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06/01/2018 - 11:00am I agree that Americans should

I agree that Americans should buy more American cars, especially since we’re making pretty good ones nowadays.

But government employees “bleeding their salaries off of the American tax payer” is a terrible way of thinking about it, or any economic transaction.

05/30/2018 - 9:48am Well, he had Borges, the best

Well, he had Borges, the best passing game coordinator Michigan has ever had.

05/24/2018 - 11:09pm Being mauled by bears is also

Being mauled by bears is also common in nature.

Being common in nature does not mean it’s good or desirable or wise to build human society around.

“Widely accepted in nature” is an insane construction.

05/18/2018 - 3:41pm Didn't mean to imply you were

Didn't mean to imply you were trashing Speight. Only that "didn't play well" is my default negative comment.

I don't want to go back and forth too much on Speight's hypothetical last half of the season, so I'll say again that your position is reasonable. He might not have been able to play as well as he did in 2016 because of the changes in personnel around him. But it's also reasonable to expect a senior to improve his own game over his junior self, and mitigate the losses of the skill guys.

Maybe he would have, maybe not.

05/17/2018 - 10:01pm This is why I could never get

This is why I could never get along with communists -- no sense of humor.

05/17/2018 - 9:57pm Not playing well is an

Not playing well is an understatement, by design. I'm not big on trashing Michigan players. Not playing well is strictly accurate and does not include any personal knock.

Why would I expect him to play great? I wouldn't. I think he could have played better than OKorn and Peters. Not a particularly high bar. And why would I expect that? Because he had already shown the ability to play at that level, both in his starts in 2016 and in his winning the job over both of them in 2017.

Regarding the similarity of the logic: not similar. OKorn had some success, but in a different system. He also lost his job. Speight had success in the same system, and did not lose his job. He also beat OKorn out twice.

I take your point, and your position is reasonable. But your arguments are way overstated and/or strawmen and/or uncharitable readings of my post and/or wrong.

05/17/2018 - 9:30am The criticism of Carr’s

The criticism of Carr’s coaching tree is fair, but the conclusion isn’t. It sort of presupposes that Carr’s lack of a decent heir led inexorably to Coach Rod, who led to Hoke.

They could have hired anyone else, and I’d argue that even somebody like Hoke or Debord would not possibly have done substantially worse. Their eras would have still ended in mediocrity, but those are the worst case hires from Lloyd’s tree, and I don’t imagine them doing any worse than Coach Rod. And of course, they could have hired someone that won.

05/17/2018 - 9:07am Sometimes damages are awarded

Sometimes damages are awarded as a deterrent. Other places will be leery about making false accusations. That’s not f’ed up.

05/17/2018 - 9:00am I agree. Speight was not

I agree. Speight was not playing well, and there’s no guarantee he would turn it around. But we’ve seen that Speight is capable of playing well, whereas we never saw that from OKorn and haven’t seen it yet from Peters.

I’m of the belief that there was a chance that Speight would have kicked into gear, much like he did the year before and how Rudock did in 2015. Could be wrong, of course, but it’s not unreasonable to expect improvement during the season, especially from a guy who had displayed the ability to play better.

05/16/2018 - 8:54pm Added to this, it’s not

Added to this, it’s not likely that Peters didn’t know the playbook in the simplest sense of “know”. I’m sure he could run any play they called. It’s much more likely he didn’t “know” the intricacies of things like route concepts, protections, or how a certain play is tailored to a certain defense. It’s knowledge in a deeper sense.

As to why a guy in his class still didn’t have that knowledge — he was third on the depth chart. There are only so many reps to go around.

People point out that we see freshmen excel every year. This is true, but it’s the wrong comparison to make. He was third on the depth chart. Compared to other 3rd stringers, he did pretty well. Had Speight not played well in 2016, maybe Peters is rushed along, getting more reps, maybe even some starts as a freshman.

05/16/2018 - 3:18pm Have you heard about these

Have you heard about these fidget spinners?

05/16/2018 - 11:48am I don’t think we should talk

I don’t think we should talk about jet sweep pin and pulls until we beat MSU and OSU.

05/16/2018 - 11:46am I do this all the time for my

I do this all the time for my clients. I don’t bother them with every little thing.

05/11/2018 - 2:32pm Moeller coached All

Moeller coached All Conference players
Tony Pape 2002-2003
Dave Baas 2002-2004, including All America season.
Dave Pearson 2003
Matt Lentz 2004-2005
Adam Stenavich 2004-2005
Jake Long 2004-2006, including All America season
Leo Henige 2005 (2nd team)
Mark Bihl 2006 (2nd team)
Adam Kraus 2006

All but Bihl and Henige were 1st team All-Conference by coaches or media. Moeller coached a minimum of two first team All-Conference players per season, had 4 seasons of 3 All-Conference players, had 2 All-Americas in his 5 seasons, sent a lot of guys into the league for at least a cup of coffee, won a ton of games, never fielded a line half as bad as every line we’ve seen since 2007 (excepting 2011).

Moeller is far and away the best line coach we’ve had in two decades.

05/10/2018 - 4:33pm Billions of people, and

Billions of people, and millions who are likely to be interested in this story, including his new employers, were unaware or the indictment until today. That is new information.

Your mentality is becoming more and more mysterious to me.

05/10/2018 - 11:55am The last sentence does not

The last sentence does not follow from the previous ones.

It can be both meant to damage Patricia and the Lions by someone with an axe to grind and also a legitimate story. It might be less important because he wasn’t charged and it’s 22 years old, but it’s still a story.

Why is this ever a reaction people have? Why would you want fewer stories? Are you incapable of reading a story, giving it the weight you think it deserves, and going about your life afterwards? Why do people not want to know things?

05/10/2018 - 11:46am When people refer to media

When people refer to media trials, they’re usually worried about media influencing an actual trial. That’s a real concern. That’s not what’s happening here, as you admit in the next sentence, when calling this a quasi-trial.

Unless you mean the colloquial trial of public opinion. If so, you’re fighting a losing and nonsensical battle. Everyone makes judgments every day on everything. You can’t seriously ask people to not have opinions on a thing unless and until a legal verdict is reached.

I’d suggest that this is no sort of trial at all. I think it can better be understood as a feature of our incredible capitalist system — the invisible hand at work.

The Lions are a for-profit entity. The market is currently not bullish on people accused of sex crimes. Consumers voice their displeasure at the Lions offered product. The Lions will have to decide how they want to approach this market.

Same for Patricia. He is in no legal jeopardy. He is simply, like all of us, at the whim some market pressures. His job is in high demand. There is a fairly large supply of people qualified to take it. His employers face the market pressures mentioned above.

What we have is not legal, quasi-legal, or pseudolegal. It’s just the markets working as they should.

05/04/2018 - 12:05am It’s not a judgment of

It’s not a judgment of Hurst’s character. NFL contracts are not guaranteed, creating a tremendous incentive for a player to put his health #2 on his priorities list.

05/03/2018 - 11:14pm Sure, but that only adds more

Sure, but that only adds more evidence that being in the system isn’t dispositive.

05/03/2018 - 11:07pm Touché. I thought he only got

Touché. I thought he only got honors as a Senior.

05/03/2018 - 11:05pm Michigan won quite a few

Michigan won quite a few conference championships and a National championship calling long play names,

The benefit of the picture thing is quickness. You don’t need to huddle, you don’t need to substitute. There are certainly advantages to that.

But learning the play calls is not difficult. I’m fact, those pictures symbolize a play that is probably pronounced “Red right orbit Nebraska chili (leopard) on two.” So the players still have to learn the plays the same way. The only difference is the method of transmitting it from sideline to field.

05/02/2018 - 10:43pm I say this all the time, but

I say this all the time, but I think this is the biggest reason why we haven’t been able to put together a good line in years. We haven’t had a returning all-conference player since Lewan, and he was the first since Long. But Long learned from guys like Baas and Pape, they learned from guys like Hutch, who learned from Janson, and on and on ad infinitum.

The young guys don’t have a guy who they can turn to in the offseason, someone to set the tone, someone they can look up to and model themselves after. They don’t know what a truly top-class guy does on a daily basis. There’s a missing osmosis.

05/02/2018 - 10:36pm Yeah but he’s gone and we all

Yeah but he’s gone and we all want the offense to be better next year, so it has to be his fault.

05/02/2018 - 10:34pm I’ll never be able to

I’ll never be able to pronounce it properly again.

05/02/2018 - 5:42pm I think that is his point,

I think that is his point, and I think he’s right. Ruddock played a lot of football at Iowa, saw thousands of different defensive looks, etc. He was way ahead of OKorn in terms of understanding football, even if he was behind in knowing our scheme. But that football knowledge allowed him to catch up schemewise quickly.

We see this all the time; grad transfers tend to win jobs even if there are others who’ve been in the system longer.

05/01/2018 - 12:16am It's pronounced J-eye-nah. I

It's pronounced J-eye-nah. I love Jeyenah.

04/27/2018 - 1:14pm Every position can be found

Every position can be found in later rounds. I’d bet a lemon that first round centers tend to be better than most first round position groups, on average. Partly because of your bias — if a team drafts a center that high, they’re pretty sure he’s going to be good.

I get the market value arguments about the draft, but this wholesale disregard of certain positions in certain rounds is crazy. Maybe you don’t take a center in the top 10, because you can trade down in the 20s and get the center you want. But taking the arbitrary destination between 32-33 as some important marker is illogical.

Plus, if the kid is the next Mawae or Mangold, anyone who complains about his draft spot is wrong. What matters is if he’s good.

04/27/2018 - 1:01pm Ah, you’re a fan of those

Ah, you’re a fan of those teams who want to get their starting QB hurt.

04/27/2018 - 12:54pm I thought it was worse that

I thought it was worse that he seemed to argue against racist thought.

I think everyone would prefer that, but it’s not possible, and the thought-crime aspect is particularly dangerous.

The manageable problem is racist action. We can regulate actions. Not thought. I don’t care if someone is a klansman in spirit, so long as he doesn’t actually do racist things. If he does, he’ll pay a societal price.

04/27/2018 - 8:44am You remind me of myself in my

You remind me of myself in my younger days — fighting the good fight, certain you had the solutions, out there trying to raise class consciousness in the proletariat. I used to hate it when the damn proles wouldn’t agree with me.

04/27/2018 - 8:12am Signing JPP and MCCoy IS and

Signing JPP and MCCoy IS and upgrade on their passing D. Both are primarily pass rushers.

I could not disagree with your assessment and strategy more strongly.

04/27/2018 - 1:49am Right.
If he gets voted on


If he gets voted on by, say, 51% of the team, that 49% is going to be rightly pissed, and will resent the coach for passing the buck on this.

And no matter what happens, the players will have to answer questions about it. They'll have to take the blame placed on them by crazy fans one way or the other.

This is an absolute abnegation of leadership, nothing else.

04/27/2018 - 12:54am You're focused on the right

You're focused on the right or privilege to say a word. But that's not what it is about. White people can say the word, but it says something about them that it does not say about black people who use it. You can try to pretend that when you say it, you don't mean anything by it, but there isn't a person alive who will believe you. And you know that. Which is why saying it anyways tells anyone who hears you quite a bit about you.

Black people say it to and about each other. It is a shared thing. It's fraternal.

White people only say it about black people. It is not shared, it is divisive. It is not fraternal, it is about power and roles.

I'm about as anti-PC as anyone on this board, and I'm a free speech absolutist. But the way you frame the issue is profoundly stupid.

04/27/2018 - 12:42am No he isn’t. The use of the

No he isn’t. The use of the word is bad. Racism is bad. The use of the word does not automatically make him racist. It is certainly evidence that he’s racist, but it’s not necessarily open and shut.

That said, its enough for me to believe the kid is racist, and I’m sure that’s true of more people than are willing to admit. But we have to be able to talk about things logically.

All claims are evidentiary; using the word once is evidence, but it’s not as convincing as using it often or doing other horrible shit.

04/26/2018 - 11:50pm His mother was a hamster and

His mother was a hamster and his father smelt of elderberries.

04/26/2018 - 11:45pm I think you kind of answered

I think you kind of answered your own question. New Orleans is now primarily a running team, Carolina has always been a running tram, and Atlanta has two really good backs. Those are the 5th, 4th, and 12yh best rushing teams of 2017, respectively.

They have good QBs, too, but if they can’t stop those teams from running, they have no hope at all.

04/25/2018 - 2:30pm It probably wasn’t terrible,

It probably wasn’t terrible, but I’d argue it was closer to terrible than good. Unfortunately for him and the team, they needed something like good to compete for the league.

04/19/2018 - 3:46pm It’s like saying, “I would

It’s like saying, “I would never have hookers pee on each other near me. I’m a germophobe.”

04/18/2018 - 3:57pm Every President from FDR on

Every President from FDR on has had a chance to break from or mitigate the effects of the military-industrial complex, but none have, and one party has basically made it an article of faith that it should only be strengthened. We like it nice and new and “smart”, you could say. That’s as close to politics as I’ll go, but the history is important. FDR gets some blame, maybe most, but you can’t put it all on him.

04/17/2018 - 10:45pm Michigan lost to Michigan

Michigan lost to Michigan State 39-6 exactly one week before you joined. The day you joined, MSU was on a bye. You’ve amassed 197 points in the ensuing 5 years.

I don’t care enough to go through all of your posts, but I’d bet that if someone did, they’d see someone unreasonably concerned with our problems and quite honestly impressed with State.

04/17/2018 - 10:35pm I think you have a point. I’m

I think you have a point. I’m sure Harbaugh is wondering what he could have done differently, if anything, to help the kid avoid this kind of thing. I’m sure Greg Harden is feeling the same, and so are a lot of other people involved with the program. Team mates, tutors, trainers, everyone. That’s patently obvious.

But you started this thing off with what reasonable people could construe as a bit of concern trolling, like this might be a sign of deeper issues or something. Maybe that isn’t what you meant, but that’s how you put it out there.

There is also a reflexive tendency to shoot down every perceived criticism, no matter how rational or mild. There’s some of that here, but by and large, you kinda shot yourself in the foot by the way you started this.

04/17/2018 - 12:52pm “It’s on tomorrow” could

“It’s on tomorrow” could certainly be construed by a reasonable person to be a threat made to put them in apprehension of imminent harm.

04/17/2018 - 11:35am So you’re the one who fired

So you’re the one who fired Mad Hatter.

04/13/2018 - 5:32pm As President, he’s presumably

As President, he’s presumably the point man with general counsel - he should be helping craft an ethical and moral legal strategy, with at least some focus on the well-being of students and the long-term reputation of Michigan State, instead of this reflexive short-term effort to just shut this crisis down. He’s not running a private corporation which only concerns itself with profit.

There was a chance to come out of this looking as good as a rape-enabling school possibly could. They’ve somehow managed to make themselves look worse.

04/13/2018 - 5:01pm The arc argument would have

The arc argument would have been odd. But he didn’t make it.

Peters can be both MAC quality today and All-American in a few years. Fingers crossed.

04/13/2018 - 2:38pm The problem isn’t that he’s a

The problem isn’t that he’s a bully, it’s who he is bullying

He should be bullying everyone at MSU to get their act together, insist on doing the right thing by the victims, follow the law, etc.

04/11/2018 - 10:29am Eh, I think we could compete

Eh, I think we could compete for the student to with this 11, but we’re missing the depth of Juve and Napoli. If Dzeko isn’t in form, it’s tough for us to get goals. And we can’t afford to give Kolarov a day off for lack of fullback depth.

04/11/2018 - 10:27am Each team plays in its own

Each team plays in its own country’s league, akin to the B1G. They also play in their country’s domestic cup tournament (akin to B1G tournament in basketball). The top few (1-4, spending on the league) teams in each country’s league also play in the Champions League (akin to NCAA tourney). And the tier of teams in each country that do not play in the Champions League play in the Europa League (akin to NIT).

04/11/2018 - 10:22am This is the best I’ve felt

This is the best I’ve felt after a match since we beat Lyon 2-0 in France in 2007.

04/06/2018 - 6:24pm Well I hate you because

Well I hate you because you’re rich.