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|1 week 1 day ago||old days||
They were most hilarious on Jamie Morris. It looked like he was all shoulders.
|1 week 5 days ago||bit||
michgoblue, I thought this little part marred an otherwise interesting post:
".... RichRod allowing State to raid to in-state talent in from 2008-2010 ...."
Did the Wiscy guy *really* say that? Hard to believe someone across the lake would have knowledge at that level of detail, especially because ...
This is a silly myth that has been refuted many times on this blog. Pretty everyone nowadays knows that Dantonio has gotten it done with Midwestern 3-star run-off. There are very few instances of impact (as in, future) players picking MSU over UMich. One of many examples is the 2-star Georgian Darqueeze Dennard.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||EMU traveling||
I've always assumed that ("MACtion" aside) football and big-time sports in general aren't as big a deal at a place like EMU. It's more of a commuter school than most Big Ten places (Minny aside) and students seem more laid-back about sports and more focused on their lives.
Would anyone from EMU care to comment on that?
I'd expect CMU students to be a little more into their teams, but maybe not as much as, say, U of Iowa.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||3-win team||
OP: "Rich Rod comes in and turns the program into a 3 win team."
Do we have go over this again? I guess so.
How many wins should he have wrung out of that offense? _____
Yes, he made a mess of an underrated (at least in terms of pro-level talent) defense. But, he had some help with the decrease in wins. '05, '06, and '07 were sub-par recruiting classes (by the important measure of on-field contributions, not stars).
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||2015||
The game I'm already concerned about (even if Jim H. is coaching and John H. is the OC and ... whoever is the D.C.) is next year's game in SLC.
You know, 2015 -- the year that everything will come together for UMich. :)
That's already looking like a tough game.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Midwesterners||
"... Bay Area, which his wife likes ..."
For some reason I remember thinking that his wife as a CA native. (That would help sink the idea of moving to SE Michigan, which would be a cultural shock on multiple levels.) In fact, the WWW suggests she's from Belton, Missouri, which is outside Kansas City.
So there is, in fact, a chance. :)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||height||
Runyan Sr. is 6'7".
IIRC, in the mid-'90s several people suggested that he would have made an excellent back-up PF in basketball, having done so very successfully at the HS level.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||contribution||
WD, thanks very much for doing this. (Postgame highlights are one of my favorite things about MGoBlog .....)
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||2007 talent||
OP wrote: "..... arguably the most talented squad of the Carr era ...."
That doesn't seem possible when the relatively low talent level of the '08 team (in terms of future NFL draft picks) is considered, even when you add Long, Henne, Hart, et al. (the '08 draft picks).
I think the '06 team had more talent and I think several of the turn-of-the-century teams had more, too. I haven't even mentioned '97.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||NMU||
Yes -- it's known as the Yooper Dome:
Also, there's something about Idaho and indoor stadiums. Here are some pics of the University of Idaho's Kibbie Dome:
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||picture||
Those *were* nice. Let's not forget that it also brought us this:
Thank goodness the coaching search went well.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||global||
I think that's one of the best animated GIFs of all time (not just this site).
At least one person here has (in the past) noted the resemblance of the apparent star of the show to Fred Jackson.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||basketball||
Reaching back several years, the basketball regional final of '89, when UMich hammered Virginia 102-65, was one of the most enjoyable blowouts I've ever watched.
Aside: For some reason UVa, which I consider a peer institution, always seems to get a little more "Public Ivy" love from the national press than UMich does.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||chicken hoops||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||ears||
OT (and no disrespect intended): I'm really tired of hearing "... pinning their ears back ..."
|7 weeks 6 days ago||HR||
On the HR manager: That's odd. Last I knew, the average Sparty is comfortably above the average student at those other schools.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||What?||
So, he's a Bobcat?
I really like Brady Hoke and some of his gimmicks, but would it trouble the OP to substitute OSU/Buckeyes/whatever for "Ohio?"
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Duke?||
I've never had much against the university or most of its students. Since the '90s, maybe, I haven't had much against its players (thinking of Laettner, "Wojo", et al.). I still want them to lose, though.
Why? Coach K.
He's obviously a hall-of-famer and a talented guy. What a huge ego, though! He comes off as very insecure and unlikeable. His (to date, anyway ... Collins looks promising) lame coaching tree speaks volumes. It seems to generally be all about him.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||etc.||
"This is the best Michigan's roster has been since Lloyd Carr was still recruiting."
So, you mean up to about 2004, right? :) (Sorry, Mario, Brandon, and a few others.)
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Aside, it really irritates me that OSU is very strong in a position area that has historically been Michigan's relative weakness.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||-2||
You put two partial myths on display.
1. I think Izzo is a drama queen with an inferiority complex, but he didn't get to six Final Fours by being a chump. I agree that the rollover "launched" him to a significant degree, but several of his key players (Zach Randolph, Shannon Brown, Alan Anderson in the past, Payne and Harris recently) were from outside Michigan. It's not like he fully locked down the state, either. UM managed to get Blanchard, Abram, and Harris, among others, during the dark era.
2. The Dantonio myth is even worse. He and his staff have had a few good seasons based on developing low- to medium-end Big Ten recruits. His 2009 class (which is before the point where you could really blame Rodriguez, by the way) is often cited as the "turning point," but there were at least a couple of highly ranked recruits from it that didn't pan out. If you'd really like to argue this point, cite five to ten instances of key heavily recruited players that chose MSU over UM and contributed to one of their ten-win seasons.
|11 weeks 20 hours ago||sure||
I may as well start the process. :)
Food: I've never been disappointed in the product. It's often very good.
Prices: Way too high for a restaurant of that type in Ann Arbor's weight class. Their reputation (deserved) allows them to do that.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||RR||
If you had to guess, what percent of your posts contain a mention of Rich Rodriguez?
|12 weeks 6 days ago||McGary and Robinson, to save a click||
Mitch McGary, 6-10 forward, Michigan. "It's hard to draft a guy off four great weeks. He's a rugged inside scorer who can pass it, has decent feel. I'm concerned about his conditioning. Some of that is because he's had back issues. The people at Michigan adore this guy, and not just his teammates. The nerds in the chemistry lab think Mitch McGary is the coolest guy on campus. The back thing is more of a concern than the weed thing. The weed thing, that's three-quarters of the NBA right there. We've done some background checking on him, and it doesn't sound like there's an issue there. Just a stupid college kid at a party."
Glenn Robinson III, 6-7 forward, Michigan. "I wish he had gone back to school. He was so up and down for two years. People questioned his motor because he has a tendency to float. I was disappointed he wasn't a better rebounder, because they played him at the four. I'm not sure what he does that's special. The biggest thing with him is mental toughness. Sometimes he goes and hides."
Payne, for good measure:
Adreian Payne, 6-10 forward, Michigan State. "He's talented, but personally he makes me nervous. He's 23, so it's not like he's really old, but he is who he is. I think he thinks it's sexy to become an NBA stretch four. I don't know if he wants to commit to being a blue collar guy."
|13 weeks 4 days ago||ty||
Thank you. Michigan had more NFL talent than Nebraska that year (which means something IMO). Many people (possibly including the OP) were snowed by the pro-Nebraska PR, Scott Frost's whining, and Sean "Monotone" McDonough's Husker sales pitch on CBS.
Nebraska's recent success ('95 and '96) had a big impact on perceptions.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||something else||
I think he looks more like a weasel.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||fans||
"Sam Webb was saying much the same except with the requisite caution that comes along with being a daily recruiting reporter for a particular school where the fans hold grudges forever."
I like it.
|16 weeks 21 hours ago||defensive line||
That was, unfortunately, part of the no-name era for the interior defensive line. (By no-name, I mean guys who were decent players but not obvious future pros.) That's mostly how it was (1997 being a notable exception) prior to the arrival of (yes) Gabe Watson.
It's also true that Minnesota was a very good running team during the Mason years.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||O-line||
Taylor's regrettable actions aside, I'm amused by how many people are engaging in wishful thinking about the offensive line last year, as in "Well, Taylor was probably a lousy leader and that's why they couldn't block anyone."
I haven't seen anything that obvious, but the feeling seems to be common.
Aside, here's Drew's sister on the WWW: http://gamedaygrits.wordpress.com/
|19 weeks 1 day ago||prior classes||
Now that Lonnie Ballentine (surely a Capricorn like Billy Ray) has finished the 7th round, we can look at the '09 class next to its predecessors.
There were five players drafted from the class. This is the most since the '04 class. Notice that the numbers for '03, '07, and '08 are inflated by guys who transferred elsewhere and prospered enough to get a draft-day phone call. (Trivia: '03 could include a guy, Clayton Richard, who made the pros in another sport.)
'03 : Burgess, Crable, Hall, Long, [Mundy], Woodley
|19 weeks 2 days ago||cold||
"He hadn't shown that his offense could work in poor/cold weather."
Wow ... you played the cold card. Exactly what about cold, rainy weather makes running the ball out of a spread formation difficult?
It's not that all your points were bad, but you made a really horrible one there.