, but am currently on a rig in the Gulf, so won't be back for a while. If anyone needs to borrow a car for a little bit of time, I have a crappy Dodge Durango that is perfectly available. Just let me know. I will check back here every few hours and can give you contact details. I live in the Memorial Park/ Heights District.

03/14/2016 - 7:54pm The defender on the puck is

The defender on the puck is supposed to take away space and the d to d pass, in an attempt to make them go down low to the corner where you are more able to take away space/get a turnover. Like the person above mentioned, some coaches want you to hedge more aggressively as this PSU player does so if the player does make the d to d pass you have a decent chance of deflecting it for a breakaway. *If the above poster is right, I'm guessing PSU has a few guys who are good at this and are coached to do this. I know Red has coached this in the past as well, as do many coaches.

As for the problem here, it is 100% on the right winger. Regardless of where the left winger puts his stick, a pass can always go through your body/stick combo, and this means that the right winger must be down lower to cut off the cross ice pass. If he is 1-2 ft lower (which you can see from the video he easily could have been), then Boka would have no choice but to go down low and we have to reset to try to get another play.

One other note, I am picking a very large not here, but as a coach, I wouldn't love how the right D for PSU played this either. He was hung out to dry, but 20 had the passing lane to the front blocked out, and I hate it when you try to square up a guy who already is on the weak side when you're on a penalty kill. If he isn't engaged with him, then he might be able to rotate over faster to save a goal. With that said, he had a chance to save a goal, he was not who I'd fault. If this was Brian's PPR, the right winger gets a -3, and the left D gets a -.5 from me.

Just my two cents.

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12/22/2015 - 12:39am Done, $100 to a great cause!

Done, $100 to a great cause!

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11/07/2015 - 2:29pm Thanks for the post. Really

Thanks for the post. Really interesting read and I read quite a bit about Brady but there were some nice new quotes/stories.

09/01/2015 - 11:51pm 17-3 Michigan

17-3 Michigan

03/24/2015 - 11:39pm I read this site every day. I

I read this site every day. I rarely log in or comment, but this is exactly how I feel. I wish I could upvote this more.

I can understand why people are bothered by how much athletes, actors, and CEOs make, but saying someone isn't worth a salary that they are currently earning is completely ridiculous. If I offered someone $10 to mow my lawn, that may seem like a lot to a lot of people (let's say most of the world), and not much at all to someone who grew up in a very expensive area; but to say that the kid cutting my lawn isn't "worth $10 per mow" is ridiculous, because he clearly is to me, and I'm paying him that exact amount. 

Same goes for CEOs, if the shareholders don't think that person is worth it, they can fire him. For actors, entertainers, and athletes, don't complain if you go watch their movies, buy tickets to their shows, watch them on tv, or buy tickets to sporting events. It's that simple, the Yankees will determine how much ARod is worth, if they are wrong and overpay him in terms of a sports contract, too bad, that's their problem. This is why the Patriots and Red Wings have had a lot of long term success, they have done well with not spending too much of their salary cap on a player not playing up to their perceived potential, also known as worth in a capitalistic society, at the time of their signing. This applies to actors and actresses, as well as to CEOs. You are worth what someone is willing to pay you and you are willing to accept, nothing less, and nothing more.

01/20/2015 - 11:29pm NOBODY!

NOBODY!

12/07/2014 - 3:09pm Happy Birthday Ace! Have a

Happy Birthday Ace! Have a great day and get better soon. We will all miss you on the blog, but want you to get better before rushing back. Thanks for all you do for us.

12/06/2014 - 3:15pm GET BETTER ACE!

GET BETTER ACE!

12/06/2014 - 3:14pm Thank you for this.

Thank you for this. Especially at this time of the year a lot of people are buying things on Amazon. This is an easy way for any Michigan fan to help support the blog.

 

 

11/09/2014 - 1:36pm Sorry, I'm in Houston and it

Sorry, I'm in Houston and it is on here. Sanders (ugh, why not in the bowl game) just fumbled a punt and the Cowboys have it at the 5 yard line.

08/31/2014 - 12:36pm My take, they didn't burn

My take, they didn't burn Cole's redshirt just for this one game. He is your starter at LT, Mags stays at LG and Braden is obviously your RT. The question is why didn't Kalis start when he was clearly the best RG option? If it's the back then I'm surprised he played at all so i doubt that is it. If it is just a nod to a guy (Burzynski) who worked hard and deserved a start in a game they knew they should win and to get a look at other guys (specifically Miller) without a strong Kalis next to them or get get a likely back-up some PT with the first team and build confidence, then okay. As long as Kalis is good, I believe RG is his spot to lose. With that said, I'm going with Glasgow to C. I believe Miller will struggle against stronger teams, and every time Hoke said Miller was beating Miller at Center I always got the feel that in his head he was saying ("well, for the first game since Glasgow can't play") and that he wasn't talking about anything past the first game. That is my my opinion but I think we saw a lot of good things, and lots to improve on for our OL. 

 

One question, does anyone know if Bosch played at all?

It would be interesting to see if they try to get him a redshirt this year if they feel they have other options as back-ups that are nearly equal and they want him (a guy who showed flashes but needed more time/strength like almost all freshman) for an extra year.

08/30/2014 - 12:39am This was excellent! So many

This was excellent! So many subtle hidden messages while everything you said still made sense. Really got me more excited for tomorrow; well, if that was possible.

06/26/2014 - 8:30pm Congrats Nik! Awesome to see

Congrats Nik! Awesome to see the post draft pick interview being about Beilein and Co. and how great Michigan is at developing talent.

06/16/2014 - 8:23pm Doesn't matter I had Subs!

Doesn't matter I had Subs!

06/16/2014 - 8:22pm So what you're saying is John

So what you're saying is John Belein über alis somehow had something to do with our German coach beating Ghana in soccer! I love it!

05/10/2014 - 7:15pm Awesome news. As a PAts fan,

Double post...I'll add that he should have a decent QB throwing to him.

05/10/2014 - 7:13pm Awesome news. As a Pats fan,

Awesome news. As a Pats fan, I don't believe there was a better place for him to go. Should have a really good chance to make the roster and compete for the 3rd WR spot from day 1.

01/31/2014 - 1:14am He just got named the #1 star

He just got named the #1 star on SportsCenter as well. Cool to see him get so much attention on tv since we know this will affect our program prestige and recruiting.

01/24/2014 - 11:03pm How good is the guy Coon lost

How good is the guy Coon lost to? 

01/22/2014 - 9:21pm BOOM! We are definitely in

BOOM! We are definitely in the title race now. BEAT SPARTY

01/22/2014 - 9:10pm Great game without

Great game without Walton.

 

[Win at Breslin?]

WIN AT BRESLIN!

01/18/2014 - 8:55pm Subs! Someone get them subs!

Subs! Someone get them subs! It will be crazy!!!!

12/28/2013 - 11:45pm I would like to thank you

I would like to thank you while hating your post.

You sir, have made the use of an asterisk completely necessary when showing the swearing stats for this game. Otherwise, I really disagree with the use of this language on this board. Good day.

09/14/2013 - 10:57pm I'd close that first

I'd close that first parenthesis before continuing to bitch about the next generation...

09/14/2013 - 10:52pm Here I'm not a student

Here I'm not a student anymore (so admission standards were actually lower when I got in) and I think I can help make you a more educated snob:

1) GA is a complete mess. They are trying to give everyone individual seats and there WAS a huge line for this game today. I was at the Central game and I noted that a line that used to take 10 minutes took 30. They can't get people in fast enough.

2) Good luck selling an Akron ticket for $20 last year to a non-student. This year, HAHAHAHA. Here is my question to the board, I could have gotten student tickets for $5 all week long, how many of you bought one? I'll bet it's a very very low number, because who is going to pay for the ticket, then pay to validate it, then want to stand in line to get a good seat...

3) Today is a big Jewish holiday (I'll let you do some research to determine what it's called), and read 1 and 2 for why no student went to the game or could sell their ticket.

4) Seniors are pissed off (as I would have been) and I'm sure frats had big parties today. Students will get there early for big games against Notre Dame, the first game of the year is always special IMO, but Akron? AKRON? Nope, not going to wait in line for that game. Just watch, this will continue under GA, the way the lines work, it will be advantageous to show up 20 minutes late. 

5) GA makes this looks worse than it would have in the past. in the past, everyone is spread out and the same, very low, amount of people isn't all jammed into the front rows. So to your sharp eyes, it looks more aesthetically pleasing. 

 

I will finish this by saying I was rarely ever late to Michigan games, I hated how empty it was when i went there, but I have never liked the idea of GA and don't think it will work the way you wanted. Here is my biggest problem with all the alums bitching and saying we should make the student sections smaller, quit bitching and make some noise at the games. The "empty" student section is still louder than half the stadium filled with old people, so at least they help the team more. All I care about is our team winning and the students help way more with that!

09/14/2013 - 10:31pm Same reason people were

Same reason people were giving away free tickets on here this week. It was supposed to be Akron...a blowout. 

I graduated very recently, still have some friends in Ann Arbor, a brother at Michigan and family lives nearby. I will tell you this, my parents sold their tickets for around $20 since they went to a family event out of town, my brother couldn't give his ticket away because who is going to validate a student section ticket with GA now? No one. It's hilarious that people on here don't realize how much time a football Saturday involves, and against Akron no one is going to wait in long lines to get a good seat. I talked to numerous people after the ND game and they all said GA was a huge success, but only for big games and that the student section would be empty against Akron. 

 

Did you go to this game?

08/27/2013 - 4:46pm Mother of god!

Mother of god!

08/20/2013 - 12:34am Honestly, my first thought

Honestly, my first thought was this is arbitrary and kind of ridiculous. Then I immediately thought, how many first round draft picks did Alabama have last year?

What is interesting about this is that some players get drafted higher in the draft because of "potential" and some players get drafted lower due to "size" (just one example), which doesn't change their effectiveness in college at all. But, it is a very interesting way to rank a team, piece by piece. It actually is a great way to take out things like, "coach play calling" and "strength of schedule" when judging a college football team. 

Honestly I would think a good portion of Alabama's contributors are going to be drafted in their career, with seemingly a few in the first round every year now. 

 

Two ideas to improve on this, I like the idea of including only contributors, but if it's a true freshman or redshirt freshman, you can't downgrade them. This would make it possible for us to grade other teams that we know much less about and make this more statistical. 

Second, when ranking a player, think to yourself, if I was drafting a college team, would they be a first round pick. This way, players like Troy Smith (sorry but it's a good example) or Russell Wilson are higher draft picks than they were due to size or specific style of play. 

This would help JMFR, and to this point hurt someone like Frank Clark.

07/31/2013 - 5:41pm Walk-on, position, year?

Walk-on, position, year? Sorry on phone and this isn't all that informative but I'm sure the link helps but it wont open.

07/10/2013 - 9:36am Datwhale Fo Life

Datwhale Fo Life

07/10/2013 - 9:31am You forgot arguably the best

You forgot arguably the best hockey player on that list...

07/03/2013 - 9:37pm GO282C is very creative and

GO282C is very creative and won't get noticed. MDIFF might, and I don't like UPNORTH

06/24/2013 - 7:36pm Love this MGoProfile name and

Love this MGoProfile name and picture. A+ to you sir.

06/24/2013 - 3:07pm That was in reference to the

That was in reference to the fact that they had two players with #2 on the field during the missed (potentially winning) field goal in OT. I believe it happened twice last year and neither time were they flagged for it.

But you're right, we are not Notre Dame, this is Michigan, fergodsakes.