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07/16/2018 - 12:08pm As Rosen proposed, the…

As Rosen proposed, the Clearinghouse would be opt in.  You don't have to do it.  But under this scenario if you want to get paid, you'd have to opt in and sign the contract.

So if you opt in to the Clearinghouse and one of the stipulations of getting paid is that you have to remain eligible and graduate to get the money, and if you fail your classes or get kicked off the team for any of the many dumb things people to do get kicked off a team...good luck with that class action suit. 

Like, what's their argument going to be for why they should get the money when they clearly didn't uphold their end of the contract?

07/16/2018 - 11:14am Maybe you should have been…

Maybe you should have been better at sports.

Also, who cares if they "make" $50k a year.  Whose to say they shouldn't be getting $500k a year?  Or $5M a year if they are a Heisman caliber star?  The whole notion that whatever you consider their compensation should be capped at tuition plus various ancillary perks is crazy. 

Its no different than you trying to argue that someone making double what you clear in a year at their job in the profession world is unfair and that their salary should be capped because you don't make much. 

07/16/2018 - 11:10am Who said funneling players…

Who said funneling players to major programs and major sports was a concern?  The vast majority of top players have always gone to top schools, and they will always continue to go to top schools.  No amount of legislation is going to change that.

And the payment part is pretty simple.  A company has to pay the athlete like they would normally per the terms of their agreement.  Instead of that money going immediately into the athlete's account it goes into some sort of general bank account, gathers interest, and then when the athlete is eligible for the money upon graduation, they get whatever they've built up in their account.

If they don't graduate, then that goes into a general scholarship fund.  Pretty straightforward.

07/16/2018 - 11:04am Yeah, along with this…

Yeah, along with this clearinghouse idea, I'd also like to see the idea of them being able to defer their education.  Since sports like football require such a massive time commitment, and don't really allow you to chase whatever major you'd like, give the athletes an option of deferring their education to after they are done playing.  So 1 season of playing a sport = 2 semesters of education when you actually have time to focus on that.

For the whole "their education is their payment" crowd, allow them to actually use that payment to the fullest if they choose to do so.

07/16/2018 - 11:00am Fifth year players have…

Fifth year players have typically already graduated.  That's why they get the handshake.  They've already gotten their degree, they aren't really needed on the team anymore, so it makes sense.

And I like the idea of a Clearinghouse.  As long as its setup correctly and fairly it can also ensure that the athletes are getting proper and fair deals.

07/16/2018 - 10:56am The whining over "but, but,…

The whining over "but, but, but they ALREADY get paid" will never cease to make me see red.

07/11/2018 - 10:57am Need to send him that video…

Need to send him that video of Landon Collins committing.

07/02/2018 - 10:00pm Texas is back, baby!!

Texas is back, baby!!

07/02/2018 - 9:57pm There's just so many 'ifs'…

There's just so many 'ifs' and unknowns on the offensive side of the ball its tough to get too optimistic without going full kool-aid mode.  Even saying the WRs are going to be likely very strong is a pretty big stretch.  Last year's leading WR (Perry) had 300 yards last season and has 600 TOTAL yards in three years of playing time.  You'd need Black, DPJ, and 1 or 2 others to basically go from doing nothing at all in their careers to being all-conference caliber to have something someone outside of the Michigan bubble would call a very strong WR core.

Now is that possible?  Maybe.  Likely?  Probably not.  Think the most likely outcome is that they lean pretty heavy on the run game and the WR core is pretty average (which would still be a massive step up from last year).

06/15/2018 - 3:28pm Fitz Toussaint holds a spot…

Fitz Toussaint holds a spot in my heart for being the only competent RB of the last decade.

06/15/2018 - 3:27pm Who gives a shit? 

There's…

Who gives a shit? 

There's plenty of Michigan players that have done similar after they left school.  Point is they've had a hell of a string of RBs during a time Michigan has struggled to find a guy that can rush for 1000 yards.  Unless you want to get cute and count Denard as a RB, they've haven't had anyone rush for more than 1000 since Fitz Toussaint in 2011.  Last one before that was Hart in 2008.  In comparison, Ohio State has only had three seasons WITHOUT a 1k rusher since 2008.

06/15/2018 - 2:34pm The list of star running…

The list of star running backs for Michigan from the last 20 years is incredibly short and depressing.  Especially given all the studs Ohio State has had.

06/05/2018 - 7:03pm Needs more sparkle. Also…

Needs more sparkle. Also cats.

06/02/2018 - 4:46pm Row the Boat

Row the Boat.  (But very safely and slowly)

05/29/2018 - 3:33pm I'd almost forgotten about

I'd almost forgotten about that.  Going to be one of my favorite sideshows of the season.  A whole new fun side of #Pac12AfterDark

05/29/2018 - 3:29pm I don't know of anyone that

I don't know of anyone that thinks Michigan was just a bad team.  Pretty much everyone knows the defense is elite and the offense is complete dogshit.  That was pretty clear whether you watched all the games intently or just caught highlights.

And the prove it mindset is warrented.  Adding Shea and a new OC and OL coach might lead to things being a step up from dogshit, but no one is going to award any sort of credit for it.

05/29/2018 - 3:22pm But....

Pretty much everything you listed is based on track record, but you also accuse a recency bias.  Which, sure...ignore all of the recent results with the people you listed, and lets just focus on the times in their past when it all worked out.  There is almost no logic in anything you listed, and its pretty much entirely emotion based.  "These are the recent results, but I'm going to ignore those because I feel..."

Michigan ranked at No. 12 feels dead on accurate to me.

05/17/2018 - 7:15pm Wonder how often Michigan has

Wonder how often Michigan has outperformed their preseason ranking or expectations. My guess is they fall into your overhype bucket.

05/06/2018 - 7:39pm If it’s Crawford, they better

If it’s Crawford, they better be sure to handoff the transfer papers because if they throw them at him, he’ll just drop them.

04/29/2018 - 10:46pm Really?

It’s kinda obvious why he’s advanced so quickly. He’s got tons of personality, connects with people, asks good questions, and delivers good — and this is the key: MEMORABLE reports. For instance, who can forget his report done live on a Vespa from Rome last year? I work in media and can’t remember any reporter’s live hit from the last two weeks, let alone the last year, but I remember that one. There are few in the field reporters better than he is out there. If you can’t see that, that’s on you.

04/23/2018 - 10:42pm And they were both losses

And they were both losses. The basic point is that you can get close to beating the top teams in CFB with lower tier recruits/players but if you want to actually beat them you’re going to need to pull some higher rated recruits. Because while there are plenty of 3* players that turn into stars, a higher percentage of 4* and 5* players turn into stars.

04/23/2018 - 12:38pm Yes, but then you’re relying

Yes, but then you’re relying on a typically old school journalist to be able to figure out how to attach a mic to their phone and have it work right.

And since at the end of the day quality really doesn’t matter page editors are fine with “just point your phone at him”

I mean, you have no idea how challenging it is to even get people to shoot video horizontally on their phone.

04/23/2018 - 12:36pm No

A coach isn’t going to let you put a lav on him in that situation. The way those situations work is that reporters stand around for 30min waiting for a coach to show up. He shows up, and everyone simultaneously crowds around him and starts shouting questions at him.

They are affectionately known as a gang bang interview.

04/22/2018 - 5:53pm You under estimate the budget

You under estimate the budget for newspapers/blogs, technical knowhow of reporters, and desire for reporters. I worked with this exact kind of thing for a long time. Yes it’s cheap’ish to fix but not as easy as it seems.

04/22/2018 - 4:52pm It’s because they are all

It’s because they are all recorded on an iPhone.

04/17/2018 - 11:00am Did you read them?

I wouldn't say calling your coach a fucking clown, threatening to call the morgue the next time someone comes over, and suggesting we don't want to have a murder on our hands is exactly just a young guy going off.

There's the doghouse, and there's wherever the hell EMB is getting sent to.  If he's even going to be part of the program anymore, which after reading those seems highly unlikely.

04/13/2018 - 9:07pm See now that’s interesting.

See now that’s interesting. Gives the opposing team a chance to remove any sort of strategy from the other team when it comes to things like squibs forcing a return or a surprise onside kick. Would also reinforce the safety aspect behind the rule.

Could also easily make a rule that doesn’t allow that in the last 5 min of a game, or give the other team one overrule if they really need to do an onside kick with like 8min left of something.

04/13/2018 - 9:02pm Teams aren’t going to return

Teams aren’t going to return it if it’s popped up inside the 10. If you’re guaranteed starting at the 25, it’s going to be the same old adage they use for punts: don’t try and return it if it’s inside the 10. Let it go and get the field position. Except it’ll be and even stronger argument because there’s a 0% chance of them pinning you deep like they can on a punt if you let it go.

04/13/2018 - 8:59pm First off, great research.

First off, great research. But I have a question: what’s the average starting position for a power 5 team on a kickoff? You say teams are still going to try and return kicks, but I don’t think that’s true. If you’re guaranteed to start at the 25, why try and return it if you’re going to end up at the 20? Or 22? It’s going to be the same as punts: don’t try and return it if you’re inside the 10. Except that’ll be like the 10 or 15 yard line for kickoffs now.

And an increase in surprise kicks is exactly what I’m talking about. If the new norm is going to be lots of fair catches and bored and not fully locked in coverage units I think you’ll see more surprise kicks. Now those may not happen at the 60% rate they’ve done in the past, but even if they drop to around 40%, if there’s now a 40% chance I can get the ball my own 50 in exchange for a 60% chance of giving up just 25 yards? I’m taking that gamble. Maybe not every game, but I think it’s going to be something you see more and more of.

04/13/2018 - 5:48pm Perhaps

Wonder where the average squib or line drive kick gets returned to. Feels like right around the 25 or 30. And since you’d be guaranteeing a return of some sort, you’d be exposing yourself to more lost field position.

04/13/2018 - 5:45pm Feels like if every kickoff

Feels like if every kickoff is going to be a fair catch, teams will get lax with their focus which will result in more onside attempts to catch people sleeping. Plus, it’s now less of a gamble due to assured field position.

04/13/2018 - 5:11pm Feel like the new kickoff

Feel like the new kickoff rule would change some of those analytics. Because some of those numbers would include times an opponent was pinned inside the 25. But if every possession after a scoring play starts at the 25? That would change things.

04/12/2018 - 8:56pm UCLA is a great choice

He’ll get to play in the Rose Bowl, nice weather, and UCLA has an amazing campus too. Pretty solid choice to spend your final year.

04/12/2018 - 4:13pm BTN2Go

All they really need to do is just convert to a streaming service and use their existing BTN2Go app, or partner up with Fox's app since they are half owned by Fox.  Offer fans a $50 football package, or a $30 basketball package, or a whole year package for $99 that gives access to all sports and content.  Give them access to all the games live and on demand, and then just drop all of your live studio programming since there's no need for it, and do on demand shows.  Like do a weekly Michigan football show for 30min or so.  Or make it daily if there's enough content and demand.

Basically do what ESPN+ is doing, except without any of the barriers ESPN has due to their existing TV contracts.

Losing Comcast is going to cost the conference millions and millions a year, but if they tried going the streaming and on demand route, I think they could get a decent amount of that back.  I'm pretty sure I'd at least pony up the $50 for the football season.

04/10/2018 - 10:20am Not an insult to women. If

Not an insult to women. If you'd prefer, maybe I should have said I've been in relationships before.  I'm a man (I'm ALMOST 40), and my relationship experience is with women.  The same obviously applies for both men and women.  Each has their side of shady liars.

I mean...JFC...people take offense to everything.  Learn some context.

04/09/2018 - 9:29pm Billable hours: still

Billable hours: still undefeated

04/09/2018 - 9:28pm Kinda like the last 20+ years

Kind of Michigan’s issues for the last several decades in a nutshell there. Went classy, didn’t quite do all they could, and underestimated the opponent.

Very on brand.

04/09/2018 - 9:25pm No. But I’ve been around

No. But I’ve been around women before. Michigan on the other hand, acts like they’ve never been around shady ass people and are continually surprised by their actions.

04/09/2018 - 7:58pm Sounds like they fucked up

It sounds like everyone was pretty confident Ole Miss would just be like "sure" when it came to their response and offer no resistance.

Which is just fucking stupid, but also sounds exactly like something Michigan would do.  When it comes to dealing with the shady side of CFB and athletics they seem to be naive and clueless as hell.

04/09/2018 - 7:53pm How the hell did Michigan misjudge the response??

I missed that post the first time around.  How the hell did Michigan misjudge Ole Miss's response??  Ole Miss saying AW HELL NO with middle fingers raised was the biggest no brainer ever.

04/09/2018 - 7:50pm Not a mistake

I'm pretty sure everyone involved knew Ole Miss was going to say no.  The whole thing is kind of like asking your petty lying cheat of an ex that even though you're not officially divorced yet, if she's cool with you fucking this new girl.  Like, what do you think the response is going to be other than scorched earth?

04/08/2018 - 5:05pm Agreed

I've worked in TV for a long time, and have worked on documentary's and long form content before.  There are likely hundreds if not thousands of hours of footage to go through for this show.  Drevno only officially left the program in late Feb.  I highly doubt some sort of last minute edict came down from Michigan to cut scenes with Drevno and prop up Pep.  The amount of time it would take to pull those scenes out, replace them with new ones, and still keep the flow and feel of each episode in tact would take an awful lot of work.  Enough work that if I'm the production crew I liklely say no.

04/03/2018 - 6:58pm They are embracing their

They are embracing their inner Harbaugh and preparing to screw over Michigan with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.  Everyone will be eligible to play immediately....except Patterson.

03/31/2018 - 10:17pm After about the third or four

After about the third or four time I had to mute the TV because I wasn’t sure if it was the game or an annoying neighbor.

I wish it had been a neighbor.

03/23/2018 - 12:30am Also hold the edge and

Also hold the edge and contain Cook. The man has wheels.

03/23/2018 - 12:29am Seems like the Zags would’ve been better

Appear to be deep and on a roll. But so is Michigan and Michigan plays some stingy D. Gonzaga didn’t seem to play much of any.

So who knows. Path to the championship game couldn’t have shaped up much better, though. Just have to beat a 9 seed and a 9/11 seed.

Gonna be a tough road for the 15th out of 16 teams left in the tourney...

03/08/2018 - 11:38am I gave up on it

I stopped watching a few episodes ago.  Somewhere around halfway through the first half of this season.  Last thing I remember was Maggie had a bunch of people locked in a cage, Gabe and Negan were locked in a trailer, and Rick was also locked in a trailer.

I thought the whole war to start the season was unrealistic as hell (even for a zombie show) and drawn out, then I missed a few episodes, heard Carl died, realized I didn't care that he died, and then decided not to catch back up on the old episodes, and just let the show go.

Which is a shame.  It use to be appointment viewing for me.  HAD to watch it live, and would watch that over Sunday Night Football and anything else that was on Sunday night.

03/03/2018 - 9:44am I get that, but I'm just

I get that, but I'm just saying that how these rule changes typically work.  They put in a rule to try and stop one thing, and then coaches adapt to find an advantage.  Happened with the current kickoff rule that was made to try and force more touchbacks.  Coaches opted to kick it short to try and pin people. 

So if you're going to force their hand and automatically give the other team the ball at the 25 for a traditional kick, you'll probably see a rise in things like squib kicks and some creative onside kicks.  Especially if other teams are constantly expecting you to blast it deep for a fair catch.  I think it would ultimately wind up introducing a lot more strategy into kickoffs.

03/02/2018 - 8:59pm Because then teams would

Because then teams would still do what they do now: figure out how to kick it so it lands around the 2 yard line.

Or do what they are going to do as a result of this proposal: go for onside kicks more often.  Because if this rule passes, and the opposing team is going to get it at the 25 yard line guaranteed, then why not take a gamble more often on the 25 yards of field position you'd lose on an on-side kick?

02/27/2018 - 7:36pm It was concise and also had a

It was concise and also had a very on-brand grammar/typo takedown. 10/10 response. Would upvote again.