it's a major award
|5 hours 51 min ago||31-19||
|6 hours 20 min ago||Upvote for Amores Perros||
|6 hours 59 min ago||Chronicles of Riddick||
One of the best sci-fi films ever made.
|1 day 9 hours ago||What does that have to do with whether the report is true/false?||
"If I don't see something, then it doesn't exist." It's a form of solipsism.
He's been surrounded by corporate brown-nosers and asskissers for so long that he's lost the ability to deal with criticism like an adult.
Assuming he ever had that ability in the first place, that is.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Is he into us or not?!||
"I used to stare down at that field as I was stenciling those numbers," Harbaugh told reporters, athletes and others who crowded into the Arrillaga Family Sports Center's Kissick Auditorium. "I so very badly wanted to go to Stanford and play for the Cardinal. … This was my number-one choice all along."
He's already had his dream job in college, and it wasn't Michigan. He ain't coming here.
|1 day 11 hours ago||he has had dementia these last few years||
Didn't know that. Having dealt with it in my family, it sucks as bad or worse than a stroke.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Clean the damn house||
The only assistant I'd think about retaining is Manning, and only if he's recruiting coordinator in addition to coaching LBs.
|1 day 22 hours ago||prove yourself on the field, in the laboratory, in the classroom||
|1 day 23 hours ago||Two points||
One, I have two degrees from UM so there's no chance I'm going to end my support for the institution simply because the football program is currently a hot mess.
Two: It's ridiculously obvious how Brandon has cherry-picked UM sports lowlights from before his AD tenure—The Horror and Webber's TO—while choosing two highlights from his own tenure. He could have just as easily done the opposite, but then that wouldn't further his narrative, would it?
This is just a continuation of the Brandon-Hoke era: bluster, PR, and marketing hype over solid accomplishments on the field.
It's the same mentality that thinks a team-building schtick involving a tent stake will paper over the glaring ineptitude in the fundamentals of blocking, tackling, throwing, catching, etc etc. It's grasping at straws.
|2 days 4 hours ago||LOL Harbaugh||
"I used to stare down at that field as I was stenciling those numbers," Harbaugh told reporters, athletes and others who crowded into the Arrillaga Family Sports Center's Kissick Auditorium. "I so very badly wanted to go to Stanford and play for the Cardinal. … This was my number-one choice all along."
|2 days 13 hours ago||is Brandon the reason why I can't hear the games on WJR?||
No, WJR dumped us for MSU during Martin's tenure back in 2005. Here's the explanation via Wiki:
"In 2005, WJR signed a five-year contract with the Michigan State Spartans, whose flagship had been WJR prior to 1976. When asked why the switch occurred, WJR responded that Michigan's football broadcasts brought in listeners 13 days a year with meager ratings for the basketball broadcasts. In contrast, WJR is gambling on Spartan basketball to bring in a higher number of listeners."
"WJR currently ranks at #6 (4.9) in the Detroit market according to the March 2010 PPM ratings release after many years atop the ratings prior to PPM."
20 years ago it would have been unthinkable for WJR to be anywhere but at the top in Detroit, but I guess now that they've got MSU, Limbaugh, Beckmann, Savage, Levin, and Bold, they're content with #6.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Welp, we now know who our next head coach should be||
Larry Appleton's Mother-in-Law. She'll just irritate our opponents into submission.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Hell, where's Freddy Canteen?||
After that footwork drill in shorts, he should be in the running for the Biletnikoff by now.
|3 days 10 hours ago||The MGoBlogosphere at Hoke-Brandon return|
|3 days 11 hours ago||gonna hurt the players chances of acclimating to coach addazio||
Addazio isn't hired until mid-January. Manuel offers the job first to Harbaugh, Miles, Harbaugh, Mullen, The Hat, Bielema, Gruden, Lesticles, Stitt, and then Schiano. Schiano initially accepts, but then changes his mind 24 hrs later. Finally, Addazio is offered and immediately accepts, walking all the way to Ann Arbor in bare feet to prove his devotion to the ground game.
McElwain never gets a phone call, is snapped up by Florida, and wins three national championships in the next decade.
|3 days 11 hours ago||I honestly do not want a bowl game.||
Normally I'd say you're crazy, our players can used the extra 15 practices. Unfortunately, with this staff, it could be an extra 150 practices and it wouldn't make a damn bit of difference in their development.
Let the kids spend time with their families during the holidays.
|3 days 12 hours ago||3-9||
The next month is going to be a real test of Wolverine fandom.
Trouble is, it won't end there. New AD Warde Manuel will hire Steve Addazio, and it'll be Manball II: The (w)Reckoning.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I really didn't think Michigan could be emasculated much further||
For fuck's sake, the most emasculating thing about all of this is that we can't block, tackle, throw, run, or hit to save our ass, let alone win a goddamn football game.
If you can't do any of those things well—which we can't—motivational ploys are worse than useless. And if you can do those things well, you don't need them in the first place.
The fact that our players believed they needed a prop on the field in order to motivate themselves against a rival who has kicked our ass is symptomatic of the real problem. We're bad at football, and our coaching staff is clueless about how to fix that problem.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Took me 60 seconds to write that, and I'm not even in PR.||
What you wrote is exactly what Hoke should have said. The stake was dumb and stupid, and it put Hoke in a bad spot. It's just symptomatic of the condition of the team—why in hell do they need a prop to motivate themselves to play their in-state rival? It's mind-boggling.
The fact that they thought putting an object in the ground—other than Conor Cook's head—had a symbolic value that was going to do them any good whatsoever is indicative of how fucked the situation is.
That Dantonio is a whiny, disingenuous, hypocritical douchebag of the first order makes this all that much worse.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Looks like Bennie Joppru is righteously indignant too||
"Can't think of a bigger lose/lose decision than driving a stake into Sparty field. This was planned & people thought this was a good idea?"
Of course, what does Bennie know about football? All he did was play on teams that beat OSU and MSU two times each.
|3 days 17 hours ago||The Don looks like an idiot whining about the stake||
I may be an idiot, but judging from what Jamie Morris said on the radio this morning, it sounds as though more than a few alumni players from Michigan teams that actually beat Michigan State without having to resort to sophomoric histrionics have the same view of this as I do.
And if we'd won I'd still think it was histrionic bullshit more suited to Michigan State.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Michigan football has stepped on its own dick so many times||
over the last decade that Kate Upton just points and laughs now.
|3 days 18 hours ago||The MGoBlogosphere sporting a woody||
over a video showing a recruit doing a shorts-only footwork drill as if it meant jack-fucking squat about anything meaningful.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Only an incredibly petty person gives 2 hoots about a tent stake||
So you're calling Jamie Morris "incredibly petty?" He essentially said this morning it was lame and stupid. Both he and Bacon said that other alumni Michigan players have expressed the same opinion to them about it.
If it was MSU or OSU that had done it in Michigan stadium, everybody here would have been up in arms.
|3 days 18 hours ago||That's Michigan football in the Brandon-Hoke era||
Tough words, appearances, and symbols over on-the-field substance:
No shirt sleeves or jacket
Notre Dame is chicken/Chicken dance music
"Football is a tough man's game"
RR didn't use blocking sleds haw haw haw we're so much tougher than he is
Posing shirtless in pre-season to show off muscles that don't actually do anything during games
Driving a stake into the turf and pulling up your shirt and stomping like you're a football badass
|3 days 19 hours ago||Bump is the closest to Hoke in terms of achievement and ability||
That's exactly what I've been thinking for the last 12 months.
If Hoke coached here ten years, I think he'd have one or two really good years, when everything just went right, he had some exceptional players and assistants, the schedule was favorable, etc etc. but the majority of seasons would be like last year and this: constant derp.
Another similarity is that the only reason both Bump and Hoke ever got the Michigan job in the first place was their Michigan connection. Elliott was an assistant to Oosterbaan when he was chosen to replace him, and Hoke's only selling point was his former assistancy to Carr. If neither of those two had ever been assistants here, they wouldn't have gotten within sniffing distance of the HC position.
|3 days 23 hours ago||My point wasn't that Bennie hadn't started fading—||
as you point out, his last two seasons were pretty bad. My point is that Bump's reclamation job was mediocre at best, with just two truly good seasons.
I realize this is semantics, but to me "rebuilding" is what Bo did here, or what Saban did at Alabama, or what Harbaugh did at Stanford. True "rebuilding" doesn't take six seasons, and clear progress is shown year on year, whether in wins and losses and/or in how the team plays, and how they do against their major rivals.
|4 days 32 min ago||He'd be a much better choice than Les Miles.||
I also think we'd have a better chance of getting McElwain. CSU to Michigan is definitely a step up in every way, with exception of scenery.
Focusing completely on football, LSU/SEC to Michigan/Big Ten is not a step up. The only reason Miles would give up his spot would be his ties to Michigan, and I don't really give a shit about somebody's ties to Michigan at this point.
|4 days 47 min ago||I'd much rather have Bob Stitt.||
Stitt's got an interesting resume, but it's entirely at the small-college level. There's another HC in Colorado who was an assistant at MSU for three seasons, and then Saban's OC at Alabama from 2008-2011 during which they went 48-6, winning two NCs.
The main drawback against him is his lack of extensive time in the midwest.
|4 days 1 hour ago||having to rebuild a program that had slipped badly under Bennie||
Oosterbaan's winning percentage was .656 with three losing seasons out of eleven, and Elliott's was .548 with five losing seasons out of ten.
Bump "rebuilt" the UM program about as well as Hoke "rebuilt" the Ball State program.
|4 days 8 hours ago||i hear he reads the site.||
I doubt Mark Schlissel has spent five seconds here. He's got much better things to do with his time.
|4 days 11 hours ago||11-1 talent?||
While there's no doubt this staff wouldn't know what to do with Tom Brady, Anthony Carter or Steve Hutchinson, I no longer believe that we're actually that talented, either. If we were as talented as our recruiting rankings indicated, we'd at least be mediocre.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Wendy, I came to UM in 1971||
and during the time spent getting two degrees I attended the large majority of the home games from '71 through 1982. I don't know what team you were watching, but the idea that Bo Schembechler would ever have countenanced or made excuses for any of his players pulling off such a brainlessly disrespectful stunt before, during, or after a game is laughable.
The fact that you're advocating "manufacturing" intensity is a sad commentary on the lifelessness of this team. The fact that you evidently think planting spears on your opponent's field isn't the very definition of "losing sight of what Michigan football is" and that not doing so is an "impossibly high and absurd standard of behavior" is a sad commentary on the desperation of our fanbase.
|4 days 13 hours ago||So the players keep their lips sealed shut all week||
but then decide planting a spear during the pre-game makes sense? WTF? Who was the dim-bulb who came up with that genius idea? Did they really think that would strike fear into the hearts of the MSU team? Jesus H. Christ, that's something I'd expect out of the Spartans.
We really have reversed roles, it appears.
|4 days 13 hours ago||somewhat aware ... but "not fully aware"||
I hope for his own sake that Brady Hoke never has to appear in court before a hostile attorney.
|4 days 13 hours ago||This is actually kind of sad||
I feel bad for the players. They're not playing well, but they appear to be led by men who aren't good at their jobs.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Hoke has strong support among Faculty and Admin people||
I have several UM clients, including one who works with a former AD employee, and I hear the exact opposite. There are more academics than you might think who care quite a bit about the football program, and they like excellence there, too.
|4 days 15 hours ago||most of these guys are totally unlikeable off the field as well.||
Evidence for this?
|4 days 16 hours ago||does every team play bigger faster and stronger than us?||
Relax. There's no difference in the S&C programs all across the country. They all do the same things, they all have the same regimens, so Wellman's got this. Just give it another couple of years.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Illiniquest ends! Gophers go down.||
I think we need to consider the possibility that Michigan might be the worst team in the Big Ten.
|4 days 17 hours ago||we need to run around the guys trying to tackle us.||
Football isn't really that complicated when you get down to it.
|4 days 18 hours ago||We are on full on Bobby Williams era now.||
MSU 49 UM 3
|4 days 19 hours ago||The '69 upset over OSU will always get all the hype||
The storyline was made to order—the alleged greatest college football team in history, one that could challenge the Baltimore Colts, teacher vs. disciple, Woody vs Bo—but the reality was that going into that game Michigan was a damn good football team playing excellent ball in all phases of the game. Not to mention they were led by a soon-to-be-legendary coach.
That's why I think a win in East Lansing today would actually be—in pure, on-the-field football terms—a bigger upset win for Michigan. The apparent gulf in coaching and talent between MSU and UM in 2014 is significantly wider and deeper than the gulf between OSU and UM in 1969.
We've played like crap all year against teams with a pulse, our only wins are against weak teams at home, our coaching staff from top to bottom seems all too often like it doesn't have any idea what it's doing, and we haven't beaten a team with a winning record on the road since Hoke got here.
Unless a long list of improbable things happen today—Michigan wins the turnover battle, develops a semblance of a running game, protects Devin, clamps down on MSU's receivers, and actually sacks Cook in key third down situations—today's game will be the death knell for Hoke's tenure here.
If we win, we'll have the most conflicted and confused fanbase in the country.
|4 days 21 hours ago||As a coach he has succeeded wherever he has been.||
And he's succeeded because he knows how to select good assistant coaches.
|4 days 21 hours ago||A much better move would have been to retain Greg Frey||
instead of bringing Funk with him.
|5 days 32 min ago||I ain't having it?||
Fuck you, I'm having breakfast right now. Having all of it.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Dudes got a mule ass.||
He's starting to look a bit pear-shaped. Dude has to start working out again or he's going to start looking Hoke-esque.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Only weirdos can operate on 6 hours||
I routinely get 4-5 hours. That's why I look the way I do.
|5 days 13 hours ago||humilitation||
Is that the combination of humiliation and irritation? Regardless, I like that word.
|5 days 16 hours ago||but they are beatable,||
Of course they're beatable. Just not by us.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Great info/analysis||
MSU might have the vulnerabilities you analyze, but there is nothing that's happened this year to make me think our coaches and our players have the combined ability to exploit them sufficiently to be competitive for more than a quarter or so.
|5 days 22 hours ago||49-3 MSU||
if it happens, this score will have the same effect on the coach on the losing end as it did back the last time this score occurred. The only difference is that the loser this time won't be let go until the end of the season.
|6 days 19 min ago||So the question has to be asked||
Is he tongue-punching her fart box?
|6 days 2 hours ago||Sex workers are riddled with diseases" meme is totally false.||
"A recent study of Chlamydia and gonorrhea infection and re-infection rates for adult film industry performers from 2004-2008 revealed startling findings regarding the high rates of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) in the adult film industry, said AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today. Among the findings: Chlamydia incidence in adult film performers was 8.5 times higher than the rate in Los Angeles County residents aged 18-29 and 34 times higher than in the general population. Gonorrhea incidence was 18 times higher in porn performers than Los Angeles County residents aged 18-29 and 64 times higher than in the general population"
|6 days 10 hours ago||This shouldn't be all that surprising||
WRs normally like to go deep.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Let's bring Cam Cameron in as HC and Loefler as OC||
This is Michigan fergodsakes.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Never was convinced about him||
and those defensive rankings are pig-ugly. We should look elsewhere.
|6 days 11 hours ago||he's not big enough for the nfl.||
You should contact Chip Kelly immediately to let him know that he's making such a big mistake. I'm sure he'll give you a good hearing.
|6 days 12 hours ago||can give a few of the guys Chlamydia||
I'd say your mother is a better bet, along with your wife and daughter.
|6 days 15 hours ago||It's one benefit of being an old guy who was around then||
Most of the younger generation of UM fans just think of Bo as this grandfatherly old ex-coach who everybody reveres because his players loved him and he gave great speeches at banquets and signed lots of autographs and he was always smiling.
Back in his prime he was, in fact, very frequently an insufferable, single-minded prick to pretty much everybody, even sometimes including Millie. Woody didn't throw a chair at Bo during a staff meeting at OSU because he needed the exercise.
Whether there's a connection between being an insufferable, single-minded prick and being a damn successful coach is a topic for discussion.
From Sports Illustrated, September 14, 1981
(unfortunately the vault seems to have been closed now)
O.K., from a distance Bo comes on like a yahoo. And that's Bo's public image. He has had horrible problems with the press, which has this nasty habit of wanting to talk to him when he loses, his mother's advice notwithstanding. But even if the media's timing were better, it probably wouldn't make much difference, because Bo hates the press. Not just a little. A lot. The Voice of Michigan Football, Bob Ufer, says he has tried to get Schembechler to be nicer to the media. "But he told me," says Ufer, " 'Bob, if I win, I don't need the press, and if I lose, they can't help me.' " Ufer defends Schembechler, whose record at Michigan over 12 years is 114-21-3; Bo's teams have won the Big Ten title twice and tied for it seven times.
Says Ufer, "Bo has two categories of things in his life: what matters and what doesn't matter. What matters is football. What doesn't matter is everything else. Bo is the kind of guy who is so dedicated that he doesn't realize how he's coming off." So while some coaches like to go out and drink with sportswriters, Bo would prefer to break out in warts.
Until a couple of years ago, he would routinely storm out of press conferences, kick reporters out of the sessions ("Don't be offended," says one of Bo's friends. "He'd kick Millie out, too"), make himself unavailable and order his players not to talk. Talking very softly once at a press conference, he was asked to speak up. "I'm speaking as loudly as I can," said Bo softly and arrogantly. And in a memorable set-to on Oct. 1, 1979, Schembechler gave an absolutely unnecessary push to a publicity-seeking college newspaper reporter.
Yet too much is read into all this. As Don Canham, athletic director at Michigan, says, "Bo is oblivious to life."
|6 days 17 hours ago||"slightly more tolerant than Stalin" as my key criterion||
Occasionally I'll substitute Pol Pot if I want some variety in my ridiculous hyperbole.
|6 days 18 hours ago||THIS is how to be "horrible" to "sports journalists"||
"About to respond, Schembechler became angry about the question. Schembechler proceeded to knock the microphone Perrin was holding from his hand, poke him in the chest, then grab his throat and push him backward.
“Don’t try to make me look bad, you understand, son, or I’ll throw you the hell out of Michigan football,” he said."
|6 days 19 hours ago||"why Hoke is so... horrible to so many media members?"||
The notion that Brady Hoke has been anything within 18 parsecs of being "horrible" to those barely literate enough to qualify as a "professional sports journalist" is just another reason "professional sports journalists" are on par with "reality show stars" as people worth thinking about while I'm wiping my ass after taking a greasy Chipotle shit.
These whiny fucking assholes ought to acquaint themselves with how how men like Joe Stalin or Saddam Hussein treated people they wanted to be horrible to.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Antonio Bass has finally abandoned his UM dream||
Tough news for the kid.
|6 days 22 hours ago||I just checked with my sources, and they tell me||
Brandon is debuting a mascot for the IU game. Willy the Wolverine will roam the grounds outside the stands selling bottles of AbsoPure's new line of raw juice: SuprJooser High-Colonic Raspberry Purge®. No shit.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Stomach flu hits the MSU offensive and defensive lines||
Or we develop the semblance of a running game. Not sure which is more likely.
|6 days 23 hours ago||I gathered that, but was the subject supposedly Brandon||
|6 days 23 hours ago||Can somebody even obliquely summarize what this is about?||
or is this all meta-spoofing?
|1 week 2 hours ago||the portion of the fanbase that simply refuses to believe||
that any coach at a "downclass" school would turn down Michigan are like elderly old-money people who in their youth were in the power structure and just assumed they'd always be considered the natural leaders that everybody else would automatically defer to. They live in large, rambling old mansions that are starting to show the wear and tear due to a falloff in maintenance and lack of upgrades born of close-minded arrogance and exhaustion of the bloodlines. They still go to their country-club in their chauffeur-driven old Cadillacs and sneer at the rude upstarts they see all around them, but in reality the world has passed them by.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Some guy uses a swimsuit model avatar and attaches Dickey's name||
writes a post with some historical references in it that any fan from back then could have written and some people actually that it's really Brian J. Dickey?
Now that's simply championship-class gullibility. You must have had a great week of practice.
|1 week 10 hours ago||From the Land of Sky Blue Waters|
|1 week 16 hours ago||want to be sure athletes can go for a rigorous academic program||
I was in UM's architecture program in the '70s, and it was one of the most demanding programs on campus at the time in terms of time commitment. The ungodly number of all-nighters that all of us pulled every semester was ridiculous, but they were necessary to simply keep up with the work load. Regardless, that didn't keep three members of the football team—Dave Whiteford, Greg Koss, and later Derek Howard—from successfully going through the program. DL Dave Gallagher and OL Stefan Humphries both went to med school while they were on the team as well. The idea that Bo was telling kids on the team that they couldn't take demanding classes is ridiculous.
|1 week 1 day ago||I bet Nussmeier wishes that he'd thrown his phone in the river||
instead of answering Hoke's call to offer him the job.
He's not beyond criticism, but he stepped into a lousy situation with some important things beyond his control—like a functional offensive line—and it's going to take a while to get the stink of 2014 off his resumé before his next stop.
|1 week 1 day ago||What? Fluoridate our precious bodily fluids?|
|1 week 1 day ago||I still remember this being posted when RR was hired||
We were young, naive, and innocent, and thought the college football world was going to be at our feet in short order after a few months of EEEE Barwis. After all, if RR can do what he did at WVU with 2-stars, just think what he'll do at Michigan with 4- and 5-stars... Ah, good times.
|1 week 1 day ago||tired of people saying BH doesn't know what the hell he's doing||
Marty Mornhinwheg has forgotten more about the offensive part of professional football than any of us here will ever know, but that didn't mean he wasn't an absolutely horrible head football coach.
Technical knowledge doesn't automatically equal management competence.
|1 week 1 day ago||I can't believe that these people are professional journalists.||
With very few exceptions—such as Sam Webb, speaking locally—the vast majority of "sports journalists" are people not smart enough to make it even to the current sham level of professionalism you typically see in "non-sports journalists."
|1 week 1 day ago||bradyhoke is a pretty smart dude||
I'm curious what it is you've seen to make you think bradyhoke is any smarter than the average football coach across the entire landscape of college football at every level.
What is it about game preparation, schematic planning, staff composition, or in-game decisions that makes you think he's "a pretty smart dude?"
|1 week 2 days ago||abs will enjoy a stress free life||
I think Brady's abs have a pretty stress-free life right now.
|1 week 2 days ago||So I guess we're just waiting now for Nussmeier||
to rub a stuffed animal in Gardner's face on the sidelines and our season will be complete.
|1 week 2 days ago||"How about the caliber of defenses we have played thus far"||
You were the one who brought up the caliber of defenses we've played, so pretending now you weren't trying to fashion a rebuttal is bullshit.
|1 week 2 days ago||Anything can happen in this game.||
Kate Upton might decide she wants to spend some quality time with an old bald guy with bad knees, too. Neither is very likely.
|1 week 2 days ago||A sure sign of fan derangement||
is the open endorsement of a coach with a two-decades-long history of shady behavior that's been written about extensively. Tressel is a hell of a coach, but I don't want him anywhere near our program. There's no reason we can't hire a great coach who's also not a proven liar and scumbag.
|1 week 2 days ago||Fritz Crisper||
I don't know who the hell he is, but fire up the FlightTracker3000® anyhow!
|1 week 2 days ago||MI has faced a huge population decline over the last 2 decades||
Not really. In fact, that's not true at all, unless your definition of "huge" is about 43,000 out of a population of 9.8 million.
|1 week 2 days ago||MSU is going to roger Michigan all afternoon.||
with no lube, either.
"It'll be the final nail in Hoke's UM head coaching career." — you're right about that. I'd love to see Hoke succeed here, but a loss of any sort is going to bring the situation into focus, so to speak.
|1 week 3 days ago||49-3 MSU||
Shades of 2002, only in reverse.
On a different but related topic, I'm surprised nobody's started a thread celebrating SF's beatdown at the hands of the Broncos last night as proof that JH has "lost" the locker room.
|1 week 3 days ago||I miss the days when we were good enough||
that our own coach was bitching about referee calls that went against us in a tight game against a national power in their own stadium.
|1 week 3 days ago||Another sign that the world is completely upside down||
The Detroit Lions are better at football than the Michigan Wolverines.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'd rather have Nick Saban's hair dresser coaching the team||
Start up the Flight Tracker!!!
|1 week 3 days ago||our coach doesnt know what a chip is||
That's a damn lie.
|1 week 3 days ago||I would be happy if we were within two scores.||
I don't expect that we will be, but even if we were I still wouldn't be happy if that's all we have to cheer about. There are no moral victories.
|1 week 3 days ago||DQ is not the best place to get a post-workout snack.||
So, I've been doing it all wrong?
|1 week 3 days ago||what would you suggest the internet is?||
Everybody knows that the internet is a series of threads, many of which originate here at MGoBlog. We're what keeps the internet upright.
|1 week 3 days ago||"Clogging up the board" only makes sense||
if you believe that the internet is a series of tubes.
|1 week 3 days ago||and got torn apart.||
Anybody criticizing you for making that simple and accurate observation about our HC was an idiot, as subsequent events have borne out.
|1 week 3 days ago||Addazio while not perfect, seems like he could...||
... be one helluva OL coach at Michigan.
I know that's not what you're suggesting, but IMHO our OL suckitude is the #1 issue with our program. If you can't teach your OL how to block, your offense is going to be consistently in the dumper, which then puts your defense in consistently bad situations. A head coach who is unable to recognize how to fix this fundamental problem is probably also not going to be able to fix problems that other units have, which appears to be what our situation is.
|1 week 3 days ago||what plagues Michigan won't be cured by just a HC change.||
?? Is it something in the water supply? Is the food at the training table contaminated? Will antibiotics get rid of it? Is like an STD?
|1 week 3 days ago||Addazio is interesting, but his record so far||
at Temple and BC is just a bit over .500. BC's win over USC was impressive, but their loss at home to Colorado St. was to another CC candidate Jim McElwain, who was Saban's OC during Alabama's 48-6 run from 2008 through 2011, winning two NCs along the way.
Maybe McElwain is the better former Alabama guy for us than Nussmeier is.
|1 week 3 days ago||need to pull the proverbial sticks out of your butts.||
Very disappointed you didn't call us Debbie Downers with sand in our vaginas. You need to step up your game of clichés this morning.
|1 week 4 days ago||the relationship between Mullen and Florida is not good at all.||
Who's pissed at who, and why?
If it's Mullen who's pissed at Florida for not hiring him, he'd only had two seasons under his belt at MSU when Meyer quit and was 14-11 and 7-9 in conference, so it wasn't like he was a slam-dunk, can't miss choice. Granted, hiring Muschamp was even more of a stretch.
|1 week 4 days ago||opposition to anything that does not heap pessimism, doubt||
By all means, go ahead and list for us all the things that heap optimism, hope, and good feels about our program.
|1 week 4 days ago||I've always disliked Notre Dame, at times detested them||
but they're not even in the same league of detestability as Florida State, and never have been for me. As a program ND is certainly not beyond criticism, but FSU is the poster child for everything that is horribly wrong about big-time college football.
On top of that, schadenfreude just seems rather lame to me when our own program has become a national laughingstock of clueless arrogance combined with ineptitude, disorganization, dysfunction, and very overrated talent.
|1 week 4 days ago||The gap between us and them is breathtaking.||
The gap between us and a lot of teams is breathtaking, considering where we used to be.
Meyer has yet to lose a regular season game in the conference.
|1 week 4 days ago||1979 was Bo's worst season up to that time||
and kicking game woes were a big part of the 8-4 season. Some have their shorts in a bunch over how "mean" Hoke is to the media these days, but Bo didn't necessarily handle the pressure any better.
|1 week 5 days ago||Aging dog, dementia, aging parents||
I did that trifecta way too much myself the last few years. My sympathies.
As for "Hoke and Carr were most attractive for the long-term health of the program..." I'm scratching my head how that evaluation could ever have been applied to Hoke, given his record prior to Michigan.
|1 week 6 days ago||How bad has our player progression been?||
I think a better term is "how bad has our coaching been?"
If Charles Woodson had these coaches when he was here he'd be laboring in some soulless sales position right now.
|1 week 6 days ago||Josh Furman is doing extremely well down at Okie State||
Reminds me of Ryan Mundy leaving for WVU, getting drafted, and today has a nice little career going in the NFL.
I don't think we've had anything resembling top-notch coaching on both sides of the ball since the early 2000s.
|1 week 6 days ago||Somebody has seen "Any Given Sunday" too often||
He needs to start coaching peewee instead of the beer tent.
|1 week 6 days ago||"Interesting" trend: Points scored last ten years against MSU||
45, 34, 31, 28, 21, 20, 17, 14, 12, 6
I'm going with the flow: a Bobby Williams-esque debacle in EL: 49-3 for the bad guys
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||the coaching gap between Michigan and Ohio State is vast||
And OSU ain't the only team we have a gap with.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Michigan needs Jesus||
Yeah, but how's his pad level?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||part of that might be attributed to a change in summer camps||
I asked Sam Webb this morning about this explanation from Hoke. He laughed and said he had no information about it. I've been listening to Sam long enough to be able to listen between the lines, so to speak, and I'm pretty sure he's as puzzled about it as the rest of us are.
Given the constant weekly contact between the program and WTKA, Sam is as plugged in to the program as anybody else is, and it's revealing that he doesn't know what on earth Hoke is talking about.
This lame explanation is just another thing that rival schools can beat us over the head with in recruiting battles, as if our poor play on the field isn't bad enough.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||From the context it sounds like you're halfway there...||
Well, it does say "Mojo Rising"
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Was Michigan singled out for this change in summer camp formats?||
Even if Hoke sincerely believes this explanation, he doesn't seem to grasp the fact that it will sound like nonsensical argle-bargle without a lot more information than he's providing.
I'm still shaking my head over this, and I'm one of those who doesn't get concerned over what he says at pressers. This might explain a lot about what's been going on.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Change in summers camps is responsible for our poor OL play?||
Wow. How can he possibly believe this?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||adds a touch of "Christmas Elf"||
If they wore little pointed shoes with curly toes it would be complete.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Buffalo AD wants UB to be the premiere NY athletic program||
Seriously? Dude's delusional.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That ref's "reaction" to Hoke's TO was a non-event||
and it's irrelevant anyhow. Why did Hoke call the TO in the first place? Did we not have 11 men on the field again? Regardless, it's mind-boggling.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||But maybe that's just gas.....||
...or that bullet in your eye. That's gotta hurt.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You look just as bad as I do now||
But you do have a lot more hair.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Real MGoQuality time here.||
Well, family is everything, y'know.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I am the letter M. True story||
"M" you say?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||bit more meat on his bones and is healthier looking||
Actually the opposite—I had to do extensive photoshopping to make my selfie look as good as it does.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think Don might actually be my grandfather.||
If I'm your grandfather, that means the condom I used at that wild party with a bunch of Topeka carnies back in '72 spent too much time in my wallet beforehand.
Say hi to your mom but tell her it never would have worked out between us. Clowns scare me.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Uh, Mr. Spicyweiner?||
Do you really have a pornstache and a mullet?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I miss his blocking as revealed in his interviews||
"I like to hit people really fucking hard."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Sally Struthers?|
|2 weeks 3 days ago||and the talent already on the team is better.||
So you're absolutely convinced the talent at 3-4 Michigan is better than the #1 team in the country.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||they can't even enjoy a win and a letter that is a good thing?||
John Bacon has said many times that there's a significant portion of the Michigan fanbase that isn't happy unless it's miserable.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||do not envy the hangover you're going to have Sunday morning||
Wut? I don't think we're going to win up in East Lansing, but there's a difference between believing that and coming onto a thread and derisively trashing an honest bit of heartfelt communication from one player to his teammates.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I bought a #5 jersey at the tent yesterday morning.||
Which means you did exactly what David Brandon wanted you to do: shell out $85 for a glorified t-shirt simply because it was new.
All the talk about how "the recruits like them" is just window dressing for the real point of the alternate unis—to goose apparel sales.
Brandon can bring out a different jersey for every damn game and it won't keep those recruits who supposedly like the alternates so freaking much from decommiting in a heartbeat if our play on the field stinks badly enough.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Does Dantonio have much love for his Alma Mater?||
The idea that Dantonio would leave what he's built at MSU to follow in the footsteps of Spurrier is nothing other than the vain hope of Michigan fans that he'll leave East Lansing.
Dantonio grew up in Zanesville and the entirety of his 34 years in coaching has been spent in Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, and Michigan. He never even served as a GA or position coach at SC. If he was 48 instead of 58 it might be a bit more plausible to consider, but he's in the position where he can retire at MSU as one of their legendary coaches.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||hearing from the former players on WTKA speaking w/Sam and Ira||
The people here ripping on Hagerup are exactly like those who John Navarre described during his participation in the WTKA alumni player segment you mention.
Navarre said that one day some alleged Michigan fan brought his son over to Navarre's apartment, rang the doorbell, and then with his son looking on, told John to his face how much he sucked.
I honestly do not know how Navarre was able to keep from cold-cocking these asswipes every day during his time here.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||If they win a national title or come close they will pony up||
Agree. At 6-0, Mullen's a virtual lock to complete his fifth consecutive winning season. The last MSU coach to achieve that was Allyn McKeen, who coached there from 1939 to 1948. Unless things go in the dumper in some bizarre fashion, the MSU people will be showering money down on him, and the prospect of coming to Ann Arbor to lead a team in perhaps the weakest conference in the country won't look as nearly attractive as many up here think.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Some of you posting in this thread are down right embarrassing.||
I swear to God it's like reading the comments section on MLive.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Enjoy the feel good win... Sparty gonna murder us.||
You could always end your serious existential pain by sucking on a tailpipe in a closed garage for about an hour. That should do the trick.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agree that the hype surrounding Norfleet isn't justified||
but if you look at the kick return records at Michigan, there are some notable players who also never took one to the house, including Anthony Carter, Derrick Alexander, Jamie Morris, and Ron Johnson.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I just wish that his brain worked as well as his heart.||
The fact that you've posted virtually no comments in five years is a blessing to us all.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||How about we just enjoy the win and be happy for the team||
for 24 hours. They'll be plenty of time for the forensic autopsy during the week.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||sticky floor vomit smell heat sweat had something to do with it||
It's your own damn fault. If you go around tongue-punching fart boxes, everything's going to smell bad.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Pig-ugly||
But I'd rather see us wear them in victory than our standard unis in defeat.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I was actually optimistic that we'd beat Utah comfortably||
I'll never make that mistake again.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||No shirts and ties?||
So not only are we wearing alternate unis for the game, we're wearing alternate unis for the pre-game. Victory is ours then.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||All week I've been hearing/reading that PSU's O-line stinks||
and that we'll put lots of pressure on their QB for sure.
Seems like I've heard the same thing about 8 times during Hoke's tenure, and seems like 8 times our DL doesn't do squat and the opposing QB goes all Peyton Manning on us.
PSU 29 UM 16
Hackenberg throws for over 300 and a couple of TDs, doesn't throw a single pick, and is rarely hurried, let alone sacked.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||From 2008 through 2013||
NC St. is 38-38
UM is 41-35
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Taco looks like he's going to be a stud||
What exactly has Charlton done on the field to make you think he's going to be a "stud?"
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, it would've been nice to get this guy three years ago.||
It would be nice if the guys we did get would "slash into the backfield with regularity."
PSU 29 UM 16
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not surprised||
but very disappointed anyhow. Seemed like a good kid from a good family.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Teams are a direct reflection of their head coach Aglick IMO.||
MGrow, in general I'm a proponent of this theory—that organizations take on the character of their CEO or leader—but I'm not sure it explains everything wrong with the team.
Tom Osborne was a hardly fire-breathing monster on the sideline, but the Huskers under him were always tough, physical teams who you couldn't just push around, even if they were outmatched in pure talent against some teams. Bill Snyder is another coach with a calm demeanor on the sidelines who nonetheless always has KSU competitive in ways that Michigan is not at the moment.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||knock the other team either backwards or onto the ground||
I know our problems are myriad and complex in some ways, but you've hit on the most basic and fundamental one to me: our offensive and defensive lines are simply unable to physically dominate their opponents at the line of scrimmage in any sustained, consistent manner.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"former players are supporting the team when everyone else isn't||
If Desmond said that, he's a hypocrite of the first order. It was just before the Rutgers game when he said that Peppers was the only guy on the team who wanted to be great.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||the 1997 Rose Bowl for example. USC whipped our ass||
Ohio State and Arizona State played in the 1997 Rose Bowl. We played in the 1998 Rose Bowl, but it was against Washington St.
Unfortunately, you're right about USC whipping our asses in the 2004 and 2007 Rose Bowls.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Why would anybody with a lick of sense pay for an autograph?||
I just don't get the attraction of having a piece of paper with some athlete's signature on it. Same with celebrities in general. It's like it's some primitive, atavistic belief that having a signature confers some of the signee's powers on you.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Welp, now UM can stop blathering about how college sports||
helps build the character and integrity of the young men and women who participate. That'll be a relief.
It's a nice lesson for life in general. If people aren't living up to your standards, just get rid of the standards. As long as they're making money, it's all good.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||nothing I can say will top the mightiness of this thread.||
Coming from a guy who got shot in the eye just before the happy ending, that's high praise indeed.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Crisis and trauma brings out the best in MGoBlog humor||
Although it's the dark, dark humor that follows deep existential disgust.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I have it on good authority||
that Bando Calrissian is actually Mike Debord.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I just saw Carr buying wine at the Kroger on Maple.||
No way. I'm in that Kroger frequently and I've never seen Carr there.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||none of you fuckers can cross my bridge.||
Don't make promises you can't keep.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Make DeBord the interim or permanent AD||
If that happened I'm afraid we would lose Mr. Cook to spontaneous human combustion.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Mary Sue Coleman has given speeches to the team||
"I'm sho very proud of all your effortsh wearing the maize and blue for Marshigan."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So who took Brandon's red Swingline stapler?||
I'm lookin' at you, Mr. Falk.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||But did he watch film with Nuss and Mattison?||
No, he dropped in on Brandon and watched film of Brandon's performances as AD.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Be care what you wish for||
"The interesting part about the visit is that he wasn’t accompanied by Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon, he was with former Michigan Asst. Coach Mike Debord who is now the Olympic Sports Administrator at U of M."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This board can be loads of fun.||
MGoBlog ain't tiddlywinks. It's a man's blog full of manly men manfully pounding their keyboards about manly topics relating to Manball. It's sort of like prison—It's a rough, tough place full of sweaty, heavily-muscled and ornately-tattooed brutes looking to impose their will on you, but at the end you'll be a better man for it. And manly too.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||is revisionist||
Actually, I agree. RR made some serious mistakes while he was here, foremost being the bizarre decision to hire Greg Robinson. The moment I heard on radio in my car in a westside grocery parking lot that RR had selected GERG to be the DC, I thought that he'd ensured his own doom.
How any coach in RR's position—coming off a 3-9 season that had at least half the Michigan fanbase screaming for his scalp—could think that it made good sense to hire the guy who had just been fired after leading Syracuse to four of the worst seasons in its long history is still a mystery to me.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||his relentless pursuit of sketchy recruits||
He brought Denard Robinson to the University of Michigan, you gibbering halfwit.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||so every time I eat a pickle, I'm helping to create||
a race of nanomachines that will destroy our civilization. Thanks Obama.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||race of intelligent nanomachines that destroys our civilization||
How about a supply of competent offensive linemen and defensive backs that destroy our opponents?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||notion RR did some miracle turnaround at AZ is utter horseshit||
If that's horseshit, the notion that Brady Hoke "turned around" Ball State is one of the biggest lies in sports history.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sometime coaches who are building things in a small,||
out-of-the-way location at a school without an impressive national football tradition elect to stay there, passing up opportunities to go to "bigger" programs. Joe Paterno turned down Don Canham's offer to come to the big city of Ann Arbor before Bo was hired, choosing to stay in Happy Valley, a thousand miles from nowhere.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Guess who hired Mullen & Rodriguez? Greg Byrne||
So even though Byrne's first hire—Mullen—beat the crap out of Rodriguez's team in the Gator Bowl, Bryne still thought enough of RR to hire him at AZ. Interesting.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"Bigger News?" Talk about burying the lede....||
"The interesting part about the visit is that he wasn’t accompanied by Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon, he was with former Michigan Asst. Coach Mike Debord who is now the Olympic Sports Administrator at U of M."
Be careful what you wish for.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||People are pretty much ignoring one possibility||
That Schlissel and the Regents don't can Brandon, but keep him on with the provision that the AD's policies and actions change in specified ways.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Hutchinson's tweet||
Carol or Steve? And did he/she actually tweet that?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You can't explain away zero 3Q points||
in game after game after game against our better opponents. It's a stark measure of how bad we are.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I will also hope he isn't injury prone.||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Gruden would be a horrible hire at Michigan||
He's had no meaningful contact with college FB in 25 years. We have no indication one way or the other how good a recruiter he is, and the track record of career NFL coaches dipping down into the college ranks is mixed at best.
There are other far more qualified potential candidates.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||I really don't enjoy taking a dump in the punch bowl||
but sometime it's just gotta be done.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||So, to sum up for the record||
Neither Brad Bates nor Warde Manuel have displayed any proven ability whatsoever to identify and hire capable head football coaches.
And yet we're supposed to be all giddy about hiring them because they're "Michigan Men."
The technical term for this is "Stuck on stupid."
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||The whole "wanting to coach Michigan" in the Dayton guide||
was an intentional in-your-face to Notre Dame by Gruden and didn't indicate any desire to coach at Michigan. Gruden's father had been an assistant under Dan Devine at ND, but after Devine retired after the 1980 season, incoming new coach Gerry Faust didn't retain Gruden's father, which led to bitter feelings on the part of young Jon. As he puts it in his book, "Do You Love Football?":
"In the Dayton football media guide, players had to list their ambition in life. I put down that I wanted to be head coach at Michigan by the time I was thirty-nine. Don't think I'm going to reach that one. Why Michigan? Because at that time I was still that divorced-from-Notre Dame, pissed-off kid, so I wanted to go to Michigan and kick the hell out of Notre Dame. I really wanted to be the head coach at Notre Dame, but at that time I just couldn't make myself state that as an official goal."
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Sam Webb has addressed this specifically several times||
While there's no such thing as absolute certainty when it comes to recruiting, Sam has a pretty good feel for Malzone and has basically said he is as solid as you can get out of all of the verbal commits.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||I think JUB is great stuff and I love listening to him||
but he's just throwing red meat to his audience here. One of his favorite phrases is "nobody knows anything" and in this situation, that applies to him, too.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Tucson is a much better place for him than Ann Arbor||
He made some serious mistakes here—hiring Greg Robinson foremost among them—but it's clear there was going to be a significant portion of the program, fans and insiders alike, who were always going to have a pickle up their asses about him, regardless of what he was going to do. He doesn't have to deal with that crap in Tucson.
And he wasn't going to be competing for a conference championship here unless he could rectify the defensive issues first. GERG was part of the problem, and it's not clear that RR ever recognized that fact.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||people like you would be complaining||
Actually, that's not true. I didn't have tickets in '97 because I didn't have the time to attend games and couldn't afford the prices even back then. Because of my current work schedule—16 hours a day, 7 days a week from now until mid November—I wouldn't be able to go even if I could afford the cost, which I can't anyhow.
I'm talking about the people who have bought tickets and now aren't going to go because of Brandon or the team's performance. I understand the anger at Brandon and disappointment over how poorly the team has been playing, but I think there are ways of expressing views and opinions without emptying the stands.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I don't have season tix so I've got no skin in the game||
but if I did I would not be boycotting. Empty seats are a big "fuck you" to the players and their families, and including them as collateral damage over our anger at Brandon and/or Hoke doesn't make sense to me. If the record stinks this season the pressure on Brandon (or whoever) to make a coaching change will be huge, even if the stadium is as full as it was in 2010.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||We were never 2-4 in '67||
We won the opener, and then lost five straight. We finished the season at 4-6.
Why the hell are PSU fans disgruntled? They're 4-1, have a favorable schedule, and their new coach is supposed to be hot shit.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Sounds too much like an academic scandal.||
That's exactly what I thought.
How about something like "What's your pass/fail grade for MBB players this year?"
|3 weeks 1 day ago||There are outrageous incidents of cops abusing their authority||
occuring all over the country on a frequent basis.
This ain't one of them.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I have a much more important scenario||
If I get thirty years younger, grow nine more inches, grow a full head of hair, and develop a 98-mph fastball, will Kate go out with me?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Criticism of HCs because they hired excellent assistants||
is kind of dumb. Selecting capable assistants is the most important thing a college coach can do; without them, he's toast, regardless of whether he wears a headset or not.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Stoops is "only" 54||
which means we can get ten good years out of him. I'm in.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||LOL Derek Dooley and Lane Kiffin||
The poster children for football nepotism.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'd still like to know why in God's name DC Lloyd Carr||
put the slow-footed ILB Steve Morrison out on the field for that last play against Colorado. It wasn't to rush the passer; we only sent three linemen against Stewart. Did he think that Colorado was going to run the ball? Maybe if we'd had another DB out there he might have the one to knock down the ball. Still burns my ass.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Tried to pay for it with a box of his records.||
Lemme guess... old Alice Cooper and Bob Seger?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||it is a sound effect of someone CLAPPING||
You might want to use some fapping oil or lotion or something or else you're gonna chafe the hell out of yourself.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The DBs completely lost sight of the ASU receivers||
they were just sitting back in the end zone with their arms up ready to catch the ball. That ball hung up forever and it should have been easy to knock down.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||She is the niece of Suzi Quatro.||
So you're related to Mike Quatro too...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||He's got an unidentified injury||
rumors on the internet abound as to what the nature of it is, but it doesn't sound good. I'm wondering whether a medical redshirt is on the horizon. Why waste a year of eligibility when the season is already in the crapper?