|7 hours 49 min 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 days 12 hours ago||Actions||
Actions speak louder than words.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Manning for sure||
I'll miss Coach Mattison.
|4 days 12 hours 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.
|4 days 12 hours 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!
|4 days 12 hours ago||Finally||
The Dave and Brady fiasco comes to an end. Tough for the players. Tough for us Wolverines.
The future beckons. Go Blue!
|1 week 6 days 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.
|2 weeks 10 hours 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.
|2 weeks 10 hours 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.
|2 weeks 11 hours 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.
|2 weeks 21 hours 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hey, you step in the ring||
Hey, you step in the ring, you take a few shots. So what.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day 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.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Discussing the failures||
Discussing the failures of our current S&C program is not about "whining".
It is about winning.
|2 weeks 1 day 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?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks WD||
You're not afraid of controversy.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good work m1jjb00||
We were having a conversation about this subject, but it was censored; removed from the board and deleted.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I've said it before||
Maize is better than screaming neon dayglow yellow.
|2 weeks 3 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?
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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?
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Now we are engaging in an interesting discussion!||
Thanks for your knowledge of human anatomy and your perspective.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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?
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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?
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 3 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.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Sports?||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||MSU is Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver||
OSU is Eddy Haskell.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||MSU is Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver||
OSU is Wally Haskell.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||MSU is Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver||
OSU is Eddy Haskell.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That's okay Buck Wild||
You can double post, triple post, quadruple post. As long as you say "Hoke will not be back".
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So does||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Good man||
Good man doing a good job in a bad situation.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You may dare...||
but don't bet on it.
|3 weeks 3 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.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Way too little, Coach Hoke||
Way too late.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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?
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days 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?
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days 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!!!
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Does this mean||
Does this mean we won't be seeing Kate Upton in the position?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Leaving||
|3 weeks 5 days 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!!!
|3 weeks 5 days ago||We don't like them because||
We don't like them because the music they play in the gym sucks.
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Hooray!||
Just fricken hooray!
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days 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?
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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".
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You break our uniforms||
You break our uniforms, I breaka' you face.
|3 weeks 6 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.
|4 weeks 8 hours 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.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Harbaugh||
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Kinda' sad||
Kinda' sad in a way.
|4 weeks 15 hours 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.
|4 weeks 2 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.)
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 3 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.
|4 weeks 4 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.
|4 weeks 4 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.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||We'd be better off||
We'd be better off with Nussmeier as interim coach for the rest of the season.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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?
|4 weeks 6 days 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?
|4 weeks 6 days 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".
|5 weeks 2 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.
|5 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 2 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.
|6 weeks 4 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.
|6 weeks 6 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.
|6 weeks 6 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.
|7 weeks 14 hours 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.
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yo dnak438||
Could you redo my website?
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 2 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.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 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
|7 weeks 4 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.
|7 weeks 4 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.
|7 weeks 4 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.
|7 weeks 4 days 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?
|7 weeks 4 days 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.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I think you||
I think you summed it up nicely.
|7 weeks 5 days 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.
|7 weeks 5 days 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.
|7 weeks 5 days 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.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Brady Hoke||
Brady Hoke represents a total failure of leadership.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||We can still speak out||
We can still speak out and work to rein in Dave Brandon's more egregious, gimmicky, inappropropriate shenanigans.
|8 weeks 5 days 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?
|8 weeks 6 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?
|9 weeks 2 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.
|9 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Our football players||
Our football players work hard. They risk their health. They go out on a field and do their best in front of thousands, even milions of people. That takes courage. Every one of these young men is a hero.
I hope and pray that each one of them takes what they learn at the University of Michigan and goes forward to make the world a better place. Godspeed.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||John Harbaugh||
John Harbaugh and his wife have most of their family in Michigan. Things are messy in Baltimore. He could be intrigued with the opportunity to come home and be a hero.
Okay, we're speculating here. But every Wolverine would be jumping for joy.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I like Brady Hoke||
I believe we need to:
1. Ease him out gracefully and with due respect.
2. Offer John Harbaugh 28M for five years.
3. Buy our tickets for the national playoffs.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||John Harbaugh||
John Harbaugh and his wife have most of their family in Michigan. He would bring proven character (see the Rice incident) and have no baggage. He has a Super Bowl ring that will do more for recruiting than all the nice letters in the world. This is his opportunity to come home and be a hero.
Offer him 28 mil. for five years, and I believe he will be our next coach.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||A topflight quarterback||
A topflight quarterback has the ability to scan the field, see three things at once, make the right decision, then act on it in a microsecond. There's a reason that Tom Bradys and Peyton Mannings are so rare.
Devin Gardner has a lot of heart, and is a gifted athlete. He just doesn't have that critical ability. Had he been well coached from the beginning, he could have been a decent, though perhaps not great, quarterback. That didn't happen, and now this is where we're at.
Hold your head up, Devin. Godspeed. You will make the world a better place.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||John Harbaugh||
John Harbaugh and his wife both have most of their family in Michigan. His tenure with the Ravens has been successful, but he's hitting some rough patches.
The opporunity to be a hero in Michigan might intrigue him.
I like Coach Hoke: he's headed in the right direction. We have a great OC and DC. However, the results of this season will speak for themselves.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'm almost ready||
I'm almost ready to leave this beachside community in Southern California and move back to Ann Arbor.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||That was not just good to read.||
It was great to read.
Every interview with our players, from Countdown to Kickoff to each interview or article, shows the heart and character of these young football players. Just think of how hard they work and how much they commit to represent the University of Michigan.
I'm glad to see that they're now getting the type of coaching that enables them to achieve their potential. They desrve the best. They are the best. God bless them one and all.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Good perspective on the current state of affairs.||
This was a very balanced evaluation that made a lot of sense. I also see signs of improvement, but wonder if it will be enough to make 2014 a successful season.
Here's what makes a big difference to me. This year it seems as if the players are being given the opportunity to succeed. They have a chance to play the game to the best of their ability. Whether they win or lose, the coaches are giving them the tools -- that is the guidance -- to be winners. In light of all they do and how hard they work, those young men deserve that support and opportunity.
Whether Coach Hoke has the strength of conviction that enables some coaches to will their team to victory --- that remains to be seen.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||What I'm drinking?||
What I'm drinking? It's called "The Kool-Aid".
Seriously, Coach Hoke has made some noticeable improvements, and I'm trying to be optimistic. And when John Harbaugh comes in and takes over, we should be all ready to make our move for the playoffs.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||If Nussmeier||
If Nussmeier can get Devin to settle down and be a baller, we have a good chance to beat Michigan State.
I am rooting for the Big Ten to be better than the fourth best conference. If MS and O win, so what? As long as we start beating them.
Note: I attended UM when Bo was here. That set my expectations high.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I'm in the need more data group.||
I'm in the need more data group. Coach Hoke has made improvements in many areas. He brought in Nussmeier which is a big plus. He's letting Mattison be aggressive, which worked in 2011. He's bringing in talent. However, he still seems like your tubby, avuncular, favorite uncle rather than someone who can drive a group to achieve victory.
We shall see. Meanwhile, I will stand strong with my team.
Alum96 I like your list, although I would have them 1. John, 2. Jim.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Would you prefer||
Would you prefer either John or Jim?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Hey SQuato||
Last year you were one of the weenies defending Al Borges, whom I critiqued for lack of leadership. Now you are down on our head coach, even though he's made improvements in many areas.
Stand strong with your team!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||In 1976 Hasely Crawford||
In 1976 Hasely Crawford won the Olympic gold medal in the 100 metres. He was able to generate tremendous force with speed to overcome his inertial mass more effectively than anyone in the world.
In 1978 I met Hasely Crawford in a Highland Appliance store in Ann arbor. We spoke for a while. He was probably the most relaxed person I have ever met in my life. He carried very little tension of any sort in his body or being.
Does Usain Bolt do a good job of staying loose before competing? Do you think he works on just getting stronger, or having resilient, efficient muscles?
Floyd Mayweather by any measure is a well conditioned athlete. Power, speed, endurance, mobility. In a video about him, it was interesting to see that he has a foam roll in his house.
If you don't know why, you might want to learn how much chronic, restrictive tension people carry in their bodies, and practice methods to overcome and release this tension. You will be younger and more athletic. I've been teaching this for years. It's powerful stuff.
I hope Wellman is one of those trainers who understands and practices this advanced method.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||No one mentioned a huge factor||
No one throughout this discussion even mentioned a huge factor in generating athletic power: muscle fiber efficiency and flexibility. Rippetoe talks about strength so much, he neglects the critical element that many Olympic coaches today emphasize, having muscle fibers that are free from chronic tension, and connective tissue (fascia, tendons, ligaments) with adequate pliability and resilience.
Myofascial release techniques and trigger point therapy are critical for optimum athletic performance. If an Olympic athlete carries chronically tight, non-functional muscle fibers, it's like an anchor. They can't compete at world class levels. S&C coaches are all over the map on this subject. One of our former U of M coaches thought flexibility was useless, even detrimental. That's really WRONG.
I've been a professional health and fitness instructor for many years: successfully training professional and Olympic athletes. (More fun than being an addiction counselor.) Doing more post-surgical rehab and geriatric work now. You can check a website called Somax about what muscle adhesions do to athletes; how range of motion and maximally efficient muscle fibers make all the difference in the world.
Here's the primary principle for any athletic training: The more you do something, the better you get at doing that thing. Following this maxim, I train my athletic clients with elastic bands and cables more than anything. Stabilization traing produces more real world power, and is optimal for the support tissue around the joints. Elastic bands with sufficient resistance support maximum force generation along with explosive speed, and optimize endurance as well. I've read Barwiss utilizes this type of training.
Also core training in all three planes of motion (sagittal, ventral, transverse) is key for any athlete, because the core is the weak link transferring power from the legs to the torso. Rippetoe neglects this as well.
Finally, flexibility, mobility, range of motion, are critcal components for generating athletic power. I wonder sometimes if Aaron Wellman and company are putting too much emphasis on hypertrophy (muscle mass) and not doing enough training for the dynamic, multi-planar activity that football demands. Why so many ACL injuries? Where is our fourth quarter performance? Explosive power, that is force with speed, is more important than strength measurements or even muscle mass.
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||Coach Hoke may not be||
Coach Hoke may not be the smoothest talker in the world, but I agree with his policy of being very taciturn about injuries. Why give the opponent useful information?
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||And remember||
And remember, you are part of our family and tradition.
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||Take care||
Take care of your business, bro, then come on back and play some ball.
|12 weeks 22 hours ago||It's great to see||
It's great to see young people like our football players who work so hard and are really dedicated to achieve something special. And there are other students throughout the university who have that same level of dedication in their field.
That's why I have always been a strong advocate that these young men deserve great coaches who will help them reach their full potential. Just like a great teacher can make all the difference for a student in another area of endeavor. It happened for me.
No matter what the score, Coach Hoke and Coach Mattison and Coach Nussmeier and the others are giving these young men the opportunity to excel at what they love to do. I'm happy about that.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Maize is better||
Maize is better than day-glow yellow.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||They used to come out||
They used to come out in the Monday paper. But now we've got some kind of digital stuff, or something.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Coach Hoke recently made an interesting comment||
Coach Hoke recently made an interesting comment about playing with an "edge". I'm looking for our team to play with an "edge" going forward.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||You made some sound observations. However,||
You made some sound observations. However, I believe the struggles Ohio is having now actually are relevant for when we play them.
Freshman quarterback. (Will still be a freshman when we play.)
Offensive line inexperience and uncertainty. That can be a hard problem to correct. (As we've been through it.)
No Carlos H to bail them out. (Although I'm sure they do keep a good bailbondsman on retainer to bail them out.)
Defense seemed slower, tentative. (Okay, option can throw you off.)
Urb has a short shelf life. His hyper style wears out his welcome when things don't break just right. (One minute you're on top; the next minute you're alone, eating pizza in a golf cart.)
|12 weeks 3 days ago||That's certainly not||
That's certainly not an unfavorable comparison. But by the fourth time Galloway said that it was getting stale.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||We have||
We have college football top ten defensive and offensive coordinators. We have high-level players who Hoke recruited despite everything. They work and play together as a team.
This year, for the first time in a long time, every one of those young men on the field is given the guidance and opportunity to play to the best of his ability.
Godspeed Michigan. Stand strong with your team.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Coach Hoke needs||
Coach Hoke needs a strong offensive coordinator. The players need someone with real hands on football experience, who interacts with them personally. Our team needed an infusion of energy and leadership.
Coach Nussmeier brings all this and more.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||What's past||
What's past is prologue.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I told you then, I'm telling you now||
I told you then, I'm telling you now.
At the end of the season last year I strongly maintained that Al Borges needed to go, that he would be replaced, and things would then improve. I was often downvoted for my strong position, by the weenies who went soft and gave up.
We now have a college football top ten DC and OC. We have a head coach who recruits very well, and keeps a level head. We have a group of players with a lot of heart, who are working together and pulling for each other.
Mark my words: This is going to be a good season. We have a legitimate opportunity to make the Rose Bowl this year. Stand strong with your team.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Auction||
Auction off the numbers, like we do with the coaches.
For a suitable donation, number thirty-four could be the "Mack and Mary Smith #34".
Number thirty-five could be the "Bill and Betty Jones #35". And so on.
Since it's my idea, I get 10% of the proceeds. Hey, I'll use the money to buy a number.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Good||
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Lazyboy with a Z||
Who are you to be using foul langauge and calling people names. The people who were too lazy and complacent to speak up are the ones who should be ashamed. The ignorant ones who defended such poor performance should be quiet. The weaklings who suppressed those who care about the University of Michigan and have a committment to higher standards, those weaklings are the traitors to a long and honored tradition.
The question of who was right or wrong in this debate was clearly settled by the decsion of Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke. Those who had the courage to speak up, whether they lost silly points or not, now stand justified.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||My theory||
My theory is that that Dave called Brady and said, "I've been reading the well reasoned evaluations that BIGBLUEWORLD has been posting about Al, and it makes a lot of sense."
Then Brady said, "Son of a gun. I was just reading his comments, and he's right. You know some of those other dimwits even took points away from him for having the courage to speak up. We gotta' do something about this!"
Then Dave replied, "I'm with you, dude. Got anyone in mind."
Then Brady says, "Well you know..."
And the rest is history.
That's my theory.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||There are four basic||
There are four basic protocols in resistance training: Hypertrophy, Strength, Endurance, Power.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan||
Michigan at #2 or #3 most valuable college program was becoming a declining asset. Good investment by Dave Brandon.
Leadership quality and winning attitude is priceless.
|47 weeks 15 hours ago||"unsubstantiated rumor" and "emphasis on rumor"||
"unsubstantiated rumor" and ""emphasis on rumor" is clearly not quoting anything. Is it? Keep it straight.
But now that you mention catapult, Johnny of Jimmy could catapult Michigan into the Empyrean heights of college football in a heartbeat. Do you want to try to tell me stranger things have never happened?
Thank you. Seriously, cool dog BiSB.
|47 weeks 15 hours ago||Johnny or Jimmy||
Johnny or Jimmy could turn this clunker into a Bentley in a heartbeat.
|47 weeks 15 hours ago||With emphasis on rumor||
With emphasis on rumor, this comes from Ace Williams.
Like Aerosmith said, "Dream on. Dream on. Dream on. Dream on. Dream unitl your dream comes true."
|47 weeks 15 hours ago||Michigan will prevail.||
Michigan will prevail. Though it might require a different regime.
|47 weeks 15 hours ago||The best news||
The best news I have to offer is an unsubstantiated rumor [from Ace Williams that is certainly fabricated because it came from Ace Williams.]
\grasping at straws
ED:BISB - NO ACE WILLIAMS.
|47 weeks 15 hours ago||Chickens||
Chickens coming home to roost.
|47 weeks 16 hours ago||I agree||
I agree Al would be a perfect fit for them, but I'm not exactly thinking Golden.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||The sooner||
The sooner the better.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||It's all about leadership||
I don't need to hear any comments about this. I was there watching Bo lead his team.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||I agree||
I agree you can make a case to support Hoke and Mattison. That's all I've got to say.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||This reminds me||
This reminds me: Someone needs a sense of humor.
Through the quantuum mechanics Law of Reciprocity, off topic comments on off topic posts coherently transform to attain the state of "On Topic". Forgot that, didn't you?
|48 weeks 5 days ago||This reminds me||
This reminds me: We need a new OC.
|49 weeks 8 hours ago||Any thoughts||
Any thoughts on a pro OC or former pro OC who might be available? We're doing fine with Mattison. How about finding an OC of his caliber. We'd be looking reeeeal good if we acquired such a coach. Just sayin'.
|49 weeks 15 hours ago||Jeffey re:||
Jeffy re: "whining bitches". We're rubber, you're glue. It bounces off us and sticks to you.
Nevertheless, it's a free country. You can extend your warm affection towards Al.
|49 weeks 15 hours ago||Thanks for showing care||
Thank you for showing care and realistic expectation for improving this football team, westwardwolverine, Magnum. P.I. and the many others who keep it civil yet speak up.
I strongly yet respectfully disagree with the "business as usual crowd" who are resigned to an erratic, inefficient offense. Do you have mixed emotions about winning? Are you short selling Michigan stock?
How can anyone be complacent when we have a good head coach, a good defensive coordinator, a great tradition, national alumni and fan base. Then there's the offensive coordinator who uses double speak to blame the players for his lack of leadership. Hoke's experience is primarily with defense. We need a strong OC with leadershp quality and the ability to make halftime adjustments that work.
How do we know he lacks leadership? The results speak for themselves. "By their fruits ye shall know them." If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it's a duck. With due respect for Al's effort, he is failing. Why should we, especially the players, all be dragged down to his level of failure?
|49 weeks 21 hours ago||How do I know?||
Just so happens, I work for the NSA. We tapped Al's phone. Here's a verbatim transcription of his conversation:
"Yeah, I know harping on 'Execution' is a sneaky way to deflect responsibility, but if I don't shift the blame to the players, peple might start pointing out my obvious faillings. Oh wait, they already do. Well okay, maybe I should go cry to Brady about being loyal to me. Oh wait, he said that he, "cares about the kids", and since I'm not doing a good job for them, he might put them first. Then where would I be? Maybe I should take responsibility and show some leadership. Let's see, how do you spell that: Leeddrshyp? Liedirshipp? Oh never mind, who needs it.
Anyway, the real reason we scored in that loss to Ohio is because when Heiko interviewed me, I picked his brain about how to run a screen play, and darned if it didn't work! Yeah, too bad it took me three years. I bet I'll be able to make excuses and drag ass around here another year or two, even if it means I drag everyone else down with me.
I'm getting my money while the gettins' good. Got it all figured out."
He also called some terrorists in Yemen, but that's classified. We can release this recording because anyone with a brain knows this is what's going on. It's no secret at all.
|49 weeks 22 hours ago||Let's be objective||
Hoke has a sense of integrity and is a great recruiter.
Mattison shold have been named DC of the year in 2011.
We are one good OC away from having an exciting year in 2014.
If we get an OC with "Leadership" ability, in the immortal words of Iggy: "We will have a real cool time."
The introduction to Werner Heisenberg's Physics and Philosophy states: "Knowledge of the future state may be obtained either by waiting until it arrives or by having seen the future or final state of similar systems in the past."