no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
|17 hours 46 min ago||It grinds my ass that the site of Owen's feats||
will soon be a mundane parking lot.
|19 hours 12 min ago||I believe this will happen just like the Lions winning the SB||
You're comparing being a fan of Michigan to being a fan of the Detroit Lions?
|2 days 4 hours ago||The hyperbole and panic in this thread is incredible.||
It's no more "incredible" than the ridiculous, sycophantic HARBAUGH!!! HARBAUGH!!! HARBAUGH!!! idolatry that's characterized this place since he was hired. They're just opposite extremes, and entirely predictable on the internet.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Harbaugh is a jalapeno pepper.||
Huh.... I've always thought of JH as a smoked chipotle myself.
More seriously and FWIW, Sam Webb has been saying for a while that Harbaugh and staff are having to play catch-up because as a staff they don't have nearly as many recent established relationships either with players or HS coaches.
On top of that, many of those relationships that do exist are either with players/coaches in the far west or the deep south, and getting more than a handful of those kids to Michigan is difficult even in the best of times.
While there are some general similarities between Harbaugh and Bo, one huge difference is exactly what they came with to Michigan in terms of recruiting advantages. Bo had spent virtually his entire career coaching in the football hotbed of Ohio, and it was entirely natural that he would recruit that state like gangbusters, along with the staff he brought with him. He also had the initial advantage of no scholarship limits to constrain him, and it wasn't hard at all to persuade an Ohio kid to make the 2-3 hour drive up north.
Harbaugh, by contrast, has spend his entire head coaching career in California, with the last several years in the NFL. His own existing HS contacts would be almost entirely out west, and he's got scholarship limits that Bo didn't have to deal with.
|2 days 13 hours ago||the lack of interest UM is showing in Ohio.||
If this is actually true, then Harbaugh and his staff are making an inexplicably short-sighted mistake.
|2 days 13 hours ago||It is super important that Brian Cole and Mo Ways eventually pan||
Don't forget how awesome Freddy Canteen looked in shorts in a padless footwork drill.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Two chicks at the same time?||
I'll be grilling two chickens at the same time... does that count?
|3 days 9 hours ago||If players showing off their muscles meant a goddamn thing||
Michigan football would have gone 11-1 last year, won the BIG championship, and been one of the four teams playing for the NC.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Another talented kid uses Red to burnish his resumé||
with the goal of signing a pro contract as soon as possible. Michigan has basically become a 1-2 yr farm system for the pros. The notion of getting an education is just as ridiculous a lip-service pretense as in basketball.
|4 days 6 hours ago||If he had stayed healthy and stayed at Michigan||
Henson would very likely have been the #1 pick in the NFL draft, and certainly would have been in the top five. The contract he could have signed would have made the one he did sign with the Yankees look piddling by comparison. Michael Vick was the #1 pick in 2001, and his first contract with the Falcons was $62 million over six years.
|4 days 8 hours ago||If Nike doesn't offer any more than $5 mil/yr||
then we're staying with Adidas.
I don't really give a shit from a personal apparel standpoint because I buy virtually no UM gear. The only stuff I've bought in the last few years are Champion sweatshirts from Moe's, which are great.
My only issue is that Michigan retains the right for final decisions on all apparel, and that we have head coaches and most importantly an AD with the brains to put the kibosh on bumblebee jerseys, illegible numbers, cumberbund/my-pants-are-falling-down shorts and other clowniform idiocies. There is NO intrinsic, groundswell, grass-roots demand for alternate uniforms. All of it has been done with the sole goal of goosing apparel sales.
You know what will supercharge apparel sales? A winning football team that beats MSU and OSU.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Army West Point Black Knights Cadets The Corps||
This ridiculous, scattershot, can't-make-up-our-fucking-minds dilution of Army's identity shows that Nike can be as stupid as Adidas can be.
|5 days 52 sec ago||insiders who spent years blowing smoke about Babcock to UM||
they're all spooning with Adam Schefter now and sucking their thumbs.
|5 days 3 min ago||Never got the hate Babcock got in Detroit.||
It was the inevitable result of getting hired with Red Wings's fans still having fond memories of Bowman. I think it's a smart move for Babcock aside from the money.
|5 days 8 min ago||Unfortunately I chose a career where my UM degree||
isn't considered remotely prestigious by the elite in the field. Sorry, Jay.
|5 days 12 min ago||Most linguists wouldn't care that much.||
OK Dr. Linguist, you tell me exactly what "stuntin" means.
|5 days 5 hours ago||I went from working imigrant parents to stuntin in my middle||
Not sure this is showing the power of a Michigan degree.
|5 days 6 hours ago||But you're just asking to be fired taking $60M from Toronto.||
I think going to Toronto has some upside for Babcock. Unfairly or not, he'll never be the coaching hero in Detroit that Bowman is. Toronto has gone the longest of all the Original Six without a Cup appearance, and If Babcock even made the Leafs competitive on a yearly basis he'd be coronated as a savior in Toronto.
|5 days 8 hours ago||JH is as entitled to his opinion as any other person is||
but he wasn't forced to tweet his views on the movie or Kyle—he chose to do it. In doing so, he guaranteed he was going to be drawn into a controversy that has nothing whatsoever to do with Michigan football, or the athletic department in general.
Harbaugh's carefully-cultivated identity as a badass "I don't give a shit what anybody thinks I'm going to say what I want" kind of guy appeals to most Michigan fans. However, if he doesn't understand that his position as head football coach at a major public educational institution means that offhand statements and tweets are going to get a level of scrutiny that wasn't the case in S.F., he's going to be constantly making news in ways that having nothing to do with his job responsibilities.
|5 days 9 hours ago||That march has to have words. I must learn them.||
My earliest Tigers radio memories—I'm talking early 1960s—include that march and I don't recall ever hearing any words or even the title. I think it would take some industrious digging and maybe direct contact with either WJR or the Tigers club to find out that info.
|5 days 18 hours ago||If we go 7-5||
people will be snapping femurs and shattering ankles jumping off the Harbaugh bandwagon and knuckleheads will be muttering under their breath that we should have kept Hoke.
|5 days 18 hours ago||7-5 basically screams, "our offense will be Shitty".||
No, it screams, "Our offense will be shitty, and our defense won't be much better."
|5 days 23 hours ago||MP3 of old school Tigers radio theme song|
|6 days 1 hour ago||It might be a nice re-development of the site||
but the high-flying rhetoric about what kind of environment it's going to create are overblown in the way that only university officials can do.
"The Gerstacker Grove is one of the most iconic and sacred open spaces on North Campus... brings U-M’s premiere arts, architecture and engineering communities together in an unprecedented interactive and visible way...creating a new destination for the arts and sciences...We expect the Grove to quickly become abuzz with a wide range of creative explorations and productions...”
The idea of creating multipurpose open spaces with areas for performance and other interactive public activities is hardly new; it's been tried in hundreds of urban and suburban locations all over the country over the last 50 years. Some are successful, and many others fail to create the sorts of activities that are invariably claimed by their planners. It takes a significant and continuous commitment of resources to maintain the level of planned activities that are the key to making such spaces truly successful.
"If you’re on central, you’re sitting next to State Street and all it has to offer,” Munson said. “You don’t have to work so hard to create community. On North, we’re spread out and we don’t have the same environment. Given that, we have to be more intentional about it... There are plenty of freshmen who live up here. I don’t feel they should have to get on a bus to join a community. I think it should be right here.”
A primary reason that central campus has the vitality and community it does is due to the fact that it's relatively dense collection of university facilities that are tightly integrated with the surrounding commercial and business areas in a way that's uncommon for many public universities. The absence of similarly close non-University entities creates a completely different dynamic on North Campus, and it's unlikely that re-arranging the spaces and trees in one spot is going to change it nearly as spectacularly as its claimed.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Fancy by Iggy Azelea||
might as well be the soundtrack to "Idiocracy."
|6 days 3 hours ago||Such a horrible song||
I'll give you the horrible, but catchy it ain't.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Home improvement question||
Since "varnish cache server" is a priority at MGoBlog, I've decided it's time to varnish my cache server as well. However, I don't know which is best—satin, semi-gloss, or gloss? And should I use polyurethane or shellac? Any suggestions are appreciated.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Genetics||
My great-grandfather was co-owner and publisher of the Ann Arbor Argus newspaper in the 1890s, and my grandfather grew up here. Granddad attended U-M as an undergrad from 1901-1904 and then got his masters at U-M in 1919. During his time in grad school he and his family—including my father—lived in houses on Packard and Wells. Although my grandfather then took a faculty position with Missouri in 1920, the Michigan tradition in my family was already well-established by the time I was born, and my earliest sports memories are of my father listening to UM football on the radio during the late '50s and early 1960s (when we routinely got our asses kicked by OSU and MSU). My attending U-M seemed like a natural decision.
This photo in my grandfather's photo album was taken during the 1904 game with Chicago. I believe it was a commercially-taken photo, since it also appears in a recently published book about Michigan football.
I think the play captured in the pic is at the end of this grainy film taken of the game:
Early in the video you'll see an injured player helped off to the far sidelines, and then toward the end of the film you'll see what I think is a concussed player laying on the ground and then getting unsteadily to his feet. I can't tell which team the players are on.
|1 week 1 day ago||This is crap!||
Those "my blue shorts are slipping down and showing my maize underwear" basketball unis were hilariously stupid looking.
|1 week 1 day ago||With regard to the game uniforms, none of this matters||
unless the Michigan athletic department has the balls and the common sense to refuse any apparel maker's ideas for clowniforms. Michigan wasn't legally obligated to wear the bumblebee unis made by Adidas; it was David Brandon's decision, ultimately. If he hadn't been the complete marketing slappy that he is, he would have recognized without even having to think about it hard that there was no intrinsic, grass-roots demand—NONE—for alternate uniforms either on the part of the athletes or fans. Every fucking one of the alternate unis and helmets was a top-down decision mandated by Brandon's idiotic "if it ain't broke, break it!" philosophy, a philosophy which was driven entirely and only by the idea of goosing apparel sales to fans.
|1 week 1 day ago||I really love whatever Michigan is wearing||
C'mon, you have to go all the way and say "I don't care if they wear pink tu-tus as long as we win."
|1 week 3 days ago||to apologize for what has happened.||
Not that it's any of our business, but still no definitive word on what it is that "happened" which means the rumor mill will keep on grinding.
|1 week 4 days ago||Some people are either trolls or mega downers all the time.||
If you think that twitter will help Michigan win a single goddamned game you're fooling yourself.
If you for some reason think that having a compelling stream of tweets is crucial to winning football, then consider this: It's universally acknowledged here that Urban Meyer's twitters are boring, generic, uninspiring, uninteresting, and essentially not worth the time to read. I've never read any of his tweets, but I'll take everybody's word for it.
Amazingly enough, that hasn't prevented Ohio State from going 38-3, winning a national title, and having one highly-ranked recruiting class after another. Maybe that's because twitter is entirely incidental to the task of assembling an elite football program.
I have no doubt Harbaugh will also assemble an elite program, but it won't be because of his tweets. It will because he's assembled a great staff, identifies the best talent for what he wants to do at Michigan, develops that talent in practice and on game day, and outcoaches his opponents on Saturdays.
|1 week 4 days ago||"Michigan football coach tweets while MSU coach wins"||
Unfortunately, until such time as we actually beat MSU and OSU on the field with actual real footballs, your imagined headline by Sharp would resonate with a lot of people across the state and the midwest.
Talk is cheap, and twitter's even cheaper.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well that nails it||
We're guaranteed victory over the Buckeyes in November.
|1 week 4 days ago||Random NFL QB: It depends on whether crab legs are available||
Harbaugh: No prob, go to Busch's and they'll hook you up.
|1 week 4 days ago||honestly hope the frat doesn't pay them another dime||
Mr. Klima, is that you?
|1 week 4 days ago||Kids nowadays lose their virginity well before the age of 22.||
Hate to break it to you, but humans have been having sex at a young age for many millenia.
I first had sex at the age of 14. While it seems like a millenia ago to me, it was back in 1967. And more than a few kids I knew my age were doing it too.
|1 week 4 days ago||most cops don't take the time to get the warrant for blood test||
Looks like they already did the blood work, according to the article. Doesn't mention a warrant, either.
"he was arrested at Airport Blvd. and State Street." What drinking establishments are down in that part of town?
|1 week 5 days ago||Harbaugh's burning through the new-guy goodwill pretty quickly||
Exactly how and in what way is "Harbaugh burning through the new-guy goodwill pretty quickly?"
What else has he done to justify that assertion?
|1 week 5 days ago||who's got it better than banhammer||
Bless you, sir.
We need some sort of GIF that automatically plays up in the banner when somebody gets banhammered.
|1 week 5 days ago||Norfleet is a very bad student.||
You know this how?
|1 week 5 days ago||Norfleet is as good of a returner as Derrick Alexander||
I was really surprised when I saw Alexander's numbers. He was a tremendous punt returner, but I guess it shows that KO returning is a slightly different animal.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sort of a red herring here.||
I agree they're not the same thing as a one-time sitdown test, but I can assure you that my architecture school instructors took project completion dates very seriously. I was lucky that they gave me the chance to submit work after the deadline.
I'm not saying I have any sympathy for Norfleet or any other student who blows off an exam; no instructor should ever be subject to pressure to allow the student to take it after the fact. That's a decision that's entirely up to the instructor, and he/she is well within the bounds of academic norms to refuse to allow the student the chance for a later exam.
My point was simply that it's not as though students never get allowances when they fuck up wrt to scheduled deliverables.
|1 week 5 days ago||the sound the envelope makes when I rip it open||
and there's a check inside from a client.
|1 week 5 days ago||How Norfleet compares in KO returns||
|1 week 5 days ago||Who's the jackass downvoting Don?||
Doesn't matter at all to me and downvotes don't automatically mean somebody's a jackass.
MIght be because I said yesterday that I didn't share the veneration of DN the way some do, which is not the same thing as saying I want him off the team or can't be a contributor. I'm not a fan of the dancing, but that's a personal opinion and not relevant to the situation.
|1 week 5 days ago||to let Dennis make up the exams||
When I was in U-M's architecture program back in the mid-70s I managed to accumulate several incompletes because I was late getting final projects in. All of my instructors allowed me to complete the work after the official due date, and I wasn't truly penalized for it.
|1 week 5 days ago||I would like to see him graduate||
It's highly unlikely he's going to have a professional football career, and getting his Michigan degree will be invaluable as he makes his way in the post-college world.
|1 week 5 days ago||Just heard it too... sort of odd that Norfleet||
was quoted as saying he was dismissed. However, simply being suspended seems like the more usual punishment for one semester's academic screwups.
I hope that they can work stuff out and Norfleet can stay on the team. He can still be a valuable contributor.
|1 week 5 days ago||Coffee enema||
but make sure it's dark roast.
|1 week 5 days ago||White socks all the way||
Unless you're wearing long pants, dark socks are a embarrassing fashion faux pas.
|1 week 5 days ago||they can wear orange socks with purple polka dots for all I care||
That's all well and good, but what if they wear pink tu-tus?
|1 week 5 days ago||"Bonk" is interesting and hilarious.||
So is "Stiff" by Roach.
|1 week 5 days ago||Anything by Mark Kurlansky||
Try "Salt" and "Cod" by Kurlansky. He does a fantastic mix of science and history.
"Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer
"The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt" by William Nothdurft and Josh Smith
"Operation Mincemeat" and "Agent Zigzag" by Ben McIntyre; epic accounts of WWII spy schemes pulled off by the Brits
"The Path Between the Seas" by David McCullough about construction of Panama Canal
"American Caesar" by William Manchester, fantastic bio of Douglas McArthur
|1 week 5 days ago||Cabrera and Fielder = 21st century Mantle and Maris?||
Yup, great call there, Mike.
Lucky for Tigers fans that Dombrowski was able to unload Fielder and that insane contract he had.
|1 week 6 days ago||Probably not a coincidence.||
I'll be a bit surprised if all this was about was shitty academic performance during the winter term. If that's all it is, seems to me that's the sort of thing that gets you suspended from the team while you raise your GPA, but not booted altogether. I bet the dismissal was for than just grades this term.
|1 week 6 days ago||If you're gonna lose, lose with some passion.||
I agree in principle, but what exactly does that "passion" or "fire" consist of, and where? Does it consist of delivering the hardest hit possible on every play, blocking your man to the whistle and maybe a second or two beyond, and making sure that an opposing player who cheapshots your QB is going to pay a within-the-rules price on every remaining play he's in the game? I'm all for that.
If it consists of dancing around while waiting for a kick and running your mouth on the sidelines and on twitter, that's mistaking sizzle for the steak.
|1 week 6 days ago||His football career is likely done.||
Dammit, out of all the guys Hoke recruited, Pipkins was the one I thought had the potential to be a real force on defense. He never really showed it while he played, and then the injury/ies happened.
|1 week 6 days ago||In my opinion he was never utilized in the offense||
I totally agree. His main asset was quickness and elusiveness, which would have made him perfectly-suited for a slot-like position where he gets the ball in space with the field already spread out. He wasn't a burner by any stretch, but he had sufficient speed to be pretty effective in that situation as long as it wasn't mind-numbingly predictable.
It was the lack of really good speed that made him less than dangerous on KO returns. Ace Sanders he wasn't.
|1 week 6 days ago||Very glad to have that attitude in the past.||
There's nothing more pathetic on this earth than loud-mouthed incompetence.
How about we just become good at football again, let our play on the field do the talking, and keep our fucking mouths shut in the bargain?
|1 week 6 days ago||I've never been able to figure out why||
Norfleet was so popular around here. To me, he accurately represents the Hoke years: the triumph of hype over reality.
I'll also never understand athletes on full scholarship pissing away the opportunity to get a degree from one of the best public educational institutions in the world.
|1 week 6 days ago||but but but||
"adding Pitt or Missouri to the Big Ten is stupid.... we have to expand the footprint into NYC and Jersey!!!"
|1 week 6 days ago||All cookies suck||
Eating them is a sign of low character. Even for small children.
|1 week 6 days ago||He will be a big timer in the return game this year.||
That's been predicted since he was a freshman, and he's never been a "big-timer" in the return game. He's been consistent and reasonably reliable, but he's never been anything more than that. I'm sorry to see any player leave, but stuff happens.
|1 week 6 days ago||Russell would be OK||
but my vote is for Champion.
|1 week 6 days ago||When Martin's retirement was made official||
but before Brandon was hired, there was something of a debate here at MGoBlog about whether UM should hire somebody with solid "business credentials" or a person with actual experience running an athletic department. Some people arguing in favor of the latter brought up De Carolis as a potential candidate, and I was one of those leery of hiring a prototypical "business credentials" guy like Brandon who thought that De Carolis was worthy of consideration. Who knows whether he would have worked out, but it's hard to imagine his tenure in Ann Arbor being any more disappointing than Brandon's.
A nice article here about De Carolis:
|1 week 6 days ago||Gil, how come you're not a Nebraska fan?||
By what fortuitous twist of fate did you end up a Wolverine?
With regard to the split block Ms you posted, there are significant differences between the two marks in terms of typeface—the top uses Gill Sans Bold and the bottom is a variant of Futura Extra Bold—and in the graphic specifics of the block M itself. They're not the same marks, and David Brandon was right in wanting to unify the identity (the old school term from the 1970s and '80s) or what is now known as the "brand" into one distinct and consistent logotype. All corporations from General Motors to Apple to IBM to Nike pursue similar branding policies, and most large educational institutions try to do so as well.
|1 week 6 days ago||Love the 1961 logo||
Looks like a skunk to me.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm a Mizzou grad||
As the grandson of a former Mizzou physics dept chairman, the son of two Mizzou grads, and the brother of another Mizzou grad, I'm playing "Black and Gold Old Missouri" in your honor.
|1 week 6 days ago||The fact that a guy like Harbaugh quotes||
a guy like Oscar Wilde is just hilarious. There might not be two more dissimilar personalities in all of human history.
Wilde wouldn't have been caught dead in khakis.
|1 week 6 days ago||It would be good for Brady to be suspended||
If he's suspended for, say, three games, that's three less games he has to play during the early part of the long NFL season. At 37 he's no spring chicken, and by now the only goals he has to play for are post-season goals. He's 16,000 yards behind Peyton Manning in career yardage and 18,000 behind the leader Favre, and to top them he'd have to have six more seasons of over 3000 yards to even have any hope. And Drew Brees has already passed Brady in total yardage anyhow, so he'd be chasing him too. I doubt if Brady gives a shit about that stuff anyhow; the four guys ahead of him have won a total of three Super Bowls, and he already has four.
So, take some time off in the early part of the season and it will pay dividends at the end.
|1 week 6 days ago||Goodell just ruined the legacy of the NFL's Greatest QB.||
Aside from whether or not Brady is the NFL's greatest QB—that's a debatable point of opinion—there is nothing a lackey like Goodell can do to "ruin" the legacy of the man who has helmed four Super Bowl winners.
|1 week 6 days ago||This is little different from the Lance Armstrong story||
So taking performance-enhancing drugs confers the same level of advantage as getting your footballs underinflated.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||The Air Chemtrails retail for $79.99 apiece.||
That's nothing compared to the Nike Dulce Reptilians. Those babies go for $199.99 a pop.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||This says everything that needs to be said about the NCAA||
"Per NCAA rules, programs/coaches may not personally donate items to benefit high school scholarship funds."
"Based on the joint review, UNC and the NCAA staff concluded there were no violations of current NCAA rules or student-athlete eligibility issues related to courses in African and Afro-American Studies."
"This case is troubling for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the law does not and has never required the NCAA to ensure that every student-athlete is actually taking full advantage of the academic and athletic opportunities provided to them," NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement..."
You have an organization that maintains an absurdly large book of regulations regarding picayune instances of "impermissible benefits" and that is constantly blathering about student-athletes taking their academics seriously on its commercials at halftime, and yet when it has a golden opportunity to actually back up what it says about academic integrity, it whitewashes one of the worst academic scandals in major-college history, and washes its hands of having even the tiniest responsiblity to do fuckall.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||Somebody alert Michael Rosenberg and Mark Snyder||
or else Drew Sharp will beat them to it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Beilein took pointers from Freddy J||
Hitting threes in practice with nobody guarding you is one thing; If Robinson can hit a three in an actual game with a guy as big as he is with as much or more talent in his face, that's the real test
|2 weeks 2 days ago||it isn't about "hope"||
Until Jim Harbaugh and his staff lead Michigan to a victory over Michigan State on the field, "hope" is exactly what they're selling.
Everything up to that point is just talk.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Jaybaugh is like your VP running mate in a Presidential election||
So, Jay Harbaugh is like... Richard Nixon? Lyndon Johnson? Spiro Agnew? Sargent Shriver? Geraldine Ferraro? Dan Quayle? Admiral Stockdale? John Edwards? Dick Cheney?
Yeah, that's a ringing endorsement if I've ever heard one.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"Harbaughs results speak for themselve"||
What "results?" Harbaugh hasn't even coached fall practices at Michigan yet, let alone a single game. His past record doesn't guarantee anything in Ann Arbor.
Mark Dantonio is a smug, sanctimonious hypocrite whose bilious hatred for Michigan oozes from every dickish pore. He's been fortunate to face a Michigan program in steep decline and has been blessed with very favorable schedules, but those factors alone don't explain why he's done as well as he has, especially against us. He hasn't won games because he's a dick—he's won games because he's good at doing the things that head football coaches have to do. He assembled a competent staff, recruited players who fit what he wants to do, "coached them up," did a good job of in-game strategy and coaching, and won a lot of games over the past four seasons as a result.
I believe that Harbaugh will be a success here because he's also good at the things head coaches have to do, but the tweets and motivational sayings and smack talk of a wet-behind-the-ears assistant in his first position coaching gig whose own playing career didn't go past high school won't have a fucking thing to do with it.
I hope we're long past cheap high-school histrionics like planting a tent stake. If you have to do that to motivate your teammates to play your instate rival, you've already lost. I think JH knows that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's a long list||
reclusive hermit in Utah canyon country; Tenured, skirt-chasing professor of art history with a drinking problem; architect; paleontologist; science fiction writer; wildlife biologist studying wolverines; talking head on TV political shows; President of the Federation of Planets; furniture designer; full-time grandfather
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I can't speak to the veracity of these rumors.||
But that doesn't keep you from repeating them four times in the same thread.
I wonder if there are any of our rivals who could maybe possibly potentially maybe have a vested interest in spreading and perpetuating bullshit rumors about the Michigan coaching staff....
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Fun with stats||
537 passing attempts/250 completions 4284 yds 48 TDs/35 INTs
711 passing attempts/457 completions 5858 yds 37 TDs/20 INTs
727 passing attempts/427 completions 6250 yds 49 TDs/39 INTs
Player A: Rick Leach Player B: Todd Collins Player C: Denard Robinson.
Now tell me Denard isn't a fucking quarterback.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe I'm influenced by the number he wears||
But Hamler's size, speed, quickness, escapability, and hands reminds me of a kid who arrived from Florida 36 years ago. KJ has two more years to grow before he gets here, too.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||This probably doesn't mean anything significant||
but even if he backs out of his verbal to MSU it's highly unlikely to mean anything positive for Michigan, other than the fact that we might not have to face him twice a season.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"actually he he his fear off harbaugh removed"||
That's easy for you to say.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"nor did we give it, that is HIS decision."||
My daughter is 30, and that sure as hell isn't going to prevent me from giving my opinion. What she does with it is up to her, but I don't understand the mentality of keeping your mouth shut when your child is making a major life decision.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Bill Mallory is also the only IU coach||
with a victory over Michigan —1987—in the last 48 years.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||or come to some strange milestone of age||
What's really unsettling is when you realize you're now older than virtually all of the people you thought were "old" when you were a kid. Like teachers, neighbors, relatives... it was a shock to realize this year that I'm now older than Bob Ufer was when he passed away.
It goes by really quickly. Make your time count, kids.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That article title is 100% complete and utter bullshit||
It directly implies that Harbaugh stated "I have no interest in being Michigan's savior" when there isn't a single fucking statement anywhere close to that anywhere in the article.
In fact, the only instance of the word "savior" comes in this graf:
"Asked about the expectations around Michigan with his arrival as some kind of savior and the pressure that comes with it, Harbaugh said he doesn't know when it hasn't existed. "I can't even think of professions where you don't have the pressure to perform and do a good job," he said before a long pause."
So, in the only instance in the article where he is apparently asked about being a savior, he sidesteps it entirely, and instead responds to the question about pressure.
Feldman's a hack throwing out clickbait, just like the vast majority of sports "journalists."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Mt. Rushbaugh||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||HE NEVER MISSES A SHOT IN PRACTICE OR GAMES.||
Y'know, when I watched Sam McGuffie's mixtape it was the same sort of thing—every time he touched the ball he was hurdling guys on his way to 70-yd touchdown runs. I couldn't believe it when he didn't do the same thing here.
|3 weeks 32 min ago||The Bowl sounds worse because of the sponsor...||
No shit... if we end up in the Foster Salmonella Bowl people will be shattering their femurs jumping off the Harbaugh bandwagon.
|3 weeks 43 min ago||in 2017 he should be vastly improved by then||
It's hard to get very excited about a player who won't see the court for over two more years. Is it a given that he'll RS in 2016? For that matter, is it really a slam-dunk that Spike will be able to return to the court with no issues after having surgery to both hips?
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||I'd rather go to the Foster Brooks Bowl||
Sponsored by Lagavulin, Absolut, and Sam Adams
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||some Segar, some Springstein||
Segar & Springstein is a law firm in the Detroit area specializing in slip and fall, worker's comp asbestos, etc.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Basic journalism fail by most everybody||
Just heard this morning on the radio a basic piece of easily obtainable background information that would have made Brown's selection of California far less mystifying than it initially seemed. I don't recall seeing it anywhere on MGoBlog, either in any of Brian's articles or on the board. It's not in this thread.
One of Brown's teammates on his Wheeler team is Bilal Abdur-Rahim, who is the very much younger brother of Wheeler alum Sharif Abdul-Rahim. Until Brown came along, Sharif was the most notable Wheeler alum, with a 12-year NBA career. The connection to Brown's choice of Cal is that Abdul-Rahim also attended Cal for one year, and recently completed his Berkeley degree after his NBA career ended. There's no confirmation out of the Brown family about the extent of any relationship with Abdul-Rahim, but it's ridiculously unlikely to me that there weren't meaningful conversations between the Brown family and Sharif Abdul-Rahim about attending Cal.
*Edit: Ira on WTKA just confirmed that this was addressed by Sam Webb last week, and apparently Sharif Abdul-Rahim is one of the main advisors to the Brown family. Given this relationship, the crystal balls shouldn't have been pointed to Kansas or Kentucky or even Michigan—they should have been at least equally pointed to Berkeley.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe it's because the OP has 0 words in it.||
Just for argument's sake, if a post with no words bothers you so much, wouldn't it make more sense to let the OP know your opinion, so perhaps he could do things differently the next time?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Why do you still care about this shit?||
I know you have absolutely no curiosity why somebody would go out of their way to neg an innocuous post about a Michigan athletic victory on a blog that only exists to cover Michigan sports, because that's your aggressively dismissive I'm-a-worldly-wise-cynic-but-everybody-else-is-a-silly-douchebag persona here. Me, I'm curious.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||What a zinger from Don. Thanks for coming out.||
OK then, why did you neg the OP about a Michigan baseball win but not have the balls to make any comment until I mentioned it?
What exactly is it about a Michigan baseball victory that you dislike?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||one of the worst players I've ever seen in a Michigan uniform||
For a twelve-year old, that's really saying something.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe Furman will be another Ian Gold for Denver||
Gold was drafted In 2000 by the Broncos.... didn't have the size of many NFL LBs but had excellent speed and quickness.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||25/25 on the football||
Didn't even try the basketball; no clue about most of them.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan has an outside shot at an NCAA at-large bid.||
I was at the game on Friday. It's the first Michigan baseball game I've been to in years so obviously it's a tiny sample size but the Wolverines did not look good at all to me. A number of defensive lapses in the field, lots of ineffectual infield toppers with men on base, and the Hawkeyes hit the crap out of the ball. Good to know they could turn the tables. Too bad I missed Harbaugh.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||rob f and William B. Ogden||
must be Iowa fans.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||social media is completely stupid.||
I'm not sure I'm buying the BA tweet theory as a reason for Brown's decision, but that doesn't change the fact that you're right about social media. For whatever reason, it seems to bring out the stupid in people, including those who should know better, like everybody over the age of 22
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"The overly pessimistic posters on here are so weak-minded."||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm surprised Funchess went this early||
considering his record of biffing the single most important thing his job entails.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I don't see how "insiders" actually make a living.||
They make a living off those people who feel it's so necessary to have "insider access" that they're willing to pay for it on a monthly basis.
If all those paying customers woke up one morning and said to themselves, "fuck it, I'm using my money on something else" and canceled their subscriptions to Rivals or 247 or Scout, the recruiting-industrial complex would shrink dramatically.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Why does anybody believe these crystal ball things?||
That's what I'd like to know. Crystal's balls have as much insider knowledge as all these idiots.
Anybody who was following Brown's decision process would have known that he and his inner circle were extremely tight-lipped about their thinking, and the people making confident predictions about this school or that school based on "trends" were just pulling it out of their asses.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||They are saying it's all about mo' money||
"It's not all about the money" = "Academics are really important to me" = "Looks aren't everything" = "I'll respect you in the morning"
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Brown was headed to Kentucky.||
If this comes to pass, it really shouldn't surprise anybody. Once I read his words about "it's not all about the money" my innate skepticism that he was coming here doubled.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Outstanding way to show a commitment to education.||
So there's some knob out there who hates the idea of Harbaugh talking about education in Detroit, but is too much of a fucking coward to actually post a comment explaining why. Drive-by anonymous neggers are pussies.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I would have picked Mayweather five years ago||
and not changing now.
When's the last time an elite black fighter lost to an Asian fighter in a major championship bout? I'm sure it's happened, but I can't think of one.
But I'm rooting for Manny anyhow.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Best advice I ever got that I was too young and stupid to follow||
I worked in a shoe store during senior year of HS in 1970-71, and one of the long-time employees was a kindly older gentlemen named Art. My last day of work there was in the spring of '71, and Art took me down to the local Sander's to buy me a sundae and give me some advice. I figured that he was gonna poke me in the ribs and tell me to always wear a rubber and never let the hooker pour your drink, but instead he starts telling me about how the price of gold was soon going to be allowed to float from the $35/oz it had been for years, and that he would advise any young man in my situation to buy as much gold as I possibly could while it was still $35 because before long it was going to go all the way to $200/oz.
I listened to his spiel and nodded politely at all the right moments, and shook his hand as he wished me good luck at U-M. I didn't have any extra money lying around to buy gold, and even if I did that sort of financial speculation was just something alien to my family.
Art was right; a decade later it was $590/oz, and today it's over $1000. That would have been a nice little investment.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The combo of WTKA in the morning and MGoBlog the rest of the day||
is all the insider info I'll ever need.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||some apparently are rubbed the wrong way by him.||
There are also people rubbed the wrong way by cold beer, good scotch, juicy steak, a hilarious joke, great legs, and Jim Harbaugh. In a population as large as the MGoBlogosphere, you're statistically guaranteed to have a number of dickweeds and dillholes.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The idea that Singletary was Webb's only source of football info||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I know Chris was on Hoke's hot seat||
You know this how?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||People who complain that posts about our rivals are pointless||
but never complain about daily drinking threads. Drunken brain-dead louts, all of them.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"I love the game too much to chase after the money."||
I'll admit to being a gigantic cynic about humanity in general and high-profile athletes in particular, but to me this statement is equivalent to "Academics are really important to me" in terms of how likely it is that Michigan will land any given recruit.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"It's just so professional."||
"I mean they have really hot girls come and lick your door handles. How can you not respect that?"
|3 weeks 5 days ago||"Beilein wanting to redshirt him..."||
You can't seriously believe that John Beilein would think for one second of redshirting one of the most highly sought-after players in the entire country. I beg you to reconsider that thought.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||a descriptive way to introduce my subject matter||
"Close personal friend of Rafi, John Q. Smith, is a secret, recently-arrested pedophile."
It's not a smear, it's just my descriptive way to introduce subject matter.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||"then you're opinion is worthless"||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||most recent picks before they commit tend to be pretty educated||
"the crystal ball took a swing this AM towards Michigan"
"I put in a #CrystalBall for #Michigan: http://michigan.247sports.com"
"However, 3 of the last 4 picks have been in favor of Michigan...and the 1 pick for Syracuse in those 4 comes from an Ohio State site."
"Steve Lorenz was one of the recent 3 and he usually doesn't make picks towards Michigan unless he is pretty confident"
"Usually, a trend in picks that is very recent is more likely to be correct than picks that were made months prior. I mean if Michigan picked up 5 picks (for the sake of argument) in the past week, and all of Syracuses picks are from December/January, there's probably more foundation in those Michigan picks."
"Definitely feeling Michigan for Washington more than I had in the recent past, ...."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||State names have always been lame and always will be||
But having teams out in the suburbs taking the name of the city is stupid too. You want the name San Francisco 49ers, then play in the fucking city, not out in Santa Clara. Should be the Auburn Hills Pistons while we're at it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan has scored a bunch of Crystal Ball predictions.||
Since the CB trending predictions for Washington coming here were so on the money, it's wrapped up that Brown's a Wolverine.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Rutgers is just an anchor.||
Which makes me laugh every time I think of all the sneering "But Missouri and Pitt don't expand the footprint!" comments.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||I had hoped for a more storybook ending.||
I don't get it. Austin survived—miraculously, some might say—not one but TWO fatal plane crashes involving his family. He was grievously injured in the second crash to the point of needing extensive hospitalization and rehab just to get back to walking condition, but perservered to the point where he was able to get on the court and play for the university that offered him before the second crash.
The fact that he's alive and apparently able to get on with his life with a UM degree in his pocket is as big a storybook ending as you could possibly want.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Take a look at his stats prior to being drafted||
He played in a grand total of 48 games against European competition, and he wasn't a starter in all of those games, either. That's an incredibly thin resume to draft with the second pick overall. In fact, it's fucking nuts.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The more people that follow JH the better.||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Don't ask people to be gentle|
|4 weeks 1 day ago||watching Raiders of the Lost Ark for the very first time tonight||
And sadly all the sequels were progressively worse. The last one was really sorta pathetic.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||on an old house that can be a bit of work...90 years of neglect||
My first two houses have been really old with plenty of questionable carpentry and stupid plumbing. You have my deepest sympathies.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||College football #1 by a mile||
then NFL, then boxing, then NHL playoffs
|4 weeks 1 day ago||He just flipped to Syracuse.||
Is this snark, or did he really commit to the Orange?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'm confused||
I thought that Crystal's Balls were supposedly trending him to Michigan.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Why would any self-respecting Wolverine watch the state spring||
Why would any self-respecting Wolverine be completely uninterested in how one of our major rivals looks like?
Yeah, I know—around here, aggressive ignorance is a sign of real Michigan fandom.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Robert Washington has committed to Florida.||
but but but I thought the Crystal's Balls were saying Michigan?
In reality, not a surprise he didn't choose Michigan.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Seems odd to me that a high-profile 4-star in the south||
supposedly only has interest in FL, AL, NC, and TCU among southern schools... no interest in South Carolina, Georgia, FSU, LSU, Ole MIss, MSU... and why no offer from Clemson? If Wheatley pulls this off, it'll be a huge coup for us. I'm not buckling up just yet... I'll be surprised if he doesn't put on an Alabama hat.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||He was pretty cocky||
That's an understatement.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||JH has the instincts of a superior politician||
He knows how the game of retail politics is played, regardless of the arena.
But all of this hooha about Exposure U will be irrelevant unless we win lots of games, esp. against our biggest rivals. Until we take the field against Utah, all of this stuff is just words.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||That's nice but where were they all 7 years ago?||
And in the extremely unlikely event that JH isn't successful here, they'll be stabbing him in the back too. People are the same everywhere—they love winners and hate losers.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Curt Stephenson almost took my head off in the IM building||
1975, I was there playing volleyball in a rec sports league, and after our game was over we stuck around for a few minutes to watch a friend of ours play on another team. Stephenson was on the opposing team with a bunch of other very large dudes, and he took exception to my cheering for the team he was playing against. As I was entering the exit corridor to leave the gym, a volleyball boomed off the wall about three inches from my noggin. It would have knocked me off my feet if it had connected. I turned around and Stephenson was laughing, but since I'm not a fool I didn't do anything in response.
Considering all the teams with high-powered passing attacks and high-profile WRs that have played in the RB over the years, it's crazy that it's Michigan and Stephenson with the longest TD pass record.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I don't care what your political persuasion is||
I'm not a vet—never spent one second in uniform—and am politically a goddamn pinko liberal.
• Free speech is guaranteed by the Constitution, but abusing the flag isn't a political argument—it's puerile incitement that's no different from smearing shit on a wall.
• Disrespecting veterans of any sort—whether they've sacrificed their bodies, their minds, or have come through luckily unscathed—is the lowest form of behavior. When it's directed at those who are permanently disabled, it's morally indistinguishable in my view from engaging in the production and distribution of child porn.
What the original article doesn't address is whether the actions were politically motivated or just asshole motivated. Neither motivation excuses or justifies, but the political dimension will inevitably work its way in.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||just begging to be called an arrogant blowhard.||
Yah, he used all them long words with lotsa cillabulls or whatever ya call them. And who wants to be a "medical resercher" at a hosbital anyhow?? Ha, what a loser moran. Real manly Americans talk short words and stuff.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Guess I'm a loser with no connections or social juice||
I've never gotten freebies from any business or establishment.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Webb just said that if Kenny Williams wanted to commit now||
that the staff would contact Brown to see where he stands. Even if Brown didn't say "no" but just declined to make a decision yet, Sam says the staff would take Williams and close out recruiting.
I guess it depends on how good a shot the staff really think they have with Brown.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||"It was my resilience and tanacity to succeed."||
"The everyone gets a trophy generation is here and everyone better play nice."
"As someone who played for Bo I expected more."
"Time to find out where the real men are hanging out on the internet."
I generally believe in judging a man by his actions, not his words. In your case I'll make an exception.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||First, put ND back on the schedule||
but only once every three or four years.
Fill in the other years with Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, and Missouri.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I agree that it's weird||
but calling it "slightly hot" is just as weird. It's disgusting in all kinds of ways.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||triple wax with undercarriage clean||
Well, if you're getting a Brazilian you might as well get your undercarriage cleaned in the bargain, esp. if there's licking going on.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||We've had butthole coaches before||
From Sports Illustrated, September 14, 1981
"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."
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||This thread is fantastic off-season entertainment||
I oscillate between laughing and feeling like I'm going to puke.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||the guy who served teet soup for family meal||
I'm having a hard time picturing this in my mind, which is probably good.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||I think this is a push but we lose to Utah & BYU||
If we start out 1-3, the entire Michigan fanbase will lose its shit. The MGoBlogosphere will be out of its mind.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||Prediction for October 10, 2015: Oregon St. at Arizona||
At the end of the third quarter.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||that's just damn creepy||
Something about the BK mask is scary.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||My dad instinctively put his hands out and caught it...||
Your dad is a man's man—it takes balls to catch vomit barehanded. Much respect here.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||These threads need to go away! Pointless!||
It's no more pointless than either of the drinking threads that were posted last night and Friday night, but for some reason you didn't see fit to post a whining comment in either one of those.
Why is that?
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||You've got the attitude correct||
but the guy I saw was about three times Robert Carlyle's size.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||Fall term 1972||
The Necto on Liberty back then was called Chances Are, and at that time it had two or three floors above the dance floor. I was up on the third level with my GF having a beer, and on the level below us there were a couple of guys sitting at a table right up against the railing overlooking the dance floor. One of the guys was huge and thick, and looked stupid and really hammered as well. The GF and I are just minding our own business listening to the band when without any warning the big guy below us finishes his beer, and then throws the mug—it was a big heavy glass thing—at the band down below. Luckily he didn't hit anybody—a direct hit on somebody's noggin would have opened up a huge gash and probably a fractured skull to boot—but the mug crashed at the feet of the bass player and shards of glass went everywhere. The band missed a beat, and down on the floor many people realized that somebody had thrown the mug from an upper level, including the bouncers.
The bouncers were on high alert already, but then the meathand grabs his buddy's smaller beer glass and throws it down at the band. By that time the bouncers had ID'd the guy, and four of them come up ready for action. Needless to say the guy was not in the mood to go quietly, and it took all four of the bouncers to get the asshole out of there, but not before a few tables and chairs bit the dust. On my way out later I asked one of the bouncers who the guy was, and he said he was an MSU heavyweight wrestler who'd been in town for a match against UM.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Any kid who turns down an opportunity to get a UM degree||
and play for Jim Harbaugh because he thinks a locker room isn't nice enough doesn't have enough going on upstairs for anyone with a lick of sense to care about in the first place.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||more likely they just really, really unintelligent.||
Plenty of people in the world are both crazy and dumb.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||If you conducted a comprehensive exam of each of those idiots||
I have no doubt that the conclusion would be that they're certifiablly mentally ill.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||As WD discovered in his diary on UM spring game history||
up though 1964, the spring games were held in May.
Has Michigan's academic calendar changed so much since then that a May game is impossible now?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Chicks vs chicks... Dudes vs chicks haha.. Dudes vs dudes||
Unless there were also chicks with dicks, it's not a real brawl.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Our arch rival has multiple top 5 classes & maybe Harbaugh will||
Yep, there's only one thing to do: fire Harbaugh now before things get any worse. He's been an absolute failure here at Michigan.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Wow. Sam and Ira just don't get it.||
Just don't get it about what?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Your estimation of Lloyd doesn't match my experience with him.||
Thanks for the insight, and I'm glad to have the correction, as it were.
I chatted up Lloyd at one of his car washes about a decade ago, and he was extremely personable and willing to talk to a random nobody like me. I've never understood the bile that a portion of the Michigan fanbase has expressed toward him—he might have his faults, but his record is damn good in the context of Michigan football history.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Very interesting topic||
It doesn't matter whether you're talking about a small business, non-profit institution, or a football team—if the head guy or woman is in charge long enough, their personality will suffuse and define the organization.
In college football, I think there are four distinct personality types that characterize most coaches. All coaches display mixtures of these traits, but each coach has a dominant characteristic.
A. Demanding taskmaster—aggressive, military-style, devoted to extremely rigorous work regimen, details and execution, but not necessarily innovators; frequently an asshole; doesn't give a shit if you like them, but demands that you respect them. Knows exactly who they are and what they want, and will not let anybody stand in their way; generally places supreme importance on a stout, aggressive defense; frequently hired to revive foundering program; Woody Hayes, Fielding Yost, Bear Bryant, Darrel Royal, Tom Coughlin (coached at BC), Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh, Barry Alvarez, Mark Dantonio
B. Innovator—thinking, cerebral, or creative in developing offensive or, less-frequently, defensive schemes; doesn't give a shit if you like them, but demands that you be a thinker too. Does not tolerate dullards or the mistake-prone. Generally an outside hire; Fritz Crisler, early RR, Urban Meyer, Mike Leach, Brian Kelly, Chip Kelly, Paul Brown, early Steve Spurrier, early Bob Stoops, Bill Walsh, Emory Bellard; (maybe even Frank Beamer if you include special teams); sometimes reputation for genius is entirely undeserved (Charlie Weis) or is at best ill-suited to the college game
C. Program manager—Frequent inside hires as replacement for iconic coaches; bureaucratic stewardship; generally bland, unassuming public demeanor in contrast to predecessors; always says "the right things" in public; not generally innovators but can be very successful in the right conditions and with good instincts in choosing assistants; very attentive to program reputation and tradition; normally very loyal to assistants and players; Tom Osborne, Frank Solich, Earle Bruce, Fred Akers, Kirk Ferentz, Bret Bielema, Bob Davie, John Robinson
D. Player's coach—Prizes relationships with players and enjoys being seen as one of them; frequently inspirational, sometimes innovative, strong recruiter; occasionally tolerant if not encouraging of player misbehavior on and off the field; Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Pete Carroll, Les Miles
Bo Schembechler's legendarily fiery, aggressive and combative personality (Bo could be a real dick if you weren't on his side) was coupled with extremely high standards for production and a tremendous grasp of fundamental details, and the result was what came to define Michigan football for the vast majority of us growing up. Bo was major part A
Gary Moeller was fundamentally different in personality from Bo (at least outwardly) but he was a thinking offensive innovator who put together some high-powered offenses that were among the nation's best, and got a Heisman for one his guys in the bargain. Combination of B and C.
Lloyd Carr was thoughtful, reflective, and cautious—frequently maddeningly so—but he was extremely intense nonetheless, and when his back was to the wall, was able to throw his natural caution to the wind and let the dogs out, so to speak. That's why most of the great comebacks in Michigan football history happened under his watch, and also why he was able to break with tradition and give a significant offensive role to his best defensive player, leading to another Heisman and a national title. Extremely devoted to the tradition and reputation of Michigan. Strong part C
RR was an offensive innovator with much of the same fire and intensity as Bo, but unfortunately he almost completely lacked Bo's ability to discern and hire great assistant coaches, especially on the defensive side. That was crippling, since RR also played surprisingly little role in the defensive side of the game himself, another huge contrast to Bo. Combination of B and A
Which brings us to Hoke in terms of football personality. Fiery, aggressive, or combative demanding asshole taskmaster chewing players or assistants out either in practice or on the sidelines? Nope. Cerebral offensive or defensive innovator whose ideas and theories are copied by other coaches? Nope.
Bland, unassuming public demeanor, always saying "the right things" in public, very attentive to program reputation and tradition, very loyal to assistants and players? Bingo.
I think Hoke is a mixture of heavy C with the best elements of D. The big question is whether Hoke is able to assemble a top-notch staff. If he can, he can be very successful. If he doesn't, he won't last.
There are some MGoBloggers who have played for Michigan, and I'd be curious if my view of Bo, Mo, Lloyd, RR, and Hoke are at all accurate. I'll re-emphasize that I think most if not all coaches have a variety of traits, but the above is attempt to discern dominant ones.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||This is the clincher for me||
Whatever he does wearing a winged helmet is gravy. What we're getting is somebody who's going to be in the position to make a real difference down the road.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Chewing through metal takes a tenacity unknown to mankind||
not to mention chewing through metal takes fangs unknown to mankind.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Sounds like he's going to stay, which is smart||
but the fact that he apparently still hasn't nailed down the decision yet just shows how fucking nuts the whole college/NBA situation is. That anybody could think for even five seconds that after spending most of the year hurt he should declare for the draft is insane beyond belief.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Salt is a spice, not a condiment.||
Not the way I use it.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I still am kind of ashamed at the loss of control||
I don't see why—it's not like you peed in the middle of the Brown Jug. You had the self-control to wait until you got into the alley.
You did pull your zipper down, right?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I've got several||
While Bo was coach, I bet against us in many of his Rose Bowls. Never lost a bet.
One of my closest friends is a Domer.
My girlfriend was so bored at the OSU game in 1977 that she took out a book and started reading. I still married her.
I stopped watching the 2004 game against MSU before Braylonfest happened.
And, most embarrassingly, I actually posted a comment here—before he even played a single snap for Michigan—that Sam McGuffie was going to be in solid Heisman contention by the time he was a junior. That's when I learned my lesson about watching high school highlight videos.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||"It seems like this guy is being seriously stereotyped"||
Please describe exactly how a hunch that he's going to pick Kentucky is "stereotyping" him, and in what way.
As you say yourself:
"At the same time, while Kentucky does not have the same academic pedigree, they clearly have a strong track record recently of NBA draft picks."
I think this will be a major if not deciding factor, so if you're criticizing me for thinking he will pick Kentucky, aren't you criticizing yourself, too?
If I'm wrong and he picks Cal, good for him. Maybe he'll be more likely to stay in school longer there.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I believe in the basics||
Salt, followed closely by fresh ground black pepper.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||In other words||
He's Lexington-bound. Not that it's surprising—I don't think Beilein's going to be very successful getting the presumptive one-and-dones out of high school. Which is OK by me if that's the way it plays out. Getting McGary was a huge recruiting coup, and I don't know if Mitch was a one-and-doner coming out of HS anyhow.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Watch these two videos of the 1957 NFL season carefully||
with particular attention to exactly how the tackling is done. The virtual absence of the head-leading "kill shots" is remarkable in contrast to today's game.
I'm not saying that it wasn't still a rough and physical game, and surely there were concussions happening with some regularity. However, the sheer violence involving the head that is celebrated today is largely absent.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||No contest for me||
1965 Shelby Cobra 427
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Wine-fueled escapades of mgobrewmom & myself in my hot tub||
But are you sluggish with goat meat?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'd vote for Smokey||
but you could also go with Leviticus Spankweasel.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||2017 should see dominance in recruiting||
Only if there's dominance in actual football.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This is not surprising in the least||
If Rabb was from Michigan or Ohio or Illinois it would be puzzling or maybe even concerning that he turned down Beilein for Cal, but given the proximity of Berkeley to Oakland this should have been expected.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||funny, iconic character rather than a serious analyst||
Same here. Never took him seriously, like Corso. Those guys are strictly about entertainment, not real analysis.
Go enjoy your grandchildren, Lou.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||1984 milestones to keep track of||
9-0; 16-1; 26-4; 35-5
This year's team doesn't have the relief pitching that the '84 team did, but the offense is just as good, and the starters are probably superior overall on this squad, esp. if Verlander can return to anything resembling his former form.
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||I earned their respect, offered zero excuses, and was in charge.||
This sounds familiar... do you have a large real estate empire in Ann Arbor?
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||Criticizing JH for not mentioning a former coach is ridiculous||
I used a word that apparently most of you aren't familiar with. Among other things, being gracious is acknowledging people when you don't have to. It's the right thing to do in many situations. Given the stature that Harbaugh has, nobody would have criticized him if he simply mentioned RR instead of pointedly ignoring only him out of the last 46 years of Michigan coaches. People keep talking about Harbaugh uniting the alumni players, but there are a few dozen that RR recruited who are now alumni players too.
Whatever—in the long run what JH said or didn't say at his opening presser doesn't matter with respect to his eventual success here, and whether or not a coach does something I like or not is irrelevant.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||JH referred to Brady Hoke as "a friend" and never mentioned RR||
Certainly it was right and proper for JH to single out Hoke as a friend because Brady has a long-standing relationship with the Harbaughs, but pointedly ignoring RR was an unnecessary cheap shot. I would have been far more impressed if Harbaugh had been gracious enough to mention RR in a brief, positive comment.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Australians are the best||
Well she certainly is. Holy crap.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||that lame ass situational spring game.||
No worse than a fifty-minute punting exhibition.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Tucson is much better for RR than A2||
He can let his inner goof shine brightly out there and they don't mind because they don't have the weight of all that "tradition" on their shoulders.
But let's not fool ourselves—if his record at AZ was the same as it was at Michigan, the Wildcat fans wouldn't be much happier than they were here. He was reasonably successful right out of the gate at AZ, and that made a huge difference.
If RR had been 7-5 his first season here, the trajectory from that point might have been very different. If nothing else, he would have had no reason to sack Schafer and replace him with GERG, a move which ensured his doom in Ann Arbor.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||It's not often I get to correct WD||
but It's Jean-Agnus.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||We are watching a machine at work here||
trouble is, the machine is sputtering blue smoke and keeps stalling.
If they play against Tampa the way they finished the season, the Wings will all be out on the golf course within 10 days.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Nebraska had more people than a max MSU crowd||
You're half right—wikipedia lists the Sparty official capacity as 75,005, but then sez the record crowd at Spartan Stadium is 80, 401.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||"Since your a MSU fan,"||
So in other words, you're admitting that you're (there's that word again) the kind of juvenile, semi-literate spankweasel who thinks that recognizing an opposing coach's abilities and record makes you his "fan."