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|3 hours 44 min ago||I could if you really want me to||
I was also thinking about posting this awful exchange I had with DB himself (or someone in his office). It was a year ago, when they had that stupid Kraft noodle in Michigan Stadium the day before the first game. I told him that I didn't want advertising in Michigan Stadium (in general, although I didn't like the stupid noodle either). I sent the same e-mail to Brian Townsend. In both I used my University e-mail account and indicated that I was an alumnus and a tenure-track academic (now I'm tenured) -- my school is in the AAU, and in the same class as Michigan.
DB sent me a hostile, condescending e-mail. I was really shocked and upset, to be honest. I figured that I wouldn't get any response, or if I did, it would be something like "Thanks for letting us know how you feel and for your passion for Michigan football! Go Blue!" Instead I get this bullshit snark. Brian Townsend, on the other hand, sent me a really lovely response. He's a genuinely nice guy and/or realizes that he gains nothing by picking fights with alumni.
I was too pissed to think of posting the e-mail exchange when it happened, and then I forgot about it over the offseason, but now DB has pissed me off again.
|3 hours 57 min ago||I just wrote an awesome e-mail to the regents||
complaining about the direction that the Athletic Department has been going in, so if Dave gets fired I'm going to take credit if that's okay with you.
I'm pretty sure they care more than anything else about the opinions of a thirtysomething alumnus in the humanities who's now a professor at a rival school.
|8 hours 54 min ago||I know what to think||
and it's not at all positive.
I know that you agree, Bando. This is horrible.
|9 hours 6 min ago||Love Spencer Hall||
|9 hours 8 min ago||A Michigan Man uses appropriate language in public||
|9 hours 12 min ago||This is going to get BRUTAL||
|9 hours 24 min ago||And now the college football twitterati have noticed it:||
...and Ramzy is right.
|13 hours 45 min ago||Cal has a better resume than we do||
At this point in the season.
But I agree with you, Arizona's offense is good but overall the product on the field ain't that great and I do not yearn for the RR years.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Seems appropriate||
and the long version is eerily appropriate:
|2 days 3 hours ago||Yeah, dual-threat quarterbacks suck||
Vince Young, Terrelle Pryor, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, EJ Manuel, Jake Locker, Marcus Vick, Troy Smith... those guys were terrible.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Did you watch the ND game in 2013?||
He sure as hell looked like a quality QB in that game. He has passed the eye test. The stats back it up. He's got the highest quarterback efficiency rating in Michigan history.
Devin can play. He's not playing well now. A lot of it is probably his fault. A lot of it probably isn't.
One reason to believe that it's not all Devin's fault: Morris' performance has been even worse. This is a program-wide problem, not a player-specific problem.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Agreed. I'd add that the only good reason to fire Hoke midseason||
is if it helps Michigan succeed in the next coaching search.... say, if we want to make a run at coach at another school. Like Dan Mullen, maybe?
|2 days 4 hours ago||If we can't run or pass against Utah||
what will it look like against Michigan State? It turns my stomach to think about it.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I set up a Blyve live blog here|
|2 days 13 hours ago||It's even worse than that||
The NFL acts all sanctimonious because Josh Gordon smoked weed a couple of times and ban him for the season, ostensibly to preserve the image of the league and because role models and the kids and I learned it from watching YOU!
Then a player commits an act of violence against his fiancee and they try to sweep it under the rug.
Or in other words:
|3 days 2 hours ago||I think he was joking||
I thought it was funny.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Yeah, could be||
But of the two parties involved here, I'm more likely to believe that Jameis did something dumb.
Or maybe I'm just high on Rachel Nichols after she crushed Goodell at his presser.
PS I don't know what to make of this:
|3 days 3 hours ago||And he's terrible at his job too.||
That press conference was a disaster.
|3 days 3 hours ago||This apparently has nothing to do with public pressure||
|4 days 8 hours ago||I dunno...||
From this summer:
|4 days 8 hours ago||I don't mind "Presented by X" at the bottom||
But what is "CHOBANI + M" supposed to mean?
|5 days 13 hours ago||Can you guys talk about momentum more||
in addition to making plays? Thanks.
|6 days 14 hours ago||We're 4-6 in the last 10 games||
with wins again App State, Miami (NTM), Northwestern (3 OT) and Indiana. Last year we also beat Central, ND, Akron (barely), UConn (barely), and Minny.
That is awfully thin gruel, my friend.
|6 days 15 hours ago||I posted this on the board (re: the fake)||
but perhaps worth posting here too. The "dead man" routine was planned:
|6 days 16 hours ago||That is a straw man.||
NOBODY is saying that up-tempo automatically wins more games. We are saying -- and Space Cowboy agrees, FWIW -- that it is a useful tool. Going slow is useful, too. The perceived problem is that Michigan is stuck in 1st gear 99% of the time, even when it would benefit them to speed up (again, not always, but sometimes).
|6 days 16 hours ago||An explanation from the coach||
|6 days 18 hours ago||I agree totally, but we don't do that either, right?||
I agree that the stat is less than perfect. Teams that throw a lot of incomplete passes look high-tempo, sure. But it's also not meaningless, either -- it's not for nothing that Oregon is always high-tempo using this statistic as a measure -- and it basically corresponds to what we see on game days.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Good point. Tell me more.||
Have you noticed that Michigan has been losing more games than it has been winning lately? And that this year we crashed and burned against the only good team that we played? Because I have.
As everyone has noted, tempo is a useful (certainly not necessary, of course) tool in an offenses' tool-kit. There was a nice example in week 1 of the NFL. The Eagles had a 4th and 1, decided to go for it, and got up to the line and ran an inside zone after only 16 seconds had elapsed. The Jaguars (OK, not the world's best defense, but still an NFL defense) was unable to align properly; their defensive tackles were both lined up as 3 techs. The result: a 49 yard TD run by Sproles.
Nobody here thinks that Michigan will transform into a Chip Kelly offense, but you can't tell me that Michigan's had no issues with tempo whatsoever and that you're fine with the on-the-field product... or can you? (Without calling me a jabbering idiot, please).
|6 days 18 hours ago||You must be a lot of fun to be around||
Jabbering idiots? C'mon, man.
|1 week 3 hours ago||I was a little surprised||
I knew that we were slow. I didn't realize that we were THAT slow. I mean, we're epically slow.
Utah plays up tempo, so it'll be interesting to see how we respond when we have the ball.