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01/17/2019 - 12:53pm Robots will play…

Robots will play professional football and hockey within 30 years. It's a lot cheaper to repair a robot than a human, and robots don't need to be paid.

12/31/2018 - 12:04pm My point is that if you knew…

My point is that if you knew nothing about Michigan but used a 50 year sample size to figure out what kind of team this is historically, you'd expect the team to win about 3/4 of its games. In that sense, Harbaugh hasn't disappointed at all. Now, you make not like the games the team is losing, but that doesn't matter to precedent. History predicts Michigan will be 10-3 or 9-4 next year. Adjust accordingly.

12/30/2018 - 7:57pm Over the past 50 years (Bo…

Over the past 50 years (Bo was hired in 1969), Michigan has played 609 football games. The team's record is 444-157-8. That's a 73% winning percentage.

Jim Harbaugh's record at Michigan is 38-14. A 73% winning percentage.

This is what Michigan is. Get used to it.

12/21/2018 - 1:46pm They got Wanya? Someone go…

They got Wanya? Someone go hide Shawn Stockman.

12/20/2018 - 9:29am At some point we're going to…

At some point we're going to get a player who skips an entire season to protect his draft status. The younger Bosa kid obviously came close, but the "Clowney" hypothetical from a few years ago isn't far away, and I can't say I disagree with it if the universities allow it.

 

12/18/2018 - 2:00pm You might be right, but I'm…

You might be right, but I'm not sure how employable a kid will be who flunks out because he decides to skip tests.

12/18/2018 - 11:00am Okay, great. Everything is…

Okay, great. Everything is terrible. 2007 ended a 40 year run of winning records and a 33 year bowl streak. A 2018 loss to Ohio State (by fewer points than 3 of the prior 9 losses, though no doubt shocking) continues an 18-year run of frustration against a rival. 

We're both right.

12/18/2018 - 9:42am I think you're really…

I think you're really underestimating the effect of the 2007 Oregon game in tandem with the opener. App State was a shock but in retrospect they won the national title. Michigan was close but lost on a blocked field goal. Fans could chalk it up to a fluke though it was still a massive betting upset (though Stanford over USC and James Madison over Va. Tech were bigger upsets in 2007 alone).

There was no fluke the following week. Oregon destroyed Michigan - the Wolverines' worst loss since 1968. 32-7 at halftime. Lloyd was chilling with Russell Crowe in the post-game. At that point we all realized it was over.

Those two games did a number on Michigan so I don't see the point in arguing about them as separate occurrences. If you feel Michigan is currently on the precipice of a 12-year rebuild, I'll have to respectfully disagree with you. 62-39 was a pretty big surprise disappointment, but they can recover.

12/18/2018 - 9:31am Mourinho spent almost 400…

Mourinho spent almost 400 million Euros during his time at Man U. I don't blame the executives for vetoing his transfer wishes last summer, as he has proven at every stop that he cannot develop players, he can only buy them.

Good riddance.

12/18/2018 - 9:01am I disagree. Losing to OSU…

I disagree. Losing to OSU big is par for the course for Michigan football, and I think most fans predicted a loss (okay, maybe not a blowout) at the start of the year. 

You must be pretty young, because I believe Michigan had greater "titanic shifts in the perception of its program" after:

The losses to Appalachian State and Oregon in 2007;

The blowout losses to Illinois, Penn State and Ohio State and the losses to TOLEDO, Purdue and Northwestern in 2008;

The blowout losses to Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State and Mississippi State in 2010;

The losses to Minnesota and Rutgers in 2014.

12/11/2018 - 12:32pm Why does the FBS need…

Why does the FBS need conferences at all?

12/07/2018 - 9:41am If football ends up with 16…

If football ends up with 16 team conferences, maybe that's a sign conferences aren't necessary. Remove the conference title games, go to a true postseason tournament, and pay the money that went to conference "executives" to the athletes. 

 

11/29/2018 - 11:09am Wouldn't Alabama at Rice in…

Wouldn't Alabama at Rice in the first round of the playoffs be an interesting event?

11/29/2018 - 10:13am (1) The top level of CFB has…

(1) The top level of CFB has 128 teams. Kick out the worst teams to the second level.

(2) Eliminate all conferences. Each team keeps 3 protected "rivalry" games to play as part of a 10-game regular season. Michigan can keep Ohio State, Michigan State and, of course, Illinois as rivalry games.

(3) Every preseason, teams are separated into 8 pools of 16 teams, based on their prior season computer rankings. From those pools, teams are given 7 games by a computer. Not by their checkbook, not by a conference. Example: Alabama would play 7 of the other top teams in the country chosen by computer and then Auburn, LSU and Tennessee.

(4) At the end of each season, the top 4 teams in each pool are "promoted" to the higher pool, and the bottom 4 teams are "relegated" to a lower pool. The bottom 4 teams in the FBS are relegated to the FCS, with 4 FCS teams taking their place and playing in the lowest FCS pool of 16 teams.

(5) The season ends with a playoff involving all 128 FBS teams. First round games are played at the visiting teams' campus to raise interest. Double elimination so each team plays at least 12 games. Rounds of 8 onward are played at neutral sites.

11/27/2018 - 8:18am I don't see anything wrong…

I don't see anything wrong with the rankings, except that people care about rankings so early in the season.

If a team loses by 35 points, it may not be a good team. If it is it will be ranked higher in subsequent weeks.

Anything that eliminates the bias of preseason rankings is good in my opinion. 

10/22/2018 - 4:46pm I thought this was a quite…

I thought this was a quite clever dig. Well done to the writer.

09/18/2018 - 2:29pm Wisconsin wouldn't need to…

Wisconsin wouldn't need to cut any sports if they decided to drop to D3 for sports. They surely could find a way to make it work like the Ivy League schools.

Yale, for example, has 34 varsity sports.

09/18/2018 - 2:08pm Maybe she means Division 1…

Maybe she means Division 1 sports? I doubt Wisconsin would get rid of sports entirely. I think it would be quite cool if Wisconsin said enough of this, and self-selected down to D3.

09/04/2018 - 1:45pm You're right. Since 1990,…

You're right. Since 1990, this program's average season is right about 8-4.

With that in mind, I think fans need to re-calibrate their fandom with regard to Michigan. If the team is 8-4 or 9-3, graduates most of its players and continues to print money from Nike and corporate sponsorships, I don't think I see a fireable offense in that reality. Michigan football fans may not like it or want to accept it, but that's a different issue.

08/28/2018 - 9:23am The only one I care about is…

The only one I care about is in the wins column. I don't care if they have 7 TOs and 18 penalties. If they beat Notre Dame this Saturday night, it's a job well done.

07/16/2018 - 11:47am A large part of the problem…

A large part of the problem is this idea that "the best athletes" don't want to play soccer.

What person looks at Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Luca Modric or Harry Kane and says hey, the US cannot produce athletes like that?

Soccer is played in the mind and with your first touch of the ball. That's why Americans have had such a tough time accepting it as a sport. If you don't have a good first touch by the age of 10, you'll never catch up no matter how good of an athlete you are. 

07/16/2018 - 11:42am You are wrong. There are…

You are wrong. There are over 4.2 million registered soccer players in this country. Also, it is the most popular sport for the almost 18 percent of the population with Latin or Hispanic heritage. That is nearly 50 million people.

If you added up viewing numbers, tickets sold per event, etc., soccer is likely the 2nd or 3rd most popular of the now "big 5" sports in America.

05/09/2018 - 8:44am Season tickets are a ripoff.

Season tickets are a ripoff. More and more fans are realizing this, and instead are investing in a nice TV and chair.

03/31/2018 - 1:25pm Buyer beware. Think of all

Buyer beware. Think of all the players that will be playing in the World Cup from these two teams. You'll be lucky to see them play more than 15-20 minutes in this scrimmage.

03/01/2018 - 9:09am 4 of Minnesota's top 6

4 of Minnesota's top 6 players were unavailable for all of a majority of the season due to injury or suspension. I think that's a relevant factor in what happened to the team. It's somewhat similar to losing 2 QBs and an OT.

01/08/2018 - 1:32pm Mariucci Arena, Williams

Mariucci Arena, Williams Arena, and TCF Bank Stadium are all within a 2-3 minute walk of each other, and all are on campus. 

11/27/2017 - 5:17pm Other than the College

Other than the College Football Playoff games and the Rose Bowl, I couldn't care less about any other bowl games.

Michigan football games mean big ratings no matter who plays. And again, if it's not the Rose Bowl or CFP it's a meaningless exhibition.

11/27/2017 - 5:08pm Fair point and it's one I

Fair point and it's one I can't disagree with. My only comeback is my concern of Peters getting re-injured after sustaining the concussion last week. Get another injury and it'll be a setback of months.

11/27/2017 - 3:00pm I would prefer to see Peters

I would prefer to see Peters on the sideline for the game. The bowl practices are important, and spring practices are very important.

The bowl game is not. Let O'Korn and Malzone play that game. If Peters gets hurt during that game, 2018 is put into question.

I would argue the same (that is, don't play) for any player looking at a high NFL draft selection or a prominent 2018 role for the Wolverines. 

11/16/2017 - 1:58pm You are correct. That's why I

You are correct. That's why I wrote "if this becomes a valid and accepted test."

11/16/2017 - 12:38pm Take it a step further. If

Take it a step further. If this becomes a recognized and accepted test, I would be fairly surprised if CTE scanning doesn't become mandatory for all high school, collegiate and professional football and hockey players, followed by forced retirement for any player with CTE symptoms.

08/29/2017 - 1:03pm That TD is known as "Oh Wide

That TD is known as "Oh Wide Open."

08/24/2017 - 11:50am That's a fair enough reason.

That's a fair enough reason. The thing is - if it's factual, it'll be found elsewhere for free within 20 minutes. That makes the author mostly jejune.

 

08/24/2017 - 10:00am I question whether there's a

I question whether there's a reason to ever pay for content, when patience can get you all the content you need for free.

At this point, there seems to be too much content to read, no matter the subject.

08/09/2017 - 8:43am I worry for that kid. No way

I worry for that kid. No way is it healthy to be 410 pounds. He is going to have some serious health issues if he doesn't drop 100 pounds in the near future.

06/27/2017 - 1:27pm The North Dakota womens'

The North Dakota womens' program ran at a near $1.5 million deficit (ticket revenues of $20,000 in 2014-15, I believe), despite their access to Ralph Engelstad Arena's two ice sheets. The UND president (former MN Congressman Mark Kennedy) said it was a "boutique" sport that would require a $60 million endowment to be fully-funded at the school.

Shuttering the program solved their budget "crisis" in March. My daughter played at the Ralph in May and almost every artifact of womens' hockey has already been removed from the Arena. 

06/05/2017 - 12:58pm Nice spelling error on the

Nice spelling error on the official looking graphic, NHL. "Teast' is the new covfefe.

02/09/2017 - 3:21pm I think it's Grady, because

I think it's Grady, because the numbers on the helmets was a 2011 thing, and MICH 36 - Purdue 14 was 2011. The terrifyingly good Funchess didn't show up until 2012.

02/09/2017 - 12:53pm From left to right - 
Ricky

From left to right - 

Ricky Barnum - Kelvin (I think?) Grady - Mark Huyge - Denard Robinson - Taylor Lewan - Patrick Omameh

12/21/2016 - 2:23pm How long will it be before we

How long will it be before we have a 5 star recruit not bother with college at all, and instead sign with an agent and train for 3 years (including reviewing film, taking part in 7 v 7s, etc.) in anticipation of the NFL Draft?

If the argument is one more game damages a player's NFL stock, well, doesn't playing 30+ college games do far more damage? Did college football really help Adrian Peterson or Fournette or Jadeveon Clowney?

In a related point, let's hope McCaffrey's younger brother doesn't make the same decision in a few years when he's playing for the Maize and Blue and the team is prepping for a hypothetical non-playoff bowl game.

12/14/2016 - 10:27am First off, a lawsuit doesn't

First off, a lawsuit doesn't imply negligence. A lawsuit will lay out its particular claims. If the plaintiff is alleging negligence, it won't be implied. It'll be in the lawsuit.

Second, negligence in most states requires showing (among other elements) that a defendant owes the plaintiff a duty of care. That duty probably existed before CTE was known, and just because "everybody knows the danger now" doesn't mean that negligence claims are going to go away.

 

12/14/2016 - 10:25am Your first two points have

Your first two points have already started. Youth football numbers are declining, though flag football is getting stronger. Whether that will sustain high school football in the long run is an open question.

Don't forget about the prohibitive cost of high schools to carry insurance for football. Many simply won't bother to sanction the sport due to cost.

Also, on June 12 this year, AIG announced it was no longer insuring the NFL or youth football players for head injuries. Other insurers copied them. 

11/22/2016 - 10:53am I don't get your example.

I don't get your example. Pulisic was born in Pennsylvania.

11/22/2016 - 9:41am He is a very good tactical

He is a very good tactical coach. 

This is where the US got it wrong. Klinsmann is the perfect Technical Director. He knows a lot about nutrition, fitness, and has the ability to recruit dual citizenship players. Where he is bad is in-game tactics and formation development.

Klinsmann as Technical Director, with Arena as the head coach, would have been a fantastic arrangement. Maybe if Claudio Reyna takes over as TD the setup will be more conducive to getting good results at the senior level.

11/21/2016 - 2:06pm 2008 Northwestern sent the

2008 Northwestern sent the team to 3-8 and lamenting the fact Carlos Brown lost a redshirt year.

2008 Purdue, and the insurrection on Shafer, was the game that ended the bowl streak.

10/29/2016 - 5:09pm Look at the end of half INT

Look at the end of half INT that Michigan turned into a FG, and the missed FG by Geiger.

Dantonio went for 2 at the end so, if successful, he could blame his QB and kicker for the loss in the postgame, just like he did to his QB at half-time.

 

09/27/2016 - 11:54am Any coaching decision is

Any coaching decision is questionable, that is true, so using that term doesn't add much to the narrative.

It adds even less when David Shaw's late-game strategy worked out precisely as he wanted it to. 

09/23/2016 - 7:35am I can't wait

For Chris Webber to finish that book he's been working on the past 5 years.

09/12/2016 - 10:53am Rashan and Chris, in the

Rashan and Chris, in the backfield a lot today, not only yourself but the defense as a whole. 

 

Was Brady Hoke asking questions at this press conference?

08/11/2016 - 11:00am How about that left

How about that left tackle/Grant Newsome situation?

Imagine Jerry Seinfeld asking this question. What a ridiculous way to ask about Newsome.