"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
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.
Well, user Jake Blues referenced Brian's 2007 MSU postgame in another thread, and I went and read through the whole thing - here are some bits and pieces that would have made me laugh manaically at Sparty's inadequacies back then but now make me go :'(
(In response to Hoyer's quote "Let's put it this way, if anybody hadn't taken this personal up until this point, it's personal now," Hoyer said. "It just shows what kind of class he has. "Sooner or later, the little brother, you want to put us that way, you get pushed around enough, the little brother fights back and kicks the other brother's ass.")
Oh, now it's personal? You mean it's unlike all those other games when a host of kids who never even got looked at by Michigan (save three or four per year) played their instate rival and then immediately collapsed afterward? Oh shit. We are in serious trouble now. It's personal. I am liquidating my assets and moving to Tahiti, as Michigan will never beat Michigan State again.
Well, if not for the Denard/Dileo/Gibbons miracle... Oy. Anyone know what plane tickets to Tahiti are going for these days?
I know, I know. You're probably wondering "what radical new direction will this knight errant take the hallowed Spartan program?" Well, let me tell you: every year Michigan State will jump out to a fast start by beating a bunch of awful nonconference teams. When they play at Notre Dame, they will win. Everyone will get all hyped up for the Michigan game, which they will lose. On the off chance they do not lose, they will arrange to lose to Indiana or Northwestern or some such team to restore the cosmic balance. After the Michigan game they will collapse wholesale. Sometimes they will go to a bowl in Detroit. Other times they will stay home and cry softly into their BEET MICHIGAN cardigans. They will never, ever go to the Rose Bowl, and every year MGoBlog will start its Michigan State preview the same way. Yes, friends, times are a-changin' in East Lansing.
Now, please don't take this the wrong way - I love Brian and the blog and was basically laughing right alongside everyone at the time... but now I am ready to cast out my demons and admit we were guilty of hubris. May the football gods accept my repentance and have at least a tiny smidgen of mercy on Michigan Football this Saturday.
Anyway, Go Blue!
EDIT: Added link
I just had the chance to digest Brian's description in today's UV of Sam Webb's post saying he thinks Brandon will survive long enough to possibly keep Coach Hoke. It reminds me that I would like next season to not feel like someone is pulling out my teeth with a pair of pliers.
What can those of us who want Brandon fired do that we haven't done already? People have mentioned creating "Support the Team/Fire Brandon" tee shirts. That sounds okay, though I'm personally not in a good position to make that happen for people who live in AA. It wouldn't be the most powerful thing, I assume, but I like the idea of those shirts showing up on TV in shots of the crowd during games.
Does anyone have any other ideas? Or has the message been sent, and are we now at the mercy of President Schlissel?
Not that this is new information at the 40,000 foot level but Mlive took a look at some stats of the offense and Devin year over year at the granular level and it's very telling. Somewhere Borges is lighting a fat cigar and saying "ahem...".
If you haven't been keeping track at home, UM has scored 6 offensive TDs in the past 5 games. What has struck me is the almost complete lack of big plays. Both years the offense was mostly a tire fire against Big 5 conference opponents in moving up and down the field methodically - but last year we had games (OSU, ND, Indiana) where Devin went Vince Young Jr. There has been none of that this year. Last week's bomb to Funchess was one but against a well coached DB that's an INT.
Gardner is actually completing a higher % of throws but each completion is for about 4 yards less. Still you'd think 12 yards a completion would be ok.
Some data thru 7 games (recall last year the wheels fell off in the last half of the year):
- 2014: 21.7
- 2013: 42.4
- 2014: 340.0
- 2013: 446.4
- 2014: 126
- 2013: 158
Third down conversion
- 2014: 41%
- 2013: 49%
Touchdowns (both offense and defense)
- 2014: 18
- 2013: 39
Third quarter scoring
- 2014: 38-24 in favor of opponents
- 2013: 94-50 in favor of UM
TFL allowed (woo hoo improvement)
- 2014: 41
- 2013: 55
Gardner attempts / completion % (3/4 less game in 2014 v 2013 - due to Minnesota)
- 2014: 91-144 (63.1%)
- 2013: 107-175 (61.1%)
Gardner average yardage thrown (16 less completion = 676 less yards):
- 2014: 1103 yards (12.1 ypc)
- 2013: 1779 yards (16.6 ypc)
Gardner TD v INT:
- 2014: 6 TD / 8 INT
- 2013: 13 TD / 10 INT
- 2014: 57 carries, 259 yards, 3 TD
- 2013: 95 carries, 520 yards, 9 TD
JT Barrett as a first time starter at OSU behind a completely retooled OL for a comparable: 107-164 (65.2%), 1615 yards (15.1 ypc), 20 TD 5 INT, 78 carries 383 yards 4 TDs.
Pretty straightforward question (and pretty hypothetical because this doesn't seem like a legit question to have to answer this time around).
If a rival coach of the caliber of a Kelly, Dantonio, Meyer or one of their capable coordinators (like a Naduzzi) showed interest, would you be in favor of this for the HEAD COACHING job at Michigan?
Also, does anyone know of some examples of this happening before? Recent example would be USC hiring Sarkisian from Washington, although not the same level as aformentioned rivals.
Personally, I wouldn't have a problem with it - even Tressel or someone - as long as we win. If we didn't win, the world may end. Our (arguably) beloved GMatt has had stops at both UM and ND, and was embraced again by the UM community a few years ago, as a DC though, obviously.
EDIT: In case anyone was confused about which position I am referring to, it would be our J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach.
So, I need to come clean.
Before the season began, I was extremely optimistic - and in hindsight, delusionally so - about Michigan football this year. In particular, there was a thread in which Michigan's record going into the Michigan State game was discussed. Looking at the schedule, as well as Michigan's talent, I was adamant that Michigan would be 6-1, at worst, going into this week.
I was so adamant, in fact, that I ripped on a few pessimistic posters who had the audacity to suggest that Michigan could be 3-4. In my mind, their negativity regarding the state of the program was appalling. I mean, seriously, 3-4 ... with that schedule!?
Well ... obviously, I was wrong - so very, very wrong. My optimism was misguided. And for that, I would like to come clean to the other MGoPosters here, particularly those who suffered my delusional denigrations. You were right, and your skepticism was justified.