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|1 day 5 hours ago||M 28-17||
|2 days 13 hours ago||Man, it must have been a||
Man, it must have been a while since I last looked. Last I remember, the only British universities in the top ten were Oxford and Cambridge. Four of the top six now.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Man, do I agree||
Man, do I agree wholeheartedly with the "Support the troops" part, and does it ever apply here. It's an alarming sign the leadership can't answer you. Next Saturday I'll be supporting the troops, but I hope the coach doesn't have us in for a nerve-wracking afternoon.
|4 days 6 hours ago||A great moment of my||
A great moment of my childhood (please remember this is from a 5th grader's perspective) was being in the fourth or fifth row in the northwest corner of the Big House during the obliteration of Minnesota in 1992 and bombarding Goldy with marshmallows. And yes at that age I thought it was hilarious when flying out of the crowd came someone's mostly-full soda fountain cup, drilling Goldy square in the face.
|4 days 7 hours ago||I watched a bunch of MSU fans||
I watched a bunch of MSU fans yesterday laugh and high-five over Indiana losing to Bowling Green. They must be the dumbest fanbase on the planet. The chip on their shoulder and its resulting spite toward everything else in the world apparently outweighs their desire to make the playoffs. Yup, keep laughing at the B1G getting embarrassed, guys. Just remember to shut up when you're passed over by a two-loss SEC runner-up.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Ah, OK, thank you. That||
Ah, OK, thank you. That context clears up what I thought was yet another Hoke press conference "Ugh" moment.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Thanks. Really.||
|4 days 11 hours ago||Jarrod Wilson has something||
Jarrod Wilson has something wrong with him, you guys. Sounds pretty disconcerting to me, but I can only imagine how scary that is for Jarrod.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Maybe if Shane comes out and||
Maybe if Shane comes out and throws four picks and Michigan wins Akron-style it will give the "Bench Gardner" crowd some perspective.
Nah, what am I thinking?
|6 days 6 hours ago||I've seen the little||
I've seen the little thumbnail of him that accompanies the article, but I'd never watched his videos before. Didn't think he'd remind me so much of Danny McBride. Was just waiting for, "Hoke! You're fucking out!".
|6 days 15 hours ago||This is (finally) a||
This is (finally) a "breather" weekend for us. A badly needed one, as the previous month was, and the next (the next two, really) will be, insanity. And it HOPEFULLY includes a Michigan game that won't elevate my blood pressure or depress my emotional state. Tigers wins would be appreciated as well. GO BLUE!!!
|1 week 16 hours ago||Gardner to safety.Ryan to||
Gardner to safety.
Ryan to QB.
Peppers to LT.
|1 week 2 days ago||I meant, in this specific||
I meant, in this specific instance, who the reporter was to whom Hoke said that.
|1 week 2 days ago||I am one of those people who||
I am one of those people who loves to look at everything that I wish were different and find a rational root cause and to me, Michigan's downfall has been a long chain reaction. My honest opinion, the first link was put in place on that crappy March day in 2001 when OSU grad George Steinbrenner altered the future by trading for Drew Henson and persuading him to ruin his career. The ensuing football season, prior to the bowl game when an uninspired squad was blown out, Michigan lost three games by a total of 13 points. You throw an athletic senior QB on that 2001 team instead of a pocket statue sophomore, and Michigan wins two, maybe all three of those games, including THE Game, when Tressel began building his legend in Columbus by making good on his promise made 310 days prior. Michigan maybe plays for the National Championship after that. Now, Drew Henson has no effect on subsequent seasons as he was a senior. But I feel that season was when perceptions of Michigan (which I believe, in turn, hurt recruiting) first began to slide, and obviously that could have been delayed by a few years. Some bad hires with assistants (and a couple unfortunate injuries, obviously those couldn't be helped) as Carr's reputation isn't what it was. A change in college football's dominant offensive paradigm, which he chose to ignore, plus Michigan can't beat its rival anymore (some bad luck in the Rose Bowl, too, with back-to-back losses to teams that won the National Championship the following season), and by 2006 the damage is done. Michigan finally looks "back" that year, only to fall just short on the massive stage in Columbus and then looks pretty terrible in Pasadena.
Then, of course, the events of the following September mean Michigan fans no longer just want Carr out the door, they want a complete and total philosophical change. That has a predictable outcome given how many of the "old guard" DIDN'T want that change, resulting in yet another massive overcorrection in the form of the guy standing before us today.
At least that's how I see it. A perfect storm that started with one huge missed opportunity, and can all be explained. To the casual fan, though, and rival fans of any enthusiasm level? Nope, Michigan just sucks. Hey, it is what it is.
|1 week 2 days ago||...||
The Ohio State game. Nothing will ever be more important. And for two additional reasons this year. Firstly, 0-3 against OSU under Meyer and 2-12 in the last 14? Yeah, please no. Secondly, I think OSU is dealing with some problems just like Michigan. Not *the same* problems, but not insignificant problems. Right now, my honest expectation is, being a good coach, Meyer has those problems fixed by late season. And, my other honest expectation, which I have no choice but to hold given the last two seasons, is that Hoke will not make the same improvements and Ohio State will look far better by November and will show it on the 29th of that month. Prove me wrong, Mr Hoke.
I think an MSU win is too much to ask (THIS year. It had better damn not be in 2015). And this year, as much as I hate to say it, I'm OK with that IF Michigan can beat the Bucks. MSU fans like to dismiss our rivalry with OSU as if the only reason it exists to Michigan fans is so we can say they're "#2". I've heard them talk like that my whole life, even when Michigan dominated both them and OSU. Most of us don't live with day-to-day interaction with OSU fans, so MSU fans simply can't grasp how we could care about beating OSU more. To me, what that reveals about MSU fans is that for them, a rivalry isn't about tradition and the teams on the field as much as it's about getting to be a petty, obnoxious shit to people when your team beats theirs. Good for them. They don't get it and never will because they've never been and never will be Rival 1A to anyone, ND will always have USC, Michigan will always have OSU. Michigan is in a tailspin, I do feel like the "bottoming out" either has come or is close, let's begin the climb by doing what has always mattered most: beat Ohio State. That will nullify a lot for me.
|1 week 3 days ago||Anybody know who it was who's||
Anybody know who it was who's "on the bandwagon that our conference isn't very good"?
|1 week 3 days ago||...||
I've been of the opinion, ever since Twitter has existed, that it's beyond ridiculous to use it to tweet your angry, unhinged bullshit at people, especially ones you don't even know personally. Having said that, there are always going to be borderline sociopaths who do it, so it shouldn't be this huge surprise when it happens. I kinda feel like Hoke is using the tweets to Jake as a way to muddy the water and lash out at criticism in general. He just isn't striking me as a guy who wants to take responsibility.
I totally understand defensiveness and his first impulsive thought legitimately being, "You people DON'T know what is going on behind the scenes here! Do you seriously believe we were without a plan???". But...
Ohio State 2012
Penn State 2013
Kansas State 2013
Notre Dame 2014
...too many times now I've seen you *look like* you don't have a Plan B when things don't work, or sometimes even a Plan A to begin with. Now, I highly doubt you don't have a plan, so that means the likely problem is you not properly coaching your players succeed with your plan. I can no longer be convinced that one-offs are happening.
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't get the "Everyone||
I don't get the "Everyone involved is gone" excuse. Sanctions like these are intended to make an example. That example here was supposed to be, "You let fucked-up shit go on within your knowledge, you will be caught and your program devastated by the consequences." Instead the only message sent now is, "Some of the worst shit imaginable can be going on in your program, if you let it slide and are eventually caught, don't worry: we'll slap you with some heavy penalties to make it look like we give a damn, then we'll gradually reduce them and finally just completely wipe them when no one's looking."
|1 week 3 days ago||Having the bye week before||
Having the bye week before MSU didn't do much for Michigan last year. Having it again this year will, I suspect, be about as useful.
|1 week 3 days ago||It was nothing more than my||
It was nothing more than my little way of poking fun at the hysteria around here. Relax. I am very much of the disappointingly realistic opinion that Brady Hoke will be Michigan's coach in 2015.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hey, wait, how about Mike||
Hey, wait, how about Mike Babcock? Things are getting restless in the D and I'd hate to see him bolt to Toronto or Montreal. Sure he coaches a completely different sport but I mean does that really matter? Come on, tell me you can't see Babcock leading Jabrill and Shane out of the tunnel, man!
|1 week 4 days ago||Fitz and the Tantrums -||
Fitz and the Tantrums - MoneyGrabber (special for Brandon)
Led Zeppelin - What Is and What Should Never Be
Traveling Wilburys - End of the Line
OK Go - Here It Goes Again
Queen and Bowie - Under Pressure
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
|1 week 4 days ago||...||
It's definitely starting to seem like Michigan just can't do anything right. Lloyd loved to win the traditional way: stifling defense, ball control offense. Solid on the lines. Punishing RBs, big receivers. He did air it out a lot more than Bo ever did, though. So how does a guy like Tressel come along, who has basically the same philosophy, and just do it SO much better? I think part of it was over the last half of Carr's tenure, his recruiting for everything but offensive skill players fell off in a big way. He leaned way too heavily on raw skill from Henne, Hart, Avant, Manningham et al over his last few seasons, because his lines would get dominated by any good team. I think another part, though, was that while Tressel preferred the conservative approach, he would adjust to the players he had. You can have your philosophy, but when you have freak talents like Troy Smith and Ted Ginn, you change it up and go to the spread. Carr never got that. I think that was what made Michigan go to Rich Rod, because of HOW Carr lost. Spread offense + mobile QB + option rushing attack = DOOM for Michigan under Carr. If his big-game losses hadn't always had such a pattern (Donovan McNabb-Vince Young-Troy Smith) I don't think people would have demanded such a radical change in direction.
But then when Michigan tries it with Rich Rod, it's a complete disaster. Mark Dantonio runs pretty much exactly what Carr tried to (WAY more of a gambler, though, of course) and it works out fine for MSU. So then Michigan once again undergoes a sea change trying to return to the BoMoLlo era with Hoke, and can't do that right either. I mean what the hell?
|1 week 4 days ago||Is this seriously a question?||
Is this seriously a question? Michigan State played a National Championship contender on the road and lost decisively but by absolutely no means badly. They're going to crush the rest of their schedule and whichever West Division team meets them in Indy and still possibly back into a playoff spot. They are a complete team without real deficiencies, they just came up short in a tough environment. I would say they almost certainly win that game if it's in East Lansing.
Ohio State, I don't know what the hell is going on with their defense, but Braxton Miller probably turns that game into a W. That simple. I thought they were a tad overrated anyway and wouldn't be winning the B1G because they had to travel to MSU, but it's not like they're a tire fire. Urban Meyer will make a solid QB of Barrett by November, just in time to kick Michigan's ass I'm sure. They're not elite this year, but they'll be fine.
Michigan was fucking humiliated. The star linebacker and leader of the defense is not the same in the new scheme. The D-line has turned out to be overhyped yet again. The O-line is every bit the catastrophe it was feared to be. We are probably looking at a kicker becoming a head case which carries a good chance of costing the team a close game at some point down the road. Hoke is in his fourth year, with elite talent on both sides of the ball, and just showed AGAIN that he doesn't know how to turn that into results. I have very much been on the "Cut the guy some slack, give him some time, be patient" train this whole time. Through 27 for 27 in Happy Valley, 29-6 in East Lansing, the Nebraska disaster, the goddamn boneless chicken wings bowl, I've said, "Just wait, you will soon be very pleased." Not anymore. Last night changed it for me. Hoke simply isn't the guy. And it sucks, because I really want him to succeed. Not just because I want my team to win, but because he genuinely seems like a good guy and I know how much he loves Michigan. But, to paraphrase Denis Leary, "I wanted to play centerfield for the Red Sox. Life sucks, get a fucking helmet!". If you're not qualified, you're not qualified, and I'm no longer convinced Hoke is. He's a great football coach from mid-January to mid-August, a recruiter and a program builder and a molder of stand-up young men, and yes that's a huge part of being a football coach (although his handling of the Gibbons situation leads me to wonder if I was even right about him on that count). But he just doesn't have the "actual football season" part. He is not a general, a tactician and maker of critical decisions and someone who has his troops ready for battle, at least not enough for this size of a stage. Last night finally convinced me of that, and I feel it's nearing time for Michigan to part ways with Mr Hoke.
tl;dr - OSU and MSU had hiccups and I have every reason to believe they'll bounce back and be fine.There are 128 teams in FBS and they're just not the best ones. Michigan has the symptoms of a chronic illness that I've seen too many damn times in the previous two seasons to convince me it's just a hiccup. And I now have every reason to fear this season will be a disaster.
|1 week 4 days ago||Fuck you. Go back to RCMB.||
Fuck you. Go back to RCMB.
|1 week 6 days ago||I barely noticed the||
I barely noticed the "Fuckeyes", I upvoted for the overall gist. I'll never consider State a bigger rival than OSU, but over ND? Yes, lately. They have to have the most irritating fanbase in the country. I don't even care about their obsession with beating Michigan anymore, what I'm tired of is the CONSTANT victimhood and insistence they're being "disrespected" and, as Brian said yesterday, aggrieved. They are truly insufferable. Whining about Michigan trying to keep them out of the Big Ten like it even matters today, and in the next breath you'll hear about how much Michigan fans live in the past. Do you think Ohio State would have allowed Cincinnati to join the Big Ten? Good Lord, just shut up, EL.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||ZOMFG ROFL alskdjslkdjslak US||
Predict RCMB: "ZOMFG ROFL alskdjslkdjslak US News + New York Times = BLUE WALL!!!11!!!!!1!!!!111!!!!!"
*Yes, I know US News had nothing to do with this one, but I've seen similar "theories" when they publish their university rankings.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I would consider it||
I would consider it important, but secondary to defeating OSU and MSU and getting to Indianapolis. I'd love to beat ND, especially the way they've gone about ending the series, but if we can't have it all, I'd rather take the loss in South Bend and have what I said in the first sentence.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That's kinda what I mean,||
That's kinda what I mean, though. Couldn't have a QB ready to step in for Denard in 2012, couldn't adjust to the inability to run up the middle last year. Teams that were flawed but not terrible, made worse by awful coaching.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Man, I wish Michigan played||
Man, I wish Michigan played Nebraska this year. Those two losses are going to burn for a while, because I feel Michigan had better teams both* times.
*Yes, overall better. I know the O-line was a dumpster fire, but just about everywhere else...