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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.

08/09/2016 - 10:29am Asking a question that starts

Asking a question that starts with "Am I the only one who" always makes you sound sanctimonious.

On a planet with 7.4 billion people, no, you are not the only one.

08/07/2016 - 1:13pm Braden weighs 100 pounds more

Braden weighs 100 pounds more than me and we are the same height. I cannot imagine what he has to eat to maintain that weight. That is absurd.

07/28/2016 - 3:59pm One-time hits are not the

One-time hits are not the concern with linemen. Everyone here knows that. It's the hit on every single snap that they have to sustain that are the reason I brought up weight limits. Getting hit 70-80 times a game by a 320 pound player is absurd.

I don't think it's unreasonable to look for ways to try and reduce the potential for injury. There were 3 300 pounders in the NFL in 1980. There were more than 500 in 2010. There were 12 over 300 pounds on Michigan's spring roster.

Evidence is also showing up that the added weight causes many of these men to die young. I'm not sure why our enjoyment should get in the way of being reasonable in protecting the health of these players. These players can do everything they want to do at 275 pounds that they try to do at 320 pounds.

07/28/2016 - 12:34pm I think, in college football

I think, in college football especially, enforcing a weight limit could help not only with the health issues caused by human beings being 330 pounds, but also with the head issues caused by being hit by a human being weighing 330 pounds.

I haven't thought this out, but placing weight limits on certain positions (OL and DL can't weigh more than 275, TE can't weigh more than 260, etc.) might help reduce the effects, in some way, of helmet on helmet collisions sustained every play by linemen.

06/07/2016 - 2:03pm I always love hearing from

I always love hearing from the Big Bad Booty Daddy. His rundown of Ohio, in Columbus, while wearing a Jake Long jersey on WCW was one for the ages.

05/26/2016 - 2:32pm I can't wait to hear Chris

I can't wait to hear Chris Webber's side of all this when he releases the book he's been writing since the second GWB administration.

05/18/2016 - 5:46pm If these lawsuits are

If these lawsuits are successful in any way, and the attorneys next target high school football (where the concussion protocols, training, and resources are far inferior to college), football associated with high schools (especially public ones) may cease to exist.

05/13/2016 - 10:44am Doesn't Brown live in one of

Doesn't Brown live in one of the Carolinas? I'm not sure location means much when it comes to "recruiting coverage."

You are being very generous to Brown. His contributions to the genre are worth ignoring, in my opinion.

04/28/2016 - 1:56pm Lloyd knew it was coming.

Lloyd knew it was coming.

04/28/2016 - 1:55pm The BC game was in

The BC game was in Massachusetts. I believe Desmond had 4 TDs that day and Derrick Alexander shredded his knee, clearing the path for Desmond's Heisman.

04/20/2016 - 2:19pm The sound quality on FOX

The sound quality on FOX football broadcasts is terrible. It sounds like they're playing in a tunnel. Hopefully that improves in the future.

04/19/2016 - 9:00am All the more reason to not

All the more reason to not follow Rivals, Scout and 24/7, and just watch the game on the field. Nothing else matters.

04/15/2016 - 4:57pm Title IX isn't an issue for

Title IX isn't an issue for hockey, or it shouldn't be.

It's not hard to add a womens' hockey program if you already have a sheet of ice.

Michigan and Michigan State should look into it some year. It's scandalous their womens' teams aren't D1.

04/15/2016 - 12:25pm Not sure how FIFA is to blame

Not sure how FIFA is to blame for this. Advertisements aren't allowed on national team jerseys in official international matches, unless you have evidence to the contrary.

I think it's domestic soccer leagues you're upset at.

04/06/2016 - 10:33am Who is Aubrey Dawlons?

Who is Aubrey Dawlons?

03/23/2016 - 3:08pm He's the best Michigan

He's the best Michigan forward since Glen Rice.