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Thursday Theories on the Finals, football and more

I’ll have final thoughts on the NBA Finals later, but for now here’s some fallout from FiveThirtyEight.com:

Is the Steph Curry revolution already over?

I’m going to go with no. While it did appear he and the Warriors played worse after getting punched in the nose, that doesn’t mean they can’t get their swagger back. Nor does it mean they were a fraud exposed by the Cavs.  Continue reading Thursday Theories on the Finals, football and more

Remembering when Urban Meyer thought he’d be an Indian and Maurice Clarett defended Jim Tressel

The MLB draft begins tonight. Remember that time the Cleveland Indians said they were going to pick Urban Meyer but didn’t?

Well, let me refresh your memory.

“I had lunch with (then-Indians president) Gabe Paul (and his assistant) in the spring of ’82,” Meyer explained (via BuckeyeSports.com). “How about that? They said, ‘You wanna go look at your position?’ We walked down and looked at shortstop. They said, ‘You wanna be the shortstop for the Cleveland Indians one day?’ I said, “Yeah.’ They said, ‘Son, I think that’s gonna happen.’ It never happened.”

Cleveland passed on Meyer a dozen times before the Braves took him in the 13th round.

Although he never made it out of rookie ball, not much more can be said of anyone the Indians took that year. Only four of their draftees made The Show, and none played more than 24 MLB games.  Continue reading Remembering when Urban Meyer thought he’d be an Indian and Maurice Clarett defended Jim Tressel

The NCAA rule change likely to irk Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer never seemed to enthusiastic about satellite camps one way or another, but the other piece of news to come out of the NCAA offices Friday probably rankled him.

The Council deregulated electronic communication with prospective student-athletes who participate in football, cross country, track and field and swimming and diving.

The Ohio State football coach brought this up unsolicited on National Signing Day in February, coming down quite decisively against it and other “nonsense rules” that lead to more hassle for recruits (and recruiters) than they bring benefit.  Continue reading The NCAA rule change likely to irk Urban Meyer

This Week In Big Ten Football looks at QB battle fallouts

Big Ten football could be said to have come back to Earth in week one, although there weren’t too many upsets around the league. If anyone was overly disappointed in the league’s weekend as a whole, their expectations were probably too high.

Only two teams unexpectedly won (Northwestern) or lost (Penn State), although it will be interesting to see what happens next for those teams (I’d say BYU-Nebraska was a tossup entering the day).   Continue reading This Week In Big Ten Football looks at QB battle fallouts

Some thoughts on Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s next new era

(I wrote this Thursday morning, but a never-ending stream of news precluded me from getting it posted in a timely fashion. Nevertheless, nothing I saw in Michigan’s loss to Utah changed my long-term opinion. See thoughts on the game at the end.) 

The Jim Harbaugh Michigan Experiment begins tonight on FOX Sports 1.

I think I’m contractually obligated by my employer to point out that last part, but this opinion is solely mine.

Michigan Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago
Michigan Wolverines football coach Jim Harbaugh at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago

Call me crazy, but I’m going to take a wait-and-see approach on the Wolverines’ perceived savior. Until I read the fantastic Lars Anderson story at Bleacher Report this week, I thought I might be the only one.

It’s not that I don’t think Harbaugh will win a lot of games at Michigan, but the certainty he will WIN BIG in Ann Arbor seems a little out of step with reality to me.

So are the comparisons straight up to Urban Meyer’s arrival at Ohio State because prior to 2012 Meyer had won more and for a longer period of time. Meyer also took a job where it’s not as difficult to win*.

That said, if it isn’t Harbaugh who can make Michigan national title contenders, it might be no one, so I don’t blame anyone for going all-in with him, either.  Continue reading Some thoughts on Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s next new era

Michigan football spring game quick thoughts

The public’s first chance to see Jim Harbaugh coach Michigan football came Saturday in Ann Arbor, where the Wolverines held the first Big Ten spring game of 2015. It was about as exciting as the 7-0 final score would reveal, but there were a few things worth seeing…  Continue reading Michigan football spring game quick thoughts