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12/11/2018 - 12:28pm How is recruiting going? 

How is recruiting going? 

Does it look like M will ascend to maybe PSU or ND level any time soon, or is it still a big as to if/when that will happen?

Back when lacrosse was first announced as a varsity sport, a lot of people ordained M as the next big thing given that even as a club sport the academics at M were appealing enough to many better east coast players, the theory being that it would immediately become a magnet for top tier players.

Has that not been the case, or did we stick with the club coach a bit too long? Probably a bit of both, I would guess. 

12/08/2018 - 11:17am I think that getting more…

I think that getting more one-and-done players would actually be detrimental.

The Beilein (and Yaklich) systems for both offense and defense are more complex than most and require more time to learn. 

He is able to play some freshman alongside players that are experienced in the system, but I don't think you could rotate through 3-4 new players on the floor and have it be nearly as effective, especially if they are 5-star recruits that are typically used to being "the system" for their high school team and not used to being just one part.

I think the recruiting as it stands is completely deliberate and wouldn't expect it to change.

 

12/06/2018 - 10:56am Personally, I think coupling…

Personally, I think coupling an 8 team CFP scheme, where 5 conference champions get auto-bids by winning a title game and three at-large bids go to either deserving second-place P5 conference teams or potentially deserving teams like a UCF, is the optimal format.

Every game still matters, title games still matter, there is still a path for a deserving team that flubs a game or two, with a teams in the playoffs you could largely avoid most rematch scenarios of teams that already played. 

From the business side of things, there are additional high-interest games that replace what are now kind of blah, also-ran bowl games, so this would be revenue positive for college football overall.

A drastic reduction in the debate/vitriol over who should be in or out that occurs in relation to teams in the eight-ten spots as opposed to the four-six spots.

12/04/2018 - 11:51pm Would be interesting to find…

Would be interesting to find out if the drop was primarily from female students not applying.

11/26/2018 - 6:26pm I agree with the basic…

I agree with the basic premise that we are, and have only been, a good team and are not currently nor have we really ever been elite in the modern era. 

I even agree, to some extent, that the level at which we recruit is a significant part of why we are not elite. I definitely do not agree on your reasons we don't recruit as well. 

There are many others reasons why elite recruits would choose elite schools over Michigan....the main one being that...Michigan is not an elite program. That and that alone accounts for the vast majority of recruits that choose those schools. An elite player is already on track to get NFL money and these programs offer the best path toward that goal. Elite coaching, elite competition, elite-level exposure and other elite level athletes so that I am not the target of a double-team every time I step onto the field (sorry Rashan). If Clemson has 4 world destroying defensive lineman, opposing teams can't focus on and neutralize me. 

I have said this before and will say it again....I am not entirely sure Saban even needs to pay players anymore. Perhaps early on he did while building the program, but as it stands he has elite recruits that covet an offer from Alabama and I am not sure he would even bother to risk everything he has built to have any form of organized payola for recruits. It may happen, but I think it is far less rampant than many on here assume it is. 

As for the whole notion that M recruits are somehow way different in terms of character and academics, please. They are likely the better end of a spectrum, but to intimate that a whole ton of top recruits are choosing elite schools b/c they want to get away with bad things is absurd. 

11/24/2018 - 4:10pm Outback Bowl........again!

Outback Bowl........again!

11/01/2018 - 11:00pm Please post this on a…

Please post this on a bulletin board right outside Don Brown's office.

10/29/2018 - 11:48am tabs not spaces

tabs not spaces

10/28/2018 - 3:22pm I think it became Seattle…

I think it became Seattle about 10 to 20 thousand years ago?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Mid Michigan has consistently been ranked one of the cloudiest places in the country for a long time.

10/27/2018 - 2:07pm That's sweet. Not sure about…

That's sweet. Not sure about switching to Dish overall, but that feature looks pretty sublime.

10/27/2018 - 1:47pm And this is just his latest…

And this is just his latest in a track record of behavior just like that.

MSU knew exactly what they were getting when they brought him on board, in a sense he is only doing his job. 

That the university as a whole, administration, alumni, students, isn't deeply ashamed of any association with him is so telling.

Anyone that ever voted for him should really go back and look at what they were thinking at the time. None of this is new.

10/27/2018 - 1:42pm LOL..what?

How was there…

LOL..what?

How was there any respect in the first place?

He has quite literally always been this kind of douchebag.

10/27/2018 - 1:40pm Pizza the Hut?

Pizza the Hut?

10/27/2018 - 1:06pm FFS..... There is no setup…

FFS..... There is no setup possible. 

Whatever transpired before, Dantini was right there with his players and had the option of not provoking a confrontation. A few syllables from him telling them to go around or ignore the Michigan players avoids the entire situation. He specifically chose to press that situation at that moment and that's what he got fined for.

 

Engler should get fined for bringing this up again. At the very least they should reprimand them again, the same way they did Harbaugh.

10/27/2018 - 1:01pm Undoubtedly from the same…

Undoubtedly from the same people who discounted the fact that Michigan was on their 3rd string quarterback last year.

10/27/2018 - 12:49pm True. 

Losing is obviously…

True. 

Losing is obviously worse, but if they look awful and pull out a close one, still not great for the resume.

10/27/2018 - 12:48pm This is sort of the same…

This is sort of the same thing, but it doesn't stay up persistently.

It would be so easy for them in the app to allow me to place few tiles on the bottom of the screen that stay put and just switch between them. 

10/27/2018 - 12:43pm Anyone else on YouTubeTV…

Anyone else on YouTubeTV absolutely LOVING the live stream in the tile feature? 

When tuning away from commercials you can see what's on another channel in the tile and avoid ones also playing commercials. 

Infinitely more effective in just watching actual game time.

10/27/2018 - 12:35pm MSU looking better than I…

MSU looking better than I thought against Purdue. Hard to ever actually root for them, but technically if they win it's good for us.

FSU looking decent against Clemson. long shot because Florida state is terrible, but they have the horses to put up a fight I think.

rooting for Wisconsin over Northwestern, if Wisconsin gets ranked again that's good for us. Northwestern's never going to be ranked.

 

10/26/2018 - 10:48pm Because if he wasn't being…

Because if he wasn't being negative and bombastic, no one would ever mention him at all...and apparently he likes to be mentioned.

10/26/2018 - 3:02am I can't speak to the LCA as…

I can't speak to the LCA as I've never been, but the few pro arenas I have been to I find lacking. 

I live in SF and AT&T Park, god I hate calling places corporate names, is okay as far as newer venues go. The new 49ers stadium (I forget whatever corporate sponsor name it has....Levi's?) in Santa Clara is an absolute shithole. Sterile, corporate, zero character or class, or any kind of defining style or substance. It is in the middle of nowhere, you ride an escalator up and in and from there you buy stuff and see a game. Half of it you can't even bear to sit in on a hot day. No neighborhood to hang out in before the game, nowhere to go to celebrate/commiserate afterward, hell....maybe just put a plant out or something? No history, no tradition, yadda, yadda, yadda.

If LCA is anything like that, I don't care how many games a team wins, it is still a crappy venue.

10/25/2018 - 10:55am There is the potential for…

There is the potential for injury, but barring that overall the fatigue factor of playing a tough opponent the week prior and then having to go on the road is likely to be a bigger influence.

I think most important is the two weeks of planning/scheming that M has vs. PSU, who has to spend a week focused on Iowa. The team is way more tuned this year to be able to execute on a specific gameplan than in the past and Franklin presents some unique opportunities to exploit.

This is why I like the lead-up to the OSU game. With Rutgers/Indiana the two weeks prior, it affords the opportunity to spend some extra energy toward prepping for OSU and still playing and staying in a rhythm. 

10/25/2018 - 10:30am He is trolling, he's just…

He is trolling, he's just trolling Alabama.

10/24/2018 - 10:05pm Did not see that coming,…

Did not see that coming, nice!

10/24/2018 - 6:29pm Everyone assumes this is a…

Everyone assumes this is a result of Shea and his tendencies, but this could just as likely be something he is coached to do, i.e. Har-Pep telling him to not throw anything whatsoever  into zone coverage unless absolutely wide open. 

10/23/2018 - 11:08am All hail Warinner

All hail Warinner

10/22/2018 - 12:24am That sucks for him, supposed…

That sucks for him, supposed to be a solid guy. Hope he can still get some NFL $.

10/14/2018 - 1:51pm Evans also presents an edge…

Evans also presents an edge/speed play or pass out of the backfield to worry about.

10/14/2018 - 1:45pm To anyone complaining about…

To anyone complaining about Taylor getting yards, realize that containing him is the strategy, not going all out to shut him down. 

If you sell out on stopping him completely, you'll be vulnerable elsewhere and Wisconsin has the ability to make you pay in other ways.

Tuning your defensive schemes to make him 30 to 40% less effective/dependable forces Wisconsin to rely on other parts of their game. See Hornibrook's passing stats to understand how well that went. The jet sweep TD was successful because they were cheating to stop interior runs.

You CAN shut down their passing game and Michigan did.

You CAN play disciplined in your lanes and prevent big plays/sweeps to the edge, Michigan adjusted and accomplished that after two went long.

You CAN'T completely shut down a veteran OL that rotates through 8 solid players that paves the way for a back like Taylor. You can slow them down enough so that 3-5 yards/play is not a guarantee and therefore too risky on third and short. In addition, by keeping them in front of you and preventing big plays, you make running for 4-5 yards per play a losing strategy. Once we were ahead by 2+ scores and the offense was consistently moving the ball, Wisconsin had no choice but to throw. Taylor was more about having shorter 2nd and 3rd downs to do that, if they run him on 3rd and short and we cheated to stop it, their chances weren't great.

Can't possibly overstate how important it was for our offense to get out in front this game and assert itself early and consistently. Game was essentially won/over early in the 3rd quarter.

10/12/2018 - 1:17pm How about we just let people…

How about we just let people who want to put a warning do so, and people that don't want to put a warning not do so?

Seems pretty harmless either way. 

10/11/2018 - 1:11pm Lodge 49

Lodge 49

10/06/2018 - 5:09pm Most of our stadium is…

Most of our stadium is embarrassing.

Anyone (not saying you do) that shouts "down in front" shouldn't be pointing any fingers at students.

10/06/2018 - 5:04pm The students compress…

The students compress downward in the section, as the game wears on they all push forward, they don't sit down in their assigned seats.

09/30/2018 - 3:59am Ehr, no...Winovich was on…

Ehr, no...Winovich was on all 4 quarters and at times single-handedly kept this game within reach.

Uche was great, but Chase was the rock on Defense.

09/27/2018 - 5:22pm NOOOOOOOOOO!

NEVER

 

Just…

NOOOOOOOOOO!

NEVER

 

Just.....no.

09/11/2018 - 10:28pm Imagine what M financials…

Imagine what M financials would look like with Alabama type results.

A fairly down decade anyway you look at it, and we still print money.

09/11/2018 - 4:23pm Aaaaand...unfortunately,…

Aaaaand...unfortunately, nothing will come of this, because:

  1. There will be no record of her reporting this to the police (surprise!)
  2. The officer that told her to drop it is NEVER going to admit to speaking with her, though even if they can prove that, he'll never cop to saying any of what the allege
  3. The athletic department will simply have a record of a report that was dismissed for whatever reason they provided at the time
  4. If any evidence at all exists that Perles intervened, it will undoubtedly"not exist" very soon, given that MSU has already shown a certain proclivity for CYA no matter what
  5. Poof, it is gone.

Their only hope is that there is evidence of forcing the coach to return the video and her dismissal that is somehow damning enough to get a conviction.

09/11/2018 - 3:08pm My deepest condolences go…

My deepest condolences go out to anyone who lost someone on that day, or who were made ill/lost later due to their rescue efforts or proximity to the scene.

Never forget. 

I had lived in London once before in the early 90's right after graduating from M, at a time when  they were still on high alert from all the IRA bombings and saw first hand then what the constant threat of terrorism can do to a population.

I was living there again and working in the music industry when 9/11 occurred. The company I worked for had a service that streamed music into BSkyB digital TV systems all over EMEA and so all execs had big flat screens in their offices. Mine wasn't on at the time, but I walked past the CEO's office a few doors down and saw him turned away from his desk and looking at a burning building on his TV. I kept walking and thought it was strange he was watching "Towering Inferno" (or something similar to it) at the end of a work day. On my way back by a few minutes later he was still watching and I stepped in to chide him about watching movies at work, but before I could say anything, he turned his chair around and the look on his face told me not to say anything. It took me a few more seconds to realize what had actually happened. I walked into my office, turned on my TV and was watching and attempting to comprehend what was going on when the second plane hit. I sat there well into the night with several co-workers watching the towers go down and trying to dial through to the U.S. and determine if everyone was okay (I had lived in San Francisco prior to London and one of the downed planes was destined for there). I was fortunate not to lose anyone. I got back to my place late at night and continued watching with an overwhelming sense of helplessness at not being able to help or do anything, along with a profound feeling that things had fundamentally changed, though not sure exactly what.

It was a weird perspective to be in Europe in a country that had been attacked and had fairly recently lived through a long era of terrorist threats. The Brits all felt terrible for us, but were spot on in terms of what they said would happen to us as a nation.....that fear would rule and civil liberties would suffer. London is almost entirely covered by cctv cameras as a result of that mentality and lots of legislation passed during/after the IRA bombings that infringed on citizens' privacy, though not really of the online/electronic variety, as that wasn't widely prevalent at the time. 

09/10/2018 - 10:24pm Lends creedence to my made…

Lends creedence to my made up fact above:

People booing their own players tend not to rate too high on the performance/success scale in their own lives. For them, there is something cathartic in demanding excellence and near perfection from others...... loudly......when they can't achieve it themselves.

Also....the first people to say "I called it" when the team does well.

09/10/2018 - 5:03pm So true, there have been…

So true, there have been several examples over the last few years where it is very clear that booing invokes much more of an "eff you" reaction from players, rather than an "oh, sad old fan is booing me, I must NOW try my best" one.

Completely unscientific, made-up, but anecdotal fact: 100% of fans that boo their own players have issues with performance/success in their own lives.

09/10/2018 - 4:55pm Patterson is a somewhat…

Patterson is a somewhat reluctant runner and might need to be prodded to pull the ball

Might be that Patterson was a somewhat restricted runner and the coaches let him do it later in the game when it was more clear that injury was less likely?

09/10/2018 - 4:53pm Please.....no mascot, for…

Please.....no mascot, for the love of all things holy, please no. 

09/09/2018 - 1:14am Jesus....see what I mean?

Jesus....see what I mean?

He gets rushed and about cut in half by a linebacker, yet still drops a touchdown pass 40 yards down field right where it has to be.

Coming around to that deal with Satan thing, seems legit.

09/09/2018 - 12:52am That was NOT a clean hit on…

That was NOT a clean hit on MSU, that was helmet to helmet

09/09/2018 - 12:50am And Lewerke is just the…

And Lewerke is just the latest in a string of QBs with the same sort of skillset and knack for pulling stuff out of their ass.

09/09/2018 - 12:41am Watching yet another QB from…

Watching yet another QB from MSU completely outperform their recruiting rating/expectations, scrambling, making seemingly impossible completions and always somehow managing to move the offense forward no matter what, I'm going to suggest that Dantonio is as much a QB wizard as anyone.

09/08/2018 - 11:45pm Chieftan!

Chieftan!

09/08/2018 - 8:17pm Going to Bogota at all?

Going to Bogota at all?

09/04/2018 - 11:59pm If you think that Penn State…

If you think that Penn State or Michigan State spent their whole summer preparing for those teams, you're crazy. one to two days of prep Max, with the rest of the time being spent on other opponents further along in the schedule I'm sure.

Those results aren't entirely indicative of their capabilities for the rest of the season.

09/04/2018 - 11:46pm Pretty much my expectations…

Pretty much my expectations also, will cosign a likely bowl collapse/loss like some others.

The only thing I think might be different is that we could also very possibly drop one to Maryland, Nebraska or Northwestern too. At least two of those will be extremely close.