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07/17/2018 - 10:05pm You must have missed the…

You must have missed the NUMEROUS people complaining about the old site.  It was also just not sustainable from a technology standpoint due to the older Drupal framework it was running on.  My guess is some of the look-and-feel could have been transported over, but a number of the issues that people had with the old site would have come along, as well as ongoing stability and load issues.

I'm not crazy about the new design, but it's a step in the right direction if they want to make a one-format site and not mess around with apps and the like.

07/17/2018 - 10:01pm Honestly, I think it's as…

Honestly, I think it's as much the summer as anything else.  I was an app user so I've had to get used to the mobile site, but mostly it's that it's the summer and there isn't much to talk about.  But my guess is that the traffic isn't much different than in past off-seasons, and for all the warts of the new site it's not like the place doesn't work.  

07/17/2018 - 9:59pm It's weird they don't let…

It's weird they don't let people fill in the lower bowl once the game starts.  In the extremely rare event that people start showing up en masse late, then I guess you figure it out.  But even if you just put students/younger fans along half the bottom bowl, I'd have to imagine you wouldn't have the empty feel you see on TV.

07/17/2018 - 3:54pm I'm sure that's a big part…

I'm sure that's a big part of it.  But then in those circumstances, they should just let students/people in the arena go down there.  I'm sure Breslin isn't a sellout every mid-week game against Rutgers either, but it tends to look far more fleshed out.  

I assume this is an issue they are dealing with as we speak, but it's just weird given the success that they can't scrounge together enough students + locals to fill the bottom bowl of a reasonably sized arena.

07/17/2018 - 3:38pm I honestly don't know why it…

I honestly don't know why it's so hard for the basketball team to generate support from the community.  It's not so much on the students because I assume they show up in reasonable numbers, but why wouldn't people in A2 and surrounding environs want to come to a couple of conference home games a year.  I get not being up for nothingburger non-conference games, but when I'd check in on games even toward the end of the year, you'd see swaths of seats open.

07/17/2018 - 12:50pm News at 11: Michigan needs…

News at 11: Michigan needs to win road games to be successful!

07/17/2018 - 12:49pm And I'm sure the follow-up…

And I'm sure the follow-up question will be something about if he feels this will be a distraction, him wanting to win a national title, as it may get in the way of Michigan playing football games.

Or some such thing.

07/16/2018 - 2:29pm Stick to politics.

Err,…

Stick to politics.

Err, stick to sports.

Err again, stick to American sports.

 

But seriously, I find this stuff really interesting.  It does seem like there's more young talent in the pipeline than perhaps we saw during the run-up to the World Cup qualifiers, especially at the wings.  It does seem like the biggest factor going forward is who they get as manager; after guys like Klinsmann and Arena, I'd like to see them maybe pull a college coach or a top MLS guy and roll with a leader who has seen these guys play at the lower levels and can maybe push the homegrown system that looked like it was working at some point.  But again, I say this as a soccer neophyte.

 

07/16/2018 - 12:14pm What I've gathered over my…

What I've gathered over my years of following professional football is that it is incredibly closed off to new ideas or people who aren't solely focused on the game.  So you see guys come in who have worldviews outside of the field and everyone freaks out.

07/16/2018 - 12:12pm I mean, that's how life has…

I mean, that's how life has been for smaller programs for decades now.  But as noted, this would allow guys in smaller towns with smaller programs to benefit from their likeness on a smaller scale.  Like, if you are the star player at Ohio U, you could still get access to some local marketing and notoriety.  

07/16/2018 - 9:35am This would 100% get all…

This would 100% get all those games made tomorrow.  EA doesn't give a crap about the NCAA's arcane rules of amateurism.

07/16/2018 - 9:33am Not a bad idea, though as…

Not a bad idea, though as noted it has some flaws that would need to be ironed out.  For example, I get nervous when guys aren't eligible for money they earn unless they graduate; to me, that money has been awarded already and players should be able to get it as soon as they leave school regardless of the circumstances.  But I think any option that lets athletes receive a piece of the money they generate, that works for me.

07/15/2018 - 1:48pm I wish him the best of luck,…

I wish him the best of luck, but one of my few major complaints with college basketball recently is that with 1-and-done's being so common, you get a lot of offenses centered around 18-year-olds bouncing the air out of the ball and then either going one-on-one to the hoop or launching a three late in the clock.  It's why watching Trae Young got pretty boring pretty quickly; most kids aren't close to good enough shooters to make that semi-efficient, and so you just get a bunch of games where a team's offense bogs down considerably.  I'm not saying that would happen with Carton, but what makes Beilein's offense so interesting and effective is that it relies on, well, guys buying into it and evolving their games to mesh well with others.  So when I hear guys say stuff like "they said I could just be me", I get why they wouldn't work at Michigan.  

At this point, I don't care any more about basketball recruiting when it comes to Michigan.  Beilein gets guys who are great fits and then prepares them for the NBA.  If that doesn't sound good to guys, then so be it.  

07/14/2018 - 10:32pm I'll be the old-timer I…

I'll be the old-timer I guess and say go to a jeweler (either with your significant other or not depending on whether she/he is in the loop) and talk about what you want to spend and what you are looking for.  Websites are great for stuff life wedding bands and the like, but unless your soon-to-be-fiancee has told you exactly what she/he wants, it can be hard to tell on a website what something will look like.  I will admit to surprising my now-wife with a ring (we had discussed marriage for a long time but she never cared about jewelry and I figured the one thing I could do would be to surprise her with something from the heart that I thought she'd life), but YMMV especially if your partner has a particular preference.

The one thing I would say is be sure what you want to spend and see what the differences in price actually equate to.  The whole 2 month salary line is total BS; depending on your income and your age, we could easily be talking tens of thousands of dollars, which can get you something pretty gaudy and impractical for everyday wear.

07/14/2018 - 10:21pm Being employed by the MSU…

Being employed by the MSU athletic department in any capacity sort of screams cover up at this point.

07/14/2018 - 4:22pm I agree a lot of it must be…

I agree a lot of it must be related to going to the draft.  I don't have OSU's depth chart in front of me, but if they were playing Dakich double-digit minutes last year it probably wasn't all that deep at PG, and Carton is good enough to play meaningful minutes from day 1.  But he's not a physical freak and maybe his best college analog is a Jalen Brunson type, who needed years to physically mature into the type of player he was as an upperclassman.  

Again, I wish him all the luck in the world - guys should go where they want to go.  But too many guys, I think, believe they are ready for the NBA because they beat up on HS kids, and more times than not unless you are a top-5/10-ish athlete, that first year in college is a huge wake-up call and then you're sorta stuck between going in the draft and maybe slipping to the second round or returning to school and maybe not getting a great deal of development.

07/14/2018 - 3:36pm Good luck to him.  I do…

Good luck to him.  I do remain amazed that people could look at what Beilein does with kids and think "Nah, let me go to this program that somehow featured the guy who was the B1G player of the year drafted in the second round."

But whatever.  Beilein will just get some other recruit to be a 1st-rounder and help lead the team deep into the tournament as opposed to flaming out in the first weekend.

07/14/2018 - 2:21pm I thought the Dobbs …

I thought the Dobbs "lateness" was overblown; both schools offered around the same time and early on at least he seemed to like Michigan.  It sounded like he really likes MSU and both OSU and, to a lesser extent, UM saw that and maybe slowed down recruiting.  This is based on the 247 timeline, but he visited MSU 12+ times before he committed.  That feels like one of those situations where a kid just went somewhere else and we'll hear the snark in the newspaper next year.

Brown just liking Wisconsin made more sense.  

 

07/14/2018 - 2:13pm His recruitment seems weird…

His recruitment seems weird on that he's got these old balls for ND from March and then literally no other movement either way.  Feels like something that will heat up at some point.

07/13/2018 - 2:34pm PSU has historically been a…

PSU has historically been a pretty good program, and they make some solid arguments here that they'll stay good.  But Franklin was legitimately on the hot seat before Moorhead came along, and he's still not a particularly good in-game coach.  So I'd like to see how he does this year with significant turnover on offense and on staff before we crown him and his team a title contender 

07/13/2018 - 2:29pm I'm going to trade my…

I'm going to trade my MGoPoints for a cool decoder ring whole the rest of you suckers waste it banging away in front of your computers 

07/12/2018 - 6:52am More has been made about…

More has been made about Harbaugh pulling the offer for an offensive lineman than Kelly telling a kid to stand in a wind storm on top of a crane and dying.  Or ND having to forfeit a near-perfect season due to academic fraud by multiple players. For whatever reason ND remains this Golden child to the media.

07/11/2018 - 3:29pm I assumed it was sarcasm,…

I assumed it was sarcasm, but we live in a world where people scream "politics" about everything.  Hell, there were more comments about mayorial candidates in Ann Arbor than on a discussion of the offensive recruiting in 2019.  

07/11/2018 - 3:16pm https://drive.google.com…

https://drive.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=https://interactives.courier-journal.com/pdf/UofL-basketball-Lawsuit.PDF

07/11/2018 - 3:14pm https://drive.google.com…

https://drive.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=https://interactives.courier-journal.com/pdf/UofL-basketball-Lawsuit.PDF

I'll admit to just skimming, as I am at work and don't want to waste a bunch of time deep-diving into fringe lawsuits by an aggrieved guy who should have been on the bench with his 5th foul.

07/11/2018 - 3:12pm Yeah, it's a weird place…

Yeah, it's a weird place because in a particular light you can make a very coached argument that points out the positives of a leader.  NK has been run by a number of murderous dictators for decades now...but they are also one of 9 players on the nuclear stage in the entire world.  That's arguably a positive for their leadership; certainly doesn't outweigh their widespread humanitarian abuses.

What I don't get is why anyone would pick him to prove a point about leadership because, as you noted, his accomplishments are relatively unspectacular and the downside is MASSIVE.  Like, we have other examples of leaders who brought their nations back from economic devastation without the end goal of religious genocide.  But it is an historical fact that Germany recovered from heavy economic issues stemming from WWI under his control.

07/11/2018 - 3:04pm I'd say Omni-partisan…

I'd say Omni-partisan support against Nazis, but there are absolutely fringe groups who would disagree with that assumption.

07/11/2018 - 2:53pm Just skimming their lawsuit,…

Just skimming their lawsuit, I'd be amazed if it went anywhere.  They are claiming a lot of personal harms by the NCAA but that isn't how this stuff works.  The NCAA punished UL, and as a by-product of that decision the athletes were harmed.  But the NCAA didn't do anything wrong here; it was Pitino and his staff that brought in the hookers, the drugs, and broke the NCAA rules.  They claim things like "False Light" in that people assume the athletes were involved in these violations directly (i.e. they hooked up with strippers and did blow off them).  But the actual claim in Kentucky has to do with the public dissemination of private information (that is false) about a person.  I don't remember the NCAA ruling saying anything about specific players getting specific benefits, and so their entire argument rests on public inference.  And frankly, you can't really sue someone because other people think he was involved in a factual event that is view in a negative light.

So these guys can sue UL and see about getting some remedy there, but going after the NCAA is a waste of their time and, I assume, some attempt to shame the NCAA.  But nuts to them, the NCAA doesn't give a shit about shaming.

07/11/2018 - 2:15pm I'd like to think that even…

I'd like to think that even in these fractured times, disliking the leader of the Nazi regime would recieve pretty bi-partisan support.

07/11/2018 - 2:13pm He didn't say it was Wilson,…

He didn't say it was Wilson, only a former coach.  There was a wild-ass inference it was Wilson based on him being the head coach.  It's wrong for anyone to say that Hitler was a great leader, but it's also wrong to make accusations about who said it.  Unless there is more to the story than the link provided.

07/10/2018 - 9:46pm Higdon is a fine choice, but…

Higdon is a fine choice, but I'm surprised they didn't list Long or even McKeon.  McKeon caught a third of Michigan's TD passes last year and led the team in catches and was 6 yards short of leading the team in yardage.  He'll be a big part of the offense this year.  And Long is basically as good as Hill but for some reason has been given 1/16th the coverage.  

07/10/2018 - 4:09pm Awesome news, and I hope he…

Awesome news, and I hope he just keeps improving.  It is insane how competent he's gotten on defense (it helps being 6'8"), and his shot has seemingly survived the transition to the NBA better than anyone could have expected.

07/09/2018 - 7:58pm And even then, you are…

And even then, you are probably pretty close to the goal line anyway, so the yardage gains are probably minimal.  The extra downs on a PI are valuable, but so is running a play that might actually work more than 30-ish percent of the time.

07/09/2018 - 6:55pm I faintly remember when ESPN…

I faintly remember when ESPN got into the ratings game they were expected to really push the envelope in terms of quality, but you go there now and it's just garbage.  Rivals was always kind of hit and miss and you expected that, but it's weird to see ESPN focus so heavily on college football and yet have such piss poor recruiting analysis.  I swear at some point they had one of their NFL draft guys pop up on a signing day panel and it was just the most banal discussion about 17 year olds who in 3-4 years may go to the NFL.

07/07/2018 - 10:16am No, I get that.  But what…

No, I get that.  But what has bothered me recently is how little effort is seemingly put in some of these analyses.  I don't ever expect to see a guy get listed as due for a downgrade, but half of these are "he plays at a big school already, so he will hold unless he gets better" or "he went to a camp, so he'll go up".  Which is...fine, but is just a nothingburger considering they are charging me money for it.

07/07/2018 - 8:24am I'm starting to think that…

I'm starting to think that these recruiting services are just getting lazy and like, say, the USNWR rankings that magically find a new too university every year or two, they create all of this intrigue and jostling to goose subscriptions.  But they also know it's a scam, hence why cancelling a service you can sign up online with in about a minute requires you to call their offices between 9 and 5 during the week and sit on hold for 15 minutes before getting disconnected and repeating the process again.

Michigan has some talent coming in, and I think the coaches know what they are doing.  That's enough for me.

07/06/2018 - 2:18pm I'm sure he was bummed about…

I'm sure he was bummed about not getting as many carries as a true freshman, but that's to be expected.  I do wonder if the culture shift was tough, as going from the SF Bay area to what is basically the middle of Alabama must have been jarring.

Still, he'll play more this year and will enter the draft when eligible and be fine.

07/06/2018 - 2:09pm I always sort of assumed…

I always sort of assumed their big recruiting classes would lead to some trouble down the line.  I wonder if MSU or IU might also be in the cross hairs.

07/06/2018 - 1:33pm I've been impressed as well…

I've been impressed as well.  He's a decently sized SG/SF and appears to have NBA range from outside even under duress.  There's a spot for a guy like that in the NBA, even if it's deep on the bench.  I hope he gets a shot.

07/06/2018 - 1:30pm That has always been my…

That has always been my thinking as well.  He'll have trouble defending guys and that could lead to some rough nights, but foul calls in summer league probably isn't going to be a great barometer for that.

07/05/2018 - 3:19pm I agree that being a top-5…

I agree that being a top-5 class now won't stick by the end of the year, but based on average star rating Michigan is top-10/12, so it's not like this class is a volume deal like Ole Miss.  So let's also not dismiss the talent they currently have coming in.

07/05/2018 - 3:14pm I know that the staff…

I know that the staff recruits somewhat based on region as much as position (obviously a coach has final say on a position, but maybe Al Washington is the point guy for a kid), but it's interesting that for all the shade thrown at Jim McElwain's hire during the last offensive recruiting review, Michigan has made some more in-roads with receivers since he's come on board and, perhaps, they'll get another top-100~ish kid into the fold.

I'm more bullish on this class than I was when everyone committed because you can sort of see what they're doing.  I'm sure they'd like to be in on more top-100 WRs, but it feels like the ship has righted itself a bit at the skill spots and, you hope, a solid next season will kick that back up.

 

07/04/2018 - 3:55pm I forget what led me to the…

I forget what led me to the site; I remember being a lurker of sorta during the Haloscan days, then fell away and then came back here...somehow.  I definitely lurked for a bit before signing up.  

It's been a long time around here, and credit to the site for moving along without any real interruptions.  

07/03/2018 - 9:00pm Iowa and South Carolina for…

Iowa and South Carolina for football for me, UNC in basketball.

07/03/2018 - 2:15pm Really great athlete and…

Really great athlete and looks like a good fit for Viper.  I do wonder why he wasn't scouted more before now, as he plays at a pretty successful school in the DMV area.  

07/03/2018 - 12:14pm We're a baseball-adjacent…

We're a baseball-adjacent school now!

07/03/2018 - 11:11am I understand about the draft…

I understand about the draft and Vietnam, and I know that the trials of that war led to the movement to a fully volunteer armed services.  And my father said the same thing, that it was scary to possibly be shipped off the war.  But compared to WWII it was far more a "professional" armed service in Vietnam (25% drafted vs. 66%), and a majority of people who were drafted never actually served.  

Again, I'm not trying to vilify any generation; every one of them did great things and also sucked, had burdens and also benefits.  But the OP started this whole shitshow about how Millennials are losers who sit in their basements, and I took issue with his patently false claims that people born in the 50s and 60s were somehow paragons of virtue and hard work.

07/02/2018 - 8:48pm I don't think you know…

I don't think you know either, but you seem very intent on trying to convince me otherwise with limited evidence.  Mostly, I'd like to know what makes life "more difficult" for people born in 1950 vs. those born in 1980 on some massive scale.  Because a lot of this feels like revisionist history bullshit.

For example, you say the Boomers were "Anti-Racism".  Well, Brown v. Board of Education, a landmark decision in helping integrate society, was decided in 1954.  Which means the absolute oldest baby boomers at that time we're 8.  So I'm going out on a limb and saying 3rd-graders weren't in the courts writing amicus briefs.  Rosa Parks, MLK, and Malcolm X were already adults and making their mark on the Civil Rights movement when most Boomers were still in diapers.  Boomers didn't stop Civil Rights movement, so good on them I guess, but that wave was already cresting before they even got going. And that's sort of an ongoing theme with the Boomers generation; they claim a lot of credit for simply jumping on the moving train of progress.

The same goes for gender equality.  Voting and property ownership rights were already fought and won by the time Boomers rose up.  Again, they kept it going which is a positive, but you could day the same thing about Gen X and Millennials with their further pushes toward pay equality and work-life balance, to say nothing about the MeToo movement to address systemic sexual abuse.

Anti-War seems a bit surprising because under Clinton, W. Bush, Obama, and Trump (all Boomers, though on completely different ends of the spectrum), America has been involved in a number of protracted, largely undefined and unresolved battles across the world, with the common theme that nobody knows when they'll end and, apparently, who will pay for them.  I don't think it matters who's to blame for them, only that there has been an amazing amount of destruction and tragedy as a result.

Boomers absolutely did good things; lots of the technological advancements we've enjoyed came from that generation.  But they were also the continuations/natural maturations of technologies made generations before, and that's true for every subsequent generation.  They absolutely tried to learn from the mistakes of their parents, and in some meaningful ways they did.  But you could say that for every generation.  It's why I don't get this notion that any generation is particularly good or bad.  It's millions of people born across the country in a set of ill-defined years.  And how said people were when they were 20 isn't how they are when they've 60 and 70.

07/02/2018 - 7:36pm He posted on Twitter that…

He posted on Twitter that the politics rule applies to us and not him.  That list feels like a dated relic, since Walken 2008 feels very Weapon Of Choice era.

07/02/2018 - 6:33pm About what you should expect…

About what you should expect.  I think his system overrated ND and MSU about, probably underrates Wisconsin, Maryland, and Nebraska a bit, and in the wash 9-3 feels about right.  

But if you asked me do I think this year Michigan breaks through and wins 11+ games and wins the division, I'd say he's got a good shot at it.  Other teams are allowed to shoot themselves in the foot, to get bad breaks, etc.  And this feels like a team that knows it's better than people are expectinting and have an identity (stout defense and some big-play ability on offense) to make it count.