|1 day 3 hours ago||The sad part of this||
He could have gotten a modest 6-8 yard gain on 2nd and long had he kept going forward and slid prior to contact or just run out of bounds
Or, you know, freak out at the defenders coming your way and completely forget that you are FIVE YARDS PAST THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. Go ahead and try a pass there.. Sure.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Timeout||
He took another coaches defense ranked #107 and turned it into the #6 defense. I think the man deserves a little credit.
|1 day 21 hours ago||I'll point out to everyone||
That when Hoke says "You can say something about something and then you're wrong"...he's speaking the truth. Because it happened. This year. In week one. Remember? Right after App State, he said Peppers would play against ND the next week despite the injury. And obviously Peppers did not play the next week. He was wrong. I don't think he was lying either. He was just wrong. So he'd rather just not talk about it going forward. Which...fine. Who cares? There's no requirement for coaches to give out injury info.
So, yeah, I think we need to calm down criticizing Hoke for not perfectly saying the thing you want him to say. Nothing in that quote reads contempt of the press to me. Not that I would care if Hoke does have contempt of the press (and he probably does at least a little)...because quite frankly, after the last 7 years of Michigan football coverage, much of the local press deserve that sort of treatment.
I know that losing and the uncertainty of the year (especially post-ND game) have a lot to do with it. But Michigan wasn't exactly elite when RR said "get a life" either, and yet this blog had no problem defending RR then.
|3 days 3 hours ago||But see||
"slow and bad" is not a reason to move to up tempo. If they're slow and bad, what makes you think they would become good if they moved faster? Bad is bad.
And it's not particularly accurate anyway. You're ignoring the obvious improvements of the offense this year. A stat that others have brought up is they've already gained 44% of the rushing total from last year. So, close to one-half of last years rushing totals in just a quarter of the season. Oh, and nearly all of those yards were RB yards, so less Devin running around and taking shots, which should help in the long run. Remember how banged up Devin was last year? The offense relied almost entirely on him, and after the MSU game he was completely battered and shellshocked until OSU. So, Nuss is trying to get the pass blocking right to reduce sacks (so far an improvement) while getting the run blocking right so that there is less of a need to rely solely on Devin (a definite improvement). I think going deliberately and slow in the game offers the young inexperienced (and last year, turrible) OL to actually, you know, gain experience and execute their assignments. It's ben a mixed bag so far, but the trend arrow is most definitely up. So no, it's not just "slow and bad",
|3 days 4 hours ago||I get the sentiment for wanting uptempo||
Especially in end of half/game scenarios...but I still have no idea why people are criticizing the end of half drive against Miami for clock management. They get that first down, clock stops, ball on the 30 with a minute left and two timeouts. They're going to at least get 3 points in that situation with realistic shots at the endzone for 7. Time was simply not an issue on that drive.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Well||
When you are a troll instead of a local sports journalist, you have to get your points in no matter what. And frame every question in the worst way possible on the off chance the coach says something that narrowly fits into your predetermined narrative.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Yup||
I remember RRs years all those quick up tempo 3 and outs. Tempo can work greatly, but for a team struggling with inconsistency it can backfire easily. After the chaos of last year, I'd honestly rather they go slower and more deliberately to get the base stuff working. Once Nuss is confident with progress, THEN introduce some in-game up tempo concepts to give the O a new dimension. The quick snap 3rd and short play is a great example...when you lull a d to sleep with slow pace and suddenly you go quick, it is easy to catch them off guard.
|3 days 8 hours ago||One minute left isn't enough time to get a TD||
From your opponents 30?
|3 days 8 hours ago||I agree with this||
Of all the things this blog dwells on, tempo is the most annoying. Tempo can work and can be fun to watch, but it is not some sort of panacea for offense. Just one method.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I'll echo what others have said above this comment||
You're unfair to Hoke regarding how he left the program, because there's a lot that plays into it. To me, Stanford and Oregon appear to be exceptions rather than the norm. I mean, Pete Carroll leaves USC and they've been floundering for awhile, and still struggling to get back on top. Urban Meyer leaves Florida and they still haven't completely recovered. Those are two of the best coaches that college football has had the past decade!
|4 days 1 hour ago||This is where I take issue with Brian||
I mean, what's with the anger? Why is everyone so fricking ANGRY at the man? Can we all just settle down a little bit? My God, football is supposed to be fun to watch, people.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Great diary||
I always look forward to these writeups each Sunday.
And I somewhat agree with your view of clock management, though I have less of a "defeatist" attitude towards it. I think many here want Michigan to go hurry-up because they seem to think that "hurry-up" = 21st century, but the truth is not all offenses are built upon hurry-up. I mean, I just watched a San Francisco team last night huddle on every snap and waste almost all of teh playclock, even in the end when they were driving to tie the game! And that's a Harbaugh-coached team! San Fransicso wound up losing, but not because of clock mismanagement. And had they made that last 4th down, they still had a good 40ish seconds to work with to get the TD.
I guess what I'm saying is it's overblown. Espcially in this case. Sure, Michigan took their sweet ass time getting down the field, but had the delay not happened and they converted on 4th down, they were still in good position to get at least 3 points and run out the rest of the clock. Using all of the last 4 minutes to score and not give the ball back to your opponent is fine end-of-half strategy. They went slow because there's no reason to hurry up with 4 minuets left. The drive stalled, but not because of a lack of hurry up. That's really not a good enough reason to criticize that one. And even with the delay of game, questionable (at best) punt decision, and inevitable touchback on the punt (damnit, Hagerup, figure out how the hell to execute a fly punt please), Miami still came nowhere near to scoring on their last possession. Because there was less than a minute left.
Yes, I want the hurry-up to be installed, because there are situations where it's not only a good idea but actually a necessity. But that will come in time. This offense is not built upon hurry-up mode, it just isn't. So we need to stop bitching and moaning over it as a fanbase and accept it for what it is.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Here's the proper response||
Rankings at this point are very shaky because not only is the sample size small (3 games for each team), but almost every team in FBS has played at least 2 cupcake. It's not a Michigan-exclusive thing. But go ahead and keep believing that.
|5 days 5 hours ago||This meme pisses me off more than anything||
Hoke knows exactly what he's doing. He's a hell of a lot smarter at football than most of us. You can justifiably disagree with his in-game decisions, but to say he has no idea what he's doing? That's so utterly disrespectful. If he had no idea what he's doing, then I guess that means Mattison, Nussmeier, and a whole bunch of 4 and 5* recruits have no idea what they're doing either. So I call bullshit on that meme.
|5 days 16 hours ago||So,||
I was actually referring to how Devin sold teh fake, but clearly Butt did a great job too. And I completely agree with you about the coaching comment. That was an example of GREAT coaching.
|5 days 16 hours ago||I don't understand||
why some coaches have their QBs do pooch punts. I don't...get it. I never understood it when RR was here. Your QB already does so much. That's what punters are for.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Oh, definitely.||
No doubt it was underwhelming.
|5 days 17 hours ago||I can understand concern||
But let's call a spade a spade. A 24-point win is hardly in the realm of "escaping". Escaping would be needing a last-second goalline stand against Akron to win.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Well||
At least Utah is a home game, where Hoke actually has a stellar resume.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Yup||
He wasn't exactly a world-beater last year either.
|5 days 20 hours ago||It did get dangerously close||
But they didn't unravel, thankfully. I think that Butt catch that should have been intercepted was the real turning point. Hey, sometimes you can make a bad pass or bad play into something good. What a novel concept! Before that the team felt like if something bad could happen, it did, and thus played in a shell afraid to do pretty much anything. After that, they regained confidence and just played.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Agree||
I think there's a lot of confirmation bias on the board. They're all looking for negative things because of recency...they were 3-7 last 10 games and many had soured on Hoke after last week. So naturally every bad thing that happened today got amplified in terms of meaning. And when it happens one after another, we all just assume the game will end up like Akron last year. Even tho it didn't.
|5 days 21 hours ago||450 yards is a clown show now?||
|5 days 21 hours ago||Secondary was patchy||
But still better than the ND game. Having Peppers made a tangible difference. They still let guys get a little separation, but not too much at least. Their QB was really feeling the blitz pressure.
|5 days 21 hours ago||They really sold the fake too||
Great playcall by Nuss, right at the perfect time too.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Oh I agree||
But someone had to recognize that sooner. That's why I said they get partial blame.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Offense||
The offense's biggest problem is mental. They are capable of moving the ball in the air and on the ground. But one turnover and they go into a shell. Especially Devin. Glad they got over it eventually, but Nuss really really has to work on their confidence.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Meltdown in 3...2...1...||
I thought the coaches were just OK today. They share partial blame for not recognizing the clock issue on the 4th and 1, plus not going for it after was silly. Other than that...it was fine. Cut out the mental mistakes (turnovers, mainly) and this game is prolly closer to 44-0 instead of 34-10.
|5 days 21 hours ago||This week was a test||
Yes, it started off looking like Akron. However unlike last year, Michigan recovered from early game problems and is finally pulling away.
|5 days 22 hours ago||More Butt!||
The D really bit hard on Devins eyes. Great playcall.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Offense has no killer mentality||
Too tentative. Afraid to make more mistakes instead if looking for kill shots. Letting Miami play aggressive. They need a serious attitude adjustment.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Just win||
Exactly. All that matters. Your team looks like shit for a half. So what? You're up by 7, now go out and play a better 2nd half. And win.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Oh I know!||
|5 days 23 hours ago||It ain't cool aid||
It's called looking at a 7 point lead and deciding not to freak out about it...yet. Miami isn't in the game without 3 bad turnovers.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Ouch.||
Feel the BURN. Michigan winning by 7 at half = shut her down! All of it!
|5 days 23 hours ago||Never mind||
You said good opponent...that would be OSU, 4 games ago.
|5 days 23 hours ago||App State?||
You know, two games ago?
|5 days 23 hours ago||That has nothing to do with it||
The UFR pretty clearly showed Green left a lot of yards on the field.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Wait||
I think you forgot to say FIRE EVERYONE
|5 days 23 hours ago||Well||
We did it against exactly no one last year. So it still means something.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Hey Green...||
Where was this last week? Looking good, though.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Just like last year you guys!||
God our team SUX!
|5 days 23 hours ago||Alright,||
Relax, settle down. Focus. Make a fucking play. Michigan just needs to get out of its own way.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Ugh||
Turnovers are the great equalizer. 3 bad turnovers in 5 minutes.
|5 days 23 hours ago||So much freak out||
Settle down peeps. Relax. It will be ok. Sweet Jesus, calm down.
|6 days 22 hours ago||FIRE BORGES!!!||
|1 week 5 hours ago||No "about last week"?||
What, you don't enjoy beating dead horses?
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes||
OSU lost Tressel not because of tattoos and cars, but because he lied to the NCAA.
|1 week 1 day ago||Generally true||
Outrage is often overblown.
|1 week 1 day ago||I suggest you watch Keith Olbermanns segment last night||
Either Godell is lying or he looks grossly incompetent. The scales tip heavily on the former...but either is reason enough that he has to resign.
|1 week 1 day ago||A tiny minority?||
There are far too many instances, and it's even more alarming how many if them went unpunished. Two games was a sham for Rice...but it's disturbing how many others exist where nothing has happened. I mean, there was one just last week about a 49ers player...and he played on Sunday! , Are you freaking kidding me? Could you imagine that happening at Michigan? We were all upset about Gibbons...imagine a guy getting arrested and accused today of domestic violence and then Hoke saying, "eh, we don't have all the facts yet. You can play. We'll wait and see what happens." Could you imagine the shitstorm that would ensue?
|1 week 1 day ago||Agree||
Miller has done a decent job, but he's just not the answer at center for the season. Make the change now before it's too late.
|1 week 2 days ago||Class is meaningless?||
Uh, no, it's not. Classiness is important in winning and losing. I don't want my team taking potshots and being sore losers...and I don't want them rubbing it in their opponent's face when they win. I don't want my team taking an unnecessary cheap shot on the opposing QB even though the scoreboard reads 31-0 and the game is ending. I don't want my team dunking at the basket when they've already won and the other team has conceded defeat. I definitely don't want them to flip off the road crowd when they've been kicked out of the game. It's not meaningless...you might not think it's important, but I think there are many here that would disagree.
|1 week 2 days ago||Having gone||
Having gone through the last...many...years of not having ANY running game whatsoever from the RBs (having to rely on QB runs too much), you couldn't tell a difference? Yes, it wasn't 100 yards from the RBs, but last year there was 27 for 27...there was lol @MSU (negative whatever)...we couldn't run the damn ball against one of the worst run defenses in the country (Nebraska at home)....etc.
So yes, it wasn't stellar, you're absoluetly right. But there was a tangible difference. An upgrade to barely passable, I would say. Which, honestly, is a major upgrade. Now we just have to wait and see if those results are replicable. I'm hopeful.
|1 week 3 days ago||Me too||
I, like everyone else, have reservations about how high Hoke can go. The road woes certainly is a real thing...so far, at least. But considering it's year 4 and there's an argument to be made that we're still "rebuilding" parts of the team out of holes in recruiting classes from 4 years ago...I mean, everyone is sick of saying "wait till next year", but we've known for four years now that we can't really expect 10+ wins until at least 2015, due to major roster problems.
I'm hoping for 9 wins this year, and I still think they'll get there.
|1 week 3 days ago||I would say they still do||
Because the Big Ten was pretty much just as awful last year. And Michigan still lost to Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, and had scares against Indiana, Northwestern, Akron, and Uconn. So it's safe to say that even in a worse Big Ten, the team absolutely has to improve (and prove it) to win those games.
|1 week 3 days ago||RE: "Devin's not better"||
I think you have to account for teh fact that, once again, Devin has had to learn a new system. I give him all the credit in the world for his patience and willingness to learn another new one. He started out in RR's system, then become a WR, then a QB in Borges' system, and now had to learn a bunch of new audibles and MIKE identification skills under Nuss. That is 4 years of new stuff. 4 years! Frankly I think we need to cut the guy a little slack around here.
|1 week 3 days ago||Even||
Even in a shutout, there were bright spots that indicate Nuss is trying to put DG in positions to succed. You said "Devin G seems to do best if he can start out good and then fall into a rhythm of some sort."
To my eye, that's exactly what Nuss was trying to do early on. And it was at least partially working...those first two drives should have ended in points (in hindsight, I wish they would have gone for it on that 4th and 2 on the first drive). It wasn't until the last drive before the half ended that Devin started unraveling, with the weird fumble play that I think had more to do with Devin awkwardly hanging onto the ball than Miller getting owned by a bullrush. After that, Devin was never the same, and the OL steadily got worse as they grew tired. But it at least seems like Nuss was trying to get his offense to be successful earlier. I think had those first two drives ended in at least 6 points total, the game might have ended up looking much different. It definitely felt weird watching live...like, it never felt like Michigan was out of the game in the frist half, competetively, and yet the scoreboard read 21-0 at halftime.
|1 week 3 days ago||Difference||
Detroit was already a pretty good offensive team last year. The Giants stunk, and basically started from the ground up. Plus they don't have a Megatron.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good point||
I thought about this just as posted my comment. The Giants looked like crap on offense, they were even lucky to get to 14 points honestly (aided in part by dumb Detroit penalties).
But in a new system, it's a process that takes longer than people expect. Michigan had a very tough environment to play in for a brand new system. They did well in spurts, but Nuss has already said that's the #1 problem right now being consistency. He even mentioned the lack of big plays, which was the other major problem that Brian and others have identified. The guy's not stupid, he knows where improvements are needed.
|1 week 3 days ago||Sorry, it is not manifestly false||
Just because you say it doesn't make it fact.
|1 week 3 days ago||Sigh||
He has had his system in for TWO GAMES. That's the infancy part. It's not freshmen....EVERYONE is learning his system for the first time. There's a major difference.
|1 week 3 days ago||Hoke didn't directly answer a question a press conference????||
Color me SHOCKED.
Also, that's not what he's basically saying. Which part of him saying "true fans support the kids" meant "anyone dare question my performance is a bad fan"? I mean, that's your interpretation, but it's certainly not mine.
It wasn't the best thing for him to say, the way he worded it. But then again, has Hoke ever had the right exact words at a presser?
|1 week 3 days ago||And to me||
This is exactly why pressers have become basically a bunch of nothing. because the moment Hoke says something that could be taken out of context (where context = intent, in this case), it gets taken out of context. He wasn't bashing fans...he was supporting players. Just like when RR said "Get a life" and everyone freaked out...that was taken grossly out of context too.
This is why I support the "we aren't divulging any information ever" mantra of Michigan now. Because apparently intent means nothing.
I just don't get why people are getting so offended and outraged by it. Sheesh. All he said (basically) was true fans support the players no matter what. I'm sure you could find coaches throughout Michigan history all saying similar things. And is it wrong? I always support the players. It was never about the coaches anyway...sure, I desperately want a coach to succeed, but that's only so the program can actually stabalize...but it's ultimately always about the players first.
|1 week 4 days ago||It's obviously concerning.||
I mean, yeah, it's obviously concerning. It would be idiotic to think that it's not. But I've said it before...was that game an extreme outlier, or a sign of things to come for this Michigan team this year? An argument can be made for both...we just do not know yet.There's a lot fo football to be played, and the coaches are not nearly as useless as so many seem to think they are. Nussmeier is clearly a good coach given past success at Bama and Washington...his offense scored 0 points last week. Is he suddenly a bad coach now?
|1 week 4 days ago||I share thec oncerns||
I share the concerns about how Hoke's past road record and recent 3-7 record...but it is simply unfair at this point to lump this team in with last year's. They're 1-1, and 0-1 on the road. Since Hoke isn't going anywhere this year, I'm only focusing on this year's record.
And yeah, Hoke doesn't get all the blame for our last Rose Bowl being 7 years ago.
I say that it was only one game because Hoke can only do things one game at a time.
Also you say average 2-3 road losses a year...what's the norm? How does that compare to other coaches?
|1 week 4 days ago||So||
Anytime any coach loses a game 31-0 they should just quit cuz they suxxxx?
|1 week 4 days ago||Road environments are hard.||
Look, we all know about Hoke's road record. Part of the problem is, it's fricking hard to win on the road, especially when you're playing a ranked rival at night. It's not an excuse, it just is. The team just does not have the mental toughness and execution level to win on the road yet. That could (and better) change as the year progresses...but I'm willing to chalk that loss up to an offense that is just not fully installed yet, and a defense having a slew of unexpected injuries. I mean, remember Borges' first ND game? It was a clusterfuck on offense, only turned into a victory by sheer will of Denard and his receivers. IT was a year before the ND defense was really good too (M won the game thanks in part to a monumental defensive breakdown in coverage by ND, and at times sheer dumb luck). Before that 4th quarter, the offense looked about as good as what Nuss showed on Saturday. The difference is, it's easier for special miraculous comebacks to happen at home than on the road. And Devin just does not appear to be a comeback guy...he gets worse the further out of reach a game gets.
One thing I disagree with Hoke though...he says it's not mental, and I don't know if that's just shallow coachspeak and he doesn't believe those words, but he's wrong. It's totally mental. The team looked tentative, afraid to make mistakes. Overwhelmed by the environment, even. You can't play tentative on the road. Notre Dame exploited that over and over again. They were crisp and played fast. The game snowballed out of control. That's totally mental toughness. My biggest criticism with Hoke is that his teams do ppear to be "soft", lacking the mental toughness to win these sorts of games. That's why the 4 remaining road games are so so important...they need to convincingly beat Northwestern and Rutgers, and have bare minimum tightly contested games at MSU and OSU. I can excuse one early road loss to ND, because ND looks better than expected and the offense is still a work in progress with Nuss...but by the time the next road game comes, that can't be a valid excuse anymore.
Also, I really really hope the injured defensive players are OK and can get back into action ASAP.
|1 week 4 days ago||They've only played 2 games this year.||
It's not fair to this current Michigan squad to lump in last year as proof that this year will suck too.
|1 week 5 days ago||See, this is the type of reaction that's reasonable||
This is what I mean. Last year we handily beat ND...and that didn't exactly mean a whole lot, did it?
Prior to last night, Kelly had beaten Michigan only once...and that somehow meant they were national championship bound?
These games can mean something, or they cannot. The only way to know is to watch the season unfold. It's fair to feel cautiously pessimistic (that's probably where I'm at at this point if I'm honest with myself)...but to feel FIRE EVERYBODY is just premature.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sorry, no, I completely disagree||
We did NOT see this game 5 times last year. We saw it twice. Against MSU and against KSU in the bowl (when the team had given up anyway).
|1 week 5 days ago||And here's the thing||
Had Wile hit just ONE of those field goals, they wouldn't be shutout.
Is that suddenly the bar between just a bad loss and WURST EVAR!!!!!
Because I mean...that's exactly what I'm talking about when I mean overreaction. Yes, it was just one game. It was. A historically bad game, sure. But still only one.
You know who's been blown out before? The Denver Broncos, with Payton Manning, in the fucking SUPER BOWL. You could say Seattle was a really good team...but, uh, so was Denver. That's one example...there are countless others.
These things happen in football, especially when you play a good team (and yes, ND is a good team!). They're not always a sign of DOOM. It could be, certainly. But we just don't know yet. There's still a whole season left to play...and 10-2 is just as likely as 6-6 in my mind right now. Yet so many are so quick to suddenly predict 6-6 after just ONE loss.
BUt make no mistake. This is Hoke's biggest challenge now. It will be very important to get his team believing in themselves again and back on track. Luckily, they have some time to right the ship before the real tests come up.
|1 week 5 days ago||I feel like people are overreacting||
I'm over the loss...it was awful, but until the rest of the season bears out we have no idea if it was a sign of things to come or an aberration. I choose not to wallow in self pity.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's why @MSU and @OSU||
Are so important now. They always were...but he's got to win at least one and stay competitive in both, bare minimum. Anything that comes close to yesterday just can't happen at this point.
|1 week 5 days ago||So more pics then||
|1 week 5 days ago||That's what I'm hoping||
There is a full season left to play...make no mistake, Hoke is fully on the hot seat now. But he's still got a chance, and with a weak Big Ten...you just never know.
|1 week 5 days ago||Cheap fucking shot on gardner at the end||
All I have to say is...
TO HELL WITH NOTRE DAME.
|1 week 5 days ago||Cheap fucking shot on gardner at the end||
All I have to say is...
TO HELL WITH NOTRE DAME.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Revision||
MSU loss: SPARTY NO LOL
MSU win: ....yay big ten, i guess...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I want Michigan to win||
so that people will shut up a little bit about Hoke and Michigan not winning on the road. ND is a team that Michigan should be able to beat on the road without too much of a herculean effort.
I think ND will play tough though. It's going to be very different from last year's win. Golson will MAKE PLAYS and Michigan comes out flat to an early deficit, say, 10-14 points (the OL will be a headache in the 1st half I bet, road jitters get them to revert to last year's self)...but the defense figures Golson out by the 2nd half and the offense becomes competent and Gardner (being the 5th year senior he is) makes some great plays in the 4th quarter en route to a comeback victory. In the "guess the score" thread I predicted 30-28, Michigan, meaning Michigan gets a late TD or FG to win it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||30-28, Michigan||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not a bad first attempt||
I kinda like the idea of schadenfreude spotlights even for teams that won...cuz not all wins are pretty.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I agree.||
Like Sounds to worry about right. Everyone says, nothing about now.
Sounds like everyone says, nothing to worry about right now. About.
Everyone says about nothing. Sounds like about to worry right now.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Color me shcoked.||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
But it didn't feel like they were playing slow. They were at the line consistently with lots of time on the clock.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||And it will likely keep looking that way||
But it WAS encouraging to see successful blocking at times. Caveats about Opponent apply obviously, but that sort of blocking was nonexistent last year. It was a breath of fresh air.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Honestly||
It was likely a TD anyway...I bet you the ball was over the line when his elbow hit the ground. Problem was an App State players ass was obstructing the best view so you couldn't tell anything. Hoke obviously wouldn't know about that, so I was fine with the challenge
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Agitating to give up those TDs||
But it's garbage time against 2nd and 3rd stringers. Can't imagine they're playing at top level aggression either...just got too lazy. Annoying, but whatever.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||OSU will always be tough||
But with them replacing linemen, RBs, and the unexpected injury to Miller (who was like 80% of their offense)...that game seems very winnable. Obviously we should expect them to be good anyway, and they probably will be...but all those changes are still significant.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
And we got the guy who was helping Ala-fucking-bama sustain the success they were getting. A guy who got wrongly scapegoated as well for somehow failing against Oklahoma. A guy who also helped turn around Washington from a laughing stock to a respected opponent.
So yeah, there's defeinitely reason for optimism.
I think you can definitely win both ways in college. I don't think the growth of the spread has eliminated the possibility of the "Alabama way".
To go off on a tangent...it reminds me of the NHL. There are two kind of 'styles of play" that have proven successful at winning cups recently. One way, championed by Detroit, is puck-possession. That's how they won in 2008, and it's paved the way for a team like Chicago to pretty much copy the style (and, if I'm being honest, be better at it that Detroit). But then you have another style, basically the "beat em up" style, really first championed by Anaheim in my mind in 2007...and been replicated for recent success by teams like Boston. It's always fascinating when the two styles clash, because honestly it can go either way and it leads to the best series. I think of Anaheim vs. Detroit in 2007...and the even better tightly contested rematch in 2009. I think of Boston vs. Montreal...Boston has had success, but Montreal figured them out last year. The key to winning in these "clashing styles" is for a team to gain some of the opponent's identity...e.g. for an Anaheim to be "smart bullies" and know when to outskill their opponents, and for a Detroit to be more physical and know when to lower their head and go directly at the opponent instead of finesse around them. To me, college football has turned that way. When Alabama meets an Oregon, they need to employ a more offensive strategy, even though they are a defense-first team. And when Oregon meets Alabama, they need to rely more on their defense and be patient with their offense. The times when either has had success have been when they've excelled at that.
OK, wow, I wrote a lot more than I intended to, haha. Alright then, I'm done.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I agree completely.||
What gives me faith in Hoke is I think he knows he needs to adapt to changes in the football landscape. He and Mattison changed the defensive scheme to address it, hopefully with good results this year. He changed OCs to get someone who, yes, is pro style, but also knows how to call an adaptable offense in this century.
But yeah, I'm done with talking about the past. It's time to add some new years to the stockpile of past success.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Oh that Wisconsin game.||
It's kind of scary to think Michigan could have just as easily been 2-10 as it could have been anything better than 3-9. Doesn't 2-10 look so much worse somehow? That Wisconsin game was a sort of miracle.
Of course, I think it's also easy to envision the year ending up much differently had they pulled off that Utah game. Damnit.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think anyone should expect miracles with the run game||
But am I expecting something other than abysmal? YES. But maybe we're talking about upgrading to "below average".
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I mean, we could argue all day really||
It just comes down to personal opinion I guess. And my opinion is that at worst, 2013 compares more closely to 2010 than any other year. I think (part) of the reason why others may disagree is because bad offense and good defense is not nearly as visually appealing as good offense and bad defense. I mean, 2013 still had a bowl game. In fact, it's kind of funny how similar (and anti-similar) 2013 was to 2010. Good-to-great offense, historically inept defense, some close victories, a lot of blowouts, horrible bowl game (2010). Good-to-great defense, historically inept and inconsistent offense (because of OL problems), someclose victories (and close defeats), and a horrible bowl game blowout to end the year (2013). The reason I think 2013 is better is because except for the MSU game and the bowl game, Michigan was competetive with everyone. But the reason this makes 2010 look better is because in 2010 Michigan clearly outplayed inferior opponents, while in 2013 we have Akron and Uconn...and others. But that's why I dislike the insinuation that it felt worse than 2008, because to me 2008 and 2009 are a different level of bad.
"And like 2013, you knew that one part of the team wasn't working (the defense) is part because of the coordinator, and had RR been kept around perhaps they would have made a change and we'd have optimism. I mean, basically that same defense turned into a very solid unit in 2011"
I could say the same thing about the offense last year, and Hoke has thankfully made a change in OC, hopefully for the better. The offense could very well be very solid this year with a 5th year QB, and all it would take is the OL to merely approach "serviceable" or "mediocre" so that the running game can actually be a small threat rather than gigantic liability.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||If 2008 was expected, then so was 2013.||
You cannot have a hole as large as Michigan did on OL and expect great results. No, it doesn't excuse the historical ineptitude, but come on. I barely watched games in 2008, it was that bad. 2009 wasn't much better...there was that one ND win, and thats it. And folks were willing to overlook historically inept defense in RR's third year...but nobody seems to be pointing to that year on this list. It was 2013 compared to 2008 somehow, which is a bitchslap to Hoke in my mind.
I mean, do people remember 2010? Close wins, blowout losses. Embarrasingly, historically inept defense. And that year is somehow better than 2013? What, because of Denard?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Wait wait wait.||
If you're going to cite Michigan's 2011 win as an example (which I don't think it is), how come I can't do the same thing for OSU's wins in 2008 and 2009 (and shoot, throw in 2010 as well)?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Yup||
Like when we lost Denard and Henne in their senior years. Which were also the last 2 senior QBs Michigan has had in a looooooooong time.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||So you know they're a dumpster fire already?||
Intriguing. Clearly that means you're a witch, because you can see the future.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||They will never atone for that defeat||
They could beat Appy State 99 times in 99 years and not atone for that defeat.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know why you're so dismissive of it||
You or I may not care, but there's a lot of people who do. And there's a lot of people who do not appreciate the negative publicity that comes from it. Negative attention that was completely unnecessary and avoidable. There is no upside to this game, at all. It's not just the media.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||That's why 2011 was so much fun||
And also why I become irrationally angry every time someone calls that season nothing but "luck".
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Yeah I get aggrivated at that||
The flippant way 2011 is discussed as purely "lucky", and yet while psychoanalyzing last year luck isn't brought up at all.
And it could very well be that chemistry plays into the differences. How much? Well, it's impossible to really tell, because chemistry is an "x-factor" that can't really be analyzed by stats. The 2011 team had a lot of chemistry, and it's no coincidence that it was our most senior-laden team of recent memory.
And as far as luck goes...I kind of subscribe to the Mike Babcock school of thought. Oh sure, there is luck that you can't control, but if your work ethic remains unchanged in the face of bad luck, you will eventually make your own luck. And I think chemistry plays into that. The 2011 team won teh Sugar Bowl with a ton of luck involved, but part of it was the team just believing they would win, never giving up, etc etc. How else can you beat ND like we did that year? Last year was the first time I can ever recall seeing a Hoke team flat out giving up in a game. And it's hard to believe that chemistry didn't play a role in that.
PLus think about how variable the team was last year. One week they're ripping up ND and OSu, the next they can't buy a yard to save their lives at times against Nebraska and Akron and Uconn. There are a multitude of reasons for those, but it's also possible that bad chemsitry was the feedback mechanism for why the season lows were SO BAD.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yup||
That is exactly how football works. Case closed, everyone!
|14 weeks 4 days ago||You know nothing, DrueDown||
You know nothing, DrueDown
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Meh||
All this does is confirm what we all knew was probably happening all along. And honestly? In a weird way, this helps Michigan,because we don't want the sorts of kids who are so easily swayed by that BS to come here anyway.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
It takes a lot to make my jaw drop (especially knowing what GoT does to its characters routinely)...but hot damn, that sure did it. Awesome scene.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Dude deserves an Emmy||
He is arguably the best actor on the whole show, and that's saying a lot because there is a lot of great acting on this show.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I really dislike this continued argument||
Did the offense cause the defense to give up a bajillion points against Indiana and Ohio State? I mean there were times that what you're saying is true...but let's not act like the defense was perfect either if only for the offense. I recall a specific 80 yard drive given up in about 30 seconds against PSU. And while we like to blame the offense mostly for that loss (which I agree with)...the D played its part too.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Me too||
I don't get the constant fretting over the worst case scenario. Yeah it could happen, but Michigan could also win the Big Ten this year. Don't see much anyone obsessing over the latter though.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I watched it last night using HBOGO||
About 30 minutes after the TV premier. Soooo...yeah.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Nah||
Daniel Tosh is really Lane Kiffin.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Kinda makes me sick to read||
Comments defending Sterling.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Ok||
How about the millions of dollars he's made in settlements over accusations of racial discrimination? That is far more serious than this...disappointing that it would take a tape like this to out him publicly in the media. But it's hard to have any sympathy whatsoever for a bigot. His rights were not violated in the least. Most states are one-party tape consent states.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I agree||
Especially since, in many cases, the kids choose a school based on the coaches. It's kind of ridiculous that a coaching staff can pack up and leave whenever they want, but the kids aren't allowed to follow them unless they sit out a year. Oh sure, it's unfair to the school that has a coach leave, but that's the way it has been anyway.
|21 weeks 3 hours ago||The rule is dumb||
But even if some disagree with that...the punishment is unbearably ridiculous.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||Meanwhile||
Mitch will play in the NBA and no one will give a flying fuck that he smoked pot once.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||Oh please let this not be a joke||
I would love to see this happen.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||Man||
I am conflicted. On the one hand, I applaud Mitch and Beilein for their classy responses. On the other hand, I would love to see someone go on a rant against the NCAA.
|21 weeks 6 hours ago||Fuck the NCAA||
Anyone need more evidence at how outdated they are? Fuck sake, one year ban for pot?
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I'd add||
I HAAAATE how much everyone discredits the OSU win. Fact is, that team did not play like a .500 team when they came into Ann Arbor. Their talent was way better than that. Michigan beat them at their best. Straight up. They deserve more credit than they've been given for that game.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Good lord.||
I can understand a level of negativity. But you are reaching very hard for some negativity here. You're actively trying to make things looks worse than they are. I'm not entirely sure you're not concern trolling. Because seriously...if it's THAT BAD, go root for someone else. Seriously.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I disagree||
My optimisim is taking very little effort. New OC, the line has a whole year of playing experience and a simplified offense to master befroe the fall. The defense retains most of its starters and looks to be more reliable than last year's solid-but-not-great outfit that kept Michigan in some games. That took very little effort to rattle off.
And honestly, some of the pessimism here looks like it took a lot of energy to conjure up. I'm looking at TheNema, specifically.
I get the apathy. Michigan football has been swimmig in mediocrity for awhile, it's hard not to feel a little apathetic towrds it. But I don't get the outright constant stream of pessimism. That feels like it takes more effort. Because literally every piece of football news has to be spun in a way to indicate DOOM. Por ejemplo, Hoke threw his players under the bus!!! (or...he's making changes? Isn't that a good thing?)
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Then go root for Arizona||
Because if I had to choose between RR at MICHIGAN and Hoke at MICHIGAN, I would choose Hoke in a heartbeat.
RR was treated as an outsider here. It was horrible. But fact is, he didn't know how to deal with it. People suggest, with little evidence, that Hoke is in over his head. And to me it was more obvious that RR was in over his head. Not necessarily all his fault, but becuase he had to deal with a lot more shit than he probably should have. But, he still wasn't able to deal with it well. The one thing he could control - recruiting and retention - was a failure. You can blame practicegate, but then how has Hoke been able to avoid attrition despite a subpar season? Maybe he's not in over his head as is commmonly argued here?
Arizona is a better fit for RR. Clearly. But, Arizona is also not Michigan (I know...ORLY?). And let's not act like RR has been supremely successful there either. He has one win against Oregon. Besides that? Meh. Hoke has a BCS win at Michigan. No, they didn't beat an SEC or Big 12 or Pac 12 team to get it. But it's still an accomplishment worthy of praise.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is a negative view of it||
And certainly that's possible. However you look at the numbers, before and after, and you see that Nuss has overall done well. Past success isn't necessarily a predictor of future success (...cough Rich Rod cough...), but Nuss brings a record with him that is better than Borges. Shoot, better than Kiffin, the guy they just hired to replace Nuss at Bama.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Disagree||
Who Hoke employs isn't itself evidence that he's meddling with the OCs autonomy over the offense. That's a weak argument.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Nuss has a much better track record than Robinson||
And other than emotions and coach speak, I have yet to see any tangible evidence that Hoke makes his OCs run a specific offense.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||THEY HIRED A NEW OC||
A new, simple system...a young coach who has lots of energy and a proven track record...
|22 weeks 3 days ago||This is why||
I can't help but be optimistic. They don't need to be great...they just need to be competent, as in NOT historically awful. It's a pretty low bar, and yet I'm astounded at how many here think that things will be as bad or worse than they were last year.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||How is it an empty claim?||
We know Hoke turned those programs around. We know both schools were filled with 2 and 3 stars. Are we to expect that those teams magically got better without any significant player development from the coaches? I mean, I'm sure the discussion is nuanced when you look into those years of Hoke's coaching career and the players he coached...but it's not an empty claim to say that player development at his previous schools was pretty good.
|23 weeks 4 hours ago||Drew Carey||
He's a fine game show host, but he would be turrible in the late night setting.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||THANK YOU||
This needed to be said. I am so fucking sick of everyone calling Hoke "stupid" and saying that he's "Brandon's puppet".
The irony here is so many people were ANGER when that one OSU assisstant insinuated that Hoke was a dumb child with a joke...but so many people here are doing the exact same thing every time they call him stupid.
Hoke may be in over his head. But man, so many of you have already practically given up on him, to the point where NOTHING he does this year will be enough to meet your unrealistic expectations. You know who else failed with unrealistic expectations? Rich Rod.
I'm not saying Hoke is the answer. I have no idea. I hope he is, because I like him and think he's a good fit for Michigan. But he clearly has some worrying trends from the last year...this year will be telling for a program trajectory. It has to reverse trend, for sure. It's quite the task for a team with an oline that looks worse on paper than even last year.
But for the love of God. Relax. It's just the SPRING GAME. I cant stand all the goddamn negativity around here sometimes.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||The difference||
In Trey's case, the 3 was not only necessary to tie the game but very difficult to pull off as Kansas has the option to fould Trey and not allow him a 3 point play. Plus time was way more of a factor, there was very little left.
In Kentucky's case, the last two threes were unnecessary. Against Michigan, it was tied and they had been driving the ball down our throats all night long. Settling for a well-contested 3 isn't exactly the best option in that case...but it worked, so good for them. Last night, a 3 was also unnecessary though more understandable as it gives you the lead, obviously, even if you only need 2 to tie. But in that situation, with plenty of time to get a shot off, the first Harrison brother derped around with the ball dangerously and got lucky to get it to Aaron, who even with some space...shot it from Trey distance, which is not exactly a very reliable shot. I mean, again, it worked, but it's frustrating to watch teams get away with back-to-back final possession shots that in a statistical world probably go in less than 30% of the time (and that's being generous) and were not even the necessary option (seriously...I still have no idea how he didn't go for a drive and score or pull up jumper against us). I mean...that shot was their second made 3 in the entire effing game.
Sometimes teams get real lucky in these tournaments. Kentucky has been good, no doubt, but also crazy damn lucky at the end.
And seriously, it would be nice to see them call an offensive foul once or twice. They've been hyper aggressive with their drives and probably get away with it at least a few times a game.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly||
You know who else hasn't scored? Howard. Get rid if the bum!
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Sheesh||
Am I the only one around here NOT sad?
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
I specifically remember the announcer say Levert extended an elbow. And I remember my exact thought at the time was "what, by 2 inches? How is that any different than what Kentucky has been doing all night?"
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Funny||
They cut to Rece Davis on SC just now....and while all they could do was talk about "controversy" with Michigans win yesterday on a call that was clearer than tonight's....the only thing Rece said about the controversial call was "let's not focus on that and let's talk about how good Wisconsin was tonight". They proceeded to not even bring it up.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Not to mention||
Two of Louisville's most important players, Harell and Hancock, sat for significant portions of the game because of foul trouble.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||They weren't "bold" at all.||
-Picking Tennessee over Michigan (2 of the 3 CBS analysts did just that before tipoff).
-Picking another media darling (Baylor) to beat Wisconsin.
-Picking a 10 seed (Stanford) to beat an 11 seed (dayton). WOW REALLY BOLD, MY FRIEND
-Picking a player on a 3 seed to be the difference in a win over a 7 seed. I'M FALLING OVER FROM THE SHOCK OF THE BOLDNESS HERE
-Picking a 4 seed to be in a close game with a 1 seed. NO WAY?!?! 4 SEEDS PLAY GOOD! OMG.
-Picking a 1 seed to beat a 4 seed. IM JUST SIMPLY OVERWHELMED WITH BOLDNESS NOW.
That's more than HALF of his "bold" predictions. The only approximately "bold" predictions he had were picking Louisville to win by double digits (which isn't all that bold, really), picking a game to go to overtime (OK, that's kinda bold, because even in close games it takes a bit of luck to be tied at the end), and picking Tennessee to get to the final four by beating Louisville.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I find it comical||
Not only that he was perfectly wrong, but that his "bold predicitions" weren't particularly bold to begin with. I mean, really bold predictions are much more likely to be wrong than right, but I doubt picking Tennessee over Michigan was all that bold (especially since at least half of the so-called experts did just that.).
So not only wrong, but not bold at all.
I wish I could get paid to write that stuff.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I don't get it, quite frankly||
I mean, Michigan has a history and the stereotype is they're arrogant...but there are plenty other schools who would fit that description as well. But it's Michigan that gets the reputation that when they win, there's something controversial about it (PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE OTHER CONTROVERSIAL CALLS THAT ALLOWED TENNESSEE TO EVEN GET IN A POSITION TO WIN THE GAME, OF COURSE).
It was "controversial" in that it effectively decided the game. But you know what? Anyone arguing that it was a blocking foul is dead wrong. And that's the ONLY scenario out of the three which favor Tennessee.
I was pissed because I thought they called Levert on a reach in foul, when it was clearly a clean knockout. That's because Michigan was getting royally screwed in the foul department down the stretch, that I just assumed it was a fould on michigan. I yelled for a solid minute. Until I realized Michigan was inbounding the ball. Then I was happy.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Btw||
For all the talk of how brutal our region was, Michigan has a chance of winning it where 7 seed Texas was the lowest seed they had to beat. Obviously Kentucky is much better than their 8 seed right now...but we avoided Dook, Louisville, and Wichita State. Did anyone predict that happening? The magic of a high seed and a bit of luck. This is an excellent opportunity...hopefully M takes advantage.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||People BE HAPPY||
I get it. It was frustrating.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Uh, no.||
God will people stop bringing up Akron everytime M almost loses! Holy hell, Tennessee deserves juuuust a but more respect than that. It was close because they're a good team, and you just can't sleep on a good team.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Not evenclose refs.||
Don't fucking blow this call.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I love||
How the announcers are openly rooting for TN now. Oy.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||That's the wrong fucking call||
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Well, here's the rub||
How can you be considered an employee and not be earning taxable income? Becuase the law as it is written now specifically exempts athletic scholarships from taxation. SO then...they're unpaid employees? Well, that's not true either.
There's lots of interesting details with this that will need to be ironed out. Assuming that the ruling is upheld through the various appeals processes and higher courts, of course. I wonder if it gets there...would the Supreme Court hear such a case?
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Oh please||
Get off your high horse.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||What's the purpose of this?||
I mean, to outlaw obsessive dancing celebrations or taunting is one thing. The goalpost dunk is basically the same thing as spiking the ball...unless they want to outlaw that too. Might want to outlaw chest bumps and high fives while they're at it.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Not to mention||
That a close game can easily end up a 10 point margin because of flurry stuff at the end. Iowa played Tennessee into OT...then lost by 13. Does that really count as "winning easily"? Another example was a game this weekend (can't remember which) that ended up being at least an 8 point margin partially because of free throws at the end, including 3 of 4 from a late technical foul.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Disagree.||
He was so confident that Duke would beat Mercer that he made a wager, unprovoked.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I did this last year for the Elite Eight||
Got tix on Stubhub for $5.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Disappointed||
WSU botched the end. Between letting 3 seconds run off before the timeout, and then going for an unnecessary HeroBall 3 to end it. I'd take my chances for OT and try for the tie. Especially with the time constraints...easier to hit a two under pressure than a long 3.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
I know it's closer to Louisville, but it's not exactly a far drive from Ann Arbor either. And with our fan base, I'd be shocked if we didn't have just as much representation as Louisvilke or Kentucky.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Stop it with the crappy angle||
Me no likey.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Matches their school colors||
Matches their school colors
|25 weeks 5 days ago||LOL Texas Cheerleader||
|25 weeks 6 days ago||16 points||
And yet St. Louis is still in the game.
Yup, Louisville SURE LOOKS LIKE A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ALRIGHT.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Jeebus St. Louis||
I mean, the refs aren't helping you, but make a damn shot.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Good Lord||
It's sickening how many calls have gone Louisville's way so far.
|26 weeks 58 min ago||This is exactly what I mean||
Mercer is experienced and proved today that they do not crumble under pressure, which says a lot when you are playing friggin DUKE.
|26 weeks 1 hour ago||Serious question||
Ok, obviously there's still a game against Texas that is BY NO MEANS a lock as a win.
But...should Michigan win...who would you rather face? Mercer, Umass, or Tennessee? I have to say, after watching that game, Mercer doesn't look like a fluke. I'm not sure Michigan really wants to be facing them out of those 3 options.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||It's clearly a personal and passionate issue of yours||
But I might suggest that all this attention being placed towards a cause that simply just does not exist is doing nothing other than taking away from other autism research into the potential causes. And as the posetr above says...the ability to diagnose autism has improved, and that is the simple reason why the rates have increased.
Again, none of this is to say we shouldn't be researching autism. We should. Obviously. But we need to get away from investigating causes that simply do not exist, because it actually hurts autism research that is desperately needed. It's a waste of time.
Vaccines work. That is the plain truth. The other plain truth is they do not cause autism, or at least no causal link has been found yet (and it's not like they haven't been looking). But please do not take this to mean that people don't care about autism. They do. At least, they should.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||You're joking, right?||
They've been looking into this ever since Jenny McCarthy opened her mouth. No evidence. Nothing.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||You know what's best for your child?||
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Not to mention||
The original paper that was cited by anti vacs has been retracted.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Too many people worry about draws||
It's a crapshoot, and you have to beat a good team at some point. Plus, you can't predict the upsets that occur and throw your region out of whack. Michigan won't have to beat ALL if those top teams, only two at most, and that's worst case. It's best not to worry...let the chips fall where they may.
|27 weeks 2 hours ago||On the premise||
that changing a loss to a win affects absolutely nothing about how the rest of the season plays out...then Arizona is it.
And the most underrated win is probably definitely @MSU. Not from an M-fan perspective (we sure as shit don't underrate that win), but from a non-M-fan national perspective. The first thing anyone will say about it is "But...injuries, man" as if that somehow invalidates the fact that Michigan won against their archrival (in basketball) at their arena while they were ranked #3 and had only 1 loss on the season against UNC. Especially considering that game was the catalyst for Michigan eventually winning the big ten and MSU derping down the stretch.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||If||
If there is one sport I think it's ok to rely more on offense than defense, it's basketball. While it's not rare for even an elite offense to sputter, it is rare for that offense to sputter for the whole game. You don't necessarily need elite defense to win in that case...you need a defense that is at least timely. One that may give up points, but at least keeps the game within reach and can generate stops when you need to claw back in the game (and the 1-3-1 is a wildcard that can help in that regard)
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Honest question||
Can they do that? Had it been done before? I don't care if it's shared or not (the award shouldn't be a competition, but about recognition. And clearly both guys deserve it).
|27 weeks 5 days ago||This year, hands down.||
Went 7-2 on the road, which is pretty remarkable in college basketball, especially with wins @Wisky, @MSU, @OSU. Won the conference outright for the first time since I was born (I looked it up...in 1986 they got the title on March 8th with a win against Indiana, 8 days before I was born). Did so with a game at hand too. And then decided to beat IU today for shits and giggles, finishing 15-3, which is actually one game better than that 1986 squad. Swept MSU. Beat literally every team in teh conference at least once.
If we're comparing regular seasons, it's not even close to close.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Perhaps||
OMG BERSKETBERLL has something to do with the lack of much football news.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||FYI||
Legwand has 40 points on a team that is 27th in the league in goals scored. And that would be good enough for 2nd in scoring on the Wings' current roster.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Not only kicking||
but also in terms of offensive-defensive strategy for plays near hash marks versus the center of the field. It's why in college you get weird game-within-the-game situations like fast-paced teams keeping the ball on the hash mark furthest away from the opponent, making it more difficult for the defense to make substitutions on the fly.
How many times have you seen an NFL team center a kick with a snap? It happens in college all the time, yet I can't remember a single instance in teh NFL.
Make the hash marks wider, then add a rule where extra points start from where the touchdown was scored (if it's beyond the hash amrk, the ball gets placed on the hash mark). I have to imagine extra point percentages would decrease from that. It's hard to make a short kick at a more extreme angle.
But yeah, I've never understood why hashes are so close together in the NFL. Never made sense.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||How many points are scored from center-QB exchanges?||
In other words, your analogy makes no sense.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||How many points are scored from center-QB exchanges?||
In other words, your analogy makes no sense.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
I think Miles might deserve it if he gets NU to the tourney, though even then it shouldn't be a slam dunk.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Go freaking blue!||
Screw you guys, this is OUR banner. No sharing allowed!
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Yikes this is no joke||
I really disdain Urban, but I would never wish for such health problems on my worst enemy. Dudes getting a hole drilled in his skull...minor surgery or not, that sounds like no fun at all. Hope for a speedy recovery.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||And this is exactly why I hope the Selection Committee||
doesn't take it into account.
Even if the ranking is sensible, there is far too much room for ESPN to tweak them to fit their personal agenda. And I mean, we could blindly trust that ESPN would not do that...but come on. The whole idea of rankings is to be totally objective. And it's kind of hard to prove that when we have no idea how there rankings were made. It's way too open for abuse.
Especially seeing how the supposedly are taking into account "missing players". How? Are you doing it consistently? Does it take into account missing a guy like McGary? It seems like a very very subjective thing, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were a variety of "fudge factors" in their formula.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||I guess...||
I just don't understand the need for recalibration now, considering it should have been done at least 3 years ago. But I agree about the need for recalibration itself. I'm just a little depressed having to read about it in a post where Michigan just won a freaking championship. I mean, if any Michigan fan feels like a championship is a "This is Michigan" birthright in today's college landscape, they deserve a whack to the head.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||This is why I generally don't watch BB||
Because you can literally plow headfirst into a guy's chest and get the ref to call a foul on teh other guy for being in the way.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously?||
That was the first shot in the paint in the half? On a desperation drive to the basket with the shot clock expiring? I mean, props to Spike for a great finish, but...WTF guys?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Seriously?||
That was the first shot in the paint in the half? On a desperation drive to the basket with the shot clock expiring? I mean, props to Spike for a great finish, but...WTF guys?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Really shoring up that free throw defense today||
Good to see.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||This is probably||
the most frustrating 12-1 run I've ever seen. Good thing Minnesota forgot how to offense.
This game feels so disjointed.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Alright guys||
Stop shooting 3's for awhile please. They're not going down. Somebody drive the damn basket.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Reactionary change can be good too||
If something is bad, and it doesn't work as well as you want it to...well, change it. The Nuss hire can be viewed very much as a "reactionary" change. Obviously time will tell if it was a good change or not, but right now it certainly seems so. Beilein did a lot of reactionary changes to his staff, and obviously that worked out. (In a more literal sense, Beilein had to make some reactionary changes to this year's team once McGary went out with injury. Obviously he was forced to. But that has somehow worked out better than anyone could have imagined so far)
By that same token, innovative change isn't always a good thing either. RR brought a lot of innovative change to Michigan, and for a multitude of reasons it just did not work out. It could have, probably should have, but it didn't.
I'm all for simple explanations for things...but in this case it's really just not that simple.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Im getting tired of the damn negativity||
It's just so...I don't know. We criticize Hoke for "probably not firing anyone" on offense, and yet he not only does that but brings in a slam dunk hire in Nuss. Now we're criticizing him for changing things around on a rather 'meh' defense last year?
|29 weeks 3 days ago||I will gingerly point out||
That perhaps we can apply the same logic to Hoke. He did just hire a new assisstant, after all. This is more a response towards those who think moving Ryan to MIKE and shuffling assistants around is "desperation" rather than simply an educated decision based on current circumstances.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||So based on this||
Let's do a joint probability of Michigan and MSU's final record.
Michigan has a 36% chance to win outright on their own, regardless of what MSU does (so 0.36 * 1.0). They have a 0.46*(1 - 0.16) = 38.6% chance to lose one game and still win the conference outright (based on MSU's 16% odds for winning out). I wont go further than one loss because things get murky after that,.
That translates to about 75% odds of winning the conference outright. And again, that doesn't even consider situations where Michigan loses two or more but still wins outright. So...wow, I like those odds.
Looking at the chances for at least splitting the title, the probability becomes
0.36 + 0.43 + 0.18 * (1 - 0.16) + 0.031 * (1 - 0.32 - 0.037) *(1 - 0.15) * (1 - 0.37)
= 0.36 + 0.43 + 0.15 + 0.01
Which...wow, holy crap. Assuming those odds are trustworthy and at all indicative of the true odds (good luck proving that one way or the other), MIchigan now has a roughly 95% chance of at least sharing the title. I had to double-check my math a few times. Someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. This, of course, also assumes that each team's record is an independent outcome (which is obviously not true since MSU still has to play OSU and Iowa). But still...it's an almost sure bet now.
EDIT: Or, ignore this post and go to the link that BISB posted just above this one, which does a more thorough analysis of the situations. Their numbers are very close to what I got though, so it was a nice sanity-check at least.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Nope||
We lost Burke, Hardaway in the offseason, followed by McGary to injury. It's called "dealing with it".
|29 weeks 5 days ago||k||
|29 weeks 5 days ago||No, this makes sense.||
I mean, the police arrest folks for lining too early on Black Friday all the time, right?
Oh they don't? Fancy that.
Did Brian not just write a column about how going to games is not as fun as it used to be? I mean, holy hell, the students are excited to be at the most important BB game of the year (so far), and you have police threatening arrest for "being there too early"? WTF is this shit?
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Ok great, she's not innocent either||
That doesn't excuse what he did, like, at all. What he did is still just as disgusting, even if he wasn't the initial aggressor. There are a thousand more appropriate responses to the situation than punching a girl, knocking her out, then plopping her limp body 2 feet from the elevator.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||So to recap||
-Would mostly not affect how offenses run, since it is very hard to get a play off within 10 seconds
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Crap||
|30 weeks 3 days ago||I don't get the doom and gloom||
I mean, I get what the stats show. But stats are not the end-all be-all.
Michigan has a brand spaking new proven championship-caliber OC and lots of OL talent and depth, despite their youth. Not to mention a senior dual-threat QB who could be in the Heisman talk if he stops throwing the ball to the other team so damn much. And lots of raw talent at the RB position, let's not forget.
And seeing that Arizona did such a dramatic improvement tells me that such a jump is possible. It would be silly to expect a huge dramatic shift of 100 spots, but whoever said Michigan needed huge dramatic improvement on OL to become a Big Ten contender? They need improvement, obviously, but the question should be "how much"?
I mean, maybe I'm an unrealistic optimist about this sort of stuff, but I look at all those stats and the only thing I can think is "that was last year". Last year =/= this year. While also thinking "Michigan is in a unique position compared to most of those data points".
|31 weeks 2 hours ago||Welcome to the Eastern Conference||
I haven't checked standings in awhile, but Detroits current record would not have them in a playoff spot in the West. The East gas a few great teams at the top, followed by a bunch of streaky mediocre teams. Detroit doesn't look much like a playoff team, yet there they are in a playoff spot. Feels like they've been treading water all season long...all they need is one burst at the end of the season but injuries are really hurting, more so than last year (and that's saying a lot, given how bad injuries were last year)
|31 weeks 1 day ago||An example of the caveats thing||
He was SO QUICK to point out that surely Nuss wasn't stolen from Bama, that Saban wanted Kiffin and shoved Nuss out the door. He was harshly criticizing Michigan fans. Because surely nobody would abandon the almighty Saban. The Nyss hire was "luck". He not once had anything good to say about it. This was the morning after the hire too.