somehow we're only 124th
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Couldn't agree more||
I felt like there was a major shift (and dropoff) from the tone and grandness of the early episodes to the last two, and the finale really felt boring and conventional to me. The dangling air fresheners and the man strapped to the bed seemed like blatant knockoffs of the film Seven, and the buddy-buddy neatness of Marty and Rust coming together in the end as better men just felt like a betrayal of their earlier characters. I loved the series, but really felt let down by the finale.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||* The offense is terrible||
We have a top 20 D, and those guys are getting absolutely no help from the other side of the ball. Most of the bad drives against us have come after full quarters or halves of total ineptitude from the offense. My greatest fear is that we somehow look halfway competent against Ohio State, and Borges will get to keep his job one more year.
Success this season is now defined by whether we can get Al Borges off our coaching staff. If he stays, another whole season is lost.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Not sure about the wording.||
Not sure about your wording. But yeah, something along the lines of, "You tend to shit your pants and turtle during road games. For examples, recall every significant road game since you've been our OC. Should we prepare for more of the same in two weeks?"
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Not sure if this is a common||
Not sure if this is a common sentiment, but two breast cancers sufferers I know (one no longer with us) both told me repeatedly that October was their least favorite month because they were constantly being reminded of their disease.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||This kind of rebuttal is overdue.||
I'm curious, has anyone seen research supporting the idea that players who quit football after college suffer from the same long-term health consequences as the pros? I'm under the impression the types of health concerns leading to all these rule changes take years to develop, and so mostly affect pros, who are extremely well paid to take such health risks. I don't understand why the media are suddenly up in arms about football players' safety and not talking about all of the other dangerous professions. No one's calling for an end to Alaskan crab fishing, even though the people on Deadliest Catch risk their lives for our entertainment and so we can all enjoy crab, and make a hell of a lot less than the worst-paid pro football player. I understand the desire to protect college players, who are unpaid, but is there any research showing that they're in danger of long-term neurological issues?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||"We can both live!"||
Probably my favorite movie as a kid. Still have the VHS tape.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||*Awash||
Not "awashed." Please fix.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||The worst was the blocking foul on Burke.||
Down three with 30 seconds left, I thought that foul call on Wisonsin's dunk was more frustrating. Gave them the tie. It seemed to work out when Hardaway knocked down the 3, but after all the no calls on Burke and McGary drives, that was ludicrous.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||Somebody start a change.org petition||
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Mattison sighting?||
Is that Mattison sitting front row and to the right of the batter? When the cameras show the batter step back from the plate, you can get a good look.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||"Proactive accomplisher"||
I love this blog. Pay attention aspiring MBAs. Brian's thworing you gold nuggets for your B school applications.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Related||
A few months ago when all the Bounty-gate stuff was breaking and Saints fans were accusing the NFL and ESPN of "having it out for them," Cowherd went on a rant about how they all sounded just like OSU fans whining about how the NCAA was out to get them regarding the tattoos and Tressel's screw-ups. He then said something long the lines of "Wake up, Saints fans. The NFL isn't out to get you, but they also don't need you. You're new money. You're not the Giants or the Packers. You're not Michigan or Alabama Football. You're Oregon. You're hot now, but no one will care that much if you go away for a while."
It was satisfying, if inflammatory.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Justified||
Anyone else catch the UM reference on Justified a few weeks ago? The character Quarles (who is awesome, btw) is from Detroit, and says he's a Michigan B-school grad. He follows that up with a "Go Blue." I was fully hard.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||You make your own luck.||
Felt I had to comment since my mug is featured in this post.
I respect Brian's affinity for stats and numbers, but I think this is one of those cases in which they only paint part of the picture.
If he wants to believe that luck is the primary factor that explains the turnover discrepency between RR's teams and team 132, and that "if the season were played 1,000 times" then they would both be a lot closer to the mean, than that's fine. But I don't buy it. Teams practice turnover drills and swarming to the football for a reason.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Kozan Announcement = New||
Kozan Announcement = New standard for recruit foreplay
I'm still catching up on sleep from that Sunday night F5 nightmare.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||The World Stops||
I lose awareness of anything and evrythign apart from the game. I go from wild jubilation to scathing wrath from one play to the next. If Michigan is not executing every facet of the game perfectly, I am a colassal prick. Any questions directed my way by anyone apart from a daily MGoBlog reader will be ignored or answered in two words or less.
My fiancee went to MSU, and during the game tomorrow I will look on her with different eyes (the enemy!) and wonder how I ever thought she was cool enough to date. It usually takes us a week to fully recover from my bad behavior.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Absolutely. What better could||
Absolutely. What better could you have hoped for? They actually look somewhat old school, and understated. Nothing tops our regular dark unis, but this is about the best we could have hoped for, and I actually think they're pretty cool. Hats off adidas.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Total Clown||
"Clown" is the perfect adjective for Gee. Makes you appreciate that no one really associates Mary Sue Coleman with our footall program. School presidents should focus on academics, not sports. That's the AD's job.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Agree||
Meyer isn't going to take over a program that's caught under the shadow of the ban hammer. Dantonio, on the other hand ...
|3 years 29 weeks ago||God bless you Tom||
Helping concerned Wolverines sleep peacefullly
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Kids||
Was that, like, Columbus's version of a Civil War re-enactment?
|3 years 30 weeks ago||The year before||
they'd won the national championship, thanks in large part to Tebow. Totally different situation.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Agree||
Don't sound too excited about our good fortune Brian. This read like a post from a melancholy Spartan or OSU fan, bemoaning a sad turn of fate.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Borges and WRs||
Anyone know enough about SDSU or Ball State to talk about Borges' track record with WRs? After passing on Lucien, and considering this non-offer of Smith, just wondering if we have evidence to support or bemoan his seeming reticence to go after some highly-rated WRs.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Rolling||
I think we'll have to put a strong product on the field this fall to hold onto everyone, but so far just an unbelievable job. Obviously Urban Meyer was right: Mattison is an absolute animal on the recruiting trail. That's probably why we sent our D Coordinator to Ohio to meet with Dunn.
Just for comparison's sake, I looked around at what other high-profile programs had been up to recruiting-wise; we're toe-to-toe or ahead of everyone ... except Texas. Holy moly: 9 four stars and 3 five stars. I don't understand how they don't win a championship every other year. Just goes to show recruiting can take you only so far.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Fred Jackson appreciates||
Fred Jackson appreciates hyperbole
|3 years 32 weeks ago||... and lost to myLions||
As a Packer fan, how worried are you about losing Rodgers to injury again when the Lions come to town with Mr. Fairley?
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Apart from a couple local||
Apart from a couple local guys that probably would have gone to MSU regardless of who was coaching at Michigan, when have we ever not domintated MSU in recruiting?
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Epic deer story||
I haven't thought about this in a very long time, but since you've given me the perfect opportunity to wax nostalgic:
During my freshman year I lived at Markley. Late one spring night I ended up very inebriated on north campus (accompanied a girl home who lived up there, was not asked to spend the night) and, since it was a nice evening, I decided to walk home. Because I was a few dozen deep, I also decided to sing to myself to pass the time; I guess my voice sounded cool to me after a case of beer. I was somewhere on Fuller Road near the Arb, singing Neil Young (I think it was "Out on the Weekend" ... I was somber after striking out), when I saw a deer grazing back in the woods. I stopped and watched. The deer watched me back, then walked into the woods. For no logical reason, I decided to follow the deer into the woods (!). After about 50 yards the trees opened up into a little clearing, and I was suddenly in the presence of 15 or 20 deer, of all sexes and ages. They were grazing in small clusters, and regarded me as a curiosity rather than a threat. I was still singing Neil Young, which I was convinced had somehow communicated my benign intentions to the deer, and I decided to sit down against a tree. I stayed for about 10 mins, and the deer basically ignored me. Then I got up and walked back to Markley, where none of my buddies believed my ridiculous story.
No I was not on any pyschotropic substances that night. But yeah, deer on North Campus man ... good times.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Mouton||
#1 LB pick from the Big Ten. #4 overalll LB pick in the draft. Way to go Jonas!
|3 years 33 weeks ago||You made your bed JT...||
Now sleep in it. I want him around for a few years to kick around. Plus if he leaves, a new guy can come in and talk to recruits without Tressel's baggage. I want JT to wallow in his own muck here for a while. Agree with the NYT
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Relax man||
First of all, it was a joke. Second of all, I was referring more to the atmosphere around Ann Arbor, not the racial makeup. I meant that A2 has lots of Volvos and coffee shops and NY Times subscribers, and all the other things that make the stuff-white-people-like list.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||DB stock up?||
This might actually answer some questions about RR's anger after being let go. I wondered why RR was bitter about being fired in January when it seemed like DB had been trying to give the guy every opportunity, including the bowl game, to hold onto his job. Maybe RR was pissed because he realized DB was never going to retain him and had torpedoed his job opps? Still doubtful, but would have been a genius move on DB's part. Also a dick move, and I'd have even more respect for RR for not trashing us after leaving.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||A2||
Um, Ann Arbor is about the white-est place on Earth. I loved it there, but I can understand how it might not appeal to all of these kids.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Good point||
Tressel may not be a big enough hypocrite to cast stones. But I still want him around long enough to knock him off his high horse a bit. I mean, Woody Hayes attacked a kid, and he's still a god down there. If Tressel is forced out, he'll write a few mea culpas and a book about overcoming mistakes, and he'll still be a living legend in Ohio for decades to come because he consistently beat us. I want him around for a few years to helm the ruin.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Didn't want it this way||
It seems like I'm in the minority, but I'd rather beat Tressel and the Buckeyes at full strength without all of these distractions. If they've gained an unfair advantage by bribing players to come to Columbus, than that has to stop. But personally I'll be a little bummed out if their program gets blown up, or Tressel is shown the door before we can exact a little revenge.
I hate tOSU, but I love our rivalry and think it is better for everyone when we're both at the top of the Big 10.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Brian||
Seems to be repeating all the reflexively negative behavior he eplored in the MSM during the RR era. I was a pro-RR guy, but last year we embarassed a lot of bad teams and were equally embarassed by the good ones. Our offense did squat against our best opponents, and the things that did seem to work early in the season, like having Denard take a step and then rifle a quick pass, were not part of our gameplan late in the year. It was frustrating and made no sense.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Heisman||
Winning more games will improve Denard's Heisman chances more than anything else. He fell off the radar late last year because that "perfect fit" RR offense stalled in the games that mattered most. Do you remember what we looked like offensively against tOSU and Miss State? Heisman winners come from 10, 11, 12-win teams.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Injuries||
I know the hits you're talking about, but you can't tell me that running the ball 20-25 times a game and taking a lot of hits from interior linemen didn't have any effect on Denard. In boxing only the last punch knocks the guy out, but that doesn't mean the gut punches and jabs earlier in the match didn't contribute.
Of course he could get hurt in any offense and on any play, but I'm looking forward to seeing our numerous running backs take some of that punishment off Denard's plate.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Please just don't||
First of all, why post this?
Second, I seem to remember Denard spending a lot of time off the field with minor injuries last year. Hopefully with Borges, we get all of the big jaw dropping Denard TD runs off QB sneaks and bootlegs, and non of the numerous predictable up-the-gut QB keepers that punished Denard's nimble but not-very-big body.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Uni Watch||
Anyone else catch those alternate white jerseys with the block M on the collar and the maize piping around the numbers? What are those?!
|3 years 40 weeks ago||We paid?||
Where does the article say UM paid this "advisor" anything? We're hosting one of his camps, but that's different than Oregon's paying him for ambiguous/dubious "recruiting services."
|3 years 40 weeks ago||You mean GSI?||
Wish I'd known about that Extreme Weather course. Intro to Astronomy kicked my ass.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Too similar to the "This is||
Too similar to the "This is Sparta" slogans MSU adopted after that homoerotic movie came out a few years ago.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||WVU||
Actually I think the only thing seperating our maize from WVU's gold is that our's is lighter and brighter. I for one like it. Darker blue with a more electric yellow is fine with me, and I think it's a more contemporary look. Graphic designers, weigh in please
|3 years 41 weeks ago||It's not a guarantee. Just||
It's not a guarantee. Just like the Tressel comment that's since been mythologized was not a guarantee. Saying "you're going to be proud of this team in the classroom, and on the field next November" is a pretty weak way of saying "We'll play hard!." It still bothers me the way tOSU nerds relate that anecdote, as though Tressel etched the game's final score on two tablets months before the game.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Toughness||
I love how the announcers, when talking about Hoke, mention that job number one when he came to SDSU was "installing toughness." I can't wait until our team toughs the hell out of the competition.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Details||
Do you work for the Palm Beach Post? Just give us the details dude, we don't need a teaser and a link.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Terry Foster can kiss my ass||
F*** Terry Foster.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Nevermind the degree, if he||
Nevermind the degree, if he cared about his future as a football player he would never have made this decision. Michigan and UCF are not comparable in terms of national/NFL exposure. If this kid was serious about either academics or football, he could not have made this decision. Probably better saving that scholarship.
Yes, the bitterness tastes sweet in my mouth.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Dang||
I get that he would want to be with his buddies, but that's pretty unbelievable. I hope he realizes his family and friends out in Colorado are going to have a tough time finding his games on TV without a really nice satelite setup.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Rivals||
Rivals for football, Scout for Basketball.
All the guys I know who are really into college BBall are always referring to the Scout rankings. Football guys look to Rivals. I don't know for sure, but I think in their infancy they were one trick ponies, and Rivals was a football site, Scout was BBall.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Lame||
JH had mono and assorted injuries that kept him off the field. Hopefully he shoves this back in ESPN's face next season.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Tough spot for Magee||
The guy got to know Bryant by selling him on Michigan. He can't turn around now and bash U of M without looking like a snake. Not that I'm implying he would try to use negative tactics to recruit the kid. The only big question seemed to be whether Hoke and our new coaches could create a relationship with Bryant like Magee presumably had, and TomVH's interview seemed to assure us that is the case. Let's hope it works out.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||No||
Please no. That's Buckeye Bullsh**. And they're ugly. They only kind of work on a helmet that's otherwise bare. Ours is already perfect, and has plenty going on.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Borges comments||
I remember Borges saying in one of his interviews that the team had "receivers galore." That immediately leapt out at me as a not so subtle indication that he thought we were overloaded in the WR department. Hopefully he realizes most of those are younger, unproven guys.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Another interview?||
I understand getting the public behind you is important, and you don't want to start off snubbing the local media, but I wish Hoke would spend the little time he has between now and signing day calling recruits, not talking with the press. Reading on another board thread that Jack Tabb tried to get ahold of UM coaches but couldn't makes me anoyed that Hoke didn't have time to give him a call back, but does have time for Mitch F'ing Albom. If I were him I'd be on media blackout for the next two+ weeks.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Agreed||
Think DB is definitely showing signs of stress and fatigue. He's taken a lot of shit for this coaching search, obviously riding high on every victory at this point. Not a very diplomatic thing to say though, or tweet, if you're the schools AD. He needs to be above day-to-day player issues, at least publicly.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Better for DR's health too||
Agree with you, and I feel like the West Coast O would open up both phases of the offense. It seemed last season like every time Denard faked the run and then threw, receivers were absurdly open. Even more absurdly, we didn't seem to take advantage of this fake run/pass as the season wore on. If we have Denard rolling out with the option to pass, or tuck it and embarrass some poor LB, I think the advantage will be to our offense on most plays. Plus Denard will likely take fewer punishing hits on the outside, where he can step out of bounds, as opposed to all the spread option up-the-gut plays that saw him bottled up and sandwiched by four defenders.
And yeah, if he wants to play QB in the NFL, he needs to show he can get the job done in an NFL offense.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Dumb||
Denard is a true sophomore. Please show me a true sophomore that doesn't have problems cycling through his reads. I seem to remember Cousins having the same sorts of issues last year, and you saw the progress he made this season. I think Denard was on par or better throwing the ball than just about any sophomore QB in the country, and if he makes even half the leap next year that he made between his freshman and sophomore years, his efficiency solely as a passer will be scary. Combine that with his running ability, and a coach that teaches him how to tuck it and run when his receivers aren't open, and he will be absolutely devastating.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Yes but...||
... what Brian writes is going to be interpreted as feeling of a large faction of Michigan fans. If he seems to hate the hire, which is pretty clear when he makes statements like "this is a bad hire," then we're back to where we were during the RR years. We do not want to appear like a "Big House divided." I think it's fine to slam DB for a poor search process if you feel that way, but for general fan morale and enthusiasm, and for the sake of our team, I think it's important for a guy in Brian's position to accentuate the positives.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Better for Denard||
Does anyone else feel like we weren't always utilizing DR to the best of his abilities? I think he could be even more successful in a slightly tweaked offense, i.e. one that allows him to roll out and scramble on designed pass plays. Under RR, most of Denards runs were up the middle, which almost guarantees a punishing tackle. And when he did roll to the outside, it seemed like RR and offensive coaches told him he HAD to throw the ball, hence his almost non-existent scrambling. I'd like to see Denard throwing and running more on designed roll outs, forcing LBs and DBs to commit to the run or stay back to cover the pass. Auburn, OSU do this all the time, and it seemes to create the biggest mismatch for opposing Ds, but we never used it.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||42 - 30 UM||
Denard: 2 TDs rushing, 3 throwing.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Context||
So we're unbeaten at home against MSU during the last 40+ years unless our quarterback gets knocked out of the game (please god no), serious chicanery occurs, or Threet/Sheridan.
Thanks for filling the details.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Expectations||
I think expetations play a big role here. If you expect the D to resemble anything like M defenses of yore, you're going to be disappointed. But if you've accepted that the defense is bad and you just want them to do enough to get us a W, then they achieved that against IU. In fact, the defense did more than enough to allow us to win the game. Watching on Saturday, I was a lot more frustrated when our offense continued to go three and out every time our D got a stop in the second half. We couldn't even manage to give them a decent breather. It seemed like we should have won that game 63 to 35, but for whatever reason the offense went into fail mode unless the score was tied. Not sure how to explain that.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Dude||
Imagine we were watching the game together at bar in Ann Arbor and I said, "Man, Rich Rod makes some weird calls. What was he thinking there?" I don't think you'd jump all over me. This is a discussion board, just wanted to get fans' take on his in-game coaching. I've seen a lot more than two instances in three games, which I said explicitly in my post. These were just the two I cited. Probably the most glaring issue that I didn't mention is that we came in totally flat and almost got beat by an inferior team, and I think it's our coach's job to make sure that doesn't happen.
There has to be a place on this site for some thoughtful criticism, come on now.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Cox||
Interesting thing to remember: Cox is from Connecticut. That's got to provide a little extra motivation in this opener. Not that there isn't motivation for all these guys, but after reading what Fitz said in the Sam Webb interview about Cox, I'm more excited than concerned about the prospect of him starting.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||More = Better?||
Of course playing OSU twice is better than playing them once! That's why the Tigers/Indians rivalry is so significant, the more games the better! Oh wait.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||If RR goes, we become Tennessee||
Agree with you totally that Rodriguez leaving/getting the boot tacks on at least three years of irrelevancy to our stint in purgatory. I think the MSU game is by far the most critical to his staying. If we win 6, and beat little brother, I think he'll have appeased the wolves enough to stick around for another season. I think if we win 7 or fewer, and lose to MSU again, he's gone. An OSU win might change that, but losing 3 in a row to Sparty, including twice at home, will lose Rich his job almost guaranteed.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Agree about taking away other team's balance||
I think we need to be a blitzing machine this year. Our defensive backfield is going to get burned if we don't put pressure on the quarterback (they'll probably get burned anyway). I'd rather see us give up a few long plays but keep the offense on its heels with multiple blitz packages, which I think would lead to more turnovers as well. Can't see us winning any other way then Texas Tech style this year - putting up tons of points and hoping the other guys can't keep up.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||We were consistently good, not great||
Michigan brought in a progressive, shake-things-up coach because most fans were tired of going 8-3 or 9-2 and losing to Ohio State. We were consistently one of the best teams in the country, but never (during the last 10 years of Lloyd's tenure) THE best. What we were seems great now, but at the time it was frustrating as hell.
Rodriguez had none of the offensive components he needed to run his system, and it was naivete to believe that he would be able to have success on that side of the ball overnight. I think we'll have one of the most explosive offenses in the Big Ten this year, and if he makes it to next year, I think we'll absolutely dominate on that side of the ball.
That said, I think Rodriguez deserves a lot of blame -- and maybe termination -- for what he's allowed to happen to our defense. It's been worse than pathetic, and I can't see it improving much this year. No matter how touted the recruit, he can't compete with guys that have been on the field for three or four seasons. I think at best we'll look like a Texas Tech team out there this year. Hopefully we'll win more shootouts than we lose. Unless the defense miraculously improves this year, I think Rich Rod detractors have a solid argument.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Okay, I'll concede||
You guys are right, I was too strong in my criticisms. It's Newsome's right to decommit, just as it was Boren's right to transfer. Both guys saw a better situation elsewhere and decided to back out. My intention was simply to point out that we haven't given Beaver much praise.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Relax||
chitownblue, take it easy. Read my post again. My intention was not to rip Newsome, just to point out that we should be giving more love to Shavodrick Beaver. That's why the title of my post wasn't hating on Newsome, but encouraging us to recognize that we've got a great commit lined up.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Can we give it up for the Beav?||
Alright, Newsome is gone and I for one am not that upset about it. From the beginning, he reminded me of Justin Boren, that is to say a guy that plays for himself rather than for his school or his teammates. Meanwhile, a quiet kid from Texas with a funny name has been absolutely unwavering in his desire to play for the maize and blue. Let's look at Shavodrick Beaver for a second: he watches Newsome commit in April, and sees the subsequent SI.com article and glamorous weight-room spread, and decides to commit five days later. This is a guy that obviously isn't afraid of a little competition. Even though we've all been gushing over Newsome for months, Shavodrick Beaver has been solid. Now that Newsome is gone we've immediately started talking about Forcier and Smith because their names are a few spots higher on the Rivals QB list. Well, from what I've seen so far, Beaver has already backed down Newsome, and I wouldn't bet against him winning the top QB spot next fall. So c'mon, let's hear it for the Beav! This guy is the type of player we want at Michigan.