fair point that
|2 days 9 hours ago||No making up||
No making up words....
|2 days 15 hours ago||For whatever reason I think||
For whatever reason I think Iowa will still be left out.
3 Notre Dame
7. Ohio State
|3 days 16 hours ago||Harbaugh has been sandbagging||
Harbaugh has been sandbagging the whole time. Running game will feature 2! 100 yard rushers (Smith and Johnson). Rudock will throw for 256 with 2 tds (Johnson & Darboh). Rudock will lose 1 fumble.
We will return 1 kick to the house. Defense will notch 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery on a sack.
Game not that close 35-21.
It's amazing how much these new maize and blue glasses help my eyes.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Well the WE ON was an acronym.||
Well the WE ON was an acronym.
|1 week 2 days ago||I think that when the flag is||
I think that when the flag is thrown and penalty announced that the penalty should stay. If it is targeting then it could be reviewed for an ejection or not but the penalty should stay regardless of the outcome of the review.
I like the idea of flagrant 1 and flagrant 2 as in basketball. Clear targeting could be a flagrant 2 and ejection while iffy targeting would require 2 before an ejection.
As far as QB slides, it really is a judgement call that should be pretty easy to make. The moment a QB indicates a slide the ball should be placed. If a defender initiates contact after the slide it should be a 15yd penalty.
I don't know what to do about fake slides. Rudock had one on his first long run. He almost slid then saw that it was blocked and kept going.
|1 week 4 days ago||Hurns, but Adams could have a huge game.||
Hurns, but Adams could have a huge game.
|1 week 4 days ago||Cobb and Robinson both have||
Cobb and Robinson both have great matchups. Minnesota has a pretty good D.
|1 week 4 days ago||Cobb, Green and Robinson||
Cobb, Green and Robinson
|1 week 4 days ago||Some guy in my league dropped||
Some guy in my league dropped A Robinson for Janikowski. Any other questionable moves out there?
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah I'M in a 10 man.||
Yeah I'M in a 10 man. Starting Robinson, hopkins, Peterson, and Williams. Have Crabtree on the bench. Auction drafts are the best!
|1 week 4 days ago||I have both as well and am||
I have both as well and am going with Reed.
|1 week 4 days ago||Hurns has a better matchup,||
Hurns has a better matchup, but it is a tough call.
|1 week 4 days ago||Ingram or Emmanual Sanders at||
Ingram or Emmanual Sanders at my flex?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It would seem that 40 or 60||
It would seem that 40 or 60 would be a better measure of football speed.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Gates. Chicago hasn't faced||
Gates. Chicago hasn't faced a good TE yet so the stats may be skewed.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I need a 2nd wr to start.||
I need a 2nd wr to start. Right now I have E Sanders and Crabtree starting with A Robinson on the bench. Crabtree or robinson? It is a ppr league(0.5 per catch).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I have Luck on my roster and||
I have Luck on my roster and he is going to be riding the bench untill he turns it around or traded. If i were you i would go with Lafell. Adams is healthy so Jones may be #3 in Green Bay, and I just don't trust Gordon.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That was a thought I had.||
That was a thought I had. Gardner graduated in 3 years. I can't remember if he enrolled early. If so that would probably mean 4-8 credits during the spring and summer terms prior to his freshman year.
If he were set to graduate after this year and then transfer I'd find it odd if he agreed to RS knowing he would transfer after this year. How would Harbaugh take that? He's wasting a scholarship at that point. Maybe Jim is generous enough to allow for it, but given his 5th year try-out policy for certain individuals, I'd find it hard to believe he would do such a thing with Shane.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||If Shane transfers after this||
If Shane transfers after this year (assuming he hasn't graduated) he would have to sit out another year and have one year of eligibily left. He would have essentially wasted a year of eligibility (also assuming any transfer would be to a I-A school).
If he wanted so try to get another year at another school then the plan would be to RS this year, perform next year and then transfer after graduating. This means Morris knows that he will play next year but not be the starter because he's already planning on transferring the year after. If he were the starter next year there is no reason why he'd not want to be back for a fifth year.
My uneducated guess is that Harbaugh evaluated him and sees a high ceiling but with a lot of kinks to work out. Thus he redshirts this year to work out the kinks and can legitimately compete next year. This seems to make sense based on what we've seen from him (physical tools, but poor coaching).
I think that all parties fully expect that Shane will have a legitimate shot at starting next year. If not then he should have transferred prior to this season.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not saying he is good but||
I'm not saying he is good but that there is no way of knowing because he has never been in a good situation at Michigan.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Morris vs Minnesota is||
Morris vs Minnesota is completely different than this situation. Our offense was a complete disaster last year and the coaching was less than competent. Let's call Shane a bust before he has any real chance to compete. The kid should have redshirted but recruiting decisions took that away. He has had 3 coaches in 3 years. Our o line was terrible during his first two years. Kid has not had a fighting chance yet.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||This perspective is||
This perspective is definitely appropriate to the current situation. You win some on bad calls and fluke plays and lose some as well.
That being said, one thing that is just as engrained in fandom beyond suffering through bad losses and reveling in unlikely victories is complaining about the refs!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Jarrod Bunch or Chris Floyd.||
Jarrod Bunch or Chris Floyd.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Did Bill Martin ever drop the||
Did Bill Martin ever drop the interim title? I seem to remember hearing a story of how he was only going to do the job for one year and it ended up being much more than that.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|11 weeks 3 days ago||How did Nussmeier feel about||
How did Nussmeier feel about the whole situation? It seems like he came into a situation where he did not fully understand the incompetence of the program.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||What did Martin do? Sure he||
What did Martin do? Sure he "botched" the end of the Carr era, but he hired RR who was one of the hottest coaches at the time. He also hired Beilein. Lastly he turned around the financial state of the AD allowing the building projects to commence.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I moved twice using the 26'||
I moved twice using the 26' Ryder. The power lift gate in the back was huge. I think that's the biggest one you can get without a special license.
I ended up clipping a tree and costing myself $600 because the top is not insured.
|18 weeks 14 hours ago||I am comfortable leaving||
I am comfortable leaving money on the table.
$2 - Henne
$2 - Wheatley
$3 - Carter
$5 - Woodson
$1 - Harbaugh
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I am surrounded by Marquette||
I am surrounded by Marquette alumni in Milwaukee and people do buy the gear. Granted it is a much smaller school in a much smaller region, so the product purchases aren't going to extend much past the local area.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)|
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Pardon my ignorance here, but||
Pardon my ignorance here, but who is this "pitchman?"
|27 weeks 1 day ago||I enjoyed my wedding||
I enjoyed my wedding reception, but the one thing I remember after it was all over was that the reception was really for the guests and not the bride and groom. You and your wife may want to sneak off before the party ends. We spent time figuring out menus and drinks, tasting cake...the usual. I only had one plate of food and just a little bit of cake. We went around saying hi and thank-you to everyone who came to the wedding and didn't have time for much else.
The groomsmen had flowers that were supposed to be shades of pink that got progressively lighter. Well, the flower person delivered only one color of pink. We didn't really care, but it was pretty funny when the maid of honor tried to organize the groomsmen by shades of pink when there was only one.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||I've been to PSU for a night||
I've been to PSU for a night game and was unimpressed. The stadium itself is a large unattractive piece of concrete. Sure it's built off of the ground, so it looks big, but in my opinion that is all it has going for it.
Interesting comparison to the Big House. When you enter Beaver Stadium it is at field level so the first thing you see is the field size up close. You turn around to see the stands. This left me feeling that the stadium was smaller than it was. The opposite is true for the Big House. Since it is built in a bowl you are entering the stadium more than halfway up so your entrance view is the field from afar and about 67% of the stands. This leaves me feeling that the stadium is bigger than it may be.
|31 weeks 15 hours ago||That is misleading||
It's different here in Wisconsin. All the state schools are University of Wisconsin - Insert City Here. I believe it would be the equivalent of comparing UofM Ann Arbor to Western Michigan.
That being said, UW - Milwaukee is a pretty good school from my understanding and I work with a lot of UWM grads.
|31 weeks 20 hours ago||Another thought||
gas station = drive thru at Taco Bell.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Understand||
Thanks for the explaination. Reading it that way makes it better! Cowboy boots in the Big House for everyone.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Tough Question||
I'd like to see a lot of different teams in the non-conference, so creating rivalries there will be difficult. Amongst Big Ten teams I'd like to see a Nebraska rivalry develop.
As far as out of conference teams go, Texas would be my number one choice. They are a big historic program not on the west coast. Other thoughts are FSU, Alabama, or LSU.
To the OP, I really don't like the southerners vs northerners thing. I just don't see cultural rivalries being a good thing.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Iverson Reference||
It was called the spring game, but really it is a practice/scrimmage.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Practice||
We talking about practice. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. Not a game. Practice.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||On Legends||
I agree with the poster above regarding the quantity of legends jerseys. Specific criteria needs to be established that is very stringent. There are very few things that warrant a legends jersey. Here are some of those.
1. Heisman (98, 21, 2) - duh.
2. POTUS (48) - sure.
3. Any previously retired number.
Things that shouldn't count:
1. Everything else.
What we should really talk about is what feats constitutes number retiring. Also, expectations need to be tempered with regards to the players that wear the numbers. Sure, it should be considered giving a legends jersey to a player with great potential and drive, but it isn't the end of the world if they don't replicate the same accomplishments.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Sigh - Tom Izzo||
I think that JB can bring this program to elite level by doing something similar than what Tom Izzo does.
We need upperclassmen on the team if we aren't going to recruit like Kentucky. The experience edge is huge, just ask Izzo and Ryan. Roster continuity will create consistency.
We need talent on the roster to compliment experience. With the coaching ability of JB, he really only needs about 2 superstars on the team. If they are one and done or two and done that is fine, cause the continuity will support roster turnover. Talent + continuity will create elite teams.
We need time to elevate the talent level of the upperclassmen. We're seeing that already. We started with Novak + Douglas + Morgan. Now those same players (Chatman, Doyle, Wilson, Walton) are much more highly regarded/have higher ceilings. Winning allows you to get those players.
Last, but probably the most important, is that we need to win.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Very similar schools||
Both schools are very similar and it leaves the fans to argue about how different they are. Both schools are in the top ten in arrogance.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Probably pretty close already||
Given the amount of time athletes are on campus, he is probably pretty darn close to his degree already. Hardaway graduated in 3 years.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
I was on a trip to Zion and stopped at Bryce for two nights. Wasn't long enough.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Before you make plans||
Before you make plans make sure she turns the other 162 degrees.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||ZION||
I would go back to Zion NP in a heartbeat. That place is awesome.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Tom Brady||
I don't really like Tom Brady. I'm not saying he isn't good, but he just rubs me the wrong way.
Superbowls are a bad measure of QB greatness. I'm looking at you Eli.
There should be a time limit on instant replay in football. If the refs can't determine a call in 45 seconds it automatically stands as called. Leave the human error in the game.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, the experience means something||
Every experience means something, but I just can't understand the importance of promoting that part of it as a valuable experience that everybody should have. It is just another consumer item that doesn't grow you as a person.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Necessary Step||
It should not be a necessary step. The fact that we are making it one is causing problems. First it can lead to delay people joining the professional world. Second it costs money. This will impose a greater burden on the less wealthy portion of the population which can lead to class separation and stunting the ability for someone to make it that may not be of means.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||What is the experience||
I'm just curious what part of the "experience" is worth the money if you take away the going to class part.
It seems that there is sports, living in dorms, parties, being with peers on a regular basis, being part of a campus group, and other similar things. Is that part a good investment? I take my car to a shop to have it fixed by a professional and I have respect and appreciation for their profession. Should I assume that they are somehow lacking some important experience that would have bettered their lives? Should I assume that they would rather be in another line of work that requires a degree? It seems that these assumptions are a bit demeaning.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Societal issue||
I could be wrong here, but here's a thought.
College is commonly seen as a gateway to success and is promoted throughout our society as a noble achievement. This may be true in many cases, but failure to recognize hard work and achievement outside of college seems to relegate un-degreed professions as second class. Instead of celebrating hard work and success we put too much of an emphasis on a certain kind of hard work and success.
Consider the American Dream. It used to be that hard work and opportunity will lead to success. This was visualized in homeownership. However, now it seems almost like the American Dream has become homeownership.
Success, now, is seen often as going to college and getting a degree and students are celebrated for being the first in their family to go to college, or graduating. However, we are missing the point of all of it and we are really celebrating something that is incomplete. In doing so, other people's hard work towards the same goal is undervalued.
I also think that the college "experience" is not very important. I don't see how living in dorms, going to parties, walking to class, and taking exams is any more beneficial than working in a job and interacting with other professionals on a daily basis. Maybe there is something I'm missing.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||UofM Career to date||
Beilein has never had the personel and that is changing.
When he started at UofM the program was nowhere near what it is now therefore his ability, to attract recruits was limited. He pulled in Cronin (injury), Morgan (solid), Hortford (backup), McLimans (bench), and McGary (star). That isn't much.
He is in much different territory now. Doyle and Donnel will be 4 year players and both have shown potential to be good. Beilein has never had that at Michigan outside of Morgan and McGary, but that was only for a year and really not even that. Sprinkle in Teske and whomever else we get and Beilein will, for the first time at Michigan, have a good stable of bigs.
Beilein missed on developing role players like McLimans, Christian, Lucas-Perry, and followed that up by developing stars very quickly. That lead to an uneven roster with regards to experience. I see this team core as one that will finally last a few years. What that will bring as far as wins is a bit unknown to us now.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Parent recognizing oblivious||
you, op, are obviously not a parent. When children are born and you become responsible for their upbringing, you see the world differently. Love cannot be quantified.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Something Beilein hasn't had||
Beilein runs an offense that requires a lot of understanding. It would seem that continuity would be very important for him. Once that is established, you can mix in the top end recruits to take the team to the next level. Over time the continuity players get better and better.
The fact is that Beilein hasn't really had great continuity. Stu and Zack were a good start and showed what can happen when Beilein has four year players, but they were limited athletically. Morgan was of the same mold and his knowledge of the system greatly helped as he could be a floor leader. However, those are only three major contributors from the continuity players that I can think of. I think we should look at Brundidge and Christian as misses just as much as Booker and Blackmon. They would be seniors now.
I would imagine that as our core gets stronger the team/program will take off. With that comes a greater ability to grab the top-end talent. Imagine if Walton and Irvin stay four years. That is going to be a very deep and talented roster. Sprinkle in one to two supers and you have a title contender.
Fortunately we have a coach who can get to the title by developing the good into the great negating the need to constantly grab the great.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||No||
Fact: Dwight Schrutte does not sleep and therefore it is physically impossible for him to be a sleeper.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Subjective||
It's a matter of preference. There is no absolute with regards to what level is right. But I see what you are saying...the nfl is clearly inferior. I live in Wisconsin and I guarantee you that the Badgers are an afterthought when it comes to football preference.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Not really||
In order to win an overtime game one defense has to outplay the opponents offense...eventually Every game is the result of a team effort. Giving both teams possession allows both offense and defense to take the field. Consider it allowing the defense to have a chance to stop the other team.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Hockey is not a good comparison.||
Hockey has a faceoff and constant change of possession which makes sudden death legitimate. Football has a coin toss to determine possession. With hockey both teams have an equal shot from the get go but football is slanted heavily toward the winner of a coin toss.
|45 weeks 17 hours ago||8 Team Playoff = 7 games||
Four first round games
Two second round games
|45 weeks 2 days ago||Seriously||
Why do I not see any love for Barton City?
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Never understood this one||
If a Tennessee coach votes against Michigan in 1997 then somehow it is Manning's fault?
Even if Manning thought he was robbed of the Heisman (something that I've never heard him say) why would a Michigan fan dislike him for LOSING to Woodson?
Tom Brady was on a team coached by arguably the greatest NFL coach in history. After watching Michigan play recently it's safe to say that top notch coaching is a big deal. No disrespect to Dungy but he is not on Belichick's level.
As Harbaugh says, it's not a good idea to compare great to great because it only means a great is diminished.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||Too high up the food chain||
My understanding is that UofM's athletic department operates financially independently from the university. He fires Brandon and hires Hackett. That's all he really has to do right? Maybe tell Hackett to help find a permanent AD and perhaps make sure that he is operating in the black. What more do we want?
Fandom is traveling too far up the food chain. Going from armchair quarterbacks to armchair coaches is one thing, but moving up to armchair ADs and armchair Presidents is a bit over the top. Why can't we just be fans, hope Hackett hires Harbaugh, forget about him WHEN it happens and just root some victories on Saturdays? It's less stressfull that way.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Perhaps||
If a coach resigns because of a record he is basically admitting that he is not good enough to do the job. If he is admitting that by himself then who would want to give him a chance later on?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||yes but..||
What scandals are we talking about?
Shane Morris was a Hoke problem, and the email incident is a non-issue. Am I missing something. Even the Coke issue was a Hoke problem because can we honestly expect that promotion to happen if the team was playing well?
I get that people are upset over the mistreatment, but that can be rectified by Brandon pretty easily.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Me too||
I have the same mindset. If the top candidates don't want to work for Brandon then its best to dismiss him. There is an issue, though, in that it may give the next coach a sense of power over the AD.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||If the problem is...||
If the problem is that the team is performing poorly then it is silly to think anyone other than Hoke is the main problem.
Because everyone is out for blood any small meaningless thing gets blown way out of proportion and used as reason to call for a firing.
I'm not in the save Brandon court, but I think the decision to retain or fire him should consider this:
|1 year 5 weeks 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 year 6 weeks 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.
|1 year 8 weeks 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.
|1 year 9 weeks 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.
|1 year 10 weeks 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.
|1 year 10 weeks 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.
|1 year 10 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||True||
That extends from western Ohio through the entire states of Indiana and Illinois.
|1 year 12 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Arm Chair||
Things were a lot nicer when we hoped for exciting matchups but didn't play armchair athletic director.
|1 year 15 weeks 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.
|1 year 15 weeks 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.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Important||
Eat a pasty or twelve.
|1 year 21 weeks 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.
|1 year 21 weeks 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.
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Thought||
Would 2013 be better if 2014 Stauskas replaced 2013 Stauskas coupled with 2012 Burke replacing 2013 Burke?
|1 year 29 weeks 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.
|1 year 30 weeks 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.
|1 year 31 weeks 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.
|1 year 31 weeks 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.
|1 year 32 weeks 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.
|1 year 32 weeks 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?
|1 year 32 weeks 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.
|1 year 32 weeks 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.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Headless||
Fan tip #1: never use your head. Blind optimism is best!
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 40 weeks 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.
|1 year 40 weeks 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.
|1 year 42 weeks 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:
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Teams that i wish were good again||
I like Minnesota and washington. Don't know why. Just do.
|1 year 43 weeks 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.
|1 year 44 weeks 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.
|1 year 44 weeks 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.
|1 year 45 weeks 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.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Friend is going||
Could be in the -50s with the wind chill there. Could be the same here in Milwaukee.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Curious here||
Did Texas offer all of the above or just inquire? There is nothing wrong with inquiring.
|1 year 46 weeks 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.
|1 year 46 weeks 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.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Or||
Or he had clear NFL aspirations from the get go.
|1 year 47 weeks 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.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Kansas||
Trey's shot against Kansas is probably tops on my list too.
|1 year 47 weeks 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.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Suspensions||
Is it just me or do there always seem to be a lot of suspensions right before bowl games.
|1 year 47 weeks 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.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Wisconsin||
Christmas party at the office today. Spotted Cow, the obligatory Miller Lite, and home made Irish Cream. Now New Glarus Moon Man.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Careful||
May want to check the shelf life of that. 126 days per great lakes brewery website.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I like where you are going||
We should start Stauskas at QB.
|1 year 49 weeks 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.
|1 year 49 weeks 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.
|1 year 49 weeks 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.
|1 year 49 weeks 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.
|1 year 49 weeks 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.
|1 year 50 weeks 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.
|1 year 50 weeks 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.
|1 year 50 weeks 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?
|1 year 50 weeks 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.
|1 year 50 weeks 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.
|2 years 1 week 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.
|2 years 1 week ago||Winner||
|2 years 1 week 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.
|2 years 1 week 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.
|2 years 1 week 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.
|2 years 4 weeks 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.
|2 years 4 weeks 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.
|2 years 6 weeks 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.
|2 years 10 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.
|2 years 12 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."
|2 years 12 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.
|2 years 13 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.
|2 years 13 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.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Power||
When will the power come back on?
|2 years 14 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.
|2 years 14 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.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Chrome too||
I'm having that problem with Chrome on my tablet. Not sure what the deal is.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Smart||
Smart is a very subjective term.
|2 years 22 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."
|2 years 26 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?
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Todd Collins||
|2 years 29 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.
|2 years 33 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.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Fan||
Not everyone is a diehard Michigan fan.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||More hype||
More hype to the overhyped.
|2 years 39 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.
|2 years 39 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.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Thanks||
I've heard that Miller Park is one of the better venues. It should be an exciting year.
|2 years 39 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.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Different||
How is that any different than Spartan Stadium?
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Thanks||
I appreciate the info.
|2 years 39 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.
|2 years 39 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.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Ohio||
Weren't most of the guys from the big class from Ohio?
|2 years 40 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.
|2 years 40 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.
|2 years 40 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.
|2 years 40 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.
|2 years 40 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.
|2 years 40 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.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||I hate to say this||
Byrd will probably have a huge game. These things have a way of happening.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Funny||
It's is actually pretty funny. Glad dantonio is starting to understand when not to say stupid stuff.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||64-62||
|2 years 41 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.
|2 years 41 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.
|2 years 42 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.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Stereotypes||
Oops Double Post
|2 years 42 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.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||The last 3||
No offense to the last three players, but Vogrich, McLimans and Eso are not a witness to our depth.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Stauskas||
He's not just a shooter.
|2 years 42 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
|2 years 42 weeks ago||72-68||
|2 years 43 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.
|2 years 43 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.
|2 years 43 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.
|2 years 43 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.
|2 years 43 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.
|2 years 43 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.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Whose fault is this||
This has to be Addidas' fault somehow as they, apparently, can't do anything right.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||I would hope not||
I find it cool that there are teams that want to copy Michigan.
|2 years 44 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.
|2 years 44 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.
|2 years 46 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%.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||We are good||
That is all.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||White people||
Just made the wife and I some White Russians
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Bill Cowher||
Bill Cowher bought a house in Strongsville.
|2 years 47 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.
|2 years 48 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.