|2 days 12 hours ago||You realize that you're||
You realize that you're taking all the fun out of this orgy of self-hatred by being rational, right?
|2 days 12 hours ago||It's hard to know what kind||
It's hard to know what kind of team Utah really has until this weekend, as they've only played lesser opponents that they've beaten by very large margins. Defense may be unknown, but they know how to score.
Wittingham's the same coach who beat us in 2008 (and beat Alabama in the bowl game as well). The past couple of years his teams haven't done very well, but he had a run of much better seasons.
So they have very good coaching, play in a tougher conference, and should be well-prepared by their coaching staff. The question is whether they have the personnel.
Given our performances in the past two weeks, one a disaster against a good opponent, and one a disappointment against a lesser opponent, I wouldn't be surprised if we find ourselves in big trouble by halftime.
The oddsmakers are wrong this time. I have no confidence in our ability to stop a good offense, or do well against even an average defense, I think we lose by two touchdowns. At home.
I sure hope I am wrong.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Maybe there needs to be an||
Maybe there needs to be an exorcism?
|2 days 17 hours ago||Yes. For now. At some point||
Yes. For now.
At some point the conference will improve. I hope I live to see it.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Who cares what Ohio State||
Who cares what Ohio State fans think?
It should be obvious that for the last umpteen years, OSU has had better coaching and a better program. That wasn't the result of a superior fan base, it was the result of better choices by their Athletic Department, one that happens to be led by AD professionals instead of amateurs like ours.
But since when are they the arbiters of what the Michigan fan culture is, or should be?
Do Michigan fans want to see this team improve? Yes. Do we still love our team? Yes. Would we like to see better coaching? Sure. Better playing? Definitely.
At the same time, it's OK for Michigan fans to try to see what's good in the program, even if we have to occasionally struggle to do it.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Devin doesn't release the||
Devin doesn't release the ball very quickly. And when Devin sees his receivers covered, instead of just tossing it out of bounds, his tendency is to try to buy some time to see if he can make a play with his legs or force a throw. Thus the turnovers happen.
He's such a good all-around athlete that it actually hurts him sometimes.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Looks pretty much the way the||
Looks pretty much the way the eyeball tests see things, actually.
|3 days 13 hours ago||What's troubling is not that||
What's troubling is not that any individual kind of mistake is systematic; it's that in the larger picture, mistakes and inconsistent play are systematic.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Brando delenda est. Might as||
Brando delenda est.
Might as well go with the Latin if you're quoting Cato.
|3 days 15 hours ago||I honestly don't care much||
I honestly don't care much about which conference is on top or on bottom. I get that it's about the playoffs (a system I think takes college football down another notch below where it was in the BCS era). But I'm concerned about the direction of Michigan football, and we aren't headed the right way, despite the win today over a lowly opponent.
I wouldn't mind a win like this over a B1G opponent, even a bad one, but this game is another reminder that this team still has a very long way to go this season to even be mediocre.
|3 days 16 hours ago||So...that would be OSU/MSU||
So...that would be OSU/MSU and everybody else, or what...
|3 days 18 hours ago||Your assumption that there||
Your assumption that there will be a bowl game may be optimistic. This team looks like it could lose to Utah, Minnesota, PSU, MSU, OSU, and some wild-card team on the road.
We aren't playing a good football team today, and we don't really look all that much better than they are so far.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Your assumption that there||
Your assumption that there will be a bowl game may be optimistic. This team looks like it could lose to Utah, Minnesota, PSU, MSU, OSU, and some wild-card team on the road.
We aren't playing a good football team today, and we don't really look all that much better than they are so far.
|3 days 18 hours ago||What's troubling to me isn't||
What's troubling to me isn't a lack of effort; it's that half the time the guys look like they don't know what to do. One really has to be disappointed in this coaching staff.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Yes, except that you can see||
Yes, except that you can see for yourself how the team is playing. And this time he's right.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Despite small improvements||
Despite small improvements here and there, at this point in the season my eyeballs are telling me 7-5 and a bowl game loss.
This is absolutely Hoke's last year if things don't improve in a hurry. To add to the overall anxiety, Dave Brandon will once again be in charge of the coaching search.
These are potentially dark times for Michigan fans. I'm hanging in there come what may, but it feels like it's gonna hurt. A lot.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I hope you're right.||
I hope you're right.
|5 days 23 hours ago||The only record I can think||
The only record I can think of that counts is the one on the field.
And recently that record stinks.
If the media want to conjure up a disaster of some kind because we can't pull 100k into the stadium, that's because conjuring up 'disasters' in an attempt to shape public opinion is what they do.
Here are the real disasters: 7 out of the last ten games have been losses. David Brandon is in charge of our athletic department. Brady Hoke isn't a great coach.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Next thing you know they'll||
Next thing you know they'll be picking something awkward like chicago maroon and burnt orange as their school colors.
|1 week 15 hours ago||But there's still time,||
But there's still time, right?
|1 week 15 hours ago||Ever see a Hieronymous Bosch||
Ever see a Hieronymous Bosch painting of Hell?
|1 week 15 hours ago||Please include the talk radio||
Please include the talk radio hosts and producers in this debacle, if there is to be one.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Dream on. Brandon is far too||
Dream on. Brandon is far too much of an arrogant dick to do anything that isn't likely to bring immediate acclaim and attention to himself. Hoke may or may not have been a mistake, but there was certainly no ten-year plan involved.
|1 week 15 hours ago||There should be a lot more||
There should be a lot more faith in Urban, he's a proven, great coach, period. Hoke, on the other hand has proven only that he could do well with Rich Rod's players in a year when OSU was down.
The whole thing is so depressing, please hand me a kleenex.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Canham was a guy who knew||
Canham was a guy who knew what an Athletic Department should be because he had been an athlete at UM, and later head track coach at UM until he was appointed AD. Experience as a coach gave him some perspective besides just being good at marketing. And Canham was a great guy who never, ever came off as the arrogant ass that Brandon is.
As for Bo, who could have known that they were getting an all-time great? That, I think, is partly good evaluation by Canham as a fellow coach, added to a boatload of good luck.
I had friends on the football team who hated Bo at first, and some who quit. But they started having fun when Bo showed them how much fun it is to win and kick butt. That'x when they grew attached to him.
People think that Bo was all hard-ass, and he was, to a degree. But he was also funny and sarcastic and very human to his players. He was a special guy.
As for Canham having balls to hire Bo, the fact is that Miami of Ohio was considered "the cradle of coaches," and Bo won with that Miami team. The Miami coach was an obvious choice, not a difficult one, and though the newspapers said, "Bo Who?" the fact is that he was very well known around the country and highly regarded. So it wasn't a matter of balls, it was a matter of having a very good candidate who wanted the job.
It also doesn't take "balls" to stand by a coach who won the way Bo did. Canham would have been a complete idiot to let him go!
|1 week 15 hours ago||I was at that Mizzou game in||
I was at that Mizzou game in 1969. They were very highly ranked, it was a big game for both teams. Mizzou wound up ranked somewhere in the top 10 that year.
|1 week 16 hours ago||5 victories.||
|1 week 22 hours ago||In my frustration with how||
In my frustration with how the game went on Saturday, I hadn't thought much about the fact that the offense is still in the early stages of acclimating to a new system.
Let's see how the year plays out.
9-3 is possible, 8-4 likely, 7-5 ends Hoke's career here.
|1 week 1 day ago||You're right, and it's too||
You're right, and it's too early in the season to make far-reaching conclusions. Michigan played poorly in a road game, and ND had a great night at home. There were some bad breaks.
However, something still bugs me about what we're seeing when you add in the 3-7 in the last ten games statistic, that shows a trend, and when you average things out the bad breaks aren't the cause of all the losses.
Our players have potential. Our coaches aren't getting that much out of them to this point. that's got to be very concerning.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes, but it's a pipe dream.||
Yes, but it's a pipe dream.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hey, we're still gooder than||
Hey, we're still gooder than Purdue...
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm not panicking because in||
I'm not panicking because in 1996 a few researchers working in a secret lab at the University (code named "Brazil") obtained some tissue from Bo during one of his many hospitalizations, and were able to get enough DNA to create several Bo clones. Miraculously, all of these clone babies survived. The University keeps tabs on all of them, of course.
These are The Bos from Brazil, raised in secret by specially selected foster Michigan families living all over the country with ties to athletics, and they are now highly regarded freshman players at an unspecified number of universities. These young men were raised with a love of football, and a love of coaching. All of them signed with teams whose coaches were known for their toughness and irascibility, men whose personalities come as close as possible to Woody Hayes.
In four years, these young men will become graduate assistant coaches, and then go on to rise through the coaching ranks.
Enough clones were created that the chances of one of them becoming a great coach are statistically high. In exactly 21 years, one of these men will be selected to become Michigan's head football coach. And Michigan will once again rise from the ashes of mediocrity.
More recently, the bodies of Crisler and Yost were exhumed, and teeth with sufficient DNA for cloning were obtained. A similar program is underway for the clones of these great coaches.
In 21 years, Michigan's great coaches will reappear with different names. There will be sufficient numbers of them for the Program to never descend into mediocrity again. I only hope that I live to see it begin.
|1 week 2 days ago||Could be the masochistic||
Could be the masochistic side...
|1 week 2 days ago||Of many who might be found, I||
Of many who might be found, I can think of these MAC coaches off the top of my head who went from MAC to AQ schools:
Bo Schembechler - Miami of Ohio
Woody Hayes - Miami of Ohio
Urban Meyer - Bowling Green
Nick Saban - Toledo
Brian Kelly - Central Michigan
|1 week 2 days ago||They were very, very good||
They were very, very good under Darrell Royal, including 3 national championships and a bunch of Southwest Conference championships and bowl wins.
|1 week 2 days ago||Hoke doesn't want the team to||
Hoke doesn't want the team to panic. So he offers up the coach-speak to the media.
He respects his players' medical privacy rights. Under HIPAA it'd be wrong to discuss injuries publicly until at least given permission by the students involved. My guess is that they appreciate not having their injuries and personal matters discussed in the media. There's also a possible strategic advantage of not having opponents know exactly who's going to play until game time.
I don't have a problem with either one of those things.
What I have a problem with is that the road performance of the team has been miserable for several years, and that even with the very high quality of players the team has, this is the third straight year where I find myself scratching my head over unacceptable play by (old) Michigan standards.
Michigan had a very popular coach in Bump Elliott from 1959 until 1968, when Bo came in. The media loved him, and his players loved him the way the current players love Brady Hoke. I was a freshman during Bump's last year and lived in South Quad, which was the team's dorm. A lot of the guys were decent enough friends who shared their thoughts on being coached by Bump. They loved him.
Hoke's record is also better than Oosterbaan's and Kipke's. But we've had all-time great coaches who spoiled us, and many of us remember Bo as the savior of Michigan football.
For all the team's faults, Hoke isn't a bad coach. But he's also not going to be the savior of Michigan football. There are too many power conferences, and too many tempting places for coaches to go, and too much money involved in such opportunities, to find a football savior without a tremendous amount of luck.
Do I blame Brandon for bringing in Hoke over some other coaches? A little. I dislike what he's done in other areas much more than the fact that he chose Hoke. However, I don't blame a person for making a choice that lots of folks thought would be a good choice.
I will, however, be upset with Brandon if he doesn't start a coaching search now. I'm not saying he should absolutely fire Hoke at this point - it's a decision that should be made later. But he does need to at the very least have some research done on possible replacements so that if push comes to shove, he's prepared and has some candidates confidentially interested.
|1 week 3 days ago||Dierdorf also used the term,||
Dierdorf also used the term, 'unacceptable' a few minutes ago, in the context of the offensive talent this team has. I just turned the game off after the second Gardner pick, down 28-0.
Things are not looking good. Now what?
|1 week 3 days ago||Dierdorf also used the term,||
Dierdorf also used the term, 'unacceptable' a few minutes ago, while mentioning the offensive talent this team has. I just turned the game off after the second Gardner pick, down 28-0.
Things are not looking good. Now what?
|1 week 3 days ago||It's not worth worrying about||
It's not worth worrying about Matty. Hoke and staff are gone after this year.
|1 week 4 days ago||Tonight Michigan will devour||
Tonight Michigan will devour chicken in South Bend!
|1 week 4 days ago||It's a relevant game to me, a||
It's a relevant game to me, a Michigan fan. I don't need it to be relevant for anyone else.
|1 week 5 days ago||Here are my reasons for||
Here are my reasons for rooting for MSU this weekend:
1. It's important for the league to make a good showing out-of-conference because strength of schedule is important. If the B1G is perceived as a weak conference, that hurts Michigan's strength of schedule, should Michigan somehow make it to playoff consideration.
2. For some strange reason, while I know intellectually that Michigan-MSU games are rivalry games, emotionally I don't really consider MSU a rival. I tend not to worry about them nearly as much as OSU.
3. I like it when the B1G team wins out-of-conference games. Why should I root for Oregon, of all teams, to beat a B1G team?
4. On the other hand, if MSU manages to lose, I still get to enjoy the MSU tears.
|1 week 5 days ago||I truly believe we will enjoy||
I truly believe we will enjoy a comfortable win, something like 42-17. Here's why:
- The Devins will play well, and the attention paid to Funch via double teams will benefit other receivers as well as the running backs. Gardner's confidence level is much improved.
- Nuss is a player developer and winner. His offensive scheme for the game will fit his personnel well. Repetition will mean a lot to the O-line, and they'll get better with each game. And we won't see absurdly stubborn play calls, he'll call plays that have a chance of actually working depending on what the defense gives him.
- Mattison wouldn't have his defense playing tight man coverage if he didn't think they were capable of doing it well. The defense is more seasoned than last year. The added confidence will help. The addition of Peppers adds speed to the defense on critical downs; Golson will do his thing to a degree, but won't have our defense on its heels too often.
- I don't see ND as a truly improved team over last year, except at QB. That's an important position, but Golson can't win the game by himself. And DG is every bit as good.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Week 1 rankings? Irrelevant.||
Week 1 rankings? Irrelevant.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||I feel pretty confident about||
I feel pretty confident about this game.
ND has a defensive line that's young and inexperienced enough that it might not be too much of a problem for our O-line, and while their defense is also planning to play more aggressively against the pass, there were some substantial defensive breakdowns this past weekend against Rice. I think they also had a bit of trouble with the mobile QB.
Further, we're now running an inside zone scheme unlike most that ND will prepare for or see this year, and it's one that's nothing like the offense they practice against.
On balance, I think we have a tangible offensive edge, and our defense should be able to outplay theirs as well.
Certainly the game will be hard-fought, but I think we have a good chance of rolling them at their house in this final matchup.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||The loss of Venric Mark for a||
The loss of Venric Mark for a team like Northwestern that is rarely all that deep had to be a significant blow.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||12-0 Regular Season.The||
12-0 Regular Season.
The O-line gels slowly but surely better. Devin has a record setting year. Funchess shines, our backs do well, and our defense is stifling. We win a surprisingly easy game in East Lansing. The finale in Columbus is a tough game, but the defense proves stout, and the offense has a decent enough day to take the win by 7 points.
We win the Big Ten championship by blowing out Nebraska in Indy, 42-17.
We make the four team playoff, and win against the Pac 12 champion, Stanford with a late field goal.
Inexplicably, Dave Brandon has put the team in new uniforms for the NCG, with blue chrome helmets whose yellow chrome wings are lit with flashing LEDs.
The flashing LED helmets are ruled not in compliance with NCAA rules, and Michigan forfeits the NCG since the regular helmets are home in Ann Arbor.
Brandon gets fired, and spends $7000 of his own money the following season on skywriters, who write "Brandon was a better AD" in the sky over the stadium for the first few games.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||That really is a shame. He's||
That really is a shame. He's a great athlete and seems like a very good guy.
I really hate to see news like that for any young man.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I'm excited to see if the||
I'm excited to see if our defense will be good against a good offense.
The offense is going to have one of those up and down years.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Dave Brandon would be a great||
Dave Brandon would be a great athletic director for a school like Florida Atlantic, or USF, that has no tradition to speak of. Then his marketing hoopla and "wow factor" stuff would make sense, and might interest those whose curiosity about the program would bring them to a game to try things out.
He'd still have that smug personality, but at least he'd be doing something useful with his time.
I wish I could think of a way that I could annoy him as much as he annoys me. Maybe I should run for Regent.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan has the talent to||
Michigan has the talent to win every game it plays this year. We will certainly beat ND. I see MSU as a tossup, because historically the games have been close, last year's abysmal performance being an outlier against an unusually good defense, even by recent MSU standards.
Utah has the potential of being a nasty surprise, as does Rutgers. We can beat OSU, and that game will come down to breaks. Our defense will be better than the one that PSU picked apart at the end of last year's game.
With Nuss, I don't see us giving games away with calls that make you wonder if the OC is on acid that day. So plus one or two games over last year right there.
This team should win 10-11 games, and be competitive in all of them. I'll be disappointed in anything less. If the team stumbles to another 8 win season, I'll be expecting a new coaching staff come 2015.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||One day in the Adidas Design||
One day in the Adidas Design Department...
"This is a hideous design. I mean...stripes...in several colors?"
"Yeah, it is. I hate it. But it's what the customer wants."
"What customer wants something this badly coordinated and unrelated to the history of any athletic program on the planet?"
"Dave Brandon. Michigan."
"Oh geez. I should have known. Well, send it to him for approval. And just be thankful he isn't asking for plaid."
"He did ask for plaid. I told him we can do stripes but not plaid. So then he said, 'More stripes, I need more stripes, then.'"
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This team has the talent to||
This team has the talent to win any of its games. It had the talent to win more last year, too. There are highly sought recruits in every position. There's a very good quarterback in terms of potential and athleticism. The skill positions include guys with a great upside. The defense could be very good.
Whether the team will reach its potential will come down to coaching.
So my question isn't whether the O-line guys are capable of this or that; it's whether the coaching is good enough. Game management was questionable last year. Player development hasn't been up to Michigan standards for several years. The offensive game plans were either very good (ND, OSU, IN) or head-scratchers.
Regardless of how many recruiting stars the players have, the question for me now is whether we have a 1 or 2 star coaching staff, or something else. To have witnessed the debacle of last year, with the talent that was in place can be blamed on a lot of things, but these breakdowns rarely happen with a 5 star coaching staff.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Coming off a 7-6 season, this||
Any preseason ranking based on a previous year's performance by a college football team is kind of a wild guess.
Based on last year, sure, this is to be expected.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Finally he's acknowledging||
Finally he's acknowledging the fan base's discontent over some of his policies. That's a good thing. He also acknowledges that the students hated the change in seating. Also good.
But he still insists that he needs to do thw "wow" stuff. So while he's listening to the criticism, it doesn't seem to affect his thinking. He's just too stubborn, and that's also reflected in his statements about Hoke.
I appreciate his fundraising skiills with donors. That's important. But everything else about this guy really disturbs me for some reason.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||It's conceivable. Nussmeier's||
It's conceivable. Nussmeier's plan to keep things simple and repetitive might work, and several players gained experience last year,
I'm feeling an odd combination of hope and pessimism.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I agree, ten wins should be||
I agree, ten wins should be the expectation, and maybe even eleven wins, with these players and these very high profile assistant coaches.
However, the misery of the last couple of seasons has left me feeling down about the team's chances. I sure hope I'm wrong.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||How about if I energetically||
How about if I energetically type "Fuck Dave Brandon?"
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||It's all about results. Until||
It's all about results.
Until Michigan gets better results on the field, OSU's staff has the clear edge in every facet listed.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Unfortunately, for more than||
Unfortunately, for more than a decade, what they have been regularly fucking is our so-called football team.
Is the record 2-11 since 2001?
So I wouldn't call them pigfuckers. Unless we're the pigs.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'd ask him if shit comes out||
I'd ask him if shit comes out of his ears or his asshole, or both.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Excellent post.David Brandon||
I have no idea how a man like Brandon makes millions; he's arrogant and evidently convinces himself that his ideas are brilliant, when in fact, they are garbage.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I have the same three, in the||
I have the same three, in the same order. And I was there in 1969, too.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Have our conference back?||
Have our conference back? Geez, I'd like to have our school back.
Brandon is the king of cheese.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan has had some pretty||
Michigan has had some pretty bad ADs in recent years, but Dave Brandon takes the cake.
Can you imagine Bo or Canham agreeing to a schedule without MSU or OSU in any given year? They'd have gone nuts and threatened to leave the B1G before that would happen.
Or to a "neutral site" game? Or rescheduling Appalachian State (or even playing them in the first place, I know, not his fault, but his immediate predecessors were pretty bad, too)?
Has there been a more money-grubbing, obvious, poorly planned marketing scheme for athletics? Have the students ever been treated more poorly? Have the alums ever been treated like marks to this extent?
I'm not just honking off here. I've emailed Brandon to express my sentiments several times, and have encouraged him to read this blog to find out what people are thinking (I'm sure he hasn't).
This is a man who thinks that the problem is not having wi-fi in the stadium, instead of insane ticket prices, kicking the students in the rear end and making their football experience no fun at all, bringing in a mediocre coaching staff, and a poor schedule.
Dave Brandon has done something I thought would be impossible for anyone working at my alma mater: he's both cheesed me off, and made me a lot less interested in Michigan football.
Send him back to his fifth-rate pizza company, and hire a professional AD.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||College football is my||
College football is my favorite sport to watch, by miles and miles.
But if this and other studies lead to proof that college football poses serious brain risks for players, then I wonder if a university has any business fielding a team, unless serious strides are made in eliminating this problem.
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||This all started in Istanbul,||
This all started in Istanbul, formerly Constantinople, in chariot race days!
In fact, the Nika Riots in 531 arose out of murders of one faction's members by another faction following a race, and resulted in the deaths of thousands of people. This became a political matter, so Justinian, then Emperor, came up with a plan that resulted of the execution of about 30,000 rioters in the Hippodrome, the stadium where the chariot races took place and the whole thing started.
Their descendants are still doing their sports riots thing.
So I blame Istanbul.
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||You are entirely welcome as||
You are entirely welcome as far as I'm concerned.
But hey, I'm an optimist. I say 2-10 for sure.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Thinking about recent losses||
Thinking about recent losses to MSU, OSU, and PSU, if things continue to decline on the field, we'll soon be thankful that Rutgers and Indiana are in our division along with Indiana.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||You made my day with this,||
You made my day with this, hugely funny!
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||I realize that the general||
I realize that the general consensus is that Universities somehow need what amounts to semi-pro football as a "gateway" or advertisement of the school in order to attract a student body, but the Ivies don't seem to have any problem attracting students despite a complete prohibition of athletic scholarships that has been in place in their league since the 1950s.
I read the NLRB opinion on the Northwestern petition, and was surprised to learn that the Big Ten is today even more of a professional sports league than I had ever imagined (I lived in South Quad, which was the football team dorm in 1968, and it's very clear that the players' routines have changed quite a bit since then!). That NW University did not present a shred of contradictory evidence clearly supports the players' facts, as well as the conclusion that was reached that the players are employees paid to play football (I say this as a lawyer).
I'm not making any pronouncements, but I have to question whether a University should have sponsorship of semi-professional sports as part of its mission. I have no problem with amateur athletics in which real students participate. But what's going on today is nuts.
Yes, it's good business for some schools, in terms of revenue. But there are so many compromises relating to academic integrity that I'm just not sure how I feel, despite my love of Michigan football, and despite 135 years of tradition.
I'm thinking back to how many people in the blogosphere were upset at Hoke over playing Gibbons, to the scandals happening all over the country, and I just can't turn a blind eye to this stuff.
|20 weeks 21 hours ago||I'm of the belief that Denard||
I'm of the belief that Denard Robinson was the principal reason for the 11 win season in Hoke's first year. He had a special ability to put games on his shoulders and win.
What we've seen since the Nebraska game of two seasons ago when Denard went down is what we can most reasonably expect from a Hoke-coached team.
What was most telling about the coaching staff's problems was the bowl game. That BWW bowl was the single most lackluster performance I've ever seen from a Michigan team; they looked as if they were in a practice instead of a game. I put that on the coaches.
They ought to win 9 games this year. They won't. They don't play well enough on the road. That's on the coaches, too.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Try as I might, I can't look||
Try as I might, I can't look past the problems the team has had on the road in recent years, or the issues with the running game, or the defensive collapses in close contests. I didn't see any reason for optimism at the Spring Game.
Maybe they'll turn it around.
But my thought watching that scrimmage was that I was looking at something like the 2008 team.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Brady Hoke, the person, seems||
Brady Hoke, the person, seems to be a wonderful person. I don't want to see him lose his job any more than the next guy.
He's had one good year out of three, with a team led by the very dynamic Denard Robinson, who was capable of taking games over by himself.
He'll have his opportunity to redeem things this season, and if he can't get it done, I don't think there'll be much choice; he'll be replaced. No sense being frustrated over it.
|21 weeks 12 hours ago||Hoke isn't the right||
Hoke isn't the right personnel manager to lead our employee-athletes.If you look at how often our company firewall was breached last season, you have to even question our IT manager, Mattison.
Hoke should have been let go after last season.
We have a new sales manager, Nussmeier, who is supposed to be able to close a deal, but just let a good potential employee-athlete slip through his hands. So that remains to be seen.
I think if the University of Michigan Professional Football Team doesn't do well this season, Brandon, our CFO (Chief Football Officer) should be forced to retire.
Maybe we should be open to negotiating a better contract with our employee-athletes' union; if their pay and scholarships to obtain their mythical education aren't enough, perhaps some nice perks, such as time and a half for bowl games, increased vacation pay, etc., will help to motivate them.
|21 weeks 12 hours ago||Guy probably had a lot of red||
Guy probably had a big investment in red socks and underwear, and needed his new unis to match.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Dave Brandon's cluelessness||
Dave Brandon's cluelessness starts with thinking he's some kind of marketing whiz. He isn't.
He's got one of the most intelligent student bodies in the conference, and he sends out "Superfan" emails? Really? He couldn't come up with anything less juvenile, or less obvious, with that marketing brain trust he hired?
What he imagines people want, and what people actually want, are two different things.
Brandon imagined that Michigan fans were hungry to see Michigan get revenge on App State. Well, seven years has passed, and no one really cares. Brandon imagined that we'd love traveling to Dallas to get our butts handed to us at Jerryworld. He imagined that students would come out in droves to get first come, first served seating. He imagined that playing MSU away two years in a row wouldn't be a problem, and that a year without either MSU or OSU on the schedule wouldn't hurt attendance. He imagined that Brady Hoke would be a Bo-like hire, despite all evidence to the contrary that was there for anyone to see based on the man's win/loss record.
"“I have a little experience in branding,” he boasted to reporters the other day in Detroit. “In the world of branding, you build what’s called brand equity. If you look at the Big Ten, you have brand equity that’s built over decades and decades and decades."
Funny thing about branding, Brandon, it's very easy to devalue the brand with foolish shenanigans. It can happen quickly when execs become arrogant and think they know better what their customers want than the customers do. That's what happened, for example, with the US car companies who felt that they could always dictate to their customers, instead of listen to them.
2014 will showcase a team struggling to regain its lost footing, with a relatively boring schedule, and a disinterested and somewhat alienated student fan base that is being overcharged for the experience. No wonder there will be empty seats.
And this has nothing to do with Brandon, since the decision was made before his turn at the helm, but why does a public university that is supposed to be a symbol of equal opportunity, collegiality, and whatever else all that entails, have a stadium with enormously expensive luxury boxes at all? How does that jibe with the university's mission?
Having been in luxury boxes for professional functions on many occasions (though not at UM), I can say that it's the absolute worst way to see a football game, and I'm willing to bet that unlike the rest of the stadium, the luxury boxes aren't "dry" and that alchohol is served freely. What the elitiists prohibit for the masses and the great unwashed student body they liberally consume for themselves.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I really enjoyed that story!||
I really enjoyed that story! Thanks!
|23 weeks 3 days ago||It's April, so nothing really||
It's April, so nothing really counts, but my impression is that the offense is not very efficient, and that today it made the defense look better than it is.
I get it, they're learning a new system. That's not unexpected. Still, this team looks like it would be easily taken apart by a truly good football team, even at this stage of the year.
Aside from the O-line and unimpressive run game, the quarterback play looked marginal. I sure hope that they can get a lot better by Fall, but as of now, these guys are not going to win on the road against the good teams, and might even have trouble at home.
8 wins at best. 7 more likely.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for the info, the||
Thanks for the info, the numbers are supposed to represent total athletic department revenue, not just football revenue. I didn't make them up, they came from this site, which could have certain ones wrong, but I checked the numbers against the UM Athletic Department budget for 2012-13 and the numbers for the projected revenues and the amounts reported in this article match up pretty well:
Our football-only revenue is still subtantially behind Texas (by about $20,000,000), according to Forbes. Our football-related expenses are also behind Ohio State, Texas, and some others, according to the same article.
But I'm still not excited about universities fielding professional teams, and apparently you feel the same way.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Then what about allowing||
Then what about allowing players who sit on the bench to have the unrestricted right to transfer to another school to get playing time and more money, and play immediately, whether in or out of conference?
What about allowing the richer schools to act in a free market, and pay the players larger salaries than poorer schools? It might be hard even for wealthy Michigan to catch Alabama, Texas and Wisconsin (!):
In fact, 2012-13 revenues rank Michigan 7th, and Texas vastly outgrosses everyone, thus would be able to pay players the most:
1. Texas, $165,691,486
2. Wisconsin (!), $146,366,405
3. Alabama, $143,393,059
4. Florida, $129,505,644
5. Oklahoma, $123,805,661
6. Ohio State, $123,604,626
7. Michigan, $122,742,252
Salary caps are the solution, you say? Not so fast. Congress would have to pass a special exception to the antitrust laws to make that happen, as they did with the NFL.
College football would be a professional sport.
Now, I understand the argument about the greater fairness to the players in making it a professional sport. It makes a lot of sense, given the players' hard work and responsibilities. And in some ways, it already is.
Given the short time a college player is eligible (or would that change, too?), in fairness, you'd have to allow unlimited free agency every year, so that players could maximize their income during their playing days.
As with coaches, there'd be bonuses for certain accomplishments - league championships, bowl games, national titles, etc.
On a personal level, I kind of enjoy the myth of the D-I student-athlete, but today I recognize it for what it is. A myth.
And I seriously wonder if colleges and universities have any business sponsoring professional sports teams as part of their educational mission? For me - and this is just a personal reaction, of course - I think Michigan should not be in the business of operating a professional sports franchise, so I'd be one who advocated creating something like the Ivy League, prohibitng scholarships for players, and playing lower division athletics.
Meantime, I'll watch Michigan football with nostalgia until the day they go full-pro and pay players more than a scholarship. At that point, I won't be a fan.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||What's RCMB?||
I'll guess that you didn't notice the satirical approach to my post.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Our man Dave has arranged for||
Our man Dave has arranged for alien spacecraft to hover over the stadium at halftime and create crop circles in the field turf.
Aliens. Grays from OSU.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||If they did the sea battle on||
If they did the sea battle on Slippery Rock game morning, the field would certainly be slippery.
But I'm thinking gladiators. Great way for the Athletic Department to purge the guys who might, say, advocate a union.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I'm being sad in advance.||
I'm being sad in advance. It's not hard to predict what's coming.
In the 2014 football season we will be beaten convincingly by OSU and MSU on the road; we will lose a close one to a PSU team energized by a new coach; we will lose to ND in a Why Can't We Show Up On The Road Game; and we will be upset by Some Other Team.
We'll also lose the We Don't Really Want To Be Here Bowl.
7-6 again. Hoke will be relieved of his position.
In late January, weeks after the bowl loss and following a few embarrassing public rejections from coaches we the fanbase might actually covet, a new coach will be introduced and we'll all say, "WTF?"
In April we'll all be intoxicated by the toughness and changes the new coach is touting, and delude ourselves into believing that Brandon is a coaching search genius.
Then Fall, 2015, will roll around, and the Cycle Of Tears will begin anew.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Everyone's welcome. It's a||
Everyone's welcome. It's a big pool.
I'm a Michigan alum, married to a Michigan alum, and parent of Michigan alums. I love the school and its traditions.
But I'm also the son of parents who didn't attend Michigan but still loved the school, took me to games, and showed me the way.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||A Big Plus One to you. I hate||
A Big Plus One to you.
I hate this branding BS.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I'd say there's a good chance||
I'd say there's a good chance that Congress will wade in and somehow screw this up.
It's hardly news that big-time college football is essentially a professional sport. All this labor judge did in his opinion was point out the obvious.
I've always thought the Ivy League had it right: No athletic scholarships. Students play the sports for the love of the sport.
Maybe 100,000 people won't come watch on Saturdays. So what.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Whaddaya expect? It was||
Whaddaya expect? It was written by Jackie Epps, a Michigan State grad!
Actually Jack is a really talented and bright guy, was a friend in my teenage years and lived down the street on Strathcona in Detroit.
He succeeded in spite of the obvious obstacles he was forced to live with: good looks, wealth, and being very intelligent.
But he never flew jets.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||He never needed one. Because||
He never needed one. Because he's telepathic.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||The "problem" isn't really a||
The "problem" isn't really a problem. The tickets are paid for. It's up to the students to decide what to do with them.
I don't think this is Brandon's fault, except in the way he handled things.
I just think he should be fired because he's a dickhead.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||It's all about the money.||
It's all about the money. Inject as much into the sport as has been done in recent years, and the inevitable result is the professionalization of the players.
It's not unfair to the players if they choose to assert whatever rights they have. They can read. They know how much the coaches and the schools make on the strength of their backsides. Nor is it unfair to the schools or fans.
Though it's still kind of a bummer, because we have to give up the mythology that many of us cling to, that it's all about the old Alma Mater, the school colors, etc.
On the other hand, at the major conference level, it's not going back to the way it was. I loved the mythology. It made being a fan of your school more personal. I think that's the reason college football is so popular. That will change.
The more I learn about what is happening inside the college game, the less interested I become.
|30 weeks 11 hours ago||Well, there was the music.||
Well, there was the music.
|30 weeks 11 hours ago||And we go 0-40 against them.||
And we go 0-40 against them. The upset of the century every single year, long past my death.
Not that losing to app state 40 times will kill me. It only has to happen one more time for the death thing.
|30 weeks 11 hours ago||The way we played last season||
The way we played last season we should be worried about them.
Why, they could be the main obstacles to our powerful run for the uhm...national championship.
|30 weeks 21 hours ago||I agree. TV timeouts stink.||
I agree. TV timeouts stink. If people want to watch the game on TV, let them have a delayed broadcast, with commercial breaks spliced in. The fans at the stadium see live action football without all the unnecessary BS of the extended timeouts.
That is what would distinguish the gameday experience more than anything else, and encourage fans to get off their couches and into the stadium.
As would a return to a classy Marching Band music environment without the piped-in music crap. I can't imagine anyone being deterred from attending a game because music wasn't piped in, nor can I imagine anyone actually attending a game to hear the piped in music. People want to see the game, and hear the band, or they might as well watch TV.
As to whether the students want to attend, that isn't a truly meaningful problem. Sell them the tickets, and if they don't want to show up, fine. They've wasted their money, but the coffers of the Athletic Department are still full.
The idea that somehow showing up late or not at all is a problem that should concern anyone but the students is just plain silly.
As are fake attendance figures, and the 100k people in the stands record. Who cares?
If Michigan football gets back to what it was in the past, people will come. If not, they won't. So that's another key.
|30 weeks 21 hours ago||So gymnastics (judged event),||
So gymnastics (judged event), football with its judgment penalties, basketball with judgment penalties, etc., aren't sports huh?
You're belitting the world record set in a sport you don't understand at all. Yes, ice dancing combines sport and art, and so do other figure skating events, as well as other sports like gymnastics.
It's really an insult to two of Michigan's greatest athletes, period (and by that I mean the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan, where both Meryl and Charlie went to college).
|30 weeks 21 hours ago||I fear the O-line coming into||
I fear the O-line coming into the season. However, there is reason for hope.
Our guys were highly regarded during their recruiting. It's not a matter of talent, it's clearly a matter of coaching and their learning curve, which is closely related to coaching.
Nussmeier can't afford to preside over an offense that was as disorganized on O-line as ours was last season if he wants a head coaching future. Hoke clearly has confidence in the guy, at least enough to dump a good friend and colleauge to make the change in coordinators. So if the line isn't getting it done, I would expect that Nuss will insist on a change in line coaches and whatever else he thinks needs to be done, quickly.
It's interesting that the Arizona O-line jumped 100 spots (!) when RR went there, but I'd guess that has something to do with his read option and blocking schemes that really do make the most out of talent on a roster.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Awesome guy, works hard, has||
Awesome guy, works hard, has fun. I love him.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||With the team's talent, and||
With the team's talent, and Nussmeier handling the OC/QB duties, the results should be much improved. I can't imagine an offense looking more disorganized and demoralized than ours last year, and I think Nuss will right that ship.
My honest belief is that they have a very good chance of winning every one of their games. Whether they can get over the road hump remains to be seen, of course.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||The English have liked the||
The English have liked the French since they formed the Entente Cordiale in 1904. But it was merely the continuation of informal good relations that began after Napoleon's defeat.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Great article. The analysis||
Great article. The analysis of what Nussmeier has done in the recent past is very convincing. It was a great hire.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||All this Rules of Bizniz||
All this Rules of Bizniz blather is interesting, but the fact is that Borges' offenses have not done well. The only sane solution is to replace the guy.
Both Hoke and Brandon appear to be sane.
If it was Hoke's idea, he certainly needed budget approval. And if Brandon's idea, he needed Hoke's cooperation.
I'm sure it was handled gracefully.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||This was an important step||
This was an important step for Michigan, for Hoke, and for Brandon to take.
First, and most importantly, they got the right person for the job. Second, the firing and replacement was handled with apparent integrity, in a way that was short, sweet, and without leaving our former OC dangling in the breeze wondering what was up.
This shows class and increased sophistication on the part of Brandon, and flexibility in Hoke. It was unexpected, and left me with a far better feeling of confidence in the future of the program.
So yes, my feeling about 2014's potential is changed. I think it'll also have a positive effect on recruiting. So it's a big win for Michigan.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Nicely played, Hoke and||
Nicely played, Hoke and Brandon.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||As fine a person as Hoke is,||
As fine a person as Hoke is, he is not an innovator like Gus Malzahn. He's not going to engineer a miracle turnaround.
9-3 at best; 8-4 more likely; 7-5 entirely possible. Not including bowl games, of course.
If the year is a disaster, 6-6 or no bowl game, then I think Brandon will be forced to fire Hoke, and I shudder at the prospect of DB picking the next coach, after the mess he has made of the program.
You'll probably want me to define 'mess.'
By that I mean that RR should have been given another year since many of his key players hadn't become upperclassmen and all he needed was a good D coach, and the money to get one; that the drawn-out process of firing RR was not the way to handle the firing of a Michigan head coach; and that the choice was not the best one - I suspect that some potential candidates were (and will continue to be) put off by the way DB works. Speculation, I know. But successful coaches have big egos, and I know I'd be leery of how things work at Michigan.
If Hoke is let go after 2014 or 2015, we go through yet another rebuilding.
I'm not optimistic.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||It's always been the case (as||
It's always been the case (as far as I know) that the adult campers didn't have to be UM grads, merely associated in some way with the University - and an acceptable way for non-grad family members was to join the Alumni Association.
It has never been required that all adults be UM grads. I have friends and family who attended the camp who were not UM grads, though they had UM grads in their families.
It may not have been as strictly enforced in the past, I don't know, but I was told back in the 90s that all adults had to join the Alumni Association.
I donated to Michigania as did many of my friends who attended the camp. My daughters were also counselors there. Aside from being a student, these were the best weeks of my life, by far. I may go back soon, as my daughters have expressed interest in doing it again.
|36 weeks 21 hours ago||If we have another Maryland||
If we have another Maryland type year in 2014, fans are going to be calling for execution, all right...
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed.||
The NC could have remained mythical forever as far as I'm concerned. For 100 or so years we had a college football system where every win meant something, and where a bowl was a sufficient reward for a great season, not just a decent or halfway decent season.
We have too many meaningless bowls - the BWW bowl is typical of bowls that don't mean much - and there is far too much meaning ascribed to a single game's outcome.
The playoffs further weaken the meaning of the conference championship games, and the traditional bowls.
College football was more fun a long time ago.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Because they need them.||
Because they need them.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||That gave me a good laugh.||
That gave me a good laugh. Thanks!
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Just another B1G loss, bad||
Just another B1G loss, bad for the conference.
But at least they showed up for their bowl and made it competitive, unlike a certain team that we all know and love.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Turnaround||
Funny, when I was a freshman at UM, MSU had just come off championship seasons and MNC. Michigan's program was fair-to-middling.
Bo electrified that program, spanked it, and turned it around in a single season into a championship team with the same players, not "his" recruits (at the time freshmen could not play on the varsity squad). I think that's why he's still so venerated.
That is what great coaches do. And for further proof, just look at the fantastic success his coaching tree had, down to Harbaugh, who is clearly a disciple over 45 years down the road!
Michigan expects greatness because for many years after Bo retired, we had a team capable of contending year in and year out (though they didn't always do so, they had a very fine record). Since 2008, well...we had one good year and still didn't win a championship.
We are now back to 1968. Mediocre at best.
I have zero expectations for 2014. Talk is cheap. It'd be nice to see Michigan football actually do something.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||I'm glad Sparty won. All of||
I'm glad Sparty won. It's good for the Conference. I'm sick as hell of hearing all this "B1G can't beat anyone good" chatter. And this over the top hate BS re: Sparty is for middle schoolers.
I want to beat them - and everyone else we play - but I could care less about their reputed attitude towards us. The MSU fans I know are just fine. Mark Hollis is a good AD, and Dantonio is a very good coach.
They're building a formidable program, and we need to accept the challenge and do better. Much better.
As far as I'm concerned, it's fitting that they kicked our butts after our AD was enough of a douchebag to do a "Go Blue" skywriter slogan over their stadium.
That was the most low-class, embarrassing thing I've ever seen the UM athletic department do, and Brandon should have been held accountable for it. Could you ever imagine Bo or Don Canham pulling a spoiled frat-boy stunt like that?
Time to clean the UM house, from the top down, and get back to building a better football program for Michigan.
Brandon, his minions, and Hoke & Co. need to go.
|37 weeks 10 hours ago||Our guys certainly were||
Our guys certainly were sluggish in the desert the other night. Might be a part of the problem.
|37 weeks 10 hours ago||I always root for the B1G||
I always root for the B1G teams in bowls. It's something my father taught me.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||8-4.||
|37 weeks 2 days ago||I'm Nick Saban and I'm not||
I'm Nick Saban and I'm not coming.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||It's kind of a stretch to say||
It's kind of a stretch to say that a team that is less successful each year for three years is headed in a positive direction, unless you're thinking it's somehow spiritually more enlightened to lose football games.
Should Hoke be fired?
Well, we all know that isn't going to happen, in fact we've been told it isn't by the individual who would make that decision, so there's little point in discussing it.
The question thus becomes whether the team's performance can be improved while Hoke remains on the job (one more year at best if things continue down the road they're currently on).
There are a few signs that the coaching staff may be beyond redemption:
1. Poor road play against decent teams has been a recurring theme for a couple of years.
2. Wildly inconsistent play, with multiple position meltdowns, has become part of the team's week-to-week personality, and it's getting worse, not better.
3. Inexplicable play calling at critical times has been an obvious problem.
4. The team is slow to make the necessary in-game adjustments, and when the team has been poised to win, it has collapsed late in games.
These are big problems, and they will not be easy to fix. I think that's what has a lot of us doubting this staff.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||He seems to attract a lot of||
He seems to attract a lot of recruits, and attracts lots of friends. Everyone I know that has met him has wonderfully complimentary things to say.
That's why I used that word. But, heck, you may be right.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||I look at it this way:We||
I look at it this way:
We have a marketing guy as AD. He's going to do what likes to do best, namely, use marketing techniques to build a brand.
For a guy like that, the affable and magnetic Brady Hoke is an excellent choice as the face of the program. His recruiting ability adds sizzle to the marketing possibilities.
I don't know whether Brandon is a "product" guy, or not. I know that he tried to make small improvements to the pizza product, but it still was pretty awful, yet he seemed quite content with that. According to his Blog, he's very content with the trajectory of the Michigan coaching staff, despite the evidence of the product on the field.
Our eyeballs didn't lie last night. We all realized that we were not seeing the savior of Michigan Football in Brady Hoke, even if we like him very much as a person (as I do).
It reminds me of GM not so many years ago. I was asked to create a music identity for a GM brand, Buick. The then-marketing director (who was the nicest guy) said to me at a meeting around a large conference table, "We want Buick to go back to being the brand that doctors drive." There was much agreement and head-nodding among his minions. "We want people to aspire to drive a Buick, and the music has to say that."
As Brady Hoke would say, "Weeeeeeelllllll..."
I said, "You know that they're been driving Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus for the last 40 years, and they know the difference, right?"
Ten faces turned and glared at me in unison across the table. A Marketing Department hell-bent on self-delusion does not appreciate the intrusion of truth or reality.
GM has changed the marketing director of that brand, and all of its brands. It has been through a bankruptcy. There has been a bit more concentration on actual product, and the company is doing better. Oh, they still engage in marketing, and always will, but there is at least a glimmer of reality poking through in the form of better product as of late.
Michigan Football doesn't need better marketing. It needs better product on the field. Better results. That is what builds a football brand, not guys flying in or out of the stadium in jet packs.
I have no faith in so-called marketing gurus like Dave Brandon. Product sells football, not promises. Not image. Product and tradition fill that stadium.
So if you had said to me, "Dave Brandon from Domino's is going to be the AD," I'd have said, "We're going to be in trouble on the field." And I'd have been right.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Screw||
Screw you. There are seats in stadiums for a reason. You can see the same thing sitting down as standing up.
You have a picture of Bo as your avatar. In Bo's day, we sat down because we wanted to. We still want to, and we're sick of little half assed kids without a brain saying that you have to stand up for hours at a football game.
Ridiculous. And yes, the game sucked.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||He's obviously a talented||
He's obviously a talented young man, and he'll be a big help to the team next year and in the future.
I just wish we had coaches.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||And that won't change until||
And that won't change until Brandon is gone.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Well, Bill Snyder is hardly a||
Well, Bill Snyder is hardly a brand new, 21st Century, kind of person...
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sorry to say it, but this||
I'm sorry to say it, but this kind of mediocrity is not acceptable at Michigan.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Defense can't get off the||
Defense can't get off the field. This is the worst coached Michigan team in a bowl game I have ever seen, bar none.
This is an embarrassment.
Shane is doing a nice job, though.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I'm absolutely perplexed by||
I'm absolutely perplexed by the lack of energy the team seems to be playing with. They look sluggish.
The team is showing nothing.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Despite our suboptimal QB||
Despite our suboptimal QB situation, somehow M will pull this one out.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||It doesn't matter one iota||
It doesn't matter one iota who they hire. Anyone who takes the Lions HC job is a fool, or will soon be made one.
56 years of futility speaks very, very loudly.
|38 weeks 20 hours ago||I'd prefer Gardner to start,||
I'd prefer Gardner to start, of course, because he's a very talented guy who can give us a big game if he's given a little protection. Morris is inexperienced, and often that comes back to bite a QB.
But if Gardner can't start, it's a great opportunity for this young man to step up and show us why he was a highly ranked recruit.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Mariucci was supposed to be||
Mariucci was supposed to be that very proven commodity. Didn't work out.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Considering that his buyout||
Considering that his buyout is said to be 12 million dollars, unemployment looks pretty good.
"You're fired. Here's a check for 12 million dollars."
Please fire me and do that.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||I'm a fan of another team||
I'm a fan of another team that had some unsettling second-half problems...
I stopped being a Lions fan when they moved to that damned Silverdome indoor monstrosity, and now they're in another one.
Blecccch place to watch a bleccchhh football team.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||If Bill O'Brien makes a truly||
If Bill O'Brien makes a truly horrendous decision and winds up coaching the Lions, as with all other Lions coaches after their tenure since the 50s, we will all scratch our heads and wonder what anyone ever saw in him.
The Lions destroy coaching careers. Every single time. Doesn't matter how talented they are, or what potential they had to start with.
They all wind up looking like idiots.
Stay away, B O'B, if you know what's good for your career.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Can you imagine Harbaugh||
Can you imagine Harbaugh dealing with the Texas poltics that is UT?
Never gonna happen.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Nah, Beckman's going to||
Nah, Beckman's going to Texas.
Assuming that there's another dimension where Beckman is good.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Texas is a very political||
Texas is a very political place to coach. A certain Southern charm, wit and personality work out to be the best fit there. Dantonio is a superb coach, but wouldn't be a great fit.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Great post, and condolences||
Great post, and condolences for your loss.
Lloyd is a class act. Your grandfather must have been a great guy.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||There's no doubt that Brandon||
There's no doubt that Brandon loves Michigan. But that doesn't make him anything other than what the rest of us are - Michigan fans, alums, etc. If loving the school, being an alum, and doing what one thinks is best for Michigan qualifies a person to be the AD, then most of us would be reasonably solid candidates.
The point is, these are only a small part of the necessary qualifications.
The problem I have with Brandon, aside from his personality, is that his taste leans toward cheesy PT Barnum hucksterism, only we are the "suckers born every minute."
The Athletic Department should exist, first and foremost, for the students. And by that I don't mean only for the student-athletes. I mean for the student body.
Brandon treats the students is as if they didn't matter. To him, they're just a bunch of kids in maize shirts who show up too late for the stadium to look good on TV. Michigan students aren't good marketing. So he punishes them.
His treatment of the alumni fan base is barely acceptable, and his expressed opinions and actions regarding Michigan tradition are (in my opinion) shameful.
How many people did he add to a marketing staff that didn't need to be there in the first place? How many times will we have to listen to piped in crap at the stadium, see guys in jetpacks like some kind of circus, and be embarrassed by his marketing genius as shown by such stunts as skywriting over MSU's stadium?
No wonder they wanted to, and did, kick our asses.
The fact is that Dave Brandon is the Devil because he is an embarrassment. I don't care about him being a Republican, that's his business. I don't care about Bain or Domino's Pizza. That's his past.
But he has not done right by us, his fellow alumni (I was at Michigan when he was). He is an arrogant SOB who does not, and should not, run Michigan's athletic department.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||I'm too old to understand the||
I'm too old to understand the meaning of any of this.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Haha! More like four weeks.||
Haha! More like four weeks.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, except that would be||
Yeah, except that would be 'palates.'
Unless you're ordering crates of the damn things delivered on pallets, Homer.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||KSU 42, M 21 Hoke's third||
KSU 42, M 21
Hoke's third year ends a 7-6 disappointment.
Brandon's frantic calls to the Harbaugh brothers are not returned. RR cackles.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Simple. An automobile is||
Simple. An automobile is deadly force. One is not allowed to use deadly force unless the threat is with deadly force, or reasonably believed to be deadly force, and/or to save one's life or the life of another person.
A snowball is not deadly force, unless it's a very large snowball, etc.
So if the driver of the car hits someone, the driver is charged with a felonious assault, or worse depending on whether someone is seriously injured or killed.
The rules are the same for using the deadly force of a shotgun in the same circumstances.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||These interview invitations||
These interview invitations generally don't go out unless the coach's agents have had at least some discussions with the inviting athletic department.
If the coach is truly uninterested, the invitation to interview isn't sent.
That of course doesn't mean the coach being interviewed will take the gig, for any number of reasons, but at this level there has to have been some prior contact with the agent at the very least.
UConn may or may not be all that, but it's at least a BCS level school.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||You mean you don't?||
You mean you don't?
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly this. His record||
His record proves that he is a very good football coach. Not crazy about his antics, though.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Frankly, we are one goal line||
Frankly, we are one goal line stand against Akron away from being in the Pizza Bowl.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||K State may not be a team we||
K State may not be a team we often think about, but this will not be an easy game.
Remember, we lost 4 out of our last 5 games. They won 5 out of their last 6. So they improved over the season at a greater rate than we did.
I think this will be a pretty difficult challenge, and I don't see why Tempe is somehow a less desirable venue than Florida.
Should be an interesting matchup.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Wait, you're saying Team 134||
Wait, you're saying Team 134 didn't achieve its goals with a 7-5 season?
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Being a Michigan alum means||
Being a Michigan alum means you never have to utter this little white lie:
"I got into Michigan, but I chose [insert name of lesser institution] instead..."
I am pretty passionate about Michigan football, but I honestly like our reputation as a clean program with a great tradition. As long as the games are well-played, I'm reasonably happy.
I don't care at all about the BCS or national championship playoffs. That's all perception and politics. A B1G title is sufficient for me, as long as it happens reasonably often. Which of course it hasn't in a long time. That's got me a little down.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||I'd like to see a B1G team||
I'd like to see a B1G team win the MNC and end the SEC streak. I think they can beat Florida State. So go Bucks.
I hope that Spary still gets a Rose Bowl bid.
We of course will enjoy the Whatever Bowl.
|41 weeks 14 hours ago||The Game brought me down off||
The Game brought me down off the ledge. I had railed against Hoke and Borges in several threads. But what we saw in The Game was a well-coached team going toe-to-toe against a talented team coached by one of the best in the college game. Maybe it all came together for the offense on Saturday like a lightning bolt, I can't say. Maybe it was just a matter of everything they'd been taught gelling.
But what we all saw was significant potential. When firing on all cylinders, this team has a great deal of potential and grit. Moreover, the team played a disciplined football game, except for the fight that erupted. This was the offense we were waiting all season to see.
I was wrong about this coaching staff. Maybe it really was just a case of needing the time and the experience of this season to put everything together.
As a result, I'm looking forward to next year. I think we're going to see a much improved team next season, with BIG championship potential. I can't wait for the bowl game.
|41 weeks 14 hours ago||Not sure that's a good||
Not sure that's a good trade-off, since that will happen anyway by simply watching Borges' offenses.
|41 weeks 19 hours ago||I just cracked up. Thank you.||
I just cracked up. Thank you.
|41 weeks 19 hours ago||I know you were kidding about||
I know you were kidding about these, but they're actually kind of cool. And I generally dislike alt uniz.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||I can't rank it among the||
I can't rank it among the best games because I'm still trying to remove the stake that was driven into my heart at the very end.
However, I'm extremely proud of the fight and pluck our team showed, and it was a very well-played and exciting football game.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||It showed the potential of||
It showed the potential of the team when playing well, so yes, it did change expectations for me.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||I would like to see OSU play||
I would like to see OSU play for the MNC and win.
I'm tired of all the complaining about the B1G.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Devin is maturing as a||
Devin is maturing as a quarterback, and let's face it, he played much of the season under very difficult circumstances with that O-line.
Yesterday's game shows his true potential.
To anyone who says he's not a great Michigan quarterback, look at the record book. He's definitely one of the best, and next year will be phenomenal.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||The world loves a good||
The world loves a good redemption story, and we certainly saw one today.
I was pessimistic these past few weeks as the team seemingly drifted backwards, but maybe what we saw were the ups and downs of growing pains.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I agree that it's unlikely||
I agree that it's unlikely that Hoke would have replaced them absent Brandon putting his foot down. This game was redemptive in many ways for the program.
Whether a change will be made or not, there is reason for hope.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||It was an awesome showing.||
It was an awesome showing.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Considering that our main||
Considering that our main field goal kicker was out, and that we couldn't stop OSU's offense toward the end of the game, on balance I have to think that the 2 point conversion was the right call.
Might as well go for the win in regulation.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Proud of our guys. I was one||
Proud of our guys. I was one of the guys who said we didn't have a chance. I was very wrong.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||This was a good, close game||
This was a good, close game when I certainly didn't expect one. I think it was good coaching to get the team to play this well and not mail it in.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||I woke up today feeling a||
I woke up today feeling a glimmer of hope for a monumental upset. I can't explain why.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Pelini's a good coach. I||
Pelini's a good coach. I don't blame him for being sick of all the speculation about his job, and the lack of support he is getting from his AD.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||I'm going to stop reading||
I'm going to stop reading your anti-defeatist whine-material, because the last redeeming aspect about your posts has died for me.
I'm going to go elsewhere to read interesting, fun posts making clever comments about how bad the team is.
Since you're leaving, don't feel any obligation to answer this post.
Now that Brandon has confirned that Hoke is the coach who will be with us until the NCAA outlaws football as a sport, we'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy hand-wringing and complaining for many wonderful years to come!
Future joiners of this blog will be able to say, "Michigan was once good at football? Really? Tell us about those days, great-grandfather!"
|41 weeks 4 days ago||The last dynamic offense we||
The last dynamic offense we played was Indiana, who put 47 points up in a game where we scored over 60. We will not have that kind of offensive success this game; it's more realistic to predict that we'll see lots of 3-and-outs.
It's certainly reasonable to think that with OSU's dynamic offense, we could see them put up more than 50 points, but I think we'll see a score in the 40s against our defense.
I could see us not scoring a touchdown, but in all probability we'll be able to get one.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know what you guys||
I don't know what you guys are talking about, look at our mighty defensive stop against our rival, Akron.
Those guys will think twice about trash talking us again!
|41 weeks 5 days ago||I think Brandon has done a||
I think Brandon has done a disservice to Michigan from the beginning. The decision to fire RR after three years was foolish. The way it was handled showed inexperience. Hiring Hoke was not a stellar move. The mascot trial balloon angered Michigan traditionalists. He is on record stating that he would like to have advertising within the stadium.
He has greatly and unnecessarily expanded the marketing staff, when that money could be spent on more productive things.
He wasted thousands of dollars on skywriting "Go Blue" over MSU's stadium - absolutely a bush league move.
And now, naturally, he is supporting the guy he hired who isn't doing very well with the talent he has on hand.
Hey, as long as we are stuck with this staff, I hope they do very well. I'd love to be wrong.
You ask who'd be a better AD - how about the Louisville AD? Look how well their programs are doing with far less in the way of resources. There are lots of good ADs out there with real athletic program experience.
|42 weeks 9 hours ago||These guys have been to||
These guys have been to enough rodeos to know this is the end of the line. Saturday will be their last game as Michigan's official coaching staff. They'll be allowed to coach the bowl game as lame ducks.
It's in their faces.
|42 weeks 10 hours ago||I think I hate the way Al||
I think I hate the way Al Borges has called plays this year more than I hate OSU.
And I do think it's childish to call OSU "Ohio."
|42 weeks 17 hours ago||Brian, you expressed exactly||
Brian, you expressed exactly what I've been thinking, but in a more organized way.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Glad you charted this. Not||
Glad you charted this. Not that a chart was needed, the eyeballs certainly told us this in general terms, but it helps to see exactly how the offense regressed from game to game.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Don't worry, guys, Dave||
Don't worry, guys, Dave Brandon has our backs:
Jet packs. For the entire team.
And if there's a loss, golden parachutes for the coaching staff.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||"Men, I've got some good news||
"Men, I've got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that Dave Brandon has replaced Coach Borges."
Devin Gardner jumps up, raises both arms over his head, yells, "Yesss!" and gets on his knees and says, "Thank you God for saving my life."
"I guess you didn't understand what I meant, Devin. I meant that Dave Brandon has made himself the new OC."
There is a stunned silence in the team meeting room. Devin crumples to the floor. After the sound of a few throats clearing, and crickets, Lewan says, "OK, Coach. What's the good news?"
"Gentlemen," Hoke begins, "I am thrilled to announce that Krispy Kreme has improved its glazed donut recipe!"
|42 weeks 2 days ago||I think he'll wear a flak||
I think he'll wear a flak vest this week instead of a coat.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Nebraska won the division||
Nebraska won the division last year. That's relevant. In fact, their record over the past few years is superior to ours. And in recent years, they also went to the championship game for the B12.
Sadly, Michigan's become the significantly less relevant team.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Frustration can certainly||
Frustration can certainly lead to apathy.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Well, you know, fans aren't||
Well, you know, fans aren't exactly on the team. So there's that small difference.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||It's possible that||
It's possible that Michigan-fan Aliens singing The Victors will take our coaches onto a spaceship, and implant coaching brilliance into their minds. It's possible that they will give these newly-minted geniuses a miracle strength and talent elixir and flubber cleats to give to the team. It's possible that Michigan will play the greatest game in the history of college football, not merely upsetting OSU and breaking their win streak, but clobbering them and giving us a game for the ages to remember the rest of our lives.
These things are possible; anything is possible.
Unfortunately, I don't really think this is likely to happen. I'm pretty much a reality-based guy, and am wondering whether OSU will let up and play their second-string after they hang 50-60 points on our misbegotten group of players in the first half.
Go Blue, but stay safe out there...
|42 weeks 3 days ago||I hope that none of our||
I hope that none of our players get hurt. That's about the most enthusiasm I can muster today.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||You're right, of course, RR||
You're right, of course, RR is over. But that isn't my point.
If he's consistent, Brandon lets Hoke go.. I don't see that happening, of course, Hoke is his hire. He'll come up with his justifications.
Someone's gotta be out there who can bring the program back, though.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||One correction, even though I||
One correction, even though I am not a fan of Brandon - just this year the athletic department got a single 100 million dollar donation.
That is moolah.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Nice win for RR. I'm happy||
Nice win for RR. I'm happy for him.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||This kind of a season is what||
This kind of a season is what Brandon hung a Michigan coach, RR, out to dry for, while he flailed around trying to find a replacement. Whatever you may think of RR (I thought he was a good coach who needed a better D coordinator), that was no way to handle it.
He was talking this week about this still being possibly a terrific season. The man's eyeballs are way too far up his ass to see what is going on.
As long as Dave Brandon is the athletic director, the University of Michigan will not have an elite coaching staff. Get used to it.
Put yourself in a really good coach's shoes. Would you want to take this program over and work for this guy? He's a horse's ass.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||RR's teams improved every||
RR's teams improved every year, Brady's teams have gotten worse.
RR got fired despite year-to-year improvement; it wasn't enough, apparently.
It's obvious that this is not the kind of thing Michigan expects, and a competent AD would start the search today for a new HC.
7-4 is a disasster of a season for a team with this kind of talent, despite their youth, and next week will be slaughter. There will be, and should be, calls for Hoke's termination.
But it won't happen. Brandon has neither the desire, nor the balls, to fire Hoke and his staff and face yet another rebuilding period. But as far as I'm concerned, this nonsense is on him.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I think we should play||
I think we should play Northwestern again.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Not that I want to belabor||
Not that I want to belabor the point, but isn't Big Boy Alabama coached by a guy who coached at MSU, and who still plays dinosaur football? Same with LSU, coached by a former Michigan player and assitant?
Come to think of it, isn't Stanford still playing Dino-ball, as you put it?
Maybe there isn't that much that's all new and shiny in football, except that finding players is location, location and location...
That said, we aren't very good this year, that is for sure.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||How about a nice white short||
How about a nice white short sleeved shirt, a tie, and a baseball cap?
|43 weeks 1 day ago||We're so sad this year, I||
We're so sad this year, I can't argue with you.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||I've done my research, and||
I've done my research, and I'm going to give it to you straight:
Al Borges is obviously an animated corpse, this is why his brain is working in such strange ways, And the beating he has taken has made Devin a Zombie as well.
Remember that half that Lewan didn't play? Yeah. His forehead is falling apart after every game now. His ears fell off in that game and they had to take his helmet away to keep his head from breaking off.
That facemask twist against MSU? Yup. He was going after brains for dinner.
In fact, it's the same all along the O-line. They've had to dig guys up and put uniforms on them.
Team 134 is mostly Zombies. And you can tell by how they're playing, of course. Why do you think they didn't play Fitz today? I'll tell you why. Because they had to sew his legs back on after last week.
So here's the thing. If we're going to play Zombie Ball, why not go all the way, dig up Bo, chant a few magical spells, throw them bones, re-animate him and get him back into coaching? How is he going to do worse than Zombie Borges or Hoke (and by the way, who else but a Zombie stands in the rain in a T-shirt for hours? See what I mean? It's becoming obvious).
I don't care about Iowa. I mean, really, no one cares about Iowa, win or lose. As for Ohio State, they're all "made" vampires. Vampire Urbz has seen to that. It's why they're so fast and powerful.
Zombies have no chance against vampires.
We need Werewolverines to beat them. Dig up Bo. He will see to it.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||I'm embarrassed by this||
I'm embarrassed by this coaching staff and the play of this team. I wasn't by Sheridan and the RR first year offense - at least they had a rew reasons for their issues.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||You have a chance to tie the||
You have a chance to tie the game, or lose it. You choose to lose it.
Does anyone need any more evidence about the ineptitude of this coaching staff?
|43 weeks 3 days ago||I'm hoping that the BTN||
I'm hoping that the BTN announces the firing of our coaching staff at the half.
I don't care if we finish the game. It's just too ugly to watch this exercise in futility..
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Al, thank you for being the||
Al, thank you for being the most stubborn, batshit crazy offensive coordinator in football today.
Quite the accomplishment.
We had the Wonder Of Denard, causing great pride. Yang. Masculine. Hard.
And now we wonder why we have you, causing equally great distress. Yin. Softness.
Yellow is the most prestigious color and generates both yin and yang. Yin and Yang. It's the way of the world, isn't it? Michigan loves yellow.
Unfortunately, red is the color of good luck, joy, and so on, so we're screwed there, but WTF.
I think the reason we win more at home than on the road is Feng Shui, but I'm not sure why.
|43 weeks 5 days ago||Look back over the past 60||
Look back over the past 60 years. Easy to do - just Google national football championships.
The Big Ten doesn't have all that many National Championships over the years. It has never been considered the top conference since the late 40s. The idea that the B1G has slipped is all over the media, but that is very, very old news.
What makes it somehow an issue is the BCS. The conference was fine before 1998. The idea that a national champion somehow has to be crowned changed the game.
We are hardly middle of the pack in the league most years. We have a good program. We've had mediocre coaching the past 6 years, however. This team has had chances that it threw away in all of its losses this year. The problem is the coaching since 2008.
We were not a very big deal in the 50s, or for most of the 60s. We were #2 as recently as seven years ago, and Urbz had to lobby the media to have the BCS not simply rematch M and OSU in the NC game.
The program has had its ups and downs.
Yes we need an elite coaching staff to become elite. It's my belief that we had an offensive minded head coach with a good chance at making us elite, but he could only produce half a team. We now have a coachiing staff that is evidently clueless lately. I can't for the life of me figure out how that happened, but there it is.
Hoke and the staff need to be replaced. And I agree, it's not gonna happen soon.