Transfers, Spring Practice Misc, Etc…
Speight Transfers To UCLA
To all the folks that thought that Speight wouldn’t get a shot with a big-time program: Wilton Speight is off to be a Bruin.
This fan ain’t surprised.
I know a lot of you were ready to throw Speight out with the bath water last season mostly due to the fact that Michigan’s O-Line couldn’t block a girl scout troop hauling cookies in their wagons. But I still remember what Speight was able to accomplish two seasons ago in 2015, before his injury at Iowa.
Speight had one of THEEEEEE BEST HALFS of Football of any Michigan QB against Penn State.
The highest QB rating for a Michigan QB.
So the fact that he’s got a pretty good highlight reel (when someone is blocking for him) is evidence enough.
I would have preferred that Speight stayed. Experience is hard to replace. But good luck to him and who knows? There’s a chance Michigan may actually have to beat Speight at some point.
The “Idiots In Indy” Taking Their Own Sweet Time…
I’m a little worried about how long this Patterson decision from the Idiots In Indy is taking. Everyone with half a brain believes that Ole Miss was less than honest in their recruiting and communication to the class of 2016 (Patterson’s) and that should be enough to allow the immediate release of Patterson from Ole Miss and a waiver of the “sit one year rule” when transferring of an undergrad.
I wrote earlier that I thought it was a bout 50-50 as to which way the decision would go. The Idiots In Indy like to fall back on their asses, er, “Rule Book” when it comes to crap like this. And the rule book does sort of in a way, cover a school on athletic probation and/or firing of the head coach. I’m still feeling 50-50 as of right now…
Based on the fact it’s taking the Idiots In Indy so long to make this decision doesn’t sit well with this fan. There can’t be that much bureaucracy in any organization that could drag this decision out any longer than it’s already been dragged out.
Meaning: the Idiots In Indy are waiting for a Hot News day or something to make their announcement to avoid the heat that will undoubtedly result from a decision that forces Patterson to sit…Regardless of what Attorney Mars is saying. I know he’ll make a helluva’ noise if Patterson isn’t granted immediate eligibility, but noise is just that:
The Spring Practice Report & Game That Wasn’t
Takes from Spring Practice:
QB Battle: It’s Patterson all the way. Patterson is the 2nd coming of Tate Forcier and Chad Henne combined. A Play Maker that can execute the necessary plays when needed but has the ability to create when things go awry…So, there’s that.
The Offensive Line got some “Swag and Attitude” and were tired of getting pushed around. To that I say, “good.” Instead of losing 9 out of every 10 to the 1st string “D”, reports have it around 5 wins to 5 losses over 10 plays this spring. So, that’s gotta’ be a good sign, doesn’t it?
The Receivers are responding well under McElwain’s direction, but they are lacking some of the “big league” break-away techniques and abilities that they will work on over the summer.
Running backs look solid. That is all.
Defense – fughedaboutit. No worries, not a ONE on Defense. Michigan lost 2 starters and rumors are the back-ups and the replacements are performing at the same or in some cases, higher levels than the guys they’re replacing.
So, in a way, while it was sad not to see the product on the field, it’ll be fun to see it for the first time against the Domers (JEEZ I HATE THESE GUYS!!!) on September 1st.
Most Interesting Report: Harbaugh became more Human. Hugging it out with guys, having fun and most of all, changing his approach to a less workman like and more family oriented effort that we’re all in this together.
The Michigan Wolverines: All OR Nothing
I haven’t seen this in its entirety yet and I feel like a bad fan for not downloading it and watching. However, some of you HAVE seen it and have stated that I NEED TO WATCH THIS ASAP!
Apparently, it’ll make you feel better about the Wolverines…
Wagner To Enter NBA Draft
I’m going to miss this guy…
I believe that Moe must have talked to SOMEONE that stated they might take a shot at him in the 1st round if someone else was already gone or not available. I know the mock drafts have Wagner mid 2nd round, but usually, they don’t know much. And there’s a LOT of Beilein talent in the NBA right now getting it done, making the project of getting someone like Mo Buckets ready to play at the next level a little bit less of a project.
Still, makes you wonder. I hope he drafts high enough to get above the league min or else it won’t have been worth it.
The Pilot From The Crash BROKE ALL THE RULES!
I messaged you some of this link and everyone should read the story.
The Pilot broke all the rules, but probably saved 116 lives in the process of breaking those rules. The FAA and NTSB or going to pull their hair out with this one. Aborting a take-off after reaching the point of no return speed is the biggest no-no of all. The pilot made a judgment call and stated that the plane felt “nose heavy” and aborted take-off, stating that there wouldn’t be a take-off. In addition, the plane was trying to take off in high winds where it had been sitting in cross winds that reached up to 70 mph that day. And there was a check list requirement that if the plane was sitting in a high cross wind:
The MD-83 is a passenger adaptation of the DC-9, put in use from 1985-99. The manufacturer, McDonnell Douglas, merged with Boeing in 1997, so it was Boeing that issued a maintenance caution in 2015.
Cited in the report, it said that if there’s any possibility the plane has been subjected to winds of more than 75 mph, and the aircraft has not been parked facing the wind, all flight controls should be checked visually and also moved by hand.
But it wasn’t done as no one knew who that responsibility fell on. Ultimately, it’s the Captain.
In the end, the planes rear elevator was malfunctioning, due to what is believed to be the cross winds.
The apparent cause of what the NTSB refers to as a “rejected takeoff” was known within days.
A plane’s two elevators, left and right, straddle the tail and are the primary means of controlling pitch. The one on the right was stuck in a trailing-edge-down position, preventing a viable takeoff.
“You can’t see them,” Powell says; the elevators are nearly 150 feet behind the cockpit and 30 feet off the ground. The controls operated properly during pre-flight check, according to statements by one pilot, and “as long as you have freedom of movement, that’s what everybody has traditionally used.”
Screw-ups and more screw-ups.
We’re lucky to still be talking about this team and what they accomplished last season and this season vs. still mourning what would have been an national tragedy.
Why I Hate This Time of Year…
All the Collegiate Sports Radio discussions are on football and who will beat Bama’. That’s it. It gets REALLY, REALLLY, REALLLLLY, old if you like listening to college sports talk.
Larry Nassar University Update