the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
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|4 weeks 6 days ago||Actually, the boards are all ridiculous||
It's like talk radio -- I look in from time-to-time after reading Brian or Ace and regret it. The board has gone way down hill in the last couple years.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||And then more bitchiness about being called bitchy||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Nicely said||
This board has become largely unreadable with the little sister bitchiness about posts.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||What a bunch of weasel KoolAid drinkers||
You guys judge a guy for trolling when he expresses a little old-guy pessimism?
I don't waste much time posting here because the site has turned from a place for a decent conversation into an junior high school playground with all the little whiny bitches complaining about whether the title was descriptive enough, or whether another little boy was following the rules, the assholes who just want to fight if you challenge an idea, the little boys with the hormones chasing the girls, the little boys who want to be big boys talking about how much they are drinking tonight, and the guys who dream of being high school heroes.
Break into the lineup, then talk.
When you've played more games there than I have, put 'em up on the table.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Too many years of watching M nut up in a winnable game, esp on||
My first game in person was '69 OSU. I've seen too many nut ups in 43 years.
Seems M falls one game below great more often than above or breaking even.
3rd gen/dad of 4th gen Blue fatalism.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||9-4||
L's: ND, PSU, MSU, OSU
Borges will find a way to score less than 18 in each of those games.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Not sure who else is trying to power block for a spread look||
The problem with the power blocking scheme is that the reads take backers to the ball. You depend on numbers advantage at the point of attack by counting noses on that side of the center and sending more blockers there than there are defensive noses. The backside of the defense needs to be gap sound against counter flow, so you retain numbers until it's crystal clear that no counter is on the way. With the lack of counter action in the offense, there is nothing to respect backside, so defensive flow gets aggressive. Denard gets loose on the invert from time-to-time because he is basically the counter action and he's Denard.
The beauty of zone blocking the thing getting chips and going to the second level is that so many vertical seams are formed and a lot of guys gotta figure out where the ball is going without a lead blocker telling them. On any play, with jet motion the defenders get 3 guesses on the hand-off/keep read, then deal with the thought of the qb throwing the thing either way.
Borges squeezes the field by formation to inside the numbers and more often inside the hashes. There's no damn space. Then most of the route packages wind up between the hashes, too. Unless someone's being chased, defenses only need to look for the ball between the hash marks. Al has cut the field space by two thirds and told the defense where the ball is going with the blocking scheme. Defenses don't even need to load the box because Al sort of does it for them. Rather than having corners spread to 5 yards from the sideline, pushing safeties either out to the numbers or forcing them into a one- high, Al lets 'em play bump-and-run-blitz with all the narrow spacing. Hell, even the line splits are tight, putting an inside linebacker into a position where they can cover the width of the run fits in 4 shuffle steps either way. I'm thinking if the logic ain't obvious and it ain't successful, then it must be stupid -- maybe that's a corollary to Occam's Razor.
Damnedest thing I've ever seen. Offensive suicide. I'm with Bigelly71 -- not even setting up to block guys, then leading 'em to the ball with pulling guy.
The whole unconstrained play calling is for another day. It's as if every play exists only for itself. Never makes the defense do anything but do recognition drills once they have some kind of sample size in the cut-ups.
|34 weeks 14 hours ago||The issue is asking Denard to do stuff outside his skillset||
And asking the line to do the same -- in an offense where the reads are simpler and the throws simpler, Denard excels. Yesterday was Iowa and Sparty 2011 redux. This line doesn't play power that well, but is athletic enough to zone block and get to the second level. Focusing line blocking on the first level is good for 5 yards, but doesn't help Denmark or Fitzgerald pop long, high variance runs. Pass protection was pretty good, but Denard holds the ball too long. He's a great, great Wolverine, but reading stuff ain't his strength. Give him bubbles, slants, circles and wheels and the fast decisions needed by the defense gets the defense killed. More Borges-like-Borges is bad for Denard and the team. This is not a WCO group on offense. It would be a shame if in Denard's senior year Brady is playing for the future.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||The Head Weasel learned the corporate speak game well||
Make up a self-justifying story, even if it doesn't pass the first sniff test and enough people will buy it long enough to declare victory.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Toughest part of 116 for me was taking until the first hourly||
to figure out that "duhwuhbuhduhwee" was my TA's pronunciation of "dy/dv".
Things went a lot better after that.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Lose 'em||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||This took a nose dive under Lloyd||
Lloyd was an awful identifier and developer of coaching talent. Bo's guys were largely successful, Mo's tenure too short, Lloyd's guys were largely just non-entities that no one wants.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Spoke to a friend of Khoury family -- not sure if Rocko is||
going to stick for 5th year, sez they.
We'll see, sez I.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||This is like when you were little and your big sister||
Dressed you up for her pretend tea party with a table full of her dolls. Either that or when your girlfriend offers to design your beer league softball jerseys. You can't say no, but you ain't gonna like it.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Rich fired by an incompetent||
corporate insider weasel.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Losses||
5-6 in 2011
|2 years 18 weeks ago||I've just plain lost interest -- Brian hit it exactly for me||
I guess I'll just have to get a life from now on. I've lived and died M football since seeing my first game at age 10 in Nov 1969 -- yeah, that game. I've never felt this uninterested Michigan football.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||He was hired to be professional and an executive||
He has performed a circus act and landed a coach he could have had anytime in the last two months with less risk to the recruiting class.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Oh, and the first college football GE I ever saw||
was 69 over OSU.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||There's been someone in my family either||
Teaching at Michigan or attending Michigan for all but 12 years since 1932. I'm 3rd gen, played baseball there, as did my dad who grew up on Arch Street. The 1M is for my oldest boy who graduated as 4th gen. The 1Ucla is for my second boy who graduated a Bruin and lifelong M fan. My wife, 3 brothers, parents, grandparents and 2 cousins who are M alums are all pretty disgusted with what has gone on. The one cousin who played DB for Bo is just shaking his head.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Nail on the head, my brother.||
How many teams starting 8 fr, so and walk-ons on d finished with a better record?
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Back up one step||
And make the choice between Rich, Miles, Hoke and Harbaugh. If RR is better than the rest of this list, especially with others coming at the cost of a recruiting class, Brandon screwed the pooch.
Never would have guessed DB liked it that way.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||#1 RR||
#2 fritz crisler
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Maybe that's why his pizza sucks||
Brand is what you focus on when your product isn't any good.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Classier than the bum of a Michigan Man who fired him||
Talk about an over-used title than now means the exact opposite of it's original. It used to refer to personal qualities and virtues. Now it only means you know the secret handshake and can get invited to the country club.
I'm fourth generation Michigan and I don't wish to associate myself with the term if it continues to mean what it has come to.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Best M analogy?||
Which cluster fuck do we resemble most, Pizza Man?
What a maroon.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||David Brandon -- Unbelievable incompetence||
No one lined up.
One month to signing day.
Issue of his own making -- RR had one year left on his contract -- nothing drove this timing except Brandon himself.
This is a guy who sold lousy pizza and spent more money on advertising to convince people that his pizza tasted good than actually making the pizza good.
He is all about appearances and satisfying political constituencies than performance.
His solution for having a good coach in a bad turnaround situation? Pay someone who is no better more money to extend the turnaround situation.
Next year? 7-6, including bowl game beat down, no recruiting class, attrition among key RR current roster.
2012? 7-6, including bowl game beat down, tentative recruiting class (because, hey, Michigan may dump this guy, too), some more attrition.
2013? Who the hell knows who the coach will be.
We just became Michigan State and Notre Dame.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Do it or don't, little boy. Don't just shoot off||
your foul, ignorant little boy mouth.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Whomever is coach of next year's team is still working off||
Lloyd's indifference to recruiting.
In the Big Ten and other major conferences, the games are played by 5th year seniors, 4th year juniors and seniors, with a light seasoning of a few underclassmen here and there. Any player on this year's team who is more than a sophomore is Lloyd's. How many All-Big Ten players does Michigan have this year? Molk, Martin and Mouton. How many upperclassmen total did Michigan have this year in the two-deep? Four on offense, six or so on defense?
If Rich gets fired, get Lloyd to pay off the balance of his contract. He left no players, players with attitudes lousy enough to leave (one starting guard, one NFL wideout, another practice squad wideout, one tall project of a quarterback), and, worst of all, no assistant prepared to take over. Nice work over your decade and a half, Lloyd.
|3 years 1 week ago||McCartney won a Natl Championship, Smith won the Pac 10 a||
few times, along with a Rose Bowl, Nehlen had a number of 9-11 win seasons and some decent bowl wins (and losses) -- anyway, not chickenfeed. Probably someone, somewhere has a stronger lineage of assistants becoming successful head coaches, but I'll take Bo's record over Lloyd's.
It seemed as if you thought I was slamming you, which I wasn't -- there is irony in pointing out that Lloyd's most successful assistants-cum-headmen weren't even memorable enough to be on my list. That was my only point -- not sure why you felt compelled to give me an English lesson, but I hope it wasn't 'cause you felt I went after you.