|01/22/2019 - 10:29am||Random question for you…||
Random question for you mattD since you seem to still be checking this thread. Are you not a huge Beilein fan? I know you probably respect his coaching chops. I just get this impression (and I could be totally off base here) that it rubs you the wrong way that Beilein sticks (usually...not all the time) to recruiting only kids with good grades, good families, and a desire to be at Michigan.
|01/19/2019 - 9:54am||If the rumors are correct,…||
If the rumors are correct, you'd need to replace him with someone who's really gritty, a gym rat, heady, and sneaky athletic.
|01/18/2019 - 9:18am||where's the vulgar koala? i…||
where's the vulgar koala? i'll volunteer to proofread his resume
|01/17/2019 - 9:41am||Yeah, complicit is probably…||
Yeah, complicit is probably too strong of a word. But if someone comes into your office and graphically describes being sexually abused, the immediate reaction of any adult with common sense should be to notify the police immediately.
I have a decent bit of visibility to this sort of thing on the corporate ethics side (attorney) and tend to agree that most people would probably handle it the same way as Faehn. But having excellent judgment is presumably one of things that you're getting paid for if you're in an executive position like Faehn was. And even USAGym fired her for mishandling the situation.
|01/17/2019 - 9:00am||I bet Plocki knew Faehn…||
I bet Plocki knew Faehn personally and that clouded her judgment. That has to be a large contributing factor here.
|01/17/2019 - 8:57am||I also am a big believer in…||
I also am a big believer in second chances, too. As you alluded, second chance doesn't always mean that you get to go back to what you were doing before, though. Most of the time when there's a big mistake made, I think it means just getting the chance to start over again (sometimes from scratch).
If you're a VW exec and you're complicit in covering up emissions data, you should probably never get another job where you may have responsibility to make tough ethical decisions.
|01/14/2019 - 3:00pm||I would suggest one more…||
I would suggest one more rule change while we're at it - ban foul calls where a shooter shot fakes and then lunges into a leaping defender in a way that is completely outside the bounds of a normal shooting motion.
|01/10/2019 - 2:09pm||I dunno, man. If you're the…||
I dunno, man. If you're the NCAA, do you want to be telling an African American kid "yeah, sure, that was racially hostile, but it wasn't THAT bad since weren't harassed enough." Especially when a bunch of kids playing D1 football could already sympathize with having faced racial prejudice at some point in their life.
NCAA has alienated the student-athletes plenty at this point. This would just make things worse.
|01/07/2019 - 11:10am||Maceo blocked some shots but…||
Maceo blocked some shots but was not good defensively. As one former MBB player remarked "I could put a folding chair in the paint and get more rebounds than Baston."
|01/07/2019 - 9:53am||He's the one you hear the…||
He's the one you hear the most about, but I honestly can't even think of any UM players in the past 25-30 years that were lockdown defenders.
I don't recall any UM players being in contention for Defensive Player of the Year in the B1G. Not sure how long the award has been around, though. Maybe Wolverine Devotee can find the list. Couldn't find it via google.
|01/02/2019 - 1:36pm||Who doesn't love to see…||
Who doesn't love to see MATCHUP NIGHTMARES at the TE spot?!?!
|01/02/2019 - 12:31pm||Departure or not, I'm pretty…||
Departure or not, I'm pretty excited to see more sets with 2-3 TEs and a FB while one or two of Tarik Black, DPJ, and Nico Collins sit on the bench watching.
|12/20/2018 - 9:48am||Fullback?||
Also, a guy like that is exactly why I avoided the A league in intramural basketball. Football guys who were good at bball in high school would be done with football, play IM hoops, and dunk all over poor saps like me. Better to play in the B league and feel better about myself.
|12/17/2018 - 10:36am||Is that Emoni Bates that he…||
Is that Emoni Bates that he was guarding in the video?
|12/12/2018 - 9:51am||A vast majority of students…||
A vast majority of students are very rough on the houses in which they live and simultaneously expect landlords to keep them in tip top shape. I don't see why any landlord would constantly fix it up when it's going to get trashed right when they're done.
|12/10/2018 - 5:09pm||I never said Beilein was …||
I never said Beilein was "wrong" for playing Davis over Johns. I said Beilein was wrong about his evaluation of Davis (which, given the way he's recruited, isn't a big deal right now).
As to whether Johns or Davis should play, that's also a judgment call, just like a scholarship offer. I think the answer is "as soon as possible". I don't see why you'd play a low ceiling guy who hasn't played well when you have a high ceiling guy who is unlikely to be worse than the low ceiling guy. But Beilein may want more of something from Johns (hustle? understanding of the O or D? both?), and that's fine. It's John Beilein's decision to make.
So he will decide, Brandon Johns will eventually play more, and then we'll discuss whether his move was right or not because that's what fans on sports blogs do.
|12/10/2018 - 4:13pm||"Don't question the coach"…||
"Don't question the coach" comments (on blogs that exist to allow fans to discuss sports teams and their coaches) may be the dumbest type of comments on the internet.
"Should Beilein have played Burke more with 2 fouls in the 1st half against Louisville? Doesn't matter. We don't know more than coach."
"Should Don Brown have prepared better to cover the slant against OSU? Doesn't matter. We'll never know because we don't know more than coach."
|12/10/2018 - 2:35pm||The things is, "projects"…||
The things is, "projects" usually have an easily discernible upside. Kam Chatman? Good ball handling skills at 6'7" in h.s., so maybe could turn into a forward with guard skills. Mark Donnal? 6'9" with good feet and a pretty shot, so could turn into a nice pick and pop big. DJ Wilson? Fantastic hops with long frame.
Austin Davis had feet of cement in h.s. Big body, but very slow mover. I just don't see where the "project" was. Even if his feet got better, he's not mobile enough to pull other 5's away from the basket and he was never going to be even an average B1G athlete.
|12/10/2018 - 2:08pm||I hate to break it to you,…||
Jobs that you can get without a useful college degree or a vocational skill are going extinct unless you're good at sales. This isn't 1950. The world has changed and those jobs are going the way of the dodo bird.
|12/10/2018 - 1:58pm||I bet Austin Davis is good…||
I bet Austin Davis is good dude. Unfortunately, he is not a good B1G basketball player. His tape was not good in high school (causing a commotion on these here internet pages when he was signed) and there has been no tape since to suggest that things will change.
John Beilein is a fantastic talent evaluator. He was wrong on this one, though, and I don't think time will change things. I don't see what anyone is waiting for unless Johns in loafing in practice.
|12/10/2018 - 1:35pm||The paid $100mm for Spin?…||
The paid $100mm for Spin? Hahaha. You've got to be kidding.
|12/10/2018 - 1:23pm||Detroit's "comeback" is way…||
Detroit's "comeback" is way overblown. There is a like a 3 mile by 3 mile part that is doing well, yes. However, the city is massive and that prosperity has been felt only a little, if at all, by areas outside of the downtown. To put it in perspective, you can fit Boston, San Francisco, and Manhattan inside of the city limits of Detroit. What they need to do is shrink the city limits by more or less abandoning a large portion of the city. You'd keep the vast majority of the tax revenue and drastically reduce expenses.
Plus, the schools are still horrible so the higher income people living/working downtown will move out as soon as they have children.
|12/07/2018 - 1:00pm||If you're going to fall from…||
If you're going to fall from grace, you'd better Falwell.
|12/05/2018 - 2:15pm||During the whole first half,…||
During the whole first half, I couldn't help but think that Izzo will try to employ the 1st half screen and post-up strategy with Ward. Teske is a good defender but Ward may be even a bit stronger than Pardon. Doubling Ward is always an option, but MSU is better from 3 than NW. Teske is just going to have to hold his ground without fouling. Easier said than done.
|12/03/2018 - 10:56am||Make political comments…||
Make political comments without fear of deletion AND only other paying subscribers can respond to them, so we can have VIP political disputes on the blog
|11/29/2018 - 1:49pm||I had high hopes for DDJ…||
I had high hopes for DDJ stealing Brooks' minutes but he's looked completely lost when he's been on the floor so far. Granted, he hasn't had much in the way of meaningful minutes and most aren't with the 1st team, but I think it's gonna take him some time to learn things.
Brooks still looks like a MAC guy to me on offense. Quick enough feet to play good D, but his shot is slow and he plays far below the rim, so he's not much of a threat on offense unless it's a kick-out look.
I think Johns is the most likely to contribute, but he's also getting his feet under him. Pretty big luxury to be able to have Castleton, DDJ, Johns, and Nunez all learning with so little pressure to contribute.
|11/29/2018 - 1:41pm||This team is like a bunch of…||
This team is like a bunch of Dementors. They drain peace, hope, and happiness out of opposing teams, and leave them cold (shooting, that is) and breathless. The only way to defeat them is to perform very advanced basketball magic that only a few people have the capability to do.
I love it.
|11/28/2018 - 11:24am||Seems like it'd be an either…||
Seems like it'd be an either/or with DeLoach and Solomon since they're both similar sized LBs. Maybe Solomon is a back up for DeLoach.
|11/12/2018 - 1:18pm||Listening to Blaha compared…||
Listening to Blaha compared to Brandstatter is night and day. Blaha is about 1000% better. No idea why they can't get Matt Shepard or Dan Miller to do it.
Will Tieman is even more talented, although he has one of the most annoying voices I've ever heard.
|11/12/2018 - 1:15pm||Why hasn't the AD stepped in…||
Why hasn't the AD stepped in and fixed this? It's just terrible.
|11/09/2018 - 2:29pm||Winovich is the top rusher…||
I dunno...I saw this stat somewhere the other day that said Willekes was the leader in that category...can't remember where
|11/07/2018 - 9:12am||Iggy is not a great 3 pt…||
Iggy is not a great 3 pt shooter. Many people seem to have the impression that he's a great shooter, but he's really not (yet). His strength is getting to the bucket and finishing through contact.
|11/06/2018 - 12:54pm||Cassius Winston's shooting…||
Cassius Winston's shooting form is butt, kinda like how Zak Irvin's was. I think they both struggled against good teams for the same reasons. Here's my three-part hypothesis.
(1) He's not particularly fast, so defenders can play him tight; (2) he starts his motion low; (3) his release isn't fast. The result is either a sped-up or highly contested shot against a close defender. That equals a lower shooting percentage.
|11/05/2018 - 1:23pm||You're right - it is NOT a…||
You're right - it is NOT a rating you get by buying a set of books. It's a rating you get from "clients" that only shows up when you buy an ad from the rating company.
|11/05/2018 - 10:18am||As did Steve Lorenz…||
As did Steve Lorenz...Tremendous!
|11/05/2018 - 8:19am||This comment made me go look…||
This comment made me go look at the Regent's bios. Behm cites his "AV" Martindale Hubbell rating which is pretty hilarious. Basically the legal version of the Who's Who of American High School students.
|11/01/2018 - 9:24am||I wish Sam would cancel his…||
I wish Sam would cancel his segment. Just a brutal listen.
|10/23/2018 - 5:35pm||I think all of this is a bit…||
I think all of this is a bit premature. All of MSU's good players are JRs this year. They return basically their whole team again next year, save for Felton Davis. Notably, almost all of their defense is back and they get Josiah Scott back.
I could easily see MSU beating Michigan at home next year. They're going to be better than this year for sure.
After that JR class departs they're going to be gutted, but next year should be nice for them. However, they have the same scheduling issue we do - it'll be "The Year" for them, but all of their hard games are on the road.
|10/23/2018 - 1:40pm||Wouldn't recommend being a…||
|10/18/2018 - 1:33pm||Don't believe this guy. It's…||
Are you trying to tarik us?
|10/15/2018 - 11:31am||I think this is 100% correct.||
I think this is 100% correct.
|09/25/2018 - 9:27am||He probably means "developed…||
He probably means "developed while in college".
|09/19/2018 - 4:03pm||Lol. I read both sites…||
Lol. I read both sites. Brandon Brown was not-so-subtly hinting at it for a while before Steve/Sam were willing to address it. Don't get me wrong, Steve/Sam are the most plugged in and I'm sure they knew all the info Brown did. But sometimes they choose not to talk about things right when they know about them. Kids say "I'm solid" to school X all the time, even when it's abundantly clear they're not. It's called 'cruitin.
Btw, don't look now but an Ole Miss writer just Crystal Ball'd Eric Gray to Ole Miss.
|09/19/2018 - 12:46pm||Steve and Sam waited forever…||
Steve and Sam waited forever to announce the Herron decommitment, even when people with almost no inside info knew it was going to happen. Sometimes their ties prevent them from reporting what they know.
|09/19/2018 - 12:19pm||Rivals is quite skeptical…||
Rivals is quite skeptical that we hang onto Eric Gray.
|09/10/2018 - 1:24pm||Believe in the Michigan OL,…||
Believe in the Michigan OL, even if it means sacrificing everything.
|09/10/2018 - 10:22am||Whoops. Meant to add "or any…||
Whoops. Meant to add "or any other young players".
|09/07/2018 - 3:47pm||I mean, everyone could…||
I mean, everyone could respond to every strategy-related forum post by saying "trust coach". But then that would be a very unfun forum to read, now wouldn't it?
|09/07/2018 - 3:29pm||Rivals staff. Seems like it…||
Rivals staff. Seems like it's Solomon but they don't say who.
|08/31/2018 - 2:42pm||Brian - Very NIMBY comment…||
Brian - Very NIMBY comment regarding the ski lifts. We need to create MORE zoning for ski lifts. That way it drives down ski pass prices for everyone and makes Ann Arbor skiing more affordable.