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01/22/2019 - 11:50am Yes, make sure you jump…

Yes, make sure you jump around

01/18/2019 - 10:01am I have a 14 year old and an…

I have a 14 year old and an 11 year old, I feel monitoring lifestyle choices is in my wheelhouse.

01/17/2019 - 8:55pm Another example of Sparty on…

Another example of Sparty on Sparty crime

01/17/2019 - 8:54pm Sparty is as Sparty does...

Sparty is as Sparty does...

01/17/2019 - 8:34pm Hey!  Marcus Hall is on the…

Hey!  Marcus Hall “flipped” sides and is now on the MGoBlog board!

01/17/2019 - 3:47pm Nobody talks about girls’…

Nobody talks about girls’ soccer because it simply doesn’t generate clicks/views/eyeballs/etc....

I mean people barely talk about hockey and it is a major sport that isn’t any safer than football in terms of concussions and general head and body injuries.

Football is king in the U.S. and so it is going to get the most attention- for better and for worse.

 

01/17/2019 - 1:58pm I know dozens if not…

I know dozens if not hundreds of men, including myself, that played football at least through high school and literally know one person that sustained a major injury- and that was during strength training.  To my knowledge, none of them are suffering from CET or at least nobody to an extant that it has gone public.

In the meantime, there were three kids in my school that sustained major injuries from getting hit while on a bike and multiple teens died / suffered life altering injuries from car accidents.

As an adult, I know of people that have died or sustained major accidents from white water rafting and skiing.  I have never heard that it is immoral to let your kids ski, ride their bike, drive at 16/17 or go whitewater rafting.  My personal empirical evidence is not proof but I bet those stats hold up across most communities.

Not saying we shouldn’t make football as safe as possible, but calling it immoral is a major exaggeration.  The fact is that football is high profile and “CET / football is dangerous” became a trendy talking point for the media to latch on to.  Football risk is real but it has gotten blown out of proportion to risk in many other sports and activities.

01/17/2019 - 9:22am Nah, Tennessee is the new…

Nah, Tennessee is the new Georgia...

01/16/2019 - 11:25pm He said monkeys, not Hoke…

He said monkeys, not Hoke and staff.

01/16/2019 - 9:26pm So taking over a decent team…

So taking over a decent team, having a couple of mediocre years and then getting fired and the leaving the team in a state of collapse is impressive?

I would agree he is impressive relative to Chris Ash but that is a rock bottom low bar.

01/16/2019 - 8:57pm In what universe is Flood an…

In what universe is Flood an impressive hire?

01/16/2019 - 8:53pm Getting blown out in a high…

Getting blown out in a high-profile, season-defining game will do that.

01/16/2019 - 8:51pm The tide is rolling?

The tide is rolling?

01/16/2019 - 3:42pm He was a Michigan lean at…

He was a Michigan lean at one point - he was in the video that Caesar Ruiz filmed walking down the streets of AA with Harbaugh. 

There ended up being a love triangle between FSU, UG and Michigan with him and Nauta.  Of course, we were the odd ones out.

Turns out Nauta was a loss but not so much with Upshur...

01/16/2019 - 3:30pm You could say the same thing…

You could say the same thing about a lot of players.

01/14/2019 - 7:25pm I heard we still have a…

I heard we still have a chance with Dobbs and Brown.  Anybody know the story there?

/ ducks

01/14/2019 - 12:16pm Freudian slip...

Freudian slip...

01/14/2019 - 11:25am What about coolers filled…

What about coolers filled with poop and burning coaches left on the sidewalk?  Do those factor into bed bug infestations?

01/13/2019 - 10:31pm Yeah, agree with you guys…

Yeah, agree with you guys fully.  This is literally the only site where I read comments. 

And even the posters here make me regret that sometimes.

01/13/2019 - 10:23pm What’s your hero’s record…

What’s your hero’s record against Michigan?

 

But hey - at least the creepy douchebag doesn’t have to look at ugly women when he is checking out the wives of his assistants.

01/11/2019 - 1:19pm non-Italian speakers will…

non-Italian speakers will not get this.

01/11/2019 - 12:48pm sorry guys - this is all…

sorry guys - this is all wrong.  Maizen (or whatever the hell he is called now) already told me this guys sucks.

/s

01/11/2019 - 12:27pm This is a first world…

This is a first world problem. Who cares - just keep winning...

01/11/2019 - 11:06am It would be cool for about 2…

It would be cool for about 2 days.  If I was getting 100 texts a day, every day - I would throw my phone into the ocean.

01/11/2019 - 10:06am No, not a humble brag.  That…

No, not a humble brag.  That would be something like... Jessica Alba was stalking me.

The woman I mentioned above was troubled because of some terrible things that happened to her when she was a teenager.  It was just a very, very sad situation and I truly hope life has gotten better for her.

01/11/2019 - 9:30am I read somewhere that losing…

I read somewhere that losing an ascending young coach with recruiting chops after one year means that your program is in chaos.  I guess Satan must be in trouble down in Tuscaloosa

…/s

01/11/2019 - 9:27am I know you are being…

I know you are being sarcastic - but calling a recruit once or twice a month actually seems appropriate in terms of polite society.

I remember reading once that Urbz called/texted recruits like 4-5 times per day.  I actually got stalked by a woman for a month or so (true story) and she was contacting me less frequently than that.

I get that it worked for Urbz as he is a GOAT candidate when it comes to recruiting but I needed to take a shower after reading that.

01/10/2019 - 5:22pm The important thing here is…

The important thing here is the NCAA and Georgia don't want any part of this case.  They don't need a racial incident out in the news every day for the next 3 months.

He will get his exemption and quickly.

01/10/2019 - 5:18pm Only if Josh Jacobs declares…

Only if Josh Jacobs declares for the NFL Draft.  He was clearly ahead of Najee this year.

There is talk that Jacobs will be in the 1st RB taken in the draft if he declares...

01/10/2019 - 5:06pm He was going to have to…

He was going to have to fight for the RB2 job in camp behind Josh Jacobs - who is massively underrated due to his initial star rating and some injury issues.

 

His brother warned him about this.  Not sure if I can find the quote but it was something like, "You will be the starter at Alabama for one year, you will start on Day 1 at Michigan and become an all-time legend".  OTOH, he does have a ring and 2 NAT CHAMP game appearances as a 3rd string back.

01/10/2019 - 1:43pm Russell Wilson was 20 lbs…

Russell Wilson was 15 lbs heavier than Murray coming out of school - and that is being generous with Murray's "reported" weight of 195.  I think he looks closer to 175-180 lbs.

01/10/2019 - 11:52am Especially given his lack of…

Especially given his lack of NFL size - he will get murdered in the NFL if he doesn't put on 20-25 lbs of mass.

01/10/2019 - 10:41am Anybody want to discuss CC…

Anybody want to discuss CC Sabathia?  Injuries derailed a possible HOF career and he was once engaged to Sabrina Williams.  I have always found her to be sexy.

01/09/2019 - 7:44pm Thought crossed my mind too…

Thought crossed my mind too.  I love that picture - please tell me that was an actual action shot and not just a set up to make fun of Bama stereotypes.

what is the over/under on the number of teeth per gump?  I am no oddsmaker bit I will start the bidding at 14.

01/09/2019 - 7:44pm Thought crossed my mind too…

Thought crossed my mind too.  I love that picture - please tell me that was an actual action shot and not just a set up to make fun of Bama stereotypes.

what is the over/under on the number of teeth per gump?  I am no oddsmaker bit I will start the bidding at 14.

01/09/2019 - 2:21pm What you are actually saying…

What you are actually saying is that you want college football and basketball to resemble hockey and baseball?  Minor sports (on the national stage) with a small but passionate following.  Nothing wrong that this view.

Except... your view doesn't count any more than your vote does in a political election. American society has spoken and we want big time college football pageantry with the best of the best athletes playing for our schools.  The universities love this system as they have found a way to make billions from it without having to pay for the labor.

01/09/2019 - 1:16pm BINGO!

If players were…

BINGO!

If players were allowed to turn pro out of high school, all of these people who are in favor of denying these kids universal economic rights would have a reasonable point.

They would have a choice to pursue their career through college or through the pros.

 

Also, many of these kids are already getting six figure paydays under the table so not sure where you going with "feel of the game".   Pretending that it is not happening does not change that.  In the FBI NCAA Basketball case, the bag men and their facilitators just plead guilty in court to paying players - in case someone out there doesn't think that this is happening.

01/09/2019 - 1:13pm "But it probably wouldn't be…

"But it probably wouldn't be worth it.  Players then need agents, tax advisors, lawyers.  Their commercial interests will subordinate their role as students.  It widens the already-staggering gulf between current students and revenue-sport athletes."

 

Who are you to make this determination?  If someone offered me $1 million when I was in college to do endorsement, acting, whatever...  I would have happily taken the money and hired whoever was necessary to help out.  But I am sure that you would have turned it down because it wouldn't be worth it.

What happens if Tua has a career ending injury next year?  Who is going to step up and make up his lost earning?

By the way, the reason they cannot accept endorsement has nothing to do with their scholarship, it is the NCAA eligibility restrictions.  I would be perfectly happy with a system where kids could choose to be walk-ons if it allowed them full economic rights in regards to image rights.

01/09/2019 - 1:06pm If they changed the rule to…

If they changed the rule to allow kids to go straight to the NFL, then you might have a point.  However, they are not allowed to do that so your post is meaningless.

Also, are coaches obligated to finish the contracts they sign?  Did Dan Enos or Al Washington fullfil their contract?  What is their punishment? At least be consistent.

01/09/2019 - 12:07pm Image Rights 

I don't…

Image Rights 

I don't understand how anybody can be against college athletes getting to profit from their image rights.  It is a right that literally every single U.S. citizen has (except for NCAA athletes).  I would love for someone to think of another category of Americans that are not able to sell their image rights.  I literally can't think of one person.  Even politicians (where there can be a conflict of interest) have this right.

Also, where do random people get off putting their hands in the pocket of Tua or Trevor Lawrence?  If a car dealership in Birmingham wants to put Tua in his commercial, why is that anyone's business other than Tua and the owner of the dealership?  And I honestly don't get this argument where a bunch of people say that it will open Pandora's box?  There is a well established system of laws and regulations that govern image right contract law.  I fail to see why college athletes should fall outside of this law.

01/09/2019 - 11:21am First of all, nobody gives a…

First of all, nobody gives a shit about your opinion (nor my opinion) on what college football SHOULD be.  This is really a stupid argument that irks me - there are a lot of things in this world that don't resemble what I think they should be.  Who the fuck are we as random people to say how things should be?  In REALITY (the world we actually live in - not your fantasyland) it is a massive, multi-billion dollar industry where lots of people make a lot of money with spin off industries adding billions more (shoes, apparel, real estate, food and beverage, etc...).  Thus, American society has spoken and you are wrong.

Second of all, "self-serving" is a LOL.  I am a 45 year old guy who is 5'9" and runs a 6.8/40.  There is nobody offering me anything to play football.  On a more serious note, I have no financial skin in the game - I don't own the MDen or a bar in Ann Arbor.

Most importantly, where do you get off putting your hand in Tua or Rashan's (Trevor Lawrence is a better example now that Rashan has reclaimed his economic rights) pockets telling them that they don't have the same right as every other Amercan.  I honestly don't get this argument where a bunch of people say that it will open Pandora's box or that these guys shouldn't have this right?  There is a well established system of laws and regulations that govern image right contract law.

Name a non-NCAA athlete that doesn't have the right to sell their image and name rights.  Literally, name one other U.S. citizen who doesn't have this right.  Even politicians (where there can be a conflict of interest) have this right.

01/09/2019 - 9:23am The university makes a few…

The university makes a few hundred million per year and the players get a package worth +/- $100,000 p.a.  That sounds like a pretty nice wash for the major football schools.

For a lot of the Michigan players, the scholarship is actually redundant since their families make less than $160,000 annually and wouldn’t have to pay tuition anyway.

 

01/08/2019 - 11:36pm Uhhhhhmmmmmm - there are a…

Uhhhhhmmmmmm - there are a lot of people already disrupting the system via the black market.  They are called bag men and they fill the void between the value of the players and what the players are currently receiving.

Also, your free market analogy falls flat because a minor league in sports inherently needs to work in conjunction with a “major” league - the NFL in this case, with is a monopoly.  The NFL could set up a minor league to effectively wipe the talent out of CFB at any time it chooses; however, that would require paying these kids and the NFL is currently a beneficiary of the current “free labor” system and is not incentivized to change it.

A better example that you could use would be to say that someone should create a competitor to the NFL which includes signing / drafting kids out of high school.  Problem there is that the NFL can and has (on multiple occasions) used its monopoly power to squash upstart leagues.  That gets into a bigger legal / political debate around monopoly power.

To be honest, I don’t think there is a need for colleges to pay the players.  Just let them sell their image rights, a right that literally every American (outside of NCAA athletes) holds.  The Rashan Gary and Tua-level athletes will get a ton of cash and most others will get much less or even nothing.

The thing that annoyed me about your original post is that you are trying to tell a group of individuals what they are worth - nobody cares what you think they are worth (just like nobody cares what I think they are worth).  Let the market determine their worth just like everyone else.

01/08/2019 - 9:19pm Bullshit - like everyone…

Bullshit - like everyone else, they should get what the market values them to be worth, including endorsements, image rights and sponsorships.

There is already a system in place to govern this.  It’s called capitalism.

01/08/2019 - 8:55am Underrated comment - nobody…

Underrated comment - nobody wants to acknowledge the white elephant in the room - when I say nobody, I mean nobody in the media or on Boards. 

 

And it wasn't "a" player that got caught juicing, it was probably their best player.  Of course, yesterday's performance was even more impressive given that Lawrence was out.  The other guys must have juiced up a little extra for the game.

01/08/2019 - 1:33am Talk is cheap- if you think…

Talk is cheap- if you think you know better than the oddsmakers, put your money on the table.

by the way, I have no clue what is going to happen next year.  I can guess who #1 and #2 are going to be, but it seems like a crapshoot thereafter 

01/08/2019 - 1:30am Easy -bet on the other…

Easy -bet on the other favorites 

01/07/2019 - 11:38pm I actually think Alabama…

I actually think Alabama looks exactly like what Michigan would look like if they were playing Clemson tonight.

01/07/2019 - 4:25pm Associate head coach is not…

Associate head coach is not a promotion - that is just a junk title that you give somebody so they don't lose face when pass them over.  Sort of like Running Game Coordinator for your RB coach when you hire an OC over their head.

I bet that 99% of the folks on this board (including me) could not name 3 Associate HCs in the country and I would even allow LJ at OSU and Michigan (I don't know who holds that title) as two of the answers.

 

01/07/2019 - 4:18pm I think you mean "promoted"…

I think you mean "promoted".  I could not name an associate HC in the country - other than Larry Johnson apparently.

I have never heard a commentator say or write "Coach X is a great up and coming associate HC - he is getting looked at for a lot of open HC jobs."  And yet you are hearing that multiple times daily right now about OCs and DCs.