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06/06/2018 - 8:52pm Not at all. Oklahoma's QB…

Not at all. Oklahoma's QB Kyler Murray was the 9th overall pick and has an actual legitimate future in pro baseball but will still be suiting up to play for the Sooners this season. The late rounds of the MLB draft are basically throw-away picks, and it is very common for notable non-baseball playing amateur athletes to get selected along with the sons of team coaches/employees and former players. Most of those picks will never play pro ball, or if they do, not above the very lowest minor league levels or after getting a few years of development in college and re-entering the draft.  

05/29/2016 - 1:56pm Yet to see

if the conference reps who voted for the ban despite the wishes of the very caoches/programs they were "representing" will come under any fire.

04/10/2016 - 6:42pm You mean

you let his secretary/intern/replybot know what you think.

03/27/2016 - 8:06pm Quite the turnaround!

Quite the turnaround!

03/27/2016 - 7:54pm Because

I don't expect anyone to play hurt. And they certainly don't owe anything to me, a random fan, to risk their health playing hurt. You haven't been understanding the message I'm intending at all, thats my bad. You are treating my posts like I am bitter towards guys not playing hurt, thats not what I mean in any way.

And the cracking in my elbow every time it bends is all too real.

03/27/2016 - 7:44pm Please understand

what I'm intending. I am NOT saying Caris isn't tough. He has played through injury before. I have posted that CARIS MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR HIS HEALTH AND ATHLETIC CAREER. I just happened to state that I, personally, would have played, not because I view myself as "tougher" than Caris (there is no way of knowing this) but simply because I HATE missing games! Its just what I have always done playing sports. Just a little personal factoid that yall are getting way too heated over. You guys are making it sound like I'm saying Caris ruined the season by being selfish and saving himself for the pros. I am not saying that at all and it isn't true!

Your post makes it sound like I am attacking Caris. HE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLAYERS to suit up for  the Wolverines! He passed up on the draft to return for his senior year only to have to deal with injury again. It sucks and I feel terrible for him and I hope he can be fully healthy and have a long and successful career in the NBA.

OP made a post implying that some mgobloggers should feel guilty over questioning why Caris was not playing earlier this season now that he has had surgery. Well at that time in the season there was a ton of mystery surrounding his injury and status. He was day-to-day. Then out two weeks. Then was back in the lineup only to be scratched last second. Out another week. Plays versus Purdue. Then suddenly out indefinitely.  Then shut down for the season. It was a weird situation all around. My initial point in this thread was that just because a guy has surgery after the season doesn't mean he wasn't able to play earlier, and it was fair for fans to question Levert's status during the middle season when the team was changing it so much.

03/27/2016 - 7:18pm I can't even

vote, I got majorly nuked!

03/27/2016 - 7:12pm Exactly

Just stating a fact and saying what I would have done, but I'm not normal!

03/27/2016 - 6:46pm Not questioning

his dedication to the team at all! I saw Spike and Caris on the bench heavily invested in each game, celebrating big shots and biting their fingernails in close games down the stretch, teaching their teammates and offering encouragement. Caris could have gone pro last year, but wanted to spend one more year in Ann Arbor. No one can question his dedication. And as far as character is concerned, both have been outstanding representatives of U of M and the basketball team on and off the court!

These are two of my all-time favorite Wolverines! I am disappointed their careers were cut short.

03/27/2016 - 6:36pm I say that

because I always have played/worked through injuries I suffered. All of them, even if I had to hide the severity from coaches/trainers. Even if there was risk of harming my professional career, I am way too competitive and love playing the game too much to sit out. Seriously, I have always HATED missing my teams' games, and never did due to injury. I would have had my jersey on, constantly in my coach's ear saying I could play.

03/27/2016 - 6:04pm Well

it is true!

03/27/2016 - 5:59pm I wasn't saying that someone

could effectively play basketball in that condition, just that Kevin could manage to sit at his desk ;)

I like this free-throw specialist idea, if that ever catches on in the NBA I might have a chance!

03/27/2016 - 5:54pm Yes Please!

would be a great fit for the Pistons and would be nice to have a Wolverine on the Pistons to cheer for. Would be the first since CWebb, right?

03/27/2016 - 5:48pm Spike's situation

is pretty close to the one I experienced playing baseball. I didn't really have any pro potential (although in Spike's case I wouldn't have been surprised if he beat the odds and ended up having a pro career somewhere) and was dealing with a badly damaged pitching arm. Rather than end my career early in the hopes of not having as many lingering health issues, I decided to finish my career playing through the pain. I was nowhere near what I used to be but still was able to help my team. Years later my arm still has some occasional soreness and slight weakness, but nothing debilitating (yet) and I certainly wouldn't trade those memorable last couple of seasons on the diamond for an always pain-free arm.

There is no wrong decision, its up to every player to determine what is best for them. Caris and Spike made the choices that were right for them, and I totally understand why they made those choices. I would have wanted to play. 

03/27/2016 - 5:03pm You

are right that I don't know the extent of his injury. But I do know that every injury I have suffered from playing sports I played through. Badly shredded ankle in basketball, pulled hamstring and fractured elbow in baseball, and pitching with a damaged shoulder and elbow for years. I had to come out of games on a few occasions but was always back playing by the next one. I am highly competitive and always believed that no matter my condition I could find a way to help my team, even if it was just coming off the bench to hit key free throws at the end of a game. My teams were never particularly great and I knew they needed me out there playing.

03/27/2016 - 4:47pm Plantar fasciitis

suuuuuucks when combined with basketball. All that jumping = ouch!

03/27/2016 - 4:40pm I don't know if

if you have ever broken your foot before, but if you haven't, when I was in college I had mine crushed by a forklift and managed to do grunt work for a construction company shoveling through rock hard dirt all summer without missing a day. I think you would be able to manage sitting at a desk! 

03/27/2016 - 4:08pm With a stellar

0-15 record at home for the season that year lol

03/27/2016 - 4:03pm Great hire

great hire for them. Red Wings assistant coaching staff will probably look pretty different next year.

03/27/2016 - 3:45pm OP

was suggesting that some posters questioning why Levert wasn't playing (which I was not one of, btw) should feel guilty now that he has had surgery. I was making an observation that just because a player ends up getting surgery after all doesn't mean he couldn't have played while dealing with the injury. Not saying that Levert could have played as we have no real idea of his injury, but its true that it is not unusual for guys to play hurt and delay surgery. In Levert's case I totally understand why he ended up getting shut down for the season, even if he could have managed to play a few minutes a game, because of his pro potential and future to consider. It was obviously an incredibly difficult decision for him to deal with as you could see how much he wanted to be out there playing.

03/27/2016 - 12:32pm Athletes play thru

injuries and then get corrective surgery after the season concludes all the time.

03/27/2016 - 12:27pm Cloud of guilt?

Caris very possibly could have played thru his injury, he did come back for a cameo vs Purdue, but the combination of pain + not being 100% + pro asperations led to him shutting it down for the season. Totally understandable decision for him to make, and probably the right decision to make for his future, but if I was in his position I would have been on that court fighting through the discomfort to play my final year of college ball even if I could only play 10 minutes off the bench every game. I would have to be literally dragged off the court.

I understand why Caris and Spike made the decisions they did, but I personally would have finished my college career on the court and not end it early on the sidelines out of potential future health risks that may or may not happen.

03/25/2016 - 11:23pm Make it FOUR

golden opportunities wasted with shots straight at the keeper. Unbelievable.

03/25/2016 - 11:20pm 3 great scoring

opportunities in this game, and every one was shot straight into the body of the keeper. Brutal finishing.

03/25/2016 - 11:15pm There was a significant gap

between classes of talented American players. With Donovan, Dempsey, Howard etc. done or past their prime the current crop of American born players in the 23-30 age range is weak. Cameron and Bradley are decent but can also be brutal to watch at times. There are some exciting talents under the age of 21 based in Europe w/ 17 yr old Christian Pulisic getting minutes with a good Dortmund side, Miazga and Carter-Vickers in England w/ Chelsea and Tottenham, and Zelalem w/ Rangers on loan from Arsenal. Those guys aren't quite ready for full-time run in the senior national team but are close. There are several other American teens in top academies in Europe but obviously they are years away at this point. The 2018 World Cup cycle could be a tough one but 2022 could see the US becoming a more noteworthy side.

Yes, it looks bad now, but there are some positives for the future and to say that MLS is preventing young players from getting development in Europe is completely false. The players who opted for MLS over Europe in recent years were already past the main development stage of their careers, with Jordan Morris being a rare exception.

03/25/2016 - 12:05pm I'd hesitate to call

Oregon a traditional football power, they have been very up and down through their history until the last decade and the influx of Nike money. The basketball program has been mediocre, I would have expected them to be more dominant like the football team has been recently, Altman has won a lot of games there but still only one (barely) top 25 finish in the final AP poll the last 8 seasons.

03/19/2016 - 1:08pm The 0.0

The 0.0 above the basket is the official game clock. The empty black space beneath that 0.0 is where the shot clock time is located, but it is off because Cincinnati got possesion w/ less than 30 seconds remaining. The 0.2 seconds is the unofficial TV score bug display that is there for the benefit of the viewers at home.

03/01/2016 - 11:34pm Yeah and band costumes

are the peak of high fashion....

Those Nike Frees are comfortable and great for working out, there's a couple reasons for ya.

And trainers aren't for playing basketball, so don't worry you probably won't have to see them on the court.

02/29/2016 - 10:20pm Impressive

She is a great player. Often scoring performances like this at the high school level are against awful teams that cant play d and turn the ball over leading to constant fast break layups, but I'm assuming that if the opponent is in the playoffs and scoring nearly 80 points (in 2OT) they are somewhat ok. Sounds like she also hit some very clutch shots as well, should be a lock for Miss Basketball.

02/28/2016 - 9:48pm His system

is kind of an "underdog" system where it can mask some talent limitations and be super effective when a player's strength's are a perfect fit. The problem is the current squad seems to lack ideal Beilein players. No big man that can both set hard picks and cleanly catch on the roll, no forward that can play gritty, physical post defense, no consistent guards that play with good flow on offense, especially w/o the ball (Irvin and Walton end up creating their own shot too much, and they aren't Trey Burke).

Beilein's teams are often inconsistent as there is so much reliance on making jumpers, and Walton and Irvin and Abdur Rahkman are all streaky shooters which compounds that issue. 

Defense is not Beilein's expertise, but the current group of players seriously lacks awareness and anticipation and seem to always overplay or underplay every possesion. They either close out too hard and get blown by for an easy layup with the lack of help defense/post presence or don't fight thru screens or play out far enough to prevent easy open threes.

02/28/2016 - 8:42pm If Beilein could just

bring in an actual power forward that is an athletic defender/rebounder, that would be great. Having Donnal/Doyle/Davis/Teske is overkill for the 5 spot. Future makeup of the team is looking guard and center heavy, where are the forwards?

02/27/2016 - 7:21pm As a former 1st base coach,

I'll have you know it is a vitally important part of the team, what with holding on to the baserunner's batting gloves and yelling "BACK!" when the pitcher tries a pickoff move!

02/27/2016 - 5:00pm Well maybe

don't hang out on mgoblog then lol

02/27/2016 - 4:48pm This

is what you think is too much, not sleepovers or wrestling with recruits (which I think is totally fine and hilarious but is still pretty crazy), but a "celebrity" apperance at a spring training game, something that is not at all unheard of? Heck, several celebs have played in spring training games like Billy Crystal with the Yankees and just last year Will Ferrell. Harbaugh was a guest coach with Oakland last spring training.

http://m.mlb.com/cutfour/2015/03/11/111921560/did-you-know-these-5-celebrities-played-in-real-spring-training-games

02/24/2016 - 6:42pm that's a good channel

Mrsuicidesheep is another awesome YouTube channel

02/24/2016 - 6:36pm rock

Classic/indie/alternative/folk etc.
Don't necessarily have any favorite bands just favorite songs, but Queen, pink floyd, the who, and lynyrd skyward are bands I like a lot of songs from.

02/22/2016 - 6:31pm The problem is that now

the Pistons weak bench is even thinner. Instead of an improved bench after the deadline with D-Mo and Thornton, it ended up being down another player (Jennings). Add in Toliver's injury and suddenly its looking like the Pistons might need to take a flyer on a D-League guy because just throwing Baynes and Anthony out there every night isn't going to cut it. Relying on starters to play so much will wear out the team down the stretch and even if they do sneak into the playoffs they would go up against a team that is well-rested.

02/22/2016 - 5:56pm Morris

had some struggles at camps with his accuracy. Him and Norfleet were great together in 7 on 7s. High school senior season was rough due to bad oline and receivers that couldn't catch his passes and then mono which ended it after only 5 games.

02/22/2016 - 5:44pm Supposively

Dylan wanted to do his own thing and didn't necessarily want to be in his brother's and dad's shadow at Stanford. He has also been a bit of a Michigan fan for a few years, actually due to the basketball team's success (finally it impacted recruiting!). Combining that with the opportunity to learn from Harbaugh and Stanford going hard after other QB prospects for now, McCaffery was comfortable choosing Michigan. I'm sure Stanford had interest in him but just had other guys rated higher they wanted to focus on. If they were to miss on those guys (unlikely, I'm sure they will get a good qb) they would probably really press for Dylan late and hope that the legacy aspect is enough to flip him, but he seems all Michigan now.

02/19/2016 - 10:18pm Sad news

I had just randomly looked up his stats on baseball reference a couple days ago.

02/18/2016 - 12:06pm I misread that

as "A good chunk of the camp died, actually." and wondered how I never heard about that tragedy.

02/17/2016 - 2:00pm My "favorite" buttcam moment

was less than a minute into the second half when Duncan Robinson(?) received a pass in the far corner and as he was preparing to launch a three one player after another stepped in front of the camera's view with the icing on the cake being the ref moving right in front of the camera as the shot (apparently) clanked of the rim. There were like five bodies in a single file line blocking the view of the play. Just totally idiotic judgement by ESPN to think this view would enhance the viewing experience in any way. ANY of the elevated replay angles shown in the game would have been better than that floorseat garbage.

02/16/2016 - 3:03pm DJ Agustin

might be available as he has been glued to the bench for OKC the last few weeks. I thought he was a really good fit for SVGs system before he was traded.

02/16/2016 - 2:47pm Last I heard about Tobias

Harris he was being compared to.... Josh Smith. Better get ready for some ill-advised jumpshots. 

02/13/2016 - 6:53pm I don't know either

I'm not even a dumb jock, I once won my school jeopardy tournament, but any reference to Justice Scalia I would have seen in the news was something that I must have never deemed worth remembering. I think the more goverment knowledgeable folks like you are overestimating how important his name is (rather than his & the Supreme Court's actions/decisions).

02/13/2016 - 6:18pm Some of us are jocks

and did not memorize the name of every member of the Supreme Court. As someone in their twenties, the only name I remember often seeing individually in the news is Sotomayor. Checking the list now  I recognize most of the others but if put on the spot would not have been able to list them off. I remember learning about the Supreme Court in middle/high school but obviously did not pay much attention as I was more focused on girls and my next game.

And I have no idea who Rehnquist is. Different strokes for different folks, I have always poured all my interest into sports rather than government/politics and I'm sure there are others on this blog, dedicated to sports, who are the same way. I totally understand the impact the Supreme Court can have on my life, but knowing the names of every member of the Supreme Court does not allow me to alter that impact in any way, so I wouldn't say that it is imperative knowledge.

02/07/2016 - 12:11pm People on here freak out

every single year well before spring practice even starts because there are more than 85 guys in line for scholarships. There will be normal attrition like there is every offseason, whether for playing time, academics, personal reasons, legal reasons, etc. These are 18-23 year old kids, their situations change all the time. Yes, coaches may tell players to pursue other opportunities, but if I was an upperclassman and was destined to ride the pine I would want to hear that upfront from the coaches so I could do what is best for my future. This happens all over the country at every level of collegiate sports. Some people expect to have EXACTLY 85 scholarships accounted for at all times, but that is totally unrealistic, unless you want to end up with 80 scholarship players at the end of fall camp and hand out 5 to walkons that are not all going to be a Glasgow or Kovacs. Not a great way to compete for championships.

02/06/2016 - 3:33pm Previous teams

played what has been called "white boy" basketball which worked with a combination of shooting, grit, and awareness. Last couple years has been more soft prep basketball with a focus on perimeter offense and a major lack of physical play and defensive intensity. This squad is easy to play against because nobody makes opponents uncomfortable.

02/01/2016 - 6:23pm Anyone that has played hockey

before should clearly recognize that as intentional contact. Maybe he didn't initially plan on lining up a hit (I think he was originally going to skate inside but Motte turned in his path), but when he saw there would be contact he tucks his elbow down and then drives through with his shoulder/elbow in order to level Motte. If Sturtz wanted to avoid a big hit he could have leaned out of the way/slid by more and rub past him instead, without driving through the contact. 

02/01/2016 - 1:48am He didn't skydive

just went for a little private flight, if that. The video only shows him sitting on the plane while its grounded. But the way things are going with all the attention given to recruiting it is probably only a matter of time until a skydiving commitment happens.