Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
|1 day 14 hours ago||Walk it off||
Walk it off!
|1 day 16 hours ago||Really?||
So because you are rich enough to fly in for a game, you can't understand why students, whose tuition has doubled in ten years, might not be able to justify this cost?
I'm sure Bill Gates could wonder why someone would fret over buying a Bugatti for $1 million when he gives away billions.
The athletic department has continued to enforce rules on its patrons while making huge ticket price hikes and replacing unique Michigan traditions with sky writing And rock music, which can be experienced at any other sports venue.
|1 week 3 days ago||That's what I got too||
Considering I grew up in Holland and have lived in the detroit area for close to 10 years, I'd say it is spot on. My wife is from the Detroit area and got Detroit, toledo and Rochester Illinois, so I wonder what is slightly different in our accents.
I lived out east in Boston for three years, so it was funny to see some words and accents specifically for them. Bubbler instead of drinking fountain, buggy instead of shopping cart. Interesting how regions have specific words for things.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||by who?||
I thought he was known for being an advanced route running reciever. That his route running was far advanced for high school, and would make the transition easier. This seems to be accurate with the news of him in the 1s and the video shown.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I can't help but read this comment||
and assume you are talking about me. /s
|2 weeks 5 days ago||hahaha||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||No upper deckers||
or flaming bags of poo?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||How did I know||
you would be the one to respond to this Mr. Everyone Murders!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||He probably would have gotten||
NBA 13th man Rookie of the year. Suprised he stayed.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Give me our size and offense||
all day any day. There was some ugly basketball with lots of bigs who couldn't do anything. Michigan's offense and efficiency well make up for some size disparity on the defensive/ offensive boards. Michigan took down Two teams already that relied on bigs and got nothing. It took Kentucky shooting the game of their life from 3 to scrape by.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I believe||
it is EEEESSSSS EEEEEEEEEEE CCCCCCCCCCCC
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I don't remember||
last years team getting much respect either. They wouldn't be able to handle the VCU press, the Syracuse zone, Florida's whatever.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Differences||
opinion only (no facts to back this up)
I see the major difference between the almuni and non-almuni fans is just the difference in what they love about Michigan. My love for Michigan is the sports, but also the buildings I loved (and hated), the houses and dorms I lived in, the parties, interamurals, professors, fall days. My Love for Michigan is not tied solely to the sports.
Does this make a me more of a Michigan football fan than others? I can assure you, I am not. I love the game and the sport, but I do not spend thousands on season tickets every year (try to attend a couple games if I can) and have seen my fandom dwarfed by others on this blog.
I think fandom is organic, and I love that Michigan means something different to everyone. My wife works at Mott (she has two degrees from Michigan as well) and though she loves Michigan sports, she loves Mott much more, and can hardly name the players who come visit her patients. She also has MSU grads that hate Michigan with a passion, but still love Mott.
There was a thread a while ago about how people became fans, and it was a great parade of stories of childhood tailgates and time with families at the games. I believe that the belief is that a "walmart Wolverine" chose Michigan over another school for an arbitrary reason. Sometimes it is, but I don't see anything wrong with this.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You do make a compelling case||
for both teams.
I'll have to think about it,
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Defense as a system||
I don't know football extremely well, but it appears that the defense is especially important to work as a unit, much like the O-line needs to work as one, knowing where all the other cogs are and what they are doing.
In this respect, I am assuming that all the defensive coaches have a strong understanding of what all the other position groups are trying to accomplish on a given play and understand where the rest of the players are supposed to be. If the Line is taking double teams, then maybe an LB is rushing off the edge and up the middle while the safeties and CBs drop to zones.
If this is so, then Manning needs are to teach technic. I'm assuming he had to play some coverage as a LB and can understand and learn the different types of technique to teach to the young players. However, CB, is also a position of raw talent sometimes. He is not going to coach speed, and quickness, but he will coach position and team awareness.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I assumed||
he had the best stuffed beaver of the group. At that point, it was obvious.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||They got State right||
Which is harder than you'd think for some schools.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Pick up games||
My brothers and our friends often played bball up there. Way easier to get a court to play on. Unless there were major renovations to the CCRB and IM building over the last 10 years (which very well could be) I found the facilities to be comperable.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I laughed||
then I cried, then I looked at the current state of oline and reminded myself we are in the S16.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||he will be||
19-8 in a few weeks.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Great post||
I have them in the final 4. I'd easily give up my $5 for a sparty loss in the first round to Tommy and Harvard.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||My friend||
left the scene of an accident and got 30 days in jail. He had already had a DUI, so based on this one case I know of, the two days sounds about right.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||There are a lot of pluses to recess||
I know it sounds funny, but you pointed out a couple. Shaq did a show where he focused on a few fat kids in a florida elementary to try to get them healthy long with the school in general. I remember the whole school doing 15 minutes of excercise in the morning and all the teachers stated that students behave and performed better, yet the initiative was scrapped as soon as he left due to curriculum. I am suprised that curriculums are that scheduled that 15 minutes isn't available for 6-10 year olds in a day. I need to take walks to keep my mind sharp during a work day.
In the 90's there was a big push for a diversified mind, that a healthy body (excercise) helped the mind, along with music and arts helping math and english. It is weird that the schools seem so far from that ideal.
And kids geting hurt happens. I broke my wrist bones in half on the monkey bars. You get a cast and other kids sign it. I think parents forget that getting hurt can be a learning experience as well. I also think letting kids be kids and organizing games, and things themselves is important. Some of your best leadership and creativity can come on the playground.
Sorry, end rant
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Completely agree||
on the overprescription and diagnosis of ADHD. I believe (not a Dr. or researcher into this) that much of this could be cured with increased recess. Growing up I needed all three (15 minute morning and afternoon and 30 min lunch) recesses to get my energy out. Without those I would have been a mess in class.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry to hear||
I had heard the that they had found a correlation between inductions and boys with autism. I know the study has confirmed only correlation and not causation, but, like you said, hopefully they will look further into this.
Again, hopefully you can get your son into a district that understands the disease. As I understand it, there have been big break throughs in teaching methods to help children with autism, and hopefully, those become even more prominenet and mainstream.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Was your wife induced||
I am really sorry to hear that your son is diagnosed with Autism. Hopefully he can get the help he needs with a lot of the treatments that have come about. It is definitely something my wife and I are/were concerned about.
I do think that the people on this board would agree that there needs to be more research into the cause of the disease, however, I think they understand that autism and vaccinations have been studied a lot, and no correlation has been found. Thus, it is better to continue getting vaccinations (as you have agreed), but push the research into a new plausible argument.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you||
My wife works with kids who have cancer, and they rely on the herd immunity since they either have a delayed vaccination schedule or their immune system is compromised. This is a very serious matter.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I do not||
misunderstand what you are saying.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Not an expert||
but I think you hit a lot of it on the head. The team is very young, and it seems like the better defenses are older teams that have played longer together and know each others defensive rotations. A half step to slow means the difference between an easy bucket and a contested shot.
I think it also has to do with the style and type of players Beilein recruits and how he coaches. He wants 4 guys on the court who can threaten from anywhere, and, as Brian has pointed out, is willing to play games of horse with his sharp shooters from outside.
I believe that McGary would have increased the defensive efficiency as well for a couple reasons. While Morgan and Horford are good defensive players, McGary's game adds stress to other teams, as his rebounds could more easily transition to fast breaks. While Morgan probably pulls down as many rebounds per game, those rebounds lead to half court sets. McGary's lead to insane big man dribbles down court, or quick outlet passes, which means the other team is less likely to attack the offensive boards and try for put backs.
I trust our defense to be just good enough for an E8 run or better, especially if the matchups are against teams who struggle to score and get hot.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I was in row 4 and row A||
in different years, as well as up in row 80 for two. The best were my 5th year around row 20. Down low is a lot of fun, but it was always really hard to determine how good a play really was. I'm guessing with the tradition now of celbrations in the corner, seating down low is still a desired spot to be.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||In undergrad 10-15 years ago||
I was paying under $20/ ticket and if I couldn't make a game (I missed 2 in 5 years) the tickets were easy to transfer. This is a major increase to over double the price for students along with all the other increases in tuition. A 225% increase in price is not because of inflation.
Comparing the costs to what the rest of the stadium pays is ignorant to me. Students, who are already paying 10's of thousands per year in tuition, should be encouraged to go to games, and pricing them out not a smart endeaver for the athletic department. Once they graduate, they pay the same as you, and this is just.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Jordan Morgan||
The starting center, is getting his masters in engineering. Novak, Stu, Appling, Payne, are all 4 year players. There are 30 1st round draft picks every year for the NBA. With some of those going to seniors, there are only a handful of players each year that can leave early. The fact that Michigan has had a few over the last few years and has some more expected is not a failure of Michigan's education nor for the sport of college basketball. The fact that players are talented enough to go make a fortune doing something they love is great.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Mott||
My wife is a nurse on the oncology floor. She loves seeing her patients with the players on thursday nights. She usually can't identify who they are (they all are big guys (and gals)), but she noticed that it seems the football players are more active now, where the basketball players were more active in the fall.
Some of them have really great relationships with these kids and some appear to spend a lot of time with them, playing video games and whatnot.
I really think this is not always shown enough, but it is amazing the amount of time athletes put into hanging out with kids in Mott along with the hours they put into their respective sports and schooling.
I know UofM is not unique in this aspect, and that is a great thing.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Dave Merrit||
I think laid the ground work for Stu and Zak, showing what leadership was required to make a . I believe they were freshman that year with him when they first broke back into the tournament.
But I think we saw the true emergence under Zak and Stu showing the building over 4 years. I believe Trey leading the run last year was the glory, that we were returning to. I don't think he lead the return though, as huge freshman class that came in to support that run came before he broke out last year.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Soviet Union||
Was still around too.
86 I started 1st grade. Pine Creek Rules!
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Let's see||
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Having Fun||
It seems like they all are having fun out there (except Horford obviously). I think it is part of Beilein's offensive system that really allows them to play a controlled open ball. They are all also encouraged to shoot. Instilling confidence in your players to hit open shots is huge.
I remember last year when Beilein was asked about how athletic his team was, and he joked about practicing alley oops. It feels like a non stop highlight reel, and I think Ace's gifs each week confirm this.
I have to imagine that recruits would be excited about playing in an offense like this. The fact that players have proven to get better, and he is sending players to the NBA at an amazing rate, seems that only good things can happen moving forward.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Hasn't met my standards||
I was expecting him to be going for a 7th NC this year.
#dissapointed #notafanofbeilein #notafanofreason #sarcasmifyouhaven'tcaughton #notsureifthisishowhashtagsworkbutifsothisisaverystupidthing #getoffmylawn
|6 weeks 5 days ago||2 points?||
Weird to think that the number one team is only a 2 point favorite over the 9th place team> I guess it is true that wins are hard to get in the BIG and parody is rampant this year with no elite teams.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Mr. Fantastic?||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||North South||
I love that he really tries to get north south as quickly as possible. Too often I see high school athletes outrun players on the edge, which does not translate to future success at the next level.
He has good vision and is quick to make a hard plant with his foot and explode through the hole. He also appears to lean forward while he does this, before getting more upright in the open field. I'm guessing he will be successful wherever he ends up, but would be a great asset, especially if Michigan runs a zone blocking scheme.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||LSA vs Engineering||
As a student who started in SNRE and ended up in Engineering, I found that Engineering was easier. Although, this has a lot to do with what my strengths are against what other students strengths are.
LSA has plenty of very smart students. All of my 8 roomates were in LSA my junior year, and I am pretty sure that most if not all, were smarter than me, even though I was successful in the engineering school.
I do believe you can get just as good of an education outside of UofM, but I do feel you need to work harder to achieve better grades at Michigan. Some of my friends at MSU had study habits that allowed them A's at State, that would have yielded much lower grades if they had attended Michigan. They still got a good education, but did not push themselves as much as they may have if they had attended Michigan.
It is all a fit thing though, if McDowell feels MSU is his best fit, then I hope that is where he ends up and does well 364 days of the year.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Or||
Maybe he cares a little, so he technically could care less.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Alabama's actually been really unlucky||
since Saban has been there. They have had way more players leave do to medical hardships, violations of "team rules", and players that have decided for no valid reason to leave the program. This has forced them to have to sign 30 players a year to cover their costs.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Extra fouls||
means Izzo wouldn't have to play "weird guys"
|10 weeks 5 days ago||@NotaMichiganFan||
- Michigan is a poor choice. Who wants to deal with all the national exposure and a top tier education #RegionalExposure
- Who wants to deal with over 100,000 fans EVERY game #toomuchnoise
- Isn't there such a thing as TOO nice of facilities #overprivalaged
|10 weeks 5 days ago||It runs well||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||DO NOT||
Let any recruits or potential recruits borrow your hose to wash their car. I think UofM was close to a SMU type situation last summer because of this.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||At First||
I thought you were calling Iowa white.
Finally realized you were talking about the player White.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmm||
-He can only do it once
-once is not enough
-he literally cannot upvote again
Yup, his story checks out
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Beilein offense vs any defense||
What I love abou the Beilein offense is how efficient it is against pretty much every defense. In a world where "defense wins championships", last years tourny run, and this years latest 10 game run, have shown that this offense isn't stifled by any defense. Full court presses, 2-3 long zones, up-tempos, man to man, all the experts felt it would eventually slow or stifle this offense because "defense wins championships".
Nik's efficiency against these three teams is a smal (or large) microcism of this fact. Just as Nik has shut down the "not just a shooter" meme, Beilein is strongly challenging that defense is always more consitant than offense.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||OSU counts Football as a Class||
thus, OSU FB players can't Unionize.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Give the guy a break||
he's playing with a hurt wrist. He had to use his body instead. If you have a hurt wrist, I believe its a no call. hurt wrist.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Because||
The block was clean by the other guy. If one guy jumps on the back, but the guy who blocks the shot gets all ball, then you can't call a foul. #coachIzzoTeamD
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Ref's saw the floor slap||
and confirmed that they got all ball!
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Traveling||
I watched those multiple times, and just didn't see it. I also saw the time out signal from far away yet the red standing over him couldn't see it? I also don't understand what Morgan did to all these refs. He gets all ball on a block early in the game yet state was able to maul michigan players driving. Very frustrating. A testament to both the team and Beilein for winning and overcoming everything.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||This||
is an amazing stat. Shows excellence and consistency from year to year.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I disagree||
Yes he will lose knowledge by not using it, but I have lost plenty of things I learned in college while working in the field. There are also a lot of things you pick up on the job that you don't learn in college. If he has an engineering background and common sense, I think he can have a very successful career even after having taken time off to play basketball. This is far from an either or decision.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe (ok I don't)||
Understand basketball very well, but why wouldn't Stauskus be a first round lottery pick? The kid can shoot from any point on the floor. Can handle the ball (better than Tim Hardaway in College to my ameture eyes) while driving the lane. And has vision and smarts to both attack the basket and dish when driving. I know his defense could improve, but it seems like a lot of NBA teams would love to have a scoring threat like him, and deal with the fact that he is only a marginal defender.
I'd love to see him next year in the maize and blue, but I just don't see what part of his game would significantly improve between this year and next year.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||He's also added a small jumper||
It was early in the game where he was open for a long two. I remember going No No No YES! as it went down as if it was shot by Stauskus or GRIII. He is definitely the second consistent presence on the floor with Stauskus. When the other players diisappear or become erratic, he has been a steady force to settle the team down with a great slam, put back, block, or rebound.
It also was nice to see GRIII attack the basket like he did last night.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||He still has a spring and summer||
to get through.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I read somewhere||
a while ago, they were interviewing some other coaches about Beilein. I remember them stating that he was an amazing coach, who had coached up a lot of players, but to really watch out once he has some real talent. I think we have already seen this, as he won the BIG with Novak, Morgan, and first year Trey, and then went to the Championship with second year Burke, Mcgary, GRIII, Stauskus, and Hardaway.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I read somewhere||
a while ago, they were interviewing some other coaches about Beilein. I remember them stating that he was an amazing coach, who had coached up a lot of players, but to really watch out once he has some real talent. I think we have already seen this, as he won the BIG with Novak, Morgan, and first year Trey, and then went to the Championship with second year Burke, Mcgary, GRIII, Stauskus, and Hardaway.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Could be Different||
I think Beilein wants talented kids. I don't think he minds going after the one and dones. I do think he does not want every top 100 player out there though. I remember reading an article about Bacari talking to the janitors at McGary's school to see what kind of character the kid had. I also know that he praised Burke and Hardaway a lot for being team players. Knowing they were top dogs last year, yet distributing the ball a lot, taking over games when they had to, but distributing when it was best for the team.
So I think he does place a lot on more than just talent. Seeing guys who are talented, and willing to put in the work, and be team players is the total formula. This means it makes sense that he might prefer a 70-80 ranked guy over a top 10, because of this formula.
I think this is why you see a lot of his guys improve so much so quickly. Yes, his coaching staff is tops in terms of teaching the game, but he also makes sure to pick kids that are willing to be coached.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||If he's available in later rounds||
I'd love to see the Lions go for him. It'd be nice to add another passing threat, and I think his play would compliment Megatron greatly. Plus I'd get to continue to see him play. I'm not to worried about his 40 time. His elusivity is what makes him dangerous.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||My mind is probably sherry picking||
but Burke had some great transitional stops against OSU and obviously the Louisville game. I think Walton can grow to a better on ball defender just based on his size, but he still is a freshman. This should still give him a lot of room to grow though.
One thing that can help the defense is the multitude of guys who this offense can run through. This should carry over into the freshness that they play with on D.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Progressions||
I don't know a lot about progressions, but what I do know is that in the OSU game, Devin passed to 9 different players, with 6 having multiple touches. I have to imagine that he went through atleast a couple progressions to get to that many different players.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Ignorant||
I think you have the starting point right.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||but||
you forgot about that one play he made a bad decision. I'm sure that outways the near perfect game he had against ND.
I'm suprised they didn't yank his scholarship right there.
I'm sure the coaches will see the logic in moving a 60% 3,000 yard passer and second leading rusher to a position that already has depth.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||So||
If I have this right, you assume that Shane will be a lot better next year, yet ignore the progress that Devin made in season? Like LA said, Devin had only 3 picks in BIG play. This is the same BIG play that the team ended with negative rushing yards in multiple games and less than a hundred yards in even more. I don't know how you can look at the OSU game and not think that Devin has improved over the year, despite being hobbled and playing with very little run support.
Shane will get his chance, and it might even be this year, but the smart money is not on him. As others have pointed out, Henson was mediocre as a sophmore and was amazing his junior year. Navarre wasn't ready until his redshirt junior year. Henne had a great freshmen year, but hit a small slump his sophmore year.
If your point is that Shane will have a chance to compete, that is fine, but there is no logical argument for him to start.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Dick Tracy?||
Kid says it
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Very Interesting||
I know this move may have been questioned by some, but this article seems to give a big reason why he moved to Michigan.
- Money is probably equal to what he could get at Alabama
- prestige is similar, or slightly better now at Alabama
but, he gets to run the offense. I think this is big for a young coordinator who may be interested in running his own program. It also probably helps him see two potential successful operations in how they are run.
Also, as the article mentions, family time may have played a part. I know that Al Borges was very appriciative of Hoke's family atmosphere and policies that encouraged coaches to have time with their own and have balance.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Specifically||
It cost us the state game. Henson played both the second and third quarters and put us in a hole (and Burress (sp?) had something to do with it). Brady came out and passed for over 200 yards in just the fourth to almost get the victory, but to little too late. Henson was ready though, his junior year and was amazing.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I DO expect him to be better||
Devin has a 60% completion percentage and threw for almost 3,000 yards last year despite;
- having zero run game, thus no chance to set up playaction,
- having very little blocking up the middle,
- having very few constraint plays/ plasses, i.e. screens
- no up-tempo series, that add stress and confusion to defenses
I believe if these things are fixed to normal levels, he has a break out season. Add in his running ability, and he is one of the most dangerous men in College football. I htink Morris will be good, but he missed a lot of his senior year and didn't get much game time this year.
You are welcome to your opinion, but I just don't see much justification for why Morris would start over Gardner.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Was hoping||
he'd get #1
|13 weeks 6 days ago||You are giving me way too little credit||
for dangling my keys on 3rd downs
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Addendum||
Both coordinators have NC rings in their current Job titles. Time for Hoke to get some hardware (ie national champion as Head Coach instead of line coach)
Edit: posts are meant as let's get'um coach. Hoke has a national championship staff
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Both coordinators have NC rings to flash||
Time for Hoke to start earning some hardware.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I'm with you||
After not having played a lot of video games for years I wasted 100s of hours exploring and going on adventures. I can remember my heart racing when I'd first hear the music for a dragon. I think I'm going to play me some skyrim this weekend.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Not just Underwood||
I think Jackson played a few games too. I think Hart was third or fourth string. I remember being bummed out about Gutierrez. Navarre was thrown in way to early when Henson left. I thought bad things would happen with Henne. He had growing pains, but I remember him getting a lot of unfair criticism he later proved wrong.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I'd say this is a fair argument||
the 5 losses last year were not equal to the 5 losses this year
This Year Last Year
MSU Alabama Marginally worse loss
OSU OSU Equal Loss. Both games were close against good teams
Iowa ND Worse Loss. ND last year was a quality team
Nebraska Nebraska Worse Loss. Last year we lost Denard. This year they lost Tmart
Penn State USC Much worse. Both close games, but USC was much better
Also, as you stated, if the goal is to win the BIG, then the minimum wins should be 6 in the BIG. This year was a definite dissapointment. Dissapointment comes with high expectations.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Here's a trend||
I've been tracking temperatures from the beginning of the season until now. I applied a linear trend line to the data with an R-value of 0.92! If we continue on this path, next year we will be playing in -100 degree weather. Good luck counter arguing those numbers!
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Switching on D||
kind of off topic, but I saw some miss communication on some late possesions against Arizona down in the paint. Mainly, it looked like GRIII got there late, and when McGary switched out to stop the penetrating man, GRIII failed to get his body on the offensive player, allowing for the put back.
I missed the first half, so I don't know if this is a fatigue issue for GRIII, but I thought I saw it last year as well, where he doesn't seem to recognize quickly who to take underneath, and use his big body and athletism to box out and grab some boards.
Thoughts? is this fatigue? Coaching? or just slow recognition we should expect to see improvement on from a young player?
|17 weeks 4 days ago||That situation||
was really bad. I thought the NCAA really screwed a good young kid. I know Jamal has had success since, but I remember reading that he really wanted to stay in school for another year to get better, and was forced into an earlyNBA career where he had to struggle more than he wanted.
That decision by the nCAA really shows that they can easily throw out common sense when making decisions. For those that don't know, his best friend was shot right in front of him (at school or near school?) so his mom had him live with a friend of the family to finish his high school in a safer environment. She didn't officially sign over custody, though, and the NCAA deemed it extra benefits, ending his eligibility.
I also agree that Blanchard was a great representative for the team. I really wanted them to reach the tourny just for him. I think they came close in his junior year?
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I think you are jumping to a LOT of conclusions||
All he said in the interview (as stated above) was that it was a good win. He also mentioned what a fan of Beilein he is, as he liked him a lot at both WVU and UofM. I don't think he complained about the buyout, and we can't either as it was MSC and Martin's choice to agree to the buyout terms (split between University and RR) and Michigan's choice to move on without him.
I can understand the frustration with the results that RR had while he was here, but do not understand the virtiol with the guy who got let go from a job he wanted and felt was given a less than favorable chance.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I dedicated||
my afternoon poop to that ref.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||not being cocky, but||
I have some hardware that shows I'm the #1 dad
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I'm Guilty||
I thought we'd be in BG Championship games both of the last two years.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I don't get the ice one||
of course, then, here is my favorite joke
Q: What's the difference between a shower curtain and toilet paper?
A: I don't know.
Q: So you're the one!
|17 weeks 6 days ago||What's the point of this comment?||
Is it to slam Denard Robinson as overrated, who represented Michigan as well as any player and played a different position?
Is it to slam Fred Jackson for not playing the correct player at tailback?
Hoke, for not convincing Cox to stay for his 5th year?
Cox, who seems like a great kid, for underachieving while at UofM?
I just don't see the point of this post. You should know that as a coach, players who have been amazing college players, don't alwys pan out in the NFL, and players that didn't have outstanding college careers, turn out to be gems in the NFL.
As a valuable contributer to this blog, this comment is beneath you.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Renes||
was heavy weight wrestling state champ for multiple years. He also set some freshmen strength records when he came in (number of reps or total weight bench press). He also was a hell of a nice guy with a 4.0 coming out of high school. He was only 6'1" though and came from West Ottawa, which was far from a powerhouse or even good football school (I think they won 4 games while I was in high school).
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I'm with you||
Maybe I am being naive, but I think most disagreements have to do with people disagreeing with their vision of what Michigan is supposed to be and what DB's vision is. More of a traditionalists vs progressives (i.e. band vs piped in music).
I thought Dave Brandon was a great hire. He came into a divided house and I felt he did a good job of reuniting the fan base. I still like his hire of Hoke (even though I was against it when I initially heard about it) and think he handled the press very well at the time.
I do disagree with some of the direction he is taking this department. I am not against modernizing, (love the new stadium upgrades and the Crisler updates), but still enjoy the old tradition. I would prefer that the band be more prominent, and death to uniformz, I don't see any of these things as political points.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I like it how it is||
I think the posts are manageble enough, and it's easy to see the high point posts. A lot of times, the high votes are going to be on one of the few first posts anyway. I really like this voting vs the newer voting that we had. I hope Brian keeps this.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I like that negs cost me something||
Makes me feel like I really mean it.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe he meant||
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I get your point||
however, sports and fans are a little different. If Delta is not giving you good deals, and your loyalty program isn't great, no big deal to go over to United. In sports, the idea is that you want fans who love the team no matter what. You want the fans to support the team through lean or rebuilding years and not jump to a more reasonably priced better "product", like jumping to become a State fan this year.
It also complicates things when you throw in the non-profit college aspect of the sport. I think there is something to be said about fans who have been loyal to the program, over those like that the team is good now and have more money.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||DT 3 tech and SDE?||
I am still trying to figure out the nuances, but he is very tall and has decent speed, so it'd seem like he'd play well in a 3 tech or SDE like VanBergen. Maybe I'm way off, but at that weight and height, it'd seem like a penetrator/contain guy, not someone who can hold up to any doubles or two gap guys. I don't know how it all works though.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I hate when people write||
That goes doubly for anything beyond that (+1,000,000).
Also hate "You won the internet"
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Bridesmaids||
I also did not understand the love for the movie. My tak on it was "wow, I am really glad I am not a woman, that is depressing". My wife had the same take on it.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Please expand||
I'd like to know which words are grating. I can't hear it and have lived out East with people from upstate NY and Pennsylvania who all sounded the same. I'm really bad with accents.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Days of Thunder||
was better than Top Gun
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Is liking Nelly songs||
not cool? I like a lot of his songs.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||On this note||
I greatly enjoyed the movies over the books.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I enjoy Nickleback||
I have downloaded a number of their songs.
I don't understand the ancherman obsession
I don't really like fudge
|18 weeks 5 days ago||98 still looks awesome on Gardner||
I wish they were handed out earlier though.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||My first game as a student||
watched the loss in Crisler.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||My Defense||
I'm a spartan student and spelled Barn wrong.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||How is that accurate||
They both were backups with limited touches. Jon was making an observation that is not hipster in any way. I like the way Smith runs. He keeps his legs moving and has shown good balance. Green has appeared to go down easier then you'd expect when his legs have gotten hit, and didn't show a lot of leg churning YAC. I do agree that Hart/Grady is not an apt comparison. Both running backs have shown good ball security (something Grady struggled with.
I think saying this discussion and opinon sucks and is hipster is niether beneficial, nor informed.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||I'm fine with most of your arguments||
but I believe the payout doesn't matter because all the BIG teams split the bowl revenue evenly.
Also, don't like the more likely to win argument. Bowl games are way more exciting against good teams than bad teams, and a win against a good team would mean a lot more. I'd like to see what this team does with 15 practices and a chance to get Gardner healthy. KSU is ok, but It would have been great to get matched up against a better team.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Wargames?||
Isn't this (tic tac to against itslef) the way they shut down the computer? I imagine this is the "nuclear option" and would destroy the site.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I like my Avatar||
(thanks Shredder) I don't think its bad to have one, as I think it ads to someones personality and makes them more reconizable, but then, your profile is now more reconizable, so I guess tread lighter.
I am really glad M-Wolverine is gone. Thanks for this. A slow clap is appropriate.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Naked Mile||
It was hard to watch that get taken down. It went so quickly from everyone (cops) being very cool about it in my freshman and sophomore years, to completely shut down by my 5th year. Spring game means the end is near as well. I always thought it was weird when students would leave the day of their last exam. I always liked being at college for a few days with no responsibility after my last exam, but campus was pretty empty by then.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Does he come back on the inside or outside?||
If he wasn't beat out, does that mean he will most likely stay inside, or is he still expected to slide out. Glad that whatever it was got sorted out.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Dileo Runs||
Dileo also ran for some first downs. I think his sixe was an advantage here, because he could easily get lost in the scuffle and was nimble enough to get through or around the defense. I'd take another Dileo-Gibbons type holder/kicker duo anytime.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Sure Tim||
Some "magical" life that doesn't determine my happiness/ self worth on a sport/ activity I have no control over.
Although, I have heard of this place called "Outdoors". Not sure if anyone has been there, but I've heard it's gotten ok reviews. Biggest complaints are that it's full of people that you have to talk face to face with. Yeash, could you imagine?
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Where did he make a personal attack here?||
Nothing in his response to you was personal nor some idiotic name calling.
We get it, you don't like the blog and don't like Brian for banning a poster. The fact that you come here only to complain about the blog and how horrible and draconian it is, while not being banned, seems to go against your argument.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Why don't you ask Brian||
if he'd say the same to Brandon and Hoke (the people he is calling out)? I am sure he would absolutely do so if given the opportunity.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||"comparison is sound"||
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Peppers is Fast||
I am sure this is a suprise to all.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I enjoy your optimism||
|20 weeks 6 days ago||'"I like you||
just the way you are. You are special just by being you. "
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I only saw the False Start||
(think it was a guard). What was the illeagal shift?
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I was jealous||
of the student section switch when Tommy A came to town. My days as a student were between 98-03. The student section was nowhere near the court. The one time I sat in the lower bowl alumni section was with a family friend and we had plenty of space (and were right behind Tractor Traylor RIP).
We also tried a Blue Out against MSU in 03, that did not due anything, so I also agree that the Maize Rage has made the look of the stadiums better. Hard for me to complain about current conditions when I know how far basketball facilities, student participation and seating, and basketball play has come.
It's amazing how quickly expectations change, as now a tournament bid is no big deal, and the student seating right on the court is not big enough.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||When he calls PA||
I imagine him similar to a child playing hide and seek, giggling madly about their clever hiding place under a rug. Perhaps Mattison (as all good parents do), pretends not to be able to find him under the rug during practice (by allowing the PA to "trick the D") to boost the O's confidence.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I didn't like the play||
because we have done nothing out of it the whole game and weeks before it. I loved the call to go for it, but could not understand why they did not come out in a shotgun set with Funchess, Dileo, Butt, and Gallon spread out (or switch Kerridge out for Butt) and have Green set up next to Green. The defense then has to defend possible throws to Gallon, Funchess and Butt in the back and corners of the endzones, Green on a draw up the middle, Dileo on a short inside pass right at the goal line, and a scramble/ delayed draw from Gardner.
Oh well, wins are wins. The O looked great in OT. Hopefully we see that against Iowa next week and set up a spoiler game against OSU.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Sounds like he is electrical engineer||
Fuses are rated for a certain load or current. That rating is based on a constant current, however, can withstand a load greater than the rated load for a short duration. This is what he is stating by the component withstood a load of 300%, he just forgot to add in that there is a time constant.
I suppose this could be related to sports. I can set my 100% speed at a 8 mph run, and say I was at 200% speed cause I was sprinting, although for only 40 meters. Sounds stupid.
I regret having typed this.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||We need another body part||
to break the tie.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Correct||
on my assumption. I think this is the heart of the disagreement between SC and Brian. Both agree that there are coaching issues. Brian believes they can find success under the right playcalling and scheme, while SC believes that there is no scheme that can be ran because the line shows they can't basic block.
I believe this offense can still be very successful. Despite it being Indiana, this offense can score some points. I believe, if they purely ran out of the spread, and took advantage of more screens to lighten the load on the line, they could find enough offense to win them some more games.
But, as even Brian admitted, we are all just guessing on why the offense is so inept.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||I fully appreciate his responses||
he is way less snarky then Magnus could be if you disagree with him. His responses are always well thought out, and add value to the blog. Having someone provide that much informed content is not a bad thing for this or any other blog.
I think I slightly agree more with Brian here, but both are admitting there is a coaching issue with this offense.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Reminds me||
of a story (I think in Bo's lasting Lessons) where Bo had attended a conference where a coach had a brand new offense that was going to take the nation by storm. Afterward, Bo asked the Coach what his record was with the new offense. The coach admitted that their record wasn't good, but it was because the players didn't execute. I believe, Bo found this funny and went back to fundamentals.
I think the disticntion is that Brian is stating that the plays are putting the players in positions to fail, while SC is stating that the failure of the players ability to execute basic plays is the reason for the failure and not the playcall. To me, if you know the players can't execute a play, then you need to make a play call that they can succeed in. Both Brian and SC are saying screens should be used more as contraints. To me, this is playcalling/ scheme. Not using enough constraints is putting the offense in a position to fail. This has been seen in PSU, MSU, and now Nebraska.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I like your responses||
so I don't mind calling out where I am wrong. You know way more than me, so more likely than not, I am. Anyway, I like this play design (minus the funchess ineligibilty) for a lot of reasons. Mainly because it kept Nebraska out of the box, and it appears that the line does ok with this, while putting many options for the offense to run out of. I don't like the I formation at all with this team because, even if it is the same style of blocking, the number of blocking assigments increases the chances of a mistake.
I do feel that there is not enough rythm in the playcalling. I'd still like to see a 2 minute drill that can put pressure on a defense. I think the fact that this team can only run from a huddle hurts and believe it has something to do with the variations in formations being too many. It may be the same type, but it all feels slow. I don't mind that Hoke wants to operate at a slower pace on offense, but all teams should be able to run their offense at different speeds to occasionally stress the defense.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||If they were||
bracketing Funchess, I think an out route would pull the extra defensive player away until he recognizes the run. It atleast would put Gardner or Fitz against a defender in space. I'd take that any day. If the safety or CB started to cheat this, you could hit them over the top. I hope to see this a lot in the future. I htink this offense can be powerful without a huge amount of tweaking.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||I like this base set||
merely for the 7.5 in the box. Michigan's talent resides in the skill positions. Spreading these guys out makes for easier blocking assignments for the line. As many pointed out, this play is close to breaking it big, and still resulted in a positive yard. With as many ways this play can be optioned, this seems like it should be a focus moving forward. I-form/ with play action has not shown any possible big play out of the run, and thus no ability for the playaction to develop. I think the frustration is plenty here. 1. This play was not executed 2. this play left one of our best threats unused as a decoy 3. This play almost worked and we didn't go back to it enough.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Solution||
It seems, as you say, that the scheme is fine, but the execution is horrible (where have I heard this). I hope this means that they shorten the playbook to a smaller subset of base plays and run these until they can run them in their sleep. I think the frustration also stems from the fact that this should have worked, and yet was left out of much of the game for plays that were far from busting open (such as runs out of I-form up the middle). Borges stated after the OSU game last year that they didn't get enough plays in the second half to get the offense moving. I feel like he causes this by not providing a drive chart that has some rythm and speed. There is no 2 minute drill with this team.
I know it is cliche', but the team feels like it is thinking too much and not reacting. This is bigger on the D, but I think this is a major issue with ND's QB's under Brian Kelly. They fear making a mistake, more than just making a play. Repitition is what this team needs. I like the athletes on this team enough to execute. Get these players the ball in space.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Variations||
You could have the option Kerridge as a pass catching FB. It also helps that Gardner is tall so he pass over players. Denard had balls batted at times when he used the throw option. We shouldn't have this issue here.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Your response||
Format is like a freep article.
I do agree though. I'm fine with plays not working, as long as it sets up another play later that busts a large net gain. i.e. a 1 yard gain with a 10 yard gain out of the same set, is a net of 5.5 yards/ attempt. I also believe the play calling, with a mixed bags, is part of the reason they have to go to the huddle and the plays get in so late. If the offense was working with a smaller base set to run out of, then the players would know where they need to go and only need the variation call.
the lack of 2 minute drill type drives is disturbing, and makes me think the playbook is too big.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Or||
Kerridge feints the block and heads out for a short pass. I thought we brought in Kerridge and Houma for stuff like that.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Hoke Doesn't have to say anything||
but then the fans are allowed to not like what he does or does not say. He is the CEO of the football program and the buck stops with him. I have been part of a couple of companies that have gone through tough times. One CEO did a great job of rallying the troups (fans) to get us through it, without having to throw any management under the bus. The other CEO did not, and we lost a lot of great talent through the transition.
I think it is frustrating as a fan to watch two games with historically bad rushing, and not admitting there was anything wrong with the game plan. I know RR got a lot of heat for saying you can't fix youth in regards to his defense. Michigan has plenty of talent on offense that should be enough to hide the youth. Saying he doesn't owe the fans anything, is not understanding that his product is fully supported because of the fans.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Hockey Parents||
Don't remember a carrot on the stick but do remember the following;
Mrs Cockburn - After chanting "Cockburn" over and over again, a Northern Michigan Mom stood up and just started shouting "Shutup! Shutup! Shutup!". Amazingly the students were silented for a moment, before quickly turning in a "Mrs Cockburn" chant.
Fighting Parent - A rousing "Jersey Chasers" chant led some opposing girls to leave early. Before one did, she ran up and slapped a Michigan Student in the face, who pushed her away and down a few roles. An opposing parent went after the Student who had stood up by this time. Unfortunetly for the parent, he was a head shorter than the student and fell into a headlock. Amazingly the girl and parent were sent away, and the student got to come back to an applause.
Sign Guy - Way more tame and less cool, but a Notre Dame parent brought some sheets of paper and had written stuff on them like "basketball" and some other clever one liners. My friends and I kept prompting him to hold up the signs for the first two periods. We were dissapointed when he didn't return for the third, only to find joy again that he had moved to the west side of the stadium where we continued to chant out his signs
Probably not cool stories, but as Brian said, it was a bold choice to surround the opposing fans with the student section.
For one game, I also had to sit under the second ier. It was horrible. I couldn't hear anything and felt like I was missing action.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||My Opinion ( i know another)||
I think RR had to go, because there was just too much momentum against him. There was no real honeymoon period and things just continued to pile on. Despite a few poor game outings, Hoke pooped a lot of gold in that first season, and has shown a lot of momentum in the recruiting trail. While RR had lost a lot of his own recruits in the 3 years, Hoke has kept his recruits intact.
I generally agree with the 5 year plan, but I think RR just had too much going against him. I hadn't heard about the rebellion thing, but could definitley tell the players quit in the bowl game.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||I enjoy||
a can of cheese and box of wine as much as anyone, but I don't think us classy folk should be offended by this.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Devin reminds me of||
Arrested Development when George Michael does his Charlie Brown impression.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
Averages are not a good measuring point as they skew the results weirdly. Example, on average, our population has one boob and one testicle, yet that is not an accurate description of what the population is.
I'd say our interior is younger than almost any in the country. I also expect more out of this unit. I really believe that Borges and Funke should have developed a simpler blocking scheme for this unit. Keep them lined up in the same 5 all year, and focus on getting the first level. It seemed the team did this two years ago.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||McGary's contributions||
cannot be undersold. As you said, he is a major upgrade. His ability to get boards and transition from D to O through both ball handling and crazy outlet passing, creates a lot of the fast break scoring for this team.
I also like having Lavert on the point, especially on defense. It will be fun to see if his length causes issues for PGs trying to pass around him. I think this also means full court press is not an issue, as Spike, Walton, Lavert, Stauskas, and even McGary can all handle the ball.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Retire (fire) Jackson||
Fred Jackson is a great personality and sounds like a great recruiter. However, does anyone else think it may be time to hang up the whistle ater his son leaves? There are two young candidates ready to take his place, and his running back record has been suspect since Hart left.
Minor was a great back who suffered from injuries (not Jackson's fault) and McGuffie showed promise before his injuries moved him on, but I just haven't seen a lot from him. I know running back has a lot of insticnt, but I feel like running backs have regressed lately. Shaw showed promise in his early days, only to bounce all the time. Cox could not get in in two different regimens, yet found success with the minutemen and I believe is in the NFL.
Seems like a good time to perhaps make a change on his terms.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Why is the Offense so bad?||
Michigan has a lot of talent
WR: Two elite talent recievers (Gallon and Funchess), decent 3rd options in Dileo and Chesson
QB: Gardner is a very talented QB who is mobile, and has a nice downfield throw. Is prone to turn the ball over
RB: Mediocre talent, but does contain a 1000 yard rusher.
TE: Butt is ok at pass catching and somewhat competent at blocking
OT: All american and big ten candidates
OG: Deep list of talented young players
FB: ok blockers, haven't shown much pass catching (low opportunities)
To me, this outfit is nowhere near the offensive tire fire that existed in 2008. I see plenty of opportunities to thrive (which it has proven to do). I don't know a lot, but I feel like they should never go with less than 3 recievers, put 5 OL on the line, with Gardner in the shotgun, and put 2-3 backs in the backfield to pick up blitzes and missed assignments. This allows for simpler blocking, opens up draws, and gives gardner more time to find the talented open recievers.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I really miss Blueseouls||
recaps. Those were always my favorite.
I think Ace does a decent job in adding humor to the recap.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I personally go into a shell||
after a loss. After the game I turn to netflix or something like pawnstars where I have no chance at dealing with the game (I think this is denial?). I then slowly immerse myself back to Mgoblog, starting with frontpage, then diaries, then the board and comments. There have been way worse times.
In fact, my least favorite time on the blog was when the blog got into a civil war over comments over the recruits. I can say, that was easily the least enjoyable the blog has ever been, and am glad we are back to complaining about football.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||No Correlation||
There is no statistically significant correlation since all actions lead to burning couches in EL.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Calrification?||
What happened in the last two days that proved running from under center for minus yards or zero yards is acceptable.
Also, 27 yards on 27 plays is bad. Even with conservative plays. Now if UofM had run for 102 yards on 26 plays, and then taken a 75 yard loss on one of them, then yes, the stats would lie.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
Yes. Fan cards go over there
If you didn't go to Michigan, then your college experience wasn't tough, or worthwhile.
Also, if you were in LS and Play rather than Engineering, then it wasn't that hard for you
Also, If you were in Engineering, IOEs don't count
Also, big /sarcasm for those not catching on.
Root for who you like. Good natured trash talking amongst friends makes the rivalry fun, however, don't be an ass (this applies to all aspects of your life). I have a lot of State friends who give me a hard time if we lose. i don't get to make much fun of them because that is the nature of the rivalry. If anyone sees a Michigan fan being an ass, try to say something. It's usually better coming from your own side.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||T-Rex Beats Velociraptor||
Everyone knows this
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Hate the word in general||
or just when used correctly? Cause this would be a case to use it correctly.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I enjoyed it much more||
than any Super Bowl halftime show. It was unique to college football in that it is not something you will see anywhere else, it was well done, and hit the rivalry. And i am fine if this lights a fire under Michigan to get more creative and better.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Yup||
That really threw me off for the rest of the post. Not a Michigan Man thing to do.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I like to think of him||
riding a skateboard
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Probably||
I don't understand why they need to lie about players heights.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I like to think of||
McGary as a big lab puppy in a china shop.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Bravo Ken||
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Don't worry||
My name is Dylan (before it was popular) so I grew up with it always pronounced Die-lan (even though Bob Dylan had been around for forever). Even 90210 couldn't help me. I also get spellings of Dillon, Dilion, Dillan. Trust me, not a big deal.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Stauskas||
is a hard one. It took a few checks for me to get it right.
Also, Shawn -Sean can be confusing. I also can't spell Micheal well. It never looks right.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||This reminds me of a tweet||
That someone put out last year that went something like "remember when Novacs won the dunk contest?". It is crazy to think how large and athletic this team will be this year.
2011, the line up was a 5'11 PG (Burke), a 6'3 SG (Douglas), a 6'6 SF (Hardaway), a 6'4! PF (Novak), and a 6'8 C (Morgan).
2013, the line up is possibly 6'1 PG (Walton), 6'6 SG (Stauskas), 6'6 SF (Robinson III), 6'8 PF (Morgan), 6'10 C (McGary).
Even with Spike starting (5'11), that is a huge difference in hieght. That doesn't even start to compare the athleticism that this team has (ex: when Douglas through down, it was always somewhat unexpected, Stauskus is expected to throw it down a lot). It is amazing how well that 2011 team did considering how much they gave up in size alone. This team looks to be equally talented to hit outside shots, but brings a hole new dimension with their ability to attack the basket. I have no idea how good this team will be defensively (and 2011 could play some defense), but it will be hard for most teams to match this offense.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||What kind of pie?||
and is the punch fruit or dong?
|26 weeks 4 days ago||The Blog is set up||
for well thought out dissenting opinons. The diary section is a great tool for such analysis, and I have seen great posts get moved to the front page, or mentioned in Dear Diary posts. Also, dissenting opinion, just for dissent, is not a good enough reason to have it. Space Coyote has gotten into plenty of dissenting discussions in the comments, as I have also seen plenty of great responses written here by other posters (stephenrjking and reshp1).
I do agree that Brian's word influences a lot of people, but this wouldn't be as successful of a blog if people didn't. My point is that there are plenty of opportunities to present where this his opinion is wrong. I think the coach Hoke hiring had some..uh...spirited debate, and Brian has conceded that he was wrong.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Multiple Problems with Posts||
but I really don't understand your insistance on them coaching to have a reasoned argument. There have been many posts exactly talking about the human factor. Specifically, that the power run game requires 8 players to perfectly execute when it only takes one mistake to ruin the play. There have been several posts documenting how each of these negative or zero gain plays are 1 block or more away from being successful. Michigan's coaches should minimize the human errors by putting their players in the best chances for success. The blog harped on Funchess not being a good blocker. The coaches moved him to reciever where his blocking was less of a factor in his game and came away with a career night. The both criticized his use tight to the line and praised his move outside. I think it is more than fair for the blog to criticize the coaches for not throwing a quick out or bubble to a reciever with a the nearest defensmen more than 10 yards away. Especially when you are trying to get a QB in rythm.
And you are more than free to provide evidence where Brian and his team are wrong. I've seen plenty of coaches on here (Space Coyote/ Magnus) disagree with a formation callout, or defend a layer who was blamed for a bad play, and Brian concede or spark a debate.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||If Gardner can't throw||
into that 13 yard hole without an interception, I am positive he would lose all his confidence. I think the chances of him throwing that interception are the same that I win both the powerball and mega millions on the same day. I'm ok with Gardner taking the risk and throwing.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I don't understand this||
Michigan just lost a game they should have won, and almost lost 2 others against teams with far less talent. All wins are not created equal. If Michigan continues to play the way they do against the tougher half of the schedule, there will not be wins you speak of. I think the board has a right to say these wins (and loss) are not good enough play moving forward.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||It's Penn State's fault||
according to the plan, they were supposed to get gashed for 4 yards a carry through the first few quarters before selling out to stop the run. PSU sold out to protect the run way to early. And I'm pretty sure the offense had the game plan lamanated. You can't just change a plan once it is laminated.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||For good measure||
they ran a -3 yard play afterwards to ensure we were out of filed goal range. Honestly, that was infuriating to watch, while holding on to the time out. At that point, they are at the 27/28 yard line, which means you are definitely in field goal range, because a punt makes zero sense. It is especially bad, since they didn't call the timeout on the "delay of game, but play goes off anyway, but damint, it's a fumble" play earlier in the game.
And this play is worse than I even expected. Having two guys outside of their most outside reciever and not throwing there, is incomprehensible.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Grew up||
playing soccer and still do play, however, it is not my favorite sport to watch on tv (highly recommend catching a game live. I went to a game in Stuttgart, and it was easily one of the best sporting events I ever went too).
In regards to the injury fake out, I agree it is something that really hurts the sport, however, there are major differences in the amount of times this happens between. You won't see a lot of this in BIG soccer, or in the US and certain European leagues. However, stay far away from the South American teams and Italian teams, as I see this a lot with them.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
Chesson has looked good as well. I'm guessing those 5 will get 90% of the snaps from now on for recievers. I also am looking forward to Kerridge getting passes out of the backfield, once or twice a game. I'm guessing they are still waiting for the run to develop before they do this.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||I'd go Johnson||
Funchess didn't gain any weight from last year, and his routes have seemed crisp over the last 2 years, and his hands have been very good. He's shown he's not great at blocking and even admitted he wasn't interested in hitting when he first got here. If he's a 6'5" Junior hemmingway, I'll take it all day with Gallon on the other side, and Butt/Dileo as third threats.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Thrown around player||
I also noticed that the one pass that was thrown behind to Funchess was thrown so that he did not have to throw over the definsive player. The announcer seemed to want to push the story that Gardner was inaccurate, despite any evidence that did not support this.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||I would have gone with||
The Haw-Cy trophy
|28 weeks 3 days ago||agree to an extent||
but I have a bad vision of a high pass over the middle getting delfected right into a safety. His hands are very good though, so I think this is a mild concern. I do want him out there more. I think he presents much more of a complimentary threat to Gallon in your proposition.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||kind of agree||
but not really. It is definitely a tough school, and studying is required, but I was able to go to all of the games during my 5 years there, as well as most of the hockey games I had season tickets to for 4 years. And I also did intramurals and worked. I don't think 4 hours on 6-8 saturdays a year is hurting students studying that much.
I think, in reality, students are choosing partying/ sleeping to going to the games.
I think this is a strange situation. Students are both the best and worst fans for any program. They make less money for the program and have recent issues of showing up on time or at all, yet when they do show up, they stand the whole game, make the most noise, create a lot of the fun traditions, and actually wear maize on the maize outs.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Appriciated||
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks||
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Very Stupid Question||
What does META mean? I see it a lot and don't exactly know how it is supposed to be used here, except for saying "bring back up/down votes"
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Ah, the good ol days||
when a run in the NIT was as good as it got.
Weird that only 5 years ago, Chrysler was packed just to hear our name called, and now, it is assumed. Strange how fast apathy can grow.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||You are a much better BB fan than me||
No sarcasm. My 5 years were all during Ellerbe's time. The student section was far away from the floor (Amaker fixed that, thank god), and the team was horrible. I only went to a few games over that time frame. They were still fun, but those who had season tickets were truly die hards.
In regards to the article, I don't have much to say about basketball, as that is a glass house I can't enter, but the football points were very poor. Complaining about noon starts, plain donuts, and showing up late because he created some of his best memories outside the stadium? This guy does not seem to get it at all. Also, his comma structure is all over the place. I would hope for a better structured argument, as well as, much better grammar from a 5th year Michigan Student.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||pfft||
Humor AND analysis? In the same post?
Next time let's keep the post dry, like a good old plain white piece of toast. Now that's a breakfast!
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Man||
I bet he's excited to drink for the first time. I know I sure was at 21.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Funny||
I thought it felt short. The OP is a good writer.
this is cool to get insite into Hand, but almost even cooler to get insite into the recruitment. Despite what Spartan's want us to think, the secret really seems to be genuine guys, who create a family atmosphere, who also know a lot about football. I loved the pictures too, because as much pressure and following as these kids have, it is fun seeing them (and their dad's/ coaches) just getting to be kids and enjoy the atmosphere. Thanks OP for this.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||98-3||
What do you get when you combine Jim Bollman with Maxwell/Cook/O'conner?
~3.5 yards/ passing attempt
(sorry I don't have any jokes, but I can't make the party tomorrow if I did)
|31 weeks 5 days ago||I think||
The poster you are responding to is saying that the play calling set up the players to fail as it was apparent that they could not execute and the playcalling failed to adjust. I think this was true in the three games mentioned above and is fair to say about Borges. I believe with the personel he has here now, we won't see that nearly as much, and hopefully not again.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Best Case||
This appears to be a half glass full, best case scenario here. I don't think the Gerg hiring will go this well.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||One and Done's||
Are only done at Neutral sites or against lower teams. If we want the big boys, we need to schedule home and away's. I'm fine with this, as I would love to travel to some of the other college venues for contrasting game days.
1. I think that Michigan Stadium on saturday outdoes anything a pro football stadium can provide. It is outside, with the stars above you where football was meant to be played
2. The sideshow "gimmicks" melded perfectly with the game day experience from what I have seen. The halftime show with beyonce was huge, however, the main event was still the game. The airshow was both great and unexpected. I am guessing there were no races between a donut, bagel, and coffee during the game. (tip of the hat to DB)
3. The teams looked great in their classic uniforms. (again -DB)
4. I Love the look of the stadium. I am not a fan of tiers as I believe they don't look good. The continuous flow of Maize from Row AA to 90 and then to blackness just can't be beat. I also believe the lights are some of the coolest looking stadium lights on any stadium. I love the almost low profile look they give.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Your first comment||
Different experiences. As an engineer, I found the workload consistent and easy to plan. I also had most of my homeworks due on Fridays or Wednesdays, which left my weekends a lot more free.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||It makes the runs more difficult||
When you make it a requirement to touch every one of the defensive players before you allow yourself to score. I'll give him a small reprieve on pad level.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry, Don't know who BRCE is||
but he could easily be just as biased or more than who I am replying to.
I don't think my dissapointment is unwarranted. We needed a strong voice to come forward for the flailing program. Martin was not going to be that person, and I did expect Carr to come out at some point to do so. I don't want to downplay his schmoozing with donors, as the picture my wife got with him is because he was at an event she was working at (side note: she has since switched careers and is contently working on his wing at Mott. Trust me I respect Carr far beyond being a coach at Michigan).
I don't agree with everything that Dave Brandon has done, but when he came in, he was a strong voice for the program. He showed support for RR, at least pubicly, (and I believe did give him a chance on the field) and I think handled the practice gate about as well as anyone could have (as well as brought in Hoke obviously).
I think the football program and athletic department failed for many reasons, and I just don't think that pointing out flaws during that time is incorrect. I don't like the stickers Bo used during his tenure. I think I can disagree with that part of his legacy without tarnishing what he did overall and how he did it.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||I thought gardners||
Number switch was so he could play both wide receiver and qb. Not because he didn't like 7.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||This I would agree too||
One nice thing about having your own number for 4 or 5 years means that no one else in that era (on your side of the ball) wore that jersey. Having a new guy wear 21 every year makes it hard to identify who that player was later on, and also feels like it somewhat downplays the significance. I'd rather new guys get the numbers as freshmen and get to play up to their potential in those jerseys.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Great highlights||
I had to watch one play five times before I finally figured out how they got the pass for the touchdown. What a great offense. Thanks for the post Seth
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Skewed opinion||
There was a huge contingent of for and anti RR posters, and you were one of the stronger in the anti RR camp, so I think you approach things when it comes to these topics. The poster you are arguing with has said hardly anything controversial.
As a coach, I think Lloyd represented the university as well as anyone could on or off the field. I may have disagreed with a few prevent defenses or maybe going conservative too early, but he gave my michigan fandom plenty of reasons to cheer, and I don't think I'd ever question how he handled his team and the university during his tenure.
I do agree with the poster, however, that he was an ineffective AAD. The Michigan program was in turmoil and needed a strong voice to calm the seas, and believe he had the power to do so. I think, in the end, it just wasn't the right position and time for him. He never liked the press, so expecting him to be a mouthpiece for the university seems almost comical. He also had a respect to try to distance himself as the head coach, which is a hard balancing act I don't know how to handle. It also is only a small part overall in RRs failure at michigan. If you read three and out, there was a lot of blame to go around, and if he was meant to be here, he'd still be here.
Now, by saying this, I don't think it says anything truly bad about the man that is bad. Many people have gone into positions that they were not meant for, which do not detract from the job they once did or who they are. I don't think Bo's failures at the tigers overpowers what he did as a coach, AD, or as a man. I also don't think that Bill Martins failure in the coaching search should override all the good he did in stabilizing the financial wellness of michigan and providing the upgrades to facilities.
In the end Michigan was very lucky to have Carr as a coach and I'd love to meet him someday (my wife has a picture with him)
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I think the point||
Is that it is never a good idea to compare a current coach or player to a past legend, because they can never live up to it. Not that they can't do better, but we always will remember legends successes much more than our legends faults. Lloyd had as successful run as most coaches, but his personality and approach to the game could never compare to Bo's larger than life persona.
I think you are right though to believe that future coaches will have a hard time in the future, because I think they will have to be compared to Hoke, and I think he will be a hard act to follow.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I don't get it||
side note: I saw a youtube video a while ago that showed putting duct tape over someone's mouth does not do anything and can be easily removed by moving your mouth around
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Missed it||
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Grammar Police||
There porpose in life
to add pointless comas,
They're power is gone,
and fights continue,
with every moran.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Rebutal||
Because there are no voting cures,
My posts worth the same as yours.