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Tired Harbaugh defensive players faking injuries to slow down better teams:
Ranked, one- to three-loss teams losing decisively to mobile QBs under more sophisticated offenses:
We are all frustrated with our won-loss record under Rich Rodriguez. But if we can get the defense fixed, we have a shot to be the next Oregon instead of the next Stanford. Kudos to Harbaugh for doing so much at Stanford, with their admissions standards et al. - not trying to downplay that achievement. But it is far from clear that he would have that record if he was playing our schedule every year. I have spent a lifetime as a Michigan fan rooting for 9-3 and 8-4 and the occasional 10-2 teams that almost always lost when it counted the most.
I, for one, am willing to go through this difficult period in order to take our program to a level where we are consistently contending for MNC titles, rather than winning Big Ten titles and losing bowl games. I am not nostalgic for that era of consistent disappointment, and I dread consigning another generation of Michigan fans to the same fate.
Curious your thoughts as anger subsides. Now this based on 2 assumptions. RR is still the coach and we have a fairly impressive bowl win.
I think we are preseason ranked between 10-15.
Before you think I'm nuts, consider.....
1. When the Phil Steeles of the world do their analysis and stop making fun of us they'll see we have 21 starters returning and Woolfolk being dropped in, we will start getting a lot of sleeper buzz.
2. The Denard factor- He'll be getting Heisman buzz shining more attention on the program. The offensive potential will have people thinking.
3. Michigan Factor- The name is always good to inflate us a couple of spots over where we should be.
Miami's Rivals site is reporting Randy Shannon and staff will be fired tomorrow. Generally these Rivals sites are pretty good about being on this kind of stuff.
I wasn't going to post this here but this gives me a bit more confidence, so take a rumor FWIW: Talked to a well-connected alum today who was extremely confident not only that Jim Harbaugh would be hired as the next coach of Michigan, but that Rich Rodriguez would be taking his talents to South Beach. I'm still not overwhelmingly confident, but this is certainly an interesting development. We'll see how this thing plays out I suppose.
We don't want to hear it from you. That is, we don't want to hear you wonder out loud what Michigan should do, or might do, with its football program.
We don't want to read you earnestly trying to figure it out, as though you were an honest broker of information, just trying to reach the right decision for the good of your alma mater.
We know; you've been campaigning, working, to get Rich Rodriguez fired, way before the 2010 or even the 2009 seasons began.
You didn't need to know the results of the games. Rich Rodriguez is a guy who you hate, for reasons that escape us all and that you haven't made clear.
Now, when you write something like this:
This isn’t a video game. There are real people involved. Are the players being treated well? Are they being coached properly, or are they mostly getting yelled at and called names? Is Rodriguez recruiting players with the academic profile to succeed at U-M? How does he handle internal discipline, study table, injured players and unhappy players? Do all the angry former players have good reason to be angry?
we know exactly what to think, we know what your prejudices are, and we know exactly how to 'Fisk' your propaganda.
We know that you have concealed the identities of the unnamed former players, for no good journalistic reason. We know to be suspicious of you and your "sources."
We know that when you dredge up things like the recruiting of players with an "academic profile to succeed at U-M" you are speaking in code, for a problem that you and your Freep colleagues tried to make much of, without merit or substance.
We know that when you make veiled references to coaching players "properly," yelling at players and "calling them names," you are speaking to a public that is so grossly ill-informed about Coach Rodriguez chiefly because you and your paper have committed some of the worst journalistic malpractice that the sporting scene in the state of Michigan has ever seen.
We know that you are infatuated with the notion of Jim Harbaugh coming back to Michigan; you have installed yourself on the Ground Floor of Harbaugh Inc. with your national love-letter to Jim and John in the October Sports Illustrated issue.
We know all of this, and it would be better and more honest if you just simply declared yourself and your paper to be sworn enemies of Coach Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan football program. Because the pretense that you are a journalist, and an honest broker of information, no longer has any meaning. You clearly don't care about the young men who are the student-athletes wearing the winged helmet.
If you did care about those kids, you and Mark Snyder would not have abused Je'Ron Stokes and Brandin Hawthorne in August of 2009. If you cared about the human interest stories that abound in the Michigan program, you'd have told Detroiters about what a fantastic young man Denard Robinson is; you'd have done the story of Brock Mealer; you'd tell people about the classy and astonishingly young kids like Jordan Kovacs, Ray Vinopal, Drew Dileo.
You're not going to do any of those things.
So just be honest. Tell Detroit how much you really hate Rich Rodriguez. And fill us in on the really curious story that nobody but you can tell -- why is it that you have taken on this vendetta? What is your interest in undermining Michigan's football coach and, quite substantially, the Michigan football team?
Maybe I'm defensive of Rich, but it's bad enough we're forced to watch the USC-ND game instead of Bedlam. Could they please get off the tip of Kelly's dick? He has legitimate excuses to why they suck, but enough already. They got graphics and everything to show me how great a coach he is and why ND blows is not his fault plus the endless blathering of the announcers.
All RR gets is endless snide jokes about the defense with long shots of him seething on the sidelines.
If I could have reached thru the screen and killed Millen when he was laughing about our shanked punt I would have. Your whole GM career was a shank punt Matt, our kickers in Ann Arbor, because our coach has a little integrity and your laughing at us? I want to kill you.
After watching Alabama fold like a cheap suit against Auburn yesterday, I woke up to a variety of news stories (and posts here) claiming that that matchup had PROVED that Boise and other lesser-conference squads did not deserve to play in the championship game.
Granted, Boise State is removed from the championship picture. But tonight they are being derided as a team who collapsed when Auburn scored 25 unanswered points on ALABAMA in Bryant-Denny stadium last night.
What is the difference between the two collapses? And how does the SEC game prove that less-heralded conferences are undeserving? Didn't Utah beat the TAR out of Alabama in a bowl just two years ago? And why, for god's sakes, are B10 and Michigan fans drinking the SEC kool-aid?
(I'm not saying that the major conferences don't tend to be better top to bottom, btw. I'm just wondering whether people are so susceptible to the media hype--especially from the likes of Danielson and CBS Sports--that they can't accept that there are at least a FEW nuances to this debate.)