chance of bowl: 13.6%
|1 week 1 day ago||Why the Oregon Comparisons||
It seems that every time we roll out an alternate jersey there are comparisons to Oregon. Here are our alternate jerseys since 2011:
By my count that is a total of six since 2011, and really only one in the last two years. That’s not really Oregon-like.
Sure our home uniforms are awesome, but with the infrequency that we roll out these alternates I don’t see any issue or threat. This whole uniform thing is getting blown way out of proportion. We can debate whether or not the alternates look good, but rolling out one uniform a season does not make us anything close to Oregon.
|1 week 2 days ago||I know||
Bill Martin will be best known for botching the Miles hire, but he was a pretty fantastic AD. He brought the program into the black and hired John Beilein.
We are all clammoring for an "ignore Michigan Man and get the best guy" approach for a new football coach and he did just that when he hired RR. Granted RR didn't last, but he was a big name coach at the time of his hire.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||A much better option||
Eliminate the chant altoghether. I don't remember when the words were added (sometime between 04 and 08 from my recollection) but they are lame. It especially is dumb when we are losing by a lot. Either eliminate the words or change to something more appropriate given the situation on the field.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||2 and 5||
Let’s look at Beilein. The knock on him coming in was that he wasn’t a good recruiter or, at least, there were doubts he could recruit at a high level. He was regarded as a top flight Xs and Os coach, and I’m not sure where the stance on player development was, but I would venture that could have been identified as a strong suit. To me this is the perfect example of the two traits that are absolutely necessary. The other three (recruiter, face of the university, and fundraiser are very far down the list).
With many coaches, recruiting at a high level has not lead to success nor has stepping in to good situations lead to success. Sure it’s nice to have the horses to compete, but if they aren’t coached properly it flat out does not matter one bit. Charlie Weis, Brady Hoke, Muschamp are just three examples of this.
Being a fundraiser or the face of the university doesn’t really do anything for the program. Sure you can desire a certain personality, but if you are a great coach it matters not how good of a speech you can give to a bunch of wealthy alumni. I would say it is important to hire someone who won’t destroy the program due to out of control infractions, but that’s pretty avoidable.
It is my opinion that game management and player development are the foundation of a good program. They will lead to success and with success comes the other three traits that you have desired. Beilein is going after top 25 recruits and shattering the worry because he is winning games due to the fact that he can develop players and call a good game.
If Hoke is fired, the 1 and 1A traits that should be required are the ability to call a good game and develop players over time. The second trait that would be desired is a strong attention to detail. The third should be a strong hatred of losing.
|6 weeks 6 hours ago||Tate||
If Tate learned to "play school" too and wasn't a headcase it would have been very interesting to see how he developed. He could throw very well on the run and was pretty darn accurate.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I understand||
I understand the sentiment and do recognize the importance of history. My point was that what we do defines us rather than where we came from. Our history and ancestry is important when it comes to respecting respectable tradition and the lessons/values learned in the past, but it ought not to define us. There is an element of pride in history, and it ought to be used to motivate us to do positive things to the extent that it can motivate. When it comes to football I get the sense that history and tradition is becoming less and less of a motivator. When it comes to Michigan football it seems like there are a lot of folks who love to quote Bo and talk about the accomplishments of Yost and Crisler, but that isn’t going to bring us any victories. It could lure a couple of recruits, but if there isn’t a coaching staff or team mentality that is “win the game” then all is lost.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||What do you root for||
Do you root for a team or a program? The basis of fandom is not rooted in the program rather in the team. Being a fan is about the present not about the past. Sure we like to bring up the past to make our experience more exciting or to foster a greater connection to the program, but ultimately what it comes down to is the fact that the team that you are going to root for is not coached by Yost or Crisler or Bo. There is only one team you root for an that is the present team because anything else is impossible.
All that other stuff is nice, but you don't root for the 69 wolverines now because that is history. When times are tough you make tough decisions for the present and future and not hide in the past.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Jim Tressel or Brian Kelly||
Seriously though, both of those coaches were hired to D1 programs from D2 or D1AA and they did fine. The key is finding a coach who knows how to win and demands nothing less than excellence from his players. If there is a coach at a lower level who has his team at the top every year and has won championships I could get behind a hire like that. If we focus too much on a few big name guys we may end up having to settle if we aren't able to reel them in.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||Congrats||
Congrats. Remember there is always something that has been written or that someone has done that tells you that you are parenting incorrectly. Parents are always eager to give advice because they want to help and they may have a few things that were positives in their adventure. This can overwhelm, so remember that all kids are different, with different personalities, skill sets, talents, and react to different stimuli. What works for one may not work for another. Learn to smile and nod politely.
I got my daughter a stuffed wolverine from the M Den which we named Charles. We taught her to say "go blue". She recognizes Michigan and football so when I get excited and shout during the game she says "go blue."
Indoctrination is important from a fandom perspective, but I'm going to try to leave the academic side of it out. If my daughters go to college I want them to be able to make an objective decision. We like to joke about the poor academics at other schools, but when it comes down to it success academically and professionally is on the student and not the educator.
I hope you enjoy yourself. Kids are fun to have around.
|7 weeks 11 hours ago||Fun||
The ND rivalry has been fun. With some exceptions, the games have been very competative and very exciting. I can't think of another team that we've consistently played that has had a higher percentage of exciting games.
It has very much been a rivalry between two equals. Say what you will of UofM's current dominance in the series, but historically and traditionally these teams are as close to equals as any two schools in the country. This is probably why there is a lot of hatred between the schools. If UofM were a Catholic school we would be ND and vice versa. Many UofM and ND fans try so hard to rationalize fundamental differences when the reality is that there isn't much of a difference.
Both schools like to take pride in the history of the game and their influence on it, and both schools have had a big influence. Why we wouldn't want to see them play with a greater frequency is beyond me. I will miss the series because without it we don't have any non-conference rivals. We will get excited about a big name opponent, but there won't be anything deeper than excitement. There is no since of rivalry when we play Washington or UCLA or VT or Florida because those schools don't mean anything to Michigan. It's more exciting to watch a game when it means more than a win or a loss.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||This makes sense||
When it comes to Michigan's rivalries I would rank OSU as the No. 1 rival but MSU as the most hated.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||True||
That extends from western Ohio through the entire states of Indiana and Illinois.
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||Best Case 12-0||
From what I remember from last year the game against MSU was close until our offense ineptness coupled with their great defense wore us out. I bet that if we fielded a functional offense last year's game would have been really close. I can see us winning that gamein a best case scenario.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Arm Chair||
Things were a lot nicer when we hoped for exciting matchups but didn't play armchair athletic director.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||True||
I would bet there are a lot more blue and white shirts in closets than maize. In fact I would bet that yellow shirts outside of team colors are pretty rare in comparison.
This works well for the teams with a base color that is more prevalent like white, red and black.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Comparison||
I think a lot of this thinking is the comparison of Shane to Russell. It was pretty clear that Shane was not overwhelmed in his first real appearance whereas Russell was.
What we now optimistically believe is that Shane can follow the normal progression from backup to solid starter. While he is only a sophomore and needs to improve there is hope based on his performance. It will be a step down from Shane to Gardner, but there is hope that if Devin goes down we won't lose the rest of our games.
WRT Russell he may have gotten over his experience and could be much better now than he was at Nebraska.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Important||
Eat a pasty or twelve.
|17 weeks 7 hours ago||A few places||
Sleeping Bear Dunes/NW Lower Michigan is a great place to go.
My honeymoon was on Isle Royale and I can't wait to get back there. It is the least visited NP, so there aren't many people there. There is great hiking and some great views. It is very peaceful.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you camp check out Little Beaver Lake Campground. there are only about a dozen sites, but there is 1-1.5 mile path that leads to a quiet Lake Superior beach. You can hike along the shore for quite a ways without running into anybody. If you are not afraid of the dark make that hike at night with a clear sky.
Porcupine Mountains State Park.
Castle Rock is a quick stop and pretty neat.
Sea Shell City.
Depending on your interest in Catholicism/Christianity The Cross in the Woods at Indian River can be a nice stop.
Have lunch or dinner at The Turkey Roost in Kawkawlin.
|17 weeks 7 hours ago||Dam Site Inn||
The Dam Site Inn has great burgers. I went there once in college and came away impressed. It's not much to look at, but it was good.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||I disagree||
I actually think that the chemistry with that lineup may be pretty good. Burke, Stauskas, and McGary are all unselfish players. Webber is known as being a great passer and I don't see passing and selfishness from a big man. Maybe McGary and Webber cancel out. I'd replace McGary with Howard then. Glen Rice may be the wild card here.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Thought||
Would 2013 be better if 2014 Stauskas replaced 2013 Stauskas coupled with 2012 Burke replacing 2013 Burke?
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Another thought||
1 - 2013 Burke
2 - 2014 Stauskas
3 - 1989 Tourney Rice
4 - 1993 Webber
5 - 2013 Tourney McGary
Coach - Beilein
This lineup features two deadly shooters not including Burke, great passing from at least four spots, and above average ball handling across the board.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Redshirting freshmen||
I understand that line is a very difficult position, physically, for a freshman to play which is why the vast majority redshirt their first year. However, there are situations in which there is a player that may be physically ready to play as a freshman that should play immediately. This isn't just a matter of the best players have to play, but for the future.
Bosch played as a freshman and I think that will help him out considerably for this year. I feel much more comfortable with a true sophmore than a redshirt freshman simply from a game experience perspective. Kalis probably should have played as a freshman which would most likely have made the line better last year as he would have either been a returning contributer or returning starter. If Cole is ready, I'd like to see him log minutes this year for the sake of next year.
When experience and depth are established can we go back to only playing freshmen on the line when they are ready to start.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Valid Point||
I'm not sure why this was downvoted, but you raise a valid point. Many fans point to the rigorous academic standards at UofM as a selling point that a good education can be had here. This comes with the fact that some aren't admitted. I'm thinking that grad school admittance is a bit more difficult than undergrad admittance.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||A few thoughts||
There is clearly a problem with the stadium not filling up. It is much more recognizable in the student section. Michigan had a problem with attendance and Canham did quite a bit of interesting things to fix it while Bo certaintly helped. In the discussion of student attendence there seems to be a few sticking points, but I think everything should be on the table.
Revenue loss needs to be considered as an option to fill up the stadium. This may be some sort of combination of lowering student ticket prices or offering "_____ days" in which a certain group of people can get into the stadium at a reduced cost. I would be partial to young families or youth groups or something like that to get a younger generation more exposure. If revenue goes down in the short term to increase attendence in the long term, it needs to be considered.
Reducing student ticket allotment should be on the table. I would consider cutting by up to 50%. This may be coupled by changing how student tickets are sold. Instead of season tickets, it could be at the door tickets that are paid for at game time. Students scan an M card at the gate and pay for and are granted admission to the game. The amount of available tickets can vary on a game by game basis as the department works to market toward individual groups.
I think changing the pricing and attendence rules are a good idea, but it is not a long term solution, as it relies on pricing and incentives rather than desire to attend. The problem is that there are empty seats, and the solution is to market those empty seats to individuals who may be able to pay and maybe giving tickets away to large groups.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||That is a valid concern||
I understand that there may be multiple angles. This may require setting some cameras as official angle cameras and limiting how many angles are really reviewed.
I like replay and think that it helps out the game, but the amount of time spent seems a bit ridiculous at times.
I would prefer not to limit time with regards to flagrant fouls. That's another issue entirely where the review is for intent rather than result.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I understand||
I am not arguing against replay. I am just saying that if a call is blatantly wrong then it won't take more than 45 seconds to determine what the correct call should have been. If a replay is taking 2+ minutes how can the evidence be that conclusive?
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Bad calls happen||
Yes, sometimes there are going to be bad calls. Some of those calls will go against your rooting interest. That's part of the game.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Replay time bugs me||
Replay, although a good idea, is intended to fix bad calls and not turn humans into robots. Basketball and football are games played by humans and reffed by humans. We all make mistakes and that is just part of the game. I wish replay were only about removing blatantly horrible calls from the game and provide a little bit of clarity on calls that aren't so horrible, but still wrong.
I wish there was a time limit of, say, 45 seconds per replay. If nothing conclusive is found then the call stays as it is and there isn't 5 minutes of deliberation. If the call is wrong then it can't be that bad if a 45 second replay didn't clearly show otherwise.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Headless||
Fan tip #1: never use your head. Blind optimism is best!
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Different than Burke||
Walton will never be the same player that Burke was because he isn't. Burke was the superstar point guard because that's just who he is. Walton does not appear to fit that same mold. He has superstars that he can dish to, so he might never be the guy like Burke was because frankly the team does not need him to be.
They both play the same position, but they are two very different players. I can see Walton developing a better jump shot than Burke, and play better defense than Burke, and have a similar A/TO margin. His usage on offense will most likely not come close to what Burke's was thus he will most likely never be the NPOY, or have the accolades that Burke had.
The mark of a great player, and person really, is recognizing your gifts and talents and understanding how to make those talents improve others. This team needs Walton to fill a much different role than last years team needed out of Burke. Realizing that is what will make Walton great and the team great.
|30 weeks 7 hours ago||I win my bracket||
UM over Tenn 79-65
UL over UK 69-67
UVA over MSU 65-61
ISU over CONN 72-64
That would give me 7/8 in the elite 8 in my bracket.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||TO Adjustments||
In basketball I would think that the offense has a bit more control over turnovers. However, turnovers most likely contribute to defensive efficiency. Thus on a matchup basis the efficiencies are relative. If VCU is a good defensive team due to their pressure and forcing turnovers and Michigan is very adept at mitigating that then VCU’s efficiency, on a relative basis, is much lower than the stats show. Also, zone defenses against an average shooting team are going to be much more efficient than against a great shooting team.
With regards to Michigan, I see matchup problems with teams that can man up effectively and contest shots rather than force a lot of turnovers. It would make sense if we struggle with smaller quicker teams that have athletes that can run and stay with our guys.
These general stats are nice to look at but they don’t really paint the best picture because basketball is often a game of matchups.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure what this means||
Bucks could win the lottery, so either stauskis is a top 5 pick or he drops out of the first round. Would like to see him there. I may go to my first game if that happens.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Changing locale||
I have changed my daughter outside in public areas on many occasions. The thing is you must be discrete about it. In the middle of a crowded park is off limits, but behind a tree where there aren't people that are close enough to care is fine.
My best diaper changing moment was on the floor of one of the London Tube stations in a corner.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Pack it out...||
Public restrooms are fair game for throwing away diapers in my opinion. It's not going to make the room smell any worse than it already does.
Frequently emptied trash cans are also usually fair game. These include most trash cans in most parking lots. I agree that food courts should probably be off limits, but that is because there is a restroom near by.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Assuming no UofM offer||
This is based on no UofM offer which I would jump on. I would hope that I am mature enough to make this decision.
Ultimately I want to be in a place where I will end up successful.
Things I don't really care about:
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Teams that i wish were good again||
I like Minnesota and washington. Don't know why. Just do.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with this||
As an engineer, if you don’t continually apply yourself you lose the knowledge. This is most important right after graduating.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Time Status||
I think amending the academic requirements is a very good idea. My suggestion would be to amend what “full time student” means with regards to athletes. I would reduce the full time credit requirement allowing athletes to take fewer courses per semester. I would guarantee that an athlete gets five years on scholarship to complete his degree. The scholarship will only count toward the limit for the four years he is part of the team while the fifth is purely academic. These are the three scenarios.
Scenario #1: A player does not redshirt.
Under this scenario, a player exhausts all playing eligibility after four years but is granted an additional year of scholarship for academic reasons.
Scenario #2: A player redshirts and plays as a fifth year senior.
Under this scenario nothing has changed.
Scenario #3: A player redshirts and is not part of the team his fifth year (coach decides not to extend the guaranteed 4 year athletic scholarship).
Under this scenario, the scholarship is maintained for academic reasons for the fifth year.
This would promote redshirting which I like. It will reduce the semester coursework allowing more time to study/focus on individual courses. It would allow extra time to complete degree requirements allowing the athlete to take on a more difficult degrees if desired.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||This all makes sense||
Whether or not a recruit is on our commit list, our coaches most definitely have to re-recruit all of the current commits due to the new offensive coordinator and last year's record.
I'm hoping the de-commits of Harris and Campbell are along the lines of them committing to a program in which they thought was better than what showed on the field thus giving us a realistic chance at getting them back with a strong season.
This next season is probably one of the most important seasons in a long time with regards to long term recruiting success.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||How good is Gardner?||
My gut tells me that Gardner, with good coaching a mediocre running game and a line that can block, has the potential to have the greatest season ever from a UofM quarterback.
Almost 3000 yds passing with no running game and a horrible line is pretty darn good. From what I've seen he is accurate when allowed to be so and has more than enough arm strength to make all the throws plus the athleticism that makes other fans swear at their TV sets.
Instead of talking about Morris we should really be talking DG for Heisman.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Friend is going||
Could be in the -50s with the wind chill there. Could be the same here in Milwaukee.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Curious here||
Did Texas offer all of the above or just inquire? There is nothing wrong with inquiring.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Down on the list||
It may seem like they struck out on quite a few names, but let's be a bit realistic.
Saban is at a prestigious school already and has something pretty good built.
Harbaugh is in the NFL where he wants to be.
Sumlin is at pretty good place in A&M plus he would be switching to a in-state rival.
Briles is in the same conference. How often does that happen? At least Saban went to the NFL before coming to Alabama from LSU.
Mora is doing a pretty good job at UCLA which is a pretty good school to be at.
Fisher is coaching FSU in the title game.
Malzahn is coaching Auburn in the title game.
To say that Texas struck out is kinda silly (although you seem to simply be stating facts here). This list is a list of longshots. Schools are going to call the longshots because maybe there is a chance. The bottom line is that these were pretty much all lateral moves at best with the exception of Briles, but that woudl be an intra-conference move.
|42 weeks 12 hours ago||Irrationally optimistic||
I am irrationally optimistic about next year’s line being a big step up from this year’s. I did think that this year was going to be better because we were replacing a bad interior with young talent. I guess I was wrong. My optimism for next year comes from a more even distribution of experience in addition to the talent upgrade. Sure we are losing an AA OT and another 3 year starter OT, but we aren’t replacing them with people who haven’t played at all (except one maybe).
There will be no first time starters on the interior of the OL. I anticipate Bosch, Glasgow, and Kalis (wish he played as a true freshman). There will be competition, but I expect it to remain intact. The tackles will be new, but there is at least some game experience. I will assume Mags at LT and Braden at RT. Mags has starting experience and Braden will be a RS So rather than a RS Fr which may turn out to be a pretty big deal.
That is my optimism and I’m going to stick to it.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Or||
Or he had clear NFL aspirations from the get go.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Recruits?||
You do not start a QB to show recruits the style of play you want to run. You start a QB because he is best at his position. Morris looks to be good for the future, but Devin is a really good QB. He cut down on his turnovers as the season progressed, and can be very accurate when givin time. He could have a very good season next year and could be a great NFL QB.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Kansas||
Trey's shot against Kansas is probably tops on my list too.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Even if||
Even if it were possible to exceed the coaching limit I do not like what you have proposed, nor will it work.
How to you tell Borges that he has a new co-offensive coordinator? It's one thing to promote someone within the staff to that position, but hiring an outside guy for that position is essentially forcing out Borges on his own accord.
Connections to Michigan or the current staff should be completely irrelevant to the new hire. Having a coach coach at a place he loves is not a good idea. A good idea is having a coach who is good at what he does. Do we really want the DC at Ball State taking over the UofM DC position because he knows Hoke? That's crazy.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Suspensions||
Is it just me or do there always seem to be a lot of suspensions right before bowl games.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Do not understand||
What is so special about Nike? Every brand has good jerseys and ugly jerseys. Every school has input as to which ones to use.
|44 weeks 1 hour ago||Wisconsin||
Christmas party at the office today. Spotted Cow, the obligatory Miller Lite, and home made Irish Cream. Now New Glarus Moon Man.
|44 weeks 2 hours ago||Careful||
May want to check the shelf life of that. 126 days per great lakes brewery website.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||I like where you are going||
We should start Stauskas at QB.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||A while yet||
That is the trajectory, but there is a big national perception gap between MSU and UofM that won't be closed for a while. UofM will be a more prestigious job for a long time.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Good for him||
I'm hating Dantonio less and less because of Urban Meyer.
He may not be a money chaser. Major conference division I coaches are going to make plenty of money and he may feel that he is doing just fine. If all you care about is 1 million, and you make 2 million, you may not care to follow 10 million.
He has embodied what he wants his team to become, and now has embodied what he wants the program to become. This is probably what makes him so good at a place like MSU. He's probably very proud of what he has created, and is old enough and happy enough not to want to move on.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting||
It's one thing to rant about a coach and be bitter, but he is writing a book. Although the twitter quotes seem like he is a bitter ex-player.
|45 weeks 5 hours ago||True but...||
You can't redshirt someone in hindsight.
Neither Denard nor Campbell were going to redshirt. Denard was too good and there was no depth at QB and how many 5 star DTs do you see redshirting? Roh was good as a freshman, so there is no qualm there. Hawthorne was a good special teams player and had some meaningful minutes in a few games.
I would love to have some of our better players back for another year because of what they would bring to the team, but sometimes when someone is that good they are only here for four years.
|45 weeks 9 hours ago||Redshirting has many factors||
My instinct is to say that redshirting is ideal for all players whenever possible, but it is not always possible for reasons other than depth.
A player may want to play. The coach should have a talk with him regarding his opportunity to play and a final decision should be made. This may result in a player getting ST time when it looks like a wasted shirt to the fans. The thing to remember is that the players are human and not system robots.
The best players should play. If a player is deserving of playing time, he should play no matter the position. Game experience can go a long way with regards to improving week to week and year to year. It would have been nice to play Kalis last year and have him with a year under his belt this year given the state of the interior OL. I think it was good for Bosch to play this year for next year's sake.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Tradition||
It will not bother me if The Big House is exceeded in seating by another school.
I do not mind alternative jerseys.
Chrome helmets would be pretty cool.
I think Lloyd Carr was overrated.
I don't really care about all time wins, or winning percentage.
I would like to have seen RR get a full five years.
I root for Michigan because I like Michigan and don't try to justify it objectively.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||I understand||
I understand that rule changes to benefit the offense may have happened, but when ideas such as changing down and distance, substitution, and spacing requirements seem quite drastic.
As long as a team is not winning through legitimate trickeration like taking advantage of jersey numbers, I am quite alright with the game.
Teams like Indiana that run a very up tempo offense often lead to questions regarding the substitution rule. However, if a defense such as MSU can have quite a bit of success in their base set without substituting then why should a new rule be made to accomodate those teams that can't deal with it.
There will be negative externalities, many of which cannot be accurately predicted, to changing the rules so drastically, so much care shoudl be taken with regards to entertaining these ideas.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Changing rules||
I do not think changing rules like that in order to promote either offense or defense is a good idea. Adjusting enforcement of existing rules seems like a more apt way to level the playing field.
My big concern is the enjoyment of college football. The spread offense, in its many forms, in a sense, level the playing field talent wise. Taking spread concepts out of football can serve to reduce upsets and make lower-tier teams less capable of pulling off an upset. Who wants that?
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan wins in a blowout||
I think Michigan will roll them. I will make a daring assumption and say that Borges will call a good game.
After each of our two bye weeks there was a new O-Line the first game back. I will assume that the starting O-Line will be the same as in the OSU game. This means that a defined unit with game experience (as a unit) will have the equivalent of a couple of bye weeks to improve. Hopefully this means that blocking to a better understood scheme will improve.
Gardner will be healthier and has already proven that he is very accurate with time to throw and very good scrambling.
I will venture that other position groups will make the typical week-to-week improvements that we should be seeing throught the year.
I also am a homer and will find a way to convince myself that Michigan will win all of their games no matter the odds.
|46 weeks 5 hours ago||Paying for my laziness||
Finishing the last two episodes of Breaking Bad.
Paying for my laziness and taking care of close to 30 leaf bags.
Studying for the SE Exam.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Comparable||
Comparable to what? If we are comparing rankings and course difficulty then I’m not going to argue with those who say that UofM is more difficult or higher ranked. I’m also not saying that the curriculum is standard, but it is going to be close if it is an accredited program. One of my big gripes about UofM engineering is that the undergrad curriculum wasn’t extensive enough.
I practice structural engineering and I can tell you that the difficulty or extent of my college coursework is completely irrelevant to how well I do designing structures. What goes in to making one a good engineer is not dependent on the school one graduates from but how one applies himself after school. You are suggesting that somehow the name of the school on the piece of paper that hangs on your wall indicates your ability to do your job. This is simply not true.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Winner||
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Not as dire as you make it out to be||
I have a UofM civil engineering degree and you are wrong. The difficulty in academia is pretty much irrelevant when it comes to whether or not one is going to be a good engineer. How you apply yourself after you graduate is what really counts. That's when your engineering judgement starts to form. In addition Civil Engineering requires a PE license which requires a minimum of four documented years of applicable work experience in addition to passing a 8 hour licensing exam and an additional 16 hour exam in some states.
Don't kid yourself into thinking that the school that one graduates from actually matters in the real world when it comes to engineering. An Alabama grad can design a building just as sturdy as a Michigan grad.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Not a Joke||
Perhaps you are stargazing at the US News rankings. Academics is about fit and motivation rather than ranking according to a magazine. It doesn't mean he won't succeed.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Academics does not mean US News||
I don’t get how so many people feel that going to a school that isn’t ranked as high as Michigan according to US News means that academics are pushed to the side. There is much more to picking a school than where it ranks. In fact, school ranking is really meaningless because how you perform academically is about fit and motivation. If you really care about academics you are going to pick a school that isn’t going to overwhelm you, yet still motivate you to succeed. Performance is dependent more on the student than on the departmental perception. I’m sure there are many Alabama engineering grads that are doing just as well as Michigan engineering grads.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Addition||
Unsold student allotment could be sold to the general public after a certain time frame. The marquee could project available tickets to the public based on entrance rates of students.
Remember canham had to be very creative about filling the stadium.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Just stop||
They could just stop selling student tickets. Move the GA part of it to the gate and scan the m card for payment at time of entry. The first whatever thousand students would get in untill the section is full. This would at least get a good measure of demand.
|1 year 1 week ago||B||
I think we need a Belein like overhaul. Keep Heck on offense and can everyone else. If Borges mentions Auburn one more time during the season he should go immediately. Three years and still explaining past success means failure in the present.
I am excited about the team in a couple years talent wise, but bad coacing can ruin that very quickly.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Fitz non fumble||
We are lucky Fitz did not fumble. It didn't look like he saw the guy that hit him from behind.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||dumb dumb dumb||
Nothing is going to happen. Nothing ever happens.
Do you know what really grinds my gears?
When "everybody knows school A cheats" but nobody calls them out by name. We hear of bidding wars for Ricky Seals Jones, and it is always "a certain other SEC school" that supposedly offered money. Why can't someone flat out say "Florida offered him money," or something like that.
Denard's visit to a "certain SEC school" was pretty popular to talk about around these parts, but the specific school is never mentioned. Why? Who is he protecting?
I don't see why specifics somehow can never be mentioned. The SEC will never be caught if nobody ever gets called out by name. Why can't a recruit who commits to a certain school, say Michigan, say something like..."Man some Ole Miss guy offered me a car"? All we ever hear is "I was offered free hookers for live and a thousand dollars per first down at a school to remain nameless."
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Air force||
Air force unis looked like high school unis. Most of the others weren't that bad. WVU's were pretty ugly.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I remember debating||
I remember debating whether or not to leave. I was near the top, a skinny freshman, with only a T-shirt on (and pants). It got pretty cold after a while.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||WMU, OSU||
The WMU game a few years back was pretty bad. Bad headache, rain out, almost getting struck by lightning, getting completely soaked running to my car, driving 3.5 hours home without a shirt on.
OSU in 2007 was pretty miserable.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Power||
When will the power come back on?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Degrees||
Woodson probably made more money in his first year out of college without a degree than I will probably ever make with a degree in engineering. I'd say he wouldn't be much better off with one.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Brady, Long, Griese||
We are all Michigan fans and have our favorite players which bring our own personal bias to this argument. The fact of the matter, though, is that there is a big difference between good/great player and legend. Maybe call me bias, but here is how I would award "legend status"
Winner of Heisman
3+ time all American
Yep. That's about it.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Chrome too||
I'm having that problem with Chrome on my tablet. Not sure what the deal is.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Smart||
Smart is a very subjective term.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||My friend told me this||
A ham sandwich enters a bar and orders a drink. The bartender says "sorry we don't serve food here."
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Building||
It can't really be denied that later in the Carr years things had trailed off as far as recruiting hits, and overall domination on the field. After Carr there was need to rebuild a foundation that had started to crumble. Most notibly it was necessary to start to dominate again. We could see teams like Alabama, USC, OSU, and other big programs put together 10-12 wins for multiple years in a row and we were stuck below that. Michigan was not in the top tier and we needed to get there. We went out and hired Rodriguez who was a big name and had turned WVU into a very good team. He was the flashy coach that we could pin our hopes on so that we could reach the next level and dominate college football. Unfortunately it did not work out and after the end of the Carr years the ship started sinking faster. We missed a bowl game, lost a bunch of games, lost recruiting battles. Rodriguez was fired.
Where was the hope? We made an attempt to get to where we wanted to be and things blew up in our faces. We were not winning games. We were not recruiting as well as we should have been. Factions within the fanbase became very evident and very ugly. There was little to pin hope on.
One of the greatest things about sports is the comeback. We are reminded every year of the possibility of a resurgence whether it is a game (2004 MSU) or a season. There are reminders every year that there is always room for hope. It makes Cleveland Browns fans still fill up the stadium. This is where we are right now. We are in the midst of the comeback. The beginning is where we start to see success. We find a coach that can unite the factions. It gives us hope. We find a coach that wins 11 games in his first season. It puts us on the edge of our seats.
We say that something special is being built because there is that hope that we will come back and be on top of college football once again. Sure it is possible that we could flame out, but we like to lean on hope and not dispair. That's not exciting to think about. Fans like hope. Hoke seems like the perfect person for the job. He has the rare combination of coaching ability, persona, and a genuine love for everything Michigan. Why wouldn't we hope for something special to happen?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Todd Collins||
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Jobs||
I graduated in civil, and was not very active in school, so i can't speak to how much following an organization or trade group will help in that respect. However i am getting more interested now because of the amount of technical resources and educational opportunities that they offer. Finding a job through a group may be a possibility, but ultimately you should be looking for groups or organizations that will make you better at what you do, and the rest should follow suit. I would guess that an engineer who is excited about engineering will fare better than an engineer whom simply wants a job.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Old Story||
It is a fact that there has never been a good game called in the history of sports. It is also a fact that refs never favor the team that you root for. Complaining about the refs is as old as game.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Fan||
Not everyone is a diehard Michigan fan.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||More hype||
More hype to the overhyped.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Football||
I decommitted from Michigan Tech when I was offered a spot at Michigan. It may have been a legacy offer, but who really cares. I came to watch home games. The education was a bonus.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Porcupine Mts.||
I went backpacking there with my brother. The last day we were there we camped right at the end. I woke up in the morning and went to the overlook area and the lake had completely clouded over leaving only the morning sun reflecting off of the fog.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Thanks||
I've heard that Miller Park is one of the better venues. It should be an exciting year.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Oh plans||
TODAY IS MY LAST DAY AT THIS JOB!!!!!!! I am packing my apartment because we are moving from Cleveland to Milwaukee. I've been looking for a new job on and off for a couple of years, but finally dug in and got it done.
From Michigan....followed wife to Ohio....leaving for a job in Wisconsin. From a fan perspective it may seem like a easy move (out of Ohio), but Cleveland surprised us and we will really miss being here.
I know nothing about Milwaukee.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Different||
How is that any different than Spartan Stadium?
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Thanks||
I appreciate the info.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Your problem||
If you wanted to post an intellectual rebuttal to how the article ended then don't say "Urban's second year crap." That tells me that you are upset that an Ohio blog is posting pro-Ohio material. You could have elaborated what you would have preferred the author to say rather than saying crap. Don't be surprised if people misinterpret what you said.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Except||
Urban's second year seems pretty relevent. The author is comparing third year Michigan coaches and finding some unwelcome trends from his perspective. I would expect an OSU site to include their defense against this trend with a similar trend that works in their favor.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Ohio||
Weren't most of the guys from the big class from Ohio?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||That is very different.||
There is a big difference between bringing a gun to a bank and wearing a gas mask and holding a picture of the very famous grumpy cat.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||The cat||
Obviously not enough people have seen the grumpy cat. I thought it was serious until I saw the picture of the cat then it was clearly a joke.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||David Brandon||
It was probably Dave Brandon warning folks of the risk of being catfished. There are a lot of singles out there that wish they had a date, so the time to catfish is now. Everyone better be on high alert. Love is in the air. Be prepared.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Motto||
Maybe he was a Boy Scout and thought that it would be appropriate to kindly remind people that being prepared is generally a good thing.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Rarely win anything?||
I agree with and wholeheartedly support your hatred for state, but they have won things. Izzo has been to the final four on multiple occasions in my memory. They have won a title and made it back to the title game. It is us that hasn't won anything except the share of the Big Ten last year.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Blocks||
A lot of Hardaway's drives are what appear to be lobs for a block. Many of the shots were going to get blocked even before the shot was released.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||I hate to say this||
Byrd will probably have a huge game. These things have a way of happening.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Funny||
It's is actually pretty funny. Glad dantonio is starting to understand when not to say stupid stuff.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||64-62||
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I am among the very few...||
I actually like Vitale. He seems like a guy who genuinely loves basketball and that is all he cares about. He gets excited about storylines, big plays, and doesn't appear to have any school biases. Analysts who try to sound smart are a dime a dozen and often are reciting typical talking points with mainstream biases. Vitale is different in that all he cares about is having fun. I completely understand why some people don't like him or find him annoying, but you can count me as one of the few who enjoy it when he calls games.
Every announcer sucks when Michigan is losing though.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Jordan Morgan||
I was thinking to myself the whole game that we were missing Morgan's defense. I think it has become pretty clear in the last two games that he really is that glue guy. There were too many breakdowns in the post.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Perhaps||
Perhaps more weight needs to be placed on the system that Beilein runs. If he is known for getting more out of less, then isn't it reasonable to expect that the dropoff won't be as great with a downgrade in talent? Basketball is a superstar dominated sport, but coaching a system cannot be overlooked.
We may have Dumars chemistry, but having a system coach makes me feel better about not losing it.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Stereotypes||
Oops Double Post
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Stereotypes||
Commentators like stereotypes. It makes their jobs easier as they don't have to have any real knowledge, just common knowledge no matter how far from reality it is.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||The last 3||
No offense to the last three players, but Vogrich, McLimans and Eso are not a witness to our depth.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Stauskas||
He's not just a shooter.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Trap Game||
This game cannot be overlooked. Northwestern is not Penn State. However, we should blow them out. I'm thinking 82-64
|1 year 38 weeks ago||72-68||
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Boring||
Wisconsin has solidified themselves as basketball enemy number 2 behind MSU. They play the most god awful, boring brand of basketball. It is painful to watch.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Let's lower expectations||
I think Beilein definitely exceeded expectations with the caveat that expectations were too high. I am retroactively lowering expectations, so now they are exceeded.
He is playing five freshmen on a regular basis. This is a reason why expecations too high to begin with.
All of the players know their role and play it. This is exceptional considering he has superstars and freshmen. Everyone is playing team basketball and that takes great coaching.
All of the players are showing observable improvement in the season. Freshmen are understanding their place better and letting the game come to them. I don't know if a player has had consecutive bad games all year. In season development at Beilein's level is probably pretty tricky for a coach.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Announcement||
Was watching the announcement and when they started to clap at the end my 14 month old looked up at me, smiled, and started clapping with a keen understanding of the significance of what just happened.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Stauskas is learning||
He's working and running a lot which is why I think his shot is suffering. Earlier he was just standing in the corner and shooting open shots. Once he gets the conditioning down, he should return to form.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Burke Defense||
Burke flipped a switch and is attacking that guy on defense. It looks like he doesn't respect the guy's handles.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I am not looking forward to the Wisconsin game||
Watching Wisconsin play basketball is painful as they play the most frustratingly boring offense known to man.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Whose fault is this||
This has to be Addidas' fault somehow as they, apparently, can't do anything right.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I would hope not||
I find it cool that there are teams that want to copy Michigan.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||True, but...||
I would imagine that it would take a big offer to pry him away from the college game. Merit may not have been the reason for the large contract.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||The moment||
However, there wasn't much time left. The rebound took quite a bit of time off the clock, so it was a net positive.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I have family||
I have three family members that were seriously injured in a message board related incident. There was a guy who was drinking and posting and wasn't paying any attention (or couldn't) and he ended up causing quite the scene. Fortunately everyone healed and are back to 100%.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||We are good||
That is all.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||White people||
Just made the wife and I some White Russians
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Bill Cowher||
Bill Cowher bought a house in Strongsville.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||# of times as an AA & grace periods||
I would like to see a list of All Americans by number of selections. I would be very hesitant to award legend status to those who only had one selection unless they won a major award. The only ones who I can think of that I would say should be definites are the Heisman winners and Carter. I would like to see a 30 year waiting period in which the number is in use as a regular number before legendizing it. This provides the time necessary to understand the legacy of the player rather than making a too quick emotional decision such as making Denard a legend. If the player wins the Heisman, I would reduce the waiting period to ten years to ensure they don't make a fool of themselves.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||What is there to be lost?||
Do you like Oregon's uniforms? All of them? What have they lost? We are not at risk of losing traditions by rolling out 1-2 alternates each year. To think we are is ridiculous. Deal with the fact that not every fan gets exactly everything they want. In fact, fans don't really matter in relatively minor decisions like this.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Tradition and a short memory||
Definition of tradition: The way you think things have always been, or the way things were when Lloyd Carr was the coach.
It is kinda silly sometimes how much fans cite tradition to resist change, when there have been changes before.
The jersey's have changed over time.
The helmets have changed over time.
The field has had grass, astro turf, and field turf.
The endzones had different lettering.
Tyrone Butterfield wore #1.
Times change, and if you don't adapt then you get left behind. You need to be allowed to experiment. There will be failures, but there will also be success. If you can't deal with failure then you don't deserve success.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Rose Bowl||
I always liked the look at the Rose Bowl.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Human Experimenting||
This is pretty messed up. You don't do controlled experiments on people. If there is a helmet that has new technology, you offer it to all the players after explaining the technology. Only after they have freely chosen their helmet do you look into data. Take the experiment out of it.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Darn Scotch||
I blame the Scotch.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Not necessarily||
Volume is important, yes, but if you can't generate enough pressure then it will be like a hose without your thumb over it. You have to take into account the size of the reservoir, surcharge applied to the reservoir and energy losses throughout the cycle such as friction. Also, there is the angle and air resistance.
Before you make a simplistic statement about volume being the key, you should look through your fluid mechanics textbook.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I would like to take a survey.||
If you are ok with the idea of an alternate uniform (more than piping), then are you ok with these?
If you are ok with the idea of an alternative uniform, and do not like these, what would you think would work?
How many are not ok with an alternative uniform at all?
I would like to see the percentage of people that approve of potential changes vs those who disapprove of the facemask.
I would like to know the changes that are absolutely not ok vs. the major changes that are ok.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Three years||
We had three bad years.
Notre Dame has had a mediocre (bad) decade.
MSU had a few good years.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||NDs hat potential||
If they stuck with the brushed gold for 100% of the helmet then they would be pretty sweet. Alas, they have to showcase their made up Irish heritage.
Notre Dame = French
|1 year 44 weeks ago||ND & MSU were grasping||
The difference between ND and MSU is that their recent tradition has been lacking. ND hasn't had the winning to prevent the takeover of bad uniforms. MSU has never had it. If we start losing consistently then I expect the uniforms to start going downhill. Our winning is preventing that from happening.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Blue numbers.||
They would look much better with blue numbers.
I kinda like the helmets.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||If...||
I must have misunderstood your comment.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||How unprepared?||
We have five linemen committed. They are all highly ranked. How is that unprepared?
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Hardaway will struggle at the next level||
I just don't see Tim having much success in the NBA if he can't get the dribbling under pressure squared away. He's got the drive thing going, but quick, good hands defenders will eat him up. One more year!
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I know Meyer is the hot name||
All biases aside, I think Tressell was a better coach than Meyer.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||NE Ohio seems pretty tame||
I've lived in the Cleveland area for four and a half years now and I've had absolutely zero issues. I overheard one OSU fan in a bar talking that he would rather beat an undefeated UofM team. I am not 6'-2' and 250 and have no problem wearing my gear. Cleveland is a Browns city before and OSU one.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||It's a numbers game||
None of the legend jersey's sans Howard have been given based on position. In fact they aren't really based on skill either.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Badass||
This was a pretty good book about badasses.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Maybe not a gold digger||
I am pessimistic about very wealthy people being sought after because of their wealth. It was reassuring to me to see that Henne was dating this girl since he was 14 which, I assume, was prior to his stardom.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||I think he is referring to the Red Tide||
The Crimson Tide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_tide
|1 year 45 weeks ago||LSU||
LSU is the only one that doesn't have an A in the common reference to the school. I think we consider them out.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Not too long before we have...||
I'm seeing flag football in the near future.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I understand||
That is what I was trying to get at. Big name schools do tend to have a talent floor. Thus the baseline 3 star is not representative of scouting the player rather it is more representative of an understanding of the talent level at a certain school.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||This happens a lot||
Often guys get 3 stars as a baseline if they are committed to a big name school and they haven't been scouted.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||They look black to me||
They look pretty normal to me. All black uniforms are pretty common with a lot of teams these days. I just don't see anything special about them.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||When does this happen?||
How often do any teams get hired away from other major conference teams? Lane Kiffin went for his dream job at USC. There are NFL rejects that land at good schools (Saban, Carroll, Spurrier, Lane Kiffin, and plenty more) but rarely is it the case that big name hires happen anywhere.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I'd take Colorado over Purdue||
Colorado is a bad team, yes, but I'm more enamored with the history there than with Purdue. Colorado is in Colorado, while Purdue is in Indiana. Where is the contest there? Turning around a Colorado team means being a national player. Turning around a Purdue team means going to the Outback Bowl on occasion.
If you are a coach that wants a challenge and potential reward, Colorado offers the greater challenge, but also the greater reward.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I'm as serious as manbearpig||
Also, I'd have to say my favorite player on the team now is Trey Hardaway III.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Stu Douglas||
Stu going for 20 against UCLA for our first big win was pretty huge. Couple that with him being our best perimeter defender, I'd say he has to be in the discussion as well.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I hope we blow them out||
If we blow them out, Belein can experiment with different lineups and plays that could be useful down the stretch. Close games should be the ones we win over competition that is supposed to beat us!
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Zack Douglas or Stu Novak||
One of those two has to be the most important recruit.
Without an adequate foundation, a building can collapse. If you are not planning on building a foundation for a building then you have to have a lot of money in for perpetual repair work.
I'm assuming that the vast majority of fans want a program that allows for teams rather than sporadically successful teams. To build that program you have to start with a foundation. I don't think that there is any question that Zach and Stu are the most important recruits because they represent the foundation.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||He could have won 2 as well||
RG3 was very good and could have been the second Griffin to win two.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The duel threat||
Braxton Miller is what is wrong with modern Heisman thinking.
The duel threat QB is going to have a lot of yards and be a much larger percentage of the offense. By default, they will be in the conversation. We have two choices. We either evaluate the duel threat QB differently than a traditional pocket passer, or just give the award to the best duel threat QB every year.
In the end, the Heisman trophy is a popularity contest. That is fine. Rooting interest and award selection is a very subjective game.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I agree with this||
Suh was a beast. Didn't he have about 12 sacks as a DT and threw McCoy around like a rag doll? I think he proved that there is a strong bias toward offensive stats.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||7 INTs||
Teo had 7ints as a LB. That number is absolutely insane. Also, to say that Woodson excelled in all three phases of the game is a bit odd. He returned only one kick for a TD and had some 200 yards receiving. That isn't much. CW won it based on his defensive performance, and there rest was icing on the cake, but doesn't really add anything.
I'm perfectly fine with Teo winning it, and if I had to choose another defensive player to stand with CW it would be Teo.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I heard he can..||
I heard that he hits the punter in stride most ever time. He could use better pocket presence though.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Calming down.||
I apologize, for I must have misunderstood what you were getting at. It looked like one of the many "he hasn't made up his mind on my timeline so we should drop him" posts.
I'm calmer that you are dude. I'm just going to sit here and enjoy my coffee.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Credit given||
Consider credit given.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Our WR corps could have been legendary||
If we got both Treadwell and Stringfellow
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Are you sure about this||
I seem to remember OU having a great passing game. Two OU QBs won the Heisman recently.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Yes, we shouldn't compete||
This is a great way of getting recruits. All we have to do is lead for them and expect other schools to pull the offers because we lead. Treadwell is talented and can choose whichever school he wants. If a recruit has that many offers, it can be expected that they will take their time and weigh their options. The longer things go on, the more information is available to the recruit. There is absolutely no point in giving up until signing day. To say that we should drop out of the race because he favors two other schools is just plain silly.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Umm||
I'm not quite sure what this has to do with anything.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Bad Argument||
EDIT: FORGOT HOW TO SPELL ARGUMENT
I hate that argument. If someone spends money on a luxury item then it speaks ill of the person who spent the money. If that is the case, we should just stop spending money on football. We should tear down the luxury boxes, Crisler expansion, or the other new facilities that were built for our teams. Why even bother bringing up this argument even if you do note jealousy?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Conspiracy of the day||
Maybe this donor is a closet Alabama fan. He knows the students are going to buy low and sell high, so he is effectively putting more tickets on the market for Alabama fans.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Why so angry||
You seem pretty angry.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Washington||
I want to see UM vs UW. For whatever reason I've always liked Washington.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||That is what I was getting at. Yes||
HS and College are two very different levels. A great athlete in HS could put up big numbers at RB simply because he can beat everyone to the edge, or otherwise rely on his athleticism to win the battles. That isn't the case in college when a more in depth knowledge of the position as well as intangibles such as vision or presence in the pocket. A better athlete won't necessarily win the battle because the guy on the other side is also a great athlete.
When it comes to recruiting, I'm assuming that the coaches look beyond athleticism and look for the intangibles when determining what type of position is right. In the case of Dymonte or Ross they put up great numbers at RB, but is that because of an athletic mismatch or because of them being great RBs? This is why I was wondering about the position switches. Obviously the coaches saw something in Dymonte and Ross that said DB and not RB. We don't really know how the coaches rated them as RBs. Maybe they aren't good RBs and just great athletes at that position. Thus, big numbers won't necessarily translate to the college game. Maybe Dymonte has great vision and all the other RB stuff, but chances are the coaches think that it is better to go after true RBs like Smith, Green or Isaac.
This is why I am skeptical that position switches will necessarily work, so I wondered about specific examples.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Even if that is true||
It must be assumed that the interior OL is rebuilt and much better than it is this year. It's a futile task to project positional deficiencies or strengths into the future. Rapid growth is commonplace in college football and so are productivity dropoffs due to graduation. Maybe in the future (hopefully this means next year) the dive will net 4-5 yards with regularity.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Was Woodson recruited as a RB||
Was CW recruited as a RB or CB? I'm wondering about those who were recruited as, say, a RB and switched to CB after enrolling and starred/were good. I don't think that Furman, for example, was ever recruited as a RB even though he was in HS.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Offense to defense or defense to offense||
Have there been any side changes at skill positions that have really worked out? I hear a lot about how we should try certain people like Dymonte or Furman at RB, but given what we see this year I don't know how that can be possible. There are, now obviously, a lot of intangibles that a RB has to possess. Maybe these guys have them, but I would just as soon chalk it up to them being amazing athletes vs high school competition. If there have been steller skill position side switches then I'm curious who they are.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||CB||
I thought that I saw that he was projected as a CB. I think that he will have the best shot there as Dymonte and Wilson should be manning both safety positions for a few years. He will have the opportunity to step right into the CB position.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Wyatt is a very interesting recruit||
I'm very intrigued by him in the backfield. Maybe this is just me reading into stuff, but it seems that the average pure fullback recruit is a lowly 3 star who will learn to block and get about 5 touches per season. I don't really see that in Shallman. He's pretty highly ranked and, if he says that he wants to play FB, I'm assuming it isn't because he likes blocking more than he likes tackling. On offense he will get the ball with more frequency than the average FB which makes me wonder what is in store for this offense.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||This is an easy answer||
There are essentially two eastern conferences (Big Ten and the SEC) while there are two western conferences (Big 12 and the Pac 12).
Can conferences get too big to serve the purpose that was intended? If you have a 20 team conferences, is there any difference between that and having two 10 team conferences?
I'd imagine that the flagship schools, or the schools with means, will get sick of sharing their money with the deadbeat schools such as Rutgers, Maryland, and those others that are on financial life support and cut them off. Maybe there are too many teams to begin with, and large conferences will be able to expose the fat that are the poor schools as to eliminate those programs all together. This frees up the additional revenue for those left standing.
There is absolutely no integrity in the NCAA. They are allowing this to happen. Maybe we should just detach football from education and call it what it is which is a minor league.
Ramble ramble ramble.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||That is the hope||
He hasn't been granted his medical redshirt for his freshman year, so right now he is a true junior. Hopefully that changes and he gets his redshirt.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||If only the game were played by robots||
Gardner is a human. He isn't a robot. In fact, I don't think that the NCAA allows robots to play football.
At the beginning of the season we had Denard firmly entrenched as the starting QB. Say what you want about Devin being a better fit (I think this), but given the circumstances of a coaching transition and a need for continuity and leadership to help hold the team together Denard was the man. At the beginning of the year Devin is a junior. He was also a highly ranked recruit and probably knew that he was good. He was often called the second best athlete on the team. If I were him I would want to play. Holding a clipboard to protect your team against the odds that Denard gets seriously injured is probably no fun. I'm pretty sure that football players want to have fun. This worked out for him because he could play WR (a position of dire need), or to put it more direct, he could play football. Why not let the kid have fun playing the game he loves and is good at? How many top players can we land if we promise them that they can finally have a shot to start only after they hold clipboards and roam the sidelines for three years? I'd guess that we'd get the David Cone types. Devin is not Cone. Let him play.
Robots don't have emotions or a game that they love playing. They are interchangeable. Putting a robot on the sidelines for three years doesn't do anything to that robot. It doesn't care, cause it can't love the game. Football is played by humans who want to play. To hold them back because of a chance that they may be needed at some point in the season for a little while is not a nice thing to do especially if they can play somewhere else.
If Devin was good enough to play WR and start at that position, then the switch was a good thing. If he were a redshirt freshman or redshirt sophomore at the time then it would make more sense to hold him out knowing that he has at least two years to be a starter.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||What about the QB||
Should a QB only be able to win it with crappy WRs and a bad OL? Football is a team game. The Heisman, is often referred to by the winners as a team award.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Offensive stats||
Offensive stats should not be a requirement. A defensive player can take over a game without scoring. This just lends to the idea that games are won on the offensive side of the ball. That is simply not true.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Last year||
Last year is, and should be, irrelevant. If the award was based on previous years then we should just go ahead and give it to the top rated recruit each year. As soon as anyone makes a single mistake then they are out of contention never to be let back in.
All QBs must have perfect passer ratings and never throw an interception ever.
All RBs must never have a run for less than 4 yards and are not allowed to fumble ever.
All WRs must never have a drop in their career.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||CW is the best ever||
CW is probably the best defensive back ever to play the game in the future. It is a physical impossibility for any defensive player to ever be better than him. Teo should pay a fine for even being mentioned in the same sentence as him. It seems that the maize and blue glasses say that Strongarm Stonejaw QB, Fleetfoot Sackevader QB, Speedy Fasterson WR, or Shiftyeye Quickfoot RB are the only ones to be allowed to win the award. Oh, I forgot to mention Michigan players qualify by default regardless of position. If we take the glasses of we can see that, yes, sometimes our rivals have great players that deserve the award. That is not a knock on any of our award winners, and it is ok.
Seriously though, it is a legitimate question. Those that say that Teo must return a kick or play wide receiver are ridiculous. Playing multiple positions is not a prerequisite. Those who give credit to the DL for his success have a point, but wouldn't that invalidate the QBs who won it with great OLs and WRs as well as RBs with good OLs? Football is, and always will be, a team sport, so the Heisman will always have an element of team in it. I would like to hear the rational as to why only certain positions or certain stats or a certain build should qualify or disqualify someone for the Heisman?
To compare Teo to CW, though, is tough to do because they play different positions. I'd just as soon say that it is an impossible comparison and any attempt to do so will be nothing more than an opinion marinated in specifically filtered statistics.
Teo is a fantastic player and has 7 INTs from the linebacker position. The record for career INTs by a linebacker in the NFL is 37 over a 13 year period. 7 in one season is crazy good for a LB. I'd love to see him become the second defensive player to win the award.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||We have been duped||
If you want everyone to worship the SEC, it also includes the business model. Mega-conferences with conference title games will have this problem. Maybe we should petition to separate football from other sports when it comes to conference affiliation and limit the conference to ten member schools as to eliminate the championship game.
We have been duped into arguing about meaningless issues while the bigwigs fill their pockets with cash. The real debate was never about a playoff being better than the BCS or the old system. That debate was meant for the sole purpose of distracting the fans into arguing over a postseason while making it seem like a good idea and a necessity to expand the conferences. It has gotten so bad that we are even talking about TV markets ourselves. Pro sports have always been about the money. That's why they are PRO sports.
Saban, you are fighting the wrong fight. Your complaint is not with the BCS but with those who want to transform college football into a professional league who the only professionals are the TV execs and the building contractors.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I like the idea but...||
I think it is a unique situation with UCLA and USC in that their home colors offer a decent contrast. I don't think it will really work with a team that has a dark home color such as Michigan if the opposing team doesn't have an unusually light home color. For example UM-OSU I don't think will work, but UM-GT will work.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||NC & Duke||
They are the face of ACC basketball. I don't see them going anywhere. Virginia and VT would be good fits, although my preference would be VT because they actually have a decent football program these days.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||TV Markets vs whodyawant||
This is a fan site. All the talk about expansion here eventually leads to a comment about where our television market will expand to. Let's make that irrelevant for the sake of being fans for a moment and talk about who actually we want to be in the Big Ten.
Personally GT sounds great to me. They are a bit far away, but apparently that isn't an issue anymore. Maryland and Rutgers do absolutely nothing for me. There is no record of sustained success in their football programs in recent history. It would be purely for TV which, as a fan, I will refuse to say is a good reason.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Easy Answers||
1) Why should they be in a conference? They have the TV deal and have no problems scheduling decent opponents.
2) Conferences are much more important in basketball, so if the Big Ten is pushing them too hard to join, then it seems reasonable that they join a different basketball conference.
3) There are a lot of Michigan fans that wanted to ditch ND.
4) I don't know much about this one, but we have had warmups prior to ND too.
5) Don't tell me that Michigan fans don't. Heck, I went to Michigan for the football program. The degree was a bonus.
6) No team respects an opposing teams good coach. They only respect the coach of the team that they don't have to worry about losing to.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Bob Ufer||
If you want to listen to the homer then listen to the homer. If you don't then mute the TV and listen to a different broadcast. I wish that more broadcasters were openly bias like Bob Ufer. There is no shame in that.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Tough Pill to Swallow||
The most indoctrinated Michigan fans will have a really tough time admitting this, but I would surmise that much of the hatred is due to the fact that Notre Dame is like Michigan's twin brother. Out of any school in the country, Michigan and Notre Dame share the most similarities across the board. They have the two most rich traditions, have the two most wins, have the two best winning percentages, have stubborn and arrogant fans (I admit I am an arrogant Michigan fan), have good schools, are from the midwest, have iconic uniforms, and probably a whole lot more.
When they succeed we think it should have been us and I be they feel the same when we succeed. As a local rival, it is understandable to have either hate or respect and that is fine. That is part of what football, or sports in general, is all about. However, to say that ND is bad because of X is a bit hypocritical because, more often than not, the trait of X applies to Michigan as well.
As far as wishing ill on them, I do not. I do not think that a ND championship will hurt Michigan or our recruiting. We pull in good players, and we have a good coach. I don't know why the fear that there is another good team in the midwest.
ND is not our little brother, they are our brother. Root against them if you wish, but at least accept reality.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Will Call||
What if student tickets were will call? After the kickoff they are open for purchase without validation needed. You could pay a higher fee to avoid will call and it is refunded if you meet attendence requirements.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Simple Changes||
All unsuccessful players need to be replaced with successful players.
It is not a change that we should seek, but rather improvement.
I know this is a simplistic answer, but as mere observers of the game, detached from the ins and outs associated with coaching, all we can do is speculate as to who we may think is better based on the sixty minutes of game we see each week. Don't get me wrong, speculation is a fun part of the game, but unnecessary in the grand scheme of things.
That being said, I don't think that there is any change that can be made, because we don't have any adequate OL replacements. Fitz ran well last year with good blocking, and to assume that he will have a Hagrup 2011 dropoff in production due to mental or other regressive issues is possible but not probable. The RB position is probably a more instinctive position than the punter, so I doubt that a head issue can be the cause of such a dropoff. Without any injury of note to Fitz, all signs point to the OL.