Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.
....let's just start the "State of the Open Thread" off the right way.
Not sure if this is how it works. But I'll take it
To be pretty accurate.
Anyone have a list of visitors for today's game? Let's hope to keep the guys on the team already, the kids who are verballed, and the kids still looking. Just from reading Twitter feeds, Michigan's performances post-ND haven't been impressing many recruits. Just not as much chatter.
LOVE the Northwestern unis! Amazing! Hopefully we can do something similar for next Veterans day, it'd be nice for the university to show it's support and pride.
Hopefully there are no visitors watching this mess
Fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire....have to keep that relationship in ratio, Yost.
Put in Morris
Keeping the "fuck" to "put in Morris" ratio in line
We all agree this is the worst Michigan team we have seen in a long long time. Poor coaching. Gardner is HORRIBLE! Get him out of here. We keep saying we are young but the future looks horrible. Coaching changes please come soon.
Fire fire fire fire fire Fire fire fire fire fire Fire fire fire fire fire Fire fire fire fire fire Fire fire fire fire fire Fire fire fire fire fire
Actually though I am optimistic.
The NW uniforms are way over the top.
I has half expecting the announcer to say, "It's the Michigan Wolverines taking on AMERICA!!!..."
What about the ratio?
I was in a bad mental place before I saw Northwestern's uniforms, I don't even know how to feel anymore...
Are the xrxs.net stream links not loading into VLC for anyone else? I just want to double check here that it's on my end before I start trying to figure it out.
I can't get it to work either.
I think the game will be on here. Streaming Big Ten network.
EDIT: xrxs stream just came up. Shows NW band on the field atm.
Yep, it's working for me now too. Thanks.
Get this fucking W
This game is entirely for pride, do we hazzz any?
The correct term is Fupa sir
The best think Jim Delany's ever done. We have a game today and I'm able to sit in my office and watch Michigan.
...wait, is that a blessing?
MI is still the best dressed.
Why was NW's band playing The Victors?
Not gonna lie, I'm digging NW's unis. The paint spatter effect is a nice touch (not being sarcastic).
I hope you are kidding.
Like them a lot. Very impressive and love that the school is willing to show it's support.
Nice to see you, representative from Under Armour.
Anyone have a stream that would work on mobile?
Bring on the pain
when all you seem to care about is whether or not OSU loses
People have always cared. They're our main rival.
over the history I wanted them to be the highest ranked possible coming into our game to put it in their face and move up the ranks but now I am so obsessed with their losing, not being undefeated and not making the national championship that its nauseating.
Just had to get that out the way.
MICHIGAN, FUCK MORE YEAHS
I hate OSU as much as the next Michigan fan but the idea of OSU getting jumped by Stanford is crazy to me. OSU didn't look great today on the road but Stanford LOST on the road to a terrible Utah team. The talking heads are crazy and I hope the voters aren't that stupid.
Superb. This will be the first game that will have an asterisk next to the final values - well-played, fellow MGoBloggers. Either that, or I will have to comb through the results a little more carefully than I normally do.
Anyone have an an audio stream? Mgoblue, and the app both failing for me. Oh dear god don't make me listen to j Lehman Nooooo!
I can't get any audio stream to work anywhere! Mgoblue, wtka, wwj...ARGH!!!!
J Lehman! Amurriccaaa!!!
I'm attempting to watch this game without alcohol... I'm afraid I'll only last about 2 minutes.
Pat Fitzgerald, that guys is made of class
Morris Morris Morris Morris Morris Morris Morris Morris Funk Funk Funk Funk Funk Funk Funk Funk Funk fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire fire
You, sir, have just won the internet. God bless you for this
J Leman loves those nw unis.
Baby steps. Let's try one drive where don't give up a sack.....and then move from there.
How much do you guys think it would cost to hire Franklin from Vandy?
I'll say it now... I wish we had Cutcliffe. A proven winner. DUKE is better at football this year! How is that possible? We need a change.
Hey, we're better at basketball.
Fair is fair.
I was thinking Cutcliff also. Anyone that can win at Duke can surely do it anywhere.
Best play in a month
Borges' tin ear seems to have picked up a message.
Is this Michigan?
Green starting, quick hit to Funchess, huge hole for Green on his first run. When did we get a new offensive coaching staff?
Fort Hoke- we don't even know about coaching changes even after they've happened
This board should be interesting after Michigan handles Northwestern by a couple of scores.
A hole! To rush through! Ahhh
Bubble screen trolling. Unfortunately Borges decided not to call these plays in the games that really mattered
The uniform and the helmet looks like Michigan, but I don't recognize everything else...
Wtf is happening?
two positive rushing plays!!!!
Gardner is being insanely decisive today as well. 3 seconds and then just make something happen. HOLY CRAP!
What? You mean using a short passing game to counteract the blitz helps to set up the running game too? Crazy talk!
What is this sorcery where the RB does not go down on first contact?
Fitz is tackled there.
About time they got green out there
Tell me this is really happening.
Green-Smith attack today!
De'Veon Smith for 8 yards now? OMG!
Smith is the A-Train?
What the hell is happening???
What is this "positive yardage" thing??? Sorcery!!!
What is going on????????
1st down Smith.
Looks like he won't be transferring either.
Glad to see the freshman getting carries early. Green still needs to cut some weight though
Yes. He can't play at 240. 225-230 seems great to me
bout time we cut Fitz out of the running game.
One on one coverage on Funchess. C'Mon.
Glen, we do not pass check.
Is he hurt?
Better offense line production
No, he started the game with two plays to stop the blitz. That was not done much the past two games. The one time Borges did it against Nebraska the drive went for a TD, then he stopped.
Well, you can't expect them to sustain good play calling for an entire drive, can you?
I was getting worried for a second.
Fuck those short passes that were working.
Red zone play calling. Hmmmm.
Borges finally decided that watching freshmen make mistakes is preferable to watching Fitz get blown up trying to pass protect.
That's us Coach Mason.
He needs to just chuck one up to the corner...
We got points on the opening drive and ate up some clock. Everything's all fine.
FIRE EVERYBODY AGAIN
there's what I'm used to...
What if most of our running problems were due to Fitz's running style? Wouldn't that still make the coaches look like idiots for waiting so long to make the switch?
Damned if you do, damned if you don't. People will always find a cop out for the problems the team, as a WHOLE, has been having. It's easier to scream FIRE BORGES than actually look for the problem.
The second down playaction fooled absolutely no one, even after we'd had some running success. Obvious tendency is obvious.
Meh drive. Great movement then stall in the red zone
What? No bankshot?
This should have happened long ago. Northwestern is one of the worst teams in the B1G. Still want a change.
Gardner has ZERO vision and ZERO feel for the pocket. And announcer: he is hardly a dangerous runner, except for once or twice a game.
that was a draw because he pulled it down pretty quick
This make no sense. He either is or he isn't.
Al is still fighting his inner self.
That's the michigan football team I recognize. Great finish.
They really need to target Funchess more in the red zone
Sit back boys...nothing's changed.
Fuck the quick passing game. - Al Borges
something we know doesn't work instead
Naked bootleg vs 9 man front. Idiot Borges.
Okay now were back to negative rushing plays and seven step drops. Borges is not a fan of success.
I bet he loved the play calling on that drive too.
to screw up a drive that he started of well. That drive was our entire season. Started of hot and then blew up at the end.
We were seriously one check down away from an opening drive TD.
Too bad we don't have any check downs. :-/
Al Borges just doesn't like nice things.
9 Men in the box and single coverage on the outside... How about a jump ball to our 6'5 beast of a WR/TE
2nd and goal from the 10 play action..... why
Because they'll never expect it this week!!!
This thread is going to be a blast today. I am already laughing. Everything is more hilarious when you are apathetic about your team I guess.
I came for the comedy. I've been numb for four weeks now.
Great support for the Wounded Warrior project by NW. Would love to see Michigan do the same, though I'm not sure if Dave Brandon would want to give up the auction $ away.
The helmets are badass.
What happened to Fitz?
No blocky blocky
Why the hell is he out there?
Borges' problem has never been that he's incapable of drawing up successful plays. It's that his judgment on when to call what has been highly questionable, and he stubbornly sticks to certain things that virtually never work. Oh, and he doesn't change his calls based on what the defense is showing.
That's why you'll occasionally see a quick pass, screen, draw play, etc that hits big. And you'll wonder for a moment or two whether you've been too hard on ol' Al, right up until he starts sabotaging his own success again.
Again, why are we playing like 10 yards off the receivers. This happens every game
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the strongest linemen
Under Armour > Adidas. Their uniforms just look more sleek and athletic. When is the Adidas K up?
To put in Morris, right now.
Are northwesterns uniforms supposed to look like that or are they falling apart already?
They mentioned that they were designed to look like an old tattered flag that has been flying for yrs.
paper cuts. paper cuts everywhere...
are inviting the screen and slants. Get close to the LOS!!!!
It's disappointing to see that all of our opponents now realize that if you blitz our offense and if you run hurry up on our defense, you will have success. Why haven't our coaches made any adjustments to prevent this?
Do a quick search for the word "fire" on the board and read any of the 4000 fire everybody threads.
There was a blatant hold on Countess
Blatantly jumping on Gordon's back...
How about no bend, no break, all PAIN.
I have not seen that type of defense from Michigan since 1997.
I hate this crap coverage
Bubble Screen??? They got 6 yards. Fuck that shit
The turf makes an excellent stop on that one!
Thank you grass
Yes, like that.
smart call on TO
Very good/odd pass from NW there
Good read Bolden!!!
They were lined up five yards off on 4th and 2...
the field corner waa playing way too close to the LOS
Why do we always have a timeout in the first quarter before a 3rd down or 4th down.
And then give up the first down anyway.
It's like we've never seen an option play before ever. Have we ever defended it sucessfully?
Wow, hope that first down was worth it... that's gonna be sore tomorrow.
First guy goes FOR THE BALL. ALWAYS GO FOR THE BALL CARRIER
Not quite. You don't defend the option that way
One guy always has the pitch man.. Someone else has the qb
Mattison true to his word. Saw 4th and short and his CBs were playing too far back. Timeout and then Michigan CBs came up and played press coverage. Mattison is a man of his word, I like that. Good to see the adjustments made.
The question is why in the hell would they be lined up like that in the first place???
I'm pretty sure the announcer in the State/Nebraska game just called Sparty "The Wolverines". Did I hear that right?
I see Sparty pulled out the uniformz today
At least it looked like a cool hit
Throw god.. also run god
Getting manhandled is not on Mattison. He's not the strength coach.
How could we have so many guys in coverage and have a guy that open???
Our DBs stink.
Ever since the spread offense was created, UM has struggled against it. From that UM NW game in 2001 to today
Countess burned so bad there
I'm here for the pain...
You came to the right place my friend.
Cam Gordon was tackled. Do they not call holding?
Yeah that was pretty bad and looked like an easy call.
Man.... one ugly kick deserves another
C'mon Al, you're gonna have to keep pace.
Okay who's looking forward to the offense getting back out there?
TD drive in under 10 plays
I have so many paper cuts from watching the D, I need some laughs. I also feel more like a part of the team when the O is out there because I know what plays will be called.
we would be 8-1 right now and competing for a division title, and ranked in the top 15. Yes the offense has ben just plain awful, but the secondary always chokes up big plays.
Do our opponents ever miss field goals? I remember one miss in the PSU game and that's it.
Here comes a touchdown for the offense.
You mean for the offense, or both!?
Norfleet - fastest guy in the world to the 20 . . . and then nothing.
I thought that was a pick six for sure
That graphic of the big ten standings gives me a sad and OMG I just had a heart attack
I am okay with that. Just throw high.
First this year?
Woah?? Line push.
Green looks good, and at least he can block better than mini-me Fitz.
Where has that been all year???
Borges trolling so hard right now
but we only use it once a game
I think smith missed the lane there
Yeah, he needed to cut right and would have had the first down.
It was to his right...
Read his block. The defender took the shoulder on the side you wanted him to run to. 50-50 if it would have been better
Love how Green is running. This is the type of attack that wears down a defense. Same goes for Smith.
What is this advancing the ball on the ground while carrying it called?
Both coaches seemingly enthusiastic about a 3-3 game. I guess when their seasons have gone as they have....
I am taking so much pleasure in watching positive run plays I feel guilty. Thanks a lot, catholic upbringing.
Wisconsin v. Indiana... 51-3. That's how a REAL team plays, not down to the competition.
What makes you think we were playing down? Maybe Indiana was playing down to us.
We ARE down.
Ah, acceptance. There you are.
If you were ever going to run a PA, this would be it.
Is the time for PA. First you have to establish your negative running gane.
So fucking predictable.
Tell me again how he is a "dangerous runner"?
Borges is fucking it all up
That one is on Al, completely predictable playcall. How many times have they run that exact play from that look? Not going to fool anybody at this point.
Did we just have a total of three possessions in the first quarter?
you are running when you have like 4 TE's. God
I was about to say the same thing. Hopefully the D can start getting off the field on 3rd down with greater frequency.
IT'S NEVER GOING TO WORK!
We're so awesome.
Al Borges is the best OC in the country.
Third highest paid, right? So he's only the third best.
Make him the highest paid OC.
Have to say, I have no confidence in us on 3rd downs, on either side of the ball.
Let's pack everyone close together and run it. That always works well.
Did we actually have a TFL on option??? Now I have seen everything.
Thomas Gordon makes a not Furman-like play there.
T Gordon looks to have bad intentions today
He looks pissed.
that we stopped the option
You see, there's always someone who has the pitch man
Nice to see a bit of a pass rush
Please Al go to the only play calling that works - Funchess, Gallon, Funchess, Gallon repeat repeat repeat
We must be one of the worst 3rd down teams in the country - offensive and defensive.
Sweet, we get to see the offense again!!! What creative play calling does Al have up his sleeve this drive?
I think we'll go with a first down inverted veer.
2nd down reverse for negative yardage.
3rd and 15 sack.
...and the 3rd down sack will be a result of a playaction bootleg.
I still think devin has a lower body injury. Just doesn't have that burst like he did earlier in the year.
Yeah - he can't run at all for a few weels
He is a stud just walking around. He has taken a real beating this month.
OK, now that we have a great field position, I am expecting power runs.
lets us get that field goal
Starting a possession in your oppenent's side of the field. This is the part where we get sacked 2-3 times and have to punt.
Oh, stop being so optomistic.
If I'm NW, I'm expecting run up the middle on 1st. Time to break tendency.
Christ DG. Maybe next year
Two near picks already from Gardner, both should've been taken. I miss Denard. Another poor run too. THIS is why you don't give out Legends jerseys to guys who have played 4-5 games at their position. Embarassing for Harmon.
Gardner looks SLOW.
Yes, Gardner looks really slow. We really need to stop calling QB runs.
3rd and long!
Here come 'da blitz.
Gardner has to go.
Last week at the game the guy behind me said he was so glad Gardner after this year. I was in a shitty mood so I broke the news to him. He refused to believe me.
Same old, same old!
I think it was the UCONN game
I hate you. That is all...
That's what we do with good field position!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, now THAT's Michigan FOOTBALL!!!
Here it comes.
Who else is looking forward to Tiebreaker after the game...?
Al borges strikes yet again...
Seriously it is time for Shane Morris. DG is playing horribly.
You go sit in the corner.
Ball on NW side of the field to start possession. We go nowhere. Sounds awfully familiar.
Geez this offense is bad and it's freakin Northwestern
I beginning to think Gardner is not very good. He has no feel at QB.
He just isn't good at reading the D. We'll. get to see how the quick passing game works today. Should be two picks already. One for six.
Nice drive there. Borges was looking to pin NW deep on this drive.
I hate football
This guy is a complete idiot. Why did he abandon running the ball. And go to spread. He is just brain dead.
Best post ever.
Devin either takes too long to make a decision or makes the wrong one thus far. Might be time to stop acting like Al Borges broke Vince Young.
You know that ND game actually happened, right?