a terrible blight on our fine country
|15 hours 24 min ago||Totally. We need to go back||
Totally. We need to go back to the 1950's where everyone treated everyone else with complete and total respect... Unless you were black, or some other minority, or gay, or a woman... Or poor, or...
|23 hours 34 min ago||I'm part of a||
Spinal Tap tribute band.
...okay, this was last year's Halloween costume. I only *wish* I was in a Spinal Tap tribute band.
|23 hours 45 min ago||WOW.||
These are awesome! I started playing them and immediately recalled every line from both commercials. I must have recited those two commercials 1000 times when I was a kid.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I don't know about you guys||
...but I am totally going to Amazon and getting some Poo-Pourri.
|2 days 17 min ago||Nineteen Eighty SIX||
Why don't you jump into Marty McFly's Delorean and go have a look yourself?
It was so rude of the OP to mention this without providing a link to the wiki. ...from 1986...
I'm sure he's got plenty of digital pics on his 1986 smart phone. The whole collaboration was probably recorded digitally and downloaded to Youtube via his Apple IIc.
|1 week 2 days ago||It's just so "Lions" that two||
It's just so "Lions" that two big mistakes in this game come from a guy who introduces himself as "Big Play" Slay. Lions players have always been the poster boys for more talk than action. Celebrating a big hit on a receiver that just torched you for a 50 yard completion... Celebrating an 18 yard reception on 3rd and 20...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||As I recall||
As I recall, it was largely owned and operated by some of Bo's friends, and he had a piece of the ownership, and allowed his name to be used. When I was a manager the entire team went there prior to its grand opening as part of a "soft opening." It was basically a mid-level steak house without much that was special to offer, other than Michigan memorabelia all over. It was a step up from the Ponderosa it had been, but not by much. I worked for the Outback Steakhouse in A2 when I was in school, and Bo's was universally regarded as being dissappointing by the steak loving community. It didn't last long.
What I remember most is after we ate, the entire team went and saw "The Program," which Bo had a cameo in. Probably one of the few theaters where, after the "team" the main characters all played for actually lost, to MICHIGAN, the crowd erupted.
AND... I actually have one of those menus myself as a momento!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"...various small persons..."||
Gotta love a context where 6'6" 230 lb is "undersized."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I wonder how many||
I wonder how many times in the past Brian has given a cummulative +4 to the defense on a 21 yard TD pass?
|3 weeks 35 min ago||I pulled the Michigan/Oregon double header||
I had the good fortune of getting to attend both our game and the MSU game. It was probably my third "double header." Taking in both atmospheres in a single day, especially multiple times, really allows for an even minded look at what works and what doesn't from two different venues.
I noted that several Oregon folks made the trip to both games and largely said that the visit to Michigan Stadium was wonderful from a "tradition rich" perspective, but that Spartan Stadium was far more intimidating. Taking Saturday's games in a vacuum this was undoubtedly true; but this was largely due to the relative time of day each game was played, the state of the programs involved, what was at stake in each game, etc. The electricity of MSU/Oregon was not matched by UM/OSU, nor would we expect it to be. I'd love these same folks to have taken in one of our UTL games and THEN made the comparison.
The intimidation factor at MSU was largely due to spontaneous crowd chants errupting at key points. RAWK Music definitely steps on the toes of the crowd in that respect... but you also have to wonder if there will be less piped in Journey for games where the crowd is particularly pumped up (like when we're back to having top 10 matchups of our own, routinely). If the crowd is psyched for a huge game I'd like to think the powers that be will ratchet down the AC/DC so the crowd can do its thing. Seems to me that the crowd dominated at the first Under the Lights game against ND. I'd also like to think that we hear more RAWK in situations where there is a sense that the crowd is flat.
Finally, (as we all know) MSU needs to pay the bills, so EVERYTHING is sponsored by someone, and they're thanking their "corporate partners" every 5 minutes. Plus they have field goal contests for money, find the nut under the football helmet, etc., which really breaks up the flow of emotion between quarters. Glad Michigan can get away with not having that stuff.
MSU's constant promos are largely "meh" during games that are also "meh," but in an awesome matchup like they had last week, that stuff always seemed to reduce the buzz a little.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||To the extent||
To the extent that his "99%" comment was about any one player, it may have something to do with their senior running back, Storm Barrs-Woods (all-name team), who was expected to start but was then abruptly declared" not ready" by Andersen and only got three meaningless carries.
It doesn't appear as though it was anything "physical" hence maybe this guy is getting some doghouse time.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||In all seriousness, not sure||
In all seriousness, not sure what you mean by "did not allow me to see the title upon sale." If you ASKED and they said "no" that should have told you all you needed to know. If you didn't "ask" then they didn't "refuse" anything. For being willing to purchase an "as is" item you presumably received some consideration, usually a deeply discounted price. The fact that there might be some trouble, or a lot of trouble, is the risk you take. Unless there was some form of ACTIVE deception on their part (like they showed you a false history) you're likely SOL.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's: the two best days for||
It's: the two best days for a boat owner are the day he buys it and the day he sells it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Totally agree. The privileged||
Totally agree. The privileged white culture that tore up Tree Tops is completely out of control.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I heard JUB||
I heard JUB discussing Jay's "involvement" as well. I can't speak to that, but I was somewhat surprised to hear his name come up after all these years. Jay tried to be a student manager back in the early-mid 90's. None of us were sure how it even came about (he knew someone who knew Jon Falk I think). He lasted the first week of two-a-days and then got booted. He really just wanted to hang around practice, he didn't want to work... and was BLATANT about it; like, openly defiant when the head manager would tell him what his responsibilities were he'd just stare at him and shake his head like "you can't be serious." Such an odd deal. He'd show up to practice wearing leather deck shoes with no socks despite the fact that we were all isssued brand new Nike turf shoes to work in.
A few of the players knew him, but they didn't treat him all that well, in my opinion... and he didn't seem to notice; or didn't want to notice. I remember one story (true or not I can't say) where he was in a bar bathroom standing next to a certain offensive lineman at the urinals, just yammering and yammering, when the lineman just casually turned and started pissing on him. Jay was like "whoa! You're drunk dude!" and laughed it off. But according to the guy who witnessed it, it was clearly and entirely on purpose. It was like some players just let him hang around so they had someone to humiliate.
You would sort of feel bad for the guy, but then he'd come off so pompous, and would exagerate things, like his football accumen or his "connections" to prominent players, to such a degree that you'd just get mad at him... which then, later, made you feel bad for him all over again... like he had something really wrong with him.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Tapestry's Mr. Orange. <br>***wonderful***||
Tapestry's Mr. Orange.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||but make no mistakes and switch up my channel,||
I'm Buddy Rich when I fly off the handle!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Bobby Morrisson||
Used to always say, just as practice was getting under way, "Time to get your piss hot!"
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Need to be a coach?||
Because some of the stuff that used to come out of Jon Falk's mouth would win the contest hands down.
Funniest thing I ever heard coming from a coach... Les Miles... during a game our offense is coming off of the field after going three-and-out and Coach Miles comes walking down the sideline toward where the O-line is congregating and calmly says "hey... Rod Payne? Do me a favor son..." then he abruptly crouches into a faux blocking posture and explodes "BLOCK SOMEBODY!!!!! SOMEBODY! ANYBODY!! IT COULD BE ONE OF OUR OWN GUYS AT THIS POINT! I DON'T CARE! BUT BLOCK SOMEBODY!!!!"
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Nu uuh||
That's Bay City.
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||Damn.||
It was Bayless. I get my douche media types confused.
|14 weeks 3 hours ago||Richard Sherman||
Harbaugh needs to take lessons from Richard Sherman on how to troll Cowherd. I recall an exchange between the two of them a year or two ago where Sherman just ignored questions and said "Who are you Colin Cowherd? What have you done? Nothing! I'm better at everything than you. I'm better at LIFE than you."
I loved it.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||At one time||
There was an Olga's in a tiny little stand alone building right in the State and Washington area that I used to eat at about twice a week (early-mid 90's). It replaced an old A2 institution, Gino's Burgers.
The Olga's went out of business while I was still in school and was replaced by a bunch of places that never quite caught on. I think B-Dubs is built on that spot now.
Whenever I see (or think of) Olga's I think of that little one that I used to visit on my way to the Frieze Building (which was the old Ann Arbor high school). North Quad is built there now.
**edit* I must have been writing this while Bringthewood was writing his. Same memories!
|16 weeks 5 days ago||What?!?||
1. You protect your face with your hands
2. For discussion purposes here no one has to "prove" she was aiming for her head. I think among the intellecutally honest its pretty much understood that this whole discussion is premised on the pretext of "IF the allegations are true and IF this coach was aiming for her head in retaliation..." Obviously there are two sides, obviously all the facts may not be known... obvious things are obvious. The article still paints a pretty bad picture. The witnesses apparently thought it looked pretty bad, and one of them is a parent with a daughter on the team. And, again, Jessica Beech doesn't "lose command" to that degree, especially in a BP session.
3. Getting beaned in the face/head with a ball thrown by a high level pitcher can cause significant damage regardless of the sport. No one needs proof or graphic images that a 60+ MPH softball pitch from 43 feet could severely injure someone. It's even more egregious when its coming from one of your own coaches, in BP, and allegedly on purpose. One of my softball pitchers broke the nose of an opposing batter last year which required 2 surgeries to correct. This was U-10.
4. I could care less that this involves MSU. My feelings are the same regardless. In fact, I watched Jessica Beech pitch a lot in HS and I'm kind of a fan of hers. She was the best player in this area by a mile when she was in HS. I'd give her the benefit of the doubt, personally, but again, the facts as they've been presented thus far don't look good.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||and lets not forget||
|16 weeks 5 days ago||What?!||
Throwing at someone's head is never ok, never has been. Beaning someone in the body from time to time, sure, it happens but there is a culture and some unwritten rules about it. And we're talking player v player on OPPOSING TEAMS.
There is no precedent for a COACH to throw at one of their OWN players heads, especially a coach that throws like Jessica Beech. If that ball had connected with that players face... JESUS.
She'd look WORSE than this:
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Living in the Lansing area||
I have occasion to pick up MSU's student newspaper from time to time. There was an article a couple of months ago that was very critical of MSU's softball coach and program, and the althletic department in general, for not emphasizing other sports to the extent of basketball and football, and basically accepting mediocrity. This coach may already be feeling some heat.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Ya...||
if Jessica Bograkos is the former Jessica Beech, the pitcher from Okemos, then ya, she is definitely not someone you want throwing at your head. She can bring it. She's no shlub off the street who can "kinda pitch," she doesn't "lose command" too often...
|17 weeks 1 day ago||aaaaaand....||
Now you know why I'm back in Michigan, living in my tiny house in my tiny neighborhood, and MUCH happier.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||That's not how I look at it||
Someone could just as easily say "I don't get why people would feel sorry for anyone who is working hard at 2-3 jobs in America, even if they're barely hanging on, after all they could be picking through a trash pile in Bangladesh for food."
There are levels of sympathy, but there is no absolute floor or ceiling. I can feel REALLY sorry for Ethiopian children who are starving, very sorry for my upper-middle class neighbor who is having marriage problems, and kind of sorry for Brady Hoke for having attained his dream job and then failing to make it work. You're allowed to have a part of you that feels bad for the guy, regardless of his lot in life otherwise.
I feel bad for anyone who is a good, likeable person who shoots for the top and fails publicly. Whether or not they struggle financially is of no consequence. It's not like there is a finite amount of sympathy in the world and for every ounce you "waste" on Brady Hoke a child in the Congo goes without.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||and yet||
That same house in/around the Houston, Texas area would probably be closer to 1.7 million.
I couldn't believe the housing there. I bought a house in the North-East (Humble) area for $280,000 that would have been a $360,000 home easily in the East Lansing/Okemos area here in Michigan.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I'm definitely||
I'm definitely getting a place like that when I move out of my Mom's house.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Wonder if it's the same||
Wonder if it's the same Spartys who couldn't stop raving about their women's track team.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||HA HA HA HA HA||
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|19 weeks 5 days ago||Gotta love the multiple levels of the retrospectroscope...||
Now... Here we are, May of 2015, basking in the glow of HARBAUGH, and Brian's 2007 words on Hoke went from "true" (and he wasn't hired) to "less true but still pretty much true" come 2011 (when he was hired), to "OMG you couldn't have been more wrong!" after the press conference, the recruiting and that first season to "man was Brian prophetic" now.
I will reiterate my own sentiments from when I posted here some four years ago,
Time, you are a fickle mistress...
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I'd love to listen to the whole thing||
but for large stretches this is just too many people talking at once, and over one another. I had to stop listening after 5 minutes because I just couldn't make out what certain people were saying when others would start to interject.
It gets frustrating when someone gets on an interesting line of reasoning but then gets cut off and the conversation gets redirected. I like the two man podcasts.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Me too...||
Wait... I *thought* I recognized you!
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I had three of the final four||
I had three of the final four correct, but I had Kentucky over Virginia in the final. If Duke wins my 7 year old daughter wins the whole thing. She had three of the final four correct, but picked ND to upset Kentucky...*so close*.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||"Butt stretched to try and||
"Butt stretched to try and get the first down." -Jim Brandstatter
|29 weeks 6 days ago||True... true...||
although for O-linemen I would assume that the whole concussion thing is less of an issue, statistically, than getting a knee or shoulder shredded. That position doesn't generally have the high speed contact that results in head injury, they see much more of the clipping, chop blocking, getting rolled up on from behind, type stuff.
It'd be interesting to see stats of head trauma by position. I would think running backs, linebackers and safeties would be way up there.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly!||
He's played 4 years of college football at the highest level but is not an NFL type talent. He was an unheralded recruit who ended up as a starter.
Football takes a toll on you mentally and physically, with an inherent risk of catastrophic injury every time you step onto the field. If I had solid business opportunities elsewhere, and I were in his position, I'd seriously consider walking away with my health intact as well.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||That Dive is IMPOSSIBLE!!!||
That Dive is IMPOSSIBLE!!!
|31 weeks 6 days ago||You know...||
...I take that back, there was something positive that came out of that game. Afterwards, in the locker room, one of our linebackers, Bobby Powers was just DEVESTATED. He was crying and screaming "We're Michigan!! WE ARE MICHIGAN and we're FOUR AND FOUR! We FOUR AND FOUR DOG, and this SHIT HURTS!! IT HURTS ME!! This ain't right, and it ain't gonna keep going like this!"
The locker room, which was buzzing with the whole scene outside, then got quiet and you could feel his words sinking in.
That team DESTROYED everyone we played after that, including an OSU team that *thought* it was headed to the Rose Bowl. (You're welcome Wisconsin).
|31 weeks 6 days ago||UGH!||
What I remember from this game is Tiller accepting a holding call just before the half in order to take us out of field goal range and, instead giving us an extra down, where we promptly score a touchdown. As he runs off the field for halftime we're all yelling "thanks Joe! Appreciate that extra down Joe!!" Then... the wheels come off...
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Madison '93||
I was a student manager and during the first pre-game warmups I'm holding balls for Remy Hamilton to practice kicking when, out of nowhere, a D-cell battery nails me in the side of the face. It knocks my glasses off and I have time to catch them in the air just before I get woosy and drop in a heap to the ground. Remy grabs our trainers who come over to take a look and tell me to just take it easy as I assure them I'm okay.
As we head up the tunnel back into the locker room after warmups, I get pelted with wads of marshmellows... only they feel like hacky sacks when they hit. I pick one up off of the ground and find pennies stuffed in them. A few also liberally dump beer through the grates above us.
Ricky Powers fumbles and we lose to Wisconsin for the first time since 1981. The fans go NUTS and storm the field... I'm clad head-to-toe in Michigan gear on the WISCONSIN sideline with one other manager, and getting VERY nervous. A fan comes up from behind and throws a shoulder into the other manager; now I'm flat out scared. Then, out of nowhere, a giant hand clamps down on my shoulder and the sholder of my compatriot. It's a Wisconsin coach. He points to two freshman O-lineman celebrating and says "you two escort these gentleman over to their sideline and don't let any of these motherfuckers touch 'em!" They did, brushing aside anyone who got near us.
The managers start packing up our sideline, as fast as we can, when we hear something over the P.A. to the effect of "we have a pulse-less (something or other) in section (something or other)" and I think, "that's an odd thing to say..." and then one of the equipment managers says "dude, have you seen it over by that fence?! People are like dying and shit over there!!" We quickly head over to that area where we see Wisconsin players, some of them crying, IMPLORING students to "GET BACK! BACK UP!!" There are students pressed up against a chain-link fence wide eyed and terrified. This one girl was so blue I thought she was already dead. Our medical staff orders us to get into the locker room as they start lending assistance.
NOTHING about that game, aside from that one coach's act of humanity, was something I'd characterize as even remotely positive.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think there's been many||
I don't think there's been many coaches, PERIOD, who've loved the media. But I will say, when I lived in Texas for few years, Mack Brown was about as frank and open as any coach I'd ever heard. Now, it was his own radio show, granted, but he'd be asked serious questions like:
"So coach, do you think player X is coming along enough to maybe be the answer at safety?"
and he'd say "you know, actually, that young man has some work to do. We're moving away a little bit from our old zone scheme and are going to be asking whoever plays that position to do a lot more man coverage than we have in the past and, frankly, I'm not sure he's quite gotten his speed where it needs to be there. Now, he's got some time, and we're certainly going to give him every opportunity, but right now, he's gotta get quicker if he wants to play there."
I remember hearing stuff like that and thinking "WHOA! I've never heard a coach just, flat out, ANSWER a question like that and, essentially, lay out where a specific player is lacking. He answered questions like that a lot on his show and I remember coming away pretty impressed with his candor.
|32 weeks 1 hour ago||I see a lot of differences||
I see a lot of differences between Harbaugh and Hoke in the presser department. Hoke really didn't give "non-answers" during his first spring, or during that first year when everything seemed to be going right. He didn't always answer the question that was asked, but he always said *something*... the question could be:
and Hoke would respond "Well, you know, you're always trying to fit your personnel to your scheme and, you know, we'll see what we're going to do there, we've got some great backs, some real 'Michigan' backs that know the game and love the game, and I'm sure they're going to do whatever we need them to."
Harbaugh, with that same question *might* say something similar, but he's just as apt to say:
"Dunno, haven't really thought about that." ...and then look around with a far off stare as though he's trying to pick out where that voice in his head yelling "these people are ponderous!!!" is coming from.
Hoke didn't really start giving non-answers, or avoiding questions altogether, until the questions started getting uncomfortable. At that point, there was a noticeable change in his answers and demeanor which we didn't appreciate. If or when that happens with Harbaugh, we won't notice as much of a difference because he isn't being very frank now, and this is still the honeymoon phase when he could say pretty much anything and we'd be like "Wow!! What a great answer! He's great!!"
Plus, Harbaugh will probably never come across as befuddled as Hoke sometimes did toward the end. He'll just keep the same air of "I really don't understand the point of any of this" that he now displays.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||It is articles like this||
It is articles like this, right here, that reaffirm my love of this Blog. Intellectual honesty, even when it comes to OSU. Most other team specific sites don't have the integrity to take off the homer glasses and apply logic and some amount of objectivity to these situations.
I, for one, want to ACTUALLY know if OSU is over-signing. I don't want confirmation of my pre-conceived notions that they are; I want to really know. Based on what I'm seeing, it's not a legitimate charge, so I won't level it. The thing with Drayton leaving right after Weber signs... that appears to have legs. Hopefully it will have ramifications when it comes to future recruiting (although I doubt it).
Our message boards aren't quite as even-minded as they used to be... that's hard to maintain as a site gets more popular; but the staff writers still do a great job of being reasonable with their takes, regardless of the situation and the entity involved.
|35 weeks 47 min ago||Book it...||
So sure of yourself.
|35 weeks 2 hours ago||Right...||
and if they hadn't pursued Higdon and Weber had still gone with OSU you'd be the guy saying that they dropped the ball by putting all of their eggs in one basket.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||I was a first Gen, lower-middle class||
I was a first Gen, lower-middle class student who started in 1992. My high school had two others go to UM who were in the same boat as me. The three of us hung together, but also branched out, each bringing in "new additions" to a core group. That group, which still stays in touch and gets together often, runs the gamut in terms of background. East coast 2nd gen UM folks with money, 3rd gen middle class Michigan natives, 1st gen rich immigrants... none of it mattered back then.
My background came up in conversation, but it was never put to me as a "question." I never felt "put down" by the kids with money, whether they were in my group or not, and I never felt like I had it "better" or "worse" than anyone else. Some kids with money drove better cars and lived in better apartments, but had other disadvantages... like a lack of connection with their parents or "expectations" about what they would be. We all made it work. I don't recall meeting a single person in all of my time at Michigan who judged me based on my background. If we had common interests we developed friendships, if we didn't, we faded apart. I met plenty of kids with backgrounds just like mine who I didn't "mesh" with and others, who came from an entirely different set of circumstances, whom I remain close with to this day.
The fact that me and my buddies from high school had to work while some of our other friends didn't was never a factor. Working at Outback Steakhouse meant that I could slide my friends into a table during a wait, which they loved. They'd often pick up the tip when we all went out, or would have us over to their apartment to eat (just bring a few beers!).
We all looked out for each other in whatever way we could. The best thing I took away from my time at Michigan was the diversity in friendships that continue to last to this day.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Precisely...||
He also contradicts his premise within his own article by making the point about Stanford.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Bo's love for Lytle||
When I was a football manager in the early/mid 90's a young running back from my high school was a preferred walk on. He was given #41 but all his life, he'd worn #42... it was "his number." As I recall, #42 was worn by Tyrone Noble at that time, but he transfered out when a certain true freshman who wore #2 stepped into the starting line-up that year. When #42 became available our young walk-on wanted to switch.
At the end of the season I was helping out Shemy Schembechler in the scouting room when he says to me "what's this with your boy wanting to switch numbers?"
"I dunno," I tell him, "He's always worn 42, that's his number."
"Well," Shemy shot back, "doesn't he know that he's wearing the single greatest number for a running back in the history of Michigan football?!"
Just then Bo pops in (the scout room was directly across from his office at the time) and Shemy says "can you believe we got a kid, a running back, wearing number 41 who wants to switch numbers?" And Bo says "What? Doesn't he know that Rob Lytle, the GOD DAMN toughest running back in the HISTORY of Michigan football, wore number 41?!"
He glared at me. I glanced to the floor and mumbled something about how I was just as flabergasted as the next guy. Bo then says "you tell him that I said that it's just as well that he wants to switch since he's probably not TOUGH enough to wear number 41."
I checked Bo's face for just a hint of a smile... he often busted people's chops, just to see how they'd react, but eventually his body language would let you know that he wasn't *completely* serious. There was none of that here. Bo stared at me until I was markedly uncomfortable... then stared some more. Of course, this whole time I'm thinking "I'm not encouraging him! I told him not to switch numbers! I told him not to even ask!! I told HIM! I DID!!" The situation with 41 being Lytle's number never occurred to me, I just knew that Big Jonny (Falk) vocally complained about players always wanting to change numbers.
Bo then takes his eyes off of me and starts staring at Shemy, who in turn began staring at me. He then turned on his heels and strode out of the room. Shemy then says "my dad LOVES Rob Lytle. Tell your boy that if he doesn't want to put his nose in there, then 41 isn't for him anyways."
The affection Bo (and Shemy) had for Lytle was NO JOKE.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||MGoBlog||
MGoBlog: "Kicked up 50% and always on."
|38 weeks 20 hours ago||Hey||
Getting ridiculed for posting something old or lame is a rite of passage! It's an mgoblog hazing ritual!
Don't go telling people how to AVOID getting metaphorically depansed.
edit - is that a "metaphorical" depansing? Maybe just a "figurative" depansing...
|38 weeks 20 hours ago||and...||
not sure if it was mentioned, but he still plays in the NFL.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||I remember...||
Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant.
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Randy Savage.
The British Bulldogs vs. the Hart Foundation.
Ahhh... what I wouldn't give to be in 8th grade again.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||looks like the perfect place||
to shoot a post-apocalyptic movie... like the Next Mad Max remake.
It reminds me of a scene in Oblivion, that Tom Cruise movie from a few years back, where he lands in an abandoned football field and recalls the last Super Bowl played there.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||This is way cool...||
Thanks for posting!!!
I doubt I would have stumbled across this any time soon.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||All I can add is that||
All I can add is that if you think the team didn't have iPads because of Hoke, or doesn't use a private jet because of Hoke, you don't know what you're saying. He may have prided himself on being "old school" but he would never say "no" to something that would provide a competitive advantage in either recruiting or on the field.
If OSU is using a private jet and giving their players tablets to use, you can BET he'd want them too. He might not use one himself and he might not be among the first to start doing it, but there is no way he was ever okay with a rival providing something to their staff/players that Michigan didn't also provide. Hoke never wanted Michigan to look second rate when it came to that kind of stuff.
Say what you want about coaching acumen, but he was not a "cut your hair/no tatoos/get off my lawn" kind of guy.
|42 weeks 55 min ago||He'd have to have a pretty||
He'd have to have a pretty impressive stint here to be in line for an Ivy League job down the road. Let's hope he's that good.
|42 weeks 1 hour ago||My freshman year our team was||
My freshman year our team was a juggernaut (despite three inexplicable ties) and we went onto win the Rose Bowl. I became a football manager the next year, one of the "perks" of doing the job (which doesn't pay anything) was being awarded a varsity letter and "getting to go to the Rose Bowl." We were coming off 5 straight conference titles and it was basically a foregone conclusion we'd be there again with an offense featuring Collins at QB, Wheatley, D.A., Amani, Merc, et. al. And a D that had Irons, Steele, Law, and host of other major players.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||You sure?||
|43 weeks 6 days ago||not quite||
Muschamp "stepped down" nearly two weeks ago... and if we wanted another Brady Hoke equivalent, I'm sure we could get it done in short order too.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||"Michigan Man"||
I wish more of the national media would pick up on the fact that, as Hackett explained, the whole "Michigan Man" reference Bo made was simply to indicate that Bill Frieder had basically announced that he was now an "Arizona State" man, and, therefore, someone who worked for, and was dedicated to Michigan would be the basketball team's coach in the tournament.
The meme that followed (as an undercurrent through the 90's but becoming a full fledged "concept" with Rich Rod's tenure) that a "Michigan Man" somehow had all of these "virtues"(virtues that EVERY school claims they represent; loyalty, integrity, honesty, a sense of fair play, etc...) as well as some level of "connection" to the school, was an invention that took on a life of its own. Believe it or not, Ohio State alums (who include individuals such as Bo Schembechler and Gary Moeller) believe that OSU also stands for all of the things that are good and decent in the world.
When the first "process" of hiring a new coach was getting underway, the whole "Michigan Man" thing was being bandied about in the media a lot, but it had a positive context that made me feel pretty good. After the way the term was used (and over referenced) to undermine Rodriguez, it took on a rediculousness quality that we now have to separate ourselves from; OFFICIALLY even. It's too bad.
For a while there, the whole "Michigan Man" thing was pretty cool... then it became a parody. The national media, as is par for the course, doesn't grasp these nuances and tries to paint everything with too broad a brush.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||That's pretty much true across the board...||
I think every individual who has a significant association with a college football team makes it a matter of weird alpha dog pride to be merciless toward any individual who would dare to sully their domain with the symbols or colors of a rival.
I remember Mike Gittleson going APE SHIT at a fellow student manager for wearing green in the weight room at Schembechler Hall... LIME GREEN... IN THE SUMMER... WHEN NO ONE ELSE WAS THERE. The kid literally just stopped in to do a favor for a coach and was wearing some t-Shirt that he picked up volunteering somewhere while in high school, and Gittleson went berserk. There were like four of us in the entire building and the shirt in no way, shape, or form, resembled the green MSU uses(or any of the variations they throw out there every 2 years). It was one of many realizations I had about the "even mindedness" of people whose entire existence begins and ends with "big time college football."
My brother-in-law shared a similar story from when he was on a recruiting trip to Iowa and some kid came through the football building wearing a shirt that had some red on it. Football dudes are touchy about that stuff.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Jabrill doesn't||
Jabrill doesn't strike me as the kind of kid who wants to sit out a year due to injury, then sit out another due to transfer. He wants to play 3 years and get to the league, and he wants that three years of playing to begin ASAP. Seems to me that staying put is his quickest path the the NFL.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Although I wouldn't be shocked||
Although, I wouldn't be shocked if he's not. There are plenty of coaches who don't believe that it's worth the time and effort to steal signs and would rather focus that energy into cleaning up their own calls.
Coach Moeller was OBSESSED about having practices watched and signs stolen, but he didn't do it himself. I always got the impression that he was worried that if you started relying on the other team's signs it could become a crutch, plus, if the opposition figured out that they've got you looking, they can hook you and then change something up at a crucial point and gash you. Stealing signs is a chess match that some coaches think just isn't worth the hassle. I've heard more than one coach say that stealing signs ended up backfiring.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Jeff Long||
Jeff Long would still be my first choice. He's just a solid, heady, "get's it" kind of guy.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Need to fix the Spaziani||
Need to fix the Spaziani stats. He started in '09 at BC and hence only coached 4 years.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||He specifically said||
it WASN'T cheating. Pointing out that Bo would die is just making a point about how the game has evolved. He wasn't whining, he just notes that it causes some frustration. I swear, sometimes we're just LOOKING for reasons to rail a coach.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||33-0 DeWitt over Tecumseh in 2nd half.||
33-0 DeWitt over Tecumseh in 2nd half.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||Gotta admit||
I've been upset with Dave Brandon for at least 2 1/2 years now. Just really disliked the way he came across, the "band thing" when we went out to Dallas, the skywriting thing, the seat cushion thing... all of it. I so wanted him gone and was thrilled to hear that it was happening today.
But when I actually saw the end of the contract posted, with his signature there... I really felt bad. I mean, I'm glad we're moving forward, but a real sense of empathy took hold at that moment. It must have been so hard for him to put his name to that.
Say what you want, but I think we all know that he really did want what was best for the department and he wanted all of our sports to thrive under his leadership. He took the job with the best of intentions. His vision for what was "best" didn't match what many of us had in mind, sometimes he was WAY off the mark, but I do feel bad for the guy.
I know, I know, he's rich and all that... but I'm sure that this job was never about the money for him. It wasn't all altruistic, I mean, I think he was in a desparate hurry to "leave his mark" on this place; maybe have a building named after him. But I also think he truly thought he was always putting Michigan first. Gotta be tough to basically get "asked to leave" by a place you love, a place you call home.
Still looking forward to the future without him though...
|48 weeks 5 days ago||All I would point out to him||
All I would point out to him is that without "non-athletes" who are interested in sports there are no "athletes" to play them.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Well... I mean...||
If he's willing to risk Bolivia...
|49 weeks 16 hours ago||Bill Martin||
did Brandon's job before Brandon, and I had occassion to see a few of the emails that were sent his way when the basketball team wasn't doing so well. I also saw his responses, and I can tell you this, he didn't get snarky. Martin had standard responses along the lines of "we appreciate your comments... we appreciate your passion... rest assured we share your concerns... we are working hard to make our program live up to the standards we have here at Michigan..." so on and so forth.
I don't care how "hard" the job is, I don't care how "stupid" some fans can be, as the AD, YOU are the professional, you are the one hired to bridge the gap and hold things together, and you are the one who is supposed to handle your business with dignity.
If your AD can't keep his composure and take the high road when disgruntled fans start venting, then its perfectly legitimate to wonder whether or not he's cut out for the job. The point of all this isn't that being the AD of a major university isn't easy (DUH! That's why he gets paid the big $$) It demonstrates that he's really out of touch with what his job entails.
The fact that he'd even engage in this type of back and forth sends a strong message about not only his lack of professionalism, but his ability to keep his head and make smart decisions. The point is further underscored by the fact that he did this via E-MAIL... REPEATEDLY. I mean, did he seriously think these would never come out? Brian has a few, JUB apparently has a few, it doesn't take much to bring them all together.
Even if we were to assume that he just isn't much for professionalism and decorum, you'd think that a sense of self preservation would have made him go "wait... should I really say something like this to a fan in an email?" The fact that he wrote these things, then hit "send" says a lot about not only what he thinks of himself (he clearly believes he's the most clever man in the room), but of his ability to evaluate a situation and handle it appropriately.
These emails not only emphasize how out of touch he is, but they reinforce the opinion that he is not a very good decision maker. You read these emails and you think "yep. Sounds like the kind of guy who would think that trolling MSU with sky writing would be a good idea... and then would think that denying it after being caught red-handed is also a good idea."
|49 weeks 19 hours ago||Jump that shark! Yeah!!||
Jump that shark! Yeah!!
|49 weeks 21 hours ago||Plus||
simply saying you have a "policy" by which you delete emails after a certain amount of time doesn't always fly either. You have to have a reason for such a policy, and it better be a somewhat compelling one. "We're running out of space on our hard drive" doesn't fly anymore.
|49 weeks 21 hours ago||Uhhm,||
WD wasn't privy to the other emails that demonstrated the authenticity of his. Only Brian and the crew could have done this. Plus, WD is just a dude posting on a blog. If he had to go to this extent to "vet" something that he, himself, had 100% faith in, then he just wouldn't have posted it and this whole fiasco would have stayed burried.
|49 weeks 21 hours ago||This is true||
But the burden would be on the department to demonstrate that this policy was implemented as a basic matter of practice, for a legitimate reason, and not to circumvent FOIA (including potential future requests). Depending upon the judge, that could be a tough hill to climb. What are they going to argue? They were running out of server room?
I've seen judges who do not accept that argument because the defendant was unable to demonstrate that the policy was related to any practical purpose, other than to establish plausible deniability. Especially when the practice of when to destroy emails differs from the practice of when to destroy, say, inter-office memoranda.
I mean, you're right, there's more to it... but at the same time, "its our policy" doesn't get anyone off the hook without a serious, plausible reason for the policy; especially in circumstances where "the policy" also, conveniently, happens to allow the entity to deny FOIA requests.
|49 weeks 22 hours ago||"I am WD"||
I picture him proclaiming that as MR. ROBOTO winds down in the background...
...not sure why...
Anyhoo... you shouldn't have taken such a beating WD. As I've posted elsewhere, there were plenty of reasons to give you the benefit of the doubt. Wish I'd spoken up.
|49 weeks 22 hours ago||As they say...||
therein lies the rub. There are so many variables to being at the top of any profession. Read "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell. It really touches on how much success and failure comes down to variables that we simply can't control. The movie industry goes through CEO's at an alarming rate, and, on the average, none seem to be much better, or worse, than any others... but the industry is still convinced that there are people who can predict the relative success or failure of a movie 3 years before its even made.
Top line coaches come in all shapes and styles. Some "nice guys" have made it, like Bill Snyder or Dick Vermeil. Some are successful because of, or in spite of, their total dickishness. Some are a genius on one side of the ball and are smart enough to surround themselves with top notch assistants. Some are big picture guys. There is no one "tell" when it comes to identifying a guy who can captain the ship of a big time college football program. Some say Nick Saban would be successful no matter where he is, he's just that good, but recall that he left MSU because he didn't believe he could compete nationally there. He knows it has to ALL COME TOGETHER. The school, the coach, the circumstances, the situation... it all has to align if you want to have a string of success and not be a school that rises and falls every few years, or worse, never rises at all. Bo+Michigan+Canham = SUCCESS. But that was far from guaranteed at the time.
The most you can do is reduce the variables, find candidates with qualities that appear to replicate other successful coaches, pick the one who strikes you as the best fit, and roll the dice.
|49 weeks 23 hours ago||I stayed out of it||
But gave WD the benefit of the doubt myself... mostly because the athletic department never came out and issued a denial after Olbermann mentioned it. To me, if it was 100% untrue, they would have issued some kind of statement. Instead they kept quiet, so I figured it was probably legit.
The fact that a FOIA request turned up doesn't always mean a whole lot, but for some reason a lot of people took that as "proof" that the email was a fabrication. The first thing I thought was "well, all that means is that they're deleting emails."
Likewise, if I'm in WD's shoes, how else do I verify something? If I know for a fact that my source is legit, say it is my aunt, or dad, or someone I implicitly trust (or someone I know simply isn't savy enough to fake it) then I wouldn't "vet" it either. I mean... whats the point? You know what you've got. Besides, if you don't trust a guy when he says his info is "legit," why are you going to trust him when he says "I vetted it, and it's still legit?" As Ace, et. al. have shown, there is no way to prove "beyond a shadow of a doubt" that it was authentic. The best you can do is show that the FOIA denial proves nothing, and then demonstrate that the email is in-line with other things that are out there from DB and isn't an obvious fake. Only a place with that type of knowledge and resources, like this blog, could have done that anyway.
Damn... now that I look back on this, I feel bad that I didn't speak up.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks.||
I don't post often, as you can tell, but when I do, I try to be thoughtful.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure who||
Not sure who this is directed at... if you're referring to my post (maybe you're not), all I can say is I've never had any personal interaction with Dave Brandon, so I don't know if he is, or isn't, a nice guy. Word is that he's not, at least not always, but I'm not speaking from personal experience there. I know Hoke is, from personal experience.
DB may be a "nice guy," I don't really know. Both he and Hoke have "bungled" things. Hoke, bungles beacuse he's in over his head, DB bungles out of hubris. Brady makes mistakes when he has to come to decisions on the fly, DB and his group have the time to THINK about the moves they make, and then bungle them any way... and then lie about them... then ignore the fallout... then offer up lame half hearted explanations which usually involve placing some of the blame elsewhere.
Say this about Hoke; we may not think he's being candid enough at press conferences, but the first words out of his mouth are always "I take full responsibility for that." He never pretends that someone *else* paid the sky writers, or someone *else* miscommunicated with the corporate partner, or says "nu uuh, we never banned seat cushions... oh wait, I mean, we never MEANT to ban them..."
|49 weeks 1 day ago||I think Wojo nailed it||
This article was spot on, at least he captures the sentiment from my perspective perfectly. Some folks want to bash Hoke, but he doesn't deserve that. A critique, however, is fine, and it is legitmiate to say that this is simply too big of a stage for him; especially when things start to spiral out of control. It's easy for things to go bad fast at a place like Michigan, much more so than a Ball State or SDSU, because the expections are so much higher and demands are so much greater. While in some respects you have more margin for error here given the "cache" of the school, which brings in more talent and resources; but on the flip side of that, once the negativity gets rolling and the downhill momentum starts picking up speed, it takes some serious know-how to reverse things. This was the first time in his career that Brady was faced with a series of problems hitting him all at once at a place that doesn't "let things ride" for very long. He wasn't up to the task. Gotta call it for what it is.
However, I reject the notion that Hoke can't be a "great guy" if he doesn't show some occassional "dickishness," a-la Dantonio or Kelly. Hoke is who he is. "Dickishness" just isn't something that's in his DNA. We can debate all day about whether or not having a bit of "prick" in your personality is required to be successful at the highest levels (Bo certainly had it, so did Lloyd), but "great guys" don't have to also be surly on occassion, and they can be appreciated for being fundamentally decent, even if that means they don't have what it takes to win at the "big time" schools.
I was a student manager during Hoke's first year back in '95. Mattison had been the "boss" of the student managers until he was promoted to DC after Coach Mo was shown the door. Hoke was awesome to us. Unlike Mattison, who gave us our orders (through the senior manager) and sent us on our way, Hoke actually "talked" to us as a group... asked us how we were doing, whether we needed anything to make our jobs easier. Mattison was a nice enough guy, but he, like so many other coaches, was so laser focused on his own responsibilities, that the managers were generally treated as a set of tools to keep things running. We knew we we're doing okay if we weren't getting noticed (kind of like O-lineman). Hoke, though, approached it differently. He took the time to make us feel important, and when we did our jobs effectively, he let us know. The only other coach that really took the time to connect with us was Lloyd. All of the coaches were decent to us (save maybe Bobby Morrison, although he grew on you after a while). Freddy J and Les Miles, especially, would joke with us, chat with us, but only Brady and Lloyd actually told us that we really "mattered" to the team and reminded us that how well we "executed" made a difference.
To tell you the truth, I cringed when Coach Hoke was hired. I genuinely like Brady. You can't help but like him. He's not just a great guy, he's an AWESOME guy. But, I never felt like he possessed the mental accuity, that "CEO" quality, that was required to be a HC at the highest level. (Whether or not he could be enough of a "dick" on occassion wasn't something I thought of.) Back in the day, I figured he'd eventually find a defensive coordinator gig and live out his life flying under the radar at some school like Washington State or Rutgers. But then had some success as a head coach, said all the right things at his initial press conference here, pooped gold his first season, and I became hopeful. If he could hire the right coordinators and get Michigan rolling enough that they we could basically just stay the course and "maintain," maybe we'd be alright.
Well, it started unraveling in multiple ways and, unfortunately, he wasn't able to stop it. Now, my biggest fears have been realized. I feel bad for the players, I feel bad for us fans (GOD it sucks living in the Lansing area right now) but I also feel VERY, VERY bad for him. This was his dream job and he desperately wanted to come in here and reestablish this program. Not for "him," but for us, for MICHIGAN.
What sucks about all of this the most, for me personally, is that I'm passionately in love with a sport where, more times than not, the pricks survive and the good, decent guys get eaten alive, usually by their own fan base. Based upon his decency as a human being, alone, Brady Hoke deserves to be considered the next Bill Snyder while guys like Urban Meyer should be sitting between Lou Holtz and Mark May on Saturdays pontificating on what Jimbo Fisher should be doing with Jameis Winston.
Unfortunately, being a good, decent person, alone doesn't make one a great head coach at this level. Brady probably never should have been hired. But we can't blame him for taking the job (although we can blame Dave Brandon for extending the offer) and we can't blame him for being what we always knew he was. His game management and ability to develop players is fine when everything goes like its supposed to... unfortunately when things start going south he doesn't quite have the accumen to staunch the bleeding, at least not at this level. I'm as dissappointed as anyone that he isn't "better" at this, and Brandon probably shouldn't have hired someone who didn't have a track record of not just building up a program, but managing one through tough times and high expectations. Again, though, that's on DB. But one thing I think we can all agree on is that it was nice knowing that he wanted to be here and genuinely loves our school. He's no Lane Kiffin.
So, let's wish him well, send him off, and hope that this athletic department has learned something.
The big lesson? I guess it's hire a coach who isn't "quite right" in the head. Outside of Bill Snyder, they seem to be the only ones capable of thriving in these elite jobs.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Baffled||
Personally, I'm just baffled by the whole stake thing. I get the motivational thing, but all week Hoke had these guys clamped down, mouths shut, focus on the game... the message seemed crystal clear. And then, BOLDEN of all people?! He doesn't strike me as the kind of guy that is all... I dunno... STUPID about stuff like that.
I'm not sure what else Hoke could do. I mean, he's clearly in over his head, too big a stage, blah blah blah, no question there. But the players still listen to him, they don't discount him or second guess him or talk behind his back. It just seems so ODD that they'd run out there and put a tent stake in the turf. Take away the whole contrived "DISRESPECT" card that Sparty is always going to play (I thought Baumgardner had a pretty good article on this) overall the gesture just seemed I dunno... WEAK.
It's like the players listen to him, but have also adopted his habit of not really thinking things through.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Oh goddamint.||
|49 weeks 5 days ago||I loved how the helmets||
I love how the helmets back then appeared to have been base painted in maize with the blue over top so when the "battle scars" started accruing it revealed maize scratches underneath.
I remember as a kid thinking thaty you could guage how "tough" the other team was by how much maize they were able to reveal under the blue by the end of the game. To my kid brain, that was how you measured the worthiness of your foe.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||So...||
You're saying... there's a chance?
|50 weeks 4 days ago||IKEA. yay. <br>*waves tiny flag* <br>(tiny white flag)||
|51 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know about you...||
...but when I take the red-eye from LA to New York, I always fly USS Enterprise style. And I'm not talkin' any of that 1701-A shit... for me it's strictly Soverign class boyeeee.
|52 weeks 1 hour ago||This. This makes some sense to me.||
This. This makes some sense to me.
|52 weeks 5 hours ago||and now||
Here we are, 3 years later, the "glow" of hiring Hoke is gone and this board is openly considering who will be our next coach while he's still on the sideline. We now attribute the success of 2011 to Denard who, we now believe, won inspite of Hoke's clear ineptitude. Oh, and we're the ones calling him fat.
It's amazing how quickly we go from "there" to "here."
|1 year 20 hours ago||I feel like we've got a||
I feel like we've got a little revisionist history going on. We now look back on the '11 season and act like we won despite Hoke. Like Denard somehow overcame or was masking his ineptitude. But if we go back and look at the write ups, Brian lauded Hoke quite often for how he managed the game, how he (save the MSU and Iowa games) used Denard effectively, how he knew when to take a calculated risk... We loved Hoke's demeanor when Hagerup botched that snap against OSU and mused at how other coaches would have screamed at the kid. It seems like if we were winning in '11 DESPITE Hoke's ineptitude, it would have been pointed out at the time. No one cried foul when he won conference coach of the year. We universally felt he deserved it. Now it's "well, Denard is the only reason that season was any good."
|1 year 20 hours ago||No. We still had one time out left after that.||
No. We still had one time out left after that.
|1 year 21 hours ago||Reflecting on life's absurdities ...||
Much like I did when Rich Rod's run was coming to an end, I started going back and looking at the board when he was first announced as the new coach. What we all thought after the ND win in '09, Denard in '10.
The trajectory of Hoke's popularity on this site is nothing short of astounding. The "meh" he was met with at his hire; the "WOW" he got after his "fergoddsakes" press conference, the absolute LOVE we had for him after beating Nebraska and OSU. We applauded his attitude, his positiveness, his clear love for his players... but we also applauded the fact that he knew when to hit the gas and when to pump the breaks. He took risks and he let his coordinators coordinate. We were proud that he wasn't Bo Pelini or Brian Kelly, or Urban Meyer... or even Nick Saban. Some even went so far as to say that they'd rather we lose a game or two every year if it meant we didn't have someone like Saban as coach.
Things went well for us that year and some of it, we knew, wasn' sustainable... a lot of 50/50 plays went our way and we were expecting a regression to the mean re: turnovers. None-the-less, we still thought Hoke was on to something... just read what we were saying then after he won B1G Coach of the Year:
Now... it's like we're not even talking about the same guy. Now, we act like he's been inept since the get-go, like no one actually considered him even decent that year. He was loved for everything we now hate about him. We loved that he was an every-day guy with no pretense, now we call him a fat guy that claps too much and doesn't yell enough.
HE'S THE SAME FUCKING GUY. But when the results are different... everything gets looked at through a different lense.
I'm not saying the board is right or wrong... hell "the board" as an entity has changed since then, posters come and go, but it is an interesting peek into the human psyche. We thought it was working in 2011 because of how he does things. We think it's not working in 2014 because of him doing those same things. In hindsight, the data suggests that '11 was a fluke, which is fine. But I'll never forget how it felt that year to think that we were FINALLY back on the big stage, on the up-swing as a program for the first time since 2006, and how happy I was that it was a guy like Brady Hoke that was taking us there... instead of a Lane Kiffin.
|1 year 23 hours ago||*sigh*||
YESTERDAY. It was such an easy game to play...
Doubt anyone will ever see this comment... but here it is:
It's 10/6/14, we just lost to Rutgers and the shine is off Brady Hoke. All of the stuff we complimented him on over the course of the amazing season captured above are now things we want to hang him for.
No headset? Good in 2011, bad in 2014.
Doesn't yell at the players? Good in 2011, bad in 2014.
In 2011 he's a wiley game strategist with a feel for when to get aggressive and when to pull back. In 2014 he's an inept cave man who doesn't even know how to get 11 players on the field consistently.
He was a genius, now he's a goat.
On 11/28/11 Rich Rod is ripped apart as Hoke demontrates what a "REAL" coach can do with the likes of Denard and Molk and Martin.
On 10/6/14 Hoke is all but gone and the board looks longingly at a 5-0 Rich Rod coached Arizona team (which just beat Oregon for the second year in a row) with some posters lamenting at how he was run off without getting that fourth year.
To read what Brian wrote above... to see the comments... and to compare them to what's going on now. Laugh or cry?
|1 year 2 days ago||There was a time when we were||
There was a time when we were glad he wasn't Brian Kelly, now that's what we want? He encourages instead of yells. He stays positive even when it's not going our way. He doesn't whine like Bo Pelini. Maybe his is in over his head, and this whole thing was a mistake from the beginning. Fine, but some of the stuff is just uncalled for.
|1 year 3 days ago||WD?||
It'd be nice if WD would pipe up here with a little assurance that the whole thing was legit. That would help a little...
|1 year 4 days ago||Yes...||
The date is right, it was after the ND WIN, obviously, not loss. Brian was waxing poetically about the forces that were swirling around the program and about how, for one day at least, it looked like RR and Tate Forcier were going to make a run at silencing them.
|1 year 4 days ago||Gotta keep perspective||
College football, hell, SPORTS, is fickle and can change in an instant. We're all bemused/bewildered by the state of our program, especially when we look at Arizona right now; but at the same time we could be reading an article about RR getting fired from Arizona in two years saying:
"despite memorable victories against the likes of Oregon, Rodriguez could never win consistently enough to hold onto his job. His ability to beat very good teams from time to time only made the losses to clearly inferior opponents all the more frustrating as his tenure wore on."
Sports, man. It rarely fits into a neat little narrative, despite the fact that this is how its always packaged and sold to us.
Right now it feels like this story is going to play out a certain way; Michigan continues to flounder while the coach they ran out of town has wild success somewhere else. Dantonio's prophecy fulfilled. What a perfect comeuppance... for everyone but us. But this story is going to take many twists and turns before the final chapter is written and, in the end, it probably isn't going to be quite so "paint-by-numbers" as it looks today.
Although today kinda does suck...
|1 year 1 week ago||Reminiscing||
and I ran across this snipet from Brian, dated 9/12/09 just after the ND loss. I don't know how it makes me feel right now, just... well... GODDAMNIT.
|1 year 1 week ago||*sigh*||
although, we did manage to find a GREAT parking spot.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||For the first time in 22||
For the first time in 22 years I am contemplating leaving a game at halftime.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Angelique did one too||
I guess they're all picking up on the story. Her's seems short on detail but still worth a look.
and it's not the FREEP!
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Ya, well||
I guess that's all AP was doing, exercising his right to "teach" his kid the way he sees fit. He apparently thought he knew the line between a "spanking" and a "beating" too. Now a judge will tell him if he got it right.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||We're in the midst of a changing mentality||
If an adult human being were to strike another adult human being violently with an object it would be an assault under any and all circumstances. "I'm related to him" or "it's okay, I'm charged with his wellbeing" would not be a valid defense. Our sensibilities are now "adjusting" or "evolving" ...whatever you prefer... to say "wait a sec, if that's true for an adult under any and all circumstances, how is that not also true for a child?"
Under this mindset, being a child of someone else's doesn't mean you "belong" to that person in a manner which somehow circumvents the fundamental right of one human being to not be assaulted by another. It's the idea that age shouldn't be determinant as to when an assault is acceptable in society and when it is not, as there are no"degrees" of acceptance; although there are apparently degrees of outrage, judging by the Ray Rice deal.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Agreed||
If the "problems" from last year were the same, carrying over to this year, per what we've seen after two games, I'd be very worried. As it is, I'm only "regularly worried." Any time you get blown out like that you're concerned, and that concern is hightened by what's gone on recently with this team... but the fact that the mistakes we're seeing now seem less "chronic," less "it's the same thing over and over!" and more "on this play THIS one thing went wrong and on THIS play THIS one thing went wrong."
Neither is good, but the latter takes less to correct. We get better at a few key positions, either by a player getting better or getting replaced, and we could be okay; especially in THIS conference.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||The common fan||
Your average fan is simply results based. All "Linda" sees is that we lost games last year, and have now been blown out once this year, which equates to "bad." If you asked the average fan to look at game film from last year's Akron game and this year's Notre Dame game and start to point out the similarities and the differences on the field, they couldn't do it. They'd want a box score and would only talk in vague terms about sacks and penalties and blocking. They can't do what Brian does in UFR; indeed no one does. That's why this site is invaluable.
I try to steer people here, and many come away hooked, but others go "eh... I go there but I can't understand half of what anybody's saying!" They don't just get confused by our memes and inside refrences, but also by the sheer detail MGOBLOG puts on the screen every day.
Real information comes from REAL analysis, something the UFR gives us. Brian can break down each play, look at his past data, and make specific comparisons. I read it, then re-watch the game and begin to notice the things he points out. It *almost* makes a loss somewhat tolerable because l'm learning what to look for.
The problems with this year's team are very distinct from the problems of last year's team, but that's not obvious to most folks. The only data points most people use to "compare" things are:
"Did we win?" "Should we have won by more?"
"Did we lose?" "Should we have lost by less?"
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Steve Shields in '98?||
Was he wearing a Michigan Jeresey while playing for the Sabres? If so, that's WAY COOL.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||"Coach Elston"||
... Played for Michigan.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I hope this isn't too "Debbie Downer"||
What I remember from that game is watching the first half at home and then, at half-time, heading to my wife's uncle's house. I watched the entire second half with him. He was dying of cancer and had just been released from the hospital in a "live out his final days in familiar surroundings" kind of thing. I vividly remember the clash of emotions on the drive over there. We were in complete control of that game at the half, which was exhilerating, but of course there was that "heading to a funeral" feeling of dread churning in my stomach as well.
Just before the 3rd quarter kicks off we get to Frank's house and, of course, it's his party and he can do whatever he wants. So, what does this man with the death sentence want to do?Why, watch the second half of the Michigan/Notre Dame game of course! Turns out that while most of the family are Spartan fans, and therefore took only a passing interest in our game, Frank was a HUGE Michigan fan.
While the rest of the family mingled and generally tried to pretend that we were at a party and not a funeral, I took a seat next to Frank and was soon chatting with him about the game, the rivalry and Michigan Football. The whole time we're talking I'm of course thinking "I am going to be at this man's funeral in a month." But then it eventually struck me that, at that time, he didn't seem to care about any of that. He was near the end of his time on earth but still reveling in the glory of life and Michigan Football. When it was over he looked at me and said, "well, if that's my last Michigan/Notre Dame game, it's a helluva one to go out on." His nonchalant acceptance of the situation was... I dunno, amazing, gut wrenching, and hilarious all at the same time.
He died less than three weeks afterwards, on a Monday, and was burried on a Thursday. My father-in-law, at his funeral quipped "he died on Monday so that we could get his funeral out of the way and not have to miss any college football."
The funny thing is, on the ride over to Frank's house that day I knew that Michigan was in complete control of that game and it was going to be an epic "where were you when" kind of victory. But I also knew that I would probably forever associate that game, that win, with a sense of death and mortality. But that's not how it turned out. Experiencing that game with Frank elevated the experience from a great Michigan Football memory into simply a great life memory.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||How in the WORLD did you have time||
for this? Congrats to you and Mrs. BiSB on little one #2!!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||The notion that DB||
Wouldn't fire Hoke if he ends up being only mediocre is rediculous. Hoke might get a longer leash than some others, but if he goes another 2-3 years with 7/8 wins and routine losses to MSU/OSU, Brandon will let him go. He faces the same pressures every AD before him did, and not just from the university president.
Brandon has never said Hoke will be his coach "no matter what," all he's ever said is that, essentially, firing him will never be an issue because he fully expects that Hoke will be successful... which, DUH, what else would he say.
We all know full well that "successful" at Michigan means contending for a league title virtually every year and beating your chief rivals consistently. That will generally put us in the national title picture regularly. If Hoke isn't acheiving that within the next season or two, he's gone.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Easy Hannity||
Thanks for the social commentary.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||The Captains thing||
I believe Rich Rod did it this way too. It was one of the "tradition breaks" he caught a little heat for.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I understand the sentiment||
The OP shared what's going through his mind, I don't see why so many of you are jumping his ass for it.
Where I disagree, is I don't think Dave Brandon scheduled this game to "prove" anything. I don't think this was about "redemption" to him, or "Michigan pride," or ego or any of that other stuff. I believe he is of the school that, when it comes to generating interest in an event there is no such thing as bad press.
He knew the game would be talked about, he knew there would be all of these "reflections" and look backs and "where were you when" pieces, and to him, that's not painful, that's "buzz."
He doesn't figure we'll lose, so while the ramifications of that would be huge the chances are low and therefore worth the risk. On the flip side, Michigan vs. App. State is being talked about more than MSU's game with Jacksonville State, Ohio State's game with Navy, or Notre Dame's game with Rice. When people are glancing at sports sites, looking over the paper or walking by a TV set they're going to see the winged helmet, the words "Michigan," the stadium, etc. everywhere because this game is being covered to a much larger degree than if we were playing Tennessee State. In his mind, he's turning "the horror" into an athletic department bottom line advantage.
To DB the branding exposure that comes out of this little rematch far outweighs the negative memories it brings back. That's how he thinks and that's why, in my opinion, it was scheduled.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I think that was a||
I think that was a "road trip" map... the order in which stadiums were visited by... someone... the article was sometimes vague on details.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Enlightening. THX!||
Now... given that, what would explain why Borgess would not have had DG making that read/call himself? Was there something he did from a philosophy stand point or scheme stand point that would have had him telling our QB to key in on other things, or, as has been suggested, leave that strictly as a line call? Seems like a a tough read for a bent over center to make; peeking to see if that safety is creeping down...
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Just like the OP said||
before we all start chiming in with the "F Borgess" stuff, lets get a real football mind to enlighten us on what this might have meant. For all we know, Magnus or someone will come in and say "It's not that unusual in some schemes for a QB to not ID the MIKE when making his pre-snap reads and instead key on the Defensive End and the safety... blah blah blah"; or *sigh* it could of course be a sign of incompetence by the departed OC.
Either way, I'd like some knowledge dropped on me from a "Smart Football" type before I knee jerk a "hur BORGESS SUX" response.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I was at the 2001 game||
Which was a fun time, despite the outcome. There were a few times we thought the game was in the bag and then... ugh. I remember they kept spelling D-A-W-G-S... which... what?
Seattle was great. Luckily I made plans to fly out the Monday after the game and got home fine. My buddy, on the otherhand, stuck around an extra day and was supposed to fly out that Tuesday: 9/11/2001; which of course didn't happen.
Luckily he still had our rental car in his possession when all hell broke loose in NY. Getting a rental car after that was impossible. He kept ours and just drove back to Michigan.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Thomas not "breaking out" isn't too surprising||
Looking at his recruiting write up, Brian pretty much said Dymonte had all the athletic tools but would probably take some time to figure it out as a DB. He was compared to Stevie Brown in that he might not figure out the safety position until later but has the physical skills to be an NFL quality talent. His seeming "lack of development" worries me less than someone who we thought would come in and have an instant impact and we ended up not hearing about at all.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Butterfield was around 5'6"||
Another of the guys that seems to be conveniently forgotten when people start listing how "important" wearing the #1 has always been. Before Braylon, that number just got handed out to freshman just like any other number.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Well then||
Here's my "opinion, man." Learn some decorum.
I mean it's one thing to say "I didn't always find his posts insightful" and to just bust out with "he sucked!" People, maybe even talented people, see stuff like this and say "why bother trying to contribute if I'm just going to get railed."
Constructive criticism is fine, but just declaring that someone "sucked" is rude and unhelpful. If you thought his contributions weren't particularly up to par, maybe tell us why, maybe give an example, perhaps suggest what you'd like to see instead. But busting out with "he sucked" ...you're just making noise for the sake of making noise.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I would expect||
That a coach or two, maybe even Hoke himself, has reached out to a few folks to see if they can find a place for him to land. I recall that after Trevor Pryce got into some trouble back in the early 90's and it was clear that his days were going to be numbered, there were some discrete moves to find him a place to land. There are a few programs out there headed up by coaches who sort of "specialize" in taking on this kind of thing and turning it into a positive. Given what York did, he may not end up at a D-I school right away, but he'll probably end up somewhere that will work for him.
Gotta say, I was dreading clicking this link and reading the comments. After the video was released, some of the reaction comments by the community were, shall we say... less than enlightened. But pretty much every comment above is even minded and reflective. These are the times that I actually feel pride for being part of this community. There was a while there where I felt like internet discourse would always go the way of Mlive comments.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I never would have thought||
they'd have GPS on the players before they put GPS in the ball. I still find it almost silly how we just sort of accept the fact that the ref, after unraveling 5 guys from on top of a running back who was completely obscured, placed the ball in precisely the right spot and, 'lo and behold, he got that first down by half an inch! cumong.
All the preperation it takes to play this game precisely and so often it comes down to a dude in a striped shirt going "uh, yeah, I think the ball got to... I dunno, right about, uhhhhh, like here or so."
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Maybe...||
It's really a weird thing. It's got such blatant marketing appeal, and when Nike came in for the 1995 season things really ramped up from a marketing standpoint. Prior to them, Nutmeg Mills was, well, terrible at just about everything... but that season we got just a TON of stuff, momentos, etc... NOTHING said "The Big House" on it, and plenty of it was stadium centric. Our season tickets didn't say anything and the '95 media guide doesn't say it either, although the write up on the stadium is only a few paragraphs, as compared to the '96 write up which goes on for a few pages.
Within the department, Michigan Stadium was just "The Stadium" and Schembechler Hall was just "The Building." The athletic department in general, and the football folks in particular, had been there for so long, with so little turn over, that even if "The Big House" was a term in use, those folks probably never used it because it wasn't part of their general vernacular throughout the 70's and early 80's, consequently it was never something I ever heard said by anyone.
I distinctly remember when I first started hearing the phrase widely used after the '97 championship and thinking "when did this catch on?"
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I know that...||
I was a football manager from '93-'96 and no one in the athletic department called it "The Big House" that I can recall during that time; but my 1996 media guide has a pretty comprehensive history of the stadium which references the moniker at the very end.
Seeing the reference in that surprised me, frankly, because I never heard it (again that I can recall now) during my time working for the team. It wasn't on any of the paraphenalia we got, clothes, watches, commemorative stuff, nothing. I have a trunk full of stuff I accumulated during the early 90's and none of it references "The Big House." Anything having to do with the stadium just says "Michigan Stadium."
By the 2002 media guide references to "The Big House" in the "Michigan Stadium Story" write-up go from 1 to about 8.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||What I remember most from that game||
Something that went under appreciated at the time, was Shawn Crable missing that tackle on Caulcrick right at the sideline, falling down, getting up, and as Caulcrick ran around the line to the other side of the field and shot down the opposite sideline, Crable immediately taking an angle across the field to tackle him some 40 yards later before he could score. I was amazed in the stands and kept shouting "but did you see who made the tackle?!!" while the MSU fans were celebrating. It was one of the best "effort" plays I'd ever seen.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||1995 OSU||
Being a student manager on the team, the Bucks came in high, certain that there was no way a "mediocre" Michigan team would derail their Rose Bowl hopes again (1993). Seeing Tshimanga absolutely run over, around, past and through guys, OVER and OVER and OVER... he possessed every tool.
Make 'em miss in the backfield? CHECK.
Break a tackle at the line of scrimmage? CHECK.
Split two defenders with brilliant move? CHECK.
Out run the rest of the defense? CHECK
DO ALL OF THOSE THINGS IN ONE RUN?!? CHECK.
...and then Woodson leaping over Terry Glenn to pick off a pass and seal the deal.
It was the most "cathartic" football game I was ever a witness to... with UTL I a close second.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Anyone else think||
that Devin Gardner looks and sounds like a young Sterling Sharpe?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||2 PAC baby||
"From Oakland to Sac-Town
|1 year 15 weeks ago||As I recall||
Jon Janson was originally a TE. He came in around the same time as a few other good TE recruits, Jereme Tuman and Mark Campbell, and then bulked up to a tackle.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Man...||
You know you're getting old when the nerds aren't getting Abed reference. Her character was assimilated by the Borg then she was rescued and most of her cybernetics were removed. Her Borg name was 7 of 9.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Hinton Article||
Am I just missing it, or does Matt Hinton not even mention USC in his star rankings article? I'm sure they're a 5 star program there.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||LEEEEEEROOOOOY||
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Aaaaand||
Right away the first comment is dickish. Look, either give some analysis or don't post.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||These comments||
Remind me of the ridiculous "we're turrrible" threads after the basketball team lost to Wisconsin in the B1G tourney. This coach should fired, that player has no discipline, the sky is falling, we'll be lucky to win one game in the NCAA tournament...
|2 years 4 weeks ago||thanks!||
So nothing more elaborate than that huh? The guy who posed the question, in a sort of "Quiz of the Day" kind of way, gave me the impression that it was something a bit less mundane.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Sort of a hijack... but...||
Keeping with the theme of history and education;
can anyone tell me why, up until 1957, only 6 of the annual MSU/UofM football games were played in East Lansing?
|2 years 4 weeks ago||That was the allegation||
Yost knew better than to just come out and say that he hated catholics publicly, so he often accused Notre Dame of using "ringers" and felt that they got away with this because they didn't belong to a conference and therefore didn't have to comply with Big Ten rules against that sort of thing. The reality, according to most sources, though, is that Notre Dame didn't use ringers any more than most other programs, including Michigan.
What I find is that Notre Dame fans will cite that book ad nauseum when attempting to illustrate Yost's moral failings, but will deny that the book even exists when it comes to the part where a group of Michigan students essentially brought football to ND and "taught" them how to play.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||1994 backfield||
I was the running backs manager that year. In addition to Wheatley and Tshimanga that backfield also had fresman Chris Howard and Chris Floyd as well as Jon Ritchie, Che Foster and "Steady" Eddie Davis.
That was my first glimpse into the mind of Coach Jackson. Coming into the building after two-a-days Coach Jackson told me that Biakabatuka had feet as fast as Barry Sanders' (which *could* be true) and that, if he had his choice he'd start Chris Howard over everyone because he was the quickest in the hole.
He then quipped "did you know Timmy speaks something like 4 languages? Did you know Jon Ritchie got like a 1550 on his SAT's? How am I supposed to coach those guys? They're all smarter than I am?!" I still have a picture of a 1 year old Jeremy Jackson hanging around with the players in the lockerroom somewhere.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||To me||
I'll cut a kid more slack if he comes from a rough/poor background and simply doesn't always have a solid grasp on "how to act" when thrust in the limelight... but when you're a guy who grew up with every advantage, supportive parents etc. and you still can't seem to "get it right" the sympathy fades a bit more quickly. He knows what to do, he just can't manage to do it because he has this sense of entitlement. At least that's how he comes across.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Not a douche at all?||
What news have you been following? Lets see, gets pissy on twitter over a ticket on his Mercedes, gets sent home from the Manning camp because he can't "wake up", shows up unannounced at a frat party on the campus of an arch rival and gets pissy when they boot him... And that's what? The last 3 months? You're right. Model citizen.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Lets see...||
Over privileged rich kid from Texas who happens to be good at football turns our to be a petulant douche with no concept of boundaries or consequences. Bit "on the nose" isn't it?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||The thing that bothers me||
The thing that bothers me is that I had the "rented" cushions a few years ago for free when they unceremoneously moved my season tickets from one end zone to the other to make more room for the students (who didn't show up until the second quarter anyway... but I digress). The rental cushions are terrible. It had rained the morning before the game and the cushions were soaked through at game time, but because we couldn't remove them we had no choice but to sit there and get our asses soaked for the entire game. Our friends brought their foam seat cushions to the game out of habit and ended up using those to buffer themselves from the saturated rental cushions.
Obviously, this made us decidedly uninterested in the permanent cushions as they were inferior to simply bringing your own DRY cushion to each game.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Question...||
So will the officially licensed seat cushions bearing the M logo come with a warning that said cushion should not be purchased with the intent of using it at M sporting events? Or is this just a caveat emptor kind of thing?
|2 years 10 weeks ago||LDS church||
the Mormons had a concentrated outreach to American Samoa, with many converts deciding to move to Utah over the past few decades.
EDIT: and Tongans and other Pacific Islanders.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||TIMMMMAAAY!!!||
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Agreed||
The main thrust of the article, about Meyer being a fake, gets completely undercut by the fact that he kept going back to the Hyde issue which is now, apparently, a non-issue.
What rubs me the wrong way about Urban Meyer is the same thing that rubed me the wrong way about Tressel... they both profess to be "doing it better" than everyone else despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary. Stop with the holier than though act and quit feeding us this notion that because you're vocal about your faith you're somehow a step above your peers. Both of them seem to subscribe to the notion that if they keep telling people how much integrity and decency they have eventually it'll just be accepted as the reality. They have this obsession with having full control of a narritive that, in reality, is largely shaped by the whims of 20 year old kids and the media who reports on their missteps.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||DOH!||
Ya, I did kinda kill it there. *boo*
|2 years 10 weeks ago||well, to be fair||
It's not like "Notre Dame," the institution spent the money. Addidas made that shirt, as I'm sure a handfull of other licensees did. It's not that much outlay for a few thousand shirts to sell right away and the profit margin makes it completely worth it if the team does win. How big of an underdog a particular team is doesn't factor into the equation. After all, significant under dogs DO occassionally pull off the miracle, plus, can you imagine the fall out if ND had won and all of their fans at the game immediately went clamoring to buy official gear only to find out that Addidas didn't have enough faith in their team to have shirts and hats printed up? *gulp*
Better to have them ready on the off chance you'll be able to sell a $3.00 shirt for $25.00 than NOT be prepared and face a disasterous PR problem.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||I'll never forget that voice||
"Goddamn it, let's go!! It's black bag day! This is a big goddamn game! Notre Dame! We're playing Notre Dame! Assholes! FUCK 'EM!! Let's go!! Black bags, lets GO!!!"
|2 years 12 weeks ago||okay sure||
so I'm of questionable character because a sick kid decided to equate my school with his brain cancer and I was honest about the fact that this struck me as a comparison I didn't care for. Right. Got it.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Okay, seriously||
This kid can do whatever he wants, no one is forbidding it and its not like I'm going to walk up to him and tell him his tactic for dealing with cancer offends me. I'm expressing my opinion to a bunch of Michigan bloggers here, I'm not ripping the kid on a billboard in his hometown. It is possible to fully support this child and still privately be of the opinion that equating his cancer with Michigan is kind of Buckeye-ish.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Easy dude||
Jesus, you think I'd actually SAY that to a kid with cancer?! what the fuck's wrong with YOU? Expressing my view that I think this is kind of shitty, on this blog, does not equate to walking up to a family dealing with cancer and telling them off. You need to turn it down from 11 there guy.
I said it was something that I thought, not something I'd say. I'd SAY "so sorry to hear that. If there's anything I can do..." And I would mean it, but a part of me would also not appreciate equating my school with this child's disease. I wouldn't say that to a family battling cancer, but I'd certainly THINK it as a secondary issue. Just being honest. But for purposes of having an open discussion about it on this blog, and for purposes of being HONEST about how that whole thing struck me; sorry but it struck me as kind of a Buckeye thing to do. It's the kind of thing that wouldn't even occur to me to suggest, and if it did come up I would suggest we pick something else to call the cancer because naming it after a rival school is just kind of Buckeye-ish.
I never said anything about being "enraged" by it, I never said he doesn't have "the right" to do it and I never, NEVER suggested that if, given the opportunity I would walk up to this kid or his parents and say any of this. I'm just merely expressing that I, like Brian, also found this a totally "Buckeye thing to do."
You're goddamn right he can name his cancer any goddamn thing he wants, but I'm goddamn well within my rights to think TO MYSELF that its kind of shitty and, when it comes up on the blog, express my view without YOU giving me life advice and making judgements about my character.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I respect the other perspectives on this Michigan/Cancer thing||
but I'm sort of with Brian. As soon as I saw the whole "kid names his cancer 'Michigan' and then beats it" headline I said "Good for him for beating cancer!" ...and also thought "wow, what a totally Buckeye thing to do." Sorry. To me, the statement is more about the parents than the kid.
My school, my alma mater, a place I hold near and dear to my heart, a place that has devoted significant resources into becoming a world renowned children's hospital and cancer research center does not deserve to be the metaphorical stand-in for a child's horrible, life threatening disease. I wish the kid well, but that's, I don't know, gratuitous and kind of shitty. I mean, the kid has cancer, I get it, but why do you have to shit on my school about it. How does that make things better?
I for one, as a parent, would feel like a total douche walking around telling people that my kid has cancer and has decided to name it "Sparty." I would inherently know that my MSU aquaintances would immediately think "Jesus, sorry about your kid, but, seriously, fuck you. My school is not your kid's cancer and I don't appreciate the connotation." I wouldn't do that to others or encourage it out of my child. A Buckeye, apparently, would... hence it's a total Buckeye thing to do.
If it were my child I would suggest we call the cancer "Loki" or "Bane" or any other truly "bad guy" out there that they might want to defeat. If "Michigan" is the worst thing this kid can think of, making it his proxy for "brain cancer" then, again, we are dealing with a Buckeye mentality and this is a total Buckeye thing to do.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Oh ya...||
and the thing is... we knew it. The team experienced tough losses the prior year and bounced back to finish strong because we just knew we weren't putting it all together. The Colorado loss was completely different. There was no feeling of "we're going to be fine" it was a feeling of "we blew our shot, just play out the string."
For the rest of the season we beat the teams we were supposed to beat (had too much talent and too good of coaching for anything else) but we lacked something against Penn State that I would directly attribute to the Colorado loss. The coaches tried, they said and did all of the things that had worked the year before ("our goals are still in front of us!") but for the players... it was different. Maybe its a good example as to why we should always keep the talk centered on the Big Ten Championship. I dunno.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Kordell||
God that '94 Colorado loss was hard. MAN.
As a student manager I was directly across from Stewart when he heaved that ball, winding up Coach Carr's cords on the sideline. Lloyd and Coach Mattison were hugging, literally hugging each other as they set up for that final play. Coach Carr had handed me his headset and began walking up the field to get a view of the pass from deeper in the secondary. I was winding up the cord, at the Buffs' 30 yard line, when Kordell reared back and I yelled "keep dreaming my man! You ain't got that kinda arm!!" Turns out, he did. He threw that thing from his own 27 to our 3.
As the ball went up in the air a few players (all taller than me) stepped out in front of me and I lost my view. I just put my head down and kept winding the cord, smiling and waiting for the crowd to erupt. Instead, the stadium gasped and went dead. I mean DEAD. I looked up the sideline just as a fellow manager turned around and threw his hands up over his head in dispair. I yell out "what?!" and he blubbers "they fucking caught it!"
That game just felt HUGE at the time. We were coming off of 5 straight Big Ten titles (4 outright) from '88 to '92 and then the year before, my first year as a manager, we go 8-4. We had been 4-4 at one point in '93 (after that horrible Wisconsin game in Madison), but blasted through the rest of the season, beating down an OSU team that thought it was Rose Bowl bound and thrashing NC State in the Hall of Fame Bowl. We felt really good going into '94.
Before the Colorado game, the '94 team had *secret* talks of making a national championship run. Not just "Rose Bowl" talk as tradition dictates, but actual national championship talk. Coach Moeller wasn't even discouraging it. We had an experienced QB, Wheatley was back, a huge and talented O-line, Mercury and Amani, and a veteran defense. We beat Notre Dame in South Bend the week before and we figured we we're on our way. Then... Stewart to Westbrook and that damn SI cover. "THE CATCH!"
Then we ended up on the cover of SI again a month later after another heartbreaking loss, this time to Penn State. We lost to Wisconsin two weeks later (back to back losses to the Badgers was unheard of back then) and then dropped the final game in the 'Shoe to a pretty crappy OSU squad and watched them haul John friggin Cooper off the field on their shoulders like he'd just been fired for lying. This was the game where various pieces of equipment "came up missing" from our locker room inside OSU's stadium, including Wheatley's helmet and other rather essential items. A bowl win against Colorado State to end the season was of little solace (although San Diego was nice).
Jesus 1994 sucked. Even after all we've endured since; from the Season of Infinite Pain, the Horror on through the Rich Rod years, 1994 will continue to live in infamy.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Ladies!||
"Hey there Ladies... Like to go for a spin in my sweet convertible? It's a Pontiac!"
|2 years 15 weeks ago||"necessary" or not||
"necessary" or not isn't the question. It's "who's paying for them." That's the question. Since it's 'Bama the answer is probably "rich booster," to which, whatever. *shrug*
|2 years 15 weeks ago||fine line||
It's a fine line between "trashing" a school's academics and praising their academic support. Kind of like the line between stupid and clever.
It's just that little turn...
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I think this is totally awesome||
good natured, no big deal, and funny. I wish stuff like this came to define the back and forth we have with our rivals more than the vitriol that's usually served up.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||To me||
It looks like something DC Comics would have come up with in the 70's for a superhero, some minor character named "Dyna-Star" or some such thing. It's got that "I bet the kids really thought that looked cool 30 years ago" vibe going on.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||all I can say is||
I love that "#winteriscoming" is in that pic.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||I was at both of those||
...miserable. But for my money, nothing was worse than Purdue1995.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Poop.||
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Anyone actually WITNESS this?||
I'm not finding a single local news source corroborating this and, frankly, those pics and that video could be from anywhere. On Facebook they show a different pic and link the Daily, but all the Daily said was that it was a quiet, tame celebration. Might be wishful thinking, but could we be looking at a hoax?
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Fire Bielien!!||
We suck!!! Wait... What just happened? I haven't watched since the B1G tournament.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Two encounters||
Two encounters is a pretty small sample size to draw sweeping conclusions about a "fan base" as a whole. Personally, I've had the exact opposite experience where the Buckeye contingent went out of their way to be jerks while the Spartans were good natured. Depends on the nature of the individuals at issue. I've run into jerks and nice people representing every rival fan base, as well as many Michigan fans who were complete assholes to visiting fans as well as other Michigan fans. In the end, I believe that all fan bases have pretty much equal proportions of all types with some perceived variation due to commonly held beliefs that are perpetuated by the media. You'll notice Nebraska fans being nicer because they have an established rep for it; same with Michigan fans being arrogant and Buckeye fans being a bit too "extreme." This corroborates what you've "heard" and you tend not to notice the other variations. We think MSU fans are classless, but that's not an opinion that the MSM has perpetuated, so it's not a universally held perception, just a regional one. They're status as always being in Michigan's shadow is well known, but that's nothing unique; see Texas/Texas A&M, Oklahoma/Oklahoma State, Alabama\Auburn... Personally, I have this perception that OSU fans are the absolute worst despite the fact that I grew up in Lansing and have seen much more atrocious Spartan behavior. It doesn't make much sense.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Wait, wait, wait...||
I thought our coaching staff sucked at coaching defense?
I thought this team was just mediocre and not worth the time to watch?
I thought they were a collection of pathetic losers, chokers and quitters? "All of that talent and nothing to show for it."
I thought GRIII was a spoiled brat who could care less?
|2 years 29 weeks ago||We need 2 post game threads.||
This has probably been suggested before, but I'd really like to see TWO threads started after games, a RANT thread and a SERIOUS DISCUSSION thread. That way all of you DB's who are bagging on these kids now (but LOVED them all after the OSU and MSU wins) can have your own little place to be pathetic reactionists while the rest of us actually have a place to voice rational critique and discussion. This would allow the mods to simply direct RANTERS to the RANT thread when they take the time to post how they "don't have time to watch" losers, instead of handing out down votes and deleting comments and all that.
There are so many good questions and comments in these threads, but they get drowned out by the noise coming from the kiddie table. Let's give the kiddie table their own thread.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||The point is...||
Theses kids don't "owe" any of us a goddamn thing. They're not loafing on defense because they're lazy and think its fun to screw with fans, it's just that the college game is still moving pretty fast for them and they're clearly not fully understanding all of the concepts, assignments and switches being thrown at them on D, but their offense is coming along. Ripping them like they're an insult to the sport is as asinine as it is counter productive.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||I don't think we should be asking if this was a "flop"||
Describing this situation with the term "flop," to me, diminishes the nature of what were talking about here. Its one thing to try and draw a conventional charge call by initiating contact and then exagerating the impact to maximize effect. It could be debated that this is "part of the game" but is usually labelled "floping." If this Sheehey play is what it appears to be (from the circumstantial evidence) this isn't a flop; its way beyond that. Its flat dirty.
This is not a regular, run-of-the-mill charge/blocking foul situation. This is about a rule that has been implemented for player safety which, if the implications are correct, was used to bail out a team in a "no hope" situation. Getting two shots and another possession was just about IU's only hope there, and the only way to accomplish that was to deliberately place a players face at elbow level of the opponent so that contact would be likely, resulting in a review and possible flagrant foul call. Furthermore, given the apptitude of some of these refs, its not exactly a shot in the dark.
The funny thing is that while I was watching the game, when this happened, everyone in the room exclaimed AT THE SAME TIME "did that dude just put his face into the guy's elbow on purpose?!?" It appeared incredibly purposeful, and the replay made it seem even more so. We were all skeptical but, I'm not going to accuse someone of something like that without more to go on.
Now you take into account the timing of the TO, the clip of what Crean appears to be doing during the TO, that this occured directly after the TO, Crean's immediate reaction to the incident (screaming for a review without a moment's hesitation) and the implications are pretty strong; not conclusive, but pretty strong.
Calling this a "flop" is a slap in the face to honest flop artists everywhere.
This is dirty, bushleague, "hurts the integrity of the game" type stuff. Again, if true...
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Torn...||
While the Michigan fan part of me loves to see a rival fall flat with a hire, the SEC hater in me wishes MSU would've done something BOLD. This is somewhat analogous to Wisconsin losing Bielema to Arkansas.
From a conference perspective, MSU is one of those schools that has GOT to elevate itself if the conference is ever going to compete "top to bottom" with the SEC. The Big Ten needs it's "middle teir" teams, i.e. MSU, Iowa, (I can't believe I'm saying this... but) Northwestern, Illinois to get stronger if the league is ever going to develop the cache that brings consistent five stars to the top tier teams year in and year out. This notion that exists with many recruits now; that the SEC as whole is a higher level of competition week in and week out, and will therefore prepare you better (and more quickly) for the NFL, doesn't come solely from the success of Florida, Alabama and LSU. It's also largely a result of the (perceived?) success of South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia and Arkansas.
Arkansas needs an upgrade at HC so they go steal Wisconsin's coach. MSU needs an upgrade at OC and they hire... THIS GUY. I mean, not everyone can just go out and get an Urban Meyer or a Greg Mattison, but Jim Bollman?
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|2 years 34 weeks ago||Gittleson||
Would have DESTROYED this kid. I'm not sure how the current staff "acts" about this kind of thing, but Gittleson would pound you into oblivion for simply wearing a red or green shirt in the building.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||or...||
link to Patrick Stuart, who gave a rousing speech at the Big House at half time of the Indiana game on November 11, 2006 in which he commanded that we should go to Columbus and beat the Buckeyes and then proclaimed "make it so... NUMBER ONE!!" He then conducted the band.
...Then Bo died and we lost. But up till then it was awesome.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||BAM.||
It all comes back to space. Bitches.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Still in all...||
I'm glad the guy isn't bitter and bashing Michigan and Rich Rod and everyone else... which he could be doing. Its nice to see that he isn't making excuses or pointing fingers and is just saying "it was a tough situation and I'm looking ahead." He's not being a Kiffin about it at least.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Mike Elston||
Also would have been a dominant OLB in the mid-90's but a shoulder injury kept Jim out. He had all the tools. His injury and Scott Driesbach's are two that I wish I could just erase. Two great guys with great potential.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Rasheed Simmons||
Guy was an absolute man/child specimen coming out of high school. His wingspan... My God... He would be sitting down with his hands on his knees and then stand up, and his hands were still on his knees. He was a prototype pass rusher who just couldn't put the mental aspects together. Kerwin Waldrop was another.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Sort of reminds me||
Of Rawls run early last year. You're thinking "maybe this kid's got something," then... not so much...
|2 years 36 weeks ago||It wasn't Falk...||
It was just one of the usher type guys who is assigned to keep that area clear and credential people and what not. Falk is WAY too busy before games to be out greeting the other team. Besides, Jon Falk probably wouldn't be treated that way by any opposing coaches. He's well known throughout the country and is pretty much buddies with everyone (even though, or maybe because, he's the dirtiest, and funniest, old man you've ever met).
I've never met Dantonio myself, but the anecdotal evidence which supports his doucheholery is pretty substantial.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Any open forum||
has it's share of overzealous posters and this one is no different. We overreact a ton around here, that's part of fandom. The percentage of "facepalm" comments here is certainly less than most places, and we have safeguards and a culture which usually prevents troll comments from turning into a flame war. That's what makes this site among the very few I go to. We're not MLive, or RCMB and that's a good thing. But we'll never stamp out people who live their life by the "ready, fire, aim" philosphy. And I'm glad we're a community that doesn't tolerate baseless accusations (things like "Hoke manages the roster specifically to force out certain players"). We don't stand for crap like that; not because you're being critical of a coach (god knows we're PERFECTLY FINE with that) but because its an asinine statement.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||This...||
...this just... it's like Swarbrick lost a bet with Barney Stinson or something.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Not quite...||
I call it stretchgate because that's a generally accepted term for that incident. OSU's scandal is "Tattoo gate" and PSU's scandal is "The Jerry Sandusky thing." It's not a means of trivializing it, but, at least on this board, that's become one of the generally accepted monkers for it. I guess I could have said Freep Jihad, or "that thing where we got busted for practicing too much and not keeping very good records..." but I think "stretchgate" does the job.
Further, even the MSM thought that "stretchgate" was pretty trivial, and many thought that the OSU players exchanging trinkets for tattoos was "eh"... it was the Tressel lies that really caught everyone's attention. The point was that, in the world of "major college sports scandals" our incident was pretty tame by any objective standard, and yet the administration still expressed significant remorse and regret. OSU, in what was without a doubt a much bigger deal, stayed largely defiant until the criticizm was too much to overcome. Only THEN did they display any real contrition. ...and then, while the matter is still fresh on everyone's minds, Tressel gets invited back as a hero.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I agree... to a degree...||
Watching the Bucks hoist Tressel up on their shoulders a few months ago, all I could think was "this would never happen at Michigan." Our culture is VASTLY different than theirs. We love winners, but we loathe embarrassment more.
Ohio State doesn't really seem to feel shame as keenly as we do. Just the way we reacted to stretch gate is evidence of that. OSU was defiant, and to this day cleary doesn't think that getting free services for memorabelia, or the head coach keeping mum about it, is that big of a deal. They merely point to Penn State and say "see! now THAT'S an issue. Our thing? Pft. That was nothing." Michigan could have done the same thing with the Freep Jihad. The athletic dept. could have gone all Allen Iverson and been like "We're talking about STRETCHING here guys!" But instead they immediately went to "a rule is a rule, we screwed up, we'll pay the price and learn from it." Two very different ways of doing things.
Now, I'm not making a judgement as to which position is "more correct" but there is certainly a difference. I mean, Gary Moeller had a few too many and got belligerant with the cops and we couldn't run him out of town fast enough; three straight Big Ten titles, a Heisman Trophy winner and a Rose Bowl win be damned. He was persona non grata for the better part of 15 years. Tressel was being HONORED AT HALF TIME within a year and a half.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I'd frame the question differently...||
To me, the question isn't "are we sane?" it's "are we intellectually honest?" The answer, quite often, is "NO."
we say Bo never would have let Sandusky slide, but the same was thought of Paterno, which is why people defend him to this day. "The Joe I know would have never let Sandusky get away with that kind of thing if he knew about it!" That's what we think of Bo. Bo had the fortune of never having to face a sitution like this... so far as we know... so we really don't know with certainty what he would have done if something similar involving one of his most trusted assistants, say Moeller, or McCartney, or Hanlon, had occurred. He was a straight arrow, but he was also absolutely loyal.
Human beings are horribly flawed when it comes to logic and reason. Even now those who hate ND or just love to celebrate someone's downfall are digging in their heels about the fact that Te'o was in on the hoax from the get go. But if you look at the evidence that's coming out, it really is starting to look like Te'o was duped. Even my theories, that he was duped but played up the relationship way too much, seem to be off the mark.. and I'll admit that. Based upon what's coming out from Tuiasosopo, his acquaintances, and from Te'o himself, it does sound like Te'o thought she was real, cared deeply for her, embellished some things to cover up the "on line" nature of the relationship but, overall, really did get played. Never-the-less, those that hate "all things ND" will never give him the benefit of the doubt; just like Domers were behind him 100% even when the whole thing was looking very bad for him.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||but||
there's another, more plausible angle to that. He didn't visit her, EVER, on her deathbed or otherwise, not because he knew she didn't really exist, but because they really weren't that close. She was an internet friend/flirtation. They probably had some deep exchanges about life and god and religion on occassion, but he never visited her because she wasn't THAT important to him. She only became important when the "Star ND Player's Girlfriend Dies" story started increasing his visibility.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||*cough* *Cough*||
Manti: Seriously baby? Should I come out there? I mean, you don't sound so good.
Lennay: *cough* No, I'm fine, that's just the effects of the chemo and the fact that I'm in and out of a coma. And I'm still recovering from the car accident. *cough*
Manti: Ya. Okay. Damn, I wish I could have visited you back in the summer when the accident happened.
Lennay: No! No honey. *cough* It's okay, you were busy with, you know, all the stuff that's going on in South Bend in the summer and stuff. *cough* It's alright.
Manti: Okay, well, I gotta get to practice so that I can honor you by playing really good.
Lennay: Good. Now, you promise me Manti, if anything happens to me, you just keep playing your sport. *cough* Don't even think about coming here to try and lift my spirits or, if the worst should happen, coming to my funeral to pay your last respects to our undying love. I don't want you to miss any football practice on account of our devotion toward each other. I LOVE YOU!
Manti: You're the love of my life honey. I wouldn't dream of missing practice to be with you, since, you know, that's kind of your dying wish and all. I mean, I have to honor a dying wish, right?
Lennay: Right. God bless you Manti. You're a saint for not coming here to be with me. *cough*
Manti: Right. Well, off to practice!
|2 years 37 weeks ago||this||
only lends more credence to the theory that he was "playing up" the Lennay angle after the death, but wasn't really involved in some elaborate hoax that was, apparently, a year or more in the making. She went from "this chic I'm tight with on line" to "love of my life" after she "died" and the media ran with it.
If he wanted to perpetrate a hoax that he had this longstanding, deep, spiritual, meaningful relationship for months and months with some online girl, he wouldn't have been all over campus with various co-eds. "Lennay" didn't become important until she died, he dramatized its effect on him, and this caught the attention of the MSM. He then perpetuated it. Again, THEORY.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||People keep saying||
that he needs to justify "going on line" to get a woman... I think that's misplaced. He didn't meet this chick on the Mormon equivalent of J-date or E-harmony or something. The story is that they basically met over social media via mutual acquaintances and kept up with each other via twitter and what not. That's not the same as resorting to some kind of online dating service to "meet". The relationship was "online" in the sense that this is how they primarily communicated given the distance and her supposed medical situations, but this isn't the same as saying he "went" on line to meet women. Most of the under 25 set these days have a social circle comprised of "face to face" acquaintances and people they know in a strictly cyber context. That, in and of itself, isn't strange to me. Now, star athlete claiming an undying devotion to an online chick and not one of the flesh and blood girls that are throwing themselves at him on a daily basis? Yes, that I find less plausible. I think we'd all gravitate towards the flesh and blood co-ed you can actually spoon over some cyber hottie that apparently only has three pictures of herself.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Not sure how you can be so certain||
without having some personal involvement. The "information" we have can be be interpreted a few ways.
Now me, I have my own theories, but I'm not positive about anything at this point. If Tuiasosopo comes out and fully admits to everything, says everything Manti is claiming is true, that he did fully dupe him, that they did have an intimate cyber relationship all under the guise that he was a girl, that they did exchange words of love and devotion and committment, then, I'm sorry but Te'o walks away fairly clean in my book. I'm not going to start screaming "coersion!" without proof of it just because it doesn't comport with what I may WANT the story to be.
Now, I don't see it happening quite this cleanly, of course, but I remain open to the possibility. It seems clear, right now at least, that Te'o is guilty of embelishing the relationship and perhaps exploiting the situation... but I'm not absolutely "convinced" of any one answer. Most of the evidence that people are pointing to to claim that he was "in on" the hoax is actually just evidence that he was exaggerating the depth of the relationship. Those are not one in the same (although they may be equally bad).
|2 years 37 weeks ago||It's not pointless...||
It adds to the narrative and has to be considered in light of everything else we know. You don't just discount the uncle and the friend because it doesn't fit into the story you're already convinced of.
We don't know the truth, but things are coming out from all sorts of places. Te'o and Tuiasosopo are the main people everyone wants to hear from, but the key players are usually last to talk, they have the most at stake and their heads are probably spinning.
I have my theories, but I'm also willing to accept that the truth could run the gammut, from he's totally neive and was completely in love with this fictitious person and was completely duped, to he was in on it from the beginning and it was all a publicity scam. I have enough life experience to know, however, that the truth most likely is between those extremes. Regardless, the story coming from Tuiasosopo's acquaintance shouldn't be summarily dismissed... not at this stage. Now, the guy in Az. who said he'd actually met Lennay, yeah... I think we can file that away in the "you're clueless" bin.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Because||
way too many people who know him have said he's not. He's social, he likes attention, he has no problem with drawing the attention of women and paying attention to them. In his interviews he doesn't come accros as socially awkward or shy at all. He's reserved in an interview, but there is nothing out there that leads us to the conclusion that, when it comes to socializing with peers, he isn't at least on par with the average mega watt star college athlete. It's exceedingly rare for high profile athletes who are at the top of their game to not have the ego and confidence to match. It happens on occassion (say Ricky Williams) but he freely gave a ton of interviews about his life and spoke freely at a hundred awards shows. He's not a social introvert.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||TRUTH?!||
Thy name is Dilithium.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||It just adds up so nicely...||
doesn't it? It's the scenario that makes the most senes at this point. She was one of probably several flirtations Te'o had, some in-person, some cyber. Given Tuiasosopo's apparent religious background he (playing Lenaay) and Manti probably had a ton of "God is great" talks, and bonded over that. He probably considered her a confidant and good friend and someone he'd love to eventually explore something more with if they could get their schedules to work and, you know, she doesn't DIE. Then, low and behold, she dies. Now, this upsets him, maybe he plays it up, word gets out, he likes the attention, he "tweaks" a few facts here and there to make it more compelling and less embarrasing (it was only an online relationship after all), then ND makes a run at the national championship and his harmless story has taken on a life of its own. He's convinced it'll die down until it turns out the whole thing was a hoax and some reporters from deadspin are poking around. OH CRAP. Someone got more than they bargained for.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Yes||
The questions for Te'o are only beginning. He acted as though he and this Lenaay bonded over hours and hours of communication. It's not plausible to me that Tuiasosopo spent HOURS perpetrating this hoax to the point that he had somehow gotten Te'o to fall in love with this girl he created. NO WAY. Teammates have already said the same thing; that this girl was hardly anything until she died, THEN all of the sudden she was this big thing to him. Clearly, most of what made this story compelling, beyond the death itself, were fabrications by Manti.
People keep making the comparison to the Catfish documentary but there are a lot of distinctions there. The guy in Catfish was certainly becoming very "interested" in the girl duping him, but he started putting the truth together long before he fell in love with her. He also wasn't a high profile athlete with any number of women at his beck and call. I just don't buy that a guy in Manti Te'o's position in life falls head over heals in love with a girl he's never met in person. Regular schmos might "fall in love" with any chic who looks that good and pays attention to them on-line, but Te'o is no regular schmo. I'm sure he cared for Lenaay on some level, but the reality is that he mostly exploited her story and it backfired on him.