The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
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If They Could Say It is my attempt to give the real answers people would give if it wouldn't cause a media sh;tstorm. Typically, I'll have the Head Coach and Coordinators answer questions, and may also include other coaches, players, or personnel.
How did you feel about the team's performance tonight?
I hate losing. We should have won this game. We're far from perfect, but we had our opportunities, and we blew it.
What opportunities did you miss?
Did you watch? It's real obvious. We missed wide open TD passes. We can't do that. We dropped a couple easy catches. We threw a pick-6 in a key moment. We missed a couple of holes in the running game. We didn't even keep our onside kick in play.
Talk about the interception for a TD.
Just a bad, bad read. The play is a fade-out combo where the outside receivers run fades and the slots run quick outs. Butt runs a hitch. Grant Perry was the least open of the five options. Now, the thing that will take some time, is that we should have recognized pre-snap that Ty Isaac had a 15-yard cushion and just thrown a screen to him. But that takes time and practice...we're not there yet.
What were the good things?
There were actually a lot of good things. In the second half, even with some obvious short yardage runs that we blew, we improved our yard per carry by 1.5. The receivers were getting some separation and we were hitting some passes. Jake Butt was always open and had an amazing game. Peppers annihilated a few plays. And, while his screw-ups probably cost us the game, Rudock made several plays that also kept us in it.
How did you feel about the run-blocking?
How do you feel when some one punches you in the groin? It sucked. The first half was terrible. We played soft and tentative. Came out in the second half and played better, but we have a long way to go.
What about the fourth-and-short play?
Lots of people are piling on Kalis for missing a block on his pull, but Braden's execution was just as bad or worse. He allowed himself to give up almost two yards and gave an easy angle for the pursuit. Actually, he was our worst lineman today, and probably our worst offensive player.
Are there any plays you'd call differently?
First, Jim calls the plays. Here's the thing: we had more than our fair share of chances to make big plays, and we blew it. Two wide open TDs, a few running lanes that could have been huge gains, and a few dropped passes that could have changed things. We could easily have had over 400 yards and 30 points in this game. Have to make those plays to be a great team.
What were the positives you saw?
Jake Butt is probably the best TE in the nation. That TD catch is one of the best plays I've ever seen. I mean, the defender has his had on the ball, Jake is at the peak of his jump, and he still manages to pull it in, no question. That's even a catch by the weird NFL standards. And the pass pro. If we can protect that well all season, we'll be in good shape and we'll hit some of those bombs.
What does the OL have to do to improve?
Simple: not play softer than a pair of Twin City socks. We had the right mentality in the second half. We'll get better, or you'll see new guys on the field.
What happened on the Utah TD drives?
What happened? We had a couple bad series. Missed some reads, played out of our gaps, and let their QB walk into the endzone. But you know what? College kids are often going to have a couple bad series in a game. We'll get better. This was our first action with live bullets in our defense.
Who looked good?
The DL was pretty strong. There was no space for one of the best RBs in the country to run between the tackles. Wormley and Henry really did their jobs.
Who didn't look as good?
Brian obviously jinxed the LBs. Morgan didn't have his best day, and Bolden couldn't make tackles even though he was in the right spots. Ross might see more PT, especially against spread teams. Stribling was meh. Peppers woke up in the second half.
Going forward I'm consolidating Michigan games/every snap/torrents of upcoming opponent games into a single post (such as this one) and I'll bump with replies as I add to it. I know there is quite a bit of back and forth about who looked good/who didn't from the game, so I did the offense every snap first. If you want this uploaded to YouTube, feel free to download the torrent and upload it yourself to YouTube, or wait a few hours/days for someone who will.
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The inferiority complex of the Spartans goes national. Even though the article presents a compelling case in favor of their performance the past several years, the Spartans still can't get beyond the shadow of Michigan.
Am I the only one who finds it odd that teams all over the nation, and even some of the historically middle/lower B10 teams, have been able to recruit/develop excellent RB's, yet Michigan hasn't had one since 2007?
Minnesota had Cobb, Indiana had Colman, and teams like Wisconsin, MSU, and OSU have had a steady stream of good to great RB's.
I love Smith's heart and his abilitiy to generate YAC, but it seems his vision and speed are nowhere near up to the standard for the position. I know that some of this -- ok a lot of this -- falls upon the OL, but not ALL of it is, as was illustrated by Drake Johnson's ability to actually generate a running attack. Yes, when he was starting the OL was improving, but there has to be more to it than that, no?
Remember when Denard would shred teams on the ground -- despite a "weak OL" -- and nobody else could gain any yards? Yes, Denard was a special runner, a "once-in-a-decade talent," but he is proof that the holes were there.
My point? I don't know. Maybe it's to point the finger at Fred Jackson, and to say that he completely lost his ability to judge RB talent -- although he was pretty high on Thomas Rawls who became a new man once he left Ann Arbor. Or maybe it's to vent my frustration concerning a position which other teams seem to have no trouble finding and developing talent, yet Michigan seems incapable of late. Heck, that Juco transfer RB that Utah threw in for a carry or two look significantly better than anyone on Michigan's roster currently.
I just watch other programs from FCS to P5 run the ball think how nice it would be to have a RB that actually had some speed (doesn't have to be Ty Wheatley 2.0, just normal P5 starting RB speed), some quickness (doesn't have to Barry Sanders 2.0, just normal P5 starting RB quicks), some vision (not Laveon Bell vison, normal P5 starting RB vision), and some ability to burst through a hole -- no matter how infrequently they might appear. I think that Harbaugh and Co, are one it, and this is a merely a hangover from the down times of late.
About last night:
100% different "feel" to the team from an organizational standpoint -- no "derps," no clock issues, no WTF?!? -- just too many costly mistakes.
Guys used to go insane when Hoke would say, "we didn't execute ..." and would point to all the "little basic things" (like counting to 11) that his teams couldn't do. Last night was a real "we didn't execute ..." game. Guys were in position to make plays, they just didn't. The game was very winnable, and I for one am pleased that we can already see significant improvement in the preparedness and organization of the team.
I've not posted anything for a long time, so I apologize for the rambling. Any thoughts?