this guy evidently hired to work for AD
|2 hours 5 min ago||If Narduzzi can||
If Narduzzi can expand his skill set, he possibly could do well.
If he does a mirror-image of what Rich Rodriguez did at Michigan and only plays one side of the football game, he'll be back to being a DC pretty quickly.
Please note: I don't dislike RR. Good for him he learned from his mistakes. Except it came at our expense.
|2 hours 26 min ago||It's way too early||
It 's way too early for such speculation.
For now, let's just enjoy the speculating and guessing and grasping at straws whether JH will ever coach here at all.
|3 hours 6 min ago||Reefer||
That's right kids. Don't trip out. Time to watch "Reefer Madness".
|3 hours 17 min ago||It will be interesting||
It will be interesting to see what happens when he tries to get his offense to "play angry".
Offense and defense demand different mindsets.
|3 hours 23 min ago||Now I know why you are a fugitive||
Your link triggered "Exploit Rogue Scanner (1733)" on my anti-virus. And I sure didn't click on the damned plug-in they demanded.
|3 hours 34 min ago||It's only money||
Interesting aphorism: It's only money.
|3 hours 55 min ago||Whether our coach is Jim Harbaugh||
or if our coach is Jim Harbaugh, I expect he'll evaluate Nussmeier and make the right decision.
I'm actually more in favor of retaining Roy Manning, as linebacker coach, than anyone else.
I appreciate that Greg Mattison has done a lot of good for this team, but I think his best times are past.
|1 day 1 hour ago||I've got no plans...||
except to celebrate when Jim Harbaugh becomes our coach.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Godspeed Drake||
Get well soon.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Consider this, Jim.||
The NFL will always be there. This opportunity, such perfect timing and confluence of events, most likely will never come again.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Props to you||
Props to you Brian, for maintaining composure and a sense of perspective, when many others are disingenuous and fabricate fake news.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Let us strive||
Let us strive to maintain a sense of decorum and a modicum of decency in this time of turmoil.
Or perhaps we should all just flip out and start writing complete gibberish:
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There, that was cathartic!
|1 week 1 hour ago||Is there some kind of soap or something||
Is there some kind of soap or something that can remove this image from my neural patterns?
|1 week 2 hours ago||How about a version of a Josh Groban song?||
Or maybe not.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Embarrassing||
|1 week 2 hours ago||Go Fitz!||
You used to juke 'em out of their shoes, Fitz. You can do it again.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Excellent video||
Great message. Thanks for posting.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Higher academic standards||
Higher academic standards didn't prevent Michigan from football success in the past.
It won't stop us from success in the future.
Poor coaching has taken us down. A great coach can put us on top again.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Most 18 year old athletes||
Most 18 year old athletes think they are tougher than titanium and will live forever.
They are ready to be challenged, and the best coaches aren't afraid to do that.
|1 week 21 hours ago||A significant number of players||
A significant number of players left the football program when they had to contend with Bo Schembechler's high standards.
That turned out okay.
|1 week 4 days ago||Gotcha covered on the over.||
|1 week 4 days ago||All in all||
All in all, a pretty reasonable summary of events. Point number 4, that JH hasn't yet decided what he's going to do, is something I've been saying all along.
As long as JUB remembers that he's a reporter, or even say "investigative journalist", I repect and enjoy his writing. When he tries to predict the future or promote his agenda, he can lose perspective just like anyone else.
Fortunately, we here in Harbaughland, err, MGoBlog, never lose perspective.
|1 week 4 days ago||We're not fanatics||
|1 week 4 days ago||Just watch out WD||
If this goes on, someday I'll have more points than you.
|1 week 4 days ago||Sad situation||
Very sad situation, for all involved.
If things happened as alleged, I think Frank should do time. Perhaps his grilfriends family will find a way to forgive him. And I would hope he becomes a better man.
If he is humble and contrite and learns from this huge mistake, his days of playing football might not be over.
|1 week 4 days ago||Okay, I'll consider your line of thinking||
Quickly crossing his hands in front of himself does indicate that he felt defensive, and had something he did not want to reveal.
However, maybe what he did not want to reveal was that he is thinking about saying yes. On the other hand, perhaps he did not want to reveal that he said no.
In any case, his startled expression and "covering up" hands gesture was obvious. It does reveal this is an emotional subject for him. It really doesn't directly indicate what his final decision will be.
Having said that, let's remember: Logic is often the rationale which people use to justify their emotional decisions. With full disclosure I'm an all in Wolverine who's not entirely objective about these events, I would say his body language does reveal something:
There's a chance.
Please note: For those who are skeptical, there's actually a science to this subject, although it's far from being as well quantified as say, nuclear physics.
Such analysis is used for serious purposes, such as questioning terrorists who have life or death information. Subliminal perception is also used extensively in advertising. It goes on all the time, we just don't always process the information consciously.
|1 week 4 days ago||And three negs for listing the awards?||
Suppose that's what you get when you leave the door open and anybody can walk in.
|1 week 4 days ago||Mixed emotions about this||
I am very glad to hear how our football players got to enjoy their end of year celebration. They deserve a lot of respect for their hard work and perseverence. Even though their efforts did not achieve the level of success we hoped for. The lessons they learned in sports will be with them forever.
Looking forward, we are probably one great coach away from being among the champions again. You can play it straight, enjoy friendships, and still be a winner. Why be in the game unless you are trying your best to win?
|1 week 4 days ago||Fired or whatever, doesn't matter||
What matters is that the ego-tripping suits in the Niners front office are chasing JH away for no good reason. And Michigan is an attractive, viable option for him to seriously consider.
I don't have inside information. but it sure feels like the timing is right for JH to regroup with his fellow Wolverines, and if he still feels compelled to do so, have his shot at a Superbowl in five years under better circumstances.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't see how Harbaugh||
I don't see how Harbaugh would let himself get dragged into the Raiders black-hole vortex, just to stay in the Bay Area. He might value his family connections that much, but if so, that's certainly giving up a lot to stay close to what he calls home.
Might be beside the point, but both John Harbaugh and his wife have most of their extended families in Michigan. While it would be great to have Jim coaching Michigan, in some respects, John could be even greater.
And he doesn't bring any baggage...except a Super Bowl ring.
|1 week 5 days ago||Jim Mora||
Jim Mora has expeditiously turned the football fortunes of UCLA around, with no drama or questionable tactics. And he's beaten his arch rival...three years in a row.
Wouldn't mind that.
|1 week 5 days ago||You're probably right.||
Especially if Schlissel tries to turn us into the University of Chicago.
|1 week 5 days ago||Too late. Any attempt to correct my spelling||
Too late. Any attempt to correct my spelling woud be...academic.
|1 week 5 days ago||What's this?||
A post that's not about Harbaugh? Off topic.
No seriously, it wouldn't destroy our acedemic standards to accept a qualified juco player or two.
|1 week 5 days ago||Reason$$$ to not trade Harbaugh to Raiders||
While SF and Oakland are in different conferences, they are in the same geographic market. Right now the Raiders are weak competition to the Niners for the hearts, minds and pocketbooks of Bay Area fans.
If Harbaugh goes to Oakland and turns them into a true rival, if he makes them the hot San Francisco team while the Niners flounder, it could cost the Niners literally hundreds of millions in attendance, TV money and advertising dollars.
The ego-tripping Niners suits have to be afraid of that more than anything else. Michigan would be far and away the safest place for the SF front office to have Harbaugh land.
|1 week 6 days ago||I agree with your description||
I agree with your description of this situation.
|1 week 6 days ago||Seriously||
Seriously, that's a chump-change proposition bet for Vegas. Do you think that generates even a tiny fraction of a Mayweather fight, or the Sugar Bowl, or even one Lakers game? Not only don't they know nothin', but they don't give a darn about this action.
Hence, too unpredictable. Then crazy money comes in. Why should they waste their time?
Our best allies aren't in Vegas. They're in the Niners front office. The ego-maniac suits who are chasing JH away from San Francisco for no good reason. Michigan might offer an attractive option to those dumb, spoiled, power-tripping, rich kids own the football mentality.
|1 week 6 days ago||Every indication||
Every indication points to the simple, normal situation that Jim Harbaugh hasn't made up his mind yet. He's in a dogfight to make the playoffs. Whether that's likely or not, a competitor like JH would see that as a possibility, and be doing everything in his power to make that happen.
I'm taking his press conference comments at face value: That he's not overly concerned with the future, but is intensely focused on "Getting it right", winning the remaining games. Does anyone see JH as the sort who would spend a lot of time playing word games, when the obvious demands on his time are to coach his team to victory?
He knows he has plenty of options. There's no compelling reason for him to decide until he finds out how the rest of the season goes. So what I'm saying is: If he hasn't made a decision, how can all these pundits and prognosticators know what his decision is?
Let's all keep letting him know that we Wolverines want him to be our football coach. That's going to factor into his decision to some extent.
|1 week 6 days ago||Vegas don't know nothin'||
Vegas don't know nothin'. They got a boatload of money taking that 8-1, and they changed the line to balance their exposure.
With the news coming out of SF, that 8-1 didn't fit the evolving situation anymore. Actually, I don't think Vegas made that adjustment soon enough. With JUB calling it a coin toss, that line was, well, out of line.
Jim Harbaugh is very busy trying to win his next four games. He hates losing. That's where his focus is. There's no compelling reason for him to decide right now.
We can all speculate on the prevailing factors that will affect his decision, but the pundits and prognosticators are all guessing.
The obvious outpouring of affection for Jim to come home and be our coach is one positive, relevant factor. I'm sure some old teammates have tried to make a case. Hackett seems to be on the ball. What else can we do now, except well...never underestimate the power of prayer.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Nature abhors a vacuum||
Nature abhors a vacuum. With no real information, rampant speculation is certain to come pouring in.
All the pundits and prognosticators seem to forget human nature. With so many variables yet to be determined, such as how the Niners finish the season, even Jim has no exact idea where he'll be in a year.
He says he's not worried about it. Why should I?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Sam Webb: If I had to guess||
Sam, the good news is: You don't have to guess.
It's really okay not to guess. It's better to stick with the credbile information you provide us regarding our recruits.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Good, level headed review of the current state of affairs||
Good, level headed review of the current state of affairs.
Rght now even Jim Harbaugh doesn't know exactly what he's going to do. That's just human nature when you're facing a big decision with so many variables.
Coaching at Michigan is a viable, attractive option when his tenure at San Francisco ends. Meanwhile, the Niners front office, ego-tripping suits are doing us a huge favor by doing everything they can to sour him on the pro game.
There's reason to be optimistic that we could see JH on the sidelines at Michigan next year.
Time will tell.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Jim Harbaugh||
Jim Harbaugh has done a great job for the San Francisco 49ers. He's being undermined by the ego-tripping suits in the front office.
In a sense, he deserves more respect and credit than the ownership is giving him. But he's all grown up, has a wealth of options available, and I'm sure he will handle the pressure with a certain amount of equanimity. He obviously does not like losing.
The question someone asked about, "Which team will you be coaching this week" (That is, Oakland or San Francisco?) did not sound funny or clever. Just tacky.
What the pundits and prognosticators seem to miss is that JH doesn't know exactly what he will be doing in the future. Right now, and rightly so, he's concentrating on winning the next game. He hasn't made any final decision about the future, other than what his team will do this Sunday.
What's interesting is how the owner and management of the Niners are doing Michigan a huge favor. They're doing everything possible to sour him on the pro game and put him in a frame of mind to consider all his options, including Michigan, when the time comes to make that decision.
I'd be glad to see him become our coach, and there's good reasons to be optimistic that might happen. In many respects, it would be an attractive, reasonable option for JH at this time.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||JUB is a very good||
JUB is a very good reporter.
He's not that accomplished as a mind reader or fortune teller, which he sometimes tries to be.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Right now||
Right now, at this moment, even Jim Harbaugh doesn't know exactly what he's going to do.
That's just human nature when you're facing a big decision with so many variables.
Time will tell.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Let's say awesome!||
Let's say better than the "Steel Curtain". Better than Ray Lewis and the Ravens. Better than the Russians defending Moscow in WW II.
Okay, maybe that's a little Fred J.
Seriously, Greg Mattison has been a light of football fortitude through a rather dark and gloomy era. Sure, there's been mistakes and miscues. I'm grateful he brought his football knowledge to Michigan.
His weakest defense has been trying to defend Brady Hoke. But that shows courage to stand up for a friend in tough circumstances.
Thanks again Coach Mattison.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Coach Mattison led a remarkable turnaound||
Coach Mattison led a remarkable turn around in our defensive fortunes, which gained Michigan a Sugar Bowl victory. I thought then and still do: What Coach Mattison achieved, given the circumstances, was more impressive.
John Chavis was DC under Les Miles. Coach Mattison was working with Brady Hoke. Big difference.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Actions||
Actions speak louder than words.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Manning for sure||
I'll miss Coach Mattison.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Did you notice||
Did you notice the score was 42-10, not 42-40? Rich Roriguez (no D) learned at our expense that you have to play defense. He gets no credit for good coaching during his time here.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The Dave and Brady fiasco||
The Dave and Brady fiasco comes to a bumbling end. Tough for the players. Tough for us Wolverines.
The future beckons. Go Blue!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Finally||
The Dave and Brady fiasco comes to an end. Tough for the players. Tough for us Wolverines.
The future beckons. Go Blue!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Could you possibly analyze||
Could you possibly analyze the number of ACL injuries per team? While trauma and impact injuries are more random, the medical evidence does indicate a direct correlation between ACL injuries and the training methods utilized. When you remove the random nature of impact injuries, the "noise", we'll have a more clear picture of the costly mistakes being made in our football S&C program.
Some training methods improve the resilience of connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc). Some training methods can produce hypertrophy, yet degrade agility, mobility, flexibility. Therefore, the incidence of ACL injuries would have a more direct correlation with regards to training methods, than occurrences such as broken bones or concussions.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||For all the silly clowns and grumpy gripers||
For all the silly clowns and grumpy gripers (you know who you are):
Why not just go away and let the people who are interested or care about the problems with our S&C program have an intelligent conversation? What good are you doing the football team by trying to mock us or shout us down.
Don't go away mad. Just go away.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Okay, call it a theory||
Okay, call it a theory, based on 24 years of experience.
When I see our players gain massive hypertrophy (they get bigger), but they're not more athletic: the relative incidence of injuries is statistically high; NFL scouts are reportedly downgrading our players physical condition; MGoBlog posts discuss why our players look so slow, something is seriously wrong.
Okay, call this speculation based on obvious evidence. What do you think is the chance that our stone-age head coach is telling Wellman 'Get em' big and strong'. Hoke doesn't have a 21st century clue about advanced training methods that people like Gray Cook, Paul Chek, Kelly Starrett, Shannon Turley, Mark Verstegen, and U of M's own Mike Favre are using to develop world class athletes.
Those kids are willing to work hard; they're trying their best to compete. They deserve top notch S&C coaching, that will make them less susceptible to injury, and improve their performance on the field.
I can't write a book or do a documentary film on a sports blog. I'm trying the best I can to increase awareness regarding this situation.
If this issue gets swamped in silliness, or shouted down by people who don't have professional knowledge and are not willing to do some research or learn something new, then MGoBlog might not be the place for constructive engagement with the real world.
You are right. There are many factors besides S&C that affect our players performance. Since S&C is what I do for a living, that's the subject I'm trying to involve people for intelligent, serious conversation.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Dedication and intensity are definitely important.||
Dedication and intensity are definitely important.
However, for an 18-22 year old athlete who still has a lot to learn, a good S&C coach (or one who is not so good) makes a huge difference.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||This could have been an ongoing, serious, intelligent discussion||
This could have been an ongoing, serious, intelligent discussion about Strength and Conditioning. While I presented my experience, I invited other opinions. There was great value in the comments which other people posted. Though in the real world I teach the teachers, there was never condescension or disrespect for other people's opinions. If you had read the first two diaries you would know that.
The third diary was mainly links that had come from other people sharing thieir knowledge and observations. We were having an interesting, orderly discussion about a highly relevant subject. I didn't hear any intelligent comments from you when other people were taking this subject seriously.
Other blogs support serious, open conversations on various subjects. It could have added another element, another level of value to this blog.
Other blogs, as they mature, become outlets for real news and insight. They become more than a vortex of inconsequential chit-chat and chatter.
It is obvious your vision for the future of this internet "news and views" enterprise is not the same as Brian's.
I saw an MGoBog that could interact with the real world in a constructive way. I saw an MGoBlog where people like WD bring real inside information. BiSB, you just established the ceiling for MGoBlog: A circle jerk of pointless"points". You see MGoBlog as a place to be silly and scratch each others back all day.
You get your way.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Many of the comments here were just herd mentality griping||
Many of the comments made here were just herd mentality griping. So what. But you make a good point.
Much of my motivation to begin a discussion about the S&C program were things posted on MGoBlog. A post about why our players seem so slow. A post that reported how NFL scouts say Michigan football players are not physically well conditioned. A post that analyzed our team's relatively high incidence of injuries.
A trained professional can evaluate through performance, hypertrophy, types of injuries, etc. whether an S&C program is working or not. There is a good deal of evidence. Heck, anyone can see with their own eyes.
This is really not about me or freedom of speech. Someone needs to shine some light on the deficiencies of our S&C program, for the good of our team.
It's fine to have a blog where people squabble and vent and speculate about sports. I thought MGoBlog might also support a serious, intelligent discussion about the health, welfare and athletic performance of our football players.
We could have added some substance to the chit-chat and chatter. MGoBlog is not ready for that. So it goes.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||One more thing UMgradMSUdad||
One more thing UMgradMSUdad, since your comment was thoughtful.
Did shining a light on Dave Brandon's deficiencies hurt the football team? No.
Did it hurt the University of Michigan. No, it proved beneficial.
Did it hurt MGoBlog. No, it made MGoBlog a little more well known and more relevant.
Does shining a light on the deficiencies of our S&C program do any harm? No. It might help institute the changes and improvements which are necessary for our team, and the welfare of our players, to improve.
Is that worth an honest effort? Yes.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Hey, you step in the ring||
Hey, you step in the ring, you take a few shots. So what.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The comments that people made were excellent||
The point of "Reasons for so many injuries" and "Improving athletic performance" was to generate an open conversation about the deficiencies of our football S&C program, and discuss ways that it could be improved. The comments that people made were excellent.
When people did not agree with the methods which I suggested, we still had a great discussion on the subject! I expressed what I've found in my experience, and learned a lot from the experience of others. BiSB made a mistake in shutting that down.
The most important aspect of this discussion is not about me, or freedom of speech.
What's the point? Our football players are not getting the best Strength and Conditioning coaching that is available. This is affecting the incidence of injuries and our athletic performance. That's important.
If MGoBlog is not the place for an open discussion about this subject, then the discussion can take place somewhere else. Does a person like football for its entertainment value, or do they put themsleves in the shoes of our young athletes?
It is what it is.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The third diary||
The third diary was was a continuation of the first two, mainly links and information which had been gathered from the feedback and contributions of the people who made comments.
Those comments and the information which people shared gave those diaries substance. My ideas may not be perfect, and I don't have cameras inside the training facility. But the overall conversation, including the information other people provided, had value. In the course of time, it could benefit our football team.
BiSB made a mistake in shutting that down. You can read the first two diaries in the archives. I won't repost the third diary unless Brian wants me to.
Thanks for your interest.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||The bottom line, fellow Wolverines is:||
The bottom line fellow Wolverines is:
Are we going to have a discussion about improving our Strength and Conditioning program?
What would benefit the welfare of our football players?
How can the University of Michigan football team be leaders in athletic performance?
If you care about that or want to have such a discussion: That is your decision.
If you don't care about that or don't want to have such a discussion: That is your decision.
I'm cool with it.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Congratulations to Brian||
Congratulations to Brian for letting this conversation continue.
Several times in previous diaries I've invited people who have inside knowledge regarding our S&C program to speak up about the methods which they see being utilized in our athletic training program. They can defend or criticize our football S&C as they see fit. They would have the freedom of an anonymous forum.
That's the type of conversation we should be working to generate. Transparency would benefit our players and the entire football program.
Gripers gonna' gripe. But stop and think. Wouldn't that make for a useful discussion? That may or may not happen. But that's the type of conversation I'm trying to get started.
We have some excellent, world class coaches in other sports at the University of Michigan. Why not football?
It could be very interesting.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Discussing the failures||
Discussing the failures of our current S&C program is not about "whining".
It is about winning.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Our team||
Our team is experiencing a relatively high incidence of injuries. Their athletic perofrmance on the field is something we can all see and judge for ourselves.
This is an interesting topic of conversation. It is relevant to the welfare of our football players.
Why not utilize the combined knowledge of the people on MGoBlog to have a discussion about this subject?
Why not try to make a difference?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks WD||
You're not afraid of controversy.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Good work m1jjb00||
We were having a conversation about this subject, but it was censored; removed from the board and deleted.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||BiSB||
Last year I described some reasons John Harbaugh might possibly become our coach. You edited and deleted my post. Now this subject is being discussed in the national media. You were wrong then.
You are wrong again. If you look at all the information in the previous two posts, and all the information which people contributed in their comments, you would have seen we are seeking the reasons for the problems which originate with the strength and conditioning program. You are wrong. That is not a circular argument. Nevertheless, for some reason, this diary disappeared, and there's reason to think you had something to do with it.
Why don't you mind your own business, and let me express my freedom of speech? We don't need your repressive tactics. We're able to have a thoughtful conversation without your petty meddling.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I've said it before||
Maize is better than screaming neon dayglow yellow.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I agree||
I agree. The terms circular reasoning and circular argument are synonymous. I prefer the nuance of one nomenclature over another.
It's easy enough to start an argument on this board. It is more challenging to engage in a reasoned discussion, and as you can see in the previous diaries, that is what we've been able to accomplish.
Thanks for the making the distinction. An appropriate synonym for argument would be "case", as in: "I'm trying to make a case that the strength and conditioning training which our football players are now receiving is substandard."
Does that make sense?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||How would you incorporate||
How would you incorporate the double-slit experiment, Schrodinger's paradoxical cat, Bell's theorem and laboratory proof of entanglement in your evaluation?
There are many lenses in the kaleidescope of human knowledge.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you to everyone who offered comments||
Special thanks to those who show they care about the welfare of our football players.
Of course, gripers gonna' gripe. But oddly enough, the gripers often provide food for thought and introduce topics for consideration.
I hope it all adds up to more awareness regarding the training our football team receives.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I don't have cameras inside||
I don't have cameras inside our training facility. Part of the reason for this diary is to inquire and perhaps gain some knowledge from those who are inside.
You can read for yourself in a previous diary from someone who has some familiarity with the methods and technique of Wellman and Favre. I'm in California. If you're in Ann Arbor go see for yourself, and then let us all know what you observe.
That would be interesting.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There are many indications||
There are many indications of what's going on with our S&C program. Massive hypertrophy with a relatively high incidence of injuries. A general deficit of speed and explosiveness. A troubling lack of physicality, which wasn't a problem when Bo was here.
Let's turn the question around: Would you like to provide evidence that our football team is performing with excellent physical ability? Despite what the vast majority of people who post here talk about? Despite what we can see for ourselves?
We're waiting for you to show us something that contradicts what the people who care about our football players see happening on Saturday. I treat sports injuries, and other physical ailments. I have my own sports injuries. I have a personal and professional relationship with this subject.
I get the sense that some of the people who are griping are looking for argument, rather than working to further our understanding of this subject. Then some take this matter seriously.
Which are you?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There certainly is a disparity||
There's a significant disparity between the athleticism we see on some college football teams as opposed to others. It is not always predicated on the number of stars they had as a recruit, or inherent genetic ability. Some of it is determined by the athletic training they receive.
There are training programs which emphasize flexibility, mobility, agility more than others. Our program is deficient in these elements.
My opinions of our football athletic training is based on professional observation. If I worked as a librarian, farmer, or Starbucks barista, I could reach the very same conclusion with my eyes.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There's a lot more to it than that||
There's a lot more to it than that.
Are you actually of the opinion that the physical performance of our football team is up to the standards of performance of other teams around the country? I'm trying to draw attention to this fact, and generate an informed discussion as to what are some of the contributing factors to such deficient athletic performance.
This is a sports blog. What is your positive contribution of facts, information or personal knowledge on this important subject?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Now we are engaging in an interesting discussion!||
Thanks for your knowledge of human anatomy and your perspective.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Several times I've invited||
Several times I've invited people from inside the S&C program to provide their views on the state our our football training. After all, this is an anonymous forum. Why not speak up?
Whether they agree with me or not, it would provide a fascinating perspective.
This is definitely not about my business, or winning an argument, or points. It's an attempt to understand why our football program is struggling, the responsibilty which the S&C program has for these struggles, and to help us all become more aware of one thing which is for certain:
There is a better way than what's going on now.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for reading the diaries||
Thanks for reading the diaries. There's plenty of evidence that our team is performing poorly. We all have eyes.
I'm not here to provide an airtight case for exactly why these things are occuring. I'm opening a forum for people to provide information on this subject, and voice their opinion on possible improvements for our athletic training. I'm also stating some of the methods which I've found work well in my experience. Some of the things which I think our football players need is more flexibility, agility and explosive movement training. I don't see those being high priorities in our current S&C program, though they are in other sports and at other programs.
Perhaps this would all be of more interest to qualified professionals.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There are some interesting observations from comments||
Thanks for a relevant question.
There are some interesting observations from comments in the previous diary, comparing the methods and expertise of Favre and Wellman. MStrength actually brought Mike Favre to my attention. Publishing articles is just one measure of professional excellence.
What are your parameters for athletic performance, your sports specific goals? What methods do you utilize to attain these goals? How well do you implement these methods on a daily basis? Do you carefully monitor the athletes performance, and adjust the training accordingly?
Mark Verstegen, Scott Turley and Mike Favre are three examples of coaches who do these things well. Our football program does not reach these high standards. The results do not require a four year, in depth, longitudinal study with a double-blind control group.
The results are obvious.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||That was a good question you posed||
That was a good question you posed.
A and B are important factors. As a professional in the field, I offered this as a general topic for conversation.
C "technique" is obviously an area where things are not working, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Other people know a lot more about this than I do.
As for D, I've posted elsewhere that "something else" is probably the most critical factor of all. If asked for one word to describe this, I would cite a lack of "leadership".
Lord knows there's other things as well.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The two previous diaries, and the wealth of information||
The two previous diaries, and the wealth of information which people contributed in their comments, describes how the failings in our S&C program have led to the relatively high incidence of injuries and poor performance on the field. It does make interesting reading, if you care about this subject.
To summarize all that content, I would state: Training for size and strength is very different from training for speed, agility, and explosive power. Every professional knows this fact.
However, there's tremendous diversity in the methods which various trainers utilize to achieve these goals. This post is not an attempt to decide who's right or wrong. It is a conversation that invites people to suggest ways they believe our S&C program can be improved. I introduce some of the methods which I've found to work, which includes basic powerlifting, but would also implement martial arts, yoga, elastic bands for explosive movements, and what is termed "functional training".
Given that you are a Wolverine and care about the welfare of our team: What would you add to this conversation?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I prefer the term "circular reasoning"||
I see what you mean. I prefer the term "circular reasoning", which calls for some semblance of thought and precludes any suggestion of being argumentative.
I like to think of this as a conversation that draws attention to a critical area: The welfare of our football players. And winning again.
Also, this diary makes a lot more sense as a continuation of the first two diaries, which contain a wealth of information from both myself, and the great comments people made.
So what are your thoughts, feeling, and especially information on the subject? Please feel free to contribute.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This is about the welfare of our players. And winning again.||
This is about the welfare of our players. And winning again.
This is definitely not about business. I live in California, and work too much already.
Incidentally, I thought the information which others provided was the best part of the diaries. The second diary was packed with info. You might check it out.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||On October 14, 2014||
On October 14, 2014 m1jjb00 presented a statistical analysis examining the relative incidence of football injuries: "Comparing injuries across the Big Ten". According to his calculations, Michigan had the second highest rate of injuries among fourteen teams. This was one of the most important posts ever made, as it speaks to the welfare of our football players.
His astute observation motivated me to speak up about the state of our S&C program, since I've worked in this field for 24 years. Even as an outside observer, the contributing factors which degrade our athletic performance are apparent to an experienced professional.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||S&C is widely recognized||
S&C is widely recognized as a key factor in football. There are certainly others. What would they be?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Passion and preparation||
Passion and preparation, as you said, equals success. Of course, that goes beyond sports as well.
In the previous two diaries there's a wealth of information as to why the physical preparation of our football players is inadequate. This leads to a higher incidence of injuries and poor athletic performance, something which every Wolverine cares about.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This is a place for conversation and sharing information||
This is a place for conversation and sharing information, on a subject that deserves attention. It is not an argument, circular or otherwise.
When you read the two previous diaries and see the valuable information people provided, you'll have a sense of our purpose.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||Sports?||
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||MSU is Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver||
OSU is Eddy Haskell.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||MSU is Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver||
OSU is Wally Haskell.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||MSU is Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver||
OSU is Eddy Haskell.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||That's okay Buck Wild||
You can double post, triple post, quadruple post. As long as you say "Hoke will not be back".
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke is not fit to be coach||
Hoke is not fit to be coach. He lacks the drive and determination that's required. His own physical condition betrays a low level of discipline. He does not have the knowledge to prevail against the competition. His strenth and conditioning coach is doing a poor job. He failed to watch out for the welfare of his players.
This should all be obvious by now.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||So does||
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Good man||
Good man doing a good job in a bad situation.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||You may dare...||
but don't bet on it.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Der Schlockmeister disrespected our cultural heritage||
Der Schlockmeister disrepected our cultural heritage, which we've been building for nealry two hundred years.
Every Wolverine is part of the team.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Way too little, Coach Hoke||
Way too late.
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||"which is obviously a symptom of poor coaching"||
The very poor S&C coaching which the players receive is more critcal, for both incidence of injuries and athletic performance, than most people realize. The current diary "Improving Athletic performance" has lots of information on this subject.
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||Absolutely||
The situation in college ball is fluid and dynamic; players continually cycling through: you develop an edge and your opponents come right back at you with an answer. Peple like Bear Bryant and Bo, who sustain a program through a decade of excellence, are few and far between.
Nevertheless, our next coach is going to find a way to do exactly that. Right?
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||Very informative article||
Verstegen is definitely using the training methods which I support.
He is precise and innovative in his application of functional training, which simply means he has the athletes exercising in movements that mimic or approximate the activity which they perform on the field. He's using the foam roll for deep recovery and to increase freedom of movement. He uses elastic bands to provide dynamic tension and resistance that lets the athletes exercise in a bio-mechanically natural way, which respects the organic integrity of the entire body, while providing challenge throughout the kinetic chain. And the ways he monitors the athlete's performance and recovery is outstanding.
Thanks Glennsta. Now, I'm appointing you to be our ambassador. Please go to Germany and bring this guy back to Ann Arbor to be our football S&C coach.
p.s. Check this out, MStrength. That's what I'm talking about.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||MStrength, Consider football:||
Consider football: The two main activites are moving around quickly, and as Greg Mattison said, delivering a blow with explosive force. Linemen use strength and leverage, as in wrestling. Quarterbacks are different altogether. Basically, you've got people running around and slamming into each other.
Which sport teaches the most efficient method to deliver a blow, using hands, feet, elbows, knees, and so on? Martial arts, of course. Our practice generates power based on speed, agility and freedom of movement that's transferred through the core. I like resistance training, but some people I know think it's more for show than go.
What I ask them I'll ask you: Why not do both?
Here's a five minute video demonstrating athletic training which combines whole body movement, balance, functional training, and martial arts. It may not be conventional, but I believe that having our football players do 35-40% of their training with these methods would teach them to move quickly, stay on their feet, use leverage against their opponent, and deliver a blow with exceptional force. Our players would be more powerful, efficient, and less prone to injuries.
East meets west, and athletic training moves forward. How would you incorporate this into your thinking?
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||Greetings MStrength. The guiding principle||
The guiding principle for physical training, and other things as well: The more you do a thing, the better you get at doing that thing.
MStrength, you've added a lot to this discussion. You did a good job summarizing strength training. I totally agree with your high estimation of Mike Favre. He could do a lot of good for our football team. But since it would be boring to agree on everything, let me attempt to convince you that Elastic Bands are a very useful, important tool in athletic training.
In my practice, freedom of movement is not an option, but a necessity. Bands allow for movements that mimic or best approximate the athletic activity being trained. Since I just did this off the top of my head, I'm sure to be missing some things, but that will do for now.
I don't expect this will make you jump on the BAND wagon (hahahahaha), but anyway, that's some of the reasons Elastic Bands are an increasingly important method for athletic training.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||Interesting article||
Interesting article. Thank you.
In my training, we experience flexibility as a necessity, not an option.
Not everyone values freedom of movement as much as some of us do. I beleive it is the most neglected aspect of Western physical training.
It's a fact that martial arts has been developing very efficient methods to generate power (force with speed) for many centuries. Flexibility is an essential component. American athletic training is moving toward incorporating these elements in their methodology, though we have a way to go.
Time will tell.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||It was the over-utilization of exclamation points, wasn't it?||
Can't have happening around here!
Woops! Can't help myself! We got rid of Der Schlockmeister today! Hooray!!!
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Okay. I'm posting Harbaugh getting hired.||
Don't try to pin me down to an exact time. I'm not real detail oriented.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Does this mean||
Does this mean we won't be seeing Kate Upton in the position?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Leaving||
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yo! I'm drinkin' orange juice!||
Yo! I'm drinkin' orange juice! You got a problem with dat'?
I can't be fightin' today! We got rid of Der Schlockmeister! We're Michigan again! Today's a day to celbrate! Hooray! Bartender, the drinks are on me!
We're all so happy today, I bet no one will even criticize me for ending every sentence with an exclamation point!!!
|7 weeks 1 day ago||We don't like them because||
We don't like them because the music they play in the gym sucks.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||For a good discussion, let's be clear||
I didn't associate ACSM or NASM with "sport/strength science". Olympic training is the very top in sports science. I said that ACSM and NASM are the best personal trainer certifications. The difference is like, what's the best grade school vs. what's the best college.
If I had to choose between powerlifting and body building methods, I'd go with powerlifting. The good news is, I don't have to choose one or the other. I incorporate elements of martial arts, functional training, stretching, yoga, core training, myofascial release, and of course, compound movement and whole body exercise, which I usally do with elastic bands or cables.
Whole body movement is actually the best training for most people to stay fit and active, if they take time to learn how to do it safely with a high level of intensity.
I also include as much of this as possible when training clients.
That, my friend, gets you a real, legit workout. And will keep you in the game a long time.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||In Hoke's timeline||
In Hoke's timeline: I see dark and stormy seas, rays of sunshine, a mysterious stranger from the past.
I sure as heck don't see him being our coach. I supported Coach Hoke well into this debacle. He's been a huge disappointment.
Bottom line: Sooner he's gone the better.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Hooray!||
Just fricken hooray!
|7 weeks 1 day ago||You like working out 543Church||
You like working out 543Church. That's cool. Even without an evaluation, I suggest learning how to do Compound movements, that is, whole body training with cables and bands. Learn how to do this safely with high intensity, and you'll get the best results for sports and physical activity.
And dude, get creative! Surprise her with a bottle of massage oil. Start with the Trapezius, and wind up wherever you like. You'll both figure it out from there.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||As you noted||
As you noted, stretching done prior to training or performance can decrease power production, due to physiologial processes at the muscle fiber level.
Stretching, yoga, Trigger Point release, martial arts, done as a complement to strength training improves performance, aids deep tissue recovery, increases ciculation, relieves psychological stress. You might be interested to see Chuck Norris or any other martial artist doing their flexibility work. Same with Floyd Mayweather.
Would you actually try to tell these people they're wasting their time stretching?
Are you trying to describe basic power lifting? Are you including explosive, full-range-of-motion sports and athletic activity?
This diary is mostly about training our football players to be better athletes. It sounds like you and I are talking about different sports.
Anyway, thanks for the info.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||"Starting Strength"||
"Starting Strength" is a good book for weight training. However, weight training is only one element of athletic training. Multi-planar activity, functional traing, flexibility are also essential elements. The beginning of this diary has more detail.
Martial arts has been developing explosive power for centuries. If you'd like to see a demonstration that combines these elements, check this out.
What do you think some training like this would do for our football players?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Here's good news||
Power lifting definitey causes your muscles and connective tissue to tighten up. Simply develop a compensating program for flexibility, which ideally includes stretching, yoga, Trigger Point (Myofascial) Release, etc. Train with elastic bands and cables more. There you go; you've got the best of both worlds!
You might also use this as a good reason to have someone you like give you a massage, then return the favor. But then that gets into an entirely different type of physical activity.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Greetings||
The first question is easy. The American College of Sports Medicine is a great choice. The National Academy of Sports Medicine is another great choice.
The second question is more involved. Resistance training is sometimes divided into four protocols: Strength (How much you can lift); Hypertrophy (Adding muscle mass); Endurance (Duration of maintaining a physical activity); Power (Generating force with speed). While there's overlap from one to the other, each particulr goal varies widely along the parameters of Intensity (% of ORM); Repetitions; Sets; Speed of movement: and Rest period between sets. Your ACSM or NASM material can give you the latest recognized parameters.
I've found the type of resistance training you do, and the results you obtain, varies tremendously based on the resistance method you use: Machines; Free Weights; Elastic Bands: Cables; Body weight; and so forth.
There are some key factors which you haven't mentioned. Whether determining you own training, or working with clients, it is absolutely critical to include Aerobic fitness; Strength training; Core exercise; Balance training; Flexibility and Stretching; Nutrition; Compound, Whole body movements. The most neglected Element, and the one that will make you more athletic, aid recovery, and keep you in the game for a long time, is Flexibility.
If you want to concentrate on power lifting or body building, okay, that's your sport. If you want to train clients for active, dynamic living, and athletic activity, you are responsible to learn about and teach them all of the factors that go into a complete, integrated training program.
The problem with our current footbll S&C program is that they are training the wrong protocols and getting inappropriate results. They're traing the players to get bigger and stronger, and not doing enough dynamic, athletic elements such as multi-planar movement, agility, flexibility and explosive power. Someone set the wrong goals.
Making choices and setting goals is important, because it puts in motion a powerful, dynamic process. In the bigger picture, what are your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual goals, and your connection with the natural world? Make sure your goals are really what you want to achieve.
I'm not sure if this is the answer you were looking for. It's the best answer I can give.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The three Mikes||
Mike Gittleson, the Michigan football S&C coach, was a leading innovator in his day. Concepts such as flexibility and functional training were not as well understood, or highly valued, as they are today.
Mike Gittleson, a martial arts and Jeet Kune Do instructor in Colorado, has more personal experience with training for flexibility and how to generate power (force with speed) than 95% of football coaches.
Mike Favre, Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning right here at the University of Michigan, has the significant advantage of being able to learn from his predecessors. He has access to more advanced methods of athletic training, including flexibility, generating power, and functional training, than Coach Mike Gittleson could have imagined.
I would suspect, based on his background, training, certifications, and his combination of classic and advanced knowledge, that Favre knows more about athletic training than both of the others put together.
Thanks for the interesting question.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I've learned very interesting things||
I've learned very interesting things from the comments which people made regarding my two diaries on this subject. I believe most of us share a concern for the well-being of our young athletes, along with our expectation that Michigan football stands for a history of excellence. We don't want that to turn into ancient history.
Sports science is a relatively new approach to athletic performance. It's filled with controversy. The great majority of comments are informative, thoughtful, or entertaining. I'm grateful for the participation and knowledge which I've received from my fellow Wolverines.
In the bigger picture, this is not about me. We need to stand up for the football players who work so hard, and deserve every opportunity for good health and success.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Mike Favre||
Among his many certifications, Mike Favre is: "Functional Movement Systems Certified".
At the Functional Movement Systems website it states:
"The philosophy behind the FMS is rooted in the concept that, in order to maximize performance, the whole body must be functioning properly. When the body is considered as a chain of individual elements, it’s reasonable that a weak link weakens the entire chain. Ignoring a weak link increases the potential for disaster, and strengthening the wrong links will not improve the integrity of the chain. The FMS provides the means to identify and resolve any weak links that may be jeopardizing the body and its healthy motion."
Favre is a world-class expert in the advanced type of S&C training I'm talking about. It's well known that Olympic training utilizes the most sophisticated, cutting-edge methods; often better than top professional coaches in caring for the well being of athletes, and enabling the epitomy of human athletic performance.
Thanks for the heads up, MStrength.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I certainly agree||
I certainly agree. I can only work with what I observe and have learned over the years. Information from inside the S&C program would be "a valuable contribution". Also, information from other U of M sports programs could provide a useful frame of reference.
Anyone with relavant knowledge of what's taking place withn our football S&C program want to speak up? Here's your chance.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, under the cicumstances||
Yes, under the circustances, it's difficult to "defend this position" in a manner that would absolutely prove the deficiencies of our football S&C program.
However, based on the athletic performance of the football team that we've all seen with our own eyes, it is much harder for our S&C coaches to defend their position, that the athletic training which our football players receive is attaining good results, or is up to the standards which our hard-working athletes deserve.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Holy smokes. We're screwed.||
Here's the link to the official MGoBlue bio for Aaron Wellman:
Here's the link to the official MGoBlue bio for Mike Favre:
Holy smokes. We're screwed.
Meanwhile, those namby-pamby, nothing but the finest, only-go-to-work-once-every-four-years Olympic athletes, who everyone knows stole their symbolic rings from Audi, are living it up in "Athletic Training Paradise".
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The theory is called||
The theory is called: "Ugg. Get them big and strong so they can club dinosaurs. Well, at least they'll be able to keep up with slow, lumbering dinosaurs."
Not to mention any names, but which one of our football coaches, who coincidentally looks like Fred Flinstone, would talk like this? Well?
This is sort of like funny; except it's pathetic.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Bingo!||
Perhaps our S&C coaches could "take a few notes" from Sanderson, Favre, Turley, Starrett, Chek, Cook, Aguilar...this could be a damn long list...Jack LaLanne, Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul Jabbbar...or for that matter...Frank Sinatra, John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe probably know more than they do.
It would also be beneficial for me to learn some advanced methods of physcal fitness; especially from Kate Upton.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Your diary "Comparing injuries across the Big Ten"||
Your diary "Comparing injuries across the Big Ten" provided definite evidence of the relatively high incidence of injuries among U of M football players. You confirmed what many people were personally observing, but we did not have a quantitative frame of reference. That sort of work comes from clear thinking and care about the well being of our football players.
m1jjb00, you deserve the thanks of everyone who supports Michigan football. I had been observing this problem developing, and seen numerous indications of deficiencies in our S&C program. Your analysis of the situation is what actually moved me to take action and speak up.
Thank you once again for your valuable contribution. You are a leader, a true Wolverine.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Good observation||
What you've noticed relates to the most advanced research in the mind-body connection. Cutting-edge research in this field is ongoing. Some interesting studies are being conducted at the University of Michigan. In the behavioral sciences, The U of M and Penn University have leading departments in "Positive Psychology". Duke University, the University of Arizona, and Scripps, among others, are leading the way in the growing field of "Integrative Medicine". Practioners of martial arts and yoga are often knowledeable in this area.
From my experience in training clients, there's a definite correlation between mental stress and physical tension. That's where I find the work of Dr. Janet Travell regarding Myofascial Release (she was President John Kennedy's personal physician) most useful. Trigger Point Therapy is great for both stress reduction, and to increase flexibilty and range of motion.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||The good news is||
The good news is: This team does have an S&C program. The bad news is: They're not tops in the field.
Once again, I welcome information regarding training methods from other sports S&C programs at the U of M, relevant information from other athletic training institutions, and especially, knowledgeable sources from within our football S&C program.
Transparency can only benefit the well being of our athletes. This could get interesting.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Good question||
I'm an alum living in California, and don't have cameras planted inside the training facility. But based on the statistical record, what I've observed, heard from inside the program, and learned through 24 years of intensive study and practice with clients, the fact that there are major deficiencies in our S&C program is glaringly obvious.
The reason I'm putting the time into this post is that I care about the well being of our football players, who deserve the very best in training and conditioning. I would definitely invite any observations from inside the football S&C program, whether they agree with my own observations or not. I welcome transparency and open dialogue. It could greatly benefit the well being of our players, and the performance of the team on the field.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||You break our uniforms||
You break our uniforms, I breaka' you face.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||These emails represent DB's attitude||
These emails represent DB's attitude so precisely that, in effect, they are true, despite whether they're actual fact or not. Brian's approach was responsible investigative journalism, and he characterized these emails in a fair manner.
On the other hand, we must gaurd against the potential of internet "media" to misrepresent people; to perform character assassination by inference or downright chicanery. That's why responsible media outlets have editors. Anyway, those emails were out there, they fit Der Schlockmeister to a tee, and Brian investigated their veracity.
Dave Brandon is trying to use the hallowed traditions of the University of Michigan, which we have been building for nearly two hundred years, as a stepping stone to kickstart his political ambitions. Get this straight DB: WE ARE NOT A RUNG ON YOUR CAREER LADDER.
Der Schlockmeister has failed on so many levels, the sooner he's gone, the sooner we can open the windows at the Athletic Department and clean out the putrid stench from his toxic ambitions. We will be Michigan again.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Response I received from Mark Schissel||
Just wanted to drop you a personal note, since we've shared something in common. You see, I know it was you who spent several nights upstairs in the President's house where I now live. You stayed with one of the female students who worked on the house staff back when Robben Fleming was president. No problems. You didn't leave the place messy or anything.
Since we're sort of roommates, I wanted to let you know, everything's cool. Dave Brandon, or as I now call him, Der Schlockmeister, is like, so gone. He doesn't know it yet, but I'm sending him to Bolivia. Hahahahaha! I thought you and the rest of the knuckleheads at MGoBlog would get a kick out of that. Hahahahaha!
As you know bro, I like to laugh. Dont worry, be happy! That's what I always say. Hahahahaha!
Hey, stop by and hang out when you can. For old times sake.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Kinda' sad||
Kinda' sad in a way.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||There are always pluses and minuses||
There are always pluses and minuses, as people have noted.
I believe the sooner we say goodbye to Dave Brandon, the sooner we eliminate this toxic atmosphere and begin building the future.
The sooner we say goodbye to Brady Hoke, the sooner we get beyond his depressing incompetence, and begin to restructure and renew our football program.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan's concussion policy||
Michigan's concussion policy should be that when a player is obviously hurt and stumbling around on the field, the head coach takes him out of the game and makes him take time with a doctor or trainer.
We don't need more policies. We need a coach who does his job.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||You certainly||
You certainly did a good job of describing the situtation in a fair and sensible way, and then summing it up nicely.
Thanks for your insight, Procumbo.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks Danwillhor||
You might not work in the S&C, health and fitness field like I do, but your observations are certainly accurate and to the point.
As for the disagreements you've gotten, athletic training is a complex, evolving field. There's a lot of disagreement, even among top professionals and the upper echelon of sports science. This is far from a mature, exact science.
(Plus, there's a few pretty snarky people lurking around here sometimes.)
|7 weeks 6 days ago||About steroid use...||
Good summary of chemical anabolic muscle enhancement, wbpbrian. Very informative.
However, as a health and fitness trainer for twenty four years, I would like to comment on your statement that steroids: "aren't as serious as people say as long as your educated about everything else."
When you go on your "supplement" cycle, what happens is your testicles essentially turn off and shrivel up. Then when you end your cycle, you hope that your balls start back up and resume normal function. That doesn't always happen.
That's not something I would recommend to anyone.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Check out my diary "Reason for so many injuries"||
"Reason for so many injuries" goes into some of the fundamental causative factors why injuries are up and athletic performance is down. It's on page two now. The comments people made are informative as well. If you read the whole post and comments, you'll learn some interesting things about the situation with our Strength and Conditioning program.
This is a serious issue that needs more attention.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Check out my diary "Reason for so many injuries"||
Check out my diary "Reason for so many injuries". The comments which others made are interesting as well. Please let me know what you think. It's on page two now.
This is a serious issue that needs more attention.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||From one blue to another||
In the words of philosopher Rodney King: "Can't we all just get along?"
It just occurred to me: Blue takes on a whole new meaning when you have DB for athleticic director and BH for head coach.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Love him or hate him||
Love him or hate him, John U. Bacon knows as much about the University of Michigan football program as anyone around.
I like his work when he's reporting what he observes; not so much when he hangs on his opinions.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Coach Hoke is a nice guy||
Coach Hoke is a nice guy. He has integrity. Those are important qualities.
But he is not a great man. John Wooden was a great man. Vince Lombardi was a great man. Dwight D. Eisenhower was a great man. Bo Schembechler was a great man. George Allen was a great man.
A truly great man brings out the greatness in other people.
Brady Hoke does not do that. He is a nice guy. He has integrity. When all is said and done, he let us down.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||In summary||
In summary: When a human being trains to get bigger and stronger, in the process their neuro-muscular system, the kinetic chain, becomes somewhat tighter and less flexible.
For optimum athletic performance, training must include various compensating modalities to regain and increase freedom of movement, such as stretching, yoga, myofascial release, massage, etc. The various types of resistance training (i.e. weights, cables, elastic bands, body weight, etc.) must be taken into consideration. Multi-planar activity incorporating twisting movements (Transverse Plane) develop coordination and support joint stabilization. Flexibility, mobility, agility are central components of a complete, integrative training program. These areas are often undervalued or neglected, not only in gyms around the world, but even in the most sophisticated professional environments.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Good to hear from you dcallen39||
Good to hear from you dcallen39. As you noted, Shannon Turley at Stanford is implementing training modalities which, by many indications, are increasing athletic performance and decreasing injuries.
Teaching people to foam roll (Myofascial Release) is not exactly easy. It's a foreign activity to most, and the majority of people nowadays don't have a good connection with their body. You ask them to locate a sensation in their body and they have little awareness of what's happening with their physical being. It takes patience. But then seeing your clients feel relief from tension, relieve aches and pains, significantly reduce headaches, regain the ability to play sports and enjoy their daily activity, is a big reward.
You might want to check through this diary, and see what other people have posted about Osteopathic medicine and "yoga in sports". If you're going into sports medicine, I would recommend learning about the work of people like Gray Cook, Paul Chek and Kelly Starrett (skip past the Crossfit stuff). Also, check out the video demonstration by Naudi Aguilar from Functional Patterns. The link is towards the end of the post. From my experience, it would be of great benefit for our football players receive a lot more training along these lines. Along with conventional resistance training, of course.
I would like to hear what you and others think of his type of training, and how it could benefit our football players.
To round out your understanding of human physiology, I would suggest that you research martial arts; they've been developing ways to optimize human performance for a long time. And I can assure you, you're ability to be of service to your clients will be greatly improved if you actively practice some yoga. Take a few classes. You'll discover things about the human body the books will never teach you.
Vaya con Dios.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||We'd be better off||
We'd be better off with Nussmeier as interim coach for the rest of the season.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||Thanks for the information||
Thanks for the information on Osteopathic medicine. One of the factors that makes things challenging for Osteopaths is that insurance companies are disinclined to pay for soft tissue work. If a doctor sets a bone or prescribes a pill, they just check a box and get paid. For soft tissue treatments, the muscular and connective tissue work that Osteopaths practice, they have to jump through hoops to be reimbursed by the insurance companies.
Thanks again DrewGOBLUE. I really am concerned whether our football players are getting the best S&C coaching and recovery therapy possible. There are numerous indications, some we've all seen, that they are not.
|8 weeks 15 hours ago||I picture the entire Harbaugh clan||
I picture the entire Harbaugh clan getting together for the holidays, and John says to Jim: "I'm thinking about taking the Michigan job". And Jim goes, "Hey wait a minute, I saw it first."
Then they start to scuffle, and grandma says, "Now boys, you just settle down."
Then they both grab their cell phones and start dialing our new Athletic Director, trying to get him on the phone so they can apply for the job.
That's what I picture.
|8 weeks 19 hours ago||Shannon Turley||
Shannon Turley at Stanford is one of the tops in his field, as Blueinsconsin mentioned. He lowered the incidence of injuries, and improved the athletic performance of the team. You might note, he employs a dynamic, multi-planar style of training, and uses a functional movement metric to gauge the progress of his players.
That's the caliber of S&C coach the University of Michigan football players deserve.
Thanks for the info Lucky Socks.
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||Is "Reason for so many injuries" an overstatement?||
No, it is not.
The time is way overdue for someone to speak up for the well being of these young athletes, who put their health and careers on the line for our football team. The University of Michigan is a world leader in many areas, and I expect nothing less from our strength and conditioning program. When you take a look at the work of people like Paul Chek, Kelly Starrett, Gray Cook, Naudi Aguilar and Shannon Turley, you see we lag far behind.
However, making a convincing case that details the deficiencies of our current training regimen, and mapping out a comprehensive program that would prevent injuries and improve athletic performance is not really practical in the parameters of a football blog. In this limited context, I can only summarize and indicate the directions where we must move forward.
This is going to be a bit technical; but hang on, it gets interesting. Most of our current football strength and conditioning is done in the Sagittal Plane, moving from front to back, like a basic squat or bicep curl. There is a deficit in Frontal Plane activity, that is side to side. There's a serious lack of work in the Transverse Plane, that is rotational movements. Rotational movement is the center and foundational element of every athletic activity. Yet it not at the center of our strength and conditioning program, which is instead focused on getting the players bigger and stronger.
Now of course bigger and stronger is necessary. But take a look at this video that demonstrates combined functional and martial arts training. Then you decide if these methods and practices would make our football players more athletically powerful, efficient, and less susceptible to injury,
Bluesnu, thanks for the informative links. I'm not expecting to avoid controversy, but I prefer to engage it in a respectful, courteous way.
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||Sounds like you study or work in this field.||
Sounds like you study or work in this field. Thanks for the comments.
Trigger point therapy is a rapidly growing practice. DrewGOBLUE made some good observations on this subject, and correctly noted the contributions which came from Osteopathic medicine. I would also note that these methods were being utilized hundreds of years ago by practitioners of martial arts. Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons wrote their book on "Trigger Point Therapy" in 1983, and the research supporting their contentions has expanded through the years. At the popular level, there are practical articles in fitness, runners, even golf magazine.
This is part of the training regimen which I've been teaching for over 24 years. I've worked with hundreds of people who could assure you that trigger points (that is muscular fibers, connective tissue, or scar tissue that has collected into a knot or fibrous adhesion) are no mirage. What's more, adhesions can form within muscle fiber bundles, on connective tissue surfaces, even at the inter-cellular level. You can debate trigger point or myofascial release if you prefer. I will go on with my daily work, helping people to improve athletic performance, relieve aches and pains, find significant relief from mental stress.
As for "the key focus of training" I'm going to sum it up with an analogy. Would you rather have a 300 lb lineman who is carrying all sorts of dysfunctional, neuro-muscular internal restrictions, lumbering around like a water buffalo? Or would it be better to have a 285 lb lineman who has been trained to move and "deliver a blow" (quote from Greg Mattison) with the speed and agility of Chuck Norris?
Always nice to converse with people who want to share knowledge. Peace.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Athletic training evolves over time.||
Athletic training evolves over time. Your question is legit.
When you study practices such as Olympic training, body building, power lifting, martial arts and yoga, just to name a few, you find tremendous diversity in methods people use to improve physical performance.
Who's right? This question must consider the practitioners aims and goals. I find that martial arts and current Olympic training, which is centered on flexibility and dynamic movements that generate power (force with speed), is a much better model for football conditioning than widely popular but less athletic body building practices.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Congratulations petered0518!||
Most of the comments people made here were thoughtful or somewhat funny or at least in the ball park of being relevant. You posted by far the most ignorant comment out of all, and managed to get the most upvotes for it.
You have mastered the art of being cynical and snarky, while managing to scrounge up a few points in the process.
You are wrong. I have more than a "clue". There are libraries full of literature on sports medicine and athletic training that provide more than a clue. The fact is, not all professionals agree on what are the best current methods and techniques. I presented a brief summary and examples of sophisticated, state-of-the-art methods of athletic training which could benefit our football players. Do you have any care or concern for our football players?
If you are willing to read, the training methods of Hasely Crawford and his coach are well documented. The same goes for many other Olympic athletes and martial artists. Let's make it easy for you. Just Google "functional training". That will get you started.
If you are willing to read, you could fill in some of the obviously wide holes in your knowledge. What you can do for the holes in your head, I do not know.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Being a student||
Being a student at the University of Michigan shapes you as a human being for life. I'm sure that happens at other colleges and universities as well. But being a Wolverine means striving to live up to a higher standard. That's our DNA.
Is our athletic department supporting the constructive evolution of the cultural heritage that we've been building for nearly two hundred years? Or has it become a malignant mutation that needs to be rejected and expelled from this institution?
President Mark Schlissel, we are counting on you to do what is best for the University of Michigan. Why wait? How about taking action today?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting article||
Interesting article, DrewGOBLUE. Thanks.
There's a tremendous amount of controversy in the medical field regarding Osteopathic medicine. Not long ago, Chiropractors were vilified by Allopathic practitioners. The growth of Integrative Medicine, established at such places as Duke University, the University of Arizona and Scripps, raises all manner of debate among physicians. There is no set course to which all agree.
In general, younger S&C coaches would be more in agreement with the methods I'm proposing than older coaches. It would be interesting to talk with Aaron Wellman and see if his approach to training is entirely based on his own understanding of the best methods and practices, or if he is being constrained to work toward predetmined objectives from another level of decision making.
Do you know what I mean?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||If this diary were a research paper||
If this diary were a research paper, it could be conservatively titled "Factors contributing to the statistically high incidence of injuries in the University of Michigan football program".
But from what I've observed, heard from inside the program, and learned through 24 years of intensive study and practice with clients, I'm speaking up for a higher level of competence which our football players deserve, and sticking with "Reason for so many injuries".
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I would like||
I would like to win against MSU, and beat Ohio, and be victorious in a bowl game, then celebrate by sending Der Schlockmeister and Uncle Hoke far, far away.
If DB brings back Vince Lombardi and Hoke wins the Super Bowl, they still are incompetent nincompoops. They smell like losers. We need a fresh start.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Hypo-thetic-ally speaking||
IF DER SCHLOCKMEISTER hired John or Jim I'd be pleased with his acomplishment, and still want him gone.
But then again, he's been good with the non-revenue sports. If he were to make a full confession that his policies have led to degrading and devaluing the U of M tradtition, which we've been building for almost two hundred years, and commit to totally change his ways, he might deserve another chance.
But now we're talking beyond the realm of hypothetical, and into the stratosphere of lunacy. Not gonna' happen.
Bottom line: The sooner he and Uncle Hoke are gone, the better.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Looked like||
Looked like the whole team came ready to play against Penn State. Now if they can take the intensity up even higher, we'll have a competitive game against MSU.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||This young man||
This young man has gotten up off the mat more than Rocky. His courage is a bright spot in this season.
Thanks again Devin.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||The next AD||
The next AD needs to RESPECT the contributions of the many people, who over the course of almost two hundred years, have made the University of Michigan what it is today.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Okay, so Urb is smart and articulate||
Okay, so Urb is smart and articulate. That still leaves him light years behind people like George Allen, Paul Brown, Vince Lombardi or John Wooden. These coaches had a philosophy of life, a comprehensive sense of reality, a worldview that was fully integrated with their actions as winning coaches.
As a counselor and instructor, I study this. From what I've observed, John Harbaugh has that quality. If you take some time to listen and read his statements, you'll see why he is a perfect fit for Michigan, and you would not want to settle for less.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||John U Bacon||
John U Bacon guesses Brad Bates AD,and a Harbaugh for coach. Schissel cracks open the door for DB SCHLOCKMEISTER to walk out.
We are generating some SERIOUS positive waves here today, folks. I like that.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||With all due respect Voltron||
With all due respect Voltron, life is not factor analysis. As every gambler, or statistician knows, the best bet is that something which no one considered important becomes the deciding factor. That is: Expect the unexpected.
People downvoted me 10 months ago for talking about John Harbaugh becoming our coach. Look how events are trending now, regarding both John and Jim.
Have faith, bro.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Derrick Green, thank you for the great work you did.||
Derrick Green, thank you for the great work you did.
Hold your head up, get good grades, and we look forward to you coming back even better next year.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||That writer Bryan Gruley||
That writer Bryan Gruley just topped Shakespeare, Edward R. Murrow, and Walter Kronkite put together. Don't you get it DB SCHLOCKMEISTER?
What each Wolverine has contributed for nearly two hundred years to build up the University of Michigan, you're trying to drag down to the commonplace in just a few.
Repent, and change your ways. Or go down in shame and ignomy, for evermore.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Yo dnak438||
Could you redo my website?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||That kid with the headset||
That kid with the headset seems to have more going on upstairs than the man in front of him who's running the team.
I once referred to Brady Hoke as being "level headed". I've come to see: The flip side of that is being okay with losing. If Hoke stood up at a press conference and said: "Well, the kids played hard today. They executed with good technique. I'm not too concerned that it's our fifth loss in a row."--I don't think any of us would be too surprised.
While that might be emotionally healthy coaching grade school, or even high school, it doesn't stand the test of being measured against the spirit of Bo Schembeckler, who I believe set a standard every Wolverine must aim for.
There's a lot of "Quant Attitude" on this board; overemphasizing the analytical aspects of football. Whereas I believe conviction, determination and leadership rule the game.
This question could make for a very good, lively conversation.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||...that time is now. Good point.||
With Jim we could make the playoffs in 2-3 years.
On the other hand, with John we could build a winning tradition that grows stronger over the course of twenty years.
Considering the akward situations they're facing with their current teams, it would be human nature for both of them to be thinking about what it would be like: Coming home to be a hero.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||This entire discussion||
This entire discussion speaks to the ability of a head coach to install an effective system and instill a winning attitude. We all know our football players are not getting that type of positive experience. And they DESERVE such an opportunity. That's why they came to Michigan.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting evaluation||
Interesting evaluation, but way too early.
When he gets a competent head coach, who doesn't leave him hurt and stumbling on the field, he will do okay. He's shown Devin Gardner-type courage. I like that.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||SCHLOCKMEISTER||
SCHLOCKMEISTER is now DB's official name. Thus it is written. Thus it shall be.
Please note: I am not trying to be unkind. This is not just about a loser coach who leaves people hurt and stumbling around on the field.
This is for DISRESPECTING our values and traditions, which we've been building for hundreds of years, and DB SCHLOCKMEISTER is trying to tear down in just a few.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Give DB a nickname||
Give DB a nickname that graphically and memorably sums up his identity. Everyone use this name when referring to him. Continue this until the media picks it up; they love quick, catchy quotes. Use this name whenever you refer to him. Chant THIS in the stadium:
D B SCHLOCKMEISTER
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I support our athletes||
I support our athletes in all sports, men and women, but especially football, through the ups and downs. I always feel fortunate to be a Wolverine.
Brady Hoke had his chance this year. I will not forget him leaving Shane Morris out there on the field, hurt and stumbling around. That was one of the worst moments in sports. Anytime. Anywhere.
For those of us who attended the University of Michigan, and all our fellow Wolverines in spirit, we have every right, even an obligation to request--to insist--to demand that Brady Hoke leave Ann Arbor right now.
I said now, Brady. Leave. Go away. Take schlockmeister DB with you, and let us pull things back together. We will do okay.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||One of the creepiest things||
One of the creepiest things that ever happened at the University of Michigan was when Brady Hoke left Shane Morris out there on the field, hurt and stumbling around. That was one of the worst moments in sports. Anytime. Anywhere.
The University of Michigan is my alma mater. I always feel fortunate to be a Wolverine. I will stick with our athletes, especially football, through thick and thin.
Brady, it is time to go. Leave. And take that schlockmeister DB with you.
Brady Hoke, leave Ann Arbor. Go away. Now! We will pull things back together. We will be okay.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I will stick with our footbal team||
I will stick with our football team through the ups and downs. I always feel fortunate to be a Wolverine.
I supported giving Brady Hoke a chance this year. But I will not forget him leaving Morris out there on the field, hurt and stumbling around. That was one of the worst moments in sports. Anytime. Anywhere.
Brady Hoke did not attend the University of Michigan. For those of us who did, we have every right, even an obligation to request--to insist--to demand that Brady Hoke leave Ann Arbor right now.
I said now, Brady. Leave. Go away. Take schlockmeister DB with you, and let us pull things back together. We will do okay.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||In your video Heiko||
In your video Heiko, we're you really that dense and foggy from a concussion?
Or we're you just doing a great impression of Brady Hoke?
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||Thanks LSA Superstar||
Thanks LSA Superstar. Nice work. Devin Gardner deserves our support. Hope he gets to see this.
I also hope Devin sees the field a little better, and can experience what the pros describe when, "The game slows down."
Incidentally, this is what martial artists train themselves to do, and which I personally experienced during a motorcycle accident when a careless driver pulled right in front of me.
|11 weeks 4 hours ago||I think you||
I think you summed it up nicely.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||John and Jim||
John and Jim are both contending with problems that could make the Michigan job a welcome opportunity to step out of an akward situation, and come home to be a hero.
For a number of reasons, I would rather talk about a Harbaugh, especially John, than whisper about Les Miles, though Coach Miles does know how to win.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||He was selected||
He was selected by the students for the 2009 Golden Apple award, which is given for being an exceptional teacher. That says a lot.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||You would think||
You would think that Dave Brandon would have a better sense of the University of Michigan's role in upholding and conveying important values.
I've been patient in my evaluation of DB. He has repeatedly positioned himself, not as a caretaker of values, not being of service to the University, but as a self-important, whiz bang, schlockmeister-in-chief. He has made his bed, and now he can "lie" in it.
I once noted here that "Maize is better than screaming-dayglow yellow." That's a graphic example of his deficient sense of vision, in every sense of the word.
Someone send Schlissel a big broom.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Brady Hoke||
Brady Hoke represents a total failure of leadership.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||We can still speak out||
We can still speak out and work to rein in Dave Brandon's more egregious, gimmicky, inappropropriate shenanigans.
|12 weeks 22 hours ago||Why have we had two quarterbacks||
Why have we had two quarterbacks who can run like the wind, who show courage in the face of adversity, who are a credit to the university and excellent human beings by every measure, and can't throw the damn ball?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||It would be extremely interesting||
It would be extremely interesting to listen to Hoke and Nussmeier discussing the pros and cons of Gardner vs Morris. Any chance we mike them up during their after practice meetings?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Good evaluation, Brian.||
Thanks for laying it on the line.
Postmortem: Coach Hoke came on board at a rough time, and righted the ship. His passion, integrity and conviction set the foundation for Michigan to once again become a winning football program. I appreciate and respect that.
When our new coach arrives, and there is a progression of events trending towards John Harbaugh, we're ready to make good things happen.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Grantham. Your pessimism is tiresome||
Your pessimism is tiresome, and your foul language is offensive.
I was a student here when Bo was Coach. That set my standards at a high level. If someone's criticisms contain information, a suggestion or a rationale, then they may be constructive. Just being gloomy serves no useful purpose.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||The passion, conviction and integrity of Coach Hoke||
The passion, conviction and integrity of Coach Hoke has set a solid foundation for Michigan to once again become a winning football program.
When John Harbaugh becomes our coach, this will all be in the rear view mirror. We'll go beyond "sober truth", and raise a toast to victory.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Brady Hoke stepped in||
Brady Hoke stepped in at a bad time and set to work righting the ship. He's worked hard recruiting great players. He brought in top Offensive and Defensive coordinators. Most people like Brady Hoke, and respect him. I share his love for Michigan.
That being the case, John Harbaugh and his wife have their families in Michigan. Things are messy in Baltimore. He might appreciate the opportunity to come home and be a hero. Offer him 28M for five years, and I believe he would be our next coach.
We could all look back on these four years as the time when the passion, integrity and conviction of Coach Hoke set the foundation for Michigan to become a winning football program once again.