Can't come soon enough.
no, YOU'RE off topic
I really don't even care about football right now.
What's wrong with me
Just going to take a stab and guess it is because of the O-line. I would rather count down the days until basketball starts again.
What's an O-Line?
Something to do with circles and such... Maybe it is a ring-around-the-rosie formation the team is trying.
as in the old nursery rhyme, is an early symptom leading to the eventual buboes that characterize the black plague.
I hope our line play next year is better than the black plague.
that thing that melted and sent the Challenger into Biscayne Bay or somewhere around there.
Football hasn't given you ONE thing to be excited about.
Hell, I'm more looking forward to the "NBA or Stay" announcements than I am ANYTHING football releated.
That shouldn't be the case. We should be fired up about spring ball. Then we should be fired up to see where our guys go in the draft. Then it gets dull and you watch the pro sports playoffs in June. Then it's July and it's some recruit hype mixed in with "real life" and by August we should be full bore Michigan Football...ready to kick some ass and push for a national title.
It's sad that football doesn't provide ANY of that. No one wants to get their hopes up knowing we haven't done ANYTHING on the field to warrant us getting our hopes up. It's not like we've got a bunch of guys returning who've proven they can dominate.
I'm not saying we're going to be bad...I'm just saying they haven't earned anyone's hype or emotional investment over the spring/summer like they should. Like they used to.
I'll go to the Spring Game but now I'll probably just get drunk on Saturday night instead of watching the FF. Not like I wouldn't do that before, but at least Michigan would have been playing.
for the game too. It is free, right?
Hoke said it isn't going to be a game it will be more like a practice. It is hard to understand if they will scrimmage.
I think it is an ominous sign when our coach says it will be a practice and we need as many practice reps as we can get. The other two time we've done that (2008 and 2013) it didn't end so well.
Do you actually believe that the only other time a Michigan head coach has ever said that was in 2008 and 2013?
my point was, the years we had a more game-like spring game, were coupled by relative season improvement from the season prior. The implication of Hoke's statement is we appear to be doing even less game-like play in this spring game compared to last year's, and that was less than the year before. That doesn't sound promising.
My view: Our best hope is the new defensive schemes significantly improve our defense, because we have an even less experienced O line (injuries and a suspension don't help). If they pull off a season better than last season, it will be an outperform.
We fired Borges.
We hired an OC from the best program in the country.
the OL was underperforming last year, and that the overall design of the offense was a factor.
I, too, am willing to hold out a hope for a dramatic improvement in the OL in the same category as the improvement in the D the first year under Mattison.
Too damn long
Spring game next week. And don't forget to support both Lacrosse teams, baseball and softball. :)
It's not going to be a real spring game again though... ::sigh::
very quiet on the football front, probably mostly to the BB team. I'm not going to dwell too much on the UK game, now time to get fired up for team 135
Go Michigan Football!!!
Now we get to look forward to Michigan football huh?
I am going to enjoy summer
I'm looking forward to actually getting summer weather! haha
I'm so tired of losing in football.
We deserve to be engaged in our teams year around. Basketball is doing it, you can't expect any more than they've given the past 2 years. Football needs to step the fuck up. It's put up or shut up time. No more excuses.
We need to win...and NOW. There is no reason we shouldn't be excited about football and the spring game and ready to switch gears to prepare for a Rose Bowl run.
There is no reason we shouldn't be all over the "spring gossip" and excited about the Spring Game and ready for another GREAT year of Michigan football. Hockey too.
We've got the facilities, we've got the money, we've got the tradition. This is MICHIGAN.
One or two down years is fine...but this is a JOKE what football has become. One good year since Carr retired. That's unacceptable, ESPECIALLY at Michigan.
I was ready to give Hoke a 9 win regular season and 10 wins with a bowl. I'm over that. We need to be playing for a B1G Championship. We need guys in the draft.
I should be all pumped up about the NFL draft seeing where 4-5 guys are going to go on the first couple of days and where 2-3 guys are going to go at the end of the draft. Whatever happened to those days?
It should be spring hype, spring game, draft hype, draft, recruiting, fall hype, great season, basketball, great season and repeat.
I'm willing to be patient for ONE more off season with nothing to be excited about (cause I damn sure ain't getting excited over anything until I see it in a game)...after this AWFUL summer that is about to happen. Football better be "back" and they better be here to stay.
Hate to break it to you but none of Hoke's guys are old enough to be in the draft yet. This remains to be seen in the future.
I do understand the pessimism but I think the adjustments made in the offseason will pay off this year.
Look at Dantonio. How long has it taken him to be where he is? This will be his 8th season (I think) and he has a good program going right now. I know we do not want to wait that long with Brady, but we might have to.
The contrast between your whiny, aggrieved sense of entitlement and the quote you ostentatiously use as your signature could not be more stark.
I wouldn't call any Michigan football fan entitled after the decade we just had.
Just want Brady to show us he has a fraction of the coaching talent JB does.
Oh really?? So tell me....what did YOU think when you saw BALL ST in the AP Top 20?
Ball St. 3 years prior to Brady Hoke -
Ball St. under Brady Hoke -
I think I saw a blind squirrel finding an acorn. I hope I'm wrong.
I can't wait for summer, but hopefully spring comes soon.
it was seven days or so ago, wasn't it?
That's not helping.
Football will step up. Basketball was in the same spot that our football team is in 3 years in.
Too soon man
But football will probably be quite painful again. Is there a "___ days until basketball season" button anywhere?
We need more hardcore fans in this program. If I wanted to join a bandwagon, I would be a crimson tide fan. I'm excited for late August because it's Michigan godamnit! We may be 0-12. We may be 12-0, but I'll always be at the Big house.
Doesn't mean we're not hardcore fans.
I'm as hardcore as they get...but I'm not getting excited over anything in the offseason until they get back to winning and winning consistently. We're talking about the offseason.
No one said anything about not rooting as hard as we can when the season starts.
But I want to be excited about spring football. I want to be excited about the draft. I want to be excited about summer recruiting. I want to be excited about fall practice. All of that in ADDITION to the season.
THAT is how it used to be. Football was year around. Right now I'd be proud of basketball and immediately tuning into the spring to see who's playing well and how the depth chart is shaking out. Then I'd be following the draft to see where last year's guys are going to go. Then I'd be excited for the summer Michigan camp where we grab some big time recruits in the state. Before I looked up, it was fall and I was amped for the season and I couldn't get enough of the fall hype, news, and inside info.
Now it's like who cares about the spring, because they didn't do shit last year...so I'm not going to get excited until I see it in a game. Lewan is our only high draft pick and he's almost clearly going in the #8-16 range. I don't care about recruiting as much because we haven't done anything on the field with the current top recruits...and if we suck, Hoke is fired and these recruits we get the summer will decommit anyway. I don't care about the fall for the same reason I don't care about he spring.
That is b/s. At Michigan ALL of that should matter EVERY year. I shouldn't just be excited for those 3 short months during the season.
309 days until we get a new coach!!!
Football is for the future; I'll be there when the time comes but now is not the time. Now is stil the time for Michigan Basketball, the sadness, the decisions, the closure...
Give me something to do/watch for a month.
But....soccer is worse than baseball.
Bring on the down votes.
Footbawww! Can't wait for the season to start. Basketball has been so much fun to watch and I hope football can be too again
All about Tigers baseball. Can finally watch a game while chilling out and having a beer without constantly freaking out about terrible officiating or playcalling or looking at Izzo/Crean/Urban's stupid face.
I am so ready for baseball.
To be fair, of course, the expansion of instant replay starts this season, and it will now include fair / foul calls and trapped balls as well as expanded reviews of things like fan interference, so there might be some moments of "WTF" in the odd game. However, you are correct in mentioning that at least you don't have to look at Crean or Izzo or others for several months. There is something to be said for this.
True, but in a 162 game season I'll be less likely to need psychiatric help over a blown call in June than if I have to suffer through a 3rd and 15 delayed hand-off up the gut or some terrible foul call/non-call in a tourney game.
Can't get excited. Seeing how this team came together all season and never quit versus that pathetic effort by the football team in the bowl game- night and day.
The basketball team was not without their most important player. The football team was.