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07/11/2018 - 2:03pm 1) Kevin Wilson seems like…

1) Kevin Wilson seems like an awful human; this is just the latest example. I was little surprised, in this day an age, that OSU was able to hire him so quickly after IU and not get really any pushback, but I guess Football Uber Alles (...see what I did there?)

2) It's Zander Diamont --- I think Zander Diamond was an actor on the new version of Beverly Hills 90210.

07/10/2018 - 10:12pm Yes, on ESPN or ESPN2.


Yes, on ESPN or ESPN2.

So mark your calendars for July 28 at 9pm ET for some horse vs horse action, as the Stampeders take on the Roughriders. 

07/02/2018 - 11:17pm Denver Warren is an…

Denver Warren is an excellent pickup for the class. He also reminds me of the following:

"There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese."

07/02/2018 - 11:55am Yes, this firmly puts…

Yes, this firmly puts Michigan in the "2nd tier" of schools based on the more helpful average score. There are about 8 or so schools in this grouping (e.g., LSU, Clemson, FSU, Notre Dame).

The top tier is Alabama, OSU, Georgia, Oklahoma and maybe Oregon (Mario Cristobal is doing a nice job).

So essentially, I think this UM class will finish in 6-10 range, unless a number of recruits disproportionately improve their ranking *AND* we don't lose more than 1 or 2 of the top guys.

All in all, I would say things are looking really good, but there's still work to do.

06/29/2018 - 3:23pm Time to experience Regina,…

Time to "Experience Regina", Mr. Gardner!

(Have no idea how to embed)


06/27/2018 - 10:24am Yes, it is certainly more…

Yes, it is certainly more modern looking on my tablet & phone, but on my laptop and desktop, it is a travesty.

And that's just look and feel -- don't get started on usability (e.g., pasting links).

06/22/2018 - 2:23pm Interesting. I didn't see…

Interesting. I didn't see Battle in high school, but was certainly impressed by him as a college player (though he does seem more athletic that Watts, which is ironic given his "Rocket" nickname). It should be noted Battle was 130 in the country in HS, according to my quick googling.

I do agree about his shooting. He puts shot UP; he has no shame in his game.

06/22/2018 - 2:05pm Thanks for the update. I can…

Thanks for the update. I can not believe Rocket Watts is a Top 50 player.

I only saw him twice, and he certainly has a very good offensive game (with a lot of range) but he got outplayed by Brandon Wade in one of the games I saw (e.g., Wade made Watts look foolish more than once on D, plus Wade rallied his team to win while I didn't see that from Watts, as his team melted down a bit). Wade is a nice player (going to Duquesne) but basically a low 3-star, if that.

06/06/2018 - 3:16pm Ditto. This wouldn't have…

Ditto. This wouldn't have been a good move for the Pistons (why hire a 65-year old man with no experience in the league?) nor would it have been a good move for U of M.

Which is why I didn't worry about it -- two groups would have had to make a dumb decision. Not unprecedented, but unlikely.

05/23/2018 - 2:36pm Yeah this seems more like a threat...

...than it does a motivational statement.

05/20/2018 - 8:35pm Dark Knight has tons of flaws

I would never say it sucked, as Heath Ledger's performance was one of the most charismatic performances I've ever seen and he deservedly won the Oscar. There were also some great set pieces in the movie.

But overall, I thought it has numerous flaws, e.g., Maggie Gyllenhaal (who I generally like) had zero chemistry with both Bale and Eckhart; Two-Face completely got overshone by the Joker, the film was supposed to be in "Gotham" but Nolan couldn't be bothered in numerous parts to obscure buildings / landmarks that clearly identified it as Chicago, Bale's Batman voice was a bit ridiculous, and so on. I could go on, but that's a different thread.

05/11/2018 - 6:00pm That's the right attitude for Joe to have...

...and in no way is it reality.

Shea Patterson will start, barring injury. If there is an injury, it will be one of the other two QBs who is not a true freshman.

There is zero chance a very talented, but raw, freshman QB is going to start on the road, in a night game, against ND unless something has gone very, very, very, very wrong.

05/10/2018 - 9:13pm Yes, the scenario described is confusing

Transfer is only important when you haven't completed a degree (e.g., a Bachelor's) at one school and want to take your credits from one school (e.g., Washtenaw Community College) to another (e.g., U of M) so you don't have to re-take classes.

My advice: talk to a counselor at BOTH schools, write down everything they tell you, and then if you can, talk to a couple other counselors to make sure what they told you is correct. There are horror stories of people who were told something and then when they went to put it into practice, credit were lost, etc.

Good luck!

05/10/2018 - 10:02am The accuser didn't recant

That would mean she admitted she made the whole thing up; that's not what happened.  Charges were dropped when she decided she didn't want to pursue the case, which can happen when an alleged victim decides it is not worth the trauma to go to trial. This type of decision can be especially prevalent in sexual assualt cases.

Doesn't mean it happened. But I would feel a WHOLE lot better about this if the Lions knew about it and had investigated it on their own, so if/when it came up, they could refer to that due diligence and explain to their fans why they were comfortable it was not trrue and that Patricia was a good hire.

05/09/2018 - 12:24pm No way -- we are at peak ticket price

For sports, at least. For concerts, major bands / names (e.g., Taylor Switft; U2; the Eagles) have successfully experimented lately with charging $350 and up for top seats, and they get it. Which makes sense, as that's a once a year (or less) activity.

For sports, though, you typically have many, many chances except for those premimum games (e.g., MSU, OSU, ND). For a UM fan, what's the difference btw seeing WMU vs SMU? Maryland or Indiana? You can just pick one of those, and be fine with it -- which is what I typically do and I *never* pay above list price.

In theory, it would be easy for college football to start dropping ticket prices (and parking, and concessions) back to reasonableness for these interchangeable games. The challenge is the UM has taken on a ton of debt to fund all these palatial buildings around campus, not to mention they pay the football and basketball staffs tens of millions (though that can more easily adjust to market conditions). 

The true canary in the coal mine is EMU (and WMU and CMU): they each spend $20 million more per year than they take in. They can't raise any more money from tickets or TV/media revenue. They are cutting teaching staff and sports as a result.  Not saying U of M will end up with only 5,000 people attending games like EMU, but ticket revenue is not going any higher for anyone. Something needs to give.

05/07/2018 - 1:14pm Sure, start with young kids basketball

Community ed leagues or CYO, where teams are usually 3/4 grades or 5/6 grades. Sure, there is some chirping from coaches (and perhaps more from certain parents), but it really isn't too bad, and you get a chance to really help a number of kids (who are literally there to have fun) learn the game of basketball (as opposed to AAU, which is obviously a step up and very competitive).

Realize as a ref, you set the tone. Say something to the coaches like, "My partner Joe and I will do our best to keep the game flowing and be clear in our rulings. If there's something you think we missed, let us know, but be respectful and we'll discuss." Then let them know any points of emphasis from the league (e.g., hand-checking).

Then get the kids together before tip and say, "OK, we're here to have fun, get better, and compete hard at a great game, basketball. If you have a question, ask, but be respectful to us and the other team. Let's go!"

It's a good way to stay in shape, stay in the game, make a little cash, and help out the community. Do it if you have the time.

05/04/2018 - 9:56pm The RCMB comparison doesn't make sense

This isn't what I heard about Chicago students or based on envy or sports. I have nothing against U of C; I hired a few of these kids and wanted them to be successful.

This was borne out over 100 in-person interviews (at both schools). We hired more than a few U of C kids, based upon other strengths (e.g., very good analytically, which was also very important -- it was a tough job requiring both data skills along with front-facing client skills), but most washed out due to deficiences I mentioned.

I have no doubt there are plenty of personable, fun-loving folks at U of C, just like there are clunkers at U of M. Heck, we had one fantastic U of C student who was a big success. But that wasn't typical in my experience, FWIW.

Point being, the schools are NOT similar in many areas -- culturally, demographics, location-wise, size, etc. The one thing they have in-common is they are top schools with rich alums. So I strongly recommend this dad think very carefully about his kids' temperment and interests (e.g., does he like big time sports being part of the school culture? Would he like being in a huge city or a prototypical college town?) and make a very careful decision.  You can be a sucess at either school, but it needs to fit you.

05/04/2018 - 5:51pm This can not be overstated

For about 5 years, I intereviewed undergrads for a marketing firm at both places. We stopped going to U of C for a couple years, even though it was more convenient for us to get to, because the candidates were literally just too weird.

My boss would say, "Can you imagine putting so and so in front of client? She'd freak everyone out!"

Smart young men and women, and I'm sure most/all of them succeed in certain fields and industries, but the difference between Ross BBA folks and U of C Econ folks was dramatically different.

04/30/2018 - 4:29pm Who would have a problem with this?

Good/great offensive lines are built on three and four star kids, many of them local, who have the time, talent, physique and smarts to develop over the course of 5 years.  Barnhart fits the bill.

Sure, teams aiming for elite status need a Top 50 Cesar Ruiz-type every year or two, to give you the ability to plug & play more quickly at certain times. But generally speaking, you need raw numbers and then use all those bodies to start contributing in the RS Sophomore and later years.

04/30/2018 - 1:53pm He's the Sex Panther of defensive backs

60% of the time, he works everytime.

04/27/2018 - 1:21pm Ernest Shazor also had bad hips, if I remember correctly he couldn't stay with or track down NFL level talent. Still:

- his name comes up b/c he has an all-time great name. Ernest Shazor just sounds like a safety or linebacker who punishes people.

- I just went back and watched that hit against Purdue (viva YouTube). I think there's a good chance that a penalty would be called on that play today. Shazor's helmet clearly make contact and smacks the Purdue receiver in the strenum / upper shoulder. Even though it's not helmet-to-helmet, and there's the added degree of difficult that the receiver was just tripped and was turning through the air, I wonder if they would have penalized him for leading with the helmet if that play happened in 2018.


04/19/2018 - 5:58pm "Carton's HS has great jerseys that Michigan should try to copy"

That is the truth.

I think UM's basketball jerseys have been really mediocre for quite some time. While we've improved from the tire tracks shorts and the ripped jerseys of the Adidas years, that's a low bar.

The tops look like they are pinched / too tight up top. As a result, the "MICHIGAN" looks like it barely fits.

Additionally, on our blue jerseys, the lettering looks more like gold than maize, and it looks like that lettering/numbering was ironed on.

We have great colors and some great jerseys in our past. Not sure why we can't have great jerseys now.

04/14/2018 - 11:56am Tschüß, Moe!

Tschüß, Moe!

04/13/2018 - 1:31pm Need some Al Pacino righteous anger in here

04/13/2018 - 12:58pm John Engler a bully who thought he could bluff his way through?

And that he thinks his first priority is to make sure MSU limits its monetary losses & makes the problem go away, as opposed to overhauling the culture, properly taking care of the victims along with current & future students?

I would have never have guessed this. 

I am shocked.

04/12/2018 - 6:16pm Wrigley Field was the Bears home longer than Soldier Field

So that makes it a football stadium.

It just isn't one currently.

Heck, while they are at it, take one of those bowls from on of those podunk Southern towns and have a bowl game. Call it the Windy City Bowl (or the United Bowl presented by Boeing or whatever).


04/10/2018 - 6:38pm Really just that practice is different than the game

I only have them for 1.5 hours of practice each week so you try to fit a lot in -- but they're 11, have the attention span of a gnat, and just want to "GO!".

They always want to scrimmage (when their fundamentals and other drills are far more important) for a 1/4 of the practice time, and so when they say "but scrimmaging is like a game. It will get us ready!", that's when I went into "we're talking about PRACTICE...not a game...PRACTICE" to emphasize practice prepares you for the game -- you won't get better unless you work on specific skills or sets in a controlled environment, instead of a scrimmage, which tends to devolve into a mess of just running up & down the court.

We had a losing record, but we improved and were the only team to beat a higher seed in the playoffs, so I think I'm ready to take over for Bacari Alexander at U of D.

Also, beyond this quote, I'm not sure how many of them have seen AI play -- they just all want to be Steph Curry (which is another problem; they all want to jack 3's and basically none of them can).

04/10/2018 - 1:20pm That rant spans the generations

I coach a team of 11-year olds and, while we were talking about practice, I went into a version of AI's rant. Almost all of them knew what I was referencing, which is odd for something that is 15 years old. It confirmed for me two things:

- The rant really speaks to people -- sometimes you just can't believe people are talking that way about practice
- The youth of America watches a ton of YouTube and also love memes

04/09/2018 - 4:29pm "I am getting older and time is becoming less and less."

Heck of a quote from a 17-year old. 

In his spare time, he must gaze out the window at the gray skies of Upstate NY, listening to The Smiths albums.

04/09/2018 - 1:57pm Well, why not let a jury decide?

That's what Young's supreme court opinion did -- it didn't let a jury decide whether this company was responsible or not.

I think of it this way -- if a family member (daughter, wife, sister, etc) was at a work, and a male co-worker continually made unwanted sexually explicit comments toward her (including that he want to fuck her and pull her hair), she asked her employer to have those comments stop, but they are not. Later, he rapes her at work. Would you hold the company partly responsible? 

I think it's reasonable for a trial to be held to determine if the company did a reasonable job of preventing that rape from occuring -- how many times did they tell the man to stop making comments? What did they tell him the consequences would be if he didn't leave her alone? How did they enforce this? Was there an investigation to see if other co-workers reported similar comments? Etc.

Now, in the end, maybe the company is found not liable (e.g., the female co-worker said she wasn't worried for her physical safety when he made those comments). But I think it should have been examined more closely.

And to the point for MSU, Bob Young (who seems to be of the opinion that only those who have previoulsy been found to have commited sexual violence -- which would have included Larry Nassar, for what is worth, until very recently -- are who employers should worry about), doesn't seem like the best person to hire, if you're looking for someone who is going to give the benefit of the doubt to the victims.

04/05/2018 - 4:38pm Felt with?

Look, there are many ways to deal with trolls --- feeling up Maizen is probably not one of them. 

04/03/2018 - 6:11pm He was the #2473 recruit in the nation

(not joking)

You mean you don't have a film breakdown on him?

04/03/2018 - 3:22pm What were you looking at?

There were tons of open looks. Livers first one was wide open; Matthews had open looks. Robinson's first two as well (and maybe his third). Simpson's 3 that Raftery said was in (but was, of course, short) was wide-open. And so on.

A big thing was not just how many open and/or in-rhythm looks we missed, but how *badly* we missed them. This weren't roll-around-the-rim misses; they were clunkers. For example, not one of Robinson three 3 pointers looked like they were going in on the way down -- they were way off. Very unusual for him. That's when I knew we were dead meat.

Very frustrating.

04/03/2018 - 11:22am We likely will be better. Results likely won't be.

The team will definitely be more athletic next year -- we'll have multiple shot blockers (from the traditional, Teske, to the new wave athletic in Castleton); multiple "take it to the rack and dunk" guys (not just Matthews, but Iggy and perhaps Johns).

Simpson should be better -- his game obviously grew from January on, but it hit a definite plateau offensively by the end of the year. Since PG is the most important position in Beilein's offense, that should help tremendously.

I expect big improvement from Poole and/or Livers, on both ends of the floor.

However...we had a great season this year.
- 13-5 in the regular season B1G; won the B1G Tourney; finished regular season #7 in the country; went to the national championship game.

That's not perfect, but it is very, very good.

So I can easily see the team next year being better -- for example, next year's team would (if the players develop as reasonably expected) match up better with Villanova. But to have better results? Not likely unless someone (e.g., Poole or Livers) turns into a Trey or Nik level All-American *and* we have the necessary amount of luck.

04/01/2018 - 2:25am He's quite valuable...and we need more from him on Monday

He is a team leader and steadying presence -- but we shouldn't sugar-coat it: he didn't play well tonight. He needs to play much better on Monday. In fact, except for Texas A&M, he hasn't played even OK (let alone well) offensively all tourney. He has played good defense (but so has basically everybody), and that counts, but we can't have a guy playing 34 minutes a game, taking 10-plus shots, shooting around 30%.

UM has played some good teams, but we've been lucky to not play a Top 15 team all tourney, and that's not the case on Monday. We need good/great games not just from Mo and Charles, but MAAR as well. It's not a coincidence when we beat MSU and Purdue (two legit top 10 teams) MAAR scored 15 points in both games while shooting above 50%.

He look scared at times on offense tonight. He completely airballed a runner, and twice got offensive rebounds (good!) and then refused to go up with the relatively easy shot (bad!). He'll need some coaching up and some team support.

He can do it. He's got the experience (obviously).

03/31/2018 - 5:05pm If true, someone at U of M needs to be canned

UM fans direct WAY too much money towards the program and instead of most of it going to the players, it goes to administrators, coaches and staff -- like attorneys.

They get paid over top dollar, and we need to be getting top dollar services.

03/29/2018 - 5:13pm Making good money and working in a major city = Ross BBA

As someone who went there (well before the expansion) and then recruited for a firm at many BBA / Econ top schools, if his career goals are as you say, it's pretty easy -- go to Michigan.

Now, perhaps at these other "Top 20" schools you get an incredible financial package; then certainly consider going there. But if the tuition money you will have to lay out is remotely equal, getting a BBA from UM is highly marketable.

This doesn't just apply to Ross, but look at the basketball team -- there's a reason why UM fans were all over in MSG and Staples: UM schools tend to pump out highly sought after grads in the fields of business, law, consulting, and the arts (to name a few), and those tend to be focused in big cities.

Good luck -- it sounds like he'll be a success wherever you choose.

03/28/2018 - 5:39pm It is literally the worst

Uniformative trolling and invective seemingly from the proverbial 45-year olds still leaving in their mom's basement.

03/26/2018 - 1:45pm LOUD VOICES!!!

I need someone to make a video of Gene Hackman and Gene Wilder yelling...preferably at each other...through the magic of editing.

I know one is retired and the other is dead, but come on YouTube people, make this happen.

03/26/2018 - 10:33am Avatar checks out.

Avatar checks out.

03/25/2018 - 1:45pm His mid-range game is more valuable in college

As shown by the debacle that was MSU vs Syracuse, to beat a zone you need to have a non-guard who can work the foul line and make a pass or a mid-range jumper. Matthews, who ironically struggles with free throws, might be our best shooter in the 8-16 foot range, particularly with a righteous fadeaway.

In the NBA, zone is extremely rare, so that skill is much less valuable there. Additionally, Matthews is our most athletic player, but in the NBA, every team literally has five or more guys as athletic as him.

He needs to work on his off the dribble offensive game, his FTs, and 3-pointers before he's a first round pick. Especially if he does the latter, he could easily be a 3-and-D guy and be a first round pick.

That will be next year, at the soonest.

03/23/2018 - 8:21am Is that guy in maize keeping score?

Writing a prescription? I need to know.

03/22/2018 - 2:53pm Sure they do - top programs need wins

SEC programs have shown, time after time, you can get into the Final 4 with one loss.

It does no one, including Michigan, any good to play at Washington, home against VA Tech, and then against MSU, Wisky and Penn State in the first six games.

Even if we go 3-2 in those games (which would be pretty good), we'd be out of the hunt before Halloween.

03/22/2018 - 2:51pm Hence, Arkansas State

Our schedule is tough enough.

03/22/2018 - 2:49pm During their best year, they lost to USC 55-6

...and 51-14 to Auburn the next year.

They are not totally awful (e.g., they typically win 8 or so games), but still if we struggle with Arkansas State, we have much bigger problems (see Nebraska, last year, which barely beat them-- because Nebraska was booty last year).

03/21/2018 - 9:56am Remember: East Lansing's coach resigned recently

Less than a month ago. Some shenanigans with an overinvolved parent and disagreement with the AD:…

I'm guessing that didn't help.

03/20/2018 - 3:41pm This is where the state legislators & guv need to step in

EMU will never drop down to FCS when CMU and WMU are still in Div 1 (and vice versa). So the Michigan legislature should make it easy on them:
1) figure out within 3 years how to reduce, by at least $10 million per year, the amount of money each school diverts from the general fund to athletics or
2) if they don't, MI will cut their state appropriation to each school by at least $10 million.

It is horrible that $20-million plus of general fund money, every year, is diverted from academics and student support in order that these schools' regents egos can be fed. GVSU (and to a lesser extent, Wayne State) is doing just fine without being in the MAC.


03/20/2018 - 2:34pm Even "real" games are not much better

I went to an (entertaining!) game last year -- it was a night game, last home game of the year. I literally got in through the "payment" of two cans of soup.

There were about 5,000 people there. The entire east side, except for just a couple small parts, were cordoned off.

03/20/2018 - 1:33pm Nah, he's going out on top

Wins the national title this year, moves on to the next level.

03/20/2018 - 1:28pm Wrong date and wrong word usage

That, along with using "ironically" incorrectly does not make that a strong tweet.

He does have a lot on his mind -- son coaching a playoff game; grandbaby due any minute; Sweet Sixteen matchup in LA -- so I can understand how his Twitter game is a bit off.