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11/06/2018 - 7:59pm It literally is the title of…

It literally is the title of the OP.

11/05/2018 - 7:37pm Yeah that was not targeting…

Yeah that was not targeting. Maybe a hit against a defenseless receiver but not targeting because it was a hit with the shoulder to the shoulder. You could see that on the replays at the stadium.

 

Regarding the fair catch - live from the stands it looked like a mix between pointing and fair catch, so I understood the confusion (but have not seen the replay).

11/02/2018 - 12:06pm When it rains in the lead up…

When it rains in the lead up to the game it's common.

11/02/2018 - 12:03pm James Franklin's nightmares.

James Franklin's nightmares.

10/31/2018 - 12:13pm Agreed - usually there is an…

Agreed - usually there is an intern, assistant, communications specialist, etc., someone at media interviews that is there with the player or a coach. Obviously when a coach it tends to be a higher-ranking person. Sometimes they are closer to the camera than others. They effectively operate as the "handler" for media sessions like this.

I'm sure if you googled the names from UM's athletics directory you could find the person's picture and match it up.

10/31/2018 - 12:03pm Mother of god.

Mother of god.

10/31/2018 - 12:01pm I'm pretty sure there's an…

I'm pretty sure there's an MGoRule somewhere that when you post this gif you need to post it about 492 times in a row, not just once.

10/29/2018 - 7:21pm Haslam is an activist owner,…

Haslam is an activist owner, no way Harbaugh goes to another team like that with a strong activist owner, and a very strong personality at GM like Dorsey (who keep in mind had issues coexisting with Andy Reid in KC and lost the power struggle there).

10/29/2018 - 7:10pm Trust me, Hue Jackson got…

Trust me, Hue Jackson got himself fired.

10/29/2018 - 7:08pm The guy who wanted (wants)…

The guy who wanted (wants) Jabrill playing 20 yards off the ball got promoted to interim HC and is going to hire his son as DC...

10/25/2018 - 7:37pm Pretty good one for me this…

Pretty good one for me this year: My wife bought us tickets to the Michigan Brewers Guild Detroit Beer Festival on Saturday...

10/22/2018 - 10:16am It stands for "University of…

It stands for "University of Michigan Ann Arbor" - it's meant to be a dig at the fact that people from the UM campuses at Flint and Dearborn claim to be "true" UM grads and so therefore they need to distinguish it. Roll it into the "Walmart Wolverine" thing and you're basically caught up to speed on Sparty thinking.

10/19/2018 - 7:23pm Everyone murders people.¯\_…

Everyone murders people.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

10/19/2018 - 7:19pm This man sees into my soul. 

This man sees into my soul. 

10/03/2018 - 12:12pm Thank you for doing this. I…

Thank you for doing this. I have had to explain my (probably irrational) hatred of Fitzgerald to other people. I know he's not a bad guy, and I'm not aware of any program issues he's helped sweep under the rug, so I guess I should appreciate him more.

But every single time I think of him I cannot but help think of that gif of him jumping up and down after the personal foul penalty in 2012. It's as if someone inceptioned that gif into my brain and I have this uncontrollable disgust with him due to it.

10/03/2018 - 12:07pm I remember this. And I have…

I remember this. And I have no clue how that was not called a facemask, given that he grabbed the back of his helmet: 

ARTICLE 8. a. No player shall continuously contact an opponent’s face, helmet (including the face mask) or neck with hand(s) or arm(s) (Exception: By or against the runner). [S26}

b. No player shall grasp and then twist, turn or pull the face mask, chin strap or any helmet opening of an opponent. It is not a foul if the face mask, chin strap or helmet opening is not grasped and then twisted, turned or pulled. When in question, it is a foul.

Oh well.

09/27/2018 - 1:14am This is really incorrect…

This is really incorrect regarding Google. They don’t sell your info, they keep it and then sell the ability for Google to deliver ads to specific groups. They make this very clear in their privacy notice by the way if you read it: https://safety.google/privacy/ads-and-data/ as well as their statement on how their ads work: https://howwemakemoney.withgoogle.com/

GMail also doesn’t read your inbox to deliver ad content: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6603?hl=en

This is not to say there aren’t valid privacy concerns about what Google uses your data for, or why you consent to allow people to use that data for (third party apps), and you certainly should scrutinize that, but please try to get more information on this before making these type of statements.

I’d encourage everyone who uses Google to check out their privacy settings and their ad settings.

09/16/2018 - 12:16am I think part of the issue is…

I think part of the issue is that the rule, as written, focuses primarily on if the head/neck is hit without regard for anything else (e.g., what happened in the seconds before, intent, physics, etc.) The name of the rule "targeting" implies an *intent* to hit something/aim at something. But that's not what the rule actually is. It should be called "Head/Neck hitting" because it's inconsequential of what you were actually.... targeting. 

My issue, in addition to above, is that the rule as written feels arbitrarily enforced. I'm all for targeting if they get rid of the obvious hits going at the head. But there are tons of head/neck hits that don't get called.  And it feels pretty all over the place.

09/16/2018 - 12:05am You're bad at the internet. 

You're bad at the internet. 

09/10/2018 - 1:25pm Rodgers is very, very good.

Rodgers is very, very good.

But... that last TD was mostly Cobb, not Rodgers. And the play before Rodgers threw it directly at the CB who dropped the game-winning INT.

 

But you know... Rodgers is the greatest ever. OMG Rodgers.

09/09/2018 - 12:43pm If PPR: Davis

if standard:…

If PPR: Davis

if standard: Lynch

09/09/2018 - 12:41pm Cool.

Cool.

09/09/2018 - 11:42am It might lower overall point…

It might lower overall point production, but I don’t think it will have a giant impact. If I could I might bet the under now.

It will rain and there will be some rain (under 1 inch), but 20 mph wind isn’t killer overall. If you normally fade Ben on the road due to the splits, it’s definitely another reason too. But v. Mitch I’m still starting him  .

 

 

09/09/2018 - 11:39am Howard. 

Howard. 

09/09/2018 - 10:23am Ben. I like Trubisky for…

Ben. I like Trubisky for upside this year, but need to see it first and I definitely prefer Ben this week.

 

I go Conner/Fitz on the other one. Tough to bench Tate but Fitz has an elite match up this week (v Fabian Moreau) and Conner will get good work. Detroit spreads the ball around more. 

09/09/2018 - 10:14am Love that move. Great…

Love that move. Great matchup. 

09/09/2018 - 10:12am Freeman. 

Freeman. 

09/09/2018 - 10:07am Thought because Tyrell could…

Tough because Tyrell could be used more with Fuller locked up on Allen (Scandrick is much worse, and should line up against Tyrell a lot). But I still lean Landry, especially if PPR

09/09/2018 - 10:00am Sammy.

Sammy.

EDIT: Actually - I take that back. I’d go Robby. Sammy likely to see a lot of Casey Hayward today, which makes him an avoid for me. One big play could obviously pay off and with Mahomes arm and Sammy’s speed it’s certainly possible, but not one I’m gambling on if I have other options. I don’t love Robby but I think that’s the better option there. 

09/09/2018 - 9:59am Who are your other options?

Who are your other options?

09/09/2018 - 9:54am That’s the right call.

That’s the right call (meaning benching Gordon for those 2 this week)

09/02/2018 - 9:58am Greenstein despises Michigan…

Greenstein despises Michigan and Harbaugh. He does so in a relatively low key way publicly, but he does. I would not use him as the barometer.

08/26/2018 - 3:56pm I’m not an expert in this…

I’m not an expert in this stuff, but follow injuries closely (fantasy football...) and foot injuries can definitely be long recovery periods if the fracture is in the right (or wrong) spot.

A sprain is best case scenario at this point, but given that the rumors are 6+ weeks it’s likely a fracture. If that’s the case:

  • a 5th metatarsal (Jones fracture) - usually requires surgery, return time 6-12 weeks
  • Lisfranc - if no surgery, return 6-8 weeks; if surgery, out for seaso

Those are just very general guidelines (and not all possible injuries) from following football doctors on Twitter, obviously I know nothing special about Black, and I’m simply repeating general timeframes I’ve heard.

 

08/26/2018 - 8:06am FYI umbig11 below said Gary…

FYI umbig11 below said Gary is dinged up but will be fine

08/26/2018 - 8:00am Ok Marius. 

Ok Marius. 

08/23/2018 - 12:40am People find excuses to…

People find excuses to believe what they want to believe (e.g., Earl Bruce's grandson isn't an abuser) and rely on a level of guilt that is high (charges being filed). When those match, for many people it allows you to bury your head in the sand, even if it's not morally right.

Sad. Pathetic. Disgusting. But also reality.

08/23/2018 - 12:37am No worries - I don't think…

No worries - I don't think it's common knowledge. Happens to be an area I deal in all the time so I'm intimately familiar with this issue, unfortunately.

Truth is the EEOC has a point to some degree, but as with most things, the pendulum can swing too far (and I'll leave it at that).

 

08/23/2018 - 12:31am So, I'm an employment lawyer…

So, I'm an employment lawyer, and I've seen plenty of these in my day.

I have to say, this is what I expected to be results of the investigation in terms of discipline, although I'm a bit surprised by some of the evidence (e.g., Meyer allegedly wiping his text history, the "misremembering" of an investigation he followed for months, etc.)

Frankly, in my opinion, this is the report you write when you're looking for a reason to keep someone and there isn't damning evidence that you cannot keep that person. This is a "we'll take some heat, but it's good enough report to justify a slap on the wrist" and I truly believe that. If there was something so bad, they may have had their hand forced, but given so much of this is arrests, phone records that were conveniently wiped, and attributed to "forgetting" it needed a damning piece of evidence that would be public.

The fact is when you're conducting an investigation there's always factual considerations (e.g., how much weight do you give the fact that Urban Meyer said he didn't believe the abuse allegations, etc.). Those are VERY easy to sway to fit your outcome. Here the outcome is Meyer stays on, so it's:

  • "was deeply absorbed in football season"
  • "The firing of Zach Smith the day before – the first time Coach Meyer had fired a coach – was also on his mind"
  • "as was the erroneous media report of a felony arrest of Zach Smith in 2015" (by this own internal staff that referenced this)
  • "sometimes had significant memory issues in other situations where he had prior extensive knowledge of events"
  • "He evidenced the same minimalist approach"
  • "may have been motivated, in part, by his loyalty to Earle Bruce, his mentor"
  • "made misstatements – whether deliberately or not – about his knowledge of the events of 2015."
  • "While we do not know if messages older than a year had been on Coach Meyer’s phone before August 1st or whether Coach Meyer deleted any messages"
  • "we do not find that Coach Meyer’s misstatements on Big Ten Media Days were part of a deliberate cover-up"
  • "although it is a close question and we cannot rule out that Coach Meyer was intentionally misleading in his answers, we do not ultimately find that he was. He clearly misspoke and made misstatements, but the reasons that happened are complex"

These are all the exact, extremely well massaged legal statements you make on the evidence you collect that allows you to come to a conclusion that you want.

If this is a low level employee that person is gone because you don't trust them. If it's Urban Meyer it's a 3-game suspension. That's how this works. 

It's sad, and he's a pretty disgusting human being who puts winning apparently above nearly everything, but I honestly cannot say I'm surprised at this point. This case needed a smoking gun and there simply wasn't one that couldn't be explained away by a high priced lawyer.

08/23/2018 - 12:09am No, this is how almost every…

No, this is how almost every background check is run, FYI. It's been a huge area of litigation for a number of years. Link

EEOC and a number of state laws heavily scrutinize looking at arrest records, rather than convictions.  (Link to EEOC Guidance)

So in most cases, employers do not even look at arrest records. If its specifically related (e.g., you have an embezzlement charge and you're trying to get an accounting job) then it likely will still be factored in, but more or less arrests are not considered at this point due tons of litigation around this.

08/23/2018 - 12:04am Look, I'm all for…

Look, I'm all for criticizing this report (more posts on this coming soon), but this is just flat out wrong:

(iii) Shelley Meyer also maintains that she did not relay Courtney Smith’s expression of fear or allegations of abuse, including the photographs, to Urban Meyer at the time because she had doubts about the veracity of Courtney Smith’s allegations. Coach Meyer also does not recall any discussion with Shelley Meyer about either her or Courtney Smith’s concerns about abuse. Given the closeness of their relationship and Shelley’s concerns, we believe it is likely that Shelley and Urban Meyer had at least some communication about these allegations in late 2015 and were concerned about them,although both had doubts about the credibility of Courtney’s claims, based on, among other things, Zach Smith’s denials and their belief that Courtney Smith’s 2009 allegations had been false; by late October 2015, Coach Meyer knew of Courtney Smith’s domestic violence complaints against Zach Smith through his knowledge of the 2015-2016 law enforcement investigation.

 

Pg 8-9.

08/20/2018 - 12:45pm There's an old case from…

There's an old case from 2004 that provides a really great example: Jeremy Bloom.

 

Jeremy Bloom was a WR and PR/KR for Colorado in the early 2000's. He was solid, although not a star at the time. But he was a standout returner who appeared to be growing into a larger role. He also happened to be a really good moguls skier, so much so that he was on the US Olympic team. 

 

Because training for the Olympics costs money, Bloom had sponsorships for his skiing. The NCAA, in its amazing wisdom, found that this disqualified him from playing college football. Bloom stopped playing college football and continued to ski. He eventually was drafted in the NFL draft when he was eligible but never played a down. 

They've since changed the rule on this I believe, but it's a very similar mindset to what you point out regarding Biles: The NCAA can't get out of their own way.

Things did turn out okay for Jeremy Bloom, by the way

08/16/2018 - 7:11pm I will say also, that most…

I will say also, that most large cloud providers have servers located in the EU that will help with parts of the GDPR (e.g., avoid an unexpected cross-border transfer in using a cloud vendor), and all are aware of data privacy rules and how to deal with those issues (e.g., model clauses).

 

Sorry, someone said GDPR and I got to bring my 2 years of work to a conversation on the blog...

08/16/2018 - 7:08pm Technically GDPR applies to…

Technically GDPR applies to individuals in the EU, not just EU individuals, so probably the most pertinent question is if you are offering services directly or indirectly to the EU.

 

I will echo what others have said here - cloud and then periodic other back ups work well, but definitely cloud first. 

08/10/2018 - 7:46pm Eh, I don’t think that’s a…

Eh, I don’t think that’s a fair statement. There is no doubt that TCL is a great value and certainly something I’d recommend, but on the cheap end I prefer Vizio’s picture and on the higher end range I prefer a Samsung or of course LG OLED. But obviously you’re paying more on the higher end (I don’t own any Samsungs or OLED because I tend to go cheaper).

Thats certainly a personal preference thing, and plenty of people don’t have the same preference... but I don’t think that’s simply chasing status.

08/09/2018 - 8:27pm "Santiago was a substandard…

"Santiago was a substandard marine."

08/07/2018 - 8:06pm That one was sad to watch…

That one was sad to watch because he was so much fun to watch. Plenty of blame to go around between bad luck with injuries, and both Shanahan and RG3 being st fault for not making it work.

08/07/2018 - 8:04pm That Buffalo game is…

That Buffalo game is absolutely classic, but he played 13 years in the NFL and was a solid backup. I guess in terms of fame it works.

 

He’s also an NFL head coach now.

08/07/2018 - 8:00pm I don’t think you’re doing…

I don’t think you’re doing it right, but I don’t want to knock you down.

08/04/2018 - 3:18am My favorite part is where…

My favorite part is where Courtney Smith doesn't have access to her own phone records.

08/04/2018 - 3:15am Of course I think it's fair…

Of course I think it's fair to say we all would.

 

But let's be honest - these offenses are not on the same ballpark. Hell it's not even the same sport.