this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
|2 hours 14 min ago||Sorry, you just struck a||
Sorry, you just struck a nerve. It's something I hear enough that just drives me up the wall.
|2 hours 15 min ago||I remember years ago the||
I remember years ago the NYTimes had a long form piece on the history of football helmet technology and its relation to concussions. From what I remember, helmets were basically invented to prevent skull fractures and catastrophic (sometimes fatal) head injuries. They do basically nothing to prevent concussions.
The article did say some helmet manufacturers have been developing anti-concussion helmets (basically, big with lots of padding to reduce the sudden stops of the head), but that they were still too bulky and heavy.
|2 hours 17 min ago||I actually am well aware that||
I actually am well aware that research has shown no ill effects of consuming GMOs, personally have no concerns eating them, and do think that there is hypocrisy from many of the people campaigning against them.
But no, feel free to make up bull shit to ascribe to me in order to make a ridiculous argument involving putting science in scare-quotes.
|4 hours 39 min ago||...you can never believe||
Ugh, I hate this line of thinking. Yes, you can believe research; use some criticial thinking skills to evaluate the quality of the source of the research (most universities are safe bets) and the methods of the particular studies.
It's the same anti-climate change nonsense logic that suggests climate scientists invented climate change so that they could have jobs. It's just a means for people to maintain beliefs that they want to maintain in the face of evidence to the contrary.
|2 days 5 hours ago||They are now a member of the||
They are now a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC - LINK), which I believe makes a significant amount of research dollars available to members.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Using the word "Feminists" as||
Using the word "feminists" as reference to some kind of unified, singular group betrays one's lack of understanding of feminism, both contemporary and historically.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm guessing that this has||
I'm guessing that this has either been stolen or someone is in a very tough spot financially. Don't know that I find either prospect particularly funny.
EDIT: Unlike this (LINK), which I find very funny.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That article only looks at||
That article only looks at the top ten athletic departments in the country, and you refuse to give Martin any credit for Michigan being in that group? Plus, that article also only focuses on football revenues, not entire athletic department budgets. Yes, football revenue is going up, but most departments still lose money because there's a lot more to running an athletic department than simply worrying about absolute football revenue.
And it's not like Martin inherited a well oiled machine or even a blank slate of a department; he inherited a mess that required a lot of straightening up. He pulled Michigan out of the red, all while undertaking a series of long overdue, and very expensive, renovations.
*Side note: that stacked graph is terrible.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think you're not||
I think you're not appreciating how bad of shape the AD was in when Martin took over from Goss. And I also think you're not considering how rare it is to have an AD as financially solvent as Michigan's. Why Martin doesn't deserve credit for that is a little baffling - I think you, along with a lot of people, don't give nearly enough credit to how difficult it is to actually direct and manage something like UM's AD.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I assume it's like a Vespa||
I assume it's like a Vespa but faster. Maybe with some cool flame decals on the side.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Both Martin's predecessor and||
Both Martin's predecessor and successor ran deficits. The vast majority of Division I athletic departments run deficits. It's not nearly as easy as people seem to assume it is to keep ADs running in the black. And Martin did just that, comfortably in the black, while also taking on the massive costs associated with the much needed renovations to the athletic campus and athletic facilities.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Goddamn, this fan base.||
Goddamn, this fan base. Martin was brought in to bring the AD's finances back in line, something he did with overwhelming success. He did a lot of great things for this university.
People are so quick to throw him on the trash heap with people like Carr. And much like Carr, Martin's tenure was much more good than bad for UM. Maybe gain a little more perspective and have a bit of respect for a guy who was very good for the university we all love.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The thing about OSU and MSU||
The thing about OSU and MSU is that they've had so many different uniforms in recent years. OSU's traditional uniforms would be up there, but they have so many alternates they trot out lately. And MSU seems to change their uniform every couple of years, on top of their alternates. I actually like their current uniforms, but they'll probably be different by next season.
My (quick, dirty, and probably wrong) ranking...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I took my wife to that game!||
I took my wife to that game! It was not only her first Michigan game, but her first big time college football game (we saw Columbia play Cornell the previous year, but that barely counted as football).
It's a "classic" in my family! *wink*
[slips whiskey from rocks glass...cries]
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Say "mouth" again.||
Say "mouth" again.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I actually just picked up a||
I actually just picked up a Hot'n'Ready last weekend, and it was goddamned amazing. I don't know if I can expect any kind of consistency in quality, but last weekend it was fucking perfect.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Chesson is already a senior?||
Chesson is already a senior? Damn, some of these kids seem go through the program really fast.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Ugh, I'm so sick of watching||
Ugh, I'm so sick of watching these streaks and records end. I really hope this is one that M can keep going - just need one guy to get picked up.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||If Magnus decides to put out||
If Magnus decides to put out a TTB preview mag, you could experience both in the same day!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Does this mean people will||
Does this mean people will finally shut the fuck up about their Adidas complaints? God, I hope so.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Not traditional 4th of July||
Not traditional 4th of July fare, but my wife and I had amazing Chinese food last night. We had dinner at some friends' apartment; the wife is Chinese (parents even own a couple of Chinese restraurants), plus the wife of the other couple who were invited over is Chinese and brought her parents along. Tons of great homemade noodles, stuffed buns, dumplings, etc. Even had some good pigs' hooves and duck stomaches.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Well, considering horses||
Well, considering horses don't eat bits, it would suggest that the words are different and that one is, in fact, correct.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
...rambling OPs with no disernable point.
...misembedded videos throughout the threads.
...post-game meltdowns in the wake of losses.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||"Seymour, the house is on||
"Seymour, the house is on fire!"
"No, mother. It's just the Northern Lights."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||No worries, guys. I managed||
No worries, guys. I managed to catch a glimpse of it in this guy's kitchen.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I think guarding reputations||
I think guarding reputations was maybe too important to Paterno.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Does Harbaugh even need to be||
Does Harbaugh even need to be photoshopped? Let's count off some of the real life pictures of Harbaugh that are out there:
1. Him on set of Judge Judy.
2. Him at the Maxx hanging with Screech.
3. Him shirtless playing "Peru ball" with a bunch of teenaged athletes.
4. Him on the sideline of pretty much every 49ers game he coached.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It is so upsetting that||
It is so upsetting that Brandon had that stupid fully-guaranteed contract extension. That sweetheart deal really soured my opinion of Mary Sue, who I actually thought pretty favorably of before that.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I wonder what RollDamnTide||
I wonder what RollDamnTide thinks about all of this...where'd he go?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I mean, the way it's (almost)||
I mean, the way it's (almost) alone in that glass-walled room, I have to assume it's strictly for display purposes.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I read the title and thought||
I read the title and thought that York must be a verb of some kind, meaning like "to puke" or something.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||That's gotta more stable than||
That's gotta more stable than if he was just out on one, right?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely agree; really poor||
Definitely agree; really poor writing, that.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Does the fact that he has a||
Does the fact that he has a new position mean that UM doesn't pay him his full contract?
Wasn't there some deal when he left that he'd get his full salary for the remainder of his contract unless he took a new job?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||"My...uh, gun was hacked."||
"My...uh, gun was hacked."
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||Captain America?! I hope the||
I hope the NCAA doesn't crack down on the use of super-soldier serum before he gets on campus.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||And if he slims down to 350||
And if he slims down to 350 lbs?
|8 weeks 22 hours ago||I haven't checked recently,||
I haven't checked recently, but I believe that LinkedIn group was kind of DOA. Like all things LinkedIn, people signed up and then never really did anything with it.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||A-men.||
|8 weeks 5 days ago||We gave my daugher my wife's||
We gave my daugher my wife's last name, rather than mine. I'm not sure how common that is (I know at least one other family who did the same).
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Ah, yes. The Social Security||
Ah, yes. The Social Security Database. We definitely poked around in there; I don't remember where the name we settled on was ranked, but some of those baby name outlets did have it listed as a name that might make a come back - hence my wife's concern.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, my wife is really||
Yeah, my wife is really worried about that happening.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||My wife and I were looking||
My wife and I were looking primarily at older names that had fallen out of fashion, but had a nice classic ring to them. That way it was something that was unique, but not crazy, too unusual, or difficult.
The trick was navigating that "classic" vs. "100% grandma" line (we were ok with like 40-60% grandma).
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Oh man, people are waaaaay||
Oh man, people are waaaaay too comfortable telling you their opinions of the names you're planning for your kids. My wife and I abandoned one name we were considering because her family kept going on about how terrible it is and how we shouldn't do it. So after literally the first name, we immediately clammed up about any other ideas. The funny part was that they continued to harass us about "what name are you thinking, give us a hint, etc," seemingly not realizing why we refused to tell them ahead of time.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Not speaking specifically of Nike/FIFA, just generally...||
Broadly speaking, shouldn't things like corruption and reliance on child labor factor into which company the University chooses to business with?
"Oh no, I'm worry UM will consider horrible actions committed by a company when they decide whether or not to get into business with them!" Right, shouldn't they? Don't you want the University to take some kind of stance about the practices of their business partners?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||My god, I want someone to||
My god, I want someone to photoshop a JNCO football uniform SOOOOO bad now. Like, I've never wanted anything more than I want that.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SOMEONE HELP!!!!
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||Oh man, Jurassic Park in the||
Oh man, Jurassic Park in the Big House would be rad.
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||"Yeah! A place at the table!"||
"Yeah! A place at the table!"
|10 weeks 1 day ago||As both a Michigan and Texas||
As both a Michigan and Texas alum, I would 100% endorse a neutral site game between UM and UT on the moon. Space, bitches. Space.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Ya know, sometimes life||
Ya know, sometimes life throws you a particularly unexpected Tom Berenger reference, and ya just gotta smile. Thanks for that!
|11 weeks 6 days ago||As I recall, Aaron Rodgers in||
As I recall, Aaron Rodgers in particular talked about perferring his balls to be inflated past the limit and hopes refs don't let any air out.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Just curious, why do you||
Just curious, why do you think that this commentary doesn't belong here? (Or that you don't want to see it here or however you would like to frame it.)
It's a recent/on-going storyline involving a former M player that has gained (to a degree) national attention that also speaks to broader issues in the world of not just football but most high level sports. It seems like it touches on a variety of things that all would fall within the typical purview of the blog.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||...so this thread isn't about||
...so this thread isn't about the Ric Ocasek band?
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I got an anonymous text from||
I got an anonymous text from a New York area code saying that he's going to play for my office rec league. Sorry guys.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||...it seems like throws are||
Sounds like a recipe for cutting down on INTs. It's been so long since we've had a QB who could take care of the ball.
|15 weeks 22 hours ago||Wait, are you saying that you||
Wait, are you saying that you don't like Sleater-Kinney's new album? I heard it once in its entirety and thought it was great.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||That avocado analogy made me||
That avocado analogy made me really happy. Finding a ripe avocado can be a trial, and it doesn't get the recognition it deserves as one of everyday life's frustrations.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||LAAAAAAAAAATRICE||
RuPaul's Drag Race may just be the greatest TV show ever produced.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||As a Texas fan, I am torn.||
As a Texas fan, I am torn. Barnes was definitely in the "constant under achieving with middling success" phase of his tenure and probably needed to go if UT wanted to really compete at a high level. But I'm not sure how well Smart is going to do in a major conference. The shine has really come off him in the past couple of years.
I think he's good, but I'm not he's ultimately the guy to give UT the push it needs to really start competing.
|17 weeks 1 min ago||Go (south)west, young man!||
Go (south)west, young man! Specifically to Austin; my Longhorns could use a little QB competition from a seasoned veteran.
|17 weeks 2 hours ago||Two birds, one stone...||
"The impact of French domestic econimic policies on broader European Union growth" by Wilton Speight.
|17 weeks 2 hours ago||Damn it! I knew the registrar||
Damn it! I knew the registrar should have gotten rid of that band saw class! But no one listened! THEY NEVER LISTEN!
|17 weeks 2 hours ago||Any and all states of Drake||
Any and all states of Drake Harris's hamstrings are simultaneously both true and untrue.
|17 weeks 2 hours ago||Mods, can we get this junk||
Mods, can we get this junk cleaned up?
[ourage over unchecked power leads to formation of splinter revolutionary group...]
[goes back to lurking...]
|17 weeks 2 hours ago||Man, rough day for him.||
Man, rough day for him. First, he dies, but then he also gets fired! Yeesh.
|17 weeks 23 hours ago||I think that's why Henson is||
I think that's why Henson is saying that a transfer might be in the offing if the staff asks him to take a medical hardship. That he doesn't want to end his career, but the staff is telling him he should.
But for now, I'm assuming this is all speculation. Then again, he's already been out for two straight years and even a "tweak" can't possibly be a good sign. I would sadly not be surprised if his career never gets back on track.
|17 weeks 23 hours ago||I don't think that's what||
I don't think that's what "medical hardship" means. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't medical hardships what it's called when a player basically waives their eligibility to play sports for injury reasons and in turn gets to stay on scholarshp in order to complete their degree.
Basically, if true, I think this is actually suggesting that Harris's career is close to being over.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know if I'd say "a||
I don't know if I'd say "a lot" of athletic departments are self-funded.
LINK - I know the methodology isn't perfect and their definition of "subsidy" is problematic, but I don't think they're so far off that the take away message is fundamentally different: most athletic departments operate by running deficits.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know. I think this is||
I don't know. I think this is a pretty big issue. Breaking news? No. But it's something that people should really probably be thinking about; that is a LOT of money being spent by universities. The inflation of coaching salaries has been outrageous.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||It's a big reason why any||
It's a big reason why any discussion of player compensation that references "when I was in school..." falls flat to me. The economic realities of college football have changed so drastically, it's a totally different world than the 90s or 70s or whatever bygone era people are referring back to.
Bloated salaries are also a harsh and daming indictment of all the schools that can't keep their finances in the black. There is no reason for an athletic department to be paying coaches anywhere near this much money if you're taking money from the university.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I was reading some stuff||
I was reading some stuff about Bo this weekend (actually, forcing my wife to listen to me read Bo history to her), and coming across the part in which Texas A&M tried to woo him with the princely sum of a $3M, 10 year contract to be dual AD/HC (would have been the most lucrative contact in the NCAA at that time) really stuck me how far college football has gone down the big-money rabbit hole.
College football has become a very, very different animal over the years, even just in the last 10 or so years since I graduated.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||And I don't think him calling||
And I don't think him calling himself a "pretty boy" when attempting to constructively critique his own play gives everyone else permission to call him a "bitch."
|18 weeks 21 hours ago||Long overdue...||
Thank you! I get really frustrated by all the shit people feel entitled to throw at this guy. I've seen people on this board call him a "candy-ass," "bitch," and say he acts "like a coward."
People feel way too comfortable attacking players just because the football team they like isn't playing well.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I remember renting Eraserhead||
I remember renting Eraserhead my freshman year and watching in my dorm room. My roommate woke up in the middle of it, asked, "what are you watching?," glanced over during the pencil fanctory scene, and immediately said, "you know what...nevermind," and went back to sleep.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Just a heads up, the theme||
Just a heads up, the theme song is actually "Across 110th Street (Instrumental)", which is different from "Across 110th Street."
|20 weeks 1 hour ago||Does the Big10 transfer rule||
Does the Big10 transfer rule (about not accepting scholarships if you transfer within the conference) not apply to grad transfers? Or would he be paying his own way this year? And if he is paying his own way, does that mean he doesn't count against the scholarship counts?
I have a lot of questions about this, apparently.
|20 weeks 1 hour ago||I don't think it's an either||
I don't think it's an either or, regarding short term vs. long term gains. If Morris can't win the starting role this season, he might not ever be ready. In which case, the long-term gains you're suggesting M would be losing out on is based on guys being back-ups until they're RS sophomores or RS freshmen. Which is actually pretty normal and I don't think is a bad thing. Basically, Rudock (hypothetically) winning the starting job means both that the best player is playing in the short term and that M can get back to a more or less normal timeline for players to be groomed on the bench before taking over at QB.
Also, M has been looking forward to future seasons for years now. At some point, yes, you need for focus on winning games in the short term (and as I pointed out, you can do this without somehow sacrificing long term gains).
|21 weeks 4 hours ago||You can tell from replays||
Not always. One of the ongoing hurdles to properly handling concussions is that proper diagnosis often relies on self-report from players to an extent that other injuries do not. That's why culture and stigma are brought up so often, players need to feel comfortable reporting head injuries to trainers and not try to fake their way through assessment protocols.
But you are also right that the people in charge (both doctors and coaches) need to be aggressive and pro-active in protecting players from their own desire to go back out on the field.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I tend to skew pretty hard||
I tend to skew pretty hard towards the "that's inappropriate," stick-in-the-mud side of things, but this seems like a non-issue to me. Should he have been caught on camera yelling like that? No. Is it a big deal that he was? Not really.
Let us all scoff and roll our eyes and move on.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||I mean, for all of people's||
I mean, for all of people's complaints about his lack of heart and effort, didn't he suffer a pretty serious injury during the ND game that hobbled him for weeks because he was blocking during a screen play after already injuring his ankle?
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Man, this board has really||
Man, this board has really turned on the guy. So very bitter.
I still wish the guy luck in the draft and NFL. Hopefully he reaches the potential he flashed briefly while he was at UM.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Good riddance to bad rubbish||
It took three sittings, but I finally finished that.
That was mean. And 100% right and well deserved.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||The Malice in the Palace is||
The Malice in the Palace is still probably the most memorable sporting event I've seen.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Good stuff. It seems like an||
It seems like an almost annual occurance that Brian (or a mod) has to make a META post to remind the board not to post bewb pictures, and inevitably there's a weird juvenile meltdown from a very vocal segment of the board who seems to not understand that not everything needs to have sexy ladies pasted into it and that not every rule is some kind of assault on basic freedoms. Want bewbs? It's the internet, go find them.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||It's never been OK to post||
It's never been OK to post bare boobs.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I totally agree. I've been||
I totally agree. I've been wondering about people who bring up Rawls as some indictment of Hoke. Have they forgotten that Rawls got his shot and saw playing time, but just did very little with it? I mean, Hoke recruited him and gave him playing time, what else do you want?
He transfered down a level and was able to beat up on MAC teams.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Oh! I see. In that case, feel||
Oh! I see.
In that case, feel free to disregard that first paragraph. But my general sentiment that grad transfers are positive things still stands.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, that's really shitty.||
Yeah, that's really shitty. That QB has played well enough to earn a one-year shot at a much bigger, more prestigious, more competitive, and higher profile school, and his coach is actively lobbying to prevent players from taking those kinds of opportunities. You'd think a coach with his players' best interests at heart would support things like grad transfer opportunities like this one. And it's not like the kid used his school to promote himself - he's leaving for his fifth year, it's not like a one-and-out situation.
How many kids use grad transfers to move up from FCS to FBS, anyways?
In general, I like the grad transfer rule. I have to imagine that the vast majority of people who use it are not high profile football players looking at it as "free agency," but actual student athletes looking to get some of their grad degrees paid for. And even if it is football "free agency," it's players earning leverage and personal freedom via earning their college degrees - I'm ok with that trade off.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Let's not forget that that||
Let's not forget that that "tough situation" directly benefited Michigan, too.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I think most people believe||
I think most people believe (or are at least hoping) that Strong can be their Harbaugh. I mean, most people around here were lamenting the fact that Hoke hadn't gotten the axe a year earlier, keeping Michigan out of the running for Strong's services when he was looking to jump from Louisville.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Totally agree, regarding||
Totally agree, regarding McCoy's effectiveness. As I recall, his injury not only happened on the opening drive, but happened in the red zone on the opening drive.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe he's just a Bunuel||
Maybe he's just a Bunuel lover.
A horrible, arrogant, condescending, ignorant Bunuel lover.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Ugh, I still think that Texas||
Ugh, I still think that Texas would have won that Championship game if McCoy hadn't gotten injured (on the opening drive, I believe). Gilbert was a true freshman with basically no playing experience, thrust unexpectedly into the title game against a Saban-coached Bama defense. And it was still a relatively close game. If McCoy hadn't suffered a freak shoulder injury, I think Texas wins that game.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||As a Texas alum, as well as a||
As a Texas alum, as well as a Michigan alum, I was really, really hoping for this whole thing to sort out with Michigan landing Gentry and Texas getting Murray. C'est la vie.
Maybe UT can sway one of the two other committed QBs they've been pursuing (Locksley at FSU and another one that I can't think of off the top of my head). Otherwise, Strong is going to be in a really tough spot. Pretty much no one believes in Swoopes after his bowl game performance and there are no other viable QBs on the roster and one middling 3* in the incoming class.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Gentry doesn't seem like that||
Gentry doesn't seem like that bad of an option for a spread offense (and when you say "spread," I assume you mean a running QB). He's a giant, but it sounds like one of his strengths is his size/mobility combination.
Interesting to compare Texas's slide into bad/mediocre and Michigan's (Texas's current woes are a good two years younger, starting in 2010 v. 2008); of course, they never had their Denard nor their Sugar Bowl season.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||"...oddly innocent||
"...oddly innocent eyebrows"
May that be the lasting impression we all have of our late coach.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Miss Downer if you're nasty.||
Miss Downer if you're nasty.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Please tell me he's right! It||
Please tell me he's right!
It can't possibly stand for anything better.
|26 weeks 19 hours ago||Reading people demand that||
Reading people demand that Lynch talk to the media because he's paid millions of dollars and he's part of an entertainment industry and he owes it to the NFL and etc and so on reminds me of that David Foster Wallace essay review of Tracy Austin's memoir (LINK to PDF). In which, Foster ponders (among many other things) why we as spectators demand that athletes not only perform world class physical feats, but that they also be articulate and interesting speakers. The idea that it's not good enough to be one of the best professionals within an outrageously highly competitive environment and literally be capable of doing something only a few people in the world can do, but that it is also demanded that you be eloquent and insightful (and in Lynch's case, as with people like Ricky Williams as well, open and willing). And that ultimately that these dual expectations are completely insane.
Personally, I find most athletes to not be terribly interesting to listen to and think that the sense of entitlement the media (and by extension portions of the media's consumer base) feel towards athletes is a little gross. Lynch works extremely hard to be extremely good at playing football. He doesn't want to talk to the media? So be it; book Sherman for twice the time, I'm sure he'd be happy to fill it.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Oh definitely, it's super||
Oh definitely, it's super fucked up.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I can't confirm this because||
I can't confirm this because I couldn't make it to the end, but I heard that in the second one they made Galactus into a big cloud.
Galactus is one of the coolest, craziest, and scariest characters in the Marvel universe, and they turned him into a space cloud.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I liked the first two Raimi||
I liked the first two Raimi Spiderman movies; Spiderman 2 is especially good. (I even thought the 3rd one was OK, but I recognize that that's a pretty minority opinion.)
I never bothered to see the recent Amazing Spidermans, though.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||The cast is certainly||
The cast is certainly impressive and a huge improvement over the old Jessica Alba F4 movies. It's only a teaser, but it looks like it could be good.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I saw that, too. Crazy. Given||
I saw that, too. Crazy. Given that it was Mattison, I have to believe it wasn't as blatant as "you never would have gotten because you're not smart enough." Maybe something more along the lines of "this is a great opportunity to attend a university that you ordinary might not have access to."
But that's pretty bad to get tossed out of a recruit's house like that. Yikes.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Where is this from?! I'd like||
Where is this from?! I'd like to watch whatever it is right now, please.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||In a word?||
|26 weeks 6 days ago||To the first point, isn't||
To the first point, isn't that what that OL recruit's dad said was the reason for the son's decommitment from Wisconsin? That they were told, "get these grades and you won't have any problems," and then the admissions office is saying he might not be admitted even though he hit those benchmarks.
Didn't realize Wisconsin also didn't generally take JUCO transfers. Is that common across the Big10?
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I predict neither game will||
I predict neither game will be terribly close, as Rodgers is banged up enough that the Seahawks will have a comfortable win. And I think the Colts, as surprisingly impressive as they were against the Broncos last week, will simply be out matched by a better New England team. Both games will consequently be very boring and not worth watching*.
*This last prediction has nothing to do with the fact that I'll be out of the house all afternoon and most likely miss both games.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Got it. He's not a coward,||
Got it. He's not a coward, just acts like one.
I agree he didn't look like he was playing at 100%, but there are lines between critiquing play and making personal attacks that people feel way too comfortable crossing.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Just because I have to trot||
Just because I have to trot this out everytime the subject comes up...
-Me, about 10 weeks ago.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Did you just call a 20 year||
Did you just call a 20 year old who plays a game for free for your entertainment a "coward?"
|27 weeks 6 days ago||It boggles my mind that||
It boggles my mind that anyone after watching the Minnesota game can continue to assert that the team would have been better off if Morris had started at QB.
|33 weeks 18 hours ago||Who gave this guy 100 points?||
Who gave this guy 100 points?
|33 weeks 2 days ago||People seriously need to stop||
People seriously need to stop hammering the "Schlissel is going to de-emphasize athletics" conspiracy theory. The president of the university said academics are important (a view that's, you know, basically his job). That's it. There has been zero indication that he's considering downscaling the athletic department in any way, and it's insane to think that in his first year of his first tenure as president he would undertake such a massive and controversial initiative (especially one likely to alienate huge portions of the alumni/donor base).
As the poster you're replying to says (and as Don lays out HERE), the university on the whole tends not to accept JUCO transfers because of its very stringent standards for accepting transfer credits. This is true of the entire student population, not just athletes, and has been true for a long time and has nothing to do with any agenda from Schlissel.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||I saw those reports but chose||
I saw those reports but chose to stick with Rivera, which worked out pretty good. Rivera has over 100 yards and a TD, compared to Thomas who I'm not even sure ended up playing.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||I'd avoid the Giants||
I'd avoid the Giants backfield this week. It's totally up in the air how that workload is going to get split.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||You don't have to sugar coat||
You don't have to sugar coat it, Rivera is a terrible option. But so is every other option out there. I actually agree that Daniels is probably the best of the bunch, I actually played him the first week Thomas was out, I'm just holding out hope that Thomas can play.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't realize the extent||
I didn't realize the extent to which people in my league were hording TEs until Thomas got Hurt. Wright and Miller are both taken.
I think I'm going to go with Rivera. He's got a later start (Daniels plays at 1pm), and gets a consistently high volume of targets, even if he only catches < 50% of them.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||I'd go Megatron and Gordon.||
I'd go Megatron and Gordon. Megatron obviously lit it up last week (granted, against a terrible Bears team), so I'd keep him in the WR1 ranks. And I try not to double down on one team if possible, so I'd put Gordon in ahead of Tate.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||I've got the same debate||
I've got the same debate between Denard and Jennings. I'm rolling with Denard, because who knows how much Jennings will actually play. Could be 50/50 with Williams, could be 25/75.
But if I were you, I'd probably roll with Mathews.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||I'm in the same boat. Been||
I'm in the same boat. Been having to stream TEs the past few weeks. Even if he plays, I wonder how much of a work load he'll get. Still probably better than his potential replacement: Rivera, Clay, Sims, or Daniels.
Who's your plan B if he doesn't go?
|33 weeks 5 days ago||COMPLETE THE TRIANGLE||
MUSCHAMP TO MICHIGAN
|33 weeks 5 days ago||What? Why?||
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Just because this year's||
Just because this year's offense is bad doesn't somehow retroactively make last year's offense good. It is possible, I dare say probable, that both offenses are bad, and that just because Nussmeier has overseen an even more ineffective unit does not mean that Borges didn't deserve to be fired.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Isn't this the type of||
Isn't this the type of sideline demeanor we make fun of Brian Kelly for displaying?
|36 weeks 2 days ago||How does the coaching search||
If M was going to fire Hoke mid season, they needed to do it after the Minnesota game. Maybe then you get an interm guy to turn things around a bit. Maybe then you can get some recruiting momentum built up post-firing. But there's nothing to be gained by firing him now, other than placating a bunch of angry fans.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||How would firing Hoke help||
How would firing Hoke help the on field performance? Do we know that Hoke is the reason the QBs suck and that the offense goes nowhere? And how big of a turn around could you reasonably expect, even if we knew Hoke was what was holding the team back, given that there are two weeks to the end of the season? And who takes over as interim? Mattison, who doesn't want to be a HC? Nussmeier, the new OC who has overseen a horrible offense? Someone from the assistant ranks getting promoted over the coordinators?
And why would recruiting pick-up? It's a given that Hoke is gone, so the only difference between keeping him and not knowing who the HC next year will be and firing him and not knowing who the next HC will be is basically having anyone around (even a lame duck coach) to continue overseeing recruiting. Recruting is going to take a hit no matter what, at least Hoke and Mattison are around to try and keep things somewhat together until the next coach is hired.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I say this as someone who||
I say this as someone who tried to roll the dice with Rainey last week as a bye fill-in, I would strongly advise against playing Rainey.
I would definitely go Bennett over Jones. Jones has gotten more targets but is consistently scoring less than Bennett every week. Jones gets 0-5 points a week; Bennett gets 5-10. And even if you don't trust Cutler, I wouldn't trust Carr any more.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||How did firing Zook||
How did firing Zook mid-season help they get Meyer? Why would they not have gotten Meyer if they fired Zook at the end of the season?
|36 weeks 2 days ago||But if M and UF are both||
But if M and UF are both offering him that money, why would he pick the school/administration he already has issues with?
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Why does everyone keep saying||
Why does everyone keep saying this is such a smart move by Florida? This has been brought up ad nauseam with regards to Hoke; generally firing your HC mid season doesn't get you a whole lot and just causes the program to sink that much faster leading into the next cycle. People seem to want to do it out of anger at poor results rather than any rational benefit.
Then again, the fact that they got Muschamp to coach out the season is a bit of a crazy coup.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed about the targets.||
Agreed about the targets. Tate and Beckham are getting like twice the number of targets comapred to Roddy.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||So you'd be advocating for||
So you'd be advocating for mid-season firing of Hoke, as well?
What are they really gaining by being head coach-less for the rest of the season?
|36 weeks 3 days ago||I mean, we always knew||
I mean, we always knew Muschamp was gone, and that Florida was always going to be M's main competition for coaching candidates. This isn't news; the fact that he got fired today rather than at the end of the season is what's surprising.
And there's been plenty of rumors swirling about Mullen not like Florida's administration, so I wouldn't say it's a given he's headed to Gainesville.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Is your league PPR? I think||
Is your league PPR?
I think Riddick would be a bit of a late season steal in PPR leagues. Bush wasn't even doing that great before the injury, and now he can't stay on the field even after the bye. Riddick definitely has an opportunity to keep earning playing time.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Mid-season. Two weeks after||
Mid-season. Two weeks after beating Georgia. One week away from probable bowl eligibility. Damn, Florida, that's a cold ass move.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||My primary dilemma for the||
My primary dilemma for the week (and probably every week going forward): I have to pick two WRs from Golden Tate, Roddy White, and Odell Beckham, Jr. Right now I'm thinking Tate and Beckham, because of Tate's consistency even with Megatron back and Beckham's much higher volume of targets relative to White, who is a little too up and down and TD dependent for my tastes.
To the OP: I'd say Marshall and Tate. Tate for sure, given the Lions will be throwing a lot (Arizona's run D is good and the Lions' run O is pretty weak), and Tate has been really consistent for weeks. Marshall...well, mostly because I wouldn't trust West. You'd be gambling on picking the hot hand out of a three-headed RBBC. Both Marshall and West are risky, but Marshall seems like both the safer bet and the higher upside.
|37 weeks 17 hours ago||Of course his focus is going||
Of course his focus is going to be on academics, he's the president of an ACADEMIC INSTITUTION. If anything, all of his comments regarding the athletic department have been more of the "this is out of my wheel house, so I'm relying on other more knowledge people to help me" variety.
I get that having a new president, AD, and football coach all at the same time is a really unusual situation. But the football program has become so incestuous and inbred, there is a real opportunity to do some new things with it, which is desperately needed.
|37 weeks 18 hours ago||"...doesn't prevent [him]||
"...doesn't prevent [him] from being an ideologue (which he may or may not be)." Otherwise known as, "I don't have any evidence of my position, but I'm paranoid anyways."
|37 weeks 18 hours ago||Case in point, Brian going||
Case in point, Brian going crazy torching all the posters that simply annoyed him. I forget what set that off, but it was pretty hairy days around the ol' mgoboard.
|37 weeks 21 hours ago||I really, really wish people would...||
LEARN WHAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH MEANS
|37 weeks 22 hours ago||How is Maryland that bad at||
How is Maryland that bad at passing O? I thought they had one of the most talented WR corp in the conference. Is Brown that ineffective of a passer?
So...Maryland vs. Michigan is going to be yet another slog between two teams that are bad on offense? At least Michigan's defense seems to be better than Marylands. That's something, I guess.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||I think it's absolutely a||
I think it's absolutely a good thing. The University of Michigan is a university, afterall. And a damn good and proud one at that.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||It is crazy how the more||
It is crazy how the more coaching he got, the more he has regressed. His best stretch was definitely after he'd been playing and practicing at WR all season. Then he had an up and down year playing QB full time. And now this season...yeesh.
I don't understand how both Borges and Nussmeier can't sem to coach QBs, when that's at least part of what their reputations were based on. And I don't think it's just Gardner. Robinson got worse under Borges. Morris is shockingly underdeveloped. UM seriously hasn't had a polished, well-developed QB since probably Henne's junior season.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Ha, as a Lions fan, I||
Ha, as a Lions fan, I remember being pissed that Wisenhunt opted for the Titans and that the Lions got stuck with a (not even particularly good) retread in Caldwell. Now, the Lions lead their division and are tied with the likes of NE and DEN for the second best record. I'm not sure Caldwell is any kind of long term answer, but he clearly has had a good anti-Schwartz effect.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Does anyone else have||
Does anyone else have problems watching these NFL highlight videos? It seems like every time I try to watch some Jags highlights, it either just never loads or gives me an error message.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||I would like to see what||
I would like to see what those numbers look like as average touches. Those are pretty low yardage stats, but I feel like he also doesn't get that many touches. The fact that he has no TDs (for his career) is kind of crazy.
Generally, I agree with you, though. I think the site's views on him are a little disproportionate to his actual performance. Still think he's a helluva lot of fun and is still a functional part of the offense/ST that will be missed.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Damn. He's seriously one of||
Damn. He's seriously one of the only fun parts about watching this team.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh, I'm so sick of these||
Ugh, I'm so sick of these examples being trotted out.
Maybe Rawls is "tearing it up at CMU" because he's playing against MAC level competition.
And Cox was a 7th round flyer (probably drafted based on measurables, remember the tale of his time here was always "looks the part, but struggles to perform") who made it on to an NFL roster because the Giants have suffered an insane number of injuries at the RB position (that and Coughlin has allegedly taken a personal liking to him). And even then, he doesn't get reps at RB, he's a special teams guy.
That said, though, yes, Jackson has got to go. Hopefully he retires at the end of the season.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||You know there are passing||
You know there are passing spreads, right? Moving to an offense that is called a "spread" is not inherently going to be some drastic, traumatic change. There are things in between a Wisconsin-like power running attack and a Rodriguez read option offense.
The dread over "spread or pro-style" is insane. Get some one who can run a functional offense AND defense. Period.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Are you saying Gardner is||
Are you saying Gardner is fragile? The guy is tough as shit. He gets injured not because he's fragile, but because he takes such a beating.
And the previous poster clearly said he'd never start Morris AHEAD OF GARDNER. Of course if Gardner gets injured you put in Shane ahead of Bellomy. But regardless of which backup you put in, the offense will still go nowhere and throw plenty of picks. (I guess it'll throw plenty of picks with Gardner, too, but at least there's an outside chance of the occasional TD.)
|38 weeks 3 days ago||It's part of his job to make||
It's part of his job to make sure that the players are able to execute. He does more than just play calling on Saturday's. The horrible offense is his responsibility.
You're right. He's had 6 months, and the team looks even worse than last year. Even more lost and confused. There is literally nothing this offense does well, no position that is performing. They are, top to bottom, a mess.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||I really, really try not to||
I really, really try not to talk bad about individual players, but Shane has been absolutely terrible so far. What do you think he "can build" for next year? He has looked so utterly lost when he's gone in. Letting him start the rest of the season would essentially be forfeiting every game.
He has thrown 5 INTs and 0 TDs in 87 career attempts (5.7% of his throws are INTs), plus at least one bad fumble. This season, his YPA is 3.2 yards and his completion percentage is 35%. I really don't want to talk ill of him, but he has been horrible.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||There is no way Hoke gets to||
There is no way Hoke gets to stay to help one player develop. Even if it is the most important player on the team, that would be insane.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Oh yeah? Was she in charge of||
Oh yeah? Was she in charge of wrangling the WOLVERINES!
|38 weeks 3 days ago||After reading through the||
After reading through the thread up to now, I think it's clear that Manning is the new Fred Jackson.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||What did he do for the||
What did he do for the basketball program?
He didn't hire Beilein (who was hired 3 years before Brandon). And I'm pretty sure the plans for the Crisler upgrades (and many of the other facility upgrades) were started by Martin.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||It's not that hard to really||
It's not that hard to really understand: the athletes are benefiting from Brandon's policies of milking every dime out of the fan base. The fans hate him because they feel they're being exploited, but it's no surprise that the field hockey team is excited to have their own facility, even if it means huge chunks of the fanbase have been priced out of attending games.
Brandon did some good things while here (e.g., night games), but he destroyed the relationship between the athletic department and literally everyone else (fans, students, alumni). Maybe if you're an athlete who doesn't give a shit about anyone who isn't an athlete, that's fine. But as the Alumni Association report pointed out, who's going to be the donor base to milk money from in a few years when all the students you've alienated are now your alumni base? As Brian has mentioned, Michigan's eviable waitlist for season tickets has evaporated already. The department failed miserably at what should be one of it's core goals: fostering the relationship between the school, athletic programs, and fans/students/alumni.
And none of that even touches the fact that Brandon took what was unique about Michigan and steadily eroded it, approaching a point where Michigan athletics is becoming devoid of character.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Ugh, I can't remember the||
Ugh, I can't remember the last player that I was so ambivalent about.
Ambivalent probably isn't even the right word. I don't really have mixed feelings about him: the guy seems like dick, full stop. Just happens to be very good at football.
Happy that he has moved on.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||I distincly recall watching||
I distincly recall watching Desmond pick Michigan over Alabama in Dallas a few years back. I'm pretty sure that earns him life long irrational homer status.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||In theory, I can see the||
In theory, I can see the benefit of retaining some assistants. But outside of Roy Manning (provided he no longer be allowed to coach DBs), I'm not sure who else I'd want to stick around. No position group on the offensive side of the ball has looked good this season (otherwise, Hecklinski would be my first choice). The only position group on defense that I'd be interested in would be LB, but that's Mattison's domain, and I think both coordinators need to go.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||If the HC options are at the||
If the HC options are at the level of the Tulanes and Tulsas, I seriously doubt he goes that route. I know he's been a pretty huge failure at Florida, but that's a massive step down.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Personally, I say clean||
Personally, I say clean house. I'm sure Nussmeier will find success elsewhere. Mattison, while still a solid coach, I think is starting to show signs of aging out of coaching.
More than anything, the program has gotten a kind of institutional rot to it at the moment. I say use the opportunity of having both a new AD and new HC to really give the culture around the football program something of a jolt. And hopefully the past 7 years will have taught the community around the program not to attack the new HC the way they did RR when he tried to change the culture.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||But I think the question is:||
But I think the question is: which job would Muschamp take? Does he want to take a couple of years to return to being an elite DC at a high level program? Or does he want to take a step down in level of competition to stay as a HC?
I don't have an answer for that. But I do think either option is viable.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think the D quitting||
I don't think the D quitting down the stretch is necessarily a S&C issue, but I do catch myself having a general feeling that I'm watching boys among men sometimes watching Hoke's teams. I know next to nothing about S&C approaches and what UM is or isn't doing, so that's admittedly a huge blind spot for me.
Do you know where I can find Bacon's comments about M players and NFL scouts? I hadn't heard that before, and I'd be interested to see what they were saying.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||It's so awesome that the||
It's so awesome that the Lions are playing as well as they are now and still have the return of Megatron, Bush, and basically their entire TE corp to look forward to (that Tate signing this off season was so fucking money). And that the D has really stepped up in the wake of Tulloch's injury.
The Caldwell hiring was pretty uninspiring, I think, to a lot of people at the time, but he is looking like what this team needed to really put it all together.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||The funniest thing about his||
The funniest thing about his "blogs are nonsense" comment was that he was so into pushing things like hashtags and other social media stuff. Obviously he's just being a dick, and I'm sure he saw or heard about the mgoblog report, but I like the idea that he literally just discovered the internet and hashtags are like the only thing he understands (I mean, he clearly doesn't understand the idea of emails leaving a virtual papertrail).
|38 weeks 4 days ago||I agree, he would be a great||
I agree, he would be a great hire. I was at Texas for grad school during his UT years, and was actually really disappointed at the time that the whole "coach in waiting" behind Mack Brown situation didn't work out. That was probably for the best, in the end. But I'd love to have Muschamp up in AA as DC.
As for Mattison...I don't know. Michigan could do better, but they could do worse. The defense is, in my opinion, underperforming relative to talent level, but they aren't bad*. There are some decisions made this past year that really makes me question him (e.g., moving your star LB to a new position in his fifth year; running a press man coverage D when you have a former LB coaching CBs and your DL has trouble getting to the QB). I don't think those are changes for the sake of changes, I think there's a clear logic there, but they're still questionable choices all the same.
*I don't remember how things like FEI are calculated off the top of my head, but my off the cuff thoughts about the D's stats is that they tend to start (both in game, but also kind of scaled up to the whole season) pretty staunch but as the O continues to be horribly ineffective, the D slowly gives up the ghost and give up a ton of late yards and points. Which maybe speaks to a certain lack of fortitude, which is obviously a symptom of poor coaching.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||I think it's crazy for a||
I think it's crazy for a Michigan fan of all people to make the claim that "it's actually difficult [to fail]." It's insanely easy to fail at college football anywhere. That's why good coaches are at such a premium; even some coaches good at one place can't recreate that success at other places.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||"You really caught our eye||
"You really caught our eye with your needless and unending upcharging, but your open contempt for your most loyal customers is really convinced us that you're real Comcast material."
|38 weeks 5 days ago||I would love for this to be||
I would love for this to be true, but I can't help but feel skeptical. It seems like this would be a pretty abrupt announcement. Obviously, there has been a steady lead up to his firing/resignation, but I feel like there would be a little more build up from the rumor mill before he actually stepped down.
Side note: I wonder how this affects Brandon's future career ambitions. I assume his days as an AD are done, but that doesn't really mean anything given his background. Would his rampant mismanagement, public gaffes, and horrific public persona keep him from landing another corporate job (probably not) or sink any political ambitions (I would think so, at least until he can mount a kind of image re-hab)?
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Doggoneit, Mabel!||
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty sure Brandon didn't||
Pretty sure Brandon didn't fire Shafer, hire Robinson, retain all of RR's assistant coaches, or force them to run a 3-3-5 defense.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||I think that's the best||
I think that's the best attitude to have. Hopefully something works out for him that let's us all watch him on Sundays.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||After last year? Sure, I'd||
After last year? Sure, I'd say that he had a very good shot at being an NFL QB.
After this season? I seriously doubt he'll get much consideration if he sticks with QB. One of the biggest red flags with college QBs making the jump is if they can't handle pressure. The past two years has spooked Gardner to the point that I don't think he can handle pressure, and that is going to sink his QB aspirations.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||What does that mean?||
What does that mean?
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Why not mention the Coke||
Why not mention the Coke incident? It was a major PR gaffe that got (brief) national attention. If anything, it manages to touch on multiple issues with Brandon's tenure all at once: declining ticket sales, awkward commercial partnership, blown PR response, taking no responsibility for the screw up.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Um, there are definitely||
Um, there are definitely sex-positive feminists who don't think sex work is inherently bad and advocate for safety rather than abolishment of sex work. (LINK to the Wikipedia, but a quick google search for "feminism sex work" would do the trick.) This is not to say that the porn industry doesn't exploit a lot of vulnerable people, but there are definitely perspectives that you seem to be unaware of.
And striving to make the sex industry "no longer viable" isn't really realistic. It's not called "the oldest profession" for nothing.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||What about the Hoke era would||
What about the Hoke era would discourage another coach from coming to UM? If anything, Hoke has gotten way more leeway than coaches would get else where. Hoke is highly paid, is given the funds to pay top dollar for assistants, has clearly demonstrated that UM is a place you can recruit really well at, and is really only on the hot seat after 4 years and sitting below .500.
Now the RichRod era...that's a whole other matter.
|40 weeks 4 hours ago||In this purely hypothetical||
In this purely hypothetical reality, I think it would matter how the team looked in getting to 7-5. If they won some crazy, close, ugly games, then that's not good enough. If they somehow figured the offense out during the bye and miraculously came out looking like a well oiled machine that put up points (and looked like they did it on purpose), then I could see justifying keeping him. It's not that 7-5 is "good enough," but that the trajectory suggests things are starting to come together (too late for this season, but maybe not for next). Which is part of why Rodriguez's 7-5 team didn't seem good enough to a lot of people (myself included, eventually); that 2010 squad may have gotten those 2 extra wins compared to 2009, but they got there ugly and in as uninspiring a way possible, ending on that horrendous bowl appearance. The record wasn't as damning as just how ramshackle the team seemed to be.
Now, I think this is about 0% chance of them turning a corner this year and expect maybe one more win (Indiana, aka #CHAOSTEAM). There's always going to be divisions within fanbases, especially when it comes to coaches (e.g., some hate Carr, some respect him; bringing up RR is sitll almost guaranteed to start an argument), but I've got to imagine the Fire Hoke perspective is approaching near unanimonity.
|40 weeks 5 hours ago||Welp, the moment has come.||
Welp, the moment has come. We've had a good run, but it's time to shut it down. Shut down everything.
|40 weeks 5 hours ago||I thought there was a group||
I thought there was a group of students every year that was supposed to guard the diag during MSU week.
Man...Brandon really f'ed this one up. Fire Brandon!
|40 weeks 5 hours ago||Ugh, another presidential||
Ugh, another presidential transition. Just what we need. Our recruiting is really going to take a hit. Those upper level course are really going to feel it in a few years.
|41 weeks 20 hours ago||Haha, amazing||
"Powered by unknown means, presumably The Funk..."
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Is Bells still around? That||
Is Bells still around? That was my go-to pizza place in college once I realized that they'd honor any "coupon" I claimed to have. I think they had a "two large one topping pizzas for $10" deal once, and I got that same order for like 3 years.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||The trip was pretty good,||
The trip was pretty good, outcome of the game, notwithstanding.
Took the train from Manhattan, and grabbed a pretty good dinner at Harvet Moon (thanks to whoever recommended it in the "Going to Rutgers" thread - it was perfect). We walked the 40 or so minutes from the train station to the stadium: New Brunswick seemed like a kind of typical dumpy college town, pretty spread out and nothing special. The walk through the riverside parks were nice, though.
The fans seemed fine. I got called a gay slur ("I forgot that people talked like that." - my wife), but mostly it was playful trash talk. Sat among some perfectly reasonable Rutgers fans in the stadium. I agree with what someone else said, which was that there were a lot of Michigan fans at the game with friends who were Rutgers fans. Overall, they were pretty laid back and low key.
The stadium was definitely small, which was good and bad. I bought the cheapest tickets on StubHub, so we were pretty high up. But it was so small, that there weren't really any bad views. They could stand to add more bathrooms, though.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||The frustrating thing about||
The frustrating thing about this team is that there's no reason that they couldn't win some of those games; they don't lack for talent. But they look so lost and listless out there. There's nothing keeping them from putting it together and playing some good football, but I agree that the most likely outcome is probably 2-10 at this point.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||So, we're on the same page||
So, we're on the same page then. Good.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||I agree. I thought I was the||
I agree. I thought I was the only one reading this as "Brandon might be gone but he might not, and Hoke will be evaluated later on and may or may not be let go at some point in the future."
|42 weeks 6 days ago||I totally disagree. Howard||
I totally disagree. Howard starts out his open letter with condescending scare quotes around "FANS" that sets a definite tone of calling people out and talking down to them. Then he punctuates it with the line about how he and his are Michigan Men while everyone else are just fans. That's him talking down to everyone else and telling them that they are lesser than him. He definitely sets a tone and it's that of kind of a dick.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||This fan base can be so||
This fan base can be so goddamned ridiculous and stupid about some things. Carr was a great coach, responsible for our last national championship (the only one in the last 65 years), is a big contributor to Michigan's various records and streaks, fielded some truly great teams, and was an excellent representative for the University.
He should be appreciated and people should really stop being so petty and short sighted about what he contributed to the University and the football program.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||I was at UT during the latter||
I was at UT during the latter Mack years and actually liked him, but he's not the guy to fix MIchigan's problems. He's a CEO-style coach, like Hoke, so he's not going to be particularly adept at addressing specific aspects of the game. And his major issue at Texas was allowing complacency and softness to creep into the locker room (that and letting Greg Davis run his offense), which would only greatly exacerbate some of Michigan's current problems.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||OG = Original Gangster,||
OG = Original Gangster, meaning a member of an older (and therefore deserving of respect from the younger) cohort.
|43 weeks 3 hours ago||Regardless of what your||
Regardless of what your opinion is of the Morris incident (e.g., the medical staff is at fault, Hoke is at fault, it's overblown, etc), it's hard to agree with Howard on Hoke's coaching ability. Hoke has demostrated over consecutive seasons that he isn't a good coach. Maybe he's a great guy to have a beer with, but he clearly isn't great at preparing a competitive football team.
Howard's making a lot of arguments about who is allowed to have opinions and what it means to be a fan that are all pretty condescending, arrogant, and riddled with logical fallacies (the scare quotes around FANS might as well be a link to the Wikipedia page on "No True Scotsman").
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I'm pretty sure Hoke has a||
I'm pretty sure Hoke has a salary that ranks in the top ten for head coaches (link), and both OC and DC salaries are among the highest. So yes, the AD has absolutely demonstrated that they are willing to throw money around to hire coaches.
And speaking of setting onself up for disappointments, please explain how if we keep waiting, there will somehow be a crop of great coaches that are available waiting to be hired if we just postpone the next coaching search long enough.
(And for what it's worth, in my post above, I have no idea how long it will take for Brandon to go. I am doubtful he'll be gone ASAP the way some are hoping.)
|43 weeks 1 day ago||People always complain about||
People always complain about the coaching pool being shallow. What do you think is going to change in 2015? Coaches aren't like NFL players, whose contracts come up and become free agents. Coaches who are doing well are always going to be locked into contracts. There's never not going to be a shallow talent pool for good coaches. You either lure the established ones away (either with money or promises of more automony) or you identify the up-and-comers. Next season will be no different than this season which will be no different than last season.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I think Hoke gets a customary||
I think Hoke gets a customary "we'll think about it" period of a week or so, but that it's actually decided long before the Game that he's gone. The coaching search and stuff will probably happen as soon as the season ends, if not even a little before.
I think he should be the coach throughout the season, because I really don't think there's any benefit to firing him midseason. But I think the instant that clock hits 0:00 in Columbus, he's done, not matter how long it takes the university to announce it.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke won't be fired until||
Hoke won't be fired until after the season. My guess? With no bowl game to go to, it takes 1-2 weeks post-OSU for official word. And I think that's regardless of what happens with Brandon.
Brandon? Who knows. His tenure has been an unmitigated disaster, but I don't know what kind of precendent there is for firing ADs, how bad for how long before they get the axe. Compound that with the recent presidential turnover, it's really hard to guage how close he is to getting ousted. You know it's bad when the AD is being called out via chants for your firing on TV broadcasts, but I really have no idea what it takes for someone like Brandon to get fired.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||At least he's still got that||
At least he's still got that ND money coming in.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||I think the technical aspects||
I think the technical aspects of Funchess's game have improved. His route running looks better and his case of the Braylon's seems to have gotten better; he's a lazy blocker, though, agreed. And yes, Gallon also looked great, as you mentioned.
As for blocking, have you seen Chesson? For a relative whisp of a dude, he wrecks fools down field (or would if a play ever made it that far).