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02/21/2019 - 4:46pm Lawns are dumb.  Let the…

Lawns are dumb.  Let the dandelions grow, bring on the clover.  The weird thing is having a perfectly manicured lawn, with all the fertilizer and insect killers it brings.  Cut it in the spring sure, but give the dandelions some time.  They're actually quite pretty.  When it gets warmer, cut less often, which lets the bees at the clover.  Tell your neighbors you're doing it if you feel weird about it.  You'll be fine, it's more natural, better for the environment, and less work and cost for you. 

02/21/2019 - 2:07pm None of the Michigan…

None of the Michigan connections matter, he hired Van Gorder as the DC.  They'll be a shit show on that side of the ball by the middle of year 2 or earlier. 

02/21/2019 - 12:52pm There's nothing wrong with…

There's nothing wrong with Teske.  He's a sensitive kid (great for humanity, not great for basketball) who can shoot but struggles with his confidence at times.  He had a bad game, it was all mental, the end.  Hopefully he forgets about it, as he should. 

02/21/2019 - 12:35pm Moore would be a bit…

Moore would be a bit unrealistic, as you say, but comps are fairly close.  He was 5'8.5", 174 lbs out of high school, 4*, the #41 WR and #229 overall in the composite.  247 liked him, well, moore, having him the #18 WR and #118 overall.  He had an insane 114 receptions for 1,258 yards and 12 TD's, and another 213 rushing yards with 2 TD's. 

Jackson shows 5'8", 175 lbs, 4* the #41 WR and #303 overall in the composite.  247 had him as the #30 WR and #233 overall. 

KJ Hamler at PSU is another hopeful comparison, because I'd take him all day.  High school at 5'9", 156 lbs, 4*, the #47 WR and #323 overall on the composite. 247 didn't like ham as much, having him a 3*, #55 WR and #453 overall.  He had 42 catches for 754 yards and 5 TD's, with another 44 yards rushing and another TD. 

02/20/2019 - 10:57pm You're mistaking mid-cycle…

You're mistaking mid-cycle rankings for final.  The fake kid would have been exposed before final rankings came out. 

02/20/2019 - 12:04pm Fair enough.  It just seems…

Fair enough.  It just seems like second half of the first round isn't getting you a dominant player in today's NBA, you're getting a role player or a piece.  I could see a good team taking Teske at that point, either to add his skills because they don't have them, or to replace a similar role player that's moving on in free agency. 

And that's all you need - second half of first round projection is a go to the NBA decision. 

02/20/2019 - 11:23am Does no one think Teske is a…

Does no one think Teske is a risk to leave early?  He's 7' legit, which is rare in itself.  He's an excellent defender, can move his feet and not foul.  Has a good shot at midrange and can develop from 3 point range.  Limited athletically compared to the beasts in the NBA, sure.  But he seems to have potential for a second half of the first round. 

No?  Ok good. 

02/19/2019 - 2:47pm This is outstanding news. …

This is outstanding news.  Great move by the staff 

02/19/2019 - 11:36am PSU is #58 to Kenpom, just…

PSU is #58 to Kenpom, just behind St. Johns, Alabama, and Seton Hall.  Very similar in Torvik. 

It was a poor loss, but not the nightmarish one many believe it to be. 

02/19/2019 - 11:21am NET has Nevada #11, Kenpom…

NET has Nevada #11, Kenpom has them #17, and Torvik has them #21.  They will fall behind Michigan assuming we beat MSU, Md on the road, have some B1G tourney wins. 

02/18/2019 - 12:31pm This is a good summary. …

This is a good summary.  Winston is a fantastic player, but he seems like he doesn't even try some of the things he does against others vs M, because he knows Simpson will shut it down. 

02/17/2019 - 8:57pm Ok thanks, I really don't…

Ok thanks, I really don't know. But at no point in that 2nd half did he seem comfortable with that hand. Just seemed obvious something was wrong. 

02/17/2019 - 7:49pm Not a dr, this is probably a…

Not a dr, this is probably a dumb question, but how did they let him back in the game with a broken hand?  

Maybe he didn't tell them it hurt that much, but it was bandaged, so they looked at it. Don't you do the pressure test thing and a fracture is pretty simple to determine? 

02/15/2019 - 5:03pm The lack of reason on both…

The lack of reason on both sides of this is such a reflection of the country. 

He was good, yes.  Then his skills declined, and nobody wants a controversial back-up QB, they want someone who works hard and helps prepare the starter. 

The NFL owners were pissed about the kneeling and related controversy, which likely had an effect on ratings and revenue.  Surely racism and the point of the protest influenced the owners as well. 

This is all correct.  But one side would have you believe it was all due racism, the other that it was all due to a terrible/selfish player. 

How any reasonable person could find this state of debate acceptable is the answer to our division today.  Answer: most have entirely lost reason in favor of their "team". 

02/15/2019 - 10:58am It's either that or they…

It's either that or they have a walk-on FB they feel comfortable with. 

I imagine Van Sumerin takes over the Furbush role in the 3-3-5.  Brown must want to keep that.  Depth is a little weak at MLB and WLB though, so maybe he's being given the chance to do that.  Reading and reacting is such an important part of playing MLB, it's hard to gauge his potential to do that until you see it.  But his athleticism is off the charts. 

02/14/2019 - 4:25pm Another item to note is that…

Another item to note is that Zach's dad said Jay Harbaugh was able to build a relationship that was stronger than any of the other coaches recruiting his son.  Sam Webb said repeatedly throughout the recruiting cycle that Charbonnet was one of the staff's highest priorities regardless of position, even when no other sites were talking about him.  This was a big get for Jaybaugh. 

02/14/2019 - 12:20pm I'll do that, thanks 

I'll do that, thanks 

02/14/2019 - 11:59am Charbonnet, apologies for…

Charbonnet, apologies for the title.  I guess we can't edit posts?  

02/14/2019 - 10:03am This will give "stars don't…

This will give "stars don't matter" people something to trumpet, but the truth is it would have been discovered over time.  This is why you wait until final rankings before you ballyhoo. 

Pegging him at a 3* based on very little is probably a dubious practice, but I'd bet history would say if the Alabama offer were real that's a valid starting point.  Before the next round of re-ranks this would have been discovered, they would have looked for film, talked to people, tried to contact/scout him, etc.  This is a 2020 recruit. 

02/13/2019 - 2:55pm I would have guessed…

I would have guessed mgrowold would have invited young scamperers onto his lawn before John Beilein got ejected from a basektball game. 

02/12/2019 - 12:28pm Worried the pursuit of Danna…

Worried the pursuit of Danna (grad transfer DE from Central) doesn't bode well for Vilain.  Could just be depth and a replacement for Harrison.  Or just someone they think can be an impact player. 

02/12/2019 - 12:23pm I don't see Clarett there,…

I don't see Clarett there, but what do I know. 

Was looking at a few other sites to see comps, someone noted his 11.2 100 meter time, which is good but not great, then compared that to David Ojabo.  That kid ran a 10.9 at 233 lbs according to maizenbrew and this site https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/Athlete.aspx?AID=11425719.  Holy crap.  

Now Zach Harrison ran a 10.8, which also holy crap.  But he's a little slighter than Ojabo, I believe. https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/Athlete.aspx?AID=9484090

I think these guys are very similar.  Harrison a 5* and Objabo a lowish 4* is a huge disconnect. Would have been nice to have both, very happy with Ojabo.  Physically he looks more imposing, and given his lack of experience (which explains his ranking), he has unbelievable upside. 

02/12/2019 - 11:57am He certainly did not…

He certainly did not insinuate this will be one of Michigan's best teams ever.  And he mentioned nothing about OSU.  You brought both of those things, then argued against them. 

02/12/2019 - 11:32am It has been surrounded by…

It has been surrounded by the most incredible suburban sprawl known to this planet.  Every restaurant chain, clothier, purveyor of shit et al - and I mean every single one of them - that you have ever seen anywhere in a mall in any part of the country has been planted within the 2 mile stretch of Hall Road which Lakeside fronts.  It's so East Side it is almost Ohio.  It is Hell on Earth. 

And there's a much nicer open air mall now just down the road.  East Side 4LYFE 

02/11/2019 - 6:10pm There should be a big…

There should be a big difference between the top 25 and the rest of the top 150.  The 5* guys are can't miss physical freaks even among their physical freak peers.  And they've produced at an elite level on the field.  I realize a component of the ranking is future NFL potential, but if you haven't seen enough to know the player will be great in college, you certainly can't extrapolate physical attributes beyond college to the NFL. 

Dax Hill's profile fits that of a 5*: physical marvel even among the marvels, and this translates to his play.  Harrison - based on this write-up alone, I haven't read many others - does not.  He's thin, which means he may lose some of those athletic attributes as he gains weight, and he's raw in his technique, which he may never master.  I'd also argue that a 5* should be an immediate impact guy, at least in a contributing role, and that sounds very much not the case here. 

02/11/2019 - 3:57pm Interesting to see Giles…

Interesting to see Giles Jackson was originally ranked as a RB.  I wonder if he gets some run there during the spring.  Hopefully slot is already taken care of, and this kid needs to get on the field. 

That's quite a hedge on Zach Harrison.  Magnus had mentioned he's raw and might be a little ways away from contributing, but Farrell goes a further than that.  Odd to see someone so boom or bust be a 5*.  Sounds just like Ojabo really, but the latter has already put on what looks to be some good weight. 

02/11/2019 - 3:22pm Surgery on both hips, that's…

Surgery on both hips, that's rough. 

02/09/2019 - 2:45pm You won the life 

You won the life 

02/08/2019 - 1:24pm Man I love the team graphic,…

Man I love the team graphic, both for football and basketball.  Great, great work on that Seth 

02/08/2019 - 11:29am God Bless. 

His was a…

God Bless. 

His was a unique case where his twitter feed gave you a great idea of who he really was as a man.  Funny and resolute, very clever, acerbic and very passionate of his craft. 

02/08/2019 - 11:24am It's pretty easy to…

It's pretty easy to understand actually.  Denard couldn't hold on to the football in the NFL, was a turnover machine.  Forget it forever at running back in the NFL if you can't hold on to the ball. 

I also don't think he naturally took to the contact like most NFL backs.  He always seemed to take punishment more so than others.  

02/08/2019 - 10:37am That's very helpful, thank…

That's very helpful, thank you. 

I think I love it.  I'll have it on in the background if nothing else, assuming there aren't any B1G or really great NCAA games going.  I don't watch the NHL or NBA until the late playoffs, so this fills a void for me.  If Michigan players are on the field, the draw is even higher. 

Looks like the new XFL starting next year will overshadow these guys?  Same season. 

02/07/2019 - 5:32pm Probably is a stretch, but…

Probably is a stretch, but it won't be before too long, and it will certainly be true for the work lives of the children. 

02/07/2019 - 5:31pm Yeah that's an issue. If the…

Yeah that's an issue. If the nation could step back from toxic party debates before even beginning to discuss the merits of an issue, we may be able to solve the access problem for many. 

02/07/2019 - 5:15pm I understand you and many,…

I understand you and many, many others like you are invested in the system.  It's what you were born with, then you made a choice, and you want to feel that the choice you made is correct. It's part of your identity, you believe you are the good guys and the other ones are the bad guys. 

I assure you this is not true. 

Your alternative is insufficient.  Absence of any political party is the only way to discuss issues on their merit alone. Yes it is very possible to have political systems without parties. 

02/07/2019 - 11:36am It's absolutely the same. …

It's absolutely the same.  Most of these kids have parents who are working from home at one degree or another, and the kids certainly will in their work lives. Every school should have snow day protocols where lessons can be achieved remotely. Can you do that every day of the year? No. Can you do that 5-10 times in a school year? Absolutely. Will I ask myself another question? No. 

02/07/2019 - 11:32am End two party politics and…

End two party politics and you will eliminate 80% of the toxicity inherent in discussions like these. Would be productive and interesting to actually have an informed conversation. 

02/04/2019 - 9:29am The implication being that…

The implication being that in the NFL you DO have the level of defensive player across the board to hold the opposition to 3 points for 60 minutes?  If you had said this earlier in the year you would have been laughed off the board, and even after the playoffs it's specious.  NFL offenses were off the charts great this year.  On a week-to-week basis it's much easier to stop opponents in college when you're a team like Michigan, given the great disparity in talent.  In the Super Bowl, both teams are good, and there's no reason to expect a defense to stop an offense relative to college football. 

Yes Belichick's approach was very similar to Harbaugh's.  The former has the greatest QB in the history of the world, but he relied on his run game and defense, and didn't risk putting it in the air until he had to.   The difference is Don Brown got owned in the last two games.  Maybe Harbaugh should have expected that against UF, but he had no reason to expect it against OSU.

01/31/2019 - 4:06pm This is dumb. I watched the…

This is dumb. I watched the game with the volume on and didn't notice anything.  For teams invoking "so glad we have more class than them", see MSU football: losers. 

Besides by Monday the world's memory of this (to the extent that anyone cared) will have been wiped.

01/29/2019 - 11:54am Sorry to break this to you,…

Sorry to break this to you, but you are 6'2". 

01/24/2019 - 11:17am Won't the rich just get…

Won't the rich just get richer?  If you assume these guys are good enough to distribute talent, start with the assumption that they're good.  They'll have the best options, just like high school kids.  Sure they won't want to go to Alabama if they've got 11 other 5* OT's on the roster, but there are several other blue bloods.  Chances are good that one of them would need a OT due to NFL departure, a weak class, transfers of their own, injury, etc.  Why wouldn't these kids go to Michigan/UGA/Texas/OSU in those scenarios, instead of a lower tier program like Western or MSU? 

01/23/2019 - 12:48pm Ah, I was wondering why the…

Ah, I was wondering why the schtick sounded familiar.  Maizen/Shawn L Martin is back as Hei2man

Was he around for the 17-0 start, or did he just return for the Wiscy loss?  

Grima Wormtongue.  Remember, some of it has to be true so that people say, "why don't you let him speak, what he's saying is true!"  

01/22/2019 - 9:29pm This is a temper tantrum…

This is a temper tantrum reply and deserves no response. 

01/22/2019 - 3:53pm "If you watched any of the…

"If you watched any of the playoff games or any of the other big bowls games and think our offensive tackles were anywhere near the level of play of those teams, we are not living in the same universe." 

Understand that you are not smarter than Harbaugh.  Start there.  That doesn't mean he doesn't deserve criticism, but it does mean that there is probably a reason for his approach that you don't understand.  Then take the first game against a very good opponent, Notre Dame.  What happened?  Our tackles were atrocious.  Harbaugh saw this and took appropriate action.  He protected them in pass pro with TE help, RB help, play action, and an offensive philosophy that leveraged what they do well - run blocking - over what they do terribly.  You can do this when you have an excellent defense, in fact it makes sense.  He didn't forget that his tackles were very bad in pass pro, especially against elite competition, like most of this board has. 

This is what happened in 2018 , despite the fact that you're still angry the team lost to OSU and want to pout about Harbaugh being a dummy pants. 

01/22/2019 - 12:55pm I agree with this.  You can…

I agree with this.  You can't just go full throttle at the last game of the year when you need it.  The problem was that even against poor opponents, the tackles couldn't be relied upon to not get Patterson killed.  They weren't awful every play in pass pro, no one is.  But they were awful often, and when they were awful they were really awful.  Couldn't risk it.  Patterson getting hurt in the OSU game kind of proved that point. 

Yes, the hurry up looks awful in every way. 

01/22/2019 - 12:20pm At a macro level, it is…

At a macro level, it is intentional.  It's what you do when you have an elite defense, a good run game, and offensive tackles who are unreliable in pass pro.  It was a good strategy, won 10 games straight after ND debacle on offense. 

Now at an individual game level?  OSU played out of their minds, and Brown got owned.  Neither could have been predicted based on the performance of the teams through 11 games.  Why didn't Harbaugh change gears in the middle of the game when getting killed?  Well, what was killing us was the defense.  If you can run the ball and keep it away from Haskins, that may still be a good strategy.  Remember it was only a 5 point game at half.  Also, remember Brown getting owned all season in the first half, adjusting, then shutting opponents down in the second half?  Harbaugh had good reason to believe Brown would adjust.  He didn't.  Game over. 

UF was a cluster I have no explanation for that.  We should have been pass happy what did it matter.  But again I'd cite the offensive tackles, both of whom I assume were abused badly. 

01/18/2019 - 3:26pm He's not saying the wheels…

He's not saying the wheels have come off, he's saying even at best.  This is a reasonable take.  They didn't seem to have answers to two really good teams.  Harbaugh seemed to recognize this and is making staff changes to correct it. 

I'd say that's a reason for stock up, the coaching changes and an offensive philosophy that recognizes the need to score constantly.  Must find a left tackle though. 

01/18/2019 - 12:36pm That was awesome, thanks for…

That was awesome, thanks for posting 

01/16/2019 - 4:03pm Nua it all along 

Nua it all along 

01/16/2019 - 1:40pm Some of them might be so…

Some of them might be so upset they do something illegal, get thrown in Jalen need to call a lawyer.