that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
|14 hours 5 min ago||Negged you||
only so you could experience it twice!
|1 day 17 hours ago||Funny||
My wife and I bought an iBook laptop 5 years ago and I still struggle with it as I have always used pcs. It sounds like things have changed greatly as late 90s early 2000s everyone used the PCs over macs, especially on north campus where hundreds of macs stood idle.
My first time on the Internet was senior year in high school in 98. Someone logged me on and I didn't know how it worked so didn't do anything. I was really suprised in my freshman year when I was the only one in one of my discussions who hadn't been on the Internet. Luckily I've never had to deal with dial up because all the dorms had something else (can't remember name) that was fast.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Uhhh No!||
Not guilty does not mean innocent. It mearly means that a jury of your peers or judge does not have enough evidence or has enough reasonable doubt to provide a not guilty plea.
This can be a result of a lot of things, such as damning evidence that is thrown out due to how it was obtained.
If someone commits murder, and is found not guilty in court, it does not mean that they are innocent.
|1 week 3 days ago||Great analysis||
This was well layed out explanation as I followed about 90% of what you stated. The maps and visuals help a lot. It will be interesting to see the starting 5 OL next year work in unison. They are going to have to be a strength as the skill positions get set.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah.||
Whitfield came over from the track team and is only 5'4". Small backs that are very fast can be effective if they can hide behind offensive lineman and hit holes quickly. They also can be hard to get a good hit on. He has to have very good burst, vision, and balance, but he can be a decent role player. I know LSU had a tiny player that was very fast that got a whole lot of yards.
|1 week 4 days ago||Ok. Thanks||
I missed what you were going for. That makes sense about all around. Smith definitely does not have the speed to attack the edge. I really hope Isaac has some speed and moves. Don't know a lot about him, but his running style seemed upright in his USC highlights, which doesn't seem good for power up the middle. I'm really suprised that Michigan hasn't been able to find their guy yet. It has been a long time since Michigan had an above average BIG back.
|1 week 4 days ago||In regards to green||
I really hope he is not our best back. I know some are high on him, but I have seen very little to make him even an average back in the BIG. His speed is just ok, and I've yet to see a modicum of power that should come with his size. His balance just doesn't seem that good and his reads are only so so. His high school tape was a lot of outrunning players to the edge, which is where he picked up some of his big gains last year.
I know the offensive line plays a role, but he's had his times into the LBs and secondary and I haven't seen the moves, power, or speed that I'd expect from a top running back. Really hope Johnson comes back or they use the little track star who may find success by staying low and using his speed to hit holes.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Oh yeah? Name two!||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||20 ft statues||
On top of the luxury boxes.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe add frisbee||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Crappy bathrooms||
there was something appealing about peeing on the wall in the old bathrooms. When the whole wall was a urinal, the waits seemed pretty small for the mens. I am guessing the women were very happy about the renovation.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I liked the lettering||
but the press box itself was a major eyesore. It looked cheap in comparison to everything else.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Very much agree||
Had season tickets from 98-02 and just loved the atmosphere. When they put the second level above in 03, I sat at the top of the lower bleachers and was suprised how quiet is was. Now when I go back, everything seems so stale and clean. Its weird to see people attend games now who have no intention of watching as they sit in big comfy chairs. There is really no need to have more than score, time, shots, and penalty minutes on a scoreboard, so all the new score board is used for is to distract with ads and dumb games.
Still a fun time, but the magic is gone. Or maybe I'm just now old, and attending games as a student just can't be replicated.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Doubleeeeeeee||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I miss Ferry Field||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Like the Adidas||
Like the bright yellow over the Orange yellow
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The maize stripe on the sleeves||
reminds me of the halo on the big house.
Also, with the sleeves so short, I really don't think there is anything more necessary than just the number on the shoulder.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Maize around numbers||
is sublte, but gives dimension to the numbers. Also, as you stated, like Lebowski's rug, it really ties things together.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Good point about the home/home unis in The Game||
This would also prevent both programs from using that game to do a unique design for that one game. Brings nice nestalgia to me.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Was going to state the same||
I think Devin looks awesome up there. Take away the patch and white with large thick Blue numbers and maize outline on front/back and sleeve looks good to me.
I'm probably being heretical here, becuse it is the adidas jersey that I think looks the best, but then again, I also like adidas version of Maize better too. Just a personal preference, but the bright yellow really pops against the dark blue. The true maize always looked orangy (its a word now) to me.
I wouldn't mind if the sleeve numbers got switched to the sugar bowl stripes. If they ever did a throwback white pants (not a preference of mine, but I know a lot would like it) having two similar large stripes on the side of the pants (straight stripes, none of this organic crap), would make the design work together and would save the pants from looking like long underwear.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No offense||
but what you are arguing now is purely linguistics. In the context of Harbaughs statement, he stated that he thinks (truly or not) that his worth (value to your statement above) to the University is less than $5 million. I know you are not a lawyer, but it seems you are playing games with technicality of the meaning of the word rather than the intent of the word.
Your argument still doesn't hold value. I sold my car to my brother for nothing. That does not mean that it was worth nothing (he sold it years later for a few hundred dollars), but my brother was going back to school to change careers and I had just gotten my first job and wanted a new car. You can't simply say Jim Harbaughs worth is $5 million when his market value is probably much higher, but he chose this salary in part, because of his love for the University.
Your argument seems to be purely based on a technicality of a word, and even then doesn't hold up very well.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yes and No||
Yes, goods are only worth what people are willing to pay for them. The housing market is insane in some areas right now. My neighbor bought in 2010 and, without doing anything to the house, is going to make a good deal because there is now a better market for the same house.
When it comes to the business world, I would definitely not say that everyone is worth what they are making. There are plenty of times that someone comes in with a great resume and smooth talking and gets hired, only to learn that they can't perform the job they are hired for, and it's 6 months of pain or more before you let them go.
There is also a great deal of cronyism/ nepotism, buddies club in the business world that allows for inflated payments for unqualified people. I know at my company that the people running it, ran with very little oversight, hired and paid their friends or gave inflated contracts to friends to do work, only to run the company into bancruptcy. This doesn't even get into people that are just better at negotiating their salaries.
So yes, there was someone willing to pay someone a huge salary, but their worth was not what they were making. Note this can also work on the flip side, as there are people who could get more that don't, because they'd rather pass on those to others. I think Harbaugh and the CEO of Costco are two examples of people who could have gotten more and than what they are paid.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I hate stickers||
To me it's similar to putting a bumper sticker on a car.
If we are going to have them, How about maize smiley faces for good plays and frowny faces for bad plays.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for making me not the only one||
I was trying to imagine some jumbo set in the backfield or some weird TE configuration and trying to imagine Peppers not being able to catch up. Reminds me we have a very young recieving group.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I grew up playing a lot of soccer||
and still play soccer in my 30s. I've also attended a match in Germany that was one of the best sporting events I've ever been to. With that said, I really watch very little soccer. For some reason it doesn't translate live to television for me. I agree that Lacrosse could grow quickly in the next decade as it skyrocketed this last decade.
A nice combination of soccer, football, and hockey.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Great Stuff Alex||
I usually am not a fan of the NIT, but I had the same feeling you did in regards to this team. They are fun to watch play. It seemed as if the light went on for a lot of the young players and the offense started to take shape.
Next year will be interesting. I think their offense comes up a lot. Maybe not as efficient as the previous two years, but on the flip side, it appears the defense should be much tougher than we've had previously.
I wonder how Beilein will split the minutes. Last few years have been a lot of minutes for startes, but now he has a legitimate bench to play with too.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing gets past most of you detectives||
Yes, it was staged, but it was done very well. The set up was great and the fan sold the not dancing thing great.
This is the type of wow factor thing that Brandon should have gone for. Guys that become infamous on their own. I've said this before, but about 6 years or so ago, there was a Hot Dog Man in the crowd, who came up with an amazing amount of hot dogs out of no where and got the student section up and having fun during a quarter break. The one time I saw him, he got kicked out. I always thought it would have been much better to see him "sponsered" by UofM (i.e. give the man a bunch of hotdogs to do every game), but don't tell anyone.
Great work by the Timberwolves, fan, and KG.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||That was well written||
and an incredibly crazy experience.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Ohio State 2011||
It was an absolutely beautiful day, and Michigan broke a long losing streak to OSU, yet, the beginning was just not a fun experience. We got into our seats and even though they weren't great, people were jammed in, so my wife didn't have a seat. An OSU fan three rows back was drunk out of her mind and somehow found us. We played the don't engage game until my wife finally told her to just leave us alone and somehow she did.
As the first quarter starts, my wife is sitting on my lap when we sit down. When we stand, an old man next to me is leaning hard into me. I just assume this is how the day has to go until HE flips out saying I'm in his space. I show him how when I sit down I am not on his little Michigan seat cushionAnd stand up and sit down a couple times to show him. He then complains about where my feet are (directly in front of me). He then says "don't fuck with me". By then I've had enough and yell at him to go get the ushers, go home, or just deal with it.
My wife is crying cause she hates conflict, and his wife (who is much bigger) switches seats and there is now plenty of room. People leave our row and the rest of the afternoon is a great success (outside of build me up buttercup right before an OSU sure TD is overthrown right in front of us), but that soured my many great experiences in the big house. I expected the OSU fan stuff, but not the crap from the old man rooting for the same team.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Weird, cause you are the guy||
Who gets mad when certain people wear certain types of jerseys (not all types) to sporting events.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||If they bought it for $500,000||
and make $250,000 a year, then they are well off. Even despite their equity. And although the equity is just a number until you sell, being able to sell and make money on a house is a huge deal.
It seems that this is a hard case to make no matter what. The only reason she doesn't feel wealthy is because she compares herself to people who have more. Choosing to like in a desirable place full of wealthy people and paying more to get less is a choice of the wealthy. Although I don't make near as much as her parents do, I feel I am wealthy in I am able to make these types of choices, despite not being able to get a dream house in the exact location I want.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||MgoBlog CFO* here||
We are going to start initiating a yearly "Donation" to allow users to access new information. Also, the more you donate, the more MgoSUPERpoints you get. Long time members who have provided great content will not be able to keep their MgoPoints going forward, but will be able to purchase MgoSUPERpoints to remain what we call MgoSUPERusers.
The server has been maximized so now we can initiate the new pop up advertisements to remind users to make a purchase off of the MgoStore everytime you open a new thread or just every few minutes. Hit F5 to automatically get that popup. These new pop up ads are really going to give you that WOW experience you've been asking for. At the opening of the page, In The Big House will be run on repeat at full blast, so make sure your computer speakers are turned up.
Boring writing content will go down, because reading is for nerds and we want to maximize the experience of MgoBlog.
We've really listened to the readers of MgoBlog and decided that they don't know what they are talking about, and have no idea what they want.
* Not yet official CFO, but I'm trying to throw my name out there. I really think Brian can maximize his revenue over the next few months, as his readership will keep coming like sheep for a short duration.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Spartan Hatred||
My wife works at Mott, and a lot of her coworkers are spartan grads. It is amazing to me, the stories that she tells, about how much those cowrkers hate Michigan. It's just bizarre to me that someone would carry that much hate around, when they work at Mott and are a small part of what makes the University great.
I get annoyed by Dantonio and Izzo, and always want to beat them, but outside of playing them in sports, I just don't have any hate towards State. It is a weird state of mind over there.
I also think this is somewhat new, since none of my friends that went there in the late 90s, early 2000s ever showed the type of hatred that seems to come out of students now.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I'm with you||
I have no beef with Hoke. I was often confused with his offensive playcalling, and frustrated with his overall results, but at no time did I believe his values or goals conflicted with mine. He, by no means, deserves a piece like this. Dave Brandon fully deserves this.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Also||
I am under the impression that Brandon, being the egomaniac he is, has a google search on himself, and will find this article. I don't think he will not read this, which makes me happy.
Just to pile on, I also hated how he made sure people knew he took a pay cut to come to Michigan, despite being way overpaid for an AD. And also his Morris incident "interviews" that he tried to micro manage got more notoriety for how they had to take place and what could be asked, then whatever information he spouted during the interview itself.
It's wierd that Bo mentioned that Brandon had an open door policy at Dominos so that anyone in the company could tell him how it could improve. I guess I should have focused more on the line that not many in the company took advantage of that, since we all know from his stint at AD, this open door policy probably lead to a lot of, "well why don't you go work for another pizza company. We don't need you" type e-mails.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Jim Hackett||
What is amazing to me is how at ease I am after reading this because of one man, Jim Hackett. I know it is way to soon to know what his final contribution to the program and University will be, but man, does he seem to get it. His handling of the coaching search (landing Harbaugh with supposed Mullen in back pocket) is amazing. His house clearing of yes men who value some Wow* experience (smae music and fireworks as all other venues, just louder), has been amazing. He at least appears to get it.
I guess we will see if the Big House is opened up again, or if the band makes is return as the best option for musical entertainment on game day. It is amazing how many wrongs can be righted so quickly.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I get what you are saying||
but I guess I disagree. I'm sure it's disappointing to see a player move on to greener pastures, but just as you stated about 5th years not getting resigned because they aren't getting it done, I get the gist that the coach is more concerned about the fact that his team is not going to be as good as it could be, thus hurting HIS (the coaches) chance at landing a better job or getting a raise.
Coaches shouldn't get the benefit of treating their players like employees, and then getting hurt because of the fact that they developed those players and am sad to see them go. It's not that people can't understand why the coach is upset, it's the hypocrasy of not allowing a player to move on and claiming feelings in this case, and then making it a performance business case when he doesn't renew a 5th year.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Good on you!||
Sports fandom is irrational. There is no good reason I spend 12 weekends of the year fretting over some 18-23 year olds throwing some goofy ball around while trying to cross some arbitrary line while trying to stop some other 18-23 year olds from doing the same.
Especially paying to watch them while crammed in with 110,000 other crazy folks. But, it's fun and wearing what you want to support the team is part of that fun. I worry very little about what some sports snob say is appropriate (especially when somehow a t-shirt is more appropriate than a jersey or somehow, some jerseys are more ok than others).
Keep on Keepin on.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Why are hockey sweaters the exception?||
I've seen this said a lot. Basebll jerseys can actually look pretty nice with button downs. Football jerseys are usually shiny t-shirts.
I never understand why people care if someone wears a jersey to a game to show support (especially people who follow high school kids recruiting). The Hockey jersey is ok always seems like the OP is trying to appeal to Brian, since he wears a hockey sweater.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Athlete's perspective||
you are recruited by a handful of coaches. One you take a large liking to and love their coaching style. He promises to be your coach for 5 years only to leave to a better opportunity after only 1.
It sucks for the kid, in yours, it sucks for the coach. We all get it. But no one thought Brady Hoke was a bad guy for leaving his players in San Diego. Why should the players who aren't being paid millions be held to some higher moral standard than the coach.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Additionaly||
Coaches are free to decide who they want to give 5th years to. If their is a hot recruit the coach wants, no one bats an eye when the coach says no to a 5th year that isn't up to par.
I don't see any difference when a player makes the same decision about grad school, even if it is a athletic decision more than a academic one.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I couldn't even figure out who he was talking about||
If you are going to go with a really bad name like that (don't), but if you do, at least be clever. I mean KenSucky seems like the obvious one to me. It's not clever, but at least people will know who you are trying to "burn".
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I was not on Internet||
Until my freshman year in 1998. I only knew a few people who used or talked about it in my high school before that. Luckily my roommate had used it so he showed me how it worked and about ask Jeeves.
|11 weeks 12 hours ago||I totally agree||
At Michigan, it is way tougher to to be rich than poor. Poor students have the system tilted in their favor. I've had to deal with the poor and they rarely add to conversations about French films I saw when my family went yachting in the French riviera. They actually tried to talk to me about some poor people subjects. I'm not sure what they were cause I wasn't listening, but it was probably pretty low brow stuff.
And I'm not saying we don't need the poor, we do, I'm just saying we probably should accept less of them into programs that produce high pay and progress, because they wouldn't know what to do with the money anyway, so it's kind of a waste.
/s (is this necessary?)
|11 weeks 14 hours ago||Gateway||
in the House!
|11 weeks 14 hours ago||There are 25,000+ students at UofM||
so there are going to be a large spectrum of different experiences especially when you add in the different experiences over decades.
Mid 90s fashion was a cheap grunge look. I think early 2000s started to bring name brand into things more (I'm really bad at fashion, though, so don't take my word on the last one. My favorite pair of pants were from bugle boy at late HS and early college).
when I first got to campus, I was hanging out with a group of very wealthy out of staters who didn't mind skipping meals to go out to eat and going to coffee houses. As a cheap person in general, this wasn't my style and I moved away from that group. Most of my good friends after that had families that were well off (I'd say the most common job held by friends parents was Doctor). I was aware, but it was never an issue.
I would say that on average the diversity of friends at Michigan, when it came to family wealth and education, was much less than my friends from home. Although it didn't really matter there either.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Moving out of State||
If you are planning on staying in Michigan, then the advantages in the job field between Michigan and MSU are not huge. If you plan on heading out of state, Michigan has a huge upside. I've been to the east coast and texas and having UofM on my resume was recognized as a good school.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Houma getting runs||
Would Houma get a chance to carry the ball in a Harbaugh type offense? I know it was high school in Utah, but his film looked very good. I'd love to see some late draw type stuff for the full backs, or even some screens. Seems like both he and Kerridge would be rgeat as both have some hands and some moves when they get the ball.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I was there during the same time||
and never heard of one incident, which might just be because I was naive.
There was plenty of alcohol consumption, weed, and I knew of some extasy, but never heard of any coke. I guess I learn something new everyday.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I actually enjoyed the organic loss of points||
Although his points were bad and poorly formed, he never had one Bolivia type post or melt down/ flame out. I think your discretion was on point to just let it go.
Reminds me of the MgoProfit movement to get one of the members back from Bolivia. Getting reinstated by the board was a cool organic movement.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for posting||
It does look like a few people have made it hard for other members and especially alumni. It looks like the chapter has made a good fast response with the good faith and the community service to the city of Gaylord.
I'm guessing there will still be a couple of suspensions of the members who actually did the damage, who may still have to (and should) face legal consequences.
After that, I'd hope the fraternity gets reinstated quickly with a probabtion period (that it sounds like they'd have no problem getting through).
Good lesson in PR. Get in front, be proactive, take responsibility, apoligize, and move on.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Your argument||
that the moon landing was fake is not good at all. I mean you didn't even mention it in your post.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Man you are bad at this||
calling the cops is something you do when you don't have control over the matter. If it is my own son, I have control over the matter. If it is my nephew and I know my brother will handle it accordingly, then I have control over the matter.
If the Frat brothers destroyed their own Frat house, then the Frat can handle things internally and can decide how to proceed and if they can trust the other members to pay.
The resorts trusted the fraternities to not destroy their property, that trust was broken, and they properly informed the police, as any rational person would do.
I'd love to see you argue in court. "Judge, would you really call the police on your son if he set fire to your house? Then why, would you treat my client any differently then your own son? I rest my case" puts feet up on desk.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||OR||
you can punish your child in ways that you cannot punish someone else's.
If this is how you lawyer, I hate to break this to you, but you aren't good, at all. You are very good at coming up with poor arguments against claims people aren't even making. I will give you that.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Except||
in Scent of a Woman only one kid, who was not involved in any way, was going to get all of the punishment and the guilty parties were going to walk free. In this instance, either the Fraternity sticks together and takes the punishment as a whole, or they can identify those few who did all the damage. I think you should go watch the movie again.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||So||
you believe that the fraternity brothers present that did nothing to stop their brothers from doing all this damage are innocent? That they were just merely near what happened and could do nothing to stop this?
If this is true, then couldn't the Fraternity just turn over those few responsible for all the damage and ensure that they are properly punished? I haven't heard any of the Fraternities provide names of who did the damage and publicly dismiss them from the Frat.
It sounds like you are involved in one of these Frats and are more worried about how this will affect you than the victims.
EDIT:StephenRCass provided a message on one of the Fraternities website, which states they are going to work with authorities to identify the culprits. If this is so, then this will go away soon, and the members not involved will be able to move on. I still think that they could have stopped this, so having a small punishment from the national and university for not stopping this seems like it is well within what the proper punishment should be.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I appreciate Izzo's||
ability to retain 5 star talent for 4 years by controlling every aspect of the game and ensuring that none of his players can grow and develop, meaning that they are the same players 4 years after entering college.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I hope he does well||
Glad he was smart enough to stick around and get the degree and I think this is a great opportunity for him to go get some playing time and show off his true chops.
I really hope he can land somewhere and tear it up. It at minimum gives me another team to root for during the season.
As a side note " meritorious" throwing out some serious vocabulary.
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||You answered your own||
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Wabbit Season!||
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Now they are incredibly young||
The available players
Healthy; MAAR, Dawkins, Donnal, Lonergan, Dakich, Beilfeldt
Years: FR, FR, RS FR, SO, SO, SR
Playable; Hatch, Irvin, Walton
Years: FR, SO, SO
So Beilein is going to put a game plan using 4 freshmen, 4 sophomores and 1 senior
I know he made a run in the tournament with a starting 5 of SO, JR, FR, FR, FR a few years ago, but man, Beilein deals with some young players.
|13 weeks 14 hours ago||20 channels?||
We only had 5 in the 80s (and most of 90s).
|13 weeks 14 hours ago||Come on||
It's not like announcers tend to repeat the same story about a player over and over and over again. Otherwise, we would of heard more about how Kovacs used to be a walk on or how Trey used to want to play for OSU or...
|13 weeks 14 hours ago||During dead period||
Was Senior not allowed to talk to Junior? It would make for strange family dinners:
Senior: Dear, can you tell your son that he needs to look at Michigan
Wife: (sigh) Junior, your dad wants me to tell you that you should give Michigan a chance.
Junior: Listen Mom, you tell dad it's my decision and I will decide on my own time
Wife: (sigh) Do I really have to keep repeating this? I mean you're both right here, I know you both hear what each other is saying.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I liked seeing him on campus||
He had the big hair and big smile everywhere he went.
I liked watching Renes play because he went to my highschool and was a really cool guy. I didn't know him since he was a senior when I was a freshman, but my brother knew him pretty well and he was super nice. He was a lot smaller than you'd think for a NT, but he was rediculously strong.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Rebuttle.||
I grew up in holland and couldn't imagine growing up in a city when I was younger. I spent my summers at the beach which I could ride my bike to. Yes I couldnt have pizza delivered, but I also had tons of woods to explore and dunes to go sledding. Yes, driving anywhere was 10 minutes away roughly, but since there was little traffic you knew exactly how long it would take you know matter what time of day vs cities and rush hour that can double or quadruple a commute. Grand Rapids airport is close and easy to get to and is a lot of times cheaper to fly out of than detroit. My wife (girlfriend at the time) would fly in there because it was cheaper to fly from Boston to GR than to detroit.
Just a different lifestyle.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Things to think about||
I live in Plymouth (downtown area) and have been trying to decide if I should stay and redo the house or if I should move to another house. The housing market in this area (Northville, plymouth) is insane. Houses go up and off the market in a few days. So just know that housing market is crazy. We also looked at building in South Lyon. There is a lot of development there. If you do go that route I'd recommend Healy. Their sales people/ office folk suck, but their builder and lady who run it are very knowledgeable and willing to work with you to customize their stock homes how you want.
If you are free to go wherever, I grew up in Holland and it is a great place to raise a family, especially if you live on the north side. The schools are good, the taxes are low, the downtown is really great and there are tons of beaches to go to on the north side. There is also some industry there and you are close to GR. Good luck. I know my wife and I struggle with where to live all the time.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Mother of God||
He was fast. My memories aren't very strong of his time since I was in middle school when he was at Michigan. But outside of Bo Jackson, and I don't remember many backs with his combo of speed, size, vision, and balance/footwork.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Typical lunch||
Chicken sandwhich (sometimes BBQ chicken sometimes spicy buffalo from meijer deli) with mayo
a jello cup or vanilla pudding cup
V8 Spicy tomato juice thing
A combo of these things. Yes I have about a boring of lunch as you can possibly have, but my sense of taste and smell suck so fancy foods are wasted on me. I have nothing to add to the Zingerman/ Maize and blue deli? debates, as I can hardly taste the nuances required to enjoy such food masterpieces. I also just where button down shirts with sleeves rolled up (most of the time) and kakis or jeans. It is amazing I ever even nabbed a wife, haha.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I can appreciate this||
My wife laughs at me when she asks what I want for my lunch and I pretty much tell her the same thing everytime. I'm ok with this, cause I don't want to think about what I need to put in my lunch, and I'm ok with eating almost the same thing every day. I also hate having to think about what I'm going to wear to work, and now that I have kids, I hate picking out clothes for them in the morning. Stupid little decisions that don't really matter in the long run.
I'm with you OP.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Which ones||
So I can make sure I stay away from them I mean.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I'm ok with censorship here||
This is a Michigan Sports blog. Censoring out certain things such as politics, religion, and sexy pictures helps to strengthen the message and main priorities of the blog.
This is not a censorship of ideas in regards to Michigan sports. There is also ample room within the contraints of the rules for individualism through the avatar, username, and tagline.
Even the freer posting sites like 4chan have moderators to keep certain categories decent and on topic.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I am already in the double digits for Ws||
I know this has been discussed, but;
One of the best interior lines in the league, with a very veteran inside linebacker corps. The edge of the line has shown some flashes from Charlton and Mario.
The Corners are stacked with Countess, Lewis, Peppers, and Stribling.
Safety play has not been elite, but they have I thin k4 upper classmen with experience to fill 2 spots
The OL returns 6 guys with starter time for the 5 OL positions
TE and fullback have shown at end of season to be blocking and catching. Plus they add in a huge pass catching tight end into the mix this year
RB is stock full of talent. I think it comes down to Drake (if healthy) or Isaac, but there is at least enough with a veteran line in front of them
WR has a lot to prove, but plenty of competition to get them there. A few veterans with some major talent behind them (ways and harris).
QB is the big question mark, however, if the line is blocking, the running backs are a threat again, and receivers get some separation and make plays, combined with a simpler reads, better QB coaching, and better contraint plays, I think they can find at minimum a game manager with bursts of productivity.
Obvious kool aide is obvious, but even outside the coaching upgrade, this is the most complete, veteran/ talent team in a long time.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Ummm, reports are mostly correct||
I mean, Michigan had to settle for Harbaugh when they couldn't even get Duke's coach. I mean, Michigan just can't get their guy it seems.
I also have a feeling that these articles would get written no matter how good the coach or the assistants are. It seems en vougue to rip Michigan as a program in the past who just can't get their guy, and isn't the elite program it used to be. I'm guessing Alabama had similar articles for years before they landed Saban.
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||This really confused me||
I stared at Vermont Wolverine's avatar of prints in snow? for a long time trying to figure out what was vulgar before finally moving on and realizing there was another poster sent away.
|15 weeks 10 hours ago||Chesson is still a great blocker||
He was injured so that is why he wasn't out there blocking at the end of the season. Not sure if you were insuinuating he had dropped off, but he was still great at that.
Lack of big plays this year is a lot on the recievers though. If they aren't blocking well or creating separation, then big plays have no chance of happening. We saw that this year.
|15 weeks 10 hours ago||Green's balance||
Green is fast for 220, however, 220 means that you expect some power. I'm far from an expert, but I htink Green's balance is a major problem. He misses a lot of holes, and I am not sure if he's missing the read, or he doesn't have the ability to make that hard cut into the hole based on his body control and balance. As others have mentioned, he goes down easily, and this is mainly due to shoelace tackles, which means he does not run with balance for all the weight. Smith shows great balance and feet churning, but doesn't have the speed to hit holes cleanly and create space once he gets past the first line of defense (if he does).
I am really hoping that Isaac has the power, speed, and balance and ability to read the defense to be a complete back. Otherwise my preference would still be Drake.
I really miss watching Denard and Hart run. Both had that really quick initial burst that allowed them to be patient and follow blocks until the hole opened up. I know Denard gets most of his attention for his speed, but he always showed great patience in following his blocks.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||11 Years ago||
Engineering toughness (according to other students) was roughly;
Chemical/ EE/ Nuclear
Mechanical/ Aero/ Civil
There are other disciplines, but I didn't really know much about them. I think it ends up being what you are good at though. I was struggling in the School of Natural Resources before switching over into Mechanical Engineering, where I have done much better (in school and professionally). I always thought it was weird how much emphasis engineering students put on their degree being harder than others in LSA and then trying to order toughness of the engineering disciplines.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Damn||
I'm 20 miles east of Ann Arbor. Looks like they won't be my neighbor.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Haha, he ruined this account||
but saved his other account from being outed. Unlike the RDT outing that busted both the guys accounts.
|18 weeks 8 hours ago||I can only imagine||
a House type team working on your case when you explained all of the tests and different diagnosis you have had.
Hopefully there is a positive diagnosis and a treatable one.
|18 weeks 10 hours ago||Block M was around||
way before we had a CMO and will be around way after. Perhaps we should consider a fleeting relationship with this schmuck
|18 weeks 3 days ago||There should be||
lots of options if some of the guys can get healthy. This may be one of those additions by subtraction (I know what you're all thinking but hear me out). Funchess is an elite talent that you had to have on the field, but his production at Michigan wasn't there this year. He's one of those players you need to play if you have, but I think he took plays off and wasn't always putting in 100%. If he wasn't putting on blocks, or running crisp great results, then he wasn't adding as much as we needed him to.
Now that his slot is opened up, it allows for a lot of unproven players a chance to compete, and competition is good. Ways, Chessen, Norfleet, Darboh, Canteen, Dukes, Harris and others is a pretty good list of guys to fight for three spots. I also think Butt and Bunting will add a lot to the passing acumen of the team. I think Funchess is a loss, but if he wasn't playing 100%, it's less of a loss than you'd initiall think.
The QB situation is..well...I hope the next coach has simple reads so the QB can just play.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Why do you think he isn't a Plan B guy?||
I really think it's Harbaugh and then a huge gap.
Herman seems to have a lot more upside than a lot of the other coaches. Miles is old (do we really want another coaching search that quickly) with people possibly against him for recruiting and other discrepancies, and Mullen and Stoops are not sure hires/ would want to come.
I really think Herman would be a solid plan B. I really would not be stoked to hire Narduzzi. I'm not a huge fan of the way he has handled the rivalry. Seems like he would not be genuine if all of the sudden he took the Michigan job and loved everything Michigan.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I've seen you make this comment in multiple threads||
You might not be wrong that TCU should be in the playoff, but your reasoning for why is wrong. All rankings before the final projection really shouldn't matter. Before Saturday, the selection board was missing 8% of the data they needed to make the final decision. Up until that point, it's really just an approximation. Yes TCU blew out a team 55-3, but the team they blew out wasn't an impressive team compared to the 13th game that the conference champs had to beat.
If you want to argue that althoughFSU is undefeated, other one loss teams have looked better over the course of the season, that is a reasonable argument. One that the committee must have made. Arguing that a team that was ahead didn't lose, and thus, can't drop, is a poor way of looking at the entire season and refuses to rectify any mistakes in previous assumptions.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||How does||
everyone seem to know who this guy is with a new account? Is it because he directs to his blog? I don't know who he is and am a cereal reader of the blog
|19 weeks 2 days ago||So||
do you think he may tap the IM Flag Football coach who made that famous run this year in the B league to lead his team to a championship?
If so, I'm on board. That was a brilliant display of coaching when he decided to get the one kid who played QB in HS and those two super fast kids and came up with the long bomb plays as well as the quick dump offs to the really fast kid.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed||
He's not going to juke guys with his ball handling, but I think his drives to the rim are already leaps better than THJ or GRIII. They always seemed to falter in traffic. Small sample sizes shows that this will be part of Irvin's game. Having a 3 point specialist who can attack the rim is dangerous. If he can show some vision when he attacks (with some dishes), he may start to quickly move up draft boards.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Some of the charges he took||
reminded me a lot of Morgan. He got into those lanes well. His energy will be great. I think his game will translate well into a bigger Jordan Morgan with a better midrange shot. I hope he and one or two of the point gaurds can get some pick and roll offense together. I think his midrange jumper will add an extra dimension to that game.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||I think he's||
tucking his jacket and tie into his pants.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Irvin to the hoop||
I was thoroughly impressed with Irvin's handle and ability to take the ball to the rim. His motion was smooth and ball security was great in traffic. I know that THJ and GRIII each struggled to create on their own by taking it to the rim, but were still deadly with their shots and athleticism. Irvin seems to have taken the track of Morris, Stauskus, and Caris. Just very impressed after seing very little of that part of his game last year.
I also think that Caris puts too much pressure on himself sometimes on offense. He's taken some early shots that were not necessary that he didn't last year. I think this will change quickly as he becomes more comfortable with the young players and they grow in the system. On the other hand, his defense just seems to be getting better. He uses his length well to get in passing lanes, and his strength gains are huge (I constantly have a hard time identifying him because of how much bigger he's gotten). I think he will be our best outside defender in a while.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||It was great||
to hear the crowd recognize him after his big play. You could just see his confidance as he stood in the paint.
I also thought one of the announcers made a great point when the other one called him McGary light. Pointing out that he had just turned 18 as a freshman vs McGary who came in at 20 years old. I don't think he and McGary have similar play styles, but I think Doyle will become a good player in his own right.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||I don't see a win||
as something that can keep him. If he is gone either way, I am fine with him finishing the regular season and getting to coach one last game against our biggest rival. Hey, maybe he will get a win, get carried off, and on Monday get to leave with a smile and great memory.
|21 weeks 10 hours ago||I agree||
Haven't been a huge fan of his during the last search based on these mishandlings. Specifically sending the kid home who had moved into the dorms. Same thing goes for the coaching search this time around.
I hope it's Jim
|21 weeks 15 hours ago||Yeah I just can't give BLine||
the benefit of the doubt here. Sure he set the record for most efficient offense ever last year. But this was after the team had the highest scoring offense the year before. I mean only two BIG championships in the last 3 seasons (the year we didn't get it, with that loss to Indiana where the tip in just barely rolled out). On top of only a run to the finals and elite 8 the last 2 years.
I mean two games in, with a Freshman loaded team with only 3 upper classman cause he keeps getting players to play so well that they keep going to NBA early, I think we need a change at the top. And don't try to pull the whole "his teams have always improved immensly through the year as the young players grasp his system" argument. I want 40 point blow outs now and my freshmen to play like seasoned veterans now, when it counts. Not at the end of the year.
Who's with me?
|21 weeks 2 days ago||You really have no idea||
What you are talking about.
bad comments are still bad.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Execution||
They were very good at teaching aand getting their players to do what they needed to do. The d-lines were always strong and the o-lines new how to block and create holes. The coaches didn't really innovate, and struggled with athletic QBs that could extend plays when they broke outside the pocket.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||It wasn't all bowl games||
but it was more 50/50 than anything. The 2005 Rose Bowl vs Texas, the 2000 bowl against Alabama, the 99 Bowl against Auburn. There were some obvious duds, but there were some wide open offenses. Outside of the 2000 offense, I don't remember any offense that really opened up until the bowl game and OSU. Might be just selective memory though.
And you had to mention that Tenessee game. Ugh, I think that was the first time I'd seen Michigan truly embarrassed on the football field.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Wow $5 is the one time discount price||
They are making movie theatre concessions look like a cheap alternative.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||This is one of your best arguments||
Carr was lambasted much for not being in position to win it all most years (dropping an early game that was winnable). However, as most college seasons bear out, going undefeated is VERY hard in college football. Managing the winning percentage that Lloyd did, with the BIG championships he had, he was a very good to excellent head coach.
I was frustrated at times when he got conservative on offense, to let teams back in, or went to prevent on defense after dominating for 3.5 quarters (OSU 2005 *ahem*). He did always seem to open up the offense during OSU and bowl games, and I wish I got to see more of that during the season, but his record does stand for itself.
My biggest problem with Lloyd's nepotism was not during his tenure, but after it. He did not have a viable replacement for him on his staff, which is fine, again because of record. I think his alleged undermining of the new staff for not retaining or being one of his guys is where his true failure occurred. Arguing against his results is a tough argument, arguing his alleged actions after his tenure is less so.
Still, this article was a great source of who what and where coaches came, did, and went.
|22 weeks 10 hours ago||He will probably have to run steps||
or watch extra film.
The punishment should match whatever aligns best to help the football team win.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||1997 Team||
There was an article a few years back that went over where all of the 1997 national championship team was. Yes, there were quite a few that ended up in the NFL, but the majority were successful in somehting else.
Most players have to work very hard to get onto a Div I football team and also have to work hard to stay there. They also have to show a lot of time management skills, accountability (making team practices, working hard for team goals), leadership, as well as community action in giving back.
Yes, there are going to be some losers. This is inevitable when you take any large group of people, but I am guessing the success rate of Michigan football players is just as high as any group of graduating Michigan alumn. Especially when that success is measured as positive contributions to their communities.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
I actually am.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Seriously?||
didn't have to ruin it.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||very interesting document||
Interesting to see the demographics broken down by county, and across the US. I'm not suprised about the GPA going up as more and more students take AP classes, which I think is on a 5.0 scale and boosts overall gradepoints. I am suprised in the boost in standardized tests, as those are supposed to be pretty stagnant.
There are some schools that you can get in with lower GPAs and test scores. The school of music, school of art, both value your portfolio/ skill a lot when determining whether you can get accepted or not.
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||Jimmy||
we don't have him yet!
|23 weeks 15 hours ago||Patrick, you're a genius!||
|23 weeks 15 hours ago||Stats don't lie!||
Stats don't lie!
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Great Stuff OP||
Love the 3 on 3 drill. Teaching the kids to get up court.
During the introductions, I realized how young these kids are. Maybe I'm just getting older.
I can't believe how big Caris looks too. I know that he added weight, but holy cow he looks like he filled into an NBA body.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||To be fair||
there was a "Do Not" sign that was supposed to go in front of that goal, but there was a failure to execute and bring that part of the sign. The Do Not was there during practice all week though.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, but||
that is play analysis. The top athletes are athleticly gifted plus can think extremely fast (or just trained so well to recognize a coverage, formation, or whatever, that lets them know what should develop).
I'm guessing he is referring to the crispness and execution of routes more than speed, but I think what he stated is not accurate.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||We have a better chance at a bowl||
than we do losing out.
26.65% vs 26.14%.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I can't see||
what your comment says.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Glad for Patrick Omameh||
I heard he was one of the favorites at Mott and was just a really good guy. Glad he is succeeding in his career as he has off the field.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I liked this presser||
a lot more than previous pressers. He answered questions with actual answers and not "we don't talk about that". I'm not sure if it's the wins or just a change in his philosophy, but the tone seems different.
I feel like I'm in the same boat as I was 4 years ago. If Harbaugh's available, get him no matter what. If not, and Joke wins out, I would think about keeping him. I wouldn't be upset if he was let go, but I don't think I'd be upset if they retained him.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not sure about that||
Gallon had the same or similar QB (depending on how broken you think he is) and similar line and found a way to get open and break Braylon's season record. He has talent like few have ever had, but his effort just doesn't seem to be there.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||I may be wrong||
but Ifeel that he quits on plays. It may be frustration from not getting the ball when he does break open, double coverage on a lot of plays, or whateever, but it seems like he doesn't finish routes, or come back to the ball when his QB is in trouble. (He started walking when he thought Devin might scramble on the eventual TD pass, rather than continue to run a route or look for a block).
This might be a recent thing though. I've seen him take some huge hits to make plays across the middle earlier this year. It just appears to the layman's eye (just my eye) that he is playing out there, but not every down, and not as hard as he can.
I do think Funchess can be a great reciever, but when Braylon wore the #1 his senior year, he made a mental change. Carr had a way of doing this with his players. I remember specifically Joppru and Braylon being huge turnarounds from just getting by, to being the guy who played his hardest every play he was out there. I haven't seen that yet with Funchess.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||My disagreement here||
is not in general ADs, but to Brandon specifically. I believe he tied himself to the football wagon byt doing the following; Huge football ticket price hikes during his tenure, trying to change the game day experience a lot with advertising (through jumbotrons), flyovers, and lots and lots of rock music, attending film sessions with the coaches, changing policies for student section that were not popular before they took place and a disaster after.
Most ADs should not be tied so closely to the football program, but this is an undoing he did himself. I agree that sticking with Beilein, staying out of Red's hair, and building better facilities should have been his legacy, but he wanted to be a major face of football as well and failed miserably.
As an aside, I like GoT and Harry Potter and don't care for wrestling, but I also pay way to much attention to a bunch of guys trying to move a weird shaped ball into a rectangle while a bunch of guys try to do the same while wearing weird clothes so what do I know.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Seriously||
In the last week he's lost every game he's coached. I can't remember what he did before last week, but based soley on the last week, he is not a great coach, that I can remember anyway.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, but||
He put all his eggs in that basket. He increased prices, disregarded fans, disregarded students, and ran the program like a tyrant. He also made sure to tie himself to the football program publicly by being in all the press conferences, very visible on the sideline, and being present during film sessions. He did all these things because he thought the football team would win. They didn't, which means he had to go. He took a bad bet here and lost.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I like pictures with no autographs||
That way the fans get to meet the players without having to fight with the guys trying to make a buck on them
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I liked the team 135 thing||
So I think it's cool that basketball also embraces this. We don't have to dislike everything Hoke's done just because he isn't a great coach.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||With the trouble media has had with FOIA||
It will be a long wait. Sticking on that point after all of the other criteria sounds petty on your count. Especially if Brian already stated that it was conjecture. I can see it as a plausible explanation. The explanation and timing that came from the AD is not satisfactory either.
Mo understand the buyout issue, however, I am hoping that he either steps down to not be the first to be fired or negotiate a lower buyout. I am also an alum and have seen enough in the business world to justify buying him out. I have had to deal with plenty of suppliers that were not up to snuff and had people make decisions to stay with them because of the cost to move to another supplier, only to end up spending more and still having to move to a different supplier because a decision wasn't made sooner. Brandon is hurting the bottom line with donors refusing to support his AD, and many fans possibly becoming no shows.
If the buyout is the only reason you think he should stay, I suggest you find a new argument to root for.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting||
Your only posts lately have been about how Brandon has been treated poorly and how we should shower him with praise over the one thing he did that can be considered good. ( lowering ticket prices after making a massive hike and only coming to this price point after others did the research for him). You've also Ben trying to make his detractors less credible.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Good analysis||
It does now look like it was a planned screen since miller was so far up and Butt was out blockng at the second level. It looks like Hayes just got tangled up and Gardner didn't look to ensure he was where he was supposed to be. That is a lot of not executing in one play. It took a lot of badness to make that play happen.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||I would have agreed||
but you put "regardless of coach". This looked like a 10 win team, but for the coach. There is plenty of talent for a coach that can develop players and work their system.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Frank Grimes and Homer||
This reminds me of the Simpsons episode with Frank Grimes. How he hates Homer sooo much because he hasn't done anything lately (Michigan Foorball *ahem*) but everyone likes Homer because he's been around so long. Grimes has to work so hard to get anything, yet Homer is the one who went to space (bitches) has a grammy (who doesn't, MSU) and has a nicer house (Big House) and a family.
I just have a feeling MSU is bound to grab some HV cables and....
|24 weeks 4 days ago||We can't help||
that Dantonio brings it up every year.
|25 weeks 12 hours ago||Ugh, that Braylon gif||
makes me wish we had a freak athlete at reciever again. Wait a minute....
|25 weeks 12 hours ago||Spreads and Lines are for Vegas||
And like you, its just a friendly lunch bet. Probably spend more in gas just trying to get together to hang out.
|25 weeks 13 hours ago||I took a straight up bet||
with my MSU friend today because fuck it, that's why. I'm hoping that the offense has the same feeling. Keep Devin in shotgun and spread out the recievers. This gets more single coverage/ less safety help for Devin to Read, and also makes things easier for the O-line to block 7 instead of 8 or 9. When they do get on their blocks, they have shown to be ok to good at times.
I think Smith will have some runs, and I hope they let Devin run as well. With Butt, Funchess, Norfleet, and Darboh, there are still a lot of weapons on this team. I just hope the coahces decide to roll the dice and play with what they have, which is a lot of talent.
I also hope this is the game that we see the Dline really explode. Henry and Glasgow are a handful up the middle, and Clark, Beyer, and now Charlton all show plenty of chances for explosive plays.
I just am hoping that this is one of those, lets go have fun and play type games. Let Garnder run, throw, whatever. Were playing with house money at this point.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||They've failed to put their players||
In a position to win. Putting denard under center against Iowa put the players in a position that didn't allow them to win. Not taking advantage of a bubble screen when 9 in the box with cbs 10 yards off the line is not putting yourself in a position to win. Using the current punt formation is not putting your self and players in a position to win.
Brian quantifies the coaching x and o with RPS. I haven't seen us in a consistent RPS positive. You can tell us dumb non coaches that we are wrong about why Hoke has failed, but I don't see how a lot if these complaints are wrong.
I played soccer my whole life. In my last year of club soccer we had a new coach who wanted to run a 3-4-3 formation. We had not played this formation before and struggled all year. We practiced hard and our coach had plenty of previous coaching and playing experience. He couldn't make our last season of the year so my dad coached us. My dad doesn't know formations, and never played. All he knew was we wanted to play a 3-5-2 and had done well in the past. We ended up playing well. Our coach. Came back and (after hearing about our success) allowed us to play in the formation we wanted and we started to destroy teams and came a shoot out short of the championship.
Lesson is, it doesn't matter how much you know about x and o, if you don't out your players in a position to succeed, you have failed.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||So you are not arguing youth||
You said yourself that OSU covers this up because they have a running QB and admit that Michigan has a running QB that they don't utilize as such. This is a coaching issue not a youth issue.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Again||
as someone stated above, you guys are splitting hairs. You keep saying he is not a failure as a coach (because he knows a lot about football) yet you then list off a bunch of his failures (punt formation, getting players to execute the game plan) that others have been saying make him a bad coach. I am on the bad coach train, because getting your players to execute the x's and o's is one of the main distinguishing factors of what makes one a good coach. Like he "coaches" his players to understand and execute.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks||
I also think its splitting hairs. Hoke has been a failure no matter what reasoning you put behind it (I still don't know why SC thinks he failed. He only states why he is a good coach who failed here and doens't give examples about why he thinks he failed here).
I also think that the Hoke is a a genius in the beginning is a little over stated. There was a lot of people that thought he was lucky (Hoke pooping gold meme). Going for 4th down was the right call, but how he converted it was more lucky than not a lot of the time.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||That'd be a long game||
as many of the throws would have been well past the guys trying to catch the ball.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Not really||
There is plenty of talent and an OC and DC that have coached on NC teams. This level of coaching down players is not something one could predict. Especially from a guy lauded by all of these former players and paid $3-4 million a year.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Any Chance||
of a Smith Rage meme?
I'm grasping at straws this year. I'll take anything at this point.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Fair enough||
I understand your position.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||I think I am missing your point||
I think we are in agreement that Hoke has not been a good coach at Michigan.
He has made (or his team he assembled, it doesn't matter which) some dumb coaching decisions that have cost him games. I think you agree, based on the last statement.
He has an average coaching record outside of Michigan. No championships and under .500 record.
If this is what you believe, then what are the opinions on the board that are so different from yours that have made this board unbearable?
|25 weeks 1 day ago||compentent, albeit ineffective||
I guess for me, these are tied together. You can't be a competent coach at Michigan if you are ineffective. Either he can coach us to multiple BIG Championships or he can't.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Fair and not fair||
I don't know nearly enough about football's details to understand why things don't work out. Even well learned football folks like you and Brian can struggle, just because you both have to make educated guesses on the play design to see who was responsible for what assignment. This makes me an average fan (I'd like to think I'm becoming slightly above average, because I read you, Brian, Seth, Mathlete etc., but that's really not true).
But that doesn't mean I can't think Hoke is doing a bad job at Michigan. I think I've seen you and other posters mention RR as a good coach before and after Michigan, but a bad coach here. If you can apply that to RR, then I think it's fair to apply it to Hoke. I think the frustration comes because I think games have been lost because Hoke (or someone on his team) is stubborn (call it dumb or whatever, it's a quantifiable results driven fireld Hoke works in).
I've seen plays that I know where the ball is going before the ball is snapped (jet sweeps with Norfleet last year). This is bad and dumb if I can see this. I've seen Denard put in as QB when I know he can't throw (OSU game with hurt sholder, I think he actually can throw well when healthy). This is bad and dumb if I can see this.
Yes Hoke doesn't deserve all of what is thrown at him, but he's also given very little for fans to grasp at. He talks about how they practice hard, and then throws 10 men out on the field (twice). he calls the fans fickle, yet rarely have I heard him thank the fans (which there are MANY) who show up to support and cheer for the team, even though there has been very little to cheer about.
He may be a good coach at other schools, but my question was about why he might be able to coach this team to a BIG championship. The very benchmark he gave us to evaluate him against. He has shown a decrease in wins as more and more of his players have come on, and has not won a championship anywhere he has been a head coach. It is fine that you and insiders see things differently, but it rings hollow when its tangential things, like I've had a beer with him, or i've seen him at practice, as these have little to do with his record and aren't things but a select few people Hoke allows into his inner circle.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks||
Appriciate the answer and honesty.
Hopefully you can understand that the majority of fans did believe in Hoke and want/ wanted him to succeed because he is a good guy. We just don't see the wins now or in the future.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Have we stopped counting moral victories||
like the one against OSU last year?
|25 weeks 1 day ago||MgoBlog was mentioned as a source||
even though it came from a commentor and not MGoBlog, I am guessing that Brian wants to either confirm or refute this email. I mean, I know that this is just a blog with unverified verocity, but for some reason Brian seems to like to distinguish between fact and opinion.An antiquitated way to report things in the current news cycle.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||You lost me||
not sure if you agree now that Brian doesn't think he is a bad guy or if you think Brian saying Hoke is a bad coach means that Brian is being unfair.
Out of curiosity, what makes you think that Hoke is capable of coaching a championship caliber team? Do you know him personally (not specifics, just yes/no)? Do you believe that it is a youth thing? Just wondering why you believe that and what seems to be the missing piece to the championship team after 4 years. Thanks if you do put yourself out there and answer this. Understood if you don't want to also.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Is it bad||
that I had to look up what SAIP means in 2014 and am 34?
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Public Relations||
Is another possible career path. My wife used to be in public relations and it involved a lot of writing. Most news articles just take a press release written by a PR person and then modified. My wife got to write a variety of subjects from people pieces to science pieces.
Write a Harry Potter like series where you become a billionaire. If this happens I demand 5% for giving you the idea.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Dibs||
I blame this post and aaamichfan if he doesn't end up here.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||I thought it was||
"Don't put your cart before your chickens when they hatch"
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Tempo||
we are not going to win TOP with tempo. Yeah, yeah, we may not score more points, but TOP is just as big of a goal as winning. A check mark is a check mark.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||He already said||
that other's jokes should be "better" and more "outside the box". What else do you want from him. He's giving all the empty coorporate lingo he can provide. Ok, ok, he probably also encourages "synergy" in coming up with a better rebuttle.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||You are right||
I'd rather have a coach spend time with the AD at a bowl game, joking and relaxing, rather than get the players prepared. I mean, this is why he is a great coach right, because he's great to have a beer with and loves Michigan?
It definitely worked out well last year. It is this type of preperation that has Michigan right in the hunt for the BIG championship this year.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Also||
no moral victories. I can't believe how many are in the "well, if we keep it close" camp. Fack That! A loss is a loss. moral victories are for losers right now, and the only way this is a victory is if we come away with more points than the other team.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Way to ruin the illusion||
I was actually happy as well to not know which "side" he was on and just got to agree with the position he is taking on accessabilty to Michigan and outreach to hear what the different factions that are affected by the regents, have access to the regents.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||My Wife||
is just getting off maternity leave with a 2 year old and 4 month old, and I'd bet she would admit to having a lot in common with a hobo over the last 4 months. Her showers were not always frequent, her meals were many times skipped, and her clothes were stained and ragged.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I also heard||
that hover boards existed. Yet here I am, 25 years later, and still no hover board!
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Or run and AD||
without pissing off the majority of the fan base.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Shut Up Logic!||
You continuously make me look stupid!
Anyways, I think we can pencil in wins all we want. Just don't use ink, cause that shit ain't erasable.
Also, I hate the fact that 6 wins is now optimistic. Oh pre season me and my 10-2/11-1 season. How naive and full of life you were.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||You serious Clark?||
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Picture on my desk||
I still have a picture of my wife and I (girlfriend at the time) at the game. The picture in the background was 42-3 on the score board. We missed the first score of the game (MSU's field goal) and were there for the next 49. Weird to look at the picture because the stadium is pre renovation and it was the Blue Out game which did not end up looking great.
|26 weeks 10 hours ago||I'm not suprised||
that you are the type that DEMANDS facts, yet doesn't require the same for himself.
Here is a rehash of what people have said.
In regards to Bacon and Harbaugh
- Many people have spoke to Bacon, who has spoken to Harbaugh. Bacon has relayed that Harbaugh may have some interest in coming to Michigan (roots, love of Michigan etc). This is not a gaurantee that he will come, but there is a zero chance that this is a possibility if Brandon is here. There appears to be other AD candidates that could increase the possibility of him coming here.
In regards to Beilein
- Beilein probably doesn't have a problem with Brandon, but that doesn't mean that Brandon is good for Michigan. Football and Basketball are vastly different at Michigan. Beilein started here with half empty arenas and a decade plus absense from the big dance. Before he raised expectations, getting to the dance and finishing .500 in BIG play was considered a successful career. There were no traditions that were taken down and Beilein's support from the AD (which he lauded of Martin before him when he told RR to come over) has continued. The fact that you use Beilein not leaving as your main argument for Brandon seems to be the ultimate in grasping at straws.
So how about you prove to me that Beilein would leave if we got a new AD and we could get Harbaugh if we keep Brandon, and I will consider your side.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||RIP Grimey||
|26 weeks 1 day ago||oh||
that makes sense. I hate politics.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Gassoff||
In an era of Hobey Baker finalists, and a slew of talent, Gassoff, a scratch player who rarely made the fourth line, had a cult following. He knew what he was there for and played it well.
All the picks from the staff are great. There really are so many great small stories about how much these players are good people. The Denard story is just amazing. It'd be great to hear more of these types of stores than the ones we usually get. How people act when no one is looking type stuff.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Deflector Shields are still up||
Deflector Shields are still up
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Media Emphasis on Defense||
The media is used to the old mantra that defense wins championships since defense is always consistent and offenses can stutter. None of Michigan's teams have had steller defenses and this year should be pretty similar, with I think a few more possible blocked shots.
The problem with this mantra and Michigan is that, under Beilein the last few years, the offense is as consistant as any defense out there. Able to score against long 2-3 zones, shred man to man, and move quickly against presses. So I think it is more young and suspect defense that puts Michigan lower.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Look||
If we've only lost to very good teams, then that means that we are pretty good. And if any of these teams can beat a pretty good team(us) then that must mean they are very good. And if all the teams we've lost to are very good....
|26 weeks 2 days ago||*Tallest Dwarf or Little Person|
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for looking that up||
I was sitting in the back, laughing nervously while everyone else laughed, hoping that no one noticed I had missed the joke.
In the words of Homer; "Haha, Mule."
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Easy there fella||
did the highlighter yellow kill someone in your family?
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I stand corrected.||
Add in a "My Child is an Honor Roll Student" and a couple stick figures and you have yourself a classy car.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||To me||
That looks closer to the helmet on the left than the one in Funchess' hand which appears more orange.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Personally||
I like the highlighter yellow much better than the orangy color. The yellow pops really well against the dark blue, and also matches the pants. One thing I've definetely disagreed on with some of the older crowd. (that and I also hate helmets with helmet stickers. Like putting bumper stickers on a porsche or Lamborgini).
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Or||
he would recruit guys who fit his system and may be recruiting guys he sees that have potential to grow, like Jake Ryan (a three star).
Beilein does the same thing. He recruits high level talent, but only if that high level talent fits within his system. He also identifies guys that are under the radar because they also fit his system and have room to grow.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry to hear that||
I had an old guy that was yelling at me at the OSU game for being in his seat. When I showed him how I was not in his seat when I sat down (he had a cusion to define where his seat was) he then complained about where me feet were directly in front of me. He then yelled "don't fuck with me" and his wife swapped seats and there was plenty of room. Very dissapointing that people are like this. It definitely took a lot away from a great day and game. Wish someone would have said something to the guy for you.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Also, Zazu reference||
I've only recently been watching the Lion King as my 2 year old son has been obsessed with it. Weird timing iwth the reference since I had not seen the movie since I saw it in the theatres however many years ago.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I always look forward to these||
This was great to see and hear about the changes. It's nice to hear the staff view the fans as fans and not the enemy. Like you said, small steps, but steps in the right direction. The ship may have already sailed, but the Hail Mary's at least show that they haven't given up.
If your friend is looking for suggestions, maybe suggest that Brandon personally take a big paycut to help reduce student ticket prices. If he earned what Martin did, then it'd reduce the student tickets (if there was 20,000 again) by $30 each for the season. Now THAT would mean something to me.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Missed Tailgate||
We've finally started a tailgate tradition with friends, wife, and my sons (son walked for first time (significant steps) on golf course last year) of having a big tailgate once a year. This year it was between Minnesota and Penn State. Minnesota had less things going on for everyone. We had a great time, but man, the weather on Saturday could not have been better for a tailgate. I love the fall, and am glad all the fans that went got to have a great time. Football is fun, and I'm glad it was fun, tailgating is fun, and I'm glad people can still go out and enjoy the games and weather.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I want to do anything with Norfleet||
I can imagine him doing the same dance while waiting in line for a Pancheros Burrito.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||According to Preseason||
Keep Hoke - Not Keep Hoke
There is a 0.05% that Hoke keeps his job since 8 wins seemed like minimum for him to stay.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||How come||
Michigan fans are the best ever on a night like Saturday, yet referred to as fickle when they are dissapointed with the teams poor performance. I'd like to see some of this fan appriciation when they support the team when they are losing too.
Sounds like a fickle coach in how he views the fans.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I hate the fact||
that people think that a season record above 7 wins is unrealistic, especially when the BIG is as down as it is. I remember not so long ago when 9 wins, in the best conference in the nation, with one less game, was considered just an ok season.
I just don't understand why in year 4, fans are being unrealistic when Michigan continues to regress with 4 star talent. i agree that swapping coaches is bad, but staying with a bad coach is also a poor decision.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Loy vaught||
I worked for a moving company in the summers during college. One of my jobs was to pack Loy Vaughts house in Grand Rapids. He was a really nice guy. A few things I remember about it was, he was funny complaining about all the strollers his wife had accumulated, and He was singing U2 off key. It was also when he his knees forced him to end his career and I remember him talking about how weird it was that he was retiring at 35 and what to do next. Really interesting experience with a great guy.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Much needed boost||
For the players, fans, and coaches. I know it shouldn't, but it gives me hope. Go blue!
|27 weeks 10 hours ago||I was thinking this||
in the post. About how I wa angry at Bando for even planting this possibility in my head. Giving me some random hope. This was presented much better than I could have ever stated, though. Bravo to the OP and Bravo to Brando if this comes to fruition.
|27 weeks 10 hours ago||Excellent Post||
I've read all the please about how it hurts the players and all the points you've mentioned. One thing that has bothered me, that makes me think the anti protesters just don't get it, is that none of the reasons for not doing the protest are in the best interest of the fans.
The reasons the students are doing this, is that they seem to be fed up with all the increased costs piled on them while getting a crappier experience (constant adds and rawk music, and stricter rules on what you can and can't do). On top of this, now they are getting the whole, "If the team fails, you are a big reason" argument.
Why has no one said why going to the game is good for the students and fans;
It's not a hard argument to make. This is the marquee game and will be under the lights with a great atmosphere. As students your opportunities to attend football games are limited. Being part of the biggest football crowd in the nation in one of the best stadiums in the world is and should be both awesome and fun. Please don't let the administrations failings make you miss opportunities for you as a fan.
There seems to be no admittance at all from the AD, Coaches, or even players, that they have let the fans down. It always seems to be about how the fans are letting the team down. I'd have a hard time missing the start of the game, but I also wasn't treated like this as a student. I Think people's minds have been made up and nothing at this point will swing someone one way or another (outside of an announcement that DB is gone). But I am most dissapointed that it seems no one from the inside has atleast tried the argument that they understand the fans have been treated poorly, and the message is heard, and not to lose out on the good experiences that the fan should expect. For This is Michigan.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Everyone has different points||
There is always going to be different levels of fandom. I care about the team, I read up on it, I watch all the games (usually recorded). But I am not nearly as die hard as a lot of fans. Outside of my student season tickets, I've never had season tickets. I make a few games a year, but have chosen other financials ahead of Michigan football. I have plenty of Michigan gear, but outside my Michigan flag and a few framed photos and degrees, my house is far from a shrine to Michigan.
Every year I have convinced myself of a BIG championship and have worked out a perfect scenario where a National Championship is a reasonable possibility. Usually atleast the BIG goal is still a possibility well into October. This year, my fanatical side is muted. Even in an exciting drive against Rutgers I was questioning whether a win would even matter this season. Something I've never ever considered. This year has turned into me playing golf where I am not really competitive and just enjoy the couple really nice shots I make in between the massive amount of poor shots in between. I care, but I mostly don't. I think this is the only way to survive a season like this. Call me fair weather, but I will be back with my unrealistic projections come August.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Compare to Beilein||
I still like the way he handled the Hagerup situation and can still disagree with his coaching strategy in general. A coach doesn't have to go Brian Kelly on every misstep, however, in sports and coaching, I think there are plenty of times to get worked up.
John Beilein is as nice a guy as you can get, so when he gets worked up over calls, there is good reason for him to do so, and the refs have listened and responded. My best coach in soccer didn't do much yelling compared to other coaches, but when we weren't practicing hard, he didn't let it go on for long before we went on a "run". After the "run" we were always back to business.
Maybe Hoke does more behind closed doors, but it doesn't seem like he knows that a controlled outburst can be just what a team needs.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Bo was players coach||
From books I've read (think it was specifically Lasting Lessons), Bo was a players coach who players loved when he wasn't the head guy. He was who they came to when they needed a "lighter" perspective from Woody. It sounds like Hoke was the same type of coach at Michigan in his first stint while a defensive position coach.
When Bo became the head guy, he changed his style. He no longer could be the players coach who was more friend than authoritarian. He understood his new role. This happens all the time in every business, military, etc. When you are the head guy, you don't get to be everyone's buddy. Bo was brilliant when it came to understanding the psychology of his players and how he needed to appear to them. I think he would never be the one to provide the good news of maybe a shorter practice or some other perk, delegating these to his other coaches. He knew that he was not going to get to play the nice guy anymore.
I think Hoke never transitioned from the players coach to head coach. He's still everyone's buddy and players still love him, but that does not mean that he is getting the best out of them.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know||
If I had cash like that I'd love to count it.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Doesn't make sense to me||
I am not really familiar with how this theory would work. Would the regents feel bad for Brandon and think they should keep him? It seems the best scenario for them would be to oust him and show that they have listened to the people. A bunker mentality would mean that the fans are against the regents, which doesn't seem to be the case. They only want to send a clear message to the regents what they want.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Trust||
He states that it all starts with trusts. Many of the fans (especially the students) do not trust Brandon, and seem to not trust Hoke.
If the students do this, they are still going to be there to support the players.
It is a shame that Dave Brandon has run the athletic department this poorly that he has marginalized and isolated his most rabid fanbase, the students.
A lot of work went into developing the largest fanbase in college football and the biggest crowd watching a football game every Saturday. It took great missteps from the AD to reduce the trust and goodwill this quickly. Many are saying that it is just wins and losses, but the foundation was greatly thinned over the last few years to even allow the play on the field to drop the bottom out.
It's also not like this dissatisfaction is new. Brandon was aware of the dissastisfaction for the last few years, and he responded with more rock music, higher ticket prices, and more red tape to get into the stadium.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Hard to believe||
MaGee hasn't ended up anywhere. Seems like a lot of sunbelt and Mac teams would love to have him, as well as, some of the lower tier power 5 teams.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Desmond and Woodson||
Somehow managed to not only be insanely talented, but also immune to father time as well.
Barry's another guy that looks the same as he did when he left.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Yes This||
Fans show up and do their part by watching and cheering on the team. "Coach" Hoke has shown no improvement in year 4 (actually a massive regression) and some of the worst play and coaching ever. Why is it unreasonable that fans check in to see the coach address these issues? Why are the fans at fault for expecting the coach to have some answers to why the team is playing so poorly.
Yes, when a coach is winning there is no need to answer the questions, because you won, what more needs to be asked. But when you are losing, and losing in such a poor fashion, then yes, the fans are looking for an answer. And this whole crap about how IS providing answers if you read between the lines is bullshit. Hoke is supposedly a straight up nice guy who gives it to you straight. If he is the guy all these people tell us he is, then he can provide these answers.
Again, this is another example of him not caring at all about the fans. I never figured him as being so arrogant that he would take the fans for granted.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Doesn't matter||
We know the outcome now, but it was unknown if they could handle it at the time and that is on Dumbledore.
(Also they were 11 man. 11 is when they get their letter)
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Gardner in Shotgun||
I've been hammering this the last few weeks as the best chance this offense has to score, and team to win. I was very happy with the playcalling this game as Gardner was almost exclusively in the shotgun, and it seemed like we almost got the old Gardner back. He looked much more confidant and the offense moved. They also played a lot of 5 or 6 on the line, which I thought simplified things for the o-line and running backs (fewer lanes to guard and run through). Too bad the secondary forgot how to play, but I guess that's just Michigan football. One piece always has to play poorly to negate the rest of the teams effort. I forget which position group is supposed to do this next week.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||How is this different||
than dipping a regular pizza into nacho sauce?
|27 weeks 4 days ago||And Dumbledore does?||
This is the kind of blind bias from Dumbledore's Army that really pisses me off. I mean, Dumbledore let first years fight a troll and yet noone says anything. Bringing up Voldemort's questionable safety records without mentioning Dumbledore's is rediculous.
p.s. Your user name is funny. Hadn't heard that yet
p.p.s I've found that arguing over fictional character's qualifications vs real coach's qualifications is going to be a much more theareputic thing than anything else right now. Thank's MgoVoldemort for this comedic reprieve.