this guy evidently hired to work for AD
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Is he still allowed? Like the No Homers Club?||
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Michigan would like to give||
Michigan would like to give thanks to Fitz's mom for his fantastic name.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Nobody ever said Michigan was||
Nobody ever said Michigan was an elite team. OSU has lost three times, none to elite teams, and Nebraska is as inconsistent as teams get. It is not going to take an elite-level performance to beat either of these teams at home.
As far as "power" running games go, OSU ran for a whopping 35 yards (.9 per carry) against Michigan State, so stacking the box seemed to work just fine. Nebraska managed 190 yards rushing against Michigan State, but on 58(!) carries. That's 3.3 yards per carry. Using your logic, MSU proved that each of those teams needs a passing game. So, again, what makes losing to these teams a foregone conclusion?
|3 years 7 weeks ago||If our passing game is||
If our passing game is inconsistent, what does that make Nebraska's and Ohio State's? You're crazy if you think losing to Nebraska and Ohio State at home is a foregone conclusion.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Michigan will have 5 home||
Michigan will have 5 home games in 2018 while division rivals Iowa, Nebraska, and Michigan State will have 4. Even numbered years could be good to Michigan in the future (and odd numbered years not so much).
|3 years 26 weeks ago||The obvious choice is||
The obvious choice is "BOFOSHO"
|3 years 26 weeks ago||I hate both those schools.||
I hate both those schools. Trojanz 4 lyfe
|3 years 27 weeks ago||They would have recruited you||
They would have recruited you if you were the Flying Samoan
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Is wearing underwear uncool||
Is wearing underwear uncool now? I'm not sure I want an AD who's free-ballin'
|3 years 27 weeks ago||6 of those 21 guys are||
6 of those 21 guys are already gone (as are two of the six 4 star guys). So that class now consists of four 4 stars out of 19 players (21%). But, a lot of those 3 star guys have done well thus far, including Jibreel Black, Carvin Johnson, Jake Ryan, Courtney Avery, Stephen Hopkins, and Will Hagerup. It is certainly not a doomed class
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Also, The Town is pretty||
Also, The Town is pretty manly (much like The Departed). The Hurt Locker, too. Jeremy Renner is a badass
|3 years 27 weeks ago||I'm surprised nobody has||
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Taxi Driver yet. That and Raging Bull and Mean Streets ooze manliness.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Real men watch Apocalypse||
Real men watch Apocalypse Now: Redux with their pants off
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Delaware Fence?||
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Peter King linked to them on||
Peter King linked to them on Twitter, I guess it's making their servers asplode
Edit: I'm slow
|3 years 32 weeks ago||State fans are claiming he||
State fans are claiming he committed to Michigan because State's defense is just too good (he wouldn't play early there). They seriously have no clue what losing all these recruiting battles means for their future
|3 years 32 weeks ago||The University of Michigan||
The University of Michigan School of Journalism competes for journalism recruits about as well as the University of Chicago football team competes for football recruits.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Phil Knight is actually not||
Phil Knight is actually not Oregon's Athletic Director, that would be Rob Mullens:
Knight's (and Nike's) influence over the program is quite substantial, though.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Huh? Where do you see that?||
Huh? Where do you see that? I'm as confused by this new system as anybody
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I think EDSBS needs more||
I think EDSBS needs more Michigan beating Florida. Lloyd Carr being carried out on the players' shoulders. TIm Tebow with turf in his helmet. Adrian Arrington dominating the young Florida secondary. A simple reminder that SEC speed < Big Ten speed
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Huh, I've always assumed the||
Huh, I've always assumed the name Cub was bear related. I didn't know the letters actually stood for something.
Also, I believe TCF no longer goes by Twin Cities Federal as they are now much more of a regional/national brand. In Minnesota, as one would expect, they have quite a few branches, many outside of grocery stores (and some inside Cub too, haha)
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Cub is a grocery store. It||
Cub is a grocery store. It is badass if you are too poor/sensible to shop at Lunds or Byerlys. Do not diss Cub, or bears will eat you
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Remind me again how polls do||
Remind me again how polls do more for competition than actual football games
|3 years 37 weeks ago||There is a lot of truth in||
There is a lot of truth in what you say, but it won't stop me from advocating for the system that I like. I realize that competition usually takes a back seat to politics in major athletics. I just feel that "they'll screw it up more" is not a philosophy I can get behind. Maybe I'm being naive. Either way, I do think a better system exists, and perhaps some day the NCAA will get leadership bold enough to give it a try. Until then...arguing for everyone!
|3 years 37 weeks ago||So, because they might screw||
So, because they might screw things up, we should assume that they will? I agree that the NCAA has done some pretty screwy things in the name of money/scholarship/virtue/whatever. There are a lot of playoff systems that would be utter garbage. That doesn't mean that a good playoff system doesn't exist. To me, things that must be emphasized:
Is all of the above feasible? Maybe not. But I think most of it can be accomplished on a consistent basis. If you give teams incentives to be rated #1 and #2 in the final poll, the playoff will not overshadow the regular season. Dr. Saturday's playoff plan is pretty slick as it accomplishes most of the above criteria.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||A 4 or 8 team playoff, if||
A 4 or 8 team playoff, if constructed correctly, will seriously endanger the chances that the loser of Florida-LSU makes the tournament. The game will still mean just as much to both teams.
And honestly, I watch a ton of college football games every single year that have no affect on national championship selection, and I'm sure you do too. Upsets will still happen, the rivalries will be just as heated, and the arguments over the bowl/playoff format will probably continue. The fun part is, you may get games like Michigan-USC at Michigan Stadium in December. How can that not excite you?
|3 years 37 weeks ago||A sinlge elimination||
A single elimination tournament is infinitely more entertaining than waiting for a poll to be released.
Sometimes I wonder if people are more interested in arguing over sports than actually watching them.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Draymond Green||
For saying the things that he said in the article below. Interesting praise considering what happened later in the season. I wonder if he feels the same way now...
|3 years 41 weeks ago||If your best defense of||
If your best defense of Tressel is "at least he's not Lane Kiffin!," then you are in serious trouble. He lied to the NCAA. Ohio State is probably looking at a vacated season, at best. Maybe you should step back and consider that your perception of a man you've never met might be based on half-truths and pandering. Tressel is only a saint in your mind
|3 years 43 weeks ago||UTEP's RPI is 61, only 3||
UTEP's RPI is 61, only 3 spots lower than Michigan. Our worst loss is Indiana, but that's Michigan's only loss outside of the RPI Top 100.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||If Michigan goes 2-1, is the||
If Michigan goes 2-1, is the #4 or #5 seed, and then beats the Illini, Michigan is pretty much a lock for the tournament. That would be three Top 50 RPI wins to end the season, with a potential Top 25 RPI win if we beat Wisconsin. WIth a .500 Big Ten record, 20 wins, and a trip to the conference tournament semi-finals (winning the 4-5 game puts you in the semis), Michigan would have the resume. I think the picture becomes much murkier if Michigan loses the 4-5 game. In that scenario, does 2-2 down the stretch (even with a win against Wisconsin) get us in? I'm not sure that it does
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Jones was an AP All-American||
Jones was an AP All-American this year; he hardly took a step back. His tackle numbers decreased, but that's because the team around him did not epically suck. Jonas Mouton and Jordan Kovacs led the Big Ten in tackles ths year, and I wouldn't say that either of them are irreplaceable. Michigan State will miss Jones a lot.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||I think you are underrating||
I think you are underrating the fact that Michigan State's record will be worse. Would you consider 8-4 steady? I wouldn't, and they are probably looking at 9-3 at best. How easily people forget that MSU was 6-7 in 2009. That jump to 11-1 is in no way sustainable. They will come back to Earth, in a similar fashion to Iowa this season, and lose some of the close games that they won this year.
They play at ND, at OSU, at Nebraska, at Iowa, and they have Wisconsin and Michigan at home in back-to-back weeks. You may consider them "better" or "steady" on paper, but at the end of the season, their record will almost certainly indicate that MSU took a step back.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Ahhh, I see. That makes||
Ahhh, I see. That makes sense, thank you
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Wait, we're going||
Wait, we're going multi-sport? Then shouldn't we count softball? And Men's gymnastics? And hockey? And what do any of those sports have to do with Lloydball??
|3 years 47 weeks ago||We won two national||
We won two national championships from 1970-2010? What am I missing?
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Why would anyone veto a trade||
Why would anyone veto a trade from the Tigers to the Yankees in the early 2000s? He must have hated winning
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Hell yeah!||
And the worst part is, after all this is resolved, we still won't play a football game for another 8 months...
I hate the offseason
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Harbaugh is so tall Maybe||
Harbaugh is so tall
Maybe he'll sign with the Heat
Talk about dream team
|3 years 49 weeks ago||What keeps Beilein at||
What keeps Beilein at Michigan is that he has had success without violations. No other UM coach has done that over the last 20 years. Why do people insist that our basketball program can do better? Bad facilities, stiff in-state competition, and a lack of recent success make recruiting difficult. We are just starting to get those things turned around.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Not that losing by 38 to||
Not that losing by 38 to anyone is ok, but Mississippi St. is/was a good team. The SEC West is the best division in football. Being 5th isn't so bad when you're sitting behind Auburn, Alabama, LSU, and Arkansas
|3 years 50 weeks ago||This sounds like something a||
This sounds like something a man with a face for a chest would say
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Technically Zettel is blue,||
Technically Zettel is blue, just the wrong shade
|3 years 51 weeks ago||If Harbaugh comes to Michigan||
I'd say Luck has nothing to do with it
|4 years 2 weeks ago||This is what you wrote originally||
I "ragged" you because you wrote a douchey comment insinuating that someone's phone must have typed their comment because their expectations were too high. Yet, you clearly still do not understand how bowl selections work. You are dishonest here because:
|4 years 2 weeks ago||I can't get over how||
I can't get over how freakishly long his arms are. The resemblance to Stretch Armstrong is uncanny
|4 years 2 weeks ago||We went to Harvard together||
Oh, that's great. I wrote a hit play, so I'm not sweating it either.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||The problem with giving a potential new coach "an extra month"||
Let's say Michigan goes to the Insight Bowl, which is December 28th. That is 30 days from now. If Michigan was to fire Rich Rodriguez and hire Jim Harbaugh by the end of the week, that would mean there are 25 days until the bowl game. Let's say it takes Harbaugh a few days to find his assistants. After all, some of his current Stanford assistants will make the trip with him, but one or two will likely decline. He may even want to interview a few of Michigan's current assistants, like Fred Jackson.
So, by the time Harbaugh has a staff in place, Michigan is probably only 15-20 days from the bowl, and that's if there are basically no snags in putting together a staff. That is a very small window to fit in introductory player meetings, new weight room routines, new practice habits, etc.
So, Even if Michigan has 15 practices in 15 days (which would be crazy, considering finals are throughout the second and third weeks of this month), they would still maybe, maybe get ten worthwhile practices in once introductory stuff is taken care of. They would then fly to Tempe and play a Big 12 team who has 2 or 3 losses and has been a unit all year. Michigan would be running a very basic, very new system on offense and defense. It would be an absolute slaughter. Any potential progress that had been made in those 10 practices would be for naught. That does not sound like fun to me, and that is why Brandon will wait until after the bowl, no matter what*.
*Obviously, an interim coach would change things, but then you still don't bring in the new coach to take advantage of those 15 practices.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Learn how bowls work before you rant next time||
The Insight Bowl will host the #4 team in the Big 12. One of the above teams is going to finish fourth in the conference. And if Michigan is taken after Iowa and Penn State as many people think, they will match up against one of those teams in the Insight Bowl. It has nothing to do with high expectations, it is fact
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Santa can provide us with the||
Santa can provide us with the coveted naughty or nice list. I will not advocate for a coach until I it is proven that his stocking does not contain coal
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Great, thanks. Do you have||
Great, thanks. Do you have concerns that Michigan lacks the bodies up front to run a four man front? Hopefully we can get some solid depth out of Ash, Talbott, and Washington at the tackle positions, but there is very little experience in that group. Plus, with Martin and Van Bergen gone after next year, we'll really be lacking at those positions.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||What type of defense do you||
What type of defense do you feel we have the personnel to run? I think this is an important factor in judging the selection of our next defensive coordinator, yet I'm really not sure what defense we would most effectively run with our upcoming rosters.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Soft corners week?||
Oh wait, that's every week with the bend-don't break
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Hard edge||
is where people must have hit their heads as children considering they think the phrase is still funny the 200th time it's referenced
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Michigan has had terrible||
Michigan has had terrible facilities (Crisler still bad, dedicated practice faciity in the works), they have had to compete with a substantial in-state power for Michigan recruits and several other powers for regional recruits, and they have had basically all of their prestige wiped away due to a recruiting scandal and a decade without making the NCAA tournament. A snap of a finger, or the thought that "Hey, we were good 20 years ago" is not going to get Michigan anywhere. This has been, and will continue to be, a slow rebuilding process. Hopefully, the current staff (or the next staff...or the next staff) will help to turn things around, but Michigan is currently in a very difficult place as a basketball program
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Assuming that Michigan beats||
Assuming that Michigan beats Illinois and Purdue and then wins its bowl game, Rich Rod will almost certainly not be fired. Then, if Rodriguez leads Michigan to a 7-1 start next year, as Harbaugh has led Stanford this year, he will almost certanly be around for the 2012 season, as well. Thus, I am not really sure what your point is. The problem lies in the very real possibility that Michigan is looking at 7-6 or worse. If that happens, your point is null
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Yes I did, read my response||
Yes I did, read my response above. Sorry if I ruffled some feathers
|4 years 7 weeks ago||I know, but those games are||
I know, but those games are not scheduled until 2016-17. If Michigan State is truly going to break out, they need nationally relevent games now, not in six years. I find it convenient that this game happens to be on a Friday night, the day before the Michigan-Alabama game. Just my opinion.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||This screams "desperate need||
This screams "desperate need to compete with Michigan-Alabama" to me. Also, who knows how good/bad Boise will be in 12 years? Scheduling that far in advance is ridiculous
|4 years 7 weeks ago||I agree with all four of your||
I agree with all four of your picks, except maybe the Hopkins vs. Redd one.
I see this game being very similar to the Notre Dame one, except Penn State's defense is probably a bit worse and their offense does not have the spark that Rudolph and Crist provided in the second half. Robinson will finally break a long touchdown run again, and hopefully the receivers can continue to do some big things in space. I just cannot see Penn State's offense, led by a former walk-on at quarterback, consistently threatening our defense (even though it is kind of horrible). Michigan wins (somewhat) easily, 35-27.
Michigan -82.5, Royster later, Over 50.5 yard long TD, Redd -15.5
|4 years 8 weeks ago||The question is: what was the||
The question is: what was the severity of his injury? Ankle injuries like his can end one's career if they are severe enough. The hope is that Woolfolk will make a full recovery and be able to play football next season
|4 years 8 weeks ago||This is totally unrelated,||
This is totally unrelated, but I thought you were crazy when you set your Denard over/under at 1200 rushing yards. Props to you, sir. You should write an over/under report when the season is over to see how people did
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Oh stop yourself||
Again, you can't just compare the best players. There was no talent, raw or developed, behind Harris, Sims, and Udoh. The roster after those three was a wasteland. And the very next year we went to the tournament, so how can you claim he didn't build around his available talent? They won 11 more games just a year later.
If you're honestly asking me to project where this team's players will be in 4 years, there is no point to this discussion. There could be several future NBA guys on this team, or there could be none. There is no way to see into the future. I do know that Morris and Smotrycz are top 50 recruits, Vogrich and Hardaway top 100, and Burke and Brundidge are on the way. How can you claim that this roster isn't being stocked with talented players when there will be 6 top 100 guys on the roster next season? Michigan will have more talent in the coming years than they have had in quite some time, and Beilein will likely develop that talent into something special. So, again, why won't you give Beilein any credit?
Your last point is ridiculous. One player's decision to leave a year early, in a sport where few stay for four years, does not say anything about Beilein's ability as a coach.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Did you ever actually watch||
Did you ever actually watch Udoh play at Michigan? He would not have been a lottery pick following the 2008 season, he was nowhere near that good. Plus, Harris was a true freshman playing the 1 and 2 (he played the 3 in 2009), and Sims was a shell of the player he became the following year. That team had absolutely no depth. Guys like K-Len Morris (before he transferred), a sophomore Zach GIbson, and Derrick Coleman were expected to contribute. Two walk-ons played regularly. It was a huge loss when Jerrett Smith didn't end up on the team.
To claim that the 2008 team, which finished 10-22, had more talent that Michigan had the following year, or even now, is so unbelievably asinine that I find it hard to believe that you actually have watched the basektball team play. Beilein has built this team from nothing. Manny and DeShawn developed because of John Beilein. Give credit where credit is due.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Thanks||
I think Good WIll Punting would be a pretty slick WIll Hagerup nickname, actually
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Good Will Punting||
Good Will Punting
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Don, his name is Big Pussy.||
Don, his name is Big Pussy. As in he identifies as a Big Pussy. Do you get the joke, now?
|4 years 9 weeks ago||My goodness||
When did you become such a big pussy?
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Crack blocks are legal (they||
Crack blocks are legal (they are run all the time). I believe it becomes illegal when you block below the waist on a crack. Obviously, those kinds of blocks would lead to a lot of serious knee injuries
|4 years 10 weeks ago||The way I understand it, that||
The way I understand it, that play was a zone, but Talbott (the CB) played it like man. He moved inside with the wide receiver, leaving the flat (his zone) wide open for Willis to catch the ball. It may appear that Mouton was in man and slow to react, but he was actually in the right spot, sitting in his zone where he would have met Talbott's wide receiver.
Michigan's defensive struggles are due to personnel, as Gsimmons says. These guys are young, often near the right spot, but not usually in position to make a play on the ball. Rewatching the Indiana game, I found that the pass rush was actually not terrible. We just are not very good at covering receivers, no matter the amount of pressure on the quarterback.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Are you suggesting that, even||
Are you suggesting that, even though you thought Cissoko was going to be bad, and when he actually played he was bad, with off the field issues that were bad, he might have actually been good if the defensive backs coach wasn't bad? This thought intrigues me
|4 years 11 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure Stonum's||
I'm pretty sure Stonum's average per return last season was higher than Breaston's ever was. Defense had nothing to do with it
|4 years 11 weeks ago||He was at 50 or so. The negs||
He was at 50 or so. The negs got to him quickly
|4 years 11 weeks ago||This is the least creative||
This is the least creative troll thread ever. At least make a panic-inducing claim like you saw Denard on crutches or in a full body cast or in a magic show where they cut him in half and couldn't put him back together. This is a pitiful attempt
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Comcast will prorate your||
Comcast will prorate your service, so if you order the sports tier for only one day, that is all the extra money you will have to give them. Kind of a hassle, but it's an option for you
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Your Phil Steele impression||
Your Phil Steele impression is glorious
|4 years 12 weeks ago||...after beating a Penn State||
...after beating a Penn State team that was ranked in the top 10. What top 10 team did Va Tech beat, again?
EDIT: I see that you addressed this above. I still don't think 17 votes after beating #10 is crazy, though
|4 years 12 weeks ago||238||
Outgaining Bowling Green OH PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Oh, so in 2012, then||
Oh, so in 2012, then
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Is that a T-rex doing the||
Is that a T-rex doing the conga with a pretty girl???
|4 years 14 weeks ago||You could just pay, then||
You could just pay, then you'd get to see it all for free!
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Wimpy wimps?||
He's making himself look like an assy ass
|4 years 17 weeks ago||The prodigal sons||
On your prodigal buns
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Rogers ran with the ones at||
Rogers ran with the ones at the spring game because Woolfolk didn't play. At the time, people wondered why Rogers got the nod instead of Turner.
Also, one should never be concerned that a freshman can't beat out a senior, especially when that freshman has been with the team for two weeks.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Two things:||
I actually like our quarterbacks better than yours, but few would probably agree with me. Your defense is rad, though
EDIT: Apparently Obes agrees
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Neither Dorsey or Witty left,||
Neither Dorsey or Witty left, those guys would both be at Michigan if they could. Also, it sounds like Austin White did not leave the team by choice. There really haven't been a lot of guys leaving recently, and Michigan had plenty of attrition under Carr (as every program does).
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Dear God, "a Twitter||
Dear God, "a Twitter report." Stupid is in, apparently
|4 years 17 weeks ago||CONTROVERSY CREATED!!!||
CONTROVERSY CREATED!!! YOU'RE THE NEXT IN LINE TO FEEL THE WRATH OF MY CAPS LOCK!!!!!1!! POLAR BEARS SHIT WOLVERINES FOR BREAKFAST!!!11!!!
|4 years 17 weeks ago||I'M SORRY, BUT I CAN'T HEAR||
I'M SORRY, BUT I CAN'T HEAR YOU OVER MY CAPS LOCK OF RAGE!!!1!!
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Thank you, sir. I'm trying||
Thank you, sir. I'm trying to decide if I should challenge his manhood (Dave "be a man-"don) or his credibility (Dave "making money off the brand-"don). He's gonna get so burned!
|4 years 17 weeks ago||I usually hate this kind of||
I usually hate this kind of thing, but who has the AD higher-ups' email addresses so I can send a curmudgeony email about my lawn and getting off it?
|4 years 17 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Phil Steele has our||
Phil Steele has our quarterbacks as #2 in the conference, since we arguably have more depth than any other team. Also, our quarterbacks have some pretty awesome upside, fwiw
|4 years 17 weeks ago||If you think about it, the||
If you think about it, the UConn secondary lost its best player last season (in a much more tragic and serious manner) in Jasper Howard. After that, they pretty much sucked. But they still had enough strengths around the rest of the team to win 8 games. There is no reason Michigan can't do the same thing
EDIT: Looks like Sysmark posted this same idea in another thread last night. Great minds...
|4 years 18 weeks ago||I would feel really good||
I would feel really good about this recruiting class if Michigan picked up Frost, Hart, and Zettel. Please please please...
Is it unusual to only have 13 five stars in a class? I know Rivals has a different amount every year. It just seems really low
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Well, I am in Ann Arbor, but||
Well, I am in Ann Arbor, but most of my friends are gone for the summer or busy with work. You might not be missing out on as much as you think (unless all your friends are here having raucous parties each evening, their wildest desires bought and paid for by endless funds earned in the illicit sex trafficking trade, in which case, sorry you're missing out)
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Who does Stanford have coming||
Who does Stanford have coming back other than Andrew Luck? I didn't really watch them much last season, did they do excel at anything besides running the football?
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Or maize jerseys||
Or maize jerseys
|4 years 18 weeks ago||The first VInce Young||
The first VInce Young redshirted, so the second one might as well, too
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Is she one of the friends who||
Is she one of the friends who loves Disney sing-a-longs and hates everything awesome?
|4 years 18 weeks ago||I don't have any sort of||
I don't have any sort of statistics to measure who was thrown at when, but from many people's recollection, Warren was actually thrown at more by the end of the season than Woolfolk. Some on this board even thought Woolfolk was better than Warren by the end of the year.
Not saying Woolfolk is an All-American, but "regularly targeted" makes me think of 2008 Stevie Brown or 2006 Morgan Trent rather than Woolfolk last season.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Agreed. Cam Gordon was not a||
Agreed. Cam Gordon was not a "middling three star," and Troy Woolfolk was certainly not targeted by defenses last season. I read Dr. Saturday every day, but this article is not his finest. Michigan certainly has problems in the secondary, but those existed long before Turner decided to transfer (which the good doctor noted in his article about the Michigan defense earlier this week)
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Yes, my attempts at Inception||
Yes, my attempts at Inception worked! If Leo starts going to games and giving boatloads of money to MGoBlog, that was my doing, too
|4 years 18 weeks ago||So you think Rich Rod is||
So you think Rich Rod is turning Michigan into Iowa? Fucking fantastic.
Who knows if you are right. Five stars may not be coming (and may be leaving) because we have been losing. Or, maybe they aren't coming because Rich won't treat them right. Either way, I think you're jumping, nay, catapulting yourself to conclusions, here.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||I thought the same thing. I||
I thought the same thing. I was like, "Is Iowa scrimmaging that day?"
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Does her name mean "House of||
Does her name mean "House of Cuddles" or something?
|4 years 19 weeks ago||This competition is rigged||
Everyone hates blue balls
|4 years 19 weeks ago||I guess I'm just not sure||
I guess I'm just not sure where the optimism stems from. Brian Kelly is a fine coach, but he is no miracle worker. ND has new guys at key positions on offense and they have a long history of underachieving on defense. It will take more than one year for Kelly to turn that around, if he ever does. Just my epinion, though
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Michigan ran for 190 yards||
Michigan ran for 190 yards against Notre Dame last season with Forcier at quarterback. If Denard Robinson starts, are you confident that number will decrease? Because I don't see Notre Dame controlling any game in which they give up 200 yards rushing.
If anything, I fear the Brian Kelly passing attack. Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph should have big games. I still have doubts about the ND defense, though
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Just out of curiousity, why||
Just out of curiousity, why do you doubt Notre Dame will lose?
|4 years 19 weeks ago||So, a sophomore Denard ran||
So, a sophomore Denard ran back in time to 2007 so that his eligibility would run out by 2010.
This is supposed to make me feel better, how???
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Bingo bango, Big House||
Bingo bango, Big House records must be broken at the Big House
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Ohio State 2011 200||
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Whoa there||
Expectations may be low, but double digit wins considered decent? The 2007 team won 10 games and that was with a freshman Manny playing the two and a sophomore, undersized Peedi at center. For reference, their best three-point shooter was probably Anthony Wright. This team is better than that based on depth alone. I would be shocked if they only won 9 games.
Personally, I'm hoping for 12-13 wins and something like a 9th-place finish. The NIT would be a big accomplishment
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Ohio State has actually done||
Ohio State has actually done a pretty good job of living up to the hype under Jim Tressel. This should be a pretty good Big Ten, but I don't see Ohio State losing more than one game in-conference. Their running backs, lines, and linebackers are all really good. This is the type of OSU team that Tressel wants.
I'm not buying the Pryor for Heisman hype, but consider that Alabama lost pretty much all of its defense, Florida and Texas are breaking in new quarterbacks, Boise and TCU are mid-majors who are unlikely to get a shot at the title, and Oklahoma is somewhat of a wild card. On paper, I think Ohio State is easily in the top 2 in the country. I'm actually starting to warm up to the thought of Florida as #1.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||I think we're more on the||
I think we're more on the same page now. I was just addressing the freshman part of this because the two players mentioned in the thread title are freshmen. I will give those guys the benefit of the doubt, at least until fall camp starts.
As far as upperclassmen, I'm right there with you. Those are the guys that have to be showing up, whether they are #1 on the depth chart or not. If guys haven't figured it out by their third or fourth year, they may never get it figured out.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Did you get up that early to||
Did you get up that early to practice golf when you were 18 years old? Again, these guys are sacrificing. They lift weights and run almost every day. The workouts they do are extremely rigorous.
Don't you think the fact that Courtney Avery shows up to all of these things just means that Avery is supremely motivated? One of his high school coaches said that he could run for president someday, he is just that kind of hard-working, likeable guy.
Hopefully, as these other kids mature and get used to college, they will put in more work in the fall, and as sophomores, juniors, and seniors. But I will not fault every freshman who does not have the legendary work ethic of Jerry Rice. Some guys just mature faster than others.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||These guys are also lifting||
These guys are also lifting weights 5 to 6 days a week. Add on the 1 or 2 hours of skeleton plus summer school classes (freshman like Christian have likely never taken such rigorous courses) and general distractions associated with being a college freshman (parties, homesickness, girls, etc.) and you're talking about a whole lot of things on these kids' plate. If guys are not coming to skele, it does not mean they aren't working hard. I'm sure most of the team, including the freshman, are doing their absolute best to get better without burning themselves out
|4 years 20 weeks ago||This comment made me laugh||
Except, you know, the fact that Rich Rod developed talent from a meh three star to "all-galaxy athleticism at the QB position" in the form of Pat White. And one of those coaches is certainly not like the others. Do these people take pride in their stupidity?
EDIT: I thought the actual article was fair, fwiw
|4 years 20 weeks ago||What I want to know, like, is||
What I want to know, like, is Denard actually good now, or is he the choice because his competition is bad? Like, is he an F-22 stealth fighter that would pwn all?! Or is he an F-35, which is pretty neat, too, don't get me wrong, but only gets the nod because it's better than the junk we've got lieing around and, like, is all we can afford??
These are the questions that keep me up at night.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Ah, I see now. Hopefully he||
Ah, I see now. Hopefully he can. I doubt it will ever happen, but the Big Ten should just ban the scheduling of FCS teams for its member schools. This may not encourage teams to schedule "up," since they can play the WAC or somebody instead of the FCS, but at least that would mean all Big Ten teams are playing a schedule that consists completely of FBS teams. That has to count for something, right?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I'm not sure you're||
I'm not sure you're understanding our point. You are close, but really the Big Ten is looking (potentially) at something like:
IU-Illinois instead of IU-Ole Miss
PSU-Minnesota instead of PSU-Pitt
OSU-Nebraska instead of OSU-Kentucky
The way some of us see it is that the Big Ten is losing their best (or at least better) out-of-conference match-ups to schedule Big Ten games instead. This may not be a bad thing, but OSU and Penn State are just as likely, if not more likely, to schedule Youngstown St or Akron with an added conference game (which will be an added road game every other year), and they are less likely to schedule a Virginia, Miami, or Alabama
EDIT: To sum up, the "across the board elimination of 1-AA and WAC games" likely will not occur under this policy change
|4 years 20 weeks ago||This is an excellent comment,||
This is an excellent comment, I totally agree. I am really rooting for Tate, not necessarily to start, but to find some confidence and do battle for that starting spot. We'll find out what he's made of in the coming weeks
|4 years 20 weeks ago||The only thing I worry about||
The only thing I worry about is that, instead of pushing some FCS team off of the schedule, teams will instead push more marquee teams off of the schedule because they still do not want to schedule home and homes. Michigan will still play Notre Dame, but they will probably skip the UConns, Oregons, Utahs, etc. Penn State and Ohio State might keep Temple and Youngstown St. but lose Alabama, Miami, Texas, etc. I don't think it's bad to add a mandatory game against a Big Ten-level foe, but I doubt this will fix the out-of-conference/home and home problem, especially since teams will not want to play 6 road games in a season.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||The thought of eating||
The thought of eating Cheerios has caused me panic attacks ever since I saw the movie "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I know he's getting a||
That quote is AWESOME. See we will.
Thanks Tim, this was a great read
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Same with defense, since I||
Same with defense, since I feel those numbers are crucial to our success.
Also, something about red zone efficiency on offense. If I remember correctly, Michigan was pretty awful in the red zone offensively during Big Ten play last year
|4 years 20 weeks ago||That's an awful lot of||
That's an awful lot of rushing yards, though. Pat White ran for 1219 yards in his best season at West Virginia. Could Denard get close to that? Maybe as an upperclassman, but not in his first year starting
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Total TDs from the QB||
That's just over two per game from the quarterbacks. I'll go over, but it could be close.
I'm going with the under. It's unlikely that one back will get enough carries to top 825 yards. It's certainly possible, but I think carries will be split, as they have the last two years.
I think DIleo redshirts, so under. This one is awfully tough, though
I would say Roundtree, Hemingway, and maybe Stonum or a tight end could do it, but I don't see six non-freshmen beating their career totals unless Forcier starts and is just dynomite. Under for me
Better, at least I hope so. Michigan has turned the ball over so much the last two years that it would actually be a pretty big improvement to be at -5 or better. But Phil Steele tells me Michigan should improve in this regard, and I think he's right
Good topic, jamie
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Yes, and Pryor may be worse||
Yes, and Pryor may be worse than Terrelle Pryor ever was last year. You are aware that the media voted him preseason OPOY last year, right? They said things like:
He was not. The guy has all the physical tools in the world, and he is a decent passer. That does not mean he is going to win the Hesiman trophy, or even be offensive player of the year in the conference. I, and others, have doubts about his ability to deal with the mental aspects of the game. We'll see who's right very soon.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Geez, aren't we defensive.||
Geez, aren't we defensive. You said that:
I was simply pointing out that Pryor was not the best offensive player on that team, so he probably shouldn't be awarded as such. Jake Long probably deserved it, too, but he was never "the best player on the best team," simply the best player on a team
|4 years 20 weeks ago||At the end of last season,||
At the end of last season, Ohio State relied much more on its offensive line than on its quarterback. It may seem silly, but someone like Michael Brewster or Justin Boren probably deserves OPOY more than Terrelle Pryor
|4 years 20 weeks ago||There was a time in my life||
There was a time in my life that I actually liked Rick Reilly.
...I blame it on youth
|4 years 20 weeks ago||The acting's not so bad.||
The acting's not so bad. It's not their fault that they have to spew ridiculously long, pretentious lines that could be summed up in four words: "MY DADDY MAKES BANK." Gilmore Girls could not be set anywhere but Connecticut.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Oh, so he's gonna kick field||
Oh, so he's gonna kick field goals for the Raiders, then
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I don't know about his||
I don't know about his height, but he sure looks bigger than 209
|4 years 20 weeks ago||They race motorcycles that||
They race motorcycles that poop walls, what's not to like?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I think it's similar to the||
I think it's similar to the success USC is having in recruiting even after heavy sanctions. Michigan football is an extremely powerful brand. It sells t-shirts and jerseys all over the country. It gets on national tv even when it plays Western Michigan or lesser conference opponents. It can be coupled with one of the best educations in the world.
As these kids grow up, they gravitate towards a select few programs who draw attention no matter what: schools like Ohio State, USC, Texas, Notre Dame, and Michigan. Not to say the brand is indestructable, but it's close
|4 years 20 weeks ago||You must have been hanging||
You must have been hanging out with the wrong women
|4 years 20 weeks ago||That gives me an idea||
POLcats, like LOLcats but with cute polar bears? Great idea or greatest idea?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Your avatar is awesome||
Your avatar is awesome
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Far enough that we've lost to||
Far enough that we've lost to all three of the above teams twice in a row, sadly. If we win those three games, Michigan will have shown huge, huge improvement
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I think it's free, I believe||
EDIT: Guess it's not free
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Another worst is saying Mike||
Another worst is saying Mike WIlliams will start, which at this point doesn't seem all that likely. Overall, this is one of the few previews I've read that's well-researched and well-written
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Huzzah, thank you oh kind||
Huzzah, thank you oh kind emperor. I love your pizza and your gambling
|4 years 20 weeks ago||There is no actual link to||
There is no actual link to the article in that thread, it was posted before the preview was up. The preview is now up, so I thought people might want to read it
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I section 29, row 43 is row||
I section 29, row 43 is row 43 (give or take a few rows due to the existance of rows a + b, etc). It's a good seat
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I was in basically that exact||
I was in basically that exact seat last year (can't remember the row, think it was 53) as a junior, and it is actually a really great view of the field, you'll like it a lot. The only problem is you are still near frat territory, so unless you like arriving to games 30 minutes late and icing your bros, you may have to deal with some disgusting people.
As a senior, I am in row 24 with a group of 5, if that means anything to anyone
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Hinton went to Southern Miss,||
Hinton went to Southern Miss, part of the reason he gives so much attention to mid-major programs
|4 years 21 weeks ago||That is the only non-SEC team||
That is the only non-SEC team to beat the Florida Gators since Miami in the 2004 Peach Bowl. That was a successful, yet flawed, 2007 Michigan team
|4 years 21 weeks ago||You're the recruiting guy,||
You're the recruiting guy, you tell us!
Seriously, though, I would guess that a Hart commit closes the door on Hayes. Someone pointed out a few weeks ago that Michigan has no senior running backs and a lot of bodies. In a small class, I don't know if we take two running backs (especially if we get our #1 guy in Hart)
|4 years 21 weeks ago||I agree, I think the balance||
I agree, I think the balance is just right. Advocating for fewer out-of-state students seems self-defeating considering the quality of the out-of-state pool is quite high
|4 years 21 weeks ago||And when that university is||
And when that university is accepting 65% of its student from the state, what's the problem?
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Or maybe it's because those||
Or maybe it's because those out-of-state kids are more qualified than the in-staters who are denied. Is it really that much of a stretch to think that Michigan should just accept the best applicants, period, whether or not they're from the state?
|4 years 21 weeks ago||I really hate people,||
I really hate people, sometimes. Ruining someone's passion (and readers' enjoyment) for a sense of pride and a lunch bet is so self-serving, it's despicable. What a douche
|4 years 23 weeks ago||How is that whole Tiger Woods thing working out?||
|4 years 23 weeks ago||I like Soldier Field because||
I like Soldier Field because I am behind the idea of an outdoor championship game. If they wanted to rotate it with Ford Field so that it is not outdoors every year, even better.
I think this needs to be in a state like Michigan that has strong football tradition, like the basketball tournament is now in Indiana. If that means it also is played in Cleveland (ugh), so be it.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Um, the SAT has been out of||
Um, the SAT has been out of 2400 since I was in high school, and I'm two years older than your brother. Unless he got that score when he was in middle school (or unless I'm missing something about the SAT), he took the test out of 2400
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Is your woman blind to text||
Is your woman blind to text in parentheses?
|4 years 26 weeks ago||I probably would take Clay,||
I probably would take Clay, too. It is certianly debatable, though
|4 years 26 weeks ago||This is true. I don't know||
This is true. I don't know how EA weighs depth in comparison to starters, but Penn State probably has the edge, especially with their stellar incoming recruiting class
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Yes, but Wisconsin has better||
Yes, but Wisconsin has better wide receivers, a better line, a better quarterback, and an almost equal back to Penn State, and they are an A-. That A is whack
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Swiss Miss?||
Wrong country, fool
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Maybe because they were one||
Maybe because they were one of only two teams still playing games? Are you honestly suggesting that Red WIngs fans have an inferiority complex?
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Because he's not our coach.||
Because he's not our coach. Do you really need to ask this question?
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Casablanca? On MGoBlog?||
Section 1, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship
|4 years 27 weeks ago||The point is that ND and||
The point is that ND and Nebraska are the best the Big Ten can do without Texas. There is no way Oklahoma will ever be in the Big Ten with the academics they have. Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are not a factor here, although you keep mentioning them for some reason
|4 years 27 weeks ago||This is the most ironic post||
This is the most ironic post in the history of both posting and irony
...I don't disagree with what you're saying, though
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Thanks for the great work,||
Thanks for the great work, Tom.
What an unfortunate situation to be in. Dorsey has worked so hard to get things turned around, and I think Michigan owes him a chance to compete, both on the field and in the classroom. It sounds like that's not going to happen
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Burning coaches?||
Seems a little excessive. Unless they weigh the same as a duck, then by all means, burn them
|4 years 29 weeks ago||That film should have won multiple Oscars for that scene alone||
"I'm getting married in two days"
|4 years 29 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|4 years 29 weeks ago||The fact that Purdue beat you||
The fact that Purdue beat you last year doesn't make them a good team*
*this is not supposed to be hostile, if it sounds that way
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Not even a third of||
Not even a third of scholarship players start. Why should I have to name anoher team's back-ups to prove that I know something about college football?
Besides, you could probably make that same argument about pretty much all TV analysts, sportswriters, and pollsters who actually submit an AP ballot, so what's your point? Should we ban all top 25 polls because they're pointless?
|4 years 29 weeks ago||My List||
1) Ohio State
4) Boise State
9) Virginia Tech
11) North Carolina
17) Florida State
18) Georgia Tech
23) Penn State
24) Oregon State
|4 years 29 weeks ago||I disagree with a lot of what||
I disagree with a lot of what you're saying. While I certainly disagree with a few of these rankings (once again, Steele ranks Notre Dame way, way too high), there is not really a lot wrong with the USC ranking (they have a whole lot of talent, whether they lost 4 games last season or not), the Auburn ranking (as someone said, Cam Newton could be really, really good, and Gus Malzahn is one of the best offensive minds in the game), and the Oklahoma ranking (it's a bit of a leap, but they outscored their opponents by 31 points per game in regular season wins last year, and their losses could have gone either way. Demarco Murray is hoping for a 1500 yard kind of season).
As far as Oregon goes, I think their history has proven that they can plug pretty much anyone into their offense and keep on chugging. People thought they were doomed when LeGarrette Blount was suspended last season, but LaMichael James went out and ran like crazy. They lack discipline, but they still win games. And that defense was good enough to get them to the Rose Bowl last season. With most of its best players returning, there's no reason to think that it can't do the same thing this year.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||There is a super great||
There is a super great article on Roll Bama Roll about Alabama and turnover margin that should really open your eyes about how good their defense was last year. There is no way they will be anything close to that good this season. I honestly think Bama is a two loss team at best. I'd be surprised to see them in the MNC game
|4 years 29 weeks ago||There are only 3 teams on our||
There are only 3 teams on our schedule ranked lower than us. I don't see any logical way that you could rank Michigan that low
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Saying things like "I||
Saying things like "I shouldn't make excuses, but..." does not give one a free pass to make excuses. Irish fans seem to have learned quite a bit from Charlie Weis
|4 years 30 weeks ago||I'm a 2 for only one more||
I'm a 2 for only one more year.
To all of you incoming 2s, congrats! You are in for an incredible 4 years, no matter how bad the football team is (trust me)
|4 years 31 weeks ago||We're gonna have to agree to||
We're gonna have to agree to disagree here, but just to be the contrarian, Iowa still won all of those close games (something that MANY great teams struggle with, including MNC winners like LSU in 2007, or Big Ten champ Penn State in 2008). It wasn't until Stanzi went down that Iowa actually lost a game (this following beatdowns of Penn State at night in Happy Valley Wisconsin at Camp Randall), and even then they took Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Ohio State to overtime in Columbus.
Sure they struggled at times, but they took on an absolutely brutal road conference schedule and went 3-1. I guess it depends on whether or not you want to focus on their highest or lowest points, but I think that the fact that Iowa's lowest moments came in games that they won kind of proves my point for me.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Until Iowa actually starts||
Until Iowa actually starts losing to anyone on their schedule, I would say that Loyd is Diet Kirk.
Iowa was a damn good team last year, I don't know why people refuse to see it
|4 years 32 weeks ago||These are awesome. I would||
These are awesome. I would say the lighthouse, although I think both are pretty cool. Something about the lighthouse being more symmetrical makes it more appealing to me. Great work!
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Glad to help||
Glad to help
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Don't you talk about my||
Don't you talk about my woman* that way!
* At least I think she's my woman. We held hands during recess but then I spilled my juice box on her new dress and now she won't come down from the top of the slide :(
|4 years 32 weeks ago||What makes you so sure that||
What makes you so sure that Trent's second or third-hand account of what Rodriguez said is accurate?
Ever play telephone? To me, this sounds like a case of "Jenny likes you purple monkey dishwasher."
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Agreed. It's also kind of||
It's also kind of funny that RR keeps his opinion private, while Trent makes his opinion public, yet people say that somehow reflects poorly on Rodriguez. When RR writes a book called, "Morgan Trent's Lazy Ass," that's when I'll get upset.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||As MGoRob said, if this stuff||
As MGoRob said, if this stuff interests you, read Phil Steele when it comes out in June. His magazine oozes with really great information that will help to clarify your perceptions of teams going into the season.
Last year, Steele opened my eyes to how good Iowa was going to be, and I was very vocal about it. A lot of people had their doubts (they lost Mitch King, their defensive stats are inflated, they have walk-ons at running back), but in the end, Iowa was pretty damn good. Steele will make you a much smarter college football fan, I highly recommend it
|4 years 32 weeks ago||I can't rank the whole||
I can't rank the whole conference, but I can tell you that Wisconsin should have a really good offensive line. Penn State sounds like they've been having issues. Iowa and Michigan State will try to run a lot, but both will have inexperience on the offensive line (although MSU fans think they don't need a good offensive line to have a good offense...). Ohio State's should be solid, if not better. They have some young guys who could step in and make their line really good. Michigan is in a similar situation. If Lewan and Omameh can have a really good season (and if everyone stays healthy), we could actually have one of the better lines in the conference. I assume Illinois and Indiana's line will be meh, and Northwestern and Purdue will probably have decent line play.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Don't be too rough on him||
He made a huge mistake
|4 years 34 weeks ago||So, if we handle UConn's||
So, if we handle UConn's rushing offense, that means good things for Iowa and Wisconsin?
EDIT: to clarify, good things for us against Iowa and Wisconsin
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I have seen Michigan get||
I have seen Michigan get burned on Jimmy Clausen, Roger Saffold, Koa Misi, Andrew Quarless, Tony Moeaki, and Golden Tate's film. As expected, most of those guys play offense.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||The Big Chill||
Written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, a Michigan alum (and writer of The Empire Strikes Back)
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Negbanged in bed||
|4 years 35 weeks ago||With hair like that||
he should be playing linebacker
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Thanks, Mr. Toomer,||
but we already got your take
|4 years 36 weeks ago||I love how much fun Devin and||
I love how much fun Devin and Denard are having as they ruthlessly maim the puny mascots of our Big Ten foes.
Tate, as usual, is all business
|4 years 36 weeks ago||For some reason, every time I||
For some reason, every time I see "The Alkaline Trio," I think it says "The Al Kaline Trio," which I assume would sing barbershop or something
|4 years 37 weeks ago||I'm going to apply even||
I'm going to apply even though I have no sports information experience. Any tips, Blazefire?
BTW, how does one get sports information experience when the sports info office wants you to already have experience before you apply? Unpaid internships at other universities?
|4 years 37 weeks ago||People gasp when they see each of you shirtless||
but for very different reasons