|3 hours 35 min ago||KT||
KT is a big improvement.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Interesting veiled reference Reader71||
Frankly, not everyone in my own gym and dojo fully agree about training methods. Strength & conditioning is an evolving field. I enjoyed and learrned from the intelligent comments that people made in http://mgoblog.com/diaries/bigblueworld.
For example, one of those commentors suggested "Steal Shannon Turley from Stanford" a month before Jim Harbaugh tried to do just that! People who didn't read the discussion and just blurted out uninformed opinions missed the point.
Trying to make a convincing case beyond circumstantial evidence was hard. But I was able to draw attention to deficiencies with our former S&C coach. I don't regret that, being motivated by care and respect for the young men who entrusted their athletic career to the mediocre mentoring of the old regime. I'm happy with what I've learned about Kevin Tolbert. The future seems bright.
Here's a challenge for you, Reader71. Can you provide a link to a better MGoBlog discussion of strength and conditioning methods than we had in those three diaries?
Also, you were invited to make a thoughtful suggestion about how MGoBlog could constructively grow and attract a wider audience. Do you have anything positive to contribute?
|1 day 21 hours ago||Forced or inorganic would not be good||
Forced or inorganic would not be good, that's true. Evolving from a lively, open discussion of the possibilities, however, could be beneficial.
|2 days 1 hour ago||He's had a remarkable career||
His perseverance, focus and determination have seen him through a lot of ups and downs. I find a good lesson in that.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Thanks Don||
Way cool. You'll like what Doug Chadwick says at 29:00 to 29:17.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I'm happy with how MGoBlog||
I'm happy with how MGoBlog filters and correlates the news for me. I've got a pretty intense job and other things to do. Chasing twitters doesn't seem necessary or productive.
|2 days 5 hours ago||How many kids out of the hundreds||
How many kids out of the hundreds might be having second thoughts about where they want to go to school as decision time approaches? Probably a lot.
Then Harbaugh, Durkin, Mattison, Wheatley or one of our other ex-NFL coaches knock on their door with a better idea.
Boom! The light goes on.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Read a book called "The Wolverine Way"||
Read a book called "The Wolverine Way" by Douglass H. Chadwick, who was part of a research team monitoring wolverines in Glacier National Park. He describes how the wolverine is the ultimate wild and natural "badass". From his experience with how much they travel and how they interact, it would seem to be unfair to have a wolverine in captivity.
I get a kick out of that video showing a 35 lb. wolverine defending a carcass against a grizzly bear. Makes me that much more happy to be a Wolverine.
|2 days 6 hours ago||You're okay WinchesterWolverine||
I had to overcome struggles to graduate from the University of Michigan; and also worked in the Chrysler auto plant in the summer to pay my way. Never let anything rob your passion or steal your dream. You're not a Wal-Mart Wolverine. Don't listen to that. Listen to what's in your heart. You are a Wolverine.
Here's a really good suggestion. Take a University of Michigan online course. There's also a different curriculum at the U of M Dearborn campus. You can find a subject that is interesting.
When you complete that single online course, you will be a certified member of the University of Michigan academic community. Who knows, taking one course might lead to another course, then maybe another...
My cousin worked for years, and got her degree at the age of fifty. Maybe there is more to your feelings for the University of Michigan than just being a sports fan. Could this be a lighthouse beacon that's shining a light toward something you have yet to accomplish?
Thanks for posting your story. Go Blue!
|3 days 1 hour ago||Thanks||
So is Jim Harbaugh.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Be prepared Wool Vereen||
While MGoBlog does a good job of correlating information, the spelling bee freaks, grammar nazis and negative ninnies try to suck the fun out of this place. They do this under the pretext of trying to maintain some empyrean standard, but it's primarily an excuse for uptight people to bitch or act tough behind a keyboard.
There's people like Space Coyote, Magnus, Wolverine Devotee and numerous others who provide useful information and interesting perspectives. Slogging through the negativity is a chore, but I suppose that's what happens when you leave the door open and anyone can walk in.
I was never certain what a "quality control coach" did, and that article was informative.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Don, what if you would have said:||
"Interesting article. Thanks. We really don't have enough evidence to know how Jay will work out, but I agree he's hit the ground running."
But that wouldn't suit your agenda. You are very clever at taking part of a person's statement, giving it your own twist to mischaracterize what they actually said, and then dumping your bad attitude into our sports conversation.
I'm reading you like a book, Don. You've chased people out of your own life with that bad attitude. Now you're trying to chase people away from MGoBlog with your unhealthy negativity.
Give it a rest.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Don||
Your avatar reveals a preoccupation with death. Get outside. Lose the tension. Breathe.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Interesting article. Thanks.||
Some people just like to bitch. No worries W V.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Can it be?||
Jim not wearing khakis.
|1 week 27 min ago||Godspeed Caris||
Get well soon.
|1 week 32 min ago||Good work||
Good work Brian.
|1 week 42 min ago||A good friend is former USC, seven year NFL pro||
He knows Lane Kiffin personally. Says he's a bright guy, good person, but he's quiet, not "explosive" enough to be a head coach.
|1 week 50 min ago||That rocks!||
Thanks for the post.
|1 week 3 hours ago||If a booster||
If a booster currently provides $500 a month, that kind of money can fly under the radar. Now you tack on another $416, and the kid starts getting a little loose with the "crazy money" (from a 19 year old's perspective). It would be more likely to attract attention.
|1 week 4 hours ago||This is a big plus for the competitive position||
This is a big plus for the competitive position of Michigan athletics.
These decisions, four years and a stipend, are in Michigan's favor. Since we already honor four year scholarships, and presumably arent's distributing money under the table, this sets a higher standard for the schools we compete against on a national level. Even if other school's boosters are providing "incentives", the value of that is reduced relative to the expense money which the athletes will now receive legitimetly.
This is a significant improvement to level the playing field.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Michigan person||
|1 week 17 hours ago||If you don't like the question, don't click on it!||
Along with the knowledgeable people on this board, there's a lot of bitchiness and fear. Negative ninnies are sucking the fun out of this place. Glad I don't live in their shoes.
Steve Breaston, my five Elements are: Be myself and be complete in Body, Mind, Heart, Spirit, living in harmony with nature.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Don||
You're avatar reveals a preoccupation with death.
Get outdoors. Lose the tension. Breathe.
|1 week 1 day ago||I agree Matbaugh||
Will our pro game coaches be able to translate their experience to college? That remains to be seen. It could be an advantage in recruiting.
Thanks for the perspective. Along with some very knowledgeable people on this board, there's a lot of bitchiness and fear. Glad I don't have to live in their shoes.
|1 week 1 day ago||Dave Brandon has pizza for breakfast||
Maybe if you ate more pizza you wouldn't be so grumpy.
|1 week 1 day ago||Fortunately||
I don't start threads for a living. Hahaha.
|1 week 1 day ago||This post was presented as a question for discussion||
This post was presented as a question for discussion, not as a verified statement of fact.
If some people are not smart enough to know the difference, or just want to be negative ninnies, well, it's a free country.
|1 week 1 day ago||Inviting intelligent discussion here.||
How do we stack up, in terms of ability and experience, against other teams?
Are we giving JH all the financial support he needs?
|1 week 3 days ago||hooray?||
HIP HOP HOORAY!
|1 week 3 days ago||On Tuesday I was talking with a nice kid from||
On Tuesday I was talking about the college football championship with a nice kid from the San Clemente High track team. I mentioned that I went to Michigan, and he says, "Yeah, Harbaugh. He calls my friend Sam (Elite 11 San Clamente quarterback Sam Darnold) every day and tells him, 'Come play at Michigan. You're going to be my next Colin Kaepernick'." This kid goes on, "I think he should go there. Harbaugh's the best coach, with all his connections, to get him into the pro's. But he likes USC."
I had to agree with the young mans sentiment. Sam Darnold, however, remains committed to USC as of now.
Seemed like an interesting glimpse of a high school athletes view of Jim Harbaugh.
|1 week 3 days ago||Your observation is relevant||
Your observation is relevant. I'm suggesting we might try thinking outside the box until Harbaugh's recruits, who will be excellent, are able to contribute.
In the meantime, I can't think of a better coach to make the most of the talented quarterbacks we have today than Jim Harbaugh.
|1 week 3 days ago||I really like||
I really like how the playoffs keep a lot of teams in the mix throughout the season. If they never go beyond a final four, I'd be okay with that.
Heck, I might even dream we make the playoffs next year...
Not buying it? How about two years? Okay, two years.
That's my dream and I'm stickin' to it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Someday we'll be reading the same headline||
Someday we'll be reading the same headline about Jameis Winston: "Former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was granted release after serving 2 years for burglary and mindless mayhem. Dodging reporters, as he once dodged charging linebackers, he was heard to say..."
|1 week 3 days ago||While Caldwell and Jorgeson||
While Caldwell and Jorgeson are off the charts for strength, stamina and skill, their risk factor is a lot less than walking around downtown Columbus at night wearing a Michigan sweatshirt and baseball cap.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yesterday I was talking with a nice kid from||
Yesterday I was talking with a nice kid from the San Clemente High track team about the college football championship. I mentioned that I went to Michigan, and he goes. "Yeah, Harbaugh. He calls my friend Sam (Elite 11 San Clemente quarterback Sam Darnold) every day, and tells him, "Come play at Michigan. You're going to be my next Colin Kaepernick." This kid goes on, "I think he should go there. Harbaugh's the best coach, with all his connections, to get him into the pro's. But he likes USC."
I had to agree with the young mans sentiment. Sam Darnold, however, remains committed to USC as of now.
Seemed like an interesting glimpse of a high school athletes view of Jim Harbaugh.
|1 week 3 days ago||Russell Wilson||
Russell Wilson transferred, and he turned out to be okay.
|1 week 3 days ago||Dude, that's gnarly.||
Put in some pro.
|1 week 3 days ago||All I can say is||
All I can say is: Thank you Niners, for being a bunch of arrogant suits who sent Jim Harbaugh home to Michigan.
Really, Jed & company. Thank you.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hahahaha||
|1 week 3 days ago||Could Caldwell and Jorgeson||
Could Caldwell and Jorgeson receive the Piolet d'Or?
|1 week 3 days ago||In 1988 Vern Tejas||
In 1988 Vern Tejas was the first person to make a solo winter ascent of Denali. But he did it in March. Heck, that's easy. Anybody could do that. Right?
BTW, a married couple who I climbed Mt. Ritter (13,149 ft; not very high) with in the Sierra Nevada had Vern Tejas as their guide when they attempted to climb Mt. Denali. They said he's a down-home, friendly guy.
That couple did not make it to the top. When they were climbing, a Taiwanese climbing party of five that was led by Makalu Gau, who is prominent in the movie "Into Thin Air", got into trouble. Two of them died, and two others had bad frostbite. So my climbing buddies with Vern Tejas had to escort Makalu Gau down the mountain to basecamp.
Now here's the weird part. They said that Makula Gau, who had just led two people to their death and had two others lose fingers and toes, was shouting to people on the way down: "Victory! Victory! We climb Denali!" They wanted him to shut up, but he wouldn't.
Then, as you can see in the movie "Into Thin Air", Makalu Gau got stuck in the storm overnight on Everest (Chomolungma) at 27,200 ft., and lost most of his hands and feet to frostbite. Amazing that he survived.
|1 week 3 days ago||Harbaugh could do this||
Harbaugh could do this in half the time. No sweat.
|1 week 3 days ago||Thanks ChicagoGangViolins||
BTW, check out the weird climbing story about Vern Tejas and Makalu Gau, just a few posts below.
|1 week 3 days ago||Since you're from Michigan||
Since you're from Michigan they probably let you lead, right?
Seriously, those guys are world class climbers. I'm curious, who looked smoother?
|1 week 3 days ago||Thanks. That makes sense.||
Thanks. So we were both being facetious. That makes sense.
|1 week 4 days ago||Hi AnthonyThomas||
Are you intelligent enough to recognize irony?
irony: a method of humorous or subtly sarcastic expression in which the intended meaning of the words is the direct opposite of their usual sense.
Not only that, right after the sentence you quote, there's the word "Seriously", another linguistic clue. Did you really not get that? Other people did.
There are numerous people on this board who have a lot of blog points, but not many I.Q. points. I'm not saying that's you. I just wonder if you actually missed the irony of the statement you quoted.
Then again, maybe you were being ironic by saying, "Surely not."
Who the heck knows?
|1 week 4 days ago||Last year Bovada||
Last year Bovada listed the preseason favorites for the championship playoff series, which consisted of Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio.
|1 week 5 days ago||At first glance||
At first glance this doesn't seem best for team chemistry. Of course, there's always the possibility that Jim Harbaugh knows something about football that I don't know.
Seriously, we've heard so many good things about Roy Manning through the years, this appears puzzling. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
I'm confident that JH will make the right call.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't recall the magazine||
I don't recall the magazine, but several years ago there was an article about the ten best cities in the country for raising a family. Ann Arbor was among them.
Funny thing: No mention of Columbus, Ohio.
|1 week 5 days ago||Let's be hard nosed and realistic here||
Let's be hard nosed and realistic here.
Let's proceed on the theory that what happened in the past is likely to happen in the future. What if Jim Harbaugh does the same thing, no better or worse, that he's done with other teams. What could we reasonably expect?
Irrespective of the fact he feels good being home working for his alma mater, has more experience and credibility with recruits than he did at Stanford, and he's putting together a great coaching staff: What if does the same thing for Michigan that he did in both college and the NFL?
This line of inquiry provides the most likely indication of what we could reasonably project for the future of Michigan football. It might be interesting for someone who's mathematically inclined to attempt to quantify this hypothesis.
My prediction, based on available data, is that he gets us to the superbowl in three years, where we lose to the Patriots and Tom Brady playing in his final game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Started from the bottom||
"Started from the bottom, now we here."
A message from coach Mattison, who listens to Drake.
|1 week 5 days ago||We have a top flight||
We have a top flight NFL coach running our football program, putting together an A list of assistant coaches. He's a man of character who was a winner at Michigan in the past, and is committed to winning here now.
I am sure he welcomes the opportunity to play the reigning college champions in November.
I'm excited about our opportunity as well. This could get interesting.
|1 week 5 days ago||Someone said in another post||
Someone said in another post that virtually every coach we have today is an upgrade from Hoke's coaching staff.
While I agreed with his main comment, I noted that it's an interesting question whether you even have to qualify that statement with the word "virtually".
What a welcome turn of events!
|1 week 5 days ago||This is not really a question of geography.||
Hoke's coaching staff was not even on the same planet as the coaches we have today.
This coaching staff is John Denver singing, "Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy." Hoke's coaches were Hank Williams lamenting, "The moon just went behind the clouds, to hide its face and cry."
Our new coaches are bright as a supernova! Hoke's version of coaching was dark as Uranus.
|1 week 5 days ago||Better if you had Ebola||
but the flu will do.
|1 week 5 days ago||This gloomy night||
sets the stage for a happy ending in November.
|1 week 5 days ago||uh||
woo, I guess
|1 week 5 days ago||My college team is Michigan||
And that is priceless!
|1 week 5 days ago||Cardale Jones said||
Cardale Jones said he's not at Ohio to go to school. But tonight he's going to learn four new words: Regression to the mean.
|1 week 5 days ago||The LA Times||
The LA Times predicts Orgegon 46; Ohio 33.
My estimate: Oregon's swarming defense has Ohio off balance, and Marcus Mariota proves his Heisman is legit. Ducks 34; Buckeyes 27.
Cardale Jones said he's not at Ohio to go to school, but tonight he's going to learn four new words: Regression to the mean.
|1 week 5 days ago||Go Ducks||
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting question. After the 2011 Sugar Bowl||
After the 2011 Sugar Bowl, Brady Hoke would have every reason to believe that his system of coaching and the people he had around him would work. His first year was impressive. Then he started recruiting those top ten classes, and it seemed we were headed in the right direction.
Looking back, in 2011 we had some really determined players who responded well to Mattison; while Denard and company were feeling confident to do their thing.
The wheels came off when the coaching deficiencies became obvious, and Hoke was not able, or refused, to make the necessary adjustments.
If Harbaugh does what he's done before, Jim's energy and incisive mind and will to win, with good character as well, are going to be a stark comparison to the haphazard "feel good" fumblings of Brady Hoke.
We can credit Hoke with his heartfelt commitment to Michigan; and he leaves behind a good nucleus of talented players. We now have an entire coaching staff who knows how to put those players in a position to succeed.
Brian acknowledges that he was wrong about Brady Hoke becoming the head coach of Michigan. Before the hire, he was unequivicol in rejecting the idea that Hoke was qualified to be our head coach.
While his evaluation of Hoke's chances of becoming coach were wrong, his intellectual reasoning and emotional response that hiring Brady Hoke to be our football coach would be a big mistake, eventually proved right.
|1 week 5 days ago||I basically agree||
It's an interesting question whether you even need to qualify your statement with "virtually"?
|1 week 6 days ago||I wanted Alabama and Oregon to play in the championship||
I wanted Alabama and Oregon to play in the championship. That would be a classic old school-new school battle. Unfortunately...
So then I rationalize: Ohio beating the Crimson Tide knocks down the SEC mythology, and looks good for B1G credibility.
But now, reason and logic go out the window. Ohio has taken this whole "dream season" garbage far enough. If Ohio wins, it's an advantage in recruiting.
Fortunately, that's not going to happen. The swarming Oregon defense has Cardale Jones off balance, and Marcus Mariota proves his Heisman is legit.
Ducks 34. Buckeyes 27.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Every Wolverine||
Every Wolverine has solid, substantial reason to be optimistic.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh and||
Bo Schembechler, Vince Lombardi, George Allen.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Mixed emotions on this||
JH probably figures it's good for the B1G to win and build overall credibility.
But if Ohio wins a national championship, that gives them an advantage in recruiting.
Bottom line, easy call: Go Ducks.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'm surprised||
I'm surprised how some people have forgotten that Borges said Denard Robinson would improve in his second year, and instead he got worse. Al did a lousy job for Denard.
And what about how he used to throw the players under the bus with his B S, "They didn't execute." That is disrespectful to the players. Who's responsible for not teaching them how to properly execute?
How about watching the game while our wives or girlfriend or ten year old kid told us the play he was going to run next?
He didn't give our football players the best opportunity to succeed, which they deserve.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So maybe||
So maybe John Beilein knows what he's doing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Have mercy||
Have mercy on their souls.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||You're wrong HHH||
People are right to be concerned.
Strength and Conditioning is one of the most important elements of training. Second rate training based on outdated goals, like we've had recently, can ruin a teams chance for success before they ever hit the field. The best S&C coaches make a world of difference.
Tolbert worked with Turley at Stanford. He knows the system they use. Being in this line of work, I continually study developments in this field.
Tolbert is a big improvement from what we had before. He knows what needs to be done.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Ha Ha Ha||
Ha Ha Ha Harbaugh!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Great||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Good point dragonchild||
Good point. The reason JH went after Shannon Turley is that he's working on these integrated physical elements in daily training. Sure as heck hope JH hires someone who has the same up-to date knowledge. Some folks don't realize what a big difference this will make for the players and the team.
Nice to hear from someone who knows their stuff.
By the way, I studied with Chuck Norris. He founded the United Fighting Arts Federation where people can take classes. He's a good teacher, and would be a great football coach on every level. We see eye to eye on a lot of things.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"What if you went into"||
"What if you went into" is a hypothetical question which references a possibilty which, while perhaps unlikely, conceivably could occur in the future.
Translation: Kyle, there's still a chance if you really want to play football for Michigan.
The bigger picture: There's always hope.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Chuck Norris is totally relevant||
The football equivalent of Chuck Norris begins with the techniques and methods of his athletic training, nutrition, mindset, spiritual practice, human relationships, harmony with nature, and so on. Martial arts practice involves all these elements. It's all connected.
In my previous work as addiction counselor, we understand that how a client gets up and makes their bed in the morning affects how they're going to participate at a meeting, what they'll learn from the days lessons, and ultimately, how they will live. Or in some cases, die. Does it get that real in your line of work, bro?
IT'S ALL CONNECTED.
A common, fragmented, reductionist perspective causes a lot of suffering, failure, lost human potential. I work and struggle to help people overcome such dysfunctional habits all the time.
Fortunately, Jim Harbaugh knows and practices that it's all connected.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hip Hop||
Hip Hop Hooray!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Now that is||
Now that is advanced athletic training research at it's finest!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Are you Aaron Wellman?||
He had everything in a big, tangled mess as well.
Just kidding with you. Your comment makes good sense.
PS: Not kidding about Wellman. I'm glad JH has better things in the works.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Jim Harbaugh||
Jim Harbaugh, setting a high standard that some people shy away from. His college coach did the same thing, and that turned out okay.
Note to Kyle: Bo Schembechler once told JH, who came to a meeting late, that he would never play football for Michigan. Bo obviously relented on that.
What if you went into Harbaugh's office and said, "Coach, I love the University of Michigan. I want to learn from you. What can we do to make this work out? I'm ready to run through walls!" Just sayin'.
Godspeed Kyle, whatever you do.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great article||
Great article about a great man who teaches a great work ethic to young men who need a coach like that to bring out their own potential for greatness.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||We need an S&C coach from the new generation||
We need an S&C coach from the new generation of coaches to be "leaders and best". The most effective methods, both from the standpoint of athletic performance and player health and well being, have progressed a great deal in the past twenty years.
I do this for a living, and work with methods developed by the best In the business: Paul Chek, Kelly Starrett, Gray Cook, Shannon Turley, Naudi Aguilar, Michigan's own Mike Favre.
I've gotten resistance from people on this board whose only knowledge is reading a copy of a muscle magazine while they're at the tanning salon. That's okay. I've also heard from a lot of good people who care about this subject. There's a growing awareness on this blog regarding advanced athletic training.
Get informed on how Ray Lewis and Dwayne Wade train: what Kareem did to have a long career. Being able to "Deliver a blow (quote from Greg Mattison) comes from training like Chuck Norris, not some roidded out freak on the cover of "Flex".
The good news is: Harbaugh knows how Shannon Turley's program works, and he's looking for S&C coaches who implement these advanced methods.
"Real recognize real." Peace.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh was on the right track||
Harbaugh was on the right track going after Turley, who runs a well rounded, innovative S&C program. That's a good sign.
JH obviously knows about up-to-date training methods that get better results, instead of just the old body-building methods that many trainers still rely on.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||At least Harbaugh knew enough||
At least Harbaugh knew enough to go after Shannon Turley over Kevin Tolbert. That's a good sign.
S&C is the backbone of a football program.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I've gotten several||
I've gotten several "Backend Fetch Failed" notices this evening. But when I click again, it always goes through the second time.
No big deal.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Durkin more important||
Durkin more important than Marrow. Shannon Turley most critical of all.
Godspeed JH. It's all good.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Here's a quote||
Here's a quote from the diary "Improving Athletic Performance" posted on October 30, 2014:
"Let's begin by considering a comment from Blueinsconsin. He noted there's "incompetence at the top of the program", and made a really good, if somewhat unlikely suggestion, that we "steal Shannon Turley from Stanford". Bluesnu provided this informative link to an article about Turley: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/31/sports/ncaafootball/stanfords-distinct..."
The diary continued:
"Shannon Turley at Stanford is one of the tops in his field. Some of his innovations are now being practiced at all levels, even well received by the NFL. He employs dynamic, multi-planar methods of training, and utilizes a functional movement metric (that is, he monitors and tests for flexibility and range of motion) to gauge the progress of his players."
Props to Blueinsconsin and Bluesnu. Credit where credit is due.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||YES!!!||
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Epic||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"too young to understand the Bo worship"||
Obviously too young to understand a lot of things.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Go B1G!||
Great to see our conference come on strong. That will make it all the sweeter when Michigan is on top.
Incidentally, the PAC 12 won five of their six bowl games. They have two more to go, UCLA and Washinton. Looks like the SEC has a fight on their hands.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Apology accepted||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Information about Shannon Turley||
Here's a link to information about Shannon Turley. He was Harbaugh's S&C coach, and is still at Stanford.
In the video, you might note the emphasis on flexibility, which is part of training for speed, explosiveness, and injury prevention.
Seriously, some ignorant people judge an S&C coach by how big his arms are. That is important to Phil Heath and Kai Greene, but just part of the equation for top level athletes.
I'm confident JH knows the difference.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Explain yourself||
What was good about you posting a link with a virus?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You recently posted a link||
You recently posted a link to a video stream that triggered a virus alert.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Plan B definitely was||
Jim's dad, Jack Harbaugh.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The effects of a strength and conditioning coach||
The effects of a strength and conditioning coach were discussed in these two diaries:
The comments contain a lot of information and intelligent discussion about training for athletic performance, preventing injuries, etc.. At the time I was building a case for Wellman to be replaced because, obviously. That problem is settled.
Shannon Turley, the S&C coach at Stanford who worked with Harbaugh, is excellent. He is every bit as good, maybe better, than Kevin Tolbert.
I think we can all breathe easy that JH will make a good choice.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not to worry||
For years the Rose Bowl was, effectively, an away game far off in a foreign land. And the Pac 12 generally had more progressive offensive schemes.
The main problem we ran into was not playing during the regular season against teams that relied on passing.
Our passing attack on offense was often quite good. We didn't have the opportunity to develop our pass defense throughout the year.
With Harbaugh coaching and the playoff format now, those two disadvantages are negated. We'll be on a fairly even playing field.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Some random twit||
Some random twit on Twitter does not rate a post.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||in the current case:||
No problem. Any defections will be more than compensated for by players who are excited to play for a top coach.
Bo wasn't a "rockstar" when he first became head coach. Players left because the conditioning and expectations for effort were so demanding.
But that all turned out just fine.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Maudlin||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Please spell his name right||
Please spell his name right. Rich Roriguez. No D.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Old news||
Old news. but very good news.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Shannon Turley||
Shannon Turley is bright, innovative, one of the best in the business. He's currently at Stanford.
Although he doesn't specialize in football, we have a world clase athletic coach right here on campus: Mike Favre. You can check out his credential at MGoBlue.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm so happy right now||
I'm so happy right now this crappola excuse for journalism doesn't even phase me.
Yeah, Michigan had several bad years with poor coaching. Every team goes through it, and we're taking the right steps to correct that.
Mr. Weinreb, Penn State will forevermore carry the stain of unmitigated shame, and will always be a warning lesson of how pathological arrogance breeds evil.
Think about that. Write about that. Live with that.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Haters gonna' hate||
Haters gonna hate.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Harbaugh's friends are flying||
Harbaugh's friends are flying into A2 for a massive celebration. Unless the plane gets lost over Des Moines like that Malasyian airliner, we are going to meet our new coach on Tuesday.
Godspeed Jim. Thanks for answering the call.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Anyone here, now be honest||
Anyone here, now be honest, have any of that offshore betting action from "Harbaugh to Michigan" at 9 to 1?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It's a matter of record||
It's a matter of record that I was a strong supporter of Brady Hoke for a long time, even when things were going wrong.
My concernand and respect for him turned to disdain when he stood on the sidelines with his arms folded, while Shane Morris was hurt and stumbling around on the field.
All his talk about "caring for those kids" seems like a bunch of baloney ever since then.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Mmmmm||
Surf & turf. Let's get both coaches!
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||I was fortunate to meet Gordie Howe||
I was fortunate to meet Gordie Howe after a Red Wings game at Olympia stadium, probably around 1959. My uncle worked there. He was wearing a suit and tie, and a dark trench coat. He talked to us for a while, and he seemed...dignified. To me, it was like talking with the President of the United States.
God bless Gordie Howe and his family.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||While Rick Neuheisal was a disappointment||
While Rick Neuheisal was a disappointment for UCLA, he is still fairly well regarded in Southern California. Not a lot of chaos or drama, he just didn't do such a good coaching job. Somewhat like Brady Hoke.
Jim Mora came to UCLA and started winning right away.
Anyway, if Rick thinks Jim Harbaugh should come to Ann Arbor, I'm not going to argue with him, that's for sure.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||The main thing||
The main thing is to absolutely STOP any helmet to helmet contact.
Incidental, accidental, incremental...doesn't matter. No excuses. No exceptions. No helmet ever touches any part of another helmet.
It's not the only thing, but it's the main thing. Then they can pretty much let them play tough football.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||One step closer||
Or so it would seem.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||Ridiculous||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||If Narduzzi can||
If Narduzzi can expand his skill set, he possibly could do well.
If he does a mirror-image of what Rich Rodriguez did at Michigan and only plays one side of the football game, he'll be back to being a DC pretty quickly.
Please note: I don't dislike RR. Good for him he learned from his mistakes. Except it came at our expense.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It's way too early||
It 's way too early for such speculation.
For now, let's just enjoy the speculating and guessing and grasping at straws whether JH will ever coach here at all.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Reefer||
That's right kids. Don't trip out. Time to watch "Reefer Madness".
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It will be interesting||
It will be interesting to see what happens when he tries to get his offense to "play angry".
Offense and defense demand different mindsets.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Now I know why you are a fugitive||
Your link triggered "Exploit Rogue Scanner (1733)" on my anti-virus. And I sure didn't click on the damned plug-in they demanded.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It's only money||
Interesting aphorism: It's only money.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Whether our coach is Jim Harbaugh||
or if our coach is Jim Harbaugh, I expect he'll evaluate Nussmeier and make the right decision.
I'm actually more in favor of retaining Roy Manning, as linebacker coach, than anyone else.
I appreciate that Greg Mattison has done a lot of good for this team, but I think his best times are past.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I've got no plans...||
except to celebrate when Jim Harbaugh becomes our coach.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Godspeed Drake||
Get well soon.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Consider this, Jim.||
The NFL will always be there. This opportunity, such perfect timing and confluence of events, most likely will never come again.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Props to you||
Props to you Brian, for maintaining composure and a sense of perspective, when many others are disingenuous and fabricate fake news.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Let us strive||
Let us strive to maintain a sense of decorum and a modicum of decency in this time of turmoil.
Or perhaps we should all just flip out and start writing complete gibberish:
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There, that was cathartic!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Is there some kind of soap or something||
Is there some kind of soap or something that can remove this image from my neural patterns?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||How about a version of a Josh Groban song?||
Or maybe not.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Embarrassing||
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Go Fitz!||
You used to juke 'em out of their shoes, Fitz. You can do it again.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Excellent video||
Great message. Thanks for posting.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Higher academic standards||
Higher academic standards didn't prevent Michigan from football success in the past.
It won't stop us from success in the future.
Poor coaching has taken us down. A great coach can put us on top again.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Most 18 year old athletes||
Most 18 year old athletes think they are tougher than titanium and will live forever.
They are ready to be challenged, and the best coaches aren't afraid to do that.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||A significant number of players||
A significant number of players left the football program when they had to contend with Bo Schembechler's high standards.
That turned out okay.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Gotcha covered on the over.||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||All in all||
All in all, a pretty reasonable summary of events. Point number 4, that JH hasn't yet decided what he's going to do, is something I've been saying all along.
As long as JUB remembers that he's a reporter, or even say "investigative journalist", I repect and enjoy his writing. When he tries to predict the future or promote his agenda, he can lose perspective just like anyone else.
Fortunately, we here in Harbaughland, err, MGoBlog, never lose perspective.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||We're not fanatics||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Just watch out WD||
If this goes on, someday I'll have more points than you.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Sad situation||
Very sad situation, for all involved.
If things happened as alleged, I think Frank should do time. Perhaps his grilfriends family will find a way to forgive him. And I would hope he becomes a better man.
If he is humble and contrite and learns from this huge mistake, his days of playing football might not be over.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Okay, I'll consider your line of thinking||
Quickly crossing his hands in front of himself does indicate that he felt defensive, and had something he did not want to reveal.
However, maybe what he did not want to reveal was that he is thinking about saying yes. On the other hand, perhaps he did not want to reveal that he said no.
In any case, his startled expression and "covering up" hands gesture was obvious. It does reveal this is an emotional subject for him. It really doesn't directly indicate what his final decision will be.
Having said that, let's remember: Logic is often the rationale which people use to justify their emotional decisions. With full disclosure I'm an all in Wolverine who's not entirely objective about these events, I would say his body language does reveal something:
There's a chance.
Please note: For those who are skeptical, there's actually a science to this subject, although it's far from being as well quantified as say, nuclear physics.
Such analysis is used for serious purposes, such as questioning terrorists who have life or death information. Subliminal perception is also used extensively in advertising. It goes on all the time, we just don't always process the information consciously.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||And three negs for listing the awards?||
Suppose that's what you get when you leave the door open and anybody can walk in.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Mixed emotions about this||
I am very glad to hear how our football players got to enjoy their end of year celebration. They deserve a lot of respect for their hard work and perseverence. Even though their efforts did not achieve the level of success we hoped for. The lessons they learned in sports will be with them forever.
Looking forward, we are probably one great coach away from being among the champions again. You can play it straight, enjoy friendships, and still be a winner. Why be in the game unless you are trying your best to win?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Fired or whatever, doesn't matter||
What matters is that the ego-tripping suits in the Niners front office are chasing JH away for no good reason. And Michigan is an attractive, viable option for him to seriously consider.
I don't have inside information. but it sure feels like the timing is right for JH to regroup with his fellow Wolverines, and if he still feels compelled to do so, have his shot at a Superbowl in five years under better circumstances.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I don't see how Harbaugh||
I don't see how Harbaugh would let himself get dragged into the Raiders black-hole vortex, just to stay in the Bay Area. He might value his family connections that much, but if so, that's certainly giving up a lot to stay close to what he calls home.
Might be beside the point, but both John Harbaugh and his wife have most of their extended families in Michigan. While it would be great to have Jim coaching Michigan, in some respects, John could be even greater.
And he doesn't bring any baggage...except a Super Bowl ring.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Jim Mora||
Jim Mora has expeditiously turned the football fortunes of UCLA around, with no drama or questionable tactics. And he's beaten his arch rival...three years in a row.
Wouldn't mind that.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||You're probably right.||
Especially if Schlissel tries to turn us into the University of Chicago.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Too late. Any attempt to correct my spelling||
Too late. Any attempt to correct my spelling woud be...academic.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||What's this?||
A post that's not about Harbaugh? Off topic.
No seriously, it wouldn't destroy our acedemic standards to accept a qualified juco player or two.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Reason$$$ to not trade Harbaugh to Raiders||
While SF and Oakland are in different conferences, they are in the same geographic market. Right now the Raiders are weak competition to the Niners for the hearts, minds and pocketbooks of Bay Area fans.
If Harbaugh goes to Oakland and turns them into a true rival, if he makes them the hot San Francisco team while the Niners flounder, it could cost the Niners literally hundreds of millions in attendance, TV money and advertising dollars.
The ego-tripping Niners suits have to be afraid of that more than anything else. Michigan would be far and away the safest place for the SF front office to have Harbaugh land.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||I agree with your description||
I agree with your description of this situation.
|7 weeks 22 hours ago||Seriously||
Seriously, that's a chump-change proposition bet for Vegas. Do you think that generates even a tiny fraction of a Mayweather fight, or the Sugar Bowl, or even one Lakers game? Not only don't they know nothin', but they don't give a darn about this action.
Hence, too unpredictable. Then crazy money comes in. Why should they waste their time?
Our best allies aren't in Vegas. They're in the Niners front office. The ego-maniac suits who are chasing JH away from San Francisco for no good reason. Michigan might offer an attractive option to those dumb, spoiled, power-tripping, rich kids own the football mentality.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||Every indication||
Every indication points to the simple, normal situation that Jim Harbaugh hasn't made up his mind yet. He's in a dogfight to make the playoffs. Whether that's likely or not, a competitor like JH would see that as a possibility, and be doing everything in his power to make that happen.
I'm taking his press conference comments at face value: That he's not overly concerned with the future, but is intensely focused on "Getting it right", winning the remaining games. Does anyone see JH as the sort who would spend a lot of time playing word games, when the obvious demands on his time are to coach his team to victory?
He knows he has plenty of options. There's no compelling reason for him to decide until he finds out how the rest of the season goes. So what I'm saying is: If he hasn't made a decision, how can all these pundits and prognosticators know what his decision is?
Let's all keep letting him know that we Wolverines want him to be our football coach. That's going to factor into his decision to some extent.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||Vegas don't know nothin'||
Vegas don't know nothin'. They got a boatload of money taking that 8-1, and they changed the line to balance their exposure.
With the news coming out of SF, that 8-1 didn't fit the evolving situation anymore. Actually, I don't think Vegas made that adjustment soon enough. With JUB calling it a coin toss, that line was, well, out of line.
Jim Harbaugh is very busy trying to win his next four games. He hates losing. That's where his focus is. There's no compelling reason for him to decide right now.
We can all speculate on the prevailing factors that will affect his decision, but the pundits and prognosticators are all guessing.
The obvious outpouring of affection for Jim to come home and be our coach is one positive, relevant factor. I'm sure some old teammates have tried to make a case. Hackett seems to be on the ball. What else can we do now, except well...never underestimate the power of prayer.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Nature abhors a vacuum||
Nature abhors a vacuum. With no real information, rampant speculation is certain to come pouring in.
All the pundits and prognosticators seem to forget human nature. With so many variables yet to be determined, such as how the Niners finish the season, even Jim has no exact idea where he'll be in a year.
He says he's not worried about it. Why should I?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Sam Webb: If I had to guess||
Sam, the good news is: You don't have to guess.
It's really okay not to guess. It's better to stick with the credbile information you provide us regarding our recruits.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Goodbye Mr. Hoke||
Goodbye Mr. Hoke.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Good, level headed review of the current state of affairs||
Good, level headed review of the current state of affairs.
Rght now even Jim Harbaugh doesn't know exactly what he's going to do. That's just human nature when you're facing a big decision with so many variables.
Coaching at Michigan is a viable, attractive option when his tenure at San Francisco ends. Meanwhile, the Niners front office, ego-tripping suits are doing us a huge favor by doing everything they can to sour him on the pro game.
There's reason to be optimistic that we could see JH on the sidelines at Michigan next year.
Time will tell.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Jim Harbaugh||
Jim Harbaugh has done a great job for the San Francisco 49ers. He's being undermined by the ego-tripping suits in the front office.
In a sense, he deserves more respect and credit than the ownership is giving him. But he's all grown up, has a wealth of options available, and I'm sure he will handle the pressure with a certain amount of equanimity. He obviously does not like losing.
The question someone asked about, "Which team will you be coaching this week" (That is, Oakland or San Francisco?) did not sound funny or clever. Just tacky.
What the pundits and prognosticators seem to miss is that JH doesn't know exactly what he will be doing in the future. Right now, and rightly so, he's concentrating on winning the next game. He hasn't made any final decision about the future, other than what his team will do this Sunday.
What's interesting is how the owner and management of the Niners are doing Michigan a huge favor. They're doing everything possible to sour him on the pro game and put him in a frame of mind to consider all his options, including Michigan, when the time comes to make that decision.
I'd be glad to see him become our coach, and there's good reasons to be optimistic that might happen. In many respects, it would be an attractive, reasonable option for JH at this time.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||JUB is a very good||
JUB is a very good reporter.
He's not that accomplished as a mind reader or fortune teller, which he sometimes tries to be.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Right now||
Right now, at this moment, even Jim Harbaugh doesn't know exactly what he's going to do.
That's just human nature when you're facing a big decision with so many variables.
Time will tell.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Let's say awesome!||
Let's say better than the "Steel Curtain". Better than Ray Lewis and the Ravens. Better than the Russians defending Moscow in WW II.
Okay, maybe that's a little Fred J.
Seriously, Greg Mattison has been a light of football fortitude through a rather dark and gloomy era. Sure, there's been mistakes and miscues. I'm grateful he brought his football knowledge to Michigan.
His weakest defense has been trying to defend Brady Hoke. But that shows courage to stand up for a friend in tough circumstances.
Thanks again Coach Mattison.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Coach Mattison led a remarkable turnaound||
Coach Mattison led a remarkable turn around in our defensive fortunes, which gained Michigan a Sugar Bowl victory. I thought then and still do: What Coach Mattison achieved, given the circumstances, was more impressive.
John Chavis was DC under Les Miles. Coach Mattison was working with Brady Hoke. Big difference.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Actions||
Actions speak louder than words.
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||Manning for sure||
I'll miss Coach Mattison.
|9 weeks 19 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.
|9 weeks 19 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!
|9 weeks 20 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!
|10 weeks 2 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.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||For all the silly clowns and grumpy gripers||
For all the silly clowns and grumpy gripers (you know who you are):
Why not just go away and let the people who are interested or care about the problems with our S&C program have an intelligent conversation? What good are you doing the football team by trying to mock us or shout us down.
Don't go away mad. Just go away.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Okay, call it a theory||
Okay, call it a theory, based on 24 years of experience.
When I see our players gain massive hypertrophy (they get bigger), but they're not more athletic: the relative incidence of injuries is statistically high; NFL scouts are reportedly downgrading our players physical condition; MGoBlog posts discuss why our players look so slow, something is seriously wrong.
Okay, call this speculation based on obvious evidence. What do you think is the chance that our stone-age head coach is telling Wellman 'Get em' big and strong'. Hoke doesn't have a 21st century clue about advanced training methods that people like Gray Cook, Paul Chek, Kelly Starrett, Shannon Turley, Mark Verstegen, and U of M's own Mike Favre are using to develop world class athletes.
Those kids are willing to work hard; they're trying their best to compete. They deserve top notch S&C coaching, that will make them less susceptible to injury, and improve their performance on the field.
I can't write a book or do a documentary film on a sports blog. I'm trying the best I can to increase awareness regarding this situation.
If this issue gets swamped in silliness, or shouted down by people who don't have professional knowledge and are not willing to do some research or learn something new, then MGoBlog might not be the place for constructive engagement with the real world.
You are right. There are many factors besides S&C that affect our players performance. Since S&C is what I do for a living, that's the subject I'm trying to involve people for intelligent, serious conversation.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Dedication and intensity are definitely important.||
Dedication and intensity are definitely important.
However, for an 18-22 year old athlete who still has a lot to learn, a good S&C coach (or one who is not so good) makes a huge difference.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||This could have been an ongoing, serious, intelligent discussion||
This could have been an ongoing, serious, intelligent discussion about Strength and Conditioning. While I presented my experience, I invited other opinions. There was great value in the comments which other people posted. Though in the real world I teach the teachers, there was never condescension or disrespect for other people's opinions. If you had read the first two diaries you would know that.
The third diary was mainly links that had come from other people sharing thieir knowledge and observations. We were having an interesting, orderly discussion about a highly relevant subject. I didn't hear any intelligent comments from you when other people were taking this subject seriously.
Other blogs support serious, open conversations on various subjects. It could have added another element, another level of value to this blog.
Other blogs, as they mature, become outlets for real news and insight. They become more than a vortex of inconsequential chit-chat and chatter.
It is obvious your vision for the future of this internet "news and views" enterprise is not the same as Brian's.
I saw an MGoBog that could interact with the real world in a constructive way. I saw an MGoBlog where people like WD bring real inside information. BiSB, you just established the ceiling for MGoBlog: A circle jerk of pointless"points". You see MGoBlog as a place to be silly and scratch each others back all day.
You get your way.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Many of the comments here were just herd mentality griping||
Many of the comments made here were just herd mentality griping. So what. But you make a good point.
Much of my motivation to begin a discussion about the S&C program were things posted on MGoBlog. A post about why our players seem so slow. A post that reported how NFL scouts say Michigan football players are not physically well conditioned. A post that analyzed our team's relatively high incidence of injuries.
A trained professional can evaluate through performance, hypertrophy, types of injuries, etc. whether an S&C program is working or not. There is a good deal of evidence. Heck, anyone can see with their own eyes.
This is really not about me or freedom of speech. Someone needs to shine some light on the deficiencies of our S&C program, for the good of our team.
It's fine to have a blog where people squabble and vent and speculate about sports. I thought MGoBlog might also support a serious, intelligent discussion about the health, welfare and athletic performance of our football players.
We could have added some substance to the chit-chat and chatter. MGoBlog is not ready for that. So it goes.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||One more thing UMgradMSUdad||
One more thing UMgradMSUdad, since your comment was thoughtful.
Did shining a light on Dave Brandon's deficiencies hurt the football team? No.
Did it hurt the University of Michigan. No, it proved beneficial.
Did it hurt MGoBlog. No, it made MGoBlog a little more well known and more relevant.
Does shining a light on the deficiencies of our S&C program do any harm? No. It might help institute the changes and improvements which are necessary for our team, and the welfare of our players, to improve.
Is that worth an honest effort? Yes.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Hey, you step in the ring||
Hey, you step in the ring, you take a few shots. So what.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The comments that people made were excellent||
The point of "Reasons for so many injuries" and "Improving athletic performance" was to generate an open conversation about the deficiencies of our football S&C program, and discuss ways that it could be improved. The comments that people made were excellent.
When people did not agree with the methods which I suggested, we still had a great discussion on the subject! I expressed what I've found in my experience, and learned a lot from the experience of others. BiSB made a mistake in shutting that down.
The most important aspect of this discussion is not about me, or freedom of speech.
What's the point? Our football players are not getting the best Strength and Conditioning coaching that is available. This is affecting the incidence of injuries and our athletic performance. That's important.
If MGoBlog is not the place for an open discussion about this subject, then the discussion can take place somewhere else. Does a person like football for its entertainment value, or do they put themsleves in the shoes of our young athletes?
It is what it is.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The third diary||
The third diary was was a continuation of the first two, mainly links and information which had been gathered from the feedback and contributions of the people who made comments.
Those comments and the information which people shared gave those diaries substance. My ideas may not be perfect, and I don't have cameras inside the training facility. But the overall conversation, including the information other people provided, had value. In the course of time, it could benefit our football team.
BiSB made a mistake in shutting that down. You can read the first two diaries in the archives. I won't repost the third diary unless Brian wants me to.
Thanks for your interest.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The bottom line, fellow Wolverines is:||
The bottom line fellow Wolverines is:
Are we going to have a discussion about improving our Strength and Conditioning program?
What would benefit the welfare of our football players?
How can the University of Michigan football team be leaders in athletic performance?
If you care about that or want to have such a discussion: That is your decision.
If you don't care about that or don't want to have such a discussion: That is your decision.
I'm cool with it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Congratulations to Brian||
Congratulations to Brian for letting this conversation continue.
Several times in previous diaries I've invited people who have inside knowledge regarding our S&C program to speak up about the methods which they see being utilized in our athletic training program. They can defend or criticize our football S&C as they see fit. They would have the freedom of an anonymous forum.
That's the type of conversation we should be working to generate. Transparency would benefit our players and the entire football program.
Gripers gonna' gripe. But stop and think. Wouldn't that make for a useful discussion? That may or may not happen. But that's the type of conversation I'm trying to get started.
We have some excellent, world class coaches in other sports at the University of Michigan. Why not football?
It could be very interesting.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Discussing the failures||
Discussing the failures of our current S&C program is not about "whining".
It is about winning.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Our team||
Our team is experiencing a relatively high incidence of injuries. Their athletic perofrmance on the field is something we can all see and judge for ourselves.
This is an interesting topic of conversation. It is relevant to the welfare of our football players.
Why not utilize the combined knowledge of the people on MGoBlog to have a discussion about this subject?
Why not try to make a difference?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks WD||
You're not afraid of controversy.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Good work m1jjb00||
We were having a conversation about this subject, but it was censored; removed from the board and deleted.
|10 weeks 6 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.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I've said it before||
Maize is better than screaming neon dayglow yellow.
|11 weeks 1 hour 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?
|11 weeks 1 hour 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.
|11 weeks 1 hour 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.
|11 weeks 1 hour 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.
|11 weeks 2 hours 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?
|11 weeks 2 hours 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.
|11 weeks 2 hours 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?
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||Now we are engaging in an interesting discussion!||
Thanks for your knowledge of human anatomy and your perspective.