to play football, not to play trumpet
|5 days 6 hours ago||There was not a single||
There was not a single crystal ball to Michigan for Nick Eubanks when he committed. Does that count?
|6 days 21 hours ago||How quickly we forget poor||
How quickly we forget poor Jack Miller.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The two struck up a||
The two struck up a friendship during their time as Michigan commits, and Bredeson is from Wisconsin. While neither is telling, I'm certainly hoping the next 10 days pass as quickly as possible (and with little disturbance).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Updated "Depth Chart by||
Updated "Depth Chart by Class" in 3...2...1...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Question||
Is there significance to the order that names are listed within a given box?
(Apologies if this is obvious. It's early out West.)
|22 weeks 3 days ago||So you think all Utes stay in||
So you think all Utes stay in SLC? Interesting...
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Just landed...||
Waiting to deplane in SLC as I type. There are much more overt Michigan fans on this flight than Utes. A few of the locals (including the SLC-based flight crew) are somewhat shocked by our turnout.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Marriott Courtyard SLC Downtown||
Just made the decision today...
Courtyard Salt Lake City Downtown using points, though I'm refreshing the Marriott page throughout the day to see if the Marriott University Park pops back up.
I haven't purchased my game ticket yet - that's this afternoon's challenge.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||I want to believe... That||
I want to believe...
That said, could be that he's just referring to the fact that - after last night's commitment of Onwenu - he now has a Michigan and a State commit on the team.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Before we go too far...||
If this is Beilein's doing, then it is an extremely positive indicator.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Per Scout...||
6. Lavert Hill
10. Demetric Vance
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I would love for this to be||
I would love for this to be shared across a wiiiiiiiiide audience. Nice read. Thanks, OP.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Coffee now (Pacific time||
Coffee now (Pacific time zone). But after 1230 PST, probably an Angry Balls (Angry Orchard cider and Fireball) or five.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||You threw me by not||
You threw me by not capitalizing your title. I wasn't ready.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||The sandbagging is getting||
The sandbagging is getting intense. We have just as much to lose, just as much to gain. The last victor gets the bragging rights; otherwise, you're just as pathetic as Ohio State bringing up football season to ease the pain.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Thanks for this discussion. I||
Thanks for this discussion. I love looking ahead, even while enjoying another March. A few randomly ordered thoughts:
-I think Mitch could be tempted to jump due to age. Even as a second rounder, he starts his NBA clock sooner, which gets him to a potential second contract sooner. If he's healthy enough for pre-draft workouts, he could even end up as the ideal candidate for a team like the Spurs late in the first.
-I disagree that we need to hit a home run with PG in 2015. PG is a luxury until the 2016 class due to the depth on the roster. To get a true blue chip point, they will likely need to see a faster path to playing time than a potential Jr. Walton/Sr. Spike depth chart. Of course, things change. Walton could make the leap in year 2. And Michigan is still recruiting Brunson, even if (according to Sam Webb) they've slowed their recruitment of other 2015 points.
-Completely agree that we need a talented big in 2015. I hope Diamond Stone has continued to watch closely after his visit last year, because there's an opportunity for quick playing time here.
-I have to think that Nik is gone. His draft stock will likely never be higher, and I don't think we can discount the impact of seeing Glenn and Mitch come back, only to have their draft stock fall. We should enjoy every one of these last 9 games ;)
|2 years 1 week ago||In general, I roll my eyes at||
In general, I roll my eyes at about 90% of references to "Michigan Men" made on WTKA and elsewhere. The phrase obviously had meaning at some point, and there are obvious exceptions where that meaning holds true - the work with Mott sticks out.
But the phrase now more than ever seems to be a bit pro forma, based more upon performance on the field or star rating of a recent recruit.
Regardless of what the title means anymore, if the allegations here are true, then more than one person should give up their claim to it.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Bullets||
In additon to the other quotes mentioned, I found these interesting:
--Philosophy is to put playmakers in the best positions to succeed.
--Will run the ball;
--His philosophy is consistent with that of Hoke or else he wouldn't be here;
--Could see drastically different formations from week to week, depending upon what is best against a particular D;
--Need to put QBs in as close to game situations as possible before Saturdays;
--Players need to be self-starters off the field given the limitations on time with coaches;
--Minimize penalties on offense and negative plays - no presnap penalies, loss of yardage plays, sacks;
--Impressed with the young talent on the roster;
--Green, Dawson, Morris called out specifically as examples of the talent on the team that he recruited at Bama.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I think the assumption is||
I think the assumption is that Fitzgerald is purple 'til he retires, but I'll be interested to see what happens if UT or USC backs a armored truck up to Bill O'Brien after another successful season at PSU. Either one of those athletic departments could absorb his buyout without a second thought. And - despite his sentimental spot in Happy Valley - I think he'd be crazy not to at least consider a chance at college football royalty.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Absolutely. I'm hoping that||
Absolutely. I'm hoping that once Funchess gets healthy, he can serve as the complement to Gallon. That said, it's pretty impressive to see Chesson's downfield blocking. If he's not yet a viable receiving threat, at least he's still looking for ways to contribute.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Smith||
De'Veon has now come in for some serious praise in the MGo-Preview materials, highlighted by Brian's prediction that he'll be the #2 back by the end of the season (but also in Ace's predictions above).
Is there recent insider scuttlebutt that suggests that he has been more impressive than Green or Johnson, or is this just an appreciation for Smith's game? (Interesting take either way; just wondering if I have missed something insidery.)
|2 years 24 weeks ago||I'm listening on my iPhone||
I'm listening on my iPhone right now using the Downcast app. Pretty easy to subscribe using the wtka podcast URL.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Wow... Make sure to listen to||
Wow... Make sure to listen to the podcasts if you get the chance. There is a great deal of inside information being discussed during these interviews with the coaches today, including breakdowns of Bryant's play this fall, Avery's swap, the growth of the linebackers, etc.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Re: SAM||
Sam Webb, during today's recruiting roundup, attributed the recent recruitment of several SAM-types to information that has not yet been made public. (I'm paraphrasing.)
That would seem to indicate that there is something attrition-related afoot, rather than a sudden identification of need.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||I now look forward to||
I now look forward to Borges's presser as much as any other post during the week.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Brian has done a lot of||
Brian has done a lot of things right with this blog, but this may be my favorite. Thanks to all involved for bringing back an underrated piece of past gameday experiences.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Jebus, the content this week...||
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Hello: Ross Douglas, per||
Hello: Ross Douglas, per Bill Greene on Twitter
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Very interesting that his||
Very interesting that his Scout profile lists interest in Michigan as "high," while everyone else is at "medium." This leads me to believe that it is based upon more than just the offer status and visit schedule.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||OT Taylor Decker||
He was previously an ND verbal and now listed as an OSU commit on Scout. I wonder how this impacts Diamond's decision.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Speaking of Brandon Graham...||
Speaking of Brandon Graham, I thought this Twitter exchange from immediately after the game was very interesting:
scbr3 (Stevie Brown): @BGraham54 y couldn't Hoke come when we were still there bra
BGraham54 (Brandon Graham): @scbr3 yeah I know man I'm sick
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Best recruit since Jerod Ward in 1994.||
There are programs that recruit well but don't develop players during their time on campus. There are programs that develop players in good college players, but don't bring in the big time recruits and are eventually exposed. With Beilein and this staff, M has the chance to become one of those teams that both recruits high level players and maximizes their potential. This is BIG.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I don't think we'd need||
I don't think he would necessarily need to see another commit for the depth chart to give him trouble. Michigan has got two of the top tackles (Manguson and Kalis, even if he projects at guard), an in-state sleeper like Braden, and -- if rumors are true -- one or two more OL coming in for this class. I think Elmer (and Diamond, for that matter) are looking for opportunities to play early.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I guess I can understand it||
I guess I can understand it somewhat. With the OL class in 2012, he was facing stiff competition to see the field early. Tough to lose him, but I'd rather he leave the state if he isn't going blue.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||"Did I hit somebody? Did I||
"Did I hit somebody? Did I strike somebody?" is just as ridiculous a statement as "Everybody murders."
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Counter-programming to||
Counter-programming to Brian's appearance on WTKA, obviously.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Serious question for anyone||
Serious question for anyone who listens to Michigan Insider on WTKA:
At the 12:29 mark of that clip, is that frequent caller Dennis? If so, he's either a) not putting on an act when he calls in, or b) been in character for over 35 years.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Meridian Pint or RedRocks on||
Meridian Pint or RedRocks on 11th Street in Columbia Heights. It shouldn't be more than a 10 minute cab ride, and you'll get to experience a part of DC that isn't normally frequented by out-of-towers. Meridian Pint is high end bar food and great beers. RedRocks pizza is very good.
Afterwards, walk two blocks south for a beer on the patio at Wonderland Ballroom.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Now a fun one...||
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Feels good to see Michigan||
Feels good to see Michigan listed in that group. As a reminder, a quote from Sam's article a week ago:
|4 years 26 weeks ago||I have no problem with the||
I have no problem with the staff choosing Pipkins over Schutt, if that's indeed what happened. While it may be a nice confirmatory measure, I sure hope the staff doesn't recruit based upon a third party star system. Besides, the two are ranked so close that placing one over the other is likely subjective anyway. The unfortunate consequence is that Schutt could end up at Penn State or Wisconsin.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Six Zero better get to work...||
He may need to photoshop in another 'head asplode' next to JH.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||And then he created...||
And then He created a Denard, Hart, Arnett, Watkins, and Roundtree starting lineup for the Alabama game.
And it was good.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Slight correction...||
M-Wolverine is right that Sam stood by his gut feeling; however, Sam stated that he had not spoken to Dee yesterday or today. Sam mentioned that the Orlando Sentinel article had no impact on his gut feeling and that he would stand firm to his thoughts unless he heard it directly from Dee.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||There was a clear "break his||
There was a clear "break his leg" chant that came through the ESPNU broadcast. I'm pretty sure it occurred during Michigan's second offensive series, if someone wants to go back and look for it. Also, as mentioned, they were ecstatic when he fell back down after reaggravating the knee injury.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Also have to remember that||
Also have to remember that the remaining Big Ten teams haven't had the luxury of facing our defense yet.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||This is intended to be a slam||
This is not intended to be a slam on Craig Ross, but given the breadth and depth that Brian shows during their shared segments on Thursdays, I really would like more dedicated time for just Sam, Ira, and Brian.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||As far as I can tell...||
As far as I can tell, the original poster did nothing but state what he heard on a news program that is known in the Detroit area and <em>could</em> have some credibility. Let's not bash him for doing this; even if we don't like the reported story.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||"To summarize them all, I||
"To summarize them all, I felt comfortable with all of them. I'm interested in all of them, and I like all the coaches."
Pro forma answer, but a smart one. Sounds like he'd be a great add, especially given his offer list. #4 Guard in the country, according to Scout.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||His analysis is||
His analysis is bullshit.
But I'll be as nervous for this game as I have been for any Rose Bowl. I'm as big a Rich Rod fan as exists amongst my circle of fans, and I worry what a loss in the opener (especially this opener) would mean.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||I understand the sentiment of||
I understand the sentiment of the post (2009-10 was an effing waste) and I agree that the short-term trajectory is downward, but most of the points in this post were just as relevant two days ago. I mean, even with the departure of Manny and Peedi, LLP was not going to be Demetrius Calip.
If the opinion of some in April was "we're in for a tough 2010-11, but 'in Beilein we trust,'" that opinion should not have changed. It's essentially the same "scrappy", "hard-nosed", "gym rat", "couldn't touch the square with a step ladder" team it was always going to be, along with the same hope (or lack thereof) for the future.
I, for one, will wait for Brundidge's decommit post before I panic.
|6 years 6 days ago||I'm okay with this...||
I'm okay with this if it turns out he was squeezed out of M's class by numbers. One can dream.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||That answers that question.||
That answers that question.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||We're referring to it as the snowpacalypse...||
From what I've read, we can expect to see thundersnow as well. (Yes, thundersnow is apparently real.)
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Warren leaving has no impact...||
As I understand it, if Warren leaves, it has no impact on this year's class. You can take 25 kids per recruiting class, and you cannot exceed an overall number of 85 scholarships. At present, we are so far below 85 (71 rings a bell) due to the attrition -- and that's before graduations -- that the full 25 will still keep us under 85 overall.
The question that remains to be answered is whether we can exceed 25 by having some kids enroll early. In that case, I've heard it said that they would count against last year's class (which, not including Witty, had 21, right?) instead of this year's.
So, if that is indeed the case, we could stash 3 early entrants (and Witty) in last year's class bringing this year's total to 28.
Of course, no one is certain of the new rules (or even if they are "new"), so what the hell do I know.
PS--I really hope this doesn't portend bad news from Josh Furman.
PPS--Yes, there are enough caveats in this post to choke a lawyer... by design. It is as much as question as a comment.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Ezeh was bad; no doubt. But||
Ezeh was bad; no doubt. But he's played for three defensive coordinators in three years after not having played the position in high school.
His brain has to be mush these days.
I'm disappointed with his on-field performance, but I feel for him.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Don't read too much into his comments.||
When I read it the first time, I had the same thoughts. But "location" could be just as much a criticism of Blacksburg as compared to Ann Arbor.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||What I saw that gives me confidence...||
* We have a top tier player that can take over late in games, despite having an off day overall.
* When hitting from outside, this team can play with anyone.
* #0 looks to have taken "the leap" between his freshman and sophomore years. Wow.
* Morris' ball skills look to be greatly improved over other point options last year.
* Despite my frustration with LLP as the primary ballhandler, he acquitted himself quite nicely with his outside shooting.
* I don't expect this team to suffer from the free throw stripe.
* We're now 1-0 against probable tournament teams, if one game is at all indicative of Creighton's team. I doubt the MVC has a better team to offer up.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Decent, yes.||
But based upon precedent, 16th is not a "good" recruiting class at Michigan.
I fully understand that Rodriguez recruits areas that are considered undervalued by recruiting sites (Smurf Backs and Slot Ninjas come to mind), but on the defensive side of the ball, they are recruiting the same players as the other elite programs in the country. And with a full class of 25, to have a ranking in the mid- to low-teens means simply that the average recruit is not thought of as highly as previous classes. Of course they can be wrong, but I think Brian and others have done a lot of work to show that recruit rankings are a reasonable predictor of success.
Christian was a nice grab. And adding a couple more from the Jefferson, Parker, Grimes, Furman, etc. bunch will help as well.
I also hope -- given the staff's experience at West Virginia and their dedication to recruting the deep South -- that they are more adept at uncovering gems previously overlooked. Carvin Johnson was unranked anywhere when they signed him earlier this month, and now he's seen as a rising 3 star. Cornelius seems to fit that model as well.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Carvin Johnson||
I'm sure it has been posted here somewhere before, but it bears repeating that Carvin Johnson has been given a three-star ranking by Scout. Rivals still has Johnson unranked. (Recall that Johnson was unranked by both sites at the time of his signing earlier this month.)
|6 years 12 weeks ago||The takeaway from this...||
Bill Martin, at least in this instance, acted like an asshole.
An employee of the University attempted to do their job, and Martin pulled a "Do you know who I am??" Let's not explain this away by holding the students to our standard of Michigan fandom. This job is probably not seen by them as an opportunity for hero-worship; they are likely just trying to pay for school. They didn't deserve this.
If this story had come out about Dantonio, Tressell, or even Carr, we'd have been nursing our wounded pride with 100+ posts of pure glee. Let's hold our guys to the same standard.
As an aside, the two reported incidents occurred during/after a) the signature win of this season, and b) an enormous blowout victory. Could you imagine if he was in a bad mood?
|6 years 14 weeks ago||I'm thinking of cashing in my tickets...||
I'm thinking of cashing in my tickets for the sawdust-stuffed Ninja Turtle knock-off or the build-your-own wooden airplane.
All this time, I had my eyes on the Simon Says or the sweet, sweet radio-controlled Lamborghini Countach.
Sadly, no. This downturn in the MGoBlog economy sucks.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Honestly, I hope I never run into a player again.||
I crossed paths with Woodson outside West Quad as a Freshman in '96, but it all went downhill from there.
Lived across the hall and was friendly with Demetrius Smith (who roomed with Ray Jackson) in West Quad: both kicked off the team.
Frequently ran into William Peterson (now Will James of the Lions), who spent a lot of time with Smith and Jackson and lived in the basement level in West Quad (pretty sure this is where the infamous stripper robbery occurred): kicked off the team.
Had Bio-Anthro (everyone deserves to take an easy class now and then) with DeWayne Patmon and Patrick McNall: underachieved and transferred, respectively, IIRC.
Needless to say, I don't plan on showing up for too many Victors Walks.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||My guess: Brian's been||
My guess: Brian's been working on this post for at least a day. News this big doesn't arrive on Mary Sue Coleman's desk without a little advance notice, and Brian seems to have several sources for information in the athletic department.
Besides, it seems unlikely that Brian would half-ass a quick google-stalk of potential replacements. And this post -- in three hours -- would be 2005-Henne-vs.-OSU-esque.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||MGoBlog was always a great||
MGoBlog was always a great place to come for in-depth analysis. But this week has to epitomize what Brian had in mind when he added the Diaries and the MGoBoard. The resulting contributions are just as noteworthy as -- and slightly less tinfoil-hattish than -- the reader-generated content at places like Daily Kos.
Commenters (extra credit to Coach Schiano and Misopogon) have really stepped up their game this week. Well done.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||That he's not leaving until||
That he's not leaving until next September would suggest that the NCAA investigation had nothing to do with this. Retirements in shame are normally immediate and intended to allow the university to move on post-haste.
This seems designed to (a) ensure that the stadium project is completed on time and under budget, (b) ensure solid fiscal planning for the next large-scale projects (baskeball practice facility, Crisler?), and (c) allow for a high-profile celebration of his tenure during the UConn home opener (his last day on the job).
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Does this cast equal doubt on||
Does this cast equal doubt on the report that Seantrel Henderson is attending, or were the two reported by different sources?
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Speaking of Sparty comparisons...||
What are the odds that tear gas will be required to quell the protests at City Hall, as it was during Sparty's Munn Field riot over a similar issue?
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Agree, reluctantly.||
I'm glad that Leach is sticking up for the program; I just wish the program wasn't under attack to begin with.
This whole "airing of dirty laundry in the press" is bush league. Never in my life could I have guessed -- when comparing the football and basketball programs -- that football would be the drama queen.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||Whether he is taking credit||
Whether he is taking credit for the drop, taunting, etc., it is self-aggrandizing. Maybe I don't completely understand the psyche of being on an island play after play. But having been humbled by several receivers now, I'd like to see BooBoo save the demonstrative gestures for truly good plays.
If it really is what he needs to get himself in mental shape to play, then so be it. I'll still want him off my lawn, but I'll understand why he's there.
But I have a hard time remembering a corner that talked so much after every play. Even the great Charles Woodson -- who loved himself long before we did -- didn't do it after every incomplete pass.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||Also confused by the line...||
So shifting the line from -1 to +3.5 is some sort of super secret psych out by Vegas?
Wouldn't the "dumb money" folks who liked Michigan at -1 be even frothier at +3.5?
If money was heavy towards M in the beginning, then M would give more and more points until equilibrium was reached, no?
Too many questions. My head is spinning.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||Thank Jebus...||
Thank Jebus this came before 4pm today. Yesterday at this time I was drinking old soy sauce packets and organizing my sent mail folder while hitting the refresh button over, and over, and over, and...
|6 years 18 weeks ago||There's maybe one or two||
There may be one or two weeks per season where I'm absolutely certain that your clever code is safe.
This is one of those weeks.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||In all seriousness, this||
In all seriousness, this heads-up was almost as valuable as yesterday's "OSU tickets available" post.
It was funny before MalletsaurusRex arrived. From there on out, I was giggly in a way that 99% of blogs rarely provide.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Stupid question, but...||
Does "no sound capability" = "no computer speakers"? If so, could you simply plug headphones into your computer at work.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Until the recent regional||
Until the recent regional trade-off with ESPN2 and the emergence of the BTN, DC frequently received some awful ACC "rivalry" game (usually featuring Clemson) while the rest of the country was watching The Game. Those were dark days.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||All of them.||
All of the Alumni Club locations will be playing every game, regardless of network. The Sparty game will definitely be on, and you'll need to get there early to get a seat. Alumni Club viewings of rivalry games are heavily attended in DC.
BTW, to clarify, you do not need to be a member of the Alumni Club to attend one of the games sponsored by the group.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Yes. ESPN2.||
Depending upon where you are staying in DC, there are a number of places where the alumni club watches games.
Tommy Joe's in Bethesda also hosts the Michigan alumni club and features a slightly younger (and more Bethesda-y) crowd.
EDIT: I wasn't aware of the Michigan room at Buffalo Billiards that chally mentioned above, but I've watched a lot of sports there, and it is always a good time.
The Pourhouse/Top of the Hill are upstairs/downstairs bars in DC that historically have hosted the alumni group in DC (EDIT: But judging by bsb2002's comments below, it appears that they may no longer be an alumni group viewing location. Sad, if true.)
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Good to hear.||
The way I see it, we're playing true freshman right now out of necessity rather than preference. Eventually, we want to get this program back to a place where incoming freshman expect a year or two of development from the bench.
While it is a great recruiting tool for 17 and 18 year-olds to see freshman making an impact in front of 110,000 people, it is more a sign of lack of depth than open-mindedness. If an eventual 5-star quarterback can lead by example, accepting that he may not play immediately, it could do wonders when our depth charts return to their usual density of prospects.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||Agreed.||
While I'm annoyed by his yapping, we need to lay off Cissoko. We run the risk of giving him the full-on 'James Whitley' treatment.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Always felt a little meh...||
I've felt meh about the cheer since I first heard it (the 97 season). So in that sense, I completely agree that it should be saved for the few moments where the significance of the win outweigh the meh.
But I also understand that damn near 75% of the undergrads on campus are experiencing their first nationally signficant football season. They don't have the "we always beat Penn State, regardless" or the "even if we go 8-4, we still beat the Buckeyes... regularly" context that some of us have as fans. So to them I'd say, "have at it."
|6 years 20 weeks ago||30-70 lbs?||
Campbell was listed at 320+ on most sites coming out of high school. So it's more likely that he outweighed most of his opponents by 80-130 lbs (rather than 30-70).
This only serves to strenghthen your point.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Very nice pickup for Beilein||
By the way, Brundidge was one of the many basketball recruits who attended the Notre Dame game. I'd love to hear that the gameday experience was a factor in his decision, though I believe he's been pretty high on Michigan all along.
Also, trivia. The last high profile recruit in one of the major sports from Southfield High?
|6 years 20 weeks ago||The definition of. Well||
The definition of. Well done, sir.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Added bonus...||
This would have the added bonus of ensuring that everyone stayed for their senior season.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Absolutely agree; however...||
The ND whining has been ridiculous. You get the sense that Michigan didn't get the memo that this season was supposed to see the real 'return to glory.'
Regardless of the whining, in this instance, ND was right on. I don't care that it hasn't been called in the past. I don't care that there wasn't a flag. I don't want the guys I root for throwing punches unless they were hit first. Mouton was out of line, and he should sit.
And, absolutely, this would have been better handled internally by Rodriguez. He drew a line in the sand at the Monday press conference when he said there would be no punishment, and there was no need to draw that line. Like another poster stated, he could have simply demurred and left it to an internal review.
You have to wonder if his frustration with criticism of his practice habits, his business practices, his mortgage, etc. merged with the criticism of the sportsmanship of one of his players. Because his response was peculiar. The former three were nuanced and nit-picky; the latter was a very valid criticism.
The best result of this situation: Fitzgerald is phenomenal on Saturday, and we're left with either greater depth, or a position battle.
Apologies for the long-windedness.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||I nominate Chase Daniel.||
If your metric is "number of times described using the term 'moxie'" then Chase Daniel seems an appropriate comparison.
Add to it that Daniel was generously listed as 6'1 or 6'0, could burn you on the ground, and seemed to will the Tigers to more wins than expected... it's perfect.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||I hope the Fightin' Creamsicles...||
I hope the Fightin' Creamsicles pull off the upset for two reasons: 1) to quiet, at least temporarily, the Tebow hype, and 2) to ensure that Kiffin and his antics get as big a stage as possible (a high profile win will provide that stage).
By the way, I agree with you about the "talk the talk, walk the walk" types; however, it has made it a bit difficult to watch Cissoko so far.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||I got the sense that Cissoko||
I got the sense that Cissoko was being asked to keep his receiver in front of him at all costs. He was breaking back -- even given his 10 yard cushions -- immediately at the snap.
Given his size, I hope BooBoo can morph into an Antoine Winfield type. Winfield got burned by a very few big receivers on jump balls. But for the most part he was always in position to play the ball; was strong enough for press coverage; and he hit like a mini-Marcus Ray.
But Cissoko has a way to go before he matches Winfield, even when comparing soph seasons.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||It was a cheap shot.||
After seeing that video, I agree that he should be sat for a half or a game. There's no place for that out there.
Almost as disturbing are the attempts to explain away the intent by guessing at the impact. If an Irish player had committed the same act, we'd be giving him the Robert Reynolds treatment.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Look, I'm a homer too, but...||
Let's not claim too much of the moral high ground here.
I've got to think that Matthews handing the ball to the ref was as much or more due to the tutorial on potential consequences minutes earlier.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||What was the logic behind||
What was the logic behind replacing I-AA with "FCS"? Symmetry with "BCS"?
|6 years 21 weeks ago||It's all relative...||
I think the "Denard can't pass" talk comes solely from the Tate comparison.
I wouldn't call him a polished passer. But he did successfully execute a bubble screen, which would have have put him atop last year's QB crop.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||I'm having difficulty||
I'm having difficulty remembering the last time M had two QBs athletic enough to execute a mid-air chest bump. Navarre/Mingery, anyone?